Thursday, January 31, 2013

Banana Coconut Scones

Scones. There is something about scones that I find calming and soothing.

Maybe it's cause I enjoyed my first scones with my mother, we went to a cafe in the city, I don't remember which one, but ill never forget it. I think it was in Centrepoint Tower a cafe over looking the beautiful city of Sydney. I will always remember having a Devonshire tea with mum when I was about 10 maybe? I felt like such a lady. Ladies had tea and scones with jam and cream. It was such an elegant and delicate way to enjoy an afternoon tea.

The scones actually were not very good. They seemed heated in the microwave, not super fresh, served with a super sweet jam in a dish, and what seemed like cream from a can! That's not the point. It was the whole act of being so grown up and sitting with mum, watching all the people hustling around the town, always in a rush!

I would love to say people were so well dressed, it was the 80's everything was done in excess. There were major shoulder pads and hideous printed tent dresses and terrible suits in terrible colours, far too much green! But to me at the time, they were so beautiful and fashionable. I couldn't wait to be one of them!

I love my always colourful Sydney. I can still smell the food, coffee, cigarettes, and expensive perfume mixed with hairspray.

Ingredients

2 cups wholemeal flour
1 cup plain flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 small very ripe bananas
200 ml coconut cream
1 tablespoon vanilla sugar, I didn't add any, I found the banana sweet enough
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method.
Preheat oven to 210C fan forced.

Put all the ingredients into a food processor. Mix until it just comes together. Add more flour or milk if needed. It'll depend on the bananas.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured bench. Very quickly and lightly, knead until the dough comes together and you can shape into scones, should only take a minute or two.

Roll into balls and place them on a lined tray.
I rolled mine into 8 pieces. If you want smaller ones roll into 12 or even 16 for bite size. I like them to be a good handful, as I'm always sharing my food with a toddler anyway :P

Brush the tops with a little milk.
Bake them in a very hot oven for about 15-18 minutes. I baked mine for 18 I like the darker colour and crunch.








Friday, January 18, 2013

How Do You Stop Others From Feeding Your Kid?



How to stop others from feeding your kid?....If only I knew cause this is absolute pet HATE!

Maybe if I had a kid that didn't eat, I wouldn't mind so much. But my little G eats, and when I say she eats, she eats very well. She loves her food, always asking for "more!" To the point that some people have dubbed her Oliver, cause all she says is "more, more MORE!" She would eat till she explodes! She really doesn't stop eating unless there is a far more exciting option. Balloons, other children etc.

I go out of my way to prepare, balanced and healthy meals for her. I love doing this for my whole family. I really do. It's something I get a kick out of. I love seeing G's face light up trying something new. Eating freshly made tofu and sushi or falafel and hummus, all sorts of foods and cultures. She has very rarely said no to anything except meat. She likes meat, but not a lot of it. Yes we eat a lot of vegetarian foods, which she prefers and enjoys more.

This is why I suppose it gets to me that people, family, friends and even strangers, try to give her junk food rubbish. Don't get me wrong, I want my daughter to experience all sorts of foods, even chocolate. But I would like to be the one to give her this, I can control how much she is given. Or at least PLEASE ask me if she can eat it! My biggest disappointment are friends and family. They should support me in my choice's. Choosing to feed my child so healthy most of the time is MY CHOICE. I don't need negative comments, or weird looks because I ask people not to give her this stuff. They look at her, like oh you poor thing, your mother is sooooo controlling, but this is not the case. She has most likely just enjoyed a freshly baked pear and raspberry bread at home, or a fruit and spinach smoothie, or  a softly boiled egg with soldiers, or freshly cut fruit salad with yoghurt and muesli. My kid eats really well.

They funny thing is I think I'm looking after my child by making sure she doesn't eat much junk. I've seen kids have packet chips for breakfast for God's sake! This makes me so upset and angry!!! At least give them a yoghurt if you need packet convenience. Or something similar. I realise I'm criticizing these people, the exact thing I hate people doing to me, but I feel like I need to stand up for all the mums that bother to do these things for their children. We are being made out to be the bad guys. I'm sick of going to a children's playgroups, and the only food that I see some kids have is junk! Lollies, chips, chocolates etc, it makes me sick. I need to find a group of adults that enjoy feeding their kids well, and are happy for it, and don't look at it like it is SUCH A CHORE!

This week had been full of such battles, she has been given, without hesitation, biscuits, chocolate, lollies and extra helpings of food, mostly cause she is asking for it "more, more MORE!" People think she is cute, I know she is, but this is no excuse for a nurse in a doctors surgery to offer her a snake, true story this happened a few days ago, of all places....

I am no where near perfect, she has all sorts of food. I just like to limit it a little, if she wants to try chips, she can but just a few... Or a little tiny bit of chocolate. Or the occasional gelato, if I know what its made from etc. I hope I'm helping her to already understand the joy of food. I adore food, but I think the problem with most people is there are no limits. Even for their kids. Do what you like with YOUR child, but don't hand mine a cookie, unless either of her parents say it's ok...



What do you do? Do you simply tell them please don't feed my child? Or do you turn a blind eye and let them enjoy whatever they want? within reason or coarse.



Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Lentil & Spinach Sausage Rolls







I love nothing more than baking. Well besides my family of coarse!

I also love nothing more than having either leftovers, or food to freeze for another day, when I can't be bothered to cook.

These rolls are so tasty and very filling! My family and I think they are much more filling than any meat variety I have made. I hope you enjoy them as much as we do!

Makes 12

Ingredients

1 brown onion
1-2 garlic
2 cups dry green lentils
2-3 tomatoes, or a can of whole
2 big handfuls of baby spinach
1/2 teaspoon cumin
2 teaspoons beef style stock powder I always use a vegetarian one, Massel
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 sprigs vietnamese mint or coriander, roughly chopped
4 sprigs mint, roughly chopped
Salt and pepper
chilli, fresh or powder optional

3 flaky pastry sheets

beaten egg

Method
Cook lentils as per instructions. Puree the lentils and set them aside to cool completely.

Preheat the oven to 180C.

Place the onions & garlic in a food processor, and pulse until very fine. Fry this mixture in a little olive oil until it gets very little colour.

Pulse the tomatoes add to the onion, keep frying. Then add everything else except the lentils. Keep frying only until the spinach has wilted enough. Then throw all this into the lentils and mix very well. I put on gloves and mix with my hands.

Cut each pastry sheet into 4 squares. Fill with a tube of lentil mixture and roll upwards. Close the roll with a little brushed egg. Brush the tops with beaten egg and sprinkle with either sesame or poppy seeds. They seem small, but they`will puff up when baking.

Bake for 30-40 minutes depending on your oven. They will turn a lovely golden brown.

Delicious served with Tahini sauce.