Recipes to Get the Kids in the Kitchen – #CookBlogShare wk 49
Recipes to Get the Kids in the Kitchen this Christmas
from the amazing CookBlogShare bloggers, plus the linky for 2021 week 49.
How’s everyone been?
Its been quite a while since I hosted CookBlogShare back in April. I chose a round up of very yummy but Simple Side Dishes. A round up that was put together while running around after a small Ginger Pea with a badly sprained ankle – or so we thought! Since then its been one thing after another around here and sadly my little corner of the web has been extremely neglected so it’s nice to be back!
Ginger Pea’s ankle turned out to be a broken fibula but it took 3months of arguing to get someone to finally check. She’s still being seen by an amazing physio and has been diagnosed as having an inherited hypermobility syndrome. Which means she can’t build strong muscles easily leaving her joints unsupported. Sadly, she has had to leave her gymnastics squad and struggled a bit with giving up her life plan. However, she’s switched to trampolining and taken up Street Dance and is absolutely loving life! (well if you ignore school anyway!)
Millie Pea left primary school in the summer and is having a fab time at Secondary school. She’s just joined guides and is still enjoying her rhythmic gymnastics.
Hubby on the other hand, brought the plague home at the start of the Summer holidays. Which was fun. And has been suffering with Long Covid ever since. He does seem to be finally on the mend now though.
As for the Biggest Pea, she has started her GCSE years at school and is looking ahead to college. Which is terrifying! She has also taken to cooking meals for the family to add to her love of baking lunchbox treats. Here are just a few of her favourite recipes:
Anyway, that’s a quick catch up with the goings on at Peachick HQ. Now back to the actual reason you are all here – yummy recipes from the CookBlogShare gang!
WHAT IS #COOKBLOGSHARE?
CookBlogShare is a community for food bloggers to share recipes and foodie posts and generally support the food blogging community. It is centred around the #CookBlogShare linky, hosted by Sisley from Sew White & Chloe from Feast Glorious Feast . And there are a few of us who guest host throughout the year!
Its a fab community and a great way for a wide range of food writers, recipe creators and bloggers to come together and share each other’s recipes. (Honestly, everyone is lovely and super supportive so what are you waiting for?! – new members are always welcome to join so make sure you invite your other food blogger friends!)
Just in case you missed it last week’s was hosted by the Queen of Gluten Free baking herself – the lovely Kate aka Gluten Free Alchemist. Who put together a stunning collection of GLUTEN FREE CHRISTMAS NIBBLES AND TREATS that would be the talk of any festive get together and I’m pretty sure no one would know they were gluten free unless you told them!
Recipes to Get the Kids in the Kitchen Round-Up
Last week there were so many amazing recipes linked up to CookBlogShare that it was difficult to chose a theme. I could’ve gone for so many! Vegan desserts, easy recipes for entertaining – honestly it was so hard! But one of the things we love most about the festive season in this house, is the time we have to spend baking and cooking together. So The Peas have picked a few from last week they want to have a go at!
As always, use your discretion with the allergy suggestions I make, adapt as needed for you or whoever you are catering for. Remember that Vegan and Plant Based are NOT the same as Dairy Free as they often contains traces of. Being completely dairy free is not a requirement of labelling a product as either of those and products containing traces of milk or eggs will still be awarded the Vegan Society stamp. Sadly, for the majority of us with allergies, the Free From aisle is not actually somewhere we can safely shop so remember to check the labels everytime.
If there is one meal everyone in this house can agree on its spaghetti and meatballs! Chuck in some extra veg and this super simple but delicious looking version from The Family Food Kitchen would be a good one to get the kids cooking. I definitely think this is a recipe for the older ones to try on their own! Best of all the only adaptions that this needs for The Peas is choosing a suitable spaghetti, cheese alternative and checking the ingredients on the shop bought meatballs!
Friday’s in our house are Pancake breakfast days and these Spiced Gingerbread Pancakes by the awesome Mandy at Sneaky Veg are top of the list for trying! The Peas are getting quite confident at using the hob now and this simple but delicious looking recipe is a winner – definitely going to have to print this one out, leave it in the kitchen one weekend and see if we get bought breakfast in bed!
And because it is another epic recipe from Mandy, it needs little or no adapation for The Peas. Just have to switch out the Buckwheat flour as it doesn’t always agree with everyone in this house!
I think Mince Pies must have been one of the first things I ever made on my own as a child. They are just so simple. Cut out the pastry, fill and bake. Nothing else to it. Chloe from Feast Glorious Feast goes one step further and actually uses ready rolled puff pastry, so they are even easier to make. But then she makes them look anything but, with a beautiful sugar crusted star lid!
