Taking the stress out of family meals

Sweetcorn and broccoli fritters
Sweetcorn and broccoli fritters

When bestselling cookery writer Annabel Karmel’s own research found some mums are producing up to 63 meals a week to satisfy all the mouths in their family, she decided to whip up a sizzling new recipe book packed with dishes that everyone can enjoy.

Annabel’s Family Cookbook features 100 easy-to-follow recipes that will appeal to tots, teens and time-stretched parents alike.

The idea is that parents can make life easier for themselves by cooking the same meal for the whole family, instead of slaving over separate dishes. and not for every child,” explains Karmel.

“Meals are the one time when you all sit down together and communicate, find out what’s going on in your children’s lives, and talk to them about what’s happening.”

You could even get older children to cook the family meal themselves one night, Karmel suggests. Here’s one recipe to get you started.

Steam the broccoli florets for about eight minutes, then chop into small pieces.

Blitz the sweetcorn in a food processor. Mix all the ingredients together, except the oil, and season to taste.

Heat the oil in a large frying pan. Drop spoonfuls of the mixture into the pan and fry for about two minutes on each side, or until golden.

When cooked, transfer to a plate lined with kitchen paper. Serve warm with tzatziki, if you like.