It's school holidays! Use these precious moments to spend with your children. Go on a trip or picnic in your nearest park. We all have to eat though and take outs are expensive and unhealthy.
Be prepared and just 1. Bring to boil. 2. Bag it. 3 . Stand it. 4. Serve it.
Here's some helpful tips to avoid having to buy greasy takeout and still serving delicious foods they love.
1. Grill some burger patties. Pack into a heated pot and into Wonderbag. Pack in tomato sauce and buy some rolls along the way. #LUNCHSORTED
2. Steam a few Viennas or sausages. Pack in sauce and buy rolls along the way. Hotdogs sorted.
3. Prep some chicken filling. Make a small shwarma salad. Pack in mayo. Get some pitas in the way. #lunchsorted.
Have fun and make use of those wonderful Wonderbags.
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Sweet and syrupy guavas are a delicious treat in winter especially if its buried under a blanket of warm custard it is irresistable.
Very simple to make.
1. Peel and quarter about 10 firm guavas
2. Put into a pot with some water and 1 cup of sugar
3. Add some stick cinnamon and cook of medium heat for 15 minutes,
4. Close pot and place in Wonderbag for 2 hours. till guavas are soft.
Serve hot with hot custard.
I think my cooking mojo is back not sure yet.. ill see how well I do over the weekend.
Today im experimenting with a "have what's in your fridge" type of dish. There was:
Beef mince half to 1 kilo washed and braised in an onion
Add 1 can of pureed tomato. (Im loving the ease of canned).
Add 1 tsp crushed garlic.
Add some salt pepper and chillie flakes.
I also added sugar to balance the sour of the tomato.
Once its cooking i chopped a bunch of spinache leaves.
Add half cup cream.
Bring to boil. And into Wonderbag while pasta cooks
In a seperate pot bring 500g pasta to boil. I used penne pasta.
Once cooked al dente drain and add to the creamy mince sauce.
Mix it in and top with cheese and bake in moderate oven of 180 till golden brown.
Inspired by Mama's Madina Chicken. Mama makes it on special occasions with lotsa red peppers and fresh tomato. The name, I simply had to change, because the taste doesn't come close to Mama's league, and of course I take too many shortcuts and forget half of the ingredients. It was however enjoyed by the family as a dish i made my own. I wish i could be more creative in naming my dishes though. I contemplated calling it... Tomato Pepper Onion Chicken with salt and black peppper.. lol... Thats about the list of ingredients..
2 large Onions and chopped and braised with 2 large peppers (any colour will do) till golden brown and soft
Add 2 allspice and 2 cloves and one crushed clove of garlic or a tsp crushed garlic
Add 4 large potatoes quartered
Add some water to cook for about 10 minutes
Add 1 kg chicken pieces (on bone)
Add 1 can of tomatoes peeled and chopped
Season with salt , pepper and chillie flakes.
Optional : fresh chopped Coriander
Cook for a further 10-15 minutes.
Place into Wonderbag for about 2-3 hours minimum to slow cook . Serve with fluffy White rice
For months I've been drooling over this beauty but i was waiting for the right bargain to come along. A friend of mine left South Africa for Turkey recently and needless to say this Eetrite Cast Iron Dutch Oven was too heavy to be packed in. I was the lucky one to buy it. Yippee. My first meal was this hearty Beef stew.
1. Braise 1 large onion chopped in some oil and add 1 kg stewing beef pieces.
2. Once meat is browned add salt and pepper and some stock and simmer for 30 minutes.
3. Add quartered potatoes, a few diced carrots and some frozen peas.
5. Place in Wonderbag and allow to slow cook for at least 3 hours.
Serve with rice
The longer you leave it the more tender the meat becomes.. EnJoY
This year i count myself even more blessed than before, mainly because I drop off all my 4 kids at one school in the morning. Also the best part of this dropoff is that the pre-schooler is escorted by his elder sister to his class so lucky me can come to school in my pyjama pants and noone will know. *teehee*. Jokes jokes.. As always i'm perfectly manicured and dressed at every early morning dropoff even though i have nowhere to be afterward..
So if you a working mom, fulltime mom or dad and have this task of pickups and dropoffs and cooking dinners and healthy lunches surely the best way to get going is a strict routine.
Here are some ways a Wonderbag can save you from a meltdown during this crucial time.
1. Working Moms/dads. Get your food to a boil before leaving the home---Into Wonderbag---Come home to a warm cooked meal---Help kids with bath time and homework , bedtime story. No stress no guilt. Everyone is happy :)
2. Full-time moms/dads. After School dropoff, Peel chop skin .--- Into pot--- boil for few minutes-- into Wonderbag-- Lunch is ready for when they come from school .. or if you saving it for dinner.. NO AFTERNOON COOKING.
