daycare cooking assignment – China Study: eggless Yang Zhou fried rice tower

the next country on k’s daycare schedule is China. the teacher asked for my help. years ago i taught elementary grade kids to make dumplings and i thought of simpler steps for k’s class of toddlers to make them but my greatest challenge was k’s wheat allergy. i tried for several weeks to make gluten free dumping wrappers to no avail. they kept falling apart – too fragile for toddler hands.

yang chow fried riceso m suggested fried rice, as it is something m makes often. since k’s daycare was making it for China study, i figured i’d look into the history of fried rice. according to some research, the recipe was invented by Qing China‘s Yi Bingshou (1754–1815) and the dish was named Yang Zhou fried rice since Yi was once the regional magistrate of Yangzhou and included staple ingredients like: Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – China Study: eggless Yang Zhou fried rice tower”

recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes

when i watched a gf make crêpes for brunch a few months ago, she showed me how simple it was. so when i saw a picture of these cinnamon apple crepes online, i decided to give it try it for our Sunday breakfast. the recipe i found required gluten free and gum free pancake mix or flour, which i didn’t have but i tried the recipe anyway.

well, let’s just say i ended up with big, thin pancakes – but they were tasty with the cinnamon apple filling so it’s all good. when i have the right flour, i’ll try it again to see if i come up with thin quality crepes. if not, they were a fun variation to Sunday morning pancakes! Continue reading “recipe: gluten free vegan cinnamon apple crêpes”

daycare: first pizza party

at daycare, k participated in her first pizza party. luckily i made gluten free vegan pizza for her a month ago so i knew i could provide a slice of pizza she can eat with her classmates. Continue reading “daycare: first pizza party”

recipe: happy apple-in-the-middle pancakes

after enjoying the happy pancakes with k, i was excited to try other alternatives. i found this biscuit battered fruit rings recipe *see note 2 because it sounded fun! apple wrapped in pancake – how awesome is that? the process looked like it would be fun to watch so i had k join me in the kitchen while i dipped the apple into the pancake batter and then cook – she enjoyed seeing the process and more importantly she had a great time eating them! Continue reading “recipe: happy apple-in-the-middle pancakes”

daycare cooking assignment – Australian study: gluten free vegan english muffins breakfast

next country k’s daycare is “visiting”/exploring is Australia. apparently one of the famous breakfasts are english muffins with bananas on top. so i have to figure out how to get/make gluten free vegan english muffins. when i went hunting for it in various grocery stores, i couldn’t find any so i took online to find a recipe to make it myself. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment – Australian study: gluten free vegan english muffins breakfast”

recipe: gluten free vegan pizza

one of the reasons i learned to make garlic free tomato sauce was so i can make one of my favorite dishes for k: PIZZA! it’s no surprise – she LOVED it!

cooking tools

  • large mixing bowl
  • parchment paper
  • baking pan or pizza pan

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recipe: happy pancakes

every morning k has plain organic whole fat yogurt with banana for breakfast – sometimes with additional fruit, i.e. avocado, mango, pineapple, etc. but when i looked at the packaging of yogurt i bought one Sunday morning, i realized i bought flavored yogurt instead of the plain. the problem with flavored yogurt is that in addition to added flavor, there is a LOT of sugar. Continue reading “recipe: happy pancakes”

daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin

next assignment was chocolate muffins. i knew flour would be an issue because of wheat so i originally tried a quinoa flour recipe. but quinoa flour gave the muffin a funny flavor, not my first choice of a dessert flour substitute. so i went to the grocery store and found a gluten free flour which as made of oats. as oats is something frequently eaten with something sweet and k can have oats so i tried a double chunk chocolate oat muffin recipe Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: chocolate muffin”

daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie

for the holidays k’s school is making sugar cookies. so i found this sugar cookie recipe and pared it down for k’s allergies – which made it just 2 main ingredients and a few flavoring ingredients (vanilla and salt). the only cookie cutters we owned were star wars cutters that m got as a gift. so for the trial run, i made  star wars apple “sugar” cookies.

milk sugar cookiem enjoyed the star wars cookies but i didn’t love the first recipe so i looked for another. this one had a few other ingredients, including egg, butter and milk. since k can’t eat eggs, i substituted it flax meal with water. i also used a vegan spread instead of butter. m liked the flavor of this milk “sugar” cookie better than the first.  Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: sugar cookie”

daycare cooking assignment: potato pancake

k’s daycare’s second cooking class / my cooking assignment was potato pancake. the teacher told me there would be eggs in the recipe and when i looked online for potato pancake recipes, i saw quite a variety of recipes, most included eggs, some uses grated potato while others used mashed potatoes, some is flavored with onions and garlic while others are flavored with cheese. Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: potato pancake”

daycare cooking assignment: pumpkin bar

first assignment was pumpkin bar. i’ve never had a pumpkin bar before so not only did i have to modify the recipe, i also had to figure out what it should taste like! luckily k is a new eater, so i don’t have to create something to taste like what others know it would be. i just had to find a way to make it look somewhat like what her classmates are having and fit within her taste range that she can experience her cooking class fully.

i knew about this project a week before the daycare cooking class so i had time to research pumpkin bar recipes and find a way to modify it so k can eat it. some factors in the ingredients include eggs (due to her allergy), flour, cinnamon, sugar, baking power and baking soda (which she hasn’t had yet) and sugar (which i wasn’t ready to introduce her to yet since she’s just 1). Continue reading “daycare cooking assignment: pumpkin bar”