Food & Ingredients Articles & Consumer Guides

Different Methods of Preserving Fish

There are several methods in preserving fish. Fish preservation involves Chilling and Freezing, Salting, Fermentation, Drying and Dehydration, Smoking, Pickling and Spicing, and Canning. There is one thing first to consider, make sure that the fish that is going to be preserve is new and still fresh. The method of Chilling and Freezing; if the fish is exposed to a low temperature environment, the growth of the microorganisms could be prevented; this could lead to spoilage prevention. The appropriate temperature is 0 degree Celsius which involves the use of ice or a refrigerator.  The use of ice for chilling is very much convenient and widely used in the markets. If you are going to use ice for fish preservation, make sure that you have sufficient amount of ice. To keep the fish properly chilled with ice, usually the coarser ice should be put on the top while the melted ice should be put below. Fish can also be preserved by the way of salting. Salt elements will lower the water...

How to Remedy an Overbaked Cake

When it comes to baking things need to be done pretty perfectly. Measurements need to be right on, and baking times must be followed and baked goods watched while cooking. If you are not an experienced cake baker you may find that you don’t know exactly when the cake is finished baking. Therefore you may over bake the cake thinking that it is not yet done. This article will not only teach you how to know when your cake is finished baking, but it will also teach you what to do if you accidently over cook it. Over Cooked Cake An over cooked cake is a dry cake. Of course you may not know it is over cooked until you go to eat it. There is a way however, to tell if your cake is over cooked. A perfectly cooked cake will pull away from the pan a bit, but an over cooked cake will pull away from the edge of the pan a lot. Plus if you push down on the center of the cake and it doesn’t sink in (undercooked) or it does not bounce back up (perfectly cooked), then it is very lik...

Bolivian Food Recipes

Bolivia has a diversity of geographical zones with varied climate, culture and food. Bolivian cuisine has a great variety of dishes mainly meat, fish and poultry blended with herbs and spices. The diet also consists of fresh fruit and vegetables. Some traditional dishes include 'Majao', which is a rice dish with eggs,beef and fried banana, ‘Silpancho’, meat served with rice and potatoes, 'Pacumutu' a rice dish with grilled beef, fried yucca and cheese, ‘Saltenas’ and ‘Empanadas’ which are meat or vegetable pies, ‘Locro’ is a soup made with rice, chicken and banana and ‘Chicharron de Pacu’ made with the local Pacu fish, rice and yucca. The recipes for various Bolivian dishes are given here. Majao: Ingredients 5 cups water 1/2 pound charque (dry and salty meat) 1 cup rice 1/2 cup onion (without washing), thinly sliced 1/2 cup tomato, peeled and minced 1/4 teaspoon salt (if charque is not very salty) 1/2 cup o...

List of Scottish Food

Do not be alarmed at the picture above, it is only a deep fried Mars Bar. Below you will find a list of Scottish food, some taste better than they sound; some really do sound as if they would taste really bad. Aberdeen Angus: Scottish breed of beef cattle that has internationally renowned for its quality and flavour. Arbroath Smokies: A full haddock which has been salted and smoked over wood chips. Best served with warm, buttered oatcakes. Atholl Brose: A sweet oatmeal, honey and whisky drink. Bannocks: Can either be a different name for oatcakes or a type of soda scone. Named after an area around Stirling. Black Bun: Traditionally eaten at New Year, a black bun is a cake made with flour, dried fruits, spices, milk and treacle. Bridies: A folded circle of pastry with a meat and onion filling. The best bridies come from Forfar. Butteries: A long-lasting morning roll that is made with a yeast dough, butter and lard. Clapshot: Mainly made in Orkney, turnip and mashed potato with h...

Amazing Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving Around the World

Fruits and vegetables are source of vitamins and minerals and an important part of our food. The more colourful a food preparation is, it is appetizing as well, but there is another way of decorating the food, which is called 'fruit/vegetable carving'. The purpose of fruit and vegetable carving is to make food more attractive, and more appetizing. It is called garnishing or may be as an art form or hobby.  Some people call it 'veggy art'.  This post reviews about this amazing art around the world offering useful links to the sites with ideas and pictures of fruit and vegetable carvings. Food carving is a popular art form associated with cooking and decoration around the world. It has become a traditional feature of most of the restaurants, fast food shops and hotels around the world. Even at family gatherings, personal parties the decoration with fruits and vegetable is much appreciated and praised. In some countries this hobby has been adopted from man...

Recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

It's not very often that I eat dinner at a restaurant and immediately feel compelled to run home and re-create something from my dining experience. In fact, I don't think that has ever happened, but they say there is a first time for everything. A few weeks ago, while I was visiting my family in Tennessee, we had dinner at a quaint little out-of-the-way bistro with an awesome menu. My dinner was great but it was the dessert that had me running back to my own kitchen to (re)create. Maybe it was because I was feeling nostalgic by being back in the town where I grew up, back to my roots. Or maybe it was just because the slice of Orange Creamsicle cheesecake was so darn good. Either way, each luscious and creamy bite conjured up images of when I was a kid riding home from school on the school bus that was driven by my grandfather. After he finished driving his route, he would stop at the little gas station/convenience store close to his house and let me buy a treat. Sometimes i...

How to Make Solid Alcohol

Solid alcohol is a product many of us are familiar with under its trade name Sterno® that is used for cooking in the great outdoors or to heat chafing dishes for keeping food ingredients warm. The makers of solid alcohol obviously do not want their customers to know how this stuff is made, but it is really simple. This product was developed during the 1920s by mixing ethyl alcohol with soap. A very effective solid alcohol can be made easily from: 1 pint of denatured alcohol 1 pound of soap flakes (Ivory soap is the best) Mix the ingredients in a large bowl by adding the soap to the alcohol slowly while stirring the whole time you are pouring the soap into the denatured alcohol. When it is first mixed this product is fairly liquid so it can be poured into small cans with press top lids and allowed to gel. To use this product take the lid off the can and lite the solid alcohol with a match. An even better device for lighting the solid alcohol is made by tearing a strip about a ...

Diabetic Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you look at the Red Velvet Cupcakes pictured below, one thing pops out at you: the rich cream cheese frosting. There is about the same amount of cream cheese frosting atop these red velvet cupcakes as there is cupcake, itself. And for diabetics, that spells danger, with a capital D! There's more sugar and fat in the frosting than there is in the cupcake; however, there's one super simple way to turn this otherwise sinful dessert into a diabetes-friendly one, and that is simply to limit the amount of frosting that you spread atop each red velvet cupcake. (And a few other tricks, read on for more tips on how you can transform any dessert into one fit for a diabetic without hurting the integrity of the recipe.) Ingredients For the cupcakes: 7 3/4 oz all-purpose flour (baking is an exact science, weighing flour is better than measuring!) 3/4 tsp baking soda  3/4  tsp salt  3/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder  3/4  cups&nb...

Create a 'Master Grocery List' to Make Shopping Easy (Free Template)

What is your typical grocery shopping experience?  Is it anything like some of mine?  I don't know how many times I've gone shopping, armed with a list that I hastily scratched on the back of an envelope, bought my groceries, and got back home only to find I missed some important ingredients that I really needed.  Or, on other occasions, I've scurried off to buy milk, eggs and bread (usually while I'm ravenously hungry)...and bought enough food to feed a small country.  (See my related article on weight loss for shopping tips if you want to eat more healthful foods.)  Being ill-prepared before launching off to buy groceries can result in the shopper wasting both time - by making multiple trips to the store because something was forgotten - and money - using extra fuel, making impulse purchases when you don't have a list to guide you, or purchasing duplicate goods which may expire before they can be used.&...

How to Make Nata De Coco and Nata De Coco Dessert

In about two weeks time you can harvest your nata from coconut water and prepare nata de coco dessert.  Just follow these simple steps: Utensils:              bowl              wooden spoon              measuring cup              measuring spoon              wide-mouth bottle              manila paper              rubber band Supplies:              12 cups coconut water              1 cup refined sugar      &n...

The Most Popular Street Fruit and Cold Drinks in the Philippines and Their Health Benefits

These street cold fruit drinks are usually sold using plastic cups or plastic bags with sipping plastic straw. Here are some of the most popular street drinks in the Philippines.  Assorted Palamig   Image Source Orange Juice Several local types of “palamigs” are sold in the streets of the Philippines. “Palamig” is a term which literally means “cold drink”. It is very popular because it is much cheaper than commercial cold drinks and are readily available anywhere. Image Source Pineapple Among the most popular flavors of “palamig” sold in the Philippine streets include orange, pineapple, buko or young coconut and buko-pandan. Orange is the best source of vitamin C and other nutrients while pineapple is widely known for its pytho-chemicals which are very essential to the human body and are known to fight cancer cells. Chunks of fresh and ripe pineapple are mixed with water and sugar in a container with chunks of ice. So...

Cooking Tips: How to Remove Extra Salt from Stocks, Sauces, Soups and Stews

I am sure that you will agree with me that at some point in our lives, all of us manage to cook an awfully salty dish. Adding too much salt while cooking is a very common mistake. Sometimes the salt just rushes out of the container too fast, and other times food becomes over salty because of the salty ingredients added in the recipe. But most of the time it is the wrong estimation of the salt. I was cooking lamb curry yesterday night, and unfortunately added too much salt. All the flavors from my curry simply vanished and I could only taste harsh flavor of the salt. My lamb curry was completely ruined but, then I just thought to check on Internet if there were any ways to remove the excessive salt from stocks, sauces, soups and stews. And here I am sharing with you my experience on dealing with an over salty situation. Excessive salt literally ruins the stocks, sauces, soups and stews. Next time if you end up cooking extremely salty food, do not just discard it then and there.Be...

Pressure Cooked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

This is the best time of year to buy both apples and sweet potatoes and pork pairs really well with both of them.  If you have a pressure cooker you could be eating this complete meal in no time.  When cooking pork in a pressure cooker keep in mind that the pork will need to cook for 15 minutes per inch. So if your pork chops are a different size then indicated in the recipe keep that in mind and alter you time.  Pressure Corked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes 6 1 inch thick pork chops, fat trimmed off 2 tbls. all purpose flour 3 tbls. olive oil 1 large onion, finely diced 1 clove of garlic minced 1 stalk of celery diced 1/8 cup of orange juice 1 cup apple juice or cider 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 3 large apples, peeled and quartered 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 2 inch thick slices 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tbls. cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water Place flour on each of the pork ch...

