Ellas Kitchen Easy Family Cook Book The Orange One: If I am honest we probably don’t spend as much time as we should cooking with Monkey. I always feel slightly guilty about this fact because he enjoys it so much, yet we just don’t have the time. Its awful to admit that with two full time working parents, a young baby and a house to look after. I don’t always have the energy to dream up easy and entertaining dishes to cook together. So when I was contacted about trying out the new family cookbook from Ella’s Kitchen – The Orange One. I was a little sceptical to see if it would live up to its claims of being the Easy Family Cookbook.

When it arrived I was instantly drawn to the bright colourful pages, which had simple to follow instructions and beautiful pictures. Although Monkey is still learning to read as he gets a bit older and more confident he would easily be able to read the recipes out, thanks to the larger than average simple print. Theres a great planner which folds out from the centre which is just what we need to get more organised and little time saving ideas throughout.

Flicking through the recipes it was difficult to make a decision since so many of them appealed. I opted for the crustless quiche as Monkey has just started to eat eggs since we have had the all clear on his intolerance. So I knew that anything egg based would appeal. There was also the opportunity to mix everything together which is normally his favourite part.

He really enjoyed helping to prep all the vegetables, he has his own ‘big knife’ which is one of our old kitchen knives which is extremely blunt. He’s amazingly careful with it and did a really great job of preparing all the ingredients, even learning how to remove thyme from the stalk. Although he wasn’t too keen on grating the cheese, I think he was a little worried he would catch his fingers.

I had promised to make a little video, although realistically juggling two kids and ingredients I opted to record Monkey to combining all the ingredients at the kitchen table. Its not the best video but you can see he really loved doing it – although at one point I did wonder if all the vegetables were going to fit!!

We really enjoyed eating the quiche which we had with some sweet potato fries, cucumber and cherry tomatoes. I am sure Monkey enjoyed eating it more because he made it himself.

As well as the quiche we made some chocolate mouse. Monkey was excited by the fact that he got to use the blender although after he had pressed the button he was less than impressed by the noise!

Needless to say the chocolate mouse went down extremely well. I really liked the fact that it had avocado in it, which is something I struggle to get into both boys. I also had no idea that Monkey loved natural greek yogurt as much as he did.

Although both recipes took a little longer than the timings in the cookbook, I can see us working through all the categories and making some new family favourites. Monkey had such a great time and my mummy guilt subsided at least for the afternoon. I would definitely recommend The Orange One and it should be a staple in all houses with small children.

But don’t just take my word for it the lovely people at Ella’s Kitchen have given me one to giveaway to one lucky reader of Mudpie Fridays. To be in with a chance please enter via the gleam application below and note the T&Cs.

Ellas Kitchen Easy Family Cook Book The Orange One

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  • The winner will be drawn at random and will a copy of Ella’s Kitchen Easy Family Cookbook – The Orange One
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  1. What a great idea. I love the look of the book – really geared up for kids. Looks like you had a lot of fun!

    Sally @ Life Loving

  2. Looks like a great book, nice and colourful!
    Also that chocolate mousse looks really good!

  3. I love cooking with Fin, I dont have any of the Ella’s cookbooks, but we have a simular one, however I have all the Ellas one on my Amazon wishlists. Its looks really nice, I too love how bright and appealing it looks, so I might have to actually buy one – first off as a comping addict I will enter and keep my fingers crossed first!

  4. I’ll admit, we don’t have any “family” cookbooks as I tend to just force the kids to eat whatever we’re having (bad mummy) but this one sounds great. And I do think kids are more open to new tastes or just eating in general if they’ve been involved. Like you, we don’t have time for a lot of kids cooking time, but my four year old quite likes perching on the worktop while I cook, and loves a chance to get involved.

  5. This looks great I need some new recipe ideas for all the family to enjoy! #BloggerClubUK

  6. I’m a horror when it comes to cooking with kids. I can’t think of anything worse as I just want to get it done and don’t have the patience required to deal with my snail’s pace kids nor the stomach for them cutting themselves. Apparently my son wants to be a chef. Oh God. There’s a real market for kids’ cookbooks apparently. Never even knew til my 10yo nephew’s birthday this year; apparently he prepares dinner every Saturday!! Wish I lived in the UK and could enter this. Boo. #bloggerclubuk

  7. Harline Parkin Reply

    I love this I think all kids should learn to cook and bake my mother taught me

  8. Margaret gallagher Reply

    Great to entice our little one to cook and love food

  9. We loved the Ella’s kitchen range when Rory was a little younger and this seems like a great way of getting kids involved in cooking. I could no with some new recipe inspiration! #BloggerClubUK

  10. Angela Boucher Reply

    This looks like a fantastic book, I’m always struggling to come up with new family meal ideas, this would be fantastic.

  11. lorraine kirk Reply

    Love Ella’s Kitchen products. The recipe book looks nicely laid out with great icons at the top of each page for cooking time etc.

  12. Jo Carroll Reply

    My little fella is just starting to take more of an interest in what actually goes on in the kitchen so Ellas Kitchen Easy Family Cook Book looks a great way of introducing him to the fun of cooking up a treat or two.

  13. Brilliant book – it looks really colourful and child friendly! I have to agree with Monkey though – I hate grating cheese as well. I tend to cheat and buy the pre-grated lol

  14. This is so handy. My kids love cooking so this is brilliant.

  15. adeinne tonner Reply

    This looks like a great cook book and it’s good to find new recipes for children to try too.

  16. Claire Nutman Reply

    Great way to spend quality time, put away the technology and grab your aprons lol

  17. We’ll take anything to keep my niece interested in the kitchen.

  18. Katy Malkin Reply

    Our little one is almost 2, can’t wait to start teaching her how t cook properly

  19. Chris Fletcher Reply

    Its always great having a stash of kid friendly recipes!

  20. Fiona Fuller Reply

    Having my little fella has really ignited my passion for cooking. he is dairy and soya free so everything he has is almost made from scratch! Seeing him really tuck in makes it all more worth it. Always on the hunt for new recipes.

  21. I would like to win this – i need some new inspiration for meal times.

  22. Suzie Wilder Reply

    Definately need some help with meal times! I have two very fussy fellows!

  23. Fiona jk42 Reply

    If your son is reluctant to use a regular grater, then you might want to try getting a Mouli grater. You put in a block of cheese and turn the handle, so there’s no risk of grated knuckles!

  24. This looks like a great book to get kids to help with the cooking

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