Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Coconut Playdough

I had some dessicated cocoat that needed using up but I didn't fancy cooking with it so I thought I'd try adding it into some playdough for the boys. The result was some lovely scented playdough, a fun multi sensory experience. 
 To make the dough I mixed 2 cups of plain flour, 3/4 cup of salt, 1/2 cup of dessicated coconut, 1 tbsp oil, blue gel colouring and then I gradually added a cup of hot water until I got a good dough. I kneaded it for several minutes adding in a little more dessicated coconut and then left to cool before playing. 

 Seb chose some cutters and I added some buttons and lolly sticks and a rolling pin of course! 
Seb likes using buttons with playdough, he uses them to make patterns and decorate cut out shapes
 Alex likes prodding the dough and pulling it apart. 

Monday, 14 April 2014

Parmesan Chicken

I made this Parmesan Chicken a couple of weeks ago now and it went down well with the whole family, definitely something I'll be making again. 

Skinless and boneless chicken breasts(I used 3 for us)
1tbsp oil
1 clove of garlic, finely chopped
1/2 cup of breadcrumbs
1/2 cup of grated parmesan
1tsp dried mixed herbs

Preheat the oven to 180°C. In a bowl combine the oil and garlic, in a separate bowl combine the breadcrumbs, parmesan and herbs. Dip each chicken breast into the oil mix until coated and then into the breadcrumb mix. Arrange into a baking dish and sprinkle any leftover breadcrumb mix over the top. Bake for 30 minutes until cooked through. 

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Our Easter tree

 I decided this year that I wanted an Easter tree, I was originally going to make one but I saw this one on John Lewis and decided I would be lazy and buy one instead. I like it as I can easily store it way and it can be used at Christmas time or any time really. 
I had a few glittery egg decorations from last Easter but wanted it to be a little more personal so we made some salt dough decorations. 
Ssalt dough is so easy, just 1 cup of flour, 1/2 cup of salt and half a cup of water(added gradually until you get a good dough). 
Roll out on a lightly floured surface and cut out your shapes. At this point remember to make a hole in the decoration if you will be hanging them, I use a straw to poke a hole through, 

To dry them out I baked mine in the oven on the lowest setting all afternoon, turning them after a couple of hours. They were rock hard after a couple of hours. You can leave them to air dry but it will take quite a while(placing them on a radiator will speed this up). 

Once dried, it's time to decorate, we used kids poster paint, glitter, buttons and some lace trim I had in the craft cupboard and then you're done!

I have displayed it in our hallway on some 'grass'  along with some chicks and rabbits. I think I might try adding a little string of solar fairy lights too. 
Do you have an Easter tree? 

Cheese and herb muffins

Savoury muffins are lovely on their own or to serve with soup, these cheese and herbs ones are quick and easy to make and you will most likely already have all the ingredients. 
This recipe makes 6 muffins but can easily be adapted to make as many as you need. 

125g plain flour
75g grated strong cheddar cheese
2 tsp baking powder
1 tablespoon caster sugar
1/2 tsp mixed herbs
pinch of salt
1 egg
120ml milk
3 tablespoons oil

Preheat your oven to 180°C and line your muffin tin with 6 paper cases. In a bowl combine the dry ingrediants, keeping a small amount of cheese back for later. In a separate bowl beat your egg, add the milk and oil and then combine with the dry ingredients stirring until all dry ingredients are wet though the batter should be lumpy. 
Add the batter to the muffin cases and sprinkle over the remaining cheese. Pop into the oven to cook for 20 minutes. 

Friday, 11 April 2014

This weeks meal plan

We did well this week although last weekend we found out that Dominos now deliver to our area so we gave into temptation! 
The Car Brie Nara was gorgeous and so easy, we will definitely be making it again soon. 
This week Phil is working alot so I'm sticking with easy meals that we know. 

Spicy sausage pasta
Chilli con carne and rice
Creamy herb tagliatelle
Chicken kievs , curly fries and veg
Fish finger sandwiches and chips (the boys will have cottage pie)
Quesadillas with wedges and corn on the cob
Sausage, mash and beans