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Kiwi Parsley Mint Smoothie

Kiwi Parsley Mint Smoothie

Three super duper healthy green ingredients make this Kiwi Parsley Mint Smoothie a powerful antioxidant and health booster. I remember a few years ago, when my office mate would bring a green drink for her coffee break. Yuck! It hurts even just to look at…

Blueberry Custard Pie

Blueberry Custard Pie

Blueberry Custard Pie is one of the easiest dessert one can make. When cooking for company, I always favour the quick and easy dessert recipes. As a working woman, I am always pressured for time. Naturally, I am prone to use quick and easy recipes,…

Top 10 ways of using Garlic

Top 10 ways of using Garlic

Here are my favourite top 10 ways of using garlic. Garlic has been proven to have many health and medicinal benefits. For thousands of years, ancient civilization have been using garlic as medicine and food. It is hence imperative that we incorporate garlic as much as possible in our diet in many different ways as much as possible.

Roasted Garlic
My favourite garlic recipe is the Roasted Garlic, where garlic plays the star ingredient. I don’t know who first invented the Roasted Garlic recipe, but it began showing up at trendy restaurants at about 10 years ago. And boy, was that ever a pleasant surprise! I couldn’t imagine that you could eat garlic in such quantities. Basically, the appetizer plate consisted of whole garlic roasted in olive oil, tasty, sweet and buttery soft and spreadable over baguette bread.

the best roasted garlic recipe
Garlic roasted with olive oil

Simply chop off the top of the garlic clove,
peel off the paper skins,
drizzle with olive oil,
sprinkle with sea salt,
wrap the cloves in aluminim foil.
roast in the oven at 400 degree F for 1 hour.
Let cool and serve.
The garlic will be so soft, you can get the meat out by squeezing the bottom of the clove.
The result is so good, I suggest that you can do this whenever you are cooking something in the oven.

Garlic as pizza topping
The first time I had garlic as a pizza topping was at a pizza restaurant. Whole roasted garlic was included along with pepperoni, olive, red pepper, mushrooms, etc as a topping. Once again, what a delightful treat. You can use whole roasted garlic or sliced garlic slivers as pizza topping.

garlic as a pizza topping
image by Explorer Bob – pixabay
pizza topped with garlic in tomato sauce
Image by free-photos – Pixabay

Garlic as a pizza topping is usually served in trendy and upscale restaurants. It is seldom offered in fast-food pizza joints.

Garlic Butter
Making garlic butter is actually very simple.
Take a block of unsalted butter, softened
8 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
sprigs of parsley, chopped fine
whip them together using a hand mixer
roll into a log, and wrap in a plastic. Refrigerate.

Garlic butter log
Image by Marcus Distelrath – Pixabay

Spread garlic butter over baguette and toast in oven at 350 degrees Celsius for 10 minutes and you have crisp and toasty garlic bread. Best eaten immediately.

Garlic Pesto Sauce
Check out our parsley pesto sauce and follow the same recipe, with garlic as an added ingredient. You can make this sauce ahead and keep in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, alternatively you can freeze the garlic pesto sauce to prolong its life.

Quick and easy garlic pesto sauce recipe
Image by RitaE at Pixabay

Garlic Mayonnaise
Simply whip together garlic, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt and pepper, refrigerate for 30 minutes and you have a dip for your favourite finger foods, chips, and vegetable platter.

quick and easy garlic mayonnaise dip recipe
Image by Daria NepriaKhina – Pixabay

Marinated Garlic
1 clove garlic
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp peppercorns
1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp onion seeds
Put together in a jar and refrigerate for 7 days, and you have your marinated garlic that you can serve along with pickles, antipasto or the likes.

Garlic Infused Olive Oil
To make garlic infused olive oil, place a few garlic cloves in olive oil, and heat slowly in the stove for the first 15 minutes, then allow to simmer for another 35 minutes. Garlic infused olive oil can be used for salad vinigarette dressings or to flavor pasta sauces, meat and soup. The garlic infused oil can keep in fridge for up to 3 weeks. Mix with balsamic vinegar and you have a very nice dip for your bread.

garlic infused olive oil recipe
Image by congerdesign – Pixabay

Sinangag Filipino Fried Rice recipe
Cut up some garlic cloves and toast in frying pan with oil until brown. Then add (day-old white rice) and sautee together. It is important that you use day-old rice, because fresh cooked rice contain a lot of moisture.

Filipino Sinangag Fried rice recipe
Image by Sharon Ang – Pixabay

Roasted Garlic and Sausage on Sticky Rice
This is a dimsum item in many Chinese restaurants. Slivers of garlic are roasted together with pork sausage on top of sticky glutinous rice.

garlic and pork sausage on glutinous rice
Image by Jason Goh – Pixabay

Potato Garlic Soup
The all Canadian favourite potato garlic soup. Baked potatoes are pureed together with garlic and then added to broth, simmer for about 35 minutes.

potato leek garlic soup
Image by Karolina Grabowska – Pixabay

There are many ways of using garlic, but these are my top 10 ways of using garlic, which are very practical. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Let me know your comments. I would love to hear from you.

top ways of cooking with garlic
Take full advantage of the health and medicinal properties of garlic.
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6 Ways of Cooking with Eggplants

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Top 5 Ways of Cooking with Parsley

Top 5 Ways of Cooking with Parsley

There are several ways of using parsley but here are the top 5 ways of cooking with parsley. Parsley is a humble ingredient, yet it is very versatile. It is inexpensive, easy to grow in your garden or a container pot. An antioxidant, it is rich in Vitamin A, K and C. In other words, it is easy on the budget, and very good for your health.

