Filed under: Clever Chickadees, craft, food and beverage, green, inspiration, kid friendly, now you know, penny saver, project, quornflour | Tags: bucket, bucket list, clever chickadee, Clever Chickadees, craft, food, food and beverage, free, freecycle, friends, green, inspiration, kid friendly, life, pickle, pickle bucket, project, quornflour, recycle, reduce, reuse, Upcycle
For an upcoming project I need some food safe, water tight buckets.
Now I could go to Home Depot and buy a few Homer Buckets and call it a day: but that seems ridiculous, especially since they don’t need to be orange and I don’t want to pay to advertise for someone. (When I bought my Wrangler I removed all traces of the dealer, even the hitch cover which in hindsight I wished I had just spray painted, but oh well.)
I have a few buckets that I use for my recycling and dog food and kitchen laundry, which I figured I could use in a pinch, but first I figured I’d see about acquiring a few.
Did You Say Free?
Now you can get buckets from lots of restaurant and catering places that order large amounts of food supplies, especially pickles, croutons, protein powder and teriyaki.
I have had the best luck acquiring buckets from sandwich shops.
All you need to do is call (or stop in) and ask, now don’t do this during the lunch or dinner rush or they might stomp ya.
It is a good idea to call first because a lot of places don’t keep around what they don’t need, so you might need to ask them to save them for you. A smaller place may go thru a bucket a week or so, so if you need multiple call around.
Be sure to let them know if you need lids as sometimes they get separated.
I have run into places that charge a small amount for their buckets, if it is a mom and pop type place I am ok with it, if it is a chain, forget about it!
What’s that smell?
It is important to note that these buckets are plastic (not BPA free as far as I know), so they will most likely smell like whatever they were originally used for.
Generally a little time in the sun will remove significant smells and over time the smell will dissipate, so keep this in mind and time things accordingly.
I am super happy about my acquisition and after they sit outside for a day or two I will get some good use out of them!
Filed under: Clever Chickadees, food and beverage, gluten free, low calorie, lunch, quornflour, recipe, side dish, snack, Thanksgiving - Fall and Winter Holiday Foods and Crafts, vegetarian | Tags: bzzagent, cheese, clever chickadee, Clever Chickadees, culture, dill, easy meals, fage, food, food and beverage, friends, gluten free, low calorie, lunch, quornflour, recipe, snack, vegetables, vegetarian, yogurt
Years ago I was at a friend’s house and looked in her fridge and discovered something strange. When I asked her what it was she said that she was making yogurt cheese. It was something that her grandmother had taught her how to make.
I had not really thought of it until recently, when this website (bzzagent) I am a member of asked me to review and give feedback on FAGE Greek yogurt. Since I was getting three 17.6oz containers of yogurt I figured this was the perfect situation.
You are going to need:
1 ½ teaspoons dry dill
1 teaspoon freeze dried garlic
¼ teaspoon salt
The zest of one lemon
2 cups of Greek yogurt
The non-food items you need are:
32oz wide mouth canning jar with lid
12oz wide mouth canning jar (you can use the same lid as above since you only need one at a time)
Cheese cloth 1′x3′
A rubber band
A small mixing bowl and a spoon
In the bowl combine the ingredients and mix in thoroughly. If you are impatient you can stop there and use the mix as a delicious dill dip for veggies or chips or on salmon.
Take the cheese cloth fold it into a 1′x1′ square and set it in the 32oz jar so it hangs about halfway down the jar and secure it below the jar threading with the rubber band.
Spoon the yogurt mixture into the cheese cloth net. Be sure not to press it in too hard so that it doesn’t press the mixture out.
Secure the lid and let the mixture refrigerate overnight.
When it is ready it will have lost about a half cup of liquid. Carefully remove the cheese cloth net, remove the yogurt cheese from the net and place it into the smaller jar.
Serve on crackers, toast, or bagels with lox or whatever you think is delicious.
Filed under: Clever Chickadees, craft, etsy, green, inspiration, kid friendly, photography, project, quornflour, sewing | Tags: etsy, quilt quilting, quornflour, sew, sewing, sewing machine
For the last few nights I have been working on a commission quilt.
I am happy with how it turned out.
Here are some pictures.
