I’ve always enjoyed slow cooked anything but what lead me to using a slow cooker for soy milk was because my stove is awful. The element only heats on one side on all of them and it’s hard to cook things at an even temperature. My first milk batch was too raw. Second attempt had an under taste of burn. The bottom slightly burned. And since I can’t get a new oven I had to think of some other way to cook my homemade soy milk. I thought, why not the slow cooker? It wouldn’t over boil and foam wouldn’t rise so why not? First I googled if anyone had and I couldn’t find so much as a blog post so I went with what I knew and the results where beautiful. It made the perfect soy milk. It also doesn’t have a raw bean taste like my other milks had. I put in some vanilla bean this time for flavouring and slow cooked it on high for 2hrs. I’m going to be making my soy milk this way from now on.
I have to write this here so I don’t forget what I made. Last night I really felt like stew with a particular taste. Cloves and pepper. I wanted something very clovey with a slow pepper burn and I managed to achieve it.
- Beef stock
- Whole Cloves
- Bay leaves
- Mixed herbs
- 1 Onion
- 4 Carrots
- 1 and a half cup of celery, chopped
- 2 Large potatoes
- Beef or Veal
- Gravy, Steak and Pepper gravy. Gravox
This dish you need to taste test often. Depending on how much meat and veg you have, will depend on how much stock you need. I started out with 1 liter and by the time everything was added I ended up using 3 litres of stock and got quite a few serves out of it. First I brought 1 litre of Aldi beef stock to boil then turned it down to a very light bubbling simmer. Next I diced the onion and put it in first. Then I put two small pinches of cloves in. I love cloves so if you’re new to cloves or don’t like them only put in 4-6 whole cloves. Next I put in 6 nicely sized dried bay leaves. This really compliments the cloves and takes some of the edge away from the harshness cloves can cause.
Next I added the diced veggies, carrots, celery and potato. When the veggies were half to almost cooked I added a decent pinch of mixed herbs too add a touch of flavour. At this point I also added a pinch of salt and a pinch of pepper. I didn’t add a lot because the pepper from the meat and gravy would be added. Just before I added the meat I added a table spoon of garlic. You don’t have to use that much, only use enough to taste. Because I had 3 litres of stock the garlic was not very strongly tasted through my stew but it added to the flavour and nice flavouring to the meat.
I left it on a low simmer to slowly cook while I cut meat. I used veal chops since that’s what I had in the freezer. First cut off any and all fat. As much as you can. I used scissors since it was easier. Then dice the meat. Prepare a pan or electric fry pan and use a little bit of olive oil to grease the pan. The aim is to only seal in the meat with a little flavour. Put salt and pepper on the diced meat and lightly fry. The meat should still be pink inside and then added it to your slow cooking stew. Slow cook until done. Make sure to keep your pot lid on so you don’t loose your stew to evaporation. I checked how ready my stew was by cutting the meat to see if it was properly cooked through and how soft it was.
I have an awful oven too so I had to keep turning my stove top up and down depending on whether or not it would be simmering properly. Towards the end, add some gravy powder. You may have to bring the heat up to make it thicken properly. Add and cook in the gravy to the thickness desired. This would generally work a lot better in a proper slow cooker.
This stew is very tasty and very fully of flavour. It was a big hit in my house. Because it was slow cooked there was a lot of flavours mingling beautifully together with the spices and I was able to judge how it was going by it’s smell and taste. This isn’t the type of stew that would suit everyone though. If you’re not a fan of strong tastes then I wouldn’t recommend making this but like I said, I had to write it down for myself so I could remember how to make it again.
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I’ve tried every way to make rice milk and I didn’t like any of them but I was determined to get it to work until I had an idea. I like the consistency of raw rice rice milk but I didn’t like how it tasted. It was to raw. I was going crazy trying to think of how to get it with a cooked flavour and then it hit me. Toasted.
