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Today I’m Mango Mad

I’m Mango Crazy!

I looooove Mangos – and today I’ve got a really easy treat for you to try – my Mango Madness dessert.  If you follow my tips – you can make a tasty dessert that looks super-elegant.

Cooking with kids - how to make mango yogurt

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe! I’ve got:

My story about Mango Madness Dessert

My Mango Madness Dessert Recipe

My Mega Facts about the ingredients in Mango Madness Dessert

My Jokes about the ingredients in Mango Madness Dessert

My Colouring-in page – just for Mango Madness Dessert

My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

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My Story About Mango Madness Dessert

M is for Mango Madness Dessert!!!

Monty and Granny were out shopping and went to the greengrocers to buy some fruit and vegetables.

Granny saw a great big box of mangos on special offer.

She pressed a couple of them gently to check and knew that they were all ripe and needed to eaten quickly.

She decided to buy the whole box as she really loves mangos and so does Monty!

Granny was smiling all the way home and Monty asked “What are you smiling about Granny?”

Granny said “I thinking about all the wonderful things we can make with these mangoes and am so excited to start cooking and baking when we get home. First of all we will make my Mango Madness dessert”.

“What’s that?” asked Monty

and Granny said “Wait and see..!”

Granny has shared her yummy Mango Madness recipe with you – enjoy!

Monty’s Mango Madness Dessert

Granny shopping for mango yogurt - fun cooking with kids

by Monty The Monkey,

Mangos are soooo delicious – a wonderfully fragrant and juicy fruit which is so versatile it could be included in every meal of the day!

Sweet mangos are often used in desserts and in salsas to go with fish and chicken and unripe/sour mangoes are used to make chutneys and pickles. It is often included in a refreshing drink in India called a mango lassi!

Here is Granny’s gorgeous Mango Madness dessert – it is super easy and really healthy!

Have fun and enjoy!

This recipe involves some knife work, so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: NONE! – just 1 hour to chill
Serves 4 hungry monkeys

Ingredients

1 large ripe mango*

400ml greek yogurt

4 tablespoons of honey

12 Gingernut biscuits

Mint

*Mangos can be different colours and a red mango does not mean ripe and green unripe. Gently squeeze the mango to check – if it is ripe, it will “give” slightly. A firm mango will take a few days to ripen at room temperature but you can speed this up by placing them in a paper bag at room temperature.

How to make mango yogurt for kids

Method

1. Stand the mango on a chopping board stem end down and hold. Place your knife about 1/4″ from the widest center line (edge of tallest part of mango) and cut down through the mango. Flip the mango around and repeat this cut on the other side. (The two oval shaped pieces of mango flesh you have just cut off are known as the “cheeks.” What’s left in the middle is mostly the mango seed which you don’t eat.)

2. Next slice into the mango flesh, being careful not to cut through the skin. Turn the mango cheek 90 degrees and cut another set of slices to make a checkerboard pattern.
Make sure an adult does steps 1 and 2

3. Turn the scored mango cheek inside out by pushing the skin up from underneath, and scrape the mango chunks off of the skin with a knife or spoon.

4. Put the gingernut biscuits into a plastic food bag and zip across or tie to close. Then bash the biscuits up with a rolling pin until they are all in crumbs.

5. Place a couple of mango pieces in the bottom of each glass.

6. Split the crushed biscuits equally between the four glasses, placing on top of the mango pieces.

7. Top this with the yogurt, splitting equally between the four glasses.

8. Place the remaining mango chunks on top of the yogurt, drizzle with honey and garnish with a sprig of mint.

9. Tuck in and enjoy!

Cooking with kids - how to make mango yogurt

Facts about my Mango Madness Dessert ingredients

Check out my great facts about my Mango Madness Dessert ingredients!

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My Jokes About Mango Madness Dessert ingredients

Check out my great jokes about my Mango Madness Dessert ingredients!

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Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of Granny buying Mangos!

Here’s a picture of Granny buying Mangos for her mango madness dessert- print it off and colour it in – see how much colour you can add! (Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print) Mango Yogurt Colouring Picture


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game. Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe. cooking pairs game Click on the image above, or here to play Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week. Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be. x
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Cooking Lamb Koftas with Kids

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Hellooooo Monkeys

Today it’s all about LAMB

Lamb is such an awesome meat – there are so many different ways you can eat it, for example roast leg or shoulder of lamb, in a stew or casserole, lamb cutlets or as mince in a shepherd’s pie, moussaka or in burgers or lamb koftas.

If you don’t know what a kofta is…you can find it all below.
Monty eating lamb koftas - fun cooking with kids As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe! I’ve got:

My story about Lamb Koftas

My Lamb Kofta Recipe

My Mega Facts about the ingredients in Lamb Koftas

My Jokes about the ingredients in Lamb Koftas

My Colouring-in page – just for Lamb Koftas

My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.



My Story About Lamb Koftas

L is for Lamb Koftas!!! L is for Lamb

Monty and Granny were outside in the garden planting some flowers.

