an effort to make the school lunches interesting
Last week my 5 year old announced that she was vegetarian … after some discussion it was agreed that she was in fact pescatarian.
I breathed an internal sigh of relief as dinner options were still coming to mind easily with seafood involved. I am not adverse to vegetarian meals and try to incorporate them (in love with the Plenty and Plenty More more cookbooks)
She was not tempted by sausage rolls (best in Melbourne) on day 4 … and has only amended once to say that she was a pescatarian that ate sausages once, then reverted to plain pescatarian.
I have discovered a great new food blog full of great low sugar recipes for kids … Named www.sugarfreekids.com.au … Pretty straightforward title 😉
I am planning on trying out the marshmallows this weekend … Rather excited.
On the lookout for a way to use up some soft oranges I was trawling through sugar free recipes for orange and almond cakes and stumbled across I Quit Sugar’s Carrot cupcakes .
I abandoned my orange cake search purely as the carrot cakes had the word ‘frosting’ in the title.
I used organic flour rather than the gluten free one in the recipe… Mainly as I only had the one option in the pantry … Other than coconut flour which reacts rather differently to the average flour options.
Anywhooo … The mix was very wet but baked rather well, they are solid but not hard … Next time I would mix it less and try a different flour.
They are not very sweet at all, I used less than the recommended amount of the Rice Malt Syrup but there is enough there to make these a little treat after dinner.
One to have in the repertoire …
I was advised that I HAD TO GO HERE … HAD TO
So I went … I am not too sure what I can say … it is a total experience. The menu is MASSIVE and filtered by categories such as ‘Garlic Vs Honey’ and ‘From the Stockyard’.
I have read the reviews on Urban Spoon and Tripadvisor (with Tripadvisor being rather more positive than Urban Spoon, maybe most people on TripAdvisor are tourists and in great holiday moods?).
But next time I am near I will likely go again, yep .. It could be my guilty, guilty pleasure.
Oh yes … The pressure cooker is back!
We have had one for a while, sitting in it’s box waiting for the love it deserves.
And today was finally the day.
At the local Farmers Market there was a stall selling goat meat, including $5 packs of belly. A light went off in my head and we bought some to try in the pressure cooker.
And OMG… Very awesome results.
The only challenge I had was not being too nervous of the pot blowing up! Oh, and adapting the recipe to suit my other halls allergies … No deadly. Night shades, chilli, dairy or any food fun it sometimes feels like!
Anyway, I found a recipe that seemed easy enough to alter here;
The only changes I made was … Reduced the oil, no tomato or chilli and adding sweet potato and chick peas.
I put the lid on with some small prayer and waited. Well, the result was amazing. The meat was fall off the bone and the taste full and rich, all in about 30 minutes!
I will now take to this new gadget with zeal and a variety of recipes!
Oh and it turned out too be about 270 calories a serve …nice one.
I should mention up front that this endevour has not been inspired by the recent Daily Diary of Pete Evans, which caused a massive Twitter Storm … Activated Almonds has already been suggested to me by my lovely Naturopath Lindy Cook (who also runs the awesome business My Green Lunchbox creating zero rubbish lunch boxes and help schools raise money).
So disclaimer aside …. I currently have a bowl of almonds soaking up the good water, seems it is super easy to do yourself. I will let you know how they turn out.
For a how-to visit this site.