Ben and Holly’s Little Kingdom birthday party

Miss Bee was finally well enough … so we thought. She woke with another running nose and whinged all day. “It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to”. But at least she enjoyed helping make her special party treats. We also had popcorn, fruit, cheese and crackers. Castle Cake Gaston Cupcakes Fairy wands

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Pear-fect Pikelets

Add fruit to your common pikelet with thin slices of pear or apple.

Put the pikelets in the pan. Once it’s nearly ready to be flipped (ie some bubbles are appearing)  place thinly sliced pear or apple into the uncooked surface then flip. 

Extra yummy with a dash of cinnamon. A lashing of caramel sauce might be nice too.

Banana slices can work but will stick in all but the most non stick pan. 

Uneaten cereal muffins

But crunchy outside but fluffy inside. 

I just couldn’t stand throwing it away.  She didn’t eat it. So I’m trying my luck with reinventing breakfast into a muffin.  Muffins will also be frozen as snacks. 

1 1/2 cups SR flour 

1/3 cup sugar

1/3 cup oil

1 egg

Big handful of sultanas

Milk and cereal (this was cheerios and nutrigrain) 

Add extra milk to dropping consistency

Yep,  still in her PJs wearing a fairy costume cooking. 

Quote of the day “you’re a really good helper mummy”.

While I put the muffins in the oven she cracked an egg into a bowl…  There’s no stopping her. I’ve finally wrangled her into clothing.  #winning at mothering

Today’s mission mulligatawny soup with Parmesan twists

It’s 10.26pm. I finally get to eat it,  it is yummy and worth the wait and effort.

I can’t find a recipe that seems to be what I remember so I’m making my own. Desperate times call for desperate measures. I haven’t grocery shopped add Miss Bee has the flu. I’m currently running on 2 hrs sleep plus some naps until morning while I held her.

For those uninitiated it’s a chicken,  vegetable,  curry and rice soup. In other words a meal in a pot. 

Stay tuned! 

Here are the Parmesan twists. 

*Put the oven on 200 degrees. 

I put around 2 cups of flour into Xena (that’s the name of my kitchen aid mixer).  Added mixed herbs,  salt to taste, Penang cheese and a dash if paprika to taste.  

Mix adding one egg yolk then water until a stiff dough comes together. 

Roll flat.  Cut into strips,  twist. Bake around 10 minutes until golden and crispy. 
Now for the soup…  Stay tuned I need more coffee first. 

The soup

1 small onion 

1 stick of celery  (or lots of last bit ends) 

1 carrot

1/2 red capsicum 

2 shallots (sweeter milder flavour than 2 onions,  but if you didn’t have any 1 large onion would work) 

1 crispy Granny Smith apple (or one Pink Lady apple with a toddler bite or out of it slightly shriveled looking) 

Dice finely. 

Start sauteing in a large pot.  

Add 2 teaspoons of curry powder, 1 tablespoon of vegetable stock, 4 cups water, 500g chicken mince. (sliced chicken breast or thigh works too), 1/3 cup basmati rice.  It isn’t risotto so don’t be tempted to add more unless you double everything else. 

I made mine milder due to a toddler but add more curry to taste.  Be aware though it seems to get spicier as it cooks. 

Simmer at least 45 minutes,  if you have time simmer lower for 2 hrs. 

Keep an eye on it and stir to prevent it catching on the bottom.  Add more water if it’s drying out.
I’m currently dying of exhaustion. I’m praying Miss Bee has a nap so I can too. 

Desperation revelation recipe… Cheesy salad dressing that’s healthier than mayo… True! 

Ok,  it was shopping day…  Do I need to elaborate?

All I had was mayo for my coleslaw but I don’t like using just mayo.  

I looked at the half opened low fat cottage cheese.  

Yep…  I heaped some cottage cheese and mayo into a jug and blended it with the blender stick. Results were a creamy cheesy mayo. But with lower fat.

I think you could mix it with Greek yogurt instead of mayo but it would be thinner.