Valentine hearts cutlets with raw banana

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I feel very romantic posting this recipe for the valentines day.
I loved making it and it took not a lot of time to put it together.
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The ingredients are as follows.

Valentine banana patties

For patties or cutlets

1. 2 Raw bananas
2. 1 /2 cups of blanched frozen peas
3. 2-3 bread slices crumbled
4. Mix spices or season
5. Pinch of salt
Boil bananas for 15 min and peel and smash in a bowl. Add spices, bread crumbs, chopped Corriader mashed peas into it.
Make small balls and pat them flat. Make a dip in a place and pinch the patties to make a heart shape. Now theg can be shallow fried on frypan or just spyar with some olive oil and air fry in an airfryer.

Mint and Corriader chutney

For the chutney or dip

1. A bunch of Coriader leaves
2. Half a bunch mint leaves
3. 1 whole garlic peeled
4. 1/4inch ginger
5. A few green chillies
6. Salt
7. 2 tsp Lemon juice
8. 2 medium soft and juicy tomatoes

Grind all the ingredients for the chutney in a grinder except salt and lemon to a fine paste. And pour in serving bowl. Now add salt and lemon according to your taste.

Now serve with all the love you have on the plate and enjoy.

Note: All of my recipes can be changed according to taste. You can easily change the amount of salt, spices and lemon juice in chutney and patties to your taste.

The Lego minifigure as a quick world book day solution

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This was my very quick costume with absolutely no money spent on whatsoever.
I believe in not spending money to raise money rather if the objective is to raise money why not give more and be creative.
This year Nishu chose to be a lego man though I offered him to be minion because they are soooooo cute. But Nishu was firm on his choice so we ended up with this crazy idea of making a simplest Emmet from a card board box. Cut into shape and covered in papers as base and paper cloth it was already in good shape. I didn’t spend much time making it very firm because I knew it wouldn’t stand till noon and I could easily stash it in recycle bin on the way back from school. I used some masks printed on the card paper and laminated it. I downloaded them from here.

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He looks absolutely adorable in these. All the hard work if any paid well.

Sweet & Sour Cranberry Pickle

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Winter is dull but berries are not only colourful they are full of taste and health benefits. I see the supermarkets and wholesale markets are selling the berries in really great prices I can’t wait to stuff our tummies with the goodness.

Though all berries are beautiful I figured not all of them are tasty. I mean I like to eat strawberries with chocolate dip or cream but don’t like it in salad and I truly hate blueberries. Aha, what I found in market today, a bowl full of cranberries. yummmmm.

Today I rang up my mum in India and asked what to do with them as Mr N refused it in breakfast. As always mum had plenty of scrumptious recipes to share. I picked the one I always had as a kid but forgotten the flavour over the years. My mouth almost got moist with the mare thought of it. So here it goes.

To make this beautiful and extremely quick pickle take a large bowl of cranberries washed in clear drinking water. and halve them all removing any seeds if you see. I just plain rinsed them altogether in colander to remove any leftover seeds.

Next in a wok warm up half a teaspoon of olive oil however you can choose anyone you like and when its ready add 1/2 tsp of fennel seeds and 1/4 tsp of fenugreek seeds. When they start crackling and smelling heavenly you are ready to add the berries straight to wok. mix them all together and remember a very low flame as berries are really soft and cook very soon. Cover the lid. After a minute add a big spoon full of sugar(may be a bit more) and mix properly. The berries will look really nice and juicy.

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At this time add pinch of broken dry red chillies (I added 1/2 tsp)according to your taste and a pinch of salt too.Mix them all thoroughly and leave to simmer for another 2 minutes and your pickle is ready. Cool it down on wire cooling rack and pour it in a mason jar or any leftover jam jars and put it in the fridge

This pickle tastes awesome as a filling in wraps and also as a topping on crackers with cheese for tea.

Lovely.

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Old Mc Donalds Farm

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We have been practising some rhymes with my little one. Oh, and Mr R really loves to dance and imitate the songs and rhymes.but that usually excludes Mr N who thinks he is rather a big  boy to sing along with the baby. So to finally making both of them enjoy together and have a  playful approach to craft we decided to make a farm to depict Mr R’s favourite rhymes and let Mr N run his imagination wild and have a great time together.

We collected all the scraps, old toys buried deep down the toy box, opened the craft box and picked nice stuff that would go with the theme, and little plastic farm animals and we also used some Easter decorations too.

Mr N  planned a farm on the paper and cut a cardboard base out of packing materials. then covered it with a base paper. we didn’t have green paper so we coloured it green. While paint dried we made the barn with leftover cardboard then covered it with lollipop sticks.

 

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we finally added the paper shredding from Easter decorations for crops and put some farm animals around. Mr N suggested we should also add a pond for the ducks so that Mr R could sing five little ducks too.

The end result was very pleasing. Children enjoyed playing and singing loads of rhymes together for a very long time.

 

 

Quickest ever Pop up card

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Mr N’s very excited today. He wants to do some quick craft to show daddy. Daddy promissed a play in the park when he gets home after office if Mr N can show him somethinv new.

Well it means mum need to get ready. I left Mr N to think over some ideas while I made Mr R sleep.

And this is what he came up with. He wants to make a Pop up card. And to my surprise he already knew what he wanted. And I was handed over a sheet of things he  needed.

1. A piece of card stock

2.another piece of card stock in a different colour

3. Scissors and glue

Thats it.

With a very little help, Mr N folded one card in the middle, and made six cuts on the edge, when I enquire d why six he said he wanted three pop ups to make it special. Next he drew a man, a flower and a PAW .. wait a paw. Whats that for?

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Mr N calmly replied while gluing the pieces together,” it’s to remind dad for the pet he promissed to buy me for my birthday. ” wow this boy sure knows his way. Now I can possibly imagine what man and flower are for.

So the card is ready to be doddled upon. I would rather  have him with some crayons to go crazy with.

Salt dough baby hand prints

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Salt dough baby hand prints

Mr. R turned one a few weeks earlier and I couldn’t get his hand imprints yet.  This year passed on very quickly. So I decided to take his imprint by using the same old salt dough technique.

Things we need for this inexpensive art are as follows

1 . 1 Cup salt

2. 1 Cup plain flour

3 . 1/2 Cup water  to mix

Take everything in  a bowl and mix with some fork until get a play dough consistency. Add water if you need more.  Pat it in a shape that you would like it in.

I gave it a heart shape.

Now the biggest job is to get baby hand and foot imprints.  Mr. R is very confident walker and it’s almost impossible to keep him in place.  So I buckled him up in the high chair and then pressed his tiny foot and hand against the dough.

After a few attempts I got the perfect imprint then put it into the oven to bake for an hour.

The result was impressive. Now the only thing left is to colour in some cute baby blue paint.

Ta-da it’s baked and ready to be painted by Mr. N.

Peter Pan outfit for the World Book Day

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I know a lot of parents who buy expensive dressing up cloths for the kids on dress down days such as World Book day. However I always try to find some thing that we could make and enjoy.  Moreover handmade diys are always unique.

So last year when in P1 whole class was deciding on which costume to buy we came up with Peter Pan outfit.  A close look at things we already had and j knew I could pull it off.

It needed very little preparation as I had a green t shirt that I wouldn’t mind cutting and teamed it up with Peter Pan colors made from the triangles cut from the bottom to make fringe and sewed in the neck.  A green bottom line,  matching wellies.

 

Mr N made a cardboard sword and paper plate cap with red feather.  It all look fantastic together.

 

 

 

 

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