Posts Tagged ‘Kids’

Baked Broccoli Feta Bites

Baked Goodies | Home Made Cooking

Shavuot is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day the Torah (10 commandments) was given to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Now, that’s all nice and dandy but what I really like about the holiday is the food – obviously. You see, this holiday is being celebrated by serving dairy foods, fruits and vegetables and these are my favorite. Imagine the variety of things one can make and bake from dairy products. Also, it’s so much easier than chicken and meat.

So the first thing I made preparing for Shavuot was Broccoli Feta Bites. To be completely honest, I didn’t just make it because of the holiday, as always with my cooking, it was a combination of the upcoming holiday and what I had in the fridge, and this time I had a bag of fresh broccoli and no real craving for yet another quiche, so I came up with something that looks beautiful, made easy and tastes fantastic. The kids loved it (hey, it’s small food, what’s not to like) and we all enjoyed a nice light dinner with these bites and a big side salad – so good!

 

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

 

Broccoli Feta Bites
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Recipe type: Main, Appetizer
Cuisine: Vegetarian
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Cook time: 
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Serves: 45 Bite Size Balls
 
Fun to eat, easy to make and healthy as an added bonus. Why not use your broccoli in a different way?
Ingredients
  • 650 grams Fresh (or frozen) Broccoli Florets
  • 2 Garlic Cloves – Diced
  • 2 Eggs
  • 7 tbsp Bread Crumbs
  • 100 grams Cheese – Grated (I used Cheddar)
  • 100 grams Feta Cheese – Crumbed
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Dill- - Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Dried Basil
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • ½ cup Bread Crumbs for Coating
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375F (180C)
  2. Prepare large baking pan covered with parchment paper
  3. Place the ½ cup bread crumbs for coating in a small bowl and set aside for later.
  4. Cook the broccoli florets in a covered pot with boiling water. Cook for about 15 minutes.
  5. Drain the broccoli florets from water, place in a food processor and chop until diced.
  6. In a large bowl place the garlic, cheese, feta, dill, basil, bread crumbs and eggs and add in the diced broccoli. Mix all together until evenly combined.
  7. Scoop with teaspoon and roll into ping pong size balls.
  8. Roll in the bread crumbs you set aside for coating (1/2 cup) until fully coated and place on baking sheet.
  9. Once you’re done with all the balls, place in preheated oven for 25 minutes or until golden brown on the outside.
  10. Serve drizzled with tahini or with sour cream on top.

 

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

Breaded Broccoli Feta Bites

Shavuot is one of my favorite Jewish holidays. Shavuot commemorates the anniversary of the day the Torah (10 commandments) was given to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. Now, that’s all nice and dandy but what I really like about the holiday is the food – obviously. You see, this holiday is […]

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Growing Our Own Mushrooms – What A Cool Experience

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kids with mushroom kit

 

I already went on and on about the amazing Food Bloggers Conference I took part in. Also, I mentioned we all got to take a pretty sweet swag bag home. One of the conference sponsors was Mushrooms.Ca and what they gave us, in my opinion, was so incredible (and food related) that I had to share.

You see, as you may have already noticed browsing through my blog, I am a strong believer and supporter of healthy eating. I don’t like food colorings, processed foods or food additives and try to avoid these whenever possible. I like knowing where my food came from and know that it went through as little as possible before it got on my plate, and this is exactly why the mushroom growing kit I received at the conference was amazing to me. First of all I must admit, that I’ve never witnessed the growth of a mushroom. I mean, I know how it works in theory but I’ve never really had the chance to actually see how mushrooms grow, and second, I was beyond thrilled just knowing that I can share this with the kids. Thrilled to have the opportunity to show the kids and experience with them where our food comes from. So yeah, to me this mushroom kit was pretty awesome. Not to mention we love mushrooms at home. Really, my kids literally eat them as is, like a snack.

You’re probably asking yourself “what is this kit she is mumbling about?” well, it’s a kit where you grow your own oyster mushrooms. You get a mister with the kit and of course the instructions and you’re all set. Apparently mushrooms adore water, so we had to spray water on them using the mister at least twice a day. We also had to make sure they get enough light, so I placed the kit on my kitchen window, which made it really convenient since I’m mostly there anyway and can easily remember to water the mushrooms.

