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Monthly Archives: May 2018

Tips Pick Party Cakes for Kids

Take into consideration the kids’ tastes

Kids are fussy eaters, and they have strong likes and dislikes. And it applies not just for regular food items but cakes as well. For example, never order fruit cakes or carrot cakes, etc for a birthday party. It is always better to avoid anything with nuts. Most kids love to have plain milk chocolates. Similarly, when it comes to cakes too they love mostly classic flavours like chocolate or vanilla or red velvet or strawberry flavour, to name a few. When it comes to icing, always choose butter cream frosting, or fondant. In short, never try to experiment with flavours while ordering cakes for kids.

Add a fun element

Instead of ordering one single cake, you can order a small cake and many cupcakes. This will add a fun element to the party. And kids love cupcakes. You can order cupcakes, which are miniature versions of the birthday cake. You can also order plain cupcakes and ask the children to decorate them with sprinkles and other decorations or order cupcakes in different colours and arrange them in a fun pattern, or one that spells out your child’s name or ‘Happy Birthday’. The guests can either eat them at the party or take them home.

Take the headcount

Before ordering a cake, you should know how many guests will be attending the party. If you are not sure about the exact number of guests, you should at least know approximately how many people will be attending the party. You can take the help of the bakers to know exactly how many kilos or pounds of cake will feed a particular number of people.

Simple Lacto Fermentation

First stage – salt brine kills off bacteria, changes the solution to a pH 3, and produces lactic acid.

To process foods for lacto-fermentation, you first wash and then cut or shred the vegetable, like cabbage, and layer it with kosher salt at a rate of 2 teaspoons per pound of cabbage, packing it down as you go with a wooden pounder to remove the air bubbles. This helps bruise the cabbage further and lets the salt enter and draw out the cabbage liquid.

Then you put a weight on top of the cabbage to keep it submerged in the liquid coming out of it and mixing with the salt to make brine. If you don’t have enough liquid from the cabbage to cover, add a brine made from 1 teaspoon salt to one cup of water. Make sure the water you use for fermenting does not contain chlorine, fluoride, or chloramines, because they will affect the fermenting process. Keeping the cabbage submerged keeps it out of reach of any molds or fungus or any harmful bacteria. These cannot live in the salty brine. Put the jar in a warm place in your kitchen, such as on top of the refrigerator. This then starts stage 2.

Second stage – Lactobacillus blooms and grows in a salty, moist, anaerobic, dark, room temperature environment. The lactobacillus spore was already in the vegetables when it growing in the field. You do not need to add any culture to start the fermentation. The lactobacillus uses up any leftover oxygen in the solution as well as turns any remaining sugar in the vegetables into lactic acid.

Taste your sauerkraut daily, noting when it starts to fizz, then put into the refrigerator and keep tasting until it is sour enough to your taste buds. Then you can eat it. It will last a long time in the refrigerator and keep getting sourer. It’s up to you when you want to eat it. Then start a new batch the same way, this time add a bit of the juice brine from this batch.

For the most part, this is a very safe way to preserve vegetables and is self-correcting because you will know if a batch goes bad, you will be able to tell by the smell alone. Look online for many different recipes to try.

Lacto-fermenting leaves the fermented vegetables broken down and easier to digest by our bodies, It also gives us the minerals, enzymes, vitamins preserved in the vegetables, and probiotics to colonize our gut to further benefit our bodies..

Tomato and Zucchini Squash Pasta

This recipe may be easily doubled. Serve the pasta with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, not cheese in a carton.

INGREDIENTS

6 ounces (half a box) of spaghetti with extra fiber
1 1/2 cups chopped Roma tomatoes (more if you wish)
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 small zucchini, shredded
1 clove garlic, minced
1 teaspoon lemon pepper
1 teaspoon salt (may be omitted)
2 tablespoons capers
1/2 cup pasta water (approximate)
1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, torn

METHOD

Cook the spaghetti according to package directions. While it is cooking, prepare the vegetable sauce. Chop the tomatoes and transfer to a bowl. Shred the zucchini and set aside. Pour olive oil into a large skillet. Add the tomatoes, zucchini, seasonings, and capers. Take a half cup of water out of the pasta pot. Drain the pasta and add to vegetables in skillet. Moisten with pasta water and cook over medium heat for 1-2 minutes. Sprinkle basil leaves over pasta and toss well. Serve immediately with freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Makes 4 generous servings.

Some Simple Dessert Decoration

Make it creative as a painting

There are many ways to compose a plate. Think about the plate as if it is a blank canvas or as if you were composing the frame for a photograph. Adding totally different textures to the plate adds excitement to the visual charm of course. To illustrate, you could make some meaningful drawings suiting the theme of the party with your candy pieces over the topping of the cake.

Contrast temperatures

There is nothing like pairing a slice of warm pie or a fruit tart with a cool scoop of frozen dessert. Combining temperatures are often easy; however plating will need some thought. Don’t place your course on a hot plate. Frozen dessert can soften too quickly. A chilled plate could also be useful once plating cold desserts, whereas hot ones can just do fine for many cakes or pies.

Create a focal point

Using an element in your dessert as a focal point can help give your plating focus. Just like any other centerpiece, it should be one that fits and blends well with the overall presentation of the course. Remember, the centerpiece will be the focal point of the dessert so you need to invest a good amount of time and energy into planning for one that will attract your dessert. Some nice ideas embody an outsized chocolate fountain, a transparent jar crammed with fruits, ice sculpture etc.

Garnishing desserts

Think about the eater once adding finishing touches to your plate. Keep in mind how the garnish will function on the finished plate. Garnishing your desserts with chocolate curls, Cocoa powder/icing sugar, berries, dried fruits, mint leaves, fruit slices and nuts adds a touch of glam to your desserts.

Be consistent

When plating desserts for a crowd, be consistent in your style and in serving size. It is often confusing to see totally different presentation on every plate, and no-one likes to see the plate across the table with a serving double the dimensions.

Pastas With Canned Tuna Recipe

Tuna Mac and Cheese

For weeks, I had a hankering for tuna. Then the weather turned cold and I wanted broccoli soup. Since I make mac and cheese regularly, testing and developing recipes for my website, I thought I’d combine all these things together. The cheese sauce for this macaroni is made from canned soup.

  • 1 1/2 cups elbow macaroni, uncooked
  • one can tuna, drained (I used 5 ounces, but you can use more if you want)
  • half of a 12 oz bag of frozen broccoli
  • one 10.5 oz can cheddar cheese or broccoli cheese soup
  • 2 1/2 cups cheddar cheese, grated or shredded
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • salt and pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Cook macaroni according to package directions. Place the broccoli in a colander, and pour the hot water and pasta over the vegetables as you drain off the water.
  3. Put the drained pasta and broccoli back in the pot. Add the canned soup, mustard, tuna, 2 cups of cheddar, salt, pepper, and milk. Stir to combine. Pour the mixture into a greased casserole dish. Bake for 15 minutes, top with the rest of the cheese, and bake for another 5 minutes.