All of a sudden, Monty could smell a delicious smell coming from over the fence. He peeked through a hole and could see his neighbour was cooking a barbecue.

‘Granny’, shouted Monty.

‘I can see burgers on the barbecue’

Granny looked over the fence.

‘Why Yes, Monty…… would you like to have a barbecue today?’

‘Yes please Granny’, said Monty, jumping up and down…VERY excited.

‘Wonderful….And I know the perfect thing to make’

said Granny

What’s that?’ asked Monty

‘We’re going to make my special lamb koftas’ said Granny

‘What’s a Kofta’ asked Monty

‘I’ll show you’ said Granny, with a big smile on her face.

And she walked to the kitchen, to start making her famous Lamb Koftas

 

Monty’s Lamb Koftas

Cooking with kids - how to make lamb koftas

by Monty The Monkey,
Lamb is such an awesome meat – there are so many different ways you can eat it, for example roast leg or shoulder of lamb, in a stew or casserole, lamb cutlets or as mince in a shepherd’s pie, moussaka or in burgers or lamb koftas.

Lamb Koftas are delicious pieces of lamb mince, mixed with spices.

This recipe involves some knife work, using heat (the grill/griddle pan or bbq) and other kitchen gadgets so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!


Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes
Serves 8 hungry monkeys

Ingredients

500g lamb mince

1 teaspoon ground cumin

2 teaspoons ground coriander

2 cloves of garlic, crushed

Fresh mint

Olive oil for brushing

Lemon

Natural yogurt

Salt & pepper

How to make lamb koftas for kids

Method

1. Peel and crush the garlic cloves.

2. Chop the mint leaves.

3. Place the mince in a large bowl and add the garlic, cumin, coriander and one tablespoon of chopped mint leaves. Add the salt and pepper. Mix all the ingredients together until well blended.

4. Divide the mixture into 8 balls, then roll each ball on a chopping board with a cupped hand to turn them into an oval shape.

5. Thread onto 4 metal skewers and brush with oil. You can use wooden skewers but make sure to soak them in water first so they don’t burn when cooking.

Make sure an adult does this bit.

6.  Make the minty yogurt dip:
i) cut a lemon in half and place it on top of a lemon juicer and press down.  Pour out two teaspoons of juice into a bowl.

Make sure an adult does this bit.

ii) add the yogurt and the chopped mint and mix well together.

7. Cooking: You can either cook under a pre-heated grill (on high) or on a griddle pan or barbecue for 3-4 mins each side. Don’t turn until they are well sealed or the meat will stick to the grill or pan. Season if you want, and set aside.

Make sure an adult does this bit.

8. Serve the koftas with the yogurt and mint dip and some flat breads.

9. Tuck in and enjoy!

Monty eating lamb koftas - fun cooking with kids

 

Facts about my Lamb Koftas ingredients

Check out my great facts about my Lamb Koftas ingredients!

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My Jokes About Lamb Koftas ingredients

Check out my great jokes about my Lamb Koftas ingredients!

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Colour in this picture of me making Lamb Koftas

Here’s a picture of me eating Lamb Koftas with Granny- print it off and colour it in – see how much colour you can add! (Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print) Lamb Kofta Colouring Picture

My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game. Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe. cooking pairs game Click on the image above, or here to play Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week. Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be. x
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Hellooooo Monkeys

Here’s one of my favourite recipes – a Muffin crammed full of delicious Kiwi fruit – It’s absolutely fantastic.

And the absolute best thing about this – it’s full of lovely fruits!

Wooo hooo!

 

Cooking with kids - how to make kiwi fruit and sultana muffins

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe!

I’ve got:
My story about Kiwi and Sultana Muffins
My Kiwi and Sultana Muffin Recipe
My Mega Facts about the ingredients in Kiwi and Sultana Muffins
My Jokes about the ingredients in Kiwi and Sultana Muffins
My Colouring-in page – just for Kiwi and Sultana Muffins
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.

 

My Story About Kiwi and Sultana muffins

K is for Kiwi and Sultana Muffins!!!

Granny was making a fruit salad and chopping up lots of lovely fresh fruit.

Monty picked up a brown hairy fruit and said “Granny, what is this?”.

Granny replied that it was a kiwi fruit and that it tasted delicious and asked Monty if he would like to try some.

Monty said “No thank you Granny, it’s all fuzzy – I don’t think that will taste very nice!”.

Granny sliced one in half so Monty could see the beautiful green fruit, then scooped some out for Monty to try.

“Yummy” said Monty “What else can we make with kiwi fruits?”

“Well”, said Granny “I have the absolute perfect recipe for you to try out”


Monty’s Kiwi and Sultana Muffins

Monty eating kiwi fruit and sultana muffins - fun cooking with kids

by Monty The Monkey,

Kiwi fruit is one of the healthiest foods in the world – nutritionists (people who study food and what is good for you) call it a “super food”.

