Showing posts from October, 2018

Sermon For Children: You Are Salt

Here is a resource sermon for children on being salt of the earth.

Container Gardening: Planting KangKong in Pots (Water Spinach)

Kang kong is a well-known leafy vegetable used in many Philippine dishes. It is quite easy to grow they say. There was a time when you can find kangkong patches on most streets in the neighborhood. It is also called water spinach or swamp cabbage. It thrives in wet, moist areas. Many grow it solely in water. It quickly grows under sunny spots but carers should keep the soil moist. Else, it may die. Some tips: Not much intstructions on planting. Just bury the seed and keep the soil moist or muddy.  Kangkong grows all year round. Cut maybe an inch or two above the soil for continued regrowth and harvesting. Winter may see your plant dying but often, it regrows by spring. You may fertilize with nitrogen twice a month. You may harvest whole plants at about 1 to 2 months. Kangkong has the tendency to spread. Grow in a container for easy maintenance or harvest whole plants to control your supply. It is best to use potting soil for your containers. Putting regular soil in restric

Recipe: Slow Cooker Crsip, Chewy Brownies

In many recipes, slow cookers can take the place of hot and high energy costing ovens. Try baking your brownie in one sometime. Ingredients: 3/4 cup of organic cocoa or cacao powder ( the less processed stock, the better) 1 cup to 1.25 cups of caster sugar or regular white sugar (lessen if you prefer) 1/2 cup of AP flour 1/2 + 1//8 cup of butter ( you may cut your butter into 8 parts and get 5 cuts) 2 medium to large eggs (cold ones seem better) 1 tsp vanilla some drops of strong coffee brew if you like Steps: Melt butter, blending the cocoa powder and sugar in. Stovetop method may burn the mixture. Place over steady simmering water, careful not to let water droplets get into your mixing bowl. If using microwave, melt butter slowly and in increments. Then take out and do the mixing. Mix in the vanilla and coffee drops if you like. Beat eggs in one at a time, mixing well and firmly each time. Mix flour in gradually and surely. Give your batter a strong m

Recipe: Slow Cooker High Protein Banana Bread

Smells good and does not heat up your kitchen! Ingredients: 1/4 cup melted butter (you may gently melt in microwave for 15-20 seconds) 3 medium to large eggs ( I used from an XL, 700 min. egg cart) 1/2 cup peanut butter ( I used dark, smooth, sugarless, 99.5% peanut butter and .5% salt by Mayvers ) 1/2 cup flour of your choice ( organic, plain unbleached white, coconut flour) ( I used plain AP flour) 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp baking soda sweetener is optional ( you may use 1/4 to 1/2  cup chocolate chips or some honey) (I did not put any sweetener) 1 tbs cinnamon 4 medium to large bananas 1 tsp vanilla or zest of a lemon if you like Easy steps: Blend: butter, peanut butter, cinnamon, vanilla, eggs, and optional honey. (if using chips, add in with flour) Mix in flour, baking powder, baking soda. Blend. Place in non-stick or lightly greased loaf pan. ( mine here has an actual loaf yield of about 8 in. by 4.1/4 in - i.e. actual loaf size not pan size) Bake in slo

Recipe: Smoked Salmon and Veggies in Coconut Milk Sauce

A budget friendly, no fuss, easy to prep Asian dish. Best and tastiest with white, short-grain or medium grain rice. Try with white first before partnering it with brown rice (etc.) Time 15 to about 23 minutes cooking time Ingredients: Smoked Salmon, shredded, ( Tasmanian Salmon is a good choice) 1 regular sized brown onion 4 garlic cloves Coconut Milk or Coconut Cream ( buy it canned or squeeze it from an old coconut yourself if you like) Fish Sacue ( Use Thai or Malaysian fish sauce for modest seasoning, Use Filipino fish sauce if you want it salty or pronounced) Pepper Cut- up chili 1 tbs or 2 tbs vegetable oil, Pumpkin, chopped (any variant) String Beans (sliced) little salt some sugar (Quantity depends on how much you want to prepare. I like this dish saucy but not runny. I only add about 1/4 c to 1/2 c water. Here, I used about 10 string beans (use little if you arthritic conditions like me) and a half cut of butternut pumpkin (average size). I like it meaty

