Wrap tastic

Leafing through my monthly copy of BBC Good Food Magazine is like yoga for me. It centres me and calms me down – I’m sure it lowers my blood pressure.

So as soon as I can, I rip out all the yummiest looking recipes, order the ingredients from Ocado and set about testing them out on the boys.

So first up this month is an amalgamation of two recipes that created a festival of wrap fillings. I love a pick and mix approach to meal time.

Sweet potato falafels, coleslaw, Cajun turkey and sweetcorn relish. Summery, colourful, light and delicious. Also, fun to make!

For the Sweet Potato falafels

700g sweet potatoes
1 tsp ground cumin
2 garlic cloves
2 tsp ground coriander
Handful coriander leaves, chopped
Juice half lemon
100g plain or gram flour
1 tbsp olive oil
4 wholewheat pitta breads or wraps
4 tbsp reduced fat houmous

For the Coleslaw

2 tbsp red wine vinegar
1 tbsp golden caster sugar
1 small onion finely sliced
1 medium carrot, grated
Quarter each White and red cabbage, shredded

1. Heat oven to 200c/180c fan
Microwave sweet potatoes for 8-10 mins until tender. Leave to cool a little and then halve a scoop out the flesh. Put the potato, cumin, garlic, ground and fresh coriander, lemon juice and flour into a large bowl. Season, then mash until smooth. Using a tablespoon, shape mix into 20 balls. Put on oiled baking sheet, bake for around 15 mins then flip over and bake for 15 mins more until brown all over.

2. Meanwhile stir the vinegar and sugar together on a large bowl until the sugar has dissolved, toss through the onion, carrot and cabbage, then leave to marinate for 15 mins.

3. To serve toast and split pittas or put in wraps with some coleslaw, a dollop of houmous and the falafels.

For the Cajun turkey with sweetcorn salsa

1 tbsp Cajun spice mix
4 turkey breast steaks (500g)
1 tbsp olive oil
330g can sweetcorn, rinsed and drained
1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
Zest and juice half lime
150ml pot soured cream

1. Sprinkle the mix evenly over the turkey. Heat the oil in a large pan, add the turkey and fry for 4 mind on each side until cooked through. Rest for 2 mins before thinly slicing.

2. Meanwhile mix the sweetcorn with the chilli, lime zest and juice to make the salsa.

3. Warm tortillas through and then load up with sour cream, turkey and salsa.


So what was the verdict from the boys?

Well Matthew wolfed his down with abandon and was full of compliments for the chef – result!

The kids however weren’t such pushovers.

Sam pronounced the meal inedible before he’d even entered the room. So trying to get him to actually eat any of it was impossible.

Once he’s got it into his head that he doesn’t like something that’s it, game over. So frustrating!!!!!

I had no idea four-year-old boys could be so defiant.

Arlo threw most of his at the dog.


I thought it was absolutely delicious, but that’s completely irrelevant! I’d been worried it’d be too spicy for everyone, but the flavours are pretty delicate.

Matthew was pleased to use the leftovers the next day for his packed lunch. Maybe he cut a deal with the boys?!

Is there any point cooking it again? I think I’ll save it for when we have friends over.

So onwards and upwards. I’ll let them have their fill of shop bought pizza and potato waffles over the next couple of days. Then I’ll shock their senses with another Good Food recipe and see what happens.

Trial and error…. I’m getting more thick skinned by the day. Matthew says the fire station cook got pretty bad abuse, but it’s nothing compared to our fusspots.

If I ever get to cook for a living, I think I’ll be more than ready to handle any negative customer feedback.

The falafels waiting to be cooked - they were a bit on the sticky side which made it a bit tricky turning them half way through cooking

The finished falafels. Vibrant colour and super delicious!

Cajun turkey - very lean and healthy

The coleslaw - crunchy and sweet and less cloying than the mayo version

Sweetcorn relish. Not as spicy as I anticipated - just very flavoursome.

As usual I pile way too much filling onto my wrap and consequently it's a very messy affair to consume - but that's part of the enjoyment!


About Katie Bryson

Katie Bryson is a freelance food writer and blogger. She left a career in online news at the BBC to immerse herself in the culinary world, taking in courses at Leiths School of Food and Wine and an internship at Waitrose along the way. Her family food blog www.feedingboys.co.uk is bursting with recipes and tips for feeding hungry families that’ll help inspire all those frazzled parents out there wondering what on earth to cook for tea!
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