When people find out we have five children the first comment is usually ‘Gosh, you must be very busy!’. Yes, my large family does keep me busy but I wouldn’t swap it for the world. The key to staying on top of all the madness is being organised, setting priorities and creating your own list of quick ‘tricks’ that will make your day run smoothly. Family meals ares one of those hectic times that can easily get stressful, luckily kitchen queen Annabel Karmel is coming to our rescue with a brand new cookbook:
Not only is she loved around the globe for her healthy, no-fuss, family-friendly recipes, Annabel Karmel is also a mother herself so she knows firsthand what busy mums really need and want. Fresh of the press Busy Mum’s Cookbook (RRP $55) is a beautiful, full-colour cookbook filled with more than 100 simple, tasty recipes that will get the thumbs up from the whole family without stressing out the chef (or requiring hours of kitchen preparation).
Flicking through Annabel’s new book has left me inspired, it contains so many mouthwatering dishes and there really is something for everyone. Mostly based on simple ingredients that you already have in the pantry or can pick up at any supermarket the recipes are easy-to-follow and have a real, warm, homely feel to them that even your fussiest eater will love. At the same time the meals look impressive and will wow any guests at your dinner table. Annabel has kindly included handy time-saving tips, freezer advice and interesting variations throughout the book to take your cooking fun even further.
So far our family has tested (and unanimously approved of) the Bacon and Pea Risotto, Mediterranean Oven-Baked Chicken Drumsticks, Tasty Spinach Soup and Frittata with Cherry Tomatoes. Miss 3 and I also whipped up these super easy Apricot, Pecan, Raisin and Chocolate Cookies (see recipe below), totally yummy and ready in just 20 minutes or 25 if a toddler is in charge! Next on my to-make list are the Bang bang Chicken Salad, Herb Crusted Salmon and the Chocolate Pear Pudding, I can’t wait to tuck into those later this week.
From quick 20 minute meals to scrumptious sweet treats, from pantry cooking to entertaining, from lunchboxes and snacks to make ahead meals and more, if you like the sound of nutritious, delicious and stress-free family cooking you are sure to love Busy Mum’s Cookbook.
Apricot, Pecan, Raisin and Chocolate Cookies
From Busy Mum’s Cookbook by Annabel Karmel
100g unsalted butter, softened
100g light soft brown sugar
1 large egg
150g porridge oats
75g self-raising flour, sifted
A pinch of salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
50g dried apricots, roughly chopped
25g pecans, roughly chopped
100g dark chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids)
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas4 and line two large baking sheets with non-stick baking paper.
2. Cream the butter with the sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy, then add the egg and beat again. Fold in the remaining ingredients until well incorporated.
3. Shape the cookie dough into 20 balls. Place on the prepared baking sheets, well-spaced apart, and press down slightly to flatten. Bake for 10-12 minutes, until lightly golden but still slightly soft in the middle. Leave to cool on the sheets for a few minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 – 12 minutes
Makes 20 cookies
Suitable for freezing once baked