Arepas {a recipe}

Do you remember this yummy breakfast? There were quite a few of you who asked for the arepas recipe, lucky you, Giova was so kind and put it together in a post, here we go:

Hi everyone, I’m Giova from One Bunting Away and was part of the Breakfast International #34. Since some of you asked for the recipe for the “arepas” and here it is!


The ingredients are:
180 grams of pre-cooked white corn meal (harina P.A.N) sold in all latin stores
200 ml hot water (as hot as you tolerate it, you will be mixing by hand)
150gr of feta cheese (crumbled) the one cheese we’ve found that actually makes tasty arepas
Salt 1 teaspoon (optional the feta is already salty)
and butter for the pan so they don’t stick to it and get that crunchy crust

Takes around 15 minutes to make
With this quantity you make up to 8 arepas, you can double the quantities and store the precooked arepas in the fridge.


Mix the cheese with the flour and salt, then add the water by pouring in batches.
Kneading along and feeling the consistency. Moist but not sticking to your hands.
Fill your sink with very hot water and put the bowl with the dough in it (this is so the dough doesn’t dry out while you are making the arepas).


We always cut a piece of plastic so the dough doesn’t stick to the counter.
Make a ball of dough, then flatten it using your hands (more like patting it) then grab a small round plate to cut it with (we use a baby bowl) and on the heated pan put some butter and place the arepa on top.


It is very important to place the arepas on a wired rack if you are going to store them!


Quite simple wasn’t it? Eat you arepa with more cheese if you want and coffee! Enjoy!

{Thank you Giova!}


Carrot Cakes – a recipe {guest post}

carrot cakes
Today’s guest post is from Jennifer from amh worth and she shares a yummy carrot cake recipe!

I always buy way too many carrots for what I need, they languish at the bottom of my vegetable draw looking a bit sad. So before they walk out of their own accord we get making these.

Just so you know I did sort of rip this recipe from Annabel Karmel, so if you happen to bump in to her – don’t mention it.

So here goes…  the recipe makes 15-18:

170g of self-raising flour
1/2 tsp of bicarbonate of soda
1 tsp mixed spice
Pinch of Salt
170g butter (room temperature)
170g soft light brown sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp of vanilla extract
2 tbsp Greek Yoghurt
2 large grated carrots
110g of raisins

Sift together the flour, bicarbonate of soda (I sometimes forget the bicarbonate of soda and the end results are just as tasty), mixed spice and salt. In a separate bowl beat together (or get the kids to use their hands) the butter and sugar (remember it’s light brown sugar don’t pick up the dark brown by mistake in a supermarket dash!).

Add in the eggs (remember three, it’s a lot but it makes it), vanilla extract, greek yoghurt (buy the little 150ml pots – no one needs a 500ml tub of greek yoghurt), and sifted dry ingredients. Stir them all together and fold in the carrots and raisins.

It’s looking runny I know but it works and it tastes Amazing!

Spoon them in to paper cases (you can make a big cake but they take such a long time to cook right through) and put them in the oven on 170c for 18-22 minutes. Make sure they’re cooked all the way through and allow to cool.

You could do a carrot cake topping like in the photo but I never do, mainly because I always forget to buy the cream cheese but I am also completely useless at making it. I am sure you’re better at that.

Now eat them happy in the knowledge with all the carrots they are one of your five a day, and if you get a bit of egg shell in yours that’s just a bonus.

{Thank you Jennifer, will try it once we are back home.}


Kids party food recipes {sweet}

kids party food
kids party food
kids party food
What more to love than easy recipes that look mouth watering and are a hit with kids and adults alike?

Both treats you see above I made for KleinR’s party and especially the marshmallows were a real attraction!

Marshmallow Pops

bag of marshmallows (the round ones work best)
icing (I went for the shop bought version, pink colour, just some warming up and ready to go)
colourful sprinkles of all kinds

Now put a few marshmallows on the skewers. Have your icing and sprinkles ready for use.
Little bowl for the icing and a plate for the sprinkles.
Dip each marshmallow in the icing and right after that in the sprinkles.
Repeat until no more marshmallows left…

I put mine in a glass to keep them up and let the icing dry.

Done and really that easy and really that beautiful result and so many possibilities…

Strawberry Pancake Skewers

pancakes and if you live in The Netherlands you can get Poffertjes as they are already in the perfect size – otherwise you can make them yourself or get/make pancakes and cut tiny ones with a cookie cutter

Now you slice your strawberries and heat up the poffertjes/ pancakes and assemble both on a stick.
Arrange on a plate and cover slightly with some icing sugar.
Done again and who does not love pancakes with strawberries? Exactly…


Kids party food recipes {savoury}

kids party food
kids party food
As promised here are the recipes from KleinR’s birthday party. {pictures here}

I spent a good amount of time in the kitchen for preparation however each recipe on it’s own is relatively simple and easy to make – even with kids.

And somehow and somewhere in my head there is a memo that tells me to make food and especially the cake myself for my kid’s birthdays! Are you the same? A shop bought cake feels weird to me, don’t ask me why and I would never blame anyone doing just that… but I can’t :)

But for know it is the savoury part…

Cheesy Muffins
recipe is for 24 muffins

4 cups of grated cheese
3 cups of self raising flour
1 tbsp sugar
2 eggs
2 cups of milk
Optional extras: I added some grated carrots and corn but you can vary as you wish and what your kids love and what your fridge offers (think herbs, veggies, bacon…)

Mix the eggs and milk in a jug.

Put all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix. Add your optional extras too.
Now add the egg/ milk mix and fold in gently. The mixture is supposed to be lumpy!

Now spoon into greased muffin forms and bake for 15 min/ until golden brown at 200C.

{I will make this more often from now on!}

Rolled Finger Sandwiches

Those I make regularly as they are so easy to eat.
Take a slice of brown and cut off the crust. Take a rolling pin and “roll out” your slice of bread. So it is all flat and easy to roll afterwards.

Now the filling and here again – whatever you like, be creative.

For the party I made 4 different ones:
Cream cheese/ cheese
Cream cheese/ ham
Egg filling: Cook 4 eggs and cut them in little cubes. Add some mayonnaise and herbs (I used chives) and spread on the slice of rolled out bread.
Tuna filling: Drain 2 cans of tuna and flake the tuna into little pieces. Add some corn (if you like), herbs and mayonnaise.
> For both the egg and tuna filling add salt/ pepper and maybe onion if you like and looking at the age of the kids.

Now you spread your fillings on the slices of bread and roll them and DONE!

{Later the sweet recipes}


Butterfly Cakes {recipe}

butterfly cakes

Photo: Paul & Paula

On Saturday it was pouring down with rain and KleinR wanted to bake something sweet to uplift our mood.

We made some really cute and easy to make butterfly cakes. Most little girls love butterflys and my daughter is no exception…

You need:

175g soft butter
175g fine sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla aroma
200g flour
1 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp milk

for the topping:

110g soft butter
250g icing sugar
1tsp vanilla aroma
2 tsp hot water
something to decorate

Now you pre-heat your oven to 160C and mix the butter and sugar until creamy.

Add the eggs {one by one}, vanilla aroma, flour and baking powder. Finally add the milk.

Line a muffins form {12} with some nice cupcake liners and fill each with the batter you just made with your kids.
Bake for around 20min.

Let the cakes cool down and make the topping.

Mix the butter and sugar until creamy, add the water and vanilla and put in the fridge until the cakes are cool.

Now you cute the top of each cake, top the cut cake with the cream you made {if you are a pro you do it with a pastry bag}, cut the top in two and place those on top as wings!

Now everyone can go wild with the deco…


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