Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Here's another great recipe from Amanda.  Her recipes are designed family friendly to help take the edge off the evening strain.  _______________ ONE OF THE BEST PASTA BAKES YOU WILL EVER MAKE!!  It is not the healthiest but the flavours are a match made in heaven and I can’t wait for you to try this.  I would eat this every night if I could and my family wouldn’t complain (well…. initially they wouldn’t but they might after … [Read more...]

Black Forrest Cookie Cake Reicpe

Black Forrest Cookie Cake

Another recipe from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. (If you haven't checked out her book, you should! It's so mum friendly!)  This is the ultimate chocolate ripple cake but with a BIG difference – cherries and jam! Whack it all together and you have an absolutely delicious dessert. It doesn’t need to be perfectly assembled as it will all be hidden under the mountain of cream. You can also make a … [Read more...]

2 Ingredient Scones

2 ingredient scones

This is another recipe post from Be A Fun Mum contributor, the Wonderful Amanda from Food Before 5. I made the scones myself and they were a huge success with the kids. Here they are! 2 INGREDIENT SCONES I am very serious when I say that “this recipe really works!” I shared it on my ‘Food before 5’ page a little while back & ended up having women from all over the world baking them & sending me photos.   It is a recipe … [Read more...]

Cookie Dough Recipe (for Ice Cream!)

Edible Cookie Dough Recipe for Ice Cream

I'm not a huge ice cream fan. If I'm eating dessert, I like a proper dessert with ice cream as an accompaniment. My husband is different.  A bowl of ice cream makes him very, very, very (VERY) happy.  He's easy to please. And the kids love ice cream too. I have been playing with an cookie dough recipe for ice cream so we could have a ice cream night at home for a treat. And this is a rare treat because it's horribly unhealthy! But … [Read more...]

Lunch Box Idea: (Nut-Free) Trail Mix

Lunch box ideas - popcorn, pretzel & sultana trail mix

I have my lunch box staples: stuff I know the kids like. I also like to mix things up sometimes and try new things I can (hopefully) add to my lunch box food repertoire.  I found another one winner with my kids: a lunch box friendly (and nut free) trail mix.   Just three things in it: Pretzels, Popcorn & Sultanas It's a nice sweet/salty snack. Not amazingly nutritious but neither is it really nasty either. Lunch … [Read more...]

Funny Face Biscuits

Basic Biscuit Recipe - great for decorating funny faces

Post by Be A Fun Mum contributor, Amanda from Food Before 5 This is one of my favourite recipes that my children and I have fun cooking & decorating together. If I want the faces to look perfect, I’ll do them myself but most of the fun comes in seeing what the kids themselves create. They also make a great (& inexpensive) party favour for little ones, a fun birthday party activity (have the biscuits made and have kids decorate them … [Read more...]

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew

Slow Cooker Lamb Stew - Easy

This lamb stew is a huge winner with the entire family.  Plus it's uber easy to make in the slow cooker. Ingredients 1 kilogram diced boneless lamb (I have it diced by my butcher in about 3 cm pieces) 1/2 cup plain flour 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon sugar 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder Pepper to taste 1/2 cup liquid beef stock (125 ml) 3 carrots (chopped in thick slices) 3 potatoes (cut in even-ish … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Banana Message

Lunch Box Ideas - Banana Secret Message

Sometimes, for a bit of lunch box fun, I write a message on a banana with a toothpick, and over the course of the day, it darkens (like magic!).  Lunch Box Idea More Banana Tattoo … [Read more...]

Grandma’s Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew Recipe - Easy

Amanda from Food Before 5 is the QUEEN of easy family meals and that is why she is a contribuer here at Be A Fun Mum, because I'm all about simple and easy!  You can find links to more of her recipes at the end of the post. Grandma’s Chicken Stew I am always on the lookout for recipes that are simple to make, affordable, delicious and most importantly - my family will eat.  This one ticks all the boxes and is one that I make … [Read more...]

Chicken & Ham Pastie

Chicken and Ham Pastie

We met, a friendship formed, and then we both moved.  We never had the opportunity to spend a lot of time with each other before our life circumstances changed but she was the sort of friend that came around to hang at my place for the afternoon, brought ingredients for dinner and made it in the kitchen.  Friendship with her felt like community should. She is still my friend from afar.  Her name is Jenny and this recipe is one of … [Read more...]

Crunchy Crumbed Chicken

how to make crunchy crumbed chicken

My husband makes the most delicious crispy crumbed chicken. I have my own version, but his tastes better than mine -- it's so crunchy on the outside but not dry in the middle. Below is the recipe. Ingredients 800g chicken tenderloins (breast can be used but bash under a piece of glad wrap or baking paper to thin to the same size and cut in half for best results) 1/3 cup plain flour 2 eggs 2 cups fresh breadcrumbs (I use multi gram or … [Read more...]

(Edible) Crystallised Pansies: for cupcake decorating

Crystallised Pansies

Crystallised Pansies for Cupcake Decorating, Tea Parties & Connecting Kids with the Garden Did you know that pansies are edible!? When I told my children they weren’t that excited by the prospect of my adding pansies to the family salad, until Grandma told them that pansies could be used for cake decorating. That got their attention, and mine. We love a little tea party. I’ve always assumed that flowers used in cake decorating … [Read more...]

Lunch Box: Cheese Twists

cheese twists

These are pretty much the same as the scrolls I often make but presented a little differently. I find mixing it up for the lunch box is always a good idea. Dough Recipe The dough recipe is here. Dough Ingredients 310 g Luke warm water (1  1/3 cups) 1 sachet dry yeast 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon sugar 510 g plain flour (3  1/2 cups) 30 g extra virgin olive oil (3 tablespoons) Filling Options Tomato Sauce Grated … [Read more...]

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters

Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters Recipe

I made a big batch of these zucchini and parmesan fritters for dinner and used the leftovers in the lunch box the next day.  My kids enjoyed them! Zucchini & Parmesan Fritters This is a simple and easy meal to make. I use a variations of this recipe. Ingredients 2 large /3 medium zucchini (about 400g) 75g self-raising flour (1/2 cup) 40g parmesan cheese, grated (1/2 cup) 1 clove garlic, minced or very finely diced 2 eggs, … [Read more...]