Having just returned from our back-packing travels with the kids, I promised you in our last post that I’d work on a Sri Lankan recipe… Well, after a successful attempt at a dish, I’m back to share the recipe with you! These are absolutely my most favourite street-food snack from our travels. Comforting, warm, stodgy, and yet packed with veg and flavour! Continue reading “Sri Lankan vegetable roti”
Despite the intermittent downpours and gail-force winds, we’re actually starting to see the occasional glimmer of summer here and there, and these patches of sunshine call for a summer dish! This risotto is just the freshest, most deliciously summery risotto we’ve ever had, and it was loved by baby, parents and even the preschooler. Continue reading “Green superhero risotto”
I love macaroni; it reminds me of my Mum’s delicious macaroni bake which we used to devour after hours of swimming lessons when we younger. So this dish is for all the Mamma’s out there who get great joy seeing their kids wolfing down warm, creamy mouthfuls of pasta round the table after a long day.
Even though it is creamy, this recipe is dairy free and packed with nutrients. The zingy cherry tomatoes are fantastic against the bold flavour of the sauce; it will please a crowd of adults whilst being soft and yummy for baby mouthfuls too.
Sweet potato is a current favorite with my 17 month old Joshua and as his dramatic food throwing moods are a little trying at times I was joyful over his reliable enthusiasm for this vegetable. Alas, my celebration was cut short when my husband developed sweet potato fatigue – okay so we have eaten it a lot recently!
After discovering the delicious flavours of sweet potato and peanut curry at a veggie restaurant in London I decided this was the way back to my husbands heart (I know, who is this food blog for?!). The result (after a few secret lunch experiments) – we got sweet potato back on the dinner menu with Daddy and a tasty, grab-able, spoon sticky meal for little Joshua. Win, win!
In our neck of London, almost every other shop near our house sells plantains. I never really considered using them before other than to make plantain chips, until a couple of years ago when a friend of mine lent me one of her auntie’s recipe books. Some dishes I tried did not turn out as anticipated, others were amazing and my absolute favourite one was a spicy plantain recipe. The use of plantain in a curry has stuck with me since and now even the kids love this mild version. The first time I made it, I told my 4 year-old it was “banana curry” and he was like “woah, that’s amazing. I’m going to eat it all” (and he did!). Continue reading “Groovy Plantain & Coconut Curry”
I have a gorgeous niece who is nearly 3 and she absolutely adores her veggies as long as she doesn’t know she is eating them. My sister – trained in the art of toddler tea time – will mash the offending veg into sauces and occasionally place a couple of ‘whole veg distractions’ on top of the meal for her daughter to cast aside with dramatic indignation and then devour the veg packed meal non the wiser (genius!).
This is a peace keeping pasta recipe, replicating my sisters tried and tested veg hiding method for times when stealth rather than toddler negotiation are called for. It’s also a sustaining meal for Mummy’s and Daddy’s for those days where you have only had time for Weetabix (is there a faster to eat cereal?!) and cold coffee and you need to pack in some veg at dinner time.