Saturday, 25 August 2012

pancakes that don't taste like cardboard

I don't like pancakes. I think they are pointless, tasteless, unhealthy, saucer shaped non-food items.

So, why am I talking about them?

 I found a recipe that I have since adapted to make even healthier and yummier. These are nothing like conventional cardboard tasting pancakes. These are yummy and healthy. My picky toddler will even eat them. I have also made this recipe using an egg replacement since my 10 month old daughter appears to be allergic to eggs, and since she just grabs food from people's plates, I didn't want her to get sick.

Here it is:

In a blender add

1 cup of (uncooked) rolled oats
1 cup of cottage cheese
cinnamon (as much or little as you like)
a handful of hemp hearts
either 6 egg whites, or the equivalent of three eggs with egg replacer (I mix the egg replacer with coconut milk for even more flavour and healthiness)
a dash of salt, a dash of sugar if you want


You may need to add a little bit more water/coconut milk to get the right consistency of batter if you use the egg replacer

Cook as you normally would cook a pancake.

Top with fruit, or eat on its own. They are actually that flavourful- they don't require gallons of syrup to make up for tasting like cardboard!

xo Jo

Friday, 24 August 2012

Gettin' messy with the kids 2: non-toxic fingerpaint

This time we tried a simple cornstarch, water and food colouring recipe. Simple simple simple.

1 cup corn starch
1 cup water
food colouring

I divided this amount amongst 5 different containers and then coloured them.
There were no lumps. It was a little difficult to apply with a brush, which my toddler prefers to use, but was great for "spilling" on the paper and then sliding it around with the fingers.

And it is edible, sort of, if that is what you like, if you were wondering....

The cool thing about this recipe is the texture. When it is moving around, it is a solid, and when it sits still it liquifies. Corn starch is cool that way.

My daughter was way more interested in this than my son today. He was distracted by the mother load of Tonka construction trucks and machines he got to bring home from his nan and grand-dad's house, all old toys that belonged to his dad. Who wouldn't be distracted?

And when it is all over, just compost the whole artistic mess. Take pictures first!

 Overall, this was fun, quick to make, safe and interesting for the kids. I would do this again in a heartbeat.

xo Jo