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Bakery-Style Lemon Blueberry Muffins — Gemma’s Bigger Bolder Baking

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Sometimes we just need to get away from it all, and usually, it’s just when we can’t. Why is it that days can feel endless and yet time just never seems to stop? I was really busy before I became a mother, and now — well, getting through my days and actually checking things off […]

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Broccoli

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downloadI have been hearing on the radio about the benefits of eating broccoli and that it helps the digestive system. I love eating this vegetable, I like the crunchiness and taste, especially as a stir fry dish with cashews and chillies! Or broccoli soup.

Here is a weblink to an article about the health benefits of eating broccoli regularly.

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319759.php

My favorite quick meal (in approx 30 mins)!

Broccoli stir fry

500 grams of chicken pieces (chopped in small pieces)

1 bunch of broccoli

1/2 cup of chopped cashews

Dried red chillies (1-2) (optional)

1 inch piece of ginger finely grated

2 tablespoons soya sauce or oyster sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

Cooking oil

Method:

Marinade the chicken pieces in the soya sauce for a few minutes or longer.

In a wok or shallow pan, heat on low heat a couple of tablespoons of cooking oil (Olive oil or Peanut oil). Add the sesame oil.

Add the grated ginger and stir for a minute or two. Do not burn.

Add the chicken pieces and stir fry well for a few minutes. Keep stirring and do not allow to burn. Allow to cook, stirring well.

Add the chopped cashews and red chillies and stir fry.

After a few minutes add the chopped broccoli.

Add soya sauce and stir fry well. Add a little water for gravy.

Serve with steamed rice or steamed egg noodles.

 

 

 

 

Rice and dhal

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indian-meal-consisting-roti-rice-dal-vegetable-kofta-32193992One of the most easiest, healthy and time saving meals to prepare! Steamed Rice and dhal. A nutritious meal and easy on the digestive system. This meal originates from India. Dhal means lentils. You can add other tasty nutritious accompaniments as well – a tablespoon of plain yoghurt or Raita, fried or baked papadams, tomato salad or herbal chutney made with Coriander or Mint. Here is the recipe –

Steamed Rice for 2-4 people

1 1/2 cups of Basmati Rice (washed till water is clear and strain out water)

3-4 cups of boiling water

Salt to taste (optional)

Method:  In a cooking pot or saucepan, boil water. When boiling add the washed rice and salt.

Stir to prevent rice sticking to the bottom of the pan.

This could take about 5-10 minutes of cooking. Stir and check if grains are cooked.

Turn of heat.

Strain the rice through a colander. Stir the rice through so it doesn’t stick together.

Serve cooked rice in a Rice Serving Platter.

Dhal

1 cup of red lentils or mix 1/2 cup of moong dhal with 1/2 cup of red lentils

3 cups of water

Salt to taste

1 level teaspoon tumeric or adjust less according to taste

Curry leaf (optional) a few sprigs

1 clove of garlic (peeled and finely sliced) (optional)

1/4 onion finely sliced

1 tablespoon oil

Method:  Wash lentils till water is clear and strain.

Put up a saucepan of water on the stove, add salt and allow to boil on low heat.

Add the washed lentils with the tumeric. Stir well and bring to the boil. Allow to cook for approx 15 mins till grains are soft.

You can puree the cooked lentils if you wish in a blender when cooled down or push it through a sieve. This is optional.

In a separate pan heat and add a little oil on very low heat. Add the sliced onions and allow to brown lightly, add the garlic and brown lightly, add the curry leaf. Add all these fried ingredients to the dhal and give a little stir. It will sizzle a bit, so take care, but this process actually adds more flavour to the dhal.

Serve in a bowl or tureen.

For added nutrition, you can add 1/2 cup of mixed finely chopped vegies of your choice and allow to cook for a few minutes. (Chopped carrot, a little cauliflower or finely chopped beans, or a little finely chopped eggplant).

Serve in a bowl or tureen.

Accompaniments:

Raita

In a small bowl mix in about a cup of natural yoghurt, beat with fork and add salt to taste, squeeze of lemon juice, a little fresh ground black pepper, a pinch of chilli powder (optional), 1/4 teaspoon of cummin.

Mix well together. Decorate with a sprig of mint leaves or coriander leaves.

Papadams

Papadams can be purchased from Asian food stores. These are sold in packets, in small to medium sizes, of various flavours.

Papadams can be fried in a little oil, which turn crispy. Or you can crisp them in the microwave for 30-40 seconds.

Salad

Tomatoes

Onions

Cucumbers

Lemon juice

Salt

Method: Slice finely tomatoes, onions and cucumbers. Mix well together and add the salad dressing.

You can add fresh herbs if you wish – a few sprigs of fresh coriander or mint.

Here is an image of how an Indian meal is served with various accompaniments to enhance taste and flavour to the meal. Serving a meal attractively also makes it look appetizing and tempting to eat!

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Caring for Kitchens

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isolated-kitchen-towelsThe kitchen is the most hardworking place in the home. A lot of hard work, sweat and tears shed in this room! God bless this little place where housewives, mums and little helpers work together to provide healthy, home made food to feed us daily. So a lot of work too has to be done daily to maintain it, to keep it spic and span, ready to take on the next cooking challenge!

Among other things in the kitchen, I love kitchen linen, kitchen towels! I do so love to take out a fresh, clean kitchen towel to wipe my dishes or wipe the benchtops! I found a handy website on how to keep your kitchen towels clean, as they are the most important tool in wiping up spills and for any other purpose. I found on my journey in life to always invest in good, strong kitchen towels that last a lifetime. The picture above shows the type of tea towels I like to use daily, they can be used for most jobs around the kitchen. Try to eliminate wastage of paper towels by investing in the humble kitchen tea towel!

http://www.mamaslaundrytalk.com/proper-care-of-dish-cloths-and-kitchen-towels/

 

 

Costs for running appliances

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How much does it cost to run your appliances
https://xpressonline.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/how-much-does-it-cost-to-run-your-appliances/

The perfect chocolate cake!

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I am on the search for the perfect chocolate cake recipe! We used to have a chocolate birthday cake every year when we were kids. So I am trying to find the kind that resembles close enough to that. Here is the first one, but there will be more links added later.

http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/food-recipes/dessert/a14316/chocolate-cake-recipe/

There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea!

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bigstock_pouring_fresh_tea__1745053 Today I had a really nice hot cup of tea! It really made my day! Take it from me, if its great, it is one of the best, as I come from the land of tea and love my tea! I don’t usually buy a cup of tea at a cafe because I can make the best at home! But today was an extremely cold day and I needed a hot drink with my sandwich during lunch hour. So I bought this cup of tea and enjoyed it. The price wasn’t too costly either compared to the takeaway foam cup with a tea bag dunked in which tasted like boiled water with milk and sugar!

Techniques for making a good pot of tea are simple.  The water has to be boiled to the right temperature. The tea leaves are measured out into the tea pot, usually one teaspoon per person and one for the teapot. The boiled water is poured in slowly. Cover and allow the tea to brew for a few minutes or longer, depending on the tea leaves used. Usually the tiny leaves can be brewed for a few minutes, but the bigger tea leaves would need about 10-15 mins to brew. Cover the tea pot with a tea cosy, or else it will get cold. There are a variety of tea pots that can retain the heat for longer periods.

A well brewed cup of tea does not contain too much milk and sugar as the flavor can get lost.

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