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Kuwi's Kitchen is filled with easy-to-make recipes, a creative way to encourage kids to make their own simple meals and fun, well-balanced healthy lunches.
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I don't know who was more excited by this book - the children or their mother! It is the sort of book that you can spend hours reading, planning what to cook and what you need to buy. My daughter disappeared with it to have a good look before the children could check it out at all. She was pleased to see that the recipes are pitched to young children so that they can do a large amount of the preparation and cooking with some adult supervision, but also feature proper food rather than junk food that contains too many unnecessary extras like sugars and fats.
Once she had looked through it, the children had their turn. They were really excited to see all the wonderful things they could make. They were fascinated too by the versatile little cutter that comes with the books and even has its own cookie recipe! After lots of discussion, they decided to make French Toast Huhu Grubs and Kiwicorn Popcorn as they already had the necessary ingredients for both. The idea was that the children would do all the work and the adults would help with things like handling hot ingredients or using the oven.
Miss Five prepared the huhu grubs herself, only handing over to her mother when it was time for them to be cooked in the pan. Both she and Mr Seven watched with fascination as their first creation sizzled in the pan and filled the air with such a yummy smell that their mouths were watering. They could not wait to try them, and liked them so much I think they could well have eaten more! The huhu grubs were served with yoghurt and fresh berries which set them off to perfection.
Later in the day, the children made some popcorn. There were two variations on the recipe; they chose the sweet version as there was some real maple syrup in the cupboard! The process was streamlined because they have a popcorn maker, so all they needed to add was a little coconut oil. This oil was the healthy one (with the flavour removed) which meant that there was no competition between the oil and the maple syrup. They just put the cooked popcorn into a bowl, added some maple syrup, and then scattered the sprinkles on top and swirled them round. Another successful snack which the children really enjoyed, and their mother was happy that once again they were eating proper food.
My daughter and I are both highly impressed by the amount of work that has gone into this book. There are sections at the beginning with nutritional information and some essential tips, and there is a recipe for eyes as they figure large in some recipes! Altogether this is a lovely book, made for siblings to share and designed to be well used over the years. It would make an ideal Christmas or birthday present for the child who has everything.
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