Recipes & Nice Stuff

 PEAce and HAM Soup - quick and easy and perfect frozen. 200g green split peas, rinsed and drained, 1.5 litres water, 1 ham bone (from a cooked ham), 1 carrot, chopped 1 onion, chopped, 1/2 leek, chopped, 2 bay leaves, Salt and freshly ground pepper. Put the peas and water in a large pan, bring to the boil and skim off any scum. Meanwhile, cut off any ham from the bone. Dice and set aside. Add the carrot, onion, leek, bay and bone to the peas. Season, cover, return to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or till the peas are tender. Remove the bone and bay. Puree the soup. Return to a clean pan, reheat and check the seasoning. Leave to cool so not to burn little mouths. We serve strips of brown toast in ours.
 Peasy Pizza. This is such a simple meal. Cut an English muffin into three horizontally . Spread either left over tomato pasta sauce or ketchup and tomato puree. Sprinkle with cheese and grill. A great quick meal provided by a friend at play group.
 Cauliflower Cheese with a Twist. This is a very easy recipe. Taken from Yummy Baby by Jane Clark. This recipe takes minutes 1 cauliflower, trimmed and cut up into manageable fist size pieces. 300grams of cream cheese (Philli),1 teaspoon of Dijon mustard, 125g Lancashire crumbly cheese, 50g grated Cheddar. Cook cauliflower until tender. Drain and return to pan. Mix in cream cheese and crumble in Lancashire cheese. Add mustard then pop into a oven proof dish and sprinkle cheddar on top. Grill till cheddar has melted and browning. So easy and very yummy. Thank you Jane.
 Mini Burgers - So Yummy Mummy! 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 red onion, chopped; 750g of Minced beef (5% fat); 2 teaspoons of English mustard; 75g wholemeal breadcrumbs; 1 large beaten egg; a squeeze of lemon. Heat olive oil in frying pan and add the onions. cook until till soft. remove from pan. Mix ingredients together in bowl, adding the onion. with your hands take pieces and roll into mini size burgers / patties. Leave to cool in fridge for 20 mins (these can be frozen at this stage). Heat oil in frying pan and cook for 8-10mins on each side until cooked through.

Simple Snack. Salmon pate (Sainsbury's) and mashed avocado on toast cut into triangles. On wholemeal bread, medium thickness. Thin bread is better for sandwiches, medium better for toast.

 Easy peasy, shreddy squeezey. 10'ish bite sized shredded wheatey in a bowl, soaked in whole milk. P loves these.



Porridge Balls, odd but they disappear quickly in our house!!

These are so easy, and perfect for little mitts to pick up and enjoy. Use a microwavable jug and pour half full with organic oats (make sure they are standard oats not chunky) and then add whole milk, about enough to cover oats. Microwave for 2 mins and stir. If too dry add a little milk, but you don�t want it to be sloppy. Microwave for a further two mins. The consistency should be firm but not dried out. At this stage you can mix in crushed berries or raisons. Now you can show off your spoon skills and make balls of porridge using two spoons (quenelles). Leave them to cool as the inside can hold the heat, and then serve once cooled. Yummy, enjoy!!!














Chicken (or Turkey or Fish) Fingers. 400g of chicken breasts; 40g porridge oats; 40g wholemeal breaded crumbs; zest of a lemon; 1 medium egg; olive oil. Preheat oven at 170'C. Cut chicken into strips. Mix the oats and breaded crumbs in a large bowl, adding the lemon zest. In separate bowl beat the egg. Dip the chicken into the egg, then into the dry crumbs/oats. Coat completely. Then in a frying pan of oil, fry the chicken on both sides until golden brown. Place on oven tray to cook in oven for approx. 20 mins. Then place on kitchen towel to absorb grease and leave to cool.





