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My two eldest boys challenged me to start a cooking blog with simple recipes that we can cook together - and my youngest one has now joined in. I am hoping they pick up some cooking and photograph skills... or that at least they learn to design and run a blog.

Mashed vegetables

This is way too simple, but my children just loved mashing the veg. They would have gone through kilos of potatoes and carrots if we had them. We also tried with potatoes and spinach and they liked not only mashing but also, surprisingly, eating them.
You need :
5 potatoes
4 carrots
25 gr butter
2 tablespoons double cream or creme fraiche
olive oil
Boil the potatoes and carrots (together) in salty water. When they are very soft, drain the water, add the butter and cream and mash the whole lot. Drizzle the olive oil on top... and done.


This is a 'last minute' cake which comes from a Nigella recipe for banana butterscotch muffins. It works for both tea (covered in icing sugar) and  breakfast. If you ice it lightly with Royal Icing or with chocolate ganache and put sprinkles on top, it becomes a birthday cake.
You need
3 ripe bananas
125 ml sun flour oil
2 eggs
250 gr plain flour
100 g2 caster sugar
half tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp baking powder

Mash the bananas. Mix the eggs and the oil by beating them together with a fork. Add the sugar. Separately mix the flour, bicarb and baking powder and add this mixture to the eggs, sugar and oil one. Beat lightly still with a fork. Add the bananas. Pour it all into a greased (with a bit of extra sun flour oil) round tin and bake it in a preheated over at 200 degrees for 35-40 minutes.

Children like mashing the bananas and beating with the fork. The cake is not dense, so if you let the kids icing it keep an eye on them or you will end up with more icing and sprinkles than cake itself.