It's been a tough week.
We arrived back from Perth to settle into a new week after spending some time with family. It was lovely to see everyone but we always look forward to getting home and as the kids put it, "Mummy, I want to sleep MY bed".
This time, we returned full of colds! So I knew the week was going to be a hard one! Luckily, I had pre-prepared some meals for dinner so I didn't need to worry too much about that. I just needed to pacify the screaming and crying before bedtime came around, and we all know how relaxing night time is with sick toddlers!
So today after what felt like the 10th screaming session (it's not even lunch time) so far over absolutely nothing I took a look at my kitchen and felt the urge to cook. Not sure why, but I did. Maybe it was the left over apple nearly ready for the compost that set me off, or the fact that for a moment my children were actually QUIET! They were stuffing their faces with porridge which seems to be the only thing they crave when ill.
My sink was a mess, there really isn't any room to cook in my new place. None-the-less the urge was there so I jumped on it because I knew I would reap the benefits of pre-prepared snacks later on!
So, what did I make? I noticed the nearly old apple, found a brown banana and took the left over porridge. Surely there was something I could make with this? I've always been a bit of a minimalist. Something about growing up in an Italian family makes you feel like you need to eat every bit of food on your plate and waste nothing! Perhaps it was the constant threats of no play time if I didn't eat what was given to me?
Anyway, in went the grated apples, I threw in some crushed wallnuts from a packet that was near empty, sprinkled in some baking soda, a couple of tablespoons of coconut flour, an egg, or two, or three, meh! Remembering back to my childhood and my Mother telling me her secret to making fluffy cakes, "No matter what the recipe says Sara, always add an extra egg" although I wasn't following any kind of recipe I figured, why not, add another, three sounds above average. Finally I threw in some honey and wa-lah! Mixed that baby up and I sat back for a moment to 'feel' if the consistency was right and wait for the whisper of my ancestors to tell me if I needed to add anything else?
Seemed good to go!
Now, those who have and are raising toddlers know that nothing is ever seamless. It's all well and good to set off to complete what to most would be a simple mundane task. However, something as simple as preparing a snack can often be a whole day venture! So after I paused for about 20 mins to solve the great Thomas the Tank engine track dilemma, I made my way back to the kitchen to divey-up the mixture (which by now had soaked up that moisture a bit) into the patty pans and into the oven on 175deg (because my power trips if I put the oven any higher) and then the waiting game begins! - Oh! I forgot the coconut chips! I quickly take the tray out of the oven, ignoring the childhood memory of my Mother saying "Never open an oven once you've added your sponge". Well, its not a sponge and I'm not trying to win any awards so i'll risk it!
I have a beautiful friend down here who shares a lot of my passion for minimalism and the great dream of living off the land. We often talk and fantasise about how wonderful it would be to raise our 'free-range' children surrounded by chickens and cows and all things organic and sustainable. We certainly try! She's got chickens and I'm supporting our dream by encouraging home cooking. So I guess this was on my mind when I saw the nearly old apple and brown banana. I'm not perfect, but I'm trying!
Anyway, let's check on those muffins shall we?
SUCCESS!! I think! Until I noticed the kids flattening them into pancakes and playing with them like play dough! Well, they are delicious, but given the extra water content in the apples, I should have added more flour...
What have you made in the kitchen that you're proud of?
Any recipes you'd like to share?
For those of you who do like to follow a recipe, heres sort of what I did! Before you go any further though I would like to disclaim that I am in no way a chef or nutritionist so please take my 'cooking advice' lightly! Oh, and share your goodies with me too!
1 cup coconut flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup rolled oats (I used left over porridge)
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 small sized ripe bananas, mashed (about 1 cup)
2 small apples grated
Shredded Coconut (for garnish)
Preheat oven to 175 degrees and grease a 12 cup muffin tin.
In a mixing bowl, whisk together the coconut flour, oats, cinnamon and baking soda.
In a smaller bowl, beat together with a fork the eggs, honey and mashed bananas.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until well combined.
Stir in the 1/4 cup walnuts.
Spoon batter evenly into 12 muffin cups and sprinkle the shredded coconut 2 on top.
Bake at 175 degrees for about 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the top browned.
Let the muffins cool in the pan for about 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
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