It is jam packed with vitamins and fibre which keep up healthy and strong. Kiwi fruit is very popular in desserts but can also be used to bake with and can be used in crumbles and tarts.

Check out Granny’s awesome recipe for kiwi fruit muffins with lemon and sultanas.

It was a big hit with Monty – you will love it too!

This recipe involves some knife work and some kitchen gadgets too, so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 to 20 minutes

Makes 12 muffins

Ingredients
150g self-raising flour
120g caster sugar
dash salt
2 medium eggs
150ml milk
35g butter, melted
3 kiwi fruit, peeled and chopped
1 tablespoon of lemon juice
100g sultanas

How to make kiwi fruit and sultana muffins for kids

Method
1. Turn the oven on to 220C/ 200C Fan/ Gas mark 7 to heat up.
Make sure an adult does this bit.

2. Line a 12 hole muffin tin with muffin cases.

3. Place the flour, sugar and salt (the “dry ingredients”) in a bowl and stir well until fully combined.

4. Put the butter into a small saucepan over a low heat to melt. Be careful not to burn it.
Make sure an adult does this bit.

5. Pour the melted butter into a bowl and add the eggs and milk (the “wet ingredients”) to this. Use an electric mixer to beat this mixture (or you can do it by hand).

6. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze. Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to the wet ingredients and stir well to mix it through evenly.
Make sure an adult does this bit.

7. Peel and chop the kiwi fruit into small pieces.

8. Slowly pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just moistened.

9. Fold in the kiwi fruit and sultanas.

10. Fill each muffin case three quarters full with the mixture.

11. Place in the oven and bake for 15 minutes. Test the muffins with a skewer – it if comes out clean the muffins are cooked and you can take them out of the oven. If not, put them back in the oven and check every 2 minutes, testing again with the skewer. Do not bake for more than 20 minutes.

12. Allow the muffins to sit in the muffin tray for 5 minutes before removing from the tray and placing on a wire rack to cool. Make sure the muffins are completely cool before you eat them.
Make sure an adult does steps 11 & 12.

13. Enjoy!!

Cooking with kids - how to make kiwi fruit and sultana muffins


Facts about my Kiwi and Sultana Muffins ingredients

And here are some AMAZING facts about my Kiwi and Sultana Muffins and their ingredients

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My Jokes About Kiwi and Sultana Muffins ingredients

Check out my great jokes about by Kiwi and Sultana Muffins ingredients!

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Colour in this picture of me making Kiwi and Sultana Muffins

Here’s a picture of me making Kiwi and Sultana Muffins – print it off and colour it in – see how much colour you can add!

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Kiwi Fruit and Sultana Muffins Colouring Picture


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

x

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Monty’s Super Easy Jaffa Cake Recipe for kids

Hellooooo Monkeys

Who doesn’t love a jaffa cake??

The sponge, orange jelly and chocolate combination is an absolute classic! You can really impress your friends with Granny’s home-made jaffa cakes! The extra thick jelly slice is a winner!!

Cooking with kids - how to make jaffa cakes

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe!

I’ve got:
My story about Jaffa Cakes
My Jaffa Cake Recipe
My Mega Facts about the ingredients in my Jaffa Cakes
My Jokes about the ingredients in Jaffa Cakes
My Colouring-in page – just for Jaffa Cakese
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.

 

My Story About Jaffa Cakes 

J is for Jaffa Cakes!!!

Monty had eaten a few jaffa cakes, quite a few in fact!!

Granny saw him staring at the centre of a jaffa cake and then he asked “Granny, how does the orange bit get in the jaffa cake?”

Granny decided to show him so she went to the shop and bought all the ingredients to make some home made jaffa cakes. She was very busy that day so decided not to bake the sponge base and just buy one instead and cut it up for individual cakes.

Granny cut a madeira cake into some small squares and also some small discs so they look more like the original jaffa cakes, then Monty helped her to make the jelly.

It took a while to set a he was getting a bit impatient but a few hours later they melted the chocolate and started to put the cakes together.

Monty loved it and thought it was really clever how all the layers were put together to make these lovely cakes!

Monty ate a few of Granny’s jaffa cakes (especially as the jelly layer in Granny’s cake was much bigger), quite a few in fact!!

Monty’s Super Easy Jaffa Cakes 

Cooking with kids - how to make jaffa cakes

by Monty The Monkey,

This recipe is a lot of fun – you get to take a very famous cake and make your own version at home!

There are quite a few steps in this recipe and so we decided to cheat a little and speed things up by using a shop bought madeira cake for the base. If you have time, by all means make one yourself and then cut into small slices to use as the base for the cakes. If you prefer, you could use ready made plain fairy cakes (i.e no icing/decoration) and then cut them in half for the base.

You can experiment in so many different ways with this – you can cut the sponge and jelly into squares, circles, rectangles or triangles – just make sure that you cut them the same size. You can also try different flavours or jelly and jam for the middle layer eg raspberry or strawberry!

Have fun and enjoy!

