Milkshakes and pasta – Sam’s food heaven

Sam’s lack of adventure at the dinner table has driven me crazy these past few weeks.

But things have improved slightly on the back of his nursery doing a cookery theme this week.

So I capitalised on this and we’ve been making yummy home-made milk shakes in the afternoons.

Our favourite flavour had been banana with maple syrup, but today we added a ripe peach into the mix and the results were dreamy.

We chopped up the banana, peeled and destoned the peach threw it all in a jug with a splash of maple syrup. Then we poured over 500ml of milk and got the stick blender involved.

It’s very therapeutic blending it all up into a frothy cool summer drink. Sam has been lapping them up

The other success involved pasta (naturally!)

It was a mixture of quiet life cooking and using up leftovers:

Bacon, tomato and thyme pasta

(Serves 2 adults, 2 children)

Tbsp olive oil
1 carrot, grated
6 rashers smoked streaky bacon, chopped
1 red pepper chopped
1 x 400g tin chopped tomatoes
Handful of thyme – just leaves
Tbsp brown sugar
Tbsp Umami paste
350g penne pasta
Grated cheese to serve

Heat the olive oil and gently fry the carrot for a few minutes until soft.

Add the bacon and fry until cooked nicely with a bit of colour.

Add the pepper and umami paste and cook for a few minutes.

Add the tomatoes, thyme and sugar and cover and simmer for 15-20 mins

Cook the pasta according to pack instructions, drain and divide out onto four plates – dollop some sauce on top or mix it together with the pasta – whatever works for you!!

Scatter with grated cheese of your choice and some black pepper for the grown ups!


I use grated carrot instead of onion coz Sam hates it and can detect it no matter how finely I chop it!!!!

You can add a nice big dollop of Philadelphia at the end to make the sauce nice and creamy too.

So a resounding thumbs up from Sammy B there – wish he reacted to all my cooking like this…


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 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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