Uncle Sam's Wife, Aunt Sammy's Depression-Era Radio Recipe for Rhubarb Betty

i bet you thought the U.S. Department of Agriculture was only interested in farming and farmers. Perhaps today, but back in the 1920s, the Department's Bureau of Home Economics created a wife for Uncle Sam (Aunt Sammy) who would take to the radio to talk about food, cooking, and anything else that popped into her mind (fashion, fads, appliances and even world affairs). The first Aunt Sammy's 15-minute radio show was on NBC and it aired on October 4, 1926. It was called "Housekeeper's Chat" and it was on the radio five days a week.   Aunt Sammy was very popular, especially in the rural, farm areas. Soon,her program was carried by more than 40 radio stations.Thousands of people wrote in for her recipes. In 1932, there were 194 stations broadcasting Aunt Sammy (and, by then, there were a number of different actresses appearing as Aunt Sammy). Aunt Sammy's popularity led to the publication of some of her recipes in pamphlet form, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932, Aunt S...

Guide to Asian Noodles (Egg, Wheat, Rice, Bean and Soba Noodles Defined)

Here are the most common Asian noodles you're likely to see in stores or on menus. When shopping, remember that dried noodles will keep indefinitely; fresh ones can be refrigerated two to three days. Egg Noodles - made from wheat flour and egg. Varieties include dan mian and hokkien mee (China), ba mee (Thailand and Indonesia) and mee (Malaysia). Available fresh or dried and either thin and round or like wide ribbons in shape. It has a yellowish color. Use in stir-fry dishes or soups. Substitutes: linguine, fettuccine, spaghettini, Wheat-flour noodles - made from wheat flour, water, and salt. It is whiter in color than egg noodles. Lo mien (China) is a narrow or broad noodle that's available fresh or dried. Use in soups and stir-fry dishes. Substitutes: fettuccine or thin linguine. Udon (Japan) is a thick, white wheat-flour noodle that's available fresh (called nama udon) or dried, and resembles long, flat sticks. Substitutes: any ribbon-shaped pasta. image source Rice Noodles ...

Are There Any Negative Effects of Eating Too Much Tofu?

There are studies that support theories of soy causing negative health effects as well as studies that show little to no link between soy and health problems. However, it's important to keep in mind that these effects would only occur after eating large amounts of soy on a regular basis.  Tofu, also called bean curd, is a curd made from the milk of pressed soybeans. Tofu is a highly nutritious food with a protein-dense curd made from soy milk. Tofu was first popularized in China over 2000 years ago between AD 25-220, and now Tofu is a popular meal in Asia such as Indonesia and Malaysia. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in ironand, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calcium and/ormagnesium.  Tofu contains a...

Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup

Talk about comfort foods, this is one of my family’s favorite soups and rarely are there any leftovers. My kids like to serve this over their cornbread and biscuits with grated sharp cheddar cheese or sour cream. Legumes are the most versatile and nutritious foods to aid you in your quest for a healthy diet. Legumes are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. A good, source of protein, beneficial fats, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Legumes are a good meat substitute for those who are Vegans and Vegetarians or families who want to decrease their intake of animal proteins. Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup Makes about 1 gallon Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or vegetable oil 1 large onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 2 cups diced celery 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups smoked ham 4 quarts vegetable or chicken stock 1 cup lentils 1 cup barley 1 cup split...

How to Make Duhat, Banana, Bignay, and Kasoy Wines for Special Occasions

“Any fruit containing sufficient sugar to taste may be used for making wine. If sugar is lacking in the fruit, cane sugar may be added. The flavor which the wine acquires depends largely on the kind of fruit used.” Banana Wine 1. Cut the peeled bananas into halves. For every kilo of bananas, add 1.7 liters of water. Heat to boiling point and continue heating for five more minutes. 2. Allow the peeled bananas to stand until the following day. Strain through a clean sinamay cloth. For every 9 liters of hot juice, add 2.9 pounds of sugar. Place in a glass container and add ½ tablespoonful of yeast. 3. Plug mouth of container with a clean piece of cloth and loosely cover it with a piece of paper or cotton to protect it from dust or dirt. Set aside for 2 to 3 weeks to ferment. After fermentation is completed, siphon out the clear fermented liquid. Transfer it to sterilized oak barrel for aging. 4. Aging of banana wine takes from 1 to 2 years. The aged wine...

Easy Cake: Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake This chocolate mug cake is really easy to make, it can be made in a matter of minutes. The recipe is made in the microwave in around 3 minutes and contains no egg, so their is no concerns about under cooking. As you can see from the image, the cake was eaten almost as fast as it was cooked! You will need: 4 tbsp self raising flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp cocoa powder 3 tbsp milk 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp nutella/ chocolate spread (optional, but makes the cake really moist) Pinch of salt Drop of vanilla extract 1 coffee mug How To Make 1. In your mug sift flour, add cocoa powder, salt and sugar and mix together. 2. To the mix, add milk and butter and mix well ensuring there is no lumps or flour pockets. 3. mix in nutella and vanilla extract. 4. Once mix is smooth put a blob of nutella on top of the mix. This will melt down and form a nice topping. 5. Place mug in the center of the microwave and cook for around 3 minutes. This is based on a 750watt microwave. F...

How to Make Pastillas

Pastillas de leche are sweet milk candies that are usually served for dessert. They are very easy to serve because you don't need to cook to make pastillas. What we have is a no-cook fast and simple dessert recipe intended to gratify your cravings right away. Also, cooking or heating any recipe is not necessary. All you have to do is to mix the ingredients together and there it is, a super sweet delicious milk candy that you can have for dessert in no time. Making pastillas is also a great home based business. Here are the ingredients you will need: 1 can condensed milk(300 ml) 2 cups of powdered milk sugar Japanese paper Steps in making the Pastillas: 1.) Sift  over the powdered milk with a strainer. 2.) Combine the condensed milk with the sifted powder milk. 3.) Mix and blend evenly, using spoon, then, press with hand.  4. )Heat in low heat stirring thoroughly until mixture forms into a paste. 5.) Set aside for 5-10 minutes before shaping into small balls. 6.)Se...

How to Make an Authentic Cobb Salad

My father-in-law loves fast food. Over the years, however, I’ve realized that what he really likes is the predictability of the food. Take him into a mom and pop café in a strange town and he’ll immediately scan the menu for something that looks familiar. When he fails to find anything familiar he’ll order the simplest thing he can find, something that he perceives as having the least chance of risk. Take him to an ethnic restaurant and he’ll visibly squirm. You see, a Big Mac is always a Big Mac. The fries at Wendy’s always taste exactly the same. It’s predictable, it’s easy, and it’s comforting. Here’s the thing: I can empathize with him. I might even say I agree. And while I don’t eat fast food very often I will assert that some meals should be made a certain way. Take, for instance, the Cobb Salad. I love a good Cobb Salad. It’s light and substantial at the same time, and it’s loaded with both fiber an...

Tempranillo Wine Pairing

Among the many underappreciated wines is Tempranillo, a lovely Spanish red that lends itself to pairing with many foods, from Spanish tapas and paella to Moroccan lamb tajine. Tempranillo is one of the best wines from the Rioja region of Spain, and can be the main component of red wines labeled Rioja. It is often blended with other varietals like Garnache, Graciano, or Cabernet sauvignon. You can find excellent Tempranillos for pairing with meals from wineries in Australia, California, and Portugal. About Tempranillo Wine Tempranillo is often described as a “food-friendly” wine because its balance of medium to strong tannins and low acidity complements so many flavors, making it a good pairing with a variety of cuisines. Like Riesling, this red wine can also have characteristic “terroir,” a distinctive flavor or aroma from the vineyard. You often hear the terms “rugged” or “earthy” in conjunction with Tempranillo. It has a deep color, t...

Indian Cuisine: Types of Indian Breads

Bread is a fundamental part of the dining culture of India; in much the same way as it is in the European countries. There are various types of Indian breads found in the Indian cuisine which are cooked in different ways. Each differs from the other in shape and size, in the ingredients used, and of course in taste. Each region of India has its own specialty. The recipes and methods of cooking breads differ widely from one part of the country to another; therefore there is indeed an amazing variety of breads found in the Indian cuisine. The Indian bread is generally prepared by using flour made of wheat, rice, corn or lentils. Read on to find out more about the various types of Indian breads which are popular all over the world today. Chapatti                       Chapatti is an everyday bread of Indians, which is made from flour, water and salt. It is an unleavened flatbr...

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Legs

It's that time of the year again where many families with kids sports seasons are in full swing.  It is hard to cook dinner and eat as a family when there are mid week games and practices.  This is the time of year when having a crock pot is very practical.  When you prepare your meals in the crock pot you can prepare them earlier in the day.  The food will be ready at dinner time before practice or after practice and members of the family can have a hot meal ready to eat when they get a chance even if they only have just a few minutes to eat. Chicken is something that is always very versitile and easy to cook in the crock pot.  I have a super easy chicken dish for you.  You can serve it with some rice that you cook ahead of time.  Just heat the rice up in the microwave and pour the chicken over top. This dish tastes great with some pinapple on the side.  If you want to add a little fiber to the mix add some thick tomato slices and thick slices ...

Some Facts About the Dessert of Pavlova

What is not in doubt is that the dessert was named in honour of the Russian ballet dancer of the 1920’s Anna Pavlova. She toured both countries during her period of fame with both claiming to have created the now famous dish. Researchers claim that the country that made the original dessert was in fact New Zealand, a hotel in the city of Wellington being given as the first creator of pavlova during the dancer’s 1926 tour. Professor’s of the culinary art at New Zealand’s University of Otago claim the first recipe for the dish to appear in Australia was not until 1935, with a similar version of the dessert appearing in an Australian magazine in 1929. Australian historian’s dispute the dates in question counter claiming that it first appeared in their country in 1926 and not in New Zealand and that the first meringue dessert in Wellington was not pavlova but simply a meringue dessert with a fruit filling. Australian claims that the dish was created in a ho...

Brussel Sprouts Have a Horrible but Undeserved Reputation, Let These Recipes Fix That for You

I have always been a good girl and eaten my vegetables. I love them. But my husband is a bit restricted in this area. When I met him, he like broccoli. Period. Not much variety do you think? Well I have been married to him 25 years this May and we are making progress. He has a much wider range now in vegetables he actually likes. But our most recent accomplishment is Brussel Sprouts. This is a great vegetable with a horrible reputation. It has been maligned. For what reason I don't know. But it is so good and so good for you. And there are so many wonderful ways to fix it. I did take some help from a chef for one of her thoughts, the others belong to me. I hope you enjoy having your taste buds teased. I have grown my own Brussel sprouts in my garden. It is fascinating. They grow on these really tall stalks with a mop head at the top, and the little Brussel sprouts line each side of the stalk starting out tiny at the top and get bigger toward the bottom and you pick them as t...