Many recipes call for parsley as a garnish, where you sprinkle a few chopped parsley. This results in leftover parsley that often go to waste. Here are the top 5 ways of cooking with parsley, that will ensure you not a single parsley stem or leaf will go to waste.

parsley hazelnut pesto a substitute for basil pinenut pesto
Image by Bernadette Wurzinger from Pixabay 

Parsley Pesto Sauce
Ingredients:
(2) tbsp Fresh Parsley,
(2) tbsp Pine nuts,
(1) tbsp Olive Oil,
(4) tbsp Parmesan cheese
Put fresh parsley, pine nuts, olive oil and parmesan cheese in blender to make a parsley pesto sauce that can be used with your pasta. It can also be used on a pizza, as a sandwich dressing, or a salad dressing.

Sauteed Parsley

This is a simple little recipe where you sautee chopped onions, chopped parsley and curry leaves together. Add black pepper powder, salt and lemon Juice. Serve warm as a side dish or cold as a salad. The whole process takes less than 15 minutes.

Sri Lankan Sauteed Parsley Fusion Cuisine recipe
What to do with lots of fresh parsley

Parsley Cilantro Chutney
Ingredients:
2 bunches Parsley, Cilantro or mixture
Juice from 1/2 lemon
5 cloves garlic
1/2 onion
2 tbsp water
2 tbsp vegetable oil
Blend the above together to make a chutney.
Add some yogurt and you have a dip.
Note: Cilantro is a good parsley substitute. There is always the issue of parsley versus cilantro. Which herb to use for what dishes. For a chutney, cilantro does well as a parsley substitute. However, it is not a good substitute for sauteed parsley dishes, because cilantro does not have the robust fibrous crunchy texture of parsley.

easy to make Parsley Cilantro chutney
Parsley Cilantro Chutney
Image by PDPics from Pixabay

Lemon Parsley Rice
This is one of my favorite way of serving rice. Cook rice the usual way. Once it is done, add some butter, chopped parsley and lemon juice. Stir together. You have just made a very simple rice dish into something delightful.

Lemon Parsley Rice served with grilled meat
Photo by Akemy Mory on Unsplash

Lemon Parsley Potato
This dish uses exactly the same concept as Lemon Parsley Rice. Steam peeled potatoes until tender. Add lemon juice and finely chopped parsley and serve. The photo below shows very little parsley. I myself would add a lot more parsley.

Parsley Green Smoothies
One last minute addition, which should now add up to the 6th way of using parsley. It turned out that Parsley is one of the more popular ingredients in making a green smoothie.

smoothie recipe using parsley
xxolaxx from Pixabay. Parsley is a popular ingredient in making detoxfying green smoothies


Check out our Kiwi Parsley Mint Smoothie Recipe.
Try out different parsley smoothie variations such as:
Parsley Cucumber Smoothie
Parsley Pineapple Smoothie
Parsley Grape Lemon Smoothie
Parsley Apple Pear Smoothie

use the stems and leaves of parsley for cooking
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Keto Gluten free Cauliflower pizza crust recipe

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New Changes CPP EI RATES for 2020

New Changes CPP EI RATES for 2020

Every year, the Canadian government tweak the cpp and ei contribution rates for employers and employees. If you are a self employed person or the payroll clerk for your company, you should be aware of the new changes to the cpp ei rates for 2020.

CPP and EI contributions are the amounts the employer deducts from the employees’ pay stub. The contribution rates vary year by year. Normally, if you are an employee, you don’t have to bother with the rates. This is the job of the company payroll clerk or the accountant. They calculate the deductions and remit to CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) every month or every quarter depending on their remittance cycle.

Large businesses or corporations have the benefit of using computerized payroll software or dedicated payroll solutions company. Quickbooks online has a payroll feature at a monthly subscription fee. It also allows for direct deposit to employees’ bank account. If you have more than 5 employees, it makes good sense to have some kind of a computerized payroll software. This is particularly useful if you have employees paid by the hour, and with variable hours every pay period. The software can calculate and pay or accrue the vacation pay depending on the company policy. At the end of the year, it will readily provide the T4 return summary and T4 slips for each employee.

If you are a small business with only one employee, you can simply use an excel spreadsheet to calculate your payroll. Refer to the above chart for new changes to the cpp ei rates for 2020, the maximum annual contributions. Note that the first $3500 of earnings is exempt from CPP . With a small staff of only one, it does not make economical sense to buy a dedicated payroll software to do the calculations.

You can also check the CRA website for its payroll online deductions calculator. This way you can be sure that you have the latest update.

For new Canadians considering self-employment, be sure to visit your local Employment Centre and inquire about government training programs similar to the Douglas College Self employment Program.