Vegetable Fritters are an easy and delicious way to make vegetables appealing to those fussy eaters! Hide heaps of veggies in these fritters and you will have empty plates every time! A great after-school snack for toddlers. This is one of the best ways to get B eat his potatoes!

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Ingredients

¼ cup flour

1 egg

2 tbsp milk

¼ cup grated cheese

¼ cup chopped & cooked/boiled veggies (grated carrots, potatoes, peas, corn, broccoli finely chopped..pretty much all the veggies in the fridge)

2 tbsp chili sauce (or a sauce of your choice for seasoning)

butter or oil for cooking

Method

1. Beat together flour (you can also use the pancake mix you get in supermarkets. i used Edmonds Brand) and egg with two tablespoons of milk, until it is a reasonably thick, smooth batter (add a little more add milk if necessary).

2. Add cheese and veggies to mixture, combine well. Add your choice of sauce or seasonings.

3. Heat oil or butter in mid-heat frypan. Drop tablespoon-lots of fritter mix into pan.

4. Flip over fritters when bubbles appear on top and bottom is golden.

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B is 1½ years old! yay!! 🙂

he has been teething quite a bit this last month. got 2 teeth within a week! and 1 more a week after that, so a total of 9 teeth now. hoping he now chews atleast some of his food rather than just gulp it down! i am really running out of soft-food ideas for him. or for that matter mashing up our food a bit for him. its just not the same and even B knows that. sigh but we are slowly getting to the mouth-full-of-teeth.

i have been trying out some new recipes on B too! and hes eaten them up quite well too. If you’ve missed them, you can find the recipes here.

B’s got his winter’s first cold since more than 2 weeks now! and just when i am about to take a sigh of relief that he’s recovered, his nose starts running again! i guess thats one minus point of playcentres.

yes, hes started playcentres since a month now! just a couple of weeks after coming back from our long holiday. so he’s got a busy schedule throughout the week (and we love it!) with playcentre on mon, tues and fri, wed he goes gyming and thurs its his mainly music. A variety of activities to keep him mentally and physically active. oh and not to forget his swimming on sat. wow my baby’s growing up so fast. its like just one year back he was still crawling around and my arms would be his small world, and now he running around in the big world, making a place for himself. But at the end of the day he still comes running to his small world, calling out mamma loudly, his cheeky smile on his face and kisses on both my cheeks! and i would not want it any other way!

and now back to reality! hes learning some new skills around the house and at playcentres. he now climbs up the slide steps and down the slide by himself. till now he would crawl up the slide and slide down back on his tummy. haha. he knows his fruits, veggies, animals and animal noises. learning alphabets now. A,B, D and G so far. he also helps us around the house by throwing all the rubbish in the bin. and anything else which is rubbish for him goes in there too! but he did once throw his dirty nappy in the bin. without being told.

his love for his teddy is increasing each day. he now tells us to kiss his teddy too! cute but a lil disturbing for M. but still crazy after cars and balls which is a relief for M! he also loves playing in the sand pit. Beaches are now his favourite and our common spot over weekends.

his vocabulary is increasing and it is now easier for him to communicate his wants, or more like demand his wants! its always so amusing to see him scream out what he wants repeatedly! although it sometimes gets confusing for us when he uses the same word to mean multiple things (tatet can mean water or turtle; up means carry me up or i want to get up). sadly he still shakes his head for a yes and a no. he loves his fruit juices and everytime he sees the blender or juicer he screams out joosh in excitement!

and the big activity of the month – he performed his first full day fast! i dnt want to mention the number of walks i took him for on a windy and cold day while he was all cuddled up in him blanket in the stroller. nor will i mention that we were counting out every second in the last 2 hours! the point is he managed to stay hungry the whole day and i sane. way to go us!! another fast coming up in a few months..but that will be M’s day! 🙂

 

 

 

 

This is one of my overdue posts sitting lazily in my drafts since 2 days. but i shall finish it and publish it today! yess! so here goes…

Sadly the long weekend has ended. And there is not another one in sight in the coming months. But what a lovely weekend it was! And the weather too was just perfect!

