All posts filed under: Child-friendly

RECIPE: Chocolate Easter bark

Looking for a nice homemade Easter gift or something to do with the kids over the long weekend? Chocolate Easter bark is just the thing! 200g dark chocolate (at least 70% cocoa solids) 100g white chocolate Mini eggs Sprinkles 1. Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. 2. Break the dark chocolate into pieces and place in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until melted. Do the same with the white chocolate in another bowl. 3. Pour the dark chocolate onto the baking paper and spread out. Swirl over the white chocolate and scatter with mini eggs (I left some whole and broke others up) and sprinkles. Put the tray into the freezer to cool. 4. When the chocolate is set it will lift easily from the paper. Either wrap as a whole slab, or break into shards and wrap. Keep it cool or it will melt. Have fun experimenting with your favourite toppings!      Advertisements

RECIPES: Entertaining on a budget

I love entertaining and feeding people. If I had my way we’d be dining on lobsters and venison and all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients because I like to try new recipes and experiment. But invariably they come with a hefty price tag and at the moment that’s not a price tag we can afford. So I wanted to write a few entries here and there about entertaining on a budget, and how by utilising things you already have in your fridge/freezer/store cupboard it’s possible to put together menus that are tasty but don’t break the bank.  Obviously these are based on what I already have in MY house, but hopefully they might provide some inspiration (as well as some favourite recipes). The first is for a dinner party for 6 people, achieved on just £20, with some extras for my toddler. MENU: Canapé – Meatballs with spicy tomato sauce, grated parmesan and basil on canapé spoons. Starter – Pesto and mozzarella bruschetta with watercress and a honey and balsamic drizzle. Main – Fennel …

RECIPE: Chocolate Chip Cookies

Chocolate chip cookies have always been a childhood favourite. My Mum used to make us gooey milk chocolate chip versions, and me and my sisters would stand on chairs in the kitchen helping her mix the ingredients. Then, the house smelling of chocolate and biscuits we would gobble them up while they were still warm. They are quick and easy to make, so a perfect half hour activity for keeping little ones occupied, and for making use of easter egg goodies! This is my Mum’s recipe for chocolate chip cookies, which I’ve adapted for white chocolate, just because we had white chocolate buttons in the house. You could easily substitute these for milk chocolate, or experiment with your own fillings. Makes c.15 100g softened unsalted butter 50g light brown muscovado sugar 50g granulated sugar 1/4 tsp vanilla flavouring 1 egg 125g plain flour ½ tsp bicarbonate of soda 150g white chocolate chips (white chocolate buttons work fine if you break them up a bit first!) 1. Preheat oven at 190 C/GM5 and grease two baking …