Thursday, March 14, 2013
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
One of my favorite things to do in the kitchen is cook and prepare meals for my family to enjoy. Actually let me say that is my second most favorite thing to do in the kitchen. The first thing would be eating and enjoying home cooked meals with my family. Over the years I have experimented with many different recipes and various cooking styles. Some have been failures, while others were just so so and the rest have usually become family favorites. They varied from my famous hot chicken wings, carrot-apple-honey bread, stuffed Italian turkey breasts, scallops ala bordelaise, and many many more.
Lately I have been experimenting with soups and stews. I wanted to come up with a nice vegetarian soup that was high in nutrients and protein. This particular soups origination came from a trip to my local Trader Joes. While I was perusing the vegetable and salad aisle I came across a container of fresh organic lentils. I have never been a big fan of plain old lentil soup but I had recently read that lentils were high in protein and good for you. So I purchased the fresh ready to use lentils and began thinking about how to incorporate them into a hearty vegetable soup.
I started the soup out with two liters of low sodium vegetable stock. Try to stick with low-sodium stocks and broths for your soup. Most of the regular versions have over 1000mg of sodium per serving. That is a tremendous amount of salt and in my opinion cannot be too good for you. I would rather add salt to taste that way I can control my sodium intake. After heating up the vegetable stock I add a cup of cubed or sliced carrots and a cup of sliced celery. Trader Joes sells a convenient pack with pre-cubed carrots, celery and onions. I then take an onion and basically puree it in my chopper. This is then added to the soup. I also add several bay leaves, pepper, cumin, tarragon, season-salt and sometimes some oregano. At this point I also take some finely chopped garlic (from the jar) and basil (also from a jar). Then I add a large can or organic cubed tomatoes to the mix. While all of this is simmering I fry up some chopped mushrooms, onions, garlic and olive oil in a pan. At the same time in a pot I boil about 7-8 tiny gourmet potatoes. I really like the purple and red ones. I also slice up some baby carrots and add them to the simmering soup.
After the garlic, mushrooms and onions have browned nicely I add them to the soup as well. This give the soup a nice added flavor and the cooked mushrooms are a very nice addition. At this point I am usually running out of room in the soup pot so I remove some of the liquid and transfer it to a smaller pot. Remember I have to make some room for the potatoes. After cooking the potatoes for about 15 minutes or so I take them out of the pots and slice them into small pieces. They are then ready to add to the soup. Now at this point I add the lentils to the soup stirring them around in the mix. Then the soup is reduced to a simmer and I let it sit for about 1 to 1.5 hours.
After this time I check the taste to see if it needs any more salt or pepper. It usually does so I add some little by little until it tastes just about right. Then it is ready to be served. This is a great hearty soup to enjoy on those cold winter days. It goes great with some fresh whole-wheat buttered bread and crackers. For a non-vegetarian version you can add pieces of cooked chicken to the soup before serving. Here is a list of ingredients (feel free to increase or decrease amount to your taste):
- 1-cup of cubed or sliced celery
- 1-cup of cubed/diced carrots
- 1-cup of diced onions
- 1 large can of diced organic tomatoes
- 7-8 small gourmet potatoes
- 1 TBSP chopped garlic (fresh or form the jar)
- 1 TBSP of chopped basil (from the jar)
- 1 container of sliced mushrooms
- 1 medium sized white onion
- 3 cloves of garlic chopped
- 3-4 bay leaves
- 2 1 liter containers of low-sodium vegetable broth
- 1 container of cooked lentils (2 cups or so)
- Pepper, season-salt, oregano, cumin, salt, tarragon etc… add to taste
Cooking time 1.5 to 2 hours.
This article was written by a mom blogger Irene David. She is an author and writer for I love my kids blog Check out my site for more soup recipes, for tips on how to keep kids healthy and germ free in Preschool, Day care, School environment, health tips. We’re all about keeping people in touch with the newest & hottest products. Check us out for reviews, giveaways, freebies, coupons and more!
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
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Friday, January 4, 2013
First of all, a battery-powered car usually runs at 5 km/h. If you want a fast car, make sure that it has seatbelts. Well, actually, fast cars should not be driven by children. Skip the speed and go for safety.
Skip the streets
The streets are unsafe for your kids. Don’t let them drive on your street as there are many dangers out there that your kid driver may not be prepared for. Go to the park or designate a safe zone in front of your house where they can drive around in. If you do let them on the streets, make sure that you are there to supervise them.
Build their own track
If you have a big backyard, why not build your kids their own race track? This way you can be assured of their safety. You can use a gravel path or have the track paved but that would probably require a small investment on your part.
Watch out for grown up cars
Your kids can’t easily be seen by adults driving a normal-sized car. They are just not high enough. Tell your children to watch out for grown up cars and get out of the way as soon as they spot them. They should also press on the horn until they get the adult’s attention. Cars that are backing out are also dangers to watch out for. When a car is backing out of the drive away, your child can easily be run over because they are not visible in any of the mirrors.
Watch out for pedestrians
Teach your children to stop when there are other kids or adults crossing the street. They should learn to be respectful of pedestrians. An electric kid car won’t cause serious injuries but it can cause some cuts and broken bones.
Don’t chase other cars
Whether they are on foot or in another car, teach your child not to chase or go racing with other cars. This can also cause injury.
Finally, a toy car is still a car and there are rules of the road to be taught. Teach your child some basic driver’s education so that he can be safe. Teach him what signs mean, what the traffic lights mean and how to respect other drivers and pedestrians.
A toy car can be a fun learning experience for your child when used properly.
This article was written by mom blogger Norma Brown. For more tips and ideas for Christmas presents for kids, check out my site.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
However, here are some exciting predictions relating to cars and transport for the next hundred years or so based on what science believes is possible – no hover boards here.
Software Predicts Traffic Jams
The notion of ending up in traffic jams is one that puts a shiver down most of our spines. However, the roads of the future will come equipped with GPS, roadside sensors and linked to data and algorithms that will predict when things are going tails up. This will mean we may know of an issue hours before it occurs and so can avoid the area, or it can even be prevented.
Electric cars will increase in prevalence and also in the distances they can do – however, they will still not do nearly as far as traditional cars. One significant improvement to conquer range issues will come with fast charging points that can fuel cars up in minutes, making the electric car a more common sight.
The car of the near future will be truly connected and this will make the driving experience amazingly easy. These changes will account for a number of things.
- Cars will communicate with traffic lights
- Cars will interact with other cars to prevent accidents
- You will be able to connect with your home network and set up your in-car playlists from your living room
- Cars will be connected to bank accounts and pay for petrol automatically
- Cars will inform you if someone dents your car and record footage of the incident.
More and more car parts will be produced using 3D printing. This will make for faster, lower costing parts that can be produced when and as needed. Expect to see these printers first in garages and then in your home. You simply pay and download the part needed and then print in in your home from your own 3D device.
Car Tires and Bacteria
Car tyres are made from natural rubber and this is produced by trees. In the future this will be produced from coli microbes to keep up with the demand. This bacteria produces the rubber as a by-product of metabolising plant sugar and Goodyear are currently testing the results.
The future looks amazing and also bright – so, let’s look forward to a lot more happy driving.
Cormac Reynolds is a car lover and tech nut and writes for First Vehicle Leasing a UK contract hire company