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Ucook – making meal time easy and a discount code for my readers

It’s no secret that I’m a massive fan of Ucook meal boxes.

So, when we were asked to become ambassadors for them I was delighted to represent a brand I absolutely love.

This also came at the absolutely best time.

We are currently packing up our home in Kommetjie to move back to Tableview and between boxes, traveling 106km a day to view houses and still trying to fit in the demands of work, wife, mom life …..Ucook is an absolute blessing.

Now, I simply pop online on a Wednesday to order for the following week and pick the meals we want to eat. Then wait for my delivery on a Monday.

Ucook allows you to choose how many servings per meal, your meals and how many times you want the meal delivered.

Taking away the need for thinking up a weekly meal plan, shopping and creativly feeding a fussy household.

Best of all ….my family love the meals, are totally enjoying a change in diet and Hamish is super eager to jump in and help me cook.

About Ucook

Ucook, was started in 2014, by two friends wanting to help people find a more convenient way to make supper.

Within two short years,Ucook stood out as a subscription meal box unlike any other.

Not only can you choose from a menu of 12 meal kits a week but Ucook also offer craft meals, baby meals and wines to pair with each meal.

Best of all you can cancel at any time, allowing you to use these fantastic services at your convenience.

Easy to order

Ucook is really easy to order. Simply sign up online, choose your meals, add them to your cart, pay and wait for your delivery.

Ucook are offering all my readers a 30% discount if they use the discount code #JUDY30

How does your kit arrive?

Your Ucook meal kit arrives in a box that is lined with polystyrene, keeping the ingredients fresh.

These boxes are also recycled by Ucook and you can hand it back the following week to the driver.

Benefits of using Ucook

There are so many benefits to using Ucook meal kits and I hope to introduce you to them over the next few weeks.

Some of the more obvious benefits are :

*convenience

*no food waste

* all meals are made from ethically and locally sourced ingredients

*a wide variety in meal choices

*suitable for the whole family

*teaches you to cook by following the recipe

*and vary your diets as you choose meals you may not normally cook.

Because each meal is designed by a chef you know that you are eating wholesome meal that meets your nutrient needs.

So, what meals are you ordering this week?

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How to make a rainbow salad- cooking with Hamish

Hamish loves being in the kitchen and one day I’m sure he will cook his future partners one amazing meals.

This weekend while Brent had a braai going, Hamish asked if he could make the salad.

I handed him the salad ingredients and he cut, sliced, diced and tossed us the perfect rainbow salad to go with our braai.

To make Hamishs rainbow salad for yourself you will need:

Ingredients

* pre-packed Italian salad from Pick n pay ( or a mix of salad greens and red peppers.)

* baby tomatoes

* cucumber

* yellow peppers

To make:

Open your salad and toss the salad greens and red peppers into a larger bowl.

Drop in baby tomatoes that have been washed.

Slice cucumber and place in the bowl.

Cut up yellow peppers and add to the salad.

Toss all together.

Enjoy served with a salad dressing.

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How to make your own Mozambican PERI-PERI sauce

Nando’s recently shared a delicious recipe to make true Mozambican peri-peri sauce.

I immediately jumped to it and tried. What a delicious fusion of Chilli, tomatoes and lemon juice.

This recipe will go down well on Father’s day if dad likes a hot meal. In fact both Brent and my older sons were licking their fingers after tasting.

Give it a try….

Mozambique Peri-Peri Sauce

You will need:
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup lemon juice
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp chilli powder
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp pureed garlic
4 tbsp pureed onion
1 tbsp chopped fresh red chilli
6 African Bird’s Eye Chillies finely chopped with seeds

To make your sauce

  1. Preheat heavy based pan on medium to low heat with oil
  2. Crush the fresh chillies and the spice with the mortar and pestle until smooth paste forms. Set aside
  3. Add onion, garlic and salt to pan. Cook for 10 minutes or until onions are translucent
  4. Then add the fresh chilli and spice mix to the pan, cook for another 5 minutes
  5. Add vinegars, lemon juice and 1 cup of water to the pan. Bring to boil and simmer for 10 minutes
  6. Mix the cornflour with an extra 2 tbsp water, stir into sauce and simmer for another 2 minutes
  7. Blend the Sauce with a hand blender until smooth
  8. Pour into a jar and close lod tightly. Leave to cool.

