Sunday, 30 October 2016

Diwali Treats - Besan Recipe - a sweet nutty indian fudge





Besan Ladoo in Kenya


Happy Diwali to all those who are celebrating this year, it is a wonderful time of year and aside from the religious part it marks the start of the festive times and cold winter evenings. 
The below recipe has been very kindly been given to me by one of my aunties who made the delicious besan ladoo pictured above, you can also make this into bite size piece by cutting from a tray as below. It is the perfect time of year to hibernate, add on the calories and share sweets with friends and family so please enjoy making these delicious nutty fudge tasting treats. 

Tray of freshly cooked Besan


BESAN 


2 bowls heaped -------gram flour 
2 bowls level -----------------sugar (white)
1 bowl--------------------------water (to make syrup)
½ tea spoon -------------------yellow food colouring (optional)
250gms -------------------------butter
Extra ghee if necessary
½ Cup ---------------------------Milk Powder
¼ bowl --------------------------Almonds (finely grated/chopped)
¼ bowl --------------------------Pistachio nuts (finely grated/chopped)
1 bowl ---------------------------lightly toasted sesame seeds (optional)
2 tb sps --------------------------dessicated coconut (optional)




  • Grease a shallow thali or baking tray with ghee and leave aside
  • Chop all the nuts very finely
  • Make syrup with the sugar and water between 1 – 1 ½   strings and leave aside 
  • Add butter to a wide karahi and melt gently.
  • Add besan and cook on low heat (add extra ghee if too dry) until cooked (the besan should have become slightly brown and should smell cooked) 
  • Add colour to the syrup and a few laichi seeds.
  • Once the besan has cooked turn off the heat and mix in the milk powder, allow to cool slightly.
  • Then add the sugar syrup to besan and mix thoroughly well.
  • Pour into a greased thali and level off.
  • Sprinkle the chopped nuts/seeds on the besan and press very lightly so that the nuts stick to the besan well.
  • Allow to set and cool. 
  • Cut into small pieces.
  • If making into ladoo after the mixture has cooled roll into balls and coat in the toasted sesame seeds







Mini Ladoos made by Mum for my baby shower



Gulab Jamuns - deep fried milk doughnuts soaked in sugar syrup 

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Brilliant Burgers - Turkey and Veg Burgers

Turkey, Courgette, Sweetcorn and Peppers Burgers



These are delicious turkey burgers packed full of veggies, kid - friendly and perfect to make ahead and keep in the freezer for a mid week meal. 

Bubs is now a fully talking toddler so to quote him on one of his new words - he thinks these are brilliant. I am always on the search for fast food that is both tasty, healthy and quick to make and these sure fit the brief. 

They taste and cook best if made ahead of time and kept in the fridge until you are ready to cook them, I also froze a bunch by making the mixture, cooling it down in the fridge and then freezing the burgers with some greaseproof between them to ensure they do not stick, simply defrost when needed and cook away. 

Ingredients 

2 Garlic Cloves - finely chopped
2 Spring Onions - finely chopped
1/2 Courgette - finely grated
1/2 Red Pepper - finely chopped
5 Babycorn - finely sliced or 1/2 cup of sweetcorn kernels
500g Minced Turkey Breast
1 Tbsp. Paprika
1 Tbsp. Garlic Salt
1 tsp Ground Cumin
Black Pepper 
1 Tbsp. Mixed Dried Herbs
1/2 Cup of Panko Breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp. Oil (any to shallow fry the burgers)
*Salt and 1 finely diced red chilli if making for non-Bubs

Method

1. In a large bowl combine the garlic, spring onions, courgette, red pepper, sweetcorn, turkey, paprika, garlic salt, cumin, black pepper, herbs and breadcrumbs
2.Using either your hands or a ring shape into burger shapes
3.Refrigerate for around 3 hours
4.Heat oil in a frying pan and shallow fry for around 5-6 minutes each side until cooked through
5.Serve either in a bun or as a healthier open burger 

We had ours for a light lunch on brioche bread with avocados and crispy parma ham on top, delicious. 


