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Recipes for children, by children: Easy potato Soup


My daughter loves soup. Make her a soup and she is happy. It is a pleasure to watch her eat. She is also the one who spends the most time in the kitchen with me. Even if she just sits on the workbench, which is the only place to sit in my tiny kitchen, to watch me.

Here is her first recipe that she came up with all by herself when she was five. It is very easy, and you can either use stock or cubes and it works well both with fresh or frozen herbs.

Dissolve 1 cube of vegetable stock in half a liter of boiling water. Add about 8 large potatoes, peeled and cut into similar sized chunks. Cook until they are soft, but not too soft. Remove from stove and add 50 g of butter, 150 ml of cream and 50 g of cream cheese. Puree with a handheld mixer until smooth. Then all you need to do is add a little bit of cracked black pepper and some of your favourite herbs.

Mother’s Day thoughts


My daughters really wanted to buy me some presents for Mother’s Day. They wanted to buy me books, because they know how much I love them. However after thinking about the commercial side of Mother’s Day, I didn’t want them to fall into such a consumer trap so early in their lives.

So I told them I didn’t want anything from a store for Mother’s Day. I said I would be happy to just sit on the balcony, in the sun, and drink coffee with daddy, while I watch them play downstairs in the garden (that really is my favourite way to spend any free time). They were a bit confused, but quickly accepted my request.

And then they went off to make me the sweetest gift. A handmade heart and and a written invitation to the lovely new cafe down the street, which they know I really want to, but didn’t have time to go to yet. It really made me happy.

Fun for kids: Easter eggs and bunnies in miniature watering cans


This year I’m totally hopeless with Easter. Unexpected work, travel and a long lingering flu prevented me from doing the preparations I normally love to do weeks in advance. So, when I went to the Supermarket yesterday to do my last minute Easter shopping I still had not thought about what I would use as Easter egg nests.

The little baskets I used in the previous years were somewhere in a box in the attic and finding them would have probably taken me at least an hour, which I didn’t really have to spare. But then I saw these little watering cans in the flower section – reduced to 50 cents- and I instantly had the idea of using them instead of the baskets.

So I went home, cleaned them and filled them for my little nephew and my daughters. The nice thing is the watering cans can be used during spring and summer to water little freshly planted seeds, or they can be used as little flower pots to plant cress, or other small sprouts or herbs. A perfect gardening toy for little children. Happy Easter to you all !

Spring decoration: Candy twigs


I always wanted to be able to build a nest like a bird, just to put it on the table or somewhere else as a decoration. Maybe that’s why I always start to collect the little twigs from the birch trees in front of our house, as soon as they come down with the first spring storm.

So far I have decorated presents with them or made wreaths with spring flowers, but today I had a different idea. I was inspired by all the beautiful things I had seen on pinterest, especially this one.

I used Haribo Pico-Balla because of their nice colours and their perfect small size. Their soft centers can be gently pushed onto the little protruding bits of the twigs and they just stay there like magic.

candy easter twigs decorated

Fun food for children: Popcorn


Here is a little tip for everyone who loves making popcorn the traditional way, without using a microwave. To avoid any burning and to make sure as many kernels as possible pop, just use this simple trick.

Cover the bottom of a saucepan with sunflower oil. Heat the oil just a little bit, then put in 4 kernels and wait until all of them have popped. Quickly add the rest, which shouldn’t be much more than a handful and listen to the beautiful sound of the bursting kernels. As soon as the popping slows down take the popcorn away from the heat and immediately pour them out into a large glass bowl. Add your favourite seasoning and voila!

I love to make them as a little afternoon snack when my children have visitors. To add to the fun use a glass lid and let your children (carefully) watch how the kernels explode.

Potato Stamps


Do you remember being told not to play with food when you were a child? Well, this is one occasion were you can ignore this rule. Making potato stamps is such fun and when you use your stamps to make cards you actually save some money as well.

We used a little trick to create even shapes. Just cut away the top third of the potato and then punch a cookie cutter into it and remove the bits around the cookie cutter with a knife. It works best with big potatoes and small cookie cutters.

Once everything is removed carefully lift off the cookie cutter and you have a beautiful stamp. We used our stamps to make a card for our new little cousin and niece Mia in Australia.

Raspberry Muffins


These Muffins are perfect for birthday parties, school and kindergarten festivities or just to have with friends or family when they come over for a coffee. They contain less sugar than most other muffins and thanks to the sour cream they taste very light and fluffy.

I always use frozen raspberries, because they contain their shape. If you like you can substitute some of the sour cream with yogurt or mascarpone. Or, if you live in a country where it is available you can use some quark, which works really well.

Easy Raspberry Muffins:

250 g flour, 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
120 g sugar, 120 g butter, 1 medium sized egg, 300 g sour cream, 150 g frozen raspberries

Mix flour, baking soda and baking powder in a bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, beat sugar and butter for about 2 minutes . Add the egg and mix until combined. Add sour cream and stir well. Gently fold under the flour mix, until all ingredients are just combined. It’s best to use a large metal spoon.

Distribute the batter into a muffin tray lined with paper cups and add three frozen raspberries to each mould, gently pressing them into the batter. Bake for approximately 25 minutes at 170ÂșC , depending on your oven. Let them cool down and dust with some icing sugar.