Pork and Potato Pastries

This post is sponsored by Woolworths

Pork and potato pastries - perfect party food

I love a good sausage roll. In fact, there is only one bakery in South Australia that I will buy a sausage roll from, because their sausage rolls are so good that none other compares. But that bakery is over an hours drive from me, so I don’t get to enjoy it’s tasty, meaty goodness very often. This recipe for pork and potato pastries is in no way meant to match the famous bakery sausage roll, but they help keep cravings at bay until I can get to Port Elliot again.

The pork and potato filled sausage rolls are moist and light, perfect for little fingers and mouths to enjoy. They are super easy to put together and you can modify the recipe to your own taste very easily. The potato makes them a lighter choice for the hips too, much less fat than the regular kind. Your friends will thank you if you bring these along to any party.

Pork and Potato Pastries

Ingredients

  • 500g pork mince
  • 3 medium potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
  • 1 egg
  • 1 onion, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 sheets of frozen puff pastry, defrosted

Method

  1. In a large bowl combine all the ingredients except the puff pastry.
  2. Cut each sheet of pastry in half.
  3. Shape a large fistful of the mince mixture into a long sausage and line if up aong one edge of a piece pastry.
  4. Roll the pastry into a log, overlapping the two edges slightly.
  5. Using a sharp knife, cut the long sausage roll into mini sausage rolls (or keep em big if you prefer!)
  6. Repeat until you’ve used all the mixture and pastry.

I kind of made this recipe up as I went along, and it took me a couple of goes to get the amount of mixture right per roll. It takes a little practice but after one or two rolls you will get the hang of how much to use.

I’d like to try adding some more veg to these, perhaps some grated carrot or grated zucchini, and maybe some grated cheese too. Or you could add a pop of flavour with pesto, curry paste or fresh herbs.

I’ve found it even easier than usual to whip up these little babies lately because I’ve been making the most of grocery shopping online with Woolworths. I’m a HUGE fan of online shopping, especially when I’ve got two little tackers in tow. With online shoppping I get the grocery shop done while I’m still in my PJs, I look up recipes on the Woolworths website or my favourite blogs while I’m shopping, and the kids are happy playing right alongside me while I do it. That means that all these yummy ingredients land on my door step at the click of a button.

Woolworths online shopping - win free groceries for a year!

One of my favourite features of Woolworths online shopping is the Lists. I can save my weekly shopping list to easily order from next time, or create a list with all the ingredients for a favourite recipe (like these sausage rolls) to add to my shopping trolley with one click. The Woolworths online shop also automatically keeps track of all my past orders, so I can browse those to click and add items to my trolley.
Another great tool is the last chance reminder as I go to the check out. So many times I’ve gotten to the check out when the friendly pop up asks “hey, you ordered this stuff last time, are you sure you don’t need it again?”. Thanks Woolworths! Such a life saver, I’m always forgetting to throw something into the trolley. I wish there was one of these at a real life checkout too!

Win – Free groceries for a year!

If you shop online at Woolworths before December 22 you will go into the draw to win free groceries for a year. That’s thousands of dollars worth of shopping and your family fed for the year. Yes please! You can shop by downloading the Woolworths app or registering for online shopping, whichever is easiest for you.

Have you tried grocery shopping online? Where’s your favourite bakery?

Spider Snacks

Spider Snacks for Kids

This post is sponsored by Woolworths

Spider Snacks for Kids

Aren’t these spider snacks adorable?! We made spider webs, mama redback spider cupcakes and baby redback spider biscuits. Pebble’s interest in the “dangerous” Australian Animals is still going strong, and she has been especially curious about spiders. We live in the hills and have lots of spider friends living around (and in!) our house.

Redbacks are common in our backyard and Pebble was fascinated to learn more about them when we began our Aussie Animals trading cards collection. Did you know that they can eat small lizards!? And that a Daddy Long Legs spider often eats a Redback spider?

