Saturday, 24 June 2017

Toddler cooking solo - Fruit fries

Now Iz is coming up to 3 I am letting her do more and more in the kitchen and am enjoying doing recipes where she can do it nearly all by herself. This is one of those :)


Packet roll-out shortcrust pastry
Pot of fruit puree (we used one of the Hipp mixed fruit ones we use for pudding)
Sugar for sprinkling


1. Roll out the pastry 

2. Spoon the fruit puree onto one half of the pastry sheet, leaving about a 1cm edge puree-free (difficult to do with an excited toddler!)

3. Fold the uncovered pastry half over the puree and push the edges together to seal

4. Whisk an egg and add 2 teaspoons of water

5. Mix well and brush over the pastry

6. Sprinkle sugar lightly over the top (optional)

7. Cut into strips/fries/squares/triangles (whatever shape you want) - we used a pizza cutter and that worked really well. I did do this bit though because I had visions of Iz just squidging all the filling out the sides!

8. Grease a baking tray and lay out the fries

9. Bake in pre-heated 180 degree oven for 10-12 minutes

10. Enjoy eating!

Monday, 5 June 2017

Cooking with two: turkey koftas

This was a very quick and easy lunch I made with D and Iz, and the best bit was it made so many patties that we froze a load and could then pull them out to use later. The kids were also really excited to eat something they had made themselves and were very proud of their creations!


1 small red onion
Small amount olive oil
1 red pepper
1 clove garlic
1 slice of bread
300g (roughly) turkey mince
1/4 teaspoon mixed spice

2 tablespoon thick yoghurt
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

For koftas:

1. Chop onion and fry in olive oil
2. Add in crushed garlic and diced red pepper
3. Place in mixing bowl and add rest of ingredients (turkey mince, mixed spice)
4. Grate a slice of bread (preferably an end piece) and add to bowl
4. Mix well and roll into small balls
5. Squash into patties and dry fry over medium heat until cooked through
6. Serve with dip below

Make any leftover uncooked mixture into balls and wrap individually in clingfilm before freezing. Then you can take individual patties out of the freezer, just defrosting the number you need each time.

For dipping sauce:

1. Chop cucumber into small pieces
2. Finely chop mint leaves
3. Mix with the yoghurt