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Sharing a Slice

I feel like I haven’t really gotten out much lately. Which would explain my lack of blog posts! I always struggle to feel inspired in January, the high of Christmas is over and us Londoners are left with the drab reality of drizzly streets and a vitamin D deficiency. This year I have even more […]

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Whether you are planning a winter or penguin themed party, or just want to make a fun snack for your kids, these cute cheese penguins are really quick and easy to make and the kids love them!

How to make easy cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions = perfect for penguin themed party food

Be sure to check out my quick tutorial video so you can see just how easy these are to make!

It takes less than a minute to make each penguin, so they’re perfect for making in bulk for kids party food. If you have a little one who loves penguins, why not add one to their lunch box for a fun lunch time surprise!

Fun penguin themed food - how to make easy cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions

Easy Babybel Cheese Penguins

Ingredients (makes 6): 

How to make quick and easy Babybel cheese penguins - fun party food idea for kids

Equipment:

Method: 

Peel the outer wrapping from each cheese, leaving the wax intact.

Using a small circle cutter, cut a circle from the top of each cheese (see photos and videos for the positioning of the cutter) and carefully remove.

Cut the carrot into slices around 3-5mm thick, then cut triangles from the carrot slices for the beaks.

Add two edible candy eyeballs and one carrot triangle to each cheese to turn it into a penguin.

Use the cream cheese as ‘glue’ to attach them if you’d like them to be a little more secure.

Serve on a plate or platter and enjoy!

Cute and easy cheese penguins - fun winter themed party food idea for kids

Note: If you have trouble keeping them in place, or you need to transport your cheese penguins, you can ‘glue’ the eyes and beak to the cheese with a little cream cheese.

Fun penguin themed party food - how to make easy Babybel cheese penguins - fun food tutorial for kids with video and full printable instructions

Looking for more fun penguin themed food ideas? Check out our fun penguin marshmallows or these 15 fun penguin themed foods for kids!

Over 15 fun penguin themed food ideas for kids - perfect for winter themed party food and fun snacks - Eats Amazing UK

For more fun food ideas and tutorials like this one, check out the Fun Food for Kids section here on the Eats Amazing blog or pop over and follow my Fun Food Ideas for Kids Pinterest boards for loads more ideas from all over the web.

Grace

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Easy Babybel Cheese Penguins

These cute cheese penguins are really quick and easy to make – perfect for winter or penguin themed party food, fun snacks and kids packed lunches!

  • 6 pack mini Babybel cheese
  • 1/4 carrot
  • 12  edible candy eyeballs
  • 1 tsp cream cheese ((optional))

Equipment:

  • round mini bento cutter
  1. Peel the outer wrapping from each cheese, leaving the wax intact.
  2. Using a small circle cutter, cut a circle from the top of each cheese (see photos and videos for the positioning of the cutter) and carefully remove.
  3. Cut the carrot into slices around 3-5mm thick, then cut triangles from the carrot slices for the beaks.
  4. Add two edible candy eyeballs and one carrot triangle to each cheese to turn it into a penguin.
  5. Use the cream cheese as ‘glue’ to attach them if you’d like them to be a little more secure.

  6. Serve on a plate or platter and enjoy!

Note: If you have trouble keeping them in place, or you need to transport your cheese penguins, you can ‘glue’ the eyes and beak to the cheese with a little cream cheese.

Love this fun food idea? Why not save it to Pinterest so you can easily find it again!

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Anything about is important

12 Amazing Things to Do in Naples, Italy

While most visitors to Italy make a beeline for Firenze, Veneto, and Roma, my heart belongs to Napoli.

Whether you are visiting over a weekend or planning to stay for a week-long adventure, there are plenty of things to do in Naples.

Let’s start with some basic information, like when to visit, where to stay, and how to get around.

When to Visit:

I had the opportunity to visit Naples in September and the weather was absolutely perfect. July and August are the busiest for tourism, but the sights are crowded and the weather is too hot for me. I recommend visiting during the shoulder season (April through mid-June, or September to October).

Getting There:

In order to avoid a very long, very boring transatlantic cruise, you’re going to need to book a flight if you’re coming from North America. If you’re savvy, you can bundle your flight and hotel together in order to save money.

