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Salad Dinosaur

Michelle

Salad dinosaur: Oliver has a new found enthusiasm for trying new things which I have to credit to his pre-school, I really do think watching the other children eat fruit has helped him want to try things too. We often have quiet time after school days & I let Oliver watch some television, he loves Peppa pig & asked me to make him a salad dinosaur after George had one made for him by Granny & Grandpa pig, music to my ears!20140429-212046.jpgOliver & I had great fun making the salad dinosaur, we just made it up as we went along & he happily tried the lettuce, tomato & cucumber. I wish I could say he loved them but in all honesty he just spat them out, not quite the miracle I was hoping for but I'm celebrating the new found enthusiasm for trying things & am delighted that rice, cous cous & sweetcorn have been new successes..... I will continue to try Oliver with new foods & owe a big thank you to Daisy for suggesting we try serving all food from the middle of the table, Oliver loves serving himself & is much more likely to try new things, even fruit, he's enjoying bananas & apples too now... Michelle X

Milk Free Yorkshire Puddings

Michelle

Milk Free Yorkshire Puddings: I have been desperate to have roast beef but refuse to eat it without Yorkshire pudding, I found this wonderful milk-free recipe & just had to share. These Yorkshire puddings are light, delicious & quick to prepare!20140520-211503.jpg Minutes to Prepare: 5

Ingredients 1 cup flour 1 cup water 3 whole eggs 1 pinch salt Vegetable oil 20140520-211456.jpg Method Preheat the oven 230 degrees C or Gas mark 8, brush a large 4 tin or a muffin pan with oil & place in oven while it heats

In a bowl crack 3 eggs, add salt, water & flour. With an electric whisk, mix lightly

Carefully take muffin pan from oven, fill each muffin space with equal amounts of yorkshire pudding mixture I used a large 4 pan

Cook for 15-20 mins for 4 large or 10-15 mins for cupcake size, until tops are golden 20140520-211449.jpg Apologies to all of the vegetarians for the pictures, but if you want to cook the perfect rib of beef here is the link for the perfect cooking instructions. It really was a delicious dinner. Enjoy! Michelle X

A cheats version of Jamies favorite curry sauce

Michelle

A cheats version of Jamies favorite curry sauce: I adore this Jamie Oliver curry & make it all of the time but have over the years made a few adjustments to speed up the process. By using lazy ginger (ready chopped ginger), canned tomatoes instead of fresh & a hand blender you really can have a curry made in less then half an hour.20140513-184627.jpg Serves: 4 hungry people

Ingredients 5 tablespoons olive oil 2 teaspoons mustard seeds 1 teaspoon fenugreek seeds 3 fresh green chilies, de-seeded & blitzed in the food processor 1 handful curry leaf 2 tablespoons lazy ginger 1 large onion, peeled & blitzed in the food processor 1 teaspoon chilli powder 1 teaspoon turmeric 1 can chopped tomatoes 1 (400 ml) can coconut milk salt & pepper to taste 1 large handful Baby Spinach 1 large handful fresh coriander, chopped

Method Gently heat the oil in a pan & when hot add the mustard seeds Wait for them to pop, then add the fenugreek seeds, fresh green chilies, curry leaves & ginger. Stir & fry for a few minutes 20140513-184638.jpg Chop the food onions in the food processor & add to the pan 20140513-184657.jpg Continue to cook for 5 minutes, until the onion is light brown & soft 20140513-184705.jpg Add the chilli powder, turmeric & tomatoes 20140513-184712.jpg Cook for a couple of minutes & add the coconut milk 20140513-184720.jpg Simmer for about 5 minutes until it has the consistency of double cream, then season carefully with salt.

You can add chicken (fried in coriander seeds), sautéed vegetables or fish (king prawns are a favourite if mine), it's very versatile. I always finish this curry with a few handfuls of baby spinach and chopped coriander. I tend to freeze half of the sauce & defrost the night before, perfect for a Saturday night when the children are in bed with a few cold beers, Bon appetite! Michelle X

Dairy-Free American pancakes

Michelle

Dairy-Free American pancakes: These are the tastiest, fluffiest pancakes I have ever made & I'm ashamed to admit Oliver & I ate them all before Daddy got up. I added mashed banana to the batter before cooking but you could also add a large handful of fresh blueberries.20140508-205759.jpg Ingredients 135g/4¾oz plain flour 1 tsp baking powder ½ tsp salt 2 tbsp caster sugar 130ml/4½fl oz Almond milk 1 large egg, lightly beaten 2 tbsp olive oil (I use a light Olive oil), plus extra for cooking For a dairy version you can use cows milk instead of almond milk & butter instead of olive oil

To serve Maple syrup

Method Sift the flour, baking powder, salt & caster sugar into a large bowl 20140508-205741.jpg In a separate bowl or jug, lightly whisk together the almond milk & egg, then whisk in the olive oil Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture & using a fork, beat until you have a smooth batter 20140508-205750.jpg Tip: Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing Let the batter stand for a few minutes & if your adding fruit pop it in at this stage & gently mix Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, pop a little olive oil in the pan & wipe out an excess with kitchen paper so that the pan is only very lightly oiled Add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at the same time) Tip: the batter may seem very thick but this is how it should be Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick. Repeat until all the batter is used up You can keep the pancakes warm in a low oven, but they taste best fresh out the pan. Serve with lashings of real maple syrup... 20140508-205809.jpg I will certainly be making these again so that hubby can have some too.. Enjoy! Michelle X

Guaranteed toddler 5 a day

Michelle

Guaranteed toddler 5 a day: I have always had a bit of a battle getting fruit & vegetables into Oliver, as soon as he could communicate the refusal started. I continue to give him fruit & vegetables on a daily basis but he really doesn't eat very much. The advise from the health visitor is don't stress but I really do want to know he's getting what he needs through his diet. Daisy has been a great advocate of juicing & after Oliver had a particularly bad bought of tonsillitis I convinced Ben we needed one too. 20140417-213300.jpg Oliver & I went to the farm shop & bought lots of lovely fruit, I made lots of different juices & lined them up in front of Oliver in shot glasses to let him try them. To my surprise Oliver drank them all, even a green one & asked for more....

20140417-213316.jpg We now juice regularly, using whatever fruit & vegetables we have & I have yet to make a juice that Oliver doesn't like.

20140417-213325.jpg Sometimes we just juice single fruits like berries, pears or apples but we also use Daisy's recipes...

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I can't tell you how delighted I am that Oliver is finally having his 5 a day! Juicing is a great activity that we all get involved in & Oliver thinks a juice is a real treat, Happy Mummy - Michelle X