An assorted collection of "life hacks", mostly related to food and health. Consider these to be my public collection of shortcuts, recipes, notes to self.
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Potatoes in the oven. Take a
The quest for healthy, simple, home-cooked tapioca pearls (boba): I wanted to make healthier (less sugar, no colorings) pearl drinks at home but instead took a detour into Tapioca Pudding Land. Take
Tortillas anyone can make. Tastier than store-bought! Follow the instructions on the Masa package. All you need is the
The fine product design details matter a lot when it comes to blenders. Here is the one we consider top in terms of practicality of use as well as blending results. Its cups are dishwasher-safe and it is quite powerful. For a nutritious smoothie:
At-home step master machines can be noisy and flimsy. I went through a couple of $50 models until I decided I spend enough time on the machine that it is worth upgrading. Great with some rubber resistance bands or weights to keep hands busy while stepping:
Zojirushi is the gold standard in rice cookers. Even within the brand there are differences: I try to stay away from compact models that do not have a water-tight top lid---they tend to spill water whenever I open the cavity. This one has a separate insulated plate on top which retains condensed water from steam and makes clean-up much easier. Empirically, rice cookers work better at sea level than up in the mountains where boiling temperatures are lower.
A rice cooker can also make delicious rice pudding. (Refrigerate in small containers to have one per day for a whole week.) This uses minimum bulk (cheap!) ingredients, controlled amounts of sugar (if any; healthier!), and a device that is nominally "single purpose". As a starting point use
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