Happy recipe Tuesday. Today, a review of one of our delightful little cookbooks Little Kitchen.
Little Kitchen contains…as the cover says ’40 delicious and simple things that children can really make’. The philosophy behind the book is that author Sabrina Parrini feels passionate about teaching children to learn to cook real food. That is, food in a recognisable form, not a powdered form from a packet off the supermarket shelf. And so the 40 recipes contains delicious fresh ingrediants that will introduce your children to different cooking techniques (if they are old enough to help out) but also a variety of flavours. There’s also a delightful note to parents stating how to be patient with your little ones when they are cooking, allowing them to experiment and make a little mess whilst also setting ground rules and ensuring safety comes first.
Each recipe clearly states the ingrediants needed and has images of the utensils required to make the recipe. At first glance I thought the recipes were quite long. But they clearly lay each step out step by step. Making it easy for little ones to comprehend and also because the recipes listed are ‘real food’ they’re not just biscuits, cakes and snacks, but real recipes so little ones get a chance to learn to cook proper meals.
If your little one is too young to help out just yet, don’t be turned off. There really are some great recipes that you can start preparing for them now and they can join in down the track when they’re ready. My pick of the bunch? Fried Rice, Tuna Pinwheels, Crunchy Chicken Fingers, Little Egg and Bacon Breakfast pies, Cinnamon Apple Fritters, Apple Tea Cake and cause we’re only 6 weeks out till Christmas…Christmassy Punch (see recipe below).
We just test drove this punch and will definitely be including it in our Christmas Day feast. I think Goldilocks’ cousins and adults alike will enjoy this festive tipple. It’s refreshing and the rose blush colour will match your Christmas colour scheme!
1 litre lemonade
500ml Cranberry juice (the recipes suggests Bickfords)
2 tsp rosewater (you can get this from most specialty food stores or delis)
1 lime thinly sliced
1/2 punnet raspberries
6 fresh mint leaves
If making this with your kids. Ensure a grown up pours the lemonade into a punch bowl. (What I love about Little Kitchen is that it really teaches your kids basics – its suggests ‘to stop it fizzing too much, pour it down the inside of the bowl instead of just sloshing it in).
Add the cranberry and rosewater, lime and mint.
Serve immediately on ice.
Delish! Happy Recipe Tuesday.