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We drove down to Long Bay Regional Park on Sunday. it was our first visit there and since B’s current love at playcentre is the sandpit, this was the perfect destination for him. and us! and thats where we had our crazy fun time. B used his own sand toys here for the first time. scooped sand into his little bucket, toys bag and then my bag! screamed and ran behind dogs! oh yes! dogs again! how can his outings be complete without any dog incident. but this time it was a little different. the dog sniffed his bum! hmmm… we also realized B does not like playing with girls. even if she is a cute Russian girl! 🙁 and that was M’s worry that day…

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On our return, we got a call from our friends asking if we were up for Mission Bay (another beach site)! so we headed to another beach for the evening. the amazing hot choc brownie and butterscotch pecan cake at Movenpick was the perfect way to end a long day!

Monday was just a relaxing day spent in the kitchen, experimenting out some new recipes. not all turned out the way i expected them to but a couple of them will reach my blog soon!

This is the most simplest and tasty dish i cook for B. its a sure winner with the kids ALL the time! its packed with all the goodness of veggies in a thick creamy white sauce, topped with a handful of melted cheese. yummy!

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This recipe is my own invention. Feel free to add or remove any ingredients for your taste.

Ingredients

1 carrot chopped

½ cup broccoli

½ cup green beans

¼ cup corn

½ cup grated cheddar cheese

½ cup boiled noodles/spaghetti

salt and pepper to taste

paprika to taste

pinch of nutmeg

1 tbsp dried mixed herbs or as per taste

3 cup milk

60g butter

4 tbsp plain flour (i use wheat flour)

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Method

1.Chop all vegetables of your choice into bite sized pieces and keep aside.

2. Pre heat oven to 180°C.

3. Boil noodles/spaghetti in salty boiling water, till half done. Drain and keep aside.

4. In the meanwhile, take a small saucepan and melt the butter slowly. Add flour and keep mixing on slow heat for 2-3 mins. Take care to not burn it. Then add the milk slowly, mixing it continuously and vigorously so no lumps are formed. Keep mixing and cooking the sauce till it thickens. Add salt, pepper, nutmeg and paprika as per your taste.

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5. In an oven proof dish, mix the vegetables with the white sauce. Cover with foil and let it bake for 20-25 mins or till the veggies are tender. Remove from oven, sprinkle with cheese and let it bake for 5-10 mins (or till the cheese melts) uncovered.

 

its been such a long time since i have baked. So lets just say this is my healthy comeback to baking!

there’s this general impression that baking cakes at home is difficult. well not really for me, but anyways, for those who think so, well start with these muffins. baking them is really just a piece of cake!

Banana & Walnut (Mini) Muffins

Banana & Walnut (Mini) Muffins

Banana & Walnut (Mini) Muffins. the best of the lot for kids. scrumptious, healthy and very yummmyy! they are so light and fluffy, they literally melt in your mouth!

Recipe courtesy Tarla Dalal.

Ingredients

1 cup butter

1 cup castor sugar

1 cup plain flour ( i used wheat flour)

2 bananas

½ cup walnuts

½ tsp baking soda

½ tsp baking powder

½ tsp salt

½ tsp vanilla essence

3 tbsp milk

Butter to grease the muffin moulds

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Making these muffins is so easy even your kids can help you along the way.

1. Pre heat oven to 200°C. Grease muffins moulds with little butter and keep aside.

2. Sieve the flour with the salt, baking powder and baking soda. Keep aside.

3. Put the butter in a mixing bowl and mix with a spatula till it becomes soft. Add castor sugar to it and mix it properly.

4. Chop bananas into small bite size pieces (or however you wish) and add it to the butter and sugar mix. Add in the chopped walnuts and mix well.

Untitled-125. Add in the vanilla essence and sifted flour and give it a gentle mix.

6. Add enough milk to make it a batter like consistency.

Untitled-157. Spoon the batter into the greased muffin moulds and bake for 20-25 mins.

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1. Silicone trays need lesser cooking time than metal ones.

2. Insert a toothpick in the centre of muffin. If it comes out clean its done. On touching the muffin, it should be fluffy and come back up when pressed down.