ORGANIZING YOUR PHOTOS AND VIDEOS

Being a mother of 3 i love taking photos of my children.

Anything that can capture the magical moments from when they wore their first shoes to their first tooth are captured on camera.

That sounds great  until you lose everything and all the memories are nothing but digital dust.

It happened to me,lost tens of photos of my daughters first  birthday and the video too!

Years worth of precious and irreplaceable memories  lost in an instant.

Managing  your digital memories is important if you don’t want to lose them.

Here is how to do this :

1.Begin by deleting unwanted photos and videos and duplicates too to save on space.

2.Organize your photos into folders and if the folders are too large,divide them into sub folders.

Name the folders depending on the themes,for example,baby’s dedication,wedding,engagement, etc.

3.Get an external hard drive to store your photos and videos if you have a very large collection. The general rule of thumb is to buy a hard disk that is two times the size of your PC.

Hard disk

It is possible to program your hard disk to do regular and automatic back ups of your photos and videos if you keep it plugged in.

4.Create a cloud account on any of the cloud storage service providers of your choice.Flickr has one of the biggest free services for up to 1TB which translates to about 500,000 photos.

5.Print out some of your photos  just in case.You will always have a hard copy in case you lose everything else.

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6.Finally back up as often as you can.

STORING CHAPATIS

How do your store  your chapatis,especially on those days  when you have made one too many.

I deliberately make twice as many chapatis that we can have for at least 2 meals or for breakfast/tea.

The trick to keeping them in the freezer and having them taste as fresh as when you made them is to wrap them in cling film so as to keep them fresh,then adding foil as an extra wrapping.

This works well for me on those days  when  we are late in preparing dinner ,all i have to do is come up with stew…a real time saver!!! 2013-06-24-097

Wrapping your chapatis for the freezer…

BUTTER,BUTTER,BUTTER

Better English was an English grammar book we used in class 3  ..the year 19 something and it had some tongue twisters.

My favourite  at the time wa all about  Betty Botter and her butter.

It went something like this….

Butter..photo courtesy pinterest.com

 

Betty Botter bought some butter,
“But,” she said, “this butter’s bitter.
If I bake this bitter butter,
It will make my batter bitter.
But a bit of better butter –
That would make my batter better.”
So she bought a bit of butter,
Better than her bitter butter,
And she baked it in her batter,
And the batter was not bitter.
So ’twas better Betty Botter
Bought a bit of better butter.

Maybe this obsession with Betty may explain my love for butter despite what health experts say that its bad for your arteries.

I don’t use it everyday  because like all good things moderation is key  but when I  do..

It is great especially when working with wheat and for popcorn,gives popped corn  a really nice buttery taste.

And for toasted bread ,especially when you want to make garlic bread…..scrumptious.

In terms of nutritional value;a gramme of butter gives you about 7 calories .

It is rich in vitamins A and E,Riboflavin which is also known as B12 an is important for body growth and in red cell production,it also helps in releasing energy from carbohydrates.

It is also rich in minerals great for your bones and teeth  like calcium,phosphorus and potassium while also containing a good amount of sodium and small amounts of fluoride,zinc and magnesium.

The Kenyan dairy market has only two types of butter ;salted and unsalted butter.

Salted butter has a longer shelf life than unsalted.

If you intend to use butter in your cooking use the unsalted one.

When using butter for any recipe scoop as much as the recipe needs  and refrigerate the rest.

When  making bread,cookies,cake,flat bread/ chapati or any product that calls for rubbing  butter into the flour  make sure it’s at room temperature before adding it to your flour.The exception would be in certain  pastry recipes where it may call for using cold butter.

If you are not going to be using the butter too quickly freeze it as this will help it keep for longer.

When using butter for frying,never heat it over high heat as t burns very easily,moderately low heat is best.

When using butter with other oils like sunflower oil,first heat the pan add the oil then add your butter .

Butter can also be added to soups to give them a glossy silky smooth texture.

Here is how to make coriander or dhania butter that you can use on toasted bread/crostini.Only make as much as you can use at a time.

Ingredients

3 tablespoons butter at room temperature

1 finely chopped tablespoon of coriander

Method

In a small bowl using a fork thoroughly mix the butter and coriander together .

Spread it on fresh slices of bread and toast .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 HEALTHY WAYS TO THICKEN STEWS

Have you ever wondered how you would get thick stews without having to resort to use of additives?

You can read my post on why i got rid of my Royco here and some comments on my blog on why some people are not using it here.

Here are some easy ways.

1.For meat stews just before frying the meat, flour it,place the pieces of meat on a flat plate sprinkle  2-3 tablespoons of flour for every 500 grammes of cubed beef then fry.

You can choose to use corn flour or any all-purpose flour but not-self raising flour.

2.Use lots of tomatoes and grated carrots they not only add color but will give you stews a thick orange color and   an enhanced sweetness.

3.Add a potato or two together with your meat and let simmer slowly till meat is tender.

FREEZER RULES

Freezing food is among the many ways by which foods can be preserved and stored for later use.

Using your freezer to preserve food can be a cheap,economic and if done well safe method of ensuring your favourite foods are just an arm length away.

Here are a few rules to freeze by, make more use of what is now a permanent fixture in most homes, the refrigerator.

1.Live by the F.I.F.O rule.First in First out is what you have to remember when freezing foods,label you frozen food packets if you have to.

2.Frequently empty and defrost the fridge to prevent odours.

3.Use the appropriate freeze bags/containers to ensure your food is safe to eat.Foods frozen in inappropriate containers or wrapped with paper that is to thin develop freeze burn.

4.Ensure the freezer compartment of your fridge is always at the right temperature,if you are not too sure,consult the manual you bought it with.

5.If you have to take anything out of your fridge to thaw,use the refrigerator section to thaw it out and do not leave it out in the open.

6.Freeze meat products separately from the frozen vegetables to prevent cross contamination

7.Never ever put hot food into your freezer section as it alters the below 18 degree Celsius temperature ideal for frozen food to keep their quality and may lead to spoilage.

8.Stack your frozen food in such a way that there is space left between each food to allow air to circulate.

Read more about how to reheat foods,what to do with left over and ideal conditions for freezing here.