Right, now for the rest of the day, time yourself.. tidy up home.. take a shower and relax, or go to gym , take a class, start a business or write articles where you tell fulltime moms what to do with ALL THEIR FREEEE TIMMME . Dont you just love it when people ask you that ? But seriously with Wonderbag you will get to truly experience this.. Free Time.
3. Car Pool Moms /Dads.. Take along some frozen treats for your tired sunbaked little ones. Place it in the Wonderbag and surprise them with it. Warning: If you do it too often it becomes an expectation and they start searching for the Wonderbag as soon as they enter the car.. There's no greeting or kiss or how was your day.. Its more like wheres the Wonderbag?
4. Sports Moms and Dads.. Buying Sausage rolls at the clubhouse can become a costly futile expense especially with teen boys and bottomless stomachs. Take along some healthy dishes like roast chicken and veg or make your own unhealthy food at home.. (Works out cheaper) and maybe just maybe the tummies will stop rumbling.
5. Fussy Eaters. So you have one kid whose a real pain when it comes to eating sandwiches and wants a warm meal or a chilled meal else they bring back the food and it ends up in the cat bowl and the cat also rejects it.
This is a frustrating situation because this kid goes around and eats other kids food or they eat the sandwiches given by the office for the needy kids. ***CRINGE***.. been there..
Use a mini lumchwarmer or chiller to keep your childs lunch at the right safe temperature to eat.
6. Pre-School Teachers /Principals. Do you cook porridge for your little ones when they come in the door in the morning. Hot Porridge is healthy, packed with fibre and so wholesome. Save Time, Energy and Money by cookinng oats in the Wonderbag.
Wonderbag can also be used in your classrooms to keep the kids yoghurts and juices chilled.
That's it from me .. If you have more Back to School Ideas please leave a comment below.. Good luck to everyone and hope you all have a fruitful year ahead. xx
Children can be fussy eaters and getting them to enjoy healthy food without a fight is a challenge many moms face daily.
Therefore at times us moms need to be sneaky and hide the vegetables in their favourite foods, or we can stick to bright crunchy colourful meals that appeal to the eye.
These yummy corn on the cob takes only 5 minutes on the stove and 2 hours in your Wonderbag. Results: Sweet, crunchy corn. Serve with butter and salt.
At the risk of sounding like an old timer I'm just going to say it " Nowadays everything is Faster and convenient". But have we asked ourselves AT WHAT COST?
Canned foods contain preservatives, yet we eat it because its so easy. But face it, who has time to cook raw beans and legumes from scratch. Time is Gold . Legumes are super nutritious foods that are packed with non fat proteins.
With Wonderbag you can cut cooking time by 70% while cooking beans.
This specific bean is quite large requiring a long cooking time. Cooking the Wonderbag way allows you to save time at the stove and money from cooking fuel.
1 packet of Butter beans (This is not the same as kidney beans). Soaked 5-6 hrs or overnight
Cook beans separately for 30 min on stove and leave for 3-4 hrs in Wonderbag.
2 large onions chopped and braised in some oil
Add 1 kilo of lamb pieces to braised onion
Add 1 large grated tomato
Add spices 1 heaped teaspoon of each spice ground (fennel, coriander, cumin)
Add half tsp tumeric
Add 1 tablespoon of garlic ginger paste freshly ground.
Add 1 stick cinnamon and 2 cardamon pods
Salt to taste.
Cook for about 30 min. Add the drained cooked beans to the meat and bring to boil . Finish off with fresh coriander and place into the Wonderbag to simmer together . Leave min 3 hrs in Wonderbag.
Delicious served with Roti of Pulau Rice.
When you go camping it is not about a budget holiday but the fact that you leave your routine to have time out and pause. You pause, live and dont let life pass you by. Every moment and discovery is precious. Our family have discovered that camping is a treasure that no fancy hotel destination can ever replace.
We play, we talk , we bake in the sun ,we run and there's not much bathing going on besides in the pool. We smell like smoke most of the time and have severe sugar rush from all the toasted marshmallows. We share the toilets with spiders and other creepy creatures but its all part of the fun. Theres no DSTV. and its bliss.
We are minimalist campers and dont own a fancy fridge. The Wonderbags were awesome in keeping our foods frozen all weekend We had our meats frozen in the one bag, frozen drinks in another and our butter eggs and fruits in the 3rd Wonderbag. (see Wonderbags in the background)
I'm a busy fulltime mom of 4 who loves to cook healthy and do my bit to save the Planet. Recipes and content posted on this blog are all my own.