The Many Kinds of Jewish Yemeni Breads

Nearly all Yemeni Jews now live in Israel, with only a few hundred still living in The Yemen, and others scattered around the world. The Israeli Yemeni traditions are very distinct in all areas of their lives, in their prayer, language, dress and their food. Their traditional foods consist of Yemenite soup (chicken soup with the Yemeni spice Hawaiig), Hilba (made from fenugreek seeds) and a number of breads. Surprisingly the Yemeni people are not over weight, but they generally have problems with diabetes as they get older and this is attributed to the flour, not the sugar in their diet. The various forms of bread are all made from the same dough and are simply made using firmer dough or a dough with more liquid. Today modern Yemeni housewives still make most of these breads themselves on a weekly basis. The names of these breads are in Hebrew and I have used "H" as the guttural sound that has no corresponding letter in English. Trying to get a recipe out of one of these se...

The Health Benefits of Eating Wild Huckleberries and Recipe

Image Source Huckleberries are not grown commercially and may not be available at your local grocer. The best place to find them is at your farmer's and they will be expensive or you can purchase them online.  If you have never tasted a huckleberry it has a similar taste to the blueberry. There are many health benefits in just ounce of huckleberries, low in calories and no cholesterol make this little berry a perfect choice for your healthy diet. The different types of huckleberries include the black, box, dwarf, and thinleaf. Red huckleberries grow primarily in the western part of North America, preferring slightly acidic soils in the coastal regions. Huckleberries are high in minerals, iron, potassium calcium and vitamins vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin E and vitamin C.   One serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable except loganberries and is rich in antioxidants that fight against free radicals that could cause cance...

Fried Foods - Types of Coating for Fried Foods

Fried Foods – Coatings for Fried Foods While it is possible to fry foods without a coating, potatoes for instance-this does not always result in the crispy golden morsels, cooked throughout but not greasy, that a good coating helps to achieve. The pieces of food can be rolled one at a time in flour or crumbs, or dipped in milk and then rolled in flour or crumbs. The Japanese dip their foods into a batter called tempura batter, and the delicious shrimps prepared this way are a familiar item in Japanese restaurants. The English use a mixture of egg, water and oil, with seasonings; so this kind of coating is call a’l’anglaise. The foods are coated with bread crumbs after being dipped into the anglaise mixture. Egg and crumb coating is particularly good for deep-frying as well as for other kinds of frying. In the case of mixtures such as croquettes, egg helps to hold pieces together. To obtain a chef’s result, prepare food ahead of time, dip it into the egg and c...

Great Kitchen Tools Beyond the Basics

If you've decided to get more creative and adventurous in the kitchen, but all you have are the basic kitchen tools you left home with, you might ask yourself, " What's the next step?"  Before deciding which fancy new kitchen tools you might want to add to your arsenal, first you'll need to consider where your interests lay and what your cooking priorities are. Do you like to make food look beautiful, artful, and interesting? Do you like to bake scrumptious cakes and pastries, and decorate them creatively? Do you feel the pull of an alter-ego Italian inside you, yearning for fresh pasta and pesto? Do you want to explore the cuisine of a different culture? Or, do you want to master the art of bread-making? Perhaps all of these food genres appeal to you (hats off to your determination!), or just one new kitchen adventure.  Whatever the case, once you have decided which direction you'd like to pursue, then you can consider the kitchen tools needed to make it happen.&nb...

Cooking with Surimi: Asian Shrimp Surimi and Vegetables Stir-Fry

Surimi Overview Manufacturing and fish processing companies has found a way to turn leftover and scrap pieces of fish and other raw materials into a high value, edible, protein product with a wide range of attractive and delicious uses Surimi is one such product – a popular fish-based food product specifically intended to mimic the texture, consistency and color of the meat of lobster, crab and other shellfish. For Surimi to be sold as high-value product, the edible proteins in fish and shellfish must be processed with the utmost care. Surimi comes in a variety of shapes, which resemble shrimp, scallops, crab, and lobster tail. It is available breaded or unbreaded, frozen or thawed. Use Surimi in recipes calling for shellfish.. People who are allergic to shellfish can safely use Surimi products, please read the label for exact ingredients. For years Surimi has been used in Jewish cuisine as part of the “New Jewish Cuisine”  culture.Taking traditional Je...

Traditional Indian Wedding Cake: An Artistic Pastry Delight

Who can doubt that the most looked forward to event of any formal wedding is the cutting and eating of the wedding cake.   However, Indians have taken the traditional Indian wedding cake presentation to the next level higher than most wedding planners have in Western culture. Typically, Indians look not only to the traditional Indian wedding cake as a pastry delight of which to part-take, but part of the elaborate wedding decorations and a wedding's spectacular highlight.  (1)  But first, let us examine what makes the traditional Indian wedding cake so very special.  The Traditional Indian Wedding Cake and Its Ingredients Actually, there is no basic difference between the ingredients used in the West and the ones traditionally used by Indians.  However, many Indians delight in having a wedding cake made up of banana chocolate.  Others prefer pineapple and assorted fruit including mango.  Many Indians also pref...

How to Make Maja Blanca

In high school we had a Home Economics class as part of our curriculum. Accordingly this was to prepare the boys and girls for when they will start their own future homes. For the freshmen girls, they were taught basic cooking while the boys were introduced to carpentry. The girls’ class was divided into groups and the group I was with was assigned to prepare Maja Blanca or coconut cake for dessert. Maja Blanca is a common Filipino dessert or snack and is made with coconut milk, corn kernels and cornstarch. This snack is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available so whenever you feel like having something special for snack or dessert then you should try making a batch of maja blanca for you and your family to enjoy. Below are the basic ingredients and the process of making maja blanca. For the coconut milk ingredient, there are a lot of instant gata (coconut milk) powders already available in the market but it is still better to use fresh coconut milk. All y...

The History of the Food Processor

Food processors are an ingenious appliance to have in the kitchen. Its main purpose is making meal preparation much easier and faster for the cook or chef. The food processor is equipped with several settings to knead, shred, grind, chop, slice, mix, blend, shave and pulverize numerous types of foods. On the other hand blenders, hand mixers, mini choppers, stick mixers and stand mix as well as various types of knives have been doing the job for years. Some of these applications require some sort of liquid to get the job done. Others are manipulated by sheer muscle and dedication of the preparer. All of these items are great alternatives to the food processor with the exception of simplicity and time management. It takes much longer to get the job done using a knife or blender than it does a food processor. The food processor was invented by a French catering company salesman in 1960. Pierre Verdon named his invention the Robot-Coupe. By 1971 this machine was renamed the Le Magi-Max...

How To Make Highland Coffee

A highland coffee is a very quick and simple thing to make and gives enough of a twist to a normal coffee to raise the bland to something quite delightful. It may be nothing more than coffee with cream with the added addition of a Scotch whisky but it really does work very well together and is both a pleasure.and a delight to drink. (Scotch whisky, the most important ingredient of a Highland Coffee - Image via Wikipedia) A highland coffee is best served in a tall wine glass that has a 300ml capacity. To make a highland coffee a true highland coffee the whisky that is added has to be one of the Scotch whiskies produced in the Highland region of Scotland. Some top Highland Scotch Whiskies include, Aberfeldy, Balblair, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Garioch and Pulteney. It should be noted of course that any other whisky may well be used to make such a drink, whether it be a Scotch whisky from a different region of Scotland or any other type of whisky made throughout the world. Below, we ...

Make the Most of Leftover Potatoes

If you like potatoes and eat potatoes, don't feel guilty. They're loaded with Vitamin C and give you a good wallop of iron besides calcium and Vitamin A. As a starchy food, they give you energy and they can be served so many different ways that you can have them every day for at least two weeks and never the same way twice. Potatoes are a staple food in many countries and across many social and cultural boundaries. From deep fried potatoes (chips in England, fries in the US) to specially grown, huge baked potatoes in the finest restaurants, potatoes have a social versatility that few other foods have. Who doesn't fondly remember their favorite potato salad? Or try to make the best mashed potatoes ever? As food prices continue to rise, the price of potatoes rises, too. It might be good to explore ways to make the most of the potatoes you buy and avoid any waste at all. Frozen potatoes You can freeze potatoes if they're cooked or partly cooked. Mashed potatoes freeze well and retain ...

Artichokes: How to Make Artichoke Tea and Pan Roasted Artichokes and Vegetables

Baby Artichokes Artichokes have been a delicacy in Europe for more than 400 years. Artichokes are ranked higher than any other vegetable or fruit  and is considered a “super food,” due to its powerful anti-oxidants and extraordinary health benefits, with most of those health benefits found in the green leaves of the artichoke. Most often served as an appetizer where as the bract (a modified leaf,) is dipped in some sort of dressing and scraped across the lower front teeth to remove the edible flesh and the rest of the leaf in discarded. The hearts are usually sold in cans or jars and served in salad or antipasti. Before you can eat a Globe artichoke, it must be boiled vigorously in water for 30 to 45 minutes; after which the inedible choke is removed. It is not recommended that you use cast iron or aluminum pots as they would cause declaration. In many supermarkets, artichokes are not expensive, until you look at exactly how much of the artichoke you are actually e...

Sauteed Chayote Con Espina with Penne Pasta and White Garlic Sour Cream Sauce

Also known as vegetable pear, Chayote is a type of squash from the gourd family that is native to South America. Chayote con espina, which means chayote with thorns, is dark green and covered in thorns or needles. Chayote flesh has a high water content. A 1/2 cup serving of chayote has 1 g. each of fiber and protein and contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium. Chayote is a good source of vitamin C and also contains calcium and iron. The skin and seed of the chayote are edible.    Chayote con espina Prepare Penne pasta according to package instructions Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chayote 1 clove garlic, minced 4 ounces sun dried tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon. sugar 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Preparation: Wash the chayote under cold running water and slice off the wider end. Stand the chayote on end and hold the sliced end with one hand. Use a knife to scrape off ...

Oven Roasted Plantains with Rum-Pineapple Gastrique

Plantains, "potatoes of the air" or "cooking bananas" are the fruit of the Musa Paradisiaca, a type of banana plant. Plantains are more starchy than sweet and must be cooked before being eaten. They are a staple crop in much of Africa, and are served boiled, steamed, baked, or fried. Plantains grilled over a charcoal fire are popular street food in many African cities. In the Congo river region, plantain bananas—peeled, sliced, and boiled, or cut into rondelles and fried in oil—are called makemba (singular: likemba).  Use plantains whose skin is turning black. If they are not ripe enough, the plantains will be too starchy. The skin of    Plantains is much thicker than the skin of a banana. The easiest way to peel a Plantain is to cut one end and peel it as you would a banana. The basting sauce for this dish is similar to that of Shrubs. Originally made in Colonial America, Shrubs typically combined rum and a gastrique, which is a sy...

