Oat and apple muffin

We have been giving Evie finger food since she’s 6 months old. We still do a little spoon-feeding with cereal and yoghurt but we usually give her finger foods.

This evening I baked apple and oat muffin from the Rivercottage baby & toddler cookbook. She can have this as a morning or afternoon snack. It doesn’t have a lot of sugar but it uses whole milk and full-fat yoghurt because babies and toddlers need the fats. It can be frozen so a dozen will last us a few days.

You will need:

  • 200 g plain flour (or a combination of plain flour and wholemeal or spelt flour)
  • 50 g porridge oats
  • 50 g caster sugar
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 medium eating apple, peeled and grated
  • 125 ml full-fat plain yoghurt
  • 125 ml whole milk
  • 1 medium egg
  • 50 ml walnut oil (or rapeseed or sunflower oil)
  • 75 g raisins or sultanas

Pre-heated oven at 190˚C, muffin tray, large mixing bowl, measuring jugs, muffin cases

What to do:

  1. Put flour, oats, sugar, baking powder and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  2. Add grated apple and sultanas/raisins. Mix again.
  3. Combine milk, yoghurt, egg, and  oil in a jug. Mix then slowly pour into the flour mixture.
  4. Mix all the ingredients until combined then put a big dollop into muffin cases.
  5. Bake for 25 to 30 mins. Cool on wire rack.

Eat in 24 hour or freeze when cool. From frozen, take muffins out the night before to slowly defrost.


Moroccan fish tagine

Moroccan fish tagine © dan & tuesday

Moroccan fish tagine © dan & tuesday

This is another recipe from our favourite recipe book, Hamlyn Cookery School. If you want easy to follow recipes, get yourself a copy here.

We used monkfish for this dish but you can also use seabass or cod or any other firm fish. Serve your tagine with couscous and a slice of lemon.

You need:

  • 750g skinned, firm white fish (try seabass, cod, or monkfish) – cut into large chunks, about 2 inches (5 cm) square, then season
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1/2 tsp coriander seeds
  • 5 pcs of cardamom pods
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 small onions, slice thinly
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1/4 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 40g sultanas
  • 25g pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 150 ml fish stock
  • finely grated rind of 1 lemon
  • 1 tbsp juice
  • salt and pepper
  • chopped parsley

Cooking tools:

  • mortar and pestle
  • Dutch oven or ovenproof casserole dish
  • Preheated oven at 160˚C
mixing spices © dan and tuesy

mixing spices © dan & tuesday

What to do:

  1. Using a pestle and mortar to crush the cardamom pods and cumin and coriander seeds. Take out the cardamom husks, leaving the seeds.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a shallow frying pan and gently fry the onions until golden. Then add the garlic and spices and cook for another 2 mins.
  3. Add fish to the pan. Turn gently, making sure that they are coated with oil.
  4. Transfer the fish and onions to an ovenproof casserole dish. Scatter the sultanas and pine nuts.

    tagine on Dutch oven © dan and tuesday

    tagine on Dutch oven © dan & tuesday

  5. Add the stock, lemon rind, lemon juice to the frying pan and bring to the boil. Then pour the mixture around the fish, cover with a lid, and bake in the oven for 40 mins.

Dan ~ Best thing about this recipe, aside from the undeniable awesomeness of its flavour, is the way it looks. You’re really just throwing a bunch of stuff into a pot, but it looks like “proper” food without too much effort on the presentation front. There’s quite a bit of preparation (or maybe I’m just slow at crushing spices and things like that), but it’s well worth it, and very impressive for your guests…

tagine on couscous © dan & tuesday

tagine on couscous © dan & tuesday