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Be Food Safe

In many cultures of the world food is cooked and served on a leaf. Sometimes the leaf is to be devoured with the dish and sometimes not. Why go far, in Southern India dosa is traditionally served on a banana leaf which is hygienic, flexible and waterproof way of serving your food. This banana leaf is also used in cooking. The food is wrapped with banana leaf and steamed to perfection. The leaf imparts a subtle sweet flavour to the dish, lends an overwhelming aroma and acts as a platter for serving. Not just south India, the culture of using banana leaf is widely popular in many other Southeast Asian countries like Thailand, China Vietnam.

In Mexico, their popular breakfast Tamales are steamed and cooked wrapped in a corn cob leaf and served in the same leafy wrapper. Similarly, in many countries bamboo barks are used as natural eco friendly packaging material. The list is endless. However, over years the culture of using leaves as food wrapping and packaging material has been replaced

About Gourmet Shrimp

First up is a garlic butter prawn or shrimp. You can toss these over pasta with cherry tomatoes, or you can serve them as is with a fresh salad and some crunchy bread to mop up the sauces. If you’re more a rice person, that would work too, especially with some coriander. The recipe below from Once Upon a Chef is simple, timeless and a real crowd pleaser. It takes only twenty minutes, so it’s perfect if you’re in a rush. You could even use frozen shrimp, which you can just keep in your freezer for a hurried day. If you do opt for that route, then run them under water to help defrost before you start cooking.

Ingredients

2 pounds extra large or jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

2 large cloves garlic, minced

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

Pinch freshly chopped parsley, for garnish (optional)

Lemon wedges, for serving (optional)

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Place the shrimp on a baking sheet

Different tricks Cooking Rice

Steamed
Soak a cup of rice in one and a fourth cups of water for an hour, then add a cup of milk, turn into a dish suitable for serving it from at table, and place in a steam-cooker or a covered steamer over a kettle of boiling water, and steam for an hour. It should be stirred with a fork occasionally, for the first ten or fifteen minutes.
Boiled (a Japanese method).
Thoroughly cleanse the rice by washing in several glasses of water, and soak it overnight. In the morning, drain it, and put to cook in an equal quantity of boiling water, that is, a pint of water for a pint of rice. For cooking, a stewpan with tightly fitting cover should be used. Heat the water to boiling, then add it, and after stirring, put on the cover, which is not again to be removed during the boiling. At first, as the water boils, steam will puff out freely from under the cover, but when the water has

You can Make Tomato Sauce in Home

Here’s what you need to prepare your organic tomato sauce:

  • tomato strainer or food mill;
  • big pots with lids;
  • wooden spoon;
  • glass jars;
  • clean cotton cloths;
  • organic tomatoes and basil.

Now, let’s have a look at the sauce preparation.

Take the San Marzano tomatoes, wash them thoroughly and cut them, removing only the dented parts. Then, place the tomatoes in various pots and make sure that they aren’t too full, otherwise you won’t be able to properly mix them.

Put the pot on the stove and cover it with a lid: let it cook over low heat. Stir the tomatoes frequently and lower the heat when they begin to simmer. You have to cook the tomatoes until their consistency will be more liquid.

Remember that the sauce shouldn’t be too thick, because when you reuse it you will still have to cook it for a few minutes. Then, seep the tomatoes in the tomato strainer or in the food mill: this way you will remove the seeds and the tomatoes’ skin, obtaining a smooth and rich tomato puree.

To sterilize the glass jars, you have to boil them in a clean pot full of water for at

Some Diet Dessert Recipes

Mom’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients:

2 cups white sugar

½ cup shortening 2 eggs

¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 cup milk

2 cups all-purpose flour

1 ½ tsp baking powder

1 cup hot, brewed coffee

2 tsp baking soda

2 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Method:

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  • Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Cream the sugar and shortening together until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs and mix well.
  • Stir in the cocoa, milk, flour, baking powder, boiling coffee, baking soda and vanilla extract.
  • Mix until just combined. Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.

