The Baby-Led Weaning recipes – Daddy attempts!

So we got the new Annabel Karmel book recently and I decided to have a go at a couple of things on a rainy Saturday afternoon. 
We’ve used her recipe books for as long as we’ve had children, and some of her recipes have become real go-to family favourites over the years.

First up was Chocolate Beetroot Brownies. I love dark chocolate brownies, and the addition of beetroot made this an easy sell. The recipe itself is a doddle to follow, even for an enthusiastic amateur like myself. I ended up giving them an extra 5 minutes in the oven as I wasn’t convinced they were ready, and that seemed to be just right.

Everyone enjoyed them, even Daisy (who has a natural aversion to fruit & vegetables!).

Next up was Chicken, Cherry Tomato & Sweetcorn Quesadillas, with a Cottage Cheese Dip.Again, dead easy to knock up as an easy Saturday night dinner, and quite healthy ingredients as you would expect from Annabel Karmel.This went down well with the kids too (a bit of a pizza feel to the meal as it was cut up like wedges), and Florence enjoyed tearing her wedge apart and eating it in the baby-led way. Look forward to Charlotte’s blog post of what she was doing in the kitchen alongside me, it was delicious!

The Pramshed

Daddy’s Peanut Butter Flapjack Recipie

I love a bit of flapjack, and I love peanut butter, so here’s the best of both worlds! 


50g butter

50g brown sugar

Tablespoon each of honey, syrup, peanut butter & milk

250g porridge oats


Melt everything except the oats in a saucepan until fully mixed. Add the oats & mix thoroughly (add gradually as you may need a little more or a little less depending on how accurate your measurements are!). Spread into a lined 20cm square baking tin and press firmly into place. Bake on middle shelf on gas mark 4 (180 degrees) for approx 25 mins. Remove from oven & cool a little before removing from tin. Cool fully on a wire rack & cut into slices. Enjoy with a cuppa, or warmed at dinner time with ice cream for the kids. Enjoy!

Easter Weekend Food Plansย 

For anyone mulling over Easter food plans as it’s Maundy Thursday, here is what’s on the menu in Chez Stein over the Easter weekend. 

Kids creations – Today myself and the kids are attempting our 3rd year in a row of making hot cross buns for Friday, and also hoping on Easter Sunday (in between hunting for eggs!) to recreate a recipe found on Pinterest of an Easter bunny made out of pancakes ๐Ÿฅž; wish me luck!

Good Friday Dinner will consist of a salmon dish found on Pinterest and the kids will have some fish finger sandwiches and healthy cruditรฉs for ease as it’s swimming lesson day.

On Saturday I’m following a Mexican burrito recipe found on Pinterest with some avocado salsa. I will adapt the bean mix to be suitably mild for the children to want to eat also. 

We have family over on the Sunday, so I just wanted to share with you what we will be serving up for the 9 of us. 

Lamb Casserole – From Jamie’s Home Cooking Skills website. Mashed potato, Roast potatoes and spring greens (James Martin on good food website)  with extra peas for the kids. 

For the kids I’m making a chocolate cake I found on Pinterest. I will be using my own chocolate  sponge cake recipe (I have plans to share more of my go to baking recipes very soon!), and then I will be following the design of the bird nestcake on Pinterest and so mine will probably resemble road kill! How lovely is the blue duck egg cake on my board, I would love to make this as it’s so pretty, however my children will appreciate the chocolate one more! 

For the adults dessert I will provide fruit and cream and also be cheating as one of the guests is providing the dessert. Cheese and biscuits will also be on the menu. 

Here is my menu of all of the above on my Pinterest board

I thought you’d like this board on Pinterest… 

Happy Easter!