Tuesday, 31 January 2012

Unbaked Beans

Unbaked Beans
This is one of my "go to" meals when making dinner seems like an insurmountable chore.  I always have the ingredients in the cupboard and it is pretty easy, so much so that I am tempted to add a peasy into that description.  It is a great meal for learning about the elastic nature of recipes, just about every ingredient can be successfully substituted.
For a guide on my recipe notation, see this blog entry.
Unbaked Beans refers to the fact that this dish isn't baked, just simmered on the hob.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

The Language of Sleepy Dad's Recipes

Mmmm, delish.
Part of being a stay-at-home Dad is that you are responsible for all that goes into your kids mouths as well as all that comes out of them.

I will be posting recipes, occasionally, and with these I thought I'd better ensure people understand my notation. Most recipes use approximate measures and are not very scientific.  Baking, however, will be more specific (like a formula).

So this is what I say. followed by what I mean:

t = teaspoon, 1t = 5ml = 1/6 fl oz
T = tablespoon, 1T = 15ml = 1/2 fl oz
C = cup, 1C = 250ml = 8.5 fl oz
g = gram, 30g = 1oz
kg = kilogram. 1kg = 2.2lbs
ml = milliliter, 30 ml = 1fl oz
L = liter, 1L = 1 quart

Oven temperatures are always for fan forced ovens.

Viva metric!  But I will post imperial equivalents where possible.

And always, always remember: never ever put poison in a meal.


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Making Banananas Funnerer

A likely bunch
I know how to spell banana, I just don't know when to stop.  This is an old saying in computer programming circles for poorly constructed looping algorithms. They don't know when to stop.

Kids love bananas.  What's not to love?  They can be peeled, chomped, mashed, put on bread, eaten with ice cream.  There isn't much about eating bananas that kids don't like.

But like the programming loop that doesn't know when to end, I like to keep the bananana fun going a bit longer.

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

The Finer Points of Gifting

Last month the Little Dude completed his fourth lap of the sun.  As tradition dictates, we had a party and cake and celebrated the birth of this amazing little creature.  We couldn't keep a lid on the festivities and family and friends all showed up to let him know just how special he is to us all.

Jackpot!  
Athena and I are really slack at giving each other presents.  There is a little saying in our house that if there was something we really needed (read: wanted), we would've bought it on the way home from work. Neither of us has the collector's disease, so whenever the odometer rolls over, it's pretty much a handshake and commiserations.

But kids' birthdays are different, they are magical.  We think they are really special little people and we want them to feel really special because being a kid is really special.  And everyone else in their lives thinks the same.  So much so that the inundation of presents is almost too much.