The tradition continues!
In the months preceding my (now) 5-year-old son’s birthday, I frequently asked him what he wanted me to make for his special cake. For a long time the answer was “Monkey,” his favorite stuffed toy. Then he changed his mind, and decided he wanted all of the Avengers. When I asked him to narrow it down, he decided on Iron Man, before again changing his mind and saying he in fact wanted Monkey again, only Monkey who has turned into the Hulk… which lasted right up until a couple of weeks before the party when he scrapped everything and said he wanted a Ninjago cake — specifically of LLOYD, the Green Ninja.
Suffice to say, I took that and ran with it. Here’s the result!
I could nitpick a lot about this in terms of how I saw it in my head and difficulties with sticky fondant and food-coloring, but altogether it turned out really well, I thought.
Thankfully, he and his friends loved it. That’s what matters. 🙂
If you’re like me, breakfast with the kids can be pretty hit-or-miss. Some days they’ll eat whatever I set in front of them. Other days they’ll ask for something specific (and might not eat a bite of it). They’ll have favorites one day, that they hate the next.
So I am always happy when I find something that they (almost) always eat happily, are easy to put together, makes extras that store well, and are delicious to boot. This is how it was when I found out about “puffins,”
No, not the bird.
Puffins are, essentially, just muffins made with a pancake-like batter. It gives you this awesome pancake/muffin hybrid that doesn’t require a long time by the stove flipping anything. Maple-syrup is added right to the batter to make them sweet already (which, in our house at least, avoids some major mess) but if you’r adventurous I suppose you could make mini versions of these and dip ’em in all sorts of sweet goodness. As always, experiment, and enjoy!
Who doesn’t love a warm, freshly baked biscuit? Slather on some butter, honey, or preserves. Mmm. Yes please!
I saw these made on the tee-vee a year or so ago now, as part of a schnitzel sandwich recipe. The sandwich looked good, but I was mainly intrigued by the biscuits. I’d never seen them made in a cast iron skillet before, and as a lover of cast-iron cooking, I had to try them.
So glad I did.
A few weeks ago was my son’s fourth birthday, and as he asked for an Octonauts cake, I decided to go for a casual “undersea” theme overall. In addition to some surprisingly good “octo-dogs” (bbq cocktail weiners cut so they looked like little octopi) I finally tried my hand at making some homemade goldfish crackers.
Now, ask any parent and they’ll agree, goldfish crackers are like “Toddler Crack.” Every kid loves them. Any time, any place, my boys will devour a bag of them like they’re manna from heaven. It turns out they are also SUPER easy to make at home.
This recipe was a lot of fun to do, because Tucker actually got to help me out quite a lot, cutting the shapes and laying them out. With only 5 ingredients I’m sure it would also adapt well to different cheeses, healthy flours or grains, interesting seasonings, and the possibilities for the shapes are endless.
Give them a try!
It’s probably no secret that I watch a lot of Food Network, so it probably also comes as no surprise that my wife and I were among the people tuning in to (by which I mean “letting the TiVo record”) this most recent season of The Next Food Network Star.
We really liked several of the contestants a lot, but our favorite as time went on became Aarti Sequeira, the former CNN producer whose unique Indian heritage and childhood in Dubai led her to a passion for making Indian food more accessible. In the end, she won (YAY!) and her new show started last week, but she’s not exactly new to hosting a cooking show. Eager to try her hand at it, she and her husband started making their own cooking show and posting it online.
Incidentally, Tucker fell in love with her instantly. She’s second only to Elmo now, and if he recognizes the Food Network is on he’ll shout “AWTEE! AWTEE!” It’s pretty dang cute.
All of that is to say that in reading through her website, I found this amazing looking recipe for baked samosas.