Delicious Fruit Custard – Fresh fruits in scented banana custard cream

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When served chilled with a scoop of ice-cream or just on its own, no dessert can compete with this beautiful, relatively-healthy fruit custard.  Now that the summer is around the corner and different varieties of fruits and berries are in abundance, making this delicious fruity dessert could be a real joy!  I have noticed that the oranges and clementines taste more delicious in summer months than in the winter.  Adding a lot of it will give this dish a noticeable zing !

As for the custard, no other flavour will beat the  banana flavour as it goes deliciously well with this dessert. Also, to give an exotic look you can add vanilla ice cream topped with coloured sprinklers or scatter some jelly cubes.

I believe that this is the best way to sneak a lots of fruits into kids’ diet without much cajoling.  If you are serving for kids under 5 years, make sure to cut the fruits into small pieces to avoid any chocking hazards.

This is very easy to make, once you gather an assortment of fruits and a packet of  Laziza banana flavour custard powder.

Let’s make it: 

Custard it

  • Follow the instructions in the back of the packet and make the custard and leave it to cool.
  • Cover with a cling film and place the dish in the fridge.

Slice it

  • 1/2 hr before serving, sllice fruits and collect them in a bowl.

Go for bananas, oranges, apples, mangoes, kiwis, red / green grapes, cherries, blue berries, papaya, pinapple

Chill it

  • Add the fruits to the custard cream and mix.
  • Place in the fridge until chilled.

Serve it

  • Place a scoop of ice cream or toss some jelly cubes and sulthanas just before serving.
  • Serve within an hours time.
  • Enjoy the delicious melody of fruits laced with scented banana flavour custard.

Tips :

  • Remember to mix the required amount of custard powder in a small amount of milk first and then gradually add to the boiling milk while stirring as per the instructions in the packet.
  • Keep stirring the boiling milk with custard until it thickens slightly.  Do not stop stirring or else it will burn from the bottom.  Also, you have to stir it even after taking out of the flame to avoid forming any lumps.
  • I add 2 tbsp of sugar to 2 tbsp of custard powder for a sweeter taste.

Chocolate finger crackers – A kiddies party treat

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The creation of these attractive chocolate fingers are my little son, Viyath’s idea!

Being very adventurous by nature,  he never misses an opportunity to experimenting.   Having bored with eating the same old chocolate fingers, he dipped them in pretty sprinklers to give them a brand new party look. Having been delighted at it, he  waved a couple of them to me and announced,  ” Mama, I made chocolate finger crackers !” at which point that I instantly thought it was a perfect addition to my blog.

  • First of all, you need to dip one side of chocolate fingers just 10 seconds in hot water for chocolate to melt for a bit.

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  • Then, dip them one by one in colourful sprinklers. ( Throw a lot of sprinklers in to a wine glass which makes easier for you to dip chocolate fingers)

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  • Now, arrange them side by side on a plate and refrigerate for 10 mins.
  • Ready to serve on a plate or placed on a cupcake case.

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Bread Pizza – Taste and look alike easy pizzas made of bread slices

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Now, this is something insanely simple for busy mums, who are eager to make a hassle free, yummy dinner for hungry kids.  Undoubtedly, kids love pizza and they will be delighted to feast on something similar.

The choice is endless:  you can, for instance, toss any of your favourite toppings to make it look and taste nicer.  My little son’s favourite is canned tuna flakes, tossed around with sliced onions and lots of black olives.  Perfect!  A real balanced, healthy meal indeed!!

If you have pre-baked or roasted chicken, simply spread  it on.  Otherwise,  simple veggie pizza would taste yummy too.

So, let’s get ready with the easy-to-find ingredients:

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Get ready with these:

  • Keep ready Sliced onions, tomatoes,  black olives, tuna flakes, bell-peppers, Jalapeno etc.
  • Oregano gives the distinct aroma of pizzas, so it’s a must have.
  • Also, get ready with ketchup and several slices of bread.
  • And, lots of Mozzarella cheese and grated Cheddar cheese.

Let’s make :

  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 C.
  • Place some bread slices on a wire-rack.
  • Place the wire-rack in the middle of the oven.
  • Leave just 1 min and take out. (This will make the top side of the slices slightly crusty)nfd
  • Now, flip the the bread slices over and place on the rack: crusty side down and the soft side up.
  • Spread a generous amount of ketchup on each slice.

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  • Toss sliced onions, olives and thinly sliced tomatoes
  • Spread pre-cooked chicken or tuna flakes
  • Sprinkle oregano, a little salt and pepper
  • Add chopped pieces of green chili or jalapeno
  • Sprinkle some cheddar cheese
  • Finally, toss mozzarella cheese liberaly on top

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  • All ready !! into the oven now!!
  • Baking time will take only 5 mins

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  • Your bread pizzas are ready to serve with a dollop of ketchup or chili sauce
Easter egg baskets

Egg baskets – A perfect party treat for kids

Throwing a party for kids could be tricky, as you need to consider hard on yummy treats as well as the appearance of them.  Even if your choice of snacks is great in taste, if they do not look pretty, kids will not get properly amused.

Try these pretty egg baskets that will be a memorable treat for kids.  They are great for packing in for picnics too.  egg baskets3

You will need :

  • Large eggs
  • Mayonnaise
  • English mustard or freshly ground mustard
  • Salt and Pepper powder
  • Vinegar

Let’s make them :

  • Boil the eggs for 10 min adding a drop of vinegar to bring the egg yolk to the middle
  • Next, scoop out all the egg yolks and place them in a bowl
  • Add a dollop of mayonnaise, English mustard, salt and pepper into egg yolks and mix thoroughly until all come together
  • Now slice the bottom  egg white parts so that they could stand without being wobbly on a plate

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  • Fill the hollows of egg white parts with the egg yellow mixture
  • Spread thinly cut red / orange tomatoes, carrots, spring onions, red/yellow peppers or any other choice of colourful veggies
  • Thinly strip a spring onion leaf and make a handle and insert the corners either side, using a toothpick
  • Arrange them prettily on a plate and serve with ketchup or on their own
  • Smile !!