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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.

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Cooking with McCain- Pickled Beetroot

The last few weeks I’ve been using the new McCain products to deliver some yummolicious sides to our meals.

Have you tried any of them?

There are diced potatoes, diced beetroot and rosemary and garlic sweet potato fries.

My favourite has to be the diced beetroot.

Christmas gifts of love

Today I decided to share the love by whipping up some early gifts for our family for Christmas….I made and bottled my first ever pickled beetroot.

Ea h year my grandmother always made sure we had several bottles of pickled beetroot over the Christmas period and I have always envied her ability to pickle anything.

Whilst I’ve made pickles before the preparation in peeling and cutting the beetroot has put me off ever attempting to make my own.

McCain diced beetroot is already cleaned, skinned and diced therefore taking much of the preparation time away and honestly this left me less intimidated to try a new recipe.

I’m also excited to gift some of my favourite products to some of my favourite people this year. ( Any guess what my family are recueving this year?)

All they need are some lables and ribbons on the jar.

To make your own :

You need :

  • 1 bag of McCain diced beetroot
  • Half a cup of white vinegar
  • Half a cup of white sugar
  • 2 Bay leaves
  • Peppercorns

Method:

Bring your McCain’s diced beetroot to boil straight from the freezer for 10 minutes in a pot of water. They need to still be tender when you remove them from the heat.

In a separate pot pour in your vinegar, sugar, bay leaves and pepper corns and bring to boil.

Remove from heat.

Wash the jars you are going to use and microwave on high for 5 minutes to sterilize your jars.

Scoop your cooked beetroot into the jar, three quarter full.

Now pour the vinegar to cover the beetroot.

Fasten the lid tightly and leave to cool completely before placing in the freezer.

If your beetroot is stored in a cupboard it can last 12 to 18 months and if opened in the fridge will keep for 1 -3 months. ( not that ours ever lasts that long)

Your beetroot will be ready to try in 2 weeks.

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Cooking with McCain- sweet beet salad

I absolutely love beetroot. From fresh to pickled, so it came as no suprise that McCain’s new diced beetroot would be a firm favourite for me.

My family however, are not fans of beetroot at all.

So, being a creative mom I decided to sweeten things up with this sweet beet salad.

To make your own :

Ingredients

  • McCain diced beetroot
  • Mint leaves
  • Cinnamon
  • Sugar

Method:

  • Boil the McCain’s beetroot straight from the freezer. I used a full packet for 5 of us.
  • Once boiled, strain your beetroot and place in a salad bowl.
  • Mix 1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder with 3 tablespoons of white sugar and sprinkle generously over the beetroot.
  • Stir in and add mint leaves.

I served this salad warm but you could also serve it chilled.

Enjoy!

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Cooking with McCain- Easy peasy potato salad

As the busy mom of a very demanding 4 year old , I also work from home so I find cooking can sometimes seem like the worst part of my day.

Because of this I love anything that simplifies my evening meal preperation.

Like these McCain diced potatoes.

Not sure where they have been all my life but I would have loved them when Hamish was weaning. I could have just taken a few out the bag and boiled them instead of cutting up a full potato for him.

All McCain vegetables are freezer to pot so there is no need to defrost prior to cooking.

Cooking with McCain’s

On Friday night I made this yummolicious potatoes salad for the kids to tuck into.

You can view our video here

How to make your own :

Ingredients

  • 1x packet McCain diced potatoes
  • 2 eggs
  • Mayonaise
  • Mustard
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Method:

  • Boil your McCain potatoes in a pot of water.
  • In a separate pot put 2 eggs on to boil.
  • Once they are cooked. Strain the potatoes and place in a salad bowl.
  • Add salt and pepper.
  • Mix your desired amount of mayonnaise with a teaspoon of mustard. This gives the potato salad a tangy taste.
  • Peel and dice your eggs. Put the yolks aside to crumble over the top. ( I remove them completely as I have a fussy child in the house who doesn’t eat them)
  • Mix the diced egg into your potatoes and pour the mayonnaise in.
  • Mix well.

I use this potato salad as a side but it could also make a delicious summer meal by doubling up on the potatoes and adding bacon bits, peppers and onion.

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How to bake a dinosaur

We are shameless dinosaur fans in our home and I recently wanted to treat Hamish to a fun treat.

I decided to bake him a giant brontosaurus biscuit.

I set it on a plate with a banana mountain, some mint leaves and a sun made from an orange slice.

The biscuit was just a butter biscuit recipe and you can recreate any dinosaur as I cut the shape free hand with a knife.

