Strawberry Lemonade

Strawberry Lemonade

Today, I’m sharing a recipe for strawberry lemonade with you. When I first head about this stuff, it sounded magical and whimsical. I knew right away, it was something I had to try. I’m glad I made it too, because it’s fucking amazing and I’ll definitely be making it again.  Continue reading →

Taking Stock – My Life Right Now

taking stock

Hey guys! One of my goals is to post more regularly (here and on my youtube channel). To get back into the swing of things, I thought that today, I would let you know what’s going on in my life.

I promise to keep the filler posts to a minimum, and I have a few posts in the works, but I thought Taking Stock would be a nice way of easing back into things.

One thing I don’t think I mention in this post, is we’ve started apartment gardening it’s going surprisingly well. The kale in the picture above, was actually harvested from our balcony and used in a kale and brown rice salad (it was delicious by the way).
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2016: Year in Review

Year in Review

It’s 2017, which means it’s time for my annual Year in Review post. 2016 for me, was pretty full on; it was filled with lots of travel (within NZ; overseas would have been preferable), catching up with friends and family, and of course, moving cities.

Anyway, here’s what 2016 looked like for me. Continue reading →

Homemade Strawberry Jam

homemade strawberry jam

Something has happened to me since moving to Auckland. I don’t know what it is; but, I have been recycling more, turning vegetable scraps into stock and making my own preserves.

I meal plan, and we spent our weekends driving around doing the grocery shopping. I’ve also started growing vegetables and herbs on our balcony.

For today’s post, I wanted to share the recipe  for some strawberry jam I made the other day. I always thought jam was hard to make, but it turns out it’s super easy (it’s also fucking delicious).

If you try this recipe, let me know how it goes. It would also love to know if you make jam/marmalade and what your favourite fruits to use are (I’m thinking of trying apricots next).

homemade strawberry jam
Homemade Strawberry Jam
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Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
homemade strawberry jam
Homemade Strawberry Jam
Print Recipe
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Servings Prep Time
1 15 oz jar* 5 minutes
Cook Time
45 minutes
Ingredients
Servings: 15 oz jar*
Instructions
  1. Add strawberries and sugar to a large saucepan and bring to a medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar has dissolved (at this point you can mash the fruit with a potato masher or a spoon).
  2. Once the sugar has fully dissolved, increase the heat to a medium high temperature and bring to the boil. Boil for about 5 - 10 minutes, until the jam has reached 105˚C on a preserving thermometer***
  3. Once ready, pour the hot jam into sterilised jars using a metal funnel, and seal with sterilised lids (we sterilise ours by placing them into the oven and heating them up in the oven beforehand****)
Recipe Notes

* About 445 ml
** If using frozen strawberries, make sure to defrost them before use. Learn from my mistakes!
*** If you don't have a thermometer, to see if the jam is ready, while it is still on the boil, use a teaspoon to place a bit onto a small plate. Leave it for about 30 seconds, then push the jam with your finger. If it doesn’t flood to fill the gap it's ready. If not, keep it on the boil and repeat this step after every minute or so, until it has set.
**** Pouring hot jams into cold jars will cause the jars to crack/smash, if you want to pour the jam into cool jars, bring the jars and the jam down to room temperature.

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Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing

Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing

First of all, these tostadas are pretty messy. If you’re not keen on getting food all over your fingers, make tacos instead, they should be just as good.

A few weeks ago Meatless Monday ended up being a meatless week. On Tuesday, I made some vegetarian black bean tostadas which I served with a coriander dressing. They were fucking amazing.

I’m definitely going to be trying these again, the next time I make them I’ll add spiced shredded chicken to see what they’re like.

if you decide to make tostadas you can make your own, or buy them pre-made like we did.

Here is the recipe – if you decide to try it, let me know what you thought.

Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing
Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing
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Servings
2 people
Servings
2 people
Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing
Black Bean Tostadas with Coriander Dressing
Print Recipe
Servings
2 people
Servings
2 people
Ingredients
Tostadas
Coriander Dressing
Servings: people
Instructions
  1. For the dressing, place all ingredients In a small food processor or blender and mix until smooth. Set aside
  2. Add a little oil to a large pan and once heated add the onion. Cook tuntil translucent then add the corn and cook until it is slightly brown.
  3. Add the tomatoes, and cook until slightly softened then add the beans and cook until they are heated through.
  4. To serve, place the bean mixture on your tostadas, with a bit of the coriander dressing, and serve with your favourite toppings (we used sour cream and homemade guacamole)
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