The bell is about to sound that school's out for summer! Here that means six glorious weeks with the tiny and little ones having adventures, relaxing and enjoying time together. I. Can't. Wait. There's something about summer that makes my heart sing - the time with my family, pyjamas days, the sun on my cheeks, the sand between my toes and salads. Oh so many yummy salads! Today's recipe is one of my favourites that has the perfect stay at home lunch combination of being full of delicious flavour and being quick and easy to prepare.
Word on the street is that good things come in small packages, so recently I've been playing around with a recipe for mini donuts to brighten up the lunchboxes. A little bundle of sweet deliciousness topped with sprinkles that is the perfect size for the little compartments. Not surprisingly I've had very eager taste testers in the house, almost salivating at the thought of eating one a la Homer Simpson at times. It's great when the little ones want to be involved in the kitchen.
Sometimes when I least expect it, I'll glance over to the fruit bowl on the kitchen bench and notice some bananas a little beyond their prime. The matte gloss of the yellow peel has faded while the brown creeps in and they've softened to the touch. It's about that time that I do a little happy dance because it means I have an excuse to make banana bread.
The beginning of the year marked a new phase in my life - two at school, one at kinder and for the first time in seven years, time all by myself. Alone. After drop-off each Wednesday, my thoughts and I would get some quality time together, usually in a local cafe over a cup of coffee made by someone else while no one tugged at my sleeve. Or insisted on putting the sugar in my coffee for me, then watching it sink, then lifting the glass to see it at the bottom of my latte.
Good times. For a while, anyway. Then the bad habit would kick in...
A little while ago I put the question out there on Instagram - would you like to see recipes for easy lunches parents can make at home? The answer was quick and positive.
It's easy to skip the lunch meal or replace it with snacks while multitasking because we're busy with kids, house and life and it feels like making a meal, then sitting down to eat it, would be hard. Impossible, even. But, it's really important to look after you and who can resist a yummy, home cooked meal? Little ones are offered a good lunch and asked to sit at the table to eat it - same rule for the grown ups is an excellent idea, I think!
I've mentioned before how much I adore baking and scones are one of those treats that take me back to my childhood. I'm sure my creations then weren't as good as the ones I make today - these are light, fluffy and oh so delicious warm with my favourite cherry jam and a dollop of cream - but the memories that are made over them are just as special.
Earlier this week I shared a peek at my easy peasy meaty meatballs on Instagram with the excited comment that I was looking forward to posting my first savoury recipe ever... then I was reminded about the cheese & vegemite scrolls. Oops. What I was thinking of as I captioned that photo is how I spend a lot of time sharing baking recipes and I was excited to finally be publishing something that would put dinner on the table.
In my childhood one thing that regularly appeared in my school lunchbox was a Vegemite sandwich. So much so that there were days when I tossed my lunch in the bin at school because I couldn't bear the thought of yet another one. I craved something different to the triangles of white bread laden with butter and Vegemite. Don't get me wrong, I don't mind a Vegemite sandwich but when it's in the lunchbox looking the same day after day (after day, after day) it gets a bit old.