How to clean an oven window PS It sucks donkey balls

So being the OCD freak I am, I finally cleaned the disgusting oven window.  I would like to point out that I had no cause in the severe vomit worthy window.

After scouring the internet for ways to clean it and trying all these methods out I realized one thing…….everyone is giant liars, oh and you know who you are.  All these so called methods without chemicals is not easy and I will gladly use every chemical every made next time.

The one method that worked for me was using a disposable razor, if I could have used something else it would have been a sledgehammer to knock that window out and replace it with a new one.

The razor blade method is very effective, but be warned you will go through A LOT of razors and to top it off you will feel like your arms will fall off at any moment.  So my advice get angry! Take out all you’re anger on the grease.  Had a fight with you’re husband? go clean the oven window.  Cat pooped in the shower for the millionth time. Go scrape that window CLEAN!

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This was the part where I wanted to give up, but I powered through and the result….

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THIS! Look you can even see the tiles. Happy dance 😀

Parsley Pesto

In a world where basil pesto is king everyone seems to forget about all the other options for pesto.  Cilantro pesto, garlic scape pesto, spinach pesto, kale pesto and the list can just go on, but today it will all be about the humble parsley pesto.   Used as a garnish for food people seem to forget that this little cutie makes a great addition to most food.  Loaded with lots of health benefits this is a great pesto surprise.

This pesto is filled with all things good and healthy, but never stealing from the amazing pesto flavor.  Loaded with parsley, kale and pumpkin seeds this is a sure way to enjoy some health benefits.

PARSLEY HEALTH BENEFITS

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  1. Inflammation; Curbs swelling within joints.  Helps lessen pain and swelling caused by arthritis.
  2. Nutrient content
  3. Detox;  Parsley helps boost the productivity of one of the liver’s enzymes that detoxes the body.
  4. Immune system; Helps boost the immune system.
  5. Lowers your cancer risk; Eating parsley can decrease the danger of cancers like skin, breast and prostate.

KALE HEALTH BENEFITS

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  1.  High in Iron;  Kale has more iron than beef.  Iron is essential for good health like, transporting oxygen to various parts of the body, cell growth and a functioning liver.
  2. Powerful antioxidant;  helps protect against various cancers.
  3. High in fibre; great for aiding digestion.
  4. Anti- inflammatory;  1 cup of kale is filled with 10% of RDA  of omega-3 fatty acids, which help fight against arthritis, asthma and autoimmune diseases.
  5. Lowers cholesterol.

PUMPKIN SEED HEALTH BENEFITS

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  1. Zinc;  pumpkin seeds are a source of zinc, which is important for cell growth, immunity, skin health and sleep.
  2. Insulin regulation;  Studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications.
  3. Heart and liver health;
  4. Anti-inflammatory; helps with arthritis.
  5. Restful sleep.

So now that you know a little more about the delicious treats in the pesto lets get to the recipe.

PARSLEY PESTO

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup fresh parsley, packed well
  • 1/2 cup kale
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup good olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast ( optional, it still tastes good without it)

Directions

Put the pumpkin seeds, kale, parsley, garlic, lemon zest, nutritional yeast and salt in a food processor and  pulse for a few seconds to combine.  Scrape down the sides of the bowl, then pulse again.  Drizzle in the olive oil while the machine is running, just to incorporate the oil about 30 seconds.

Use immediately or cover and refrigerate.  Serve on toasted bread, pasta, rice, pizza or potatoes

an instant of life captured for eternity

This weekend was filled with lots of fun and more gardening.  We went to a eco friend day festival on Saturday, it was a nice day being outside listening to really amazing bands.  However the whole festival did start of rocky, we couldn’t find the little bus that takes you to the festival and we walked around Sandton city forever looking for it, when we finally found it we assumed it would all be smooth sailing, but alas we didn’t bring enough money and there was no atm in sight so we walked all the way back to Sandton city and walked back to the festival.  After we got a rewarding beer it was all lovely.

So here is my weekend recap or photo dump

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The table in our bedroom loft.

 

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Belphie taking over the bed 🙂

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Flowers from my lovely Carl for no reason.

 

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Friday selfie

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Nelson Mandela Square

 

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Fresh Coconut water

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The festival had amazing food vendors.  This was just one of them, it was a vegan/ vegetarians dream.

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Sandon Central Park’s amazing sculpture and this little rooster.

