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food, glorious food

Yes, the baby’s hungry.

Since she ticks my boxes for food readiness (can sit up, hold the food, get it in her mouth, loads of interest…) she’s been enjoying tasting some things much more flavoursome than the furniture!

Estelle was having cucumber and rockmelon for lunch. Alice was pretty pleased when she got some too!

Alice was being very protective of her rockemelon. And apparently, the best part about eating rockmelon is the slip and slide in the juice on the floor afterwards.

Raw carrots aren’t too much fun when you’re all gums. But she did enjoy them steamed and pureed.

Discovering food is a real adventure. Alice do you like food?

Yes, I thought so.

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I’m dreaming of… a thermomix!

A while ago I read on a blog I love about this amazing piece of kitchen gadgetry called a Thermomix.

I have been doing my research and I now firmly believe it is in my destiny to own one.

I need one. (ha!)

Well, probably not, but it would certainly make my life a lot easier.

It chops, grates, grinds, cooks, blends, whips and much more. It even self cleans!

I could make sorbet, sauces, cook a curry and rice all in the one machine.

Makes cooking from scratch so quick.  Healthy food made from fresh ingredients with no chemicals or preservatives.

I’m excited about the thermomix and I don’t even own one!

Oh dear, is it sad to be getting excited about a kitchen appliance?

I better start saving because it may take awhile…

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summer time

We love summer.

Hanging out in garden,

splashing in the pool,

Outdoor potato stamping

and plenty of  fresh and colourful foods to eat

Making bread for dinner ,

 

and of course, sitting in a bucket.

Yes, summer is great. And one other thing I love about summer is that when I’m hanging out the nappies at 10 o’clock at night (because I forgot to wash them during the day) I know they will be dry and ready to wear in the morning. Phew!

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Really good dip recipe

This is a recipe for an easy dip to make.

It’s really tasty, well that’s what Estelle says… “mum, this really tasty”.

Hopefully you think so too.

Roast capsicum dip

  • 1 to 2 red capsicums, roughly chopped into large bits
  • a hunk of pumpkin, cut into smaller bits. Probably about a cup full of bits.
  • eggplant, cut into medium sized bits. About a cup full.
  • an onion, roughly chopped.
  • 2 cloves of garlic, chopped in half
  • salt and pepper
  • olive oil
  • 125g cream cheese (half a block), room temperature
  • handful of fresh oregano and basil

Heat oven to 180 degrees celcius. Scatter veges onto a baking tray. Drizzle generously with olive oil and toss them all around with your hands. Season generously with salt and pepper.

Put in oven to roast for about half an hour or until the pumpkin looks cooked and the capsicum is filling your kitchen with a delicious, roasty aroma.

When it’s ready, take it out of the oven and let it cool.

Transfer to a bowl and add cream cheese and fresh herbs.

Blend until smooth, I use  a stick blender because it’s easy and not too messy.

Put it in the fridge until needed, it tastes better the next day when the flavours have fully developed.

Tastes good with crackers, corn chips, carrot or cucumber sticks and would even be nice spread on a sandwich.

An easy way to get some extra vegetable goodness into little tummies too!

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This is a recipe which I came up with and we eat regularly.

It’s not too sweet and fairly healthy, perfect with a cuppa for a second breakfast.

I am  always on the lookout for healthy baking recipes, we love baking together and it’s great to be involving your children in making healthy food choices.

I use Agave nectar as  the sweetener, but I will include the measurements for the sugared version in case you don’t have it.

Emma’s Apple and Cranberry loaf

  • 1 cup wholemeal self-raising flour
  • 1 cup unbleached white self-raising flour
  • 3 tablespoons Agave nectar (or 1/4 cup brown and 1/4 cup raw sugar)
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1 granny smith apple, grated
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 cup milk (1 cup if using sugar as sweetener)
  • 1 tsp mixed spice
  • 1/2 cup – 1 cup dried cranberries (depending upon how ‘densely fruited’ you would like it)
  • 80 g melted unsalted butter

Heat oven to 180 degrees celsius. Line loaf tin with baking paper.

Add all ingredients into a large bowl and mix.

Pour into prepared tin and bake for approx 50 mins or until skewer comes out clean.

(in my dinosaur of an oven it actually takes about 1 hour 10 mins so I’m guessing that in a newer and fan forced oven it will take about 50 mins, so keep an eye on it)

Wait until it has completely cooled before slicing or it will crumble everywhere.

Easy. Yummy. Eat it.

Yes I really do it eat with all that butter spread on top. Pretend you didn’t see that.

You will need to store the loaf in the fridge during hot weather or the apple turns sour and gets a funny fermented taste. Yes, we discovered this fact.

Hope you like it!

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