Five Fabulous Apps For Family Cooking Fun

25 April 2013

The technology revolution and the rise of the app have made me very happy. Not only does it mean that we get to play around with amazing new toys, but we also gain access to a world of recipes and ideas that people never had access  to before. In this feature I am going to take you through some of the coolest recipe apps from the free to the costly…

1. The Hummingbird Bakery Cake Days

This app costs £2.99, which is not hugely expensive, but it is packed with some of the most delicious recipes I have ever made. The Sweet and Salty cake uses five bars of Lindt dark chocolate, and the red velvet cupcakes are amazing. It even sports the feature where you don’t need  to sully the screen of your phone, you need only clap and it will turn to the next page for you…

2. Great British Chefs

This app is free, out on 01 May and is packed with kids recipes that are brilliant for kids and parents. The app was designed in association with Tesco Real Food to encourage parents to get their kids cooking. You can get it on the iPad and the iPhone and you can visit their website for more information. They have tons of recipes on the site too, which is rather nice. They also gave us a recipe to share with you, which I thought was rather nice…

Bruno Loubet’s Grilled asparagus, soft cheese and mint frittata

This recipe is definitely one to add to your kids’ cooking repertoire. Not only can the toppings be experimented with but it’s a simple dish that’s sure to be a source of inspiration time and time again.

INGREDIENTS:

12 asparagus spears

8 extra large eggs

4 tbsp vegetable oil

40g butter

2 tbsp fresh mint, finely chopped

150g cream cheese, low fat

2 pinches salt

3 pinches black pepper

1 1/2 tbsp olive oil

Serves 4

Cooking time: 40 minutes

1. Drizzle the asparagus with olive oil and season with salt and pepper on a plate. Roll the asparagus around so that the seasoning sticks. Encourage your little helpers to get involved with this step.

2. BBQ the asparagus or place them under a hot grill for approximately 3-4 minutes - do not to overcook the spears as you want them to retain a bit of crunch.

3. Into 4 separate bowls crack the eggs and place 2 per bowl. Whip with a fork until foamy and into each bowl add the salt, pepper and chopped mint.

4. Over a medium heat and add the oil and butter into a small frying pan. Pour 1 bowl of the whipped egg mixture and stir quickly with the back of a fork.

5. After approximately a minute or so when the frittata is half set, arrange a few asparagus and some soft cheese on top.

6. Reduce the heat and leave to for another minute. Slide the frittata onto a plate and repeat the process.

7. To taste, grind some black pepper over the frittatas and drizzle a little olive oil. Serve immediately.

3. Jamie Oliver’s 20 Minute Meals

You know when you have that “I need to cook supper but I don’t know what to cook” feeling? That’s when this app kicks in. Here you have an award winning app that’s packed with really fresh and tasty meal ideas that won’t break either the bank or your brain. These are particularly perfect for Mondays when you are tired, fed up and couldn’t be bothered to think about fancy food.

4. Allrecipes.co.uk

I love this website. They have the best giant chewy cookie recipe ever, and their app is pretty much exactly the same. Here you will find a hodge podge of recipes smashed together into one simple recipe solution. Some work, some don’t. It is still as hit and miss as the website, but what I like is the scanner which lets you add ingredients so you don’t mission all the way to the shops only to forget the reason you were there in the first place.

5. The Better Bacon Book

Mmmm, bacon. I love bacon. This app is for people who love bacon. It’s expensive, though, at £4.99. Probably a bit too expensive if I am honest, but the recipes are fantastic and the videos are comprehensive and you can make so much tasty bacony food that maybe, just maybe, it is worth spending a fiver.

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