Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Pasta Zoo Happy Meal

I noticed last November that there was a new dish for Children at McDonalds, Pasta Zoo Happy Meal!!! A vegetarian, healthier option, yeh. I asked for one, and was told that they would be available in January! Not sure why it is on the menu in November!!!! We have now tried the dish twice and the kids like it.

I wanted to check the ingredients yesterday, as I was concerned about a child who seemed to react to the new dish (not my kids), I checked the McDonald's website and they have lots of information about their food and where it comes from and how it is prepared, but not about the Pasta Zoo Meal. So I rang them and they sent me the information. I am sure it will be on their website soon.

Here are the ingredients and main alergens found in the new Pasta dish being presented for children at McDonalds.


Reduced Fat Milk & Sipahh Straw - Chocolate MILK: Reduced Fat Milk CHOCOLATE SIPPAH STRAW: Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Cocoa, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Flavour, Sweetener (955), Vegetable Gum (414), Vanillin
Contains milk Reduced Fat Milk & Sipahh Straw - Strawberry MILK: Reduced Fat Milk STRAWBERRY SIPPAH STRAW: Sugar, Tapioca Starch, Maltodextrin (from Corn), Flavour, Vegetable Gum (414), Vanillin, Sweetener (955), Colour (162) Contains milk.

Zoo Goo Tomato [Tomato, Salt, Acidity Regulator (330), Calcium Chloride (509)], Fructose, Thickener (1422), Salt, Vegetable Powders, Vegetable Oil (Sunflower), Acidity Regulators (330, 270), Yeast Extract, Animal Fat, Colours (160c, 100), Preservative (202), Vegetable Gum (415), Herbs, Spice, Antioxidant (320).
Contains traces of sulphites in the thickener (<10ppm)

Pasta Zoo Cooked Pasta (Water, Durum Wheat Semolina, Eggs), Cheese [Ricotta (Whey, Milk, Salt, Acidity Regulator (260), Tasty (Milk, Cultures, Rennet, Salt, Anti-caking Agent (Tapioca Starch, (450)), Preservative (200)) , Parmesan ( Milk, Tapioca Starch, Cultures, Rennet, Salt)], Roasted Vegetables (Carrots, Onions, Celery), Sunflower Oil, Water, Tomato Paste, Sun-dried Tomatoes (Contains Preservatives (220, 202)), Potato Flakes (Contains Preservatives (220, 223), Emulsifier (471), Mineral Salt (450), Acidity Regulator (330)), Sweet Corn, Breadcrumbs (Wheat Flour, Yeast, Emulsifier (472e), Flour Treatment Agent (300)), Peas, Natural Flavour (Contains Milk), Salt, Thickener (461),
Garlic, Paprika Oleoresin (Colour), Herbs And Spices.

Contains gluten, milk, egg
Contains traces of sulphites (<10ppm)

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Less healthy but yummy

Here is what we had for breakfast the other day - don't you just love pancakes in the holidays!!! JSR had his with jam, AJR had his with butter, maple syrup and icing sugar.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

Sunday Breakfast for One

Here is a great breakfast idea, it is vegetarian, low gi and healthy.

  1. Cut up some mushrooms and red onion and a little garlic and saute them in the microwave (no fat)
  2. Toast a slice of whole grain bread (no fat)
  3. Poach an egg

Pile everything onto the toast and then sprinkle with chopped parsley or corriander

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Peacherine Crumble

Tonight we had homemade pizza and tried out the new Pizza stone - it works very well, thanks for the great present. We had a beautiful garlic and oil pizza, as well as a half salami, baby eggplant and capsicum with mottzarella cheese pizza.

Sorry no pictures, we were too hungry!!

Afterwards we had Peacherine Crumble.

Step 1
Cut peacherine's and then mascerate in sugar and marsarla and then poach.

Step 2
Put cooked peacherine's into a pie dish

Step 3
Make Crumble - mix rolled oats, brown sugar, butter, flour, mixed spice to bread crumb consistency.

Step 4
Cook at 180 for 20-30 minutes

Step 5
Eat (with cream as we did or ice cream or both)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Recipe Finder Sites

I got a request for a recipe finder site, you know where you can put in the ingredients you have and it spits out a great recipe - enabling you to declutter your cupboard. It is a great way to do this. I also go through my pantry once a year and anything that I have not used and is not out of date I donate to a giving tree. This year it was the giving tree at work, around Christmas time there are a lot of charity's looking for food donations. If you have serious congestion problems, you could do it in winter as well. Food is always needed.

So now you will see on the right hand site some suggestions for recipe finder sites (thanks for the great request JC), if you find better ones then let me know.

