On Monday and Thursday JP goes to nursery. Dave or I pick him up around 5.30 and in the precious 90 minutes before he’s asleep at 7.00, we feed him, bath him and then have multiple stories and nursery rhymes.
JP will be two years old any minute and in recent months we’ve taken to all eating together. Apart from being less work than preparing two meals, we’ve found that JP actually eats more when he joins with us and so that’s a real plus. But choosing meals we all want isn’t always easy and so here are some recipes from Holly Cooks I have found we can happily share. I can’t claim that JP will eat every component of each dish; he loves putting cherry tomatoes in his mouth but not actually eating them and then the watercress has to come out of the smoked salmon, watercress and dill gnocchi. But overall there is enough in each dish to make for satisfying family eating and some have become family treats. Raspberry and walnut chocolate brownies – yep, he will eat all of that. So here are my suggestions that you might like to try:
I first made a big vat of this soup for JP’s first birthday party. It’s a perfect autumnal soup, full of flavour. I think the sweetness of the apple helps make it a winner for little ones.
This is a recipe that takes time, particularly if you make your own pastry. But the tart rewards you for the time you have spent on it. The flavours are straightforward, but the leek, bacon, cheese and thyme work beautifully together.
We have eaten a lot of this risotto. The chorizo and cherry tomatoes roast in the oven while the risotto cooks and then you mix all the components together. It’s a great week night meal, because it’s done in around half an hour.
We rarely have left over mash potato in our house. So for this recipe I purposefully make too much the night before. You could make the mash from scratch and then make these cakes but if you use leftover mash you’ll get that satisfying ‘I am super organised’ feeling.
From start to finish this dish takes 15 minutes. Once you have cooked the gnocchi, the rest is just mixing really. It’s super simple and terribly quick but seriously comforting too, this is a great meal when the day has been one you want to forget.
This needs to putter away in the oven for two and a half hours. When I was growing up Mum would put it in the oven and then we would go off to the cinema only to return home to this comforting meal. It’s great too, for feeding a crowd.
I’ve never given JP this meal, but a friend tells me her little one loves it. It’s a great twist on a traditional fish pie. The sweet potato and the coconut work so well with the fish.
This recipe is really Dave’s. You chop everything up and put it into a roasting dish and then place it in the oven. 45 minutes later you are eating a tasty super. I like to serve it with wilted spinach, something JP has yet to acquire a taste for.
This is another easy risotto. It’s full of great colours. JP loves the chorizo and rice. I like those too but also enjoy the butternut squash and spinach.
These muffins are easy to make and would probably be great to make with a little one too. They freeze well and you can reheat them easily in the oven or microwave. There are great for packed lunches.
This is a brilliant pudding when you suddenly realize you have people coming for supper but no idea what to give them to finish the meal. (That has happened to me too many times!) Open your store cupboard and there you’ll find all you need for this rice pudding.
This recipe is based on Jamie Oliver amazing brownies. For me the addition of raspberries and walnuts improves already great brownies. JP loves to put raspberries on the ends of his fingers, so I make sure there are some spare raspberries when I serve these brownies.
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