We are very lucky in that both Oliver and Leo will eat pretty much everything we serve them and that they tend to prefer fruit over sweet foods. Recently when the lovely people at Organix got in touch and asked if we wanted to try a recipe or two of theirs we jumped at the chance.
The first recipe we tried was their Savoury Muffin Recipe and when I first looked at the amount of ingredients involved I was a little concerned that the boys would struggle firstly with the making and then secondly the flavour and taste of them once cooked, however I needn’t have worried.
The Muffins were so easy to make and the kids loved making them and then eating them and here’s how you can make them too.
What You Need:
- 225g self-raising flour
- 1 small carrot
- 2 spring onions
- 1/2 red pepper
- 2 tbps sweetcorn
- 100g mature cheddar
- 175ml milk (or dairy free alternative)
- 1 large egg
- 50ml olive oil
How To Make:
- Step 1
Preheat the oven to 200°C (Gas mark 6/400°F). Lightly brush 10 moulds of a 12 hole muffin tin with oil.
- Step 2
Measure and sift the flour into a large mixing bowl.
- Step 3
Prepare the vegetables – grate the carrot, finely chop the spring onion, de-seed and finely chop the red pepper. Add all of the vegetables to the flour. Grate the cheddar cheese, add it to the bowl and mix well to combine.
- Step 4
In a separate bowl, mix together the milk, egg and olive oil. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. Divide the mixture between the 10 oiled muffin tin moulds.
- Step 5
Bake for about 20 minutes until cooked through and golden brown.
- Step 6
- Cool on a wire rack.
Then all you have to do is eat these delicious treats. These are definitely something we will be making again when we have a party of event that needs that something different. I total they took less then an hour to make.
We are very excited to announce that we are Brand Ambassador for a great company Little Fingers Baby food, healthy home cooked food from weaning is something we are passionate about and stuck to the best we could with for both our boys of course there are always going to be times when jars are the only option but with Little Fingers Food these times are less and less. A bit about Little Fingers from there website..
“All our finger food is handmade and prepared in our kitchen, and then quickly frozen down to maintain the best quality, locking in the goodness, resulting in a better flavour, and a more nutritious meal for your little one to try.”
Our kids love the snacks we have tried and we will definitely be ordering more. We have tried the Apple and Sultana mini Cakes, the Squash Bites, the Lentil and Cheese Fingers and the Courgette Bites. Oliver loved the Mini Cakes whilst Leo loved the Squash Bites.
Why not check out their website and quote MILES06 at the check out if you order.
A Great Dessert for all the family.
Pink Angel Trifle’s
These trifle type desserts started off as a “Diet” dessert but have quickly become a big hit with all the family and being low in sugar makes them all the better.
The Trifle is so simple to make and a great way to get the kids involved in the kitchen.
To make them you need:
- Hartley’s Sugar Free Jelly Crystals
- Strawberry Angel Delight (no added sugar)
- Semi Skimmed or Almond milk
- Fruit of your choice tinned or Fresh ( we love fresh Water melon)
- Spray Cream
- Gullon Sugar free Maria biscuits (optional)
Start by chopping the melon and dividing between the glasses.
Make up the jelly according to the pack then pour over the fruit.
Place in fridge and leave to set for about 2 hours.
Make up Angel Delight according to the pack if using Almond Milk add about 50ml less otherwise the Angel delight will not set.
Spoon the mixture on top of the Jelly and return to the fridge.
Before serving add the Spray cream and Biscuits.
You can experiment and add lots of different Toppings, what would you choose?
These are a great snack for lunch time and are very simple to make Or serve with some butternut chips and salad for a nice dinner the whole family will enjoy. They can also be made with different fillings.
You will need:
- 1/4 of ready made filo pastry (cut into 4 equal parts) then unrolled and cut in half again (you only need one half of this) and then in half again to make little square sheets.
- 15g Melted Butter
- 30g Protein Cheese grated
- 6 Cherry Tomatoes cut in half
- 2 Eggs lightly whisk
- 3 Heck Sausages
- Pure sunflower oil spray
How to make:
- To start spray one spray of the sunflower oil into each of the muffin tin cups.
- Layer the filo pastry brushing with a little bit of the melted butter between layers. I used 4 layers per Tart.
- Add the sausages and cherry tomatoes dividing them between the 6. Once the fillings are in carefully pour in the egg mixture and top with the cheese. Season to personal taste
- Cook for about 15/20 mins in a pre heated oven.
The tarts can then be enjoyed hot or cold.
Written by Mrs 2 Bottles of Milk, my wife Keighley Miles.
Here a few tips on planning a budget, stress free party as well as a simple check list of the things you need..
- Plan ahead. The sooner you start buying stuff the cheaper you can buy it and the less you feel the pinch on your pockets. I got some great boxes which we used for loot bags for the kids for a few quid from China they cost £8+ from the UK.
- Make everything you can in advance sponge cakes (without the fillings) can be frozen. I made my cake pops a few weeks in advance. The Birthday cake was made two weekends before the party using “fake cake”, loot bags can also be made up. Also take everything out of its wrappers before the party saving time and mess at the venue.
Don’t go overboard on buying. Once you have your theme write a list of what you want it’s too easy on eBay to end up buying anything and everything that matches your theme resulting in stuff going unused. Also you can use the theme to pick a simple colour scheme. Like Peppa Pig you could use pink and red. Paw Patrol Blue and Red.
- Customise cheaper plain cake pop stands to match you theme. And Pick paper plates and cups in a matching colour to the theme they look better and cost less then the theme plates. We also customised cheap white table cloths using stick on letters.
- Invest in some catering serving trays which come with lids these save a lot of time. You don’t have to wrap in clingfilm/unwrap. They are easy stackable and look great plus are reusable they don’t work out much more then the cheap disposable ones.
- Buy some jugs and fill with diluted juice rather then the more expensive fruit juice Etc. Or small bottles of water and add a drop of juice to each. Better for the kids and your pockets
- Most halls don’t allow you to stick/pins things to the wall anymore so save your money on banners and the stress of trying to find somewhere to put them. Some simple balloon decorations look good and give more impact you could also then give the balloons to the kids as they are leaving instead of loot bags.
- Pick food which can be cooked the day before just make sure it’s cooled before putting in the fridge to save them sweating.
Simple list of the basic things you need.
Loot bags (if doing)
Loot bag fillings (we had a small pack of sweets, a small car, a sticker, a party blower)
I will be doing a post soon on how to make cake pops and other party food.