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Handy boredom buster for your little ones plus a family-friendly cookie recipe.

I am bored jar

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Handy boredom buster for your little ones plus a family-friendly cookie recipe.

Thankfully my children are not yet at the stage where I have to endure ‘Mum, I’m bored’.

However, we do sometimes seems to get stuck in a cycle of jigsaws, train track building, colouring and outdoor play (weather permitting).

I stumbled across this idea
on Facebook and I love it!

It doesn’t involve too much preparation – just half an hour – and can provide some new and exciting ideas for the children to enjoy.

We will definitely rename it ‘Mum/Dad what can we do?’ as dad does more of the childcare in our house than I do (these poor stay-at-home dads often get forgotten!)

Stephanie, its creator, has even given a downloadable list of ideas to put in the jar. They are great! Though I think I may miss ‘clean 1 toilet’ for my three year-olds!

http://www.somewhatsimple.com/the-mom-im-bored-jar/

 

One of the suggested activities is to bake cookies.

Here’s a family-friendly cookie recipe that you’ll love.

Honey-Flapjack-Cookies

 

Honey Flapjack Cookies 

Time 25 minutes plus cooling
Calories per cookie 72 Kcal
Fat per cookie 4g of which saturated 0.5g
Makes 30 cookies
Suitable for vegetarians

Porridge oats 125g (4½oz)
Medium oatmeal 50g (2oz)
Light soft brown sugar 110g (4oz)
Heather honey 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract a few drops
Vegetable oil 110ml (3½fl oz)
Egg 1, beaten

Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and line two large baking trays with baking parchment.

]Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then put heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture, well spaced apart, on the baking sheets and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon – you should be able to make 30 cookies.

Bake for 12–15 minutes until they are a rich golden brown. Leave them to cool for 10 minutes on the baking trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

 

Good Food, Fast Dairy CookbookThis recipe is taken from Good Food, Fast, which is available to buy for just £7.00

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My favourite soup of all time is Tomato Soup with Pesto Cream taken from Good Food, Fast.

This soup is so rich and creamy you will never want to have canned soup again!

Good Food Fast features 116 recipes split into seven sections

  • Speedy Soups
  • Side Orders
  • Quick Fixes
  • Desserts
  • Everyday Eating
  • Take the Biscuit
  • Frozen Assets

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If you are not lucky enough to win this time, they are still available to buy online for a bargain £7.00 (plus P&P).

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French-style Peas

When lettuce is crisp and young, it is deliciously sweet when very lightly cooked.

French-style PeasTime 20 minutes
Calories per portion 159 Kcal
Fat per portion 7g of which saturated 2.1g
Serves 2

Frozen peas 250g (9oz)
Smoked streaky bacon
2 rashers, trimmed and cut into thin strips
Leek 1, trimmed, split lengthways and finely shredded
Chicken stock 300ml (½ pint) Frozen peas 250g (9oz)
Little Gem lettuce 1, trimmed and finely shredded
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 Put the bacon and leek in a medium-sized saucepan and dry fry for 5 minutes until the leeks have softened.

2 Pour over the chicken stock, bring to the boil and then add the peas. Cover and cook for 5 minutes until tender.

3 Remove the lid and stir in the lettuce for 1 minute until just wilted. Season to taste.

Traditionally this dish is served with the cooking liquid, but you can drain the peas if you prefer. Ladle into a warm serving dish and serve while warm.

Cook’s tip
For a vegetarian version, omit the bacon, and cook the leek in a tablespoon of vegetable oil, and use vegetable stock instead of chicken.

Recipe taken from Good Food Fast Dairy Cookbook

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Recipe books

I have become increasingly involved in my school’s PTA, to a point where I have now found myself suggesting fundraising projects that will sit heavily and squarely on my shoulders.

Designing a cookbookThis week we have our first meeting to decide on the specifics of a recipe book to sell at Christmas time.

As a designer, I thought my skills could easily be applied to it and it wouldn’t actually take many hours to put together. What I hadn’t thought of was the work involved in the concept.

In my working life that has all been done for me by the time it lands at my desk. I simply copy and paste, move things around, add some colour, and ‘voila’!

So, looking for inspiration I have dug out some of my favourite recipe books. Of course, this has made me hungry… and what I really fancy is the Red Pesto Lamb with Pasta from the Good Food Fast cookbook, because it really is just that. A tried and tested family favourite, super quick, loved by all… except Heidi, my friend’s daughter, who is coming round for tea tonight. She doesn’t like peppers, and that is the main vegetable of this dish.

Oh well, I shall have to put that one on hold for another night and see what else I can find.

Have a great week.

Karen
Dairy Diary Team

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Red Pesto Lamb with Pasta

Red Pesto Lamb with PastaHere is a tangy, tasty alternative to Bolognaise.

Time 30 minutes
Calories per portion 667 Kcal
Fat per portion 41.8g of which saturated 7.9g
Serves 4

Lamb mince 500g (1lb 2oz) pack
Onion 1, peeled and finely chopped
Garlic 2 cloves, peeled and finely chopped
Red peppers 2, deseeded and diced
Red pesto sauce 190g jar
Chopped tomatoes 400g can
Pasta shapes 150g (5oz)

1 Heat a deep, wide frying pan over a medium heat. Add the mince, onion and garlic and fry for 5 minutes.

2 Stir in the peppers, pesto and tomatoes and simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

3 Meanwhile, bring a saucepan of lightly salted water to the boil, add the pasta and cook as instructed on the packet or until al dente.

4 Mix the pasta into the meat sauce and serve.

If you are really hungry, serve with a French stick spread with garlic butter and grated Caerphilly and baked in the oven.

Recipe taken from Good Food, Fast.

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Honey Flapjack Cookies

Honey Flapjack Cookies

Both wheat and dairy free, these little oaty crunchies are completely irresistible. 

Time 25 minutes plus cooling
Calories per cookie 72 Kcal
Fat per cookie 4g of which saturated 0.5g
Makes 30 cookies
Suitable for vegetarians

Porridge oats 125g (4½oz)
Medium oatmeal 50g (2oz)
Light soft brown sugar 110g (4oz)
Heather honey 2 tbsp
Vanilla extract a few drops
Vegetable oil 110ml (3½fl oz)
Egg 1, beaten

1 Preheat the oven to 180°C/Gas 4 and line two large baking trays with baking parchment.

2 Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well. Then put heaped teaspoonfuls of the mixture, well spaced apart, on the baking sheets and flatten slightly with the back of the spoon – you should be able to make 30 cookies.

3 Bake for 12–15 minutes until they are a rich golden brown. Leave them to cool for 10 minutes on the baking trays before transferring to wire racks to cool completely.

Cook’s Tip
For the best results, choose a stronger tasting variety of honey and add a teaspoon of cinnamon or ground mixed spice for a different flavour.

A Good Food Fast recipe.

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