Saturday, 26 November 2011

Saving water at home

I got this from the campaign of the water company I am subscribing and found these tips very helpful. On the website of the water company, they sell some device that would help save water together with these tips, but I think by just doing these steps without any device used would save water anyway, so we do not really need to buy anything, just follow these water saving tips:

• Turning the tap off whilst brushing your teeth- it is an easy way to save water, in fact this one simple action can save up to ten litres of water each time you brush. Or you could use a cup!

• Save water and save energy by choosing a shower instead of a bath- They say that 15,000 litres of water per year could be saved if you choose this quick refreshing way to get cleaned.

• Make sure that every time you fill your washing machine or dishwasher it is fully loaded before you start it- because a two half loads will use more water than one full load.

• A modern dishwasher can use as little as 10 litres per cycle whereas an older style can use a massive 40 litres. When using your dishwasher, use the quick wash function if your pots and pans aren't really dirty.

• If you are waiting for the tap to run hot, collect the water and use it on your plants. Instead of waiting for it to run freezing cold, collect drinking water in a jug and store it in the fridge for a refreshing drink.

• Water your garden with a watering can rather than use a hosepipe or a sprinkler- a sprinkler can use as much water as a family of four uses in one day. If you do use a hose pipe fit a trigger gun attachment which allows you to control the flow of water more carefully.

Saturday, 5 November 2011

Ho to Make Traditional Toffee Apples

This is good for 6 persons, however you can do as many as you want, if you got more apples and ingredients.

• Wash 6 eating apples and dry with kitchen paper.

• Insert a lolly stick through each core. Grease a baking paper with butter and put on a baking tray. Put a bowl of cold water in the fridge.

• Put 450g white (cane) sugar in a pan with 50g unsalted butter. 2tsp cider vinegar and 1tbsp golden syrup. Add 150ml cold water and heat, stirring gently, until the sugar has completely dissolved.

• Bring to boil, then boil for 10 minutes until it turns into toffee. To test if its ready, drop a small piece into the bowl of cold water. If it goes hard immediately, then it is ready.

• Remove from the heat and dip the apples in (one at a time), swirling them around gently until coated. Put on a grease paper and leave to set.

Thursday, 3 November 2011

How to Carving A Pumpkin Face

You will need:
A pen
And a little bit of imagination

To prepare:

1. Decide on the design of your pumpkin face, then choose a size and shape of your pumpkin. By up-ending the pumpkin, you can use the stalk as a nose.

2. Draw the face on with a marker pen, then cut off the top with a knife to make a lid. Scoop out the seeds with the spoon and remove flesh with a knife (children should be supervised when handling knives).

3. Use a very sharp knife to cut along the marker pen lines. Steady the pumpkin with your other hand.

4. Add the finishing touches. Example: you could drape pumpkin fibres and seeds over the head to look like freakish hair. Have fun!