Aug 23, 2009

Sunday Stash and a clean desk

I've finally cleaned off my desk, some of you may remember it looked like this:
Now it looks like this. Although I do need to find my sewing machine....

And my stash for this weekend was a gift from my lovely friend Janellybelly from Threads of Friendship. Some Anna Maria Horner and some Patty Young Andalucia. Thanks heaps Janelle!

So my clean desk resolution? To finish some long outstanding projects - the quilt for my little friend's first birthday (that was 6 months ago), my Pay It Forward gifts from late last year and to start making a dent in my ever increasing stash (purely so I can go and buy more fabric without any guilt associated!).

Aug 19, 2009

Easy kids tuna patties

I'm not much of a cook, my husband does all the cooking in our household, but I love cooking for my son. My mum used to make a salmon version of these patties or burgers for us as kids. It's a great recipe as all you need is a small tin of tuna or salmon in the pantry and a few odds and ends.

I like to use the tuna in springwater, rather than oil or brine, I just think it's gentler on little tummies. Then you need an egg, some bread crumbs (from a packet or just some stale bread) and some veges.

I drain the tuna and place in a bowl and quickly mash with a fork. Then add the egg and whatever veges you have lying around. It's a great way to hide veges if your child is fussy. I like to use frozen peas (a quick zap in some warm water first to thaw), beans cut into small pieces, grated sweet potato or pumpkin - but you can always use left over roast veges or whatever you have kicking around. Then I mix it all together and add the breadcrumbs a little at a time until the mixture combines.

Then with damp hands (stops the mixture sticking to you) I form it into little patties or burgers and cook in the frying pan until golden on both sides. I like to cook mine in a little butter as it gives them a nice texture and taste, but you could use a little olive oil too.

One little tiny tin of tuna and a couple of veges will make about 8 little patties, enough for his dinner, me to sneak a couple and leftovers for a yummy lunch or reheated for dinner the next night. It's a great recipe as all the ingredients are natural, you will probably already have them on hand and it's really cheap!
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