Olympic Task of Running Down a Fridge

As the Olympic Games open in London today, a day before we make our own 100-meter dash (to the boarding gates for our annual pilgrimage to London), I reflect on the gargantuan task I’ve been tackling all week – of emptying a near-full fridge. Ugh. (more…)

July 27, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Fish, Fruit, Leftovers. 4 comments.

Oaty Banana Waffles

Wholegrain banana waffles with whipped cream and blueberries

The luck of the draw in a rota of regular Sunday breakfast picks fell to waffles this past weekend (with the other two regular items being pancakes or the more exotic upma). These waffles were tweaked from my favorite and ludicrously easy recipe, full of heart healthy scrumminess, and which the kids adore so much that a certain parent may be awoken from her single lie-in of the week in order to produce the wretched delicious thing. I like to think of the wholegrain flour and oatmeal (not an ounce of bleached flour in these babies) as washing away the clogging effects of naughty add ons such as whipped cream. Maple syrup, hailing organically from a tree trunk, being not naughty in the least 😉

  • Oats (aka oatmeal), 1 cup
  • Whole meal or whole grain flour, 1 cup
  • Eggs, 3, separated
  • Bananas, 2 large and very ripe (1 cup), mashed at last minute
  • Buttermilk or milk, 1 cup
  • Vanilla essence, 1 tsp
  • Salt, pinch of
  • Optional – chopped walnuts, 1/2 cup, for banana-nut waffles
  • Optional – half tbsp of agave nectar
  • [Baking powder, 1/2 tsp  – optional. Only needed if one is rubbish at egg-white whisking]
  1. Whisk the egg yolks
  2. Add milk, whisk till combined
  3. Add vanilla and pinch of salt
  4. Add oats, give it a whirl with handheld blender or whisk
  5. Add flour. Needs a bit more elbow grease at this point
  6. [If adding baking soda, sieve it into the flour several times first]
  7. Mash the bananas with a fork, fold into batter and mix
  8. In separate bowl, whisk egg whites till stiff
  9. Fold into batter in one-third portions
  10. Give preheated waffle iron a spritz with Pam spray
  11. Ladle about 3/4 cup of batter into the middle (or whatever amount fills, when cooked, all the wee squares on the griddle)
  12. When done, serve warm with fresh berries, fresh whipped cream and maple syrup 🙂

July 22, 2012. Tags: , , , , . Breakfast, Health, Kids Cuisine, Nutrition. 1 comment.

Sambal Brussels Sprouts

Though strawberries and cream are extremely Wimbledon (and there were plenty of both in the fridge), I had a hankering for a curry yesterday after watching Serena Williams blast away her finals nemesis and win her 5th championship trophy – and this was the veggie half of what resulted. (I’ll post the Murg Makhani chicken recipe soon, promise!) (more…)

July 8, 2012. Tags: , , . Asian, Condiments and Sauces, Sides, Vegetables, Vegetarian. Leave a comment.