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!
The 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!
Well.. 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:
As you may know, I do like to cook with the children – or at least try to! I also like to try out new recipes. This October we have a “date” with “Uncle” for some pumpkin carving. And being a “non wasteful” so and so, I thought it would be a good idea to check out what yummy recipes are out there for us try out!
The recipes below are a mixture of “canned pumpkin” and fresh pumpkin recipes (I have always marked which it is). You can usually replace the canned with freshly cooked fresh pumpkin without too much problems, just cook it, drain it and be sure to adjust any fluids you add (add a bit less…).
I can’t vouch for any of recipes (we haven’t tried them YET), but the majority come recommended by other bloggers and they all look great! Will you be inspired to get pumpkin carving AND cooking this October?
SAVOURY & MAIN COURSES
I am starting with this recipe, so that you can make your own Pumpkin Puree to replace and Canned Pumpkins in some of the recipes below. This is thanks to The Pioneer Woman.
Curried Pumpkin Soup
We do love making soup – it is easy and it something that the kids can help with (in fact we have a very similar Carrot Soup on Life At The Zoo). I think The Boy would enjoy making this! This recipe is from All You.
Sausage Pumpking and Sage Casserole
From the BBC Food website (usually a safe bet). My kids love sausages. They also like chopping things. Casseroles TEND to not need to be chopped to neatly. So maybe this is something for us? Hope so! Might also be something for those of you who like slow cookers!
Spicy Pumpkin Chowder (Diary Free)
This recipe has the added benefit that it is Diary Free. I can’t wait to try this one out, as I know that Aly from Plus.2.4. knows her cooking “stuff” and I love chowders!
Hubble Bubble Pumpkin Pot
A rice based dish that sounds wonderful (looks like pumpkins really do go well with rice!). This one is from BBC Good Food and was recommend by Alice Ready.
Pumpkin & Rice Slow Cooker Casserole
Another recipe from Aly at Point 2.4. She uses a slow cooker to make this. I am so keen to get a slow cooker – the food is meant to taste delicious and it reduces your time in the kitchen.
Risotto is another firm favourite of mine. Seems like you can add almost anything and make it tasty. Fantastic. This recipe is via BBC Good Food! Recommended by A Bavarian Sojourn.
We Brits do love a good curry – so this Pumpkin Curry sounds hugely promising! Here Come The Girls shares her recipe!
Fresh or Canned Pumpkin
Pumpkin & Chicken Meatball Curry
And then there is THIS curry. Also makes my mouth water with pumpkin delight anticipation. From Family Fresh Cooking.