Thursday 10 February 2011

Cheeseymite, burgers and sylvia

This was going to be a quick post about how easy these cheeseymite scrolls with puff pastry were. Then I made some other easy chickpea burgers. Then I thought it might be nice to do a little Sylvia update given that her 2nd birthday is coming up. The brief post grew and grew and grew!

As her second birthday draws near in the next few weeks, I have been thinking about how much has changed since her first birthday (see my two lists of firsts before then). She is no longer a little baby. She runs when she wants to get somewhere and tells me what she wants (bikkies!).

Today we saw a dietician as part of a routine medical appointment. It was a relief to finally speak to someone who could talk to me reasonably about a child's vegetarian diet and be reassured that her iron intake seems fine without needing supplements, though I was recommended to put her on calcium supplements because she is not keen on dairy products (or fortified vegan alternatives). So I feel reassured

  • had her first taste of tomato sauce with her vegetarian sausages this week
  • usually has a breakfast of cereal, toast with promite and cheese, and a piece of fruit - if she eats it all
  • loves spicy food - is quite partial to curried chickpeas
  • often has plain veg with plain beans or tofu for dinner
  • sometimes loves baked beans and sometimes hates them
  • loves to explore the kitchen drawers
  • when she is distracted from eating dinner she says "fitty" (finished) and push her plate away - it doesn't always mean she really has finished
  • will not drink milk or eat yoghurt but she loves cheese
  • loves to drink water but can't resist sprinkling it everywhere if I turn my back for a moment
  • is hard to please when eating out unless I buy her something from a select group of favourite foods - chips, margharita pizza, falafels and cheeseymite scrolls

  • can say the name of most of her food and if she doesn't know she can ask "what's dat?"
  • loves to pretend she is cooking outside with her little pots and bowls - this usually involves water and sometimes sand pies
  • "cuggles" dolly, who must come everywhere
  • is fascinated by the moon and loves us reading her Where the Wild Things Are because the moon is on almost every page
  • is careful with Zinckie cat and pats her gently now though she does love to stick her face close to Zinc's to tell her something and expects her to play logo and eat cherries with her
  • loves singing songs - at the moment her favourite seems to be "happy birthcake to oo" - but if we join in we get told very sternly, "sylvia sing"
  • plays with my purse if she can get away with it - but I was pleased to find her putting a stray coin in it this week rather than just throwing my money away
  • can reach the railing by the steps outside the back door
  • is constantly losing things - our house has never been the same since she became mobile
  • prefers to climb in and out of her stroller by herself
  • giggles when she is jumping up and down
  • looks out for the cockatoos on the neighbouring tree that we can see from our backyard
  • know that Zinc goes off on a run each night but not where - last night she guessed that Zinc had gone shopping at the supermarket
  • is amused by my vegetable flowers that I make to encourage her to eat vegetables but also because I love playing with food
Above is a vegetable flower with a chickpea burger at its centre. Unfortunately Sylvia was more interested in the tomato and cucumber than the burger but she did take a few bites of burger on the first night I served them to her. Though even on the first night once I served my own with apple and cranberry chutney, she ate it off the top and kept asking for more jam.

The recipe was inspired by Jacqueline's chickpea and coriander patties that she made for her little boy, Cooper. I made quite a few changes because I had a sourdough loaf to make into breadcrumbs, I don't like fresh coriander and I thought an egg would add a bit more nutrients. They were good everyday food that E and I enjoyed but Sylvia wasn't that keen.

More successful were my recent attempts at cheeseymite scrolls. I had been inspired by Lisa's recipe as part of her great Australia Day recipes series. I have also seen similar scrolls or pinwheels on Should You Eat That and always meant to try it. Now that I am on a scroll roll (ha ha) it was on the cards.

The reason I wanted to try the puff pastry cheeseymites was when faced with paying out for scrolls for everyone on the weekend at Bakers Delight. For those that don't know the BD franchise, cheeseymite scrolls are one of their regular items, bread dough rolled up with vegemite and grated cheese inside. (A photo of these scrolls is the fourth photo down from the top of the post.) I buy them often but when everyone in the house wants them the price adds up.

