I'm here today to make all of you Mums and Dads feel good about yourselves, even if you too have forgotten to put the little coin from the Tooth Fairy in your kids room before going to bed. I've been that parent, long ago. Thankfully my kids are okay with me telling them fibs about how sometimes she's just too busy to pick up all the teeth in one night and that I'm sure she'll stop by the following night (mentally taking note to remember as I do!). I'm here to reassure you all that no one can do any worse than I. See, this past weekend I gain the official title of worlds worst mum (a little bit of an overkill I know, but in the eyes on a 6 year old I'm sure it momentarily felt this way).
My little man's two top teeth have been wiggly for weeks, but still no where near ready to come out. As he crawled out of a cubby they'd made on Saturday he somehow managed to bang his teeth real hard onto the chair, sending this teeth flying. Blood followed, lots of it. After calming down he soon realised that this meant two coins from the Tooth Fairy! Fast forward to the end of the day, remaining teeth had been brushed, pj's were on... but where were the teeth? Because they'd come out in such a dramatic way, covered in blood, I'd placed them into a little glass of cold water to soak for a bit. Bad move. Turns out in my absent mindedness that afternoon, I'd picked the glass up thinking it was just a glass of water and proceeded to wash the cup and then drain the sink. Bye, bye little teeth. Not my finest work I tell ya. I've never felt so bad before and never heard such sobs from my little sentimental man before either. He wasn't crying at the thought of the Tooth Fairy not coming (he swallowed his last tooth, so knows that she comes regardless of where the teeth end up!), he was crying because he wouldn't get to say goodbye to his favourite two teeth. Heart officially broken.
Thankfully after an hour of cuddles, promises we'd write goodbye letters to his lost teeth the following morning (the things we do I tell ya!) and the promise of special pepperminty treats to say sorry, all was forgiven.
Other than peppermint tea, I've actually never been a huge fan of mint-flavoured things. But the boy has a fondness for anything minty which boarders on obsession. My little peppermint plant
, which I grew recently from a cutting has grown like crazy and we've been enjoying fresh herb teas (like in my book!) and I've got used to adding a handful to our afternoon smoothies as well. When I came across this recipe
recently I knew I had to make good use of our fresh peppermint and came up with my own version. They went down a treat, even if the boy struggled to bite them with his two missing teeth!
Just a little note before I head off, awhile back I shared a few photos of some of my sisters beautiful work on Facebook, which got loads
of attention. You'll be happy to know she's just (or should I say finally!) set up an Etsy store called Olive and August NZ
, where you can purchase her little hooded woolen capes and baby foxes. My niece and nephew (7 + 9 years old) started making the little foxes, with a little help from Jess, as a way to make some money so they can visit us over here in Perth next year! They are ridiculously cute.
dark chocolate peppermint ice cream bites
I always use cashew pieces as opposed to whole cashews in recipes such as this. They are way cheaper and it really doesn't make a difference when they just get blended up anyway. I find Indian grocers are often the cheapest place to find them. I added a touch of peppermint extract as well, you could always leave this out, although I personally think the flavour you get from the leaves is just a bit faint. Recipe adapted from here.
1/2 cup (62g) cashew nuts (I use cashew pieces), soaked overnight in cold water
1/2 cup (125ml) virgin coconut oil, melted
1/4 cup (60ml) brown rice syrup (maple syrup would also work)
2 tablespoons almond or rice milk
a big handful fresh peppermint leaves (approx 1 cup loosely packed)
1/4-1/2 teaspoon natural peppermint extract, to taste
raw chocolate, to coat
Drain and rinse soaked cashews and add to a blender along with all the other ingredients, except the chocolate. Blend on high for about a minute, or until really smooth with just little flecks of green throughout. I have a high powered blender which works quickly, if you have a regular blender you might need to stop the machine and scrape the sides down once to help things move along.
Once smooth, pour into silicone muffin trays, or regular metal trays lined with paper cases. Pop into the freezer to set for at least 30 minutes. Remove patties from the moulds and place back into the freezer on a tray while you get the raw chocolate mixture ready. I find it easiest to pour the chocolate mixture into a small bowl, then using two forks I dip the patties into the chocolate making sure they're thoroughly covered in chocolate before shaking the excess off and transferring to a paper-lined tray. Once they've all been covered, return the lot to the freezer for 5 minutes to set. They will keep in a covered container in the freezer for 2-3 weeks, although good luck with that!