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So, we’re moving house and since I’ve just stopped working I’m now responsible, full-time, for Ruby’s entertainment, meals, and general well-being (amongst other things) and also trying to pack up a house. It’s proving a wee bit taxing and I found myself with an empty fridge approaching lunch time.

I took a good hard look at what I had and struck on a good idea. Mini quiches, stuffed full of grated lightly steamed veggies and a little cheese.

I grated some zucchini (courgette to you Saffa’s) and carrot then steamed them. Then I finely diced some tomato and set it aside. I then whisked up 2 eggs with about a cup of milk and a small piece of grated cheese. I had some ready rolled puff pastry sheets in the freezer which I’d thawed and cut into 9 squares to line my muffin tin. When that was done I put a little of the veggies in each ‘cup’, topped with eggy mixture and baked them for 12 min until the pastry & filling puffed up. I had 5 ‘cups’ of puff pastry extra so I mashed up a banana with a little ricotta and some choc chips and filled them just to see if it would work. They came out beautifully, puffed up & set and totally delicious!

Here is the result of my baking efforts (after we’d both enjoyed some for lunch, there were more to start with!):

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So, I’m in the kitchen, as I type, making pikelets (mini-pancakes) for Ruby.

I’m the cook so I got to taste the first one, hot off the press so-to-speak and it was YUM!

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients

125g (1 cup) wholemeal plain (all-purpose) flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoons raw sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten

1 ripe banana, mashed

1 tablespoon honey
170ml (2/3 cup) milk

Spray oil for greasing the pan

Method

Sift the flour and baking powder into a bowl. Add the sugar and stir to combine. Mash the banana in a separate bowl, add the egg and milk & honey and whisk. Add to the dry ingredients and whisk until smooth. Preferably add mixture to a squeezy bottle.

Heat a large non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and spray lightly with oil. Squirt tablespoons of mixture into the pan and cook for about 2 minutes, until bubbles appear on the surface. Turn the pikelets over and cook for another 30 seconds.

These are really good for snacks on the go, Ruby loves them!

I was in the mood to bake something for Ruby today and found this recipe for chewy banana oatmeal cookies. I made quite a few changes: included about 1/4 cup raisins, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, reduced the amount of sugar because it seemed an awful lot, used half wholemeal flour. They turned out HUGE so next time I will make them smaller (more Ruby sized), they still turned out too sweet so next time I will again reduce the amount of sugar and I’ll go 100% wholemeal flour because they will be even better. They turned out yummy and chewy and full of oaty, raisiny, walnutty goodness! Here is the amended recipe:

  • 1 cup all purpose flour (or wholemeal)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup unpacked brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large mashed ripe banana
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups quick oats
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts

Preheat oven to 175°; line two baking sheets with baking paper.
In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon & nutmeg.
In a large bowl, with a mixer, cream together the butter and the sugars on medium speed. 
Add the egg, followed by the mashed banana and vanilla extract.
Working by hand, stir in the flour mixture and the oats until just combined and no streaks of flour remain, stir in the chopped walnuts & raisins. Drop small tablespoonfuls of the dough onto prepared baking sheets. Bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until cookies become light brown at the edges.
Let cool on baking sheet for 3 or 4 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
Store in an airtight container so you don’t eat them all in one sitting!