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AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 06-Mar-13 11:17:12

This is the feedback thread for the Birds Eye testers who are getting their family to try items from the Birds Eye range in the run up to Mother's Day.

This is part of the Birds Eye "Teatime Handover" project which is all about encouraging families to prepare, eat together and have fun teatimes together - each family were sent £15 of Birds Eye and supermarket vouchers and have been tasked with making a teatime meal for Mum in the run up to Mother's Day this year.

Birds Eye would like to invite all MNers to share on this thread their best teatime treat in your family - whether savoury or sweet - what goes down well at teatime in your household? Add your comment and you'll be entered into a prize draw where one winner will get a £50 John Lewis voucher smile

If you are a tester please share with us how your family got on with making tea for you - let us know...

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
~ any other comments?

Everyone who takes part will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £100 John Lewis voucher.

Thanks
MNHQ

PS: For easy recipes and Teatime Handover tips visit www.facebook.com/BirdsEye.

Cambam2010 Wed 06-Mar-13 14:46:42

Well here goes...

I will start off by saying how pleasantly surprised I was by the range of Birdseye foods available in my local ASDA. I was expecting to see fish fingers, burgers and frozen chicken products. I'm not keen on re-formed foods so I bought 'Baked to perfection' Cod Fillets with an Olive Oil, Rosemary & Tomato Sauce; Rice Fusions Mediterranean Vegetable Rice and Omega 3 Fish Fingers.

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
As a single mum it falls to me to cook the meals in my household. TBH we try to blag meals with friends and family as often as possible...

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
Myself and my 3 year old took on the task of creating a meal from Birdseye products. Obviously a lot of my help was needed but it was nice to be doing it together and getting him involved in chcosing what to have.

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
We had the Cod fillet on a bed of Mediterranean vegetable rice with a side of oven roasted cherry tomatoes, baby corn and mini broccolli florets. We opted for the microwave method for both the Cod and the Rice.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
The meal was lovely. The cod was fresh and succulent. My only issue was with the sauce. It did dry up a bit in the microwave and there wasn't really any left to serve with the fish. This may be because I put it the wrong way up in the microwave. (I placed the fillet with the sauce facing up but this meant that the writing was upside down - I couldn't see clear instructions as to which way up the sachet was supposed to go). The rice cooked perfectly. The grains were not stuck together and it wasn't sticky. Lovely balanced flavour. It was appreciated by my son and it was good to see him eat fish that wasn't wrapped in breadcrumbs.

~ any other comments?
The following day we tried an adaptation on the traditional fish finger buttie. We had fish finger and houmous stuffed pitta breads - yummy!

Fillybuster Wed 06-Mar-13 15:34:43

Marking place. Hoping to send dh out shopping to Tesco with dcs and voucher in hand on Sunday morning....

Cherrybright Wed 06-Mar-13 16:12:36

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I cook on average 5/6 times a week. Dh usually cooks once a week and sometimes we have a meal with family.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
Dh and 18 month DD cooked. It was great! I think it was the first time dd and dh have properly cooked together. She stood on a chair next to him and sprinkled seasoning, put the sweet potato in the bowl ready, etc. she loved it! Dh had to choose the recipe as she is too young to understand.

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
Dh made what he called 'The birds eye beast burger' with sweet potato wedges although I decided to eat a smaller version.
I have added the recipe for the wedges here:
www.mumsnet.com/Recipes/i/5934-sweet-potato-wedges
They were very simple to make! He then cooked burgers. We had birds eye quarter pounder burgers, lettuce, tomato, cheese all in the bun. He was meant to add bacon but forgot.
His burger was a beast burger as he had two burgers in his, and it looked very big!

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
I really liked it. The burgers tasted good, they were what you would expect with those ingredients. The wedges I particularly liked, they were something we hadn't ever cooked before and they tasted healthy. DD liked the bun and burger best. She was slightly confused at the lettuce. DH enjoyed it and was very full after his burger!

~ any other comments?
Our tesco didn't appear to have the cod fillets that cambam talks about.
As Dh was coming up with something to make I decided to come up with a recipe too
www.mumsnet.com/Recipes/i/5935-Chicken-and-bacon-risotto
I made this and we all enjoyed it smile

hermancakedestroyer Wed 06-Mar-13 18:58:04

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I normally cook the family meal in my family.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
My DD 10 and my DS 7 were involved in this task and they got on extremely well.

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
They researched the birdseye site and decided that they would like to make the salmon and pea risotto dish.

birdseyecookbook.co.uk/recipes/47

They wrote down the ingredients and went with me to the supermarket to buy them. They bought birdseye salmon fillets, birdseye peas, an onion, risotto rice, vegetable stock cubes, olive oil salt and pepper.
They followed the instructions in the link above.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
We all loved the meal. The children took great pleasure over planning, buying, preparing and then cooking the ingredients. I thought it was delicious, as did my husband and the children loved eating the meal they had made. It has given them real confidence in the kitchen and made them realise that they can prepare a main meal for the family.

~ any other comments?
We thought the birdseye facebook page was great inspiration for main family meals and will certainly be using this page of suggestions again.
Thanks for choosing us to taste test birdeye products - we have thoroughly enjoyed it smile

gazzalw Wed 06-Mar-13 20:35:25

Waves at Fillybuster! Will be shopping for ingredients on Saturday. Looking forward to it as are the DVD.

Fillybuster Thu 07-Mar-13 11:47:53

<waves back at gazza> grin

elizaco Thu 07-Mar-13 11:56:05

I'm always the one to cook family tea, so it was nice to have reason to involve the rest of the family, rather than just getting on with it myself. Taking part in this coincided with my daughter starting cookery lessons at school, so she was keen to show us what she'd learnt. Being the first week, she was starting basic, and had designed a salad, so she recreated this and it accompanied BirdsEye Chicken Burgers in breadbuns (with lettuce and mayonnaise) with a few potato wedges on the side. Lucy's salad consisted of lettuce, red pepper, spring onions, apple and mango drizzled with Nando's sauce. She was very chuffed with herself (rightly so) and I hope it has inspired the children to help with tea more often.

MissRee Thu 07-Mar-13 13:08:23

Not an official tester but our best teatime treat is fishfinger sandwiches! The kids love them and both myself and DP do too smile

eminemmerdale Thu 07-Mar-13 13:09:48

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
It really varies - definitley a 50/50 split between dh and I though, depending on who is working late!

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
DS (nearly 13) wasn't ever so keen grin but he did watch, dd7 and myself were the main protaganists and we did this one: birdseye.com.au/recipes/birds-eye-fish-burgers

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes?

dd carefully cut up the rolls lettuce and tomatoe sand helped me turn the fish cakes. We didn't use tatare sauce or dill, but instead used mayonaisse and bit of fresh parsley!

