Saturday, 19 April 2014

Banana, honey and oat biscuits

This "recipe" is so simple that Seb made it with minimal help from me, don't let that fool you though, these chewy cookie type biscuits are lovely and we had to make another batch as the first went so quickly.
1 ripe banana
1 cup of oats
2 tsp honey

Preheat your oven to 180° and cover a baking tray with parchment.  Chop and mash the banana in a bowl and then stir in the oats and honey. Mix well then pop the mix onto the baking tray in small slightly flattened balls(I made 8). Cook for 15 minutes or until golden. 
You can change the honey for chocolate chips, peanut butter or maybe nutella. If you feel super virtuous you can just use the banana and oats :)

This weeks meal plan

We did well last week eating all the planned meals, the chilli went down well with all plates being scraped clean plus it made the house smell amazing.

This week we're eating 

Quiche and wedges with salad
Roast Pork
Steak, wedges and onion rings
Tomato pasta bake
Salmon with new potatoes and veg
Car Brie Nara
Pizza and garlic bread

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Coconut Playdough

I had some dessicated cocoat that needed using up but I didn't fancy cooking with it so I thought I'd try adding it into some playdough for the boys. The result was some lovely scented playdough, a fun multi sensory experience. 
 To make the dough I mixed 2 cups of plain flour, 3/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut, 1 tbsp oil, blue gel colouring and then I gradually added a cup of hot water until I got a good dough. I kneaded it for several minutes adding in a little more dessicated coconut and then left to cool before playing. 

 Seb chose some cutters and I added some buttons and lolly sticks and a rolling pin of course! 
Seb likes using buttons with playdough, he uses them to make patterns and decorate cut out shapes
 Alex likes prodding the dough and pulling it apart. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Parmesan Chicken

I made this Parmesan Chicken a couple of weeks ago now and it went down well with the whole family, definitely something I'll be making again. 

Skinless and boneless chicken breasts(I used 3 for us)
1tbsp oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
1tsp dried mixed herbs

Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl combine the oil and garlic, in a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs. Dip each chicken breast into the oil mix until coated and then into the breadcrumb mix. Arrange into a baking dish and sprinkle any leftover breadcrumb mix over the top. Bake for 30 minutes until cooked through. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Our Easter tree

 I decided this year that I wanted an Easter tree, I was originally going to make one but I saw this one on John Lewis and decided I would be lazy and buy one instead. I like it as I can easily store it way and it can be used at Christmas time or any time really. 
I had a few glittery egg decorations from last Easter but wanted it to be a little more personal so we made some salt dough decorations. 
Ssalt dough is so easy, just 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and half a cup of water(added gradually until you get a good dough). 
Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out your shapes. At this point remember to make a hole in the decoration if you will be hanging them, I use a straw to poke a hole through, 

To dry them out I baked mine in the oven on the lowest setting all afternoon, turning them after a couple of hours. They were rock hard after a couple of hours. You can leave them to air dry but it will take quite a while(placing them on a radiator will speed this up). 

Once dried, it's time to decorate, we used kids poster paint, glitter, buttons and some lace trim I had in the craft cupboard and then you're done!

I have displayed it in our hallway on some 'grass'  along with some chicks and rabbits. I think I might try adding a little string of solar fairy lights too. 
Do you have an Easter tree?