strawberry oat bread

strawberry oat bread

strawberry oat bread

Last week we baked a lovely banana oat bread.  It was delicious.  Grace really enjoyed it and I really enjoyed the fact she was eating a healthy loaf chock full of banana, oats and yoghurt.

Ever since I have been racking my brain for a reason to bake another loaf and with a bench full of fresh strawberries teetering on the edge of over-ripeness I took that as a sign from the food gods this morning and pulled out my mixing bowl to stir together a lovely little strawberry oat loaf.

This recipe is as complicated as mixing dry ingredients into wet and can be easily stirred together and in the oven in less than ten minutes.  And once nestled in the oven the baking loaf fills the kitchen with the delicious fragrance of baked strawberries and cream.  Divine.

For morning tea Grace happily gobbled up a slice of the strawberry and oat studded loaf along with a yoghurt cup adorned with a fresh strawberry.

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zucchini, corn & cheese muffins

zucchini, corn & cheese muffins

zucchini, corn & cheese muffins

Lately it seems we’re spending more and more time out and about.

Trips to the park, play dates, shopping, strolls in the pram, swimming lessons and bike rides are all on the agenda now that Grace is almost one.  But with a chock full busy life comes the challenge of meal times on the run.

Grace (just like her mama) is hungry  pretty much all of the time so I always need to have food ready on hand for when the hunger pangs kick in.

Whenever we have a big day planned I usually stock the lunch box with our usual favourites; sultanas, yoghurt cups, fresh strawberries and pear slices.  And along with our usual faves I try to incorporate a special something that is simple to eat whilst on the run, not too fiddly and most definitely not too messy and more often than not our special treat is a muffin of some sort.

Whipping up a batch of our favourite fruit/vegetable filled baked treats requires no more than five minutes of effort before popping them into a hot oven whilst we get ready for the day.  So far I’ve conjured up batches of strawberry muffins,raspberry and chocolate muffins, banana choc muffins, pear cinnamon almond muffins and carrot apple and yoghurt muffins.

My muffin recipe has definitely evolved over the last few months now that I am a little more health conscious.  The muffin recipe now contains half the amount of sugar as the original, vegetable oil has replaced butter, the amount of fruit/vegetables added has doubled and I’ve added calcium rich yoghurt to the mix.  All in all I am pretty proud of these little delicious babies.

For today’s treat I decided on a savoury batch of zucchini, corn & cheese muffins to take along for a morning play date at the park.  They were a hit!  After an hour of climbing and crawling all over the play ground Grace completely exhausted and covered in sandy dirt was more than happy to retreat to her pram and devour her muffin morning tea.  Usually there is quite the mess after Grace enjoys whatever she’s eating but today there was not a crumb in sight!

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tuna & roasted mediterranean vegetable pizza

tuna mediterranean vegetable pizza

tuna mediterranean vegetable pizza

I just can’t help but roast tray after tray of these beautiful mediterranean vegetables.  Capsicum, eggplant, tomatoes and zucchini Grace adores them all so I’ve been working them into pretty much every dish possible since the love affair began!

So far I’ve conjured up mediterranean vegetable tarts, roasted mediterranean vegetable penne, tuna bean salad and today’s charred mediterranean vegetables found their way onto a pizza.

Basically today’s pizza is a flour tortilla topped with a little olive tapenade (but basil pesto or good old tomato sauce would be lovely too), a big handful of the charred mediterranean veges, a can of tuna, fresh basil leaves and a thick blanket of mozzarella.  After a quick vacation under a scorching hot grill the cheese melts to golden perfection blanketing the thick layer of beautiful vegetables.  Grace gobbled up a couple of pizza slices for lunch and the love affair continues…

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oat slice

oat slice

oat slice

Over the weekend we were lucky enough to be gifted a lovely batch of home made oat and sultana cookies.

They were divine.

Thick, chewy, gooey and chock full of sultanas and oats they were everything a cookie should be.

And like most delicious treats at our place this packet of cookies disappeared faster than my sanity after a long sleepless night.

With just an empty cookie packet to stare at and a deep desire for more cookies I decided to pull out my favourite baking cook book in order to whip up a batch of cookies myself.

oat slice

Reading through the recipe I did the time/effort calculations in my mind and I knew there was no way I was going to be able to ‘whip up a batch’ without world war three erupting in our living room.  This particular oat and sultana cookie recipe required electric beaters, resting time and endless rolling of 36 cookies.

