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    Middle-Eastern Cooking with the Family

    Modern tastes have become increasingly sophisticated – not only in adults, but also in children. If my mother had suggested during my eighties childhood that I try hummus, for example, I would have fainted! However, more exotic flavours are a regular feature of school lunch boxes at my daughter’s school, and I’ve found that her young friends are interested in tasting some of the more experimental dishes I’ve offered at parties. The likes of spaghetti bolognese, curry and Chinese food have long been assimilated into the standard British diet. More recently, Mexican food enjoyed a moment in the sun, while Middle-Eastern and North African food is one of the trends…

  • Baked Chicken Schnitzel with Cornflake Crust

    I love schnitzel and my girls love it too. It usually gets really oily if fried in a pan full of oil but this baked version will be good for your kids and for your waist all at the same time. Ingredients: 500g skinless chicken breast cut in long strips 1 large eggs 2 cups of crushed cornflakes 1 tablespoon olive oil coarse salt and freshly ground pepper Preheat the oven at 200C. Wash the chicken well and pat dry. Season with salt and pepper and put on a side. In a small bowl beat the egg with 1 tablespoon of water. In a separate bowl mix the crushed cornflakes…

  • Halloween Pumpkin Cupcakes

    As promised yesterday here it is the recipe for the Pumpkin Cupcakes. I know they don’t look as great as others but it is my first time and the taste is incredible so i can be forgiven don’t you think? Ingredients for buns: 60 gr of pumpkin puree 250 gr plain flour 5 small eggs 1/2 cup evaporated milk 1 cup soft brown sugar 1 cup brown sugar 1/2 tsp baking soda 1/2 tsp baking powder 1 tsp cinnamon 1 tsp vanilla extract Ingredients for the topping: 150 gr of butter at the room temperature 50 gr icing sugar 3 tbsp of orange juice straight from a fresh orange  …

  • Pasties with leftovers mince

    This last week I’ve been watching a program call Superscrimpers on Channel 4. There are lots of frugal advices but one I really liked tip about leftover pasties. One of the super crimpers (can’t recall her name) advice us to make pasties if we have leftover mince. As it happens I had some leftover mince in the fridge from a chilli i made earlier in the week and some short crust pastry so I tried it. It was a success! If you didn’t watch the program then and would like to try making this then here is what you need: – short crust pastry – leftover mice Make little parcels…

  • Pasta with chicken and broccoli

    These days is quite hard to include vegetables in my daughters diet. She suddenly became a bit fussy when it comes to eating. But she loves pasta so a couple of days ago I came up with this recipe:   Ingredients: – brown pasta boiled aldente- I used about 200 gr. of spiral one but you can use whichever pasta you like and enough for your family; – chicken breast cut in small pieces and cooked in a frying pan a I cooked until golden; -1 piece broccoli boiled and cut in small prices; – ham cut I small pieces as well; – cream cheese  – I used Sainsbury’s own…

  • Meatballs my way

    Recently my daughter start refusing eating vegetables! I guess this is a toddler thing and just a phase but in the meantime I need to think of ways to give my daughter some vegetables. This is why I decided to make these meatballs on Sunday! My daughter loves meatballs so they were a success. Ingredients: – 150 gr. of mince beef; – 1 small courgette; – 1 carrot; – 1 small onion; – 2 cloves of garlic; – salt and pepper; – a bunch of parsley Put all the ingredients besides the mince in a mixer and pulse until smooth. At the end put the vegetable mixture on top of…