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
It was great! We had oven chips too, and all of us thoroughly enjoed it.

~ any other comments?
As others have said, there is a bigger Birdseye range than we though, but I wanted something reasonably simple to start with. Dd did enjoy herslef and felt very proud of helping!

Marking place. Will come back when not on phone.

Marking place. Will come back when not on phone.

shaztwins1 Thu 07-Mar-13 18:34:54

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family

Its usually me as hubs works away.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on

All three kids had a go tonight, they got on really well and had minimal help 9getting food out of the oven)

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.

I let the kids have free reign with the voucher they bought birds eye chicken fingers , birds eye peas and sweetcorn, Birds eye waffles and jacket potatoes.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

Hubs wasnt home unfortunatly so just me and the monsters. the twins thought their creation was fantastic, ds1 (10) was a bit more realistic less complimentary but helped them all the same . They made a chicken finger dinosaur using the waffles ontop of fingers we had a jacket potato "mountain" with a peas/sweetcorn river !!!! it was actually quite nice lol .The chicken fingers were a novelty as i wouldnt usually buy these.The kids have named this special dinosaur tea and have asked can they make it again.

~ any other comments?
It was a fun project, watching the kids work together was nice and no fighting either so bonus all round. They thoroughly enjoyed themselves and made something i wouldnt usually let them buy so they thought that was great too and of course mummy had the night off wink well apart from all the washing up

thanks for picking us birds eye you made the kids day they now want me to buy chicken fingers more often now though hmm

ataraxia Thu 07-Mar-13 19:32:25

Tea time treat - chip butty with lots of ketchup!

JenniferHelen Thu 07-Mar-13 20:09:58

Teatime treat - greek yoghurt with honey for pud; completely delish, decadent and moreish. Ok, off to get some now.

Thank you for picking us, dc had fun cooking with dh smile

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family?

I cook 4 times a week, dh 3 times. He is a chef so enjoys cooking when at home.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on?

The 2 dc ds, 4 and dd, 2 took charge assisted by dh.

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.

The dc <and dh> Made Southern fried chicken wraps, with salad and mayonnaise.
They put the pre cut tomato, pepper, lettuce, red onion onto the wrap, put the mayo on and dh cut the chicken up which was distributed onto the wraps by the dc. They tried folding the wraps and then dh did it when they were not looking grin

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

I was pleasantly surprised, I don't tend to buy frozen processed chicken as it is easy enough to make fresh, but in a wrap it tasted nice. Dh will eat anything, and the dc liked it, as they enjoyed eating there 'creation'.

~ any other comments?

The dc and dh I believe had fun, it was nice to see the dc having quality time with dh without the usual whinging.
I already love your fish fingers but do not like to ruin a fish finger sandwich by adding anything to it wink

ThePskettiIncident Thu 07-Mar-13 22:50:48

Tea time treat is baked apple. Core apple and fill cored area with Demerara and sultanas. Zap in the microwave for a few minutes and serve. Can add ice cream or cream. It's lovely!

janey223 Thu 07-Mar-13 23:15:36

Going shopping with our voucher tomorrow!

Marking my place. Very excited to be chosen!! I love the egg with waffle soldiers so hoping to have those some time too.

I shopped for bits yesterday and dh will be cooking with my 2 ds's (5 and 2) tonight or tomorrow. I cook 6 nights a week and dh once when I go to my running group, which is always chicken curry with a jar sauce.

OldBagWantsNewBag Fri 08-Mar-13 11:42:20

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Blatherskite Fri 08-Mar-13 11:49:41

Our teatime treat is Fajitas.

I lay all the bits out on the table - chicken/peppers/mushrooms/onion mix, tortilla wraps, salad, cheese, guacamole, sour cream, salsa and a plate each - and let the children (3 and 5) help themselves. They love choosing their own fillings and rolling up their wraps and eat a lot more than they would if I presented them with everything pre-done.

3 year old DD asks for this whenever I ask them to choose what's for dinner.

Not a tester, but a favourite treat in our house is either fish fingers or breaded fish (ideally haddock), as sandwiches or sometimes with oven chips/potato waffles and sweetcorn. Everyone loves to eat it, minimal washing up and really simple to cook.

ouryve Fri 08-Mar-13 12:32:14

Not a tester. The thing which goes down the best a teatime, universally, is a home made rhubarb & ginger crumble. DS2 won't touch veg. He will eat an enormous portion of rhubarb, though and it's strictly veg, rather than fruit, isn't it? grin

Indith Fri 08-Mar-13 12:58:27

Not a tester.

We share the cooking. If dh is around for dinner he tends to cook, if not the I do it. We menu plan around who is doing what so stir fry or something will be for days we are all around at the same time, stews/slow cooker stuff on days we all eat at different times.

There are lots of treats for us, the dcs are really enthusiastic about food. They adore lasagne, pasta bakes etc that get crispy bits on top and always fight over the crispiest bit! They love toad in the hole and dd absolutely adores "chicken pasta soup" and demands it for lunch and dinner almost every day (not that she gets it every day) Ds1 in particular really likes it onthe rare occasions we cook a proper pudding, he likes crumbles and pies or anything else fruity.

blouseenthusiast Fri 08-Mar-13 13:54:43

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Blu Fri 08-Mar-13 14:49:49

DP and I share the cooking as we also share the after-work / after-school childcare. So, it depends who is in. Cooking shared at weekends. 11 year old DS enjoys cooking but has a limited range as yet. Let's just say he will make scrambled eggs on Sunday for my breakfast and that will exhaust his repertoire. Unless he does EggyBread as a variation.

Treats:
A Beano nosh-up. A big pile of mash with the sausages sticking out, as in the Beano and Dandy. DS's friends love this.
or
Paella - Jamie oliver recipe, with whatever we don't happen to have missing
or
Spare ribs
or
pork satay kebabs with stir fry and noodles or rice.

DrGarnettsWinterMixture Fri 08-Mar-13 15:21:57

I do all the food shopping, and cook Monday-Friday, DH generally at weekends

Favourite lazy teatime treat-raspberry crumble, packet of frozen raspberries in a dish, with crumble mix over the top, takes about 20 minutes in a hot oven and is lovely with cream or ice cream blush

Bananasinfadedpjs Fri 08-Mar-13 15:22:02

Our teatime treat is pancakes. Lots of savoury fillings laid out on the table (ham, cheese, mushrooms, spinach, garlicky stir fried courgettes, bacon etc) one person standing at the stove making pancake after pancake, everyone puts on their own filling.

Then half way through we put out sweet fillings instead - chocolate to be melted, ice cream, honey, jam... and carry on making pancakes!