Redback spider Aussie Animals Trading Card - Available from Woolworths

These spider snacks were so easy for kids to make and would be a huge hit at a spider party or great fun for Halloween.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Spider Snacks

Spider Snacks for Kids

Pretzel and Chocolate Spider Webs

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of pretzel sticks
  • 1 block of white chocolate

To make the pretzel and chocolate spider webs:

  • On a baking tray covered with baking paper, arrange the pretzels into spider web shapes. You will need about 8 pretzel sticks per web.
  • Melt the chocolate in the microwave or in a bowl over a pan of boiling water.
  • Pour a dollop of melted chocolate into the centre of each web, to cover the end of each pretzel stick and ensure that each web sticks together.
  • Using a spoon (or a piping bag if you want to be more precise) drizzle white chocolate in a circular motion over the top of each web to create a spider web effect.
  • Put in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each spider web.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Mama Redback Spider Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 1 quantity of chocolate cup cakes (we used a packet mix)
  • 1 quantity of chocolate frosting/icing (yep, we used packet mix again)
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube of black writing icing
  • 1 tube of red writing icing
  • 2 straps of licorice, cut into 5cm lengths, then cutting each 5cm length into four thin strips

To make the mama redback spider cupcakes:

  1. Cover the top of each cupcake with chocolate frosting (icing).
  2. Press two mini white chocolate buttons into one side of the cupcake to create the spider’s eyes. Use the black writing icing tube to draw on pupils.
  3. Press eight licorice pieces around the edge of the iced cupcake to create the spider’s legs.
  4. Draw a red back on your spider using the red writing icing.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Baby Redback Spider Biscuits

Ingredients

  • 1 packet of chocolate coated biscuits
  • 1 block of milk chocolate
  • 1 packet of mini white chocolate buttons
  • 1 tube black writing icing
  • 1 tube red writing icing

To make the baby red back spider biscuits:

  1. On a baking tray covered with baking paper place a dollop of melted milk chocolate slightly smaller than the size of each biscuit.
  2. Use the melted chocolate to create eight spider-leg-shapes coming out of the chocolate dollop.
  3. Place a chocolate biscuit on top of the dollop of milk chocolate, so that you can still see the spiders legs poking out.
  4. Using the black writing icing as ‘glue’ place two mini white chocolate button eyes on each spider. Use the black writing icing again to draw two pupils on each spider.
  5. Use the red writing icing to draw a red back on your spider.
  6. Place in the fridge to set. When the chocolate is set carefully peel the baking paper away from each baby spider.

Spider Snacks for Kids

Tips for cooking with kids:

  • prepare everything you need before you ask the kids to come and help.
  • have aprons and wet cloths ready to protect clothes and allow for quick and easy clean up.
  • go with the flow. We made some spiders, then Pebble wanted to make fairies, so we did that too.
  • it doesn’t matter if things don’t turn out the way you imagined. Just have fun :)

Spider Snacks for Kids

Woolworths has teamed up with Taronga Conservation Society Australia to launch a collection of Aussie Animals trading cards available exclusively at Woolworths supermarkets. There are 108 trading cards for children to collect.

Maple Cinnamon Muffins

Maple Cinnamon Muffins

I do enjoy a nice fluffy muffin with a cup of tea, and I was inspired to get into the kitchen after spying this cinnamon sugar bread thanks to my friend, Kate. I liked the idea of portion controlling the bread, as it seemed that the internets were all a-buzz with eating half a loaf at a time. I thought it might help to be prepared in case I got an attack of the munchies! Surely dividing the mixture into pretty little patty pans would help to deter any thoughts of eating too much? Surely? So, it was muffins for me. Here’s how I made them – with a bit of a maple syrup twist.

Maple Cinnamon Muffins

Maple Cinnamon Muffins

Ingredients

1/3 cup white sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups plain flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup white sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup*
1 egg, beaten
1 cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius.
  2. Line a 12 cup muffin tray with patty pans.
  3. Combine 1/3 cup sugar and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Combine plain flour, baking powder, salt and white sugar.
  5. Combine maple syrup, beaten egg, milk and vegetable oil, then add to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.
  6. Half fill each muffin case with muffin mix. Sprinkle with the sugar and cinnamon mix. Top with the remaining muffin mix. Sprinkle with more sugar and cinnamon mix.
  7. Bake in the oven for approximately 20 minutes, or until the muffins spring back when lightly touched, or a skewer comes out clean.

Notes:

I used maple syrup because I ran out of sugar. You could use all sugar if you prefer. I think the subtle maple flavour made these even better.

Try to eat just one at a time. I dare you.

Do you like muffins? What’s your favourite kind?

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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Berry Frozen Yoghurt Pops

I’m very lucky to have a helping hand from some awesome blogging friends while Paul, Pebble and I welcome the newest member of our family. Today Kate from Picklebums is sharing her delicious Frozen Yoghurt Pops.

