You may have read in Debbie's blog a week or so ago, that she was cooking up a meal Ready Steady Cook-style with a collection of ingredients given to her by Jo in our QVC prep kitchen.
I was asked to do the same – in fact, besides Debbie and myself there was also Craig, Daniel and Claire creating a meal from the food, which included butternut squash, chicken breast, white and red onions, ricotta cheese, peppers, a potato and ricotta cheese.
It's all in aid of launching a brand new show this Saturday at midday called Weekend Kitchen. You'll see a short film showing our efforts, and can watch a longer version on QGossip.
'What's for tea Mum?'
Hopefully, we'll inspire you to have a go at one or two of our recipes – I don't know about you but I'm always looking for new answers to the daily question 'What's for tea, Mum?'
Bex, my 17-year-old daughter, has been a vegetarian since she was about 10, so although she often cooks for herself or eats what the rest of the family has minus the meat, I thought I'd use our ingredients to make a meal for her as well as the boys.
She loves butternut squash so that was easy. Using pastry as a 'store cupboard extra' I thought I'd make her a roasted vegetable tart. For the boys I would remind them of one of their favourites from our family holidays in Greece – chicken kebab, or 'souvlaki' as it appears on the menu.
Recreating the family's favourites
When he was little, Billy would call it 'chicken on a stick' and he'd choose it for almost every meal. It's a quick way to cook a tasty and healthy meal, and it's easy to vary it by using different meat or flavourings. I chose rosemary, lemon and cumin for my recipe but it could just as easily be ginger, lemon grass and soy sauce; yoghurt and mint (lovely with lamb) or red pesto and chilli.
In Corfu, where we often spend a fortnight in the summer, souvlaki is usually served with rice but as we were given a potato it had to be one of my regulars, potato wedges. No need to peel… just slice, toss in some olive oil and bake in the oven. So easy and everyone seems to love them!
Possibility for 'Kathy's Kitchen' maybe…
It was fun doing the filming, though I felt unusually nervous as we were about to begin. At first it was hard to keep talking about what I was doing as I cooked – normally I'm discussing the day's events or a homework problem as I prepare our evening meal – but I soon got the hang of it.
I wonder whether the BBC would like a new programme called 'Kathy's Kitchen'? The only problem is that I'm not too good at swearing, which seems to be essential for that type of show nowadays!
Anyway, take a look at the films on our website, and catch Daniel on the Weekend Kitchen at 12pm this Saturday.
And as I've given you my ideas, I think it's only fair you help me with dinner suggestions.
If you have any favourites for a quick and easy mid week meal for the kids, I'd love to hear them. Ignore the saying "If at first you don't succeed…order pizza".
Let's get cooking!
Have a great week.