Please excuse the sticky toddler fingers! This was what I did on Saturday with my charges.
Fed up of the constant “It’s not fair! SHE got to stir for longer!” and “But Nikki, HE got to lick the spoon last time!” and “S turn, S turn, S turn, S TURN.” every time we bake (they aren’t usually so silly, they’re usually lovely but they are kids at the end of the day!) I decided to do things a little differently this time.
I gave each of them a bowl, they each got one egg and had to take it in turns to weigh out their individual ingredients and we did each stage together. Once they each had a batter, they each got to choose a food colouring for their batter, which I then used to make multi-coloured cakes. G had blue, C red and [not-so]-little S had green. They then decorated them with their granny after I left.
Having found that a lot of recipes now call for oil instead of eggs, I have gone back to the old fashioned way of cake baking. Take your egg/s, weigh them. Use equal amounts of flour, butter and sugar and make as usual (cream butter and sugar, add beaten egg/s and then add the flour). You can use less sugar and even half it without any issues! Or you can do as my middle charge, C, did and pour in extra when you think I’m not looking 😉
So whilst I haven’t been crafting today, I have been busy in my tiny kitchen sorting out food for the week and stocking my freezer. I usually don’t do food posts but I am so chuffed with myself that I had to today! Nearly 4 hours chopping and cooking
and crying from chopping 5 onions. That was after clearing out my kitchen cupboards and going through my clothes. Busy Bank Holiday Monday!
I really wanted a roast dinner, and roasts are actually great for making things that usually take forever and doing them in bulk, saving the effort next time.
So; I’ve made/sorted for the freezer:
6 cashew nut and carrot roasts (one for dinner)
4 bags of 2 portions of sliced carrot
5 vegetarian cottage pies
Enough caramelised onion to go in the gravy (bisto’s, not my own gravy!)
360g of sweet potato chopped and ready to cook for something dhal-like
4 bags of 2 portions of mashed potato
Enough roasted veg to make sweet vegetable pies topped with pastry, which I’ll make on Wednesday.
I love it when a bulk-making day goes well! Especially when it ends with an awesome Roast Dinner, haven’t had a home made one since Christmas.