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A simple snack!

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Back in my school days final year, we had a Cookery Teacher, who was a young newly married. She took us students to her home one day (because she was one of those friendly teachers!) and showed us how to make this simple snack. A good idea to use up left over bread slices!

Ingredients:

Bread slices – 12 (for 3-6 people)

Potatoes – 3-4

Salt, pepper to taste

Pinch of chilli powder (optional)

1- 2 Eggs for coating

Breadcrumbs for coating

Oil for frying

Method:

Boil potatoes, cool and mash. Add salt, pepper, chilli powder and set aside.

Cut of edges of bread slices.

Dip each slice in a small bowl of water, lightly, squeeze out water between the palms of your hands.

Take a small portion of the mashed potato and put in the centre of the bread slice.

Roll it up like a finger snack.

Dip in beaten egg.

Coat with the breadcrumbs.

Heat a frypan with oil and fry them gently, with a light golden colour. Do not overcook.

Drain any excess oil on paper.

Can be eaten plain or with a dip – tomato ketchup or chilli sauce.

Homemade crackers

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I remember as a child growing up in India, we had a wide variety of biscuits at the biscuit shop or the Biscuit Man would come with his box of biscuits once in a while. There was a huge variety, not just the delicious sweet biscuits, but the crispy crackers as well! You know the ones where you could lather on some butter! Buttery, sugary shortbread! Coconut cookies! Macaroons! There were even little tiny round biscuits, which were the childrens’ favorite ofcourse, because of their size.

Here is a recipe similar to what I have been looking out for some time! Homemade crackers!

http://nourishedkitchen.com/homemade-crackers/

6 surprising foods you can freeze!

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http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/2015/01/05/6-surprising-foods-you-can-freeze/

Daily servings of Fruit and Vegetables

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http://www.thekitchn.com/10-photos-that-show-you-your-daily-recommended-servings-of-fruits-vegetables-207261?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=managed

Unhealthy foods to avoid!

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Always on the lookout for healthy food tips and ideas, here is some good advice  …

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/unhealthy-foods-to-avoid-at-all-costs.html

Energy saving ideas

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Energy saving advice …

http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/2011/09/19/here-are-some-top-tips-inspired-by-the-save-power-program-run-by-1-million-women-partner-the-nsw-government-and-its-office-of-environment-and-heritage/

Grow your own food!

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Its worth a try – to grown your own veggies …

http://www.1millionwomen.com.au/2014/08/21/infographic-genius-cheat-sheet-for-growing-vegetables/

14 foods that fight inflammation

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http://www.health.com/health/gallery/thumbnails/0,,20705881,00.ht

Barley

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We grew up with barley – cooled lemon drinks during hot summer days or in flavoursome soups on cold days! I was told by mum and grandma it was good for your kidneys and stomach. Well you always felt good after drinking it, so no harm in trying! We never had soda or soft drinks, except on the odd occasion at a party. Barley fulfilled all our thirsty needs during the hot weather! Cheapest and the best!

One of the grains always stocked in my pantry cupboard to add to soups or to make those barley water drinks during the hot season. From what I’ve been told it reduces the risk of developing diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, among other things.

Barley Water drink:  Add a cup of barley seeds to about 3 litres of water, add a pinch of salt and bring to the boil. Allow to simmer for about 1/2 hr to 1 hr, adding more water if it gets too thick. The liquid shouldnt be too thick. Allow to cool completely, drain of the barley seeds. Add squeezed lemon juice (1-2) and sugar to taste, stir in a jug, add iced cubes and serve. This can be kept in the fridge, covered for upto a week.

Here is a link to the nutritional value of barley in the diet …

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=127

Refrigerator Pickles

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Always on the look out for preserving foods, especially for pickles!

Here is a new recipe I discovered today from this blog …

http://savoringtimeinthekitchen.blogspot.co.uk/2011/08/refrigerator-pickles.html

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