Pumpkin Pikelets

I’ve got quite a stockpile of root vegetables in my pantry at the moment, and its way to hot to make soups and heavy starchy foods. I’m the only pumpkin fan in my house, so I thought I would infuse some of that pumpkin sweet flavour into our morning breakfast. Little O was really not interested, so I made these after taking her to kindy for Marco and I. We both really enjoyed them and they were a nice change to our mundane morning routine of avocado on bread. I did try them with the little one later, but she still wasn’t a fan. Unlike other children, she despises sweet vegetables, like sweet potato, corn and peas. Zucchini pancakes and broccoli frittata are much more welcome on her breakfast plate. Perhaps, next time I can sway her with some maple syrup, since she still loves sugary condiments. Anyway if you’re open to the deliciousness of sweet pumpkin, I’m sure you won’t be disappointed with these pikelets.

Pumpkin Pikelets

Ingredients:

1 small butternut pumpkin

Olive oil

sea salt

1 cup organic plain flour

1/2 cup plant milk, plus more

1 large egg

1/4 cup coconut sugar

1/4-1/2 ground cinnamon or pumpkin spice

coconut oil, to cook

real maple syrup to serve

Method:

  1. First, you need to roast your butternut pumpkin, which should be done ahead of time. Just chop the pumpkin in half, remove the seeds, drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt. Roast in 180-degree oven for 30 minutes, or until the pumpkin flesh is soft. Then scope out, mash and allow to cool in the fridge, until your ready to use. You should have at least a 1 cup of mashed butternut pumpkin.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add mashed pumpkin, flour, milk, egg, coconut sugar, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Whisk until combined and add more milk if the batter is too dry.
  3. Heat your hot plate or crepe pan on medium heat and drizzle with coconut oil. Once the oil is hot, drop the batter into a pan, using a 1/4 cup measuring cup and try to flatten it out a little. Cook on one side, until you start to see little holes appear on the top, or when the sides crisp up and then flip and cook on the other side. They only take a couple of minutes to cook in total. Continue until you have used all of the batter.
  4. Enjoy the pikelets with a drizzle of maple syrup.

Makes 10 pikelets.

Singapore Zoo: animal wonderland, rainforest oasis

On the third day of our holiday, we planned to have a break from site seeing in the city and visit the Singapore Zoo instead. The weather was meant to be perfect and Octavia was really excited to see all the animals.

Before we made our way to the zoo we thought we would have breakfast close to our hotel. I found it hard to find any cafes that were opened before 10am. Luckily attached to our hotel there an arcade with some restaurants and cafes. This is where we found the cafe Killiney Kopitiam.

This Hainanese coffee shop was originally opened in 1919 in Killiney Road, in the River Valley district of the city. It was known for its famous charcoal- grilled toast and hot coffees and teas. It was bought by a regular customer, Mr Woon in 1993, renamed and later franchised in 2001. You can now find Killiney Kopitiam locations throughout  Singapore, Asia and even in Melbourne, Australia. They offer classic Singaporean breakfast sets, such as kaya toast, french toast, soft boiled eggs and chee cheong fun. They also offer classic dishes including Chicken Curry, Mee Siam, Laksa etc.

For breakfast, I had a Kaya Toast set which included soft boiled eggs and Chinese Tea. Marco had the French Toast set with eggs and Kopi. This was my first time ordered kaya toast and I really liked it. The kaya was delicious and tasted like a coconut custard and the butter was nice and thick and melted nicely between the toast. My Chinese tea was also very nice and tasted like English Breakfast. Marco also liked his French Toast which is a nice variation.

 

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Zucchini Pancakes

Pancakes are one of those meals that you can whip up anytime when you don’t have much on hand. I prefer to eat savoury pancakes unless  I am having them for dessert or second breakfast. My daughter absolutely loves pancakes. It’s one of the few things that she will eat on her own in it’s entirely. Luckily she hasn’t experienced the sweet side of pancakes yet and prefers to eat even plain pancakes with peanut butter.

This recipe is a quick one that is stuffed with fresh zucchini and lightly spiced with cumin. It’s great for picky eaters who won’t even notice the taste of the zucchini (they may notice the flex of green though). But as long as it tastes good there’s no harm right!

I served these pancakes for a quick dinner with sauteed paprika corn, avocado, and cherry tomatoes. They would also be nice with salsa or tomato relish, a side salad and guacamole.

Zucchini Pancakes

(vegetarian, dairy free, nut free, vegan option)

Ingredients:

1 cup grated zucchini

1 cup unbleached plain flour or light spelt lflour

1.5 tsp baking powder

1.5 tsp ground cumin

1/2 tsp Himalayan sea salt

1 egg or 1 flax egg

1 cup plant milk, preferably unsweetened

freshly cracked black pepper

olive oil to cook

Method: 

1.Grate the zucchini. Squeeze out the moisture from the zucchini. I used a few paper towels to do this.

2. Combine the flour, baking powder, cumin and sea salt in a mixing bowl and whisk.

3. In a separate bowl beat the egg, add the milk and whisk.

4. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and whisk until smooth.

5. Stir in the zucchini and cracked black pepper.

6. Heat a crepe maker, cast iron pan or nonstick pan and add olive oil to coat.

7. Cook each pancake for a couple of minutes on one side and when bubbles start to form, flip over on the other side for another minute or until cooked through.

* Makes 4 big pancakes

 

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Chocolate Berry Overnight Oats

In this hot Australian summer the last thing you want to eat is a hot bowl of oats at the moment. I prefer to soak the oats overnight and enjoy them chilled the next morning. Overnight oats are one of the quickest and easiest breakfast to make. They are great for busy people who don’t have time to make breakfast.

To make overnight oats you only need to combine a few ingredients in a sealed container. Then place in the fridge overnight and enjoy the next day (or at least 4-5 hours later).

To prepare overnight oats you just need these few ingredients:

  • rolled oats, with or without chia seeds mixed in
  • plant-based milk
  • mashed banana/frozen berries/coconut yogurt
  • any spices or other fruit (dried/fresh)
  • sweetener such as maple syrup, agave or honey

There are so many flavour combinations you can make. Chocolate Berry Overnight Oats is one of my recipes. The cacao gives a slight caffeine hit to wake you up and the berries are full of antioxidants. If you find your oats aren’t as sweet as you may like, then hold off adding the sweetener until you just about to eat it them.

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