Food Combinations That Cause Gas

Correct food combinations are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimulation of the nutrients in our diet. Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive process - some acid, some alkaline. When acids and alkalines come in contact, they neutralize each other and this retards digestion. Poor food combining or food combinations can be a cause of indigestion or stomach disorders in the body. Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Acid Reflux are some of the stomach disorder examples. When wrong foods are consumed at the same time, you are likely to get digestive disorders. The reason for these ailments is that certain food groups do not digest well together. Some foods digest primarily in the stomach, others in the small intestine. Some foods digest in minutes while others take many hours. Some foods require an acid medium to digest in and others an alkaline medium. Therefore certain foods eaten together do not digest properly ...

Homemade Halloween Costumes, Halloween Entertaining, Halloween Snacks, Creepy Recipes, Halloween Cookies & More!

FRIGHTENINGLY GOOD HALLOWEEN SNACKS Dress up your Halloween spread with these luxe black-and-orange treats from Food Network Magazine . Photos: Black-and-Orange Party Bites ...

Food Storage; Purpose and Guidelines

The storage of food is very much important. Almost every society has learned to store foods for their future needs. There are certain proper ways in storing foods; these should be ensured to be able to avoid the risk of food poisoning. Different varieties of foods have different ways of storing. Some of the foods can be stored in the fridge so that it can be eaten in the future time. Some other foods especially the raw can be stored in the room temperature; however, foods have limitations as long as preservation is concern. Foods are stored to be able to prepare in the periods of scarcity. It is also stored to be able to take advantage to the short term surplus of food in the time of the harvest. Foods are also stored for the preparation of the special events as well as on the special occasions. It is also stored to be able to prepare for the time of catastrophe and emergency. In the preparation the food, it is important to keep it in a clean dry and well-ventilated environment. D...

Roasted Cornish Hens with Brandied, Fresh Peach GLaze and Wild Rice

This “Comfort Food” usually considered a winter menu, can be prepared for your summer comfort. With its sweet, fresh peach glaze, it’s a wonderful and light dish for a Sunday afternoon dinner menu. You can also grill the Cornish Hens, vegetables and peach garnish, using the same procedures. Add a few apple and hickory wood chips to the charcoal, oil your grill grate with vegetable oil to keep from sticking and place Cornish Hens, breast down, you want to get some nice grill marks, grill for about 10 minutes, turn over, basting both sides with sauce.  Roasted Cornish Hens with Brandied Fresh Peach Glaze Preheat oven to 400°F 4 to 6 Cornish Hens Preparation: Dry Rub ingredients: 1 teaspoon rubbed sage 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon rosemary Preparation: Combine dry rub ingredients and store in a shaker bottle for future use. Rinse and clean hens and pat dry with paper towel, remove giblets. ...

Importance of Tea in Chinese Culture

People throughout China drink tea daily. Tea is a customary drink worldwide. In Asian countries, drinking tea is an ancient tradition accompanied by a highly developed tea-based culture which is tied to art and local customs.  Tea is related to the Chinese culture for more than 5000 years and is also used in various religious practices. Chinese tea culture has long been an essential social component of this country and is an important aspect of their tradition. China was the earliest country to cultivate and drink tea which is enjoyed by people from all social classes.  A popular proverb among them says, "Rather go without salt for three days than without tea for a single day."  Moreover the Chinese have another saying: 'Firewood, rice, oil, salt, sauce, vinegar and tea are the seven necessities to begin a day.'  Tea from China, along with her silk and porcelain, began to be known the world over more than a thousand years ago and has since always b...

How to Buy the Healthiest Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become very popular, but not all Greek yogurts are created equal. Yogurt is healthy for you and your digestive system, but some yogurts are far from the healthiest of foods Why is Greek Yogurt Healthy? It gives you calcium, protein and live active cultures, otherwise known as probiotics. These live active cultures are the good type of bacteria in our digestive system. We have good and bad bacteria in our digestive system, when there are more bad bacteria we can have digestive and stomach problems. Taking antibiotics will kill both the bad and the good bacteria, so yogurt can help restore the good. More good bacteria than bad bacteria in our digestive system can improve the immune system. It can lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise the good HDL levels rose. Yogurt contains good amounts of the following vitamins and nutrients. Iodine, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, tryptophan, potassium, zinc and especially good amounts of protein. ...

Health Benefits of Elderberries: Elderberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

In addition to the flavonoids, elderberries contain Vitamin A, B and C it also boost your immune system to fight infections like herpes, colds, cough, influenza (Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995) and viral and bacterial infections, . And has antioxidants to fight free radicals to protect against cell damage, improve heart health Cartenoids: When acting as an antioxidant, carotenoids have been shown to reduce the damage caused by certain molecules called free radicals. A generous amount of these chemicals might prevent damage to cells and tissues as well as genetic damage. This means that they might increase your immunity  to infection  and reduce the risk of cancer and protect against heart disease. Amino acids: Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins and are known as "the building blocks of life." Needed for the growth, repair and maintenance of your body’s tissues. Amino acids produce antibodies to st...

Sweet Potato Casserole with Oatmeal Crumble Topping

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it.  I have been playing around with sweet potato casseroles for years trying to find the perfect one.  A really good sweet potato casserole in my opinion should be good enough to eat as a dessert if you wanted to.  I like mine really sweet like a pie.  Everyone really loved this sweet potato casserole last Thanksgiving especially my 12 year old 5 year old sons who were so sad it got finished off on Thanksgiving I had to make another one to eat with the rest of the left overs.  They even begged me to make it a couple times this past year when it wasn't Thanksgiving.  I don't recommend using canned sweet potatoes for this recipe.  Fresh Sweet potatoes are super cheap around Thanksgiving.  They are not hard to work with at all.  If you have made regular mashed potatoes you can make mashed sweet potatoes, just peel them and place them in a pot of water bring it to boil, reduce to a simmer and...

The World's Most Popular Beef Dishes

Many beef dishes are popular all over the world except in areas where Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism are the dominant religions because to Hindus and Jains and some Buddhist, eating beef is a taboo. Here are the most famous and deliciously good beef dishes from the different parts of the world. 1.) Nihari: Pakistan Image Source Nihari is a beef dish that is extremely popular in Pakistan. It is actually the national dish of Pakistan. This beef dish is also popular among Muslims in India. I am pretty sure Obama Bin Laden might have enjoyed this often that he had forgotten to tighten the security in his hide out. Nihari is a curry made from beef shank and spices and is usually eaten in the morning after overnight cooking. 2.) Sauerbraten: Germany Image Source Sauerbraten is a popular beef dish from Germany. This German pot roast is made of bottom round or rump beef marinated up to 10 days before cooking in a mixture of vinegar, water, seasonings and spices and served with p...

Tips for Buying, Storing, and Cooking Fresh Corn

Summer means many things, most importantly fresh corn. There are numerous recipes that take advantage of this American staple and gardeners and cooks do their best to extract as much flavor as possible during its short growing season. The following are some tips on how to purchase, store, and cook fresh corn. Buying Fresh Corn One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to buy corn that has already been husked. The husk helps protect the kernels and keep them moist. The husk should be bright green, moist, and tight on the ear. The silks should also appear moist and pale in color. The ear of corn should feel heavy for its size. To check out the kernels, peel back the husk a little and look for tightly packed kernels with a few undeveloped kernels at the top of the cob. Though it may seem counterintuitive, this is a sign of slightly immature corn and young corn tastes the sweetest. Corn Varieties There are two main varieties: sweet corn and high-sugar hybrids. Sweet corn contains ...

Easy Entertaining Recipes: Tangy Cheese Ball

The busy Holiday season is just beginning, and for many people this will mean entertaining family and friends in your home, or perhaps you'll be needing to take food to a buffet-style get together.  Schedules are usually bursting with many activities - shopping, pageants, parties, and gift wrapping - so spending as little time as possible to prepare a tasty dish or two for entertaining will be a welcome relief.  The first recipe in this series of Easy Entertaining Recipes is for a Tangy Cheese Ball.  Always a favorite, this cheese ball gets rave reviews and is usually consumed in record time!  This is an easy recipe to modify according to what ingredients you might have on hand, or to offer flavour variations.  Delicious served with crackers, crostini, pita wedges, grapes or apples, and as part of an antipasti platter.  Read on for ingredients and method. Tangy Cheese Ball Ingredients: 4 oz. / 125 g sharp cold pack cheddar (Maclaren's Imperial brand,...

Finding and Eating the Shaggy Mane Mushroom

Freshly piched young shaggy mane mushrooms they should be picked at this stage because once they have turned black they are no longer edible.  Photo by Revrance One of the few wild mushrooms that I would trust for eating is the Shaggy Mane that appears on open lawns during late September and early October.  This mushroom looks so distinct you can’t mistake it for anything else.  It looks like a fairy mushroom and is often used to illustrate Fairy Tales.  Its most distinguishing feature are the many snippets of skin hanging down from its cap. This mushroom will suddenly appear on people’s lawns forming troops, lines or rings its most distinguishing features are its shape and looks.  Its other distinguishing feature is the fact that as it matures its gills turn into an inky black substance, hence its other name, “inky cap.” They are commonly seen in grassy areas such as lawns and pastures, but they are also common in areas where the g...

How to Cook Baked Beans the French Acadian Way

In southwestern Nova Scotia, French Acadians have been making simmering pots of homemade baked beans for centuries. Traditionally, beans were cooked and served every Saturday night, usually with a loaf of homemade brown bread and butter. Winters in Nova Scotia tend to be long, dark, and cold. A steaming pot of baked beans is the perfect food to warm the body and soul. French Acadians along the south shore of Nova Scotia typically had wood stoves which also served as a source of heat for the home. Even today there are many homes that use wood stoves for cooking. For residents looking to make the best use of the time and money, letting a pot of homemade baked beans simmer in the oven all day made perfect sense. Not only would there be a hearty meal on the table, the house would fill with the warm of the oven. It takes time and patience to cook a pot of baked beans from scratch, but it is well worth the effort. To get started, you will need: • One standard package of beans (kidney...

