Gluten Free Vegan Crispy Bars

Today we tried out a recipe from Pinterest for homemade crispy bars. Jack really likes the bars from Tesco so was excited to have a go at making his own.

We used a mixture of half vegan milk chocolate and half dairy free dark chocolate. The recipe only needed two other ingredients: coconut oil and rice crispsy cereal.

Jack measured out the ingredients and mixed everything together once the chocolate was melted. After spreading out on a tray they only took a couple of hours to be set and ready to eat.

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Jackmade Dairy Free Garlic Butter

Jack recently tried and liked garlic bread but £1.50 for a gluten and dairy free bagettue is just crazy! He likes to have garlic butter on his toast though. He has done so great considering a few years ago he would only eat plain foods, sandwiches or peas and sweetcorn mixed together.

This morning I was making butter from some leftover Christmas cream and then made that into garlic butter for the freezer. Jack asked if we could do a dairy free version. I gave him directions and he made a batch himself, all ready for future use.

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The Breadline Challenge

A couple of months ago a good friend sent me a tweet, saying the following:

‘Hey, I think I’ve found the perfect charity for you – a combination of volunteers and thrifty cooking’

And that charity was Food Cycle and he couldn’t have been more right! Food cycle, set up in 2009 by Kelvin Cheung, run programmes all over the UK by combining volunteers, surplus food and spare kitchen spaces to create meals for people at risk of food poverty and social isolation. They do this through a fabulous Hub programme and by setting up Community cafes. Definitely check them out if you can!

In reading more about the work of Food Cycle, I became intrigued about their recent attempt at The Breadline Challenge. The Challenge, which I will come onto later, was borne from the report by Helen Goodman MP who calculated that, with the changes to the benefits system and the introduction of the bedroom tax, some people would be left with just £2.57 per day to spend on food.* And the most shocking thing of all? This affects more than 4 million people in the UK today. A morning coffee at Starbucks costs more than a daily food allowance for 4 million people!”

Read tge compkete post at The Breadline Challenge.

Bowling and Making Videos

Home Education

 

This week we have been busy. Met up with friends on Tuesday and then had a game of bowling. Wednesday was maths and video making for DIY (Superfan patch) We made a simple video in Movie Maker using a picture of Marx and a voice recording Jack made talking about why he likes him. Today we started on an art project following a curriculum set out on Easy Peasy All-in-One Homeschool. The 1st lesson was looking at some art nouveau works created by Henry Guiard, discussing them and then creating a piece of art based on art nouveau. Jack particularly liked a bronze vase and a picture frame that we decided looked as though it had little ears. I had a look through the site and there are some other parts I think we will incorporate in the future as well.

Since buying a Blentec blender a few weeks ago we have been making some smoothies and other things. This blender can pretty much blend anything, even raw carrots into juice! Today we made smoothies with berries, spinach and banana, butternut squash soup and some raw brownies. Great gadget 🙂 I have also been making some of my own milks, almond and rice so far.

Tomorrow we are going to the library and then into town to collect Jack’s long awaited new 2DS game – Super Smash Brothers and on Saturday are going to Alice Holt if it isn’t raining.