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Funny Fish Sandwich – Creative Projects the Kids will Love

These funny fish sandwiches are creative, tasty, and not too difficult to make. They turn a common meal into art! 

What You Need

2 pieces of bread

1 orange

Cheerios

1 kiwi fruit

1 banana

Cheese, sliced

1 tomato, sliced

1 chocolate button

Method

Put two slices of cheese on one slice of bread and place two pieces of sliced tomato over them. Alternatively, there can be as much cheese and tomato as you like!

Grill the sandwiches for 3 – 5 minutes or until bread reaches the desired toasty-ness. If you don’t have a grill then you can toast the sandwiches in the oven at 200°C. The best way to do this is by placing both slices on a tray separately, one with the cheese and tomato on it. Leave them in the oven for up to 10 minutes or until toasted enough.

While the sandwich is being grilled, slice the kiwi fruit according to the picture and lay it out on the bottom of the plate. Slice similar shapes out of the orange for the fish’s tail and fins, using our image as your reference.

Place the grilled sandwich in the centre of the plate. Slice off a piece of banana for the eye and put it on the sandwich at the ‘head’ end of the fish. Slice off another piece but cut it into a crescent shape for the fish’s smile. Finish the eye by placing a chocolate button on it.

Lastly, place the Cheerios on the plate, starting at the fish’s ‘mouth’. These are bubbles. Enjoy your funny fish sandwiches!

 

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Banana Smores – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. So, to help us all ‘mix it up’ and ‘up our campfire cooking game,’ try out this unique take; banana smores! 

Banana Smores

Just like traditional smores, banana smores are a sweet, late night snack that’s normally saved for dessert. However, you won’t need sticks or poles for roasting the marshmallows this time. Instead, we are going to put the whole banana in!

Ingredients:

One banana per person

100g – 200g mini marshmallows

100 – 200g chocolate (might be nice to bring extra to save some for little treats throughout the camping trip. Just take into account that it will melt if not kept cool enough).

Tin foil (enough to wrap each banana fully)

Mini biscuits or normal biscuits broken into pieces (your choice).

Method:

DON’T peel the banana. Use a knife to cut each banana open down the middle, but without cutting all the way through (turn the banana into a bun almost – open on one side but still attached on the underside).

Put biscuit pieces, marshmallows and chocolate pieces inside the banana. Don’t be afraid to squeeze as much as you can in there!

Now, wrap each banana in tin foil so it is covered. Place very close to or on top of either fire or hot coals for five minutes or so – if you open the foil to check the banana smore and decide you want the banana to ‘grill’ more and the ingredients inside to melt further, put it back into the heat for another few minutes.

Tip: Why not try different kinds of chocolate to see which one you like the best?

 

Read more of our camping recipes here. 

 

 

Campfire Potatoes – Next-Level Campfire Cooking

Camping is a favourite family tradition in North Queensland. No matter the season up here, it’s perfect weather to gather up the tent or clean the caravan, relocate all the camping gear and prepare for days of relaxation and fun in the great outdoors. Sometimes, what can make or break a camping trip is the food! We know how hard it can be to prepare and cook good meals when camping (we’ve been there), and as much as we love the old favourites, we also love variety. A great dish to make are campfire potatoes! Campfire potatoes are easy, filling, nutritious and tasty – everything you could want. You can choose what ingredients to stuff the potatoes with, then wrap them in tin foil and cook away. As a bonus, they don’t require any clean up once done, making them perfect for a meal under the stars.

This recipe is based on a family of four, with each person having one campfire potato. If you have more family members or each person wants multiple potatoes, buy extra ingredients (remember, it’s better to have too much that you can use as a snack later on rather that not enough). 

Ingredients:

1 large potato per person

1 cup grated cheese

¾ cup sour cream

200g bacon or ham

4 Tbsp butter

8 tsp chives

Salt and pepper to taste

Oil Spray

+ tin foil

Method:

Spray the insides of 4 large pieces of tin foil with the spray. Pierce each potato several times all over with a fork then wrap them individually and tightly in the tin foil.

