Courgette, Spinach & Cheese Muffins

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I’m a big fan of finger foods, especially ones that are quick to make and packed full of nutrition – courgette, carrots and spinach with the added hit of cheese for that moreishness…oooh these’ll be a hit in your household too if my family are anything to go by!

Adelyn literally bounces and makes strained squealing sounds when she sees me coming with these. Just like her Papa.

Remember – babies under 1 years old shouldn’t have salt added to their food as their kidneys aren’t mature enough to process it efficiently so there’s no need to season this. The cheese contains enough savoury flavour to satisfy even an adult’s palate.

INGREDIENTS

225g self-raising flour

1tsp baking powder

1 carrot – peeled and grated

1 small courgette – washed and grated

80g mature cheddar, grated

2 handfuls of spinach, chopped

1 egg, beaten

45g unsalted butter, melted

120ml milk

  • Preheat your oven to 180C (fan) and lightly grease a muffin tray with butter or oil. You can use muffin cases if you like.
  • Pop your dry ingredients into a big bowl – so your flour, baking powder, cheese, carrot, courgette and spinach – and mix together.
  • Then add your wet ingredients one at a time, mixing after each addition – so the egg, butter and then the milk. You should have a thick and pleasingly colourful batter.
  • Pop a generous tablespoon of the mixture into your prepared muffin tray – you should have enough for 12.
  • Bake for 20-25mins, until golden brown on top and your chosen poking testing implement comes out clean (toothpick, uncooked spaghetti, actual poker tester thing etc.)
  • Leave them to cool slightly, if you can bear the wait.

FREEZING TIP: These freeze well in an airtight container or baggy. You can warm them up in the oven from frozen for 15mins (or leave to defrost) to enjoy all over again.

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Adelyn using two hands to devour hers – a sign of enjoyment!

Family Friendly Outings – Pizza East, Shoreditch

Prosciutto cotto, girolle, tomato and thyme pizza

Bear with me whilst I get my Family Friendly Outing review style down – as an avid (read: greedy) food-lover I often barely remember to take any photographic aide-memoirs on a good day.
On this outing I was so focussed on feeding Adelyn/myself, and of course enjoying the company of our friends, that I completely forgot to take enough photos to help illustrate the intent of this category – namely to help give you ideas for where to head out to with the family!

When we first had Adelyn, one of the things that I started to miss pretty early on was enjoying the luxury of eating out.

Dining out with a little one in tow CAN be fun, but only if you feel relaxed – this is greatly helped along if the eaterie is accommodating towards the needs of a family.

Hopefully this will help!

Environment: tables are nicely spaced out and there is plenty of room to keep your pram table-side if you so wish. There are steps to get into the restaurant though, but if you let the team know in advance – when you arrive the team will help you use the access lift that’s located in the Tea Building. Lovely and warm, what with the oven-fires going behind the counter – perfect on a chilly day like today.

Menu: Good variety of Anti-Pasti, Pizzas, Meat dishes and Salads.

Portions are quite generous and the menu has a decent variety without being overwhelming. A Children’s Menu is also available.

Great pizza, cooked in their wood-ovens. Familiar favourites (see my pizza above) as well as a variety of toppings for the more adventurous (e.g. Black truffle & cream, prawns & nduja).

Facilities: Changing facilities are located in the Disabled Toilet – easily accessible from the restaurant level*.

High Chairs: Available. Wooden ones (needed padding out, I used my scarf)

Overall: Industrial interiors never seem particularly inviting if you have little ones running around, but judging from the amount of families sitting around our table and our experience – I would say that in this case, there’s no need to worry.

We thoroughly enjoyed the food, buzzing atmosphere and the friendly service from the team there. Feel more like your still-young, trendy-selves and treat the family to a meal out in Shoreditch!

*Many thanks to Steph from Pizza East who messaged me upon seeing this post to let me know 🙂