Wednesday, June 26, 2013

DIY Veggie Chips

Chips are a favourite in this house, and we're not even fussy about flavour. Salt and vinegar, chicken, corn, bbq their all good. If their crunchy, salty and put in front of us.....well they don't last long. Needless to say that is exactly why I don't buy them! 

However, making our own is ok....Right? At least I can decide what their made of and how much salt goes on them. 

To make the batch above, I simply cut into fine slices kumera, zucchini, beetroot and taro (using one of those fabulous dicer, slicer, chopper thingies!) sprayed them with a little spray oil and sprinkled with salt then placed them in the dehydrater for about 4 hours. 

By using the dehydrater I am able to retain all the nutrients of the vegetables, but if you don't have one of these you can easily place them in an oven on a low to medium heat and they will be just as yummy! 

Now we can chip away to our hearts content! 
Do you like chips? What's you favourite flavour? 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Pineapple cutting.....

The other day a friend was over and noticed I had a pineapple sitting on the window sill.
"Oh I love pineapple, she says, but I never buy them cause I don't have a cutter"...... A What?

Long story short, for years she's passed the pineapples by at the fruit store because she thought you needed a special tool or cutter to be able to eat a pineapple. You know one that makes the pieces look like a donut, similar to the ones out of the cans. No, no, no.......

Well luckily for her, I was taught by a seasoned professional who knew the art of chopping a good pineapple, tool free (thanks mum!) and was happy to show her how! 

This is my method......

First you cut both ends off your pineapple 

Next you cut off the sides, little by little, keeping as close to the skin as possible ( don't worry about the little black bits left behind yet) 

Now you need to go around the pineapple removing the little black bits left behind. Do this by making little wedge cuts. This will ensure you leave as much pineapple behind to eat, and you'll make a pretty pattern too! 

Then you simply cut it into half, then half again and remove the hard centre core of the pineapple (the pointy triangle looking bit). You can eat this only I find it very bitter, so we save that for the juicer then next day.

Then it's just time to cut it into bite size pieces. 

Place it in an airtight container and keep in fridge.....makes the perfect afternoon tea! 

Yum! Hopefully now they'll be no passing it in the fruit store.
Do you like pineapple? How do you cut yours?
Have you avoided something cause you thought it was going to be hard? 

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

25 ways.....

25 Ways to say "Well done!"

1. Amazing job! You should be very proud of that result
2. Congratulations, you got it right
3. Good remembering
4. I knew you could do it! Give yourself a pat on the back
5. I'm impressed, your a natural
6. I'm very proud of you - it takes a big person to say they are sorry
7. Now you rally have the hang of it - see, all your hard work is paying off
8. One more time and you'll have totally mastered it
9. That is the best you've ever done
10. That's the right way to do it.
11. Well done - you nailed it that time
12. You figured that out fast - I'm blown away
13. I can see you've been practising
14. You're doing beautifully - I appreciate the effort your putting in
15. You're just about there - keep at it
16. Wow! You are full of great ideas
17. Nicely handles, that was a tough situation but you coped well
18. Excellent, I can see you've really been thinking about this
19. I'm impressed at how you've stuck at it
20. I love your attitude - you're on your way
21. Thank you for just getting on with it
22. Hey! This needs to be on the news
23. I know it didn't work out but you kept your cool
24. You didn't make it this time but top marks for trying
25. Great stuff - your a star!

Monday, June 3, 2013


"Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high"
(words by John Denver - 'Sunshine')
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