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Annabel Karmel Cooks!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

''Cooking is great for boosting your child's confidence and inspiring creativity. Having fun together in the kitchen is a wonderful way to spend an afternoon and if you are lucky it can be a good way to encourage a fussy eater to try new foods. And you never know, you might ignite a passion for cookery in your little ones that goes way beyond licking the spoon.' Annabel Karmel, MBE

Can you cook? Yes you can!

You Can Cook is the fourth in a successful series of cooking books for children by leading author and children's food expert Annabel Karmel. A complete course for children, this book encourages budding young chefs to get involved in all aspects of cooking from choosing ingredients to learning basic preparation.

You Can Cook will help children learn a range of key cooking techniques as well as discovering how to whip up over 60 delicious and healthy recipes which can be enjoyed by the whole family.

Each recipe includes easy-to-follow instructions, plus beautiful step-by-step illustrations allowing children to follow each recipe carefully. Annabel also uses symbols throughout the book showing how long a dish takes to make, how many servings it provides, plus hygiene and safety notes to make sure children stay safe in the kitchen.

Broken down into five main sections, Annabel guides children through the first steps of cooking starting with how to make scrambled eggs and toast. Once children have grasped the basic techniques needed to make a dish, Annabel moves on to more advanced recipes which include light bites, main meals, sweet treats and puddings. The book concludes with a section on various cooking methods such as preparing ingredients and baking techniques.

You Can Cook has a balance of sweet and savoury recipes so that children can learn how to make a selection of healthy dishes, from sweet and sour pork and Swedish meatballs to marble cake and strawberry ice cream. It includes a range of ingredients from the five food groups showing children that healthy eating can be fun and educational.

Other children's titles written by Annabel, published by DK are: Cook It Together, Children's First Cookbook and Mummy and Me Cookbook

Annabel Karmel "Children's Cookbook phenomenon"

Annabel Karmel is the UK's best-selling author of nineteen books on baby and children's food and nutrition. She is an expert in devising tasty and nutritious meals for children without the need for parents to spend hours in the kitchen.

A mother of three, Karmel has become a cookbook phenomenon. Her series of home-made recipes for babies and toddlers have sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Her Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner has become the authoritative guide on feeding babies and children and is regularly in the top five cookery titles. Four new titles launched last year including The Mummy and Me Cookbook, The Baby and Toddler Food Diary and Baby's First Year - a keepsake journal and The Annabel Karmel Family Cookbook - the first celebrity bookazine to be published three times per year.

Annabel has also recognized that children love to cook & cooking is one of the most important life skills that a child can learn. Annabel is motivating children to cook through nationwide children's "how to cook-it" courses at Britain's leading holiday centres, developing a range of branded kids cooking sets including the fabulous Princess baking set, launching a cake mix product. Her books for 2009, Cook It Together and I Can Eat a Rainbow focus on children cooking up tasty things that they can make and bake.

Books are not the only string to Annabel's bow; she now has ranges for feeding babies and toddlers, food preparation equipment, children's food, baking and party ware. They can be found on the shelf in supermarkets, pharmacy and specialist baby shops in the UK and Ireland. Annabel's healthy and nutritious chilled ready meal range 'Eat Fussy' for 1 to 4 year olds has quickly become the UK's favourite with children.

Taking inspiration from cuisines around the world, she has just launched World Foods for four year olds and over.

Her first food range for babies of sauces and pastas combines fresh with convenience - providing parents with a time saving way to prepare baby food at home with a clever storage system of food cube trays and containers for freezing food for baby. Along with the food, she has developed the Annabel Karmel Weaning Range by Lindam - an innovative and practical set that will help babies progress from first tastes to feeding themselves.

She also aiming to revolutionise the way children eat in pubs and restaurants and her menus can be found in popular attractions such as Alton Towers, Thorpe Park, Legoland, Chessington World of Adventure, Warwick Castle and Sea Life theme parks as well the UK's largest Holiday Park group - Haven Holidays and the Butlins

Her popular web-site has more than 50,000 members.

Annabel writes regularly for national newspapers and magazines and also appears frequently on radio and television as the expert on child nutritional issues.

She's worked on a number of series for national TV including the popular "Foodie Godmother" on Channel 4's Richard and Judy Show, this year's "Annabel's Kitchen" on GMTV, Mummy that's Yummy on Sky and was voted as one of the eight iconic chefs of her generation recently for ITV's This Morning.

