Here we are back in coverage, enjoying a beautiful autumn on the east coast while parking up for the next couple of months in Kaikoura while himself does some work to restore the local rail network after earthquakes last October. It has been a busy 2 weeks of travelling from the bottom of the South Island up to nearly the top of the South Island while catching up with friends and family along the way.
Many of the aspects in our life took a back seat (such as school work, blogging and journalling) to the travels and socialising however domestic life continues regardless of the location or dwelling. Dishes still need to be done, floors swept – yes, swept as we lack any modern devices at the moment to assist … soon though my dreams may become reality 🙂 – and food prepared.
I have continued to make our bread, which is a bit of a staple food now, and as I let you know the other week our ferments are still on the go. Another staple I have been making at the moment is muesli so that now that some of the other cereals have been used up we have an option besides toast in the morning. Muesli is a great autumn transition food before the winter porridge appears and is also a fantastic way to get a few more nutrients into themselves without much effort on my behalf which makes it a very appealing plan!
This muesli is super easy as it is really just chucking in what ever you like and then drizzling with oil before baking in the oven, of course you can also have a raw version by omitting the oil and oven part. I have been making muesli for a few years with a honey and oil drizzle, then when the price of honey went up and we noticed the effects of honey on our youngest I began to just use oil without any objections. What you don’t know doesn’t hurt you I say! 🙂 I do add a few dates chopped up and coconut so that is a fair bit of sweetness to soothe the soul. Below is what I use to create our morning muesli however it is really just a guide for you to explore and create your own, dependent on tastes. I don’t use a measure either (sorry), rather I just chuck in a bit of everything with oats being the majority of the mix
Oats – largest portion
Dates – chopped
Olive oil or similar (optional: omit if you want raw muesli)
- Mix everything thoroughly, especially the chopped dates as they will clump together if not mixed into the dry ingredients.
- Drizzle olive over the top and mix well again.
- Bake in an oven at around 200 C, watching and mixing occasionally until it is golden brown.
Play and enjoy. Until next time I hope this finds you all basking in the sunshine of life.