CSMA challenge: Crispy bacon, houmous and cheese topped Pork chops #newthings

This week our challenge set by CSMA was to try a new food, well I have been a bit lazy on the blog from what with returning to work and the children going back to school and I have found it difficult to get back into a routine. I left it too late to do a shop (I had something extravagant to try out) but instead I had to result with trying out anew recipe with what i had left in the fridge/cupboards. I guess that is just normal life!

This is week 3 of 4 for the CSMA challenge, last week it was Try out a new game, which we wrote about Balloon Pop and the week before it was to visit a new place, we went to London and done a Harry Potter tour.

My family love to try new food and don’t shy away with tasting something that is new to them, anything to tickle their taste buds. The boys get quite excited when they are served up a new recipe to try. I have always taught them to taste it first before complaining that they don’t like it as sometimes you can be pleasantly surprised at how something tastes as to what it looks like. The youngest loves his seafood, with his favourite being mussels from the shell and The eldest is beginning to enjoy eating lots more spicy food and has even started to be adventurous in cooking them

A well-balanced diet, Eating a variety of food is good for our health. Each week we try to introduce a new food into the house, wether it be a new spice, new recipe or a new fruit to try. The children now like to pick out foods at the supermarket and ask me if we can try it at home, i like to encourage this and when we are cooking it I get them to watch and help out.

Unfortunately this week we wasn’t so adventurous with our food but it was still a new recipe to try.

Pork chops Pizza

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Ingredients:

Pork chop medallions

Tomato Puree

Half a small onion chopped finely

2 garlic cloves

6 slices Bacon chopped and cubed (remove the rind)

houmous

Grated cheese

Oliver oil

Mixed herbs

Method:

  • Place the chops under the grill until the pinkness has gone, and turn over for a few minutes.
  • Fry off the onions adding the garlic and bacon in some olive oil until the bacon is nice and crispy
  • Once one side of the chops are cooked and the other side has lost its pinkness, spread some tomato puree over them adding a big dollop of houmous and place back under the grill for a minute.
  • Top the chops with the bacon mixture and add some of the cheese on top, place back under the grill until the cheese melts
  • Repeat the last instructions
  • Take out of the grill and plate it up adding some more of the bacon on top and some mixed herbs

Serve with baby potatoes and greens

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We used caramised onion houmous and make sure you are generous with it, it gives a smoothness to the taste.

Hope you enjoy.

If you looking for inspiration on new recipes why not take a look at CSMA Smart Spending page for some recipe ideas on a budget

FAMILY



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Making Sushi at home

Do you like sushi?

Sushi is so easy to make, not only is it healthy but is also very tasty. Sushi doesn’t have to have fish inside the rolls, you can use a selection of salad, vegetables or just rice on its own. They are ideal for pack lunches or picnics.

TO MAKE SUSHI YOU WILL NEED:

  • Sushi rice
  • Nori Sushi sheets (roasted seaweed)
  • Sliced long strips of  peppers
  • Prawns
  • Seafood sticks
  • Sliced strips of cucumber
  • Sliced strips of spring onion
  • Tuna
  • Sliced carrots
  • sliced strips of salmon
  • Rice vinegar

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You will need a sushi bamboo rolling mat, all supermarkets stock these and only cost about £1-£2

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Boil the rice as per the instructions on the packet. The rice will need to be rinsed before cooked. Bring the rice to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes, turn off the heat and leave for 25-30 minutes with  a lid on the pan. Once cooled down you can season the rice with rice vinegar by folding it into the rice.
  • Place a sheet of Nori onto the bamboo mat
  • Spread out the cooked rice evenly onto the Nori, leaving a 1cm gap at the top and bottom, this is to seal it when rolling. Make sure that the rice is a thin layer as it will roll easier. TIP keep a small bowl of water near by as your finger will get sticky from the rice when touching it.
  • Place the fillings of your choice on the rice in a line across ways, remember you have to roll it so don’t put too much in

