Cooking with Kids: It’s not all about the cupcakes

  "Dad of five and Ireland and Munster Rugby legend, Ronan O’Gara is leading out the Ben’s Beginners programme, which seeks to encourage Irish mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and nurture a lifelong love for wholesome food. Ben’s Beginners believes that when parents and children move from setting the table to … Continue reading Cooking with Kids: It’s not all about the cupcakes

Cooking with Kids: It's not all about the cupcakes

  "Dad of five and Ireland and Munster Rugby legend, Ronan O’Gara is leading out the Ben’s Beginners programme, which seeks to encourage Irish mums and dads to get cooking with their children, and nurture a lifelong love for wholesome food. Ben’s Beginners believes that when parents and children move from setting the table to … Continue reading Cooking with Kids: It's not all about the cupcakes

Carrot and Courgette Muffins

I'm always on the lookout for things that I can make to put in the kids' lunchboxes that go to their minder, or for school on "treat" Fridays. These carrot and courgette muffins have gone down great here, and are a good one to get the kids to help out making, in fact apart from … Continue reading Carrot and Courgette Muffins

Blueberry Pancakes

Pancakes are my absolute favourite breakfast, they remind me of my J1 summer in New York, of the weekend that my then boyfriend (now husband) brought me to Washington DC and I ordered them with strawberries, and of our honeymoon breakfast buffets in Rio where I'd smother them in fruit and whipped cream. They are … Continue reading Blueberry Pancakes

Banana Buns

Another instalment in the "baked goods containing fruit" series features a special request from four year old Ciarán. He often makes requests, fully believing that they are possible.  Happily, "banana buns but with icing and bananas on top" was both doable and delicious. I had promised to make them for about a fortnight until they … Continue reading Banana Buns

Secret Surprise Lunch

I chuckle to myself when I see magazine articles about "Fun ways to get your kids to eat vegetables".  In my experience, limited to two boys aged almost 4 and almost 2, if a child doesn't want to eat something no amount of fun or forcing will make them. They're not eejits. It's blending and … Continue reading Secret Surprise Lunch

Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade Have lemons, make lemonade.  I had bought a lot of lemons, and they needed to be used, but I had no inclination to do anything complicated, which in this case meant turning on the oven.  My sidekick suggested lemonade and counted out five lemons, as he remembered that's what we used that last … Continue reading Strawberry Lemonade

Sweetcorn Pancakes

The cutting I have of this recipe calls them "Sweetcorn Fritters" so I guess that's what they are, but in our house we call them what we think they are, which is Sweetcorn Pancakes.  To me fritters are what you get the Chinese restaurant, deep fried fruit in batter, and they're hard to explain to … Continue reading Sweetcorn Pancakes