I make my own rice flour for a variety of reasons, one of which being, to make short bread. After or before I make my rice flour, I toast it to preserve it and to stop it from going moldy to make sure it has no more moisture left after soaking it. So I did this to my rice milk batch.
I used one cup of brown rice and soaked it for several hours. After draining it thoroughly I toasted it lightly in my frying pan. Enough to make it dry but also until it smelled delicious. After I was done I put it in a heat safe bowl to cool. Then I added 3 cups of way and blended it. Because it’s raw it takes a long time. To speed it up, I blended it, then used my sieve to filter it and gathered the pulp in my strainer, placed that back in the blender with rice milk at half the amount and blended. I repeated this until my rice pulp was as fine as rice flour. This was my end result also I am sorry for the mess in my photo:
When I placed my hands in the milk (something I do to check the consistency) I noticed it was exactly like cows milk. Very white, watery like cows milk and it tasted a lot better. However to use it, it functions like any other type of rice milk except my batch is much stronger than store bought. I was very surprised by the resulted and delighted. After all the recipes I tried and read, this method works better. I tried it all and I am glad I had thought to toast my soaked grains.
I hope this post might help others out there making their own home made rice milk.
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Simpson EZI set washing machine really is superb. When we got it, I kid you not, there was no change in detergent but the clothes were noticeably cleaner! The whites were whiter. But it did make us all realise how slow and possibly insufficient our old machine really was. Which is something you don’t always consider.
I’m still getting use to it’s many modern features. Having to do less by bucket and and other hand washing methods. I love it’s pause button. I love the way it soaks. Our old machine just soaked for a full 30 mins and then carried on with the rest of the wash cycle. My Simpson, soaks for a few minutes and then agitates, then soaks and agitates. This makes more sense since that’s why I do with my hand washed items and why with my old machine wasn’t effective with soaking. I just didn’t bother to soak unless it was done manually but now I don’t have to worry.
It’s nice. We had our old machine for 10 maybe more years. All our washing machines have lasted us what feels like centuries so I was very out of touch with new washers. Over all I’m pleased and my clothes look like new all the time.
° 3 large potatoes
° 3 decent sized cuts of your favourite pumkin
° 1 onion
° 1 teaspon or more of garlic to taste
° 1 to 2 leaves of leek.
° 1 litre of chicken stock
° olive oil
° cream (optional but recommended)
Lightly oil a frying pan. Dice the onion and the white part of the leek and place in the frying pan along with a teaspon or more of garlic to taste. Lightly fry until leek is cooked. Put aside for later.
Prepare chicken stock. Dice green part of leek and add to the stock. Let sit until ready to use.
Cut potatoes after peeling them, into quarters and cut the pumkin into chunks. If the pumkin is to tough to peel then wait until they are half steamed and then peel them after they are cool. Prepare them for steaming. Only half cook them.
After half steaming peel pumkin. Use a stock pot or large pot and add chicken stock, fried onion and leak, potatoes and pumkin. Bring to a boil and then turn it down to about half heat and cook for 15 minutes. After that, bring heat down till there are no bubbles and simmer for another 15 mins. Take pot off stove after its done and allow to sit for 10 to 20 mins. This is important. It will further cook itself and allow more flavour to soak into the veggies. Also we want it to no longer be scalding before making it into pure.
The last thing to do is to blend it into pure. Using either a hand blender or nagic bullet. After blending it is optional but you can add some thin cream and stir it in to make it extra yummy. This mix makes approximately 2 litres of soup. It is nice hot or cold and is quite filling.
I hope you’ll enjoy it!
I won’t be hiding this emails address since I think people should know about this. There are two things to know about receiving scam emails from people trying to impersonate a well known organization like Amazon. Official Amazon email address despite the country, for an order confirmation and bogus email address. ALWAYS read the email address NOT the sender name!!
REAL email address. Sender name will be email@example.com with an email title: Your Order with Amazon.com
anything with a number after auto-confirm or letters is a scammer. Anything that says firstname.lastname@example.org or hotmail, is a scammer. Anything that sounds official but ends in @yahoo.com is a scammer trying to impersonate amazon. So be very careful and never reply!