This recipe involves some knife work and some kitchen gadgets too, so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Preparation Time: up to 45 minutes (includes assembling the cakes)
Cooking Time: None, but you need to let the jelly set for a few hours

Ingredients
One small shop bought madeira cake
1 x 135g packet of orange jelly
125ml boiling water
1 tablespoon of orange marmalade
200g dark chocolate, 70% cocoa solids

How to make jaffa cakes with kids

Method
1. Chop the jelly into pieces.

2. Boil the kettle and pour 125ml into a measuring jug. Add the jelly and the marmalade and stir until dissolved.

3. Pour into a baking tray or a large dish so that the jelly is 0.5cm thick. Set aside until it has completely cooled down, then put in the fridge to set. This will take a few hours.

4. Cut the madeira cake into slices which are 0.5cm thick, then trim each slice down to 3cm x 3cm. You can cut into disc shapes using a small cookie cutter if you prefer.

5. When the jelly has completely set, cut into pieces the same size as the cake base.

6. Boil a kettle and pour into a saucepan and put on a medium heat.

7. Break the chocolate into small pieces and put in a heatproof bowl and place on top of the saucepan. The bottom of the bowl should not be touching the water.

8. Stir the chocolate until it has melted and looks glossy and smooth. Take off the heat and allow to cool slightly for 2 minutes.

9. Place the cake and jelly squares on top of a cooling rack and put some paper underneath.

10. Spoon the chocolate over each cake, making sure the jelly is fully covered. Use a pastry brush to to make sure all the sides are coated in chocolate.

11. Allow to cool and then put in the fringe to set.

12. Tuck in and enjoy!

Enjoy

Monty eating jaffa cakes - fun cooking with kids


Facts about my Jaffa Cake ingredients

And here are some AMAZING facts about my Jaffa Cakes and their ingredients

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1. Marmalade is made from the fruit and peel of citrus fruits like oranges, limes and grapefruit, boiled down with water and sugar. Using the peel as well makes it different from jam, which is made only with the fruit.

 

jaffa cake fact 4

2.. Jaffa cakes were first created by McVitie’s in 1927 and in their factories today, they make 2,000 jaffa cakes per minute.

 

 

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3. Marmalade is usually eaten on toast for breakfast but marmalade sandwiches are a particular favourite of Paddington Bear!

 

 

jaffa cake fact 2

4. A jaffa cake is a cake and not a biscuit. This is because a jaffa cake will harden and go stale like cakes do, whereas biscuits go soft.

 

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5. Over 1 billion jaffa cakes are eaten very year!

My Jokes About My Jaffa Cake ingredients

Check out my great jokes about by Jaffa Cake ingredients!

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[Tweet "Q. What do you call people who love to drink hot chocolate?
A. Cocoa-nuts!"]

 

jaffa cake joke 3

[Tweet "Q. Why did the man lose his job at the orange juice factory?
A. Because he couldn’t concentrate"]

jaffa cake joke 2

Q. Why did the orange stop rolling down the hill?
A. He ran out of juice!

jaffa cake joke 1

Q. What is an astronaut’s favourite chocolate bar?
A. A Mars bar!

Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of me eating Jaffa Cakes with Granny

Here’s a picture of me eating Jaffa Cakes with Granny – print it off and colour it in - see how much colour you can add!

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Jaffa Cake Colouring Picture


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

x

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Monty’s Strawberry and Banana Milkshake style Ice Lollies

Hellooooo Monkeys

Here’s something to get your little teeth into – it’s my coooool ice lollies – they’re super quick to make and delicious!

 

Monty eating strawberry and banana ice lollies - fun cooking with kids

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe!

I’ve got:
My story about Ice lollies
My Ice lollies recipe
My Mega Facts about the ingredients in my Ice lollies
My Jokes about the ingredients in Ice lollies
My Colouring-in page – just for this recipe
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.


My Story About Ice Lollies 

I is for Ice Lollies!!!

It’s a hot sunny day and Monty is feeling a bit hot and bothered!

Granny knows just the thing to cool Monty down – one of her yummy strawberry and banana milkshake flavour ice lollies!

Monty had helped Granny make these lollies and had lots of fun doing that – now he can enjoy eating the lolly too!

Ice lolly recipes are so adaptable and you can have fun using different shaped lolly moulds or even paper cups and put a stick in the fruit mix.

Granny always keeps a few lollies in the fridge for when the sun comes out!

Try Granny’s recipe on your next sunny day!!


Monty’s Super Duper Strawberry and Banana Milkshake style Lollies

Cooking with kids - how to make strawberry and banana ice lollies

by Monty The Monkey,

Summer is here and the weather is getting hot!

What better on a hot day than a lovely ice lolly to cool you down – but not just any old ice lolly!!

Try Granny’s super duper strawberry & banana milkshake style ice lolly.

It’s jam packed with natural ingredients and will be much better for you than the shop bought ones.

You can swap the strawberries for other fruit and also use apple or orange juice instead of the yogurt if you prefer.

Have fun experimenting!

