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Saturday, 28 May 2011

Cooking With Your Toddler.....Crispy Chocolate Chip Flapjacks

When I first started this blog I posted a 'Cooking With Your Toddler' recipe each week but when Jack started pre-school it ceased, I just never seemed to find the time (or often the inclination) to fit it in. On Friday morning we found a bit of spare time and squeezed in spot of Flapjack making. They are not traditional Flapjacks as I didn't have enough of the right sugar and I thought I would try and add a little extra 'crunch' to them by throwing in a few Cheerios (Jack loves Cheerios) and some chocolate chips.

They went down extremely well with the rest of the family......and their friends, so much so that when I reached into the tin just now to have one with my coffee they were all gone. I suppose that's a good thing though.....a moment on the lips blah blah.......

Crispy Chocolate Chip Flapjacks


175g  Butter
100g  Dark Muscovado Sugar
75g Golden Caster Sugar
4tbsp Golden Syrup
350g Whole Jumbo porridge oats
50g Cheerios
50g Chocolate chips

  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C / 350 degrees F.
  • In a large saucepan melt the butter, sugars and golden syrup over a low heat, until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the porridge oats, cheerios and chocolate chips - we poured this mix into the dry ingredients as I didn't use a large enough saucepan, either way make sure you mix thoroughly until all the oats are covered.
  • Tip the mixture into a tin approx 11" x  7" and press into the corners and flatten down with the back of a spoon.
  • Bake for 20 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly and cut into bars/squares and then leave in the tin to cool completely before taking them out.


You may wonder why Jack is wearing a construction hat? I asked him to go and get his cooking hat from upstairs, he got most of the instruction right, just the wrong hat! He then decided that the hi-viz vest was an apron and who am I to argue with a 2 year old.......

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Quick Sausage Paella........with Leftover BBQ Sausages

I'm not one to waste food & often find a use for leftovers. Luckily the family are used to my concoctions and seem to enjoy (most of) them.

My latest 'quick n easy use up the leftovers' meal is a Chicken & Sausage Paella, using the day befores (slightly charred) Pork & Herb sausages and  2 packs of Asda Quick Cook Paella Savoury Rice, priced at 54p each.


1 medium onion, chopped
1 medium courgette, chopped
1 medium green pepper, chopped
4 large mushrooms, sliced
chopped Garlic
650ml cold water (if using 2 packs)
A few (slightly charred) Sausages
Few strips of Asda frozen cooked chicken strips (I added this as there wasn't a lot of sausage to go around 5)

  • Fry off the onion, pepper, courgette,mushrooms & garlic for a minute or so.
  • Add the Savoury Rice Mix
  • Add around 100ml of water at a time & stir, when it has all been absorbed keep adding around 100ml at a time until it has all been absorbed.
  • Stir in the chicken strips (if using) & chopped sausage.
  • Put a lid on & leave on a low heat until the chicken & sausage has been warmed through.

Enjoy with a side salad or vegetables, or if you're like my kids they love to have Cauliflower Cheese with it.

It's also really nice (apparently) if you add cooked prawns instead of the sausages, but I'm not much of a seafood fan so you'll have to take my husband and daughters word for that.

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