|The veggies in this curry are just barely cooked, leaving them crisp and flavorful.|
It has been a rough couple of months for me and Willa: I was sick throughout the month of February, so poor Willa didn't get many hikes. We spent a lot of time sleeping on the couch and drinking ginger tea. But I'm better now, back to cooking, back to hiking. Looking forward to spring.
|Shadows on the path.|
This weekend, I started my spring cleaning. I make most of my own cleaning products homemade, out of baking soda, citrus fruits, salt, and other household staples. I started doing that years ago for environmental reasons--all of the ingredients are safe and non-toxic for humans and animals--but I later found out how cheap it is. And fun! By switching up the ingredients you use, you can make your house smell like anything: lemons, oranges, peppermint tea, lavender. Probably not chocolate. (Though a splash of vanilla extract makes things smell like cookies!) Maybe this doesn't make spring cleaning completely awesome, but it does make it aromatherapeutic. :)
I will be posting some recipes for homemade cleaning solutions in the weeks to come. Today I give you a basic recipe for wood floor cleaner, and an all-purpose spray solution you can use on your countertops, stovetop, etc.
Lemon-Peppermint Wood Floor Soap1/8 cup natural dish soap
1/2 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup brewed peppermint tea
2 gallons warm water
Combine ingredients in a bucket, and use a mop or rag to scrub your wood floors clean!
Almond-Orange All-Purpose Cleaner
1 tsp Borax
2 tbsp freshly-squeezed orange juice
1/2 tsp natural dish soap
1 or 2 drops almond extract
2 cups very hot water
Combine ingredients in a spray bottle, and shake well for a minute or so. Spray and clean all of your surfaces!* (Always shake the solution again before use.)
*though obviously not upholstery.
Now back to food recipes, though I can't take credit for this one. Today I made this cashew curry from 101 Cookbooks, a site that I love. It's not the normal way I make curry--the vegetables here are lightly simmered in curry-spiked coconut milk, and are left barely cooked. The curry is therefore very light, despite all the filling ingredients: tofu, cauliflower, green beans, and of course freshly-toasted cashews.
|The pictures on 101 cookbooks are better. |
But isn't there something charmingly honest about my crappy photos?
Enjoy. I'll be back to posting my own food recipes soon. Also, I have a thing or two to say about Emily Dickinson.