Sunday, 28 July 2013
Monday, 22 July 2013
And it's a boy. I can not be more excited. Not only is the arrival of a new a baby a joy. But he could one day fall in love with my little princess and she could become the queen. There's nothing wrong with dreaming big !!
I wish the Prince and Duchess all the best, I'm sure they'll have a team of people to help, but they are new parents and will have the same worries and experience the same joys as parents the world over.
Duchess gives birth to baby boy http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-23413653
Let the joys of toddler hood begin!
The first birthday party was so much fun, she was such a little socialite, working the room (on her knees in her version of getting about - a cross between walking ad crawling). Making sure she spoke with every little guest, and of course assuming all fairy bread belonged to her.
I had so many things I wanted to do for the party, with family visiting and me starting work the following week I scaled back. There was more than enough food and plenty of sweets. If you're looking for ideas here is my list of first birthday party food:
- Vegemite and ham and cheese triangle sandwiches- Homemade sauge rolls
- Fairy bread, cut into number 1 and butterflies with a cookie cutters
- Chocolate crackles
- Of course birthday cake. 5 layers of pink, green and purple, iced hot pink with pink and purple butterflies.
- Strawberry milk in milk bottle with stripped pink straws
- Sparkling water
Wednesday, 26 June 2013
2 cups of root veg, chopped - such as potato, sweet potato and carrots
1/3 cup peas
2 sheets of puff pastry
1 small onion or equivalent volume of leek
light sprinkle of herbs - try parsley or thyme
Pre-heat oven 180° C and line a tray with baking paper.
Steam or boil root vegetables until soft
Saute onion or leek.
Mix vegetables together and lightly mash.
Cut each sheet of pastry in half.
Fork mixture along the long edge of pastry and gently roll, so the pastry fully covers the mixture with a small over lap.
Brush party with milk or egg.
Place in oven 7-10 mins until brown.
Sweet corm, parsnip, pumpkin and swede are also great fillers.
Sunday, 23 June 2013
- cook veg with a few slices of apple
- cook with unsalted chicken stock
- stir-fri veg with ginger, leek, apple
- cook broccoli and pear in the same pan
Persevere, persevere and persevere! What they don't eat one day they will love the next.
- Water bottle
- few grains of rice
- super glue
- beads from an old necklace
- coloured rice (use food die)
1. Add your decorative items, mixing 2-3 colours and textures.
2. The rice will stop condensation and mold forming once the bottle is sealed.
3. Super Glue the lid on, allow a good 10 mins to be sure it's dry.
Friday, 17 May 2013
The problem with quinoa bites is they are so yummy they don't last long. Quinoa is such a versatile grain, it goes with most vegetables. This evening I used zucchini and parmesan, as suggested by Little Grazers. Pumpkin, sweet potato, mushrooms are equally tasty.
200g uncooked quinoa (or 250g cooked)
60g grated parmesan
1 grated zucchini
Filtered water or unsalted stock
Cook 1 part quinoa to 2 parts liquid. Approx 3 mins, until moisture has been absorbed.
Mix quinoa, grated parmesan, grated zucchini and egg.
Place in mini muffin trays and bake. 10mins at 160 fan. (My oven tends to run hot, 180 for 5-7 mins may work better if your oven is better behaved than mine).
They should by lightly golden on top. Leave to cool in tray.