I am always looking for lunchbox inspiration. One of my biggest lunchbox wins has been these delicious coconut muesli balls. I love them as much as the kids do! But I fell into the habit of buying muesli bars as lunchbox fillers for convenience. But I’ve been wanting to find a recipe for homemade muesli bars, with less sugar and more goodness. I don’t have an issue with store-bought snacks, occasionally, but they’re expensive and loaded with sugar. So I was delighted when I came across this tasty looking recipe for chewy muesli bars. I used this recipe from the lovely and talented, Lucy from Bake. Play. Smile, and adapted slightly. Whenever you’re making something like a slice, you can always substitute golden syrup for honey, butter for coconut oil, or use any dried fruit you have in the pantry. You don’t always need to follow the recipe to the letter. My kids aren’t big on nuts so I left these out and used more sunflower seeds and dried cranberries. I am going to write out the recipe in full here, but for more tasty treat, visit Lucy’s site.…
Last weekend I was invited to cooking workshop with award-winning chef, Karen Martini. The event was hosted by Dairy Australia and the legendairy team. It was all about inspiring people to cook with dairy, especially the many wonderful sweet and savoury dishes you can create with milk. And it was so much fun! I took Miss A along with me.
The best thing about the day was spending one on one time with Miss A. In our fast-paced lives, it is near impossible for me to find one on one time with the girls. This event provided the perfect opportunity to have a day date with my eldest girl, and enthusiastic chef! We tasted, we watched, we cooked and we ate. We ate so well. We learnt how to make the perfect béchamel sauce, buttery scones, sweet and savoury hotcakes and then we had a cook off against the other contestants!!
We had about 15 minutes to prepare and cook some of Karen’s famous ricotta hot cakes. The requirements were: follow the recipe, create a 3-tier hotcake stack, choose between sweet and savoury toppings and plate up. We told we were being judged on taste, presentation and creativity. Miss A and I decided quickly we would do a sweet dish, and we got cooking. Our first hotcake wasn’t crash hot but Karen reminded us, the first one is usually not the best. We were down to the wire with only ten seconds to go when we plated up our dish and downed tools. We had so much fun and we were pretty pleased with our creation. We didn’t win, but we had such a fun time and the consolation prize was sitting down to a fabulous feast for lunch. YUM!!!!!!!!…
I love a good banana cake. Often I make a simple banana loaf, which is pretty much perfect for any occasion. And sometimes I make banana and choc chip muffins, which are great as an afternoon snack, or for the kids’ lunch boxes. Over the long weekend we had friends coming over for afternoon tea and, along with a cheese platter, I wanted to bake a cake. I had a few bananas that were overripe which made banana cake the obvious choice. But I wanted to make it just a little bit fancier than my standard banana loaf. A friend of mine had forwarded me this recipe a while ago and I had been hankering to make this delicious honey and cinnamon buttercream icing. In this recipe she suggests making it with a carrot cake, which would be heavenly, but I thought i’d give it a go with banana cake. The result was lip-smacking amazing. Seriously, you need to make this icing. It is absolutely delicious and paired with the banana cake, the result is divine. I will write out the full recipe here for convenience but you can easily use your ‘go-to’ banana or carrot cake recipe and it’ll be perfect….
It was my daughter’s 4th birthday last month and the birthday girl always gets to choose the cake. I’ve never made a superhero cake, but I’ve done many fairy cakes, a Castle Cake, a Ladybird cake, Under the Sea Cake, Number Four Cake, Confetti Cake, Garden theme cake, and plenty more. This time, I breathed a sigh of relief when Miss H requested the Kit Kat Cake. If you’re contemplating your child’s next birthday cake and want something that’s easy, quick and has plenty of “wow factor”, this cake is the answer. In a few easy steps I’ll show you how to make a Kit Kat cake. No special baking skills are required to create this colourful, fun, eye-catching cake that will impress adults and kids alike!
You can make the Kit Kat Cake using your favourite chocolate cake recipe. Any cake will do. Just use your “go-to” cake and bake it in two tins. The best thing about this cake is it will hide any imperfections. The whole cake will be iced in chocolate buttercream and then covered with candy. You can even make things easier on yourself by baking the cake ahead of time, cover with plastic wrap then put in the freezer….
My latest Try Something new Tuesday recipe is this delicious dish – Hokkien Noodles with prawns, tofu, coriander and lime. For my kids friendly version I leave out the chilli and coriander. They’re not fans of heat or green herbs, but I am working on them!
You can whip this up in under 20 mins….