free range kids, free range eggs

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There is nothing simpler and nicer than wandering outside and collecting the eggs to then cook them up immediately  for breakfast. If you have ever had eggs like this you will understand what I’m taking about..

 

ingredients:  sourdough bread , free range fresh eggs, organic butter, organic baby asparagus spears, 1 avocado, juice of a lemon, olive oil, sea salt and cracked pepper,  a couple of free range kids

method: Heat a non stick grill pan on low, put on a small pot of water for the asparagus. With a glass cut holes into the centre of the sourdough, lightly butter on both sides and put aside. Gently snip with fingers the ends off the asparagus and place into the water when it comes to the boil. Blanch for 2-3 minutes, then remove and run under cold water to stop the cooking process. Slice the avocado all the way around and remove the seed. Scoop the flesh out into a bowl and add the juice of half a lemon and season. Mash with a fork and set aside.  Lightly oil the grill pan and turn the heat up to a medium heat  then add the sourdough slices, as many as you can fit onto the pan. While toasting lightly season with salt and cracked pepper. Allow to toast for a minute or so then begin cracking your eggs into the holes of the bread. Allow the bread to cook to a buttery golden brown before flipping over to cook the other side. The second side will take less time than the first. Try not to over cook the eggs. When nicely toasted, take out of the pan and set aside on a board. While the grill pan is still hot add a little more olive oil and add the asparagus, gently sear for a minute,  lightly season with salt. Serve the asparagus spears on the toasts, and add a spoonful of the avocado mixture to the plates.   Give thanks and enjoy!

lemon buttermilk pancakes with raspberry coulis

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lemon buttermilk pancakes with raspberry coulis

ingredients:1 1/2cups self-raising flour,1 free range egg,375ml buttermilk,juice of 1 lemon,3tablespoons caster sugar,2teaspoons butter melted,1teaspoon vanilla extract,extra butter for cooking

method: In a mixing bowl add all of the ingredients and whisk into a smooth batter. heat a non stick fry pan and add a little butter over a low heat, with a large serving spoon add a heaped spoon into the pan. allow to cook to a light golden brown and bubble on the surface before flipping. Continue cooking the remaining mixture.

Raspberry Coulis

ingredients: 1cup frozen raspberries,juice of 1 1/2 lemons, 1tablespoon caster sugar

method: Combine all ingredients into a fry pan. Over a medium heat, simmer until the mixture thickens and becomes syrupy. Serve warm over the pancakes with a dollop of mascarpone or crème fraîche.

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maple nut granola

 

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maple nut granola

ingredients: 5 cups rolled oats,1 cup coconut flakes,1/2cup sliced almonds,1/2cup chopped pecans,1/2cup brown sugar,1/3cup unsalted pumpkin seeds,1/3cup unsalted sunflour seeds,1/2cup pure maple syrup,1/2cup water,1/4cup canola oil,1/2dried cranberries,1/2cup raisins

Method: preheat oven to 175°C.Combine all dry ingredients into a large mixing bowl except for the cranberries and raisins. In a separate bowl, combine maple syrup,water and oil lightly mix then pour over oat mix. Spread the mixture over a large baking tray lined with baking paper. Bake for 35 minutes, then gently turn mixture and add the cranberries and raisins. Bake for a further 10 minutes. The granola should be a nice light golden brown. Allow the granola to cool completely before storing in a glass jar or an airtight container.

dill hollandaise eggs

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Dill Hollandaise

Ingredients

3 free range egg yolks, juice of half a lemon, 2 teaspoons water, 125grams butter melted (clarified), salt to taste, 1/4 bunch of dill

method

In a heat proof bowl place the egg yolks, water and lemon juice and lightly whisk.  place bowl over a  low simmering pot of water and continue whisking until mixture begins to thicken and has doubled in volume, then begin to slowly add the clarified  butter a little at a time while continuing to whisk until you have a smooth sauce the consistency of a gravy. add the finely chopped dill. If sauce over thickens you can add another teaspoon of water and whisk through. season to taste.

play dough

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there is quite a gap between our two-year old and his older siblings. i must admit it’s taken a little adjusting to get myself back into toddler mode.  we are beginning to introduce some forms of structured play to our boo.  i had forgotten how much fun play dough actually is… my older children would never admit it  but they too enjoy a good round of play dough

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play dough recipe

ingredients

2cups plain flour,2tbls cream of tarte,2 tbls canola oil,3/4 cup table salt,food colouring,2 cups water,

method

combine all of the ingredients together in a saucepan and stir over a medium heat for approximately 5 minutes or until mixture comes together. be carful not to over cook as this will make the play dough dry. need on a lightly floured surface.

blueberry and ricotta hotcakes

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my husband and i recently had a rare weekend off without any children, well almost, we still had georgie with us.. she’s not quite ready to momentarily part with us just yet. usually, feeling free and unrestricted by little ones we would head out for breakfast and coffee to one of our favourite haunts. instead i talked him into staying in with the enticement of blueberry hotcakes, stove stop coffee and movies in bed. of course, being the new enthusiastic blogger i’m fast becoming i needed to pause somewhere in there for the photography shoot. i can say, it was well worth it.. they defiantly tasted as good as they looked.

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BLUEBERRY AND RICOTTA HOTCAKES

ingredients

1 punnet fresh blueberries, 2 cups self raising flour, 2tbs caster sugar, 600ml butter milk, 1 tsp baking powder, 1 egg, 80grams melted butter, 300grams fresh ricotta, 1 tsp vanilla extract, maple syrup to serve

method

combine flour, sugar,baking powder in a bowl and mix lightly. mix egg, butter milk and vanilla extract and add to dry ingredients. stir through ricotta.

heat non stick fry pan add a little butter, put large spoonfuls of mixture in the pan cook over a medium heat until lightly caramelised then gently flip over and repeat for a minute or so on the other side, finish off the cooking process in the oven at 180° for 10 minutes or until cooked through. serve with maple syrup