Sunday, 24 July 2011

Beetroot and feta cheese salad

I got this recipe of a supermarket magazine, tried it, and just love it! So I am sharing this to you, it is easy to do and ready in just 25 minutes.

Ingredients:
40g sunflower seeds
2tbsp olive oil
1tbsp cider vinegar
1tsp clear honey
½ tsp coarse grain mustard
300g pack cooked beetroot
2 eating apples
3 sticks celery – thinly sliced
125g feta cheese
French sticks or crusty bread- to serve

Instructions:
Toss the sunflower seeds in a dry frying pan over a medium heat for 3-4 minutes or until lightly toasted. Tip into a bowl and set aside.
Make a dressing by putting the olive oil, vinegar, honey, and mustard in a jar or sealed plastic container. Seasoned with pepper and shake well.
Peel the beetroot and cut into thin wedges. Core the apples and sliced thinly, leaving the skin on. In a bowl, mix the beetroot together with the apples, celery and dressing.
Break the feta into small pieces with your hands. Add the beetroot mixture and stir gently. Sprinkle the sunflower seeds over the salad and serve with bread.

Hope you enjoy it as much as I did!


Saturday, 23 July 2011

Chocolate Fridge Cake Recipe

Ready in 15 minutes plus chilling!

Ingredients:
400g milk or plain chocolate, broken into pieces
100g unsalted butter
225g Madeira cake, crumbled
30g Rice snaps
50g glace cherries
4 digestive biscuits, broken
50g seedless raisins
2tbsp golden syrup
White piping icing

Instructions:
1. Line a loaf tin with baking paper
Melt 275g chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmer water, stirring at regular intervals.
2. Melt the butter and add the chocolate along with the crumbled Madeira. Mix the rice snaps, glace cherries, digestives, raisins and syrup, and mix well.
3. Pour into a loaf tin and chill in the fridge for 2-3 hours or until set.
4. Remove the cake from the tin, peel away the baking paper and put on a plate or board.
5. Melt the remaining chocolate, and spread over the top of the cake with the back of a spoon. Set aside for 30 minutes to set, then decorate with the piping icing. Cut into squares to serve.

Photo of cornflake clusters (left) and Fridge cake (right):

Home Made Cornflake Clusters Recipe

This is so easy to make and ready to eat in 40 minutes

Ingredients:

125g milk chocolate- broken into pieces
25g unsalted butter
1tbsp golden syrup
75g cornflakes- any brand
Dr. Oetker Chocolate Hearts
Mini marshmallows

Instructions:
1. Melt the chocolate in a bowl over a pan of simmering water.
Add the butter and syrup and stir until melted.
Gradually stir in the cornflakes.
2. Spoon into the paper cases
and then decorate with the chocolate hearths and marshmallows.

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Removing coffee stain on a shirt

Removing a coffee stain is very easy and it does not take long to get rid of it! I have actually done it a couple of times with my husband’s shirt as well as mine, as we do love drinking coffee and sometime do get a little accidents with coffee spillage on shirts and trouser/pants.

To get the coffee stain off, you will need:
• Bicarbonate soda/ baking soda
• Warm water
• White vinegar/ distilled vinegar


Procedure
Soak the stained shirt on warm water with a spoonful amount of bicarbonate soda/ baking soda.

Wash it using your hands and rinse it with a hot water but please check out the label of your clothes on how hot your fabric can take.
After doing so, you can wash it again using a detergent powder, rinse and let it dry.

Now, if it is a big dried coffee stain, you need a tougher solution, and you will need white distilled vinegar to get rid of the stain. Just soak your shirt on warm water with a little amount of distilled vinegar and wash it with your hands, rinse well and wash it again for the last time to get rid of the vinegar smell, this time using a detergent powder, rinse and let it dry.

Saturday, 16 July 2011

Cleaning a glass door















I have here a cleaver way of cleaning a glass door, this is great if you got small child that loves touching glass with their dirty hands. It could be a conservatory glass door, windows, backyard glass door, and glass table or even wardrobe mirror that little children usually loves to touch and do their sort of hand printing after eating their meal.

You need:
• Rubbing alcohol or a surgical spirit as what is it called in the UK
• Kitchen towels
• Empty rectangular ice cream tub or any rectangular container with a lid


Instructions:
Tear some sheets of kitchen towels, you can tear as many as you can and put them all in an empty rectangular container, likes an empty ice cream tub.
Put a rubbing alcohol liquid on top of it, making all the sheets soaking wet with alcohol.
Close the lid and leave it overnight.

Cleaning procedure:
Just take a sheet and wipe the glass door until it gets cleaned, but keep replacing the sheet when it is dirty. This will not only clean your glass, but it will also disinfect it, making it safe for your little one to touch the glass door again.

Friday, 15 July 2011

Recommended foods for diet

If you are on a diet or just concerned about your food intake, I have here some ideas of healthy foods you may try for your diet. These are not just healthy, they are delicious too!

• Sandwiches or pitta bread filled with salad vegetables, grated cheese, mashes salmon, or sardine or cold meat.
• Yogurts and fromage frais.
• Humus and bread or vegetable sticks.
• Ready to eat apricots, figs, or prunes.
• Vegetable and bean soups.
• Fortified unsweetened breakfast cereals, muesli, and other whole grain cereals with milk.
• Milky drinks or unsweetened fruit juices.
• Fresh fruit.
• Baked beans on toast or baked potato.

For more information, check out nutrition degree online. The more you know, the better off you and your family will be.