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  1. Turkey and Leek Meatballs with Tomato Tagliatelle by Ren Behan

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    This super simple recipe from Ren Behan is sure to be a family pleaser. It’s so easy to make using turkey mince which is very lean and great value for money. She has added Grano Padano cheese into the meatballs for extra flavour, but you can substitute any cheese you have to hand. Same with the leeks, feel free to use an onion or shallots instead of leeks if you don’t have any in your pantry.

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Cheese – Get your little helper to grate the cheese for you, this can be done with a hand grater or if you wanted to grate a large quantity to use some for this recipe and for another day, use your food processor grating facility. Kids can cut the cheese to the correct size to fit in the top, place the top on and turn the wheel to grate.

    Rolling the Meatballs – Let’s be honest, this is likely to be pretty messy, but let the kids have a go, they can make different shapes with the meat mixture, tubes, ovals, eharts or patties. Just make sure you all have a good 20 second hand wash afterwards!

    Recipe Courtesy of Ren Behan author of Wild Honey and Rye

    Serves: 4

    Prep Time: 30 mins

    Cooking Time: 20

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment


    Ingredients

    • Olive oil
    • 1 large leek, finely chopped
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 500 g turkey mince (thigh or breast)
    • 1 egg
    • 2 slices bread (stale bread is best)
    • ½ cup water
    • 50 g Grano Padano cheesegrated
    • Salt and pepper
    • 500 g fresh or dried tagliatelle pasta
    • 350 g (one pot) tomato and basil sauce

    Cooking Method

    1. Fry the leeks in a tablespoon of olive oil for a couple of minutes until soft. Grate in the garlic clove, stir well, set to one side.
    2. Take a large bowl and add the turkey mince, the egg and the leeks and garlic. Soak the slices of bread in water and add that to the mince, breaking it up a little with your hands. Add in the grated Grano Padano cheese and a good twist of salt and pepper. Mix everything together really well – best to do this with your (clean) hands.
    3. Using wet hands or an ice-cream scoop, make golf-sized balls. Place them on a flat chopping board while you make the rest.
    4. Heat another couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a frying pan and gently fry the meatballs, turning them around until they are nice and golden all over. You might need to do this in a couple of batches.

    Turkey and Leek Meatballs by Ren Behan

    1. In the meantime, take a large pan of salted water on to boil and cook your pasta according to the packet instructions. Drain and set aside.
    2. Put all the cooked meatballs back into the pan and pour over the tomato sauce, turn down the heat and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
    3. When ready, mix the meatballs and sauce with the tagliatelle and serve.

     

  2. Pear & Plum Banana Bread by Ren Behan

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    This is the perfect recipe to get the kids involved and help towards their five a day. Quick and easy to make it can be rustled up in no time and provides a wonderful healthy snack. You can also use apples or blueberries for one of the layers.

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Mashing Bananas – Who doesn’t enjoy mashing stuff? Give your kids the task of peeling and mashing the ripe bananas in this recipe. Tip – here’s a fun song about bananas to sing along while your kids are prepping the bananas.

    Sifting Dry Ingredients – Bring on the mess! First measure how much flour you will need and let them go for it. A sieve will work but a handheld flour sifter if you have one would be really fun for the kids too.

    Recipe Courtesy of Ren Behan author of Wild Honey and Rye

    Serves: 6-8

    Prep time: 15 minutes

    Cooking Time: 1 hour

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment

    • Loaf Tin
    • Baking Paper
    • Electric Whisk
    • Sieve

    Ingredients

    • 150g unsalted butter (plus a bit extra for greasing)
    • 100g soft brown sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 200g self-raising flour
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon (plus extra for dusting)
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 3 bananas, mashed
    • 120g sour cream
    • 1 pear, ripe, sliced
    • 2 plums, ripe, stone removed, sliced

    Cooking Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180C/160 fan/gas 5. Grease the inside of a loaf tin with a little butter and line with a sheet of baking paper.
    2. Using an electric whisk, beat the butter with the sugar, eggs and vanilla.
    3. Sift in the dry ingredients and stir with a metal spoon. Stir in the mashed bananas and sour cream.
    4. Add one third of the mixture to the loaf tin and spread out using the back of a spoon. Next, add a layer of pear. Then a further third of the mixture followed by a layer of plum. Add the rest of the mixture and flatten the top. Dust with a little extra cinnamon.
    5. Bake the loaf for 1 hour. Leave the cake to cool in the tin for ten minutes before carefully taking it out to cool on a wire rack. Serve when warm or cold with extra fruit on the side.
  3. Very Simple Soda Bread by Paris House

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    Traditionally baked round, soda bread has a buttery sweetness to it. This recipe is quite special to chef Phil Fanning from the Paris House as it is based on his aunt’s family recipe. He has given it a ‘chefy’ twist yielding a slightly less traditional soda bread, one that is not quite as dense and with a consistency slightly more like a cake than a bread. 

    If you fancy a spot of baking with the kids this soda bread is a great place to start. There’s no yeast required and little ones can get involved weighing out the ingredients, rubbing the butter through the flour and watching as the bicarbonate of soda and buttermilk react to create the bubbles which give the bread it’s lift.

    Make the soda bread once and we guarantee that you will go back to the recipe again and again.

    Kids in the Kitchen

    Fun with Butter – Give the kids a chance to rub the butter into the flour. This is great for fine motor skills and keeping their little fingers busy.

    Buttermilk bubbles – Here’s a little bit of a science fun for the kids. When a base reacts with an acid, it results in a chemical reaction, producing salt, water and carbon dioxide. You will notice when the bicarbonate of soda is mixed into the batter/buttermilk it will react and cause little carbon dioxide bubbles to form.

    Recipe Courtesy of Paris House

    Makes: 1 loaf of bread

    Difficulty: Easy


    Equipment

    • Bowl
    • Silicone paper/parchment paper
    • Tin foil
    • 30cm x 11cm x 8cm round bread tin (or similar)
    • Cooling rack

    Ingredients

    • 185g milk
    • 25g treacle
    • 200g wholemeal flour
    • 85g soft flour
    • 45g fine oatmeal
    • 4g bicarbonate of soda
    • 4g salt
    • 20g butter
    • 150g buttermilk

    Cooking Method

    1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC.
    2. Gently warm the treacle and 50g of milk and mix well.
    3. Mix the flour, oatmeal, salt and bicarbonate of soda together in a medium bowl.
    4. Rub the butter into the flour mix.
    5. Add the remaining ingredients and mix well until fully incorporated.
    6. Fill a silicon paper lined 20cm x 10cm round tin and cover with foil.
    7. Bake at 180ºC for 30 mins.
    8. Remove the foil and bake for a further 10 – 15 mins, until golden and cooked through.
    9. Leave to cool for 10 minutes then remove onto a resting rack to cool.
    10. Enjoy!

    Soda Bread Recipe Paris House