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baby green monster balls

Misty’s new favourite thing is biting.  Biting me.  He thinks it’s hilarious, and I don’t know how to stop him.  He also thinks me saying ‘No!’ is positively wee- your- nappy funny.  He has nibbled the railing of his cot, knawed the TV cabinet, and loves gnashing his teeth on my measuring spoons.  I suppose it’s just like having a puppy – our wooden outdoor furniture will never be the same after Boosty’s treatment of it.  Bite marks?  Try whole chunks of arm rests and chair legs GONE.

So I realise that this recipe would have been a great Hallo-weeny type dish, but since it’s not really celebrated here I’m not  bothered.  I have a little monster all of my own.  Let’s hope he will enjoy biting into these, rather than my shoulder or knee caps.  He’s seriously going to draw blood soon, it really hurts.  I figure if I combine cheese with anything, Misty will eat it, so I’ve snuck some chicken in too, to see if he’ll go for it this time.

Green Monster Balls:

1/2C cooked rice

1/2 large free range organic chicken breast

1/3C grated cheese

1T ground flax seeds

1/2C breadcrumbs

1/3C edamame (or peas)

1T milk

Freshly ground black pepper

A handful of greens (I used Indian spinach) chopped up finely (either by hand or just whizz in the food processor).

  1. Pulse chicken and breadcrumbs together in a food processor.
  2. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and place in fridge for 15 minutes.
  3. Roll tablespoons full of mixture into balls.
  4. Bake at 180 degrees C for 10 minutes, roll balls over and bake for another 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
They look frightening, but my little beastie gobbled ’em up.  He wasn’t scared.  The colours are amazing – straight from Mother Nature, why would you want to add fake colour to things?  Crazy crazy world we live in.
Has any one tried Indian spinach?  It’s the most beautiful plant… reminds me of Thai basil a little.  Purple and green leaves that taste in between English spinach and beetroot leaves.  A whopping bunch for $1.50 from the local Asian supermarket?  Thank you very much.

easy healthy eats for a weekend away

I thought I would kill two birds with one post and recap some weekend fun with recipes for our weekend eats.

I’m telling fibs with the following pretty picture, as these Cheesy Corn Fritters were actually consumed cold on the ferry as we made our way to Stradbroke Island.  Intended as a snack for Misty, Viper ended up eating at least half of them.

Cheesy Corn Fritters:

(Egg, gluten, nut and soy free)

(If you are making these just for adults totally crank up the seasoning, add some chilli flakes and extra salt/pepper/herbs for bite)

  • 1/3C sweet corn kernels
  • 1/3C root vegetable puree (I used sweet potato, but pumpkin or potato would be fine)
  • 1/3C grated cheese
  • 2T flax
  • 3T milk ( I used rice milk)
  • 2T brown rice flour
  • 2T chickpea flour
  • 1/8t baking powder (aluminum free)
  • 1/8t ground coriander
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1t fresh or dry herbs (I used fresh chives)
  1. Mix ground flax seed and milk together.  Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix remaining ingredients together, and combine with flax ‘egg.’
  3. I cooked these by the spoonful in a hot pan for 2 minutes either side, then placed them on a lined baking tray.  10-12 minutes at 180 degrees C helped them to firm up nicely.
  4. Serve with a nice dollop of sour cream or guacamole (sweet chilli sauce is great for grown ups).
The weekend was a chance to hang with our favourite people –  friends and family including Misty’s cousin who was born just 2 hours before Misty entered this crazy world.  I was literally mid-push when we found out that Viper’s brother and wife had had a little girl.  Pretty crazy stuff – I love random life quirks like this, always a fun story to share.
2 brothers, 2 identical strollers, 1 of each flavour baby.  Crazy.
We call them Misty and Mopsy.  They are destined for some grand adventures together I’m sure.
I made up a batch of ‘Snozzies’ for a vegetarian option on the barbie.  Misty ended up chowing down 1 and a half of these for dinner, he’s just started walking, so must have worked up an appetite.
I also used my new favourite cabbage dish in a salad combination.  I chucked in a bunch of asparagus spears in the last 5 minutes of roasting, and added some thawed edamame and cooked sweetcorn.  The whole lot together, chilled, with a dollop of Sweet Potato Mayo for luck, was pretty delish as salads go.
Yes, I know you’ve seen this before, but trust me – when you wake up feeling a little ‘dusty’ (read: one too many red wines) this cereal at the very least wakes up the taste buds.
This trip away was a little different for us – it’s a bit of an adjustment being responsible for another human being; there’s definitely a lot more planning involved these days.  I used to be able to get away with wallet, mobile and lip gloss in my bag – plans were never concrete and would spontaneously change at the last minute.  Didn’t matter, I was a pretty talented couch surfer.  Now it’s more like ‘Have we got enough nappies?  Wipes?  Bottles?  Rusks?  Toys? Changes of clothes?  Sunscreen?  Hat?  Pram? Car seat? ‘ (!)  Yeeeesh.
There are no more ‘half-day-and-night-long’ sessions at the pub – we have to be home for dinner, bath and bed before 7:30pm.  Let me tell you childless folk out there a little something: there is no such thing as a hangover once you have offspring – it doesn’t matter how blurry around the edges you are the next morning, you gotta get up and be a parent – no ifs or buts about it.  That little smiley head is enough to have me leaping out of bed at 5am anyhow –  way more effective than a couple of Panadol and a serving of grease.