• Tips - Absorbency of Towels

    Tips – How to improve absorbency of towels

    Tips for improving absorbency of towels Wash towels, cleaning cloths, etc. without fabric softener to improve their absorbency. Fabric softener adds a coating which prevents moisture from being soaked up. Don’t worry – after a couple of uses their natural softness will appear and they will be nice and fluffy. This is also important for cloth mop heads or any cloth that is of a micro fiber design as the softener will clog the fibers and reduce their effectiveness.

  • Tips - Storing Tomatoes

    Tips – Best way to store tomatoes is on the counter

    Tips for storing tomatoes Don’t store tomatoes in the refrigerator – it will dry them out. Store them on a counter, somewhere out of direct sunlight. This will help preserve their moisture. If they are ripe keep them stem side up, in a single layer, and not touching each other to allow air to circulate. To ripen green  tomatoes faster keep them in a paper bag. This traps gasses that encourage ripening.

  • Beef And Vegetable Soup
    Recipes,  Slow Cooker Recipes

    Hearty Beef and Vegetable Soup

    A hearty beef and vegetable soup loaded with taste. Beef and loads of vegetables make a healthy combination sure to satisfy. I use a slow cooker for convenience and the cooking time tenderizes even the most frugal cuts of beef.   Many dishes such as soups, stews, chili, etc. have as many recipes as there are stars in the sky. There’s really no wrong way. In the case of this dish I think the only real key is that the beef is floured and well browned then the pot is deglazed adding all the yummy beef flavours to the finished soup. Beyond that use whatever combinations of vegetables you prefer. This…

  • American style sausage

    Tasty ‘American Style’ mock sausage – my style

    This ‘sausage’ I came up with takes me back home a little. I couldn’t find what I used to call Breakfast Sausage from America in New Zealand so I managed to come up with my own. Since I couldn’t find the flavor I was used to in sausage after I moved to New Zealand I decided to do a little research and came up with seasonings that do the job for me. My wife agrees based on trips we took to the States that it reminds her of what we would get when we dined out for breakfast. And of course it’s economical.   500g (1 lb) ground pork 1…

  • Frugal tips

    The most frugal Chicken Stock ever, couldn’t cost less

    Using the scraps from trimming vegetables and bones from a roasted chicken you can make a nice chicken stock for virtually no cost – frugal to the max! Reducing costs is always a worthy goal. Using things that would normally end up in the garbage to produce a nice stock is the ultimate in cost conservation. Many things we toss when processing vegetables have value for stocks, stews and soups if you hold onto them and use a little planning.   Save the bones when you have roasted a chicken and removed all the meat. Also save the root ends of carrots, celery and onions during the week because there…

  • Side dishes

    Green Beans with Almonds – green beans with a flare

    Adding toasted almonds to green beans give them a special flare. The precooking of the beans also helps timing a meal by reducing one thing that needs to be done simultaneously. Cook green beans in boiling water until just tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Toast sliced almonds in a skillet over medium heat stirring frequently. Watch for them to slightly brown and you will become aware of the roasted scent. Be careful – they will go from nicely brown to burned in seconds once they reach the browned state. When the rest of the meal is ready add the drained beans to the…

  • Shrimp Bagna Cauda

    Shrimp Bagna Cauda – shrimp with a kick

    If you are looking for potent flavors you need to try my Shrimp Bagna Cauda. It will certainly make you stand up and take notice! A very pungent pasta dish drawing inspiration from Italian cuisine. The heady flavors of garlic and anchovy will definitely get your attention! I suggest that spouses share in this dish or else eat it when dining alone…it’s likely nobody else will want to be very close to you for a while. You can vary the amount of shrimp and capsicum (or omit the latter if desired). Yields 2 servings 4 cups cooked pasted 1/4 cup extra virgin Olive oil 1/2 cup butter 50g (1/2 cup)…

  • Recipes

    Chicken à la King

    A family favorite: Chicken à la King A very fulfilling meal and very easy to make. It’s a great way to stretch out the chicken stock recipe and the chicken meat that comes with it. My Dad claims it’s his favorite meal. Recipes abound – this is my spin on it. It’s based around a basic white sauce but if you want you can tell others it’s a Bachamel sauce (one of the French master sauces) which sounds so much fancier than a basic white sauce. This recipe is a guideline – everything is very flexible and you can modify the actual proportions considerably as long as the roux (see…

  • Recipes

    Fresh Chicken and Barley Soup

    A heartwarming chicken soup great for a winter’s night. Instead of Barley you could use Buckwheat Groats, Kashsa, Quinoa or Millet – and if you can find fresh corn and peas by all means us them. A wonderful choice for a winter evening. Serve with fresh Baguette or other crusty bread for a filling meal. Note – most of my recipes are very light in salt. While personally I am a salt lover, I used to sometimes oversalt for some palates. So I changed to a low salt level in my cooking and giving the option of adding salt to the consumer. After all, we know there is too much…

  • Homemade Chicken Stock

    Delicious Homemade Chicken Stock – the best ever

    This delicious chicken stock is easy to make and has tremendous health benefits. Use it in place of water for rice and 50/50 with milk for sauces & mashed potatoes. It will keep 2-3 days in the refrigerator or 6 months in the freezer. I highly recommend fresh herbs but if they are not available dried will do – just remember dried herbs have a stronger taste. Yields approx. 5 liters (5.2 quarts) This is my homemade chicken stock. I haven’t altered the recipe in years because family and friends have told me it’s perfect! 2k Chicken (approx. 4.5lb) (whole or pieces, but must have bones) 5 Liters (5.2 quarts) water 300g…

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