Fussy little eaters: Two-ingredients Pizza Base

Here’s our dinner tonight!

The simplest, fastest and “healthiest” pizzas we could make from scratch. Little E ate his whole dinner, with no fuss!

Two-ingredients Pizza Base

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Ingredients:

  • 1c plain Greek yogurt
  • 1c self-raising flour (we’ve tried GF flour before, it worked out fine)
  • Our toppings tonight: cheese, chicken breast pieces, slices of capsicum, grated carrots, BBQ sauce, mixed herbs and garlic

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180C
  2. Mix both ingredients, then knead until they come together into a ball (adjust the flour if the dough is too wet. Unfortunately, different yogurt has different water content)
  3. With a rolling pin, roll outย the dough to about 1cm thin
  4. Put toppings on top then into the oven for 15-20 minutes

Voila! Dinner for the entire family! ๐Ÿ™‚ Easy peasy.

Flip Out!!!

Flip Out
Sawmill Circuit
Hume
http://flipout.net.au/hume.php

I am soooo happy that Canberra finally got its own trampoline world! After seeing lots of fun photos online, I have always wanted to go.

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We went to Flip Out on the weekend and the place was busy! There were children of all ages and sizes, their parents milling around, some drinking coffee, some watching intently on the side. I am glad that Flip Out has a “7 years and under” area, complete with its own foam pit. After signing an indemnity form (they take this seriously), we plonked Little E on the trampoline.

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He wasn’t sure at first. He had been on a trampoline before, a friend has a big one in her backyard. For some reason, he didn’t like hers though, so we were relief to see that he liked the trampoline at Flip Out. There were a few older boys bouncing around, very close to Little E, sometimes getting too close that he’d fall. After watching them very intently for a few minutes, he loosened up a bit and did some sort of jumping motion (he is still working on jumping).

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He followed a couple of them around the area, falling at almost every step but then got up again. Grinning the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚ I didn’t want to miss out, so I did small mini jumps here and there, understanding the fact that I am way over the weight limit.  It was fun!

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The queue at the big people foam pit

I tried putting him into the foam pit, but he didn’t like it. Instead preferring using one of the foam cubes as a ball and throwing it around. He also liked gathering all the escaped foams and returning them into the pit. I have to mention the person manning the foam pit, he was so gentle and patient with all the kids there. He made sure they all queued up and wait for their turns, then interact with the kid once in the pit. It’s probably not the “coolest” job for a teenager, but he was great at it ๐Ÿ™‚

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Little E’s love affair with hills still continues, so this ramp is perhaps his most favourite out of the whole place. He ran up and down this ramp, clutching one of the foams, quite a few times. I think Mr E needs to build a ramp for Christmas ๐Ÿ™‚

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The big people area

After about 40 minutes, we packed ourselves up and go home. Little E didn’t even make half way the drive when he fell asleep. As Mr E’s boss once said, Flip Out is way cheaper than paying a baby sitter ๐Ÿ˜‰ Another great activity idea on a cold, rainy Canberra day for the kids!

P.s. I had been warned about the need for pelvic floor muscle strength by a friend who went when the place was first opened. She isn’t a mum and she said she realised that she needed to work on hers. I am now passing this warning on ๐Ÿ˜‰

Koko Black: Winter Evenings of Chocolate

I finally got to use up the last of my Mothers’ Day present last night. A couple of my girlfriends invited me to join them to Koko Black’s annual chocolate indulgence, and so Mr E bought me a ticket as part of my Mothers’ Day presents. It was one of my very few night outings since Little E arrived and I was very excited. It felt a little weird getting myself ready to go out at 7.30pm ๐Ÿ˜‰

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This was placed in front of me as soon as I sat down. I am not much of a drinker and this mocha truffle cocktail was potent. It took me a while to finish it but it was delicious! I thoroughly enjoyed the mocha truffle dipped into the cocktail ๐Ÿ™‚

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First course: I really liked the chocolate mousse and the honeycomb shards, but not so much the Leatherwood Honey marshmallow. It tasted like soggy funky old piece of leather foam ๐Ÿ˜›

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Second course and my second most favourite: I loved the balance of savoury and sweet of this one. The use of tahini and salted nuts and black sesame cut through the sweetness of the dish. Really enjoyed this one! Had I not worn one of my stretchy dress, I would have to undo my zip by this stage. I am still not that much of a chocolate person, so 3 chocolate dishes in one sitting, one after another, were definitely too much already.

