Food, Kitchen, Recipes

How to make Mashed Potatoes?

If you are tired with your everyday boring green vegetables and pulses you can try this interesting recipe of mashed potatoes. Potatoes can be considered as a healthy  vegetable as studies have suggested that increase in  consumption of plant foods like potatoes promotes a healthy complexion, increased energy and decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Often potatoes are eaten in the form of fries or fried chips which leads to obesity and high cholesterol but when potatoes combined with the right ingredients can be considered as healthy as potatoes contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity . This delicious dish known as mashed potatoes can be made in 35 min by following the given steps

  • Assemble all the ingredients

Ingredients needed to make mashed potatoes are: 8-10 potatoes, peeled and cut length wise into quaters, ½ teaspoon salt, 4 tablespoon heavy cream, 2 tablespoon butter, I tablespoon or more milk ,salt and pepper.

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  • Place the peeled potatoes in water

Place the peeled and cut potatoes into a saucepan and add cold water to the pan until the potatoes are covered by atleast an inch . Add half a spoon of salt to the water and place the pan on the stove. Boil it for 15-20 minutes, or until you can easily poke through them with a fork.

  • Melt butter and warm cream

You can melt the butter and warm the cream by the time potatoes are being boiled. You can use a microwave or stove to heat them together.

  • Drain the cooked potatoes and mash

When the potatoes become soft, drain the water and place the steaming hot potatoes in a bowl. Pour the heated cream and melted butter over the cooked potatoes. Mash the potatoes with a masher or a strong wooden (or a metal) spoon.

  • Add milk

After mashing the potatoes add milk and beat until the mashed potatoes are smooth. Do not over beat the potatoes as over beating will make potatoes gluey

  • Add pepper and salt

You can add pepper, salt and other spices according to your taste.

Your mashed potatoes are ready to serve. It is a very easy recipe to make delicious, mouth watering mashed potatoes which are usually loved by everyone be it elderly or children as Food without using potatoes is incomplete.

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Things to be taken care of while making mashed potatoes:

  • Use the right type of potatoes with high starch content like Russets or Yukon Golds.
  • Start with cold water. Placing the potatoes in the hot water in the beginning itself increases chances of uneven cooking.
  • Do not add cold butter and cream to the potatoes. First heat the butter and cream and then add the mixture to the potatoes.
  • Do not overwork the potatoes: When potatoes are mashed they release starch. The more you work the potatoes the more starch is released. When too much starch is released it makes the potatoes gummy, gluey and unappetizing.
Deserts, Food

5 Yummy Deserts you can make in less than 30 minutes

Food can be considered as a basic amenity for survival of human beings on this planet Earth . Food can be divide into different categories  like starter, main course and everyone’s favourite i.e desert. The tradition of serving the desert after the meal is being followed by many cultures as it signifies completion of meal . Apart from the cultural importance and feel good factor, a dessert can also serve you a variety of health benefits like helps in digestion, adds extra vitamins and fibres to your diet, reduces your blood pressure, acts as an anti-depressant and so on. While deserts are often considered unhealthy, it can be actually beneficial if you chose the right ingredients. For all the people who have a sweet tooth here is a list of yummy deserts which you can make in less than 30 minutes.

To make this delicious desert you need 2/3 cup Nutella, 1tsp Cinnamon, ¾ cup sugar, , Crescent rolls(refrigerated), 2  tsp butter(salted). After assembly all the ingredients at a place carefully take out a roll from the can and spread it on a clean surface, spread the nutella over the entire surface leaving some margin at the corners. Then generously sprinkle cinnamon over it. Start with a short side and roll up the dough into a log. Roll it as tightly as possible so as to make the rolls look like coils. plus it helps the Nutella from leaking. Now take a knife and cut the log into small pieces and arrange the pieces in a baking dish. After baking for 12-15 min you will notice a golden colour and your rolls are ready to serve.

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  • Chocolate cake with Chocolate Ganache

This recipe is for those who love chocolate. Making a chocolate cake is an easy task which requires ingredients like milkmaid, butter, milk , baking soda, baking powder, Cake flour, Vanilla essence and cocoa powder. To make chocolate cake with a twist we can make a chocolate ganache with it. Ganache is made by heating a cream and pouring it over chocolate. The heating of the cream can be done in the microwave or over the stove. You can add walnuts and other dry fruits to add richness to your ganache.  Your chocolate cake with chocolate ganache is ready to serve.

  • Very Berry Ice cream

This delicious and mouth watering ice cream will be on your table in just 5 minutes and it just requires 3 ingredients. All you need is some frozen berries, coconut milk and stevia(any other form of sugar will also work). Put every thing in the food processor , process until smooth and you can eat it, if you want you can store it in the refrigerator.

