|Billie's First Birthday Party|
Billie Miro Mystic Merrill turns one today.
|Pumpkin and Banana Loaf Birthday Cake|
I've just popped a very healthy and delicious cake in the oven to take down to Bronte to share with her little friends born from our ante-natal classes. I grabbed the recipe for this wonderful low-sugar, low-fat pumpkin and banana loaf from Cherie, mother of Ty. Check recipe tomorrow.
But yesterday was the real party. I prepared this tasty menu of finger foods suitable for toddlers, which could all be pre-prepared and would travel well to the park. However, gale-force winds provoked a change of venue and instead our home was taken over by babies, toddlers and kids old enough to kick soccer balls around in the shared backyard.
FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY MENU: (Recipes below or to follow this week)
Pumpkin Feta Rice Cakes
|Pumpkin Feta Rice Cakes and Spinach Tort|
Camembert cheese and crackers
Pumpkin and Banana Loaf Birthday Cake
(And thanks to Toni for the egg sandwiches - courtesy of her backyard chooks - and Amanda for her mum's fruitcake.)
|Train trip to Melbourne|
These two rice-based recipes lend themselves well to being prepared semi-simultaneously, necessary when you have limited time to cook for a child's party. Thanks to Emily and Linton for taking care of Billie on Saturday afternoon while I did the great cook-off (Miles was away at the Brisbane Writers' Festival).
PUMPKIN AND FETA RICE CAKES
1 cup arborio rice, or other risotto rice
1/4-1/3 pumpkin, skinned and chopped into small pieces
one small onion, finely chopped
2-3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
dried, fine breadcrumbs
1/2 cup milk
6 eggs, lightly beaten
Block feta, chopped into very small pieces
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground black pepper
Preheat oven to 200c.
Place rice in medium-small pot with plenty of water and a little salt. Bring to boil and then simmer gently for 12 minutes. Drain and leave to cool.
Place pumpkin on oiled oven tray. Cook until soft and browned - it won't take long as small pieces.
Saute onion for few minutes in frying pan with olive oil, add garlic and cook a few more minutes.
Oil 12 muffin tins and then sprinkle with breadcrumbs. Combine eggs, milk and cheese and then mix together with rice and onions and garlic. Season with pepper but salt is not necessary due to the feta and Parmesan.
Gently stir through pumpkin and distribute to muffin tins. Bake for about 40 minutes or until cooked right through and nicely browned. Turn onto wire rack to cool. Eat warm or refrigerate for later.
|Billie enjoys her (second) birthday cake 06/09/10|