#WIAW – Fruit and Nut Pullao Rice

WIAW Party Time!

Thanks, as always, to Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting our virtual foodie feast. Jenn wrote an awesome post last Friday on the Glorification of Sugar, which really is worth a read.  I’m loving her Play with your Produce Pinterest board.  I can’t imagine how any kiddie would be able to resist veggies when displayed in such fun and attractive ways 😉

Right time to get with my submission for this week’s WIAW party (I’m already so late!)  This week, I thought I’d share our eats from Sunday.

As per usual on a Sunday, Lil’ L asked whether we could have a ‘special’ breakfast.  As a change from pancakes, he asked whether we could have Apple & Cinnamon Monkey Bread.  We used to eat this a lot as a ‘treat’ breakfast, but I’d totally forgot all about it!  I remember taking this shot last time we ate it … back in September!

Lil L & Monkey Bread

These little apple cinnamon bread balls really are delicious, and a great breakfast/brunch treat to make with the kids.  I’ll type up the recipe and post it on Friday.

Apple & Cinnamon Monkey Bread


For lunch, we  had Thai Vegetable Curry, leftover from Thursday evening.  This is one of our absolute favourite home-made curries.

Thai Vegetable Curry

I make my own Thai curry paste, so that it’s mild enough for Lil’ L (I also prefer it to the shop-bought pastes AND there’s no waste as I freeze it in portions 😉 )   This time round, I doubled the quantities and I’m planning to use the second portion next week to make Thai Sweet Potato Soup.

Thai Sweet Potato and Coconut Soup

After lunch, we had a hot chocolate made with Alpro Hazelnut Drink.  It’s the first time I’ve used hazelnut milk in hot chocolate and it was delicious!  I also blended in some ground almonds and chia seeds to add protein and other yummy goodness.  I’ll definitely be making this one again 🙂

Hot Chocolate

In the afternoon, we munched on pretzels whilst watching Monster House on DVD (a very bizarre film IMO!)

For our main meal, I made a Fruit and Nut Pullao Rice.   I was amazed to discover that the last time I made this dish was in 2011!!!

With its fragrant flavours, fruit and nuttiness, M and I love this dish… unfortunately Lil’ L isn’t so keen.  I thought I’d try again but alas no, it was still a thumbs down 🙁  He just doesn’t like fruit flavours in his savoury dishes.

Fruit & Nut Pullao Rice

I had the leftovers today for lunch and it confirmed for me how much I like this dish.  Perhaps, when I try again in the future, I’ll just add the fruits after I’ve taken out Lil’ L’s portion. That might work 😉

I know it says on my blog that all recipes are road-tested and approved by Lil’ L, but I thought I’d publish this one anyhow.  I’m sure he’ll approve of it one day 😉

Here’s how I made it…

I’ll be back again on Friday with the Monkey Bread recipe and to announce 3 winners of the Good Hemp Seed Giveaway.  The giveaway is open to UK residents until midnight tomorrow (Thursday 28th February 2012) so do make sure you enter if you haven’t done so already!

Enjoy the rest of the week everyone! xx

17 thoughts on “#WIAW – Fruit and Nut Pullao Rice

    1. Glad you like the new pic 🙂 That’s probably the last one of me looking ‘youngish’ (taken on my 40th last year). It’s going to be all downhill from now on lol!
      I’m looking forward to reading your post on Tiger Bells. Sounds very intriguing indeed 😉 x

  1. I love fruit in savoury dishes- usually ends up being in salads but pomegranate studded rice, apricots in tagines are also favourites. I’m sure I’d love your pullao rice. Could you post how you make your hot chocolate? I’m sure it’s really simple but I never get the quantities right..

    1. Pomegranate studded rice sounds beautiful! ♥
      Here’s a link to my hot chocolate recipe: https://bitofthegoodstuff.com/?p=6942 I call it ‘breakfast hot chocolate’ in this post but lately we’ve been drinking it as an post work/school snack. I tend to always add chia seeds and ground almonds, which add lots of nutrients and make it nice and creamy. I blend all the ingredients in my high speed blender first before gently heating it through. Saying that, the hot chocolate will also be great without these additions x

  2. I love the new profile picture you’ve put up…although I’ll miss the last one (such a bright and cheery photo it was).
    Yummy food as always but I think I like the dinner the best (my children on the other hand would want the breakfast…which I think I will be making for them tomorrow).

    I look forward to Friday’s recipe.

    I hope you are having a great Wednesday.

    Oh, and this is completely off topic, but my husband and I just started following the Premier Cup and we are just in love with football (I won’t mention who we are pulling for, so as not to offend anyone 🙂

    1. Aw thanks Rachel. I was getting so bored of the old picture that I needed a change.
      That’s so cool that you’re watching the Premier Cup! Go on you can tell me who you support … is it one of the top teams? 😉 Our ‘home’ team is West Ham and my sisters’ families are avid supporters. M and I aren’t into football so much these days. We’re far more likely to be watching the cycling. It’s very uplifting watching the international cycling events at the moment as the UK cyclists are winning everything 😀

  3. Adding chia seeds to hot chocolate? What a great idea! Did it make the chocolate extra thick and creamy?

    It’s never too late to give up hopes for Lil’ L’s tastebuds to change 😉 as I can say from my own experience. Some foods I’d never have eaten years ago are now favourites of mine.

    1. Yes, the blended chia seeds make the hot chocolate lovely and creamy. They also make the drink really filling, which is why I sometimes have it for breakfast. It leaves me feeling full up all morning! I’m not sure if you saw my recipe, but here’s the link just in case… https://bitofthegoodstuff.com/?p=6942
      The list of foods that Lil’ L likes is slowly growing all the time (which is great!) And, like you, some of the foods that he used to detest, like mushrooms and goji berries, are now some of his favourites! Hopefully fruit in savoury dishes will make it onto the ‘like’ list one day 😉

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