Friday, 14 October 2016

Toddler Baking Ideas - Traditional Cupcakes and Rocky Road Bars



With the weather getting colder and autumn setting in its the perfect excuse to start doing more indoor activities with your little ones and bake some cakes. Or even if you do not have kids as a perfect excuse you can still blame the cold weather as a reason to enjoy a homemade cake and a cup of tea.

Over the last weekend me and Bubs decided to do some baking together. The first time I attempted this was last Easter when he was around 18 months along with two of his cousins, I thought making chocolate crispy nest would be a good idea but turns out melted chocolate, Shreddies and 3 very excited little boys do not go so well together.... go figure.

Fast forward 7 months though and he is much more ready to embrace the wonderful world of cooking, one of his favourite birthday presents was a role play kitchen so he has spent a lot of time cooking for us in his own kitchen and it was time to let him loose in mine.

I decided to start with the basic - a classic cupcakes with icing and sprinkle and a rocky road which although does not require an oven still takes a certain level of skill to get right.
The cupcakes were really easy I used the all in one method and Bubs had lots of fun decorating them and eating them. The rocky road was mainly all his own work, including crushing the biscuits and mixing all the dry ingredients together, so overall I think these two are great recipes to do with your little ones and get them excited about cooking from a young age.


These recipes can be used as building blocks, feel free to add your own flavours and toppings and it would be great to see all the creations you guys make too :)


Vanilla Cupcakes - inspiration from Jamie Olivers Food Tube 'The Cake Book'

Makes 24
Set Fan Oven to 170 fan/375 F/Gas Mark 5

Equipment - Stand Mixed/Electric Whisk, Electric Scales, Hand Whisk and Mixing Bowl.

Ingredients
250g Self-Raising Flour
250g Caster Sugar
1/4 tsp  Bicarbonate of Soda
250g Stork
4 Eggs
1 tsp Vanilla extract
3 Tbsp. Whole Milk
150g Icing Sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. Whole Milk
Hundreds and Thousands/Sprinkles/Milk Chocolate Buttons etc

Method
1.Preheat the oven
2.Place cupcake cases in 2 12 hole muffin tins, Bubs brought special dinosaur ones the day before from Tescos
3.I use a stand mixed and just place the mixing bowl directly onto the scales to weigh the individual ingredients out before placing into the machine to save on washing up but you can measure them out individual if you prefer.
Sift in the flour, caster sugar, bicarb into the bowl
4.All in the Stork and Eggs
5.Blend on a medium speed for 1 minute
6. Add in the vanilla extract and milk
7.Blend for another 1 minute
8.Fill the individual cases using an ice cream scoop
9.Bake for 18-20 minutes
10.Cool on wire rack once cooked
11.Blend Icing sugar and milk and use to spread over cupcakes before topping with decorations of your choice.





Triple Chocolate Rocky Road Bars
Makes around 20-30 depending on size you cut them out

Equipment - 20cmx20cm baking tray, mixing bowl and rolling pin

Ingredients
300g Digestive Biscuits
1 Cup of Flaked Almonds
1 Cup of Mini - Marshmallows
1/2 Cup of Raisins
100g Milk Chocolate broken up
75g Dark Chocolate broken up
120g unsalted Butter
2 Tbsp. of Golden Syrup
1 tsp of Vanilla Extract
20g of Caster Sugar
20g of Cocoa Powder
50g of White Chocolate

Method
1.In a large mixing bowl crush up the digestive biscuits using a rolling pin
2.Add in the almonds, marshmallows and raisins
3.On a low heat melt together the milk chocolate, dark chocolate, butter, golden syrup, vanilla extract, caster sugar and cocoa powder
4.Pour the melted glossy chocolate over all the dry ingredients and mix well
5.Place into a baking tray and press it down before refrigerating either overnight or a for at least 3-4 hours
6.Once set melt some white chocolate and sprinkle over the top before cutting into bars


7.Remove from tray and enjoy - unfortunately forgot to get a picture of this stage as I was too busy eating them











Sunday, 2 October 2016

Bottles, Beakers and Babies No More



This is a post all about moving your little ones on from the bottle to a beaker or a cup, especially for that evening milk feed that so many of them rely on to get ready for a wonderful night of sleep.
I have done a little review on the different types of beakers I have tried and those that have worked best for us. Also please make sure you read to the end in order to enter our first ever giveaway!

