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There isn’t a week that goes by that I don’t get a request or two for household cleaning tips. I take great pleasure in writing back with my best advice: get a cleaner, everyone will be happier.

That said I think there are plenty of things which are important about housework. It should impact positively on your life, make a comfortable environment and tread lightly upon the Earth.

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I have a real bugbear about cheap products which don’t last well and end up in landfill. After going through our third dustpan in as many years recently I vowed to replace my household items only with equipment which lived up to my expectations.

I found the deliciously utilitarian yet beautiful Harrop + Penny and fell in love. Their range is exactly the kind of long-lasting tools I have been hankering after. I may have a rather long wish list for future breakages.

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 I also feel strongly about the cleaning fluids we use. Mainstream cleaning products are so harsh both on the body and the environment we long ago turned our backs on them.

For years we used Ecover (and still do for laundry) but as soon as I found method I switched. Not only are their products environmentally friendly but they look and smell amazing. I have to admit to being a tiny bit obsessed about scent and method ticks every box on this score.

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From the pink grapefruit in my kitchen to the mint in my bathroom and almond flower on our wooden floors; it is a joy to inhale. They recently got in touch with me to ask if I’d like to try some of their products and despite me admitting to using near every last one they sent over some of my favourites to use.

Now I do think we are pretty spoiled by their range but I can’t help but notice that over in the US there is an even more tempting array – sage, fig + rhubarb and tomato vine to name but a few.

Luckily for me I have a friend in the US who knows of my obsessive love of method and the cute Orla Kiely tomato vine hand soap above is all mine. Not entirely sure what I’ll do when it runs out…

Are you as obsessive about what you use in the home? Which household products can you not do without?

I was given method products to fuel my obsession. For more information about this kind of post please read my disclosure for readers page. Kat xoxo

How to Rescue a Burnt Pan

Regular readers please pick yourselves off the floor, yes, this is a post about housework. But not just any old housework – lazy housework. The thought of you scrubbing away at a burnt pan when I have the secret formula weighs heavily so I thought I’d share my tip.

Haven’t we all been there? Distracted by something far more interesting we somehow let a pan boil dry or a sauce burn and we are left with a decidedly burnt pan. You could scrub away at it until it is gone or you could take the easy route.

The big secret? Cola. A small bottle of full fat cola heated gently in the pan will lift the black marks in minutes and leave you with a shiny pan. Hurrah!

Sage and Onion Stuffing

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of some stuffing from our Friday evening supper. Jen wanted to know more, here is a recipe for you.

I started making my own stuffing for my Mother who is coeliac and at that point believed I could never top the standard Paxo offering. Clearly I had a way to go back then!

These days I can’t even compare the packet stuffings to the real thing. You can make it as fancy as you like but for me there is nothing more satisfying than a simple sage and onion made quickly while a bird roasts in the oven.

If you haven’t tried making your own stuffing before I hope I can persuade you to have a bash. For a little chopping and mixing you can add a sublime level of taste to your roast.

I often find myself with the last couple of inches of a loaf of bread a little too stale for eating but far from useless. A quick whizz in the food processor turns them into breadcrumbs and if I’m not going to use them right away, I put them into the freezer until I need them.

Like most of my recipes I adapt the quantities to what I have available so if you have more or less bread than specified just adjust the onion accordingly and everything else will work itself out.

Sage and Onion Stuffing  - the Ultimate recipe!

Sage and Onion Stuffing  - the Ultimate recipe!

My children have filmed this video to take you through the recipe.

Sage and Onion Stuffing Recipe

150 – 200g breadcrumbs (about 5 – 6 handfuls or double your cooked onion by volume)

1 medium white onion, diced

1 small red onion, diced

1 large or 2 small shallots, finely sliced

1 sprig of sage, leaves picked and finely chopped

Zest of a lemon (optional)

1 large egg (up to 2 medium eggs), beaten

A big knob of butter plus a little extra to butter the dish

Preheat oven to 180°C

  • Whizz, chop, beat etc your ingredients as above.
  • Melt the knob of butter in a frying pan over a medium heat.
  • Gently fry your mix of onions until they are softened but not coloured.
  • Add the sage and mix through the onions for a minute.
  • Remove the onions from the heat and mix together with the breadcrumbs in a bowl.
  • If you are using, grate the zest of your lemon into the mix.
  • Mix well and add your beaten egg a little at a time, squeezing the mixture with your fingers until it holds together.
  • Spoon into a buttered oven-proof dish and press down with a spoon.
  • Bake for 20 – 25 minutes until the top is golden.
  • Serve with a smile.

Alternative servings:

  • Roll into balls and set on a buttered tray. Reduce cooking time to about 15 minutes although reduce or extend depending on when they look ready.
  • Use to stuff your favourite bird before roasting.

 

Welcome to everyone visiting Housewife Confidential via this recipe! If you would like to ask questions or advice you can find me on Twitter and Facebook. Enjoy, Kat xoxo