How to Cook Vegetable Stir-Fry

How to Cook Vegetable Stir-Fry



Vegetable stir-fry is incredibly easy to cook and is also healthy and delicious to eat.


Red peppers
Green peppers
Spring greens
Mange touts
Spring onions
Chinese leaf
Bean sprouts
Bamboo shoots
Baby corn


10cm ginger, peeled and finely chopped
2 cloves of crushed garlic
20ml dark soy sauce


A wok


  1. Wash your vegetables and cut them into julienne strips (thin strips)
    2. Heat some oil in a wok, and add the hard vegetables first such as celery, carrots and a little garlic. Also add in the ginger.
    3. Wait a little and then add the softer vegetables such as the bean sprouts and mushrooms.
    4. Add some Soy sauce.
    5. Serve with some rice or noodles.

How to Cook Peanuts After Harvesting

How to Cook Peanuts After Harvesting


Fresh peanuts, also called green peanuts, require cooking after you harvest the nuts. This process makes the peanuts more palatable for eating. Two options for cooking peanuts are boiling and roasting. Boiled nuts have a soft consistency and require consumption within several days. Roasted peanuts are crunchy, and have a shelf life up to three months.

Boiled Peanuts

  1. Fill a large kettle with 8 cups of water. Add 1/2 cup of salt to the water for every 1 lb. of raw peanuts. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat.
  2. Rinse the peanuts with water to remove dirt and cull out any shell pieces.
  3. Pour the rinsed peanuts into the boiling water. Turn the heat to medium-low and simmer the peanuts for about two hours, or until the nuts become soft. Remove two or three nuts from the kettle and crack them open to verify the doneness.
  4. Pour the water and peanuts into a colander. Let the peanuts drain for five minutes to remove as much water as possible.
  5. Serve the peanuts warm, or store them in the refrigerator for up to three days.

Roasted Peanuts

  1. Place the oven rack in the lower-center setting and pre-heat the temperature to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rinse the raw peanuts with water to remove any dirt. Dump the peanuts on paper towels and sift through to remove any shell pieces. Let the peanuts dry for 15 minutes.
  3. Put the peanuts into a large mixing bowl. Combine 2 tbsp. oil and 1 tbsp. salt in a small mixing bowl. Pour the oil mixture over top of the peanuts and mix the nuts with your hands to coat them with the oil mixture.
  4. Spread the peanuts onto a baking sheet, put them in the center of the oven and roast the nuts for about 15 minutes. Remove the tray from the oven, stir and flip the peanuts and put them back in the oven for another 15 minutes.
  5. Remove the baking sheet from the oven and set it on a cooling rack or trivet. Let the peanuts cool completely before eating.

How to Cook with a Pressure Cooker

How to Cook with a Pressure Cooker



Anything that gets food on the table and me out of the kitchen faster gets a two thumbs-up from me. A pressure cooker does just that. What a slow cooker takes all day to do, a pressure cooker can do in under an hour. Each cooker earns its space in the kitchen, but if fast is what you want, invest in a quality pressure cooker and you’ll never go back to slow cooking.

Save Time

A pressure cooker traps the steam that is escaping from the boiling water inside the pot. The trapped steam increases the internal pressure and speeds up cooking time by raising the boiling point. The typical boiling point is 212 degrees, inside a pressure cooker the boiling point is raised to 250 degrees.

Cooking Times

By adjusting the stove temperature, you control the pressure and cooking times. The temperature adjusts to low, medium and high with a weighted gauge geared to 5 pounds of pressure which is 220 degrees and low heat. 10 pounds of pressure which is 235 degrees and medium heat or 15 pounds of pressure which is 250 degrees and high heat.

Low pressure is rarely used in a pressure cooker, since it is barely above the boiling point. Medium pressure is occasionally used and high pressure is almost always used. A few typical cooking times are: 45 minutes for large beef or pork roasts, 25 minutes for dry beans, 15 minutes for stew meat or brown rice and whole potatoes or winter squash will cook in 5 minutes.

