Hands up, how many of you own an Annabel Karmel cookbook? The days of Annabel Karmel are long gone in our house and I’ve been known to serve spaghetti out of a tin, beans on toast or worse, McDonald’s. However, we were recently sent Annabel’s Kitchen, My First Cookbook to have a look at. I frequently use children’s cookbooks as it’s indicative of my cooking abilities but I also like flipping through them for inspiration for meals for Madame.
So far, I’ve tried two of the recipes, Oriental Plum Chicken Wraps and the Meatball Pasta Bake and before I go any further, they were both delicious.
However, as a working mum I often don’t have the time, energy or ingredients to make Cat and Mouse baked potatoes, Jelly sailboats or Bagel Snakes! By the time I fly through the door at about 6pm, I only have an hour with my daughter and I don’t want to spend all this time in the kitchen. I do involve her with the cooking and she enjoys it but she has the attention span of a newt and normally wanders off half way through, leaving me to do the rest.
I know Ms. Karmel is busy building an empire but I’d bet my life on it that she doesn’t do this herself at home. Books like this just add to my level of guilt as a parent. Please can you just give me recipes that are quick, healthy and don’t require 20 ingredients! I also found it very frustrating that the recipes were all mixed together, separate sections for mains, puddings etc, could save me a valuable 5 minutes.
Saying all this I am looking forward to trying the Lamb Biryani and the Prawn and Sausage Paella but I’ll have to save them for my day off.