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Blenders for Smoothies
My long-time Bullet gave up the ghost over the weekend and since we had a couple of free hours and were in the States...where the Walmarts are different from those in Canada...I went smoothie blender looking.
We found a suitable Hamilton Beach 'Go Sport' Blender and brought it home. The specs looked good and the price was just fine.
HOWEVER...two major flaws in this blender which are worth noting.
1. The blender bottle opening is quite narrow and I need a modified funnel to get my ingredients into it with ease. Rats. OK. I can do this.
2. And even worse. This unit has NO protected blending blades. That is, if you plug the unit in, put the cutting blades into the unit and turn the unit on and are being stupidly careless...as we have all been known to be...you can get your fingers cut to ribbons!! (No, I did not do it. Yet.) Now, the directions do tell you THE safe way to use the blender...but they don't make any reference to the fact that you...OR MORE IMPORTANTLY, A CHILD...could massacre their fingers in this unit. I was really surprised. I can't recall the last electrical kitchen appliance which was so open to misuse and accident. Almost all must have all the protective units in place before the blades will even work. You'd have to do something truly unusual to hurt yourself using one. (OK. Go ahead. Post all the exceptions to my statement. )
I post this just in case.
Does anyone have a recipe for Fake Bacon please?
I have been vegetarian now for about 3 months. So far it is going very well and I am looking to widen my range of recipes without meat. I am not sure that going down the path of making imitation meets is the best approach but I do enjoy vegetarian soy based sausages and mince (ground beef) - So perhaps an imitation bacon will be good too.
If you have any favourite recipes for fake bacon that you wish to share, that would be appreciated.
Breakfast noodle dishes
As far as I understand, noodles are a common breakfast dish throughout south-east Asia. Curry laksa, for example, is a breakfast noodle dish in Penang, Malaysia; commonly called curry mee by the locals. This is just one example I know of first hand, but I'm certain there are many others.
Do you know of other breakfast noodle dishes? Or books on the subject?
Keep in mind that I'm interested in noodle dishes specifically, not just any type of breakfast. I'll keep that broader topic for a different thread.
"Power Hungry": making the bars from recipe #1
Breakfast has become a problem at our house. We no longer get up at the same time and we no longer eat the same things every day for breakfast. So I have been searching for power/nutrition/energy/granola/health/power/etc bars to make for me to eat. DH doesn't eat them. Well, not at breakfast anyway.
Recently a new cookbook, Power Hungry: The Ultimate Energy Bar Cookbook by Camilla V. Saulsbury has come out and I have started making a few of the bars in it. Some are excellent, some not wonderful, others way too sweet for me. The first section contains recipes for well-known "knock-offs". The only commercial bar we've tried is a Clif bar and both thought it was awful. I suspect that most of them are too sweet for our personal tastes. (To generalize wildly: Canadians are less addicted to sugar than Americans...more addicted to salt.)
The book includes recipes for vegans and for folks who can't tolerate gluten. Lots of variations given with each recipe.
I am proposing to go through the entire book of 30 recipes, making one after another, to find the ones which suit me. I'll report back on this. (Give me a purpose for surviving this horrible cold winter. ) Maybe someone else has the book, has tried some recipes, and is interested in this.
Saulsbury also has a blog, http://powerhungry.com/ , in which she has posted some bars which are not in the book. I haven't figured out exactly which ones are repeated in the book yet.
Should have added Europeans generally like less sugar than do Americans. Don't know about Aussies or other countries...
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