Recipe courtesy of Nandos

Posted in Crafts, Education, preschool

Activity- An introduction to Symmetrical objects for preschoolers

Teaching your child about symmetry doesn’t need to be a daunting prospect.

I made this fun game for Hamish to help him understand the concept of symmetrical objects using a few hand drawn cards and a small mirror.

How to make your symmetrical game

To make your own you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Markers
  • Small mirror

To make your own:

Cut your cardboard into several smaller cards.

Onto these cards draw half of an object that is symmetrical. Items like faces, flowers,bodies, animals, house, kite, etc work best.

How to play

Showing symmetry

Once your cards are drawn, show your child how to hold the card right next to the mirror and explain that the mirror will reflect the image, completing the other half of the symmetrical object.

Extended activities

Let them explore on their own with the cards and you can extend this activity by having your child point out other symmetrical objects in the home for you to draw.

You can also introduce a few asymmetrical objects to help to differentiate to your child how to telling an object is symmetrical or asymmetrical .

Using your cards containing both symmetrical and asymmetrical objects, let your child try each card and classify the objects accordingly.

Posted in Crafts, Education, preschool

Activity – Unicorn fine motor game to make

This unicorn fine motor activity is easy to make, great as a quiet time activity and can be brought out on a rainy day to keep the kids entertained.

I’ve also added a few ideas on how to extend the activity for older children.

Make your unicorn

Some of our best moments of play are with ordinary home made games we make.

This morning I drew a unicorn on some old card, Hamish coloured the horn with crayon and then he exercised those fine motor and co-ordination skills as he decorated the unicorns mane with pegs.

Unicorn craft
Let your child use coloured pegs to create a fun unicorn mane

To make your own you will need:

  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Black marker
  • Crayons,markers or paint
  • Colourful pegs

How to make your unicorn

To make your unicorn start by drawing a unicorn head shape onto a thick piece of card with the black marker. Add details like eyes, etc.

Cut your shape out.

Let your child colour the eyes, horn and ears with crayon, marker or if you prefer paint.

When the unicorn head has been coloured, give your child a small container with coloured pegs and show them how to peg them onto the unicorn shape to form a mane.

Hamish designing his unicorn mane

Extended activities

Another great way to use this would be to help your child learn to make patterns by pegging the coloured pegs into a colour sequence.

You could also number the pegs, label them with the alphabet or with your child’s name to enhance the activity for older children.

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Rainbow salt painting

We spent yesterday doing some salt painting. This is a really easy activity and nice to use for several ages.

It also looks so pretty when the colour runs along the salt.

To make your own you need:

Paper
Glue
Salt
Water colours or food colouring

Method:

  • First draw your image onto the paper.

  • Next trace over the image with glue.
  • Pour salt over the glue.

  • Use the water colours ( be sure to wet them quite a lot) and drip the colour onto the salt. You should notice how the colour spreads making the salt look like coloured crystals.

Have you tried this activity ? Did your children enjoy it?

I would love to share your children’s beautiful artworks so tag me on social media with the hashtag #FMmakeitmonday

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An Egg-stra special breakfast

This morning breakfast is an Egg-stra special bunnylicious treat.

A cute little egg bunny and some dinosaur Easter eggs on a field of grass.

To make your own:

You need:

  • Markers
  • Half a toilet roll tube
  • 3 hard boiled eggs
  • Paper
  • Glue
  • Scissors
  • Paint brush or earbud
  • Food colouring ( red and blue)
  • Pear
  • Food grater

The Egg bunny

For your bunny cut the toilet tube in half and let your child decorate with markers as the bunny’s body. ( This also acts as an egg holder)

Place your eggs into boiling water and cook until hard boiled.

Remove one egg and peel.

Paint on the eyes and bunny mouth using a brush or ear bud and food colouring.

