Last time we were at Lone Pine he kept such a careful distance from the kangaroos (and anything else without a tall fence) that I had to be clever with camera angles to even get him in the same frame as the wildlife. Definitely not even worth the 50c for a bag of tasty pellets. This week, however, he thought it was just hilarious and completely fine - he was brave enough to feed and pat the kangaroos, and cuddle some other baby animals. It turns out that all we had to do was organise the visit with his fearless little pal to boldly lead the way.
I haven't had much energy for cooking and feeding our little family lately, but I do have a few favourite recipes at the moment. I'll copy them below, but as I don't have a photo of my cooking I'll instead include his attempt at preparing his own breakfast. On the kitchen floor.
Zuchini 'Fettuccine' & Fresh Tomato Salsa
2 large zucchinis, shaved lengthwise with a peeler (this is the 'noodles')
2 ripe tomatoes, chopped
generous handful fresh basil leaves, chopped up small
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves minced garlic
1⁄4 teaspoon salt
Combine and serve immediately.
Date and Maple Scones/Damper
2 cups whole flour (plus extra)
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup butter, chopped
1 cup pitted dates
1/2 cup milk
3 tablespoons maple syrup
Combine first 6 ingredients. Add dates. Combine milk and syrup and add to mixture. Add extra flour to make dough. Knead lightly on floured surface. Form 8-inch circle on greased baking tray. Cut 12 wedges, without cutting right through to pan. Bake at 200 degrees for 15 minutes.
Sweet Potato Chocolate Pudding
2 medium sweet potatoes (baked, chilled, peeled)
1/2 cup raw cacao powder
2 tablespoons coconut oil
1/2 cup pure maple syrup, honey, etc
1 teaspoon vanilla
pinch of salt.
Whip all ingredients together in food processor.