ClaraOswinOswald Fri 08-Mar-13 19:17:49

My girls' favourite treat is yorkshire puddings. They have a couple with their roast with gravy and I always cook extra to have later with jam. My MIL used to do this for DH and it goes down a treat.

youmaycallmeSSP Fri 08-Mar-13 19:43:33

I'm not a tester.

Monday evening is our 'family night' so we have a special pudding. DS is 3 so he loves to choose what to make each week and to come out shopping with me and his little sister to choose the ingredients and then help me make the pudding at home. His current favourites are rice pudding and apple crumble with custard. We have to buy extra apples as he tends to 'help' by munching the apple slices grin

sharond101 Fri 08-Mar-13 21:58:13

Teatime treat - homemade enchiladas with a tomato sauce and salad.

busymummy3 Fri 08-Mar-13 23:20:42

We are another cake family our current favourite being homemde Sticky Lemon Cake . Recipe in Great British Bake Off booklet for Comic Relief we made it for the first time last Sunday , gorgeous can highly recommend.
Cake always has to be eat with a 'nice cup of tea' in our house!

SuedeEffectPochette Fri 08-Mar-13 23:21:17

Thank you Bird's Eye for picking me as a tester. It was fun and introduced me to some new products.

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
It is usually me that cooks in the week, as I have more time then. At the weekend we share. My 8 year old DD likes to "cook" her own meals (mostly salad).

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
DP and DD cooked the meal, with DD totally in the lead. DP cooked the hot parts which needed to go in the oven. The content and design were down to DD!

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
DD prepared a Spongebob dinner which consisted of a picture of Spongebob, together with his pineapple under the sea. Four square Bird's Eye mini lattice potatoes, two Bird's Eye fishfingers cut up for his arms and legs and tie. Eyes made of radish and olive. Bird's Eye peas and sweetcorn arranged as the pineapple and green top, and cress underneath for the sea bed.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

I would generally prefer to pick the Bird's Eye Bake to Perfection fish which is very tasty, but rather harder to make a food picture with I imagine! I was thrilled with the picture/dinner as DD had worked so hard at it. By the time she had finished it was a little cold but still very tasty. I had forgotten how delicious sweetcorn is and will certainly be keeping a bag of the frozen stuff handy now!

Crazybit Sat 09-Mar-13 00:07:21

We're going shopping tomorrow. DD already has planned what she wants to get..

pollywollydoodle Sat 09-Mar-13 01:25:46

our favourite treat is well cooked crumpets with Marmite or mashed banana and honey .healthy, tasty and filling smile

Bakingnovice Sat 09-Mar-13 11:35:29

Our favourite family treat is a proper hot cake and custard dessert after dinner. We don't do it often but sometimes it's nice to have a light dinner followed by a rich indulgent hot pudding. This week it was old school jam cake with custard. Yum.

CarrieDon Sat 09-Mar-13 17:51:43

Tea-time treat: nacho chips with salsa and melted cheese - lovely comfort food!

StillStuck Sat 09-Mar-13 19:40:22

Favourite tea time treat is sweetcorn fritters (made with wheat free flour, rice milk and egg replacer due to allergies) with bacon and peas. Ds loves sweetcorn so much that he has to have extra sweetcorn with it too.

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I cook most nights, dh maybe once a week.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
Dh, ds's 5 and 2

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
They prepared chicken chargrills, mini waffles, peas and (fresh non birdseye) green beans. Ds's took everything out of bags and put on baking tray, set timer on oven and checked on it all. Dh dished up. They didn't jazz up anything this time around, but may try something more next time.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
We all enjoyed it, I found the Chicken a little salty personally. Ds1 said 'these waffles are tummy ache waffles as he's seen them in his game called tummy ache' and 'they are like chips inside'. Both ds's ate all.

~ any other comments?
The chicken was nicer than I expected and it's made me think about buying those kinds of products in the future. Waffles are a great alternative to chips and I don't really know why we haven't eaten them before. I also will use the vouchers to buy some other frozen veg as I usually don't eat frozen veg but as I was pleasantly surprised by the chicken I hope I will be by veg too smile

missorinoco Sat 09-Mar-13 20:28:31

Favourite teatime treat? Pancakes.

GetKnitted Sat 09-Mar-13 21:08:04

our favourite tea time treat is fresh apple pie with ice cream, yum.

Our dd's have a favourite tea time treat at their grandparents, if they have already had a cooked meal they are allowed piles of toast with all the spreads on the table (honey, chocolate spread, marmalade, marmite etc) and they are allowed to help themselves and spread it themselves. At home their favourite tea time treat is homemade stuffed crust pizzas which they are allowed to top.

beanandspud Sun 10-Mar-13 19:38:16

Not an official tester but our favourite teatime treat is savoury pancakes. DS (5) loves to have a bowl of different fillings (ham, cheese, tomatoes, tuna etc.) and then rolling them all himself.

gazzalw Sun 10-Mar-13 20:14:56

Thank you for giving the DCs and me a chance to have some quality bonding time in the excellent cause of treating Mummy and giving her a well-deserved day off cooking!

Apologies for the tardiness of this feedback. DW had to go to buy the ingredients, as I've had a hectic week at work and couldn't factor in a trip to a big supermarket with the two hour commute to and from work! She was pleasantly surprised by the range of goods but did say, that with limited shopping time, it was a case of hunt the Birds Eye products in the different freezer sections. Think that supermarkets could consider grouping products by brand sometimes! Anyway she said that there were more products in the Birds Eye range than she'd realised there would be!

- DW does most of the family cooking in our household. I do love cooking but simply don't have time during the week. I probably cook one main family meal a fortnight, more often than not on a Saturday/Sunday. Usually like to recruit one of the DCs to junior sous-chef status, although not both, as they argue hmm.

- The DCs (12 y.o. DS and 7 y.o. DD) and I were involved in deciding on recipes and then DW did the shopping to buy them! They are quite used to helping in the kitchen and were good helpers. Not too much cooking from scratch although we did lots of chopping and slicing/dicing and stirring and taught them how to make a cheese sauce too (which is definitely new to their culinary repertoire!)

- We looked at the Birds Eye recipes but we wanted to do something a bit different. So got the cookery books out and consulted various websites. This was great fun and the children really got into the idea of finding something tasty, healthy, easy to make with Bird's Eye products and that Mummy would love. We opted for two meals, one more adventurous than the other but that's as much due to the children's likes/dislikes as to kitchen skills!

a) A type of Nasi Goreng (including Rice Fusion Egg Fried Rice, Green Beans, Crispy Chicken) with cashew nuts, chillis, garlic, peppers and a Nando's sauce (!).

b) Crispy Pastry Bakes (sundried tomato and creamy cheddar cheese) with Field Fresh Broccoli, Carrots and Sweetcorn in cheese sauce and new potatoes.

