Category Archives: Kitchen Tutorials

Breakfast Smoothie

These are great for those mornings when you have to be out of the house before 8am with a littlie. A nutritious, healthy, quick, portable and filling breakfast – yumsville. They are similar to our Frozen Yogurt Smoothies but packed with a little extra oomph to keep you going.

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

Oats Smoothie

Banana Smoothie

Milled Linseed, Gojiberries, Sunflower & Pumpkinseeds Smoothie

Yogurt Smoothie

Milk Smoothie

Blender Smoothie

Smoothie

For a little extra pazzazz:

OJ Smoothie

Passion Fruit Smoothie

I keep my amazing blender on my work surface so it is always easy to grab and use because it is so compact it doesn’t get in the way. I love it.

have a yummy breakfast

naomi x

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Whipping Up a Frozen Fruit Yogurt Treat…

We have been having such lazy mornings chez nous.

I’ve been letting little Minou stay up late and let our slumber drag well into the morning hours.  I have no idea how we will both get back into our usual rhythm.

We didn’t get ourselves downstairs at any respectable time the other morning. In fact I’m too embarrassed to say how late. Needless to say breakfast had to quickly be turned into brunch.

My little Minou requested a sizeable bowl of porridge that Oliver would have envied beyond belief. Once that was finished and my bread supply aptly diminished she stated “I still humbry”. So I rooted around and whipped up a fruit yogurt treat.  Wholesome, good and tasty. I use the term “whipped up” with relish and joy as it is rarely the case in my kitchen that anything can be claimed to be ‘whipped up’. For maybe the third time ever, I actually managed to produce something tasty from pretty bare cupboards. Usually I need a solid recipe, a purposeful grocery shop and much planning.

So. Here’s how it was “whipped up!”:

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→ Frozen fruit [which has been sat in my freezer for months and months and fortunately was still in date by three]
→ Frozen yogurt. I may make more by freezing icecubes of yogurt.
→ Whole milk
→ Blender
→ Spoon
→ A good Radio 4 programme in the background

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Blend it all up nicely. We kept the milk to a minimum [we ran out, the other carton was still frozen and I wasn’t going to gouge it out the tiny opening…can you see now why this ‘whipping up’ was so impressive!] as a result it had spoon scooping texture to perfection.

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Eat and enjoy.

♡naomi

See our Breakfast Smoothie here x

Sharpie Tumblers

These little tumblers are perfect for little hands. My dinky doo has been using ‘proper’ cups and glasses since she started weaning. I think we’ve only had about 3 breakages in that time which I’m happy to go with. As a consequence she actually has more accidents with plastic cups as she isn’t used to the light weight and more easily knocks them over.

When I found these sweet white tumblers they cried out for some individual Sharpie love.

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A little pink one for my minou and two little ones for her friends.

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This one has her friend’s name written in balloons.

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As always ‘set’ in an oven at about 190c for about 20mins. Remember I don’t think these would withstand the rigorous and pounding water of being washed a dishwasher so wash by hand.

Here’s another fun Sharpie mug post

♡naomi

Cinnamon Decorations

One of our advent activities was to make cinnamon ornaments.  It was fun and easy enough for the dinky doo to be involved at each stage.

All you need is cinnamon, apple sauce, cookie cutters, ribbon and you’re set.

Between us we managed to create a snowstorm of cinnamon and cover every surface in my brother’s new flat-eeek.

You can add cloves to the mix too but as I couldn’t find a pestle and mortar and the blender [bad idea] added to the above spicy mess so we ended up leaving them out.

I used rough quantities. When you have a 3 year old present, whose attention span is limited to 10 minute bursts it was Jamie Oliver style rather than Mary Berry. I added about half more cinnamon than apple sauce.

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The fun bit. Get squishing the mixture. You want it to all come together. Not be too moist and runny nor to dry and firm. Don’t worry it’s quite forgiving.

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Once mixed, roll out and use festive cookie cutters.

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I used a lollipop stick to make holes before I pressed out the cinnamon dough. It helps to keep the shape.

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Cook on a fairly low oven around 150c for about half an hour. I use ‘about’ as I burnt ours! I thought the cinnamon scent had a rather nose twisting tang! But as I said these are really forgiving and apart from the deeper brown colour in places the smell is still divine.

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Once cool, thread with ribbon and adorn your tree or gifts for a mixed spice smell of Christmas.

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I hope these provide a messy fun time before the final rush of Santa preparations.

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Love ♡naomi

Chocolate Spoons

These delights are to gift with the homemade hot chocolate. Stir into your hot drink, watch and lick the chocolate as it melts into your mug. Yumsville.

They were very straightforward to make. Buy yourself some plastic spoons [or better for the environment some pretty reusable ones].

Melt your milk or dark chocolate over a bain marie [bowl over heated water]. Don’t let your chocolate get too hot or it will loose its gloss.

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Once melted, spoon the chocolate into the actual spoon and set aside to cool slightly.  Initially I added my chocolate drops straightaway but they melted a little so best to wait a bit first.

Add your marshmallows and/or drops and leave to completely cool and harden.

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Wrap and give away as a lovely treat [or keep them for yourself for after a hard day, shhh, I won’t tell!]. 

Have fun. There are many sweet combinations you could try. I was tempted to make Santa hats with red food colouring and a chocolate drop for the pompom end but time constraints did not allow. Maybe next time.

I hope you enjoy a chocolate treat this week.

♡naomi