For the first 3 days after we opened the kit there was nothing, but then on the 3rd day the mushrooms started growing. By the 11th day they were so big and beautiful. We cropped our mushrooms and prepared a real nice and yummy brunch. The kids were thrilled. They grew their own food, how cool is that?

Now we found out that the kit is double sided and that we can grow the 2nd batch of mushrooms on the other side of the box. Can’t wait for the fun ahead!

 

Mushroom Kit Front and Back

Mushroom Kit Day 1

Mushroom Kit Day 3

Mushroom Kit Day 5

Mushroom Kit Day 6

Mushroom Kit Day 9

Mushroom Kit Day 10

Mushroom Kit Day 11

Mushroom Kit Day 11

  I already went on and on about the amazing Food Bloggers Conference I took part in. Also, I mentioned we all got to take a pretty sweet swag bag home. One of the conference sponsors was Mushrooms.Ca and what they gave us, in my opinion, was so incredible (and food related) that I had […]

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Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by “Summer Fresh”

Home Made Cooking

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids.

This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would usually do, so I just opened the fridge hoping to find something that will make this weekday dinner task easier and faster. Luckily I found this great “Cranberry Madeira” sauce and the minute the kids saw it as well that’s all they wanted, I mean, what kid wouldn’t love to have dinner with cranberries? 🙂

I added some blackberries I had and it was a hit! Chicken with berries – perfect.

This was so easy to make too, because all I had to do is cut the chicken, add the sauce and place in the oven. I like it when while the food is being prepared I can utilize the time to complete other things I have on the go. “Summer Fresh” made it easy once again and needless to say that this wasn’t only quick but had a great combination of flavors.

This sauce is definitely a keeper.

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce by "Summer Fresh"
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Recipe type: Entree, Main
 
Chicken in Cranberry Sauce. Another hit with the help of one of the "Summer Fresh" Sauces.
Ingredients
  • 5 Boneless Chicken Thighs – Cubed
  • 5 tbsp “Cranberry Madeira” sauce by “Summer Fresh”
  • ¼ cup Whipping Cream
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Mix Cranberry sauce with whipping cream, salt and pepper
  3. Place chicken cubes in Pyrex and cover with sauce mix
  4. Cover with foil and let cook for 50 minutes
Notes
**Optional - You can add some blackberries or blueberries to the sauce mix**

 

Chicken in Cranberry Sauce

When “Summer Fresh” sent me their complete new line up of cooking sauces I didn’t think it’ll make my life so easy when it comes to quick dinners for the kids. This time I had thawed chicken thighs in the fridge, and I didn’t really want to work hard or fry them like I would […]

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Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Home Made Cooking

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I made the tabbouleh salad and was left with some already made couscous. Now, couscous is tasty if you serve it with some sort of sauce because it absorbs the flavors but I had no plans to make sauce. In fact, what I made instead was light dinner. I decided that couscous is a good enough ingredient to make fritters from, and that’s exactly what I did. Served with sour cream and some fresh vegetables this last minute invention became a hit. Don’t you just love leftovers? 🙂

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters
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Recipe type: Main, Appetizer
 
Great use of leftover couscous with the wonderful flavors of mint and feta cheese. So easy too!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Cooked and ready Couscous
  • 1 cup Feta Cheese – Crumbled
  • 1 tsp Chopped Fresh Mint Leaves
  • 1 tsp Dry Basil
  • ½ tsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • Vegetable Oil for frying
Instructions
  1. Mix all the ingredients together until fully combined
  2. Preheat frying pan with oil (about ½ cm deep) over medium heat
  3. Scoop tablespoonfuls and gently drop onto the preheated pan with oil. Gently flatten batter with spoon until it’s about ¾-1cm thick.
  4. Fry for about 4 or until brown on the bottom. Once brown, flip to fry the other side
  5. Fry both sides until nice and brown and serve plain or with sour cream

 

Mediterranean Couscous Fritters

Almost every Saturday we have a nice family brunch. It usually consists of Bourekas, orange juice, feta and olives, hard boiled eggs and of course freshly chopped salad. Sometimes it’s Israeli chopped salad and sometimes I would take that extra step and make it a Tabbouleh Salad (Recipe HERE) with couscous; A few weeks ago I […]

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Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

Home Made Cooking | Sweets

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂

This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick.

Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all – it IS pancakes! What kid wouldn’t like pancakes with all that sweet stuff on them, but still, I had a great excuse to play around with the food. And you know what? This idea can be a solution to almost any event or occasion you have. Here, for example: Valentine’s day? Easy, make heart shaped pancakes, write “I love you” with your food; A birthday? Easy, write your greeting with pancakes; Just want to have fun? Super easy, make fun random shapes with your kids and enjoy!

Oh, and I almost forgot, the process here is almost 100% mess proof. Using the squeeze bottle just makes it so much cleaner and easier!!

Fun Shaped Pancakes

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch
 
Pancakes are always fun but wait until you show the kids you can make them in super special shapes!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup Spelt Flour (you can use all purpose as well)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tbsp Vegetable Oil
  • ¾ Cup Milk
  • 2 tbsp Vinegar (white)
Instructions
  1. Combine the milk and vinegar in a large cup, mix together and let stand for 5 minutes
  2. Place the rest of the ingredients in a mixer bowl, add the milk and vinegar mix and mix all together until well combined. You can also do this part using a whisker but it’s easier with a stand mixer.
  3. Pour the pancake batter into a squeeze bottle (like the ones you use for ketchup and mustard at picnics)
  4. Using a sharp knife or scissors cut a bigger hole in the bottles nozzle. Adjust the hole size based on how much of the mix you’d like to squeeze out every time.
  5. Preheat a lightly greased frying pan (just a thin layer of butter) or a griddle to medium heat and squeeze your favorite shape.
  6. Once it starts to bubble, turn over for another 2 minutes and remove.

 

Fun Shaped Spelt Pancakes

I know it’s not really educational but I admit it – I love playing with my food! 🙂 This is how I came up with these fun pancakes. If you want your kids to eat whatever you’re serving make sure there’s a gimmick. Not that I needed one in this instance, I mean after all […]

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Cheese and Olives Savory Scones

Baked Goodies

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry.

But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and I want it to be ready as fast as possible because as I said, I’m hungry.

When I want to make something sweet and fast I sometimes make scones, because it’s just mixing the ingredients, piling on the baking sheet and popping into the oven for 15 minutes. So this time, I decided to go with the same idea, why not? Except this time the scones are savory! With cheese and olives and the truth is you can add whatever you want to them whether its anchovies, mushrooms, greens, corn, you name it.

These were of course served with fresh garden salad and a few more salads and a nice slice of butter in them, YUM!

Good for brunch, breakfast, entertaining, a romantic event, Valentines and anything really.

Savory Scones

 

Savory Scones - With Cheese and Olives
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Recipe type: Breakfast, Pastry
 
These are so yummy. All they need is a nice slice of butter in them!
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tbsp Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • ½ Cup Grated Cheese
  • ½ cup Pitted Olives – Halved
  • 1 cup Milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 220C (or 450F)
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, butter, baking powder and milk until well combined.
  3. Add the olives and cheese and stir until evenly combined and you get a ball of dough.
  4. Take the dough out of the bowl and place on a floured surface, sprinkle a little bit flour on top to ease the kneading; knead and flatten until it’s about ¾ inch (or 1½ cm) thick.
  5. Using a small cup or a round cookie cutter, cut circles and place then onto the parchment paper covered baking sheet. Make sure they are not too close to each other to allow rising.
  6. Bake for 10-20 minutes (depending on your oven) and remove from oven once golden brown.
Notes
You can also make these into larger slices like the traditional scones by simply using a pizza slicer and dividing into 8 slices instead of using cookie cutters.

 

Savory Scones

Saturday morning. I wake up, make myself a cup of coffee (that is, if my dear husband didn’t already make one for me), go over my emails, Facebook, Instagram, check to see that the kids are still somewhere around and then I start feeling hungry. But really, I have no desire to make something too complicated and […]

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Cookie Cutter Ginger Cookies

Cakes and Cookies

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all I did was to enhance their fun. We decided that gingerbread man cookies shouldn’t be shaped as little fat men, but rather that they should be shaped in different shapes and be decorated with stuff that is not necessarily icing or colors; and that’s when we started making ginger cookies. The kids enjoyed decorating and cutting them and I enjoyed the fact that they are enjoying. Also, as a side note, the mess they made wasn’t as big as I thought it would be so YAY for me too!! These cookies turned out amazing. They are not too sweet and crunch perfectly in your mouth. Kids had them with hot cocoa and we enjoyed them with a nice cup of tea – everyone’s happy and I managed to keep them busy with no TV or video games, hurray!