NB. We had wanted to go the whole hog and have Arctic Roll with either a raspberry coulis (homemade) or fresh strawberries/raspberries dusted with icing sugar. Sadly DW couldn't find Arctic Roll stocked in our very large
supermarket sad.

- Yes we very much enjoyed the planning, preparation/cooking and eating it en famille. I do think the children appreciate food more when they've been involved. It was good to be able to show them that with a little thought, pre-prepared food can be incorporated into a healthy, balanced diet and be tasty too!

I think Mummy was very impressed and said we can cook more often!

- will add links when I've configured the recipes. We are a family that tends to cook instinctively so although we did take inspiration from others, it was very much our own take. In fact I would say that that is one of the key factors with teaching children to cook - to get them to be creative and learn to judge quantities, ingredients according to taste etc....

It is also excellent, as this happy product review demonstrated, to show children that shortcuts by using prepared products (as Delia so famously did a couple of years ago) can produce flavour-rich, interesting dishes that can be helpful in giving some variety to family meals!

Quite a lot of the Birds Eye products were on special offer when DW was shopping, although frustratingly not necessarily the ones on our shopping list! That did reduce the cost of the two meals (with added ingredients) to just under the £15.00 gift-card budget! Relatively good value given that we were using a premium brand, but probably above our family's normal expenditure per meal, as DW tends to cook from scratch and is quite a canny shopper so tends to budget quite carefully whilst not compromising on quality or flavour.

Nothing beats a good fish finger sarnie - it was a staple of my student days grin!

gazzalw Sun 10-Mar-13 21:13:47

Favourite teatime treat here is an old-fashioned high tea with cake, sticks of celery, baby tomatoes, chopped cucumber, crisps (anarchic?), cheese scones/ toasted cheese and tomato or marmite sandwiches/scotch pancakes and then fruit and jelly! Goes down a treat for grown-ups and children alike because it's radically different from what they normally have for 'tea/supper' wink.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 10-Mar-13 21:37:48

Our ds's favourite tea time treat is a chippy tea ie from the chip shop!

That's not on my list of favourites so luckily their close second is wraps!

None of us are that fussed on lettuce or guacamole, so we have a mild chilli and plain tortillas with sour cream and grated carrot accompanied with rice. They both love peas and Sweetcorn so they often have those too!

Skyebluesapphire Sun 10-Mar-13 22:38:18

Teatime treat, Birdseye fishfinger sandwich - white bread, loads of butter, tonnes of Heinz tomato sauce. Lovely.

Hopezibah Mon 11-Mar-13 00:10:59

our favourite teatime treats are: yorkshire puddings (my kids will eat them with anything not just roast dinners). They also love eating cereal as a snack / treat in the afternoon or evening. They also love camembert (the two older ones are old enough to eat it now as it is not suitable for young children) and will eat tons of the stuff with french bread. Pesto and mozarella paninis are another fave of the kids - which surprised me to start with as pesto can taste quite strong but they adore it.

cather Mon 11-Mar-13 10:24:44

who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I usually cook and occasionally my husband

who was involved in this task and how they got on
My husband and sons who are 11 and 7. They decided to go shopping to see what there was and then once they had picked the foods they wanted to try they came home and put them together in a meal for me. The boys did most of the cooking with my husband supervising and helping them with the oven

what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
We had a starter of chicken dippers with a small chopped salad, homemade coleslaw and chilli sauce. For the main course they made chicken pastry bakes (creamy cheddar & sundried tomato), rice fusions with peas, cauliflower and they mixed frozen peas and sweetcorn together.

what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
I was amazed at how much thought they had put into it, I wasn't expecting a starter and the chicken dippers were lovely. The salad and coleslaw were a really nice extra and made the starter extra special. The children really enjoyed choosing the food to cook, I normally let them help cook but they don't get to choose what we eat so this was something they really enjoyed. They both worked well together and whilst I wasn't allowed in the kitchen I couldn't hear any arguments so that was an added bonus! My husband enjoyed the meal too and said how nice the chicken pastry bakes were. He was very pleased at how the boys had worked together and said it was fun going shopping with them to choose the foods to cook.
I loved the meal, it isn't something I would normally cook but it was all very tasty and much nicer because I hadn't cooked it myself!

any other comments?
I was really surprised at all the different Birds Eye products that Tesco stocked. I have always bought their frozen peas and fishfingers but that is about it. When I was shopping I had a look to see what other products there were and couldn't believe the choice. The products were all scattered around the frozen food section and normally I don't tend to look in this section as all I normally buy is frozen peas, ice cream and fish. I bought some sausage rolls as they will be handy to keep in the freezer for picnics and extras for packed lunches.
I normally cook all my meals from scratch so it was nice to know that there are tasty foods available that are easy enough for my children to cook so I am hoping that I will be getting some more help in the kitchen now!

Fillybuster Mon 11-Mar-13 14:25:06

Thanks for selecting us to take part in this activity.....various family commitments (and work) meant neither dh nor I had a chance to do much pre-planning, and the age of our children (7, 5 and 2.5) was a factor in what we could let them do 'by themselves'.

Other factors in our family's final choice were:
a) not being able to load the Birds Eye website properly in either browser on my laptop - I could see the images, but not the actual ingredients/instructions unless I loaded the page in printer view.
b) all our family are pescetarian (no shellfish), which limited the amount of products available
c) non of my dcs like rice (which ruled out the fusions!)
d) I couldn't find a huge range of Birds Eye products in my very enormous supermarket....like gazzaw we had hoped to include some sort of frozen dessert but couldn't find anything from the BE range.

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
Me, with dcs 'helping' if they (and I) have time

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
DS (7) did it pretty much by himself

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.

We went for the 'classic': fish fingers, chips, garden peas and baked beans. This won the family vote, despite me trying my best to promote some of the salmon/white fish options.

There was a firm refusal from the dcs to entertain jazzing up this meal, not least because they don't get to have it very often and were hugely excited...! grin

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

Everyone enjoyed their dinner. Various senior family members were visiting and hoovered up the spare bits left in the kitchen - general agreement was that this topped most peoples' 'favourite kitchen dinner' lists!

~ any other comments?

I'm sorry we weren't more creative (I did try!) but it did all go down extremely well, ds was very proud of having 'made' dinner all by himself, and the dcs had fun. Thank you!

Pozzled Mon 11-Mar-13 14:31:08

Our teatime treat is pizza crumpets- just crumpets with a squirt of tomato and grated cheese. Sometimes sweetcorn and ham. Both DDs love 'cooking' them by putting the toppings on themselves.