Pistachio and Yogurt Cake

Ingredients:

Light olive oil or low-fat spread, for oiling or greasing

140g shelled, unsalted pistachio nuts

4 eggs

175g caster sugar

150g plain low fat yogurt

75ml light olive oil

115g self-rising flour

Greek yougurt and mixed fresh berries to top

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 160°C/315°F/Gas mark

Use Spices in Meals

1 Powdered spices release their flavors much easily so they can be added towards the end of the cooking time. Whole spices on the other hand release flavors slowly so they must be added at the beginning of the cooking process.

2 Always store your spices in a cool, dark place so that the flavor is retained for a longer period. A cabinet in the kitchen away from the stove or the refrigerator door shelf is a good place for your dry spices.

3 Ensure that dampness does not get into the spice container. Always use a dry spoon to remove the portion of spice you need.

4 Dried leaf herbs like thyme, basil or oregano may be crushed by hand before adding to the dish. Add fresh herbs at the end of your cooking time so they retain the flavor.

5 How much of spice is enough? That’s the question most people ask, but there is no hard and fast rule as to the right amount to be used because it is always the combined effect of the spice flavor and the food that gives it the taste. It’s a good idea to

Food Dehydration

Healthier

First and foremost, you should explore the health benefits of drying your foods. Recent studies have revealed that cooking foods in other manners can actually remove the food’s nutrients. These are precious nutrients that your body needs and craves! By making the switch to a food dehydrator, you can prevent this from happening. Drying out your foods actually allows them to maintain these nutrients, so they’ll be much better for you.

Shrunken

When using a food dehydrator, the food will not only be dried, but it will also shrink to some degree. This might not seem like a major benefit, but it can be for many individuals. When you’ve shrunken the food, you’ll be able to store it away much easier. A massive pound of meat will be made much smaller and it can then be stored away in bags and jars, without so much difficulty.

Enhanced Longevity

One of the biggest problems associated with various foods is the fact that they cannot maintain their freshness for a lengthy period of time. If the food is left out in the open, it’ll spoil very quickly. A refrigerator can preserve the food for

Simple Almond Milk Recipes

With that established, here are some ways you can enjoy the taste and health benefits of almond milk:

Creamy Almond Milk Shake with Chia Seeds

This thick and rich shake is packed with nutrition you can use for the day. It takes just five minutes to make and serves two.

Ingredients:

½ cup of organic almond milk, unsweetened

¼ cup plain Greek yoghurt (option 2: coconut milk)

3 whole medjool dates, pitted

3 ripe bananas, peeled and sliced

1/3 cup of pistachios, roasted and shelled

2 tbsp of black chia seeds

2 tbsp of cocoa powder, unsweetened

1 tsp of vanilla extract

Instructions:

  1. Combine the chia seeds and almond milk in a bowl. Let the mixture sit for at least ten minutes.
  2. Put the medjool dates and pistachios in a food processor and blend on high until very finely chopped. Once it becomes almost like butter in texture, scrape the sides. Your aim is to achieve a texture that’s as smooth as possible.
  3. Once smooth, add the almond milk and chia seed mixture into the food processor. Then, add the remaining ingredients-sliced bananas, yoghurt, vanilla extract and

Lip smacking Breakfast

Scrambled Egg Tacos

Ingredients:

4 large eggs

kosher salt and black pepper

1 tbsp unsalted butter

4 corn tortillas, warmed

½ avocado, thinly sliced

¼ cup salsa

¼ cup Monterey Jack, shredded

2 tbsp fresh cilantro

Method:

  • In a medium bowl, beat the eggs with ¼ tsp each salt and pepper.
  • Heat the butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Cook the eggs, stirring, until set but still soft, 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Divide the eggs among the tortillas.
  • Dividing evenly, top with the avocado, salsa, Monterey Jack, and cilantro.