This recipe involves some knife work and some kitchen gadgets too, so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes!
Freezing time: 4 hours

Ingredients
250g strawberries
2 medium sized bananas
200ml of natural yogurt
2 tablespoons of honey

How to make quick strawberry and banana ice lollies for kids

Method
1. Peel and slice the banana and place in a blender or food processor.

2. Hull the strawberries – i.e remove the green stalks. You can do this by cutting around the edge of the stalk and pushing underneath slightly to remove the whole stalk. A small sharp knife is best for this. This should be done by an adult.

3. Place the strawberries in the blender.

4. Add the natural yogurt and honey.

5. Blitz for a few minutes until smooth.

6. Pour into the ice lolly moulds then push a stick into each one.

7. Place in the freezer for 4 hours or until the lollies are solid.

Enjoy!

Monty eating strawberry and banana ice lollies - fun cooking with kids


Facts about my Ice Lolly ingredients

And here are some AMAZING facts about my strawberry and banana milkshake ice lolly ingredients

1. The ice lolly was originally invented in America by an 11 year old boy in 1905. He left a can of powdered soda and water outside overnight and when he got up in the morning it had frozen, with a stirring stick in it. He named his invention, the popsicle.

2. A 6.4m tall ice lolly made in The Netherlands in 1997 holds the world record for the largest ice lolly.

3. Roughly 27,000 kilos of strawberries are eaten at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, along with 7,000 litres of cream! New tummies please!!!

4. Strawberries are the first fruits to ripen in Spring.

5. Bananas float in water!

 

My Jokes About My Ice Lolly ingredients

Check out my great jokes about today’s ice lolly ingredients!

Monty ice loly joke 3

Q: Why don’t bananas snore?
A: Because they don’t want to wake up the rest of the bunch.

Monty ice cream joke 1

Q. What do you call two banana skins?
A. A pair of slippers!

Monty ice loly joke 5

Q: What is a scarecrow’s favourite fruit?
A: Straw-berries!

Monty ice loly joke 4

Q: How do monkeys get down the stairs?
A: They slide down the banana-ster!

Monty ice cream joke 2

Q. Why did the banana go to the doctor?
A. Because it wasn’t peeling well!


Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of me eating Milkshake Ice Lollies

Here’s a picture of me eating an Ice Lolly – print it off and colour it in - see how much colour you can add!

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Ice Lollies Colouring Picture


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

x

Free Animated Cooking Lesson - learn how to make blueberry pancakes with MontyCLICK HERE NOW!

 

 

Monty’s Humongous Bowl Of Hummus

Hellooooo Monkeys

Here’s something to get your little teeth into – it’s one of my favourite dips – Hummus.

It’s super popular around the world, and I’m going to show you exactly how to make it.

 

Humongous Hummus for Kids

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe!

I’ve got:
My story about Hummus
My Hummus recipe
My Mega Facts about the ingredients in Hummus
My Jokes about the ingredients in Hummus
My Colouring-in page – just for this recipe
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.


My Story About Hummus 

H is for Hummus

Granny was planning to make something to snack on before dinner one night.

She was browsing through the cupboard, an asked me:

‘Monty, you love cooking, what do you think I should make?’

‘How about banana chips?’ I asked?

‘Maybe not Monty’ she said

‘Banana cake?’ I asked?

‘I don’t think so Monty’

‘Banana smoothie?’
‘Banana Bread?’
‘Banana pancake?’
I asked

‘ha ha, no Monty – we are having banana splits for pudding, so I don’t think bananas for snacks are a good idea’

Granny then pulled out a can of chickpeas from the cupboard.

‘Ah ha!’ she said – ‘I’ve got it!’

We’re going to make a humongous bowl of hummus!

And we did – it was SUPER EASY – and we added some healthy vegetables to use to dip. Check out the recipe below.


My Easy Hummus Recipe – cooking with kids

Monty cooking hummus with kids

Monty’s Humongous Hummus Recipe for Kids to Make

author=”by Monty The Monkey,”

Here’s the Humongous Hummus Recipe.  It’s really easy to make – you don’t even need to use the oven!  Choose some of your favourite vegetables to use as dippers

This recipe involves some knife work and a food processor, so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!”

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Cooking time: 0 minutes!!

Ingredients

Ingredients:
  • A small can of chickpeas (200g)
  • Half a lemon
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 100ml tahini (yummy sesame seed paste)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • A few sprigs of fresh coriander
  • vegetables for dipping (cucumbers, carrots, peppers, celery)

Easy to make hummus with kids

1. Empty the tin of chickpeas into a sieve and then run under cold water for a few minutes, to rinse.

Make sure an adult helps you with steps 2 and 3
2. Crush some garlic cloves with the back of a knife

3. Pour most of the chickpeas (save about 5 for later), garlic, tahini and water into your food processor and squeeze squeeze some lemon juice into the bowl.

