Ella’s Kitchen – The Cook Book

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Feeling hungry? We’ve got pages and pages of things to tempt you.

I’m sure you’re familiar with Ella’s Kitchen – organic baby food that has no additives or preservatives and comes packaged in bright squeezy pouches that turn eating into a super sensory experience. The Ella’s Kitchen pouches are terrific for meals-on-the-go for babies and toddlers however if you have a little time to spend in the kitchen, check out The Cook Book – The Red One.

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The book includes more than one hundred recipes that are created to get kids cooking, exploring and enjoying healthy, tasty food. Get started with speedy snacks (the Veggie-tastic Samosas were a winner in our house and much fun was had folding the pastry triangles) and delicious lunches (there’s a toasted cheese sandwich with a surprising fruity twist).

When it comes to the main event, Ella’s Kitchen has loads of ideas for tasty pasta bakes (the Mmmmmoussaka might be our new family favourite) and tangy dishes to tempt even the fussiest eaters – Caribbean Chicken with Mango and Pineapple, and Punchy Pork Hotpot with Apples.

And because we all like a sweet ending, get your spoon into some healthy desserts – Big Banana and Honey Dream, Strawberry Mush-Up, Watermelon Ice and Swirly Whirly Cheesecake.

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The book includes lots of lunchbox recipes (my kids can expect Nicely Spicey Veggie Crisps when school returns) and lots of ideas for ‘value-adding’ to standard fare – there’s five ways with popcorn, five ways with eggs, pizza, pancake and party ideas.

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What sets this cookbook apart? It’s written and designed to appeal to little cooks as much as big cooks. Graphic elements on each page add fun and invite interaction – there are speech bubbles, things to colour in, stickers, arrows to point out the extra-delicious bits and the occasional ‘instruction’ (such as a picture of a chocolate cake with the words ‘Dare you not to lick your fingers!’). I particularly like the fact that the majority of the photographs in this book include kids helping cook or tucking into the finished dish. These things, combined with Ella’s Kitchen signature bright colours and simple graphics, add up to a book with loads of visual appeal – don’t be surprised if your toddler starts reading it like a storybook!

Find The Cook Book – The Red One at all good book stores and online at Dymocks.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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