Saturday, 9 June 2012

Potato Wedges

Hello from Reuben

I had a friend to play today and got him to help me make our lunch. His name is Ethan, which confuses our smallest brother Joel as that's the name of our oldest brother too!

Anyway, Mattie made chicken nuggets (coming up in a later post) and so we made homemade chips, well potato wedges really, to go with them.

They are very easy peasy and lemon squeezy (Not sure lemon would taste nice come to think about it!)

Ingredients (What they are made from)

We used 5 potatoes (1 medium potato per person on average)
2 teaspoons of salt
4 tablespoons of cooking oil

You will also need, a saucepan, water, a knife and a roasting tray


Oven on to gas 7

1  Wash the potatoes

Very carefully chop them in half

    And then into wedge shapes like this

Mum made me underline the very carefully bit because when we were doing it she was panicking we might cut out fingers, (she said at least 5 times Ethan be careful, your mum will be cross will me if you chop your fingers!) Why wasn't she worried about my fingers?!!

3  When they all chopped put them into a saucepan...

Or you could play basket ball like us! My turn to hold the 'net' and Ethan chucked the wedges

Then Ethan held the net

Anyone see where that last one went!

4  When all the wedges are in the pan, cover with cold water and put on the stove to boil

5  When they have reached boiling, turn them off, and strain with a colander

Anyone seen the colander?

6 Pop the wedges on to a roasting tray and cover with the oil, salt and stir very gently to make sure they are coated with out breaking them up

7  Cook for about 45-50 minutes until golden brown

8  When they are cooked, very carefully (the oil is really hot) use a slotted spoon to lift them onto some kitchen roll, this helps them to drain some of the oil away

9  Eat

We hope you enjoy these.

Sometimes we put a couple of teaspoons of mixed herbs or paprika on them before cooking, and you can make a nice dip by chopping a few chives into some mayonaise too.

Thank you to Ethan for helping to cook

Thank you for your time

Bye for now from Reuben

(Ethan, Mattie, Jacob and Joel bean too)

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

Wheat and Dairy free, peanut butter cookies

Hello From Mattie

We are off to a street party today and have to take some food. I sometimes find in difficult at parties because I can't eat lots of the food, I am allergic to wheat and dairy.  I asked mum if I could make something new to take with me, and this is what we came up with, I hope you enjoy them.

Peanut butter cookies {Wheat and dairy free)

Ingredients (What you need)

4oz/115g Soya butter
4oz/115g Brown sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
8oz/225g peanut butter, the crunchy one is better for crunchy cookies
4oz/115g Gluten free flour
A half teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda
pinch salt

Method (How to make them)

Put the oven on too 180/gas 4

1  Mix together the butter and sugar, until its completely mixed

I weighed the butter then the sugar, the sugar stuck in the
weighing scales so i had to check I had got it all out

2  Crack the egg into a cup and then mix with a fork

3  Pour the egg into the butter mix, then stir in the peanut butter too

4  Add the vanilla extract if using

5  Stir in the flour, bicarbonate of soda and the salt

6  Mix really well

7  Grease your baking trays with a bit of soya butter, you can put some on a tray and use kitchen towel to spread it

8  Using a teaspoon, scoop up spoonfuls of mixture and drop them onto the baking trays. Try and make them similar sizes or smaller ones might burn or larger ones might not cook properly

9  Carefully put the trays into the oven and bake the cookies for about 12 minutes

10  Take the trays out and leave the cookies on them for a few minutes, then carefully move them onto a cooling wrack

11  Enjoy them, Ethan did, he had more than the rest of us put together

I hope you enjoy these cookies, you can use normal flour and proper butter if you like too

Than you for your time


(Ethan, Reuben, Jacob and Joel bean too)

Monday, 4 June 2012

Rocket rockets? More rocket flopits!

Hello everyone

We have a few photographs to share with you of our Rocket Rockets....

A quick recap, in the beginning we made rockets, and planted them with rocket seeds, put them somewhere sunny, kept them watered and watched everyday, and blogged about them every week.  To start with they grew really quickly. Then there was the disastrous rocket launching dog incident and it was a bit down hill from then. Three carried on growing and three struggled a bit, before they all sloooooooowed right down altogether :(

Here is how they are looking today

There are even some proper rocket shaped leaves

But just when we thought there might be hope after all, the bugs came :(

Green fly Mum says.

Why are they picking on our rocket when there are these beans next door that they haven't touched at all..

We think we are going to have to start again, did anyone else have better luck? We would love to see your photographs or hear your tales.

Thank you for your time

Ethan, Reuben, Mattie, Jacob and Joel Bean