Thursday, 28 November 2013

Homemade Playdough!

Whenever I can, I make, create, bake, etc.
I believe that it is healthier and safer, when it comes to things for my child.

She likes playing with playdough, but the store bought is sticky, smelly, can't be cleaned properly from furniture and fabric and what if she swallows a piece?

So, I searched the web (well, Pinterest really!) and found a recipe, which I adapted to suit me.

Homemade Playdough
adapted from here

1 cup flour
1 cup water
2 tsp cream of tartar
1/3 cup salt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
food colouring

* Mix all the ingredients, except the colour in a pot.
* Cook over low heat, stirring until it thickens.
* When it starts to gather around the spoon, remove the dough onto parchement paper.
* Wait a bit until you can handle the temperature and divide it into as many balls as you want to colour variate.
* Add little drops of colour and knead until you get the olour you want.
* Place them in food containers with lids.

Note that if left uncovered long, the dough will dry.

It is very easy to handle and you, ah hem ... your child will love to play with it!

Wednesday, 13 November 2013

Peach sorbet!

If you like fruit sorbet, then this is for you. Fast, easy, low fat and oh so tasty!

I came up with it, while I was trying to figure out, what I was going to do with so many peaches that I had. I made peach jam, but I also wanted something else...

Peach sorbet

fresh, ripe peaches
sweetener or regular sugar, quantity to your taste
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp vanilla extract

* Wash and remove the skin pf the peaches.
* Cut them in little cubes.
* Spread them on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
* Place the tray in the freezer, until the fruit is totally frozen.
* Place all the ingredients in the food processor and blitz your heart out.
* From time to time, stop and scrape down the sides.
* It is ready when it looks like sorbet!

You will love this. Trust me!


Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Zucchini dinner!

This is a dinner option I make for myself a lot. G doesn't like it very much, so, well..., more for me!

It is also South Beach Phase I suitable!

Cut the zucchini very thin.
Drizzle with olive oil.
Add some ready mix (I use a spicy one for meats).
 Add some tomato paste.
Toss the pieces gently.
 Bake for 20 min. until crispy in a preheated oven 180o C.
 Once out of the oven throw some light grated cheese on top and let it melt.

Very easy. Very tasty. Really quick to make!