Drop Scones - These are very easy to make and great with a selection of seasonal fruits.You will need - 125 g (4 1⁄2 oz) self-raising flour, 2 tsp caster sugar, 1 egg, beaten, 1 tbsp melted unsalted butter, 150 ml (5 fl oz) milk, 4 tsp sunflower oil.  Put the flour in a bowl and stir in the sugar. Make a well in the centre, and add the egg, melted butter and a little of the milk. Gradually stir the flour into the liquids and add the remaining milk a little at a time, to make a fairly thick, smooth batter.  Heat a griddle or large, heavy-based frying pan over a moderate heat and grease it with 1 tsp of oil. Using a dessertspoon, pour the batter from the pointed end (rather than the side of the spoon) to make neat, round drop scones. Depending on the size of the griddle, you should be able to cook 4�6 scones at once, but make sure you leave enough space round them so you can turn them easily. Cook for about 2 minutes or until almost set and bubbles are breaking on the surface; the scones should be golden brown underneath.  Using a palette knife, turn the scones over and cook for a further 1�2 minutes or until golden brown on the other side. Grease the griddle lightly with 1 tsp oil before cooking each batch.  These can be served with a variety of fruits, which are in season. They can be served on the side, or crushed and spread onto, along with yoghurt. Note � Not until your child is 12 months � you can drizzle on top.


Salmon and Courgette Potato Cakes

2 Large normal or sweet potato, 1 smallish fresh salmon fillet or 1 tin of wild salmon, 1 grated courgette, alittle olive oil.  Peel, boil and mash the potatoes. With the fresh salmon, poach in oven in silver foil for 15/20 mins until firm (make sure there are no bones in the fillet) / if using a tin a salmon, drain and make sure all bones are removed. Grate the raw courgette.   Mix the mash potato, courgette and the salmon together. Take small portions of the mixture and form into mini fishcake/patties. Put in the fridge to chill for at least 30ish mins.  Shallow fry in some olive oil until brown on both sides and then pop in oven for approx 10-15 mins.  Serve on their own or with a choice of vegs.



Cheesy biscuits - these are so yummy, they never last long and if you make them for friends they will be pleading for the recipe!!

100g self-raising flour, 50g butter, 160g mature cheese. Rub together the butter,  flour and the grated cheese until you have a dough. If you have problems getting the dough to come together add a splash of milk. Roll out the dough until around 5mm thick. Cut out shapes and place on a butter greased baking tray. Bake at 180�C for 15 minutes, until puffed and golden. Cool on a wire baking rack for an hour before eating.



Banana loaf with apricots and dates � Very taste, yummy and nutritious

4 medium over ripe bananas, 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, 1 rounded teaspoon of baking powder, 110g plain white flour, 110g wholemeal flour, 110g softened butter, 175g dark brown sugar, 2 large beaten eggs (lightly beaten), 110g dates (stoned & chopped), 100g dried organic apricots.     Preheat oven to 180�C. Lightly butter a 1kg loaf tin or if you are making mini loafs, use a mini loaf tray or a muffin tray. Peel bananas and mash into a bowl until puree'ish. Put cinnamon, baking powder and flour (both) through a seive into a bowl. Then add the  mashed banana, butter, sugar & eggs and mix together, ideally using a electric hand whisk (to make the mixture really smooth). Pop the mixture into your pre greased tins and bake in middle of oven for a) mini loaves 30min, checking when brown and when a knife comes out clean ensuring centre is cooked b) loaf 1 quarter / 1 half hr or again until knife inserted in centre comes out clean. Allow to cool before slicing. Can be served with a spread of butter on top.



Cottage Cheese Pancakes � great way to get more dairy into your little ones diet

250g plain Cottage Cheese, 2 eggs, 4ish tablespoons of flour, 1 teaspoon of baking powder, 2 teaspoons of sugar, Oil / Butter to cook.

Mix cottage cheese and eggs together. Add the baking powder, sugar and enough flour to form a thick, gloppy batter mix. Add a little oil or butter to frying pan and add a dollop of mixture into pan. You can probably fit 4 � 5 at a time. Cook for a few mins on low heat, then turn once browned. Cook on other side for a matter of mins.  These can be served with fresh berries & yoghurt / Morello cherries. Honey can be drizzled onto once your child is 1 year plus.


Nice Stuff

 The following items are nice things which we have in the cupboard/freezer, that we buy at out local supermarket.
  • Fish Fingers; the salmon ones.
  • Organix Rice cakes; all flavours,
  • Organix corn snacks - Carrot Sticks, Sweetcorn Rings, Tomato Slices.
  • Ella's Kitchen sauces; 'The Italian One' and 'The Indian One'
  • M&S Fish balls
  • Little Dish - when you are in a rush and need a 'ready meal' these are wonderful. Fresh and very taste. We love the Beef Lasgane, Monty's Meatballs...infact all of them
  • Caldron Falafels from Sainsbury's