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Papier Mache Easter Egg Decorations


Sticky, messy toddler craft fun for Easter. Be sure to wear old clothes and protect all surfaces.

You will need:
A paper plate
Some hay or rafia
Lots of PVA glue
Different coloured sheets of tissue paper
3 balloons

1)Cut the hay or rafia into 6 inch lengths.
2)Put them in a bowl and cover with glue. Stick to plate to make a nest and leave to dry.
3)Blow up the balloons until approximately the size of a hen’s egg and knot tightly.
4)Rip the tissue paper into small pieces, place in a bowl and coat with enough glue to make a thick, pasty mixture.
5)Cover each egg thickly in the paper mixture. Hang from a string and leave to dry until hard.
6)Snip knot off each balloon and arrange in nest.


Baked rainbow trout, fresh garlic bread and ratatouille

This sounds fancy, but it’s not- it’s quick and yummy. You could make it from scratch and it would be even tastier, but would take much longer. As  usual, here is the busy Mummy’s version, which shouldn’t take longer than 30 minutes.

Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers


Sea salt

2 whole rainbow trout

Ready-made, fresh, wholemeal pizza dough or ‘just add water’ pizza base mix, prepared as per packet instructions

3 cloves garlic, peeled and cut into thin slices

1 large sprig rosemary

200g grated cheese

Olive oil

1 tin ratatouille (400g ish)


1) Cut the heads off the rainbow trout and discard. Then place in a roasting tin and sprinkle with a little sea salt. Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees Celsius for 25-30min, or until the fish is soft and flakey.

2)Lightly oil a large baking tray. Then sprinkle with plain flour. Press out the pizza dough until it is about 1.5 cm thick.

3)Dot the dough with the slices of garlic. Pick leaves off the sprig of rosemary, and dot in between the garlic, pressing gently into the dough. Sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Then drizzle a tablespoon of olive oil over the pizza and top with the grated cheese.

4)Bake in the oven with the fish for around 15min, or until the cheese is bubbling and the crust risen and lightly browned.

5)Heat up the tin of ratatouille as per the instructions on the tin.

6)De-bone and flake the fish. Serve with the ratatouille and wedges of the fresh garlic bread.

Super fast one pan gnocchi

There are two great things about this meal: it tastes amazing, and it takes only 10 mins to prepare! Brilliant for getting everyone fed when you’re short of time.


Makes enough for 2 adults and 2 toddlers



1tblsp olive oil

200g bacon, snipped into bits

500g ready-made fresh gnocchi

350g tomato based pasta sauce

30g grated cheddar (any sort)



1)Heat the oil in a large, heavy based frying pan, then add the bacon and fry for 2 minutes

2)Add the gnocchi and fry at a fairly high heat until golden (about 3-4min)

3) Reduce to a low heat. Stir in the pasta sauce and grated cheese and heat until the cheese is melting.

4) Serve with plenty of salad and cherry tomatos

Mini Orange and Chocolate Rock Buns

These turn out about bite size, and are so tasty that they’re never around for long in our house. My son loves helping to make these and particularly likes hitting the chocolate with the rolling pin.

Makes around 20



225g self raising flour

125g margarine or butter

75g caster sugar

50g good quality dark chocolate

Grated zest of 3 satsumas (or 1 orange)

1 beaten egg

2 tblsps orange juice

1 tsp vanilla essence



1)Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Put the flour and margarine in a bowl and rub together until a breadcrumb like consistency is achieved. Stir in the sugar.

2)Place the chocolate in a plastic sandwich bag or wrap in cling film. Put this on a heavy wooden chopping board and smash with a rolling pin until you have created lots of little chocolate chunks.

3)Stir in the zest and chocolate chunks.

4)Add the beaten egg, orange juice and vanilla essence and stir. This will create a thick, sticky dough.

5)Grease two baking trays, and using two forks drop rough blobs of the mixture onto the tray. Leave a reasonable distance between them as they will spread a little as they bake.

6)Place in the oven for 10-12 mins or until golden brown all over. Cool on a wire rack and serve slightly warm.

Quick fried chicken and wedges

This is a really great recipe for a fast and tasty mid-week tea that even the grown-ups will love.


1/2 skinless, boneless chicken thigh per toddler

1 medium potato per toddler

2-3 tblsps frozen peas per toddler

1 egg, beaten


Plain flour

Cooking oil

Ketchup (if required!)


1) For the potato wedges: Preheat oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Scrub the potatos and cut into quarters. Place on a baking tray and pour over 1-2 table spoons of cooking oil, making sure they are evenly covered. Place in the oven for 40min, turning once half way through cooking time.

2) Meanwhile, cut the chicken thighs in half and beat the egg in a small bowl. Take two side plates and pour breadcrumbs into one and flour into another. Use enough to cover each plate, you can always top up later.

3)Put a large frying pan onto the hob  and heat up a little oil in the pan. Take each piece of chicken in turn, coat in the egg, then the flour, then the breadcrumbs. Fry over a medium heat for around 20-25 min, taking care not to burn the crumb coating. Check that meat is cooked throoughly before serving.

4) Microwave frozen peas as per packet instructions. Serve potato wedges, chicken and peas with as much ketchup as required!

Homemade Fire Engine Cake

Fire Engine Cake

I thought I’d share this picture as I loved making this and thought it looked fab. I didn’t come up with it myself but made it from one of my favourite cake books: ‘The Practical Encyclopedia of Cakes and Cake Decorating’ by Beverley Jollands, Angela Nilsen, Janice Murfitt and published by Lorenz books. It was my son’s birthday cake, and he loved it!