Then I remembered seeing Lisa making them. They were so simple and quick to make. Sylvia couldn't get enough of them - not even after they had sat in the bikkie tin over night. I used promite instead of vegemite and used up some old sheets of puff pastry in the freezer. I often have puff pastry leftover so this is an excellent recipe to use it up. They are smaller and richer than their bready cousins but they taste so delicious. Maybe another batch will be made on Sylvia's birthday!

Previously on Green Gourmet Giraffe:
This time last year: More baby food, more healthy muffins
This time two years ago: WTSIM … Fruit kebabs
This time three years ago: PGermy Bran Muffins

Cheeseymite puffs
makes about 8-10 puffs per sheet of puff pastry

puff pastry sheets
promite or vegemite
grated cheese

Defrost puff pastry sheet. Spread with promite and sprinkle with grated cheese. Roll up and cut into 1-2cm slices. Arrange on a lined baking tray and bake at 220 C for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Curried Chickpea Burgers
made 13

400g tin of chickpeas, rinsed and drained
150g dried breadcrumbs
1 red onion, quartered
1/4 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1 tsp curry powder
oil spray (or olive oil)

Place chickpeas, breadcrumbs, red onion, buttermilk, egg and curry powder in food processor and processor til it all comes together. Form mixture into small patties. Heat a non stick frypan and spray with oil spray or pour in a glug of olive oil. Fry patties over medium heat for a few minutes either side. Cook in oven for about 20-30 minutes (mine was on the bottom of the oven for about 30 minutes). Serve warm with relish.

On the stereo
The Bestiality of - The bonzo dog doo-dah band


  1. wow sylvia really is growing up fast! She seems like such a sweet kid!

    Those cheesy puffs sound delicious. As do the chickpea burgers...I'm also looking for a new bean burger recipe!

  2. I love your list of things anout Sylvia. It gives us an idea of the changes Cooper will go through in the next year.

    I am glad you enjoyed the burgers even though they weren't an instant hit with Sylvia. The buttermilk sounds like a good addition :)

  3. I would certainly enjoy these delights. I can't believe your little one is 2 already! How time flies.

  4. I really love your list - Sylvia is certainly growing up!!
    And glad that you liked the scrolls - they are so super easy!

  5. I'm not a big vegemite eater but cheesy mite is a different matter altogether! And thanks for updating us on Sylvia. she's such a cute little cherub! :)

  6. Gorgeous post - Sylvia is truly becoming her own little person. It's kinda magical :) I love that she loves Where The Wild Things Are! One of my favourite kids books was "Drac and the Gremlin" - such a beautiful tale of the power of kids' imaginations. No moons, though! :P

    Who knew cheesymite scrolls would be so easy, too??

  7. Vegemite is such an Aussie staple, glad to see your daughter is doing well, she is the same age as my eldest. I am writing this in the middle of the night during a heatwave, with the little ones laying in their beds sweating!

  8. thanks Joanne - I am not sure these are my favourite bean burgers because they were quite plain but they are quick and easy

    Thanks Jacqueline - I suspect mine were a bit more stodgy than yours because of all the breadcrumbs and I think the lemon juice would have added more tang than buttermilk but I thought I would use some of my buttermilk - good luck with Cooper's 2nd year - it is fun one with lots of change

    Thanks Lisa - is is hard to believe sylvia is almost 2 - where did that baby go?

    Thanks Lisa - the scrolls are so easy - and I have even suggested to my mum that she makes them with GF puff pastry for my niece who I am sure would love them

    Thanks Lorraine - cheeseymite is so much better than just vegemite - probably a good way to get a taste of the stuff if you are a novice

    Thanks Hannah - it is quite amazing to have a little girl instead of a little baby - never heard of Drac and the Gremlin but must look out for it - I loved Where the Wild Things Are and still love reading it

    Thanks Brendan - little kids and heatwaves are not a good combination

  9. I can't believe Sylvia will be two! What a great list of characteristics--it really does give an idea of her personality (smart and adorable). Too funny that she thought Zinc went to the mall!

    The burgers and scrolls both look delicious. Wish I could get some GF puff pastry, but I imagine that is a tough order. ;)


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