caramelised banana dutch pancake with fresh strawberries

caramelised banana dutch pancake with fresh strawberriescaramelised banana dutch pancake with fresh strawberries

I adore everything about winter.

The cosy clothes, endless cups of hot tea and days spent with the slow cooker bubbling away in the kitchen are my idea of heaven.

The late winter sunrise also guarantees a greatly appreciated sleep in most mornings and when Miss G. finally stirs she is more than happy to huddle, snuggle and cuddle under the warm cosy covers until we finally pluck up enough courage to face the frosty morning together.

Most mornings we make our way straight to the kitchen to heat up our beloved oats with a little stewed apple but this morning I decided something a little extra special was required so we put together this super simple caramelised banana dutch pancake with fresh strawberries.

Although I have a very special place in my heart for traditional pancakes, on a frosty winter morning when immediate warming nourishment is required I much prefer the fuss free nature of the Dutch pancake.  There is no standing over a fry pan endlessly flipping pancakes, simply pour the batter over a little caramelised fruit and pop into a piping hot oven.  Fifteen minutes later a perfectly puffed and gorgeously golden fruit studded pancake emerges ready to be devoured.

Todays incarnation of our fuss free pancake included caramelised banana and fresh strawberries and really was baby led weaning winter breakfast perfection.  The texture of the pancake is perfect for little hands to hold and nibble away on with ease and when served alongside fresh strawberries and a little yoghurt, this breakfast will have your little one satisfied all morning long.

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zucchini choc loaf

choc zucchini loaf

choc zucchini loaf

Miss G. is feeling much better.

Over the weekend her teething symptoms all but vanished and we were able to get in  plenty of giggles, play time and fun.

So with my bright, bubbly little bubby back in full force I pulled out this zucchini and choc loaf recipe I’ve been lusting after for quite some time and decided to have a little baking session with Grace this morning.

I have to say I absolutely adore this age.  Its seems Miss G. gets a little more cuter each and every day as well as more and more interested in the goings on around the house, particularly my cooking.

So with a cooking bench set up at the right height for her to stand at we got our bake on.

She watched and giggled as I cracked the eggs, chopped the chocolate and grated the zucchini and when I started to stir the dark, gleaming batter together she insisted on helping.  I have to say the cheeky grin of excitement she had as we popped the zucchini choc loaf into the oven completely melted my heart.

After a little nap Miss G. awoke to enjoy a small slice of the amazingly dark, rich zucchini studded loaf alongside a generous helping of her favourite strawberries.

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roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

roast pumpkin & feta couscous salad

This weekend we’re heading down the coast for a day at the beach.

Beach.

Sunshine.

Sand.

Ice blocks.

Sunscreen.

Sandcastles.

All the makings of a perfect weekend.

To have with us on our travels I decided to put together this little roast pumpkin and feta couscous salad.

So simple to make and chock full of fresh herbs this delicious couscous salad is the perfect lunch for a day at the beach.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

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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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pesto pasta salad & lemon, thyme & honey chicken

lemon thyme & honey chicken

lemon thyme & honey chicken

Grace and I awoke this morning to discover the quintessential Brisbane winters day.   We jumped out of bed and were greeted with a sun drenched bright blue and gorgeously clear sky.  So to celebrate the stunning day and take full advantage of the  rays of sunshine Grace and I decided to head off to the park for a picnic.

After a little tinkering in the kitchen I put together this simple yet delicious pasta salad soaked in fragrant basil pesto and mixed together with a lovely helping of fresh cherry tomatoes, cucumber, rocket, bocconcini and shaved pecorino.  To go alongside the salad I decided to roast chicken drumsticks with a little lemon zest, thyme, olive oil and honey.   ***Note honey is NOT suitable for bubs under one year, however that doesn’t mean you have to miss out!  Just like I did simply leave a couple of drumsticks honey free and glaze the rest, I promise the rest of the family will LOVE LOVE LOVE the wonderfully golden, caramelised honey glazed chicken!

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blueberry scones

blueberry sconesblueberry scones

This morning I awoke with a distinct urge to bake scones and not just any old scone but a batch of brilliantly bright blue blueberry scones.  I blindly followed my baking instinct and flicked on the oven.  As I started preparing the scones I wondered why I felt such a deep need to bake these beautiful blueberry scones and it wasn’t until I turned on the morning news that I realised just like the rest of the global population I too have been swept up in royal baby fever.  These blue stained english beauties are quite obviously my subconscious’s way of celebrating the very cute teeny tiny new prince of Cambridge.

Over the past few days I have to admit I have been pretty intent on not missing one detail about Kate, William and their new prince.  As a relatively new mama myself I know the kind of wonderful emotional roller coaster the lovely royal couple is surely journeying on, experiencing for the very first time the highs and lows of caring for a new life and relishing in the wonder and amazement of their newborn bundle of joy.  Its such a special moment in time.  Peering over at Grace sitting proudly in her high chair eagerly watching me rub together the butter and flour I simply can’t believe how quickly time passes, it wasn’t too long ago I too was bringing home my new born baby.

Just like any other scone recipe this one too is also very simple to prepare.  Simply rub the flour into the butter, add a little butter milk and egg, tumble in a few blueberries and bake.  Here are your step-by-step instructions…

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coconut bread

coconut breadcoconut bread

This morning we had an early start; a grey, dreary, foggy 5.34am start to be exact.  From under the warm, cosy and all too comforting covers I kept wishing for just another ten minutes of blissful, soul quenching, much needed deep sleep, but unlike an alarm clock bubby’s most certainly do not have a snooze button.

Through my motherhood journey I have had a few aha moments and stumbled across a couple of little zen discoveries of my own.  One of the most important mantras that helps me remain a happy, centred, joyful mama is to look at the glass as half full.  The perspective of looking on the bright side of life is an absolute sanity saviour. And this morning in my weary eyed, messy haired, early morning haze I opted to begin the day with a little joy in my heart, kiss Grace on the head and thank the universe that an early rise means catching the breath taking sunrise.  I would much rather be watching the inside of my eye lids but alas here I am nestled on the sofa with my lovely little daughter playing on my lap peering through the window soaking in the first sun rays of the day.

Once the sun was up, Grace and I made our way to the kitchen and stirred together this simple but unbelievably delicious coconut bread.  When cradled in the oven, baking away, the delicious aromas wafting from the gorgeous loaf of coconut bread was yet another lovely blessing to give a little thanks for.

For morning tea, Grace and I tucked into a couple of slices of the still warm coconut bread along with and a punnet of sliced red strawberries.

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