To brighten things up a little we decided to print on some of our plain napkins. A bit like our Inside Outside Fruit prints!
We've had these fabric paints for years and they are worth the initial investment. It's not that they are terribly expensive but if you want them in lots of colours it adds up. With our Inside Outside Fruit we used paint stamps because it's important to get an even(ish) thin layer of paint on the fruit. This time Otis did lots of simple sploshing but Caspar used the roller to get even coverage.
When the prints were dry I set them with heat on the reverse side. The colours changed slighly, they are not so bright anymore but still very pretty.
As with most parents, I spend a lot of time in the kitchen. I would not call myself a good cook but I'm finally getting the courage to experiment. I've made banana bread everyday this week and everyday I've included something different, something extra to keep it interesting. I also try to keep my baking nut free, just in case there is any left over for Caspar's lunchbox. This is the basic recipe I used today.
Dry mix: 1 cup white spelt flour, 1 cup wholemeal spelt flour, half a cup rapadura sugar, 1 teaspoon natural/pure baking soda, approx 1 teaspoon of cinnamon, approx handful of crushed pepitas and approx handful of pitted dates cut into small pieces.
Wet mix: 2 large bananas mashed, 2 eggs and 60 grams butter melted (and cooled).
Method: Use a whisk to thoughly combine dry ingredients. Mix wet ingredients. Combine wet and dry mixtures and pour into a lined bread tin. Bake for approx 30 minutes at 180 degrees or until cooked and nice and brown on top.
Another variation that I really like is to add desiccated coconut to banana bread. Today I also made the Banana, Oat and Dried Fruit Lunchbox Slice from Wholefood for Children. This slice freezes nicely so it's a perfect back up for the lunchbox when I haven't had time to bake.
P.S I have a new lens for my camera, I think you can see the difference. These shots and the ladybug layering puzzle photos are all taken with the new lens, it lets a little more light in and is definitely sharper. Thank you to my father-in-law for the photography advice.
Ok, you know it's not snowing here. But true to European tradition snow reminds us of Christmas.
Today while being rushed by last minute packing, wrapping and craziness, Otis and I made some Christmas Snow Cakes.
The recipe was sent to me by Renata;
- grated/shredded coconut
- 2 egg whites
Whip the egg whites to snow then lightly pour in the sugar and grated coconut. Make the cakes in a small paper basket and bake for 10 minutes at 180 degrees Celsius.
Knowing my children hadn't eaten fresh coconut before I chose to grate it myself, but this recipe would be very quick if you used the pre-grated/shredded coconut.
Here they are whipped and ready to go into the oven.
And out of the oven. Beautiful and meringue-like with the added flavour and texture of coconut.
Caspar was 'too busy' to cook today but this would be fun to cook with your child. Renata's daughter would make this at two and a half years. She would just whip the snow and her daughter would do the rest. You can see Renata's daughter all the way from Prague pouring the cakes below.
Thank you for the recipe and idea Renata, these were a quick, easy and tasty treat perfect for the season!
Today was the first day of our summer school holidays. It was nice to have both children at home with me. It was nice to have Caspar cook lunch.
If I were to write another kids cook book it would definitely include Fried Rice. It's easy for kids to cook. Caspar has it very easy, most of the time I prepare the ingredients while he gets started.
Eggs (cooking above), Rice, Capsicum, Corn, Peas (including some from our garden), Carrots and a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. For the children we prefer Worcestershire Sauce to Soy, we only use a little and the taste is mild.
Caspar observes. He's listening.
The kids rush to take their rice outside. It's the best place to eat!
Caspar started cooking with the electric pan when he was four years old, I wrote about it at the time - Kids Cooking with Heat.
I'm constantly looking for meal and snack ideas for my children. Food they will both eat.
Nicole at Planning with Kids always has plenty of ideas for quintessential Australian meals. To be honest I rarely use a recipe. I'm really looking for recipe ideas, flavour combinations, especially ideas using ingredients I have on hand or left-overs.
Mini fritattas are great as the only things that are essential are eggs and milk. Then I look for what else I have in the refrigerator. Salmon and spinach? Chicken and corn? Today it was roast vegetables.
I cut the vegetables into small pieces and put them in the little dishes with some feta cheese, add my mixture of 3 beaten eggs around 1/4 cup of milk, sprinkle cheddar cheese and my herb of choice on top and bake on medium heat for around 20 minutes.
Today as an after school snack. It's a winner here.