Breakfast

Healthy Choc Oat Pancakes

these delicious pancakes are filling and totally feel as though your eating dessert for breakfast! My kids love these and unlike regular sugary pancakes where they ask for more and more. They are full after 2 or 3 mini Pikelets  sized ones!



what you will need:

Foodprocessor , 2 bowls, frying pan

I blend my own oats – but you could buy quick oats. This is why I used the foodprocessor. It makes the oats more floury, really fine. Where as quick oast from a packet are course and not so fine.

Ingredients:

3eggs

1 1/2 cup milk

1 1/2 cup oats (blended in foodprocessor)

4 tablespoons cacao

Small amount of Butter for frying pan



Method:

In a separate bowl place your egg whites and in the opposite add your yolks. In your bowl of yolks add the oats,milk,and cacao. Mix well!

Whisk your egg whites in the other bowl until stiff.

Slowly fold your egg whites into the bowl of oat batter.

Heat your frying pan, and grease your pan with a nob of butter. 



Place a small amount into frying pan. Waiting for little bubbles to appear on the surface. When you have roughly a dozen bubbles on the surface, flip your pancake. Cook the other side for approx 1min .

Now you should have a pancake stack





You can top these with what ever you like.

But above I have topped mine with whipped cream, chopped fresh strawberries, dark chocolate drops, toasted hazel nuts and some maple syrup.

Bon appetit 

Mango & Pretzel Bliss Balls? Say what!

okkkkk so you should know by now if your following on my Instagram account – the_middle_ingredient_leia   That I LOVE creating and inventing new crazy flavours and combinations! It’s all about texture and trying new ingredients, and exposing our 3 kids to nutrition and flavour!



So here we have used Premium Choice branded, dried mango and linseed meal! They have been great supporters in seeing me try new products and creating goodies for them to share with others who like using their health foods – and well, because they are a south Australian Buisness I want to show my support for small local businesses.

Okkkkk so your all saying HURRY UP Leia give us the recipe.

Well it’s simple, all you need is:

1 bag of dried mango

3/4 cup linseed meal

1/2 cup coconut (either shredded or decicated)

Blend or food process or thermomix or even stick blender!! If you have one of these gadgets you can make these balls. BLITZ — BLITZ — BLITZ & BLITZ some more.

Crush some pretzels, I did mine in a zip lock bag and crushed them with a heavy rolling pin. But seriously this should be easy, so do what ever you can think of to get them a bit crumbly and on tiny pieces! Trust me it will work 👍

Using a spoon scoop a bit smaller than a golf ball into the palm of your hand and roll as best shape into a ball as you can.

Roll into the pretzels. I had trouble getting a LOT to stick, but I tried my best and some was better than none. And to be honest any more and they would just be a big giant pretzel! Let them set in the fridge and go slightly hard before eating. 

They should store well and for a long time in the fridge (if they last that long)

I’ve got great BALLS!

Who doesn’t like experimenting??
Who doesn’t love a good healthy snack that actually fills you up??

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these coconut lime and mint bliss balls
Are to die for! Here is the recipe

1 cup of dates
1/2 lime juice
1 teaspoon lime rind
6 mint leaves
1/2 cup dedicated coconut

Blitz your dates until fine, add the juice and rind. Blitz for another minute. Break the mint leaves up with your fingers and add them to the blender and blitz for approx 30 seconds. Add your coconut and blitz until all combined well. Scoop small amounts into the palms of your hand and roll into bite sized balls.

Yum!

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Did you say smoothie? Or shake? Here’s 4 your sure to LOV

Totally “HOT” in our house right now!
Hubby is in on it, kids love it – I just want to try more combinations and scream yum yum bubblegum everytime.

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berry banana BOMB

This one above was made with
1 peeled and halved white flesh nectarine
1/2 frozen banana
1/4 cup frozen blueberries
5 medium sized strawberries
2 tablespoons greek yoghurt
1 tsp honey
6 ice cubes
And as much water you need to make it slurpable through a straw. Usually NOT quite 1/2cup.
Blitz it all up in the blender/foodprocessor/stab mixer – what ever youve got!! It will work, trust me

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veggie mixer

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Using these ingredients add some water.

1/2 carrot
1 Lebanese cucumber
1/4 cup of strawberries
Small handful of grapes
1/2 avocado
Icecubes and water
–miss 5 LOVES it, and doesn’t like avocado at all!

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strawberry blitz

1/2 frozen banana
3/4 cup strawberries
1/4 cup grapes
1 heaped tablespoon vanilla yoghurt
Ice cubes and water

– amazingly my favourite!!

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Pineapple lover

1/2 half pineapple
1 frozen banana
1/2 cup coconut milk
Ice cubes and (water if needed)

— Miss 8’s favourite

Vanilla milkshake protein balls

Seriously could you snack on anything healthier??!!

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These babies have been a favourite in our house this past week! Even the kids have wanted them for lunchbox treats.
Recipe: (equal amounts of dry ingredients*nuts*grains – dried fruit/liquid)
Using a food processor or thermomix
Grind your cashews and peppitas and place in a bowl to the side.
Place medjoole dates in the food processor and approx 1 tsp of honey. Until all blended well and smooth.
Add 3/4 of your cashew and peppita mix back to the blender, along with a sprinkle of desicated coconut and chia seeds. Mix well.
Add vanilla bean seeds. Mix well.
Add the rest of your cashew and peppita mix and mix well.