Pozzled Mon 11-Mar-13 14:31:59

That should have been tomato puree. Not sure how you'd squirt a tomato.

lorka Mon 11-Mar-13 14:39:30

Not a tester. The best tea time treat has got to be homemade crepes still warm with chocolate spread filling for pudding!! Yummy. smile

cutie101 Mon 11-Mar-13 14:40:58

Our family treat night is fajitas, my 2 year old gets so excited and runs around the house shouting "guacamole" which sounds more like "wak-oh-lee". She adores putting veg into her tortilla and wrapping it up...and in turn we love being able to sit down to a meal, chatting and relaxing!

Crumpets are top in our house!

CMOTDibbler Mon 11-Mar-13 14:48:14

If ds is really lucky, then its make your own pizza. As I'm gluten free, this is usually chebe bread (brazilian cheese bread) as a base, either a reduced tomato sauce if I have time, ketchup if not and whatever you fancy and can find in the fridge/cupboard on top. Ds likes his stacked high!

Or pancakes - this is normally allowed on a school night as he'll have had a proper hot lunch. Again, free for all on toppings, but nutella and banana, strawberries and squirty cream, or my secret awful topping - black cherry pie filling and choc icecream/squirty cream blush

openupyourdoor Mon 11-Mar-13 14:48:54

Teatime treat for the kids: they go mad for rainbow rice - a brilliant storecupboard invention of rice, differetn coloured veg - whatever I have and a bit of spice, with a big dollop of mango chutney!

Teatime treat for us: crispy skin salmon with a homemade thai dressing and sticky rice- yum

Not a tester but our favourite teatime treat is pasta with tomato and mascapone sauce from Waitrose with grated cheese on top. All the kids love it!!

dogslife Mon 11-Mar-13 14:53:01

not a tester but making pizzas always goes down well here, particularly if they can look like various cartoon characters by the end!

serendipity1980 Mon 11-Mar-13 14:53:33

Our special teatime treat is home made fish and chips - always a hit with our DC!

StellaMarie Mon 11-Mar-13 15:11:52

Teatime treat for us is poached eggs or baked eggs - I often do scrambled but the others taste nicer but are more fiddly to ensure a nice 'dippy' yolk.
My lazy, yummy teatime treat when DH isn't home (as he doesn't like them) are fish finger sandwiches with vinegar and mayonnaise!

katiewalters Mon 11-Mar-13 15:20:58

Favourite tea time treat would be fish finger sandwiches and pudding wise would be ice cream and homemade brownies

JennyEatwell Mon 11-Mar-13 15:29:35

Not a tester, but one of our favourite is "anything in a wrap, that involves chilli and spices". LOL We love Mexican Burritos, Chicken Salsa wraps, Coronation chicken with iceberg lettuce in wraps, BBQ minced pork fajitas etc. If it will go in a wrap, it's always a success!

Whistleforit Mon 11-Mar-13 15:39:28

Epic Fish Tacos (Londoner blog) are totally brilliant, you can amend the ingredients to suit you family and everyone gets to make their own which does please children enormously. You need to spend a bit of herbs to make them the best but maybe has frozen fish in herb sauces that would work? I always get the fish on offer and freeze it, maybe I should check BE.

Whistleforit Mon 11-Mar-13 15:39:57
glitch Mon 11-Mar-13 15:54:22

I'm not an official tester but just adding our favourite tea-time treat.
Myself and my DS are rather keen on making a golden syrup sponge in a mug and having it with ice-cream for pudding. It serves 2 beautifully grin

Sausages, chips and beans in our house, closely followed by fish fingers, potato waffles and beans or sweetcorn. Classy us grin

To follow jelly and ice cream!

pennylovesleonard Mon 11-Mar-13 16:04:06

Sooo excited to be chosen! We got our voucher and all went to the supermarket together early Saturday morning to buy our birds eye goodies!

Dh and dd (3 years old) are gonna to take over the cooking so they got to choose what to buy!

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family

I normally do but dh will at the weekend. When it's his turn to cook though we often end up with a takeaway!
My 3 year old dd loves to help too.

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on

We all went shopping together & dh & dd. chose what to buy. We were really impressed with the range and got nice beef burgers, chicken burgers, chicken chargrills, chicken pastry bakes and waffles. We had gourmet burgers with wedges - delicious and dh is planning some chicken fajitas for in the week.

On
~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.

Gourmet burgers were fab! We looked at the recipes on Facebook and were inspired. I'll post some photos later.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

The burgers were great, very successful even dd tried some!

~ any other comments?
Looking forward to chicken fajitas and the chicken pastry bakes look lovely!

I love waffles and they are great with baked beans and grated cheese

I thought the Facebook page With the recipes was great & there were lots of things we'd like to try.

weenwee Mon 11-Mar-13 16:04:15

We love slow cooker stew for tea time! Pop everything in, set it, leave for the day, come home and the house smells delicious, everyone gets yummy warm bowl of happiness together!

JS06 Mon 11-Mar-13 16:24:12

Not a tester.

Our favourite post school tea is pasta with a shop bought tomato/basil type sauce with some strong cheddar grated on the top. 2 teens love it, it's quick and can be on table in 12 - 15 minutes, after school hunger pangs satisfied, all plates/bowls cleared completely.

BollyGood Mon 11-Mar-13 16:47:20

Gnocchi, soft cheese and spinach. That's it! All the family love this and it takes minutes to put together.

MyWorkIsDull Mon 11-Mar-13 16:54:57

Favourite tea time treat - scrambled snake!
Seriously? Home made chips, with salt on the side to dip. Yum!

PepeLePew Mon 11-Mar-13 17:05:12

Mine particularly like anything that resembles a take away. So sometimes I roast a duck and we have it with pancakes, or I buy bags of frozen dim sum from the Chinese supermarket.
Or "picky bits" - ordinary food cut into bite size pieces, skewered with cocktail sticks and served on a tray. They will eat more or less anything if it is served in that way

Fairymitzi Mon 11-Mar-13 18:11:40

favorite teatime treat for us is chicken nuggets, yougurt, tomato & cucumber in a pitta mmmm

peronel Mon 11-Mar-13 18:13:28

Cream cakes such as chocolate eclairs/profiteroles, home-made iced buns, home-made gooey meringues with lashings of whipped cream and other goodies. All displayed on a cake stand with an open log fire on a Sunday afternoon; delicious!

ShatnersBassoon Mon 11-Mar-13 18:46:34

Anything presented as a buffet is always well received.

reastie Mon 11-Mar-13 18:48:01

Not a tester.

