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Young Girls and Cooking

I read an article about teaching kids the joys of cooking by Sonja Olivier (cookgruco.com); I like what she did when her kids were very young, it must have been an interesting experience for her; she taught her kids of 2 – 3 years old how to crack and beat eggs, wow! :-O . I discovered her post when she recently liked my article – 5 ways to maintain an electric blender, Thanks! Sonja ๐Ÿ˜‰ .

I have some Questions for you (my readers);

Why is it that some young girls do not know how to cook, while others can cook very well?

What do you think can help young girls to cook well?

Drop your comments in the box below, your view can be very helpful

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As a mother or young lady, you should have this bookCooking

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5 Ways To Maintain Your Electric Blender

๐Ÿ˜ฆ , I felt very sad when my Panasonic blender which had lasted 11 years developed a fault, a rubber controlling it’s blade had pull off, I applied glue but it was still shaking, it got to an extent that the blades could not rotate again, How do I blend my pepper and tomatoes now? ๐Ÿ˜ฆ uh!!!

Maintaining an electric blender requires different steps, if you want your blender to last long, read and follow the rules in this article.

Promise #1 fufilled

5 Ways to Maintain Your Electric Blender

1. Wash Your Blender Immediately

If you want your blender (inside and out) to retain it’s sparkling look; wash it, rinse and dry after blending. Avoid leaving your blender unwashed till you finish cooking. Immediately after blending, transfer what you have blended into another container and wash it.

If you notice, most blenders have a rubber-like material underneath, as the blender’s motor rotates, this rubber controls the blade. If you do not wash your blender immediately; the liquid from what you blend will sink down, after some days and months, this liquid will cause rust and affect a metal and screw holding the rubber, it will make the rubber remove as you blend (just like mine) ๐Ÿ˜ฆ , hence wash, rinse and dry your blender immediately!

2. Avoid Blending Hard Food Stuff With Your Blender

If you blend hard food stuffs, you are damaging your blender’s blade, and also causing scratches to the blender. Pound this hard food stuffs or slice it into smaller pieces before blending, this will help to maintain your blender. Food stuffs like beans or corn can be soaked in water to reduce it’s hardness, but I suggest you use a food processor like the one below.

Food processor

3. Keep Your Blender Safe

Do you know the importance of properly storing your blender?

When you Store your blender rightly, it will serve you for decades, unless you wish to order a new one (for change);

  • avoid keeping your blender where it will slip off
  • avoid keeping the motor of your blender near liquid substances like water, juice or soup. if the motor gets into water, it can get damaged or cause electric shock (if not checked by a technician)
  • Avoid keeping the blender where kids can reach, because they can or will playfully pull it down.

4. Avoid Overloading Food Stuff into the Blender

Overloading makes the blender consume more power, this can damage the blender, the effect of overloading can be noticed when using a power generator, the blender will draw excess power than other appliances. Instead of overloading your blender; reduce and slice what you want to blend into smaller pieces, blend bit by bit, this will help to maintain your blender.

5. Do not Overrun Your Blender

My Panasonic blender came with an intsructional manual, I read it thoroughly; 1-2 minutes was it’s limit, exceeding this limit can make the blender to break apart. When blending, the motor exerts pressure on the blade and breaks down what you are blending, this causes a vibration, if not controlled within the time limit, it will affect the blender, to ensure that the device serves you for a long period; regulate it properly, avoid waiting till 2 minutes, I suggest 30 – 40 seconds because it has worked for me (for 11 years).

Maintain blender
I’m happy now, because the rubber-like stuff under my blender has been changed by a technician. Hurray!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
Maintain blender

I’ll make sure I follow the rules above, because I want my blender to serve me forever!. ๐Ÿ˜€

Do you know other tips for maintaining a blender?
Please drop it in the comment box below, you can also click here or call me on +2348100627264 if you need a new and strong blender. Thanks!

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Kitchen Safety Tip #1: Beware of Grease Fire (Fire Caused By Oil )

Kitchen Safety Tip #1: Beware Of Grease Fire (Fire Caused By Oil )


“Never put oil on the fire and walk away, monitor it; if over heated, it could lead to fire outbreak.”


BEWARE!

What you should know on Fire Outbreak Caused by Oil:

Fire caused by oil is referred to as grease fire, it occurs when oil reaches a particular temperature under heat. This depends on the type of oil used, every oil has a point of causing fire (flashpoint), according to culinarylore.com fire outbreak will automatically occour when the temperature of any oil reaches 400-435 degree Celsius (750 – 815 degree Fahrenheit).

How to Quench Grease Fire (Fire Caused by Oil)

  • Use a dry powder, foam or carbon dioxide fire extinguisher, immediately.
  • WARNING!: Never use water to quench a grease fire, it will worsen it

  • Try to turn off the fuel source immediately (stove, gas cooker or any cooking device used).
  • If the fire has gone round the kitchen; close the doors and windows as you quench, this will reduce breeze or oxygen that spreads the fire, also ensure your fans are off.
  • Be! sensitive!, once you notice the fire getting out of control, call the fire service, call neighbours to assist, never wait till it gets out of hand before doing this.

