Friday, November 15, 2013

Bonjour Henri Le Worm!

Henri Le Worm is the first in a brilliant new series of apps which aim to get children excited about the food on their plate and  involved in the kitchen! Henri (voiced by awesome actor Simon Pegg) is your charismatic guide and as he takes you on a tour of his garden your little ones will be captivated by the wonderful music and animation. The app is the brainchild of Olivier Blanc & Charlotte Salt who have spent years developing the characters. The recipes themselves were all contributed by top notch chef Raymond Blanc!
I was delighted to be asked by the team at Henri Le Worm to trial some of the recipes ahead of the apps launch back in August! It was so great to meet Olivier and get a guided tour of the app which combines elements of storytelling, games and fun facts about food in a way that’s really engaging. I was also seriously impressed with the recipes which include things like home made cod goujans with fresh tomato ketchup, grilled marinated chicken with courgette ribbons and one of my very favourite puddings, cherry clafoutis!

The recipes are simple (so that children can help as much as possible) and use fresh, seasonal ingredients that are easy to find. The results are a somewhat more sophisticated than the mid-week suppers we usually find ourselves sitting down to! I think it’s a lovely for children and their parents to prepare food together and share mealtimes as a family. Raymond and his team have done a fantastic job of devising recipes that will appeal to both adults and their children (think poached artichoke & mustard vinaigrette, ricotta & spinach croquettes and raspberry fool!)



For more information and some great recipe ideas, take a peek at Henri’s blog! Henri inspired me to try these fantastic Chocolate Covered Salted Caramels which are from Jenna Zoe’s fab new book ‘Super Healthy Snacks and Treats’. They look (and taste) totally decadent but are actually a health food in disguise! Made with dates, peanut butter, dark chocolate, coconut oil and sea salt they mimic the sweet, salty hit of the store bought salted caramel but minus the white stuff. Perfect for children and adults when it’s time for a fix of something sweet!
 
Chocolate-covered salted caramels from Jenna Zoe's new cookbook Super Healthy Snacks & Treats:

Ingredients:

200g / 1 cup of dates
1 tbsp smooth, organic peanut butter
1 tbsp coconut oil
A pinch of sea salt
250g dark chocolate

Method:

1. Place the dates in a bowl full of room temperature water and allow to soak for a couple of hours. They will absorb some of the water which will help with the consistency of the caramel.

2. Strain the dates and rinse them under running water then blitz in a food processor until smooth.

3. Once the dates have formed a paste, add the peanut butter and continue to pulse.

4. Add the coconut oil for texture and the salt for flavour, blend again until the mixture forms a large ball.

5. Pull off bits of the mixture and roll into balls (you should be able to make 6 - 12). (Tip: my dates absorbed the water a little too enthusiastically in step 1 so my mixture was quite runny at this point. I just spooned the mixture into an empty ice cube tray and popped it in the freezer as normal)

6. Freeze for at least 30 minutes.

7. Meanwhile melt the chocolate by breaking it up and placing it in a heat proof bowl over a pan of barely simmering water. Be careful not to let any water come into contact with the chocolate or it may split! Stir carefully once or twice while the chocolate melts.

8. With the aid of a teaspoon or two, carefully dunk each caramel in the chocolate, making sure it's completely and evenly coated. 

9. Set the chocolate covered caramels aside on a piece of greaseproof paper to set - giving each a little sprinkle of sea salt as you go!

Return to the freezer for a few minutes to harden before placing in a freezer bag. Store in the freezer and take out two hours before serving. 

Enjoy!

You can purchase the Henri Le Worm App via the App store here! Jenna Zoe's book, Super Healthy Snacks and Treats is available via Amazon here!

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