Not. Gonna. Happen.

With Grace now up and about and getting around with ninja like precision and ‘black caviar’ speed I now have a ten minute ‘happy baby’ window which to bake in.  Best to leave this recipe to those bakers without children I thought.

Not to be defeated I flicked through the ‘lazy baking’ file in my mind to see if I  could retrieve a more simple recipe to which I could add delicious oats and sultanas to that would still be sticky, oozy and gooey.  And then I remember my simple, easy peasy, ten minute oat slice recipe.  Winning!

With Grace happily playing with her ‘toys’ i.e. my car keys, credit cards and mobile phone (why is it that children are always interested in playing with everything other than their own toys?) I quickly stirred together the oat and sultana slice.  I hate to admit it (bad naughty mother moment) but the trick to keeping this slice deliciously luscious and gooey is the combination of butter and brown sugar.

I know, I know!  It’s terrible!

‘Somebody please think of the children!’

Call the food police!

Yep this recipe is definitely not going to be on the clean eating, green smoothie, protein bar wielding mothers baking list but it made it on my mine and happily so.  As a once in a while treat this ooey, gooey, fudgy, luscious slice studded with oats and sultanas is truly wonderful and I hope my lazy baking inspired moment of genius can bring a naughty yet unbelievably delicious recipe into your homes and tummies too.

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zucchini fritters

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zucchini fritters

To say we love fritters is quite the understatement.

Since beginning our baby led weaning journey I’ve conjured up batches of carrot fritters, sweet corn fritters, pea fritters & today I’m sharing with you a lovely batch of gorgeously green, zesty and golden zucchini fritters, our favourite thus far.

Whenever greeted with food type questions from mum’s & dad’s beginning their blw journey I always recommend fritters! To me fritters are the perfect food for delivering oodles of vegetables and goodness to our bubby’s in an easy to handle & delicious little package!

And once you’ve mastered the basic fritter recipe you’re free as a bird  to spice the fritters up with the flavour combinations you love.  Today I added a heap of fresh mint and lemon zest to our batch of zucchini fritters to give them a zesty light freshness and I also stirred through a little grated parmesan that melted to oozy perfection throughout the fritter.

When serving up lunch I decided to stir together a last minute accompaniment a mint and lemon yoghurt dressing.  The cool, refreshing, zesty dressing was perfect alongside the crispy golden fried fritters and Grace demolished her fritters and dressing along with a handful of rocket and cherry tomatoes.

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tuna bean salad

bean tuna salad

bean tuna salad

Earlier this week I cooked up a penne supper filled with gorgeously charred roasted mediterranean vegetables and much to my delight Miss G. absolutely adored the dish, quickly making her way through the plate full of roasted capsicum, zucchini, eggplant and cherry tomatoes.

Knowing it was such a big hit this morning I decided to pull out our gigantic oven tray once again and whip up another mountain of lovely roasted mediterranean vegetables.  And with the help of a can of cannelini beans and tuna nestled in the pantry I decided to forgo the usual pasta route and opted for a tuna bean salad instead.

To bring the salad together I combined the roasted mediterranean vegetables, tuna and beans along with with a few handfuls of rocket and a good drizzle of extra virgin olive oil and squeeze of zesty lemon juice.

Today Miss G. just as eagerly enjoyed her lunch of tuna bean salad thanks to her new love affair with roasted vegetables.

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berry clafoutis

berry clafoutis

berry clafoutis

Today’s post is super short.

Grace is now officially crawling and is into everything!

In fact as I sit here madly typing away I can see Grace out of the corner of my eye opening all of our television unit drawers, removing the contents and redecorating our living room with them!

Note: purchase baby proof drawer locks.

Type.  Faster.  Hurry.  More mess.  Ahhh.

OK.  Berry Clafoutis.  Basically, clafoutis (pronounced CLA-FOO-TEE) is a rustic french dessert studded with berries and has a gorgeous luscious texture somewhere between a baked custard, souffle and cake.  I adore this vanilla scented gooey comforting dessert.  It’s a breeze to prepare, simply whisk (or blend) all of the ingredients together, pour over berries and bake.  Voila.

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