  • Pineapple Pie

With just 5 ingredients including a large crushed pineapple, sour cream, vanilla pudding mix, graham cracker and some cool whip you can make this delicious desert.In a large bowl mix the crushed pineapple, sour cream aand vanilla pudding mix. Pour this mixture over pie crust and spread it evenly. Before serving top the pie with whip cream.

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  • Peanut Butter Brownie Bites

If you have craving for peanuts and chocolate peanut butter brownie bites is the beat option available. It is a delicious desert which is made in no time. In a medium sized mixing bowl combine the brownie mix and peanut butter . Stir it until it has been mixed up completely. . After that add the milk slowly and stir until desired consistency and thickness is reached. Taking the mixture amounting to a  tablespoon  at a time roll the dough into small balls with your hands. You can serve immediately or store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

 

 

Clean, Kitchen

Smart Hacks to keep your Kitchen clean

The sink is overflowing with dirty utensils, the dustbin smells like  dirty socks, the shelves are full with dirt, the stove is all covered with remains of food particles. Is it a big thing to worry about? Well such things can be considered as big impediments in our plans to create a comfortable and a safe home for our family. Thus keeping our Kitchen clean is the first step towards leading a healthy life . If someone is more concerned about money, a neat and a clean kitchen can cut down our monthly cost efficiently as it leads to judicious use of the available resources. Cleaning the kitchen at the right time is very important socially and economically. There are many tricks that we can practice to make our kitchen spic and span, some hacks are listed below:

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  • Use baking soda instead of conventional cleaners

Baking soda has ten different uses like it is used for making cakes and breads, whitening the teeth and so on . But many people do not know that it can also be used as an efficient, cheap and eco-friendly cleaner for your stove and kitchen appliances. Thus you can replace the conventional cleaner that release out chemicals and odour with baking soda without giving it a second thought.

  • Cleaning the dirty sink with ease

Cleaning the sink and the garbage disposal unit can be considered as a challenging job as it requires a lot of time and effort. Many products are available in the market but if you are looking for a cost effective method use a combination of lemon and baking soda. Apply the mixture on the steel sink wait for some time, if required rub with an old brush and you will be amazed to see the results.

  • Clean your microwave with lemon water

When it comes to cleaning of the kitchen and other appliances we often ignore microwave, but its cleaning is equally important. For cleaning the microwave just take a glass pour some water and add lemon in it , put the glass in the microwave and heat it for 1-2 minutes. Let the steam make the grease inside it soft and then wipe it with a clean cloth after some time. You will find a neat and a clean microwave within minutes.

  • Clean your wooden cutting boards with lemon and salt

Cleaning the wooden cutting board is very difficult, given the fact that they have pores which allow the bacteria to grow. An easy way to disinfect the board is take half lemon, a pinch of salt and a sponge to rub. After rubbing the surface you will notice a neat and a clean chopping board.

  • The ultimate copper pots cleaner

If you want to keep your copper pots shiny , clean and bacteria free then you should use a mixture of salt and vinegar. As a matter of fact if you have decided to clean the kitchen salt and vinegar is the ultimate combination which can be used.

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  • Clean oil with oil

It may sound crazy but its true, the most effective way to clean the oily remains on the stove and other shelves is by using oil. Mineral oil is the best choice which can be used in this situation.

Food, Restaurants

What do restaurants REALLY do with the leftover food?

We are living in an age which has reached a long way, with all the technology and computer-aided systems. We seldom speculate over the past that has passed because everything is easy, taken for granted.

Luxury was there in the past and persists today at a larger scale. Eating out is one such facet of luxury which always decides an individual’s status. Restaurants have not lagged behind in the tradition of ranks. The irony with all the ranks and stars (the restaurants boast) is the food that goes to waste everyday in large heaps. Where do the restaurants with high statuses confess that? Well, In the following article, different pros and cons with regard to this will be discussed.

  • About Food

There are different kinds of food that go untouched or uneaten in restaurants. This varies from the cooked food which remains even after being served, also the food which is left over by the customers and the raw vegetables and some other uncooked food raw food which is not used. There are alternatives to use this food because its loss can be too expensive and also very immoral.

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  • Reuse Raw or Edible Food

Restaurants usually refrigerate and reuse certain items which are deep fried or not fully cooked. This is a safe measure as deep fried cooking doesn’t get stale that easily. Most of the restaurants do refrigerating because that is the best means to reuse the leftover and not getting it wasted. So, prawns, fish, some vegetables and poultry are left in the early stages of cooking, then they are good for reuse.

