Monthly Archives: April 2015

Useful Cooking Tips

There are hundreds of things that can be said here. If you’re a newbie in the kitchen, then probably everyone older than you is telling you how you should organize things in your kitchen, how you should store some ingredients, how you should prepare your dishes etc. Here are some tips offered by top chefs who run some of the best restaurants in the world.

• Always make stock in a large quantity and freeze it in plastic bags. That way, when you want to make a soup or boil vegetables, you can simply pull the bag out of freezer. – Charlie Trotter from Charlie Trotter’s, Chicago
• If you’re cooking for someone important – whether it’s your boss or a date – never try a new recipe and a new ingredient at the same time. – Marcus Samuelson from Red Roaster, NY City
• Cook pasta one minute less than the package instructions and cook it the rest of the way in the pan with sauce. – Mario Batali from Iron Chef America
• If you find you need more oil in the pan when sautéing, add it in a stream along the edges of the pan so that by the time oil reaches the ingredient being cooked, it will be heated. – Anita Lo from Annisa, NY City
• When chopping herbs, toss a little salt onto the cutting board; it will keep the herbs from flying around. – Joanne Chang from Flour Bakery & Café, Boston

Blueberry Pie

The fact is that everyone loves pies. There is absolutely no person in this world who doesn’t like some sort of a pie. Here we’ll present you the recipe for the Finnish blueberry pie.

Ingredients

• ½ cup of milk
• ¾ cup of white sugar (or more if you like)
• ¾ cup of softened butter
• 1 egg
• 1 teaspoon of baking powder
• 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
• 2 pints of fresh blueberries

Preparation

1. Preheat the oven to 200oC (400oF). Take a baking pan and put parchment paper in it.

2. Mix the ¾ cup of sugar with the butter until you get a creamy and smooth mixture. After that, you can add the egg and mix it all together. Now add the baking powder and milk and mix until these ingredients get incorporated. The dough should be sticky after all these steps. Spread it into the baking pan.

3. Put the blueberries into a bowl with ½ cup of sugar and mash it with a potato masher. Spread the mixture on top of the dough in an even layer.

4. Bake in the oven for 15 to 25 minutes, until the crust has browned slightly and the filling is thickened and bubbling.

Reinvent Your Microwave

When it first became available, the microwave was immediately a very popular food heater. But, the microwave is today used in many different ways. Even recipes for microwave dishes can be found. Did you know that the microwave can be used in many great ways? It can actually make your life (and cooking) a lot easier.

Slicing onions and melting margarine has never been so easy

There is a simple way to slice an onion without tears. Peal it and cut the upper and lower ends and then put the onions in the microwave for 30 seconds. By doing this, all juices will disappear, but the taste will be preserved. And there will be no tears while slicing it. Another useful thing a microwave can do for you is melt margarine faster than the traditional way of melting. One minute in the microwave will be enough for the margarine to melt.

Restore the freshness of cereals and potato chips

If you want to restore the crunchiness of potato chips, the microwave can be your perfect tool for this. Take a ceramic bowl, put paper towels and then the chips in it. The paper towels will soak up all the moisture. Besides potato chips, stale crackers and cereal can benefit from this trick. The only difference is that now you don’t have to use the paper towels. Place the crackers or cereal in the microwave for 30 seconds, and their freshness will be magically restored.

Use it for toasting

With a microwave, toasting nuts and almonds has never been easier (and faster). Spread the nuts or almonds on a microwaveable plate, set the temperature on high, and let it sit for one minute. Stir every minute for 4-5 minutes, and you’ll get perfectly toasted nuts or almonds in a heart beat.

Effective Cooking tips for girls

In our daily life every one cooks, it’s a part of our daily routine. Some people cook because they love cooking and cooking is fun for them .Cooking is not difficult you just need to know about some tricks and tips for cooking. Girls are more interested in cooking. Those girls who found cooking difficult, here are the some tips for them that will help them, and make their cooking easier.

1)keeping your kitchen clean:

Before anything first you need to keep your kitchen neat and clean. The kitchen is a place where you cook, keeping it clean is very important, because it makes your food hygienic. If you eat hygienic food then only you can live healthy and active life.

2)You can roast your vegetables:

Almost every vegetables that we use, can be roasted easily. You just need to roast your vegetables in an oil, add some salt in it and  freeze it. This tip is very helpful, especially for the working women, like if they are in a hurry, you just need to take out your roasted vegetables and cook it for a few minutes.

3)Easily Caramelize your onions:

Caramelizing onions take some time. Easy tip for caramelizing onions is that you just need to add a pinch of baking soda in your pan when you are frying your onions. This tip is very effective and make your onions caramelize in just few seconds.

4)Don’t over crowed your pan:

when you are using your pan don’t overcrowd it with vegetables or other things ,it will add too much moisture to your food and can make it too much soft.

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5)Use a micro plane for cutting:

Cutting vegetables and other things with a knife can take too much time, by using micro plane, you can easily and quickly cuts all the vegetables. It’s more safe than a knife.

6)Use measurement equipments:

Baking is all about perfect measurements. Use measurement cups and spoons for baking. It will help you to bake perfect things.

7)For keeping your food in a fridge:

when you cook food ,wait until it becomes cool and then put it in a fridge, otherwise your food can be damage.

8)Use line roasted pans:

when you are roasting anything, roast it in a line roasted pan because roasted pans that have line are easy to wash and the food don’t stick with it, while on the other pans food can be stuck.

 

How To Make Creamy Banana Bread

Truth be told, preparing this meal will take you more time than usual (around 1 hour and 15 minutes: 30 minutes for prep and an additional 45 for baking), but it’s totally worth it. Creamy banana bread can be the perfect way to start your day, but you can also eat it as a brunch.

Ingredients

• ½ cup of margarine, softened
• 1 cream cheese package, softened
• 1 ¼ cups of white sugar
• 2 eggs
• 1 cup of mashed bananas
• 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
• 2 ¼ cups of all-purpose flour
• 1 ½ teaspoons of baking powder
• ½ teaspoon of baking soda
• ¾ cup of chopped pecans
• 2 tablespoons of brown sugar
• 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon

Preparation

1. Preheat your oven to 175oC (350oF). Also, grease and flour two 8×4 inch loaf pans.
2. Mix the margarine and the cream cheese. While doing this, gradually add the white sugar and continue mixing until you get a light and fluffy combination of these ingredients. After this, add eggs and stir in the mashed bananas and vanilla. In the end, add flour, baking powder and baking soda. Mix everything until batter is just moist.
3. In another, smaller bowl, mix chopped pecans, cinnamon and 2 tablespoons of brown sugar.
4. Divide the butter in two, and add each half to the previously prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the pecan mixture over the batter in the pans, and top with remaining batter.
5. Bake for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center of each loaf comes out clean.