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.
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
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!
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.
Crispy Baked Cod with Sweet Potato Chips
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!
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!
I recommend this cookbook because it seems really healthy, tasty and I think it will be good for toddlers.
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.