Next thing to look out for in this bogus email is a zip file. In this zip file is an exe file. DO NOT RUN THIS! No exceptions! It will be called something like Order Information, Recipt or something stupid like that. This is a program. NO shop will ever send you order information in the form of a program. It is most likely a virus or worm with the intent to gain your personal information or destroy your PC. DO NOT run it! All of Amazons order information should be in your email appearing like this below and if Amazon does send you an attachment it will be a safe PDF of document file. Never an executable file (exe)!
So, your proper Amazon confirmation order (if you even ordered anything at all) should look something like this. I’ve blurred my personal details. Further down this email is details and information on what I ordered, when I ordered but I couldn’t screen cap all of the Amazon email:
Not like this!
Notice a few major differences in the fake email.
- No official logo.
- No addressing you by your first or full name that is registered with Amazon.
- No receipt.
- No order details except for a fake item number.
- No mention of the shipping method.
- No information on the order you supposedly ordered.
- No estimated delivery time.
- No information about the store on amazon you bought from eg. Sold by: __________
- Not as many strong uses of paragraphs like an actual Amazon order would have on order details.
- No coupons or deals on offer.
- No amount spent.
- No mention of your address like in the official Amazon email receipt.
- No links on where to change your order details. Unlike the official Amazon email.
- No information on how to get an invoice.
- No option to view your email in HTML.
- An attached file. Amazon doesn’t seem to attach files any more, probably due to this very issue.
- No information about not replying to this email. Real Amazon auto-confirm generally has a little disclaimer about not replying as no one will read it because it is fully automated and the inbox is not checked.
- No view cart, wishlist, order or help links.
- Different font
- Partial colour scheme to an Amazon order.
As you can see, there is quite a difference between a real email from Amazon and a fake one from either a scammer or some douche bag sending out viruses to random people on the net. More than likely it’s a virus to obtain personal information though I am not about to run it and find out. I will however after this post, be reporting it directly to Amazon.
If you get these emails, mark it as a phising scam. Do not reply. Do not reply because then they will also know that their email has been sent to a real person and they may try to persuade you to giving personal information. It is sometimes known as a confidence trick. They may even threaten you with legal action in a vain attempt to impersonate someone official. Legal action they may try to bring up would be debt collection. But they can’t do anything since what they are doing is illegal. The next step you can take is to then report the fake scammer email to Amazon.com and let them know about the issue.
Not all scammers are this lazy though. Some will take an order receipt and try to photoshop it to look offical but their email is what gives them away each and every time. This trick is often used with Paypal and unfortunately people fall for it. So in future if it feels suspicious, it probably is and always. always, always, read the full email link and compare to the original.
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Even though this sounds strange it works. I thought where better to share than my WordPress blog. The other day I had to clean my range hood. You know those fans above your oven, they get pretty grimy. Well I got around to cleaning the fan cover. I had no baking soda. I tried soapy steel wool, didn’t work. Concentrated dish washing liquid, didn’t work. Let it sit in boiling water to melt of the grease. Didn’t work, just clung to it.
So I had an idea. Denture pills. You know the little foaming things you put in a cup with your false teeth? I grabbed a slip. I’ll have to pay my mother back later. I put in 5 pills because it was a fairly large fan cover. 20 minutes there was an improvement. An hour later the grime was gone. Rinsed it off and it looked brand new.
What lead me to this idea? Well it was my mother whom years ago use to use denture pills to clean out coffee stains in coffee mugs. Because it has a mix of things in it including a low amount of bleach. I remembered this and I am definitely going to use it more often in future.
This would indeed work on a rock hard grimey spot on tiles or bench tops, all you’d have to do is put a bit of water and sit the pill there and let it foam up. Leave it to sit and wipe away. But I really don’t recommend trying this on material or carpet. Since so many of them have bleach it could lift the colours right out.
So that’s my odd little tip for the day.