The days of asking my Mum are gone now - but fortunately we have Google.
So I have been cooking popcorn, as a more healthy snack and totally non-packaged item, as I can buy it with my own container at Binn Inn.
Except that I have been having trouble getting it right when cooking it in a saucepan, and had to use the method posted below for cleaning up burnt saucepans.
So after googling it I now have the secret!
So if you want to know too (and it is clever) go to simplyrecipes - perfect popcorn
|How to cook perfect popcorn on the stove|
Cleaning Burnt Saucepans
Sometimes when saucepans are badly burnt I know of people who have thrown them out. But all you need to do is cover the bottom with water, throw in a big tablespoon of baking soda, bring it to the boil, turn it off, then let it sit overnight. The next day the burnt on stuff will have lifted right off.
Free Range Eggs
There has been a scandal in NZ recently with an egg farmer prosecuted for selling caged hen eggs as free range at twice the price...which has led to a lot of discussion as to how do you really know. I've just read Wendyl Nissen's newsletter (see the link to her blog on my page) where she suggests using Google Earth to zoom in on the egg farm you buy from to see if the hens are running around outside. I tried that, but honestly couldn't tell, so have done a search on the producers (mine are from Quail Valley Farms, Belgrove) and they look legit and responsible from what I have found. They market under Sungold Organics.
Essential Oils for Disinfecting
There probably aren't any/many sax players who read my blog, but this is useful for other applications too, like toothbrushes or maybe mouthguards.
After playing my sax last weekend with bronchitis coming on I wanted to clean it up so I didn't reinfect myself. So I added a few drops each of clove bud and neem essential oils to some water and gave my mouthpieces, reeds and sax-cleaning equipment a good clean up. The reeds and such tasted nice, and I think next time I'm going to put peppermint in there too. Oh - there are only some oils that are safe in small amounts to ingest, so check carefully if you are going to use any others. I use these ones in my toothpowder and know them to be safe.
Then I read this article about how essential oils are so good for disinfecting, which let me know I was on the right track.
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