Cocoa Pops and Honey Crackles

I just went to the clothes line to collect my lovely clean white sheets. Such warm weather and great for drying. Managed to wash all the sheets. The only thing about the nice the weather is all the birds are about enjoying the sunshine too. And as a result, my clean white sheets are splattered with grey and brown poop. Nevermind, I’ll just scrape it off. I mean, bird poo is goodluck right?

Anyway, it’s also great weather for enjoying some sweet treats. I made some cocoa pops and honey crackles in practice for the next primary school fair. Kids loved them, adults ate them and the rest are going to school in lunch boxes. Just make sure everyone brushes their teeth.  crackles1

Cocoa Crackles Ingredients

  • 4 cups of rice puffs or rice bubbles
  • 1 cup of icing sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of desiccated coconut
  • 250g of copha

Let’s Make!

  • In a large bowl mix the rice puffs, icing sugar, cocoa powder and coconut. Set aside.
  • Melt the copha over medium heat in a small saucepan
  • Pour the melted copha over the rice puff mixture and mix in well
  • Scoop the mixture into cupcake containers
  • Place in the fridge for 20mins to cool and set

Done!  crackles2

Honey Joys Ingredients

  • 4 cups of cornflakes
  • 1/3 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 90g of Nuttalex

Let’s Make!

  • Pre-heat oven at 180°
  • In a small saucepan, on medium heat, melt the Nuttalex, sugar and honey. Bring to the boil till all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture has bubbled
  • In a large bowl mix the melted mixture with the cornflakes, till well coated
  • Scoop into cupcake containers and place in the oven for 10mins
  • take out and leave to harden and cool

Eat!  crackles3

Health and Happiness, 

Katri x

 

 

 

 

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Choc Peppermint Patties

A quick easy recipe today I’ve been dying to try. I just love Peppermint and so does my daughter. We got a little messy after school, covered in chocolate and dough. However, got there in the end and the final product was very moreish and yummy.

Why not make some before the US election to soften the blow.. “Well at least we made choc peppermint patties”.

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Patties Ingredients

  • 500g of icing sugar
  • 100g of Nuttelex (soft but not melted)
  • 3 tablespoons of glucose syrup
  • 1 tablespoon of natural peppermint essence
  • 200g of dark chocolate

Make!

  • Place the icing sugar, Nuttelex, syrup and peppermint essence into a mixer
  • Mix on low/medium until the mixture has formed into a dough
  • Cut the dough into small sections and form the pieces into small ovals and place on a tray
  • Place the tray in the freezer for 20mins (this will help them firm up, ready for the chocolate)
  • Next.. Melt the chocolate (place ceramic bowl with chocolate in hot water to melt gently)
  • Finally, the fun part, take the patties out of the freezer, coat them in the chocolate, place back onto the tray, place the tray in the fridge to cool..

Then eat! Or save them for the election.. 

Health and Happiness

Katri x

 

 

Falafel

Today my girls and I went out the feed some ducks and geese at the local duck feeding areagosling. I had to dig out the old bread from the rubbish bin that I threw out this morning when I was reminded that we were “meant to go feed the ducks” today “Mum”. While feeding the ducks my daughter spotted a few baby goslings to which she shouted out “Mum! Look! How cute! It’s some goslings, how cute are those goslings??”.  Which made me giggle a little because little does she know in her innocent mind that women have been screaming the cuteness of a Gosling since the movie The Notebook came out. Maybe if we don’t get through all the falafel’s I’ve cooked we can take them down to the ducks, if I don’t accidently throw them out. Thanks to the marvelous complexity of Paintshop pro I’ve put together a little example of the gosling imagery that ran through mt head today. Anyway here’s the recipes I used for the falafels.

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Falafel Ingredients 

  • Two tins of chickpeas (drained and rinsed)
  • 1 medium sized brown onion (diced)
  • 1/2 cup of chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 heaped tablespoon of ground cumin
  • 1 heaped teaspoon of ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon of saltfalafel3
  • a sprinkle of pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of minced garlic or 5 fresh garlic cloves
  • 20ml of vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup of gluten-free wholemeal flower
  • a dash of water for moisture
  • FOR COOKING – 1 cup of vegetable oil

Let’s Cook!

  • Place the chickpeas in an electronic mixer and pulse until they are coarsely chopped
  • Next add the onion, herbs, spices, oil and garlic, and mix
  • Then add the flour and water and pulse until well mixed
  • Check the firmness of the mixture, whether you can form patties, it doesn’t need to be too dense.
  • Heat cup of vegetable oil in a medium sized fry pan
  • Lastly, scoop up a small portion of mixture in your hands and form the mixture into small round patties
  • Shallow fry the patties till they are golden on each side (turning when needed)

Done! Serve! I had mine atop a mixed salad and smash avocado. Even the kids loved them. falafel1

Health and Happiness

Katri x