Food Hack: Campbells Condensed Chicken Noodle Soup

Soup Hack

We do things a bit differently here at Spiffle! Where most blogs about food go into a long, rambly personal history with the product or dish, I’m going to save that for after the recipe, which we’re going to dive into right away. Campbells Chicken Noodle Soup Upgrade This upgrade on a condensed can of […]

Canned and Packaged Food Hacks

Soup Hack

At our home, we try to avoid processed foods where we can. When we can’t (or have childhood memories for certain food types: for me, it’s things like Campbell’s Chicken Noodle Condensed Soup), I use my interest in understanding how food (and coffee works) to improve a product. I have several go tos, including the […]

Microgreens – a Primer

microgreens

For several years now, I’ve been thinking about growing microgreens at home. I have been buying them for about a decade at the fruit and veg stores, dropping $5-$7 for a paltry 100-150g of them, at least once a week because I like them so much as my “green” choice on… everything. Burgers. Sandwiches. Pizza. […]

CHEATS Pizza, Improved

Cheats Pizza

With COVID-19 and the whole stay at home thing, I’ve been watching a lot more telly of late, and I discovered two of Jamie Oliver’s shows on CTV Life in Canada: 15 Minute Meals, and 30 Minute Meals. There’s actually quite a lot of good tips in both of those shows for cranking out quality […]

How to Save $1,650 on a Major Appliance in 5 Years

LG Dishwasher

I’ll give you the TL:DR right now. You can save $1,650 (or way more) on major appliances by doing one thing: Do not buy an LG product. I’m talking specifically about the LG LDF7932ST Steam Direct Drive dishwasher, which is apparently a disposable product. Avoid it, and all LG appliances all costs. Why you should […]

Sick, Change of Plans

I’ve been sick with the flu for about a week. I’m sort of recovered now, but I have a bad cold still, and can’t seem to shake it. The downside to this is I cannot taste espresso. I’ve scaled back my testing schedule because of it. I think my company is close to a decision […]

Perrier Boy Cometh

Gasp. I’ve become one of those people. I drink Perrier. Copious amounts of the stuff. Gah. One of those people. The PerrierPeople™. Okay… so it’s not so bad. See, here’s the deal. I drink too much pop. Diet pop always (diet coke, pepsi, 7up, you name it), but way too much. So about six months ago, I […]

Carrageenan, Baby!

Carrageenan

Just wrapped up a fun evening of using magic pixie dust. It’s also known as carrageenan. See, for many years now, I’ve been seeking out a supply of this elusive stuff that is more fine than even talcum powder. Why? If you visit this page, scroll down and find the “better frappacino recipe”. See, carrageenan is […]

CoffeeGeek is Launched

Hey. I was very remiss in not mentioning this here. But here goes, and what a lead in: How’d you like to win a $430 espresso machine? Or a $140 grinder? If you would, then head over to www.coffeegeek.com and check it out. Of course, I hope that you would want to check it out for more […]

Coffee: Espresso Redux

Last Thursday, I was seriously inspired, and I wrote a long rant about why I’m so coffee obsessed. One of my best rants in a year… but I’ll try to write it again. But not now. I’ve got other coffee stuff to write about. And away we go… See the cups to the right? Those […]