Tag Archive | quick+easy

dessert and dessert

There’s been a bit of talk around about dessert for breakfast.  I’m very guilty of swapping around meal ‘times.’  Breakfast for dinner, breakfast for lunch, dessert for breakfast – can ya tell I like breakfast?  I’m even getting Misty into my habit, I’m sure it won’t do any harm – definitely won’t stunt his growth anyhow.  I’ll get back to you on the psychological scarring later.
I think breakfast is almost the best time of day to consume chocolate.  Almost.  I can never go past the night time chocolate munching, especially after a particular long and trying day – it just hits the spot.  I think night time is perfect for a chocolate bar, but morning is the best for chocolate flavoured things.  Chocolate oatmeal, chocolate tahini butter (recipe coming) on toast with banana, or this (especially for those feeling the pain on the sugar free kick) :
Cho-fu Pudding
(Vegan, gluten and nut/seed free)
Makes 3 adult servings (or 2 large servings and 2 bubba meals)
  • 5 Medjool dates softened in a few tablespoons of hot water
  • 500g silken tofu (I like the Japanese kind, less of a ‘soy’ flavour if you get me)
  • 1/4t salt
  • 1/2t lemon juice
  • 10 drops vanilla stevia liquid (or an additional 4 dates with 1/2t vanilla extract instead… it’s what I use for Misty)
  • 5-6t cacao powder (however strong you like it)

Blend everything together.

Recipes to follow for the toppings that are pictured.  Sorry to be a tease.   You’ll forgive me.

I have used this ‘pudding’ in heaps of different ways – But wait! There’s more!  It’s awesome as the soaking ‘agent,’ for overnight oats (in place of yoghurt, milk etc) or for a chia seed pudding.  I’ve also made a peanut butter and banana version, and an almond butter and jam.  All definitely worthy of a YUMMO.  I’m thinking it would be wicked knickers on top of pancakes too.  Just saying.

The biggest plus is that Misty loves the stuff;  I can make a big batch, and we can both happily munch our way through.  It would be awesome for all those little gummy monsters out there that don’t yet have the equipment for chowing down on the hard stuff.

So that’s about it.  What do you think?  Dessert for breakfast?  Breakfast for dinner?  Or simply dessert for dessert?  Whatever floats your boat, that’s what I say.

no meat for Misty

Misty has gone off meat.  Every time I create him some delicious little meaty treat like these these or these, he boos them.   He does enjoy dropping them from his tray down to Boosty though.  Doesn’t seem to give two hoots about feeding premium organic, free range beef to a dog for Pete’s sake.  All he wants are peas.  He will pick up each pea individually, oh so carefully examine,  then place it  in his mouth.  Suppose I should be glad he is so taken by the humble pea.
I’m not concerned, it’s not like Misty is fading away or anything.  Quite the opposite – Viper describes him as ‘nuggety.’  He’s becoming aware of different tastes, textures and combinations – and works out what he wants and what he doesn’t.  I suppose it’s just like any of us going through a food ‘stage’ – getting obsessed with a certain ingredient or flavour, and wanting to eat that all of the time.  Like my sweet potato fixation.
Any current favourite eats at the moment? Dishes? Ingredients? Combinations?
Anything with cheese or peas will be gobbled down by MIsty – this next recipe is an attempt to broaden his horizons.
Cashew Carrot Curry Cakes:
  • 1/4C breadcrumbs (I used millet bread but any bread is fine)
  • 1/2C vegetable puree (something starchy works best, I used carrot and sweet potato)
  • 1/4C pureed corn kernels
  • 3T brown rice flour
  • 1/4t curry powder
  • 1/8t aluminium free baking powder
  • 1/8C sesame seeds
  • 1/8C raw cashews
  • 1 egg (or 1 flax “egg”)
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2t fresh or dried herbs (I used fresh chives and mint)
  1. Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl.
  2. Heat a fry pan with a little oil or butter.
  3. Drop teaspoons full of batter in, and cook for 2 minutes each side or until golden brown.
  4. Serve with a dollop of yoghurt, sour cream or mashed avacado.
Viper said that all they needed was a pinch of salt and they were adult-worthy.  High praise, high praise indeed.
Misty would like to say a big HAPPY BIRTHDAY to a certain HEABlet who is turning 1 year old today… he happens to have a little bit of an internet crush on her, and heard she was having a special Eric Carle birthday party.  He has cracked out his caterpillar in her honour.
He seems to find it quite appetizing.  Suppose caterpillar could be considered meat?
Congrats to the HEABies for getting through that first year.

Misty Man’s grown up snacks

Misty is fast approaching the one year mark – woah Nelly, where have those first 12 months gone?  Change is constant, babies grow and develop so quickly.  I am around him all day, every day though, and sometimes I forget that only a few months ago he was a useless blob that could barely focus his eye balls, let alone feed himself.

Now Misty is definitely his own man.  He wants to do things for himself, his own way.  A determined little beastie with a developing, discerning palette.  We have gone a step up from his basic teething rusks these days… it’s time to upgrade to:

Misty’s Roll Ups:

No, not these.  How nasty were these things?  I remember pining for them as a kid – my wise Mother wouldn’t buy them for us – I got given one by a friend at school, and it pulled my tooth out (the tooth was loose, but yeesh).  Can’t understand how they are allowed to be called “Fruit” Roll-ups?  The mind boggles.

  • Bread
  • Spreads * See below for ideas
  • Microwave
These are great for when you are out and about – it’s the same concept as a sandwich but much less messy for the parents, and easy to handle for the little one.  You can custom design flavours to suit what your bub enjoys.  I’ve found these really useful for longer car rides, as they keep Misty entertained for quite awhile – not just gobbled down like a soft piece of bread.
Cut crusts off bread (not necessary, particularly if you would like your child to have curly hair, it just helps the bread hold together).
Spread.
Roll.  I fold up in thirds.
Squeeze together.  Nuke in microwave for 30 seconds.  Take out, re-squeeze, flip over roll-ups and nuke again for 30 seconds.  Depending on the amount of moisture in your bread/fillings, it may require another 30 second firing. (They will harden furthur once cool).
Flavour Favourites:
  • Vegemite and cheese (Be careful with hot cheese, make sure they are completely cool before giving them to a child).
  • Almond butter, cinnamon and dried fruit
  • Sugar free fruit preserves with coconut
  • Mashed pumpkin and tahini
  • Peanut butter and mashed banana (Misty is fine with peanuts, but this is a high risk allergen for some children, proceed with caution)
  • Home made chocolate tahini spread (am getting around to posting a recipe, it’s amazing!)
  • Miso paste
  • Hummus
  • Pesto (home made) and goats cheese
(I have found plain roll ups – just jam, vegemite etc tend to last a few days in an airtight container.  Any others I would make sure get consumed the day they were prepared – make them in the morning and have them on hand for your daily travels).
Misty loves these – he ate 6 the other day.  Told you he was a beastie.