Where to Stay:

Naples has a bit of a reputation for having some not-so-great neighborhoods. While pick-pocketing isn’t uncommon in any major city, it’s best to have your wits about you while you’re wandering about town.

Most tourists end up staying in the Decumani area. This part of Old Town is filled with shops and restaurants, but it can be a bit more expensive to stay here.

While I was there, I stayed on the border between the Decumani area and the Stella/Rione Sanita neighborhood. I loved that it was a bit out of the hustle and bustle. It was a quick walk to the Botanical Garden as well as the National Archaeological Museum.

Another popular choice is to stay down near the waterfront. Here you’re near the Opera House, both of the waterfront castles, and the Port of Napoli (great for day-trips to Capri and Sorrento!).

Fortunately, Naples has a great public transportation system so no matter where you choose to stay you’ll be close to the action.

Looking for the perfect place to stay? Expedia offers great hotel options throughout Naples!

How to Get Around:

Italy has a fantastic public train system. You can purchase tickets in advance or at any station. I’ve never had trouble getting a ticket last minute, but often times the fares can be cheaper if you purchase in advance.

he trains are quite efficient, carrying you from Rome to Naples in just over an hour! Trains run frequently (usually every twenty minutes or so for the main routes), so don’t panic if you miss a connection.

Once or twice while I’ve been traveling in Italy there are been strikes which interfered with train operation. It’s always good to have a back-up plan, and luckily there’s plenty of buses (both inter-city and local) as well as taxis. Just remember to make sure there’s a license on the window and a working meter in the cab of the taxi!

You can also use your favorite ride-sharing app to get around the city. Italian taxi drivers actually launched their own app a few years back to make their services more appealing. The app is available for Android and iPhone.

Things to Do in Naples:

Okay, now that we’ve got the basics out of the way, let’s talk about some amazing things to do in Naples!

ONE

Find a little ristorante and eat a Neopolitan Pizza.

Things to Do in Naples, Italy

Okay, you knew food had to be at the top of my list.

I ate at least three entire pizzas (#noregrets) while I was in Naples, and let me tell you: they did not disappoint.

Start yourself off with a classic Margherita-style pizza and appreciate the superb combination of delicate tomatoes and robust buffalo mozzarella.

There are lots of places that claim to be the “best” pizza in Naples, but I recommend you try out a few different places to get the full experience.

TWO

Enjoy the view from Castel Sant’Elmo.

Take the Aerial Tram to Morghen or the train to Montesanto, then walk down to this stunning 14th century fortress.

From up here you are rewarded with unparalleled views of both the city and the coastline.

After exploring, follow Largo San Martino until you find the grand staircase on your left. Follow the steps all the way down to the Spanish Quarter.

THREE

Wander the Spanish Quarter

The Spanish Quarter is a great place to spend an afternoon.

Enjoy a lunch of pasta e fagioli, do some window shopping, and sip an espresso at a cafe.

FOUR

Hike Mount Vesuvius

Things to do in Naples - Hike Mount Vesuvius

In case you want something a bit more challenging, why not hike to the top of an active volcano?

To accomplish this feat, you’ll need to either take the train from Naples and hike all the way up, or join a group tour and cut the hike time in half (they park half-way up).

FIVE

Explore the Ruins at Pompeii

Things to Do in Naples - Visit the Ruins at Pompeii

If you visit in the shoulder season, you should be able to avoid the huge crowds at Pompeii.

If you want to get a bit off the beaten path still see an incredible site, head to Herculaneum instead.

SIX

Visit the Local Markets

Visit the Local Markets - Best Things to Do in Naples

Why not take a stroll through the bustling neighborhood markets?

If you’re just visiting you might not need to buy groceries, but you can still enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of the market.

Many of the neighborhoods hold their own markets on various days and times, so you might just encounter one by accident.

Alternatively, you can visit the beloved La Pignasecca market in Montesanto, Naples’ oldest street market. This is also a great spot to try some authentic street food!

SEVEN

Take the Ferry to Sorrento

Ferry from Naples to Sorrento

While many people head straight for the island of Capri, I prefer the laid back vibe on Sorrento.

Sorrento is a quick one-hour ferry ride from the Port of Naples.

It’s a beautiful place to wander around — and be sure to sample the local limoncello!