Easy Chocolate Croissants

Ingredients:

1 8-count tube refrigerated crescent rolls

1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips or chopped semisweet chocolate

Method:

  • Heat oven to 375° F.
  • Unroll the dough and separate it into 8 triangles.
  • Place about 10 chocolate chips on the bottom third of each triangle and roll the dough up around the chocolate.
  • Transfer the croissants to a baking sheet (lined with parchment paper, if desired, for easier cleanup).
  • Bake until golden brown, 12 to 14 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Egg Sandwich with Ham and Spinach

Ingredients:

1 tbsp olive

Must know Low fat Cake Recipes

Glorious Sponge Cake

Ingredients:

6 eggs

1 cup white sugar

¼ cup water

1 tsp lemon extract

1 tsp lemon zest

1 cup cake flour

½ tsp cream of tartar

¼ tsp salt

Method:

  • Separate the eggs.
  • In a large mixing bowl, beat egg yolks until very thick and lemon colored. Beat in sugar gradually.
  • Add water, lemon extract and lemon rind.
  • Beat in flour.
  • In another bowl, beat egg whites until frothy.
  • Then add cream of tartar and salt.
  • Beat mixture until whites are stiff, but not until they are dry.
  • Fold this whipped mixture into yolk mixture.
  • Pour batter into an ungreased 9 inch tube pan.
  • Bake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for one hour, or until done.

Angel Food Cake I

Ingredients:

1 ¼ cup cake flour

1 ¾ cups white sugar

¼ tsp salt

1 ½ cups egg white

1 tsp cream of tartar

½ tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp almond extract

Method:

  • Beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks, and then add cream of tartar, vanilla extract, and almond extract.
  • Sift together flour, sugar, and salt.

Canola Oil Fact

Super Heart-Friendly Oil

Canola VegetableOil is an extremely good source of monounsaturated fats, which help in reducing the bad cholesterol levels; thereby lowering the risks of heart diseases. Adding a dash of Canola VegetableOil in your sauteed, stir-fried veggies, and salads works wonders for your heart.

Stay away from Cancer

Consuming cheap and poor quality cooking oil is known to increase the risk of becoming a victim of bulky tumors. But when you consume Organic CanolaOil, this risk reduces drastically owing to the innumerable Canola Oil health benefits.

Keep Diabetes under Control

Diabetes is a common disease which has claimed many lives and ruined many others permanently. Keeping it in check is of the topmost priority not only for the diabetes patients but also for the family and loved ones as well. Canola Oil nutrition takes out the intake of bad and impure fats, thereby ensuring only the best quality food to the diabetes patients. Even if you’re not suffering from the disease, Canola oil nutrition makes sure you stay away from the risks.

Reduce Belly Fat

Yes you read that right! Organic CanolaOil can indeed help you in reducing excess

Dish Extra Tempting With Black Olives

Green olive are picked before they are ripened, whereas black olive are picked when to ripen fully. Later, black olives are dipped in an iron solution to stabilize its color or may be treated with a milk solution of sodium hydroxide and subsequently washed thoroughly in water to remove oleuropein, a naturally bitter carbohydrate. The shape of an olive may vary from round to oblong, and they are accompanied by sweet fleshy layer outside and a small seed inside. The procedure for harvesting olives is a slow one and begins when they start turning greenish-purple in color. Naturally bitter in taste, they are one of the favorite ingredients of many Italian cuisines. Restored with cardiovascular benefits, triggers healthy weight loss, helps in cancer prevention, a secret for glowing skin and hair, olives are packed with a wide variety of properties.

Many seasoned olive aficionados are always on a lookout for superior to large size olives to cook a variety of dishes. Some eat them raw, some like them cooked. Black olives differ largely in their taste as they are processed, cured, and preserved differently unlike green olives. The two differ largely in their taste and use. On

Tricks Cook Bison Short Ribs

One of the most popular cooking methods for short ribs is braising, and many of the recipes you find are likely to be for braised ribs. This involves baking the ribs at a low temperature over a long period of time. While many cooks feel braising results in a more succulent meat, you can also get great results from fixing short ribs on the grill or in a slow cooker. In fact, some experts believe that short ribs are the best cut of meat for preparing on the grill. Grilling may also be the preferred cooking method during hot summer months when having the oven on for hours is not a pleasant thought.

