Now if you think about feeding your child – there’s only one name that springs to mind. Food a**hole. Well, at least that’s the name that sprung to mind when feeding my kids as babies. They were impossible. NO mummy NO. Ugh. Spit. Retch. It was P.A.I.N.F.U.L!
And then I discovered Annabel Karmel’s recipes. And when the food was tasty, and the food was fun – the food was eaten. TA DAAAA!
I met the lovely Annabel a few weeks ago and she sent me this recipe for some Xmas cooking fun with your kids! Rudolf Jacket Potato.
Suitable from 1 year. Preparation 45 minutes. Cooking 22 minutes.
- 4 medium baking potatoes (approx 225g each)
- a little vegetable oil
- ½ (half) medium butternut squash (approx 300g)
- 55g butter
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 40 g fresh grated parmesan cheese
- 2 tbsp milk
- 40g grated Cheddar cheese
peas for eyes
1. Preheat the oven to 190C/ Fan 170 / Gas 5. Prick the potatoes in several places, place on a baking tray and brush all over with the oil. Bake for 1 to 1 ¼ hours, or until they feel soft when pressed.
2. Cut the butternut squash in half and scoop out the seeds. Place in a baking dish, skin side down. Melt 20g of the butter and brush it over the squash, then bake in the oven for about 40 minutes or until tender.
3. When cool enough to handle, cut the tops off the baked potatoes and scoop out the flesh. Scoop the flesh of the cooked butternut squash off the skin and mash together with the baked potato flesh, mustard, parmesan, milk and remaining butter. Season with a little salt and pepper. Put the mixture back into the potato shells and top with the grated cheddar.
4. Preheat the grill on the hottest setting. Place the potatoes on a baking tray or suitable dish and grill for a few minutes until the cheese is bubbling and golden.
5. Add twirly crisps for antlers, peas for eyes and cherry tomatoes for the nose.
For more of Annabel’s feeding tips and recipes you can now download her app. How I WISH I could have had that when mine were in full evil eater mode!
So thanks to Annabel Karmel – we can say PAH to fussy Xmas eaters. Bring. It. On.