I cook all the food at home, DD (2) will often 'help' . The treat that everyone loves is homemade garlice bread - it's really cheap too. I just use sliced bread, spread a thin layer of garlic puree on (we always have it hiding in the fridge), drizzle with olive oil and then sprinkle on some parsley (I buy the frozen ready to use stuff as it tastes as good as the fresh stuff but cheaper and is ready to use) and a bit of pepper. Sometimes for a special treat I sprinkle some cheese on top of this. It just goes in the over (around 200 C) for ten mins and it's ready. Goes with pretty much any savoury dish as an accompaniment, is a great way to use up old bits of bread, really cheap and quick, and the family love it - win win grin

reastie Mon 11-Mar-13 18:48:31

Garlic not garlice blush

kayleigh39 Mon 11-Mar-13 19:26:30

We love toasted sandwiches with cheese and tomato smile

firawla Mon 11-Mar-13 20:01:53

not a tester.
in our house its 99% me who cooks, i tend to cook twice - once for kids then again later for us. not really tried any of the birds eye stuff but i would do if i see it, im quite open to it for convenience but would have to try it first to see if it tastes okay.

my kids fave teatime treats is more likely to be the unhealthy things like if i give them chips or spagetti hoops they love it!! but also some healthy like corn cobs and cucumber

GoldenGreen Mon 11-Mar-13 20:32:50

My dcs seem to enjoy everything just that bit more if it's made into a picnic - so even something simple like cheese and crackers gets a very good reception if eaten on a picnic rug in the living room.

Otherwise, they really enjoy tortilla wraps or pancakes they can fill and roll up.

Honestyisbest Mon 11-Mar-13 21:14:02

Fish fingers is a treat for us when we need a speedy supper smile

Evenstar Mon 11-Mar-13 21:36:43

Who normally cooks the family meal in your family

I normally cook dinner when we are all together, on most week nights it is just my son and myself at weekends and for this meal it was my partner and his two sons as well making 5

Who was involved in this task and how they got on

My son aged 16 took responsibility for the meal, he went shopping with the voucher, I had asked him to prepare it for the evening of Mothering Sunday as my partner was away with his youngest son and I was on a retreat with my bible study group. I was a little concerned to return and find that he had returned from the shops with 2 packets of Southern Fried Chicken, 2 packets of peas, 2 packets of sweetcorn and a pint of double cream!! He seemed to think he knew what he was doing so I told him what time we would need to eat and let him get on with it.

What they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.

He cooked the chicken in the oven, then he boiled the sweetcorn and peas and at my suggestion mixed them with some boiled basmati rice. He made the cream into a cream and mustard sauce for dipping the chicken. The recipe for that was one that he had used in his Food Technology class at school and I don't know where it was sourced from

My partner's children helped with serving and pouring drinks etc and his eldest loaded the dishwasher and tidied the kitchen after supper.

What your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

It was very nice, we all enjoyed it including my partner's 9 year old son and his 16 year old who is quite a fussy eater. My partner said it was really tasty and we all had seconds of chicken and sauce.

Any other comments?

I think sometimes we underestimate how competent the family can be at preparing a meal, it is very easy to just do it yourself as you know you can do it quickly and efficiently, I think I would be more willing now to let them all contribute to the catering

lottytheladybird Mon 11-Mar-13 22:05:40

Not a tester

Best treat: Pancakes! Quick & easy and everyone loves them!

maxmissie Mon 11-Mar-13 22:12:55

Our teatime treat is to not cook a dinner and have a picnic (usually indoors!) instead, i.e. we get lots of picnicky type food out and all help ourselves to some lovely french bread, salads, deli meat, crisps, sausage rolls etc, whatever things we have that don't need cooking! The kids love it and it means no cooking for dh!

Crazybit Mon 11-Mar-13 22:25:14

I normally cook the family meal in our family, DP works away, we take it in turns when he is home, although dd1 (12yo) occasionally helps out and dd2 (5yo) loves to help with preperation etc.

Myself, and both dds where involved in the tasks. We planned a couple of meals, dd1 searched for recipes based around my favourite food (Mexican!) and we went shopping together. We prepared the meals together and ate together. It was fun and no arguments, which surprised me as usually they fight constantly. We worked as a little conveyer belt and dd2 learnt to peel carrots and parsnips.

We made a meal based loosely round this recipe here
We used mushrooms instead of refried beans (as we forgot to buy them!) and the kids made the salsa using tinned tomatoes, garlic, ground corriander, dried basil, a squirt of lime juice, a green pepper and chilli sauce.

The girls cut up the onions, mushrooms and a green pepper. I fried the mince, added the chopped veg and the herbs in the recipe. A handful of cheese and half the salsa went in, when melted, we wrapped them in the tortillas and topped them with sour cream, salsa, cheese and a few herbs.

We served the burrittos with Birds Eye Rice Fusion Mexican style and honey glazed carrots and parnsips. (as these needed using)

Everyone loved this meal and we where stuffed afterwards. I used 2 packets of the rice between the dcs (12, 5, 1) and I, it was about enough for us but if DP had been here, then I would have given him a full packet.

I quite like the rice, it was easy to use (microwave) and would probably use it again if it where on special offer, but I do think it is quite expensive compared to competition. (£1.74 for 2x200g)

The other meal that we had was Birds Eye 24 Crispy Chicken Dippers 440G, sweet potato wedges and Birds Eye Garden Peas And Supersweet Sweetcorn 750g.

The vegetables where fine, the sweetcorn a little chewy. The Dippers where ok although I'm not a fan of us having processed food. I was also dissapointed that the packet is a little misleading. It says '100% chicken fillet' on the front and yet the actual chicken content is only 50%. The kids did enjoy them though.

All in all, we enjoyed the challenge and my daughter's really enjoyed us selecting items and cooking together. I'm not sure I will be able to bring myself to buy the processed chicken again, maybe a packet for the freezer but it will be for an emergency tea more than something we have regularly.

I also have some pictures, but cannot find my email which tells me where to send them.

tenlittlebuns Mon 11-Mar-13 22:48:46

Not a tester.

Favourite teatime treat used to be pizza; then went through a scampi phase! Now I think it's probably macaroni cheese, followed by either fresh mango or homemade tiffin.

stickylittlefingers Mon 11-Mar-13 23:45:03

Fish pie, especially this time of year as it's real comfort food. Nice easy bung in the oven meal as well, so great for the busy family :-)

ILoveAFullFridge Tue 12-Mar-13 00:24:20

Fishfingers, preferably Birdseye - seriously!

MaryBS Tue 12-Mar-13 08:36:09

A picnic platter of food, with chicken dippers, pizza and cupcake sized "toad in the holes"

GooseyLoosey Tue 12-Mar-13 08:42:57

Current favourite meals in our house are:

Pizza Pittas - small pitta bread, drizzle with olive oil, spead tomato puree on then sprinkle powdered garlic and Italian mixed herbs, add chopped pepper, cover with grated cheese. Pop under grill until cheese melts. Yumm.

