Rainy-Day Tomato Soup

Rainy-Day Tomato Soup

Topped with buttery fresh-baked croutons, here is a tomato soup that is anything but ordinary.


Ingredients

Soup
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 to 4 tablespoons garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • ½ cup carrot, peeled and cut into 5cm sticks
  • 800g can crushed tomatoes
  • 2 ½ cups vegetable broth
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
Italian Croutons
  • 1 loaf day-old bread, crusts removed
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning

  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat; add onion and garlic and sauté until onion is translucent. Add celery and carrot; cook 5 more minutes. Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 1/2 hours or until thickened. Ladle soup into 4 bowls; top each serving evenly with Italian Croutons.
  • Italian Croutons: Cube bread and place in a large plastic zipping bag; set aside. Combine butter and seasoning; pour over bread. Mix well; arrange bread cubes on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 220° for 10 minutes; turn bread cubes and bake 5 more minutes.

Original Recipe by My Recipes

Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos

Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos

You Won’t Regret a Single Bite of These Mini Slow-Cooker Lamb Tacos


Ingredients:

Slow-Cooker Lamb Mini Tacos:

  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 (2kg) whole semi-boneless leg of lamb
  • 3 large shallots, sliced
  • 5 garlic cloves
  • 4 cups lager beer
  • 16 corn tortillas, warmed
  • lime wedges, for serving

Roasted Tomatillo and Green Apple Salsa:

  • 500g tomatillos* (about 12), husked, and rinsed
  • 2 Granny Smith apples, quartered, and cored
  • 1/2 medium white onion
  • 2 jalapeños, stemmed
  • 2 garlic cloves, unpeeled
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more for seasoning
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons water (optional)

*For a tomatillo substitute, buy underripe tomatoes and add a squeeze of lime juice.


Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°C.
  2. Combine the rosemary, oregano, salt, pepper, and olive oil in a small bowl and stir. Rub the mixture all over the lamb and transfer to a slow cooker.
  3. Add the shallots and garlic and pour the beer around the lamb.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 5 hours, or until the lamb is fork-tender.
  5. While the meat is cooking, make the salsa. Place the tomatillos, apples, onion, jalapeños, and garlic on a rimmed baking sheet. Toss with the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Roast until the tomatillos are softened and slightly charred, about 20 minutes.
  6. Remove from the oven and peel the garlic. Let the roasted vegetable mixture cool slightly.
  7. Transfer the vegetables and roasted garlic to a blender, add the cilantro, and process until smooth. Add the water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to help blend, if necessary.
  8. Season the salsa to taste with salt and pepper, transfer to a serving bowl, and serve.
  9. With the slow cooker still on high, remove the lamb and transfer it to a platter. Shred the meat, discarding any bones. Return the shredded lamb to the slow cooker and cook for 1 hour more.
  10. Preheat the broiler.
  11. Turn off the slow cooker and, using tongs, transfer the lamb to a large cast-iron skillet. Reserve the juices in the slow cooker for serving.
  12. Broil the lamb until crispy (about 7 minutes).
  13. Pour the reserved juices over the lamb and serve immediately with the tortillas, roasted tomatillo and green apple salsa, and lime wedges.

Original Recipe by Brit+Co.

Cleaning Your Kitchen Appliances the Easy Way

Cleaning Your Kitchen Appliances the Easy Way

Nothing makes a kitchen sparkle like clean appliances. So show your appliances a little cleaning love, and they’ll thank you by looking and performing better.


Your Dishwasher

You’d think you wouldn’t need to clean your dishwasher because it cleans itself every time you use it. But you should check the drain in the bottom of the machine for debris, and wipe the gaskets around the door to ensure a tight seal.

Once each week, deodorize it by placing a bowl of white vinegar on the top rack and running it, empty, for a full cycle.

Your Toaster

Unplug your toaster, pull out and wash its crumb catcher, and shake the machine over the sink to get rid of food. Dry thoroughly before plugging back in.

Your Coffee Machine

To remove mineral deposits that can clog your machine, pour a solution of two parts water and one part white vinegar into the water chamber, insert a coffee filter, and run the solution through the machine. Then run clear water through twice to remove the vinegary taste.

One old-timey way to remove stains from your glass coffee pot — or any vase, pitcher, etc., with stains — is to cover the bottom with table salt, add ice cubes, and, when they start to melt, swish around for a couple of minutes. Then rinse.

