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In the Kitchen with Grace

7 Jan

For the past year Grace has been my helper in the kitchen.  (And by “helper”, I mean actually giving me a hand as opposed to making messes and calling it help.)  This year along with her school curriculum she asked to have a cooking class as her elective.   I still don’t let her use a knife by herself or take things out of the oven but the rest is up to her.  Our first recipe is from her book:  Kids Cooking – A Very Slightly Messy Manual

My mother-in-law passed this book on to us at the beginning of the year and we are enjoying reading through and cooking together.

Our first recipe was Buried Treasure Muffins.

Since Chris and I are really working on our health and trying to watch what we eat, Gracie and I adapted the recipe (just a little) from the one in the book.

Even with the adaptations the muffins turned out great.  The “buried treasure” part comes in by adding fruit or jam as a filling.  Grace decided on banana, pear, and cinnamon as her treasures.  She believes cinnamon makes everything taste better.

Buried Treasure Muffins

1 Cup whole wheat flour

1/2 Cup quick oats (or wheat germ)

1/4 Cup agave (or sugar)

1/4 Cup cooking oil

3/4 Cup vanilla almond milk (or whatever you have)

1 egg

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

Fresh fruit, jam, coconut…(your  “treasure”)

Preheat oven to 400F and line your muffin tin.  Stir together flour and oats, baking powder and salt.  If you were to use sugar add it here.  Since agave is in liquid form we added it later. In a separate bowl, break the egg and mix with milk and oil (and agave).  Then get your filling ready.  Add the liquid mixture to the dry mixture and stir.  The batter will be lumpy.  At this point add your fruit.  We added one mashed banana and one chopped pear along with a sprinkle of cinnamon. Put in muffin tins and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.




You Are What You Eat

25 Sep

My husband’s first question to me is usually, “So what did you eat?”  And he always has been known to take pictures of a meal that he particularly likes.  So… Here they are Chris:

Gnocchi stuffed w/sun dried tomatoes

Beef filet-melt in your mouth tender

Fish and Chips

Afternoon Tea

Crumpets and clotted cream

Papadum w/ 4 dipping sauces

Lamb kebab

Chicken Tikka Masala

Pizza Roma

cheese and onion Cornish Pasty

Our English Breakfast

Can we stop for a moment and sing the Hallelujah Chorus here? This. was. amazing.

Crepe-banana, strawberry, and Nutella

How they are made

Roast beef and potatoes, mash and peas, yorkshire pudding w/gravy

I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I enjoyed eating the dishes.  🙂

We come home tomorrow.  So my next post will be from my house, at my kitchen table.

See you soon, friends.