today would have been your birthday, I still miss you
Saturday, January 12, 2013
Angel wings for kirsty, to hang on the back of her beautiful old mannequin.
For Raymon, I had done this earlier in the year and only had a few little bits and pieces to complete it.
For Jessica and her little family.
http://living200.blogspot.com.au/ I loved it will be making it again. The chorizo sausage was $4 so at reasonable price for a meal for two taking the other ingrediants into account I would say less than $10.
Wednesday, January 9, 2013
This is a lovely Dahl recipe I got when on one of my dumb diets (giving that lot up) (all of them), it is very versatile and as a vegetarian dish it goes a long way.
SOUTH INDIAN RED LENTIL DAHL
1 med onion chopped
2 garlic cloves crushed
2 tbsp ghee (found in supermarket, butter bi product, great for these recipes)
1 tbsp fresh grated ginger
1 tsp of ground cumin, coriander, turmeric and salt (all dried)
1 fresh chilli chopped fine
2 cups of vege stock (I use 1 tbsp dried stock and add 2 cups hot water to dissolve)
1 can coconut milk (approx 375 gram)
1 can crushed tomatoes (I use a couple of fresh tomatoes chopped up)
1 plus half cups dried red lentils well rinsed under cold water (they will all stick together)
1 to 2 cups diced fresh vegetables
1 cup loose pack fresh coriander (to serve)
fresh lemon or lime juice (to serve)
Cook onions in ghee until soft add ginger and garlic, cook 2 mins
add dried spices and chilli, stir well for 1 min (fragrance is released, smells delicious)
Stir in stock, tomatoes and coconut milk.
Add lentils, stir, cover pot and simmer 5 mins
Stir in veges and simmer until veges and lentils are soft (about 15 mins) I tend to overcook but still tastes good
check for flavour and add more salt if needed
Serve with fresh coriander and squeeze of lemon juice
If you have a Indian friend, they may advise you on how authentic this recipe is and how to improve on it. I find the flavours mild and fresh which suits my palate.
I divide it into 6 separate meals and freeze 5 for later use, just heating through to cook. I like to add fresh chopped or sliced vegetables like cabbage, celery, capsicum etc
Enjoy and let me know what you think. Anyone else with a favourite Dahl recipe please share.
Slow down and smell the roses
Monday, January 7, 2013
I read on Pinterest about putting chopped up lettuce in a jar and vacuum sealing. I was definitely interested as it keeps up to a week or more. As this was an American pin, I had to hunt around for the actual manual vacuum food pump. Neither coles or woolworths stock them. Not in Kitchen shop, eventually by chance I checked King of Knives in Galleria, lucky me, they did and whats more reduced from $19.95 to $3.95. Now I know you can get the electrical one, but as I don't have room for any more electrical gadgets I decided against them, also they are $129 and you need to get another gadget that fits over the lid and could only find that online so even though it was only $10 postage would have had to be included. This is where the internet is so cool, from the Pinterest pin I went to her blog, and on her blog she had lots of comments. One of them was on using the manual pump.
chop your lettuce, I used a baby cos and chopped it into bite size pieces
Saturday, January 5, 2013
I hope you all had a great Christmas and I wish you a fun filled happy New Year.
This year I am going to change the format of my blog, more ways to become self sufficient and at least one art journalling page a week.
The reason for the self sufficiency is that John retires at the end of the year and we will be living on a pension. I am really looking forward to this. My thoughts are that when you work you have a reasonable income but are time poor. We are not good at spending wisely, as we are time poor and just buy whatever we think we need, we also waste a lot. When you retire and go on the pension your income is less but the upside is you have a lot of time to become better at spending your smaller income and living within your means. I find this exciting and a challenge. I started working towards this several years ago and planning on ways to ease into this. We have spent up on making sure we have good reliable electrical goods, linen and clothing. In my mind I knew that there where things we where going to have repaired and we made sure that we had savings to cover them. In the last month the air conditioner broke down, we had been warned, it happened just before the heat wave, damn it all and we never got it fixed for a week, but now it will be good for at least another 10 years. Next to go was the vacuum cleaner, we have always tried to get the best quality we could afford and this was a Dyson, worth every cent. Will get another one of that brand. And as it always goes in threes, the reticulation system is playing up, hoping it will last out summer then get it renewed. Got new sheets at David Jones 50% off in the sale, so got good quality they should also last 10 years, then we will be just getting what we can afford. So, after all explanations aside, the plan for this year is to learn self sufficiency and planning on how I spend my $ as I also think that the most important thing when you get older is your health. So my aim is to get good quality food and get it in season. I will share with you my journey, hope I don't bore you with this, and I am hoping you will share with me your money saving ideas. I joined Pinterest through Facebook about 4 months ago, what a wealth of ideas I am getting from there. I am going to try their tips and will also share them with you.
This morning I headed off to the Kalamunda Fresh Food Markets which is on every Sunday. I allowed myself $50 and this is the basket I bought home. I was very proud of myself as I found heaps of exciting new things I hadn't seen there before. This market is only small but it has very good quality produce.
a slice of the yummy bread, see all those poppy and sesame seeds on top. Maybe, a bit liberal, spread of butter and some of the honey, delicious. I know you are probably thinking that I shouldn't be eating butter but I refuse to eat margarine and after reading on Pinterest an article from a heart specialist about cholesterol not being the cause for heart disease after all, I am giving up on following advise on so called knowledgeable people, being very cynical here, who may, or may not, have a hidden agenda and are just as likely down the track to change their opinion, like this doctor. I intend to follow my own instincts and what I grew up with. Getting off all processed foods, finding whats in season and last but not least growing or making my own.
I hope you will stay with me on this journey
stay healthy and happy