Remember this for Your Safety

Cooking is an activity that requires your total attension, a little diversion can lead to great disaster (not our portion, In Jesus name), hence we should be alert.

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Share your first cooking experience

๐Ÿ™‚ How was your experience on the first day you tried cooking?

Trying things for the first time can be very tough at times, especially when it deals with an activity that consists of several steps like cooking.

๐Ÿ™‚ I tried my little Sis. (Esther) Yesterday (night), I say make she cook noodles (4pcs) for us to chop, ๐Ÿ˜€ she surprise.

Almost 30mins gone and noodles never still done ๐Ÿ˜€ , “Esther! What’s up? Your noodles never done?”, I said.

“Trying things for the first time can be very tough at times, especially when it deals with an activity that consists of several steps like cooking.”

“I’m waiting for the water to get dried”, she replied. In between the cooking, she had come to me asking; “Bro. Paul, please can I add the seasoning immediately?”, hmm. . . ๐Ÿ˜€ “I don’t know, you’re the one in charge, cook it in your style, anyhow it comes out we shall eat”, I replied. I detailed her not to make it dry because the noodles soupy style was one of my favorites.

At last Esther was through.

VERDICT TIME

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The noodles was ready, I had a taste, dished it and we ate.

My Verdicts on Esther’s first independent cooking (without supervision):


The noodles was;

  • cooked not half done
  • eatable
  • dry; against my soupy style demand
  • having a nice taste but almost over seasoned (almost).
  • almost over cooked (quite soft)

Overall:

She gave a good try and ๐Ÿ™‚ I rated her 52%

Weldone! Esthy, you can do better, I know, Yes! You! Can! ๐Ÿ˜‰

The Bottom Line:

There’s a saying I emulate, “Practice makes perfect”, the more we do things, the better we become at it; our first trial might not be perfect but when the practice continues we can work towards perfection by learning from others, our errors and improving our performance.

“The more we do things, the better we become at it

In the comment box below you can drop your own first experience of cooking (how it went; please make it short), I’ll drop mine (personal) as well; watch out for it, really amusing and interesting, some how worse than my sister’s. ๐Ÿ˜€

Remember:

“Our first trial might not be perfect but when the practice continues we can work towards perfection by learning from others, our errors and improving our performance.

Thanks for reading

Still on Eba

Everyone’s style of preparing it is different…

ยค some cover it to absorb the hot water

ยค others turn immediately

ยค some dilute the hot water, while some don’t

ยค some sift the shaft after pouring the garri, while others don’t
but at the end we all eat it and the Eba ends up it the stomach, goes through digestion process and so on…

But you won’t enjoy a badly made Eba;

ยค with too much lumps (Yoruba calls it koko while in Kalabari it’s “Ingboli”)

ยค made excessively soft

ยค Too hard

ยค Still having the raw taste of garri

ยค not well mixed.

My Verdict: Make your eba properly to enjoy it and don’t be in a haste because every food has an end product in the stomach, hence prepare it well.
Thanks for reading…

How to Prepare a Delicious Pot Of Beans

Recipes needed:

Beans, onions, pepper, tomatoes, vegetable oil, palm oil (optional), seasoning cubes, salt, curry and crayfish (optional).

Pre-steps

  1. Pick out the beans from the shaft
  2. Blend pepper and crayfish seperately
  3. Slice the tomatoes and onions

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Weldone!

Main Steps

Step 1: Boil the beans till it gets soft (not too soft; but soft)

Step 2: when soft add some onions
and salt, allow to boil for 2-3minutes

Steps 3: Keep away the beans and put a fry pan to dry, add some red oil (allow to fry for 15 seconds) and vegetable oil to the fry pan and allow the oil to heat up

Step 4: When the oil is hot add onions, tomatoes and peper, allow this to fry very well

Step 5: Once the water content in it starts getting dried add curry then stir.

Step 6: Add crayfish, seasoning cubes and some little salt then stir

Step 7: Return the beans, pour all the contents (peper, onions, tomatoes mixture) of the fry pan into it and stir well

Step 8: Have a taste and add some seasoning cubes or salt if needed

Step 9: Allow to heat up very well and stir continuously to avoid burning the beans for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 10: ๐Ÿ™‚ wetin remain? ๐Ÿ˜€
ENJOY YOUR DELICIOUS
๐Ÿ˜€ Your delicious Beans Is Ready!
๐Ÿ˜‰ Weldone!

Your delicious pot of beans can go with;

Bread, Yam, Ijebu Garri (sprinkling on the beans or soaking in water with sugar and salt for drinking), pap, rice, plantain or
Potatoes.

Food Nutrient and Fact
Did You Know that eating your delicious beans with the above list of carbohydrate food is a balanced diet?

Beans- Protein

Tomatoes, Peper, Onions, crayfish – vitamins and mineral salt

Salt – mineral salt

Vegetable and Palm oil – fat & oil

Rice, Bread, Yam… – Carbohydrate

Water (used for cooking and drank after the meal)

So! Always make sure its on your roaster…

Thanks for reading, do ensure to share with all your friends.

Ijebu Garri (packed)

Stallion Rice (The best grain)