Your Stovetop and Oven

Most ovens have self-cleaning options. We heartily recommend letting the oven do the work for you. But there are a few spots the self-clean option doesn’t reach, such as the gunk around door hinges and frames, and the crumb-catching space between double ovens. You can wipe them up with vinegar or soapy water.

Baked on crud comes off with a little baking soda on a sponge, or a spritz of commercial oven cleaner. Make a habit of wiping spills quickly after using the oven, and you may never have to scrub it again.

To clean your stovetop:

  • Fill your sink with hot, soapy water; soak burners, knobs, and hood vents (if they fit) for a couple of hours; then scrub. Repeat if necessary.
  • Replace stained metal drip plates if they’re beyond the help of steel wool.
  • Vacuum crumbs that have fallen in cracks between the stovetop and counter. Use the sofa attachment on your vacuum to get into those cracks.

Original Article By House Logic

Pork Gyros

Pork Gyros

Take your taste buds on a trip to Greece with this tender pork gyros recipe.


INGREDIENTS

  • 2.6kg pork leg roast, bone in
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 4 oregano sprigs
  • 1 cup (250ml) chicken stock
  • 2 celery sticks, sliced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 x 1kg packet frozen oven-baked chips
  • 1 cup (280g) Greek-style yoghurt
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 16 small pita pockets
  • 1 small red onion, cut into thin wedges
  • 2 x 200g grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 100g baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup (75g) pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • Lemon wedges, to serve
  • Extra virgin olive oil, to serve

METHOD

  • Combine pork, peeled garlic, oregano sprigs, stock, celery, bay leaves and salt and pepper in large saucepan. Bring to the boil over high heat. Boil, covered, for 10 mins. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, covered for 2 hours or until pork is tender. Remove from heat and set aside for 10 mins to rest. Remove pork from saucepan. Discard stock mixture. Remove and discard pork rind. Coarsely shred pork.
  • Cook chips following packet instructions.
  • Combine yoghurt, crushed garlic and dried oregano in a small bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Spread yoghurt mixture over one half of each pita bread. Top with onion, tomato, spinach, olives and pork. Drizzle with more yoghurt. Fold pita pocket over to enclose. Serve with chips, lemon wedges and a drizzle of oil.

Original recipe from Taste.au

10 Things You Should Know About A Washing Machine

10 Things You Should Know About A Washing Machine

If you’re looking to buy a washing machine, it’s important to know your needs and what kind of machines are out there. So before you go out to bring home a washer, here are 10 things you should know about the machine you’re buying.

  1. Is it a semi-automatic or fully-automatic machine? This will depend on what your needs and budget restrictions are. See more about the difference between semi-automatic washing machines and fully-automatic washing machines in these articles.
  2. Wash settings. Many fully-automatic washing machines offer various programs for different washes, like delicate wash or wool wash. Some can be customised, and you can even save your favourite settings so you have them on hand. What kind of features are you looking for?
  3. Spin cycle. Depending on the fabric and the type of clothes you want to wash, the spin cycle, denoted by the revolutions per minute (rpm) is important. Delicates should only be spun on a cycle of 300-500rm, while more robust items can go to 1000rpm.
  4. Efficiency. How efficient is your washing machine when it comes to saving power and water? An economical washing machine means savings in the long run.
  5. Size. Top load machines tend to be narrower than front load fully-automatic washing machines. Do you need to put your washing machine in a tight corner? Or can you afford the extra space and you need a larger washing machine for larger loads, which brings us on to the next point.
  6. Load capacity. If you have a large family you’ll want a washing machine which can take larger loads, as opposed to a person with a small family or a single person.
  7. Does it have a dryer? If you live a busy life and you don’t have time hang out the washing, a washing machine with an inbuilt dryer might be a suitable option for you.
  8. Material of the drum. The material of the washing machine drum can come in varieties, such as plastic, stainless steel or even porcelain enamel, with steel being the more expensive version and the most durable. Also, enamel is perhaps less durable than the other materials, even if it’s cheaper.
  9. Is it a top or front load? There are various pros and cons for top and front load machines, you can read about the difference between a top or a front load machine in this article.
  10. Does it have pre-soak? If you have kids who like to get messy, or you have a many tough stains, you might want to invest in a washing machine with a pre-soak cycle.

Keep these points in mind when browsing for a washing machine. You can also reach out to the Cape Demo team to find out which scratch and dent washing machines we in stock and which will suit your needs the best.

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Article sourced from Ariel.