#1430 Home made pizza

I’m trying to set a good example for baby girl whenever I can.

A massive part of that example is teaching her what I learnt growing up…

Home made is best.

She already tells me that my gingerbread and banana bread is better than any bought variety, and just recently even said she loved my pasta sauce… and she doesn’t even eat that much of it.

What I bake and make doesn’t have to receive world-class awards. If baby girl can see that what I made in our kitchen tastes better than anything commercially bought or packaged, my job here is done.

Learning this is a life-long task though. I still fall into traps of buying things that I think might be okay, but then I end up terribly disappointed afterwards. That’s why I’m always teaching, always talking to baby girl about what is good and healthy for her.

I don’t like to be preachy, or all “Don’t eat that!” with her. Rather like today at the shops, I asked her if she wanted me to buy some watermelon, and she said yes. I then threw in the info that they have lots of water and are naturally sweet, and much better for you than sugary treats and chocolate.

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But it wasn’t just watermelon on our shopping list today. We were buying pizza-making ingredients, because baby girl asked for us to make a pizza!

Before I get too excited over my good influence on her, it was TOTALLY NOT MY INFLUENCE.

I know because she told me… she had watched her favourite doll role-play channel on youtube and the dolls had made their own pizza with green peppers and brown onion and pepperoni and that’s why she wanted to make it!

Well what do you know? Youtube is actually teaching something.

So we went on a shopping trip. To buy green peppers (I told them in Australia we say capsicums), pepperoni (only to go on Hubbie’s side of the pizza once she realised they were spicy) and some other delicious and fresh toppings like ham, mushrooms and fresh mozzarella.

FRESH MOZARELLA! Mmmmmmmmmmmmm.

At home I chopped it up and she helped me top the pizza base… the best bit.

Before…

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And after

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It smelt so good coming out of the oven, and we had created it ourselves!

The only modification for next time…

Make two. We smashed that ‘one’ easily.

 

#1395 Tacos

I have a confession.

I’m 36 years old and have never had a taco.

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Maybe I have, but if I did I sure as hell can’t remember it.

Which is kind of the same thing. 🤷‍♀️

Tonight we ate them.

And…

Nom nom nom nom nom.

I always thought they’d be so annoying to eat. The hard shell, subsequently crunchy and falling apart, with all the fillings inside dropping into a heap in your hands…

Who would want that?

Burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, soft wraps… I’ve done them all. Corn chips as a snack, sure.

But not a hard corn shell as a Mexican sandwich.

But omg! I was wrong. It was delicious and fresh, and baby girl loved it just as much as I did.

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The crunch was definitely there, and the contrast it provided against the other ingredients was amazing.

And sure, half of the filling and shards of the corn tortilla fell onto my plate when my teeth bit into the taco…

But I realised it was still as delicious from the base of my plate as it was when in my hands. ❤🌮

 

 

#1354 Summer salads – quinoa, mango and tomato medley

It ain’t Summer yet, but the weather is definitely warming up, making it the perfect time to start making fresh, healthy and inciting meals that take stock of some Summer staples.

The ‘salad’ I made today could well be a meal on its own – and why not? On those hot days when you just can’t be bothered turning on the heat, well this recipe uses minimal, and combines a lot of great flavours, all fresh and warm and contrasting, so that it really equals a surprisingly filling yet healthy meal.

Oh and there’s coriander. There are some people that hate it… but we are not those people.

Hubbie LOVES coriander. And I gotta say I enjoy the fresh and mild flavour it gives off too.

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Looking forward to a hot summer, with some stunning salads, like the above 😉

 

#1341 Ham, sweet corn and pumpkin frittata

Do you go through stages where everything in your life goes a bit haywire, and the simple things you used to take pleasure in fall to the wayside?

Well I’ve been so gung-ho on the writing, that I have forgotten to make time for those little things that I enjoy, that fill me up and give me a sense of happiness in my day-to-day.

One of those things are cooking. For AGES now I have just been falling back on the same old dishes for every dinner night… because thinking of what to eat can be exhausting. I have been relying on my usual of steamed vegies and salad, with the varying components being a different meat and carb component every night.

