a misty morning
Viper tells me that all of the other guys he works with think he’s a health nut. He cycles to work (even I’m impressed with that, it’s a long way – at least 20km I reckon – and a 10 hour work day on top of that) and then pulls out his little packed lunch at break time – tuna and salad wraps, hard boiled eggs, homemade muesli bars. Viper may be many things, but he ain’t no health nut. Really, he should be a fat man. He loves beer, burgers, huge cooked breakfasts and BREAD. Oh, and chocolate, chips, and did I mention beer? The morning after a few too many of these beverages, he requests, “anything that fell down the back of the deep fryer about a month ago, and has been fried and fried and refried please.” That is (supposedly) a joke, but then he is off to Hungry Jacks (what we call Burger King, not sure why, it’s Burger King in NewZealand). Whopper with cheese, please.
Other than the odd hangover-cure, Viper has a pretty good diet – he definitely likes a bit of trash (don’t we all) but in moderation. His worker buddies think he’s this guy:
Compared to what they fuel themselves with, I suppose he is. Apparently they buy lunch every day; a cycle of KFC, fish and chips, pies and chips, pizza and souvalakis (that’s the “healthy” meal of the week, as it contains salad). I don’t know how you could even function on that kind of food – let alone the cost each week (money- wise and health wise).
Viper says he justifies it by quoting from Pulp Fiction: (basically blaming everything on me, the “missus”)
I can’t complain though; Viper does enjoy what I cook, and everyone needs a little trash every now and then – everything in moderation, INCLUDING moderation. I’m going to get in early with Misty though, and try teach him that healthy=yummy.
Overnight “Flat” Cakes (Flax and Oat)
4T ground flaxseed
Mix all ingredients (I used whole milk for Misty but any milk dairy/non dairy would be fine)
Cover and leave in fridge overnight.
When breakfast time rolls around- while your hungry little beast is distracted by the fridge door opening and closing- heat a fry pan lightly misted with coconut oil. Mix 1/4t aluminum free baking powder into your overnight oats mix. Drop teaspoons full of batter into the frypan, and cook for about 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
I purposely left the batter neutral-flavoured so I could be more creative with the toppings. Misty enjoyed tahini on one, a scraping of vegemite on another, and a little organic fig paste on another. He ate a few plain as well which is always a good sign. Misty really enjoys feeding himself now, so I use these little cakes as a vehicle for all of the vege purees I have to use up (he doesn’t like to be feed them with a spoon anymore, and hasn’t quite got the knack of using it himself yet).
I’ve got a batch of pumpkin hummus (plain roasted pumpkin simply blended up with chickpeas, tahini, a tiny amount of garlic, cumin, black pepper and olive oil) that he is going to love on top of these little oat cakes. He digs anything pumpkin.
Of course a little added flavour in the mix will not go astray if you want to serve these plain (it does get a little messy with toppings being smeared from here to Africa). Cinnamon, scrapings from a vanilla pod or mixed spice would all give a slight hint towards sweetness. Cumin, mixed Italian herbs, paprika, garam marsala, tumeric or ginger – all great options for a little spice if your little one (or you) is that way inclined.
With goat’s cheese and tahini = mine
With hummus = Misty
With peas blended with ricotta, fresh mint, chives, lemon juice and black pepper = 1 for Misty, 2 for me. Yes, I do quenelles for fun.
He ate it, eventually. They are particularly delicious after being mashed into the deck.
Yip, think he approves. No need to hit the drive thru today.