Apr
18

My girls have been asking for me to do them a cooking school and we finally got the whole thing started the weekend before last. As you may know we have plenty of kids cook books for inspiration, but obviously it does not have to be a kids recipe. We found this one in one of our latest acquisitions the American Girl cookbook by Williams & Sonoma. It turned out so delicious!

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 Chicken Parmesan

Olive oil for greasing

6 small boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

Salt to taste

1 cup all-purpose flour

3 large eggs, beaten

1 1⁄2 cups plain dried bread crumbs

1⁄2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 pound fresh mozzarella cheese, cut into thin slices ( we used 2 whole buffala ones)

3 cups homemade or store-bought marinara sauce ( We used Rao´s, it´s our favourite)

  1. Pour olive oil onto a rimmed baking sheet and use a pastry brush to coat the entire surface. Place 1 chicken breast half inside a zip-close freezer bag and pound with a meat pounder until it is 1⁄2-inch thick. Transfer to a large plate, and repeat with remaining chicken breast halves. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400F. Put flour, eggs and bread crumbs in three separate shallow bowls or baking dishes. Line up the bowls in that order from left to right. Stir the Parmesan into the bread crumbs. One at a time, coat chicken breasts on both sides with flour and tap off the excess. Dip flour-coated chicken into eggs, turn to coat, and allow the excess to drip off. Finally, dip breasts into bread crumbs and turn to coat both sides, pressing so that the bread crumbs stick. Place on the prepared baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake 15 minutes. Remove the baking sheet from the oven. Using a wide metal spatula, carefully turn chicken breasts. Continue to bake until golden on both sides, about 15 minutes longer. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set aside. Leave the oven on.
  4. Lightly grease a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with olive oil. Pour in 2 cups marinara sauce and spread it into an even layer. Use a spatula to arrange warm chicken breasts in the baking dish, overlapping them slightly, and pour the remaining 1 cup marinara sauce evenly over the top, then lay the mozzarella slices on top. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 20 minutes. Remove the baking dish from the oven. Let cool 10 minutes and serve.

    For a vegetarian dish you can use Eggplants instead of chicken. We served the chicken parm with buttered spaghetti. This was so so good!

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Mar
28

Tinted eggs

by Sofia   -   in Cooking  DIY projects

I made pink eggs for Bubble Gum´s birthday tray and figured they might be as cute for Easter time. I juts added food colouring to the water where I boiled the eggs in but you could just as well use natural colours like turmeric and beet. They just look adorable and delicious for a lunch with some smoked salmon and asparagus with hollandaise sauce. Or for a cute breakfast for you little bunnies.

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Mar
6

What makes your kids happy? Mine are usually most content just hanging out with us. They love doing things like arts and crafts or baking, going out to play ( even just soccer with dad in the inner courtyard on a semi lousy day) or going to the movies or out to eat. As long as it is with family they are usually very happy. They also love being with their friends and most surprisingly they absolutely adore being with our friends. So our children are not very high maintenance and they are fairly easily entertained. They obviously also love new toys etc. like any child. Here are some of the ( more material) things they love at the moment.

They get very happy about little unnecessary things like jewellery and hair pins etc. I think most kids love these. Our favourite brand is MeriMeri as they are just what my girls love, cute and cool and make and outfit more fun. Here is pictured just a fraction of the things we have from the brand. 

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