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the way to a man’s heart

t jokes that he married me so i could make him fried rice everyday.  the jokes on him because the wok i bought is still sitting unused in its plastic wrap and i don’t eat red meat or pork.  he loves summer because it marks the end of “chicken season” and he can BBQ to his hearts content.  to get us through winter, i am always looking for new chicken recipes and we were both happy to find this one after a friend recommended the pho recipe off steamykitchen.com.   miso roast chicken has temporarily knocked jaimie oliver’s perfect roast chicken off our weekly menu.  the first time i made this, i only had instant seaweed miso soup paste packets on hand and it turned out great.  the second time, i lined the roasting try with baking paper to make clean up easier.  both times i doubled the quantity of garlic and ginger.

it’s also opened up a whole new world of possibilities with spatchcocking. going to invest in a proper pair of chicken shears.

t says it’s no prawn sandwich and buladelah bread on a saturday afternoon. some people are just hard to please :p


canada cereal

What’s a family focused blog without a recipe or two thrown in?

Last september, we moved from Canada to Australia. J was three, and F nearly two. F showed the most distress at the beginning, but seems to have settled in here nicely, except for the lack of playmates, which I need to work on.  Eleven months later, J still asks when we are going back to Canada.

To help with the transition, we tried to bring a few familiar things with us, like their favourite toys, books, and food they ate every day.  F was still nursing at the time; as long as I was there, he was happy.  Two staples in J’s diet include his nighttime cereal (Nutrios) and Canada cereal (Nature’s Path Organic Hemp Plus Granola). We’ve been lucky enough to have visitors bring suitcases full of Nutrios, but we had been struggling to fill the granola void so I started experimenting with different recipes. Here is one which I’ve been able to pass off as Canada cereal. It’s nothing like Nature’s Path, but J likes it so it must be worth sharing. You can use whatever nuts you like and even throw in dried fruit after it’s come out of the oven, but J has a sensitivity to some tree nuts and I am not a fan of dried fruit mixed in anything so I’ve left them out.

Canada Cereal

2.5 cups shredded coconut
1/4 cup pepitas or pumpkin seeds
1 cup sunflower seeds
1.5 cup slivered almonds
750 g rolled oats
1.5 cups flour
3/4 cup wheat germ
1 tablespoon cinnamon

1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
150 gram (2/3 cup) butter

Preheat oven to 165 C / 330 F

1) Mix first eight ingredients together in large mixing bowl
2) Stir last six ingredients together in a saucepan over medium heat until butter melted
3) Pour wet ingredients over dry and mix well
4) Spread out evenly onto two baking trays lined with parchment paper
5) Bake at 165 C / 325 F for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes
6) Let cool and transfer to air tight container

I made about 6 batches of this and J didn’t really like until I added the cinnamon, it may have coincided with me selling it as Canada Cereal, but either way, I’d like to give credit here to the recipe I found which uses cinnamon.