Raspberry, banana and cashew nut slice

This is a slight adaption from a recipe a friend gave me from a Diabetes magazine. It is so lovely that I made it three times in a week! Once for works bake day, once for home and once for the cuppa tea after mass. The kids were very helpful in this, I made it with 14, 7, 5 and 3 year olds. They loved getting their hands in and mashing things up and squishing things, and stirring! It is my turn to stir now! Lol! But seriously, do try this, it is beautiful!

Ingredients

250 g frozen raspberries

1 banana

80 g butter

½ cup cocoa powder

½ cup brown sugar

1/3 cup wholemeal flour

2 tbs plain flour

2 eggs

Handful of cashews

Icing powder for dusting

 

Method

Get the kids to mash the banana and half the raspberries until all mushy. Clean hands or a fork should do – very fun, even for toddlers! Have the butter at room temperature (if it is Queensland Australia it will be runny, in Manchester UK you might want to melt it using the microwave or stove!). To the mashed goodness, add the butter, cocoa powder, brown sugar, flours and eggs. Everyone gets a turn at mixing! Mix mix mix! Whilst someone is mixing, someone else can be bashing the cashews a little to break them up. I place them in a snap lock bag and the kids bash them with a wooden spoon! Pour/spoon out onto a lined baking tray of a small slice tray. Everyone can pop the leftover raspberries on top and dot the cashew pieces around. Bake at 170 degrees Celsius for about 25 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean when you poke it. Once almost cooled, dust with icing powder and serve. This is amazing warm, and lovely in lunchboxes (if your school is nut free, just omit them). I also make this minus the nuts and plus a handful of toasted coconut! However you make it, go for it and love it! It is a fabulous slice for all!

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Raspberry, banana and cashew nut slice

Fabulous easy pasta

This is seriously the concoction of what I had in the fridge that day! It is so fast, fresh and fabulous that I go out of my way to ensure I have the ingredients to cook it on purpose now! My kids go back for seconds, and it freezes really well, so this simple dish is a winner in my house!

Ingredients

1 small onion, sliced

2 tsp garlic paste or 3 cloves of garlic crushed

4 sprigs box basil

A handful of parsley

350ml tomato puree or passata

6 pieces of grilled red and yellow capsicum (from the deli or jar or maybe from leftovers)

250g zucchini spaghetti – as in the fresh curly zucchini strips

Dash of olive oil

Salt and pepper

 

Method

Heat a saucepan, splashing a dash of olive oil in. Add the onions and garlic and saute for a couple of minutes. Now add the herbs, passata and capsicum. Salt and pepper to your liking. Simmer for ten minutes. Steam the zucchini curls, then add to your sauce. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Fabulous easy pasta

Ginger cookies

Originally I started making real ginger cookies to make it on boat trips. As in, on a lake my tummy would be upset. Then I found watching cricket does the same…. Weird connection! So the natural ginger in these settles my gut down and allows me to go on a barge over to the islands, and watch that 6 get pelted over the fence!

Ingredients

250g butter, melted or very soft

200g brown sugar

1 egg

2 cups plain wholemeal flour

1 tsp ground ginger

2 cm grated fresh ginger

 

Method

Combine the butter and sugar. Then add the egg, flour and ginger, mixing all the ingredients together. Roll tablespoon portions of the mix in your hands and place on a lined baking tray, about 3 cm apart. Mark with the back of a fork (as traditionally done for ginger cookies)! Bake in 180 degree Celsius oven for about 15 minutes. Try not to eat them all in one go! Have a fabulous time making them!

Ginger cookies

Simple pork wontons

These are so delicious!! I love how the crispy outside and the warm soft inside collide in your mouth when you eat them! My son loves these, and he makes them from scratch, so if we can, you can!

Ingredients

½ stick lemongrass, finely diced

5 garlic cloves, finely diced

1 chilli, finely chopped

A handful of coriander, finely chopped

1 red onion, finely diced

1 kg pork mince

120 wonton wrappers – or just 20 – your choice!

1 egg

Method

Place the herbs and spices in a saucepan with a little oil and fry for a minute, then add the pork mince and cook until done. Set aside to cool. Put the egg in a cup and whisk with a fork for a minute. Set aside. Once the mixture is fairly cool place a heaped teaspoon in the middle of a wonton wrapper, then close over and seal with egg wash. Fry in small batches, in a small amount of hot oil, or a deep fryer if you have one. I don’t so I just fry in an inch of oil and turn over after two minutes or so, to do both sides. Drain the wontons well.

This does make 120, or for a smaller affair, you can always make the amount you need, and then use the leftover filling for other dishes. It freezes well and the flavours combine a bit more over time, so it is not a bad thing! I like to serve the leftover filling a week later in crispy iceberg lettuce cups, drizzled with a little sesame oil. I serve the wontons with a little garden salad to take the edge of the fry. However you eat these wontons, and whatever you do with all of the filling, enjoy!

Simple pork wontons