week 8 with Vidis Kochtüte

Here is week 8 of using Vidis Kochtüte!


Lemon chicken with tomato avocado sauce

This was a great summer style dinner. The lemon flavor makes it very refreshing, as well as the fresh, cold and raw veggies that create the salsa it is served on. I admit to not eating the avocado, myself since I got sick the last time I ate avocado, but my husband did eat his share of the avocado. I prefer my zucchini to be cooked, but it worked raw in this dish.



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week 7 with Vidis Kochtüte

My seventh week using Vidis Kochtüte


Potato dumplings with berries

This was certainly an interesting dish. One I would have never thought of making myself. It was a combination of plain yogurt, potato dumplings, strawberries and raspberries. It was like having a large dessert but with a touch of dinner in it. Odd, yet it worked. It was almost a light and refreshing summer meal, except the dumplings made it a bit heavier. The strawberries that were included in my ingredient bag were DELICIOUS! They were so sweet! I could have made a meal just eating those strawberries! dumpling1 Continue reading

Recommended Site KPCT

kpct-logoIt’s time I recommend a site that is filled with great reading and resources. Anyone who has heard of positive reinforcement training, should know who Karen Pryor is. Karen’s career started years ago working at Sea Life Park in Hawaii. She used positive reinforcement techniques with the marine mammals there. She was one of the first people to make the move to expand this concept to other species, including dogs.

One of the first books I was told to buy when I entered the Exotic Animal Training and Management Program was Karen Pryor’s Don’t Shoot The Dog. Seriously, it’s a great read regardless if you work with dogs or other animals and it’s even a great insight for working with people.

Karen has since expanded herself and created a site called ClickerTraining.com. I urge all of you with dogs (or any animal you wish to use positive reinforcement training with) to visit this site and give it a good look.

The blog section is full of useful information when working with your dog. I recommend adding the blog section to your “reader”.

The site also has a store where you could buy many different books that have to do with various stages of training. It also has a lot of training tools for you to buy.

There is even a video page.

There’s also something called the ClickerExpo. This is an expo dedicated to spreading the word of positive reinforcement training. Though these are heavily geared towards dogs, it doesn’t matter much. The concepts hold true for all species of animals. I’ve been to 4 ClickerExpos and I am not a dog trainer. They were still informative and inspiring. I have noticed that the ClickerExpo (based in the US) has crossed the pond and is now in the UK. Sadly, the Expo is fully booked! I’m on the waiting list, in the hopes someone cancels their booking.

I really hope that by sharing this site, I have shared some useful information to other people. Happy reading!

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week 6 with Vidis Kochtüte

Week 6 using the service of Vidis Kochtüte


Crunchy salad with chicken and mozzarella 

Perfect for lunch. There is no doubt that these ingredients are fresh and organic. I never had a doubt, but as I was washing the lettuce, there was a little caterpillar hiding in there! Good thing I washed that lettuce prior to preparing it for lunch! The chicken came out very juicy and delicious. It was pan cooked for just a few minutes before going into the oven to finish it off. A very simply salad that actually used a lot of ingredients, including 4 different herbs and a mix of seeds for a topping. I really enjoyed this lunch and it was a good sized portion.


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week 5 with Vidis Kochtüte

Here goes, week 5 using Vidis Kochtüte !


Pork Schnitzel with balsamic tomatoes and quinoa

This was a great meal for dinner. Very filling. Very easy to make. The pork came out juicy and delicious. There was both dried and fresh cherry tomatoes that gave a great burst of flavor to the entire dish. I think that nice sweetness that dried tomatoes have, gave this dish a great burst of flavor. I’ve never cooked quinoa before, but I think I got it right.


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