Bundle Up!

We’ve been experiencing a pretty cold Winter season this year. I know, it’s kinda weird not to expect Winter to be cold but this year is different from the past maybe 3 years. Consistent single digits to low 10s in the mornings and late afternoons is something we’re adjusting to right now.

But despite that, I am so thankful that no one is getting sick in our household – just typical morning sniffles. I’m hoping that streak will continue until the Spring season comes or maybe until Summer rolls in. I’m missing the heat so for now, bundle up! *wink*

Fruit Rainbow

My little family devoured this fruit platter that I prepared today. *happy mum* We all had them for snack and left some for the husband when he got home. I think I’ll try a different variety again this week!:)

Baked Donuts

I have always loved this pikelet recipe as it has been my go-to for the kids’ breakfast and packed school snacks. I add either a banana, natural sprinkles and choco chips for variety!

But the other night, I went gung ho to try the same recipe using a donut pan! The kids were so excited to see the pikelet “transformation” and so I went ahead and made another batch for the kids’ school event today.

I try my best to minimize the sugar in the recipes I use and therefore, feel free to make adjustments from the original pikelet recipe lifted from the Everyday Cookbook!

INGREDIENTS:

20g melted butter
140g self-raising flour
1/4 tsp sea salt
30g caster sugar {I use raw sugar}
1/4 tsp bicarb of soda
150g buttermilk
1 egg

METHOD:

1. Preheat oven at 180Cdeg.
2. Add all ingredients in a bowl and mix until a smooth consistency is achieved.
3. Pour the batter until about 3/4 size of the donut holes.
4. Bake between 8-10 minutes.
5. Allow to cool completely before dipping in the glaze.

GLAZE:

1 cup icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 tbsps water or milka

METHOD:

Sift icing sugar in a bow. Mix all the other ingredients.

ANZAC Biscuits

I never knew that ANZAC biscuits are so easy to make! Recipe lifted from forumthermomix.com.

INGREDIENTS:

125g butter {I used organic butter.}
1tbsp golden syrup {I used maple syrup.}
180g brown sugar {120g is enough. Maybe even 100g.}
95g rolled oats
90g dessicated coconut
150g plain flour {I used g/f plain flour for this batch.}
1tsp bicarbonate soda
2tbsp boiling water
1/2 tsp salt

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 180°C (160°C fan forced).
2. Add butter and golden syrup to the Thermomix bowl and melt for 2 minutes, 80°C and speed 2.
3. Add brown sugar and melt 1 minute, 80°C and speed 2.
4. Combine the bicarbonate soda and water. Mix until dissolved.
5. Add oats, coconut, flour, salt and the bicarbonate/water mixture. Mix in reverse mode, for 10 seconds in speed 4.
6. Place spoonfuls of the mixture onto lined baking trays and bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool on tray.

Meal Prep – The Dream

Several months had passed and I still haven’t gotten around meal prepping for my and the hubs’ lunches. Right now, I prepare them the night before. I wanted it to be a complete and healthy meal that I have pre-packed for the week so that all we need to do is pick-up the box, heat the food and voila!

Looking at this veggie cups, I am reminded to give meal prepping a go for a week to see if it will be manageable. As it is, I spend hours already in the kitchen everyday cooking and baking!

In photo, minced beef topped with fresh veggies and baked sweet potato on the side.