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RECIPE: Roasted Veggie Risotto

Colder weather means my kids love a warm lunch and who can blame them.  When the ice is still melting when they sit down to eat then a warm healthy lunch is perfect.  My slow cooker sadly stopped working earlier this year so I took advantage of the situation and upgraded to an all in one cooker.  I have never used a pressure cooker but I am quickly becoming a convert for things like this.  I popped this all in the cooker while I boiled the kettle and by the time we finished breakfast the kids and I had a delicious, healthy lunch ready for our thermos.  This recipe can also be cooked in the oven but will take a little longer.  I’ve included both methods so you can choose what suits.

Pressure Cooker Risotto Recipe

RECIPE: Roasted Veggie Risotto

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 1 litre Chicken stock
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
  • 1 & 1/2 cups of roasted veggies – used leftover pumpkin, sweet potato and carrot
  • salt and pepper
  • parmesan cheese

 

Oven Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 150 degrees.  Heat 1 tablespoon of butter in a 5-litre ovenproof dish with a lid over a medium heat.
  2. Add the onion and garlic and cook stirring, for 2-3 minutes or until it is soft.  Add roasted vegetables and stir.
  3. Add the rice and stir so that it is coated with butter.  Cook for 1 minute.
  4. Add the  stock and bring to the boil.   Cover and place in the oven and cook for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through.
  5. Remove from the oven and stir through the parmesan cheese.  Season with freshly ground pepper to taste.

Pressure Cooker Method:

  1. Add all the ingredients to the pot.
  2. Set to cook for 14 minutes in the pressure cooker.
  3. Vent steam as needed
  4. Season, add cheese and stir.  Enjoy!

Happy Cooking!

Natalie

RECIPE: Rainbow Blondies

All this cold weather is pushing me into the kitchen.  The kids and I recently made these delicious rainbow blondies and they were not only delicious but gave us some colour on a cold grey day.  These would be perfect for a cake stall, birthday party or as a special lunchbox treat.  Grab the aprons and the kids and have some fun in the kitchen over the holidays.

Rainbow blondies recipe

RECIPE: Rainbow Blondies

Ingredients:

  • 250g white chocolate, chopped
  • 125g butter, chopped
  • 1/2 cup caster sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 & 1/3 cups plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 cup 100’s & 1000’s

Ganache

  • 180g white chocolate, chopped
  • 1/3 cup thickened cream

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C and grease and line a 20cm square cake tin with baking paper.
  2. Combine butter, sugar, 125g white chocolate and milk in a medium saucepan.  stir over low heat for 5 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted.  Transfer mixture to a large bowl and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  3. Whisk egg, flour and baking powder into cooled chocolate mixture until just combined.  Gently stir in remaining chopped chocolate and 1/3 cup 100’s & 1000’s.
  4. Pour mixture into the cake tin and bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs clinging.  allow to cool completely in the pan.
  5. Make the ganache.  Place chocolate and cream in a microwave-safe bowl.  microwave on 50% stirring with a metal spoon for 2 minutes, stirring halfway through.  Refrigerate for 1 hour until thick and spreadable.
  6. Spread blondies with ganache and sprinkle with remaining 100’s & 1000’s.  Stand for 20 minutes and cut into squares and serve.

Happy Baking!

Natalie

 

BAD DAD JOKE: Fit For Court

We’re getting back into the groove of school but we always need a giggle on a Wednesday.  See if this lands you a groan or a giggle.

jokes about lawyers

BAD DAD JOKE: Fit For Court

Happy Wednesday!

Natalie

BAD DAD JOKE: SOUP SAVINGS

I love winter and a hot bowl of soup!  We’ve been experimenting in the holidays with some soups so we definitely need to buy stock in bulk.  See if today’s joke gives you a giggle in the kitchen;

BAD DAD JOKE: SOUP SAVINGS

BAD DAD JOKE: SOUP SAVINGS

Happy Wednesday!

Natalie

BAD DAD JOKE: DOG MUSIC

Nothing gives me more joy than sharing a joke with the kids and having them moan at my humour.  If you’re into the same joy then see if this gets you a groan from the kids;

BAD DAD JOKE: DOG MUSIC

BAD DAD JOKE: DOG MUSIC

Happy Wednesday!

Natalie

BAD DAD JOKE: SLEEPING DRAGONS

Have you got a night owl?  Maybe this explains their sleeping habits?

BAD DAD JOKE: SLEEPING DRAGONS

BAD DAD JOKE: SLEEPING DRAGONS

Happy Wednesday!

Natalie

 

Winter Savings!

Cheap School Uniforms Online

Warm Up For Less This Winter!

Rug up and save in our winter clearance items.  These quality products won’t last long so jump online, stock up and then tell your friends about your bargain hunting.

Be quick, these bargains won’t last!

Natalie

GEAR: Kingsford Smith Scarf

Keep snug and warm on the sidelines or along the way to school in our soft and cosy winter scarf.

Winter scarves online

GEAR: Kingsford Smith Scarf

GEAR: Creswell Sport Shorts

Keep cool on and off the field in our Creswell Sports Shorts.  Made from premium moisture managed cotton back there’s no way to lose your cool.

sports shorts

GEAR: Creswell Sport Shorts

BAD DAD JOKE: BAD SERVICE

At Made For School we love making our customers happy with our service, fast delivery and of course our huge range of quality products.  Driving away customers is not for us,  but here’s a giggle to get the kids to school with;

BAD DAD JOKE: BAD SERVICE

BAD DAD JOKE: BAD SERVICE

Happy Wednesday!
Natalie

 

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