Friday, April 27, 2012

Banana and Milo Smoothie

I don't think I have dedicated a post to a drink recipe before. This is a first!  I know it seems like a boring predictable smoothie but it is currently my favourite drink at the moment. And thank goodness bananas are back down to $2.50/kg instead of the $14/kg a few months ago!

This came about because I had 2 leftover riped bananas. I had used the other 3 to make banana and walnut cake but was stumped as to what else I could bake with banana. Until I realised I could make a banana smoothie. And why not add some milo for a bit of a chocolate kick but without the guilt. Thus came the banana and milo smoothie.
2 small (or one very large) ripe banana
250ml milk
2 Tablespoons milo
1 tablespoon honey

1. Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend.
2. Pour it in a tall glass and sprinkle some milo on the top.

 Mmm love that milo crunch on the top. Did you ever scoop milo straight out from the tin and eat it??? Or is that just me.....

 The only straw I had.
You know I think it tastes even better through a loopy straw ;) 

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Transformers Party

For my sons 5th birthday he asked for a transformers theme party. I thought yeah that's cool, I love Transformers, until I realised I had to incorporate it into the games (because normal pass the parcel is apparently for babies). So my DIY attempt was to spray paint a box silver and texta in the symbols to replicate the Allspark Cube from the show.

The Allsparks Cube for pass the parcel.
It'll do for a 5 year olds birthday!!

Filled up with the goodies

There were other games like tug-a-war between the Autobots and the Decepticons and do your remember bullrush as a kid? That, but incorporating Transformers once again with me as Megatron and the kids as the Autobots (thanks Stephie for helping me out as Starscream!).

I found some printable masks online. Here's the Bumblebee one, and this is the Optimus Prime one I used (thanks Hasbro!). I bought a packet of thick A4 paper from Officeworks and printed them off, cut out and stapled some elastic on. Masks done!

And well my parties aren't complete until we've smashed a pinata. This time I used a mutipack chip box and filled it up with lollies, pulled the string through, sealed the opening and then paper mache it. I cut out an Autobot and a Decepticon logo and pasted one on each side.

And the food? Well there was loads of food! But I was too busy to take photos. So the cake will have to do. Although I baked the cake, the credit has to go to my husband. He was the one who cut out the Autobots logo and shaped the cake. He did such a great job too!

Filling it in with white chocolate ganache

I kept the main cake for my son to cut and made mini cupcakes for the kids to just help themselves afterwards. Easier with less mess.

Transformers edible icing toppers

Happy 5th birthday little man!
I'm so blessed to have such a wonderful boy like you.
Love you more than life itself.
Optimus Prime beanie from Jordi's Bundle of Beanies

Friday, April 6, 2012

Corn Fritter Pancakes

Since going to the Marrickville Organic Food Markets and trying corn fritters there, I've been dreaming about having more. But I haven't been in over 3 months I believe, so resorted to making my own.

Why have a not made them before now??? They are so easy and so delicious!! Seriously.

2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 cup self raising flour
Can of corn kernels (420g), drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
Small bunch of chives (chopped)

1. Mix all the ingredients together

2. Pour 2 dollops onto a hot pan and flip it once you see pockets of bubbles forming.
You could get really fancy and cook them in egg rings to form a perfect circle.
My rustic pancake
3. Serve with sour cream, sweet chilli sauce and some more chopped chives.