Saturday, March 15, 2008

Grow you own organic ingredients

Hello, I hope you have been enjoying the various recipes that i've posted here. Today, i'd like to show you a way you can get the ingredients you need for your recipes, by growing them yourself!

Would you prefer buy and eat this or grow your own organic ingredients?

Not only is it cheaper than purchasing them off the supermarket, it's also a lot healthier! With orgnaic gardening, you can be sure that your ingredients and consequently your dishes are healthy and without risk of pesticides.

Granted, it might be a lot of effort but it's also a lot of fun! Nothing is better than enjoying a meal with ingredients that you grew yourself!

Give it a try with some easy guides at gardening for beginners, a blog dedicated to help people start gardening without hassle.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

How to cook chinese fried rice

Chinese Fried Rice

Fried rice is an easy dish that you can whip up for lunch or dinner. It's very versatile and you can adapt it to whatever ingredients you have at the moment. It can be made from yesterday's leftover rice and dishes. It is inexpensive and very tasty.

Ingredients you will need to serve 2:

1 cup of uncooked long grain white rice (alternatively, use leftover rice from yesterday's meal in corresponding proportions)
1.5 cups of water
1 large egg
Some fresh spring onion
Shredded Chicken, precooked
Small Shrimp, precooked
Pepper and salt to taste
5 Tablespoons of cooking oil

As you can see, the recipe is very flexible and you can add in many different types of meat at different proportions as well.


Step 1 - Rinse the rice and cook it with the water. You can do so by boiling it over a stove and stirring to prevent burning and let it simmer or with a microwave.
Step 2 - Heat the oil on a wok or large saucepan under a high flame.
Step 3 - Add in the rice and make sure u spread it up evenly, breaking it into smaller bits.
Step 4 - Make a small opening, pour in the egg and allow to cook for a while before mixing it well into the rice.
Step 5 - Add in the pieces of meat and shrimp, fry evenly.
Step 6 - Season with salt and pepper, add in the chopped spring onions and mix well.
Step 7 - Serve hot.

That's how to make chinese fried rice, brought to you by how to cook - quick and easy recipes. Find more delicious recipes at

Sunday, March 9, 2008

How to bake chocolate chip cookies

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Welcome to another great recipe for! In this recipe, we'll show you how to bake some mouth watering chocolate chip cookies perfect for a midnight snack or a homemade gift to your loved ones!

Ingredients you will need:

1 cup of butter.
150g of white sugar
150g of brown sugar
2 medium eggs
2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
320g of plain flour
1 cup of chocolate chips (you can chip pieces of your own choice of baker's chocolate as well)
1 teaspoon of baking soda
a pinch of salt


Step 1 - Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius
Step 2 - With a mixer, Cream the butter and mix in the two sugars.
Step 3 - Beat in the eggs and ensure the mixture is nice and fluffy.
Step 4 - Add in vanilla extract
Step 5 - Combine the flour, salt and baking soda in another bowl.
Step 6 - Add the mixture from the first bowl into the second bowl and mix well.
Step 7 - Scatter in the chocolate chips and mix a little.
Step 8 - Lay baking sheets on an oven tray and dole out the cookie mixture with a tablespoon.
Step 9 - Bake for 12 minutes and leave to cool before consuming.
Step 10 - Serve and enjoy! You may also want to keep it to consume at a later date.

Enjoy the fresh and delicious chocolate chip cookies! Brought to you by How to cook - Quick and Easy Recipes.

Friday, March 7, 2008

How to make lemonade

How to make lemonade

Despite it's simplicity, lemonade is a very delicious drink that's great for picnics in summer and a refreshing drink anytime. It's easy to make and takes very little time, which makes it very popular. Homemade lemonade tastes much better than commercial lemonade as it's made from freshly squeezed lemons. Here's a recipes on how to make the perfect tasting lemonade. It's extremely simple, yet so very refreshing.

Ingredients you will need:

Enough lemons to get 1 cup of juice (around 5 lemons, depends on the size).
One cup of sugar
One cup of warm water
Four cups of cold water
Ice cubes


Step 1 - Roll the lemons on a hard surface, this will help you squeeze out more juice.
Step 2 - Slice each lemon in half, squeeze it until you can get no more juice. You may want to use a fork to press the insides to get even more juice. Lemon peels can be used for washing dishes.
Step 3 - Strain the lemon juice to remove pulp. You can skip this step, but I enjoy drinking lemon juice without pulp bits in it.
Step 4 - In another container, mix the cup of sugar with the cup of warm water. Stir well to produce a sweet syrup mixture. Ensure that all the sugar is dissolved, if it doesnt, add a little hot water and try again.
Step 5 - Mix the strained lemon juice with the sugar syrup. You now have lemonade concentrate which you can refrigerate for later use. The lemon juice will prevent the mixture from spoiling too soon.
Step 6 - When you want to make lemonade to drink, Add about 5 cups of cold water to the mixture and stir. You can add ice cubes too, but not too many until it becomes very diluted.
Step 7 - Serve and enjoy.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Baking a simple sponge cake

Simple Sponge Cake

A sponge cake is very easy to make. The ingredients can be found readily and the cake can be prepared in less than 2 hours. It's simplicity makes it attractive for bringing to parties, celebrating the birthday of a relative or an emergency resort for the next bake sale.

Ingredients you will need:

150 grams of butter
150 grams of sugar
150 grams of flour
3 medium sized eggs
One teaspoon of vanilla essence
One tablespoon of water*
One teaspoon of baking powder (less if you want a flatter cake)


Step 1 - Measure out all the ingredients you will need.
Step 2 - Mix the eggs with the sugar, then mix in the butter (you may want to heat the butter to soften it up so it mixes easier)
Step 3 - Add in the vanilla essence
Step 4 - Sift and fold in the flour slowly, mixing all the while. Make sure that the mixture is even, press out any lumps you encounter.
Step 5 - If the mixture seems very thick and gooey, you might want to add in a tablespoon of water.
Step 6 - Preheat the oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
Step 7 - Grease a tin with butter and pour the mixture into in, even it out with a spoon and don't fill too much as the cake will rise.
Step 8 - Bake at 175 Degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes, you may lower the temperature slightly halfway through if your cake starts to char. Try not to open the oven too often while baking. To check if the cake is ready, prick it with a toothpick. If the toothpick comes out clean then it's done, if some gooey cake mix is on the toothpick, you need to bake a while longer.
Step 9 - Remove from oven and allow to cool before serving. You may add topping of your choice.

And that's how to make a simple sponge cake, brought to you by


Tip: Slice the cake in half horizontally and spread jam inside for a delicious treat for tea!