There are really good free from puff pastries on the market these days but my go to is Jus Rol as its the best of the ones that also don’t have dairy or eggs in. Just a word of warning, yes shop bought pastry generally isn’t made with dairy but sometimes there is may contain warning.
And if like everyone in this house, you absolutely cannot find a shop bought mincemeat that is suitable for all your dietary needs, why not check out my Cranberry & Persimmon Vegan Mincemeat post which includes my full proof 5 step recipe to make your own!
I am totally in love with the idea of making chocolate salami! Until I saw Kate’s recipe I hadn’t really heard of it before. But seeing how easy it is to make, I do wonder why it isn’t more widely known about!
Its so cute and The Peas would love making this as gifts for family, or more likely to stuff their faces on while watching Christmas films! I also like that it is completely customisable to suit your own tastes, so perfect for letting the kids experiment with flavours.
Kate’s version is gluten & egg free and she has some helpful suggestions for making it completely vegan. If you are catering for someone with a dairy allergy, be aware that vegan versions of dairy products, like condensed milk, aren’t always suitable due to containing traces of milk. Carnation I am looking at you with your Vegan condensed milk alternative!!
And then once you’ve got the kids back out of the kitchen:-
Here’s a couple of recipes to sit back and enjoy once you’ve finished clearing up after them. Because lets face it, like hubby, the kids just don’t quite clean everything successfully do they!
Mulled Cider from Recipes Made Easy is the perfect alternative to mulled wine for those of us that cannot have red wine and/or oranges!
And to enjoy with it, I reckon a slice of this beautiful Entremet Cake style slice with its beautiful layer of Mocha & walnut Mousse from Glutarama would be perfect!
So there you have it, some beautiful recipes to get the kids cooking this Christmas – and a couple of decadent treats for yourself! Now, is your turn and I can’t wait to see what you lovely lot have been cooking up this week!
HOW TO TAKE PART IN #COOKBLOGSHARE WK49
For all you just mooching around for yummy recipes feel free to skip on past the next few paragraphs and head straight to the linky. Although if you do find something you like then social shares are always appreciated by us blogger types! You can also follow the #CookBlogShare hashtags on Twitter and Instagram to discover new and wonderful recipes.
If you are a lovely blogger here to link up something delicious then make sure you have a quick peek at the following rules & requirements before scrolling down to the linky widget and add your links. I’ll be commenting and sharing as many of the links as possible. They’ll also be pinned to the #CookBlogShare group Pinterest board. Use the same hashtag #CookBlogShare on Instagram and social media and you can post your recipes in the CookBlogShare Facebook Page.
THE LINKY RULES!
I’m sure you’ve read them a few times but for anyone new to #CookBlogShare or those of us (like me) that love a reminder…
- You can link up any foodie posts you have. Both old and new posts are welcome as long as they have not been linked to #CookBlogShare before. There is no set theme
- Link up a recipe or foodie post by clicking the blue ‘add your link’ button below and following the instructions.
- You can link up to 4 posts.
- By linking you are giving permission for the photo to be used in a round up post.
- Required – Add a link from your post back to this post (so everyone else can find it and link up too!) E.g. “I have linked this recipe to #CookBlogShare run by Sisley & Chloe which was hosted this week by Midge over at The Peachicks’ Bakery .
- Required – For each recipe that you link up, choose at least 2 of the other recipes which have been linked that week, go to the blog post and leave a 5* rating & lovely positive comment. You might want to come back later in the week when more posts have been linked up – but don’t forget! And of course, generally share the love with a bit of social media action!
- Add the #CookBlogShare badge to your post (Code & instructions below)
- Required – Ordinarily, you are asked to comment on one of the posts labelled HOST in the linky – however, you might notice I haven’t actually linked any up as things around here have been crazy! So, feel free to comment on this one or have a nose around some of my festive recipes pinned on the homepage and see if you can find anything you like the look of.
- Finally, have fun and get ready to Cook Blog Share!
Linky Badge & Code
You can add the html directly to the code editor if you are using the classic editor. If you are using Gutenberg, you can paste the text into a “Custom HTML” block.
The next linky will be hosted by Melissa at https://melissatraub.com/
Bonus – There is no set requirement but there are several other ways that you can help share the love with the other members linking up. These can include:
- Pinning the recipe
- Sharing or scheduling a share to your Facebook page
- Sharing or scheduling a share to your Twitter Feed
- Saving the post to other sites like Yummly
- Hitting the heart icon in the bottom left corner if the blogger is using Grow.Me or Slicksteam.
THIS WEEK’S #COOKBLOGSHARE LINKY