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Second beverage of the night: we got to choose a beverage and we all chose an iced coffee. It came at the right time because the coffee was still bitter so it cleansed the palate a bit, giving it a new lease in life for more chocolate to come.

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Third course and my favourite! dish of the night: a sour cherry soufflรฉ. It was tart and fluffy and light and thoroughly delicious! My kind of dessert ๐Ÿ™‚ I thought the shortbread was unnecessary, but I ate it anyway. I also loved the little mount of milk chocolate ice cream with bits of sour cherries. Yum!

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Last course and perhaps my least favourite: perhaps because I was in a total chocolate, caffeine and alcohol high. The highest I have ever been in the last 30 months of my life! It was also around 10pm by the time this arrived and I have a pretty bad head cold, though I did like the pastry and the caramelised walnut. I am not a fan of semi-freddo it turned out either. Weird.

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The head chef came around to each of the tables there, having a quick chat to everyone. It was a lovely touch, he said that this year, he tried to make it less of a chocolate overload experience, learning his lessons from last year. I am glad that he did, because I struggled already as it was, I can’t imagine how sick I would be if I went last year. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience, more so because of the company and the chance to be me for a few hours ๐Ÿ™‚

After 2.5 hours, we all waddled back to our cars with our goody bags, bellies full and chocolaty happy. I can’t wait to go again next year! If chocolates are your thing, keep an eye out for next year’s event. Details should be on Koko Black’s website ๐Ÿ™‚

Child friendly food joint: Common Grounds Cafe

The Common Ground
4/1 Jeffries St
Gowrie Shops
Common Grounds on Urbanspoon
Another exciting found I did last week. It was so good, I went twice within a week! My friend said that her coffee was the best she has had in Canberra. I have to say that it is one of the best I’ve had ๐Ÿ™‚

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The first time I went, they didn’t have what I wanted, so I ordered their beef burger. It was SO GOOD. Juicy patty, caramelised onions and chutney all balanced up with gerkins and beetroot. Add to all that, a strong tasting swiss cheese and a brioche bun. The bun was slightly too sweet for my liking but it was delicious nevertheless. The chips were crunchy and fluffy, but not overly salted. One of the best burger I’ve had yet.

Little E shared a smoked salmon, capers and cream cheese toasted sandwich with his “twin”. Both kids were very well behaved, sitting next to each other in matching high seats. Adorable! They both seemed to like their meal, with Little E polishing his share in no time at all. He is such a boy, at least in comparison to his “twin” who has the most elegant way of eating ๐Ÿ™‚ I love watching them together, it really does feel like I have a set of twins, without doubling the work ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Along with my coffee and burger, Little E and I shared the tastiest banana smoothie ever. Spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, it was creamy and sweet. Little E would have thought that Christmas came early for him, when I kept pouring his share into his own glass. I didn’t get to eat the biscuit that came with the coffee because my son was stealthy and ate it before I knew what was happening.

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French toasts with cinnamon mascarpone, maple syrup and mixed berries

The second time we went (I had to take Mr E there), we were too early for lunch (it doesn’t start until 1pm on weekends, so late!). So we had to order from the breakfast menu – not a difficult thing to do as the menu sounded really nice as well. Mr E ordered the Mediterranean Omelette, while I had the chorizo, basil, chili, and goat cheese on bread (can’t remember the name, sorry). We also ordered the French Toast for us three to share.

