Herby cheese muffins!

The soundtrack to the summer school holidays this year has been “Mum, I’m hungry”……. I feel like I am being eaten out of house and home! I am always trying to find snacks for the kids which are cheap and easy to make. I decided to make some of my favourite herb and cheese muffins this week – super simple and yummy!

Recipe for herby cheese muffins – 280g plain flour, 1 tsp salt, 125g grated cheddar cheese, 3 – 4 tsp dried mixed herbs, 2 eggs, 75g melted butter and 200 ml milk.

1 – Preheat oven to 190c and line a muffin tin with cases.

2 – Sieve the salt and flour into a bowl and mix. Add the herbs and cheese and mix thoroughly.

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3 – In a different bowl, beat the eggs, butter and milk together, then pour into the dry ingredient bowl.

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4 – Stir the ingredients together to form a lumpy batter.

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5 – Spoon the batter mixture into the cases and bake for approx 20 – 25 minutes, until firm.

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These savoury muffins were so easy to make and use ingredients which can usually be found already in your kitchen. The kids really enjoyed them and they disappeared super quickly (note to self – make two batches next time)! They also taste really good spread with a little butter!

 

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We hope you like our herby cheese muffins! Let me know what you enjoy making for the kids snacks (Hey, I need more food inspiration here)!

Happy Sunday guys!

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Beautiful blackberries (and a simple crumble recipe)!

The Summer this year here in Wales is turning into a bit of a wash out! However, I still like to get the kids out and about in the ‘very fresh’ air and the other day was no exception. I wanted an activity which was free and fun for the kids, so I decided to take them blackberry picking. We had spotted quite a few blackberries previously in our area so I thought it would be a nice idea to go blackberry picking. (We try and do this each year as the kids love it. You can see our post from last year here!)

We donned our waterproofs and set off, plastic tubs in hands to grab some of those yummy fruits!

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The kids love trying to spot and pick the blackberries, especially my two year old nephew who thought it was great fun! (Remember to supervise the little ones to make sure that nothing inedible is being picked – I find this activity provides a brilliant opportunity to talk to your kids about what is safe to pick and what isn’t).

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Once we had enough blackberries we headed home. I added some strawberries to our collection of blackberries and we all made a very yummy berry crumble!

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Recipe for berry crumble – 300g berries, 200g caster sugar, 180g chopped butter and 250g plain flour.

1 – Preheat the oven to 200c. Lightly grease your ovenproof dish with butter, then arrange your berries at the bottom.

2 – In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, flour and butter with a fork until it looks like crumbs.

3 – Bake in the oven for approx 30 minutes or until golden.

4 – Serve with ice cream, cream or custard and enjoy!

 

We hope you are all having a lovely weekend, whatever you may be doing!

I have (finally) started to master the piping bag (and couldn’t be happier)!

I will let you into a little secret….. I have been trying for what feels like forever to master the art of piping icing! I have wanted to be able to recreate those pretty little peaks and roses for so long and have tried and failed endless times.

I was speaking to one of my friends at work about yet another disastrous attempt when she told me about a fail- proof recipe for buttercream which she uses for her piped icing. She wrote it down for me and off I went (not feeling too hopeful to be fair)!

Buttercream recipe – 225g sieved icing sugar, 85g butter, 1-2 tbs milk and a few drops of vanilla essence.

1 – Mix all the ingredients into a large bowl until smooth. Make sure that it is thoroughly mixed to ensure it will go through the nozzle of the piping bag. I also added  a little cocoa powder to give a chocolate flavour to the icing!

2-Use different nozzles to create different effects. Make sure you wait until your cakes are completely cool or the icing will just melt! (I’ve done this too)!

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I was so shocked that it worked! I was jumping around my kitchen in sheer happiness that I had finally managed to use the piping bag without it being a huge mess! I cannot wait to try out more using different nozzles! They went down an absolute treat and the kids had a go using the bag too! A fun filled baking session!

Happy Wednesday everyone!

Pitta bread pizzas!

One thing which my kids love doing is helping to cook their own meals! I am always on the lookout for simple, quick food ideas which the kids can get involved with. One of our favourite things is Pitta Bread Pizzas! These are so ridiculously simple that even young kids can do the majority themselves, and they actually taste really, really good!

All you need is – pitta breads, tomato puree, cheese (and other things for toppings – we used ham and tomatoes).

Begin by spreading out the tomato puree onto the pitta bread. Make sure the bread is covered or it will burn). Then cover with grated cheese. It is completely up to you how much prep beforehand that you let your kids do. My daughter is now at an age where she loves and is quite capable of grating, chopping foods etc. It really builds kids confidence to allow them that little bit of independence, and will develop their cooking skills greatly.

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Next choose which toppings you would like. We used a mix of ham, cheese and tomatoes!

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Next pop them in the oven for approximately 15 minutes or until the cheese has melted. They are super yummy served with fresh salad!

