When I was young, I loved watching both my grandmas baking yummy treats. I have such fond memories of steam filled kitchens with delicious smells floating around the house.
I have a few recipes from my grandmas, an amazing Yorkshire puddings recipe from my grandma Shaw, and another is for meat and potato pie from my grandma Brearley. Using their recipes, they are perfect every time.
I think, if you are lucky enough to have a grandma, nana, nanny or a nonna (as my children call my mum), then it's great to cook with them.
You learn so much cooking with your grandma, and just spending that bit of quality time with them is lovely.
Nowadays we always seem to be in a rush, clock watching, making sure the kids are in school on time, after school clubs, lessons, parties, or out with friends, that's before you've done the washing, sorted the house, and done everything else that comes with the mayhem of having a family.
Sherrie Hewson, has a new book out called Nana's kitchen, and it has over 100 family recipes for you to choose from.
I love Sherrie in ITV's comedy Benidorm, she has starred in some of the nation's favourite programmes including: Loose Women, Coronation Street, Crossroads and Emmerdale.
We had the perfect opportunity to test out one of her recipes when my mum, Elaine (nonna) and my grandma, Margaret (grandma great) came to stay with us for a few days.
My daughter Amber, 10, chose the recipe she wanted to make, and not surprisingly she went for the Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Popcorn Drops.
Crispy Crunchy Chocolate Popcorn Drops
Making these is messy fun and not for the faint hearted - it's guaranteed to give you a cleaning-up job, but the kids love making them, so it's worth the effort. You can leave out the nuts if anyone is allergic. The popcorn drops are just as good without.
- 350g milk chocolate (use any flavour you like, or try chocolate caramel chunks), chopped
- 120g toffee popcorn (or use 60g toffee popcorn and 60g plain popcorn
- 240g chopped cashew nuts
- Edible decorations of your choice
- Line a 24-hole mini-muffin tin with paper muffin cases.
- Melt chocolate in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, stirring every 30 seconds.
- Place the popcorn and chopped nuts in a bowl and pour over the melted chocolate, stirring well until all the popcorn is evenly coated in chocolate.
- Place spoonfuls of the mixture into the muffin cases and, before the chocolate has chance to set, quickly add your decorations - sprinkles, mini marshmallows, chewy sweeties, small chocolate eggs... let your imagination run riot! Set aside until the chocolate has set.
We had great fun making these and Amber loved licking the spoon!
As you can imagine, the whole lot had gone later that day with the help of my husband, Mark and our son, Jacob.
They taste yummy and they are so easy to make, and such fun!
Nana’s Kitchen by Sherrie Hewson is published by Macmillan, priced £20