Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Really Easy Tahini Pasta

This is my go to recipe when I want to eat a whole lot of pasta with out going to the trouble to make a tomato or cream sauce. It is a great weeknight meal because it is fast. I usually make a lot of it and have a huge serving.

Ingredients
Pasta (enough for 2-4 people)
1/4 cup tahini
1 T lemon juice
1 1/2 T balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup margarine
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile mix the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. When pasta is cooked mix it in with the rest and your done. Super easy :)

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Super Tasty Roasted Red Pepper Soup

Super Tasty Roasted Red Pepper Soup
This recipe involves minimal work and is pretty quick to make. Most importantly though, it tastes really good. This is one of the more flavourful recipes in my repertoire.

Ingredients
1 jar of roasted red peppers
3 cups veggie broth
1 cup orzo (or any pasta you like, or even rice)
1 tsp basil
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp ground black pepper
pinch of red pepper flakes

Directions
1. Dump the jar of peppers into a blender, liquid and all, and blend. Set aside.
2. Bring 3 cups of broth to a boil and add orzo (or pasta or rice). Cook until tender while stirring frequently. To save time you can add all the seasonings to the boiling broth as the orzo cooks.
3. Once orzo is tender add the red pepper puree. Cook until heated through and serve. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tutorial: Customize a Tiny Chair

I am making a custom desk so I have a place to study in January (going to Naturopathic med. school and I'm super excited). I will have more on the desk later but to go with the desk I have a pretty generic folding seat.
Before...

This is of course too boring so I felt the need to customize it. It is really easy to do.

Unscrew the screws that hold the cushion on. 

Select a pretty fabric and cut a round piece that is about 10 cm bigger than the cushion all the way around.  
Attach the fabric to the cushion any way you like. I just used scotch tape. 
Make sure that the holes corresponding to the screws are accessible either by taping around them or cutting some holes in the fabric.
Then you just have to re-screw the cushion back on and your done :).  




Small Storage Solution... Gotta Start Somewhere

From this...

To this.
I have a little problem with our new apartment, there is just not enough storage space. We have a small linen closet that houses my cleaning supplies, luggage, towels, bedding, garbage bags, paper products etc... It's not the most organized of spaces so if I can save some space by condensing three boxes of garbage bags into one more verticle box it is worth the time. I put three openings into a cereal box and layered in the bags. Fast and easy and a tiny bit more organized. The closet still has a long way to go.