How to Make Professional Quality Beef Jerky at Home

Over the past several years, beef jerky has become a healthy snack of choice for adults and children alike. Jerky is an excellent source of protein because all of the fat and moisture is removed from the meat during the drying process. However, commercially made beef jerky is usually made up of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, which offsets the nutritional benefits. If the additives and preservatives that are used to prepare commercial beef jerky alone aren't enough to get you making your own, how about the price? Small bags of beef jerky sold in our local stores average about $6.00 for an 80gram bag. That`s almost $35.00 per pound. Using the recipe below I am able to make an entire pound of beef jerky for around $6.00. I have been making and selling jerky made by this method to friends and local area residents for over twenty years and they all agree: Nothing Beats Homemade. Image credit You Will Need 3 lbs lean roast beef Sharp knife and a cutting board ...

What is a Traditional Israeli Yemeni Breakfast?

The Yemeni Jews who live in Israel have a traditional breakfast which doesn't vary much and is almost exactly the same breakfast they used to eat before immigrating to Israel. Although there are now 2nd, 3rd and even 4th generation Yemeni Jews in Israel the traditional foods remain popular especially on a Shabbat morning. The traditional Israeli Jewish Yemeni breakfast centers around the traditional Yemeni breads – Kubana, jachnun and zalabia . Kubana is a round bread baked over night in a closed Kubana tin. Jachnun is a roll of layered pastry also baked over night in the oven. Zalabia is made using the same dough as the kubana but instead of baking it is fried as palm size rounds, if the family is religious the zalabia is prepared on Friday before Shabbat begins. One or more of these traditional breads is served with the other breakfast foods listed below. Kubana Grated tomato (resek) is served by itself in small bowls. Soft white cheese is served at a Yemeni breakfast, th...

Turn Leftover Pork Chops into a Tasty Lunch

Most people have a forgotten box of restaurant leftovers sitting in their refrigerator, taking up space. We take what we don’t finish at restaurants home with the best intentions of reheating them for lunch the next day, or perhaps a midnight snack. More often than not, though, these once tasty items get lost in the shuffle of grocery shopping and meal planning. There are ways to turn a box of leftovers from your favorite restaurant into a filling and tasty lunch or dinner the next day. Sandwiches are a great way to infuse fresh ingredients into the day-old fare and can help disguise the foods’ status as leftovers. The key to a great leftover sandwich is starting with great leftovers. For example, a large portion of pork chops at your favorite restaurant can make for a large helping of leftovers to take home. For example, Yolos Restaurant and Bar in Nashville, Tennessee features a pork chop entrée that comes with two perfectly cooked bone-in pork chops and a choic...

Fond of Fondue: Revisiting the 1960s Thrifty Hip Dip

If you are a fan of Mad Men, the hottest show on TV (showing up again, early next year), you might think people only drank their dinners. Not true, the 1960s portrayed in Mad Men was an era exemplified by American's love of gourmet and European-style food. The gleaming stainless steel, red enamel or copper-clad Fondue pots every one rushed out to buy originally came from the Swiss tradition. No Americanized fondue pot was complete without the charming, long-handled, modern fondue forks. (Both vintage fondue pots and forks and even mint-condition sets can be found, for great prices, on popular auction sites, if you wish to indulge in a little table-side, thrifty cooking).  The haute fondue pot Fondue is a derivative of the French word, "fondre" which means to melt. It seems the Swiss adapted the French style of cooking in heated wine as an apres-ski meal or to use up their stale bread and left-over-cheese at home. It made its home here in the late 1950s at a Swiss resta...

Hosting a Garden Tea Party with Your Daughter

According to the writings of Madame de Sévigné (1626 to 1696), one of history’s greatest writers on life in 17th France, Afternoon tea may have been introduced to Europe in the 17th century it became extremely popular in France. Afternoon tea arrived in Paris 22 years (1636) before it appeared in England, was became popular among the aristocracy. In England, the traditional time for tea was four or five o'clock, the menu has also changed from tea, bread, butter and cakes, to include three particular courses served specifically in this order: Savories - Tiny sandwiches or appetizers, pungent and salty to the taste.     .Scones - Served with jams, marmalades and Devonshire or clotted cream (whipped topping works).        Pastries - Cakes, cookies, shortbread and sweets, add crunch with nuts, granola and seeds.      Mother and Daughter: Working together side by side Want something to do with your teenage ...

How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

This article will detail how to make a great cup of coffee at home which can save you money instead of buying it at your local coffee house. It is easy to make good coffee at a fraction of the cost of buying coffee by the cup. All you need is an inexpensive grinder and a cone filter to make excellent coffee. You may also want to try another technique that involves a French press that high-end restaurants use to make coffee. Instructions 1. Buy whole, freshly roasted coffee beans. The fresher the better as coffee beans use their flavor after roasting. 2. Measure filtered or spring water into a kettle or pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the water sit for about a minute. 3. Grind beans in a burr grinder just before brewing. A burr grinder is important as it doesn’t heat the beans during grinding. Grind the coffee using the coarse setting for the French Press or a fine setting for a cone filter. Measure 1 to 11/2 tablespoons of beans for each 4 ounces of wate...

Collecting and Eating Giant Puffballs

A giant puffball with a GPS unit for scale.   Photo by Sulfer So help me this guy came into my fishing tackle store with a giant puffball that weighed over forty pounds he had just collected on the side of the road, as soon as I saw it I started to drool because I knew how tasty one of these things could be. The giant puffball, (Calvatia gigantea) is one of many varieties of puffball although this is the largest it is also highly delicious.  It is also among the family of mushrooms.  Some of this mushroom is tiny and although not poisonous do have a strong bitter taste so for that reason aren’t edible. This species of mushroom is commonly found in meadows, fields and deciduous forests worldwide in the summer and fall.  This is a common species that is especially common throughoutEuropeandNorth America.  They can reach a size ranging from 10 to 70 centimeters in size (3.9 to 25 inches in diameter) and can weigh more then 20 kilograms (44 lb.).  W...

Exotic Meats - Part 2: Venison Breakfast Sausage

Deer hunting season is upon us, which means fresh Venison, one of the healthiest red meats you can eat, and contain many health benefits as well as some concerns that you should be aware of before consuming any deer meat Venison has fewer calories, less fat, and more iron than any other meat. It is the perfect red meat, as it is leaner and generally more flavorful than beef. A 3-ounce serving of venison has 134 calories and 3 grams of fat, whereas beef given you 259 calories and 18 grams of fat. Deer meat is also high in protein, as well as zinc, selenium, and iron. There are no traces of carbohydrates in deer meat, unless added while cooking. Deer meat can have a "gamey" taste if not soaked or marinated before cooking meat with a gamey taste, most commonly used method is by soaking the meat in milk or vinegar for a few days prior to eating Deer should be aged only a few days in your refrigerator immediately before cooking. Two days in a refrigerator that is 36 to 38°...

Recipe: Quinoa Balls-delicious, Easy and Healthy!

Quinoa is a popular, health food, it is a grain which contains 12-18% protein making it a great food for vegetarians. It also is high in fiber, contains many essential minerals and is gluten-free. Quinoa is most often served as a substitute for rice, pasta or potatoes, simply boiled in salted water. Here is another way of preparing Quinoa which may make it more palatable to those who aren't crazy about Quinoa's taste. The finished Quinoa balls resemble falafel balls, and taste crispy on the outside and softer on the inside. To my surprise my kids gobbled up the whole lot and asked for more Quinoa balls the next day to take to school! To make Quinoa balls you will need: 2 cup Quinoa Water Salt and pepper 2 eggs 1 cup bread crumbs (half will go in the mixture and half is for coating the Quinoa balls) 1 carrot 1 baby marrow (zucchini) Oil for frying There are many options once you get the hang of making these Quinoa balls. You can add into the mix grated onion, chopped herb...

Facts About Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

The largest recorded peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the world was lovingly crafted in Peanut, Pennsylvania in 1993. It was 40 ft long and contained 150lbs of peanut butter and 50lbs of jelly. History doesn’t record who ate it. Dothan, Alabama is the "Peanut Capital of the World", apparently. But Georgia and Texas are the largest peanut producers in the USA though. It’s a tough old world, Alabama. Peanuts are Georgia's official state crop (but they aren’t the “Peanut Capital of the World"...), and more than 50 percent of the peanuts they produce are used in peanut butter. The video “Peanut Butter Jelly Time” had more than 18 million views at the time of writing this. 18,012,110 to be precise, no wait make that 18,012,111.    18,012,12, no, no wait... oh never mind. The “World's Largest Peanut Monument” is in Ashburn, Georgia. It’s a 20 foot Peanut on a brick plinth and massive golden crown. Dot...

Review of Healthy Mate Apple Cinnamon Cereal

Healthy Mate Apple Cinnamon Cereal is an instant breakfast meal in a cup. It's a quick fix if you're always on the go. It's similar to Nestle's Nesvita product; however, more pricey than the latter. Apple Cinnamon Cereal is sold in tiny boxes. Each box contains 5 sachets or packets. The product claims to have natural ingredients which are great especially for those who read the labels. Nutrition facts about the cereal: Net weight per packet: 30 g Serving size per packet: 1 Amount per serving: 130 calories Total fat content: 4 g Trans fat content: 0 g Cholesterol content: 0 mg Sugar content: 11 g Protein content: 1 g Note that while it is good that its label says Apple Cinnamon Cereal contains 0 trans fats and 0 cholesterol; it may not be 100% revealing. See how fats in labels are explained in Learning to Read Labels in Challenges of Losing Weight. Still, I always prefer 0 Trans fats in foods. At least I know I'm consuming trans fats at the minimum. Good point...

How to Cook a Fresh Pumpkin (and Prepare It For the Freezer)

Autumn.  This is the season above all to provoke a sensory overload.  Wood smoke, crunchy leaves, dank dying grass, spices wafting from the kitchen, biting rain or snow, harvest vegetables and apples in the cellar. . . and pumpkins galore!  If you grew pumpkins yourself this year, you may find you have an abundance of them and, well, there`s only so many jack-o-lanterns one can carve, right?!  So, what can you do with all those pumpkins? Pumpkin pulp can be cooked and frozen (or canned) for use all year 'round.  Even if you don`t have your own pumpkin patch, you can still reap the harvest at your local supermarket or farmer`s market, and have pumpkin at hand for months to come. I will be referring to the edible part of a pumpkin (other than the seeds) as either the pulp or the flesh.  Just to digress a moment, have you ever wondered, "Is a pumpkin a fruit or a vegetable?  The answer is ...

