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“Pizza” Baguettes and English Muffins – Cooking with Kids

  Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes, and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment, and creativity. – Guy Fieri One of my favourite little people, The Jam, loves cooking. Sometimes, when we Skype, he is in the middle of baking something delectable with his parents. This made picking an activity to do with him (besides reading stories) quite easy! In fact, when I was home in January I decided to get him, and his family, two cookbooks – The Usbourne Beginner’s Cookbook and Ella’s Kitchen: The Cookbook. When I returned in August, I picked a recipe from the former of these books to make with him. So, off we marched the local shop where we picked up some baguettes and where he conned me into buying ice-creams for his parents and a King Cornetto for himself (smart kid!). One reason why I feel this recipe is a great one to do with kids is because they can choose their own toppings based on their own likes and dislikes, and can help at a variety of levels depending …

Slightly Boozy Homemade Apple Cider

Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple. – JK Rowling As much as I love spring and summer, there is just something enchanting about Autumn and Winter flavours, smells, colours and holidays. I love the look, taste, and smell of everything these two season have to offer: warm fragrant soups, pumpkin pies, apple tarts, oranges stuffed with cloves, hot minty chocolate, and hot apple cider — to mention just a few. The first time I ever had apple cider was at my first Thanksgiving in America as an adult (way back in 2001!). I was confused. I didn’t understand how it could be cider as there was no alcohol! Eventually I came to appreciate this kind of cider and now I really, really love all the flavours. Last year, for a tea night I decided I wanted to make American apple cider, however, most recipes I saw called for pre-made cider. I didn’t understand why, when surely you could just use apples to …

Garlicky Rasher Baked Beans (on Toast)

And hey, bacon made everything better. – Jennifer Estep Last weekend I was craving baked beans on toast. I didn’t have any tins of baked beans in the house and I kept forgetting that the nearest grocery shop doesn’t have any there. Sigh! (I should also admit that I was too lazy to walk the extra 2 minutes to the next nearest store where I KNOW they have them. Don’t judge me—it was the weekend!). By Monday evening I was desperate. So after work, armed with a semi-empty bag, I marched into Homeplus. And, of course, I purchased a tin of beans…or five. I decided to make what has become one of my favourite ways to make baked beans, after these scrumptious Kale Baked Beans. It’s really simple and so tasty. The smell of the bacon, onion and garlic together is already enticing enough, never mind adding those baked beans in. Served on warm, buttery toast or with a nice baked potato, here’s a nice little meal that you can make up in a jiffy on a busy week day night or …

Pesto, Tuna and Pea Pasta

I’d much rather eat pasta and drink wine than be a size 0. – Sophia Bush Do you ever have really lazy days? Sometimes when I come home all I want to do is wallow in front of the TV or Netflix eating ice-cream and a packet of crisps. However, as I’ve already mentioned, I’ve found out I have a bit of a cholesterol problem; so being so self-serving is getting to be less and less of an attractive option. I’ve had to make some tough changes over the last 8-9 months. I no longer eat school lunches in one of my schools and I am gearing up to stop in the other so that I can bring healthier choices.Though they aren’t all the healthiest meals, I’ve eaten a lot less white rice in the last 4 months than I had been up to that point. I’m eating a lot more vegetables and I am generally eating smaller portions, or at least am getting full more quickly. Since coming back to Korea after my summer holidays, I’ve been …

Twix and Vanilla with Cookies and Cream Ice-Cream Cake

Without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos. – Don Kardong I love ice-cream. Chocolate, vanilla, macadamia, coconut, berry, melon, cookies and cream, cookie dough—you name it and I like it. All except for green tea ice-cream. I hate it, hate it, hate it. Nearly every time we buy an ice-cream cake here in Korea we get a multi-flavoured one so that everyone can enjoy it. There is always a green tea option, but because I can see it, I can avoid it. Well, two weekends ago, one of my friends hosted a barbeque and I opted to bring dessert. Originally, I was going to make something, but I didn’t have time because I was too busy watching Dr. Who (that is a valid excuse, right?). Instead, I went to the local convenience shop and bought a Häagen-Dazs® ice-cream cake as I was convinced that it would be filled with chocolate ice-cream. You can guess what happened, though, right? Man, I was so excited to eat it and so disappointed when I cut that first …