Use enough heat to melt the fat without having a large, open flame that will deplete the fat of the rib before it is done. Your goal should be to get them brown and crusty on the outside, and done all the way through to the center. You may prefer to season the meat with only salt and pepper, or use a marinade to add exotic flavor. Whatever you like on your steaks will probably be your preference when preparing buffalo steak or short

Almond Flour Recipes

Almond flour is grain-free, naturally free of gluten and is loaded with protein, good fats, vitamins, minerals and micronutrients.

It has a fantastic flavor which you can enjoy in sweet and savory dishes. It is also very easy to work with because it holds moisture well and also mixes well with so many other ingredients. And to put your mind at ease, almond flour is very simple and easy to use-so there really is no need to be intimidated.

Breakfast recipe using almond flour

So now we will show you how you can enjoy the delicious taste and health benefits of including almond flour into your daily diet. For breakfast, you can try this simple and easy to make Almond Flour Pancake.

There are only three basic ingredients so you don’t have to scour the grocery store for hard-to-find ingredients. And in about five minutes, you can have this fluffy, delicious pancake on your table.

You can tweak it by adding your own favorite fruit, nut or whatever added “flavor” you can think of. Use fresh or dried blueberries, orange zest, nuts, sliced bananas and others. Top it with homemade cream and maple

Info about Diet Dishes

Grilled Garlic Tilapia And Couscous

Ingredients:

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice, plus wedges for serving

1 tbsp olive oil

2 cloves garlic, chopped

Kosher salt and black pepper

4 6-ounce tilapia fillets, split lengthwise

1 cup couscous

1 tbsp chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

2 tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes

Method:

  • In a medium bowl, combine the lemon juice, oil, garlic, ½ tsp salt, and ¼ tsp pepper.
  • Add the tilapia and toss to coat. Let marinate for 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the couscous according to the package directions. Remove from heat and stir in the parsley and sun-dried tomatoes.
  • Heat grill to high.
  • Grill the tilapia on an oiled grate until cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Serve with the couscous and lemon wedges.

Sweet Potato Gnocchi

Ingredients:

For Gnocchi:

1 medium sweet potato

¼ silken tofu

1 ½ cup all-purpose flour and extra for shaping

½ tsp salt

For Sauce:

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

3 cup sliced cooking onions

2 tsp chopped fresh thyme

1 bunch green kale

¼ cup dried currants

1

Must know recipe Spicy Curd Fish

Ingredients

Curd – 100 gm

Rohu Fish – 1 kg

Vinegar – 2 teaspoonful

Turmeric powder – 50 gm

Red chilli powder- 50 gm

Salt – as per taste

Sugar – as per taste

Tej patta – 4 pieces

Coriander leaves – 50 gm

Green chilli – 4 pieces

Black paper – As per taste

Jeera powder – 50 gram

Garam Masala powder – 50 gram

Elaichi – 5 pieces

Cloves – 4 pieces

Fresh Cream – 200 gm

Dalchini – 4 pieces

Coriander powder – 50 gram

Ghee – 1 Cup

Cumin seed – 2 tea spoonful

Musterd oil – ½ kg

Tomato – 2 big size

Garlic – 7-8 pieces

Ginger paste – 2 tablespoon

Method

  1. Cut the fish in medium size and wash it properly.
  2. Keep it in a bowl and pour two caps vinegar over the fish.
  3. Add half teaspoonful turmeric powder,
  4. Now sprinkle half teaspoonful salt.
  5. Add put 4 table spoonful curd to the fish,
  6. Than mix it properly and keep it

Several Sandwich Recipes

Achari Cheese Toast

Ingredients

4 Bread slices

¼ cup Chopped Vegetables like cucumber, corn kernels, grated carrot, spinach, mushrooms

½ Grated Cheddar Cheese

¼ cup Hung Curd

1 tsp – Indian Pickle (use any pickle of your choice)

1 tbsp (finely chopped) Coriander Leaves (or Spring Onion)

Salt to taste

A pinch of black pepper

A few drops of Olive oil

Method:

