Thursday, May 13, 2010

Life gives you lemons, make tartar sauce

The last couple of days have been slowly getting to routine.  We made chicken nuggets, molasses taffy, fish sticks and tartar sauce...all from scratch.  I am now equipped for a seven year old's whimsical appetite.  There is a great variety for her to choose from in the pantry, fridge and freezer so theoretically there should be no more sad whines of "But mommy, I can't eat anything!"

With both the kids birthday party coming up, I need to find a good cake recipe that my daughter would be able to eat.  I am thinking about experimenting with date cake using brown rice flour.  This will be my weekend assignment.

My other assignment, that I've given myself, is to find some websites for healthier cooking.  

As promised here are the recipes for our various experiments:

Chicken nuggets
Chicken breast boneless (4)
Half an onion
Garlic minced 1tbsp
2 eggs
Brown rice cereal

Put the chicken breast, onion, garlic and eggs in the food processor and blend until minced.  Make patties, cover in brown rice cereal and shallow fry in olive oil, about 5-7 minutes each side or until done through.  Enjoy.

Molasses taffy
2 cups molasses
1 cup sugar
pinch of salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
Oil or butter 1/2 cup

Heat pan, add oil or butter.  Add sugar, molasses, salt and baking soda.  Slowly cook until temperature reaches 250C on candy thermometer.  Take off heat and pour on to cookie sheet or marble.  Cool for 5 minutes.  Slowly peel edges to center and make two balls.  Pull a few times and cut off small pieces like candy size.  Once cooled completely wrap in wax paper.  Tastes better the next day.  Ours was a little burnt.

Fish sticks
Fillets of cod
1 egg
Brown rice cereal

Cut fillets into stick size pieces.  Dip in beaten egg, cover in cereal and shallow fry.  Cook through, takes about 7-10 minutes.  Enjoy.

Tartar sauce
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 tbsp sweet relish
1 tsp lemon juice

Mix all ingredients together.  Cool in fridge for an hour.  Enjoy.

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