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Tuesday, April 28, 2009
In the kitchen:
I make a thick paste with 1 tbsp of soda and a drop or two of water. This is a great scrubber to clean my stove top and sink. For an all around kitchen cleaner I mix 1/2 cup of washing soda, 1/2 cup of vinegar and 2 litres of hot water; I use this to wash cupboards, appliances, counter tops, walls, tiles and vinyl floors. For windows and glass surfaces I mix about 3 tbs of vinegar and 2 cups of water, store it in a spray bottle, spray and wipe with a lint free cloth or newspaper.
I use these same methods in the bathroom but add a little bleach(1 tsp) to the washing soda and water and pour it into the toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. I'm trying to find a greener way to wash the toilet but for now a little bleach will have to do.
Monday, April 27, 2009
High School was difficult for me for many reasons but the biggest I think was my lack of self conficence, if only I knew then what I know now...
Friday, April 24, 2009
In the greenhouse.
Did a little tour of my garden today and snap peas, radishes, turnips, lettuces and chard have sprouted and I'm waiting on onions, potatoes, carrots, parsnips and green onions. I have one row left which will go to green beans..I can't believe I don't have any room for beets. I've never planted parsnips so if they don't produce they are out and beets will be back in next year.
You can't see much growing but here is the veggie garden.
And the artichokes are making an appearance amid the grass and weeds, must get out there..
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
But...my bread baking is getting better. My recipe is here but this time I sprinkled the unbaked bread with water and rolled it in a mixture of cornmeal , sesame seeds, oats and flax seeds, looks really rustic and tastes great.
Heat heat some oil for frying.
Divide the dough into bun size pieces, than flatten each piece.
When the oil is hot add the dough, make sure you lay the dough in the oil away from you.
Drain the bread dough on paper towels and enjoy. Spread with butter and jam or sprinkle with cinnamon sugar, delicious.
Before shaking. After shaking
Friday, April 17, 2009
Freshly caught today. I poached them, shucked them and are now in the fridge ready for a salad.
These prawns were caught just off the waters of Powell River. These little guys are pink when caught and remain pink after cooking. They are very prickly with a tougher skin than their warm water cousins. Once cooked their texture is not quite as firm as other prawns and shrimp but just as delicious with a sweet buttery flavour.
Thursday, April 16, 2009
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
This weekend I planted sugar peas and swiss chard. I have many more seeds to plant but it's still a little cold, frost this morning.
My seedlings are doing quite well, getting bigger, maybe a bit leggy so it better warm up around here..
The hollyhocks, marigolds and snapdragons that I started from seed are moving along in my unheated greenhouse. I have some mystery plants growing to..why oh why did I think I could recognize a seed???
I'm planting potatoes for the first time this year, Yukon Golds, if the weather holds they will go in this weekend.
Thursday, April 9, 2009
Wednesday, April 8, 2009
It seems that I've been working on it forever but it's done now.
A change pad, booties and bib.
Now I can move onto my next project, a tea cozy..let's hope it doesn't take as long to finish..
Monday, April 6, 2009
Said the Hobbit, a wonderful blog, comments on their $1.00 per day food budget. Yikes...I spend much more than that..
It is an ambitious goal and one I admire but...how does she do it? Said the Hobbit made a comment to my Pasta and Prawn post about her budget - grade 2 veggies and out of date sauces help her to live within her budget.
Food makes me a little crazy. My cupboards and freezer have to be full or I get nervous which makes it difficult to stick to a budget because if something that I use is on sale then I usually buy it. There are four grocery stores in Powell River and I shop at all of them because they are all very close. I wait for the sale fliers and then make my list according to sales.The upside to my neurosis is that if people come over unexpectedly I can always whip something up and not run to the supermarket...
So..Margaret..get over it already..and make a budget. I know I can't come close to $1.00 per day, or $2.00 or $3.00 but I think I can start with $10.00 per day, $70.00 per week. See how that goes and hopefully reduce it further as I get used to it.
I'll make a spreadsheet and track the amount of money I spend on food and post my success and/or failure.
I tried to break down the cost of the pasta and prawn dish I posted yesterday but it's time consuming and not very accurate. I have a hard time costing out pepper, salt, spices, oil ect...I use them every day but only buy then once in a while.The prawn pasta I made breaks down like this:
Prawns - $6.99
Parmesan - $0.50
Pasta - $0.75
flour - $1.00
yeast- $ 0.20
Olive oil - $0.50
Butter lettuce - $0.89
tomato - $0.50
cucumber - $0.50
Parsley, salt and pepper, chili flakes, dried basil, olive oil and vinegar - $2.00
Bottle of homemade white wine $1.66 (4 glasses)
Total for four adults $15.49/$3.87 per person for dinner.
I'm really counting on my veggie patch to get me through the winter...fingers crossed for a hot, sunny summer.
350G dry linguine
2 cups of prawns, deveined and peeled
1/3c olive oil - divided
1/2c finely chopped parsley
1 tsp chili flakes
3 finely chopped garlic cloves
1 tbsp butter
Salt and pepper
In a large pot bring salted water to boil for the pasta. The water should be as salty as the sea. Place the pasta in the boiling water and stir right away until the water returns to boil. The water should remain at a gentle boil, cook the pasta as per the package instructions, about 8 minutes or so.
In the meantime, over medium high heat saute the prawns in about half of the olive oil until just pink, salt and pepper to taste. Lower heat and add the rest of the oil, butter, parsley and garlic.
Drain the pasta, toss in the prawns and sauce, serve.
Parmesan cheese can be added but often on fish dishes cheese is not used.
I have substituted mushrooms and asparagus for the prawns and it's just as delicious, however Parmesan cheese is a must.