25 November, 2010

Pizza Base Family Fun

What to have for dinner?

I bought some beautiful Biodynamic stoneground
wholemeal bread mix recently.
It had no recipe on the pack,
so I quickly found one in here (I'm quite the Jamie fan):
 Jamie Oliver - The Naked Chef

My boys always want to participate when I cook.
I'm generally pretty organised so they normally can help in some way.
When I suggested pizza and asked if they'd like to help make the dough,
it was a resounding yes!
We like hands on food☺

So simple to keep the kids occupied and 'helping'

Topped with tomato & cream sauce, fresh oregano, mushrooms,
pineapple, spinach, onion and cheese.

Yes, Delectable, Creative, Natural & Nourishing!

15 November, 2010

Coconut Shell Bird Feeder

My animal loving Mr Turtle got it into his head, he wanted to make a bird feeder.
I had all sorts of ideas for weeks about using recycled materials.
But the fact of the matter was, I basically didn't want to hang plastic in my garden!

As it rains so much here, I had to think of another plan.

Inspiration came, when yet again,
I was flicking through a favourite book ~

Once a coconut has been chosen, tools must be collected and milk drained
by poking a couple of the holes out & tipping over a glass.
This milk is delicious and good for you.
We drink it fresh ☺

The hacksawing took a while, I admit. I used my rounded hollow herb board
(from mezzaluna set) for stability,
over a damp cloth to reduce slipping.
I like my fingers.
I estimated and cut out a quarter of the coconut shell.
I kept in mind where the holes were and to keep them, to use to hang it later.
While I was taking this photo, Mr Pipkin snaffled the spare piece.

All of the flesh needs to be removed and only the shell to remain.
Darn! So we had to eat it.

I twisted wire securely through the holes.
Makes a loop to hang on a branch, at the top end.

We bought a sunflower seed free, wild bird seed.
Although beautiful and practical in a garden,
not ideal to be spreading seeds throughout the native bushland.
My man helped to hang it. He's much taller than myself.

Ready to go.
Now we'll watch and wait.
Yes, Mr Turtle was rather pleased.


13 November, 2010

Winging it with Cashew Halva

No pistachios in the mix, but thought they looked pretty!
Definitely no complaints on the garnish around here.

So, I 'slightly over-baked' some cashews I was dry roasting.
Not wonderful to snack on solo...so considered other uses...
Mmmm, let's try Halva!

Soaking seemed essential.

Then after draining, we put them into the processor (about 2 cups)
and added about 1/2 cup of honey and 1tspn of vanilla.
Blended them up and then ~
Very easy to spread into my lined dish. But perhaps a little wet?
Ok, straight into the fridge!
A few hours later, yes still a little soft, but ever so scrummy.
Happily it was a perfectly temperate afternoon to enjoy Buddha's Tears tea
(in my special tea cup reserved solely for this tipple)
& a yummy sweet snack.


07 November, 2010

Kid-Friendly Jam Biscuits

Really simple and quick to make and terribly tasty!

From this amazingly informative and healthy cookbook by
Nicola Galloway:
Cooking for your child

When the dough looks like this.
The whole family can spoon it out onto awaiting lined trays quite simply.

For best results through even cooking,
they should all be roughly the same size.

Possibly the "funnest" part - my children tell me!

Never too much jam!
Important, or else it bubbles over in the oven and burns.
You're also left with a sadly, jamless, biccie ~ & that's never good.

The proof is in the tasting

I believe Little Pipkin's thinking
"I'd better just grab a second one"

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