Friday, 19 April 2013

Citrus Fruit to Start Seedlings

Use the leftover lemon, orange, or grapefruit to start your seedlings. Plant the entire thing in the ground and the peels will compost directly into the soil to nourish the plants as they grow - It's kind of a "circle of life" type thing ;)

Cake Truffles

  Cake Truffles Recipe
The yield depends on the size of your cake

1 moist cake ( plain cake or chocolate cake)
1/4 walnuts (optional)
1 1/2 cups bittersweet chocolate chips
2 teaspoons coconut oil or vegetable shortening (such as Crisco)

Break the cake up into small chunks and place in your food processor along with the walnuts, if using. Process for 2-3 minutes until a smooth and sticky batter forms.

Line a baking sheet with wax paper. Taking about 2 tablespoons at a time, shape the dough into round balls and set on the baking sheet. Repeat with all the dough.

Place the chocolate chips in a bowl and melt in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring each time until smooth. Stir in the coconut oil or shortening to thin the chocolate and make it smooth.

Using two forks, dip each ball into the chocolate and let coat completely. Shake off excess chocolate and transfer to the wax paper-lined sheet to set.

Once all the balls are coated. Place in a cool, dry place to set for one hour. These can also set in the refrigerator. Place in small cupcake or candy wrapper cups or serve as is. Store leftovers, covered loosely in the refrigerator, up to one week.



Saturday, 13 April 2013


If you’re like me and peeling and cutting potatoes or any veggie, is a painful experience, you embrace any idea that makes any chore easier.
I’d love to make my own potato/veggie dishes but it takes me so long to peel and chop them that I don’t.
PINTEREST to the rescue!!! Yesterday as I was happily pinning away, I came across a pin that said to put potatoes in the top rack of your dishwasher (yes, you read correctly), and run them through a rinse. En Voile! You have lovely, washed potatoes!
 “But wait!” you say. “Angela, that’s great for washing the potatoes but I still have to peel them!” OK, now in comes your oven! BAKE your potatoes, let completely cool and then scoop them out. Now you have the fix’ins for mashed potatoes or whatever potato dish you desire! Leave them as is and you have baked potatoes (obviously:-S…), scoop them out, add some butter and milk (or milk alternative) and mash them or whip them with beaters and you now have fluffy mashed potatoes. You can now even make potato soup without a lot of fuss.
If you want to make say, a potato scallop, do the dishwasher trick, leave the skin on and put through the processor with your slicing blade.
These little tricks will work on other root veggies as well.
Happy cooking!

Thursday, 11 April 2013



1 1/2 cups diced fresh pineapple
1 banana
1/2 cup greek yogurt
1/2 cup ice
1/2 cup pineapple juice.
This is like Orange Julius on steroids!