Easy Fried Rice – Perfect for Leftovers!

With a family of 5 there usually aren;t many leftovers, but when there are I really like to use them whenever possible.  Today I will show you how to make an easy fried rice which is perfect for leftovers.

Any meats that you may have leftover work perfectly such as chicken, lamb, pork, beef.  Just dice it up and throw it in 🙂

If you had bacon and scrambled eggs for breakfast and have some leftover, you can use then as well.

Any leftover vegetables can be used such as if you had leftover, peas, corn, broccoli, cauliflower, carrots and beans from dinner the night before.  Of if you had leftover roast potatoes and pumpkin, dice this up as it works well too!

If you find you have a few different vegetables in the crisper in the fridge that need to be used, dice, slice or grate these to save wasting them.

This is a very versatile meal that can use anything.  The only limit is your imigination 🙂

This recipe will serve 6 easily so can be adjusted to your needs.

fried rice

What You Need:

2 cups of uncooked Rice – if you have leftover rice from last nights dinner this also works 🙂

3 rashers of Bacon – diced

4 eggs – if you have left over scrambled eggs this works well as well 🙂

Soy Sauce

Sesame Oil

Olive Oil

Onion

I cup of diced Chicken if desired – I used leftover roast chicken

Vegetables of your choice – if you have any leftover vegaetables either steamed or roasted these work well

I used:

3/4 cup frozen Corn

3/4 cup frozen Peas

1 Carrot – grated

1 Zucchini – grated

How to:

Cook the rice, unless you have leftover rice you can use, I like to cook mine until it’s al dente as we prefer a little firmness.  Brown the onion in a large frypan or wok with a little olive oil.  If using raw chicken, add this now and brown, if not, add the bacon and fry until cooked through.  Add the raw vegetables and cook for a few minutes, then add the leftover vegetables and any leftover meat and cook until heated through.  Beat the eggs and pour over the mixture in the pan.  Once the egg is almost cooked, stir the mixture to break up the egg.  Add the rice with 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and 2-3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Stir and allow to heat through.  Serve. 

 

 

How to Remove Odours from Fridges

TOXIC FRIDGEAre you afraid to open your fridge?  Is there a putrid odour lurking somewhere behind last nights leftovers?  Then I have the answer for you!

Firstly but sadly you will have to clean out your fridge even if it does involve the use of a gas mask ;).

Once you have everything out of the fridge, and disposed of anything that has started to grow and take on a new life form.  Wipe down the interior and shelves with a soft cloth and a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water.  If it is true, and the odours are toxic and the gas mask is needed, go for the heavy stuff and use full strength white vinegar!

Once you have finished cleaning out the fridge, place a box or small dish filled with bicarb soda at the back of the fridge.  Or if you are lucky enough to have a lemon tree in your garden, place 1/2 a lemon on a plate in the fridge and change weekly :).

 

Easiest Pineapple Cake Ever!

My daughter and I decided we would make a special treat for Daddy and the boys when they got home from work and school, and we had everything we needed except of a tin of apricot halves so we decided to use what we had (which I always do, to avoid a trip to the supermarket!) and made the easiest Pineapple Cake ever!

This cake is exactly the same as the Apricot Cake I shared with you yesterday except with Pineapple!

 Pineapple Cake

What You Will Need:

440g tin of Crushed Pineapple
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1 cup Sugar

How To:

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Sift the self raising flour into a bowl and stir through the sugar.  Add the pineapple and juice into the flour and sugar and mix well.  Pour mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a inserted skewer comes out clean.

Once cooked the cake can be served, dusted lightly with icing sugar or we prefer to have ours iced with cream cheese frosting 🙂.

How to Neutralise Odours in the Kitty Litter Tray

kitty litterAny cat owner would agree the worst part of cat ownership would have to be the litter tray! 

Today I will show you 2 ways to help neutralise odours in a kitty litter tray to help keep everyone happy :).

1. When refilling the litter tray sprinkle a layer of bicarb soda on the bottom of the tray before refilling.

2. Place a few slices of lemon around the kitty litter tray to help neutralise the odours.

Easiest Apricot Cake Ever!

After reading my post you will see I like quick and easy.  Today is all about Super Easy, so I will show you how to make the quickest and easiest Apricot Cake ever and it only has 3 ingredients!

2014-02-02 Apricot Cake wit Cream Cheese Frosting

What You Will Need:

410g tin of Apricot Halves
2 cups Self Raising Flour
1 cup Sugar

How To:

Preheat oven to 180°C.  Pour the Apricot Halves and into a bowl and roughly squash them with the back of a fork while mixing into the juice.  Sift the self raising flour into a separate bowl and stir through the sugar.  Add the apricots and juice into the flour and sugar and mix well.  Pour mixture into a greased cake tin and bake for 30-40 minutes or until a inserted skewer comes out clean.

Once cooked the cake can be served, dusted lightly with icing sugar or we prefer to have ours iced with cream cheese frosting :).

Cream Cheese Frosting Recipe

Today I will show you how to make Cream Cheese Frosting which goes perfectly with any cake especially my Easiest Apricot Cake Ever!

cream cheese frostingWhat You Will Need:

60g Cream Cheese, softened
30g Butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon Vanilla Essence
3/4 cup Icing Mixture

How To:

Place the cream cheese, butter and vanilla essence into a bowl.  Beat with an electric mixer until combined.  Gradually add in the icing mixture beating well between additions.  Spread evenly onto the cake of your choice and enjoy!

