• Rice and Orzo Pilaf with hot summer salad
    Salads,  Side dishes

    Hot summer salad – zucchini features in a side treat

    Zucchini (courgette) features in this delicious hot salad. Fresh garden vegetables combine for a wonderful side dish or feature salad. This dish grew out of my need to use up a lot of garden vegetables at once. I had a large garden and the zucchini and tomatoes would all come in at the same time and I struggled using them up. So I decided to combine them and created something that soon became a hit with the entire family. With all the fresh vegetables this is health plus – zucchini is healthier than you may think! I show it here along with Rice and Orzo pilaf and roasted chicken. Serves…

  • Rice and Orzo Pilaf with hot summer salad
    Side dishes

    Rice and Orzo Pilaf – Delicious side dish

    Rice and Orzo Pilaf. A delightful side dish for virtually any meal Orzo is not as common as other forms of pasta but it is very versatile and easy to work with. What I like doing with it is combining it with rice for a lovely pilaf. Another name you may see instead of Orzo is Rosmarino. If you can’t find either you can break up any thin spaghetti such as Vermicelli. Browning the orzo in butter results in a creamy texture and taste and adds a nice color. 1/2 cup long grain rice 1/2 cup orzo 1 Tbl butter 1 cup + chicken stock 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp…

  • Salmon with whole grain mustard
    Recipes

    Salmon with whole grain Mustard – delicious and #1 for health

    Salmon is not only delicious but extremely healthy. This version with whole grain mustard is simply wonderful. Fresh salmon – whatever fillet or steaks will serve your required number of servings. Whole grain mustard – 1 Tbl per salmon steak (and/or enough to cover fillets/steaks with a thick layer) Salt and pepper vegetable oil Chopped chives or parsley for garnish if desired Season the salmon with salt and pepper and top with the whole grain mustard making a thick layer covering the entire piece. Preheat an oven on grill setting to 195c (380f). Heat an oven proof skillet over high heat until very hot. Add just enough cooking oil to…

  • Sesame Fish
    Recipes

    Sesame Fish – delightful and simple

    This method of cooking with sesame oil works with any white fish. In this case I used Hoki but any similar variety (eg. cod, perch) works fine. 2 Tbl sesame seeds 2 Tbl sesame oil (which has many health benefits) 300-500g white fish (1/2 – 1 lb fish) Chopped fresh parsley or chives juice of 1/2 lemon Toast sesame seeds (like you would for Tahini)  over medium heat stirring often until lightly browned. Careful, they can go from toasted to burned in the blink of an eye. Remove to a bowl and stir/toss to cook as fast as possible. In the same pan add sesame oil and raise heat to…

  • Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce
    Sauces

    Delicious Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce

    Delicious Mushroom and Red Wine Sauce I enjoy red wine with my steak and love sautéed mushrooms on top so I often combine the two. It makes a wonderful sauce for beef. Here I served it on a nice sirloin steak, twice-baked potato and steamed asparagus. Yum! This delicious mushroom sauce is surprisingly simple and takes no time at all. I’m typically cooking it just when the steaks come off the heat and are resting. I recommend a nice cabernet sauvignon for the wine but go with whatever red wine you like. Remember the #1 rule of cooking with wine. If you wouldn’t drink it, don’t cook with it! 1-2…

  • Ultimate Social Media
    News of the Day

    Ultimate Social Media – #1 plugin for great Social connections

    Ultimate Social Media   If you have a Webpage you already know the critical importance of Social Media. And if you are using the WordPress.org structure then you definitely need the USM plugin. You can see the buttons in use on our Home page. This add-on makes it super easy to add Social likes, follow or share buttons to assorted locations on your site. And even if where you want to place the icons isn’t already built it you can use shortcode to place the icons anywhere you like! USM supports a huge number of social platforms: Facebook Twitter YouTube LinkedIn Pinterest Instagram Snapchat And many many more! No advanced…

  • Ultimate Social Media
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    Website Hosting – we find HostGator #1 for a great host

    HostGator website hosting     Looking for Web Hosting? HostGator is the web hosting option we have used for  Asindera.com and we’re very pleased with it. Domains were easy to get, SSL is included, and you can set up your site as a WordPress page at the click of a button. Here’s some of the features I find most valuable: 99% up-time 24/7 online chat for support unlimited email addresses for your site free SSL support Great choices of hosting options from shared servers all the way to your own fully dedicated server Add as many domains as you like and HostGator will maintain, renew, and even protect your registrant…

  • Garden Ties in Use
    Frugal tips,  Tips

    Garden ties from old cloth strips – great frugal tip

    We use a cloth type washcloth for our dishes. They wear out over time. Instead of disposing them I cut them into strips for use in the garden as garden ties. After our dish washcloths wear out I cut them into strips. Then I use them in the garden to tie up plants that require staking. I found that twine can cut into the stems as the plants move in the wind, and using cloth is better. This way the plants are treated more gently and it’s only costing me something I would throw away anyway. As a bonus they end up decomposing.  

  • Steamer using pot and strainer
    Frugal tips,  Tips

    If you don’t have a steamer, make one – it’s easy!

    Steaming is the most healthy way of cooking most vegetables and it preserves not only the nutrients but the color. Having a steamer on hand is a great idea. There are many steamers out there, one of the most well known is the bamboo variety used in Chinese cooking. But if you don’t have access to one and/or are limited in space for too many specialist extras you can easily engineer your own. By using a standard pot with lid and a strainer that has pot hooks all you need to do is put enough water into the pan to almost come up to the bottom of the strainer, put…

  • Pea and Ham Soup
    Recipes,  Uncategorized

    Pea and Ham Soup – Wonderfully Healthy and Fulfilling

    This healthy and hearty Pea and Ham soup really hits the spot! I usually have ham available because I love it so, and it can be frozen if you have too much at once (it changes the look and texture somewhat but doesn’t affect the flavor). Dried split peas are as ‘cheap as chips’ and can usually be found in bulk. Kept cool and dry they will be good a very long time. And unlike most dried legumes they don’t need pre-soaking. Makes 3-4 servings 2 cups dried green split peas 1 medium yellow onion, diced 1/2 tsp All Purpose Seasoning 1 small stalk of celery, chopped 1 medium carrot,…

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