Now that I have your attention, I know we probably all have a favourite recipe for this mine is in the Devil of a Cookbook & it has cinnamon in it too.
Anyway I had my 2 friends come over for a cooking session, we called it “desserts for lunch” 🙂 1 of my friends has the older model Thermomix (TM31) & the other friend doesn’t have a Thermomix (yes it is rare for me to have friends that don’t own one!) They brought over every type of cream you can imagine – thick cream, runny cream, double cream & ice-cream!!
My friends didn’t want to do the cinnamon bit, so we left that out. Anyway we were chatting & snacking on cream cheese herb & garlic dip & then realised the sauce ingredients had been mixed in with the pudding ingredients – epic fail!! Lucky we hadn’t added the pudding sugar yet. We decided to proceed with the recipe making another sauce so this is the result a sweeter & even more richly chocolate pudding that sent us into a food coma. Another friend dropped in the next day & ended up having some for “morning tea” I think it may be safe to say you will always have friends if you make chocolate pudding!
Love ’em or hate ’em, lunchboxes are an unavoidable necessity. Parents have an important role to play when packing a lunchbox. Learning is hungry work! To fuel children for a day at school, pack a nutritious main lunch plus snacks from the five food groups. Pack to suit your child’s appetite. Keep food safe by packing lunchboxes in an insulated bag with an ice brick. Include a water bottle.
Kids love to help! Get the kids involved in planning and packing their lunchbox. Try making the following recipes together.
KIDS COOKING LUNCHBOX IDEAS* Puff pastry scrolls Filo pastry triangles Cornish pasties Zucchini slice Lasagne cups Potato & veg bake into cupcake liners Fritters or corn cakes Pikelets Left over cold pasta bake or macaroni cheese or bake in muffin tins Dip & veg sticks or crackers Quesadillas Rice paper rolls Sushi rolls Wraps Scrolls – savoury or sweet Pasta or noodle salad Mini pies or potato pies Mini quiche Frittata in muffin cups or a rectangle cut into squares Mini pizzas Calzone Meatballs Tuna or salmon fish cakes or balls Falafel balls Mini hamburger Sausage rolls or vegetarian sausage rolls Savoury muffins Hard-boiled eggs Stuffed potatoes or sweet potatoes Mini sausages baked in puff pastry Corn chips and avocado dip serve with cheese sticks and vegetable sticks Savoury or sweet flavoured popcorn Potato or sweet potato salad with bacon Home-made baked beans with toast soldiers Leftover fried rice Fresh, frozen or dried fruit Cold dogs Pizza subs Egg & bacon pies Mini meat loves wrapped in bacon Homemade crumpets with butter & honey or Vegemite Noodle salad Cornbread served with butter cheese & relish Cherry tomatoes to snack on Dry cereal or toasted muesli (as long as there is no nuts) or dried fruit and seed mix Cold roasted vegetable wedges with sour cream dip Lettuce cup filled with favourite mince & or salad mix Pumpkin, carrot, spinach and ricotta cheese triangles Savoury scones Fruit sticks with cream cheese dip Silverbeet and cream cheese quiche Ploughman’s lunch – cheese pickles vegetable sticks cold ham/salami Home-made potato cake Pasta salad Home made yoghurt and stewed fruit or vanilla bean paste
Fillings for sandwiches, rolls & wraps Avocado and egg Chicken avocado and spring onion Roast beef with beetroot dip Cheese with relish, hummus or pesto & salad Tuna mayonnaise and lettuce Curried egg & Mayo Cucumber dill & Mayo & cheese Ham cheese and mayo Vegemite cheese and lettuce Butter banana and cinnamon Crispy bacon and egg BLT Bacon lettuce tomato Strawberry honey and cream cheese Cheese and tomato bread and butter puddings Fresh pineapple and cheese with lettuce Apple cheese and ham Lemon butter
Keep sandwiches interesting – try varying the fillings or cut sandwiches into different shapes. 3 layer sandwich – club sandwich Pinwheel or spiral sandwich Different shapes using a cookie cutter; little mini sandwiches can also put put onto a skewer Rectangles Squares Triangles Fingers Open sandwich Different types of bread, multigrain, brown, white Try making your own wraps
Add to the dough – seeds, or a bit or veg to colour the wrap, beetroot for pink spinach for green, carrot coloured etc.
