The mini roll express

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Inspired by a recipe in Big Cook’s Cook Book (“Big Cook Little Cook”) caring No.1 son wanted to make a surprise train cake for his little brother. The main ingredients were 2 large Swiss rolls, but being wheat free myself, I didn’t really want to go to that extent because I knew 2 small boys could not polish it all off before it went stale.
So, in order not to disappoint thoughtful No.1 son or lucky recipient No.2 son, I adapted it a little…

For each train, you’ll need:-

  • 1.5 mini rolls
  • a piece of flake
  • a couple of cocktail sticks
  • some icing
  • 4 smarties (or any round sweets)

The photo pretty much shows how it’s done – the whole roll is the main part of the train. Insert a cocktail stick up the middle of the half roll and stick it in the back of the whole roll. Ditto the flake, but put this near the front (if you find the flake is splitting, just ditch the cocktail stick and push it in to the whole roll hard enough to break the chocolate coating and stand up). Then a blob of icing for each smartie to stick to, and we’re ready to rock and roll!

Mini roll express
Chew chew choo choo!

Fabulous by name, fabulous by nature!

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Here’s a story any working Mum (or Dad if he does the cooking!) will identify with… a letter comes home from school asking for home made cake or biscuit donations to sell at the school fete. For a guilt ridden moment, you toss up the thought of sweating over a hot oven to bake some masterpiece and prove that being a working parent means you are some kind of superhuman being versus taking the easy option and popping down the shops to buy some to pass off as your own. Then common sense takes hold and you are off to the supermarket to get some Fabulous Bakin Boys cup cakes.

Imagine my horror when I got home to find that the icing on my yummy cakes was defective and not of a suitable standard to palm off as a ‘fake bake’. Then I came up with an idea. Read the rest…

You can’t miss a spaghetti kiss!

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Picture the scene; a miserable wet weekend, boys are tetchy, tea time arrives and they want ‘real spaghetti’ (tinned rings in tomato sauce), not straight spaghetti (with home made bolognese).

The tension rises, the whining reaches glass shattering pitch and then, I table the idea of a spaghetti kiss. I can’t believe I never thought of it before. We’ve done the ‘who can find the biggest spaghetti worm and slurp it up’ thing before, so this was just an extension of that idea. A child on one end, and adult on the other, then both slurp as fast as you can till you get to kiss in the middle (the louder the lips smacking, the funnier the result).

2 clean plates, 2 satisfied children – a result!

Does your tongue match your eyes in colour?

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No, nor mine usually- though I must admit that the bloodshot tint is fairly close in colour some days, it’s not quite what I mean.

We were busy making biscuits for Father’s Day (more on that another time) when I got out the food colouring pens to do some decorating. Typically, I turned my back for 2 seconds to find this:-

Blue eyes, blue tongue

‘Look Mummy! My tongue is blue to match my eyes.’ Well,  you can’t argue with that, can you?

Custard self portrait

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Another quick and easy pudding that your budding Gordon Ramsays can help with. The pic should be a giveaway, but for clarity it’s just a tub of ready made custard with some chocolate strands for hair, chocolate buttons for eyes and ears. Then a grape for a nose and some more strands for a mouth. Easy peasy!

Roo’s face made in custard

The banana boat

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Sailing to a dining table near you, an easy to make and (reasonably) healthy pudding for kids.

You’ll need:-
1 banana (boat)
1 apple (sails)
1 small pot of custard (sea)
1 jelly baby (captain)
3 cocktail sticks (masts)
a few grapes (shark fins and jellyfish)
sugar strand sprinkles (for decoration)

Banana boat in custard

In case you can’t figure it out from the picture, start by slicing a little off the banana’s bottom to make it lie flat on the plate. Next pour the custard around the banana. Slice the apple and cut the slices into rough triangles. Stick a cocktail stick lengthways through the slice and stab it into the banana (then repeat). Do the same for the jelly baby (I’ve listened very closely and haven’t heard them scream when I do this, so presume it doesn’t hurt them 😉 ). Place a few grapes randomly in the custard and cut a couple more to resemble shark fins. And finally, sprinkle some sugar strands over the whole thing and … voila!

Unfortunately, because of the cutting, slicing and cocktail stick stabbing required, there aren’t as many activities as I would have liked for a pre-schooler to join in with, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating 🙂

Bon appetit.