Green Cooking

Since using a pressure cooker requires less time and energy, it is a perfect kitchen tool to be used for green cooking. You can save up to 70 percent of gas or electricity using a pressure cooker instead of a roasting pan, stock pot or slow cooker. Less cooking fuel used, more money saved.

The All Important Taste

Certainly taste is the bottom line of any cooking tool and a pressure cooker passes the taste test. The French culture put haute cuisine on the culinary map and they are ones who invented the pressure cooker in the 1600s. Great tasting food comes out of a pressure cooker. The pressure seals in and intensifies the flavor, allowing for the use of less salt and other seasoning.

Types of Pressure Cookers

A standard pressure cooker for every day meals is about 6-8 quarts and holds enough food to feed a family of four with leftovers. Larger pressure cookers are available, but are typically used for canning, though mine does serve double duty by sometime cooking large cuts of meat.

Heavy gauge stainless steel is the best material as it will not discolor or change the flavor of food like aluminum does.

Pressure cookers have locking lids and safety values to prevent accidents, so there is no fear in using one when all the directions are followed.

How to Cook Cocktail Celeries

How to Cook Cocktail Celeries




1 large bunch celery, unblemished

½ teaspoon rosemary

1 ½ cups water

1 teaspoon thyme

Juice from 1 lemon

1 small bay leaf

2 tablespoons white vinegar

1 teaspoon salt

3 cloves garlic, minced finely

8 peppercorns, crushed

¾ teaspoon coriander, ground

1 teaspoon celery salt

2 large tomatoes, peeled and chopped

These celery sticks are irresistible and they have almost no calories. Use on an assorted vegetable platter or as a garnish. Also if you like to prepare homemade food as gifts, pack these celery sticks neatly in prepared small jars, adding liquid to fill. Seal and store under refrigeration.

Wash and separate the celery stalks. Use vegetable peeler to remove threads of the coarse outside ribs. Depending on the size, split the ribs lengthwise and cut into thin cocktail sticks 3 or 4 inches long. Combine all the ingredients, except the celery, in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add celery sticks. When mixture returns to a boil, reduce the heat, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Spoon the cooked celery into a bowl. Strain the cooking liquid over it. Chill until ready to serve. The celery will keep up to 3 weeks under proper refrigeration.

How to Know a TV Cook Can’t Cook

How to Know a TV Cook Can't Cook


Ten Way to Know



  1. She always tells stories, never cooks
    9. The close up shots show another’s hands
    8. Her motto is “Don’t drink the blood!”
    7. She only uses the microwave
    6. Only uses instant ingredients
    5. She claims vodka is the master spice
    4. Always cooks spaghetti
    3. She isn’t fat; she doesn’t even like food!
    2. She cuts herself every show
    1. No one cares what she’s cooking, she’s just cute!

Tips to Cook and Clean an Iron Pan

Tips to Cook and Clean an Iron Pan


Cooking with an iron pan is easier then any other type of cookware once you get use to how it works. An iron pan is natural, lasts a lifetime and healthy to cook with. A well seasoned iron pan is even non-stick and easy to clean. You never need to worry about scrapping or scratching an iron pan and you will never need to replace it for as long as you live unless you lose it.

To season an iron pan coat a very thin layer of vegetable oil over the pan inside and out and don’t forget to coat the handle. Then place the coated pan into an oven on a very low temperature and let it heat for an hour. Turn off the oven and let the pan cool inside the oven. If you do not have a nice coating on the pan you may need to do it again.

As you use a iron pan it gets better and better. Every time you cook with some type of oil the oil will condition your pan making it better. After you cook with it for awhile you will have a nice non stick surface. You won’t be able to let food slip off of it like in a non stick pan commercial but you will be able to wash it without much effort and you will not be putting any harmful chemicals into your food.

