It hasn’t been a particularly inspirational week in the kitchen for us – in fact I’ve been using up the freezer stash and haven’t cooked much at all, so I’m going to write about an old favourite… Quesadillas. Or Easydillas as we call them.
Not a new recipe I hear you cry. Nope. And not rocket science either. Just a useful, super-easy lunch or supper where anything goes. Even things the boys don’t like. In fact, especially things the boys don’t like.
Today we’re having tuna, cheese and courgette. There’s no recipe per-se, you just take a couple of sandwich or tortilla wraps, throw in your fillings (the secret is to not put too much inside otherwise it will all fall apart), pop it all under a hot grill (200-225c) for a few minutes until it starts to brown, flip to brown the other side, then serve. And eat.
Good things to put inside (any combination): grated cheese (we put cheese in most of ours – it acts like glue and sticks it all together), tuna, cooked chicken, ham pieces, hummus (useful if dairy-free as also works as a kind of glue), pesto, soft cheese, tomato purée, grated fruit & veg (carrot, courgette, apple, pear, etc), mashed sweet potato, sweetcorn , bolognaise (excess liquid squeezed out)….the list is endless.
Saturday morning, breakfast time.
In an attempt to break away from their usual favourite breakfast of half a bagel with peanut butter (AND jam on Daddy’s shift), plus a token handful of cereal, I’ve made bircher muesli. Well Boy A made it.
It contains all of their favourite things:
300g Oats (they love porridge, especially Pink Porridge – will come back to that another day)
400g Apple juice (they would breathe juice if I let them)
10tbsp Yogurt (Boy O is a yogurt fiend. His current catchphrase is “Mummy, yogurt. Get it. NOW”)
Raisins (they’re essentially sweets, right?)
Sunflower seeds (they won’t notice them, surely?)
This has to be the easiest thing to make. Ever. Boy A weighed the ingredients (which do not have to be exact so I really could leave him to it), he poured them one by one into a big Kilner jar and stirred it all together with a big stick. That’s it. We left it overnight to soak up and voila.
Daddy loves it. Boy O isn’t impressed with it and won’t eat even one mouthful. Boy A says it’s stodgy, so we add a little milk at the table. Apparently it’s “fine”. But “apricot flavour would be better”.
nb. We’ve had lots of fun trying out other flavours – replacing the raisins and sunflower seeds with other things we fancy. And Boy A is right – Apricot, coconut and honey is delicious. Even Boy O doesn’t spit it back out.
I am Mummy.
I am 36.
I am also known as Muuuuuummmmmmmy.
Boy A is 3.5. Aka Poppet
Boy O is almost 2. Aka The Beast
Daddy has just turned 40. Daddy is a Celebrity. (Not a real one, obviously).
This is my blog.
It’s about food. And feeding my boys.
I love food and I’d love them to love food as well.
Boy A is a vegetarian who doesn’t like veg.
Boy O likes to throw his food.
Somehow they manage to eat a balanced diet. Somehow.