Friday, June 15, 2012

Toddler tastes book club

One of my favourite things to do (on those rare occasions when I’m kid free) is to wander around bookstores and libraries. Bookstores I love, especially when they have a card section and a cafĂ©. I could be lost in there for hours, that's my heaven. The library is a new thing for me. I used to bag out friends that would go, it just seemed so old school to me. BUT times have changed and books are getting so darned expensive. So to my local library I went and I was amazed by not only the huge selection of books but how update to date the selection was. When I first came home from the library with my 6 books my Hubby could not stop me from saying “ I just brought 6 books home and it cost me NOTHING”.
Yesterday I spent about an hour going through the cookbook selection.  There are so many great cookbooks out there, so I thought if I was to come across a great book I should share it with you. We could start a kind of book club going, so if you have a great book that you would like to tell us about, please do. Lets face it; we are all looking for some great inspiration.

My first book is called My grandma’s Kitchen. It’s by Louise Fulton Keats, and she just happens to be Margaret Fultons Granddaughter. So the great thing about this book is all the recipes are from Margaret Fulton (Aussie Legend) but they are aimed to please the little ones. This book has been written as though the Grandkids are telling a story with the recipes thrown in. Being a little different to normal books there are no pictures of the actual recipes, just very cute illustrations of the kids and ingredients. This book is beautiful to look at and kids would love the recipes and the story. I’m just waiting for my girls to wake up and then we are going to make some oatmeal and raisin cookies.
If you’re interested in finding more about ‘My Grandma’s kitchen’ by Lousie Fulton Keats click here

So, if you have any books that you use on a regular basis when cooking for your family, please let me know. I can look into it, see if my library has it and then I can share it with everyone else. You can email me or contact me on facebook

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Holy moly it's an avocado cake


Here’s a cake that I’ve wanted to try for a while, it’s an avocado cake. It sounds strange doesn’t it? That’s why I was so keen to give it a try. I saw this recipe on one of my favourite blogs called Babymac.  I had some time this afternoon and thought it was time to give it a burl.  

It certainly is different; I’m in love with the bright green colour that becomes visible once you cut into the loaf. The taste is different to what you might expect. It’s more savoury than sweet. The recommendation with this cake it to serve it with some cream cheese. Yummo. I gave a slice to the girls just as is, there were mixed reactions; my youngest loved it and my eldest not so much. Still I recommend you give it a go. It’s nice to branch away from sweet cakes every now and then.  

You will find the recipe and other great family meals here at Babymac.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Time to party with Oreo pops


We had Miss F’s 3rd birthday party yesterday, our first attempt last week was cancelled due to both girls having gastro. Luckily most people could still join us for our second attempt and a great time was had by all. I asked everyone on our facebook page what party foods were a hit in their homes and I was overwhelmed with a great response. There were some brilliant ideas, some that I have never heard of or seen. Here’s one I went with and I have to say that it was more popular than the birthday cake (sob). So here I introduce you to Oreo pops, these are much easier to make than cake pops but still have the novelty of being on a stick (all the rage at the moment!). Here’s how you make them.

INGREDIENTS: 

One package of Double Stuff Oreos 
1 packet of white chocolate melts 
24 Lollipop sticks   
1 pack of hundreds and thousands (or anything similar)

METHOD:
1. Carefully twist apart all of the Oreo cookies.
2. Using one of the pop sticks, make an indentation in the white filling of each cookie.
3. Melt the Candy Melts in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring until completely melted and smooth (do not overcook the chocolate).
4. Dip the end of one stick into the melted white chocolate, drizzle a little in the center of the white cookie filling and then gently press it into the indentation made.
5. Place the top of the cookie back on and allow white chocolate to harden (5 minutes or so), cementing the cookie back together with a stick inside.
6. Pour hundred and thousands onto a plate
7. Dip each pop into the hot white chocolate and cover the entire biscuit, let the additional chocolate pour off. Then carefully dip the biscuit onto the place of sprinkles, coating each side. Place the pop down onto a sheet of baking paper. Allow to cool and set.
8. Enjoy. 


I've adapted this recipe from Easy baked

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Toad in the hole - Party food


It’s party time, finally! Our little Miss F turned 3 this week. I do not tell a lie when I say that she has been counting down till her birthday party since before Christmas, poor Santa didn’t really get a look in. Every morning she asks the same question – “is it my birthday today Mummy?” Six months later the big day finally arrived! We had planned a little party for the Sunday afternoon, prep had been done and we were ready to go. Sadly the night before Miss F started being sick. It was non stop so there was no way that we could go ahead with the party and we had to postpone. Miss F took it well, she was too sick to care.

So here I am, prep day number 2. We are all healthy and the weather is looking good, so fingers crossed. Here’s a dish that I’m planning on serving at the party – little mini toad in the holes. These are so cute, perfect for a party. I think these are great for both kids and adults. You could prepare these beforehand and then whack them into the oven just before serving.

I’m off to start prepping (again). What’s your favourite party food to serve?

Preparation time
10 minutes

Cooking time
30-35 minutes
 
Ingredients 
140g wholemeal plain flour 
2 Eggs 
350ml milk 
3 tbs rice brain oil 
12 Chipolatas 
1/3 cup Tasty Cheese

Method
1. Preheat the oven to 240°C. Using an electric whisk, beat the flour and eggs together in a large bowl, then gradually add the milk to form a batter.
2. Oil a 12-hole muffin tin. Add a teaspoon of the oil to every hole and curve 1 chipolata into each hole. Bake for 15 minutes then remove from the oven and pour the batter into the muffin tin. Sprinkle cheese onto each of the chipolatas.
3. Lower the oven temperature to 220°C, and cook for a further 15-20 minutes, or until golden and crispy. Serves 2 adults and 2 toddlers

You can find this recipe and more from Toddler tastes on the new Woolworths baby and toddler website