14 Meal Deals and Food Specials in Noosa

Image There's something good (and fun) in having food you like at bargain prices. It adds more deliciousness to your meal time. Here are some promotional offers in Australia, most are available everywhere, but these I'm posting are definitely available in Noosa. (Note that all photos were grabbed from the official sites. I don't own these shots.) KFC Tuesday Meal Deal and Food Specials! 9 pieces of KFC chicken in a bucket for AUD$ 9.95 happens on Tuesdays. This is a great deal because regular pieces go for a minimum of $1.66 each. Philippine KFC makes it more tasty. But the good thing about KFC here is less salt, less oil, and fresher meat. KFC has rolled out its mobile app ordering. It lets you skip queues instore. Pizza Hut Double Deal Tuesdays Meal Deal and Food Specials While most may agree with me that Pizza Hut cannot measure up with authentic, gourmet, specialty pizzas, this double deal and oth

Container Gardening: Planting Paris Silverskin Onions in Pots

Today I've resown Paris silverskin onion directly in a small round pot. My first seeds sown have not really sprouted and it's over one month now. And this is all the growth it's shown: So, I'm trying direct this time. Here are some info I've come across with: First, from the pack: Known also as Allium Cepa, Silverskin onions are also known as pickling onions. Plant all year round. Harvest all year round. They grow about half an inch to 1 inch in diameter. Plant height at 20 cm. Small in size, mild in flavor. On the sweet side. Grows well in pots. Loves moist soil and full sun. It's time to harvest when foliage turns brown and dries up. Fruit within 8 to 12 weeks. Sow monthly for continuous supply. Harvest when stems are yellow and have fallen, and when bulbs have swollen. Don't wait too long if you want onions sweet and tasty. You may bend stems over to hasten the process. slightly lift onions to snap roots if they don&

Container Gardening: Planting Black Beauty Eggplants in Pots

Image Today I planted black beauty eggplants in a pot. I love eating eggplants. In the Philippines, tortang talong is a common dish taken with steamed rice. Some use a dipping sauce to go along with it, a combination of fish sauce, chili (siling labuyo), calamansi or lime, and sometimes with diced tomatoes. Eggplant parmigiana is also a favorite dish. If it weren't so oily, I'd have that a lot. When my planting bears fruit, I will venture into slow-cooking eggplant parmigiana sans the oil. There are many types of eggplants you can grow. I chanced upon cheap seeds at the Reject Shop by D.T. Brown for AUD$1.50 so I got a pack. Info at the back shows: Here are more info I came across with on the net: Black Beauty eggplants don't need staking, sites say. 12-14 inch pots are advisable or 5 gallon sizes. Black beauty eggplants grow up to 3 feet tall. These do well in containers and pots. Black beauty eggplant love a full

Artisan Bakeries to Try on the Sunshine Coast

Image Here's an article on specialty bakeries to try in Noosa and other areas on the Sunshine Coast.

Container Gardening: Planting Tomatoes in Pots

Image So I'm also trying to grow 4 cherry tomato seedlings in pots. I've seen considerable growth after a month of transplanting. Two died before but the remaining 4 tomato seedlings seem to be doing okay. Various sites tell me they should be taller by now but as long as they're thriving, I'm fine with the current showing. I see some brown spots, not many. And I just learned today that those may be Septora Leaf Spots , which if untreated will worsen to this: snapped from Since I purchased my transplant, the fungal infection may have presented from the source itself way before I planted them in my newly opened bag of potting mix. Next time I'm tempted to buy a transplant, I will remember to discard the soil from the commercial seedling pot it comes with. I've dusted it with a fungicide pack here from Yates: The Container says to dust once weekly (to 10 d

Sermon for Children: Taste and See (Psalm 34:8)

Image Here is a sermon resource for children: