Cooking is one of life’s great skills, and now the holidays are here there is no better time to encourage kids to start. Not only will cooking entertain children for ages, you will also get some great foods to taste. Why not try making some of these recipes from The Food Book. With a little bit of encouragement and supervision, your children can make a delightful range of goodies.

Check out these enchanting, festive treats. For those that don’t like to follow a recipe, these simple to make, four ingredient, mini chocolate Christmas puddings are a perfect introduction to Christmas baking. All you need is a packet of Marshmallow Royale biscuits and some melted white chocolate. Drizzle the chocolate over the biscuits and top them with a Jaffa and some strips of Spearmint leaves. They look pretty impressive, and make a wonderful treat to share with friends or to wrap up in cellophane as a delicious gift. What other ideas do you have for simple festive edible gifts? Are they as simple as this idea?

Yo Yo biscuits are easy-to-make and delicious to eat! Yo Yos make a wonderful comfort food to consume with a cup of tea (or may be just a glass of chilled milk!), and they also make a delightful gift if several biscuits are bundled up and wrapped in cellophane – these will definitely bring back childhood memories for many adults. Use a simple vanilla icing to join the biscuits together, or for a touch of flavour you can use passionfruit icing in the middle for a variation on this old-fashion favourite – there’s a great recipe on p. 379 of The Food Book you can follow. What suggestions do you have to join the biscuits together? Do you have some other ideas?

This Christmas pudding recipe from The Food Book website is a super treat for Christmas day. It’s a more complex recipe, requiring a trip to not only purchase the ingredients from the supermarket, but also a trip to Spotlight to get some calico. The fruits are soaked in brandy overnight, and it will take most of the morning to prepare the pudding and then all of the afternoon to cook the pudding! However, I am sure you will agree that your efforts will be very fruitful (excuse the pun), as the photo shows a magnificent pudding that will be the envy of any Christmas table! Christmas pudding is best served hot with custard and cream – there is a wonderful brandy sauce recipe (and creamy brandy sauce variation) on p. 450 of The Food Book. How do you traditionally serve your Christmas pudding? Do you have any family traditions association with Christmas pudding that you would like to share?