‘How not to make your own nutella’
Maxi is covered in a rash from head to toe, its spreading, its itchy and makes day to day life pretty pants and has done since August. On top of this he is also dealing with a heap of tummy issues that are not allergy related and are pretty serious and affecting his everyday life too. We are getting things sorted slowly but surely and are in a state of perma-waiting at the moment. I hate waiting, I would rather be doing.
Im such a researcher, I will spend hours researching something and then possibly not even do it. Currently my research topic of choice is diets, allergy theories, alternative medicines, complimentary health – you name it, I’ve researched it, all to try and do something to help my little lad. Its what parents do isn’t it.
Because Dr Google informs me that milk/sugar/wheat are usually the worst things to be eating if symptoms are similar to Maxis, we are going to mix up his diet a bit. It is not doctor recommended but when your doctor doesn’t do anything but pump you full of antibiotics that are clearly not working what harm can it do?!
I have been cooking up a storm. Kale mixed meatball anyone?! Actually not as bad as they sound and the kids didn’t even notice! The kitchen is a hive of activity. So far, with quite a high success rate I’ve made my own bath mix for Maxi (which he LOVES) and my own almond milk (only acceptable over rice krispies with ten tons of golden syrup but its a step in the right direction) and flapjacks full of chia and linseed and other healthy bird food. Hot off the back of my two successes and the win at shoving my kids full of veggies without them even knowing, I decided to try my hand at DIY nutella. ‘Ooooh I can write about these things on my blog’ I thought. ‘I can take some photos and use a nice background’ I thought. ‘Maybe I can start putting a few cooking related things on my blog and make it less narcissistic and all about me and my kids’ I thought. Turns out I thought wrong.
Here’s how NOT to make home made Nutella;
1) Whatever you do, dont think that an Almonds/Hazelnut mixture instead of just hazelnuts will work. It wont.
2) Do not then use your blender rather than a food processor. It wont blend the oils in the nuts properly and you will just end up with a gloopy mess.
3) Don’t add too much chocolate powder that the mix then dries out. Another don’t is adding water or aforementioned home made almond milk to try and moisten the mixture so it blends again. If you do any of these steps the below photo is what you will end up with.
4) Lastly whatever you do DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, put the mixture you end up with in a Nutella jar and try and spread it on toast while saying things like ‘oooh looks like Lidl must have changed their recipe” and “mmmmmmnnn this one is crunchier, like chocolate peanut butter, how delicious”.
Question : “Maxi what did you think of the new Nutella that mummy got for you?
There you go, how not to make home made Nutella. I have new recipes, I will actually follow them this time, I have hazlenuts which I will lovingly soak and then roast, and I will post a nice show off ‘how to be a yummy mummy and make your own nutella’ post at some point in the future. I really will. If only because it will make me feel better to pretend I can be one of those mummy bloggers for a while (the ones who always look amazing and who has beautiful photos and posts recipes and make millions per year just by being beautiful and making muffins).