Written By Safi Newton, Project Worker at Home For Good.
Like many of
I love cooking and would rather spend time in the kitchen making a treat (and eating it) than watching tv – it relaxes and focusses me! At the start of lockdown I decided that it would make life easier, and be fun, if my children (aged eight and four) helped me to prepare our evening meals. This has had limited success but my 8 year old has finally learnt to spread a jam sandwich this week after quite a lot of protest! Small steps eh?
Like many, we haven’t yet managed to get a food delivery so something I have enjoyed doing is making some fun treats in the kitchen using what we have in the cupboards.
All in one banana cake is great for using up those browning bananas, it’s minimal effort and great for breakfast and a snack. We double the recipe as we eat is so quickly!! We have enjoyed this with raisins, chocolate chips or walnuts. On a hot summer
Northern Irish Fridge Bake
I must confess, I have found teaching my son maths a challenge, it is not my strength, so the next recipe with
Another easy make is jelly! A packet of jelly costs about £1 and it is fun to let the kids cut the blocks of jelly up, mix it with water (my little one can mix for at least ten minutes!) and then put it in the fridge for a few hours. You can add fresh or tinned fruit to it or make it in a rubber mould (we used a heart shape).
Home-made pizza is a firm favourite. We bought a bread machine for £5 from gumtree and make our
dough or you can make it by hand and kids love the kneading process.
. It makes for a fun family activity to
add your toppings together and we then play Italian music to make it feel like we are on holiday!
Easy Apple Crumble
Something a bit more complex for older children to practice cutting and for everyone to enjoy the
mixing is a tasty crumble and custard. We have enjoyed rhubarb from our neighbours garden, pears,
apples, plums and berries in our crumbles. We love making custard from birds custard powder as it
tastes great and is such fun to mix!