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  • Begin rolling the Nori away from you, using the mat to press the roll firmly, this takes a bit of practice but after the third roll we had it spot on. Roll the mat all the way round the Nori and press down firmly all the away along, this compresses the roll and helps to keep the shape. I taught my 11 year old how to do it an dhe found it quite easy

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  • Now you should have a long sausage shape which you can cut along evenly (about 1-2cm) to produce your sushi

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  • Serve with sliced ginger, soy sauce, sweet chilli sauce or if you like it spicy, wasabi sauce

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  • The boys really enjoyed trying to eat their sushi with chopsticks, even the little one had a go

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Our sushi went down well and was all gone in no time. We used one whole pack of rice and Nori sheets and it fed five of us.

Why don’t you give it a go, Hope you enjoy 🙂

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Cooking with Children

Move over Jamie Oliver! Jak Wright is cooking up a storm in the kitchen!

Ever since I can remember my eldest, Jak, has enjoyed baking cakes with me and just recently, as he his 10, I have allowed him to do his own baking. He has come up with some lovely tasty ideas and I must admit they have all been really nice.

Whenever I am in the kitchen and the boys can hear the scales coming out from the cupboard and the bowl being placed on the side they come running in to offer their help, Joseph enjoys doing the mixing and Jak cracks the eggs and does the measuring. Once the mixture is all mixed up, they attempt to place it into the cake cases (I say attempt as the side gets more of the mixture than the cases do lol) Once all in the cases I take over and place them into the oven and when they are done I take them out, then the fun begins! As the cakes cool the boys come up with ideas on how to decorate them, some of their ideas have been almond buttercream, green peppermint icing, Squirty cream with bananas and coffee cream. Once they have done their topping they then have lots of fun putting hundreds and thousands or sweets on top.

I really enjoy the time that we spend together in the kitchen, I used to worry the fact that I had all boys that they wouldn’t want to bake with me saying that its too girly, but not my boys, they love it!

Jak enjoys baking that much that I have bought him his own cook book ‘Annabel’s kitchen’ which has simple step by step instructions on how to cook food from around the world in a fun and easy way.

Cooking with your children should be fun and enjoyable and it should be a skill that all children should learn. I remember the days when I used to help my mum in the kitchen and how much I enjoyed spending time with her teaching me the basics of baking a banana cake or helping her prepare the dinner, I remember feeling close to my mum and enjoying that special time we had together, this is something that I want my children to remember about our time together too!

So far Jak has cooked a Fruity Chicken Korma served with Naan Bread with Sultanas

Cooking his Korma
Cooking his Korma

 

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Krispie Chicken Nuggets – Marinated chicken coated in crushed rice krispies.

Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies
Coating the chicken with Rice Krispies

 

The end result
The end result

 

I love how Jak just grabs his cookbook and heads to the kitchen, he does all the preparation himself (This may take him a long time but its worth it) but he needs help with the oven for obvious reasons!

 

Do your children like to cook/bake? What’s their favourite recipe to do?

 

Thank you for reading my post 🙂

 

 

 

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Mini Chef #365

Today we was all treated to a very tasty meal cooked by the one and only Jak!

Jak has lately been getting into cooking and baking so I bought him his first cook book ‘Annabel’s Kitchen’ he decided to cook a meal for his us all whilst we are staying at Nanny’s house.

He chose to do Fruity Chicken Korma with Sultana Naan Bread, he done all the prep, cooking and tasting himself!

He started preparing at 3:15pm and we sat down to eat at 6:00pm, it took him a while to cook the meal but it was definitely worth the wait.

When he was slicing up the ingredients he put them into bowls in order of going into the pan and he added garlic which wasn’t in the recipe.

The Korma was gorgeously yummy, coconuty with a little spice to it and the Naan breads were lovely and puffy.

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My boy done me proud again today 🙂

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