Easy Peasy Homemade Pho Soup

Ingredients:

4 litres of broth (chicken, beef, or vegetable or a mixture of either)
½ or whole Scotch Bonnet pepper
1 tsp ginger
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tbsp fish oil
1 onion, sliced
2 cups finely-sliced chicken breast or lean beef (you can use fondue meat)
1 salad bag of bean sprouts
1 salad bag of chopped cabbage (aka coleslaw mix)
1 salad bag of fresh Asian veggies (i.e. stir-fry or broco-slaw mix)
1 – 8 oz. pkg rice noodles
3 sprigs of fresh basil
3 sprigs of fresh cilantro

Instructions:

1. In a large slow cooker, heat the broth.
2. Add the ginger, cinnamon and fish oil.
3. Slice up the pepper into strips and add to broth.
4. Add the meat to the broth.
5. Once the meat starts losing its pinkness, add the bean sprouts, fresh veggies and cabbage and stir until heated through.
6. Add the rice noodles and move to the bottom to soften.
7. Add the basil and cilantro and mix well.
8. Cook for at least 3-4 hours.

Quick start method:

1. Heat half the broth in a large saucepan.
2. Bring to a boil and add the meat until no longer pink. Scoop it out with a slotted spoon and place in the slow cooker with the rest of the broth.
3. Follow the same process with the veggies, cabbage and bean sprouts, heating through in the sauce pan and then moving to the slow cooker.
4. Once complete, add the remaining broth to the slow cooker as well.
5. Cook for 1 ½-2 hours.

The Secret to Hair Traps for Drains!

Got one of these? Do you use it?

I didn’t for the longest time because it was such a pain to clean out! After using it in the shower, I’d scrape it out with my fingernail or an old toothbrush then rinse out the shampoo/soap/conditioner…yet another 10 minutes of work AFTER the shower! But almost always, it would have a dried film in it the next time I used it, regardless of the cleaning.  After a while, I flung it (literally) under the sink and ignored it. But, having long hair, you feel the guilt, knowing that it will clog up your drain(s) eventually…so out it came again!

This time, I tried something new. After finishing with my hair routine (but before the washing and shaving), I wrap my head in a towel. Then, I remove the trap from the drain, scrape the hair out with my fingernail and put it (the hair) on the edge of the bathtub. After that, I hold the hair trap up under the running water and rinse out all the product that would end up blocking it later. A couple of shakes or a rap against the side of the tub will shake out the excess water and, voila! The screen is clean and ready for the next use!

The best part about it is, you don’t end up with water up around your ankles during your final rinse (personally, this is the reason I flung it to begin with:)

Happy draining!

NOTE: While you could do this at the end of your shower while the water’s still running, I found that the bubbles from the body wash/soap/shaving cream end up sitting over top of the drain by then. Since your hair is still in the trap, it doesn’t drain away and it’s quite messy to remove the hair from it.

 

 

 

I’m Baaaack!

Well, in my defense, I started a new job in May. God knows it was the best thing that ever happened to me! Love the organization, what they stand for, my work peeps and my boss. I’m having a blast!

The downside is, wow, what happened to all the things I did before this? I’ve found ideas for posts several times in the past few months but to take the time to sit down and post them…well, that’s another story.

Also in my defense, it WAS summer in Canada. ’nuff said. We got a piddly-poop amount of warm weather this year (mid-June to mid-August) and each weekend we headed outside: to the cottage, to the boat, to the water…anywhere where we could enjoy this beautiful country in it’s glorious balminess 😀

In any case, I am off sick today after having a rotten night full of spasming tummy aches so you, dear blog, receive a little attention.

I will try not to neglect you again…and I suddenly feel so much better 😀

Hasta la vista!