My husband has already made the comment that maybe we should just stick to our tried and tested recipes, instead of busting our rings in the kitchen for 2 hours trying some new recipe that could or could not taste like a donkeys steaming turd. However after the standing ovation from last nights dinner success, I think rings being busted has paid off.
I would also like to point out that the reason it took 2 hours was because I had a child who had daycare blues. This always happens on her second and last day of daycare for the week, where she is physically and emotionally exhausted and decides that she would like to communicate this to us by screaming in our faces, clinging onto our legs and acting like a demon of satan, in an attempt to convince us to never send her there again… Add to this a child who has left his homework till the last night (I blame bad parenting…..) and a cranky ass mum (that would be me) and dinner doesn't really flow too efficiently.
As I sit here typing this, whilst eating last nights leftovers, I can say it was worth every single moment of stress and terror that was last nights dinner prep. I would also like to mention that the husband has also put in a request that this appear on our meal plan EVERY.SINGLE.NIGHT…
The recipe that wowed the masses last night, was Chicken and Cashews with Satay Lime Sauce. When I say wowed the masses, I just mean the husband and myself because the 7 year old only ate the chicken out of it (the best chicken he has ever tasted apparently) but refused to touch the vegetables because "they tasted too vegetabley…." Yes he actually said that to me.
The 1 year old unfortunately couldn't wait for dinner to be served, so had a banana before falling asleep moments before dinner was turfed out in front of her. Literally I was dishing out the food 1 minute and by the time I made if from the kitchen to the high chair, the banana eating screaming banshee was asleep.
In pursuit of redemption from attempting to kill my children by making them eat those "nutella donuts" last week. I tried to make a chocolate hazelnut pudding (also known as nutella pudding). I did not get off to a good start by burning the ass off half the hazelnuts and couldn't even attempt to start again, as I had used up all my hazelnuts. This should have been a sign to turn back whilst I still had my dignity but instead, I got stuck in trying to rub the burnt parts off the hazelnuts. This turned a process that should have taken 1 minute, into 20 minutes….. yay me!!
I also decided that I would grind the nuts in the thermomix whilst the 1 year old was sleeping… that was always going to end well for everyone. However, by some type of miracle of the thermomix gods, she stayed asleep.
For some reason I was really anxious about what this was going to turn out like. I had a really bad feeling that I was going to regret using my precious window of the 1 year old being asleep and out of my face, to make something that the kids would no doubt claim was another attempt to poison them.
When it was finally finished, I poured the mixture into my pudding dishes (that are actually margarita/cocktail glasses…. yep, nothing but class here). I took a photo for my blog and put them straight into the fridge. They looked good, but thats the problem with this journey.. everything looks amazing and 9 times out of 10, looks are quite deceiving.
I knew I had to lick the spoon and I was really quite hesitant in doing so. My gut feeling was telling me it was going to taste like rhino spew
HERE GOES NOTHING….
HOLY MOTHER OF SWEET PUDDINGS OF HEAVEN!! IT TASTED AMAZING!!!
My hesitant lick of the spoon, turned into me trying to fit my head into the bowl, to get every last drop of pudding. No word of a lie, I started doing a happy dance in the kitchen and for the record, it was probably the best dance ever created. I couldn't taste any of the burnt flavour of the hazelnuts… OH HELL YEAH!!!
I had to substitute the rapadura sugar for dextrose and I used vanilla powder instead of vanilla essence. I also used cows milk instead of almond/rice milk.
The only thing in this recipe that is high in sugars is the 70gms of dark chocolate. However I went to a health food store to find the best alternative which was about 90% cacao. It worked out as having around 1 teaspoon of sugar per serving which as a treat, I am happy to run with!!
I also made a batch of my Peanut Butter Fudge Slice as the 7 year old was not impressed, that he had been back at school for 3 whole days and not once had I made him some of his favourite slice to put in his lunchbox. I truly am a horrible mother….
Tonight I am making a Potato Flan with a side of salad, avocado and pumpkin seeds. I have never made this meal before and I am hoping that I am going to create another amazing dinner that the whole family will enjoy. Famous last words of a disaster waiting to happen.
Happy Friday everyone xx