How do you feel about letting your kids drink coffee? My guess would be that you'd say "no way". And what about a little coffee used in food - a cake, a tiramisu - or perhaps even ketchup? It wouldn't have occurred to me to use coffee in ketchup but that's exactly what the people at BRITA andThe Gentlemen Baristas have done.
I'll share the coffee recipe with you in a few moments, but first I want to think more about kids and coffee. When I was asked if I'd like to try out one of these recipes my first thought was yes, of course, because I love coffee. Hey I'm a sleep deprived mum of three and I couldn't cope without it! But on a kids food blog, really? Caffeine and kids is pretty much a no-no isn't it? But then I thought about my father in law, who grew up in South America and had a cafe con leche for breakfast every day (a milky coffee). So I did a little research on a Facebook group that I'm a member of to find out what people thought.
And the results surprised me a little. Many people said what I was expecting. Definitely no coffee as a drink until the kids are teenagers at least. And the same people were happy, in theory, with the kids eating a little coffee in food. But most kids hate the taste and wouldn't like something like coffee and walnut cake at all.
But quite a few people said something different. One child absolutely loves tiramisu. More than one were allowed a taste of coffee and loved it - and are now occasionally allowed to drink a decaf coffee. My favourite story though was from someone who remembered that their grandmother, who was a coffee drinker, used to "save me down the bottom" - leaving just a tiny sip of coffee at the end of her cup for her small granddaughter to drink. She's going to do the same with her son if and when he wants to.
So maybe it's not so bad after all in moderation. I'm not suggesting that you start fostering a coffee habit in your children but do give this lovely coffee ketchup a try if you're a ketchup fan, and see what your kids think. It's quite a different experience to Heinz, full of spice and flavour. This recipe is made with cold brew coffee, which is rather trendy at the moment. Put simply, coffee grounds are steeped in cold water for a day or so, then filtered, diluted and served at room temperature. It's nothing like iced coffee and if you're a coffee fan you should give it a go - I wasn't convinced at all at the idea but it really is a delicious drink.
500g on the vine tomatoes
500g cherry tomatoes
100g soft brown sugar
100ml white wine vinegar
150ml cold brew coffee
Half a cinnamon stick
1 bay leaf
1 tsp fennel seeds
1 tsp allspice
1 tsp mace
1/2 tsp mustard powder
1 slightly crushed garlic clove
To make the cold brew coffee you'll need ground coffee, filtered water, an airtight container and a cafetiere. Put 200g of coffee in the airtight container with 1 litre of filtered water. Stir the mixture 10 times and after a couple of minutes the coffee should float on the top. Stir for another minute and seal the container. Leave it in the fridge for 16 hours. Filter the cold brew coffee twice with the cafetiere.
Pre-heat the oven to 200°C (180°C fan). Place all the tomatoes, with the vine still attached, on to a baking tray. Season with salt, pepper and olive oil and then cook until the skins have blackened a little.
Press the tomatoes through a sieve into a medium-sized pan. Keep pressing through until all of the flesh has come through. Once you have a puree consistency stir through the brown sugar and the vinegar and gently simmer. Put all the spices and the garlic into a piece of muslin cloth and tie the top. Add it to the mixture, stirring regularly. After 20 minutes remove the muslin and continue cooking for a further 10 minutes.
Add the cold brew coffee and cook for 10 more minutes before allowing to cool. Once cool transfer to a sterilised bottle or jar.
If you fancy seeing more recipes that use cold brew coffee check out this recipe for a Wake Up Mary from Foodie Quine.
Disclaimer: I was sent a coffee pack by BRITA and The Gentlemen Baristas for the purposes of this post. I received no other payment for this post.