Fun Foodie Friends Cookbook
It's no secret among those that know me best that I am
a truly awful not the best cook. Saying that, I may not be that bad because realistically, I just don't cook unless I have to. Of course, this was never a problem BA (before Archie) as I was lucky to fall into a loving relationship with Mr J, who not only loves cooking, but is also pretty fantastic at it. Problem solved! When A was born, I used my boobs to feed him (that's cooking of some form, right?) and then as weaning began I knew I was actually going to have to attempt creating something edible as ideally I didn't want him to starve (read on if you'd like to see my point).
The point to all this is that I knew one day I would have to get in the kitchen and anything that can make that easier for me is very welcome! So, when I was contacted by the people behind Fun Foodie Friends, a child-friendly cookbook that focuses on fun, I figured I needed all the help I could get and decided to try it out. The concept of Fun Foodie Friends is to get the children more involved with cooking and to make it fun! There are some great recipes, ranging from simple to medium difficulty and somehow they've managed to turn me into someone who can make something that tastes better than edible (Archie says 'Nom nom!')!
I decided to start simple and thankfully there's a really easy recipe in the book for making banana ice-cream! As Archie is a huge fan of bananas and ice-cream, I figured he'd love this one. It only took a few hours to make (5 minutes to prep, but 2 hours freezing the bananas) so I made it whilst he was having a nap.
The book features some really great illustrations alongside each recipe of the ingredients shaped as an animal or face, so great fun for kids to be able to try and re-create them and although A is too little to help, he loves flicking through the book and we tend to even use it for educational purposes, which usually goes something like this:
*A points at fish*
Me: That's a fish, Archie
A: Oh no! Boya-boom-dee-bom
We also decided to make Wonderful Wendy's Watermelon Pops (get the kids to say that over & over again). I don't know who Wendy is but she makes a mean ice lolly. Once again, the recipe was really easy to follow and they tasted absolutely delicious - really sweet but also full of water (great way of getting fluids into fussy tots). They're all fruit (bar 1 optional tablespoon of sugar) and include watermelon (obviously), raspberries and lime, yum!
Each recipe features symbols to show whether it's kid-friendly (no sharp knives or boiling water required), or whether you need one or two big helpers and also includes a fun fact about the ingredients involved. Though not pictured, we've also made Sweet Ela's Savoury Sweet Potato Wedges and Lemony Dragonslice Lemonade which were equally as "nom nom" (A's words). There are even a few games at the back for the kids to be getting on with whilst they're waiting for the food to cook, they've really thought of everything!
A couple of things to note are a few of the measurements are in cup sizes (American measurements) and a few of the ingredients are clearly from the US of A (such as jell-o, love that name) but that hasn't presented any problems for us thus far, we've just used the UK equivalent. The illustrations are fun and engaging and when Archie is a little older, I'm sure he'll love helping us make things!
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