Cheesy Pasta - Boil pasta, steam broccoli and salamon in microwave. Add olive oil and flour to sauce pan and mix to smooth paste, pour in half a pint of milk and heaped teaspoon of mustard. Add large handful of grated cheese and stir until cheese melts and sauce thickens. Flake salamon and break broccoli into florets then mix together. Lovely.

goldenretriever Tue 12-Mar-13 09:57:29

Not a tester
~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
Usually my OH
~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
They made fish finger sandwiches. Both children are 2 and 3, so it was a big deal for them.
~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
They enjoyed buttering the bread and making smiley faces on it with sauce.
~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?
They loved it and enjoyed helping out.
~ any other comments?

Lent1l Tue 12-Mar-13 11:15:12

We share the cooking in my family, and with our one year old we sit her in her high chair and talk her through what we are doing. So far there is very little that she won't eat (and long may it continue).

I'm not jsut saying it but I REALLY love Birds Eye peas and always ensure that we don't reach the end of a packet without having another to start on already in teh freezer. Any food where we can use peas is always a treat for me!!! They are fab in so many things, from thai curries, risottos to just alongside faggots and mash.

JOLOJAMES Tue 12-Mar-13 13:47:46

Not a tester. Favourite tea time treat is still pasta and homemade tomato pasta sauce for my daughter, jam sandwiches for my son (he lives for jam!) Birds Eye petite pois and sweet corn are always their veg of choice, even though they like most vegetables.

supergreenuk Tue 12-Mar-13 14:17:18

Tea time treat - home baking. I try to make muffins or cakes with fruit in for puddings. Blueberry, raspberry and white choc, carrot, date and apple etc.

MegBusset Tue 12-Mar-13 18:00:23

Not a tester, but my DCs' favourite teatime treat is doughnuts for pudding, normally on a Monday night after swimming smile

Snog Tue 12-Mar-13 18:06:05

we like roasted poussins with sweet potato baked in cumin and cinammon served with watercress
Quick, easy and delish: pretty healthy to boot I reckon

CheeryCherry Tue 12-Mar-13 19:02:59

Not a tester but our favourite tea time treats are pancakes with a choice of toppings...lemon juice& sugar, nutella and/or jam. smile

Bigspring Tue 12-Mar-13 19:59:54

Fish finger sandwiches!

LeFlaneur Tue 12-Mar-13 21:22:16

My kids love home made spaghetti bolognese. Possibly because it's (a) tasty and (b) messy. I also let my 3 year old help with some of the simple parts of preparing the meal: pressing the button on the mini-chopper (I'm too lazy and cack handed to spend half an hour chopping all the veg by hand!) and throwing the tinned tomatoes and a couple of bay leaves into the pan.

zipzap Tue 12-Mar-13 21:39:14

Super-simple, extra-tasty heavenly hot chocolate sauce - can be used in a number of ways to make supper special. It's a really easy recipe, amounts are very 'ish' rather than exact so you don't have to worry if you don't have exactly the right amount of something.

Favourite ways tend to be either drizzled on ice cream (it sets hard where it's thin or the deeper bits stay hot and act as a nice bit of variety to the coldness of the ice cream) or used as a dip for chopped up fruit (or I guess bits of biscuit or marshmallows but we all prefer it with fruit). Or if it is cold from the fridge you can use it as the inside of chocolate truffles or if things are really bad just use it to OD on chocolate by eating it straight from the bowl with a spoon - can be hot or cold, tastes just as good -- but hot drips more and is liable to leave more evidence if you're not careful and then you get caught out when the dc realise there is only half the amount of chocolate sauce they were expecting--.

To make it you need:
a large 200g bar of dark chocolate broken up - Bournville works well
a knob of butter about the size of a walnut
a good squirt of honey (or a couple of spoonfuls) - to taste
a small tub of double cream

Put the chocolate, butter and cream in a bowl and gently melt in the microwave (or over a pan of simmering water) until it's all melted, then stir together.

Mix in the cream to taste - it will take a bit more if you prefer the sauce to be less dark or you don't have to use the full carton if you don't want to. Pouring lots of really cold cream on hot chocolate can make the chocolate go a bit hard and lumpy so either let the chocolate mix cool down a bit or stir the cream in little by little to start so it doesn't go lumpy.

Taste it - add more honey or cream if needed. Taste again just to be really sure grin

If the dc aren't having any - a splash of liqueur works really well in it too.

Assuming you are able to go into the fridge without doing a little quality control to check it is still OK grinblush then it should last a couple of weeks (so long as the cream was reasonably fresh). It can be heated or reheated as needed, or if you are using it as a dip for fruit etc, you can just put a spoonful into a little dish and melt it for each individual so you know exactly how much everybody has.

I have dc that adore fruit but are complete nightmares when it comes to getting them to drink milk or have dairy things like yoghurt. I make theirs extra creamy and it's one way of getting something dairy into them (they are also very skinny and need the fat - if only I did too!).

Dawnywoo Wed 13-Mar-13 10:26:15

Tea time treat - I always cook more pasta than I need to as keeps it in a tub in fridge for 2-3 days. If I need a quick teatime treat I can whip up a quick hot or cold pasta meal in seconds with some pesto, cherry tomatoes and parmesan or tuna, mayo and sweetcorn.

newfashionedmum Wed 13-Mar-13 10:29:24

....another vote for putting out chilli with tortilla chips / yoghurt / lettuce / tomato / wraps / grated cheese and make your own combinations.
I make a meat based chilli but with loads of veg in it (peppers, carrots, celery sweetcorn, whatever's in the fridge) so cheaper and healthier than just meat and beans.

Favourite tea time treat is Courgette fritters:
Grate a courgette, add one egg and a spoon or two of flour. Put little spoonfuls in a frying pan, cook both sides, serve. Any that the kids don't eat make great little hors d'oevres for Mummy and Daddy. wink

Ooooh, I just got a tea towel with a thank you note. Assuming its related to this but perhaps not, anyone else?

gazzalw Wed 13-Mar-13 16:06:46

Yes, we did too! It inspired DD to want to dry up which can only be a good thing! Thank you!

MinnieBar Wed 13-Mar-13 16:29:42

Probably the best all-round treat that all 3 DCs like is homemade dough balls with butter.

(I'm not a lentil-weaving 'from scratch' person at all by the way, it's usually something frozen with some kind of frozen potato product as a side. smile)

hermancakedestroyer Wed 13-Mar-13 16:51:37

I also received a nice tea towel in the post today from birdseye. What a nice surprise smile

Cherrybright Wed 13-Mar-13 19:54:02

I received a tea towel too smile thankyou!! Dd was very excited when she saw it!

