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Homemade Vegetable Stock and an iPhone Food-photography Challenge

Ingredients for stockStocks are the foundation of many sauces, soups and other dishes and there are times when I prefer to use a homemade stock instead of stock cubes. Making vegetable stock is so easy and with only a bit of washing, peeling (or not) and chopping to do, a pot of vegetable stock will be simmering on your stove top in a matter of minutes. Of course, I wouldn’t be without my handy stash of stock cubes either, which sit next to the stove in a little box.

With homemade stock, you control the flavor, seasoning and intensity and it’s a good idea to double the recipe and store some stock in the freeze for another time. I mostly freeze chicken and turkey stock as they take longer to make. Continue reading “Homemade Vegetable Stock and an iPhone Food-photography Challenge”

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Healthy Avocado Smoothie with Cinnamon

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Using the blender to whip up a quick vitamin and mineral packed smoothie for breakfast or later in the day is a fast way of providing your body with food, sustaining energy levels and keeping hunger pangs at bay. Avocado are one of the super foods and we eat a fair amount in our family… I love their delicious buttery texture and slightly nutty flavor, the hass varieties with their knobbly skin are my favorite. We enjoy avocados in smoothies, salads, spreads, sandwiches and pâtés and of course who doesn’t love guacamole. Even if you are not an avocado fan, you can pamper your face with these wonderful home-made face masks… avocado’s are so good for your skin… inside and out. I don’t ever remember not liking avocados and as a child my first memory of eating them was when dining at hotel restaurants and choosing from the menu an Avocado half filled with Prawn Marie Rose which I always seemed to favor. Continue reading “Healthy Avocado Smoothie with Cinnamon”