Josie and I (and Mary Poppins) Get Creative with Cooking!

19 Jul

For today’s Creative Kids my little sister, Josie and I get creative with cooking!
The title of today’s post was going to be “Yorkshire Pudding is Not Pudding” but I changed it at the last minute 😉

I first heard about Yorkshire Pudding on Catherine Johnson’s blog (click HERE to read the post). When I read about it on Ms. Johnson’s blog, I asked my mom if we could make it and she said “yes” (but then I never got around to it).

I then found a cookbook called “Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story” and I read it and guess what!?!? It had a recipe for Yorkshire Pudding in it! In fact, the book is pretty cool. It is seven chapters long, one chapter for each day of the week and it talks about the story behind what Mary Poppins makes for the family’s meals each day. Then there are recipes for each of the menus at the end of the book. The illustrations in the book are very nice too and I think it makes a great story book. Josie and I decided to be creative and make a Mary Poppins dinner of our own!

Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story
By Dr. P. L. Travers
Illustrated by  Mary Shepard
Ages 8+ –  88 pages
Published by Harcourt Children’s Books on October 1, 2006

We chose to make Monday’s meal. Here’s is a part from the book –

“What are we cooking today, Mary Poppins? Jane wanted to know.

“Roast Beef,” said Mary Poppins. “And Yorkshire pudding to go with it and just a suspicion of cabbage.”

We also added mashed potatoes and gravy to go with it because Josie wasn’t sure she would,like Yorkshire pudding.

Our mom made the roast beef and mashed potatoes and Josie and I made the Yorkshire pudding and cabbage.

I don’t think our Yorkshire pudding was as fluffy as it should have been.

Well the results are in and our dinner came out great and everyone liked our Yorkshire pudding and cabbage (and mom’s roast beef 😉 )!

Our Dad was confused about the Yorkshire pudding though. He was expecting pudding –

Josie and I thought it was fun to cook a different food! What is your favorite food from a country different from the one you are living in?

Mine is sushi and Josie’s is Mexican food!

43 Responses to “Josie and I (and Mary Poppins) Get Creative with Cooking!”

  1. ontheplumtree July 19, 2012 at 8:03 am #

    What a lovely dinner. It is quite tricky to get the Yorkshire Pudding just right. I hope you enjoyed the final result. People in England eat Roast Beef with Yorkshire Pudding. mary Poppins was English, so I suppose that is why she liked it so much.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:14 am #

      It was a lovely dinner! I had about 3 or 4 pieces of Yorkshire pudding, two servings of mashed potatoes, both with gravy, and one serving of Roast Beef and cabbage! I would like to try to make an actual, right, Yorkshire pudding batch, or just make the flat kind we made again! 😉


  2. timothydavis229 July 19, 2012 at 8:11 am #

    What a great post, Erik! Yum. Yorkshire pudding! The photos are terrific. Thanks for bringing Mary Poppins in the Kitchen: A Cookery Book with a Story to our attention.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:16 am #

      Thank you Mr. Davis! I would mail you a piece (it was really flat), but we ate it all at dinner! 😉 I hope you get to make Yorkshire pudding!


  3. Genevieve Petrillo July 19, 2012 at 8:56 am #

    That dinner looks yummy. Mom made some delicious frozen doggie icecream pops for me out of yogurt, babyfood, honey, and peanut butter. They had a MilkBone handle frozen into them. It’s my favorite new treat!

    Love and licks,


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Cupcake! Thank you for for visiting my blog! *pat on head* I think Maggie (my grandmother’s dog) would LOVE those treats! Please stop by again! *scratch behind the ears* I review some amazing books about dogs (and sometimes cats)! 😀


  4. Susanna Leonard Hill July 19, 2012 at 9:19 am #

    What fun! I’m impressed that you cooked all this. You know, I have a sneaking suspicion that I HAVE that Mary Poppins cook book somewhere – is it old? – you know, like old enough it might have been around in the 70s? 🙂 Glad your dinner turned out well. (And I love the way Mary Poppins says “a suspicion of cabbage” – very funny :))


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:25 am #

      My copy of the book says it was first published in 1975. I hope you have it! I hope you get it if you don’t have it! 😉


