Week-SEEDS- mixed seed bites

Inspired by a post from Happy Whimsical Hearts and with a twist on a previous recipe of mine, we came up with these delicious seed bites.

So well, using some of the seeds we have come across this week, we mixed:

  • 1/4 taza de linaza = 1/4 cup linseed
  • 3 cucharadas de ajonjoli = 3 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 3 cucharadas de semillas de calabaza = 3tbsp pumpkin seeds
  • 3 cucharadas de semillas de girasol = 3 tbsp sunflower seeds
  • 2 cucharadas de algarrobo = 2 tbsp carob powder
  • 10 datiles = 10 dates
  • miel = honey
  • amaranto inflado=  puffed amaranth

You basically put everything in the food processor, mix and shape into balls, How easy can that be 🙂

It is a bit of a sticky job and you need to feel the consistency, if it is too dry you put a bit more honey, if too runny pour some amaranth. I kind of balanced dryness in between spoonfuls of honey and amaranth.

The good thing about this kind of recipes is that you can play with the ingredients and change some seeds for nuts or honey for syrup or peanut butter, carob for real cocoa powder or omit it at all. Just give it a try and be creative!

As for how we looked while making the actual ball shapes, I haven’t got a picture. My hands were sooo sticky, and yes, the kids’ were also sticky and not much was turning into balls as most of what they tried to shape ended up in their mouths 🙂

And this is what was left… At least we still have some for tomorrow’s lunchbox!

Happy no baking!

Nancy

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Week SEEDS-Flower bird feeder

Yes, I know it is probably not the best time in the year to make a bird feeder. Birds would obviously benefit more from this supplementary meal in autum or winter. One of the reasons being that cooler weather would keep the natural oils found in our ingredients fresher for longer and far from going rancid. However, we are in England, so let’s face it, it’s not like our lovely peanut butter sticks are really going to get melted 🙂 That and the fact that A is always up for anything that has to do with either wild animals or peanut butter, yum! let me tell you he had his portion in the process.

So well, we used the following ingredients:

  • semillas de linaza = linseeds
  • semillas de hinojo = fennel seeds
  • semillas de girasol = sunflower seeds
  • semillas de calabaza = pumpkin seeds
  • semillas de anis = aniseeds
  • arroz inflado = puffed rice
  • avena = oats
  • mantequilla de cacahuate = peanut butter (for those allergic, pumpkin seed butter/spread is a good alternative)

Mix everything in a bowl

I was thinking of using breadsticks but ran out of them so we used some of A’s regular sticks and spread some peanut and pumpkin seed butter on them. Then rolled them into the seeds mixture and put them into the containers of your choice. We use these natural containers I had as part of a bunch of dried “flowers”, a decorative feature of my room no longer in use. Lovely way to recycle!

The paper flowers are just drawings on cardboard that W also helped to colour

 And with our first “hot”day (yes, today after a long spell of rain), we’ll leave them hanging in this basket waiting to prove how long before they melt 🙂

So, if you happen to get inspired and you do use breadsticks, take a picture and link it with your comment for us to see 🙂

Happy bird feeding!

Nancy 

Week-SEEDS/ shakers

We all have made shakers at some point in our lives and it is always fun to make music with something we have actually created ourselves.  A few weeks ago, my son figured out how to make music with a few pins and elastic bands on this cork board. He had so much fun! So well, taking in advantage that I had to prepare some instruments for an event we have in a few days, I had a lovely relaxing and why not, fragrant activity for them to do.  Seed shakers! and while you can still use beans or rice or anything you fancy, we will be doing some with seeds as this is our theme of the week.

This is a crafty session that, if you want, can be turned into a multi-sensory fun session.

So your vocabulary for this week will include the following words:

  • semillas = seeds
  • semillas de calabaza = pumpkin seeds
  • semillas de ajonjoli = sesame seeds
  • semillas de mostaza = mustard seeds
  • anis estrella = star anise
  • semillas de hinojo = fennel seeds
  • semillas de girasol = sunflower seeds

You will need:

  1. containers like yogurt pots, tins or bottles
  2. seeds
  3. sello/masking tape
  4. paper or plastic lids

And here it is W filling her tin with linseeds

Remember that you can use any other seeds, but I am preparing some other stuff for this week with the ones mentioned above.

As for containers, be creative, use anything that can be filled and then cover with paper and sellotape or as I did with these tins, I covered them with some recycled nutella lids that happen to be the same size as the tins. Once you finish filling or even after playing some music, you can have some fun trying to listen out for the different sounds different seeds make, you can make them guess what seed is inside and even make tiny holes with a toothpick and let them smell to find out where the star anise is, believe me, if you let them smell before and after, they will certainly know at least where the star anise is, it is soooo fragrant!

And when you are done with the fun, why not feeding the birds. If you want an idea for a crafty bird feeder, wait for tomorrow, that is exactly what we are preparing for a crafty Tuesday.

And A filling a tin and a yogurt bottle with fennel seeds

Filled, decorated and ready to be shaken.

and on a side note, we almost forgot about A’s dandelion seeds. He had counted about 120 seeds in a head that he picked on the way from school and decided to try and plant them. Next step will be to check how many really show up in this  hanging basket…

… he cannot wait to have a bunch of leaves than he can actually cook 🙂

more on this in due course, in the meantime, have a lovely week!

Ten una linda semana!

Happy shaking!