(Now you must forgive me at this point as I completely forgot to take photos of the finished pizzas – I’m so sorry! We were in too much of a rush to eat them)! Please trust me when I say they looked and tasted delicious!

A really quick, easy meal to make with the kids. The confidence the kids get from helping to make their own (and Mum and Dads!) food is brilliant!

I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday!

Eeek! It’s a monster!

I got busy with the kids fruit snacks again the other day and decided to make some edible monster faces! (There’s nothing better than destroying monsters made from fruit right?!)

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I used banana for the monsters hair, strawberries and raisins for the eyes, a grape nose and melon and raisins to form the mouth! All the kids ate their fruity faces super fast and even had seconds!

I hope you like our fruity monster faces! Have a brilliant weekend guys!

A dino snack!

My five year old son loves dinosaurs at the moment so I thought it would be a cute idea to turn his snack into something of the dinosaur variety! (You can see my other food ideas for kids here)!

I used cucumber to make the dinosaurs body, raspberries for his eye and for the ground, and satsuma segments and a raspberry for a sun.

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My little boy was thrilled with his dinosaur snack! A cute fun way to encourage kids to eat!

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My Daughters Sticky Jam Cake!

My daughter loves baking and as she gets older she is starting to tweak and adapt recipes so that they suit her own personal tastes. I love that she has her own ideas when baking and that she doesn’t feel she has to strictly follow recipes.

She decided to make her own recipe for jam cake the other day and I thought I would share it with you all (with her permission of course)! Be warned – this is a pretty sticky cake! She has a sweet tooth like most kids!

Recipe for Sticky Jam Cake – 125g butter, 200g self raising flour, 30g icing sugar, 3/4 tsp salt, 6 eggs, 1 tsp vanilla extract, 1 tbs cold water, 230g berry jam (we used strawberry), 400g granulated sugar.

1 – Preheat oven to 180c and grease a baking tin. (Ignore that my daughter is greasing two tins, she was making  a cake for a friend too)!

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2 – Put the butter into a mixing bowl and mix until creamy. Then add 150g of the flour, the icing sugar, water, vanilla and half teaspoon of salt. Mix until you have a ball.

3 – Put the ball into the tin and press it down to form an even layer covering the tin bottom. Refrigerate for 10 minutes.

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4 – Once chilled, bake for approximately 15 minutes. Then let it cool completely. Reduce the oven temperature to 170c.

5 – Once the base is cooled, spread the jam over it evenly.

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6 – Mix the eggs, sugar, remaining flour and the remaining salt in a bowl, until smooth.

7 – Pour the egg mixture over the base and spread it out so that it is even.

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8 – Put into the oven until the top is set. This usually takes about 30 minutes. Once cooked, let it cool completely, remove from tin and then serve!

My daughter served hers with strawberries to complement the jam flavour. Raspberries would also work brilliantly if you use raspberry jam.

This is a super delicious cake which is a family favourite in our home, thanks to my wonderful baking daughter! A lovely weekend treat!

Fruity flower!

I got creative again today at snack time! My daughter wanted some strawberries so I thought I would make them extra fun for her! I love making food fun for my kids. It really helps kids to try new foods and to eat well.

I decided to turn her fruit snack into a fruity flower, complete with a bumblebee too! I used a banana slice for the centre of the flower and strawberry slices for the petals. I also added cucumber sticks to make the stem and leaves. For the bumblebee I used banana slices with raisins and popped on some strawberry wings.

My daughter loves her fun snacks and this has been one of her favourites yet!

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Check out my food ideas category page for more snack ideas, as well as things to cook with the little ones!

 

Chocolate spread muffins

I felt like doing a little baking the other day with my two year old nephew. I wanted something simple in which he could really participate and get involved with! One of my favourite childhood memories is baking with my grandma when I was a little girl! I honestly feel that it is never too early to start baking with your little ones. Plenty of adult supervision and it is huge (messy) fun!

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He loves chocolate so I thought chocolate spread muffins would be a good option, and a little more interesting than plain chocolate muffins!

Chocolate spread muffins ingredients – 200g self raising flour, 1 egg, 75 ml vegetable oil, 125 ml milk, 100g caster sugar, chocolate spread and 1/2 tsp salt. (Makes approx 10 muffins).

Preheat oven to 180C. Beat the egg in a large bowl and mix in the oil and milk. Then add the sugar. Add the flour and salt and mix until you have a smooth batter.

Next spoon some mixture into each cake case. Fill each case up about halfway.

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Once you have some mixture in each case add two spoons of chocolate spread into each case, then cover with a spoon of the batter mixture. (Make sure you add plenty of the spread as a lot of it will disappear during baking)!

Bake in the oven for approximately 12 – 15 minutes or until golden.

We thought our chocolate spread muffins were yummy and it is a nice surprise when you bite into the muffin and discover the chocolate taste! My nephew really enjoyed helping to make the muffins and he certainly enjoyed eating them!