Have some half-term fun with meals the kids can get stuck into

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ENJOY the half-term break with some tasty ideas all the family will love.

Get the kids involved with cooking cakes, kneading bread or whizzing up a soup and other great dishes for mealtimes. Make the most of your money by picking up this week’s top deals, and give the recipes from Morrisons.com a try.

Get your kids involved with cooking cakes, kneading bread or whizzing up a soup this half-term
Mrs Crunch recipes in association with Morrisons

Macaroni and cauliflower cheese bake with seafood

Market Street tip: Add a squeeze of lemon to fish dishes for a delicious citrus zest

Serves four

Prep time: 15 mins

Cooking time: 40 mins

You need:

  • 250g macaroni
  • 1 cauliflower, cut into small florets
  • 30g butter, or sunflower spread, if preferred
  • 30g plain flour
  • 400ml semi-skimmed milk
  • 100g mature cheddar, grated
  • 240g smoked haddock fillet, skinned
  • 100g peeled prawns
  • 50g breadcrumbs
  • 1 tbsp light olive oil or sunflower oil

Method:

  1. Heat the oven to 180C/gas 4. Boil the macaroni with the cauliflower florets for ten minutes, then drain.
  2. Melt the butter in a pan, stir in the flour, cook for a minute and gradually whisk in the milk. Cook, stirring, to form a smooth sauce. Add half the cheese, mix well and remove from the heat.
  3. Dice the fish, add to the sauce with the prawns then spoon into a baking dish with the pasta and cauliflower.
  4. Mix the remaining cheese with the breadcrumbs and oil. Sprinkle over the pasta and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden. Serve with green beans.

Herby toad in the hole

Serve this toad in the hole with veggies and a tasty gravy for a hearty home-cooked meal

Serves four

Prep time: 35 mins

Cooking time: 15 mins

You need:

  • 4 large eggs
  • 200ml milk
  • 140g self-raising flour
  • 2 tsps wholegrain mustard. You can use alternative mustards but halve the amount if you use English mustard, or leave it out if you prefer.
  • 1 tbsp parsley, fresh, dried or frozen
  • 8 sausages, can also use frozen
  • 50ml vegetable oil

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven, 220C/ gas 8. Add the eggs to the milk and whisk well, add the flour and combine well. Add the mustard and herbs and give a final whisk.
  2. Season with salt and pepper. Allow to stand for 20 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, put the sausages and lard or oil into a large ovenproof dish, and pop in the oven.
  4. The oil will heat, brown the sausages a little and get very hot in about ten minutes.
  5. Carefully remove the dish from the oven and add the batter to the piping-hot fat. Quickly return to the oven and bake until well risen and golden.
  6. Serve with vegetables and tasty gravy.

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