 

 

 

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A nice cold beer and my bee backpack.  Hey everyone needs a bee when you go to festival

 

 

 

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The stage

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Behind the scenes of a human pyramid

 

 

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I feel like wrapping all my trees now 😀

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People in a tree

 

 

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Carl’s sweet pocket watch

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Getting silly with a ping pong paddle

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Bands, Bands, bands

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Me waiting to go to the loo.  Carl took this photo.  Yes, he is a creep, but my little weirdo

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Crazy hair

 

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This was the bus that we just could not find.

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After festival look

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We got a ride back on one of these things. No, it does not have a door and yes, I was scared the entire way back.

 

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We found this amazing shop in Sandton City.  It even had a replica of Gandalf’s sword.  I was nerdgasming pretty hard.

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We also planted new seeds, flowers and catnip ( the catnip is for Belphie).

What did you get up to this weekend?

Modcloth obsessed

I’m so obsessed with modcloth! They have everything you would love, pretty dresses, cute shoes, amazingly nerdy kitchen stuff and just general pretty things.

These are just a few things I’m in love with right now.

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and now everyone knows what a big nerd I am.  Be sure to check out modcloth here.

Garden update

Everything in the garden is starting to grow and I’ve become seriously obsessed, so obsessed that I even gardened in my heels.

We officially have, zucchini, lettuce, kale, cucumber, tomato and dill.  Most likely more will be planted soon, because once you dig you can never stop.

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Now grow my pretties grow!

Tofu Steak with Garlic pasta

Its so good to have tofu around again and yes tofu will be spoken about like its a person, that’s how much I missed eating it ( now I seem like a crazy cannibal, but I don’t mind).  Since having this little treat around I’ve just been thinking up recipes.

This tofu steak is marinaded to perfection and baked for a wonderfully crisp exterior, serve it with this deliciously simple garlic pasta for an amazing, filling dinner.

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Ingredients

  • 1 block firm tofu, cut into steaks and pressed
  • 1/3 cup light soy sauce
  • 3 tbsp sake
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp sesame oil

Directions

In a medium sized bowl mix all the ingredients except the tofu.  Place the tofu into the bowl and spoon the marinade all over the tofu.  Marinade for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400F.

Grease a non stick baking sheet and place the tofu onto it.   Pour the remainder of the marinade over the tofu and bake for 20 minutes or until browned.   Remove from oven and let sit for 2 minutes.

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Ingredients

  • 4 cups shell pasta
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 tbsp margarine
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3/4 cup non dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup vegetable stock
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

Cook the pasta in a pot of boiling salted water, until al dente.

In a medium sized pot melt the margarine.  Add the garlic and cook until fragrant.  Sprinkle in the flour and whisk until you a paste.  Slowly add in the vegetable stock and water whisking the entire time until you have a smooth creamy sauce.  Add in the spinach. and continue whisking for a 4 -5 minutes or when the sauce is thick.

Remove from heat.  Add in the parsley and season with salt and pepper.  Add in the pasta and stir to combine.  Taste and adjust salt and pepper.

 

an instant of life captured for eternity

hello lovelies

I had a fun packed weekend, we went on a mission to find tofu and after a long search we found it 😀 Also found a great little pub in Rivonia that serves great craft beer.  Well here is my photo dump of life lately.

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My gardening hat

 

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Creepy bird seen at Emmarentia dam

 

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I really wanted to play with this dog, but he wanted nothing to do with me.  At least I got a photo of his bum.

 

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Kite flying, kicking a ball and just the beautiful Emmarentia dam

 

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Windswept hair

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Pretty sunsets

 

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Great craft beer and just an amazing atmosphere at the Slug and Lettuce.  The staff was amazingly wonderful and everything was just great.

Spinach basil pesto pasta

If you’re looking for a flavorful, fresh and easy recipe that will sure impress friends and family this is for you.  Sneaking in spinach has never been so easy no one will expect this delicious basil pesto to be packed full of baby spinach.

SPINACH BASIL PESTO PASTAserves 4 

 

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Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups baby spinach
  • 1 cup fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup toasted sunflower seeds
  • 5 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 a bag shell pasta – cooked
  • 1 large tomato, chopped

Directions

Place everything except the tomato and pasta in the blender and blend until smooth.

In a large bowl add the pasta and pour the basil pesto over the pasta.  Stir until well coated.  Add the fresh tomato and serve.  This keeps well in the fridge and can be made well in advance.

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Have a lovely weekend

 

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