Annabel was awarded an MBE in June 2006 in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her outstanding work in the field of child nutrition.

In November 2009, Annabel was awarded the Mother & Baby Lifetime Achievement award and won the prestigious Caterer and Hotelkeeper Excellence in Food awards for her children's meal.

In Recent headline in the Sun Newspaper 10.05.10. possible talking point.

Some lunchbox snacks can contain 3 times more sugar than ice cream increasing the risk of heart disease. Health experts want manufacturers to lower the levels of extra sugar in processed foods

Swedish Meatballs


. 1 medium onion
. 1 small clove garlic
. 3 tsp sunflower oil
. 1 apple
. 4 slices bread, crusts removed
. 4 tbsp grated parmesan cheese
. 1 egg yolk
. 225g(7½ oz) minced pork or chicken
. 1 tsp chopped parsley
. 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
. 1 tbsp tomato puree
. 1 tbsp honey
. ¼ tsp grated nutmeg
. Salt and pepper
. Flour for dusting

For the sauce:


. 30g (1 0z) butter
. 30g (1 0z) flour
. 400 ml (14 fl oz) chicken stock
. 100ml (3½ fl oz) double cream
. 2 tsp soy sauce
. 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce


For this traditional dish, I like to use pork because it has lots of flavour. But pork can be fatty, so you might like to try chicken instead.

1. Chop the onion finely and crush the garlic. Head the oil and sauté the onion until it's soft. Add the garlic and sauté for another minute. Cool slightly
2. Peel the apple and grate the flesh(not the core) into a large mixing bowl. Be careful not to grate your fingers too!
3. Tear the bread into small pieces (or use breadcrumbs) and add it to the bowl. Leave the bread and the apple to stand for 5 minutes.
4. Now add the parmesan, egg yolk minced pork or chicken, saute onion and garlic, parsley, Worcestershire sauce, tomato puree, honey and nutmeg.
5. Season with a little salt and pepper, then use your hands to mix everything together thoroughly.
6. Scoop up the meat mixture with a teaspoon and roll it into meatballs. Dust them with flour.
7. Heat the remaining oil in a non-stick frying pan and brown the meatballs in batches for 2 to 3 minutes, turning regularly. Drain them on kitchen paper.
8. For the sauce, melt the butter and stir in the flour. Remove from the heat and whisk in the stock, a little at a time. Then add the cream, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Return to the heat and bring to the boil, stirring constantly. Add the meatballs.
9. Serve with green vegetables such as french beans or broccoli plus plain boiled rice or noodles.

Best Muffins Ever!

Here are five kinds of yummy muffin- the step by step pictures show how to make plain ones, and fancy ones are on the facing page


. 150g (5½ oz) plain flour
. 1 tsp baking powder
. One eight tsp bicarbonate of soda
. ¼ tsp salt
. 85g (3 oz) caster sugar
. 85g (3 oz) butter, melted and cooled slightly
. 1 egg
. 4 tbsp milk
. 1 tsp vanilla extract
. 3 tbsp natural yoghurt


1. Preheat oven to 180șC/ 350 F Gas mark 4. Line a muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
2. Put the flour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Mix them together.
3. In another bowl, put the butter, egg, milk, vanilla and yoghurt, and whisk them together.
4. Pour the whisked butter mixture onto the flour mixture.
5. Stir everything together. Be careful not to over mix-there should be a few lumps.
6. Spoon the mixture into the muffin cases. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes until risen and firm to the touch. Cool for 5 minutes in the tin, then remove and put on a wire rack to cool completely.
7. If you are using different ingredients to flavour these, add them at step 2

Different Flavours...

Spicy Apple and Raison


1. Add 1½ tsp mixed spice, 60g raisons, and ½ peeled and chopped apple
2. Orange and Cranberry.

3. Add 60g dried cranberries and the zest of 1 orange to the flour. Replace the milk with 4 tbsp orange juice.
4. Double Chocolate
5. Replace 30g flour with 30g cocoa powder. Replace the caster sugar with soft light brown sugar
6. Add 85 g chopped milk chocolate to the flour. Increase the milk to 5 tbsp
7. Lemon and Blueberry
8. Add 85g flour with 30g cocoa powder. Replace the caster sugar with soft light brown sugar. Add 85g chopped milk chocolate to the flour. Increase the milk to 5 tbsp


You Can Cook
Published: 1st April 2010
Price: €15.99