How to Prepare and Cook Mountain Oysters with Hot Pepper Sauce

Rocky Mountain oysters also known as calf fries or prairie oysters are a type of food that actually consists of the testicles of bulls or sheep. Called offal, a class of meat that is rejected as waste it include the organs or entrails of butchered animals such as pork intestines, chicken gizzards, and beef tripe. This dish earned its name through association with the prevalent cattle industry in the Rocky Mountain region. Cattle ranchers, who regularly removed the testicles of young bulls to discourage aggressive behavior. Mountain oysters are usually seasoned with salt and pepper, floured and fried. When buying Mountain Oysters, ask your butcher for Calf’s oysters as they tend to be more tender and less work. If you are only able to get Bull’s Oysters, the brining solution will tenderize them.   Rocky Mountain Oysters Step 1 Cleaning the Mountain Oysters (Testicles) Ingredients: 2 pounds bull testicles ( or Calf’s Testicles) Preparation: W...

How to Adjust a Recipe for Self-Rising Flour

Different baked good recipes require different kinds of flour. The two main types of flour used for baking are all purpose and self-rising. These two kinds of flour are not interchangeable without adjustments being made to other parts of the recipe. The adjustments are simple and make sense when thought about but without making these changes cakes and cookies will not come out the way they were intended to. Baking Powder One of the biggest differences between self-rising and all purpose flour can be seen in the names of each. Self-rising flour already contains a chemical leavener that is absent in all purpose flour, which cannot rise without a leavener being added. Self-rising flour is capable of rising without the addition of baking powder. When making a recipe that calls for baking powder and all-purpose flour, self-rising flour can be substituted if the baking powder is also eliminated. If self-rising flour is used in addition to baking powder, over-leavening and over-rising can ...

10 All Time Filipino Favorite Snacks

Aside from the main meals that every Filipino family is so concerned about, there is also their favorite snack food that they always have in between meals. These kinds of food can also be served for breakfast. Here are the 10 all time Favorite snacks of Filipinos. 1. Puto Puto is one of the specialty foods of Filipinos. Puto is made from rice flour mixed with baking powder to rise and sugar then steamed in molders. To enhance the taste, some top them with sliced salted eggs or cheese. But most putos are plain and white in color. 2. Kalamay Kalamay is often served in special occasions. This is not easy to make so mostly, only the business people are patient enough to make this for commercial purposes. Kalamay is made from ground glutinous rice flour which needs continuous mixing while it is boiling to maintain the gummy consistency. It is also mixed with coconut milk. Mixing this is very hard because it is sticky but it is needed to maintain a smooth texture. 3. Bi...

Broiled Swordfish with Mustard Sauce - Jambalaya Rice, and Caramelized Carrots

Swordfish is a moist and flavorful fish with a slightly sweet taste. Although found worldwide, they are most popular in the Mediterranean and the United States. Swordfish with its firm and meaty texture make it wonderful for grilling, broiling and frying. This tasty low-fat meal could hardly be any easier, the tangy flavor of the Mustard Sauce married with the sweetness of the caramelized carrots and balanced with the starchiness of the rice. An ideal supper for a budget conscious family.   Allemande Mustard Sauce Yield: 1 1/2 cups Ingredients: 2 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons chives 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard 1 tablespoon mayonnaise 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning 1 teaspoon lemon juice 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce Preparation Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix well.   Broiled Swordfish Steaks Preheat broiler Ingredients: 4 to 6 Swordfish steaks Juice of one lemon Zest of 1 lemon 2 ta...

Vegan-Vegetarian: Pigeon Peas and Tofu Stew with Brown Rice

The pigeon pea is a very important legume that is grown primarily in Central America, India and Eastern Africa, which are the top producers of this crop worldwide. India leads the world in the cultivation of pigeon peas, accounting for more than 80% of all pigeon peas grown around the world. Of the more commonly grown peas and its cultivation dates back more than 3,000 years... Pigeon pea is one of the more commonly grown peas and its cultivation dates back more than 3,000 years. It is thought that pigeon peas were first grown in Asia, and then ended up in East Africa and ultimately in North America Pigeon peas may take a little longer to cook, but they are worth the wait. Native to Africa, and particularly popular in the Caribbean and southern United States, pigeon peas are also known as Congo peas, Congo bean and red gram. Pigeon peas with - Puerto Rico's national dish. Member of the Legume family as well as split peas, blacked peas, pigeon peas, small Dahl and lentils, They d...

How to Make Pork Pepper Steak with Tequila and Rum Reduction Sauce

Pepper Steak (beef) Over rice When “Pepper Steak” is mentioned you first think of beef. This is a classic variation on Chinese sweet and sour pork With with smoky undertones, a little heat on the backside and s sweet kick from the Tequila and dark rum. this dish can be prepared  using round steak, beef cubes, Tofu, shrimp, venison or chicken. Serve on penne pasta, brown rice or linguini for a delicious and light comfort meal your family and friends will sure to enjoy. The preparation time on this recipe is 20 to 25 minutes and well worth your time.  Pork Pepper Steak Serves: 4 to 6 Step One: Dry Rub for Pork Ingredients: 1 teaspoon smoked paprika 2 teaspoons cup dark brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard 1/2 teaspoon cayenne 2 pounds pork, shoulder, julienne 1/4 inch strips 1/2 cup self rising flour Preparation: In a large bowl combine all ingredients a...

Easy And Delicious Stir-fried Lemon Chicken

Lemon Chicken is a popular dish found in cuisines around the world. It usually consists of pieces of chicken meat that are sautéed or deep-fried and coated with a thick, sweet lemon-flavored sauce. Image source Here’s an easy recipe of a stir-fried lemon chicken that you’ll surely love. This delicious dish has a colorful mix of snow peas, carrots and scallions. You can substitute other thinly sliced vegetable of your choice. It’s served best with rice noodles, plain rice or brown rice. The ingredients are: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces 2 teaspoons cornstarch 1 lemon 1 tablespoon canola oil 1 tablespoon chopped garlic 1/2 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce 10 ounces mushrooms, halved or quartered 2 cups snow peas (6 ounces), stems and strings removed 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots (1/4 inch thick) 1 bunch scallions cut into 1-inch pieces, white and green parts ...

Baking Tips: How to Bake Perfect Drop Cookies

Baking cookies is great fun and a delicious treat for both children and adults. Home baked cookies are loved by one and all. They are a delicious delight to any occasion, whether it is a birthday party, or a casual tea party or just a Christmas get together. The word cookie is derived from the Dutch word “koekje” or “koekie” which means a small cake. For cookie, every country has its own name like in England and Australia it is known as “biscuits”, in Spain it is called “galletas”, in Germany “keks” or “Plätzchen”, in Italy “amaretti” and “biscotti”. There are different types of cookies like peanut butter cookie, fortune cookie, chocolate chip cookie, biscotti, rainbow cookie etc. No matter which cookie recipe you select to follow, here are a few baking tips on how to bake perfect drop cookies  every time. Drop cookies can be made by using various ingredients and by dif...

Chicken Recipes of the Jews: Pot-Roasted Chicken, Roasted Pullet

"Chicken recipes are staple with all Jewish families. The classic Friday night meal of Jewish families throughout the world consists of chicken soup, followed by boiled or roast chicken. The following are delicious but simple ways to prepare chicken in the Jewish tradition." Pot-Roasted Chicken Ingredients: 4-pound chicken 1 cup minced onions 4 tablespoons chicken fat 2 teaspoons salt ¼ teaspoon pepper 1 teaspoon paprika ¼ teaspoon garlic powder 2 teaspoons flour 2 cups boiling water Instructions: Have the chicken disjointed. Brown the onions and chicken in the fat. Sprinkle with the salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder and flour. Stir in the water. Cover and cook over low heat 2 hours or until the chicken is tender. Serves 4-6. Roasted Pullet Ingredients: 2 cups mashed potatoes 2 tablespoons melted chicken fat ½ cup browned minced onions 3 teaspoons salt ½ teaspoon pepper 5-pound pullet ½ teaspoon ginger &frac1...

Tasty Split Pea and Ham Soup: a Recipe Everyone Will Love

What’s the perfect meal to make for using leftover bone-in ham? Split pea soup, of course. Having said that, split pea soup is one of those foods that usually elicits either an emphatic “Yumm!” or “Yuckk!” It’s love or hate, all the way. But why is there such polarity when it comes to opinions regarding split pea soup? I figure part of the reason people may dislike split pea soup is because of its typical sickly-green, monochromatic color, and too-thick texture. But, what if split pea soup actually looked appetizing, had a delectable mix of textures, and depth of layered flavours? Would it change that opinion?  Well, with a little experimenting, I have discovered the method and ingredients to achieve a split pea and ham soup which I believe everyone will enjoy. The soup base is silky smooth, not pasty, and you’ll find a surprising mix of fresh, savory, and spicy flavours which creates a very satisfying finish on the palate. Try it, and se...

Breton Butter Cake

Butter cake is a speciality of Brittany in the North West of France.  Known locally as Kouign Amann, this traditional Breton cake is made from dough similar to bread dough but laced with butter and sugar. The authentic Breton recipe consists of multiple layers of alternating dough, butter, and sugar. The layers are arranged in a big circular cake mould called roue de charrette (‘carriage wheel’). The resulting cake is slowly baked until the butter puffs up the dough and the sugar caramelizes. It tastes like a cross between a cake and a croissant.  The name derives from the Breton words for cake (‘kouign’) and butter (‘amann’). Kouign Amann is a particular speciality of the Finistère region of Brittany, where it originated. It is believed that the original Kouign Amann resulted from a failed bread paste made by a Breton baker from Douarnenez in 1865. The baker reputably turned the dough into a fine cake by adding sugar and butter. ...

Party Time Appetizers: Pate De Foie De Volaille (Chicken Liver Pate)

Liver Pate on Crostini Pate De Foie de Volaille (Chicken Liver Pate) is what many Americans use when making pate. The foie gras, originating from Europe, is produced by the forced feeding of geese to increase their liver’s bulk which can account for 1/4 of the bird’s weight; this practice is illegal in this country. Using chicken or calves liver is an acceptable and delicious substation and make for a fine spread for your holiday feast. Whether you use chicken or calf's liver, you want it tender and free of connective tissue. Choose only the choicest of young fresh meat. The most important procedure of this liver pate is marinating the liver in cognac and refrigerating for 24 hours, if you prefer you can use a good white wine. You will need to double the ratio of fat to meat to infuse some flavor. It is recommended that you use a sharp bladed meat grinder. You can use a food processor with a meat grinder attachment. Chicken Liver Pate Preheat oven to 350° Fahren...

