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Thursday, 21 August 2014

Perfect Popcorn, Free Range Eggs

When I was in my twenties, I would phone my Mum often to ask her things - and she always knew! I love that my twenty year old daughter now texts me asking things like..."how do you cook mince?" And,"help my toe's gone numb, I'm scared it's going to fall off!" (it didn't)
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.

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  1. I left a comment - twice yesterday and it didn't appear either time. Let's see what happens this time!

  2. Hunh!
    Well, my comment was about make-your-own tooth powder. I was interested to read your recipe because I make mine as well. It's similar to what I use except I don't use vodka or cinnamon. I've read that cinnamon can be a gum irritant. Have you found it to be? I had been buying toothpaste that was over $6 a tube to get away from sodium lauryl sulfate which was causing mouth sores, so with the pennies the tooth powder costs, I am saving a LOT over the course of years.
    And I second your Thank Goodness For Google! Except that it is sometimes hard to sort out whose advice to take,

    1. Thanks for your comments Cynthia! - It did appear, but under the toothpowder post that this links to. I replied that I've stopped using the vodka in my toothpowder, finding that it keeps perfectly well without it, and I love the cinnamon in it, it causes me no problems.


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