The more you use your iron pan the more you will like it. Some days the pan may need a scrubber to clean up but since you can scratch the pan cleaning is pretty simple.

Washing your iron pan is easy once you get used to it. Do not use much or any soap to clean your pan or you will wash off the oils that make your pan conditioned and you could cause rust to develop. If your pan does rust you will just need to condition it again. Wash your iron pan in hot water and just scrub out any food that is stuck on. It sounds like a job but once you have done it a few times you realize it is better then a non stick pan to wash. A non stick pan will not last forever and is unhealthy to cook with. An iron pan will last forever and will not add any chemicals to your food.

Creative Ways to Decorate with Handheld Mirrors

Creative Ways to Decorate with Handheld Mirrors

Handheld mirrors are handy in many ways, but their uses go far beyond function. Many people simply place them on a dresser top, or they use a single mirror as a perfume tray. They can be used to decorate the home in many other creative ways. I have used handheld mirrors to decorate my bedroom and other areas of my home. They can be arranged to create stunning works of wall mounted or tabletop art. Handheld mirrors are available in all styles, and they can be used in countless ways.

Decorate a Portion of a Wall with Creatively Arranged Handheld Mirrors

Imagine arranging handheld mirrors of the same color and style in the center of a bare wall. Place the mirrors in the center and the handles outward to decorate the wall with an arrangement that forms an abstract flower. The handles could be placed in the center to create a circle of mirrors for a completely different look. With frames and handles in a rainbow of colors, the options are endless.

I wanted to create a unique wall hanging for my bedroom. I did not have the money for the mirrored wall hanging that I wanted. I purchased six handheld mirrors that were three dollars each. They had bright yellow handles and frames. I hung a small round black framed mirror in the center, and I surrounded it with the handheld mirrors. It looked like a star burst, and no one realized that my work of reflective wall art was designed with handheld mirrors. The handles had holes, and I connected them with a narrow black ribbon that I threaded in and out of each one to create a border.

Use Handheld Mirrors as Candle Trays

Handheld mirrors also make fantastic candle trays. Ordinary candle trays made from cast resin or other non reflective materials are not nearly as gorgeous as mirrors. I used a set of handheld mirrors shaped like cats to decorate my bathroom. The bare countertop needed something decorative. It was the ideal location for the cat shaped handheld mirrors since the room was decorated in a cat theme.

I prefer using battery-operated candles to decorate my home since they are safer than the ordinary variety. High quality flameless candles look just as real. I placed the two handheld mirrors with handles together, and used the candles to top the mirrors. They provided just enough light to create a relaxing atmosphere for long leisurely baths.

Decorate a Shelf with Handheld Mirrors and More

When seeking creative ways to decorate with handheld mirrors, think vertically. They do not have to lie flat on a dresser top or counter. Decorate a living room shelf with two or more handheld mirrors. Lean them against the wall with the handles pointing downward. Place small decorative items in front of each one, or leave them alone. Those with ornate backs can be turned around and placed on display. They can look just as impressive as expensive tabletop works of art.

Source: Personal and Professional Home Design and Decorating Experience

Creative Ways to Decorate a Foyer

Creative Ways to Decorate a Foyer


When deciding on a design for the foyer of your home, remember that it is the first impression that people will get of your home. You want this space to say good things about you. You will be able to tell your guests a little about your style right off the bat. You can give your home a country feel, or perhaps a professional feel. This is the room to use if you are wanting to showcase your interests. Giving guests a nice opinion to start with will prepare them to enjoy the rest of your home. Here are the basics of any nice foyer:

1) Do not overlook the outside. Having the loveliest foyer in the world will not matter if the walkway up to your home is a mess. Sweeping your steps, cutting the grass and laying down (or shaking out) a rug are all essential to the impression guests will get of your home.

2) Clear this space of all clutter! You do not want the first thing people notice to be junk! In our home, we take off our shoes by the door. This is easily hidden with a bench/trunk combo. This also gives your guests extra seating if they must wait in this area. Decorative pillows are a nice touch.

