Medicham, Gyarados, Hitmonchan, Crawdaunt, Shelgon, Venusaur, Pikachu, Zigzagoon or how about Jazz, Ratchet, Bumblebee, Optimus Prime, Ironhide or Megatron. If I have gotten you a bit confused here then I presume you are not a parent of a 6-10 year old boy. Those who do have sons in this age will straight away know what I am rambling on about - right?
The first set of names are a tiny selection of the almost 500 Pokemon and the next handful are of course the amazing Transformers! Well I have to say that A 'Levels, a Masters Degree and 7 years experience in motherhood did not really prepare me for the Pokemon and Transformer outbreak. Try remembering the names of the "cool & powerful" Pokemon? Or even worse, has anyone put together one of those Transformers?
I was getting fairly exasperated by all the hype Soeren and his buddies were causing about both the Pokemon and Transformers. What continually amazed me though was the fact that although Soeren had never seen any of the Transformer movies nor did he have any idea what Pokemon really was - but he sure knew everything he needed to to be able to survive in all "that World."
I hate being ignorant - really! And when there's a house full of boys talking Pokemon or fighting with Decepticons, I want to be able to at least say I understand. So, I do what I always do - I researched. I called up the powers of Wikipedia and Google to supply me with mighty information. Boy was I so not prepared for the media hype around both!
What interested me was the fact that Pokemon is actually a strategy game where players of the games are assigned as Pokémon trainers, and the two main goals for the trainers are: to complete the Pokédex by collecting all of the available Pokémon species found in the fictional land where the game takes place; and to train a team of powerful Pokémon to compete against teams owned by other trainers to become the strongest trainer, the Pokémon Master (thank you Wikipedia!).
It sounded fairly interesting to this 37 year old mum and I thought OK I should try to learn the basics of the game to show off my knowledge at the next boys meet. But alas - as the next boys meet came around it did not quite work out as I had planned. I was all going out explaining the Trading Card Game, bubbling with my new found knowledge, expecting the boys to get excited and invite me to play a round. Twelve set of eyes were staring at me and when I finally finished my monologue - they all seemed to breath a loud sigh of relief. I looked at them slightly puzzled, when one of them quirked
"Cool Soeren, your mum knows the game! Meeta - we don't play the game - we just trade cards!"
"What?" I thought, "what do they mean - they just trade cards?"
Then they began explaining what exactly each Pokemon does and which card is powerful. I had 6 boys chattering in Pokemon to me. They did not really understand the game but were just interested in gaining the strongest and most powerful Pokemon by convincing the owner to trade it and as I did not own any cards I was not to be a part of their game.
"Where is the sense in that?" I kept thinking.
But of course there was - it was the sense of 7 year olds. They were on the pre-level of Pokemon, you see. They had no idea how to play the strategy game nor did they spend time researching Pokemon, but they had figured out the basic goals already. They used their imagination to make up the rest - a lot more fun. I was too busy thinking like a 37 year old, but looking at it from a 7 year olds perception it's probably where I would start too.
A few weeks ago as I zapped through the channels of the TV, I stopped at a preview for one of the movies the channel was planning to show: Transformers ~ The Film! I was getting excited again. Maybe the film would show me how to finally put those robots together again. So I found myself on a Sunday evening all ready for 2 hours of Transformers. Somewhere halfway between the film Tom came into the room and looked at the TV then slowly turned his head to face me,
“What are you watching?" he asked with eyebrows raised
"Shhhh! Doing homework!" I said "Transformers - see this is Bumblebee it's an autobot, Optimus Prime too, it's the leader of the autobots ... and Megatron is the bad guy - it's a Decepticon!"
"Yeah! O - K!" he said sitting on the sofa next to me, eyes glued to the TV.
Well - yes - we watched the whole film! It was not a film I would want to watch twice and certainly not a film I would get Soeren to watch but it served it's purpose. I can totally see what attracts 7 year old boys to such things. The next day, I could not help it, I did casually mention it to Soeren that we watched the movie and saw the robots in action. I also went into all the details about how the autobots came to Earth to save it from the Decepticons.
"Oh yeah! I know all that! But we do not need to watch the movie to know that stuff - we read it in magazines." he said coolly only slightly impressed, leaving me gutted!
The moral of this story: do what you do best when the boys come around - make muffins - that always impresses them!
These Granola Goji muffins really did impress. They are made with wholesome ingredients like wholewheat flour, honey, apples, granola and goji berries - perfect healthy treats when the house is filled with transforming autobots and little Pokemon.
Whole Wheat Granola Goji Muffins
Printable version of recipe here.
100g butter, softened
100g goji berries
120g whole wheat flour
1-2 teaspoons baking powder
150g granola, homemade or store bought
200g apples, grated and drizzled with 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees C. Line a muffin form with paper forms or pieces of baking paper.
- In a large bowl whisk honey and softened butter with an electric whisk until creamy. Add the eggs, one at a time making sure each one has been nicely incorporated before adding the next one.
- Mix flour, baking powder, goji berries and granola together and then add to the egg-mixture. Using a rubber spatula fold in the dry ingredients.
- Add the grated apples and incorporate, then pour the batter into the muffin forms. If some of the goji berries are sticking out gently poke them into the batter so they are covered. They burn easily. Bake in the oven for approx. 30-35 minutes until nice and golden. Alternatively stick a wooden toothpick into the center of a muffin and if it comes out clean the muffins are ready.
- Serve these muffins warm with some butter and a dollop of my caramelized quince jam.
Food Guide Tips:
- Superfoods: Goji berries
- Make your own homemade low-sugar granola
Knowledge never goes to waste. At least now I understand what the boys rave about and can add to their fervor with my own anecdotes encouraging them into their own world of fun make believe. And when one of them comments "Hey Soeren, your mum is cool - she's not a Barbie mum!" I know that even if I still cannot make one of the autobots transform, I do receive certain regard for knowing the stuff that makes the eyes of 7 year olds shine.
More brunch treats from WFLH:
|Orange Chocolate Muffins||Wholegrain Porridge with Goji Berries and Cashew Nuts||Nutella Flakey Swirls|
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