All you need is two jars, clearly labelled. Let me explain in more details… Continue reading
Walking through the garden centre this spring, I noticed they were selling 5-year old lemon trees for £36. And I thought: ” I can grow one too”! Continue reading
If you have cracks, small holes, or even the occasional missing piece of cork that need filling, you can make your own wood filler at a fraction of the price.
Mix 2 parts Continue reading
Stock, whether made from lamb, beef or chicken bones, will give a lovely “meaty” and rich flavour to any dish. and is soooooooo easy to make! Below is a quick picture guide to give you that confidence to try yourself. Continue reading
Simple, re-use a Continue reading
To make these bags, you don’t need to have any sewing skills just some old fabric, a stapler and follow my quick step-by-step picture guide:
Below are a few handy tips that you might find helpful when preparing walls before painting. Basically, it is all about pleasing the eye. Let me explain. Continue reading
Don’t throw out your leftover pasta//tagliatelle as they will make a lovely diner the next day.
Spread your leftover pasta (stored overnight in the fridge) over the bottom of an oven-proof dish. Here, I also used leftover fish (trout). Break a couple of eggs into a bowl, add milk (about 100-150ml), enough to cover about 3/4 of the pasta), an optional dollop of double/single cream, and salt and pepper to taste. Pour over the pasta and sprinkle grated cheese (about 50g). Cook in a preheated oven (180 degrees Celsius) until golden brown (about 25 min).
If you don’t have a salad spinner, here is how to dry your salad leaves. Take a clean kitchen towel and place your salad leaves in the middle. Take all four corners and hold them in your hand, making a tight fist. Lift your hand to the side of your body, ear height, and bring it down fast like you were trying to slap the air. Give two or three vigorous whips like this until no more water falls on the floor.
When I do the washing, I regularly find myself with odd socks…. how on earth they manage to disappear, I am still to work that one out….!
Anyway, I have Continue reading
If you buy jars of vegetable in oil such as sun dried tomatoes or roasted peppers, make sure not to throw out the oil when your jar is empty. This oil, usually vegetable oil, can be used in your cooking. Handy for example when frying onions or in any recipe requiring vegetable oil. The advantage is that it already contains some flavour!
If you do not have a 4-pint milk bottle or if you want something smaller, place your kitchen waste inside an empty bread bag until you are ready to empty it in your garden compost bin. Then, when the plastic bag gets dirty, simply throw it away and use another one.
Just to let you know that I have updated the article I posted last summer about how to propagate a rose bush from rose cuttings, showing you that you don’t need to be a pro to grow expensive plants! So, if you are interested, click this link.
What I used to find most annoying is that my kitchen compost bin could never be kept clean even though I lined it with sheets of newspaper.
Now, I use a different container which never needs cleaning as, Continue reading
Beware of plants on special offer although I will show you in this post that every cloud has a silver lining! Let me explain… Continue reading
As much as I would like to get the credit for this, this tip comes from my husband! Continue reading
Fold your duvet cover neatly into four (i.e. into two and then into two again). Continue reading
It might seem impossible to reuse plastic seedling trays after one season if the drainage hole has become too large to hold any compost. I found a great way round it. Just pick up Continue reading
Only using egg yolks in some recipes will let you wonder what exactly you could do with the unused egg whites. Well, do not throw away because Continue reading
I have found a great use for these small net washing tablet bags found in some washing machine packs. Continue reading
You will find that some flowers in a bouquet last longer than others. Continue reading
When you taste this easy and quick recipe, you will think twice about buying ice cream again! Max cost £1.30 for around 900g of ice cream (using free-range eggs) and there are no additives or other nasty chemicals, just what you put in it! Continue reading
When making lemon or lime zest, most of the zest gets stuck on the grater. I used to run a pointy knife along the little blades to try and scrape off the zest but I have now found an easier way: Continue reading
It is likely that if you bought seeds and compost to grow your own flowers, you probably did not think about getting these very important white plastic plant labels. Well, this is exactly what happened to me. So, here is how I solved my problem: Continue reading
Re-use your empty spray bottles! Plastic spray bottles that used to contain detergent or other cleaning products make great water sprays and won’t cost you anything. Use them to Continue reading
I have been propagating geraniums using the same “mother” plant for many years.
This year, I did not have time to fill my little pots with compost but I did not want to delay growing my cuttings, so I used Continue reading
Occasionally, the rubber of my Marigold rubber gloves is so soft that the gloves keep falling down off my arms and onto my hands. This is very annoying as I need to keep pulling them back up otherwise, I end up with wet hands.
Here is my suggestion for you: Continue reading
For those of you who still use soap bars instead of liquid soap (it works out so much cheaper!), this tip is for you. Continue reading
I had a couple of egg whites left over from my delicious lime cheesecake. So, I decided to make meringues.
They looked lovely and delicious. But, believe me, they tasted horrible. I had a couple of mouthfulls just to make sure. They had definitely gone past the point of no return! Meringues are meant to look white. The temperature in the oven was just too high. Lesson learnt.
This recipe was easy and simple to make and so yummy that I want to share it with you. Continue reading
Once you have finished your shop-bought sliced bread, don’t throw out the plastic bag because you could reuse it in many ways. Continue reading