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Spiral butter cookies – mini chefs in the kitchen


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In previous posts, i mentioned the reasons you should enjoy cooking with your kids, for how much benefits it has. To recapitulate:

  • Literacy (building vocabulary): cooking with kids gives you the opportunity to introduce new words. You will be talking about the ingredients which gives them food knowledge. They will be observing and talking about the process  as well (like creaming, whisking,…). It’s good  to mention the new words several times and put them in a sentence they will understand and repeat after you. And when you read for them the recipe (if they can’t read yet) they will learn also that there is a method and instructions to follow. When am with with my son i enjoy mostly the open conversation we have all the time of cooking.
  • Brain development by exploring their senses: sensory experience is essential for the brain development. Cooking engage all the senses of your kids; seeing, hearing, smelling, touching and tasting (especially smelling and tasting). My son is the curious type he likes to taste everything!
  • Motor skills: Developing fine and gross motor skills is as important as the sensory experience. They will be training their tiny muscles (fingers, hands, arms and even all body) by stirring, whisking, beating, kneading….. I love watching my son doing all this, i see a small proud man using his beautiful hands magically 🙂
  • Math and logic: By counting and using the measuring cups or spoons to follow the accurate recipe.
  • Self esteem: you will experience the look of confidence and pride on your kid’s face when he sees the outcome and especially when he offers it to others. When i bake with my son, he keeps on telling what he did to everyone he sees, and insists on offering some of “his creations” and waiting for the rewards for his efforts.

All these benefits go without neglecting the amount of fun we have and the quality time together which is sacred for me.

The most important thing though is you don’t force the learning to happen, it should flow naturally. The golden rule is to enjoy the time with your kids in the kitchen.

If you like to cook with your kids but you are struggling to find simple recipes to do, here is one easy recipe, Nady shared with his friend Gia mae.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

You will need:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 300g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • food coloring

Mix butter, flour and sugar, and rub them until they become like sand. Add the eggs then vanilla. Mix well but don’t over mix. Divide the dough in half. Take one part and divide it as much as colors you want to use. We did 5! Roll the first half in rectangular shape, then the colored ones as strips within a rectangle. Put The colored rectangular dough on top of the first part and roll, following the scheme. Let it rest in the fridge for at least half an hour before cutting it.

how to do spiral butter cookies

Bake on a parchment paper for 8-10 minutes on 180°C. Let it cool before serving.

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

spiral butter cookies - mini che|marmite et ponpon

No doubt, cooking with kids takes more time and effort, but for the many learning experiences you can embrace while your kids are in the kitchen, and the fun you share, i encourage you to do it more often.

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Turkey-mozz braid appetizer


turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

I heart appetizers, actually we (my husband and I) heart appetizers. I believe this love runs in the blood, as we are Lebanese, we come from the land of birthplace of mezze.

I confess, sometimes we only order a variety of these convivial small dishes and we never reach to the main dish.

Turkey and mozzarella braid is one of our favorite appetizer, prepared with few ingredients and served on your table in less than 20 minutes.

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You will need:

  • one sheet of puff pastry (300g)
  • 100g turkey (5-6 slices)
  • 100g mozzarella (4-5 slices)
  • 1 tbsp red fruits jam
  • 11/2 tbsp pesto
  • egg wash before baking

how to do turkey and mozzarella braidRoll the pastry dough into a 30 cm x 30 cm square. Lightly divide it (without cutting) into 3 equal rectangles. Using a rotary cutter or simply the pizza cutter cut about ten strips, on the side rectangles. Leave the center rectangle intact. Remove the corner sections from each of the 4 corners strips.

Spread the jam in the center followed by a layer of turkey, i chose the one with herbs, then mozzarella and finally pesto. Start by folding the top right strip over the filling slightly diagonal and press lightly to adhere. Then fold the top left stripe in the same manner. Repeat with the remaining strips until you reach the end, but before folding the last two strips make sure you folded the bottom flap.

Follow the scheme for a easy tutorial of this no fail braid. Brush the top with eggwash and bake on 200°C for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Serve it with extra red fruit and pesto dip.

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

turkey and mozzarella herbs|marmite et ponpon

Bon appetit!

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Angry birds Easter eggs – DIY


angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

Following my last few posts, i am sure you were expecting angry birds Easter eggs. And yes it is. If your kids are fan of angry birds too, it’s a very easy to do. Kids can do it all from A to Z.

how to do easter eggs angry birds |marmite et ponpon

Color your eggs in red for red, black for bomb, green for pigs, yellow for chuck and blue for jay , jake and jim. Click here to download a printable sheet of angry birds faces to cut out and paste on the eggs after the colors are completely dry. It’s A3 size paper, and you can adjust it since it’s a vector one.

After the eggs are ready, get a white sheet serving as a table cloth, draw sun and clouds, lay a tree branch and build your nest to put the eggs inside. The nest is a ready made wreath i bought form a shop that sells tools for gardening.

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You can also add gadgets of angry birds if you have them among your kids toys, like TNT boxes, catapult….

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4-angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

All i can say Nady and Joud are extremely happy to have the eggs they wished for. Happy Easter to all of you المسيح قام حقاً قام

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angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

angry birds easter eggs |marmite et ponpon

Oreo and kiri cheese bunny pops – mini chef in the kitchen


oreo and kiri bunny pops |marmite et ponpon

We are living Easter spirit to the max; Crafts, decorations, egg hunt… and today we are making a colorful “eastery” treat, just on time to satisfy the kids sweet tooth and boost the festivities mood.

Very simple recipe for kids to make, doesn’t require skills or baking. You will need for almost (18-22) balls medium size

  • 6 packs of oreo (24 pieces)
  • 4 cubes kiri cheese

Roughly crush oreo and mix with kiri until u get a consistent batter. Let it rest in the fridge for half an hour before shaping it into balls.

oreo and kiri bunny pops |marmite et ponpon

oreo and kiri bunny pops |marmite et ponpon

Dip it in melted white chocolate, or color it with springy colors, using food color gel. Insert the bunny picks, and let it chill a bit in the fridge before serving.

If you can’t find the bunny picks, you can also use chicks, carrots, flowers, any item of spring theme, then you can color the balls accordingly.

oreo and kiri bunny pops |marmite et ponpon

oreo and kiri bunny pops |marmite et ponpon

No doubt, cooking with kids takes more time and effort, but for the many learning experiences you can embrace while your kids are in the kitchen, i encourage you to do it more often. Trust me the benefits to their development justify the extra efforts.

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DIY – chuck angry bird palm sunday candle


chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

Who wouldn’t know, if you follow my blog activities, that this year is the angry birds year par excellence to my eldest son. Being a big fan of angry birds, i was expecting his request for the palm sunday candle decoration.

Again, i will say unique and personalized things are not just meaningful but treasured for it has some of your heart. Do your little ones candle, not just to stand out the crowd but to show that you care and they are special and exceptional.

Follow this step by step self explanatory tutorial, and don’t forget colors are always subjective, depending on the theme design and outfit they are wearing.

how to do chuck angry bird palm sunday candle|marmite et ponpon

Et voila our “Chuck” angry bird candle. If you are using another character, you can change the yellow ribbon to the adequate color.

All i can say, Nady’s reaction when he saw the candle was priceless and memorable.

chuck angry bird palm sunday candle |marmite et ponpon

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