To make your own

Basic Butter Biscuits

(Recipe Credit unknown)

  • 250g Butter
  • 3/4 cup icing sugar
  • 1 cup Maizena (corn flour)
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Essence
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • +-2 cups flour

Method

Cream butter and sugar until creamy and white.
Add oil, vanilla essence, maizena and baking powder and mix well.
Add enough flour to make a soft dough.
Roll and cut with a cutter or pipe through a nozzle.

Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes.
Decorate as desired

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Make your own coconut sugar scrub

I’m addicted to sugar scrubs. Not only are they easy to make but they leave your skin feeling amazingly fresh and rejuvenated.

The coconut in this scrub also moisturizes your skin as it exfoliates.

A winning combination.

Note:I usually make my scrubs in small quantities.

To make your own you will need:

Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar

Optional:

  • a few drops essential oils
  • A few drops of vanilla essence

Method

To make your scrub, simply spoon out your coconut oil into a bowl.

Add in your sugar and essential oils or vanilla essence (if you’re using them) and mix together.

Spoon the mixture into a small containers and attached a label.

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Make your own … Honey butter

I had never heard of honey butter but as I love honey I was eager to try.

We made some and I must admit, not only was it increadibly simple to make, it almost melted with sweetness in my mouth.

I’m totally obsessed.

This smooth, fluffy sweet treat is delicious on buns, biscuits and breads.

To make your own you will need:

Ingredients

  • Half a cup of honey
  • A quarter cup of softened butter.
  • 4 tsp of whipped cream

Method:

In a bowl mix all the ingredients and beat until soft and fluffy.

Store in an airtight jar in the fridge.

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Easy biscuit recipe

This weekend I let the kids bake. It’s one activity all my children have enjoyed and we use a very simple biscuit recipe.

The biscuits came out really well and Hamish certainly made his with love, devotion and lots of mess.

To make your own:

Recipe

Basic Butter Biscuits
(Recipe Credit unknown)

250g Butter
3/4 cup icing sugar
1 cup Maizena (corn flour)
1/3 cup oil
1 tsp Vanilla Essence
1/2 tsp baking powder
+-2 cups flour

Cream butter and sugar until creamy and white.

Add oil, vanilla essence, maizena and baking powder and mix well.

Add enough flour to make a soft dough.

Roll and cut with a cutter or pipe through a nozzle.

Bake at 180 degrees for 10 – 15 minutes.

Decorate as desired

Happy baking

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Granny’s chilli sauce

My grandmother loved to cook and was famous for whipping up the most mouthwatering spreads.If she wasn’t baking cupcakes by the dozen, milk tart from scratch or roasting chickens for her grandkids on a Sunday, she was pickling and preserving.Many stories of survival during the Depression and World War 2 she told me, as her and I would prep the vegetables and fruit for the pickles, preserves and jams.This is the recipe for her famous chilli sauce.

Ingredients

  • 20 large tomatoes
  • 2 large green peppers
  • 2 large onions
  • 1 and a half cups of apple cider vinegar
  • 1 and a half cups of sugar ( we used brown but white will also work)
  • 2 tbl of salt
  • 1 tbl spoon cinnamon
  • 1 tbl spoon all spice
  • 1 tbl spoon ground cloves
  • 1 tbl spoon ground ginger
  • 1 tbl spoon black pepper
  • 4-8 red chillies ( depending on how hot you want your sauce)

Method

  • Place your tomatoes which have been peeled, cored and chopped, into a saucepan.
  • Dice your green peppers, chilli and onion and add them to the tomatoes.
  • Add all of the rest of the ingredients and stir well.
  • Bring your sauce to boil and leave uncovered and simmering for about 2 hours on a low heat. Keep stirring and remove when the mixture is thick enough. This is determined by how much liquid the tomatoes contain.
  • Pour the liquid into jars while it is still hot. When you fill the jar leave space between the liquid and the lid. Don’t fill to the top.

Enjoy the sauce on meats, pastas and added to carols, soups or stews.

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Painting marshmallows with milk paint

Painting marshmallows is a fabulous activity to keep the kids busy.

You will need:

  • Marshmallows
  • Fork or kebab stick
  • Milk
  • Small containers to hold colouring
  • Paint brushes
  • Food colouring

Method:

Pour a little milk into a container and add a few drops of food colouring.

Do this for each colour you are going to use.

Attach a marshmallow onto a fork or kebab stick so your child can hold the marshmallow nicely while painting.

Let them use a paintbrush to decorate their marshmallows with the milk paint.

The white marshmallows are best to paint on as the colours are more vivid.

Instead of using a paint brush you could also let your child paint using ear buds.