This is just going to be a quick one. Just some little treats you might want to do over the holiday. Both are kid friendly--one could be done independently and the other with adult supervision.
Yesterday, I had two of my favourite vegan munchkins over for some Christmas shenanigans. I love it when people let me have a play date with their kids! We made Christmas crackers, clove studded oranges, reindeer treats and then watched the Rankin/Bass stop motion animation Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer from 1964 (more about this film tomorrow!)
Reindeer Treats are easy to do and a fairly healthy snack. I used frozen black cherries that had been defrosted for Rudolph's nose, but we all agreed glace cherries would have been ever better as they are redder and sweeter. But I didn't want to buy cherries when I already had cherries in my freezer (because I am cheap like that).
This activity could be done independently by a child. Because I am a teacher who loves to make things, I made a handy step by step poster to follow.
Here is the finished product:
If it looks like a child made these, that's because they did!
The other thing we made today was Munchy Seeds.
These delicious savoury seeds will run you about £7.99 for 475g. I can make a 400g knock off version for a little over £2. I buy a 200g packet of sunflower seeds from Poundland for £1 and a 200g packet of pumpkin seeds from Lidl for £1. Then mix them together.
I usually make just 200g at a time for us so we don't eat it all in one go. But the 2 packets of seeds will make 2 smaller batches or one larger batch. This recipe is for the smaller 200g batch.
The kiddos really love this and it can be a child friendly activity with supervision if you let them help you add the ingredients and stir.
Preheat your oven to 175C/350F
1.Put 200g seeds in a metal roasting pan.
2. Bake for 5 minutes, then remove the pan and stir.
3. Add 2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce and 1 teaspoon chilli powder and stir well to coat.
4. Bake 5 more minutes, then remove from the oven and stir again.
5. Turn the oven off and put the pan in for 3-5 more minutes or until the seeds are crisp and dry. Check at 3 minutes--if they still seem damp to you then let them go 2 more minutes.
6. Let cool and eat. If you happen to have some leftover, then store in an airtight container.
So these are the nibbles I shared with my young friends. I will hopefully start blogging regularly on a Wednesday about what we ate (and it won't be just nibbles) because I want to really show how you can eat real food, delicious healthy vegan food, on a super slim budget.
Thanks Miranda for giving me the nudge I needed to get back to food blogging!