4. Whizz the mix together for a few minutes, until the mix is nice and creamy

5. Take a teaspoon and see how it tastes. If you want to adjust the taste, add some more lemon juice, water or tahini in (be very careful with the tahini)

Make sure an adult cuts the vegetables for you

6. Cut your favourite vegetables into long strips – nice and long so you can dip easily with them

7. Spoon the mix into a shallow bowl and spread out with the back of a spoon, so it looks like my picture.

8. Sprinkle the paprika and some fresh coriander over the mix.

9. Lay out the vegetables around the bowl.

10. Dip and enjoy!

Humongous Hummus for Kids



Facts Hummus and Hummus Ingredients

And here are some AMAZING facts about Hummus and it’s ingredients

1. Hummus is thought to be one of the world’s oldest recipes – some people think that the first Hummus made was over 7,000 years ago! (that’s a lot older than Granny)

2. Hummus is high in protein, Iron and Vitamin C – meaning it can make you strong and keep you healthier.

3. The word hummus, (which has various spellings) is an Arabic word meaning “chickpea.”

4. Chickpeas are also known as garbanzo beans (pretty cool sounding beans, don’t you think)

5. The world record for the largest serving of hummus is 10,452 kg, made in 2010 by Chef Ramzi Choueiri and the students of Al-Kafaat University – that’s about the same weight of 3 small elephants

 

My Jokes About Hummus ingredients

Check out my great jokes about Hummus ingredients!



A man walks into the doctor’s office. He has a big chickpea stuck in one ear, a garlic clove in the other ear, and a carrot stuck in one nostril. The man says, “Doctor, this is terrible. What’s wrong with me?”
The Doctor says, “Well, first of all, you need to eat more sensibly”


Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of Granny making some Hummus

Here’s a picture of Granny making some Hummus – print it off and colour it in - see how much colour you can add!

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
colouring-in hummus kids recipe


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

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Easy Granola recipe for kids

Hello my monkeys!

It’s time for a another recipe.

Today it’s my Easy Granola Recipe – these bars are super easy to make and great fun for kids to make with parents.

 

Yummy granola bars - cooking with kids

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my famous ‘pairs game’ with all the ingredients from this week’s recipe!

I’ve got:
My story about Granola Bars
My Healthy Kids Granola Bars recipe
My Mega Facts about the ingredients in Granola Bars
My Jokes about the ingredients in Granola Bars
My Colouring-in page – just for this recipe
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.


My Story About Granola 

G is for Granola

Granny was having a spring clean in her kitchen this week and came across loads of ingredients in her cupboard that she hadn’t used in a while.

She checked the dates on everything and threw out anything that was past it’s use by date or best before date.

This is really important as you should never eat food that is out of date!

Granny still had lots of yummy ingredients like honey, almonds and dried fruit and wondered what she could make with them?

Monty suggested she make her famous granola bars and he could take some out later when he was going to play with his friends.

Granny said “Monty, that’s an excellent idea! Let’s do that!”

And here is the recipe I made with Granny!

Monty x


My Easy Granola Recipe for Kids

Easy Granola Bars for kids

Monty’s Easy Granola Recipe for Kids to Make

by Monty The Monkey,

Granola bars are one of my favourite snacks! They are perfect for when you are out and about and also make a great breakfast! The best thing about them is that you can change the nuts, seeds and dried fruit in the recipe each time you make the bars to keep it interesting and come up with your perfect combination.

This recipe involves some knife work, using heat (the oven and hob top) and other kitchen gadgets so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!

Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: 30 minutes

Ingredients
200g porridge oats
100g butter, plus a little bit more for greasing the baking tray
100g light muscovado sugar
100g dried cranberries
100g sunflower seeds
50g pumpkin seeds
50g almonds
3 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

making granola bars with kids - kids cooking

Method
1. Heat the oven to 160C/140 Fan/ Gas mark 3.

2. Take an 18 x 25cm baking tray and rub all over with a little butter, then line it with baking paper.

3. Roughly chop the almonds. Make sure an adult does this!
Make sure an adult does this bit.

4. Mix the oats, seeds and almonds together and place in a roasting tin and toast in the oven for 5-10 minutes.

5. Put the butter, sugar and honey in a saucepan over a medium heat and stir until the butter has melted. Make sure an adult does this!

6. Add the cinnamon, cranberries and the oat mix and stir well, making sure the oat mix is fully coated.

7. Pour into the baking tin and gently press it down. Make sure the mixture is spread evenly across the tin and that you get right into the corners.

8. Bake for 30 minutes.

9. Remove from the oven and place on a cooling rack. When the mixture is cool, cut into 12 bars.

10. Enjoy!!



Facts About Granola and Granola Ingredients

And here are some AMAZING facts about Granola and it’s ingredients

1. Granola was created by a doctor in New York, as a health food. It was the world’s first cold manufactured cereal in the world and was originally called “Granula”.

2. Porridge oats are super healthy and the perfect breakfast – they contain lots of fibre and slow release energy to keep you going until lunchtime!

