Cooking with Kids – Homemade Pizza

As we only have a small kitchen we don't have room for a lot of gadgets, I literally have room for my kettle and (smoothie) blender that I use every day, add some post, a lunch box, two fruit bowls and some water bottles and it's more than cluttered!  If you're lucky enough to have a bigger kitchen than us and have a bread maker you can do the first bit of this recipe in it, saving some time.

Stuffed Courgettes

We're having a bumper crop of courgettes at the minute thanks to some amazing sunny weather and lots of rain too. I've also had two rather large marrows because I missed them underneath all the huge leaves and didn't go down to the vegetable patch for two days because of the rain.  I came up with this recipe and it worked really well, Oliver asked me as soon as he'd finished when i could make it again so I consider that a win!

Roast dinner with Perfect Yorkshire Puddings

If you were to ask my boys what their favourite foods are their answers would be the perfect mix of English and Italian, just like them!  They love Yorkshire Puddings and Pancakes, Pizza and Pasta.  They absolutely love a roast dinner with gravy.  As an English person it's such a tradition and I have to say it's my favourite meal too.  Unfortunately I don't make a roast very often as I don't make the time to.  Sometimes it seems like a lot of work and I'm not very creative with the chicken leftovers (I tend to stick to the same two recipes - chicken pie or risotto) but when I do it's definitely worth it and there is no fuss from the boys and always clean plates at the end of the meal.  Who doesn't love a Sunday roast?

Chicken & Coconut Risotto

This is a great recipe for using up any leftover chicken after a roast dinner. It was inspired and adapted from Deliciously Ella's Pea and Courgette Risotto from her book Deliciously Ella with Friends.   Using the coconut milk gives the creaminess that you expect from a typical risotto using white arborio rice.  I used broccoli here but you could use any green veg you have in the house, for example frozen peas or green beans would work well. This recipe serves two adults and two children with another portion left over for lunch the next day.