Today I’m having my first giveaway – a copy of The Best Ever Birthday by by Louise Fulton Keats, the grand daughter of Margaret Fulton. This review is a part of Product Talk by Nuffnang, and I have not received payment for it, but I did receive two copies of the book – one to keep and one to give away to one of my readers (details at the end of the page).
The book is about Lulu and Harry. Lulu’s birthday is coming up and she loves to cook. Harry, her little brother is her “Sous-chef” and Nutmeg the dog cleans up the mess. Lulu has been taught to cook by her grandmother and she is very excited about cooking for her birthday. Lulu and Harry review all the themes they might have for the birthday: Astronauts, Fairies, Dinosaurs, Circus, Teddy Bears Picnic and Chefs. For each theme they think about the party food they might make. The great thing about this book is that the recipes for all the party food are at the end of the book (the recipes are inspired by Margaret Fulton) and they are recipes the kids can help with or make themselves. Lulu chooses the Chef party theme , where all her friends will dress up in white and have cooking competitions (remind you of anything?), but not everything goes to plan. I won’t spoil the ending, but Lulu has the best ever birthday.
Oscar loved this book, and with his birthday only a couple of months away it got him thinking about what party food he would like to have. We talked about the recipes – which ones he could have, which ones we could copy and modify a bit and which ones he couldn’t/wouldn’t eat. Coincidently I had cut out the recipe for the “Green dinosaur dip” from a promotion for the book in our local paper a few weeks earlier, thinking I could get Oscar to eat dip if I also made dinosaur toast to go with it. But this was met with a resounding yuck! There are 25 recipes in the book. If you’re reading this post because your child has food intolerances they won’t all be suitable, but there is plenty of inspiration, and as I found with Oscar is a good way to reinforce with him what he can and can’t have, and the alternatives that are suitable for him, i.e chocolate dipped bananas instead of chocolate dipped pears, or pear frappes instead of kiwi and mint. There is also a template for a dinosaur cake in the book – dinosaurs can be brown (cocoa or carob) as well as green.
The same week this book arrived hubby was making Yo Yo biscuits for a morning tea at his work. He tried a recipe he found on the internet first, but it was dry and flourey, so I suggested he try my Nana’s recipe book. Sure enough she had Yo Yo biscuits recipe with the note “good” next to it. She hasn’t let me down yet and this recipe was no exception. The Yo Yo’s were delicious and hubby made a great butter icing (one batch in chocolate) to go with it.
Nana’s Yo Yo Biscuits
|Prep time||25 minutes|
|Cook time||10 minutes|
|Total time||35 minutes|
|Allergy / Intolerance||Amines, Artificial Addititives, Artificial Colours, Glutamates, Preservatives, Salicylates|
|Suitable for||Amines Challenge, RPAH Elimination Diet - Amines Allowed, RPAH Elimination Diet - Low Chemical / Failsafe, RPAH Elimination Diet – Very High Chemical|
|Meal type||Sweet Things|
|Misc||Child Friendly, Pre-preparable, Serve Cold|
For the biscuits:
- 120g salted butter
- 120g plain self-raising flour
- 60g pure icing sugar
- 60g Orgran custard powder
For the icing:
- 1 cup pure icing sugar
- 85g butter (softened)
For the icing: (Optional)
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
|To make the biscuits:|
|1.||Preheat the oven to 180°C and line a tray with baking paper.|
|2.||Cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.|
|3.||Sift the custard powder and flour, and add to the butter mixture. Mix until well combined.|
|4.||Roll the dough into small balls, place on the tray and flatten slightly with a fork.|
|5.||Bake in the oven until lightly browned. Allow to cool on the tray.|
|To make the icing:|
|6.||Cream the butter, icing sugar and cocoa (if using).|
|7.||Join two biscuits together with icing in the middle.|
Low Chemical / Failsafe, Very High Amines if using cocoa.
For your chance to win a copy of this book all you have to do is:
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Entries close midnight Tuesday 12th June. The winner will be selected using True Random Number Generator and will be notified by email, the winner will also published on my Facebook page. the winner must reply within 7 days or the prize will be redrawn.
Post update: this competition is now closed. Congratulations to Jodie!
Congratulations to Jodie who won a copy of “The Best Ever Birthday”.
Oh also where did u buy the orgran custard powder? Couldn’t find it at woolworths..
we used to be able to get it at the supermarket, but neither Coles or Woolworths have it at the moment. Most health food stores seem to have it and Allergy Train also have it.
Hey, I shared the post, the cook book looks great:)
I would love to win this book! I sat down tonight with my almost 6 year old to plan her party, we were brain storming themes. I love throwing parties for my kids.
I shared on facebook.