EIGHT

Tour Underground Napoli

Tour Underground Napoli - Best Things to Do in Naples Italy

Underneath the Spanish Quarter lies a subterranean world begging to be explored.

Meet up with the tour group to gain access to the bowels of the city!

I don’t want to give away too much, because you should really see it for yourself. This was one of the best things I did in Naples!

NINE

A Night at the Opera

A Night at the Opera - Amazing Things to Do and See in Naples Italy

The San Carlo Theatre, opened back in 1737, is the oldest continuously running opera house in Europe.

You can either purchase a ticket to see a show or, if opera isn’t your thing, visit during the day time for a tour.

TEN

Escape to the Botanical Garden

Sometimes you just need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The botanical garden, located just Northeast of the popular Decumani district, is a little oasis unto itself.

It’s quite near the National Archaeological Museum, so I recommend visiting the museum in the morning, followed by lunch and a long walk in the garden.

ELEVEN

Discover the Waterfront Castles

If Castel Sant’Elmo just wasn’t enough for you, never fear. Naples has not one, but two waterfront fortresses for you to see.

The first, Castel dell’Ovo, was originally located on an island which is now a peninsula. The oldest standing fortification in Naples, this site has history dating back to the first century BCE.

The second, Castel Nuovo, was built as the ‘new castle’ in 1279. Not so ‘new’, right?

TWELVE

People Watch at Piazza del Plebiscito

Last, but certainly not least, one of my favorite things to do in any Italian city: find a big piazza and people-watch.

La dolce vita!

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When people hear about Ayurveda for the first time, they are often mystified and intimidated, but there is no reason to be! Ayurveda is all about listening to your body and to nature around you, so once you get to know it, it becomes simple and intuitive. To get you started, here are some easy ways you can inject a bit of this ancient holistic health system into your life this year.

1. Tongue tingling

This super easy everyday practice is the first thing I do every morning and is a real game-changer. Use a U-shaped copper Tongue Tingler to clean the gunk that accumulates on your tongue overnight, and it helps with bad breath, as well as and making the taste of your food more satisfying.

2. Golden Milk

This beautiful warming elixir is an Ayurvedic classic, made by simmering milk (dairy or nondairy) with balancing spices and sweetening it with a touch of jaggery. It is just as perfect to ease you into the day (a great alternative to coffee in the morning) as it is to help you sleep (a great alternative to a glass of wine) or as a comforting mid-afternoon pick-me-up (a great alternative to hot chocolate!).

3. Hot water

Ayurveda teaches us that it is better for us to drink hot water, rather than cold, because cold water shocks our digestion, whereas hot nurtures it. This makes sense intuitively if you think about it (and is particularly welcome in winter when even room temperature water is very cold!). This is a super easy way to live a bit more Ayurvedically. Just heat up a kettle, fill up an insulated flask and sip from a mug throughout the day.

4. Abhyanga

I do an Abhyanga self-oil massage every week — it’s such a grounding and nurturing practice, all from the comfort of your home. All you have to do is create a soothing warm space, in your bathroom for example, and work a balancing oil over your body in long strokes. It has so many benefits and is a lovely way of turning your attention inward and checking in with how your body’s doing.

5. Oil pulling

Oil pulling is a great complement to tongue tingling for a healthy mouth. Akin to a mouthwash, but one that enhances the microflora rather than wiping it out, this practice consists of swirling pure coconut or sesame oil around your mouth and through your teeth for about 20 minutes. A healthy mouth is linked to a healthy digestion, which is key for overall wellbeing.

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Can you even believe that green color?!  And I swear I haven’t cranked up the saturation in Photoshop.  It’s really that pretty!

Rigatoni with Easy Kale Sauce

Bold in color and flavor, this Rigatoni with Easy Kale Sauce is like my favorite kale salad i pasta-form.  You start with a pound of kale quickly blanched in the same pot you cook the rigatoni in.  Then, the tender kale is blended up with spicy garlic oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, and some pasta cooking liquid.  You finish by tossing al dente rigatoni with the vibrant green sauce and grated Parmesan cheese.

Each bite is punchy and bright with a note of golden garlic in the background.  This is seriously one of the easiest and tastiest ways to down a full pound of kale.  Continue reading for the recipe.

