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How to amuse the kids this week

by | Jan 2, 2024 | Uncategorized

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In two days it’ll be 2024.

What would you like 2024 to look like?

If, like me, you’d like to be freed from nightly kitchen chores, this is perfect timing to try something new.

In fact, it’s a perfect storm of timing, social media addiction and a few handy recipes.

Yes everyone, it’s time to get those kids in the kitchen.

Most of them are off next week and they’ll be really bored, it’s such a crap time to have a holiday from school with all the excitement of Christmas way behind them.

Just tell them they can film themselves and post exciting content on their chosen social media platform. It’s a winner.

One of our customers messaged to say that her 12yo son was cooking our recipes while filming himself complete with celeb chef voiceover.
It’s excellent!” she rightly exclaimed. If you want a piece of this- see our subscription options here.

But seriously, especially if your kids are a bit older and not far from fleeing the nest, it’s a great idea to send them off into the world armed with enough basics to nourish themselves properly in between Pot Noodles and Jagermeister bombs (that my 18 yo nephew drinks as an apéritif).

I’ve had a think and these are our bestest, quickest recipes for kids to make, enjoy and hopefully, commit to memory. 

And look forward to a far more relaxing 2024..

These recipes all make 4 portions but are delicious leftovers.

1. Basic but Brilliant Tomato Sauce for Pasta

In a large frying pan, warm at least 3 tbsp of olive oil over a low heat.
Add 3 finely sliced cloves of garlic and cook gently for a minute (don’t allow to burn)
Throw in 2 x tins tomatoes (whole or chopped) and increase the heat slightly. 
Allow to bubble away, adding water from the rinsed tins when the mixture starts to reduce and stick a bit.
Continue to cook for at least 45 mins, adding water (up to a couple of tins) and breaking down the tomatoes with the back of a wooden spoon.

Great with spaghetti and a ridiculously cheap dinner.

2. Baked Gnocchi with Pesto, Peas and Spinach

One of our most loved meals as it’s SO easy. Just bung it all in the oven.
Click here and I’ll send you the recipe card. My daughter makes this a lot. Happy days.

3. Ramen Bowl (Basically Pimped Up Pot noodles)

Make 1.5l vegetable stock by pouring boiling water over 3 stock cubes in a large pan.
Add 2 peeled, sliced cloves of garlic and 2 tbsp soy sauce to flavour. Allow to simmer for a few minutes then submerge 250g ramen noodles and cook as per packet instructions. 
Divide into bowls and submerging handfuls of baby spinach into the broth, adding a spoonful of sweet corn and finished with a halved soft-boiled egg. You can totally freestyle here and add whatever veg you have/like- sliced pepper, peas, sliced spring onion to garnish. Drizzle with an assertive chili oil and soy sauce. Slurp with abandon.

PS Would really love to hear how the kids get on!