I have been doing a lot of research i.e ordering lots of beakers on amazon and testing them out on Bubs over the last few months as he was due to turn 2 and we ideally wanted him to stop the bottle by then.

He did not take a bottle until very late - around 9-10 months old so I though it would not be that difficult to get rid of it especially since he has always had his water from a beaker and his daytime milk since he was a year old in a beaker too. The evening bottle though was not the easiest to get rid of and partially I think because of the alternatives available. Ideally I would want him to drink his milk from a cup but this would involve a change in his bedtime routine and coming back downstairs to drink it.

My main criteria for a beaker is for it to not leak, be easy enough to drink from and easy to take apart and wash.
One of his first ever beakers he used at 4/5 months is the Tommee Tippee beaker, this has been great not only for water but also milk.

It is also the beaker used at his nursery so he was very used to it but I found when it came to bedtime due to its open flow mechanism and Bubs still having his feed in his bed milk often ended up spilling on his face or him. This led to my search for the perfect evening beaker to meet our needs and several Amazon orders later I found the perfect one from Munchkin.



This post is not sponsored in anyway I just wanted to share my views on this and how useful we have found this particular beaker.

  • The Munchkin Tip n Sip Straw


Firstly it is non drip, you can easyily know its is correctly closed as it clicks into place and also it is simple to open up and clean. Some beakers I find need super human strength just to get the lid of. There is a soft flexible straw but the really genius part is the straw is attached to a weight meaning whichever angle your little one drinks from they will always get milk unlike other types I have tried that use a straw and the handles mean they find it easy to hold independently. It also means they are able to finish every last drop in their beaker. I have found this has made the transition from the bottle a lot easier, it comes in 4 different colours. I loved it so much I've order lots of them to give friends and family with little ones too.


Some of the other beakers we tried included:


  • Anyway Cow Beaker 



Pros - Non spil due to the rubber effect on the outside of the beaker, cool design, easy to clear as only two parts.
Cons - The valve system made it hard work to drink milk out of so not great when its late in the evening and your bubs is cranky. Hard to tell how much milk is remaining and the lid is difficult to take off. 

  • Nuby Beakers
Pros - Click system, easy to open and close, I find all of the Nuby beakers great for water during the day especially when he is running around can just pick it up and help himself but the flow is quite a lot for bedtime
Cons- Hard to drink unless sitting up, milk does drip out and after a while and few times removing the straw to wash it does seem to not pop up correctly.

  • Momma BPA free Beaker

Pros- Straw stays in place and easy to open
Cons - Difficult to hold independently. 


  • OXO tot Training Cup



Pros - I think this is great trainer to encourage them to drink from an open cup at the table as it is easy to hold and can be drunk from any part of the cup
Cons - Does not take them long to work out by turning it upside down the water will flow out, too easy to spill the liquid especially if drinking in bed. 

  • Boon Swig Flip Straw Cup 



Pros - None really - really did not like anything apart from the design and colour on this one
Cons - Hard to hold for little hands, the straw opens up but it feels like it is the wrong way around, difficult to remove the lid and not easy to clean or see the parts inside. 

  • Munchkin Mircle 360

Pros - Easy to hold, can be drunk from any part of the cap, easy to open and clean, does not easily leak. Great cup for water when playing during the day. 
Cons - Found it took Bubs a lot longer to drink his milk from this cup and he got quite frustrated it was not coming out as quickly as he would have liked. 

Ultimately each child is different and they all have their favourite cups I just wanted to share some of experiences we have had along this journey. Bubs is now mainly bottle free ( unless he is at his grandparents and convince them to give him the bottle still), we also went away to Rome recently and I risked travelling without one which was fine in the end. I think turning 2 has made him think he is a lot older and no longer needs it. Until the next stage of getting rid of the beaker for now we will be using the Munchkin Tip n Straw each bedtime. 





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