Beachy days, cheesy nights

Summer is definitely on the way.  First hazy hot day of the season; got that after-beach warm burny feeling – Misty has slightly pink limbs, despite being slathered in sunscreen and wearing his sun suit and hat.  Get used to it buddy-this is nothing compared to true Gold Coast summer time.  A little concerned about Misty’s enthusiasm for eating sand – he thinks it’s hilarious (and delicious).  Maybe he has his mother’s palette for salt.

It’s now late afternoon relaxing time- beers for the adults, tasty Cheesy Polenta Bites for the little ones:

1/2C polenta

1 3/4C water (or stock for adults, mmm salt)

1T mixed herbs

1/2C grated tasty cheese

2T grated parmesan

Freshly ground black pepper

Coconut oil for frying

Cook polenta in water: bring water to boil and gradually stir in polenta.  Reduce heat to a simmer, stirring until mix thickened.  Remove from heat, stir in cheese, herbs and season with pepper.

Pour onto a lined baking tray, spread out to desired thickness (5mm-1cm works best).  Place tray in fridge for one hour until nice and firm.  Cut into shapes – I used a circle cookie cutter in a nice size that Misty can grab easily.  Otherwise “fries” are fun too.  Heat 1t oil in a fry pan, and cook polenta shapes in batches, around 4min each side until brownish and crispy.

Adult versions can include anything your little heart desires (SALT) – chopped onion, garlic, olives, sundried tomatoes – the options are endless.  Straight up and cut into matchsticks are so good as a side dish with a yummy aioli for dipping into.  A nice change to the usual potato/rice starchy component.

Yummo, he seems happy with his fill.

Misty is content with anything cheesy.  Just like his dad.


About Lou

I'm a stay at home Mum, recipe book addict who can't stick to a recipe to save my life.

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