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I looooooove the french toasts! The cinnamon mascarpone was really really good, and the flavours of all the condiments combined work really well together. (Un)fortunately, Little E didn’t like it, so Mr E and I were left to finish the dish. We both thought that the omelette and the chorizo dishes were nice, however, they weren’t spectacular. Not for the price that they charge, at least. However, the smoothie was still good and Mr E is still gushing over his (VERY) thick caramel shake.

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I like Common Grounds, I will definitely go back there! The food is good (at least the lunch menu) and the service top notch. None of the waitresses gave any bad vibe over the kids’ mess or noise. The orders didn’t take long to arrive at the table (important when dining with children) and there is something for everyone in the menu. I do recommend that you don’t bring a giant pram in though, as the inside area is rather squishy. I reckon the place would be great in summer, with loads of seating outside. It isn’t the cheapest cafe around, however, you do get good quality meals, drinks and service.

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Like our firstย visit, we finished off our lunch on the weekend with some play at the playground across the street. Another plus to the place! ๐Ÿ™‚

Child friendly restaurant: Outback Jack’s

Outback Jack’s
Westfield Shopping Centre
Belconnen
Outback Jacks on Urbanspoon

I have been meaning to try Outback Jack’s for a very long time. One, because I am obsessed with ribs. Two, they have ribs.

We went in for a late lunch on the weekend, so the place wasn’t too crowded. We were served promptly, a highchair provided and our orders taken. We were impressed by the effort they took to cater for children, Little E was given his own menu which doubled up as an activity book. He was also provided with a small bucket of crayons. When we looked around the place, we saw that they also have a children’s corner! It’s amazing.

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Yep, they have xbox!

We were a quite nervous about the waiting time as there were a few tables still waiting for their meals and Little E started to act up. Understandable, as I was about two hours late giving him his lunch #mummyfail Luckily, our orders came within 20-30 minutes (which isn’t too bad).

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I had their ribs and wings combo with medium and “ass burner” sauce. Mr E had a medium rare porterhouse steak with spicy Jack’s sauce. We gave Little E a bits of our meals, which he enjoyed. I think he liked the wings best, with carrots next. He also shared Mr E’s banana milkshake, served in a cool boot-shaped mug.

I liked my meal, the ribs were all tender and the wings crunchy and moist. I didn’t think that the chilli sauce was particularly hot, and weirdly, the “medium” sauce had more of a lasting heat. The serving size was too big though, with it almost defeating me. Mr E had to help me eat all of it, and towards the end, I didn’t think it was good anymore ๐Ÿ˜‰ Sadly, my tummy has shrunk but my eyes haven’t followed suit.

I tried a little bit of Mr E’s steak and I liked it. It had a nice red meat taste without being too strong, though it was too rare for me. Mr E thought it was delicious and said that he had made the right order. Yay.

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I like how the restaurant pays a lot of attention towards families with children. They offer “children eat free” deals on some days, and if you look at the menu on the photo above, children’s meals are $3! Amazing!

If you’re a big eater, you could attempt the 1kg challenge and have your name on the board with the other champions. Mr E said that you’d also win something with it. Or, go there every Mondays to Wednesdays for all-you-can-eat wings and ribs!

Other than it being slightly too pricey, Mr E said you are also being subjected to listening bad country music the whole time ๐Ÿ™‚ However, the fact that they obviously cared about their younger patrons, I would go back there for special occasions where I can have Little E preoccupied while I enjoy the event.

Anyway, ater all that food, we hopped next door and had dessert. As the Japanese would say, I have a betsubara. Behold………

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Yogurtland: plain and dragon passion fruit froyo with cinnamon donut, choc brownie, choc fudge, oreo biscuit and mini mochi

We then rolled our way through the mall to our car…

Child friendly food joint: A Taste of Pastry

A Taste of Pastry
Gartside St
Wanniassa (Erindale shops where Pizza Hut and Domino’s are)

I get a little too excited when I discover a new place that has yummy food. A little too much, if anything. I would want to go to the same place repeatedly, ordering basically the same thing, before I move on to the next good place.

