Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Making life delicious, one recipe at a time.

Category: Good for Kids

Pasta Hacks: Part Two

As promised, I have two more pasta hacks for the Giovanni Rana ‘Make it My Way’ creative cook-up. The first one is a chicken pie using the Creamy Carbonara Sauce from the Italian Indulgence range of stir-in sauces. Sticking with the theme of convenience, I devised this super easy recipe for turning a pasta sauce into a deceptively simple and delicious pie. Simply slice up a leek and grate some asparagus and courgette into a small saucepan and saute with a bit of olive oil till the leeks have softened. Turn the heat off and then throw in some pre-cooked …

Lemon Blondies

After the excitement of Berlin, pasta hacking and winning a Lurpak hamper for my Bad-ass toastie for #freestylefood month – this post feels rather boring in comparison. I’ve been so busy working on promoting Animal Music that I’ve got no stories to tell about this recipe except that it’s delicious.

lemon blondies, feedingtimeblog

Despite all the chaos, I’ve been baking quite a bit lately. I find the busier my life gets, the more I bake. I’ve come to accept that it’s most likely some kind of delicious release-valve. KT and I have made two batches of lamingtons and I’ve just put my elderflower

Pasta Hacks with Giovanni Rana

One of the fun parts of food-blogging is the challenges that you get to try. I was approached by the people who promote Giovanni Rana pasta and sauces here in the UK, to take part in the ‘Make it My Way with Giovanni Rana’ challenge; where bloggers were asked to create recipe hacks for the new range of stir-through pasta sauces. Six sauces – six dishes and I said yes before I realised that it fell during an exceptionally busy month for me. I may be a little late on this task but nevertheless I have made good on my …

Rocky Road

I was chatting to another mum in the school yard the other day and we were talking about how hard it is to choose those incidental gifts; the ones you give to your neighbour, your hairdresser, teachers and workmates. It can get expensive and really difficult to think up meaningful gifts on top of all the other major presents of the season, and so I’ve always gone the home-made route. You can make a few different things, with minimal cost, and because you’ve made it yourself, the resulting sweets and treats become worth more than just the sum of their …

Healthy and Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Soup

It gets harder to be enthusiastic about salads when the weather turns. Fresh, raw vegetables suddenly don’t seem as appetising or satisfying when there’s a chill in the air. But don’t let a craving for comfort food be an excuse not to eat healthy, nutritious food. This chicken soup is an old favourite from a very long time ago when I was in the kitchen at our cafe back in Sydney. This soup is creamy and tasty but not loaded with cream or butter. It is not particularly low in calories mainly due to the creamed corn which is a …

Cornflakes; not just for breakfast

The only time I buy cereal is when Kellogg’s have their annual Grown-ups Go Free promotion. Last year we used them to take the boys to Lego Land for the first time and I’ve got my tokens on the fridge ready for this year’s visit. And this time we’re all going on the big roller-coaster. My kids tried Coco-pops for the first time and they weren’t as impressed as I thought they’d be. I remember loving Coco-pops as a kid. Maybe cereal is acquired taste, who knows? The cornflakes were put aside for baking and so I thought I’d share …

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

Sweet dips for fruit is always a popular search on my blog, and so I thought I’d share this recipe just in time for those super summer strawberries. So often the sweetness of a perfect strawberry needs nothing else, but after dinner or perhaps when you’re having a visitor, a bowl of strawberries doesn’t quite cut it in the dessert stakes. So up the ante and put out a bowl or two of fruit dips, throw in some cantaloupe and red grapes and you’ve got sweet fruit fondu. Or get creative and whip up some hazelnut shortbread and you’ve got …

Custard Creams

6oz of butter, 6oz flour, 2oz of sugar and 2oz of custard powder is all you need to make one of Britain’s favourite snack time treats. Custard Creams have been one of the nation’s favourite biscuits since Victorian times, and while this recipe is not the same as store bought – they’re just as addictive. Using icing sugar instead of caster sugar and the high quantity of butter make these biscuits very short and fine in texture and the perfect delivery system for the butter cream. If you want to go custard crazy – you can also put a little …

Lamb Kofta

I’m always looking for interesting cuts and ways to cook meat, and to introduce my kids to new flavours. Even as little boys, they’ve always loved middle eastern food and so it’s within those areas that I try to improve my own dinner time repertoire.  Maria Ellia’s Middle Eastern Spiced chicken recipe is a solid gold favourite in my house which came as a surprise to me considering the amount of all-spice in the recipe. And so it was without hesitation that I tried Ottolenghi’s kofta recipe which is also heavy on the all-spice. Amongst other things. This recipe can …

When life gives you lemons, make Lemon Squares

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Sometimes I just know it’s time to make something lemony. In amongst the choc-chip cookies, caramel slices, brownies and various baked beauties, it’s time grab a bag of lemons and get squeezing. In the past there’s been Honey & Lemond Almond Cake, Lemon Yoghurt Cake, Lemon Curd Cupcakes, Lemon Melt-aways and Lemon Burst Slice – and now there’s Lemon Squares from my beloved Martha Stewart cookbook. There are 4 eggs in the topping of this recipe which makes it almost like a lemony custard, which is lovely and creamy without being too rich or too tangy. I …