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The focus this year was on “No-Junk Breakfasts”. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, yet so often, this meal is neglected by parents and children, alike. As home-schoolers, we always eat breakfast but sometimes fall into the trap of boring cereals, day after day. This year, as a parent I am going to try to liven up our first meal of the day, whilst still making sure it is a healthy and nutritious meal. The recipes suggested by Jamie Oliver will surely help. (See link here: No-Junk Breakfast Recipes )
We decided to try making the “Silky Masala Eggs” recipe on Saturday. Here is the recipe:
- 1 small red onion
- 1 fresh red or green chilli (we left this out)
- 1 teaspoon crushed of garlic
- Fresh coriander
- 6 small cocktail tomatoes
- Olive oil
- Half a teaspoon cumin seeds
- 4 wholewheat or brown chappatis or roti
- 1 teaspoon garam masala
- Half a teaspoon tumeric
- 6 large free-range eggs
- On a chopping board, peel and finely slice the onion, de-seed and finely slice the chilli (if using), then peel and crush the garlic.
- Pick and roughly chop the coriander leaves, finely chopping the stalks.
- Halve, deseed and finely chop the tomatoes.
- Place the chapatis on a tray and into the oven to warm through.
- Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan over a medium-low heat, add the onion, chilli, garlic and coriander stalks, then fry for 5 minutes, or until softened, stirring regularly.
- Add the spices, then cook for 1 minute, or until smelling fantastic.
- Meanwhile, crack the eggs into a bowl, add a pinch of sea salt and black pepper, then beat with a fork.
- Scatter the chopped tomatoes into the pan, cook for a further 2 minutes, then pour in the eggs and reduce the heat to low.
- Stir slowly until you’ve got beautiful silky strips of just cooked egg, surrounded by softer, custardy egg, then remove from the heat – the residual heat of the pan will continue to cook the eggs.
- Stir the coriander leaves into the eggs, then serve with warm chapatis and a little extra chilli scattered over, if you like.
Thoughts: Did we enjoy? Yes, extremely yummy!
Firstly, apologies for neglecting this blog.. Life has been hectic in our home-school and in our bookkeeping business.
Anyway, this year the Food Revolution day is Friday 19th May 2017 and that is tomorrow!! Oh my goodness me!!
Fortunately, the food prep does not look too difficult and we should be able to get everything ready on time. The focus is on healthy breakfasts and we have already chosen our recipe. Should you wish to partake, the link for recipes and other goodies can be found here: Be a Food Revolutionary!
Omelette with Mushrooms
The omelette we made is light, crispy and easy to make! We got our inspiration from a recipe featured in a South African magazine; “Women’s Health” namely; “Goats Cheese (Chevin) and Feta Omelette”. See the Youtube link HERE .
In our version, we omitted the cheese and tried it with mushrooms… Here is the recipe:
2 tablespoons water
2 tablespoons milk
Freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon butter
Finely chopped fresh Italian parsley and a few sprigs of basil
1 finely chopped spring onion
- Lightly whisk the eggs, water and milk to combine. Season with freshly ground black pepper and set aside.
- Slice 4 medium sized mushrooms, spring onion, parsley and basil. In a small pan, melt 1 teaspoon butter and gently cook the mushrooms. Set one side.
- Add the butter to a medium size pan and heat over a medium heat until the butter begins to bubble and foam.
- Give the eggs another good whisk until frothy and pour into the pan.
- Cook the omelette for one to one and a half minutes.
- Season the face of the omelette with salt, then sprinkle mushroom mixture over one half of the omelette.
- Using a fork, release the edges of the omelette. Flip over and slide onto a plate. Eat and enjoy!
Happy Food Revolution Day!
One week to go
This year, Food Revolution Day is changing its format somewhat. The challenge set is to make an ordinary omelette. Although this may seem a simple task; there is a twist.. firstly, it is a competition and secondly, there is a prize to be won. Be inspired by your country’s food culture and create an omelette that is unique to your land. Think of spices, flavours, foods and cooking methods only to be found and used in your country. Once you have created your fantastically, healthy dish; take a photo and post it to the competition thread (anytime between 12 May to 3 June 2016) on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #foodrevolution. We are up for the challenge.. how about you?
For more information, have a look at Jamie’s post here: International Omelette Challenge
On Saturday 27th February, the third National Awareness day for South African frogs was held on the beautiful Tanglewood Farm, Kloof in Kwa-Zulu Natal. See here for more details: Leap Day for Frogs 2016 and Kloof Conservancy.
As we live in the province of Gauteng, it was, unfortunately, a little far for us to join in the activities! However, we still wanted to remember the frogs, especially, our friends; the African Bullfrogs (affectionately known as Pixies).
In 2014, we had wanted to organize a community “Bullfrog Walk” in Rynfield, Benoni (a built-up residential area with heavy road traffic). This was to highlight the plight of the bullfrogs migrating between the Sand Pan and the Bullfrog Pan. Many are killed on these roads by speeding cars and trucks. Although, we did not manage to organize the walk; we spread the word to our friends and made cupcakes… when all else fails, we always seem to turn to baking!
This year, we did not have an oven to use to bake something, so we decided to do our next favourite activity; reading. Here is a link to an adaption of Aesop’s Fable: The Bullfrog and the Ox.
Have a great day!
Hi, folks, yesterday was National Popcorn Day!
We love popcorn in our family, so we were excited to discover that there was a special day in the year to celebrate it. We made some immediately, with melted butter. Of course, there are many other ways to spice it up a bit. Click here for more ideas.
On Saturday, we went to our local library in Benoni ( part of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Libraries ) and Gaby picked out a few books to read. I had asked her to pick out books that she would not normally read, as we had been encouraged to in the first week of our English lessons. Amongst the books she picked was this one:
Everywhere You Look (Collections) published by Scott, Foresman and Company (1989)
The book may be found in your local library or if not, click here: Amazon. There are some great stories in this book by respected authors, such as the one we read today, “The Popcorn Book” by Tomie de Paola. We sat reading the story together, whilst eating hot, freshly made popcorn. The story is about two little boys who ask their Mum if they can make some popcorn. The Mum agrees and tells them the popcorn is in the fridge. They are puzzled as to why their Mum keeps the popcorn in the fridge. They decide to do some research in an encyclopaedia. This leads to a discovery of learning as interesting scientific and historical facts are brought to life in the story. This is definitely a “Hands-on learning” book which we thoroughly enjoyed!
For more information on National Popcorn Day, click the link below: http://www.popcorn.org/Facts-Fun/National-Popcorn-Day
For a funny musical video (Swedish Chef from The Muppets) click this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7UmUX68KtE
Enjoy the popcorn!
I apologize for not posting earlier this year. We faced a few personal challenges in our family which has required a restructuring of our scheduled home-school calendar. Home-schooling is indeed a blessing in such times!
In February, we moved to the Fourways area of Johannesburg. We now live amidst a backdrop of heavy traffic and ongoing roadworks.. the bliss of city life! Even our faithful school companion, Prince is suffering from the stress here. He has developed bald spots on his otherwise sleek, immaculate and shiny coat. When we gather in our sunny school room, however, the familiar routine of learning brings a sense of ease and calm into our days. This year, we are attempting the Cambridge Primary core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science (Stage 3). Our curriculum also includes Afrikaans, French, Art, Classical Music and Baking.
In our home-school journey, it has become increasingly clear that I ( as the Facilitator ) am learning alongside my daughter. It may be more appropriate to change the name of our home-school to ‘School with Gaby”‘ versus ”School of Gaby”.
Details of the resources we are using will be posted shortly.
Until then, bye for now!