My latest obsession is Vietnamese pork roll. All crunchy and tasty, I would eat it every day if I could. I have been getting my fix from one of the place at the nearby food court, though it isn’t as good as the others, it was close and easy. So when we picked up a recent pizza order, I almost jumped out of the car, threw out the pizzas and march straight in to A Taste of Pastry when I saw they serve pork rolls. Luckily, common sense prevailed, and I waited a whole week to go.

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Last Thursday was the day. I packed Little E with me, armed with bibs and wipes, and ordered us lunch. He had a vegetable pasty, which he ate by himself quietly, while I had one of these.

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A freshly made Vietnamese pork roll with hot red chillies. It was crunchy and sour and meaty and hot and was just delicious. It was a good thing too that Little E was able to have his unassisted, because I hardly took a breath between mouthfuls. It was so good.

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Then, I saw the sign.

A coffee and a cronut for $6.50. Cronutssssss!!! I couldn’t say no, even though they only had jam cronuts left. I am not a fan of jams, but I am of cronuts. So I just wiped off the jam and ate my delicious morsel of fattening heaven.

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I was so impressed with the place that I took Mr E for lunch on Friday. Yep. The very next day after I first went ๐Ÿ˜› That time, the bakery had the full range of cronuts: chocolate, salted caramel (which wasn’t caramelly nor salty but still delicious), chocolate hazelnut, jam and custard. Again, we had the Vietnamese rolls while Little E had his leftover vegie pasty from the day before lol

The owner (?) is friendly and didn’t bat an eyelid at all to our apologies for making a big mess. She made okay coffee (need to be stronger but still good), the prices of the goods are reasonable and she has cronutsssss! I sure will go back there again (and again and again).

In a typical Asian manner, you could also get some fresh eggs, 1kg packs of salt, sugar and sultanas. Random.

Child friendly restaurant: BentSpoke Brewery

BentSpoke Brewery
Ph: 02 6257 5220
38 Mort St
Braddon
Websiteย here
Bentspoke Brewing Co on Urbanspoon

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After a whole week being cooped upย inside, we decided to go out for lunch last Sunday. Mr E wanted to try a new place so we went to BentSpoke Brewery. We arrived just as they opened (11am FYI) and were served straight away. It was their 5th weekend since they opened on the weekend and you could feel it too. The restaurant is decorated in a “warehouse” style, it’s open and airy, with cool decor using old bike parts. Mr E said that apparently the owner’s wife did the welding herself! So cool.

I really want to recreate that vertical herb garden on my top right picture.

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I liked my meals, though there were things that I think they could have done better:

  • heat up the sauce that came with the meals, as it was weird having hot things with cold sauces
  • or even better, marinade the ribs with the sauce
  • the Ploughman needed a bit of “something” like chutney, salsa, cranberry jam or even just a knob of butter, as it was a littleย dry

In saying that, I think Bentspoke Brewery has way better food than the owner’s last gig. I will go back to try their other meals, definitely. It’s also in a cool area, so I need to hang around there more often ๐Ÿ˜‰

image I didn’t mind the beer that Mr E ordered but as I’m not really a beer connoisseur I couldn’t say anything other than that I liked the fruity beers that the owner’s old joint did. Mr E liked it though, so I guess that is good. They seem to have a number of selections, which they of course brew in-house, so for any beer-people, do check it out.image The menu for last weekend, the place isn’t cheap but as I said above, it is located in a hip area so I guess we have to allow for that. I like that they have a highchair available – though they have only 1 that we could see, so you may need to mention when booking a table. The beverage menu indicated that they’ll have a bigger range of beer as they go, so I can foresee Mr E wanting to visit loads in the future.