week 9 with Vidis Kochtüte

I’m back from the states and back to the cooking routine with the help of Vidis Kochtüte

Caesar style kiwi salad

This was an interesting recipe. I love kiwi, so I was quite happy to give this recipe a try. I’ve never made caesar dressing before either and was amazed at how simple it is, though fatty due to all the mayo that went into making it. I was on my own for the majority of the week so a few of these recipes, I had to enjoy on my own. This was one of them. I split the recipe in half for two separate days. I found that the salad was good, but it lacked just a touch of sweetness, which I realize the kiwi was supposed to bring to the dish. Perhaps I should have let them ripen a bit more and they would have been sweeter. The first time I made this salad, I made the pumpernickel croutons they suggested in this recipe. The second time though, I used my own garlic/onion croutons and preferred that a little more. All in all though, a great summer salad.

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week 8 with Vidis Kochtüte

Here is week 8 of using Vidis Kochtüte!

WEDNESDAY

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

TUESDAY

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

TUESDAY

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 !

TUESDAY

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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Z is for Zoo

ZNo zoos are created equal. Some a large and some are small. Some are accredited and others are not. Some are privately funded, while the majority rely on help from the visiting public and/or government funding. Some zoos do an amazing job, while others make you wish they didn’t exist. The important thing to remember is you cannot judge all zoos by the example of just one. Especially when you view it as a world wide entity.

Whether you believe in having animals in captivity or not, the fact of the matter is, I don’t see a time when animals won’t be in captivity. There’s no going back on this decision. You can’t simply walk into every zoo today and release all these animals back into the wild. Most animals in captivity today, were born into it. They simply wouldn’t survive if you just threw them back into the wild.

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Y is for Yellow Eyed Penguin

YI love penguins and actually didn’t know about the yellow eyed penguin. This could be because this is the only penguin found north of the Antarctic Ocean. The yellow eyed penguin is found in New Zealand, Australia and neighboring islands. Like all penguins, it is carnivorous on a diet of marine animals. On average they breed once a year, forming pairs that usually remain faithful. Usually two eggs are laid with both parents rotating to take care of them and the chicks.

Today, the yellow eyed penguin is listed as endangered, with an estimated wild population at just 4,000. It is now the rarest penguin in the world due to deforestation (where they lay their eggs) and introduction of mammalian predators (cats, dogs, foxes, weasels, and rats).

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Yellow Eyed Penguin

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X is for Xenarthra

XThe suborder Xenarthra is only found in the Americas and includes a group of placental mammals. This sub order is represented by anteaters, tree sloths and armadillos.

“Xenarthrans share several characteristics not present in other placental mammals. The name Xenarthra, which means “strange joints”, was chosen because their vertebral joints have extra articulations and are unlike those of any other mammals — a character referred to as “xenarthry”. The males have internal testicles, which are located between the bladder and the rectum. Also, xenarthrans have the lowest metabolic rates among the therians.”

nine banded armadillo

nine banded armadillo

three toed sloth

three toed sloth

Giant Anteater

Giant Anteater

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week 4 with Vidis Koctüte

My 4th week using Vidis Kochtüte !

WEDNESDAY

Salmon fillet on Chinese cabbage with caper sauce

salmon1This is the first time I have ever cooked salmon. I am happy to say, I didn’t mess it up! It was a very simply recipe to follow and I got the salmon cooked just right. I got everything cooked and plated and then looked at an item left on my counter. Oh darn! I forgot to add the sour half cream! I’m sure it would have made the dish taste even better, however, the dish still tasted great without the added half cream! Phew! I felt that the dish could have done with just a little more “salad”. I had more salmon than salad and I really enjoyed eating the two together instead of separately.

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