I have to say I love crafting and I love upcycling. It’s a great thing, when I can combine the two the learn to reuse plastic bottles or other things we usually throw away. So, here I came up a few nice projects on repurposing plastic bottles.
Recipe frame is one of them:
That is one more problems solved in my house. I used to store all my recipes in a notebook. When I open it up to see the ingredients, I spill things over the pages and the recipe book gets untidy and messy. I hope you do better than I in this respect. But I have several recipes I use all the time. So, here is the repurposed plastic bottle and crocheting project to solve my problem.
As you may see, the plastic for the frame came from a plastic bottle. Here is my step by step how-to on this one:
1. Cut out a piece of smooth plastic our of the plastic bottle.
2. Make holes on the edges with a pricker.
3. Use some nice yarn and crocheting hook to crochet the thing around from three sides.
4. Measure the size of your frame pocket and print out or write out your recipes. (Do two of them for one frame).
5. insert the recipes inside the frame and crochet the last side.
6. Crochet a chain to hang the frame and decorate it, if you wish to.
BTW, the butterfly is also made out of the plastic bottle. I think, this way my recipes look nice. They are always right before my eyes, so I do not even have to get the recipe book out. And, I;ve reused some of the plastic bottles decorating my home. All you need is a little crocheting skill and some imagination for this easy plastic bottle upcycling project.
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As you have already figured out, ratatouille is a French cuisine dish. It means the ‘food that is being stirred’. It’s a common rusting food, also called naff stew. I won’t go into the history details of this dish. I have found many ratatouille recipes online. Finally, I had to come up with my own recipe, as I had to cook it with the ingredients I had at the moment. So, here is my ratatouille recipe:
I know, this looks pretty unusual for ratatouille recipe. I just did not have any other stew pan to cook it in.
Ratatouille recipe ingredients:
2 egg plants
1 large tomato
1 small carrot
Chicken and vegetable broth
Ratatouille recipe making:
As you may see, I was out of one of the essential ratatouille ingredients. That is sweet pepper. So, I had to do without it. First, I cut egg plants in half and left them soaking in salty water. Then I boiled chicken broth, added few garlic cloves, few mushrooms, 1 onion and few pieces of chopped carrot. I also added some salt and black pepper. Once the broth got ready, I blended it.
Next, I sliced squashes and egg plants and placed them into a stew pan.
As you may see, I have made pretty thin slices and interlaced egg plant ones with squashes. I have poured in some vegetable oil, added sliced tomatoes and sliced garlic cloves. Then I placed the pan into the oven. I let it stay there for some 20 min for the veggies to get a bit fried up. Then I poured in the broth.
Finally, I added some greens (chopped green onions) on the top and turned the heat down. I have also added some coriander seeds and curcuma to my Ratatouille.
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Ukrainians love pan cakes. I have provided few pancake recipes on my blog, such as huge pancakes or apple pan cakes. Here is another one, we call Nalisniki. This word means that the pancake is large and covers all the pan.
The plate beneath the pancakes is large.
Nalisniki pancake recipe:
Milk 1 quart
2-3 table spoons of sugar
5 table spoons of all purpose flour
These are the basic ingredients for these Ukrainian pancakes.
Add egg to the milk, stir well, then add salt and sugar. Finally, start adding flour spoon by spoon. The mix has to be pretty liquid, but with no blobs. Usually, I mix it with a hand whisk, but you can also use an electric one. Only in this case you would have to add more flour.
The mix has to be as thin sour cream in its texture. Then you heat up the pan, pour in some vegetable oil, take a larger spoon and pour the mix on hot pan. You fry the pan cakes on both sides. That is the basic Nalisniki pan cake Ukrainian recipe.
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I love mushrooms. I guess, this easy mushroom recipe can be used for any type of “flat” mushrooms, such as these. Unfortunately, I did not find their name in English, but there are pretty affordable mushrooms.
Here is my easy mushroom cutlet recipe:
1 table spoon of flour
Salt and spices
Some vegetable oil or butter for frying
Here is what you get. And, here is how you get this tasty snack.
Making of mushroom cutlet:
First I boil mushrooms for 5 min. Then I make batter out of eggs, flour, salt and spices. I heat up the pan and dip each mushroom into the batter. Then I fry them untill they become crusty and golden in color.That’s it!
Of course, these are not the real cutlets. They sort of look like cutlets. The mushrooms remain juicy and soft inside, but crusty on the outside. I think, this dish makes a great snack. You may serve it with some homemade mayonnaise or other sauce.
Here is another one of my easy recipes: vanilla pudding recipe.
I have never tried to make it before, but I got inspired by this blog here: foodimentary.com. So, here is my simple vanilla pudding recipe.
500 ml of milk
2-3 tablespoons of sugar
3 tablespoons of starch
Making of vanilla pudding recipe:
Take 6 tablespoons of milk and mix them with all the starch. Set the mix small heat and get let it boil. Stir the mix constantly. Then add salt, sugar and egg yolk and stir up well. Pour the mix to the rest of the milk and set on low heat. Let it boil and keep on stirring. Add vanilla (I used vanilla sugar).
Soon you’ll see, how your vanilla pudding is getting thicker. Once it gets thick enough, turn off the heat. Beat the egg white well and gently add to the hot pudding. The egg white would add the air and bubbles to your pudding. Add raisins, if you want to and set the vanilla pudding into your fridge to cool. Done! It took me about 10 min to make my vanilla pudding this way.
This is a fast and delicious potato recipe. These potato pancakes are called in Ukraine Deruni. Deruni means grated. Grating is the key word in making Deruni.
Ingredients for this potato recipe:
Some green onions
2 table spoons of flour
Making of Deruni:
You peel and grate potatoes. I grate with my food processor, as I hate hand grating! It takes about 3 min. I add the egg, salt, flour and green onions. Done!
You heat up the pan, pour plant oil in generously and fry Deruni on both sides, as you do with regular pancakes.
You can serve Deruni with homemade mayonnaise (https://busymomhelp.wordpress.com/2012/02/04/it-takes-5-min-to-make-your-home-mayonnaise-quick-mayonnaise-recipe/),
pickled cucumbers and sour cabage. Serve them hot.
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