Light Sunday Supper

Some of you know that I’ve started a little confectionary business that specialises in special diets, but also caters to those with regular diets who just like extra care & quality ingredients in their treats. I’ll be posting more about CatTs TreaTs in future, but in the meantime I thought I’d answer a question that I keep hearing from those who know about my new business.

Q: So do you still cook dinner after spending the day in the kitchen?

A: YES! The dinners arent always complicated though. 

Above is a snap shot of our light Sunday supper in progress. Steak strips (seasoned with himalayan salt, black pepper & dried cellery) & carrot chips grilled on a skiller with melted butter & coconut oil (1/2 & 1/2), served with a freshly made garlic & mushroom cream sauce (thickened with oats).  A great way to end a weekend of over eating. Everyone loved it, even the hubby & kids. 

I hope to post the story behind CatTs TreaTs some time.

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Me, Mine & Irene… An informal, formal dinner party

My friend Irene (fashion designer & lecturer) is doing a course in creative problem solving through coursera… & I got to join in the fun last weekend because she needed someone to document her assignment.

My introverted husband was stuck choosing between having the kids on his own over lunch time as well as the afternoon (I had an afternoon appointment), or joining our little spectacle. Everything was already set up by the time he & the kids arrived, so I think it was probably less traumatic than expected… But I found it thoroughly exhilarating.

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Chocolate Fridge Cake / Rocky Road Cake

I promised so many that I’d post this recipe after making it for Easter… & was a little horrified to find it still here amongst my drafts…

So here’s a very belated posting of my chocolate fridge cake, otherwise known as Rocky Road cake (mostly amongst my in-laws).
Pls note, I used double for the ring/nest cake for Easter… But usually use single quantity which makes one regular loaf or 2 – 3 smaller loaves depending on depth & filling volume.

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Rainbow Smoothy

So all 3 girls are home this morning: sick!
Its the end of a LONG week & I’m clearly not able to do my preferred Friday lunch – the only fast food or sandwiches day. These kids need real nutrition & I need a fun way to get it into them without loosing my cool….

A pic posted by Dirtgirlworld on Facebook reminds me of a mouthwatering post a while back… = inspiration. & so we have rainbow smoothies for lunch.

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Honey & Almond Flapjacks (or American Pancakes)

Whether you prefer to eat dainty flapjacks as tea treats, or thick pancakes as breakfast, is your choice. I grew up with them for morning tea on the farm with my gran when lunch seemed too far to wait for, but encountered them under a different name on my breakfast plate while studying in the US. Personally I love them both ways, but the traditional ones don’t really love me so much. Or perhaps my digestive system just objects to all the highly refined wheat flour & sugar, with no fibre. So this is my personal variation that works equally well as breakfast & tea.
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Letter rice cakes for kids…

I was introduced to rice cakes while breastfeeding my wheat allergy baby. It was not an entirely welcome introduction, and I was rather relieved when I could give them up.
I was therefor rather surprised to find my girls fighting over some yogurt coated rice cakes decorated with icing stars, that they had been given at school. I realised that if a little star added such value, then perhaps this lady was onto something.

My kids absolutely LOVE their own names! They have it on their bedroom door, their lunch boxes, water bottles, even some of their shoes & clothes. The first letter of their own name is the first letter they recognise. They identify it early, & they love it with a violent and possessive passion. Why not harness that with an easy to make treat that helps them with their fine motor control. Continue reading