  • QSR And Food Wastage Control

Most restaurants, usually in the USA have QSR(quick service restaurants). These are counters where they serve kebabs, sandwiches and rolls. So, if there is some marinated leftover food they just transfer it here as these counters  offer late night service too. This way food Wastage is curbed. They also employ food controllers who keep a check on the spoilage of food which in turn saves money.

 

  • Food for the Staff

Some restaurants prefer to feed their staff with the leftover. Yes! And why not? Can’t the staff get perks of the luxury they can’t afford but see from afar. Restaurants pass it on to their staff which is a good option. Sweepers, security guards and waiters have all right to have some tasty meal.

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  • Donating and Feeding the Poor

Donation is a very generous act some restaurants prefer. Why waste food knowing many people sleep starving at night? So, restaurants give it away. In case there is huge quantity of food left, preference is given to orphanages. But in case of little leftovers they distribute it to the needy in temples and other such places.

 

  • Food Recovery Programmes

This programme has been a major step in saving waste food. Many people in the world starve everyday and die. Does this infuriate us? Well, it should. Because while half the people are throwing away money on food, some don’t even have a bread. Food recovery programmes usually are run by soup kitchens and food pantry which take the food uneaten from restaurants to provide to the needy. They also ensure warm and nutritious meal. It is a kind act and taking responsibility is not everyone’s thing.

 

Food Wastage is a big issue in today’s day, it’s not a thing to boast about. It is a shame. So, restaurants giving their best in order not to waste food are the best ones.

Cooker

Cuisinart CPC 600 vs EPC-1200 PC

The art of cooking in homemaking is the quintessential process as it not only ensures a healthy living but also a better lifestyle. With such an overrated remark on cooking, provision of some knowledge must be there with regard to pressure cooking as the perks and benefits of it are quite important to be considered. For all you health conscious older people, Cuisinart has a great collection of electric pressure cookers each with different attributes. Most of you believe that pressure cooking is not such a good option for a healthy meal. But with Cuisinart’s electric pressure cookers, these stereotypes just vanish into thin air. You can easily cook a healthy and delicious dinner with little oil and even boil vegetables without losing nutritional values. It is news but here is a follow-up on Cuisinart’s CPC 600 vs EPC-1200 pressure cookers. Choose what is best for you and your health.

 

  • Cuisinart CPC 600 Pressure cooker

Belonging to one of the top home brands, this electric pressure cooker is the best-rated pressure cooker amongst its kinds. With an easy control panel and touch buttons, it is quite in demand among buyers. It is very capable of providing a tasty and nutritious meal and also ensures safety at use. The cook time is 99 minutes at any heating level – low or high. For starters and first timers, it is advisable to keep track of the time and practise a recipe while pressure cooking. Being cheaper than the EPC 1200 gives it an advantage over it. The kind of fast cooking people look for is right here in this cooker. It is capable of maintaining pressure and cooking perfect food for all big and small occasions. There is also a quick pressure release which can release the pressure within the cooker in about 15-30 minutes. So, it is quite easy to use with the know-how. Also, the machine requires attention while being used as it is electrically conducted. But benefits for the first timers still persist because it switches its low-high or warm-hot modes according to the food that is being cooked. Having a non-stick pot with a fairly good thickness, it is easy to clean. It has all the good features an ideal electric pressure cooker possesses and can cook the right meal for the right moment.

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  • Cuisinart EPC 1200 Pressure Cooker

 

EPC 1200 is yet another model of the UK’s top home brands with features similar to that of the CPC 600. But both of these have their differences of cosmetic. One has silver handles and the other has black ones. So, if you are looking for a good looking model, go for CPC 1200. The functions and complexity the models bear make no difference. With the same pressure release system and the ease of wash, both of these cookers play the same part in a homemaker’s life. The CPC 1200 model is also sold through this American company COSTCO, otherwise it is expensive and a little difference in the size as it being bigger remains.

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If you are not that spendthrift and luxury oriented person, then what is the wait. CPC 600 is the cooker you ought to be using your platinum cards for.

Meat, Smoker

How to choose the perfect brisket for your electric smoker

Smoking is one of the ways to find the right excuse for a gathering and smoking a brisket is where you don’t even need a reason. It is going to be a celebration for sure. All you need is the right kind of brisket to go with the smoking. Mind that smoking is not for everyone. It needs a lot of forbearances as it is known that unlike grilling, smoking is done on very low heat. With this drawback choosing the right brisket becomes inevitable. Briskets can be very treacherous. You never know when you lose sight of the perfect brisket. Smoking may take days, so hot smoking is advisable which ensures a fully cooked meat without any repair to be looked after later.

