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Mummy Cooks Review

Bakes, Motherhood, Food, BloggingSteph DukeComment

I first met the lovely Siobhan Berry of Mummy Cooks at a Pregnancy & Baby Fair not long after having my first and only daughter Phoebe. We chatted about her weaning pots and recipes and I purchased a set of starter weaning pots. The set included a range of sizes of pots, perfect for sizing different portions during different stages of Phoebe's weaning journey. 

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On my return to work, my husband and I started trialling a two-weekly grocery shop to try and ease the pressure of cooking and meal planning. We had a fixed menu of recipes to work from and two of our favourites were Mummy Cooks recipes: Coconut Chicken Curry & Spaghetti Bolognese. Both recipes are baby friendly, easy to batch cook and freeze. We regularly still eat both dishes!

Baby friendly Coconut Chicken Curry - Phoebe enjoyed eating this from 6 months!

Baby friendly Coconut Chicken Curry - Phoebe enjoyed eating this from 6 months!

Just a few weeks ago I kindly received Siobhan's new Baby & Family Recipe Book. This is her first ever book and it's just bursting with advice and recipes for families. I love her simple philosophy: Cook for family, adapt for baby. Her belief that introducing family meals from the start encourages children to eat more adventurously is one I have found to be true. I just wish I'd had this book sooner! 

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My daughter Phoebe loves to bake, so last Saturday we tried out Siobhan's Banana & Berry Muffins from the recipe book. Again, the recipe is freezer friendly and super easy to follow and make. We really enjoyed the results too!

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I'd highly recommend Siobhan's book, especially for parents with small children. I've learned so much from the book already: proper food storage, following the seasonal calendar when choosing food and reading labels. I'd particularly recommend this book for those who are on, or who about to start the weaning process - Siobhan provides invaluable information to help you if you are on that journey. Please do check out her website too, there's a wealth of information, loads more recipes and really helpful advice for parents. 

* This recipe book was gifted to me as part of a collaboration with Mummy Cooks. All thoughts and opinions are my own. You can buy a copy of Siobhan's book here

Signature Banana Loaf

Food, BakesSteph DukeComment

Banana Bread is my staple. It's my 'go to' bake. My work colleagues have eaten way too much of the stuff as I always have black bananas in the house! 

The recipe is super, super simple and belongs to the queen herself, Mary Berry. 

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Ingredients

100g Softened Butter
175g Caster Sugar
2 Large Eggs (my eggs are usually just medium size!)
2 Ripe Bananas (mashed)
225g Self Raising Flour
1 tsp. Baking Powder
2 tbsp. Milk

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 180C / Fan 160C / Gas 4.
2. Lightly grease a 2lb loaf tin, then line the base and sides with baking parchment. (I use a rubber loaf mould, lined with a loaf case.)
3. Measure all ingredients into a mixing bowl (I sift in the flour, sugar and baking powder) and beat (I use the lowest setting on the hand whisk) for about 2 minutes, until well blended
4. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface
5. Bake in the pre-heated oven for about 1 hour (I add 5-10 extra minutes for my loaf), until well risen and golden brown.  A fine skewer inserted in the centre should come out clean if the loaf is ready.
6. Leave to cool in the tin for a few minutes, then turn out, peel off the parchment and finish cooling on a wire rack.

The loaf is delicious warm out of the oven or simply on it's own once cooled. You can add a frosting for the top if you like, but we especially love our banana loaf grilled and topped with yoghurt, honey and fruit or nuts!

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Now that Winter is well and truly on the way, our comfort food favourite will definitely be a chocolate chip loaf. We tried this today for the first time and were really pleased with the result - especially warm from the oven! We just popped in some chocolate chips after the first minute of beating.

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Hope you enjoy this wee loaf recipe as much as we do here at My Little Duke HQ!

All my love,

Steph xox