My etsy shop: http://quornflour.etsy.com/
Filed under: Clever Chickadees, dinner, easy meals, food and beverage, gluten free, low calorie, lunch, quornflour, recipe, side dish, Thanksgiving - Fall and Winter Holiday Foods and Crafts, vegan, vegetarian | Tags: beets, carrots, clever chickadee, Clever Chickadees, dinner, food, food and beverage, friends, gluten free, kale, quornflour, recipe, roasted, side dish, thanksgiving, vegan, vegetables, vegetarian
My friends and I have a variety of local sources for our meats and veggies depending on living arrangements. Since there are different sources there are different items that folks get.
It isn’t unheard of for people in my circle to barter, in the summer this includes veggies.
Currently I am working on a resume for a friend in exchange for farm eggs and veggies.
Anyway, especially so it seems in recent years one of the items you see a lot of, that certainly (in my opinion) is not worth bartering is kale.
Yeah, I know, it is supposed to be some superfood because it is full of all sorts of good stuff for you, but you know what, I do not like kale. Don’t worry the feeling is mutual I am certain.
At any rate I occasionally end up with a bunch of it, those are the days I wish I had chickens, actually most days I wish I had chickens.
In the line of other veggies that I don’t like includes carrots, but only cooked carrots am as it turns out only water cooked carrots (steamed, boiled, chopped and added to soup).
What I have found however is that many of these that I do not like, I quite like when roasted.
Roasting is pretty easy, it’s one of the things I show friends who don’t know what to do with an oven.
Depending on what you are roasting the times and temps will carry, for this purpose we are going to use an oven at 400 and a cast iron skillet.
Rumor has it cooking in a cast iron skillet can ward off anemia.
Anyway, chop up 2 fist size beers, 1 yam, a rutabaga, 3-4 carrots and put them in the skillet.
Now add about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (or rendered bacon fat), a pinch or two of salt, crack about a quarter teaspoon over it and then squeeze the juice of an orange (2 blood oranges if they are handy).
Next up, stick your hands in there and toss it all together to get everything coated and pop it in your oven and wait.
You will start to smell them as they roast. About 20 in open the oven and see if they are starting to brown and toss everything and return it to the oven.
Chop up a bunch of kale (bunch being a vague unit of measurement), and after another 5 minutes add it to the veggies. And leave in there for another five minutes.
All the root veggies should be soft and the kale a bright shade of green.
This combination also makes a delicious tipping on pizza along with blue cheese.
via Roasted Roots.
Filed under: beverages, breakfast, Clever Chickadees, dessert, dinner, easy meals, food and beverage, gluten free, low calorie, lunch, quornflour, raw, recipe, snack, vegan, vegetarian | Tags: gluten free, juicer, raw, vegan
A friend of mine had a juicer that she got as a wedding gift but never used, did I want it?
Before I thought about it I was saying yes. Then things got crazy and I forgot about it, for months it remained in the box.
After getting a delivery of carrots and apples from my organic produce delivery (boston organics) I felt a little overwhelmed, then I remembered the juicer.
I started simple with things I knew I liked and enjoyed a simple and delicious juice.
Here is what you need:
an apple, a pear, ginger root (about the size of a baby hand), a peach, a beet and a handful of carrots (6-8).
It is super delicious and if you pour everything in and add the beet juice last you can make fancy cappuccino designs on top!
via Just Juice.
Filed under: dinner, easy meals, food and beverage, gluten free, low calorie, lunch, meat, quornflour, recipe
It is hot, but all the same I wanted hot soup. Something that was quick to make so I don’t heat myself out of the kitchen. I got to thinking of HotPot. I figured I could probably pull something like that together.
So I pulled out the cast iron Dutch oven and set to work.
First I added about a tablespoon of rendered unfiltered (still had salt pork nuggets in it) bacon fat. I turned up the heat and melted it down. Then I added a box of Pacific brand mushroom broth (you could also use beef) and a 1/2 cup of water (careful of splattering grease) and brought it to a rapid boil.
Next add about a pound of thinly sliced beef strips that you’ve let sit for about 15-30 minutes with salt on each side and a finely sliced jalapeño.
Next in goes the green onion about 5 chopped up.
Add some mushrooms, the fancy kind as pictured, also called shimeji if you want to get official. You can find them in the same section as the mushrooms in the grocery store in packages, you’ll use the whole package, just separate them from each other and drop them in.
Now add 2 chopped garlic cloves and about 10 shredded basil leaves.
Next up add a bunch of bok choy, chopped and two sliced tomatoes.
Turn off the heat and throw in some cellophane noodles (aka: bean thread noodles).
Add salt to taste and serve hot.
It is super easy since really all you have to do is rinse, chop and boil. Since it only takes about 15 minutes top to make it won’t heat up the whole house.