Breakfast!

I think breakfast might be my favourite meal. Especially if I go out and have someone else make it for me.

It’s the thing I like most about staying in a hotel, particularly if there is a buffet!

The Saint is a fan of a full english, while I like pancakes.

Most days though, there isn’t enough time to whip up either of those, so I settle for muesli.

Finding a decent shop-bought muesli that isn’t laden with sugar or that doesn’t cost a fortune is difficult.

Don’t laugh, but I’ve started to make my own. I found a recipe in a Triathlon magazine, but have modified it a bit.

Feel free to take out or add in anything you like!

Ingredients

300g Rolled oats

150g raisins (cranberries are good too if you are flush with cash!)

240g pumpkin seeds

120g sunflower seeds

120g almonds (or hazelnuts)

20g shredded coconut

Simply combine the ingredients in a bowl. When completely mixed, transfer to an airtight container.

I never have any trouble with Boy Wonder and breakfast. Although he would love something sweet and chocolately, he is happy enough with porridge with dried fruits or weetbix with banana.

As a special treat I make his favourite, Granola. Again, it can be quite expensive to buy, but I found a recipe on Ben Davis’ inspiring blog, Ben Does Life.

I’ve changed Ben’s recipe slightly as BW prefers sultanas to raisins and none of us are cinnamon fans.

Ingredients

3 cups large rolled oats

1/2 cup of shredded coconut

1/2 cup chopped almonds

1/2 chopped walnut

1/2 cup liquid honey

1/3 cup crunchy peanut butter

1/2 cup sultanas

Heat the oven to 350F/180C/Gas 4

Mix oats, coconut, almonds, walnuts in a bowl

In another bowl mix the honey and peanut butter and microwave for a few seconds.

Combine the wet and dry ingredients together and spread out on a rectangular baking tray.

Bake in the oven for 5-6 minutes (keep an eye on it as the sultanas can burn quite easily). Stir/turn over the ingredients and then return to the oven for a further 5/6 minutes.

It should look like this when cooked:

Leave to cool and then transfer to an airtight container.

The Saint likes his granola with milk, but Boy Wonder and I like it with thick yoghurt, so it often doubles as dessert!

Enjoy!

Boy Wonder’s Food Project – The Verdict

Just over a week ago, following a meltdown of epic proportions, see The Edge, it was time to try something new.

The Boy Wonder Food Project was born.

So how did it go?

Well, it as was a HUGE success. We have not had one argument over food. The boys come home, check the menu and get on with their lives until dinner.

People, I have seen CLEAN plates.

NEW foods have been tried, devoured and seconds have been requested.

At times I wondered who had stolen my children and replaced them with gourmands, but no, it was still them.

The single most popular dish had to be Meatballs with sweet and sour sauce.

 

You have no idea what a personal victory the sweet and sour sauce was. Cheeky Boy asked for seconds. This from a child who thinks ketchup is a) a vegetable and b) a food group in its own right.

I can also recommend Rice Krispie Chicken which is a mighty fine, guilt-free, alternative to take away fried chicken.

Aside from the actual food, the lack of conflict at mealtimes has given us all space to breathe. It has made for a much calmer house. Witching hour has had it’s arse well and truly kicked.

On Thursday Boy Wonder snuggled up and told me how much he was enjoying the menu project and how he felt we were getting along more. Now he wanted to (in his words) “work out some strategies to help him and dad get along better”.

I had no idea that this project would have such an impact on all of us.

Week 2 has already been planned and written on the menu board. Progress.