3. Bees make honey using nectar from flowers. Bees are the only insect in the world to make a food we can eat.

4. A honey bee has 5 eyes.

5. Almonds are related to the Peach family – have a look inside a peach and see if you can see a resemblance

 

My Jokes About Granola and Granola ingredients

Check out my great jokes about Granola and Granola ingredients!


Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of me making some granloa bars

Here’s a picture of me making some granola bars – print it off and colour it in - see how much colour you can add to the granola mix!

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Cooking colouring-in cards - Monty making granola with kids


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture from todays’ recipe.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

x

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Cooking Healthy Fish Fingers with kids

Hello monkeys!

What a week it’s been.

This week – it’s all about how to make something healthy that a lot of people love.

That’s right.

Today it’s my healthy Fish Fingers – they are super easy to make and great fun for kids to make with your parents.

As always I’ve put lots of goodies on this page – including my new game!

I’ve got:
My story about Fish Fingers
My Healthy Fish Finger recipe
My Mega Facts about Fish
My Fish Jokes
My Colouring-in page
My New Pairs Game – just for this recipe

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.


My Story About Fish Fingers

F is for Fish

Last week I went to the Fishmongers with Granny

The man behind the counter told Granny a secret recipe.

He said it was a recipe he learnt when he was young and it’s a secret on how to make Fish Fingers that are 10 times nicer than frozen ones.

He whispered the recipe to Granny and Granny made some notes on her shopping list.

The good news is:

He told Granny how to make Fish Fingers that you don’t have to fry!

And the best bit:

I can make them with Granny – they are perfect for 5-7 year old kids to make!

Granny also said we can make them with new types of fish so I learn how to try these too.

So let’s get cooking!

Monty x


My Healthy Fish Fingers Recipe

cooking with kids - healthy fish fingers

Monty’s Healthy Fish Fingers For Kids to Make
by Monty The Monkey,Here’s Granny’s brilliant recipe for crunchy, healthy home made fish fingers. You can use any kind of firm white fish for this recipe but please try to use a sustainable fish if you can.This means choosing a type of fish which has not been over-fished so we can protect fish stock for our generation and future generations.

These are super fun to make – my favourite bit is dipping the fish in the egg!

Fish fingers – yum yum – here I come…..

This recipe involves some knife work, using heat (the oven) and other kitchen gadgets so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!

Preparation time:15 minutes
Cooking time:15 minutes

Ingredients
Fish Fingers
400g of firm white fish fillets (eg pollock)
100g wholemeal breadcrumbs (made from day old bread)
2 eggs
100g plain flour
Pinch of paprika
Olive oil
Salt & pepper

Lemon Mayo Dip
1 teaspoon of lemon juice
2 tablespoons of Mayonnaise
2 tablespoons of Greek Yogurt
½ teaspoon fresh oregano

healthy fish fingers for kids - granny buying fish

Method
Fish Fingers

1. Preheat the oven to 200C/180 Fan oven/Gas mark 6

2. Lightly beat the eggs and then pour into a shallow dish then add the salt and pepper.

3. Add the paprika to the flour and mix through.

4. Set up a little production line with the three bowls – flour first, next the egg and lastly the breadcrumbs, and a plate on the end for the finished fish fingers.
Make sure Granny does step 5!
5. Cut the fish into twelve finger shaped strips.

6. Dip a finger of fish into the flour, shaking off any excess, then dip into the egg (making sure the fish is fully covered) and finally roll it in the breadcrumbs. Put the finished ones on the plate at the end. This can be messy so your little monkeys may need a wipe down half way through.

7. Brush a baking tray with a little olive oil. Place the fish fingers on the tray and put in the oven to bake for 15 minutes, turning half way through.
Make sure that an adult takes the fish fingers in and out of the oven.

Lemon Mayo Dip
1. Cut a lemon in half and place it on top of a lemon juicer and press down. Pour out one teaspoon of juice into a bowl.

2. Chop the oregano into very small pieces.
Make sure and adult does steps 1 and 2.
3. Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix well together.
Serve with the fish fingers.

How to make healthy fish fingers for kids



Facts About Fish

And here are some AMAZING facts about Fish

1. There are over 30000 known species of fish (how many do you know?)

2. Tuna can swim at speeds of up to 70 kph (43 mph) (that’s faster than you or I can run!)

3. Starfish are not fish.

4. Catfish have over 27,000 taste buds. Humans have around 7,000 (I bet they’d love my recipes – they’d get almost 4 times more flavour out of them)

5. Seahorses are the only fish that swim upright

 

My Jokes About Fish

Check out my great jokes about fish!


Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of Granny buying some fish from the fishmongers

Here’s a picture of my lovely Granny buying some fish – print it off and colour it in - see how many different colours you can make the fish.

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Cooking with Kids Fish finger Colouring Picture


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

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Cooking Omelettes with kids

Hey guys

I hope you are having fun!

Today on my super recipe mega page, it’s all about eggs – we’re learning all about eggs and making some yummy Omelettes.

