Everyone loves noodles!

Tonight each of us had a different meal for tea… I worked and ate lunch at 2:30, so wasn’t hungry when Elsie was.

I made her noodles with green beans, carrot, broccoli and veggie hot dogs, as we had got so absorbed in watching The Cat Returns together I suddenly realised her tea time was meant to be half an hour ago…!

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Elsie’s chopstick excitement!!

She was super pleased with her chopsticks and special bowl (her main reason for liking Asian food, so she can be just like Ponyo and Soskay (sp?) from Ponyo!) and ate all the veg, but not much noodles. Then while she was in the bath she announced that she was hungry and so once ready for bed proceeded to eat 2 rounds of peanut butter toast and a 1/4 of a yellow pepper, and run around the living  room wearing my shoes, my boots, her crown and her dressing up shoes!!

By this point I was hungry, as I thought she would be fast asleep, so while she ran around the living room and Steve lay on the sofa (feeling ill and eating instant noodles) I decided to make noodles too. My recent favourite super quick, super scrummy satay style noodles.

My noodles were cooked and eaten within 15minutes and by then Elsie had tired herself out and so off we went to bed… Night night Elsie B ✨

So 3 different types of noodles in our house tonight, Elsie’s veg and sausage “Ponyo” noodles, Steve’s instant noodles and my vegan satay-style noodles; oodles of noodles in fact, haha!

Here’s my recipe for delicious vegan satay-style super quick noodles.

Recipe (serves 1):

Ingredients:

1/4 red onion

1 clove garlic

half a stick of celery

1/4 yellow pepper

3 broccoli heads cut into smaller pieces

Rice vermicelli (any noodles will do, these are just super quick and cheap from the Asian supermarket in town)

1 dessert spoon of peanut butter

sweet chilli sauce (about a teaspoon- I just drizzled it in)

splash of soy sauce

chinese five spice

splash of water

coconut oil (or any oil you have)

Method:

Boil the kettle and while it is boiling chop up all the vegetables. You can really use whatever you have in the fridge. Mine changes every time. But today it was broccoli, celery, pepper, onion and garlic, all sliced up. Make sure the thicker veg are cut smaller so they cook at the same speed as the rest (eg small chunks of celery)

Pour the boiled water over the rice vermicelli and put a lid over them. They will cook by themselves without any effort whatsoever on your part. Super simple!

Heat the oil in a frying pan and then add all the vegetables and fry and stir to prevent them catching.  Once they are looking soft (a few minutes) add a shake of Chinese 5 spice, a spoonful of peanut butter, the sweet chilli sauce, soy sauce and water and mix it all together. (The water is just to help the peanut butter merge and coat the vegetables rather than staying in a big blob!)

Continue cooking everything so that it all heats through until the veggies are as cooked as you like them. I like mine fairly crunchy so the whole process took about 5minutes.

Drain the vermicelli with a sieve and add straight to the pan, mixing all together so that the noodles are all coated and delicious.

Dish out, sit down and enjoy… While your 3 year old daughter runs around in your various shoes 😜

 

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YUM!!

Orange and Mango Ice Lollies!

Steve and I had 2 nights and a day off together this week, first time since Elsie was born, oh my, what luxury!

Quite apart from indulging ourselves with meals, drinks and comedy out (yay!) we also got to explore town without Elsie getting bored.  We recently got a Tiger shop in our city, and I have been desperate to explore all it has to offer. I got to spend a good half an hour taking it all in, so fun!

One of the purchases I made was for these amazing ice lolly moulds… They look just like Callipo ice lollies, which is one of Elsie’s favourites, but we can make whatever flavour we like and know exactly what’s inside, healthy AND fun…!

So this afternoon, with Elsie back home from her stay with Nana and Granddad, we made orange and mango ice lollies together, to test out the moulds… I think it is safe to say that they were a roaring success and I have one extremely happy daughter (photographic evidence below 😊 )

These are so simple, and remind me of the ice lollies of my childhood, mum and me would make together using old wooden lolly sticks (saved from when we’d had shop bought ice lollies) and plastic moulds with a little slot in. Childhood bliss, such a treat! They will work with any mould, but these really are so awesome, if you can find some it doubles the treat/fun factor!!

Recipe (makes 4, or as many as you have moulds for!)

Ingredients:

Orange juice

Frozen mango pieces (easily bought from any supermarket, ours are from Tesco)

Method:

Rinse out a lolly mould and then fill almost to the top with orange juice and pour into a jug. Do this as many times as you have moulds (so for us that was 4).

Add a handful of frozen mango pieces (fresh mango would work equally well, we just had this in the freezer already)

Using a hand blender whizz everything together to make a smoothie.

Pour into lolly moulds and put into freezer until frozen. Ours took from lunchtime until tea…

Remove from freezer and enjoy!

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As you can see Elsie absolutely loves these and they are super easy, delicious and healthy too! She is currently eating her second in a row, so one very happy girly 😊