In a bowl have some sesame seeds, scoop small balls out of the blender and roll in the palm of your hands then roll in the sesame seeds.

Seriously if you can get these to last more than a week – HALF YOUR LUCK!
I made a large batch and they all went like hot cakes in a few days

Meat FREE Monday’s – ANY ONE?

does any one else enjoy Meat FREE MONDAYS as much as we do?

it is seriously a family tradition in our house now. We don’t eat any where near as much meat as we used to, and have easily been able to incorporate plenty of vegan and vegetarian dishes into the rest of our week.

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these little babies were super easy to make and so awesome for the summer weather.
If your anything like me, the last thing you want to do is turn on the oven in the heat – and heat the house up even more.
So when you see a window of cooler weather, switch on that oven and get creative.

Frittatas are awesome and can include any thing! they are all about the eggs, and the veggies are what ever is left over in the fridge or in some cases – whats on special or in season at the market!

in the picture above i’ve made zucchini and corn, but remember the eggs are the star of the dish!
ingredients – method :
2 small zucchini’s grated
1 can of corn kernals drained
1/2 a large onion diced
10 eggs
3/4 cup of grated cheese
pinch of salt and pepper
2 tsp curry powder
mix all ingredients together well (if you have any herbs add them!

I love using my pyrex dishes, and in this instance i used a square one.
baked in the oven on 180 degrees fan forced for 40minutes
Once cooled i cut it into large slices and placed in a container in the fridge.
I sliced them into bite size pieces because they were appealing for the kids. But you could do this for a dinner party dish! top it with a half cherry tomato. you could also place a piece of smoked salmon, capers and dill on top. everything works with a frittata!

Good luck – Leia

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Eire Cafe – Our team is divided! YOU BE THE JUDGE

There has been so much talk about, whats HOT and whats NOT in Adelaide – that there is always a new find just around the corner. so … Introducing:

Eire Cafe – Springbank road, Clapham, Sa

Upon going to this cafe, the team at Eire had known we (Dan & Leia) were coming in on a particular day for breakfast. we had the kids with us also, so it seemed like we almost filled the cafe with 5 people! As soon as we sat down, we decided we needed coffee ASAP! so ordered and it literally appeared before our very eyes. It was outstanding in flavour and honestly so good I stood up and asked what beans they used because it was delicious and made well.

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Our breakfast was ordered, and we were excited!

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now the reason behind our team being divided…

The experience Dan & Leia had was mind blowing with flavour & textures. however remembering the cafe staff were expecting and knew we were going in on a certain day, as it was discussed a few days prior via instagram.

Celeste & Matt couldnt make this breakfast and went on a separate weekend – 2 weeks later. It was so bad, that they had to send back two meals and them be remade. the reasons why, the bacon was dripping in oil and it was so bad that it was dripping onto the plate. the coffee milk was burnt, and over cooked so tasted horrid. they offered no pressed juice or milkshakes, therefore Matt had nothing to drink because he does not drink hot drinks. the eggs were undercooked, there was a mound of avocado almost 2 times the size of the one featured above in the photo of Leia’s. there was certainly no consistency with the chili hint in the avocado or even well seasoned with Celeste’s experience.

NOW you be the JUDGE…
was Eire Cafe really good? or did they know to be outstanding on the occasion they were expecting Dan & Leia?

L’Atelier Gourmand – Wayville

WOW what an impression! this place blew me away the first time i visited. and then made even more of a statement the next half a dozen times i went and even took the family.

Dan the man, seriously thought the platters were amazeballs because of the variety.

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coffee is delicious, smooth and is done by a good barista who knows what they are doing when it comes to heating the milk correctly. nothing worse than burnt over cooked milk.

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A breakfast fit for two sisters : Great service, friendly and well prepared food with top quality ingredients.

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french toast, topped with a hazel nut toffee!

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vegetarian breakfast all stacked up on top of a bed of mushrooms and spinach.

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There aint no other FRENCH TOAST like it!

So some people love a sweet breakfast, and others love the traditional bacon and eggs – MATT being MATT, loves everything followed by dessert. YEP even breakky! but we need to point out that no one else does a french toast that even compares to this one… where’s it from i hear you say?

its none other than The Pantry on Egmont.

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seriously how scrumptious does this look? well you wait until you go and try it for your self. it is so far hands down one of the top 3 if not possibly the best french toast in adelaide. There – i said it! you need to get on it guys, and try it for your self.

not only would Matt have dessert, he also managed to squeeze this traditional breakfast in too –

Smashed Avocado with poached eggs

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of course he is not always a coffee “goo-roo” and proffers a juice or milk shake so here is his in between course –

carrot, apricot and apple juice

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Who knew a Winter Soup could be such a winner?

Ok, so i know winter is over now, but if any one can offer a wholesome winter food for lunch. Light meal, but still filling? Where, NEVER? i hear you say… Well yep! we know where. Devour Patisserie, thats where!

here we have – Ham hock, lentils and root vegetable soup with toasted ciabatta

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superb flavour, with wholesome vegetables. a real hearty flavorsome soup that was not lacking any HAM! seriously, i could easily complain about soup from many, many cafe’s/restaurants from just being a boring ol’ soup with not enough flavour or texture – you know the ones that you have to add lots of salt and pepper to? well not this one! this was delicious.

this was accompanied by a honeycomb milkshake

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and then dessert:

To finish, an apple, almond & milk chocolate stack…..oh and a snickers flavored macaron

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