Archive | January 2012

Toddler Recipe – Yummy Cheesy Tortilla


Potato and egg – two of Leanne’s all-time favourite foods. A dish containing either one ingredient is usually completely eaten up, plate even licked. So imagine the joy when the meal consists both items. A big fan of tortilla myself, I came up with the following recipe for my 18-month-old. Admittedly, it’s a little more tedious to make than spaghetti bolognese. That’s why I make enough at one go for a couple of meals. It’s an ideal dish for self-feeding as the tortilla can be cut into bite-sized pieces and served with cherry tomatoes and sliced cucumber. With the vegetable sides, it’s more than a perfect nutritional meal.

Recipe

Makes 2 15cm rounds

Ingredients

  • 2 medium-sized potatoes
  • 100g chicken breast fillet
  • 1/4 onion, minced
  • 50g (or more) grated Mozzarella cheese
  • 2 large eggs
  • Some salt*

Some oil

*Salt is of course optional but I believe the chicken fillet would taste rather nasty without. I always add a little to improve overall taste. That’s all the salt I use in the recipe anyway, by the way. Better to have a toddler eating some salt than rejecting food that’s simply too bland.

Method

1. Precook the ingredients. Peel potatoes and cut into very thin slices. Slice fillet likewise, into very thin pieces. Sprinkle a little salt on fillet. Boil potatoes and steam chicken. (My setup is simple. I use a small pot to boil the potatoes and top it with a bamboo steamer for the chicken.) Cook both items till they are tender.

2. Beat eggs in a bowl, add onion and cheese. Mix well.

3.  Heat frying pan. Add a teeny bit of oil. Pour a quarter of the egg mixture into pan. Let the egg solidify a little. Arrange half of the portion of potato and chicken slices on top. Pour another quarter egg mixture over. Press down on tortilla with a frying ladle to bind the ingredients together. Flip tortilla over once the bottom is browned. Brown the other side. Remove from pan and allow to cool. Repeat with remaining ingredients. Cut into bite-sized pieces and serve.

Hints

I used one of those special double-sided pancake pan to make the tortilla. Alternatively, you can try flipping the tortilla onto a plate and then sliding it back into the pan. That works equally well.

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A Shabby Chic Kitchen

The days of oilcloth being considered tacky are officially over, now that the selection of patterns has increased to include the very trendy polka dots, vintage style roses and paisleys. Higher popularity means more choices and less spending – any bona fide housewife’s dream. Not only does it let you add personality to your kitchen easily, it is easy to clean up and provides a good work surface for baking. After deliberating for a good whole week, I finally made up my mind about having a pale and cool coloured tablecloth in the utility kitchen. Since the kitchen cabinets are grey, I went with pale mint for a complementary hue effect. Since the chairs are already a bright fire engine red, I didn’t feel like another huge glaring piece of surface. The husband was also very  taken with the colour choice. Continue reading

2012’s first birthday cake

The year-end festive period is always rather draining on creative juices. This means at least one out of the three major events, Christmas, New Year’s eve and the husband’s birthday, is usually prepared last minute with spontaneous solutions. Since the spotlight landed on Christmas last year, I was left scrambling to prepare for the special (birth)day all during one last available morning. Thank God for the rather quick thinking of pouring the remaining chocolate cake mixture into two small round tins and baking them together with the Christmas cupcakes, the cake base was settled beforehand. A white chocolate ganache was easily whipped up and used to sandwich the two rounds together. Bam. Cake done! Now what? The tedious part of the cake making of course – decorating it!

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A starry starry bake

I seem to have a knack for tedium; the recipes or craft projects I want to make require either many steps or more effort each step. The higher amount of satisfaction is a most probable reason for these choices although I almost always feel sorry at half point. And then I will simply do it again.

While browsing the latest issue of ‘Lust auf Genuss’, a photo of bright orange stars dusted with desiccated coconut wouldn’t leave my eye alone. I decided they have to appear on this year’s Christmas cookie table. Each year, my mother-in-law prepares a whole range of sweets for the Christmas period besauss we tend to stay home throughout and snack with only breaks made out of real meals. It’s high time I make a contribution too. Continue reading