Thursday, 30 August 2012

National Literacy & Numeracy Week (part 4)

An oldie but a goodie. . . 
Run run run as fast as you can, you can't catch me, I'm the. . . .

Gingerbread man

Cut using a pancake mould (that's been in the cupboard for years, but it's similar to this one) so the edges aren't the neatest.
Did this as a 'zebra' sandwich (one side white, one side multigrain) too so he stands out a bit more.
Sultana eyes & buttons
Craisin mouth

Served in a Tupperware square round

~ J

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

National Numeracy & Literacy Week (part 3)

So this one is not really a book we read, but I know you can get them in book form. Tonight packing Miss M's lunch I was requested to make a 'Pingu' sandwich.

*Cut with 10cm circle cutter
*Corner off cuts used for beak
*vegemite on top
*1.5cm cutter used on off-cuts for eyes
*sultana pupils

I know this looks a lot more like Pingu's little sister Pinga, but I haven't had any complaints yet :-)


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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

National Numeracy & Literacy Week (part 2)

Another of our favourite books is 'Hand, Hand, Fingers, Thumb' by Al Perkins and Eric Gurney, also known as the 'Monkey book' :-)

Monkey Sandwich
*Sandwich cut with 10cm biscuit cutter, corners retained for ears, crust used for lips.
*Wholemeal tortilla also cut with 10cm cutter for the mouth, cut with heart cutter for the eyes.
*15cm cuter used for the eyes (from the off-cuts), topped with sultanas
*cherry tomato halved for ears - only looking at this now do I realise this monkey's going to have great hearing with 2 sets of ears - oops

Laying a piece of baking paper in your container before arranging your sandwich makes it easier to remove without disturbing your artwork.


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Monday, 27 August 2012

National Literacy & Numeracy Week

Did you know it's National Literacy & Numeracy Week? (27th Aug-2nd Sept)

Our current favourite book is 'Hullabaloo' by Gordon Volke so I made Miss M a sandwich of the 'cow called Cassie who keeps saying Moo'

Made with LunchPunch cow & FooDoodlers which are getting a bit worse for ware now - especially the purple.

Have you heard the old poem:
I've never seen a purple cow,
I never hope to see one.
But I can tell you anyhow,
I'd rather see than be one!

I've never seen a purple cow,
I never hope to see one.
But from the milk we're getting now,
there certainly must be one!

Gelett Burgess, 1895

 Rice crackers, Ray & Otto's Special Pepperoni (from Walkerston Country Meats) & Cheese slices cut with biscuit cutters

This is how this gets sent to daycare.

This container came from the $2 shop & I'm sorry to say I can't remember which one, or how much it was, or the brand or anything but it is the perfect size for a little snack or some yoghurt


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Sunday, 26 August 2012

Long Life Lunches

I've been a bit distracted of late & haven't been posting many lunchboxes sorry. I've had a request for inspiration for lunches that can stay out of the fridge. I must admit I don't have an awful lot of experience with these as our day care has a fridge (& a microwave) available in the room for the munchkins. I do, however, do up 'day-boxes' for those days when we are going to be out & this normally kicks around in my handbag until the inevitable 'I want something else. . . '

I tend to use the Decor Quarters container a girlfriend got me on to earlier this year. I love the overall size of it & how easily it slips into my handbag, leaving plenty of room for Miss M's water bottle. I haven't tried putting anything particularly messy in them yet, although I did take yoghurt in one to work one day, making sure the container was right way up as much as I could & had no issues with leakage. This size box also fits perfectly into Miss M's Bobble Art back pack.

If you use Brumby's size bread, you can quite easily fit a sandwich in if you remove 2 of the inner containers (see the second zoo-box below) and this size bread also divides quite neatly for 'roly' style sandwiches without having to squish it too much. We tend to use the $1/loaf now available from the 3 major supermarkets I have nearby which has larger slices & doesn't fit quite so nicely, so you will see below it's been cut into squares with a bit of room left over.

Crackers, sultana/craisin mix (in lidded Tupperware smidget), Aldi cheese stick and Damora Cheese spread & crisp bread (Le Snack style) , Little Bellies muesli choo-chew bar, kiwi fruit & strawberry mix, butter & strawberry jam heart 'roly-poly' sandwich

This was one of our boxes when we went to Alma Park Zoo
More Little Bellies, this time Animal Biscuits; butter & apricot jam 'ropy-poly' sandwich; Kraft crackers & cheese spread; Rafferty's Garden long life yoghurt and yoghurt drops in the lidded Tuperware Midget

This was the our other lunchbox at the zoo.
Sandwiches for the grown-ups (vegemite or honey); more Little Bellies Animal Biscuits; and a trail mix of - sultanas, craisins, Rafferty's Garden yoghurt drops, Little Bellies Peach Number Cereal, Kellogg's Sultana Buds

Strawberries;  Kraft crackers & cheese spread; jam sandwich; trail mix - very much the same as above, but with the added bonus of a cut up cheese stick

Jam 'roly-poly sandwich; strawberry & kiwi fruit mix;  Kraft crackers & cheese spread; Little Bellies Cheese Fiddle Sticks

