Homemade vegetable soup
- 1 leek chopped quite small
- 2 carrots chopped quite small
- 1 potato chopped quite small
- 1 garlic clove finely chopped
- 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
- 425ml/% pint vegetable stock
- 2 x 400g cans chopped Italian tomatoes
- 410g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
Put the vegetables into a large saucepan with the garlic, rosemary,and stock. Season well, stir, bring to a simmer and cover. Cook gently for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are just tender.
Whizz the tomatoes in a food processor or blender until smooth, then tip into the vegetables with the chickpeas and parsley. Gently heat through, stirring now and then.
Homemade fruit flan
- Flan case
- Range of fresh seasonal fruit
Place the fruit within the flan case.
Add the jelly.
Place in fridge and wait until jelly sets.
- 22Sg/8oz self-raising flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- pinch salt
- 25g/10z caster sugar
- 5Og/20z unsalted butter, slightly softened
- l50ml/¼ pint milk
- 1 egg, beaten, or plain flour, for brushing or dusting
Pre-heat the oven to 220C/42SF/Gas 7.
Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Stir in the sugar, add the butter and rub quickly into the flour, creating a fine breadcrumb consistency.
Add the milk, a little at a time, working to a smooth dough.
This is now best left to rest for S-lS minutes before rolling.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured work surface until 2cm/¾in thick. Using a Scm/2in pastry cutter, cut the dough, using one sharp tap and not twisting the dough as you cut. Twisting the scone mix will result in an uneven rising.
Once cut, the scones can be either brushed with the beaten egg for a shiny glaze, or dusted with the flour for a matt finish.
Place the scones on a greased baking tray and bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly, and serve while still warm.
- Wholemeal bread
- Cheddar cheese
- Red Leicester cheese
Butter wholemeal bead.
Place cheese on the bread
Cut circles with pastry circle cutter, or alternative pastry cutter shapes.
Top with grapes
Homemade Fruit Loaf
- 1lb Self raising flour
- ltsp Vanilla extract
- 2oz Unsalted butter
- 8oz Raisins
- 8oz Sultanas
- 2oz Dried apricots
- 1 Egg
- l2fl oz Milk
- 8fl oz Golden syrup
Preheat the oven to 190c/375f/gas mark 5 and grease 2 medium loaf tins.
Mix all the ingredients together for 5 minutes
Transfer the mixture into the loaf tins and bake for 1 hour.
Allow for the fruit loafs to coolon a wire rack, and then slice and serve.
Roast Beef & Yorkshire Puddings
- Joint of roast beef
- Yorkshire puddings
- Olive oil
- Vegetable gravy
Roast the beef as per required instructions.
Par boil potatoes, remove and place on baking tray and coat with olive oil. Cook in oven until crispy.
Cook Yorkshire puddings as per instructions.
Serve with fresh carrots and peas, and gravy.
- 550g Ready made puff pastry
- Sprinkle Castor sugar
- Warmed, sieved apricot jam (sugar free)
- Melted butter
- 2 punnets Peaches
Pre heat the oven to 220cj425fjgas mark 7. Roll out the pastry on a floured surface until about 3mm thick.
Cut circles out of the pastry around a dish or a lid (saucer size).
Slice the peaches. Then brush the pastry with the melted butter and arrange the plums in a fan shape.
Brush the prepared fruit with butter.
Bake the tarts for 20 minutes, until the pastry is crisp and the fruit cooked. Put them on a wire rack to cool.
When the tarts have cooled, brush the fruit with a little melted, sieved apricot jam, to glaze the tarts.
Homemade Salmon Fishcakes
- 1/2kg Salmon fillets, boneless
- ¼ cup Flour
- 1 Egg
- 2 large potatoes,chopped
- 1 tsp Mixed herbs
- ½ cup Breadcrumbs
Oven bake the salmon in a pre heated oven for four mins at 190c/375f/gas mark 5, then turn and cook for another four mins. Flake in a bowl with a fork.
Boil the potatoes until soft and then mash them.
Mix in the herbs and salmon.
Divide into small round cakes. Place them in the flour, whisked egg and bread crumbs.
Fry the cakes in a non stick frying pan in fry lite spray, allowing three to four mins each side or until crisp and golden.
Serve with garden peas.
Apple Strudel and Ice Cream
- 680g/1½>lbs eating apples, peeled, cored and chopped
- ½ orange, juice and zest only
- 100g / 3½ caster sugar
- frshly grated nutmeg, to taste
- 55g/2oz sultanas
- 6-8 sheets ready-made filo pastry
- 55g/1oz butter, melted and cooled, plus extra for greasing
- 2 tbsp dried breadcrumbs
Preheat the oven to 190C/37SF/Gas 5.
Place the apple, orange juice and zest, sugar, nutmeg and sultanas into a large bowl and mix well.
Brush each sheet of fila pastry with melted butter, then place the sheets of pastry on top of each other onto a large sheet of greaseproof paper.
Sprinkle the top sheet of fila with some dried breadcrumbs, then spoon the apple mixture down the middle of the fila sheet.
Carefully roll the pastry up around the filling like a cigar, using the greaseproof paper to help.
Place the fila roll onto a greased baking tray, brush with any remaining melted butter and cook for 30-40 minutes, until lightly browned and the filling is hot.
Serve with ice cream.
Snow Clay Recipe
- 2 Cups of baking soda
- 1 Cup of corn flour
- 1 & 1/2 Cups of Cold Water
- A few drops of peppermint extract
Combine all ingredients in a large pot except for the glitter. Place on medium to high heat on the stove and stir constantly. It does not take long for the clay to form.
First the ingredients will begin to bubble, and then the liquid will begin to turn into more of a clay-like consistency. Continue to stir until you have the consistency of mashed potatoes
Then remove the pot from the stove and spoon the clay mixture into a large bowl. Place a damp cloth over the clay until cool. Once cool, add glitter and knead it into the clay until you have reached the desired sparkle.
As the dough is kneaded it will become smooth and pliable, giving you the perfect play clay
To make your snow clay cold store it in a zip seal bag or air tight container in the refrigerator in-between play times.
There are so many FUN ways for children to play with this snow clay. It is cold to the touch, smells fresh and clean, and is sparkly white just like fresh fallen snow.
Children can leave their creations out to dry and keep them, or the clay can be stored away to be reused again and again. You can also use the clay to make beautiful ornaments for the tree
We used snowflake cookie cutters to make our ornaments and then just topped them with more glitter. I made a hole in the flakes so we could hang them easily from the tree. It took about 24 hours for our ornaments to completely dry
Here is an easy recipe for playdough that you may like to try at home for your child to play with.
- 2 cups of plain flour
- 1 cup salt
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tbsp oil
- 4 tsp cream of tartar
- Food colouring
Mix togther ingredients in a bowl
Cook in microwave for 5 minutes
Leave to cool and enjoy!