Friday, 30 October 2015

Pumpkin Recipes

 I've made pumpkin soup before but this time decided to add a sweet potato to it, it was a big hit with the children. We then made some more pumpkin muffins but this time without egg, they worked well, very light and fluffy and no you can't taste the vinegar at all, just in case you were wondering.

Pumpkin and Sweet Potato Soup
1 onion diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and cut into chunks
500g pumpkin, peeled, seeded and cut into chunks
300ml of vegetable stock
5ml nutmeg

Fry the onion, potato and pumpkin on a low heat for about 5 minutes, add the stock and nutmeg. Bring to the boil, reduce heat, cover and leave to gently simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until the potato and pumpkin are tender, then blend and enjoy.

Eggless Pumkin Muffins
225g plain flour
10ml baking powder
100g margarine
90g sugar
250g grated pumpkin
5ml bicarbonate of soda
15ml vinegar

Cream the margarine and sugar together
Sift the flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda together, then add a spoonful of flour mix at a time to the sugar/margarine mix, until all the flour is mixed in.
Then add the pumpkin flesh and mix well.
Combine the bicarbonate of soda with the vinegar in small pot, as soon as it's mixed and is fizzing, add it to the cake mix and mix into it.
Spoon out into cake cases.
Bake at Gas 5 for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden, makes 12 muffins.

Tuesday, 27 October 2015

More Leaves and Hedgehogs

Last week, the children and I discovered that the lovely large oak tree had shed lots of it's leaves, they had a fantastic time, running through the leaves, jumping in heaps, scraping them into piles, making patterns etc. It has become something they have asked to do everyday since and most days we have managed to do this, it's lovely to hear them giggling. I added to their laughter by making up a rhyme.

Leaves in a bunch
  go crunch
and scrunch
but we don't go munch
 on leaves in a bunch

We then set up our tuff spot with all our Autumn leaves, selection of conkers and all the animals from the stories we have been reading, they built some houses and spent time making the animals stomp and jump through the leaves.

We enjoyed another episode of Come Outside, this time on hedgehogs Come Outside - Hedgehogs and made some bread rolls and shaped them into hedgehogs, they did really well using scissors to snip the bread to create the spines.

I used this lovely cutting out activity from this pack all about fall, lots of careful cutting practise, they then spent time sticking them onto sheets of paper.

I've always found that the children really enjoy any scrape art, so have bought a selection from Baker Ross including these lovely leaf ones. 

 When they had finished they wanted to make them into another garland, while getting out the glue etc, they found some pom poms to add to them.

Monday, 12 October 2015

Leaf Wreaths, Matching and Glitter!

The children and I collected up a selection of our Autumn animals, that we have come across in our stories and a few of the conkers we had collected on our walks etc that we have collected, spot the odd one out!

 With the left over leaves from the leave printing, we decided to use them to make a leaf wreath, using a paper plate as our base.

I used this Fall Preschool Pack for the leaf shadow printables, I have one little one who loves to match things, so these are perfect, as it took matching to another level, they keep asking for this activity again and again too.

Now I had some large felt leaves, that I hadn't used, so thought maybe with some glitter added to them might be a good craft activity. They loved it, ended up using all the felt leaves I had left and lots of glue and glitter everywhere. I know I am going to be finding glitter for weeks, mind you we have bonfire night coming up, so more glitter, then Christmas, so maybe that should read months?

They took over a day to dry as there was a lot of glue used

but they look great.

On of my older ones finger knitted a cord for me and we stapled the leaves onto it and have hung them up in the kitchen. Think I might make or buy some Christmas shaped ones and do the same a s Christmas craft.

We have done really well this year with produce from the allotment, this was are harvest from this weekend along with a bucket of potatoes and a bag of apples. So tonight we had rhubarb and apple crumble for pudding and a lunch time they enjoyed freshly grated beetroot and carrot, along with baby sweetcorns, there is something very satisfying about cooking with food you have grown yourself. Tomorrow night I am planning on using some of the pumpkin and courgettes to make a curry, that's the theory anyway!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Leaf Printing and Fruit Cake

The children and I enjoyed collecting some leaves and then printing with them. Well some printed others where happy just to paint their leaves.

I have had a couple of attempts of trying to adapt a fruit cake recipe to eggless, with varying degrees of success, this time I decided to try and boil the fruit, it worked and I am very happy with the results. It's great to have another recipe I can make with L as she loves to cook and help out in the kitchen. I've used oat milk but if no one has a dairy allergy then normal milk will be fine.

Eggless Fruit Cake
100g raisins
60g currants
60g sultanas
125g soft brown sugar
150g margarine
125ml oat milk
350g plain flour
5ml mixed spice
zest of one orange
30ml vinegar
5ml bicarbonate of soda.
  1. Cream together the sugar and margarine.
  2. Gradually add milk and flour and mixed spice, alternating a spoonful of flour and then some milk.
  3. Add dried fruit and zest of orange.
  4.  In a small pot mix the vinegar and bicarbonate of soda together, it will fizz, add it straight to the other ingredients while it's still fizzing and mix everything together.
  5. Place in cake tin, bake at gas 2 for about 2 hours

Thursday, 1 October 2015

Oaty Apple Crumble

My little ones asked to make apple pie yesterday morning, I said after toddlers we could go and buy some apples and maybe make an apple crumble, which they excitedly agreed too. So last night they prepared and cooked our pudding, with a little help from me. They did really well cutting up the apples I had peeled and cored. Then weighing out the flour and oats, think we need some practise on the rubbing in side. Please excuse the rather blurred photos, all action shots and my camera couldn't keep up with them. There were lots of giggles and laughter throughout this cooking session, think they thoroughly enjoyed the whole process except having to wait for it to cook.

Oaty Apple Crumble
100g plain flour
80g oats
50g brown sugar
5ml cinnamon
125 margarine
4 to 5 cooking apples.
Peel, core and slice the cooking apples, place them in a casserole dish and sprinkle with some sugar.
Place the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl, add the margarine and rub in, sprinkle crumble mix over the top of the apples.
Cook at Gas 5 for about 35 minutes.