From paper cut a crown shape with two ears, glue to fasten and place this on the bunny’s head.

Dino eggs

For the dinosaur eggs, take the remainder of your eggs and lightly roll them on the counter to crush them gently.

Place these into a cup with food colouring.

Remove once the entire egg has been covered in colour and set aside to dry for a few minutes.

The colouring will seep through the small crack lines and when you peel your egg it will give the marbled look.

Pear grass

To finish off our egg- stravaganza I grated some pear as grass. You could also use apple if you prefer.

To finish

Place the grated pear onto the plate.

Put your egg bunny onto the pear grass and lay the dino eggs at his feet.

A lovely way to surprise the kids on Easter morning.

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Cheat’s pizza in 3 easy steps

Pizza is a staple in our home and there are very few memorial occasions that do not include a slice or two.

In fact our wedding buffet was a pizza spread, that is how seriously we take our live of the delicious triangle slices.

Naturally

Hamish has developed a huge love of pizza and at around 18 months old he started to call sandwiches and toasted cheese slices his pizza.

One day I simply put tomato sauce and cheese on a piece of bread, popped it into the microwave and our own simple version of cheat pizza was born.

A supper for super stars

Recently, Hamish had his friend over for supper and asked for cheat supper for supper.

I paired their super star shaped cheat pizza with a cup of corn and dome yoghurt and banana for desert and just like that we had the perfect supper for 2 busy little boys.

Normally I would top the bread with any extras, just as I would pizza crust and some of Hamish’s favourites include :

  • Ham
  • Bacon
  • Vienna sausages sliced
  • Chicken
  • Peppers
  • Pineapple
  • Mushrooms sliced
  • Tomatoes
  • Feta

To make you own you need:

  • Bread
  • Tomato sauce
  • Toppings ( from the list above)
  • Cheese

How to make your cheat pizza in 3 steps

Step 1

Cut your bread into the desired shape using a cookie cutter

Step 2

Smear with tomato sauce and add toppings. Cover in cheese.

Step 3

Place in microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, depending on how many slices and how many toppings you have added.

Note

Always precooked any meat you want to add onto the pizza, as the microwave will heat most of the ingredients and not cook them thoroughly.

This is also a great recipe for kids to make themselves.

Posted in Crafts

How to make a pinecone reindeer

My Christmas holidays as a child are memories of festive crafts and it still remains my favourite time to craft with my own children.

One of the materials we like to use over December are pinecones and last week Hamish and I made pinecone reindeers.

Reindeer made from pinecones

A little pinecone reindeer made by Hamish

How to make a reindeer from a pinecone

You will need:

Pinecone
Strong glue
Googly eyes
Pipe cleaner ( brown)
Pompom ( red)
Christmas bell

Method:

Bend the pipe cleaner into the shape of antlers and glue to the top of the pinecone.

Glue on the eyes and nose.

Either tie the bell with a bow or glue it at the bottom.

These make great quick crafts especially for little ones.

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Cooking with McCain- Sunny fries

As a mom I am always buying frozen fries but I do worry about how healthy it is to constantly feed Hamish potatoes fries at almost every meal.

Now, with the new McCain rosemary and garlic sweet potato fries I can not only add a little variety to his love of fries with anything, but I also feel he is getting a healthier, more balanced diet by eating them.

To try them out, I made him a sunny plate of fries with his chicken pops.

To make your own:

You will need:

  • Rosemary and garlic sweet potato fries from McCain. These cook from frozen so simply open your packet and remove as many as you need
  • Olive oil
  • Chicken pops
  • Tomato sauce

Method:

  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan on high
  • Add your McCain’s rosemary and garlic sweet potato fries . Fry until crispy
  • Drain on a piece of kitchen towel
  • Whilst these drain fry your chicken pops
  • Remove from heat once cooked.
  • Place the chicken pops in a circle.
  • Fill the inner circle with tomato sauce.
  • Use your fries to form sun Ray’s around the chicken pops.

These rosemary and garlic sweet potato fries are delicious with any meal and have become one of my favourite go to sides.