  • All About A Brisket

Brisket is prominently referred to beef or veal but it can also be related any meat obtained from an animal’s breast. It seems to be a tough portion of the animal’s body with strong muscles but after the smoking, it turns out to be an excellent summer dinner. It is not such a big deal if you are confused finding the right brisket, softer and perfect. There are different choices of people’s appeal to meat. Traditionally, most of them prefer fat meat and with  smoking a brisket, more the fat better the brisket. Subsequently, you will get to know the brisket better. Just keep following.

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  • Choosing the Meat

Here, all that is needed is to be careful about the cut of the meat. Choose the one which has a thicker, good layer of fat along one side than the other. This tends to keep the meat moist while smoking. Also, briskets in a round shape cook just perfectly than the square ones. Try selecting a meat which has equal thickness on all sides. You sure don’t want to disappoint friends by leaving portions of the meat raw.

 

  • Feeling the Brisket

Touch is a way in which the right brisket can be easily sensed. It needs to be as tender as possible despite its usual harshness. Hold it  your hands in order to balance it across. Just the same would assure you the weight and equity in the meat. Bending the meat would help a lot as it ensures the softness. Choosing a thick and fat meat is the best way to moisten it while smoking. Also, buy around 8-10 pound of a brisket which would be just right for the gathering you expect.

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  • Essential Pre-Smoking Hacks

While in the process of choosing the right brisket, deep red meat is to be looked for as it dictates freshness and even the fat should be incorporated in the whole brisket, not just the top portion. Now, the fat cap which is the fat on top should be white. This combination of deep red and white is all you need to be craving for the top electric smoker brisket. Prior to smoking, the brisket must be not be frozen as it is likely to loose its tenderness. Remove extremely hard chunks of fat off the brisket. Marinating is not the best option with a brisket. Massaging it with a light cooking oil does justice to it similarly.

 

Barbecue, Grill

The foolproof way to barbecue a lamb

With the Sun on our heads and Summer’s arrival, barbecues become just another way to savor a breezy night in the grass. Waving off spring and welcoming yet another range of meat delicacies, lamb chops are the most celebrated ones. One of the perks of eating lamb is its nutritional worth which makes it way better than beef. Hence,  considering the lamb as an occasional serving is an understatement. But are you grilling your meat right? Most of you grill enthusiasts might have faced problems while cooking meat. This is inevitable for starters. Here is a know-how to cook a foolproof barbecue lamb for a sumptuous and non-sticky meal. Be it the question of inviting friends over or a small family gathering, you will always be praised for your grilling tricks.

  1. Setting up a grill

Most of the grilling hacks start here. To set up the right grill can be useful while cooking lamb on an open fire. Barbecuing is all about it. So, it needs patience and focus and to do that you need the charcoal burner. Gas burners are great, but I’m pretty sure you don’t want to miss out on the genuine flavor. Plus a lid could do wonders to the cooking, flavour-wise and can even mediate the temperature. Use the natural fuel i.e. charcoal, and you will easily sense the difference.

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  1. Necessary Preheating

This part is a major aspect in barbecues. So, Preheating the barbecue provides a better grilling experience and is indispensable. It is going to be a closed oven kind of set up so, the heat pressure and appropriate temperature have to be maintained. Set fire to the charcoal and cover it with lid. This assures a good heating. Now, all you need to do is check the heating with hands well enough above to be safe. It is a bit experimental, but it is the best way to assure heating. Well! You may face difficulty doing so but a sumptuous lamb needs diligence, and so does appreciation. There must be a medium high heat for a smoky taste.

  1. Handling the Lamb

Now comes the important and yet another careful process of handling the lamb. Take it out of the refrigerator and keep it aside for a while. Most experts prefer marinating the meat before cooking. You can use any marinade

sauce according to your taste preferences. Even beer does good to the meat by making it succulent. Overnight marination is most preferred alternative to an hourly soaking. One secret hack is to save some marinade and gently brush it over the meat while cooking in every once in a while.

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  1. Barbecuing the Lamb

The most awaited grilling lamb time is all you need to become the star of the day. A juicy and soft lamb is savoured immensely. You might face heating problems and even have trouble while flipping your chops to avoid falling. Oops! There it is, saved again. Hey! It is not a big deal anymore because the Preheating doesn’t ask you to toss your meat over and over again. Plus, the grill you just set up is doing great there. Just while grilling, keep in mind that you set aside some coal and keep a cooler place at hand in the grill. So, the chops can get beautifully seared up with a great crusty chew. Make sure the chops are properly switched to colder region of the grill after this. Once you feel the grilling is over, let these breathtaking chops rest a while. And here you go with the best lamb ever. You can also add on some sides if you take it in that manner but it is more than enough for a tasty dinner.