Over the last week we’ve been trying out the new Cooking with Kids app in association with Tesco. It’s from Great British Chefs, a food brand that connects food lovers and promotes some of the best chefs in the UK through their website and range of mobile apps.
The new Cooking with Kids app (free and available at the app store for iPhone or iPad) is packed with over 100 recipes from 21 of the top chefs in the UK. Each recipe contains step by step instructions and tips, plus 25 easy to follow child friendly videos to guide you through techniques like ‘How To Use a Gelatine Leaf’ and ‘ How to Work with Filo Pastry’.
We wanted to try out one of the winter recipes and picked vegetable lasagne as we all love anything with pasta. I printed out the recipe and went shopping, finding everything but the kale (I substituted cabbage instead). When we got home we started preparing, my toddler was busy measuring the milk and flour our whilst I sliced the cabbage and onions.
My son didn’t stop asking questions as he just loves to be in the kitchen with me. He helped wash and add the tomatoes as we put the lasagne together and was very liberal with his seasoning
We kept the laptop open and followed the recipe, switching to the cooking mode which made it easier to concentrate on cooking. The lasagne came together really easily and my son loved watching me add the colourful layers one by one.
The lasagne was delicious and fed the four of us so we’ll definitely be making it again. We’ll also be having a look to see what other tasty recipes we can find for Christmas and the winter months.
Don’t forget you can download the Cooking with Kids app for free if you have an iPhone or iPad from the app store; shopping on the go has never been easier!
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A couple of years ago I discovered the Portable North Pole where you can make your own personalised message from Santa. I just loved the idea and was just a little obsessed with the message we made for our son. At 3 years old he is very interested in Christmas (today he has been writing his Christmas list) so we will definitely be doing it again for both the children this year.
The people behind the Portable North Pole have recently launched their first Santa approved game for 2013: PNP Santa Sprint for iPhone and iPad. You can enjoy the magic of the holidays by helping Santa prepare for Christmas and unlock Exclusive Video Story Tales featuring Santa Claus himself upon completing levels.
Winter has breached into Santa’s Workshop, Library and Stable!
Items have been scattered throughout the environments and must be collected by a young Elf to help Santa. Sprint through mazes collecting items but be aware of the frosty creatures that await you…
We’ve been trying out the game over the last few days and having lots of fun with it. It’s designed for age 4+ but my 3 year old enjoyed playing the easy levels. It’s fun to explore the Workshop, Library and the Stables but with 45 levels of excitement I think it will be a while before we complete it!
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I was surprised to find that I’ve been trying to lose weight for two and a half weeks. I have to be honest and say I’m finding it more difficult that I thought to find the time to learn the ProPoints way and plan healthy meals. Watching what I eat has made me realise just how much I snack in the evenings when the kids are in bed and I put my feet up!
However, I shall not be deterred, I think I just underestimated the effort I would need to lose weight.
One of the features of WeightWatchers ProPoints is the iPhone app which is free to download from the iTunes App Store (but an eSource account in required for full functionality). I’m addicted to my iPhone as anyone else and the app is a bit of a mixed blessing.
It’s great for tracking on the go. It contains tons of useful information, such as information about the ProPoints values of all meals and drinks – great when going for an unexpected meal. It also holds a database of over 30000 foods and a selection of over 1000 recipes in easy to find categories. You can even track the Activity ProPoints you earn from exercise!
For me it gives easy access to the ProPoints plan and a great way to track how active I am. However, my iPhone is full of apps (Facebook, Twitter, my blog, Pinterest, Instagram, etc) and I find it’s one more thing to look at and distract me from what I should be doing – looking after the children. It’s useful but I don’t rely on it for everything as I’d rather sit down every evening with my laptop and track my points and think about the foods I’ve eaten and the activities I’ve done.
If you fancy trying out Weight Watchers for yourself, then you can access the online plan for a week for just £1 and trial the app for free here. Please make sure you read the small print though as the plan will automatically renew unless you instruct otherwise.