It’s meant to be bad luck to begin decorating your Christmas tree before December, but with my kids now reaching the age where they understand Christmas, it’s hard not to get excited early. It’s also harder to try and stick to the December 1 rule. So instead of risking the bad luck that comes with erecting a tree before December 1, I started on making some decorations in preparation for the date. My first activity is a Christmas Fireplace. Continue reading “Christmas Fireplace”
Origami is one of those activities I sometimes enjoy more than my kids, it’s a great activity to do when the weather is wet or cold outside, the animals and shapes we make usually leads to some other type of activity, such as a puppet show, or building a Zoo or Ark. Continue reading “Origami”
Sourdough bread would have to be my favourite. If it were available to me, I would eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. But the cost of it can be inhibiting, along with the fact that it doesn’t have any preservatives in the ingredient list; making its shelf life shortened, when compared to the other breads I’ve made. Continue reading “Sourdough Starter”
If you live in one of the warmer states of Australia, bread proofing can be a cinch, just place the dough on your kitchen bench and an hour later it has formed into a bubbly dough, twice the size of that it was left. In the southern areas of the country where I live, this won’t happen in the winter months. A piece of dough can sit for hours without the slightest rise; what’s more, it is also frequently threatened by the Australian wildlife, bugs and little children, if left too long unsupervised. Continue reading “Bread Proofers”
Recently I set my boys the task of making this colourful melted bead bowl. Usually they bicker and fight when being set a task together, but I found this activity in particular forced them to work together, with them being more focused on using their fine motor skills, they were distracted from upsetting one another. Continue reading “Kids Bead Bowl”
I love a spicy beef curry, full of flavour and taste. In winter I especially enjoy having my slow cooker running; filling my house with the delicious smells of a curry slowly being made. This recipe I have converted to be made fully in the Thermomix, the end result is a delicious curry, with tender meat and the perfect level of heat for me. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Beef Curry”
Sri Lankan Dark Roasted Curry Paste can be used as the base for any curry; usually prepared with darker meat such as beef or goat. 2-3 Tablespoons of the paste is sufficient per 500 gms of meat. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Dark Roasted Curry Paste”
Traditional Sri Lankan Sweet treat for dessert or midday reward. This chewy toffee with crunchy cashews will satisfy the sweet tooth in anyone.
Served as a dessert, Milk Toffee will appeal to the sweet tooth in the house, only a small portion will satisfy such taste buds. With a smooth caramel flavour and crunchy cashews, this is a nice occasional treat. Continue reading “Sri Lankan Milk Toffee aka Kiri Toffee”
Fun activity to keep the kids amused for days and weeks. Using eggshells create these cute characters in under ten minutes.
Cooking from scratch and making Egg Pan Hoppers regularly means I go through a lot of eggs. Eggshells have a multitude of uses, but a fun activity to do with the kids is to make Grass Egg Heads. This activity takes under ten minutes to do, and requires very little maintenance afterwards to keep the hair growing. Continue reading “Grass Egg Heads”
Coconut Sambol served with main meal. Provides extra spice and flavour. Alternatively use as dip with rice crackers or on buttered bread.
Coconut Sambol is used to complement Sri Lankan dishes. Normally served to the side of the main meal, it provides a bit of extra heat and flavour. I literally eat this straight from the Thermomix bowl, and it’s not unusual at times to see me eat this for breakfast on toast! It also can be eaten with rice crackers as an alternative to dip or straight on buttered bread. Continue reading “Coconut Sambol”