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Frozen Yoghurt Pops - Picklebums on Octavia and Vicky

When I saw the little ice cream molds on sale at the supermarket I knew exactly what I would do with them – frozen yoghurt pops!

This is a super easy snack that is fun and also pretty healthy. They only takes a few minutes to put together and a few hours in the freezer.

Frozen Yoghurt Pops - Picklebums on Octavia and Vicky

Berry Frozen Yoghurt Pops

Ingredients

    2 cups plain greek style yoghurt
    a handful frozen berries
    2-3 tbsp raspberry or any berry flavoured jam
    ice cream molds, or containers to freeze them in.

Method

  1. Break up the frozen berries – raspberries are easy to break in your fingers, other berries may need a whack with a meat mallet to break into smaller pieces – and pop them into a bowl.
  2. Add the jam and stir all ingredients together until well incorporated and the yoghurt turns a nice shade of pink.
  3. Spoon the yoghurt and berry mix into your molds and freeze for 2-4 hours or until solid.
  4. You don’t need fancy ice cream molds like the ones we used, you could make these in paper cups with regular icy pole sticks popped in once the mix is partly frozen, or even just little containers and eat it with a spoon.

Combining my kids three favourite things at the moment; yoghurt, berries and anything on a stick, was always going to make me ‘the best Mum in the world!’ Here are a few other kid friendly snacks that make me popular with me kids!

Frozen Yoghurt Pops - Picklebums on Octavia and Vicky

Super Simple Not at All Healthy Jam Swirls
Honey and Spice Cookies
Fruity Oatmeal Cookies
Oven Baked Apple Chips

An early childhood educator and Mum of four, Kate lives on a small property called ‘The Pickle Farm’ in rural Victoria. Kate’s blog, picklebums, has articles about gentle parenting, gardening, family food, activities for kids, free printables and anything else that pops up in her crazy life.
You can also find kate on facebook, twitter and pinterest.

Bumble Bee Treats

Bumble Bee Treats
We’re heading out to a picnic today. A picnic for bloggers! FOOD BLOGGERS! I hit a bit of a mild panic earlier this week when I realised that I needed to prepare food to share at a food bloggers picnic. All those fancy foodies with their fancy food. What on earth would I bring? I scoured my recipe books and googled my little heart out… and then I stopped. I thought “who am I?” I’m not fancy food blogger! The recipes I share are either great for kids to help cook, yummy for kids to eat, or good family friendly food. So I thought, lets stick to what we know. And what I know is kid food. That’s when I decided to make these cute little Bumble Bee Treats (among other things). So easy – and delicious too!

Bumble Bee Treats

  • 35g (1 cup) Rice Bubbles
  • 25 grams butter
  • 40g (1/2 cup) white marshmallows
  • Spray oil
  • 50g chocolate melts (I used milk, but for darker stripes use dark chocolate)
  • Approx. 40g white choc buttons (I used Milky Bar Buttons, as they were the perfect size)
  1. Melt the butter and marshmallows in a small saucepan over a low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, for 2 -3 minutes or until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Add the rice bubbles to the cooled marshmallow mixture and stir until well combined. Allow to cool for five minutes.
  3. Line a baking tray with baking paper. Spray a little oil onto your hands to help stop the mixture from sticking. Use your hands to roll heaped teaspoonfuls of the rice bubble mixture into oval shapes. Place on the lined tray. Use a small sharp knife to score the rice bubble shapes twice, lengthways. This will create a little space to insert the ‘wings’.
  4. Place the chocolate into a sealable plastic bag and the bag into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium/50% for 30 second bursts until the chocolate has just melted. Cut a small hold in one corner of the bag and use the hole to drizzle chocolate over the rice bubble shapes.
  5. Arrange two white chocolate buttons in the indentation in each rice bubble shape to make wings. Allow to set in the fridge for ten minutes.

Bumble Bee Treats

These truly were very easy to make, not as fiddly as they sound. I had some help from my seven year old niece, who did all the pouring, mixing and moulding. It was a very different experience  cooking with just one 7 year old! I am so used to one 2 year old (or twenty 5 – 8 year olds!). I took over for the chocolate drizzling and wing application. Inserting the wings is the trickiest part. We did lose a few bees! It’s easiest to attach them while the drizzled chocolate is still gooey.

These bees will be making a come back next week for Pebble’s third birthday party – a Teddy Bears Picnic! I have LOTS to tell you about that little event. Come back soon to find out more.

Kylie @ Octavia and Vicky

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