Cookbook of the Month – June*

Hi guys! So this month I have something a bit different for you. I was actually sent a family cookbook to test out so this review will feature some contributions from my 8-year-old daughter Mollie! We actually didn’t receive the book until towards the end of the month but since I hadn’t really gotten on with my other cookbook pick for June, I decided to quickly try out some of these recipes and make it my book for June, though I think it will be getting a lot of use in July too.

The book is Annabel Karmel’s latest offering Real Food Kids Will love. I am a huge Annabel Karmel fan, in fact, it’s thanks to her that Mollie even ate any decent food for the first few years of her life. When I first had Mollie my idea of cooking was to stick a pizza in the oven. I wanted to make sure Mollie had the healthiest start possible so armed with Annabel Karmel’s Baby and Toddler Meal Planner I learned to cook from scratch and always had a freezer full of homemade baby food.

Book review Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Anyway, I was really excited to receive this book last week and let Mollie pick 2 recipes to try so here’s how we got on!

Cranberry and sultana flapjacks

Cranberry and sultana flapjacks Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Mollie

Hello, I am Mollie I am going to review this recipe that I made. I made Cranberry and sultana flapjacks. I picked this recipe because it looked very tasty and it looked like a nice recipe to make. It was easy the easy bit was weighing the ingredients the hard bit was taking it out of the oven so I made mum do that bit! The funniest bit was bashing the nuts up with a rolling pin!!

They tasted really nice so nice we might make them tonight!

Cranberry and sultana flapjacks Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Me

So As Mollie said, she really did do most of the cooking, I literally just took them in and out of the oven for her. I have to confess I’ve never been the biggest fan of flapjacks, they are not something I ever really eat. But Mollie chose them wanting to try something new so I thought we’d give them a go. I loved them! They were really quick and easy to make, the majority of the ingredients were healthy (cranberries, sultanas, pecan nuts and coconuts) and they came out the perfect texture, not too hard with a chewy consistency. These were a big hit and even though we only made them yesterday they are almost all gone so we will definitely be making these again.

Cranberry and sultana flapjacks Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Cranberry and sultana flapjacks Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Crispy Baked Cod with Sweet Potato Chips

sweet potato chips Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Mollie

They were easy and hard to make. The easy bit was bashing the corn flakes the hard bit was putting the ingredients into the bowls. The fun bit was putting the fish in the flour then the egg and then the cornflakes then we put them on the tray we did that 4 times it was super fun!

sweet potato chips Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

sweet potato chips Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Me

Another meal choice by Mollie and another food I never, ever eat, fish! I found it hard to say no though when she was so keen to try something new so I put my big girl pants on and ate the fish (though I refused to touch it so Mollie had to do all the prep. As someone who has never cooked fish before that wasn’t of the finger variety I have to say this recipe was incredibly easy to follow and the cooking times were spot on. I make sweet potato wedges quite regularly and do usually season mine a bit more but I guess as these meals are based around families and from toddler age up, you wouldn’t want them too spicy.

I’m not going to lie and say I’m a fish convert now because I am most definitely not, but I would have this again. I thought using the cornflakes as part of the batter would taste a bit strange, cereal on fish!? But it was really nice and added a crispy texture so I will be trying the same thing with chicken in the future.

The recipe was for 2 cod fillets but we doubled it and made 4 which Mike was happy about because he had the extra one! I think he’s been enjoying this cookbook so far as he has eaten lots of things I wouldn’t usually make!

sweet potato chips Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will Love

Final Scores

Mollie

I recommend this cookbook because it seems really healthy, tasty and I think it will be good for toddlers.

Me

I have to say I think this will become a regularly used cookbook in this house, we already have 2 more meals from it on our meal plan for this week. Mollie is particularly excited to try the mini toad in the holes which do look very cute and tasty. There are over 100 recipes and a fab holiday-themed section at the end which we can’t wait to test out nearer Halloween and Christmas.

If you are looking to get your child more involved in cooking, to eat healthier or just looking for some family meal inspiration then this book is for you!

So the scores:

Tastiness 4/5 The flapjacks were delicious, the fish wasn’t for me but to be fair it did taste quite nice and that is a big compliment coming from me as I won’t even eat fish fingers!

Easiness 5/5 No complicated cooking techniques at all and simple enough that with a bit of support your child can get fully involved. Even the very beginner cook can follow Annabel’s meals with no problems

Low Cost 4/5 we spent quite a bit on the ingredients for these meals but the fish did bump the price up. Adding a couple of these meals a week into your weekly shop will not break the bank and there are plenty of recipes that use similar ingredients so nothing will go to waste.

*I was gifted this book in exchange for a full, honest review.

Book review, Annabel Karmel Real Food Kids Will love
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13 thoughts on “Cookbook of the Month – June*

    1. I never eat fish usually but this was quite nice! I’ve seen a few recipe’s for home made chicken nuggets using this sort of coating so might give it a try! Gotta be better than a McDonald’s right haha!

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  1. Totally love the sound of this cookbook, I’ve been looking for a new one recently as I’ve got into cooking again. The crispy cod looks delicious and it’s great that you tried them, I’m not a fish fan either but it’s good you have it a go.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

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    1. This is definitely a good one for family meals! I’m the fussiest eater ever and really hate trying new things but can’t really encourage my daughter to try things if I’m not going to!

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    1. Haha! I couldn’t cook at all a few years ago but books like this make it so easy! Aww thank you, she’s dying to help write my blog, most days she wants to be a you tuber though πŸ˜‚

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  2. You and Mollie are super adorable! πŸ˜€ ❀ I love that this was such a fun post and she really got to help out, this is just too much cuteness! The food looks really yummy too, I love sweet potato anything! Tell Mollie she's got this cooking thing down pack! πŸ˜€

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    1. Aw thank you 😊 she’s been dying to write on my blog for ages so this was the perfect chance! I wasn’t sure how well it worked but we had lots of fun doing it! Haha I’ll pass on your compliments to the chef πŸ˜‚

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  3. I am very impressed that Molly is so keen! I try so hard to get Flora enthused about different food but she’s quite resistant. I’ve tried getting her involved in choosing, shopping and preparing meals but she rarely eats everything or wants it again. I think I’m going to have to look at this Annabel Karmel book because it just might be the holy grail I need! Fab review, thank you so much for sharing πŸ™‚

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

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    1. Haha she’s not usually so keen! Lately though she has been taking an interest in cooking so I’m trying to encourage it as much as I can! She’s had a few cook books before but this is the first she really enjoyed choosing from and there are lots of lovely meals! Thank you 😊

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