illustration via here.
sometimes we can get tripped up or intimidated to try new recipes by all the lingo we see before us. here are some common terms to familiarize yourself with to help make any recipe you come across that much easier to understand.
chopped vs. diced vs. minced
blanching: cooking a vegetable very slightly and then immediately stopping the cooking process by rinsing under cold water. blanching is great if you are planning a big dinner party and you want to precook a vegetable dish to get a jump on your preparation. you can then quickly finish cooking just before serving to ensure the dish is nice and warm.
bouquet garni: this is a tied bunch of fresh herbs that is added to stews, or pots of simmering food for a little while and then taken out before serving.
dash: who has ever really measured a dash? well it turns out someone has and it is equivalent to about 1/16th of a teaspoon. this is a very small amount that is a little more than a pinch.
dust: this term appears often in baking recipes and it refers to lightly spreading a small about of a spice or sugar over the baked dish. most often this is part of a finishing step before serving.
julienne: this means to cut your vegetable or item into very thin slices, kinda like a very skinny french fry.
puree: to mash up or mix together your food until it's completely smooth, ideally in a food processor is easiest.
thin: if you see this term is means adding more liquid to thin out what you are cooking.
sauté: cooking your food in a frying pan with a little oil.
steep: you might often see this term if you are making a tea, or a simple syrup. it means to soak something (like tea leaves) in a liquid almost until boiling for a set amount of time until the flavours come out.
zest: pulling off small sections of the skin of a citrus fruit, in many cases a lemon, lime or orange. This is most often done with a fine grater called a zester so the pieces remain small.
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as you know I love beauty products, specially anything natural and easy on the environment. recently I came across this beautiful brand of all natural products called Mullein & Sparrow. founder and designer, Anit was a creative mind working in the business of fashion, when she decided to make the switch into beauty products after learing about plant based healing rememdies during her travels. this shop believes that the best rememdies come from nature, and I strongly agree. this beautiful apothecary line, makes everything in small batches as needed, so slight differences can appear from order to order, but it confirms the freshness and authenticity. they I don't know what I love more, these luxurious products or the vintage style containers they are housed in. everything about this is old world and old beauty for the modern buyer.
these products have not only prettied up my face, but also my bath counter.
|this post topic may not be a newbie, but it's a goodie for sure.|
after being in our house for over a year, we decided it was high time best to start hanging up some permanent fixtures, like ... curtains.
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happy Canadian Thanksgiving everyone!
or as i call it, "put on your fat pants, it's Turkey Day!!!"
there is just so dang much to be thankful for,
but most of all, i'm thankful for all of you who take some time to read this little blog.
it may not be the biggest, or the best out there in the big sea of blogs,
but it is my little hobby, my own little creative space to share with the
interwebs in the hopes that some of you find something to get excited about and
it's grown a lot over this last year.
so thank you, thank you and yes, thank you.
itunes music // Circle - Fashion me a drum
just a few more pictures from our day at the fair.
|Ain't he just beauttttiful.|
|nothing will beat fresh lemonade from a lemon shaped stand.|
|fall windy weather with sunshine and braids.|
|only the best lobster mac & cheese for her, and bbq pulled pork for him!|
|i wasn't kidding about that caveman dinner time turkey leg.|
|my favourite ride will always be the ferris wheel. |
you just can't beat the coloured lights and a good view.