Sunday, 19 June 2016

Coriander Peas Rice ~Microwave Method

I love rice dishes and I am always looking for different ways to flavour my rice. One of my recent favorite recipes is this coriander peas rice. The recipe requires very few ingredients, but believe me the aroma of fresh coriander is so pungent that, it is all that is required to make this rice flavoursome and delectable.

I prepare this rice usually on a weeknight when I am in a hurry to get a meal on the table after work. For these occasions I tend to use my microwave for cooking to speed up the cooking process and also having the convenience of being able to cook something else whilst one dish is cooking in the microwave. 

Microwaves have come along a long way, my microwave oven is a combination one that cooks, grills and bakes but the newer Microwaves in the UK by Panasonic offer the turbo steam technology that preserves the delicious flavour, vitamins and nutrients of food. This is on my wish list when my microwave needs replacing.

To make this rice dish in less than 20 minutes you can use a microwave , it can also be cooked on the stove top although the cooking time may differ.  This microwave method is a foolproof way to make rice for those people who struggle to get delicious fluffy rice.

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Coriander Peas Rice
Aromatic coriander flavoured rice cooked with sweet tender peas.
  • 80g Frozen peas
  • 1 Medium new potato cut into half and then thin slices
  • 180g Laila Basmati Rice
  • 400 ml Water
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • 10 Coriander stalks
  • 2 Green chilli finely chopped (to taste)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
1. Wash the coriander and chop it roughly and add it to a pestle and mortar, add the green chilli and lemon juice and grind the coriander to a fine paste.(If you are feeling lazy you can do this in a blender)

2.Wash the rice and drain it. Add it to a large microwaveable bowl with a lid.Stir in the oil to coat the rice grains.3.Add the peas and potato slices, salt and two tablespoons of the coriander paste ( you can store any surplus in a jar in the fridge for later use) 4. Add 400 ml of water and stir all the ingredients. 5.Cover the bowl with the lid and place it in a microwave on high power for about 15 minutes to 18 minutes until all the water is absorbed and rice is cooked.6. Remove the bowl from the microwave and let the rice rest for 5 minutes after which open the lid and fluff up the rice with a fork.Transfer the rice to a serving dish and garnish with chopped coriander. You can serve the rice with any curry of your choice.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: Serves 2

This post is in collaboration with Panasonic.

Friday, 17 June 2016

Jungle Animal Finger Puppets ~ #Bostik Challenge

As part of the Bostik Bloggers challenge I have this month created a video post as well as a basic craft post using the contents that arrived in my Jungle themed craft box.You can see my Fathersday Zebra pot here. I made these finger puppets with my neice Little M and she loved playing with them. When I wanted to take a picture of them she arranged them on the table , when I asked her why the elephant was facing the other way she said that he not talking to the other animals!!!! Little M also used some of the other craft things in the Jungle craft box to create a jungle picture which you can see below.She loved colouring the tree in and sticking the grass and making the sky on her picture.

To make these lovely Jungle animal pipe cleaner finger puppets you will need;

  • Animal shaped funky foam shapes
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Bostic glue dots
  • Bostic pva glue
  • Scissors 
  • Scraps of coloured card

Instructions on how to make please watch this video:

Being part of the Bostik 2016 bloggers with Tots 100 and Merrily Crafts, I was sent some craft items in a box to create this project.

Sunday, 12 June 2016

My top 10 cleaning tips.

Picture from free printables.

I like to keep my house clean and tidy and the best way to do it is to do the chores regularly and not allow housework to pile up. I always wash and wipe my sink each evening after I have done the dishes. I also make sure that all members of my family wipe down the shower door after showering.  We have a rule that all laundry goes in the wash baskets and that all bins gets emptied every evening. All these little chores may sound laborious but it makes the weekly cleaning a breeze. I then do a thorough hovering, dusting and bathroom clean once a week which does not take very long as its maintenance cleaning rather than a full spring clean.

To help me with my cleaning, I try not to use too many chemical cleaners instead I have some great cost saving home remedies that work well. Below I am going to share a few of my cleaning tips that I find useful:

My top 10 Best Cleaning tips:
  1. Use vinegar and newspapers for polishing glass doors, windows and mirrors.

  2. Keep old cotton t shirts, cut them into squares and use for polishing, they are soft and they don’t leave behind fluff

  3. Make a paste from Bicarbonate of soda and water for cleaning fridge. It removes odours and it’s safe for the food.

  4. Place a lemon half in a bowl of water and put in microwave on high for 3 minutes. Remove the bowl and wipe clean the microwave.

  5. Use a tooth brushes to clean between hard to get areas in the bathroom and kitchen.

  6. Use white distilled vinegar to remove hard water and lime scale form kitchen sinks and taps and shower heads.

  7. Revive the grout on your bathroom tiles by applying a paste made from baking soda and bleach. Paste it on the grout and leave it for 15 minutes. Next using a toothbrush scrub the grout and rinse. You will have sparkling grout.

  8. To freshen up your mattress, you will need a box of baking soda and a few drops of essential oil. Add the oil to the baking soda and mix well. Sprinkle the scented baking soda all over your mattress and rub it in. Leave the baking soda mixture on the mattress for about 15 minutes after which hoover the baking soda off using a good quality hoover with a strong suction like the dyson

  9. To remove carpet stains, mix two tablespoons of salt with white vinegar and rub on the stains and leave for 15 minutes. Hover the stain with a good powerful hoover.

  10. To remove hair from the carpet, use a wet rubber glove and rub the carpet with your wet rubber glove, the hairs will lift off easily.

I have learnt over years that it just takes a few more minutes to put things back when I have used them instead of being lazy and leaving things out to tidy another day. Similarly it only takes a few more minutes to wash your cup after having coffee than leaving it in the kitchen sink for later. All these little efforts really make keeping the house neat and tidy and clean.

Do you have any great house cleaning tips that you can share with me???

I would like to thank Tesco for this collaboration. 
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