Monday, 31 March 2008

Domestic Goddess or Stepford Blogger?

This weekend, to keep up with the nutritional needs of my growing - almost teenage (!) son, I decided to make some "power muesli". We don't eat meat, and as his energy levels fall, I realise that he probably needs more protein than he has done in the past. So I remembered a recipe I acquired some years ago, amended it to his requirements, and set to work. As I assembled the ingredients, I thought I'd photograph the process for my readers, because this truly is a delicious recipe. But as I photographed, i realised that I was placing individual cornflakes or oats or even sesame seeds, to make what I thought would be a good enough picture of absolute cereal perfection ... Oh dear ... I should get out more I think! So here are the raw ingredients:

3 cups oats
1.5 cups sugar free corn flakes
1.5 cups plain puffed rice
1 cup sunflower/pumpkin seeds (combined)
.5 cup sesame seeds
.25 cup linseeds
1 cup chopped almonds/cashews (combined)
.5 cup sunflower oil
.5 cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 cup soft dried fruit (i use raisins/sultanas)

Mix all of the dry ingredients together but NOT the fruit. Warm the oil, honey, vanilla extract, combine, then pour over the dry ingredients and mix thoroughly. Place in the oven at 100C for one hour, stirring every 20 minutes. When golden brown right through, the mixture is done. Remove from the oven, add the dried fruits, leave to cool, stirring frequently to stop it all from sticking together. Store in an airtight container and serve with milk or yoghurt as a breakfast cereal or snack. Oh, it's wheat gluten free and if the honey is substituted with Agave Nectar, vegan.

To complete my domestically crazed weekend, under the influence of yet another Moda Moment (part 3), I made a tea cosy. I used special "oven glove" wadding which I found at my usual fabric store (and which was cheaper than any other wadding!) and am amazed at its insulating properties - It has kept the tea warm for 2 hours! I tested!!


Joleo said...

Lovely tea-cosy! Does the wadding have a brand name? I don't have such a nice fabric shop near me so I shop a lot online :)

And the muesli sounds delicious...

Lesley said...

Your muesli looks fab - I'll have to give it a try - so expertly arranged too!!

Of course, I now need to make a tea cosy .....


Marmadaisy said...

Hmm, the last time I posted a photo of my food, I had to photoshop it because my bits weren't nicely arranged. I used the clone tool to copy prawns. What a saddo!!
This looks yummy I'll have to make some. We like our cereal in this house.