Tuesday, January 22, 2019

The latest craze Decluttering

Over the last few months I have been going through the house and trying to declutter - having gathered up so much over the years and taking up hobbies and crafts adds to the number of items that are stored away in cupboards under tables in shelving and so on.  I was interested to read about the  Marie Kondos ideas and the fad she has created.  One point she mentions is not to go room by room but by items now that did make sense to me.  As I set out to clean out particular cupboards and some how ended up bogged down on how to sort and what to do with all the variety of items.  So yes item by item makes a lot of sense.  I am not sure how I would go with her folding tecnique's maybe too time consuming or maybe one would get use to it, the idea being that items are folded many times which reduces creasing and then stored upright saving space.  This included underwear, singlets, t-shirts. nightwear as well as jeans which I hang?? But all food for thought.

So I off to get started in the wardrobe but a reminder after you have de-cluttered you need to decide how you are going to dispose of your items.  One needs to be considerate of the charity stores who are only too happy to take items that are of use but unfortunately, some people are using these charities as rubbish dumps.

Some suggestions from me are

1. Take photo's and sell on line just protect your privacy at all times
2. Offer for free to selling groups in your area on a pick up basis only again protect your privacy at all times.
3. Offer to family or friends
4. If you have sufficient to fill your boot consider a boot sale in your area
5. If you have lots of variety consider a garage sale

Happy de-cluttering but remember if you love an item or it brings you joy don't throw it out.

Poke Time. Food for the soul

I have recently been introduced to Poke and it was such a wonderful experience.  The food is very flavorsome, healthy, offering a variety of dishes which can be served in a bowl or a wrap.
The food is served in stations by different people and you can make up your own menu as you go if you want.  First up we had a choice of white rice, black rice, quinoa or noodles.  Next station choice of protein chicken, various types of fish or tofu, then next station the salad bar, then chose from a variety of sauces including sesame oil, wasabi, chilli, olive oil and finished with toppings which included avocado, sesame seeds and more.

I was impressed by the cleanliness and the manner in which the food was stored and served. A truly delicious meal whereby you can have as little or as many ingredients as you wish.

I can see this as becoming extremely popular across all age groups.

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Vegetable Soup homemade and very tasty



Half chopped brown onion skin included

Head off half a celery bunch roughly chopped

One carrot with skin left on sliced 

Handful of fresh parsley

Handful of fresh thyme


Placed all the above ingredients into  a pressure cooker and added water to cover about an inch above the vegetables.  Brought to the boil before placing on the lid then cooked in the pressure cooker for 5 minutes.  Left to cool and placed in the refrigerator overnight.

Next day strain the vegetables from the stock and discard. Add half a grated carrot, small can of champignons stems and pieces, handful of curly parsley with stems removed and chopped finely, 1 teaspoon oyster sauce, 1 teaspoon soya sauce.  Cook for 15 minutes on low heat then add 2 serves of egg noodles and cook them as directed, 3 minutes.  Test for taste and add more oyster sauce if required.  I did not add salt as this is in the soya sauce.  Serves 3 to 4.  Let sit for a few minutes after serving as is very hot.   ENJOY


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Healthy and good for you or not. Tempeh - what is it!! Is it good for you.

I have just been searching around on line and notice Tempeh BLT Sandwiches where trending. I had no idea what Tempeh was so had to investigate further. It is a soybean product the same as Tofu but instead uses the whole soybean which is fermented and is different in texture and nutrition originating from Indonesia. So we now have a vegeterian version of the BLT sandwich which according to Healthline is very good for us being high in protein, probiotics and vitamins and minerals.  I also noted they can also be made from various beans or a combination of including wheat.  So a word of caution to anyone with wheat alergies to ensure they do not have one that is not made from soybeans only.

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Temphey can be cooked in a variety of ways
  • First I read that the bitterness need to be removed from it by simmering in stock or water for 10 minutes then cooking as required.
  • Can be coated in a blend of spices and pan fried until crispy such as in a Tempeh BLT Sandwich where Tempeh is substituted for the bacon.
  • It can be used with salad, in taco's, in teriyaki and so on so is quite versatile
I have not tried this before so will look out with interest in the supermarket next time I am shopping to see if I can find some to try. I am interested in the fact that they are a source of natural probiotic which is good for the tummy, good for the gut and can help alleviate irritable bowel syndrone along with reducing fat in the stomach according to research.  I am not vegeterian but I do love my vegetables and often have a meat free meal whereby I use mushrooms in lieu of meat or just stir fry up a frozen packet of stir fry vegetables and add some spice such as chilli or sesame oil.

Healthy Eating
Jenny Mortimer

Sources:  https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/tempeh, http://www.chooseveg.com/16-delicious-things-to-cook-with-tempeh, https://www.blueapron.com/recipes/smoked-tempeh-b-l-t-sandwiches-with-tomato-cucumber-salad, http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=126

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Ten Commandments for Shoppers in Supermarkets

1. Thou Shalt not walk backwards when in store
2. Thou Shalt not park your trolley in the middle of the aisle
3. Thou Shalt not prop exactly where I want to shop
4. Thou Shalt not walk double abreast in an aisle
5. Thou Shalt not block my way when I am trying to wheel my trolley down an aisle
6. Thou Shalt not barge into me with a trolley
7. Thou Shalt not pack shelves while I am shopping
8. Thou Shalt not place obsticles in aisles
9. Thou Shalt not use the supermarket as a meeting place
10. Thou Shalt not push in before me when at the checkout

Saturday, March 11, 2017

How to copy photos from ipad to windows computer

I have been having trouble for ages trying to get information and in particulars photo's off my ipad or iphone onto my laptop which has windows 10. I came across a solution which I would like to share with you. It does not seem to be permanent but it works.

Attach ipad to computer via usb port then on computer
Go to Control Panel (right click mouse on first icon at bottom of screen),
click on view printers and devices,
Scroll down if you need to and you should find your ipad
Right click mouse on ipad icon and select troubleshooting
the computer will start "detecting problems"
after a bit it will ask fix this problem or ignore
So select the fix.

Your ipad will now be visible in File Explorer(left click on the first icon at bottom of screen) Click on the ipad, and click on in my case the first or second icon to find what you want. Good Luck

The latest craze Decluttering

Over the last few months I have been going through the house and trying to declutter - having gathered up so much over the years and taking ...