Lost for ideas….try a pick your own…

Don’t you just love summer holidays? Not!  I’m only on day 3 and already on my knees.  I don’t remember as a kid having such a fun filled agenda, my mum used to open the front door shoe us out and that was it for the rest of the day.  Now I find myself busier than a party planner and getting paid diddly squat for it!

We have had a full on day, gymnastics followed by a picnic in the park but this afternoon we did something a bit different.  We went to our local Pick your Own (not nose) and picked some strawberries and blackberries.  I think they’ve missed a trick; they should really weigh the kids before and after and not the punnet as not many berries made it into the pots.

It was a lovely way to kill an hour!  However, it dawned on me afterwards, ‘now what am I going to do with all this fruit?’ I’m no dab hand in the kitchen, a few people suggested making jam followed by scones.  I nearly fell about laughing.  Someone did suggest making wine with it and I was tempted.  I already had a punnet of strawberries and raspberries in the fridge that were out of date, ready to be composted.  My mate was going to make a crumble so I thought I’d give it a go as well.

It was really dead easy.  I used the following recipe….

We had great fun!  But now I know why I don’t bake just imagine we also made a trip to the shop especially for custard….

But her final words were….’I don’t like crumble!’

These kids don’t know they were born.


MOMA! Oatie Breakfast

I’m not very good at eating breakfast or lunch for that matter.  For breakfast I normally have a coffee and a ***, which I affectionately call ‘breakfast of champions’.  It isn’t a weird starvation diet type thing I just get so busy with Madame that I forget.  It’s usually around dinner time or after a glass of wine, I think ‘woe’ I don’t feel right, and then I realise that I’ve forgotten to eat.

I don’t know how many times I’ve bought pots of yoghurt with the intention of eating them and by the time I get to them they’ve passed the sell by date.  The people at MOMA sent me some of their Oatie Breakfast to try.  It reminds me of a Swiss Muesli that I used to eat back home in Canada.  It’s a mixture of jumbo oats soaked in Apple Juice, low fat pro-biotic yoghurt and fruit.  I have to say it didn’t look that appetizing, a bit like wall-paper paste, when I opened the pot but it smells and tastes great.  My favourite is the Strawberry and Banana.

I can see myself having breakfast more often.  It comes in individual portions or a family pot so I have no excuses as it takes seconds to serve.  Madame hasn’t tried it yet but I think she’ll like it.

You can find it at Sainsbury’s, Waitrose, Ocado, John Lewis and Wendell’s.  A full list of stockist can be found at http://www.momafoods.co.uk/.  The family pot (850g) retails for £2.99.

Oh that reminds me….I haven’t had any lunch.