Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quick Dishes Kids Will Love; Claire Spreadbury Tackles Annabel Karmel's Busy Mum's Cookbook, in between Working and Parenting, to See If You Really Can Create Family-Friendly Meals in Minutes

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Quick Dishes Kids Will Love; Claire Spreadbury Tackles Annabel Karmel's Busy Mum's Cookbook, in between Working and Parenting, to See If You Really Can Create Family-Friendly Meals in Minutes

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GUILT is something many mums suffer immensely from. In today's busy world, it's so hard to find time to do everything you should for your kids - including cooking from scratch. And it's so easy to reach for the fish fingers and waffles and them a lunch you know they'll love.

But with even a tiny bit of time, you'll be amazed at what you can whip up in the kitchen.

To prove the point, Annabel Karmel has unveiled her latest batch of recipes, splashed deliciously across 220 pages in her new book. There are quick recipes, ingredients-based ideas, dishes for entertaining - from pasta bakes, to cakes and steaks - pretty much everything you could ever need to feed a family at any age.

But the difference with this latest release - The Busy Mum's Cookbook - is that you really don't need hours on end to cook up these delicious storms.

There are the 20-minute recipes for people who don't have the time to cook. Just the other week, I was cursing for agreeing to 'do' dinner the evening before a 10k race and wanted a pasta dish that wasn't too heavy.

By the time the kids had gone to bed, all I wanted to do was slump in front of the telly and watch The Voice. So I turned to page 44 and whipped up Annabel's mushroom and broccoli pasta in about 20 minutes flat.

There are oodles of quick and easy dinner ideas to get kids excited - the sweet potato curls (though, granted, mine looked NOTHING like the ones in the picture!) make a brilliant alternative to chips, the frittata with cherry tomatoes is "the best frittata in the whole wide world", according to my three and six-year-olds, and the apricot, pecan, raisin and chocolate cookies are easy for little hands to make - and taste so good, you'll struggle to keep away from the biscuit tin.

Feeling inspired? Try these easy Annabel Karmel recipes for size...

| Annabel Karmel's Busy Mum's Cookbook is published by Ebury Press, priced PS20.

ROASTED VEGETABLE GALETTTE (serves 8) INGREDIENTS 1 aubergine, cubed 1 red pepper, deseeded and diced 2 red onions, peeled and sliced into thin wedges 3tbsp olive oil 3 small courgettes, halved lengthways then sliced into crescent shapes 375g packet ready-rolled puff pastry A little plain flour, for dusting 1 egg, beaten, for brushing 3tbsp sundried tomato paste 1tbsp chopped fresh thyme leaves 2 x 240g packets mozzarella cheese, sliced 75g Cheddar cheese, grated Salt and black pepper METHOD 1. Preheat the oven to 200degC/Gas 6, and put a baking sheet in the oven.

Put the aubergine, red pepper and onions on a baking tray. Toss with the olive oil and season to taste. Roast for about 20 minutes, until lightly golden brown. Add the courgettes, and roast for a further 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool. 2. Roll out the pastry on a lightly floured work surface to a rectangle roughly 35cm x 28cm. …

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