3) Add a conversation piece. In our home, we have a large retro print of a wrecked pirate ship. It is very interesting and almost everyone asks about it. If you wish, a painting can make a huge difference in the amount of impact your foyer gives. A nice vintage chandelier also works wonders for making a room look instantly fancy.

4) Make sure you decorate this space for the holidays. Lovely wreaths and seasonal rugs make the room up to date and extend the warmth of your home all the way to the front door!

5) Consider the senses. Some people like to use plug in air fresheners or candles, to create a fresh smell in this area. Purchasing candles and just grouping them together without lighting them will give off a subtle scent.

6) Organize your space. If you have a lovely piece of antique furniture or a small table to place in the entrance, this can help you achieve a pulled together look. Beautiful baskets are a nice way to keep track of mail, keys, and other items that could look disorganized otherwise.

7) Don’t forget to add that mirror! If you have a large mirror to use, it can make your space look even bigger. It is also a nice touch to allow guests to look at themselves before entering your home.

8) Consider built ins. Built in cabinets and shelving will give your home a modern edge. It will give you unique look that many others do not have. If this is impossible, neatly designed book shelves can give the same effect. Do not be afraid to go all out. Be bold!

9) Remodel this room first! Foyers tend to be the smallest rooms in our homes. This is a perfect canvas for that project you have been putting off. Bold paint, exotic decor, and anything else goes in this part of the house. If you love expensive tile, but can’t afford to do the kitchen, start here!

10) It is all in the little things. Placing a fresh bouquet of flowers is always a touch that will not be forgotten. It not only gives others a nice feeling about your home, it lifts your spirits as well. Sconces, statues and pictures are all items that will tell people what to expect from the rest of your lovely home!

Creative Ways to Decorate with Vines

Creative Ways to Decorate with VinesLive plants such as vines are fantastic decorating accessories that have more than one purpose. Not only do they add visual appeal, texture and style to a space, but they also add priceless oxygen to the room. They can be used to fill in empty areas on shelves, tables and more. Best of all, some trailing plants require low levels of light, and this makes them even more versatile when trying to decorate a bathroom, bedroom or any room in the home. Use these creative ways to decorate with vines, and enjoy the beauty of live plants.

Add Privacy to a Bathroom Window

When looking for new ways to decorate with vines, move them out of the kitchen or living room and into the bathroom. Use the lush growth to create a veil of privacy over a bathroom window. Place a potted vine on a shelf in front of a window, or hang it from the ceiling. When blinds are not all that private, decorate with vines instead of or in addition to curtains. They will look absolutely beautiful, and they will grow lush and very healthy in the humid location.

Decorate Above a Sunny Kitchen Window

The kitchen is the ideal location when looking for places to decorate with vines. If the ceiling height allows, place potted vines above a sunny kitchen window, and use the vines to frame the window treatments. They can also be placed in front of windows that are a bit too sunny. They will beautifully filter the sunlight and decorate the space in eye-catching new ways. Consider planting them in crocks that have been partially filled with pebbles for drainage. Use something unexpected instead of store-bought planters. They will add visual appeal and coordinate with a decorating scheme or theme of the kitchen.

Decorate a Rustic Shelf in an Interesting New Way

A rustic shelf can be beautifully embellished with live plants. Decorate the center of the shelf with potted vines, and allow them to grow over the side ends of the shelving. Use the areas beneath the vines to decorate with a favorite collection of trinkets. Everything from frogs to princesses will look lovely beneath the canopies of potted vines.

Use Vines to Enhance a Beautiful Bay Window

A bay window is not complete without beautiful potted plants, and this is the ideal place to decorate with live vines. Place one larger variety in the center and two smaller types on both sides. Decorate in between with eye-catching crystal pieces, collectible trinkets or other plants. They will grow beautifully, and they will have plenty of room to vine down the wall. They can also be used along with brackets to gently hold back lightweight sheers or curtains.