Category Archives: Cooking with kids

Worms in the mud

A family favorite – how can you go wrong with Oreos, cream cheese and chocolate pudding, with a few gummy worms thrown in.  Well, when you’re gluten intolerant, and possibly lactose intolerant … you can still make it work!  Check out the recipe here … and see how Abby and I did this time around!

2015-02-27 Worms in the mud

Gluten-free Oreos are expensive … and don’t taste very good.  So I used my good ol’ stand-by chocolate cookie crust cookie (flourless chocolate peanut butter cookies) and didn’t even need additional butter to make it into a crust after they were baked.  The cream cheese filling, I found a dairy-free alternative by Tofutti, but then I added normal heavy whipping cream – still trying to find a dairy-free substitute for that.  We used a chocolate instant pudding mix … which in America is different to what we find in Australia.  The Australian instant pudding mixes are more of a mousse-type texture – this one was definitely a pudding.  I used almond milk, and halved the amount of milk required just so it actually formed a pudding, rather than slush!  That part actually wasn’t too bad.  And gummy worms are naturally (!) gluten-free and dairy-free so they weren’t a problem.

Overall, the taste was superb, Grant gave it his approval, so that was all that mattered!  And Abby and I had a ball making it, and testing it to make sure we got the proportions correct.  Unfortunately I did have a reaction after eating it, so I’m going to stay away from dairy products again for a bit now and test it out again a little later.

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Until next time, enjoy cooking at home … with the kids!



The start of something new

Cooking with kids

Welcome to a new focus for ‘Cook at home’.  As some of you may have read, I’ve  been struggling a little recently with the ‘pressure’ of having to cook many things for the US National Food Day Challenge – things that I don’t necessarily want to make, or eat, but have done so … and eaten way too much while doing so.  So I decided to take a break (read more here).  I decided to re-focus my attentions on cooking what I wanted to make, and spending more time with the family, rather than in the kitchen by myself for most of every weekend.  

So I decided to give the kids some ‘Mummy-Abby’ and ‘Mummy-Henry’ time each weekend.  When I asked Abby what she wanted to do during this time, she immediately said to bake with me.  So she went through my recipe folder and wrote out a list of all the things she wants to make with me.  Every Friday we have a family movie night, so most of these things will be made for that purpose.  If we have a need to bring something to a potluck, that can also come off her list.  So far (in 3 weeks) it’s proved lots of fun and I’ve enjoyed spending time with my soon-to-be teenager daughter.

And it was during one of those times this week, that I thought I could share these experiences with you.  All the recipes are tried and true, so it will be like re-visiting oldies but goodies!  Come with me and Abby in our Mummy-daughter adventure!

PS Henry is still trying to figure out what he wants to do during his time with me!