Ugh.

With ‘new’ cooking, you have to find the recipe, get the ingredients, and hope to God the taste correlates to the time you spent making it.

Yet I still love it. ❤

I reminded myself of this fact recently, and when faced with a pumpkin that Hubbie didn’t want to eat (I think it was a Jarrahdale and it had a bland taste) I had to find a new way to use it up.

Insert… the pumpkin frittata recipe!

Now I didn’t have to go far to find this recipe. I don’t have the best organisation in keeping recipes, since at the moment I have nearly all my recipes in the coffee table drawer. I just have to sift until I find something worthy of my cooking time!

I liked this recipe, because prepping the ingredients was pretty easy (as they were nornal and accessible), the smell as it cooked was warming and delicious, especially on such a cold Spring day as today… and then the dish itself is so versatile, as you can eat it as a side for dinner, or for lunch, like I did.

And the major plus? I have so much left over. This will be my lunchtime meal for days.

Which means I have MORE time to write.

Winning 😉

#1332 Banana and date bread

I’ve been wanting to make this healthy banana bread recipe for some time now. But even today as I started making it, I had to wonder, “will it be good? Will it be tasty?”

You know the recipes. You have to buy all the extra ingredients, things you don’t normally have in your pantry… the photos look so pretty… you’re getting it from a free supermarket foodie mag.

It was these 3 things that had me going “hmmm. This may not be too impressive.”

But I wemt ahead. I baked it. And I let it cool. And then, I cut myself a piece.

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Look at that deliciously healthy food porn. With sunflower and pumpkin seeds just falling all over it. It was, actually, surprisingly, AMAZING.

Nom nom nom nom nom.

 

#1287 Saturday night passionate convos

Tonight was a great catch up with Best man and fam. Overdue, because they missed baby girl’s birthday last week.

Late, but in some ways maybe better, because we got to catch up with them and them only, and get really intimate on stuff.

In amongst the kids playing some pin the horn on the unicorn (because I still had the poster up on the door) and the egg and cup game around the house, us parents were, you know, chilling on the couch, having turns picking different songs on YouTube to watch.

And it was all good, all cruisy. Dinner was followed with my home-made brownies, some coffee…

And then suddenly, the conversation turned.

Because we started talking about something Hubbie gets really passionate about – MUSIC.

Singers and songwriters, to be specific, and who gets (more) credit.

Oh my. Soon we were shouting out artist names, getting noisy, pointing fingers and yelling “you’re wrong!”

And then we roared with laughter.

Although we seriously, very seriously got onto the topic of ideas and credit and performers, we all gave each other the space to speak, no one got cranky with the other for their ideas, and after some very passionate speeches, all went back to a balanced equilibrium.

And, it was soooo refreshing. Being in company where we could be as honest as we liked, even shout at the other person… then go back to hugging them a moment later.

If only we could all give each other the space to be as honest as we wanted, without finding offence or reason to tear each other down.

It’s hard to find people like that.

I guess that’s why they are, Best man and fam 😉

#1243 Comfort banana bread

I’m really struggling with this lack of sunshine.

The days are long. Cold and dark. Winter has sprung strongly, again.

Being confined to the house with a sick baby girl makes it all the more harder.

I look at the weather forecast, and all I see is rain, and clouds.

The weekend forecast shows me work days, and getting ready back-to-school vibes.

Sigh.

So I had to do something. I had to make banana bread. I have made it before and showcased it here before, and I’ll be damned if I don’t do it again, and showcase it again, if only to lift me up and make me all warm and fuzzy inside.

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Proper, home-made banana bread. With bananas. Well what do you know. It’s a Jamie Oliver recipe and it’s a keeper… more than that, it’s simple. 

What? A professional celebrity chef recipe that DOESN’T require you to go out and buy the whole supermarket shelf?

I didn’t even have to buy anything extra than what I had in my fridge and pantry.

I made it, and we enjoyed it… and even for a girl who has lost her appetite as she has gained red eyes, she had a small slice of it and gave me the thumbs up.

On days like these… little things. Baby steps. Anything to get through.