  5. Patricia Tilton July 19, 2012 at 9:42 am #

    Erik, what a fun experience for you and Josie! Sounds like the collaboration turned into a fun and interesting dinner. I have only had Yorkshire Pudding once many years ago. It sounds yummy! Great post. And I’m back. Have been off line for a few weeks. Sorry I missed some of your blogs.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:30 am #

      Glad you’re back! We did have a lot of fun doing this! Tomorrow I am reviewing a book that combines reading, cooking, and crafts!
      I want to tell you – I met Pat Brisson (the author of Sometimes We Were Brave) at a festival and told her about your review of her book and later emailed her a link to it. She emailed me back and said she had checked it out! 🙂


      • Patricia Tilton July 19, 2012 at 11:48 am #

        Look forward to tomorrow. And, thank you for sending my link to Pat Brisson. I appreciate it.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2012 at 2:13 pm #

        You’re welcome Ms. Tilton! 🙂


  6. Darlene July 19, 2012 at 9:44 am #

    My husband is English and he loves Yorkshire pudding. He decided to marry me when he learned that I knew how to make it! I also love cook books and this one looks delightful. Way to go Erik and Josie.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:33 am #

      YAYYY!!! Another sushi fan! I like books like this. I think a lot of kids like to cook! 🙂


  7. Darlene July 19, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    BTW I love sushi too.


  8. Paul R Hewlett July 19, 2012 at 9:57 am #

    Wonderful post Erik! What fun! How neat it is that you and your sister make such a nice meal, and a Mary Poppins cookbook? Who knew? I’ll have to find that, I love Mary Poppins (but then again, who doesn’t). Keep up the good work:)


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:35 am #

      Thank you Mr. Hewlett! I hope you find the book! Surprisingly, I haven’t watched Mary Poppins (the movie)! I want to, though! 🙂


  9. Michelle Isenhoff July 19, 2012 at 10:15 am #

    Cool post! One of my favorite books in high school was “All Creatures Great and Small,” by James Herriot. It was about the life of an English country vet in the 1930’s and 40’s, and in it he always mentions the hearty farmers eating “slabs” of Yorkshire pudding smothered in gravy.

    My kids and I have done this a couple times, once after reading the series by Laura Ingalls Wilder (“The Little House Cookbook”) and once after collecting Oregon Trail recipes. It’s a great way to learn!!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 19, 2012 at 11:38 am #

      Thank you Mrs. Isenhoff! I will check out “All Creatures Great and Small”! 🙂 Cooking different foods is always fun, and a great way to learn!


  10. Catherine Johnson July 19, 2012 at 11:32 am #

    I’m so excited you tried the Yorkshire pudding Erik! That’s not bad at all for a first attempt. I think having the oil extremely hot when you pour the batter in is the key to them rising (so my mum says). Even having the oven door open too long while you pour it is no good. It’s an art form I tell you 😉


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 21, 2012 at 10:11 am #

      Thanks for the tips Ms. Johnson! I think we are going to try it again 🙂 Still, our Yorkshire Pudding was good! There wasn’t any left over at the end of our meal! 😀


  11. Lynn A. Davidson July 19, 2012 at 1:18 pm #

    How fun that you are trying new things, new foods, enjoying your summer and expanding your experiences. 🙂 Maybe you can write a storybook about this, Erik.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

      I like the idea of writing a story about this! How about “Summer Good, Summer Bad” as a title? (get it – summer, some are? 😉 ) It is fun to try new foods and things!


  12. Penny Klostermann July 19, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    Yum!!! You are making me hungry. I shouldn’t have read this so close to supper time when I don’t even have time to make roast beef, cabbage and Yorkshire pudding :-0
    It’s great that you and Josie did this….I still remember things I cooked as a kid!
    I have three sisters. We all had our specialties. Mine was Baked Alaska. My older sister’s specialty was chocolate chip cookies. My two younger sister’s made yummy fudge and taffy…yes taffy is extra work because you have to pull it, but it was worth it. None of those things are from a different country, though. We did make stuffed cabbage which is Mediterranean. And we made a Greek cake that had layers of yellow cake with chocolate pudding in between and apricot preserves on top…it was sooooo good.
    Ok…I have to go eat something!!!!!