Here’s a quick video of me and how a monkey handles eggs (its’ from my app which is out soon!):


I’ve got a big surprise:

Lots and lots jam packed onto this page:

I’ve got:
My story about Omelettes
My recipe
My Eggy Facts
My Jokes
Some Colouring-in
My New Pairs Game

Click above to jump to the right spot, or just scroll down to the fun below.


My Story About Eggs

E is for Eggs


Chick chick chick chick chicken – lay a little egg for me!!

I love eggs!! They are such an awesome food as you can eat them for any meal of the day eg scrambled eggs on toast for breakfast, make a quiche for lunch or dinner and also bake cakes with them!

I love breakfast at the weekends because there is more time to make fun meals.  One of my favourites is an omelette made with eggs, cheese and ham.  It is super quick and easy and tastes amazing!  I’ll be posting Granny’s great omelette recipe for you to try at home this weekend too!

Lots of love

Monty x

My Omelette Recipe

Kids Recipes - how to make an omelette

Here’s Granny’s recipe for one of my favourite breakfasts – ham and cheese omelette. It’s easy peasey to make, takes just a few minutes and tastes awesome! It also gives you lots of energy for the day ahead! It’s a brilliant recipe to have up your sleeve for any occaions as you can pretty much add any ingredient and get creative! Roll on Saturday morning – I can’t wait for this one!

You can swap the ham for bacon or cheddar cheese for parmesan or gruyere if you prefer.

This recipe involves some knife work, using heat (hob top) and other kitchen gadgets so please make sure an adult handles these parts of the recipe! Always be careful in the kitchen but remember to have fun too!
Preparation time: 5 minutes
Cooking time: 10-12 minutes

Making-Omelettes-with-kids-granny-shows-kids-how-to-cook-an-omelette

Method

Make sure an adult does steps 1, 2 & 3.
1. Chop the cooked ham into small pieces.
2. Deseed the tomatoes (cut in half and then scoop out the seeds) and chop the rest into small pieces.
3. Chop the parsley.
4. Grate the cheese.
Depending on your age and ability in the kitchen, your supervising adult might let you do this bit! Be very careful though and keep your fingers towards the back of the piece of cheese.
5. Turn the heat on to medium and put the frying pan on to heat up. When the pan is hot, add one teaspoon of butter.
6. When the butter is foaming, pour one quarter of the egg mixture into the frying pan. You will be cooking one omelette at a time and an adult should do this part.
7. Leave the eggs for about a minute until the base has set and then add some of the tomatoes, ham and cheese to the middle of the pan in a line down the centre.
8. Now fold one side of the omelette over the fillings in the centre. Use a spatula for this and be very careful not to break the omelette. Then fold across the other side. Cook for another minute so the cheese will have melted
9. Next very carefully slide a spatula underneath the omelette and lift off onto a plate. Sprinkle with a little more grated cheese and parsley on top.
10. Someone can then tuck into this one while you make the rest of the omelettes, repeating the process above.

Teaching kids how to cook an omelette - Monty shows kids how to handle eggs

My Jokes About Eggs

Check out my great jokes about eggs!


Facts About Eggs

And here are some AMAZING facts about eggs

1. There are 1.2 trillion eggs produced worldwide every year (Granny says that is one biiiiiig omelette!)

2. Some chickens lay more than 300 eggs per year! – that’s nearly one every day!

3. Sonya Thomas is one hungry lady – she broke the world record for eating hard-boiled eggs in 2003, and ate 64 in less than 7 minutes!!!!

4. If you made my omelette fast – check out Howard Helmer, who made 427 omelettes in 30 minutes!  I wonder if he ate them all.

5. Ever had egg on your face? egg whites have been used in skin care products such as make up! (is your mummy looking extra yellow today? ha ha)


Colouring-in

Colour in this picture of Granny making an omelette

The fun doesn’t stop in the kitchen.

Here’s a picture of my lovely Granny making the Omelettes – print it off and colour it in - why not make it fun by adding some ingredients to the omelette

(Mums and Dads – just right click on the image, to download and print)
Kids cooking - how to cook an omelette colouring in


My New Pairs Game

My new little cooking game for kids

Check out my fun new game.
Match the pairs to reveal a surprise picture.

cooking pairs game
Click on the image above, or here to play
Have fun – and make sure you come back!

That’s it for this week.

Please do share this page – I’d love for everyone else to know just how much fun cooking with kids can be.

x

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I LOVE to make cooking with kids fun in the kitchen – so I always compile a few jokes to go with my recipes

Here are my 4 favourite jokes about coconuts and dates:

Q. Which schools subject is the fruitier?
A. History – because it is full of dates

Q. Why did the tomato go out with a prune?
A. Because he couldn’t find a date!

Q. What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses?
A. A coconut on holiday!

Knock Knock!
Who’s there?
Coco
Coco who?
Coconut!

 

Also check out:

My facts about dates

My Delicious Data and Coconut Bar Recipe

My story about why I made my date and coconut bar

My colouring-in pages for my date and coconut bar!