Friday, 23 August 2013

Porcupine pasta - cooking with kids

Ideas for cooking with children

My lovely boys are always so keen to 'help' me when I'm cooking and, as much as I try my best to let them join in and help, it is always a bit of a struggle to find something which they can actually help with - something that isn't too hot or too sharp!

Well, we recently invented a new dish that Oliver has named 'Porcupine Pasta'. We had intended to make lasagne only to discover that we had run out of lasagne sheets. So instead we improvised with the only pasta we had left in the cupboard - Rigatoni! As it turned out, it was the perfect dish for them to help with. We poured the sauce into the bottom of the dish and then the boys stuck all the rigatoni pasta into it so that they were sticking out like porcupine spikes! Then we covered the pasta with a white sauce, sprinkled it with cheese and baked it in the oven. Preparing the dish kept them entertained and they were actually able to be helpful in the process! Best of all, they loved tucking into it!

Talking of porcupines, here is the gorgeous little one from John Butler's best selling book 'If You See A Kitten'. You can see more of our lovely little animals here!

Happy Friday everyone

Monday, 19 August 2013

Back To School - top ten buys

It's that time of year when thoughts turn to the new school year, which is fast approaching us. It is especially exciting in the Little Blue Zebra family as the eldest of our little ones is starting school. He is very excited to finally being going to big school!! I just hope his enthusiasm lasts when he realises he has to go every day! 

We thought we would compile a list of some of our best finds for the start of term, from labels to lunchboxes...

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Beano Town

Earlier this week Oliver and I took a trip up to London. I am always so amazed at how much there is going on for little ones. We took our usual stroll along the Southbank and stumbled upon Beano Town. It is a free exhibition celebrating 75 years of the country's favourite comic. Needless to say Oliver was very excited to get involved in the all the activities they had going on.

And it seems the fun doesn't stop there on the Southbank as there are lots of other events and activities taking place. So if you're looking for something to entertain children this summer it seems the Southbank is the place to be!