Simple Autumn Juice: Apple & Carrot

As Autumn hurtles our way, I wanted to share my father’s favourite “healthy” treat for the season – Apple & Carrot Juice! It is quick and easy to make and tastes delicious. Be sure to drink it up quickly.

Apple Recipes

Simple:

  • Carrots
  • Apples
  • Juicer

Peel and slice everything. Bung in juicer. Drink as freshly as possible! Doesn’t matter about proportions, just use what you have in! (You may prefer to sieve it, as there will be a little bit of brown “sludge”, but there is nothing bad about this and sometimes, you can let it all settle and then just pour the yummy bit). Very healthy. Very good. Very tasty.

For more from me, hop over to Red Ted Art for lots of fun craft ideas!

Simple Baked Apple Recipe

Baked Apples – a seriously easy and delicious treat for all the family! I first made these on the recommendation of my Sister in Law, who always made these as a child.  The great thing about these is, that they are healthy and that kids can indeed help make them. Great for this time of year, when you want a nice warm treat after playing outdoors! This baked apples also make for a great treat on Bonfire Night – wrap them in foil and carefully place them on the bonfire to cook! We also made some Edible Sparklers for bonfire night.. adding some popping candy for fun!

Baked Apples with kids (2)

Baked Apple Ingredients

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An apple, some raisins, cinnamon, marzipan a drop of honey – to be honest, you can use what you want. Raisings mixed with almonds taste nice too. The honey helps bind it all together. And dried apricots make for a good treat too. Experiment!

Bake Apple How To

1) Using a decorer remove the centre. You can cut these out by hand too of course.

Baked Apples with kids (2)

2) We wedged a bit of marzipan at the bottom to secure the rest of the filling. Add your filling and spices and a drop of honey.

Baked Apples (2)

3) Place in a small oven proof dish or several apples in a large dish, or wrap in tin foil.

4) Cook at 180-200C for 25-35min.

Simple Baked Apple Recipe (2)

Let cool a little and ENJOY! Delicious.

See what other thoughts and ideas we have for Bonfire Night!

Pear Recipe: Simple Pear Muffins

As you may be aware, we have been FORAGING recently! We love going out and finding things that we can collect and eat. Learning about nature, our environment and the seasons as we go along. We even came together made a little video (see below) to share all our best Foraging Tips & Trick. Truly inspired. We now have a handful of pears to use up and were looking around for what pear recipes to try, when of course  I thought – our Foragers Cake. Foragers cake is perfect, as you can make as little or as much as you like – depending on what fruit you have. Also you can add different fruit to different corners of your cake. Meaning you can make the most of what you have. As we had four small pears, I decided to make Pear Muffins using this recipe and as always, this is a great recipe for Cooking With Kids!

Pear RecipesThe Foragers Cakes works on the principle, that you weigh your eggs in their shell and use that weight for your flour, butter and eggs. We used:

  • 2 eggs = 120g
  • 120 g self raising flour
  • 120g butter at room temp
  • 120g of sugar

Pear Recipe Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 180C
  • Mix it all together until you have  smooth dough. Add a splash of milk if necessary (we rarely do).
  • Meanwhile and slice your fruit.
  • Spoon your mixture into your cupcake cases (we made 11 in the end).
  • Add all the sliced fruit on top. Place it close together, it will sink into your cake a little and also add to the moistness
  • Pop into the oven until golden, usually 20-25 min for cupakes

Eat hot! DELICIOUS!

Now to our Foraging Tips & Tricks

 

Have an ABUNDANCE of Blackberries? Check out this lovely round up of Blackberry recipes to really get your mouth watering!

Author: Maggy Woodley

Green Tomato Recipes: Chutney

As some of you may know, we like to grow fruit and vegetables in our garden. I think it is a wonderful experience for the children – learning all about seeds, planting and growing. And nothing tastes better than fresh produce picked that day (we gave our neighbour one of our very few red tomatoes recently and she is still gushing about it! Yay!).

Sadly.. due to a very poor summer.. we have lots of STUNNING looking green tomatoes, and less red ones. I know you can ripen them indoors – but from experience, they have to have started ripening EVER so slightly in order to turn completely read. We have many beautiful tomatoes that are not even fully grown yet.

So. What to make. One of my favourite recipes is this Green Tomato Recipes – a chutney, it is delicious and makes for fabulous gifts at Chirstmas:

Ingredients: (makes about 1.5kg)

  • 1.1kg green tomatoes
  • 250g apples
  • 250g onions
  • 12g salt
  • 125g seedless raisins
  • 125g sultanas
  • 1 tbsp whole black peppercorns
  • 12g root ginger
  • 6 cloves
  • 2 red chillies
  • 250g Demerara sugar
  • 300ml malt vinegar

Method:

1) Finely chop the tomatoes & onions.

2) Place the two in a pan, sprinkle with the salt and leave for at least an hour.

3) Add the raisins and sultanas.

4) Bruise the ginger and chillies and put with the other spices into a piece of muslin (I have used tea eggs in the past too), tie firmly and add to the pan with the vinegar.

5) Bring to the boil and then switch down to a simmer, add the sugar stirring frequently until dissolved.

6) Continue stirring occasionally and press onto the muslin bag until thickened.

7) Remove the muslin bag.

Place into heat treated jars (you can put your jars in the oven at low heat for half an hour). Screw the lids on tightly and let cool down. I actually store ours in the fridge too, though it isn’t strictly necessary!

Enjoy!

Have you got any Green Tomato Recipes to share? I would love to see them!!

Autumn Blog Hop

fall activities for kidsWell.. by now you MUST know how much I love Autumn. I love the coziness of winter coming our way. I am always looking for new ideas and activities to do with my kids, in comes the wonderful Autumn Blog Hop! A great way to share lots of Autumn activities across a number of blogs.

I would like to share our favourite Autumn Activities:

1) Blackberry picking (check out our tips on foraging with kids)

2) Baking by forager’s cake

3) Parks – and going on an “Autumn Treasure Hunt” – aka collecting acorns, sticks and pine cones – then making Autumn Mobiles

4) Acorn Crafts and Chestnut crafts

5) Planning for Halloween

6) Carving Pumpkins

What are your favourite activities for Autumn? Come link up and join the blog hop!!!

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Other blogs taking part

Blogging With Kids hands on : as we grow Rainy Day Mum Love, Play, Learn AngeliqueFelix.com 3 Dinosaurs Sugar Snips Kitchen Counter Chronicles  Inspiration Laboratories Playful Learners Confessions of a Montessori Mom Two Big Two Little Go Kid Yourself Red Ted Art Life At The Zoo