    • julie rowan zoch July 19, 2012 at 9:11 pm #

      Penny, I need that Greek cake recipe, so I think you need to write a yummy post too!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2012 at 2:29 pm #

        Tell me too! Pleaaase??? *makes puppy eyes at Ms. Klostermann*


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

      I would like to try Baked Alaska (after I find out what it is! Hopefully not a cooked state… 😉 ) Oooh… Greek cake! Stuffed cabbage! Cookies! Fudge! Taffy! I want to try Greek cake now! And your sisters’ food! And your stuffed cabbage! Can I come to the next family reunion of yours with all of those foods so I can try them? 😉


      • Penny Klostermann July 22, 2012 at 6:54 pm #

        Ok…I went off in search of my recipe! You should see the paper…it almost needs preserving it is so old!!!! This is a long drawn out recipe, but I made a suggestion at the bottom 🙂

        Cake Ingredients:
        5 eggs
        1 cup sugar
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        1 1/4 cup sifted flour
        chocolate custard (recipe follows)
        1 1lb jar of apricot preserves (I used my mom’s homemade preserves….yum!)
        finely shaved Hershey chocolate bar

        Chocolate Custard (make first so it can cool)
        3/4 cup sugar
        2 tablespoons cornstarch
        3 eggs
        1 1/2 cup milk
        1 1oz square unsweetened chocolate (shaved)
        1 teaspoon vanilla
        1/2 cup soft butter or margarine
        Combine sugar and cornstarch in a saucepan. Add eggs and blend well with a fork. Stir in milk and cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thick. Remove from heat and stir in shaved chocolate and vanilla. Cover and cool. Cream butter and gradually add to cool chocolate mixture. Blend well. Set aside.

        Cake instructions
        Grease two 9 inch layer pans. Beat eggs until light. Gradually bet in sugar, salt and vanilla. Continue to beat until batter is thick. Carefully fold in flour two tablespoons at a time, mixing until blended after each addition. Pour into pans and bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Cool. Split each layer (so you’ll have 4 thin layers). Put custard between layers and top entire cake with the jar of apricot preserves. Shave Hershey’s bar over preserves. Chill until ready to serve.

        OK….that is an old fashioned recipe done the old fashioned way,but if you want less fuss, I have a suggestion.
        Buy a yellow cake mix and instant chocolate pudding! Use them in place of the made-from-scratch cake and custard, and assemble the same way. I think you will get similar results.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 23, 2012 at 3:53 pm #

        Thank you! Thank you! I think I will make the old fashioned way. I really don’t like some cake mixes and instant icing that much. I want to make sure I know what is in it… Thank you for posting the recipe. It sounds really yummy! 🙂


  13. julie rowan zoch July 19, 2012 at 9:14 pm #

    Erik, I probably should not have read this before dinner was ready! Yum! I also put the book on hold to curb my appetite! Thanks for a great post!


  14. jama July 20, 2012 at 3:04 am #

    Yummy post! I have that cookbook but haven’t made anything from it yet. I first tasted Yorkshire Pudding when I lived in England years ago and loved it.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 20, 2012 at 2:32 pm #

      Thank you! I hope you make wonderful food from the cookbook!


    • Myra GB July 20, 2012 at 9:38 pm #

      I was about to recommend Jama’s lovely website, and I see that she’s here! Whooopeee! This is a beautiful post, Erik! I hope to read more blogposts like these. 🙂


      • thiskidreviewsbooks July 21, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

        I just subscribed to “Jama’s Alphabet Soup”! It looks like a great site 🙂


  15. Caroline July 20, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

    That sounds like such a fun book! I’d love to know what Mary Poppins cooks. I’ve tried Yorkshire Pudding and was also surprised at first that it wasn’t pudding. 🙂


  16. patientdreamer July 20, 2012 at 3:36 pm #

    What a yummy post. I have never had Yorkshire Pudding, heard about it, but never tried it….lol. I love sushi and Thai and Asian food. Having traveled around different countries I have many favourities like the tarts and pastries of Austria and France or cheese fondues of Switzerland. I have made Baked Alaska, that is beautiful to and of course our NZ Pavlova! You and Josie are very clever. I must see if I can get this receipe book.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks July 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm #

      Thank you! You are making me hungry… 😉 I would love to try foods in different countries! I hope you get the book Ms. Tulloch!


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