Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Chicken Pickle Olympic Bonanza, at last.

Hello again!
 We're back from our second trip away and once again I was in too much of a rush before we left to post this... hopeless.

Anyway here's some of our Olympics activities from the country-a-day support and eat-athon.

Each day Chicken made a lego flag, I cooked food from the country for dinner and we did a few vaguely related (?) activities.

Warning: looooooooaaaaaads of photos!




Icelandic fishing game. Chicken coloured and Pickle painted fish, we added paperclips and fished with a magnet on a line!




 Red, orange and yellow boiled sweets melted in the oven and then boken into shards,

stuck into the top of ice cream in cones to make... Olympic torches!

Chicken wearing one of many Olympic t-shirts (USA).




Red, black and white ninjas! (Pickle's USA Olympic t-shirt!)

More Olympic torch style snacks.. red and orange cake mix with  ice cream cornets placed on top, baked in the normal way....

cases peeled off and bingo!


Decorated Mexican hat. He was also wering a huuuuge moustache although obviously  you can't see it here.

Daddy made a lego Bradley Wiggins complete with team GB outfit and gold medal!

The last day of the games was an Olympic celebration day.

Olympic poster inspired (toilet roll printing) art..

crazy finger printing in Olympic colours also.

Olmpic rings dinner. I couldn't think of anything blue and ring like so dyed the mayo instead! I do have previous form in blue dairy products!

Greek (do you see??!) yogurt with Olympic Cheerios of which I may already have eaten one!
And so ends the Chicken Pickle olympic bonanza.
Here's a quick list of what I cooked, some with descriptive and some with actual names (apologies for any misspellings).
Poland: Pierogi, Krokiety, Apple and cinnamon rice.
Iceland: Baked fish, Cocoa soup.
Tunisia: Salade Tunisienne, couscous.
Egypt: Kushari, Mahalabiya.
Japan: Beef with asparagus and horseradish, Kuromitsu zerii.
India: Chicken tikka, Carrot halwa.
Mexico: Blackbean burgers,Sweetcorn salsa, Flan.
China: Mangetout and prawn stir fry, Sesame fruit fritters.
Brazil: Picadillo, Maracuja...
Australia: Chicken riggies, Lamingtons.
I am not suggesting that these are national dishes of the countries or, for all I know, people in those countries even eat this stuff! It's a collection of recipes for each place I found that I thought sounded good and hoped that we would all enjoy, some have even been requested to be made again.
Oh and the Daddy and Chicken expedition to the Olympic football in Manchester was also a great success!
Gold medals to anyone who made it this far!

Bye for now.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Happy Birthday Pickle! (and some Olympics stuff)

As I mentioned Pickle turned 3, so here's the stuff I made:

 the obligatory age number t-shirt, he's 3, it's a trio (choc biscuit bar thingie that sadly no longer exists).

The Mister Maker dressing up top. Pickle thought he was Mister Maker already, now he really is! He walks around saying things like, "You will need... some air drying clay" and "Let's look in the doodle drawers"!
I was originally going to make an actual waistcoat to wear over the teal long sleeved top that I hunted high and low for (found in a pack of three in Matalan if you're interested!) but in the end just made the front and joined it to the t. I think it's much easier for him that way.

This is just to show some of the details, not fully functioning of course. Pen holders, pockets, buttons and a row of close zigzag to give the impression of two separate pieces of waistcoat.
I have to say I'm quite pleased with this one!

The cake... Bowser obviously. A victoria sponge with jam and buttercream and an enormous Bowser printed with edible ink onto rice paper, RRROOOOOOOOOAAR!!!

He also got a garage for his toy cars, a balance bike, a micro machines London bus that folds out into a London scene to race little cars around, some other micro machines bits & bobs and I'm sure some other stuff that I've forgotten!

We ordered a personalised Thomas the tank engine birthday book which arrived on his birthday and I have to say is really lovely. It looks just like the others in the set. You put in some details such as name, hair colour and style, friend's name etc and your own story about your birthday with Thomas arrives in the post. Fab!

And did I complete the "Happy Birthday" banner? Well... no.
Chicken decided to be off school ill, in fact they both spent a day throwing up and another recovering so not too much got done. Excuses, excuses.. I'm just glad that I'd already finished the other things.

So, we zoomed off on holiday the very next day which is why I'm only just getting around to posting this now!
We had a lovely time (Chicken stayed up until 2am to watch the Olympics opening ceremony!) and on the way back called in to see a couple of people.
First stop was Dorking, Surrey where the Olympic cycling road race had passed through a few days before. There was evidence of painting on the roads,

Olympic rings on the hill (can you spot them?)

and the famous (?) Dorking chicken statue had a knitted ribbon holding his Olympic gold medal (made by the local knit and natter who had also adorned him for the Queen's diamond jubilee). How brilliant is that?

A super kind Uncle also bestowed upon us two tickets for the Olympic football at Old Trafford in Manchester!!!!!!!!

I will leave you for now with (my) Chicken's Olympic torch, made on holiday.

First he made the rings...

then he added them to a torch we'd rolled around some papery flames!

More Olympic fun to come. We're choosing a country a day to support, eat the food of, make a flag and hopefully create some fun activities relating to..

Bye for now!