Ginger Cookies

Ginger Cookies
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Crunchy, yummy and not too sweet. Fun to make with the kids and easy to make anytime.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups All Purpose Flour
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Ground Ginger (Powder)
  • ½ tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp Honey (liquid)
  • 4 tbsp Water
  • 100gr Butter in room temperature
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F (180C)
  2. Place all the ingredients in a mixer bowl and mix together until fully combined and you get a dough ball.
  3. Divide into 2 smaller balls and start with flattening the 1st dough ball with a rolling pin until it is about ½ cm thick.
  4. Use cookie cutters to cut into shapes. You can also use a sharp knife or pizza slicer and cut into squares.
  5. Line shaped dough pieces on baking sheet covered with parchment paper and place in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Once ready, remove from oven and set aside to completely cool.
Notes
Cookies can be decorated with almonds, sprinkles, nuts and dried fruits before placing in the oven.

 

Crunchy Ginger Cookies

 

I’m always looking to keep the kids busy while trying to make sure that whatever they do is potentially productive. So for example, they like washing dishes, fine with me! Whatever keeps them busy 🙂 they like to beat the eggs when I’m baking and to help me out with baking and cooking; so all […]

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Homemade Spelt Bread

Baked Goodies

It’s been a crazy couple of months but hopefully I’m back on track now. I know, I haven’t posted anything in quite a while now, but t doesn’t mean I didn’t cook 🙂

In fact, I’ve found some pretty amazing things to bake lately. One of them is this delicious spelt bread. We noticed that we get much less stomach aches when we eat food that is low in gluten and since spelt is very low on gluten, I decided to try and make bread. Something I can use for the kids’ sandwiches at school. I used spelt flour in the past and really liked the texture it gives to baked goods. It’s fluffy, soft and has a hint of sweetness. So this bread is not your typical “mix it all up” recipe but it’s really close to that. It came out very tasty, soft yet not too soft and was gone at the end of the day. The important thing when making bread with spelt flour is that you don’t want to mix it too long or it won’t rise as it should and also, you will need to bake it in a Loaf Pan (Clickable link) or any other suitable pan you have, just because otherwise the dough will spread all over and you’ll get a baked splat. The lack of high gluten values makes it softer and that’s why it needs “special care” 🙂 but it’s not too special or too hard, otherwise, you wouldn’t have seen me making it 🙂

Spelt Bread after baking

Spelt Bread before baking

Homemade Spelt Bread
 
Ingredients
  • 370 grams Spelt Flour
  • 1 tsp Dry Yeast
  • 1 Cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tbsp White Sugar
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 4 tbsp Vegetable Oil (you can also use olive oil)
  • Sesame
  • 1 Beaten egg
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl, mix yeast with ½ cup water and 1 tsp sugar (from the quantities in the ingredients). Set aside for about 10 minutes, you’ll see bubbles forming which means the yeast is working.
  2. In a mixer bowl, mix the flour, remaining sugar, remaining water, oil, salt and the yeast mix. Mix on slow speed for 2-3 minutes only until everything is well incorporated. Mix until you get soft, smooth and just a little bit sticky dough. Careful not to over mix it.
  3. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let stand for 30-35 minutes until the dough doubles its size (and it will). Again, a word of caution, don’t let it stand too long!
  4. After 30-35 minutes, knead the dough lightly between your hands, only until there is no more air in the dough (you’ll feel the difference).
  5. Braid or roll in bread pan or English cake pan or any other pan you have that is not too big and can hold the bread (I used bread pan). The pan needs to be greased and covered with parchment paper.
  6. Let stand in the pan for another 30-35 minutes. In the meantime, preheat oven to 180C/350F.
  7. Gently brush the bread with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame and place in preheated oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  8. Remove from oven and after a few minutes remove bread from pan and place on oven rack to cool.

Sliced Spelt Bread

Spelt Bread Breakfast

 

It’s been a crazy couple of months but hopefully I’m back on track now. I know, I haven’t posted anything in quite a while now, but t doesn’t mean I didn’t cook 🙂 In fact, I’ve found some pretty amazing things to bake lately. One of them is this delicious spelt bread. We noticed that […]

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