Or use lettuce leaves like Dani Valent’s Chicken Lettuce Cup Lunchbox Recipe Try different types of rolls, different shapes & flavours, Turkish bread, baguette, hamburger bun, multigrain, wholemeal, sourdough etc.
* If your school is nut-free, either omit the nuts or substitute a mix of seeds in recipes that contain nuts. Try pine nuts (a seed, not a nut), linseeds, sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds or chia seeds.
WOW!! Did we have an awesome day or what? We love Frogmore Creek so much that we affectionately call them Froggies.
Our first food experience at Froggies was Saturday Dec 20th 2014: We had a delicious & amazing degustation with matching wines & asked to meet the chef to thank him. We were told by our waiter Stephen that the chef had to do his hair first, which of course was a big joke, because his hair is so short!! Anyway the chef – Ruben Koopman came & sat at the table with us & had a chat & a wine. We were moved outside to the deck with Ruben & more wine to continue our chat, of course it came up in conversation that between the 4 of us we had won 2 lunches at Heston’s Fat Duck pop up in Melbourne in 2015. Ruben even showed us Heston’s phone number on his phone!! How we all wish we had photographic memories 🙂 We ended up staying an extra couple of hours & joined the Froggies wine club too! (I believe this experience is the prequel to my epic foodie year of 2015)
The memories of the lego dessert & our first lunch at Froggies Dec 2014
So back to our chef’s table lunch Jan 17th 2016. It was delicious, fun, surprising & amazing, 16 courses with matching wines, $200 well spent (& you even get a 10% discount if you are a member of the Froggies wine club) I was so happy it included my favourite dessert – the lego dessert. There was even an eatable frog on one of the dishes – so cute! Wasabi macaroons, a delicious meringue burger with pork belly with truffle aioli & fries. I would recommend this experience for sure, so much thought & effort is put into each & every dish! Plus it was Jo’s birthday & they brought out an extra special birthday dish just for her & we all sang Happy Birthday! And then as it is tradition when Ruben & Stephen are at Froggies we must have a catch up chat & wine on the deck before going home! Froggies has awesome food & wine but this would be nothing without the experience, all the staff are so wonderful – it feels like we are visiting old friends! You do need to pre book the chef’s table & it is only available on certain days. I’m looking forward to more delicious, magical hours at Froggies when they release their next menu!
What a perfect end to a delicious meal at the chef’s table!
This is seriously amazing!! I love the Healthy Chef – Teresa Cutter’s recipes & I have all her books including her latest one Purely Delicious – her hubby does the amazing photos too! Here is the link to her recipe – I had to add garlic to it too of course! Also the bowl that the relish is in is from her shop – it’s called the wellness bowl – you can drink out of it like a cup or use it for dips & sauces ( They are currently out of stock though) I also love her Matcha Green Tea Powder.
Did I mention I got to meet Teresa Cutter last year in April? I was so excited it looks like I was going to cry!!
Yes I know It’s really cliche’ to start being healthy on the 1st of Jan – well at least I didn’t start until the 4th of Jan though so that is kind of unique – right?
So it’s been green smoothies, beetroot juice, roast lamb salad, smoked salmon frittata, steamed harissa chicken & vegies. All delicious & nutritious, however not too exciting for a self confessed foodie. I had a craving last night & ate some leftover steamed veggies!!
It’s also been helpful I have been filling in to teach extra Bodybalance classes while our other instructor is away and I have also dusted off my walking shoes & been for a walk everyday (yes it’s been a whole 2 days all ready!!)
It’s also a great excuse to get out all my healthy recipe books & work on some menu planning ideas. I do have some unhealthy dates booked into the diary as well as some recipe testing coming soon so it seems like a good balance of healthy & fun recipes coming up in Janurary. You have to keep it real – right?