For a parenting blog there’s been a bit of an absence here of posts about cooking & food, something which I’ve often regretted.
Food is such an important part of raising healthy children, but – at present anyway – I’m not much of a cook. In the demarcation of roles here that’s the Mummy’s area of expertise, & she does a great job of it.
That is why I’m really pleased to be able to at last present a really good cooking post. It’s not written by me, you may not be surprised to hear, but was written for this blog by Layla Grant. You can read more about her at the end.
So, without further ado, here’s Layla:
Where has the summer gone? It seems like overnight, the sun left us and we started cranking up the heating as autumn winds took the heat away. However, we can keep the summer alive for our families with some delicious transitional cooking, keeping the summer while introducing autumn and letting us slowly let go of the warmer days. Looking for some inspiration? Here are a few delicious summer/autumn recipes for the whole family!
A delicious, warming autumn soup with a hint of the sweetness of summer.
1 tbsp olive oil
1 Small onion
900ml vegetable stock
500g carrots, in slices or small chunks
A pinch of chopped fresh coriander
1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped
2 tbsp honey
3 tbsp breadcrumbs
How to make it:
Heat the oil in a pan and add the onion and coriander, frying until the onion is soft.
Add the stock, carrots and honey. Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer until the carrots are tender.
Blend the soup, leaving lumps if preferred, or pureeing it according to your family’s preference. Smaller children and babies usually prefer smooth soups.
Serve, garnishing with the dill and breadcrumbs.
Replace 200g of carrots with butternut squash or pumpkin to serve at your Halloween party.
Serve at room temperature during summer for a refreshing meal.
Another summery favourite which will keep the memories alive right through autumn. Perfect for lunchboxes in older children.
1-2 carrots, diced
1 red pepper, diced and seeds removed
1 yellow pepper, diced and seeds removed
One orange, juiced and skin/pith discarded
Half a cucumber, sliced and quartered
1 stick of celery, finely sliced
How to make it:
Boil or steam the carrot until tender (or if preferred raw, leave it as it is). Add to the peppers, cucumber and celery in a bowl and set aside.
Pop the couscous into a bowl, add the orange juice then pour over 225ml of water, leaving it for 4-6 minutes to absorb.
When the water is absorbed fully, add the couscous to the vegetable bowl then use two forks to combine the ingredients.
Add a little finely chopped fried bacon for a meatier dish, or use a few drops of lemon juice and soy sauce to add a hint of Japanese flavouring.
Rice Pudding with Summer Fruits
How could we forget the classic warming dessert topped with delicious summer berries?
75g short-grain rice
75g caster sugar
300g berries, such as raspberries, redcurrants, blueberries or blackberries
How to make it:
Preheat the oven to 170oC. Grease a baking dish that holds up to 1 litre.
Add the rice, milk and 25g of caster sugar to the dish. Cover it with foil and place in the middle of the “oven for one hour, until the rice is tender.
Put your berries, either fresh or frozen, into a saucepan (or a small frying pan) and set it to a low heat. Mix the berries with the remaining caster sugar and three tablespoons of water. Heat together for five minutes, stirring gently until the fruit is tender and the sugar dissolved.
Serve the rice pudding in a dish topped with your berries.
Here you have a selection of delicious recipes to keep your love of summer alive for as long as you like, with a little added warmth for those cool nights. Why not let the kids help with the cooking to make it a true family event?
About the Author
This article was written by Layla Grant on behalf of Galt Toys. Galt Toys have 175 years’ experience in toys and education. Galt know a thing or two about designing toys & craft activities to encourage children to learn through play…and also have fun!
Disclaimer: I received no compensation for this post. It’s just great to finally have a good cooking post here, & I thought this was a really good one.