{The Nest Cooks} Sunday Bakeday

I am trying this new thing, basically to make life easier I am trying to bake on Sundays so that during the week for the hubby-bird’s lunches I have food already made so it is as simple as pulling from the freezer and chucking it into his bag.

Plus, I have snacks on standby the the little birdies when the dreaded hunger monster appears. I really enjoy knowing what ingredients are going into their little bellies.

This week we stumbled across a great recipe from the team at The Road To Loving My Thermo Mixer for Apple Crumble muffins.

They are delicious! Plus, they look WAY impressive (like, look tots harder to make than what they really are!)

You can find the recipe here -> Apple Crumble Muffins

apple crumble

Now, do not fear if you are yet to purchase a Thermomix (or similar) because the brilliant team at The Road To Loving My Thermo Mixer offer a non-Thermomix version as well!

Happy cooking Nesters!

{The Nest Can Cook} Bringin’ salad back…

Hi, my name is Kayana and I am addicted to mason jars. Well, actually jars of all types.

I take responsibility for my addiction, well, I blame Pinterest and all other websites that make them look so bloody cool.

The best thing about them is their ability to be used for food. Here is one of my new favourite finds to help bring salad back.. -> Buzzfeed – Mason Jar Salads

healthy mason jar salads

What’s your favourite combo Nesters?

Hide some vegies in this wonderful slice

Sneaky zucchini, hidden carrot, less obvious onion.

This zucchini slice recipe from TASTE is a big hit in our little nest.

photo source: Taste

photo source: Taste

We don’t always follow the recipe exactly. This is the place to hide those lonely leftover vegies at the end of the week before the next shopping trip. We have often added mushrooms, capsicum, corn and peas. The variations are endless.

Ingredients

  • 5 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 375g zucchini, grated
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 200g rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 170°C. Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan.
  2. Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil and stir to combine.
  3. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30 minutes or until cooked through.

Happy cooking (and sneaky vegie hiding) Nesters!

Hey, hey, Donna Hay

I have a slight obsession with a beautiful and clever brunette who is just the ants pants as far as I am concerned. She can turn everyday boring ingredients into a work of art and teaches somewhat average cooks (read: me) to make food to impress.

My girly crush is on non-other than Donna Hay, but what I didn’t know was that she was now solving my gift giving issues as well! What a superstar.

The Kitchen Starter Kit $129.75

The Kitchen Starter Kit $129.75

Donna Hay now sells hampers that you can send to your nearest and dearest (or to me). What a fabulous idea! Gift giving problem solved!

Brownie Baker Kit $49.95

Brownie Baker Kit $49.95

Let the nest butter you up…

O how deliciously, delightful are croissants! I LOVE them. I don’t eat them often (well because you know, hello butter butt) but some days are just croissant kind of days!

As nice as they are to buy (and about 3 hours less effort) once you make something from scratch you develop a whole new appreciation. The clever people at Top with cinnamon have spelled out exactly how to do it! Plus because they are awesome they even have pictures of each step! Holy French croissant I love technology!

The French just do things better

The French just do things better

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bon appétit my little nesters xx

Celebrate Happy Friday with Italian Doughnuts..

As I am completely sure that you have been calorie counting and exercising religiously all week, eating only green salad leaves with sprouts, please let me blow all that good work out of the water for you.al-dente

Here is the best thing you will try today. No, this week. Actually probably this month! Let me introduce you to the Italian Doughnut from Al Dente in Bathurst. Holy guacamole batman!! There is just not enough descriptive words (or obnoxious sounds) to explain how delicious this is. Go and get one. NOW. Pretend its your birthday. Or the cat’s bar mitzvah. Or John Wayne remembrance day. Just go! Happy Friday.

mmm doughnuts

mmm doughnuts

 

 

A food revolution in our house

Okay, so.. confession time. My toddler-bird ate home made baby food for about.. umm, maybe three weeks. I tried. Well, not convincingly. It was just too hard. She was too fussy. I gave up. I am not proud of it. But then something wonderful happened. Since having my baby-bird I have been introduced to Sinchies Reusable Pouches.

sinchies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I can proudly and honestly say that baby-bird has only ever eaten home-made food. These pouches have been a savour. Easy to use and refill. You can freeze them, microwave them and even put them in the dishwasher!

I love products that just make life a little bit easier. This is that product for me!

My baby-bird particularly loves this Cauliflower & Apple recipe:

Ingredients:

1 Cauliflower

4 Apples

1/2 cup milk

Method:

1. Peel, core and cut apple into 3cm chunks

2. Cut cauliflower into similar size pieces.

3. Combine apple, cauliflower and milk on low heat on stovetop and cook until tender.

4. Once cooled, blend until you have the required consistency for your baby.

This recipe freezes really well.