Marscalicious Pasta

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As a student, I always used to love adding marscapone cheese to pasta because it was easy and tasty, so the other day I saw it on the shelf in Sainsburys and wondered why on earth I hadn’t used it in kids meals! Marscapone cheese is pretty calorific but currently Izzy is barely eating anything, Sam’s a beanpole and Maisie wont eat it anyway, so calories are just fine as far as I’m concerned.

Ingredients
A splash of vegetable oil
4 heaped desert spoons of Marscapone cheese
A hefty splash of semi skimmed milk
A handful per child of the kids favorite pasta shapes.
Approx 15 fennel seeds crushed
A meat of your choice (we used ham tonight, but chicken works really well too)
A green veg of your choice (we used broccoli but peas work well too)
Half a crushed garlic clove (that was in a portion for 3 kids)

Method
Heat the oil on a medium heat. Put your pasta on to boil. If you’re using raw meat then brown the meat, if you’re using a cooked meat then add the broccoli first to soften it and then add the meat. When the meat is cooked and the veg is soft then add the marscapone and stir. When the marscapone has melted down then add the crushed garlic and fennel seeds (fennel not compulsory if you havent got it!) and stir. Add enough milk so that the mixture is a good saucey consistency. When the pasta has boiled just add the pasta to the mixture and serve.

The only trouble with this meal is that it’s incredibly tempting for the hungry mummys who are doing the cooking… left-over snack alert!!!

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Easy and Yummy Banana and Chocolate Chip Muffins

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I got the basics of this recipe from another blogger http://chuckandtaz.wordpress.com/2012/09/13/my-current-favourite-banana-cake-recipe/ but have “translated” it from American cup measurements to grams.

Ingredients

3 large mashed bananas
200g of dark brown soft sugar
60g butter (preferably soft and at room temperature so the mixture doesn’t curdle)
190g of self raising flour
2 tbls semi skimmed milk
1 egg (preferably at room temperature)
Half teaspoon of vanilla extract (small end of a Calpol spoon!)
50g chocolate chips

Method (italics – copied and pasted from http://chuckandtaz.wordpress.com/)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg and beat until well combined. Add the rest, about half at a time and slowly mix or fold until just combined.

Pour the mix into muffin cases and cook for about 25-30 minutes,it said 15 mins on the original recipe but mine took loads longer. If you put the mix into a loaf tin instead then it could take between 40-50 minutes. Just occasionally check with a skewer to make sure the mixture inside is cooked.

Admittedly they look a little burnt, but they taste really good. All the kids joined in, even Izzy, (well sort of…)
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