Today is the start of the winter school holidays here in Victoria, the least favourite holidays as that means (for me at least!) lots of children inside getting ratty on rainy days.
I actually like winter holidays, it means sleep in under a warm doona while it rains outside, afternoons by the heater with a good book or board game, arts and crafts, lots of baking and afternoon movies while still in your pj's.
The food is an important part of any school holidays as is the playdates! Having other peoples hungry children over for a playdate can be a little stressful, so it's a good idea to be a little organised. I have just spent the morning making a batch of biscuits for the freezer, ready to pull out, but I also have made homemade Sausage Rolls.
Homemade means no artificial additive and preservatives to make them more flavoursome. You can whip these up super quick, and then pop in a container once cooled and pop in the freezer. Take out and put in the oven to reheat like you would store bought ones - too easy! I used Coles Puff Pastry as it has no bad additives or colours. It makes about 52 rolls. Better than a bought one!
500g sausage mince
1 1/2 cups homemade bread crumbs
1/2 cup dick smith tomato sauce
1 grated carrot
1 grated onion
2 tablespoons parsley (fresh or dry)
Salt and Pepper
Coles Puff Pasty (6 Ready Roll Sheets)
Another egg for pastry.
Combine all ingredients for filling in bowl. Season to taste.
Slice one sheet down the middle and run filling down the middle of each sheet.
Brush egg down the right hand side of pastry.
Fold over left side onto meat and then fold the right side.
Place right side up on lined baking tray.
Slice into roll sizes, brush with egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Bake for 20 minutes in 180c fan forced oven.
Taylor No. 3 turns 2 tomorrow and we are having a wiggles theme party to celebrate. Of course we are trying to be as additive free as possible and this is what I am hoping to emulate tomorrow morning to have on the party table - don't they look visually fantastic?
Fruit salad ... yummy, yummy!
Earlier this month we celebrated Fathers Day! It was a veritable moving feast but I wanted to share with you what we enjoyed for brunch. My father couldn't join us as he was sick with flu but this is what Mr Taylor enjoyed - Pancakes all perfectly preservative and additive free of course - even the ice cream (unlike the blocks of chocolate he inhaled later that afternoon courtesy of the younger Taylor's)!
I have put the recipe below (super easy) and it will also be in the upcoming Cookbook (currently with the Editor).
By the way they were stamped with approval by the Quality Control Team as well - Enjoy!
Bec Taylor is a lover of all things quick, convenient and tasty. Her favorite foods are sloppy, cheesy and hopefully cooked in one pot as she hates doing the dishes!