Ok, so I’m kicking 2016 0ff to a start with a super-duper easy one. One all the family can enjoy.
Lamb Balls (with Squash Couscous)
This is a ‘bottom of the fridge’ recipe. Basically I had not much in, nothing planned and needed to think on my feet quickly. I was sceptical whether they’d be a success because both boys dislike avocado and Boy A isn’t a fan of red meat and so I was fully expecting Boy A to just eat the couscous and wraps and Boy O the meat and wraps as he is a cave-man carnivore. Both boys however, as well as Daddy ate everything. All of it. I think I’ll make them again. So for this you will need:
200g good quality lamb mince
1 very ripe avocado, mashed
1 tablespoon of milled seed mix (or sesame seeds, pine nuts for more ‘bite’ – whatever you have to hand)
2-3 tablespoons of ground almonds
a glug of rapeseed oil
First-up, get your hands dirty by hand-mixing the lamb, avocado and seeds together and form into little balls (I made 14 but it depends what size you like them).
Next, gently roll them in the almonds to coat them.
Heat the oil in a griddle pan until very hot and gently pop the meatballs in one by one and roll them around so they are coated in oil. Cook them for around 10 mins over a medium heat, gently shaking the pan from time to time to fully brown them all over without breaking them up. Ensure they are fully cooked inside before serving them with a big bowl of hot butternut squash couscous*, some wraps, cucumber sticks and creme fraiche and get messy!
*Squash couscous recipe to follow shortly
NB/ I didn’t think to take a photo of this one as was expecting an epic fail, so here’s one of the boys until I make them again.
A new year, a new start.
2015 was crazy. When I started this blog I hoped it would slowly get my creative juices flowing again and give me an outlet aside from my boys (as truly amazing as they are, it was very much time for me to have something for myself again). At the same time I thought I’d soft launch my idea for a healthy children’s party food company – Petite Parties. So for the past six months I’ve been busy working on lots of things. And my boys. Boy A turned four and is growing in confidence and personality by the day. Boy O is always full of germs (these past few months he’s had pneumonia, tonsillitis, amongst other things and has a permanent cold) plus last week started at pre-school with his big brother, so lots of changes.
My target for the first year for Petite Parties was one party per month, so 12 in the first year. I’ve already met that. I had two on my launch weekend in October then a few others before catering for the Little Gym Xmas party in December…for 120 people. And 2016 has started with a bang with an amazing superhero party, two more very different parties to follow as well this month plus bookings coming in for the first half of the year. It’s madness. And it’s all happening so quickly. I am so grateful to all the people supporting my venture – I’ve had such lovely comments and feedback and so much interest. Thank you.
So this little update was to say I’m back! And my plan is to stay back and keep updating this page with delicious healthy child-friendly recipes for you to enjoy, and also update you on how things are progressing with Petite Parties.
My jobs for January and February are to re-build a new webpage – the current one http://www.petiteparties.co.uk is pretty basic and doesn’t show enough of the amazing parties you’ve all been having, plus continue to develop phase 3 – Petite Cookery, launch due in September. Hopefully.
Here’s to 2016. I wish you all a fantastic year ahead. Make the most of every moment.