Archive for May, 2015

A Few Of My Favorite Things – Best 5 Gadgets For The Kitchen – May 2015

In My Kitchen

Ahhh it finally feels like spring, it sometimes even feels like summer already, today for example we have 28 degrees Celsius, what a joy!
When the weather smiles at me I feel like smiling back at it, so I BBQ…a lot LOL
But seriously, it’s that time of year when my shopping senses suddenly awaken and I feel the urge to buy, renew, and renovate. If only there were more than 24 hours a day, if only I could spend less time at work and more time at…well, life. But I know, I’ve got first world problems.
I find that a good problem solving strategy is to get something new, so I compiled a short list for you all, of things I’m planning on getting myself, maybe some of you will like these too, sharing is caring I say and I definitely care 🙂

#1 Purchase – Popsicle Molds
I guess most of you are like me, and you have some Popsicle molds lying around the house, stuff you bought at a sale once and can’t remember where the lids are. This is exactly why I ordered this mold. No need to worry about lids, you get rid of the stick when you finish your frozen delight and you can make 10 popsicles at a time. I’m sold.

Popsicle Molds

 

#2 Ordered – A Corn Stripper
No, not a stripper with corn, a corn stripper.
I don’t know about you guys but I don’t fancy eating the corn on its cob, I like cutting the kernels off, smearing it with butter and sprinkling salt. This way I don’t end up looking like I ate a chick when I smile after a meal and have all the corn leftovers stuck between my teeth. So much easier and cleaner to eat this way. I got the kids to like eating this way as well, heehhee.

Corn Stripper

 

#3 Already have this one – The Best Lemon Squeezer
Why make a mess by squeezing a lemon between your hands when you can pop it into this great gadget, squeeze, and ta-da! You’ve got juice!
I use this for adding lemon to salads, batters, even my water bottle. It’s just so easy and clean.

Lemon Squeezer

 

#4 On my wish list – Digital Measuring Cup and Scale
I have a measuring cup and I have a scale, but it would be soooo much easier to just have these 2 in 1. And it’ll save me spoons, bowls and cups to clean after baking and cooking. Just put your ingredient in the measuring cup and get the quantity and weight all at once. I want this.

Measuring Cup Scale

 

#5 On its way – Cherry and Olive Pitter
It’s cherry season you guys! I love cherries! Imagine sitting on the couch in front of your favorite show and pitting cherries away instead of spitting to a bowl. Imagine how easy it would be to make that cherry pie or add cherries to well….anything. I have one of these but it’s so old and wobbly…I want this new one. It’s pretty.

Cherry and Olive Pitter

Best Kitchen Gadgets

Ahhh it finally feels like spring, it sometimes even feels like summer already, today for example we have 28 degrees Celsius, what a joy! When the weather smiles at me I feel like smiling back at it, so I BBQ…a lot LOL But seriously, it’s that time of year when my shopping senses suddenly awaken […]

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Roasted Zucchini, Onion and Walnut Spread

Home Made Cooking | Salads

Isn’t life amazing? And busy? And amazingly busy? Yeah, I’ve noticed.
The fact that I wasn’t posting for a while does not mean I stopped cooking (well maybe for a bit there) or eating (I wish). I WAS keeping it on the low side though, which means I preferred to snack on things than to have an actual full meal. That said, snacks do not have to be unhealthy you know.
On one of  my phone calls to my mom we were (as usual) talking about new recipes we tried lately. My mom was raving about this zucchini spread she made. She is trying to go easy on gluten and dairy and looking for substitutes to say cheese spread or mayo based salads and spreads.
I gave her recipe a try and it was a hit! Zucchinis, walnuts and onions, all mixed together, forget the nutritional values (oh they’re good), the taste was amazing. I made a whole bowl and it was gone the morning after. The kids couldn’t stop munching on this with crackers.
I made it again and again and the same enthusiasm every single time. I guess it’s really good then.
This one is vegetarian, nutritious, very easy to make and has almost no fat in it. The only thing you’ll need to make it (aside from the ingredients) is a food processor.

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Roasted Zucchini, Onion and Walnut Spread
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Recipe type: Salad
Cuisine: Vegetarian, Snack, Spread
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This delicious and nutritious spread is my new addiction. With Zucchinis, onions and walnuts, it will upgrade any cracker.
Ingredients
  • 4 Zucchinis
  • 1 Medium Onion
  • 2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • 3 Hard Boiled Eggs
  • 3 Handfuls Walnuts (about 1¾ cup)
  • 1 tsp Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F (200C)
  2. Slice the zucchinis into ½ inch thick rings and the onion into ½ inch half circles (cut each whole slice in 2) and place on a parchment paper layered baking sheet .
  3. Drizzle 2 Tbsp olive oil on top of zucchinis and onions and place in the preheated oven for about 20-25 minutes or until the veggies soften.
  4. Place the walnuts in a medium bowl and cover with boiling water. Let it soak for about 20 minutes (you can do this while the veggies roast). After 20 minutes drain and remove from water.
  5. In the food processor, place the roasted veggies, hard boiled eggs and walnuts and process until almost smooth.
  6. Add in the salt and 2 tsp olive oil and give it a quick process again. Process until even.
  7. If your spread is too chunky to your taste you can add 1 tsp olive oil or a bit of water to smooth it. It should be a tiny bit chunky, not completely smooth.

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Vegetarian Spread - Roasted Zucchini onion and Walnuts

Isn’t life amazing? And busy? And amazingly busy? Yeah, I’ve noticed. The fact that I wasn’t posting for a while does not mean I stopped cooking (well maybe for a bit there) or eating (I wish). I WAS keeping it on the low side though, which means I preferred to snack on things than to […]

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