Lemon berry cake

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The other day, Miss 3 begged me to let her make a cake. Begged. She said please, please, pleeeassseee mum can we make a cake. She wanted to “make a cake and keep it till my birthday”. It was June and her birthday is in October. Anyway, I said yes and let her know that she didn’t have to keep it till her birthday, that she could eat some straight away.

 

Normally I dictate what we are making but this time I let her decide. We waited until Miss 1.5 was asleep and then made a cake. Her decisions were that it was to be a big cake, it had to have blueberries on the top, and after seeing lemons on the bench (from my sister-in-law’s parents) that there was going to be lemons in it. She was very adamant that the cake had to have berries poked into the top and that she would be the one to do it. “Not you mum, I will do it”.

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I had made this version of a lemon blueberry cake for my birthday, so we loosely followed this recipe. As usual, I didn’t have everything I needed so the final recipe ended up more like below! The cake was beautifully crispy on the top, sides and especially the corners, and was soft and fluffy in the middle. It crumbled away and broke a bit, but I think that wouldn’t have been as bad if we hadn’t been greedy and taken it straight out of the tin after taking it out of the oven.

 

So here is the recipe of this delightful treat….

 

Lemon berry cake.

Ingredients

125g margarine

1 egg

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup raw sugar

1/2 cup milk

the juice and zest of 1 1/2 lemons

1 tsp vanilla

1 1/2 cups self raising flour

about 1 cup of berries for the top

 

Method

Preheat a moderate oven, 180 degrees.

Beat together the margarine and sugars until creamy, then add in the vanilla, lemon juice and rind, and milk. It starts to look a bit gross right now but trust me it comes together.

Sift in the flour and mix until smooth.

Put the mixture into a lined tin and bake until golden on the top. You can poke a skewer into the middle of the cake and if it comes out without any mixture on it (little crumbs are okay but anything liquidy means it’s not ready) then you are good to go.

Let it cool in the tin, unless you are too cake crazy like we were!

 

Enjoy with a hot cup of tea and hashtag a pic on instagram #thedietitianmummyrecipe

 

The Dietitian Mummy

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Lolly-Cauli Pasta

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So I was in Coles the other day and was doing my shopping in the mad dash that is shopping with two kids. I was browsing the veggie section for bargains and my eye was caught by a burst of purple which looked a bit crazy! We went over and it was purple cauliflower and it was only $2. Miss 3 thought it was HILARIOUS and was laughing at it most of the shopping trip.

 

This continued throughout the week of it being in the fridge. Every time she saw it she’d say in this high pitched voice “purple cauliflower???”. So anyway, I was going around to my sisters for dinner (Pulled Pork rolls ahhhh amaze-balls, thanks Jamie Oliver and Save With Jamie) and she asked if I could make something for the little ones.

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Now knowing my cooking audience included Miss Niece 5 who is quite the food/vegetable critic I decided to pull out all the stops (in the form of purple veggies) and make what I decided to call Lolly-Cauli Pasta!!

When cooked and mixed in it is still really colourful and teamed with the other frozen veg, it looks like a bowl of lollies. Miss Niece 5 thought it was a bit funny and even took a few bites of the cauli, Miss 3 and Miss niece 3 thought it was a crack up, annndddd the fact that it was covered in cheesy sauce meant that they gobbled most of it up. Us adults also got into it because it was so damn cheesy and delicious!

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When I made this it made HEAPS. My girls are still eating it and it freezes fine.

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Lolly-Cauli Pasta

Serves about 10

1 bag pasta (I did spirals but use your imagination)

2 cups frozen vegetables

1 purple cauliflower (they also had green but not as lolly looking), chopped up

4 pieces of short cut bacon (could easily eliminate this if you are vegetarian)

2 cups milk (I used full cream because we only had Miss 1’s milk left but I’ve made it with skim and it still turns out yummo)

½ cup plain flour

2 large dessert spoons of margarine (can be butter or margarine, I used Nuttelex and it worked fine)

2 cups grated cheese (I used reduced fat)

 

Get some hot water on and cook your pasta. Whack the cauliflower in the microwave with some water for about 5 minutes (or until it’s just soft).

Put the margarine in a large saucepan over medium heat and melt. Once melted add in the bacon and let it brown a little.

Get your flour and milk handy and close. Add your flour and take off the heat while you stir like a mad woman. It will get gluggy. Add your milk straight away and stir like an even madder woman. If there are heaps of lumps then get out a whisk and whisk like crazy.

Leave this over medium heat to thicken and stir it every minute or so, so that it doesn’t stick to the sides or bottom.

Once it gets thick add in your cheese. Stir until the cheese is melted.

Then add your frozen veg, cauliflower and pasta and mix in.

Badaboom you have lolly-cauli pasta! Serve and watch your kiddies look at you like you are crazy!!!