Little Bellies Animal Biscuits;  Rafferty's Garden yoghurt drops; cheese sticks; Little Bellies Cheese Fiddle Sticks and some Aldi chocolate/nut/muesli bars for mummy

Strawberries; Arnott's Scotch Finger biscuits; butter & apricot jam 'roly-poly' sandwich; trail mix similar to above but the numbers cereal has been replaced with Uncle Tobby's Cheerios

I hope this has give you a little inspiration

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day is fast approaching. Do you have anything special planned? Sundays are normally our 'egg-breakfast' day and of course anything with bacon is going to be a winner with hubby :-)

I remember a few years ago seeing a story on Better Homes & Gardens  about making the perfect scrambled eggs with Fast Ed. Since then I've never looked at good old scrambled eggs the same.

I made this batch when the fridge was a little bare so please forgive the basic ingredients, but at least it's a good place to start from

Start with all your ingredients. . . .

in a bowl.
The kids will love helping here

For ratios this is roughly what I work on

2-3 eggs (depending on your mood)
1-2 tbsp cream
1-2 tbsp butter (I use the block style, cubed)
1 small handful of grated cheese
1 small handful of diced bacon (I normally use Ray & Otto's Special Pepperoni (from Walkerston Country Meats), but we're running low on supply so it's being rationed ;-D )

Mix gently. . .

you want to break the yolk, but not fully incorporate it

Heat your pan to medium (or lower if you have the patience)

 & add your egg mix.
Can you see how the whites still hold their own?

Gently scrape across the pan -that way you get those gorgeous long curls of egg

Fast Ed's tip - Don't overcook it! You still want to see a bit of shine from the liquid -don't forget it will continue to cook off the heat in the pan & also in a bowl. I personally prefer to cook a little further than that so that there's only a glimmer of liquid, but that's me.

Other ingredients to add:
sauteed mushrooms (the more butter the better, right?)
tomato (cherry or regular)

Serve as is or as part of a full cooked breakfast

Also great for a 'I don't know what I want for lunch so long as it's not another sandwich' day and dinners when you need a little break

Sunday, 19 August 2012

RSPCA Cupcake Day

Have you heard? Yet another excuse to eat cake!

Are you doing anything to celebrate/support RSPCA Cupcake Day on Monday 20th August?

Here's a sample of what Miss M & I whipped up today

Miss M 'helping' to decorate. Figured out she could 'dip' the patty cakes in 100s & 1000s without too much of a mess . . . but then there are the bite marks to deal with *sigh*

 Strawberry Butterfly's. Will post a tutorial for this soon
P-Inspiration found: here

Miss M's Strawberry butterfly. . .

Hippos & Piggies. For some reason my camera decided to chew up the shots of the multiples so we're left with the shots of my first goes. . . oh well, you get the idea
 P-Inspiration found here:

 Lady Bug Cupcakes.
(I realised after I'd taken all the photos I'd forgotten the black line down the middle)
Red-ish icing
chocolate flakes
half dark choc melt
white choc drops
Cake Mate Writing Gel
P-Inspiration found : here

 Turtles - now the inspiration for these used spearmint leaves, but I personally prefer bananas, so we got Rainbow Turtles instead.
Banana lollies; jubes; mini marshmallows (halved); Natural Confectionery Company Forbidden Fruit
P-Inspiration found: here

Funny face frogs
Marshmallows (halved)
Confetti sprinkles
Zaidee's Rainbow Strings
P-Inspiration found: here

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Zucchini Slice

Just because the recipe says to bake in a lamington tray is no reason not to experiment. . .

I do recommend a giant mixing bowl for this one if you are going to 'vege-it up' like I do. My Tupperware servalier bowl holds about 4L
  • 400g zucchini, grated - skin & all
  • 1 large onion, finely diced (or cheat & use the small jullienne on your mandolin slicer like I do)
  • 2 medium carrots (about 200g), grated - skin on or off to your preference
  • 400g corn kernals (I use a 420g can, drained, but I'm sure frozen would work just as well)
  • 3 rashers bacon, finely chopped (about 150g if you buy the pre-diced)
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 1 cup SR flour
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil (if you are simply baking this you can leave the oil out as I have done by mistake in the past :-) )
  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • salt & pepper to taste (I like a lot but tend to add it at the table so Miss M doesn't develop a taste for it)

Throw it all in a bowl

& mix well. 

You will end up with a consistency like thick coleslaw

Bake at 180 degrees until golden brown & cooked through (depending on your container anywhere from 20-60min)

Now for the fun part! How would you like to serve it in the end? 

Lunchbox? - try muffin sizes or even pretty muffin sized moulds like these Will & Jess ones I bought from Aldi a few months ago.

Dinner party? -still nothing wrong
with those muffins, but how about individual kugelhopfs? 

Family meal? - in a lamington tray topped with sliced tomato on top
(sorry don't have a shot of this, will take one next time I make it :-) )

Party? Try this - I received a Kambrook Doughnut Factory (looks like this model is discontinued, otherwise I would have linked direct to Kambrook, sorry) as a gift from family and have been wanting to try something other than doughnuts in it - what do you think?

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