Cherrybright Wed 13-Mar-13 20:22:42

Oh and our best treats are home made apple pie with ice cream. smile mmmmm

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 13-Mar-13 20:40:37

Enjoy the tea towels testing folks - Birds Eye were v pleased with all the feedback (so far..!) and had some to share...grin <we even got some for the MNHQ kitchen>

janey223 Wed 13-Mar-13 21:18:02

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I'm a single mum so I always cook (unless my dad visits and i get a week off yay :D)

~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
My DS 14m helped - he loves the kitchen and watching me cook. He put things onto the grill & into the microwave and turned them (well, he held the end of the spatula and I helped) and dished the food up (again, being 14m he pretty much just held it). He absolutely loved cooking with me, think we'll have to do it a lot more! Certainly beats him screaming at my feet!

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - did they try out any recipes? Do include links if you can.
We had hash brown waffle stacks with black pudding, poached egg & grilled tomato, I put my egg face down and broke the yolk so it went through the waffles- YUM!

We also made the mexican rice with chicken fajitas - cut the chargrilled chicken into strips, and made wraps with tomato salsa, lettuce and peppers.

I made DS cod fishcakes with mushy peas and new potatoes today and he loved those. I can never get him to eat any fish other than salmon burgers so definitely going to try these and some more fish products.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner?

DS enjoyed the hash browns and black pudding but fed me some of the egg and hid the rest and his tomato down the side of him, I loved it - breakfast is normally very boring or (for me) non-existent most of the week. Dinner was great, I love wraps, DS didn't touch it until I unwraped then he ate all of it but he didn't like the rice. The fishcakes went down well too although there wasn't any left of it for me to try!

~ any other comments?
I had to go to a different tesco to get the hash brown waffles sad

shaztwins1 Wed 13-Mar-13 21:37:51

we got a tea towel too !! dd very impressed we love clarence in this house grin

The tea towel is great, thank you!!

Fillybuster Thu 14-Mar-13 11:04:21

Thanks for the tea towel - what a lovely surprise to come home to last night smile

TheTempest Thu 14-Mar-13 12:04:38

Hello, sorry for the delay its been a testing couple of weeks for me personally. My DP cooked the garlic breaded fish last night (possibly lol) with the fusions rice and chicken and sweet corn as I was at the hospital til late with my dad. The fish and rice held up being kept warm beautifully but the sweet corn was very dried and hard. Not the products fault though.

We are having waffles, beans cheese and dopers tonight cooked by my DSD (14) and DD's 1 and 2 (2 &3). It is always me who cooks here with occasional help from DSD, so I am very unaccustomed to two nights of no cooking. No jazzing up here though, but as I haven't been able to psrticipate as much as I'd like I shall definitely be buying Birds Eye again to have my own product test smile

Our best tea time treat is a toaster with cheese waffles salad cream, onion and a bit of chicken. So bad but so good smile

choccyp1g Thu 14-Mar-13 12:05:30

I'm not a tester, but my DS favourite tea is cauliflower cheese, with pasta on the side.
I actually get spontaneous hugs (from a 12yogrin) when I serve that.

He and all his mates love mashed potato; because they can just shovel it in with a fork.

HannahLI Thu 14-Mar-13 13:43:53

Im not a tester but things that go down well in our house are anything with eggs in - dippy, scrambled, hard boiled (and of course of the chocolate variety too) and tuna pasta bake is an absolute favourite that my son begs me for.

hannahbjm Thu 14-Mar-13 20:13:01

Im not a tester but in our house, a lovely teatime treat is Home made chicken nuggets. Have little bowls of breadcrumbs, egg, flour and chicken strips and the kids love making their own smile

Shoppinglist Thu 14-Mar-13 20:47:16

Thank you for the lovely tea towel. Here is my feedback.

I (mum) usually cook the evening meal. I work part time so need quick and easy but nutritious and tasty recipes.

My DH and two Dcs 5 and 3 made this meal as a lovely Mothers Day treat. They even went to the supermarket and bought all of the ingredients which was a real surprise!

We lived in Asia for a few years and i really miss Asian food so they used Rice Fusions Egg Fried Rice with Peas and original chargrilled chicken to make their own special Nasi Goreng. They served the rice with the chicken sliced on top, added a fried egg and some peanuts and soy sauce. The results were delicious! We have already eaten it again twice since.

We all loved the meal, the children loved helping to prepare it and we all enjoyed eating it. A lovely, tasty and reasonably price fast midweek dinner that transports us back to Asia. Thank you for helping make this Mothers Day so much fun and for making us rediscover one of our favourite meals!

SunshinePanda Sat 16-Mar-13 15:14:45

Favourite has to be pasta with any type of veggie sauce. Everyone loves it, especially with extras such as olives, garlic bread etc, and it is so quick to make!

Glitterfairys Mon 18-Mar-13 14:46:55

Our favourite family tea time treat is fish finger sandwiches with lots of butter and tomato sauce on white bread . We all love them smile

stephgr Tue 19-Mar-13 01:24:21

Not a tester unfortunately but a favourite in our house is toasted teacakes with a rather large amount of butter which we let melt into the cake - yummy.

Lomaamina Tue 19-Mar-13 19:50:05

Thanks to this thread I decided to try the 'Baked to Perfection Haddock Fillets 280g'. They were easy to cook and very tasty, but my goodness, what tiny portions! For me one portion was just about sufficient, but poor DH was still hungry after eating his portion. For the price, I expected to be able to feed two from it.

florencebabyjo Wed 20-Mar-13 06:28:21

At last adding feedback after a week in hospital with poor DS having appendicitis! He did have a lovely time though with this project and really put thought into what he could make.

~ who normally cooks the family meal in your family
I normally cook at teatime but the children cook once a week and make dinner for all the family.
~ who was involved in this task and how they got on
My four youngest children all took part aged 10, 8, 6 and 2. My 10 yr old DS led them and did the cooker bit and the eldest three sat down and discussed what they wanted to make.They all stirred and added ingredients but my DS really took it on My 2 yr old DS made a lot of mess and enjoyed spreading sauce on the pitta breads.

~ what they prepared and how - if they jazzed up the Birds Eye products - They made spicy fritters with Birds Eye Field Fresh Country Mix and used the Garlic and Herb fish fusions to make pitta wraps with a mustard mayonnaise. They made a batter mix and added the vegetables, some curry powder and seasoning and shallow fried them until golden. They then oven baked the fish and cut it into strips. My DS made up a dip with mayonnaise, mustard and honey and spread it on halved pittas. They added the fish strips and salad and served.

~ what your verdict was on the meal? Did your children like it? Did your partner? Fantastic, and they absolutely loved it. We all did.It was a great experience for them and they enjoyed discussing together what they were going to cook and made a change from the usual baked things. Will be definitely doing it more often.

AnnMumsnet (MNHQ) Wed 20-Mar-13 16:04:38

thanks for all the feedback and sharing of favourite teatime treats!
Am pleased to say hermancakedestroyer has been chosen as the testing winner and gets a £100 JL voucher. Snog wins the £50 voucher for sharing her teatime treats, well done both grin

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