Aunty A

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Calamari for Tea

We had a lovely repast of Calamari, seared lemon, steamed broccolini, fried garlic, pangrattato (basically fried or toasted breadcrumbs in garlic oil), and rocket salad.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Potato and bean salad with lemon yoghurt dressing

To serve 1

240g potatoes - unpeeled and cut into wedges
150g green beans, trimmed and cut into 3 cm lengths
1 cup baby rocket leaves
50 g (1/2) small red onion sliced thinly

Lemon Yoghurt Dressing
1/2 cup sheep milk yoghurt
1 tspn finely grated lemon rind
1 tbspn fresh lemon juice
1 tbspn finely chopped fresh flat leaf parsley

Boil, steam or microwave potato and beans seperately, until tender, drain. Rinse beans under cold water, drain.
Meanwhile combine ingredients for lemon yoghurt dressing in small bowl
Place potato and beans in medium bowl with rocket and onion, toss gently top combine.
Serve salad drizzled with dressing.

And of course I did not follow the recipe slavishly -

  • I used goats milk yohurt, as I did not have sheeps yoghurt
  • baby spinach instead of rocket as I did not have rocket
  • corriander instead of parsley, by mistake - was a good mistake and
  • doubled it to feed both of us.
Aunty A

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Thai for dinner

JSR had a great game of golf today and came home loaded with chocolate from our friends C&M. He then made a beautiful Thai inspired dinner of prawns and scallops with a corriander, red onion, rocket and baby spinach salad. JSR added some lime juice to the egg mayonaise for the dressing.

Friday, January 12, 2007

Mediterranean Puff

I had arranged a special class for Andrew which finished at 9.15 - so I headed to TSS's place for a little refreshment, while waiting. First thing this morning Andrew decided he really did not want to go, even though it was for Manga art (his passion). Decided to head to TSS's anyway.
Checked out the food from the fridge, selected several video's from the collection for possible viewing and headed across the road for a bottle of vino. For less than $5.00 each we had our frugal feast!!

Photo courtesy of TSS

The dish is puff pastry with olives, fetta, sundried tomatoes and zucchini baked in the oven. Simple and delicious.

In the end we were so busy talking (not sure how that happened) that we did not get around to the video's.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

642.4 Brunch

Photo courtesy of TSS

642.4 is the dewey number for casual dining, and when all is said and done I am a librarian!! There is a group of four of us who meet regularly to eat and chat and this is the feast we had last Sunday.
  • Bagels and cream cheese,
  • fruit platter,
  • omelette,
  • wilted spinach and garlic,
  • salmon,
  • olives,
  • grilled haloumi, and
  • tomatoes.
Champagne and OJ of course.

Monday, January 08, 2007

Yummy Frittata and Good for You Too!

1 teaspoon olive oil
1 small onion finely chopped
1 clove garlic finely crushed
2 cups (300 g) grated sweet potato
2 zucchini grated
1/4 cup basil leafs torn
1/2 cup grated low fat cheese
salt and pepper to taste
4 free range eggs
150g cherry tomatoes halved


Preheat the oven to 180c. Lightly greese a 20cm round cake tin and line the base with non-stick baking paper.
Heat olive oil in a non stick frypan and cook the onion and garlic for 4 minutes or until soft. Add the sweet potato and zucchini and cook , stirring for 3 minutes, until softened slightly.
Transfer the vegetable mixture to a bowl and cool slightly. Mix in the basil and cheese, and season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine evenly. Fold in the eggs, and pour the mixture into the prepared tin. Smooth the surface.
Arrange the cherry tomatoes over the mixture, cut side up, and press in gently. Bake for 45 minutes, until set and golden. Leave in the tin until just cool enough to handle, then turn out and quickly invert right side up onto a plate.
Cut the fritatta into 6 wedges and serve with salad leaves, lightly dressed with lemon juice.

This is a great tasting frittata and I had one and half slices for tea and am taking a slice for lunch. Of course I varied the recipe. I put the tomatoes in cut side down and I served from the baking dish - most importantly I cooked this in the microwave for approximately 12 minutes - who has 45 minutes on a weeknight!!!

Aunty A.

Sunday, January 07, 2007

Some December Food

My current favourite Salad
lettuce, sun dried tomatoes, capsicum and corn - super easy super quick super healthy (no dressing required due to the oil from the tomatoes).

Gluten Free Cakes from Deeks

The three stooges make pizza. MLR's included chopped up dinosaur chicken pieces, AJR's was a Marguerita (cheese and tomato paste) and JSR's was a garlic and Parmesan one (not pictured). There was flour from one end of the kitchen to the other, as they made the bases from scratch. A great feast was had by all.

Aunty A.