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Friday, 26 February 2016

Aircraft Pizzas


I've been trying to spend more special time with my toddler since the arrival of his little brother and a great way to do this has been to spend some time cooking and baking together. We decided to make and decorate pizzas, but he is helicopter mad, so they had to be helicopter & aeroplane ones.

This is our efforts...

Aeroplane Pizza with BBQ sauce

Helicopter Pizza - see the hot dog main rotors and the pepper & olive tail rotor

Another photo of the helicopter pizza

...he was so proud of his achievement in making his own tea with mummy.

Friday, 19 February 2016

Baked Stuffed Cheesy Mexican Pittas



Ingredients:

4 pitta breads
1 red pepper, sliced
1 onion, chopped finely
1 carrot, chopped into sticks
100g mushrooms, sliced
1 tbsp paprika
1 tbsp ground coriander
1 tsp dried coriander leaves
1 tsp lime juice
1 tbsp olive oil
pinch of cumin
pinch of dried chillies
1 garlic clove, chopped finely
grated cheese
more olive oil for drizzling or brushing onto pittas

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 170C.
  2. In a bowl mix together the ground & dried coriander, cumin, paprika and chillies with the oil and lime juice into a paste.
  3. Add the onions and garlic to the paste & mix well.
  4. Heat a pan until it's hot and add the onion & paste mix, frying until the onions are beginning to soften. 
  5. Add the vegetables to the pan and fry until soft.
  6. Take the pitta breads and cut in half, opening up the pocket in the bread.
  7. Stuff the pittas with grated cheese and the cooked vegetable mix.
  8. Place the stuffed pittas on a baking tray and drizzle or brush with some olive oil.
  9. Bake in the oven for 15-20 mins or until looking golden.
Serve with a lovely green salad as a light lunch.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Twin Girls Nappy Cake



My little brother & his wife had beautiful twin girls a few weeks ago, which is always a good excuse to get creative with new-born presents, but I also had a challenge as it had to be as light as possible to put in the post as they live overseas (just hope it arrived in one piece!).

The finished cellophane wrapped product

View of the top of the cake

View of the bottom of the cake

The cake contains nappies, 2 blankets, 2 hats, some bibs, cotton wool balls, cotton buds, 2 bottles, 2 muslin cloths, J&J baby bath, baby mitts, nail scissors and probably a few other small bits I have forgotten about.


Nappy Cake

Nappy Cake

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