Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Recipes for February

Recently I compiled some recipes with a February theme for the local Parents Centre magazine and thought I'd share them here. They are great for Valentines or Pancake Day - enjoy :-)

Healthy Hearts
(photo and idea courtesy of
This is a great recipe for Valentine’s Day in summer.
A healthy treat that a toddler could help to prepare and it looks fun too!

Watermelon slices
(Bamboo skewers to make arrows)
Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter on watermelon slices. Poke a bamboo kitchen skewer through each heart, then complete the arrow with an orange slice tip and tail

Frozen Yogurt Strawberries
(photo and idea courtesy of
Another yummy, healthy summer treat which toddlers can help to prepare and they look like hearts so could be great for a Valentine’s Day treat!

Vanilla Greek Style Yogurt
Wash and prepare strawberries for eating.
Dip strawberries (halved or whole) in vanilla greek style yogurt then space them out on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and freeze them.

Scotch Pancakes
(photo and recipe courtesy of
This is a quick and easy recipe for mini, thicker pancakes (similar to Pikelets) which make a great finger food for toddlers. Toddlers can also help mix the ingredients and watch you cook them.

120g self-raising flour
small pinch salt
30g caster sugar
1 egg
½ cup milk
1. Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt, and then tip in the sugar.
2. In a separate bowl crack the egg into the milk and whisk.
3. Pour the egg and milk liquid into the dry ingredients, and mix to form a smooth batter.
4. Warm up your frying pan and test that it’s hot enough by putting a teaspoon of batter into it. You should have a fairy-size pancake cooked for you in less than a minute.
6. Use a tablespoon to drop the batter into the frying pan. You can use the back of the spoon to spread the batter into rounds.
7. When the surface has become covered in bubbles flip the pancakes.
8. Once both sides are cooked leave to cool for a couple of minutes and then serve with butter and jam.

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