Quick and Easy Tuna Pasta Bake

Wednesday afternoons for my family can sometimes be quite hectic as we have tennis straight after school and don’t get home until late in the afternoon.  When we do get home everyone is hungry and looking for dinner.  

To avoid having to buy takeaway on the way home to satisfy everyone’s hunger, I try to organise a meal in advance so it is ready when we get home or make something that can be ready by the time my children feed our pets and have showers.

One quick and easy meal I like to prepare is a Tuna Pasta Bake.  It is quick and easy and a source of Omega 3, for as like me, my children are not big fans of fish (much to the dismay of my husband who loves seafood) but we will eat tuna.

Tuna Pasta Bake

What you will need:

2-3 packets of Pasta and Sauce (we prefer Alfredo or Sour Cream and Chives)
1 425g tin of Tuna
3/4 cup – 1 cup of frozen Corn Kernals (depends on how much you like corn & tin corn can be used if preferred)
1 cup shredded Cheese
2-3 slices of Bread – Torn

How to:

Prepare the packet pasta as per the stovetop directions.  Preheat oven to 180.  After adding the packet pasta add the corn kernals.  While the pasta is cooking tear the bread slices into a sandwich bag, add the cheese, and shake the bag (ensuring to hold the top of the bag closed when shaking 😉 ).  Once the pasta is almost cooked, drain the tuna and add to the pot stirring through.  Once the pasta is fully cooked and the tuna is heated through, pour into a casserole dish and top with the shredded cheese and bread.  Place in the oven for 5-10 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bread slightly toasted.  Serve

If your tribe is ‘starving’ and you want to get them fed quickly, you can serve the tuna pasta straight from the pot without placing in the oven and ‘baking’.

My family likes it when I add a little extra plain pasta to the mix as they prefer more pasta than a creamy bake.

 

How to Make A Dolly Vardon Cake

Dolly Vardon Cake

Dolly Vardon Cake

I have always loved the Dolly Vardon cakes and when we were blessed with a little girl I really wanted to try making one but thought it would be just too hard, but wrong I was!  If you have a large oven proof glass bowl and a packet cake mix there is nothing simpler!

What You Will Need:

2 x Packet cake mix (or if you are feeling adventurous you can make one from scratch)
Large oven proof pudding or glass bowl
Doll (make sure it is the right size measured against the bowl to have the cake either at the armpits or waist, wherever you would like the cake to sit)
Icing
Cashous
Marshmallows
Plate

How To:

Make the cake mix as per packet directions and pour into the glass bowl to bake.  Bake the cake as per packet directions and allow to cool.

While the cake is cooling make the icing (I have a recipe for icing which can be found here)

Once the cake has cooled, place it upside down on a place and cut a hole in the middle just big enough for the doll (don’t worry if you make the hole a little too big you can fill the hole with icing ;))

Place the doll in the centre of the cake and start decorating!

I used a piping bag with a flower tip to apply the icing, but you can just use a knife if you prefer (see tip below).  I then places cashous in the centre of random flowers and placed marshmallows around the bottom of the ‘dress’. 

WAH-LAH!  You have a Dolly Vardon cake!  A very simple cake that any little (or big) girl would adore 🙂

** TIP If using a knife to apply the icing and you would like a smooth finish, this is a little tip that my mum taught me (thanks mum! xx).  Have a glass of water beside you when decorating the cake, and once the icing has been applied to the cake, dip your knife into the glass of water to smooth out the icing. **

 

How to Make an Easy Icing

There’s nothing better than the icing on a cake, so today I will show you how to make a simple icing that my mum taught me to make 🙂

What You Will Need:

2 cups of Icing Mixture

1 tablespoon of Magarine (you can use butter but margarine is softer and easier to work with)

20-50ml warm water

2-3 drops of Food colouring

How to:

Pour the icing mixture into a bowl with the margarine and food colouring then slowly add the water while stirring until the desired consistency is achieved.  You won’t need all of the water, so you need to add it gradually, but if you find you made your icing too runny, just add a little extra icing mixture :).

If you would like to make chocolate icing add 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder.

If you would like to make vanilla icing, add 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence.

Easy!  🙂

I used this icing in my Dolly Vardon cake and the instructions on making this cake can be found here.

Dolly Vardon Cake

Dolly Vardon Cake

House Training New Pets

Scruffy :)

Scruffy 🙂

A few weeks ago my family adopted a new puppy, a Fox Terrier x Maltese with a very fitting name of ‘Scruffy’ with his scruffy wiry hair :).

Now anyone who has been ‘blessed’ with a new pet in their home will admit the hardest thing would have to be toilet training!  Most days Scruffy is quite good using his wee mats but other days he tends to ‘forget’!  Today I will show you how to clean up the ‘mess’ and remove any odours to prevent any ‘accidents’ occurring in the same spot.

What you will need:

White Vinegar
Bicarb Soda
Paper Towel
Vacuum Cleaner

How to:

To clean pet accidents from carpets, spray the soiled area with a solution of equal parts white vinegar and water then pat dry.  Once the solution is almost dry, sprinkle the area with bicarb soda and vacuum when completely dry.

To clean pet accidents from tiles and hard floors, mop up as much of the mess as possible with paper towel.  Spray the area with white vinegar then wipe clean.