This past week I spent getting used to a new routine. As Tom departed onto a new adventure of a new job in a new city, I stayed behind to guard the fort and the child. It’s exhausting when there is no one to share the chores, worries and daily life with. All of a sudden I alone have the huge responsibility of looking after the most precious being – Soeren.
Such a responsibility lays heavy on my shoulders. At the back of my mind I am always aware that I have to pay not extra but double the attention. I have to be doubly understanding, doubly loving and doubly protecting – no wonder I was feeling so deflated!
It’s easier when two are sharing the work and tantrums. I am sure those of you who have kids will understand.
We’re a pretty well tuned team the three of us and often things work more or less like clockwork. In the mornings I will take Soeren and get him ready for school, while Tom gets breakfast ready. Then we’d swap - while Tom checks if all of Soeren’s school stuff is packed I will get myself ready. After breakfast Tom takes Soeren to school and I would usually pick him up from school after work, followed by afternoon activities, homework and dinner prep - till Tom came home after which he would take over until bedtime. That allowed me a little break and breather.
This past week however, I was in charge and had to throw the show alone. I have to say this on Soeren*s behalf though – he is a sensible and sensitive boy and picks up on the tiniest of signals. He’s been a huge help and it makes me want to love and protect him even more.
We’ve had some fun this week together with him starring as The Big Bad Wolf at his school’s music festival. He found his role fairly amusing and told me “Only a Wolff can seriously play a wolf!”, then was disappointed with his singing and thought he could have done better. When I told him I thought he was brilliant all he said was,
“You have to you are a Wolff too!”
Yeah we Wolffs are a pack that stick together so when the Alpha leaves we have to reorganize ourselves and find new bearings.
To help us along, I make a few scrumptious treats – for the Alpha to remind him of how good he has it back home and for the pup to help him deal with the new situation.
I love granola bars and make them in several different varieties. This, however, is exquisite. Dried cherries, cranberries and physalis dot the bars with their fruity tartness and an earthy drizzle of wildflower honey complements it with its sweetness. Pistachios not only add a vivid green but provide a delicious crunch. Stellar however is the fact I’ve used four types of wholegrain flakes for the bars – simply because I could not decide on just one.
I am rather baffled and kind of chuffed to announce that What’s For Lunch, Honey? is one of the finalists at the weblog awards for the 2010 Bloggies. Wait the best part is yet to come – I have been nominated in the category Best European Blog!
I thank everyone who nominated me for the honor! A huge thanks goes to everyone who are diligently pushing the news on Twitter and getting me a lot of votes. For those of you who have not yet done so, I now request you to get your fingers moving and vote for me! A lovely thanks goes out Ilva for giving me the great news this morning!
Four Grain Very Berry Pistachio Nut Granola Bars
Printable version of recipe here
200g organic mixed wholegrain flakes, I used a mixture of rye, barley, oats and spelt
100g + extra butter
100g sunflower seeds
50g sesame seeds
60g pistachios, coarsely chopped
120g dried berries of choice, I used cherries , cranberries and physalis
100g muscovado sugar
3 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- Heat oven to 160 degrees C. Butter and line a base of a baking tin (18 x 25cm).
- In a bowl mix the wholegrain flakes, seeds and pistachios in a spread out onto a baking sheet. Toast in the oven for about 8-10 minutes.
- In the meantime, melt butter in a large saucepan on a low heat. Add honey and sugar, stirring until most of the sugar has dissolved.
- Add the wholegrain flakes, seed and nut mix including the cinnamon and dried berries. Stir well to coat the mixture.
- Tip the entire mixture into the buttered baking tin and press down lightly. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool completely then cut into bars.
The Food Guide Tips:
These make great treats for lunchboxes, picnics or just for when you are relaxing on the sofa with a good book. They are chewy and crispy at the same time, not too sweet, slightly tart with a hint of cinnamon-y goodness. The perfect granola bar to fill almost all your cravings in one go.
Monthly Mingle – Bread & Chocolate
My talented and dear friend of the beautifully written blog, Life’s a Feast is my guest hostess this month. She offered to jump in when the planned hostess dumped me! Love you Jamie.
We quickly decided on a theme – chocolate and bread. A soul satisfying and totally comforting pair.
Get on over to Jamie’s blog and check out all the details and how you can join us for the first party of the new decade.
Deadline: 18 February
The Monthly Mingle Calendar 2010 is now up and it should help you keep track of all the mingles this year!
More Granola goodness from WFLH:
|Nutty Amaranth Granola with Fresh Berries||Whole Wheat Granola Goji Muffins||Wholegrain Porridge with Goji Berries and Cashew Nuts|
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