Wednesday, June 15, 2011

2x recipes - one edible, one not..

Ok so here's 2 recipes for you today.

I'll do the inedible one first .. washing liquid.

It definitely makes for cheaper washing of clothes!  Plus it's really easy to make!
Here's how you make and use it:

Boil 3litres of water in a stock pot (able to hold 7litres)
Once it's come to the boil take it off the heat and add:
1/3 cup Lux Flakes
1/3 cup Soda Crystals (you can get these from Bin Inn if you're in NZ)
Couple scoops regular washing powder
Capful of Eucalyptus Oil (this can be really expensive at health shops OR you can find it super cheap in the candle/aromatherapy section at the Warehouse!  I'm not sure where else you would get it from ..)

Mix until it's dissolved and then fill the pot up to 6 1/2 litres with cold water.
Then you just need to whisk it every now and then when you walk past.
After it's cooled down it will turn viscose and then you just need to pour it into containers.  I use 2x 3litre containers and a couple 1 litre ones.

Now it's not THE BEST cleaner in the world - but still worth making as it WILL save you $!  I use it in every wash, but find it needs a bit of a boost for those dirty/stinky clothes e.g. kids muddy trousers etc.  
I use 2 scoops (about 2/3 cup) on cleanish clothes, and the same on dirty clothes except I'll add half or quarter of the recommended amount of regular washing powder to give it a boost. 

Ok so onto the EDIBLE recipe which is DELICIOUS!!

Unfortunately I don't actually have any photos of it.  I'm pretty sure I've taken a photo once before and it's maybe somewhere in my posts but I obviously didn't tag it clearly because it is not easy to find .. SO I shall write it here anyway!  Seriously, this is THE best brownie recipe I have come across because it is not only delicious every time, it is REALLY quick to make!  
(Lets just say it should look something like this) (pic taken from here)


Mix together:
-100g melted butter
- 2 eggs
- 1cup sugar (any will do - I like to use raw)
- 1tsp vanilla essence

Sieve on top:
- 2Tbl cocoa
- 1cup flour
- 1tsp Baking Powder

Fold the wet and dry together and add 1cup choc chips (roughly, you can add more .. I often do hehe!).  You can also use choc buttons or whatever chocolate you have on hand really!

Cook for 5min on HIGH in microwave elevated.  (NOTE: Easy way to elevate your dish is to put an upside-down cereal bowl in the microwave first and sit the dish on that.)  Check it after 5 min and see if the middle looks cooked.  If it's still sticky in the middle, cook it for an additional minute at a time, checking after every minute until it's cooked.  It shouldn't need longer than 7min.

Decorate how you like, or just eat - warm or cold!  

Happy making!

Sima J

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Yukky Tomatoes

So I made my easy Chicken Curry last night (recipe here) and was in the process of dishing it up when I came across some disgusting bits of rotten tomato in it!! EWWWW!!!!! Here is what they looked like:

How disgusting is that?!
Of course I took photos - I'm a blogger after all!  But I also sent them to the manufacturer to complain.  Here's hoping I get some free vouchers to say sorry ;-)
Would YOU complain?  I think that the way I think about it is that if it were MY company, I'd want to know what the customer wants so I can provide it.  And this customer sure doesn't want rotten tomatoes!

Sima J

Monday, June 6, 2011

Homemade Cheesy Garlic Bread!

I made this for lunch yesterday and it was DIVINE!! It will definitely be added to my favourite recipe's book!
Pretty darn easy to make so far as bread goes and we pretty much ate the whole loaf in one sitting hehe
I got the recipe from here

Oh me, oh my I HIGHLY recommend you make this one! (and add all the cheese, garlic butter, thyme and rock salt .. it MAKES it!)

Sima J

Sunday, June 5, 2011

mmmm Saturday morning brekky..

Just a nice little post about a yummy breakfast.
Maybe it will inspire you to make some waffles too!

Have you had a super yum brekky lately?
Sima J

Friday, June 3, 2011

What I'm Loving .. birthday!

Linking up with PaisleyJade because...

I wholeheartedly believe that no matter what is happening in your life, there is always something that you can be thankful for... no matter how simple it is.

I am totally loving that I managed to make J's 8th birthday cake without a disaster happening!  
NO burning the cake!

NO mucking up the icing!

NO dropping it on the floor (I had images of all the funniest home videos of people dropping cakes as I transferred it to a safe place after icing it!!)

This is the scene pre-icing .. laptop with picture at the ready...

The cake pre-icing..

And the cake post-icing ..

It's pretty alright.  I can't say I was ecstatic about it but J liked it and that's the main thing.  The problem with copying someone else's super awesome cake, yours never looks quite as good.  Ahh well, it was a good effort :-)

What are you loving?

Sima J

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Couple of random makings

I LOVE the fact that my parents live close (ish) and have a big property with an awesome orchard and huge vege patch .. plus they have an area the size of our whole garden dedicated to RHUBARB!
We are SUPER lucky to have had my Mum come and babysit the kids last Friday and she bought with her .. RHUBARB.  Time to make some Rhubarb and Apple Crumble .. YUM!
I use the Alison Holst Recipe for the topping (msg if you want the recipe - it's super easy)
Here it is - just put in the oven mmm mmmm

 And here is my other making (in the process of being made anyway).
Another quilt (similar to the one in this post) for another friend's baby.

And no, I haven't finished the last one yet!  I tried, honest, but I ran out of bobbin yesterday and Mum has the cotton I'm using!

What goodies have YOU been making lately?

Sima J