Making Cheap or Choice Cuts of Meat Taste Like a Juicy Prime Cut of Steak

Indoor Steak Bake: Comparable to Outdoor Grilled Steak I recently wrote about a steak barbecue grilled slowly over a bed of wild leeks. However, not everyone has a backyard or a barbecue grill to try this. There are other methods to cook steaks, chops, roasts and other cuts of meat. Notably, this includes the cheap 'value cuts' as well as the more expensive prime choice meats. This is a method that makes them both come out super-succulent and flavorful. The secret, is salt! Worried About the Salt/Sodium in Your Diet? I am not a big user of salt in my cooking. Health reasons aside, it tends to hide other natural flavors. But did you know that salting steak does more than just make it salty? It actually changes the protein structures of the meat, tenderizing it. Lay your steak out on a plate and cover it with salt. Not just any salt though; table salt is finishing salt and does not work as well. You want to use SEA SALT, the coarse-grind type. Kosher salt is also good. You want to c...

Venison Roulade with Portabella Mushrooms and Herbs

When working with venison you need to use the tenderest cut of the venison and that is the back strap which is the two cylindrical pieces of meat that straps either side of the backbone... Deer meat is leaner than beef because of its lower fat content so you will need something else to keep it moist and give it a boost of flavor - bacon.  Venison Roulade with Portabella Mushrooms and Herbs Preheat oven to::400° Fahrenheit Reduce temperature to: 350° Fahrenheit Ingredients: 1 large venison loin - back strap 1 teaspoon salt 1 teaspoon ground pepper 8 strips of thick sliced bacon 6 cloves garlic, chopped 3 tablespoons white onion, chopped 1 cup Portobello mushrooms, chopped 2 cups breadcrumbs 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh sage, chopped fine 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped Salt and pepper to taste 1 cup red wine Preparation: Trim all silver skin off of the venison loin. Trim off any loose p...

LOGIK Egg Boiler with Poaching Tray

Boiling your eggs always ending up with eggs boiled too hard or too soft?  Get them perfect every time with the LOGIK egg boiler with poaching tray.  Boiling or poaching your eggs with the. LOGIC egg boiler is easy.  I used it this morning and it's fun too!  Here are all the parts of the unit:  Now, let's get into boiling them eggs for a delicious egg meal!  Yayay! First, get your eggs.  On the egg tray for this device, there is a little needle.  Just prick the eggs so they don't explode.  Now place them onto the holes on the egg tray.  Meanwhile, you will see on the included plastic water cup, there are measurements for hard, medium or soft, with numbers for the amount of eggs you'd like to boil each one to.  Fill the cup with water to the desired level.  Now pour the water into the bottom silver bowl of the unit, and place the egg tray with the eggs on top.   Close with the lid.  Now, plug in the ...

What to Do With Thanksgiving Dinner Leftovers

Using leftover turkey for that next day's “Ultimate Turkey Sandwich” is even better when you turn it into a wrap; stuff in a tortilla or pita for a  quick and easy  fix using your savory turkey and tangy Cranberry Pecan Crunch just enough of the bitter and sweet to add contrast of flavors for some good eating. It is always recommended that you re-season your foods due to some possible loss of original seasonings through the, before hand, cooking process. Limit your use of salt because you may have already added salt at the beginning of your original recipe.. It is best to taste your foods and adjust your seasonings to your taste Turkey and Cranberry Pecan Wrap Preheat oven to: 350 degrees Fahrenheit 6 servings of 2 each Ingredients 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin olive oil or vegetable oil 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes 10 ounc...

How to Make Sumptuous Fish Cardillo (Fish in Tomatoes and Egg) in Five Easy Steps

Cardillo is a simple yet sumptuous fish dish unique to the Philippines. While its exact origins are unknown, its Hispanic name as well as the liberal use of garlic, onion, and tomatoes betray the dish's Spanish influence. This is further boosted by the fact that the Philippines was colonized by Spain for more than 300 years. Today cardillo is a dish served in almost every Filipino home. Its easy preparation, flavorful taste, aand affordability make it a favorite among many Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike. This is a very healthy dish too - it is rich both in protein and vitamin C. Here are five easy steps you can follow to make delicious cardillo:  1) Prepare Your Ingredients To make fish cardillo you'll need fish, tomatoes, four to six cloves of garlic, a medium sized onion, and a medium-sized egg. For the fish you can use white-fleshed, moderately firm varieties like mahi mahi, sea bass, grouper, Pacific perch, rainbow trout, or red snapper. For this particular dish I used ...

Diri Ak Djon-djon: Haitian Creole

Diri ak djon-djon – Haitian Creole – is a Haitian delicacy with a distinct aroma, flavor and color. Haitian Creole is usually served with a meat or fish. Putting an American twist on this dish by using fresh Shitake mushrooms and Red Kidney beans gives it an additional level of flavor and texture.When you travel throughout Haiti, you will find many variations of this dish. The green, Scotch Bonnet, chili pepper is an extremely hot pepper and will definitely give you more than a little kick. The Scotch Bonnet pepper is used in most Latin Caribbean dishes as the pepper of choice, and is used to make the West Indian Pepper Sauce- that has two uses, one as a condiment and the second as a seasoning for meat, seafood and poultry. It is advised that you wear gloves when handling this pepper and keep your hands away from your face and eyes. If you can’t stand the heat, don’t bring this pepper to the kitchen. The original recipe calls for dried black mushrooms wh...

Sea Vegetables: Fish Chowder with Seaweed

Both Alaria and Dillisk is a tasty seaweed and either can be used for this recipe. Vegans can use Soy milk, and Silken tofu in place of the fish and eliminate the clam juice and add vegetable juice. Use vegetable oil in place of butter.   Dillisk, popular in Ireland, is a purple reddish sea vegetable which is high in iron, a sea vegetable which purple to red in color, used in soups, stews and breads and risotto. Dillisk can be found "smoked" and is popular in Ireland. Irish Moss/Carragheen is rich in calcium and other essential vitamins and minerals. Carrageen or "Irish" Moss is a natural thickener used in many gourmet desserts, dips or sauces. ;Adding Irish Moss to this recipe will help add a smooth and thick consistency to the chowder. Add Irish Moss to smoothies, shakes and other dishes to give your dishes a boost in anti-oxidants and minerals.   Alaria is a winged kelp that grows in the lower inter tidal and upper sub tidal zones on exposed rocks....

Poached Chicken Breasts with Rosemary Cream Gravy

These delicious chicken breasts are delicious and nutritious served covered in Rosemary Cream Gravy. Image credit Poached Chicken Breasts Ingredients 6 large boneless skinless chicken breasts 2 Tbsp butter 1 ½ cups chicken broth 6 whole pepper corns 2 tsp fresh rosemary Preparation If you do not have a skillet large enough to hold all 6 breasts, use 2 pans with 3 breasts, half the butter and half of the broth in each. Add butter to a large skillet and heat just until melted. Add chicken broth, pepper corns and rosemary and bring to a simmer. Place the breasts into the simmering broth and let cook covered for 15 – 20 minutes depending on their size. Turn the heat off and flip chicken over. Cover the pan and allow the breasts to remain in the hot broth for an additional 15 minutes. Remove breasts from the broth and serve under Rosemary Cream Gravy. Note: If the chicken is to be used as an ingredient in a...

Familiar Chicken Delights: Chicken Asado De Carajay, Stewed Chicken With Pineapple, Grilled Chicken Legs In Foil, Cecily Brownstone's Broiled Chicken

Here are some of the most common and tasty chicken recipes that you will still love to prepare once in a while. Chicken Asado De Carajay Ingredients: 1 chicken Dash of garlic 3 onions, sliced 8 tablespoons tomato sauce 1 cup vinegar 1 cup shortening 4 potatoes, cut into quarters Salt and pepper Procedure: 1. Cut the chicken according to desired sizes. Marinate into the mixture of vinegar, onions and salt. Leave for 10 minutes. Drain and fry in hot shortening until brown. 2. Saute garlic, onions and tomato sauce in 3 tablespoons shortening. When boiling, add chicken. Add some stock or water and bring to a boil. 3. Add potatoes and onions. When chicken is tender, add salt and pepper to taste. 4. Serve hot. Stewed Chicken With Pineapple Ingredients: 1 piece whole chicken (1.2 kilos) ½ cup pineapple chunks 1/3 cup sliced onions 1/3 cup pineapple juice 1 tablespoon chopped ginger 4 tablespoons soy sauce ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon MSG 1 ta...

How To Prepare Ofe Nsala: The Traditional White Soup of The Nigerian Riverine Areas

The riverine areas of the Nigerian Niger Delta parades delicious delicacies and soups that is bound to tempt any wayfarer or visitors. One of the most popular of such soups is nsala soup or white soup. It is called white soup because no edible oil is used for its preparation. Nsala is an easy to prepare and tasty soup recipe. It is usually prepared for women who had just put to birth as it is known to be highly medicinal and very effective in preventing nausea. Though it has its origins from the riverine areas of Nigeria, it is a dish that is gladly savored by a host of other tribes from Nigeria. Ingredients Cat fish Utazi leaves (crongromena ratifolia) Raw white yam / yam powder / potato puree ( thickener) Chili pepper Salt Ground crayfish / shrimps  Seasonings ( 3 cubes of Maggi ) Ogiri Okpei (fermented castor oil seed; the Nigerian traditional seasoning) Method Cut the Cat fish into about 1 inch thick cylindrical sizes and remove the intestines. Place these pi...

Where Does Chicken Tikka Masala Come From?

Chicken Tikka Masala is one of the most famous and most popular curries in the world today. Many people casually presume that it has its origins firmly in India, as most curries do, but the truth is, it was actually first created in Glasgow, Scotland. Chicken Tikka is a traditional Bangladeshi dish. For those of you who aren't quite sure, it is a dish of marinated chicken which is cooked in a tandoor. This style of cooking dates all the way back to ancient times and its name is derived from the Babylonian word for fire - tinuru. The first noted instance of a Chicken Tikka on a British menu can be dated back to 1966 in a London restaurant called 'The Gaylord'. Before long, the recipe had reached Glasgow but on one occasion, or so the legend goes, one Glaswegian ordered a Chicken Tikka and asked for gravy to go with it. (If you've ever met a Glaswegian it will come as no surprise to hear that they like to be 'different' when it comes to food.) The chef decided to improvise by making a s...

Recipe: Traditional Yemeni Chicken Soup with Hawaij

Yemenite soup is a simple chicken soup eaten in Yemen and especially typical of the Jewish Yemeni community. In Israel today Yemeni soup is the staple of the Jewish Yemeni diet and is served both as a standard lunch or dinner and as a festive or Shabbat meal. The ingredient which differentiates Yemeni chicken soup from any other chicken soup is the spice which is added. Yemeni chicken soup has to contain the spice mixture called Hawaij. Hawaij is sold as a pre-mixed spice in Israel and in specialty spice stores worldwide. Basically it is a blend of ground cumin, turmeric and black pepper but it can include a few strands of saffron, caraway seeds, cardamom or crushed coriander seeds. If this is your first time preparing Hawaij try this blend: Hawaij: 1/2 cup cumin seeds 2 tablespoons black peppercorns 1 teaspoon coriander seeds 1 teaspoon cardamom seeds Grind the above spices together and then add 1 tablespoon of turmeric. Mix all together. You can also buy Ha...

