Tomato Salad

This is a recipe for a tomato salad that my family will be enjoying with our Aussie BBQ on Christmas day.

My sister in-law made this for us a couple of years ago and since then I have been passing it along to many others that enjoy it. There are only four ingredients so its super easy to make.new pics 819

Ingredients:

3 punnets of cherry tomatoes

1 bunch of basil

1 block of fetta

8 slices of prosciutto

Directions:

Cut up the prosciutto and lightly fry with Olive oil. Allow to cool. (I don’t drain the oil off as this adds to the flavour of the salad).

Wash tomatoes and cut in half; pop in a salad bowl. Wash basil and tear apart leaves into pieces. Crumble in the fetta.

Add the cooled prosciutto and mix it all together. Now go and EAT IT! YUMMO

This really needs to be made on the day as the tomato sweats if left for too long and although it tastes just as good for leftovers the next day it wont look as good!

Homemade Pizza

A simple nights tea is just what we needed tonight, so we made up so dough in the bread maker and got busy making pizza’s.

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For the toppings we used tomato paste, basil, bacon, cheese, pineapple and olives. Popped it in the oven and went outside for one last play.

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After about half an hour our tea was ready to eat!

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Homemade deodorant

I just wanted to give you an update on what works for me in regards to natural deodorants As most of you know I’m a little crazy and I like to make my own deodorant. I’ve been using homemade deodorant for 2 years now and I can honestly tell you I will never go back to store bought commercial stuff. I like to live as naturally as possible and it actually scares me what added nasties are in products that we use and eat on a daily basis.

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The recipe I use these days is very simple and works a treat.

I mix up equal amounts of Bi-carb soda, Arrowroot and Coconut oil, I cant stand strong perfume smells but I do like to add just a couple of drops of Tea tree or orange essential oils. I slightly melt the coconut oil (10 seconds, just till soft) in a small pot and stir through the remaining ingredients. I then pour it into a small jar and that’s it.

This small jar lasts at least 3 months and is not only cost effective but also good for your skin also. Now as I discussed in my first recipe, this is not an anti-perspirant so YES I still sweat although there is no smell! TRUE.

There may also be a period of time where your body needs to get used to not using commercial products so maybe summer is not the time to test this out! Good Luck

Laundry washing liquid

Today we made some much needed washing liquid.

The recipe is similar to the powdered laundry detergent except that you melt all the ingredients together to make a gel. Now I am typing this on my iPhone as our computer broke down about a month ago, hence why I haven’t posted anything in awhile, so bare with me.

The recipe is:

1 bar of grated soap, melted in 1 litre of boiling water.

Take the pot off the element and Add to this mixture 1 cup of borax and 1 cup of washing soda and 2 litres of warm water.

Pour into a large container and occasionally stir as the mixture turns into a gel substance.

Use about a quarter of a cup for each wash. Easy and fun!

Choc chip cookies

Does anyone have one of these tucked in between their cookbooks. I’m not sure where it originally come from but I somehow acquired this album full of old recipes from my parents  house when they moved.

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Today I want to share my adaption of a recipe that we use quite often from this book. Its a choc chip cookie recipe that is pretty simple but oh so yummy.

CHOC CHIP COOKIES

Ingredients:

125g butter

1/2 cup caster sugar

1/3 cup of brown sugar (firmly packed)

1/2 tsp. vanilla extract or 1tsp of vanilla essence (whichever one you have)

1 large egg (we use duck eggs for a richer flavour)

2/3 cup of self raising flour

1 cup of plain flour

and 1 rounded cup of choc chips (we use white and brown choc chips)

Preheat oven to 180 degrees or 160 for a fan forced oven

Using an electric mixer, beat butter, caster sugar, brown sugar and vanilla together until pale and creamy.

Add the egg and beat until combined.

Sift flours together and add choc chips and flour to the butter mixture and stir until well combined.

Form heaped teaspoons of dough into balls and place on a baking tray.

Bake for about 13-15 minutes or until lightly golden. The longer you leave them in the crunchier they are. We like them soft and doughy so I take them out around the 13 minute mark when they are JUST showing some golden.

Leave cookies too cool or eat them while the chocolates still gooey and hot (my preferred way).

Enjoy! 

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Homemade Deodorant

About a year ago on my quest to live a healthier life and cut out chemicals in the food we eat and in the things we use on our bodies, my first step was to try a more natural deodorant. I tried a lot of different types brought from the stores but just couldn’t find one that worked for me.

After trying many and going back to normal deodorants I came across a few recipes online. I started off with this recipe. Since then I’ve mixed up the recipes a bit and come up with one that works for me.

Here’s the recipe:

3Tbs Coconut Oil

2Tbs Arrowroot

3Tbs of bi-carb soda

(You can also add some essential oils after you have melted everything).

I put these ingredients into a bowl and put it in the microwave for about 30 seconds or until all ingredients are soft, Stir until all combined.

I just use my fingers to apply.

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Now your probably thinking I’m a little crazy, but I can honestly say I smell better now then I ever did using commercial deodorants.

This isn’t an antiperspirant so I still sweat but there is no smell to it what so ever and there is a bit of an adjusting period but once you get over that its great!

Homemade Yoghurt

My family only eat natural yoghurt, we add it to everything. Muesli in the mornings, in baked goods and it is O so yummy with fresh fruit puree. Our favourite at the moment is apple and pear puree with some cinnamon.

I have been making my own yoghurt since Billy was born using the easiyo maker until recently when I realized it was a whole lot easier and cheaper to make my own from scratch.

I make mine from fresh milk, straight from the cow. This does need to be heated up to kill all bacteria and then cooled back down. You can find many recipes around, these are some that I have tried and liked.

But this is how I do it, you will need:

Ingredients:

1 litre of the best quality milk you can find.

Starter yoghurt, this needs to be the best quality natural yoghurt you can find. Natural yoghurt contains active live cultures; this is the friendly bacteria that will turn your milk into yogurt. I use Jalna; Once you have started making your own, you just use a Tbsp. of that as your starter each week.

Tools:

1 litre jar or container

Thermometer

Thermos of some sort that fits your chosen jar, you could use a small esky. I use the old easiyo flask.

A saucepan to heat the milk.

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Sterilize your jar and lid, I do this in boiling water but if you have a dishwasher then that works just as well.

Method:

Heat the milk in a saucepan to near boiling, continuing to stir until bubbles are just starting to form around the edges. Take off heat and allow to cool down to about 45 degrees.

Your milk will probably form a crust layer on top; you can take this off but I just stir it through.

Pour your milk into your sterilized jar and add 2 Tbsp. of starter yoghurt, Stir through well.

Place the lid on the jar to seal. Fill your thermos up with boiling water from the kettle and pop your jar in. Put the lid on. You will now need to put your flask somewhere that will be away from draughts and stay warm. I put mine on the mantle near the fireplace to keep warm. Leave the yoghurt for 8-12 hours to set.

Resist the urge to check if it is set as this will disturb the yoghurt and you will end up with sour yoghurt soup. Trust me I’ve tried!

Then enjoy, just like I have been while writing this post. Homemade carrot cake with natural yoghurt. Yum