30 November 2011

Comments please

Hi there
I hope you are enjoying my blog and use my recipes when you find the time!
I would love to get as much feedback from you as regards to the recipes and advice I put up on here. Your feedback is really valuable to me as I am then able to change, add, amend where necessary and really provide you with practical solutions to all your needs when cooking for you and your family.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
Happy cooking

29 November 2011

Healthy kids recipes - easy cabbage pesto

Easy cabbage pesto

This is a great alternative to basil pesto and very healthy. Cabbage contains so many nutrients (http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_nutrients_are_there_in_cabbage) and mixed with the below ingredients is very yummy added to freshly cooked pasta. A sprinkling of freshly grated parmesan on top will be a winner with little people's taste buds and they won't even be aware of the goodness they are getting.


8 leaves of cabbage, cooked in boiling water for 4 minutes until tender
2 tbsp parmesan cheese
A handful of pine nuts
Olive oil to loosen


  1. Add all the ingredients into a food processor apart from the oil
  2. Turn the processor on and add the oil slowly until you have reached the right consistency
  3. Warm it up just before serving and add it to freshly cooked pasta
Top tip:

If you don't have a food processor, a hand-blender does the job just as well.

28 November 2011

Healthy kids recipes - easy garlic bread

Garlic sliced bread

This is are really quick alternative to shop bought garlic bread which is costly and full of preservatives. You can use fresh bread, pitta bread or packaged sliced bread - whatever you have at home. Children love to mix the ingredients together and spread on the bread and it is a perfect accompaniment to pasta, pizza or just as a snack. Garlic is also so good for you too! For the older taste buds a little salt and pepper can also be added.

Ingredients: (makes 4-6 slices)

4 tsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 clove garlic (add more if you like it really garlicy)
Leaves from 1 thyme stalk
Wholemeal sliced bread


  1. Add the butter, garlic and thyme to a bowl and mix thoroughly
  2. Using a knife, spread the butter onto the sliced bread
  3. Place the bread under a medium grill until golden brown

11 November 2011

Healthy kids recipes - easy and nutritious vegetable fingers

Easy and nutritious vegetable fingers

The hardest things about these, is the peeling of the potatoes and clearing up the mess afterwards. But please don't let that put you off. You could put any vegetable in with the mashed potatoes. My two children love these. My little boy who has more often than not refused to eat anything green just eats the broccoli and peas without thinking about it. I often cook these in my cookery classes and 99 out of 100 children devour them. Adding a dollop of Ketchup on the side helps them go down a treat!

Vegetable fingers & balls crisping up nicely
For the filling
4 medium potatoes, peeled and quartered
½ mug tinned or fresh sweetcorn
½ mug of peas
4 or 5 broccoli florets

For the coating
1 egg, beaten lightly (or milk for those who can't eat eggs)
½ mug of breadcrumbs
Pepper to taste


  1. Boil the potatoes for 15 minutes until soft. Allow to cool in the fridge. The cooler the potatoes the easier the fingers are to form
  2. Cook the peas, sweetcorn and broccoli (chopping the broccoli up in small pieces once cooked)
  3. In a bowl, pass the potatoes through a ricer or mash with a potato masher and add all the other ingredients
  4. With your hands, mix all the ingredients together and then shape into small patties, balls or fingers, coat in the egg or milk and then breadcrumbs
  5. Fry in a little oil until the outer edges are crisp, allow to cool and serve

Serving suggestions:

To add a little more crunch and nutrition, you could sprinkle some sesame seeds into the breadcrumbs.

10 November 2011

Kinder Kitchen Biscuit Decorating Classes

Biscuit Decorating classes (from age 2)
Arts Depot, Tally Ho Corner, North Finchley
Mondays @ 11am
£7.50 per session

Come and join me with your children at the Arts Dept on Monday’s to decorate homemade biscuits. Next week’s theme is ‘animals’. My classes are creative and fun and allow your children to develop their artistic side. You get to take home the biscuits you have decorated to share with your family.

Please call Natasha at Kinder Kitchen on 07734 054 649 to book your child’s place