Tuesday, February 19, 2013

School Lunch Week 4

As you can see I was super super busy last week as I myself started a new course at a College. I am now studying Certificate 2 in Business which is rather boring but I do think I will benefit from it in the end and in the mean time I am making some great new friends!

So yes last week was a bit hectic as I got used to my new schedule and so I missed doing Week 3's school lunches!! But now I am back up and running properly so today I will share with you my menu for the week :)

This week we had:

Monday: Apple - Cinnamon/Choc Brownie - Yoghurt - Capsicum and Corn Tartlets

Tuesday: Nectarine - Brownie - Chips - Capsicum and Corn Tartlets

Wednesday: Apple - Jelly and Pudding - Veg Sticks - Pizza Scrolls

Thursday: Watermelon - Chips - Yoghurt - Ham and salad rolls

Friday: Watermelon - Jelly - Chips - Ham and Salad Roll

We did have a problem this week as I was super excited to try out these Cinnamon and Chocolate Brownies but they had nuts in them! As my youngest doesn't have anyone in his class that is allergic to nuts he was ok but my daughter who is in High School has a best friend who is allergic so she asked not to have them. If you do make these it is probably best as an after school snack and not as a lunch box treat. They are super delicious so you must try them :)

And this week I will share with you the recipe for the Brownies as well as the recipe for the Capsicum and Corn Tartlets:

Cinnamon and Chocolate Brownies

115g plain chocolate, broken into pieces
200g butter, plus extra for greasing
85g pecan nut halves
250g caster sugar
4 eggs, beaten
225g plain flour
2tsp ground cinnamon
55g white chocolate, broken into pieces
2tbsp milk
115g icing sugar

1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Grease a 23cm/9in shallow square cake tin.

2. Melt plain chocolate and 175g of the butter in a heatproof bowl, set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

3.Set 16 pecan halves to one side for decoration and chop the rest. Beat together the caster sugar and eggs with a whsk until thick and creamy. Then fold in the choc mixture, flour, cinnamon and chopped pecans.

4. Transfer the mixture to the prepared tin and bake in the preheated oven for 35 - 40 minutes, or until firm to touch. Leave to cool in the tin.

5. Melt remaining butter and white chocolate in a heatproof bowl, set over a saucepan of gently simmering water. Remove from the heat and beat in the milk and icing sugar. Spread this mixture over the cool brownies. Allow to set for 30minutes then cut into 16 squares and top each with a pecan half. 


Capsicum and Corn Tartlets

3 sheets frozen puff pastry, thawed
310g frozen corn kernels
150g cheddar cheese grated
1 small red capsicum finely chopped
2 eggs lightly beaten
60ml buttermilk
170ml thick cream
1 tsp dijon mustard

1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees. Lightly grease three 12 hole round based patty pans or mini muffin tins. 

2. Using a 6cm round cutter, cut circles from pastry sheets. Press circles into prepared tins and prick with a fork. 

3. Combine corn, cheese and capsicum in a large bowl and season. Whisk the eggs, buttermilk, cream and mustard in a measuring cup with a pouring lip.

4. Spoon the veg mixture into pastry cases and then top with egg mixture until cases are almost full.

5. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes or until well risen and set. Serve cold.

Sunday, February 3, 2013

School Lunch Week 2!

Tuesday's Lunch all packed!

Well it is week 2 of back to school!! Which means a new Menu and with the success of the first week of school I am happy to say that my kids are loving all these great foods :D 
Now before we get started I just wanted to share with you this great After School snack I made for my kids today SO simple but so extremely delicious. We found the idea for Fruit Skewers in one of my old Super Food Ideas magazines and had to give it a go......I received lots of "Ooohs and Aaaahs" from the kids and even the Fiance when they saw what we had for snack time. We have Afternoon Snack every day after school and we try and have something different everyday. It could be yoghurt and fruit, an iceblock (on cold days), platter of deli meats and veg, pizza scrolls, sushi (the kids fave) or if they are extra lucky it could even be a chocolate donut......well we have to be naughty sometimes :P

Today's Fruit Skewers were super yummy just grab your favourite fruit and thread them on skewers and then to top it off we also had some sugar and spice yoghurt dip which was just 1/2 cup vanilla yoghurt mixed with a tablespoon of brown sugar and 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon!! Yum Yum Yum!! These were all gone in just a few minutes!!

Ok enough about that.....Let's get back to this weeks menu: 

Monday: Peach - Berry Muffins - Jelly - Chicken Schnitzel Wraps (left over schnitzels from Sunday's dinner) 
Tuesday: Fruit Salad - Berry Muffins - Dried Fruit Pack - Ham & Salad Roll
Wednesday: Apple - Yoghurt - Grain Wave Chips - Ham & Salad Roll
Thursday: Fruit Salad - Veg & dip - Yoghurt - Fried Rice
Friday: Peach - Dried Fruit Pack - Grain Waves - Fried Rice

This week's recipe I am sharing will be the Fried Rice! I absolutely love this Fried Rice as it is but sometimes fro a change I add some prawns (my kids love love love prawns).

Fried Rice

2 eggs
1 large carrot, grated
100g snow peas, sliced
300g frozen corn kernels
4 green shallots, thinly sliced
3 cups cooked rice (1 cup of raw rice makes 3 cups cooked)
1 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 Tbsp tomato sauce

1. Beat the egg with a fork. Heat a wok or large frypan and grease with a little oil. Pour beaten egg into the heated wok to form an omelette. Cook until almost set then turn the egg over and cook the other side for 30 seconds. Remove omelette from wok, cool slightly then cut into small pieces.

2. Add the carrot and snow peas to the wok, stir fry for about 2 minutes. Add corn kernels, shallots, chopped omelette and cooked rice, continue stir-frying until ingredients are combined then mix the soy sauce and tomato sauce, stir in and heat through.