Jun 14 2008

Help the kids serve up Father’s Day breakfast

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I recently did a Recipe Roundup: Fun Breakfast Ideas for Kids for the FoodieView blog. Not only does it feature recipes that kids will love to cook up and eat, but they’ll appeal to all those adults who are big kids at heart. And who’s the biggest kid of them all but dad?

This Father’s Day, I hope your family will be getting together in the kitchen to cook up a breakfast made for a king. (We’re going out for dim sum, which will probably involve going to the Asian market afterwards to buy a lobster for dinner. More on this next week.)

Make Dad Some Fancy Pancakes

trenton's pancakes One great idea I missed for the Recipe Roundup was sent to me by Kendra of the My Insanity blog. She and her kids made a special School’s Out for Summer Breakfast where they put pancake batter in squeeze bottles to make pancake.Basically you use the squeeze bottle to make pancake shape outlines, let them cook for a little bit, then fill in the shapes. Here’s a picture of Kendra’s son, Trenton, and his spaceship pancakes.

You can have fun making pancakes like these for dad. If he’s a sports fan make pancakes the shapes of footballs, hockey sticks, or baseball bats. If he likes to fish, make him some fish- shaped pancakes, fishing poles, and a few hooks and worms. If I was making these for my husband, I’d make a motorcycle-shaped one!

(Kendra’s post also contains a recipe for an Orange Julius, too. Yum!)

Spend Father’s Day with Little Bear, His Dad and some good books

Father Bear's Special Day One of the most endearing father-son pairs in children’s books is Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear and his dad, Father Bear. Why not get a few Little Bear books for dad to read to the kids before nap or bed time? Two good choices are Father Bear’s Special Day and Father Bear Comes Home. Both are terrific books for toddlers up to children age 8.

Don’t you think Little Bear would like some honey on his pancakes? I bet your family’s “papa bear” would like some, too!

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Jan 30 2008

Celebrating Pancake Day with a healthy recipe and some books

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Join My Readable Feast over at Pancake Recipes for his Carnival of the Recipes salute to Pancake Day – also known as Shrove Tuesday – on February 5th.

The Denver Post ran a wonderful healthy pancake recipe created by their food editor Kristen Browning-Blas. What I like about it is that you can prepare the dry ingredients ahead of time to keep in the freezer so you always have them on hand – all you need to do is add buttermilk and an egg.

If you’re allergic to eggs like my daughter Lucie, then you can use a blend of milk, sour cream, and yogurt instead. To make it even healthier you could try no-fat milk and plain no-fat yogurt (which is kind of sour like buttermilk). Also, instead of vegetable oil, try some grapeseed or flax oil for extra Omega-3 fatty acids.

Oatmeal Pancakes

Ingredients

  1. if you give a pig a pancake 1 1/2 cups raw quick or old-fashioned oats
  2. 1 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  3. 2 cups whole wheat flour
  4. 1/4 cup each: flax meal, wheat germ
  5. 6 tablespoons brown sugar
  6. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  7. 1 tablespoon baking soda
  8. 1 tablespoon salt

Directions

1. Mix all ingredients. Store in a resealable bag in the freezer.

To make about 12 medium pancakes:

  1. Blend 1 cup dry mix with 1 egg and 1 1/4 cups buttermilk (or a blend of milk, sour cream, yogurt) and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Stir to remove lumps but do not over beat. Let sit at least 10 minutes to soften oats.
  2. Pour by half-cups onto hot buttered griddle.
  3. Serve with butter, syrup or honey, jelly, whipped cream and/or powdered sugar.

Pancake Inspired Books

We all know If You Give a Pig a Pancake, but there are lots of other wonderful children’s books with a pancake theme:

Do you have a favorite pancake book or recipe? Share below!

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Oct 19 2007

A YA ghost story: The Invisible

the invisible The Invisible, a young adult novel by Mats Wahl and published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux, was first published  in Sweden and made into a movie there. A U.S. film version will open in April 2007.

It’s about Hilmer, a 15-year-old boy in a small Swedish town, who slowly realizes that he has become invisible and is believed missing. A police detective named Harald Fors arrives at school that very morning to investigate Hilmer’s disappearance. Hilmer grows frightened and realizes that he’s starting to forgett things including what happened to him two nights earlier.

Detective Fors suspects foul play by a group of skinheads. As Fors scours the village and interviews area residents for clues, he begins to piece together the puzzle of Hilmer’s disappearance. Meanwhile Hilmer waits to discover what has happened to him.

Teens and adults will appreciate how Wahl slowly gives us – and main character Hilmer – clues about what happened. While you and Dective Fors have your suspicions, it isn’t until the end that the author lets us know what really happened. The Invisible reminds me a little of the narration in Alice Seabold’s The Lovely Bones – slightly creepy but very unique. Teenagers will enjoy this murder mystery and find The Invisible a hard book to put down.

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Mar 16 2007

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

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strange irish talesEven if you’re not Irish (I’m not, but my kids are on their father’s side) I hope you will spend time reading some Irish folk and fairy tales. There are some wonderful books out there that will certainly appeal to your whole family, like:

  • Strange Irish Tales for Children for ages 4 to 8
  • A Pot O’ Gold: A Treasury Of Irish Stories, Poetry, Folklore, And (of Course) BlarneyFor ages 5 through 13, children will learn about St. Patrick, Finn McCool, and St. Bridget as well as fairies and leprechauns. There are also selections about Ireland’s food, music, pride, scholars, land and blessings, curses, cures, war cries, limericks, folk riddles, and lullabies are also included. This looked so good, I put it on my Amazon wish list.
  • A pot O GoldTales from Old Ireland – For ages 7 to 11, this book is a collection of some of the best-known and perhaps best-loved Irish folktales including: Children of Lir; the Irish Cinderella; Fair, Brown, and Trembling; Lusmore and the Fairies; Son of an Otter, Son of a Wolf; The Twelve Wild Geese, and a few more.

And what to make for St. Patrick’s Day that’s traditional yet the kids will like? Many ideas come courtesy of IrelandsEye.com’s recipe page. Here are a couple:

Potato Soup
Serves six

The basis of a good soup – especially a simple soup such as this – is a good stock. The soup should be made with a white stock, that is, water in which a chicken, ham or bacon has been boiled. Alternatively, stock can be made from a ham bone or chicken carcass boiled with a few root vegetables and herbs as available, and an onion. The stock should be drained, allowed to cool and the fat removed from the surface. (I won’t tell anyone you used stock from a can though. I do too.)

Ingredients:

  1. potsoup 6 medium potatoes
  2. 2 medium onions
  3. 6 cups stock or milk and water mixed
  4. 1tbsp butter
  5. parsley salt and pepper

Instructions:

  1. Peel and dice the potatoes and chop the onions.
  2. Melt the butter and gently cook the onions and potatoes in a covered saucepan until soft but not colored.
  3. Add the liquid, adjust the seasoning to taste, sieve if wished and serve in bowls decorated with a little chopped parsley.

From A Little Irish Cookbook .

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