  • Preheat the oven to 200 degree C (or 400 degree F).
  • If you have the 3-in-1 combo oven, you have to select the convection mode for this.
  • Arrange the bread slices on the rack that comes with the oven or on a baking tray.
  • Toast it for 4-5 minutes. You can use sandwich bread, brown bread, multigrain bread, French loaf or any bread of your choice.
  • In the meantime, take the other ingredients in a mixing bowl (hung curd, cheese, chopped vegetables, coriander leaves, salt, pepper powder and pickle).
  • Mix it. You can make it without any vegetables too.
  • The addition of any fresh herbs like coriander leaves or spring onions adds freshness to the sandwich.
  • Drizzle few drops of olive oil and spread the cheese

Pizza Stone For Grill

In order to bake mouth-watering pizza, you will need to use a grill large and powerful enough to maintain temperatures at 500 degrees F with only a few burners lighting. For best results, you will need an indirect cooking zone or a section of the grill grate with burners underneath switched off.

This brand called Kalamazoo Hybrid Fire Grill should be able to do it for you. However, beware that not all grills are capable of serving this purpose. But just in case you don’t have this setup in place, you could use a baking stone that fits snugly on top of the indirect cooking zone.

With the pizza stone inserted into the grill, you should bring it up to temperature. Most pizza stones will require one hour of heating before they are ready for use.

Meanwhile, you should have your pizza ingredients ready so that when the time hits the one hour mark, you will be all set. To achieve that smoky flavor, you will use wood smoke for that matter.

Please Note

Use a pizza peel with the baking stone to make it easier to remove or place dough on the

Simple Dip Recipes

Hummus

This Middle Eastern favourite tastes great with a variety of snacks. Despite its wonderful, creamy texture, the dip is low on calories, making it the apt choice for people who love snacking but are also conscious about their health. Enjoy it with pita bread, lavash or fresh vegetables. It can also be used as a spread in a sandwich in combination with veggies of your choice.

Ingredients

2 cups boiled chickpeas

1/4th cup lemon juice

1/4th cup tahini

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

2 tbsp olive oil

Salt to taste

Method: First blend the tahini in a blender to get a smooth, creamy consistency. Keep it aside and move on to the chickpeas. Divide the chickpeas into small batches and blend separately. This is to ensure that you get a smooth consistency and prevent big bits of chickpeas. You can add a few tablespoons of water to get the right texture. Then, simply add all the other ingredients and blend well. Pour some extra virgin olive oil over the hummus while serving. Additionally, if you enjoy spicy food, you can add paprika to the recipe.

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Coconut Milk Malaikari Recipe

Ingredients:

  1. Prawn Middle size: 500 grams
  2. Coconut: 1 Piece
  3. Onion chopped: 2 pieces
  4. Ginger paste: 1 & half spoon
  5. Red chilly powder: 1 spoonful
  6. Turmeric powder: 1 spoonful
  7. Jeera powder: 1 & half spoonful
  8. Coconut Milk: 1 Cup
  9. Tomato Puree: 2 spoon
  10. Ghee: half cup
  11. Green chilly: 4 or 5 Pieces
  12. Garam Masala powder: 1 tea spoonful
  13. Salt: As per taste
  14. Sugar: As per taste
  15. Coriander Powder: 1 tea spoonful
  16. Kishmish: A Few fresh pieces
  17. Cumin Powder: 1 Tea spoon

The Cooking Procedure

  1. Wash all prawn properly with sufficient water.
  2. Now shallow fry all the prawns and put them in another bowl.
  3. Now put the gas on and put a cooking pan on it.
  4. Put 2 spoonful of ghee, now fry the chopped onion with little bit of sugar for colour.
  5. Now add ginger paste on the onions, When it will be fry Put turmeric powder, red chilly powder, coriander powder, tomato puree, jeera powder and make sure that Masala is fried properly.
  6. Now put the prawns on it, and fry it properly with the coconut milk, add salt and sugar according to taste. Add Kishmish and now let it cook in the steam flame.
  7. After sometime add Garam Masala on it and switch off