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I always adore everything like this

bundt cake with white chocolate and walnuts 

This post is sponsored by California Walnuts. As always, all opinions are my own. 

I have another cake for you; this one is in Bundt form, studded with white chocolate and topped with candied walnuts (which, you may remember, is my new favorite treat). I love Bundt cakes because they fall in the dessert category of ‘simple but classy’, and can be eaten any time of the day without guilt or shame. 

I’ve teamed up with California Walnuts to bring you some recipes over the following year (such as this chocolate walnut cake and  this chocolate walnut shortbread). Over 99 percent of walnuts grown in the U.S. come from California’s walnut orchards, many of which are on family owned and operated farms that have been around for generations. Walnuts are nutritious and heart-healthy*, and offer 4 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber per ounce. Walnuts are also the only nut with a significant amount of plant based Omega 3 ALA (2.5 grams/ounce). You can check out the CA Walnuts website for more nutrition info, research, tips for cooking with walnuts, recipes. I’m excited to share more recipes with you!

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Fairytale
At night, when we dreamed, 
we went down a street
and turned a corner;
we went down the street
and turned the corner,
and there, it seemed,
there was the castle.

Always, if you knew,
if you knew how to go,
you could walk down a street
(the daylight street)
that twisted about
and ended in grass;
there was
always, the castle.

Remote, unshadowed,
childish, immortal,
with two calm giants
guarding the portal,
stiff in the sunset,
strong to defend,
stood castle safety
at the world’s end.

O castle safety,
Love without crying,
honey without cloying
death without dying!
Hate and heartbreak
all were forgot there;
we always woke,
we never got there.
-Joy Davidman

I’ve been reading a biography on Joy Davidman, who is famous for marrying CS Lewis late in life, but was an author and poet in her own right. The book is well-written and interesting, and I’ve been highly enjoying her poetry as well (you can find all her poems in this volume). 

bundt cake with white chocolate and walnuts

Walnut White Chocolate Bundt Cake
4 cups (562g) all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups (452g | 4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups (594g) granulated sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 cup whole milk
1 cup (100g) walnuts, toasted and chopped into bite-sized pieces
1 cup (170g) white chocolate, chopped into bite-sized pieces

White Chocolate Ganache
6 ounces (170g) white chocolate, chopped
1/3 cup heavy cream

Candied Walnuts
2 cups (200g) walnuts
1/2 cup (99g) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt

Adjust an oven rack to the middle position, and preheat the oven to 350F (180C). Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In a stand mixer fitted with a paddle, beat the butter on medium until creamy. Add the sugar, and beat again until light and fluffy, 2-3 minutes. Add the eggs one at at time and beat on low until combined, scraping down the sides after each addition. Add the vanilla and mix on low until combined.

Add 1/3 of the flour mixture, and mix on low until almost combined. Add the sour cream, and mix again on low. Add another 1/3 of the flour mixture, and mix on low until almost combined. Add the milk, and mix again on low. Add the remaining 1/3 of the flour mixture, and mix on low until almost combined. Add the walnuts and the white chocolate, and mix on low until completely combined. Remove the bowl from the mixer and use a spatula to make sure the batter is completely mixed.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 55-75 minutes, until a wooden skewer or toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Move the pan to a wire rack and let cool for 20 to 30 minutes before flipping the cake out of the pan. Let the cake cool before topping with the white chocolate ganache and candied walnuts. 

For the ganache
Place the chopped white chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the heavy cream in a small saucepan, until it is simmering and just about to boil. Pour the cream over the chocolate, then cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let it sit for 5 minutes. Remove the wrap and whisk the cream and chocolate together, until it is completely smooth. Let cool to room temperature. 

For the candied walnuts
In a large skillet, stir together the walnuts, sugar and salt. Cook over medium heat until the sugar begins to melt and the nuts begin to toast, stirring almost constantly. Once the sugar begins to melt, turn the heat down to low and cook until the nuts are lightly caramelized. Pour the nuts onto baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let them cool completely before chopping.

bundt cake with white chocolate and walnuts

*Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. One ounce of walnuts provides 18g of total fat, 2.5g of monounsaturated fat, 13g of polyunsaturated fat, including 2.5g of alpha-linolenic acid, the plant-based omega-3.

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