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Yoyo Biscuits

April 13th, 2014

I bought this book when the Book Club was last at Little Bee’s nursery.

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Little Bee’s been asking me to back the yoyo cookies and I’ve just been lazy. I’ve been so ill the past week and today was the first day that I felt that I could do anything… but I’m still feeling pretty awful.

Anyways…. it is from this…

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… to this…

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Success I think… and it’s pretty easy too… and Little Bee enjoyed making them and eating them!

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And when I caught her scrapping the chocolate frosting from the pan she told me ‘I’m not eating it for fun!’. Well… it must be out of necessity then.

Fail: Gingerbread House

December 24th, 2013

Hmmmmm… tried to make a gingerbread house with Little Bee. I’ve never made a gingerbread house and I’m not in the mood either but I thought it would be a nice activity with Little Bee. I know when it comes to baking I need to follow the recipe… but as I said I wasn’t in the mood.

So… it looks like a shed that’s been through a really terrible storm.

gingerbread house

But Little Bee said… Mama! The gingerbread house looks fantastic!! Never mind the roof!!

:) As long as she’s happy, then it’s mission complete!

Pizza with Prawns and Corn

December 1st, 2013

Little Bee has been so unwell this week that I haven’t really had the chance to do grocery shopping. There’s not much in the fridge or cupboard at the moment… but Little Bee refused to leave the house today.

So… I had no choice but stay in and figure out what to make for dinner… when pizza springs to mind.

And here is Little Bee’s masterpiece ready for the oven :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza

 

And here is her masterpiece out of the oven… oh… we added some turkey rashers too :)

prawn and sweetcorn pizza with turkey rashers

Gruyere and Caramelised Onions Pull Apart Bread

November 17th, 2013

Thank you Marina for putting up the link to this recipe. I can’t say that we followed the recipe to the-T but Little Bee had fun making it… with a little help from Mama Bee ;)

Little Bee hard at work

 

dough in loaf pan

 

gruyere and caramalised onion bread

 

We had the bread with homemade tomato soup :)

tomato soup and bread

The Skeletons are Out

October 31st, 2013

ginger bread dough

The adults (as Little Bee calls the staff at her nursery) asked if I was coming to the pre-school Halloween party. Oh well… I can never say no to their parties as most of the kids are adorable!

So, on top of the pumpkin pie I took over this morning, I’ve also made some ginger dead men :)

ginger dead men

Ingredients:

350g flour
1tsp bicarbonate soda
2tsp ginger powder
1tsp mixed spices
100g unsalted butter
175g soft brown sugar
3tbsp golden syrup
1 egg

  1. Sift the flour, bicarbonate soda, ginger powder and mixed spices into a bowl and mix. Add butter and mix it until it resembles crumbles. Add the sugar and mix further. Slightly beat the egg and golden syrup together and mix until it becomes a dough.
  2. Heat the oven at gas mark 4 (180C)
  3. Roll the dough out to your desired thickness and cut into your desired cookie shape. Place the shaped dough on to a baking tray lined with baking paper and bake for about 12 minutes.
  4. Cool them on a cooling rack.

ginger dead men

That’s it :)

Happy Pumpkin Day

October 31st, 2013

It’s that time of the year again… where pumpkins are being sold everywhere and it’s the only time that I actually buy pumpkins as Little Bee gets influenced by the excitement of Halloween… when what should really be big in this country is Harvest Day… but never mind… at least nursery will get pumpkin pie out of it.

pumpkin pie

 

Ingredients:

Ready made shortcrust dessert pastry
550g pumpkin flesh, microwaved for 20 minutes, drained and pureed
125g soft brown sugar
1/2tsp ginger powder
1/2tsp mixed spice
1/2tsp cinnamon powder
3 eggs
120ml single cream

  1. Preheat oven at gas mark 4 (180C)
  2. Roll out the pastry and line it on to a greased loose base flan/quiche dish. Prick the base and cover it with baking paper/tin foil and pour in the baking beads/rice and blind bake it for 10 minutes. Remove the baking beads/rice and paper/foil and bake it for another 10 minutes.
  3. In the mean time add all the other ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  4. Increase the oven heat to gas mark 7 (220c). Pour the wet mixture into the pastry shell. Put it in the oven and cook it for 10 minutes. Reduce the heat to gas mark 4 (180c) and continue cooking until the filling has just set.
  5. Leave it to cool.

I hope the kids and staff at nursery will enjoy the pumpkin pie for pumpkin day ;)

The Tale of the Three Pies

October 28th, 2013

Hubby turned… errrrmmm… a year older today… so Little Bee and I (mostly I) decided to make his favourite food… PIE. It’s just a simple beef and carrot pie, not that hubby cared as long as it’s PIE!

pies

Yes, there were three pies… what the picture does not seem to show is that there are three sizes… a small pie dish for Little Bee, a medium pie dish for Mama Bee and the big pie dish for hub-bee! A bit like Goldilocks and the Three Bears only with pie :)

Oh… we also made cherry madeira cake as it is hubby’s favourite cake :)

cherry madeira cake

A Very Messy Lego Cake

September 1st, 2013

Little Bee will be four tomorrow. Ever since we went to Legoland late March, she’s been asking for a Lego cake for her birthday.

So… today… I made her a Lego for her to take to nursery.

A very messy Lego cake :(

There are three cakes stacked up on top of each other. Blue ‘brick’, pink ‘brick’ and yellow ‘brick’.

I hope she’ll be happy with it when she sees it tomorrow.

Lego cake

Preparing for Eid – Almond London

August 3rd, 2013
Almond London

Almond London for Little Bee

After Little Bee’s persistent ‘is it ready yet?’ question… it is finally ready! Well… half of it as I realised that I didn’t have enough chocolate at home. I had a bar of dark chocolate and a bar of white chocolate. So, I experimented with white chocolate… It seems softer that the dark chocolate so I’ve put the ones covered in white chocolate in the fridge. As for the taste, I will find out if it is OK when I break my fast :) Little Bee seemed happy with them ;)

Almond London Dark Chocolate

Covered in Dark Chocolate

Almond London White Chocolate

Covered in White Chocolate

 

Preparing for Eid – Almond London in the Making

August 3rd, 2013

almond London in the making

When I woke up for sahur (last meal of the day) I started with making almond London biscuits. Little Bee woke up in the middle of it and I went back to bed with her for half an hour… before continuing making the biscuits.

As Little Bee is now awake, she kept coming into the kitchen grabbing one or a couple of biscuits… that is until I told her that I’m going to coat it with chocolate. She has now left it alone.

Well… as Little Bee likes them, it must taste OK. I should really do my baking at night so I could actually taste it… however, maybe it is good that I’m doing it during the day while I couldn’t eat as they might disappear faster than I can make them ;)