SELECTS Cappuccino Frother

Do you like drinking your coffee with frothed milk?  I knew about cappuccino's but I never realised how delicious coffee with frothed milk is until I discovered it using the SELECTS Cappuccino Frother.  It's actually quite different from normal coffee - much nicer! The Selects Cappuccino Frother is a small handheld frother that turns milk into a nice, fluffyish froth.  Now, this handheld small frother looks easy, but having experienced my first time using it, I'm going to warn you not to be fooled into thinking it won't take some practise and devising of method.  Because it's so small, it does seem like you can just stick it into your cup of coffee and start frothing.  This may work if you switch it on and off, on and off, but otherwise your milk or coffee will just start swirling higher and higher until it starts flying over the sides of the cup.  You do need a cup with high enough sides.  And of course switch it off completely before y...

How To Make Your Own Chili Powder from Dried Chiles

You may have seen hanging dried peppers in markets and wondered what you could do with them and why are they dried like that. At the end of the harvest season all of the peppers that have not yet been harvested yet usually turn a bright red color. Before it gets really cold and the frost starts to set in all of those peppers are picked. They are then strung up together in a dangling fashion. This string of peppers is called a ristra the peppers are then hung in the sun to dry. These dried peppers can be used just like the green ones and are every bit as hot. If you would like to buy a ristra you can hang it up as a decoration for while before you actually have to use it, but when it is done hanging you can use it for cooking or make chili powder out of it. If you have a garden that is producing more chiles than you can possibly use allow them to get bright red and then hang them up with string and hang them outside somewhere where you get a lot of sunshine or in a window in your h...

Wedding Shower Idea Kitchen Utensils and Gadgets

Wedding Showers are a good time to help out the new couple with gifts to set up their household. One helpful idea is to outfit the newlyweds’ kitchen with all the kitchen gadgets and utensils that one needs to cook and bake. This list was compiled to provide a list of inexpensive but necessary items that will be affordable for everyone. Those who want to spend more can buy several items. Not included in this list are bigger ticket items like pots and pans and small appliances. Personalize the Shower With Memories To go along with the kitchen theme have each guest come with their favorite recipe to present to the bride. Decide ahead what the format will be and buy a binder that will accept them all neatly. This can be made ahead or assembled at the shower. Take advantage of the great Scrapbooking stores for supplies and papers. Instruct each guest that each recipe should contain a short paragraph about family and food or a memory of a family gathering or event that was par...

Ottimo Stand Blender

The Ottimo Stand Blender will enable you to be living a healthier lifestyle from day one!  With a capacity of 1.2 litres, you can cram a good portion of fruit in there, add just a tad of water and start spinning yourself a good long, healthy drink.  To operate the unit, first clean your kitchen counter or other surface that the unit will be standing on.  The base of the Ottimo Stand Blender has little transparent rubber feet that will cling fast to a clean surface, to make sure the unit is steady during operation.  Now you can plug the blender's power cable into an electrical outlet in the wall.  Now place the transparent cup onto the base.  You will notice that it needs to be rotated slightly so that the little triangular arrow on the base of the cup fits right in line with the little triangular arrow on the base of the motor unit.  The blender will not function otherwise.  Pressing a button in the handle of the cup, you can remove the li...

Southern Fried Catfish and Collard Greens Cornbread

Fried Catfish and Cornbread, a southern favorite, but with a twist. If you have never had collard green cornbread, you are in for a nice and interesting treat.. This cornbread could be eaten alone for a quick something to tied you over until the big meal or you can complement it with some "southern Fried Catfish", Cole Slaw and sliced, fresh tomatoes and a side of red Beans and Rice. now that's :southern eating.             Collard Greens Cornbread Preheat oven to 400°F. *Ingredients: 2 bunches fresh collard greens ( 16 ounces frozen - thawed, squeeze out moisture) 8 pieces of bacon fried crisp 1 tablespoons olive oil 1 cup onions, diced 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped 1/2 cup corn , drained 1/2 cup green onions, chopped 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes:   *Preparation: Clean and stem collards, place in boiling salted...

Top 20 Most Fattening Beers

Drinking beer can double your calorie intake for the day, especially if you have more than one or two, having the same effect on your body as eating twice as much at each meal. The average American beer has about 150 calories --the equivalent of a Three Musketeers bar which is why drinking a few each day can lead to a beer gut. Some beers have even more calories than that, making it even easier for someone to ingest excess calories that easily turn into fat when they aren't burned off. Historically beer was seen as beneficial because it was often more sanitary than local water supplies. The water used to make beer was boiled early on in the brewing process which killed any pathogens. The alcohol produced during fermentation and the addition of hops helped to preserve it. Until modern civic water treatment plants became common beer was often the only reliable source of sanitary hydration. Beer was also a way to preserve the harvest of grains over the long winter months, converting it ...

How to Boil an Egg Perfectly...Every Time

Eggs can be one of those finicky foods; you know...sometimes they flop, sometimes they're perfect.  This is especially true when it comes to boiling them as you can't see what's going on inside those pretty, white shells.  Eggs are also one of those foods that people tend to be very particular about: Whether you are a runny-yolk kind of person, or a just-barely-soft type, or a nothing-must-jiggle-if-I'm-going-to-eat-it person, you like it how you like it. Or, perhaps you need to hard boil a half dozen eggs for a salad or devilled eggs, but almost everytime you do, the yolks get that nasty grayish ring around them (which, by the way, is perfectly safe to eat; it just spoils the appearance).  Whatever your level of love or hate for eggs happens to be, you inevitably will have to cook one someday, for yourself or someone else...at least once.  So, now is a good time to take the guess work out of it, and learn to master the skill ...

Moroccan Kefta Tagine with Poached Eggs

Moroccan cuisine is well-known for its tagines- both the iconic clay pot with its conical lid and the many recipes made inside the vessel. There are hundreds of recipes for tagines using all kinds of meats, fresh vegetables, and copious amounts of spices to flavor the rich stews. The dome or cone-shaped lid of the tagine allows steam to rise up and fall back into the dish creating wonderful sauces and buttery meats perfect for sopping up with bread. Kefta tagine is a relatively popular dish in Morocco both in homes and in restaurants. Kefta (ground beef) formed into small seasoned meatballs is cooked in a spicy sauce and topped with eggs poached right on top of the dish. It is a really simple recipe that doesn’t actually need a tagine to make, even though it is a tagine dish. It's easy to prepare so it's a perfect recipe for a first attempt at tagine. Spice levels can be adjusted according to personal taste as well. Here are two different versions of the recipe. Kefta Tagine w...

Entomophagy: Health Benefits of Eating Crickets and Recipe

image courtesy of Google courtesy of Google Who knew that eating Crickets is beneficial for your health; low in calories; 4 ounces of Crickets contain about 120 calories and about 49 calories came from fat. With 12.9 grams of protein, Cricket is a good source of protein when compared to beef, fish and egg. For those who have low Iron, Crickets have about 75.8 grams of Iron and 5 mg of carbohydrates. Do not go foraging about in your backyard or basement looking for delectable  bugs and insects to dine on. Some things you need to know: The average backyard/basement bug or insect may have been exposed to pesticides. Many bugs are carnivorous; they capture, dead or alive, other insects to dine on. Stay away from insects and bugs that are brightly colored or have a strong odor. Raw is good, to be on the safe side cooked is better. Always wash your bugs with cool water then freeze them for about 15 minutes to mobilize (not to kill) them for preparation. When in doubt, ...

Southern Comfort: Cuisines of the South

Overview: When you want a little southern comfort, down home, southern food is what you want.. When you think of foods south of the Mason Dixon Line you can consider the great southern style cosines from Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Wonderful low country cuisines from : South Carolina and Georgia, and the spicy and pungent Deep South cuisines from Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi. And last but not least the great southern barbecues and smoked meats out of Texas. It’s all about “Southern Style” cooking at its best. Maryland          The Chesapeake Bay, located in Maryland and Virginia, is famous for its blue crab The Chesapeake Bay, or simply the Bay, as it’s known to Marylanders, is the nation’s largest estuary, a vast, rich incubator for sea life born from the brackish combination of fresh and saltwater. The saltwater comes in steadily from the Atlantic while the freshwater runs down from a watershed th...

How To Make Queenies with Smoked Ayrshire Bacon

Scallop and bacon, fish and meat. Sounds good doesn't it. Here is a recipe for how to make a delicious scallop and bacon dish as it would be made in Scotland. Although this recipe mentions princess scallops (locally known as 'Queenies') and Ayrshire Bacon any type of scallop or bacon can be used just as easily to make a wonderful dish. The texture that comes from soft scallops together with 'crispy' bacon is a pleasure to the palate. But don't take my word for that, follow the recipe below and you will soon be able to taste for yourself. (Raw scallops - Image Source) Ingredients (serves 4) 6 rashers of Ayrshire Bacon, cut into thin strips 28 princess scallops 5ml ground turmeric 6 black peppercorns 1 sprig of parsley 1 sprig of thyme 1 bay leaf 75ml double cream 150ml dry white wine 30ml chopped fresh chives Recipe Fry the bacon, in its own fat, in a pan that has a cose-fitting lid. Fry it until it is well cooked an...

Spicy Cottage Pie Recipe

Spicy Cottage pie is much like the traditional shepherd’s pie, but slightly different. It has a little more kick than Shepherd’s pie. It is a recipe that is easily adapted to suit individual tastes. Cooking Time: around one hour and 20 minutes Preparation time: Around 20 minutes Main cooking utensils needed: frying pan/skillet, saucepan, covered casserole dish, measuring cup and spoons Oven temperature: 350-375 F Oven position: center For 4-6 serving, you will need: 1-2 medium sized onions (finely chopped) 1/3 cup of margarine or butter 1 pound of ground beef ( lean is always best) 1 tablespoon of flour 2/3 cup of water or chicken stock 2 tablespoons of Angostura bitters Around 1-2 pounds of potatoes 1 tablespoon of milk Sprinkling of grated nutmeg One egg Seasonings 1. Prepare the onions by peeling and finely chopping them. 2. Melt a ¼ cup of butter or margarine in the skillet. 3. Add the ground beef and the onions to the skillet and cook until ...