You can cook the bacon or ham by wrapping it with the potato, cooking it beforehand or cooking it separately to the potatoes at the same time.

Cook the potatoes over a fire (it should be glowing red but without flames) for roughly an hour. You can use a camping stove too, of course.

To test if they are done, pierce a knife or fork to the middle and see how easily it goes in. The potatoes are done when the fork slides in easily.

Open up the foil of each potato and cut each one open with a knife. Scoop the butter in first then divide the ingredients between each potato evenly. Eat away!

 

Read more of our camping recipes here. 

 

 

Spinach and Green Pea Pesto Pasta – Local Produce Recipes

Spinach and green pea pesto pasta is a sly way to get the kids to eat their veggies because they’re disguised amongst tasty pasta! This recipe is unique and will fill everyone up. 

Recipe by Matthew Calanna.

Ingredients

350g seashell pasta

Salt

1 cup green peas

1 garlic clove, crushed

2 Tbsp oil

4 cups spinach

½ cup sunflower seeds

¼ cup parmesan cheese

1 lemon, freshly juiced.

Method

Cook pasta in a large pot of salted, boiling water, until tender.

While the pasta is cooking, add the peas, garlic and 1 Tbsp of the oil in a pan over medium heat. Cook for five minutes, seasoning with salt and pepper.

Set pasta aside as well as 250ml of the water it was cooked in.

Use a food processor (or a blender) to mash and mix the spinach, the rest of the oil, lemon juice, sunflower seeds, the garlic and half of the peas, as well as cheese.

Add the pesto, pasta and remaining peas to the pan. Put the pan on medium heat and begin mixing in with pesto to coat all of it.

Slowly add cooking water until the sauce reaches desired creaminess.

Sprinkle with Parmesan to serve (if desired). 

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Read more of our food blogs, including delicious meal ideas for the family and more local produce recipes. 

 

 

Hot Dogs – Interactive Meals for the Family

Originating in Germany and loved right around the world, hot dogs are a favourite for old and young because they’re simple, yet so tasty. The family can easily put together their own hot dogs, adding sauce, cheese, mustard, relish or any other condiments and garnishes you want to get creative with. 

Feel free to surf the internet to find alternative toppings – there are endless possibilities and styles when it comes to making hot dogs! You can switch out the coleslaw for jalapeno slices, mushrooms, corn, red and green onion, celery and much more.

Ingredients

8 Frankfurts

8 hot dog buns

Mustard

1 cup grated cheese

Tomato sauce

½ brown onion, diced

1 cup coleslaw

1 tbsp butter

Method

Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Place the buns on oven tray and heat for roughly 10 minutes in oven.

Cook frankfurts in boiling water for 5 minutes until heated through.

Heat the butter in a pan over medium heat. Brown the onion slices then set aside.

To serve, place the frankfurts in each bun. Let each family member make up their hotdog -topping the bun and Frankfurt with cheese, onions, coleslaw, tomato sauce and mustard.

Tip: Serve with chips to make an easy, filling and delicious family dinner.

You can find more food blogs here, with great winter dinner recipe ideas. 

 

 

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DATES

HEALTH BENEFITS OF DATES

Dates are the fruit of the date palm tree. They’re a delicious sweet snack, and have become quite popular in recent years – luckily for us, not only are they delicious, they’re super healthy too.

High in fibre. Fibre benefits your digestive health by preventing constipation and promotes regular bowel movements, and dates are a great source of it.

High in antioxidants. Dates contain various antioxidants which protect your cells from free radicals. Compared to similar types of fruit, dates have the highest antioxidant content.

May promote natural labour. Eating dates during the last few weeks of pregnancy may promote cervical dilation and may even
be helpful in reducing labour time, several studies have shown. How interesting!

Dates serve as an excellent natural sweetener, and are delicious added to smoothies, muffins, oatmeal, salads and bread. They’re great as a snack too, so next time you’re craving something sweet, why not reach for some dates instead of lollies or cookies?