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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Cooking Pasta Well Tricks

Do not be sufficient water in the pan: in this way the dough will not stick and be well hydrated.

Eye salt: water cooking pasta should be salty, but not excessively. To calculate well, remember that you have to put a tablespoon for every two liters of water. If you cannot measure it by eyes, check the water bottle.

Add salt at the right time: to cook it well, you should put it when the water has broken to boil. Never before.

Oil to cook pasta? No, no to put it. No butter either. We tend to think that, in this way, the dough will not stick, but the real secret to prevent sticking is that there is enough water volume to cook pasta.

Time to toss the pasta to cook: you will do after putting salt and boiling water. It is the best way to not have to leave cooking longer runs the account and going.

And what if much stir the pasta? Well, besides make her dizzy, we can make it stick, deform, break or not cooked through. The pasta just has to remove it once, after having put in the pot.

The final trick: When the pasta is al dente (ie, with the center slightly without completely and retaining its shape), cooking will break pouring a glass of cold water.

Wait a little longer: we have the cooked pasta. Now… what do we do? Then turn off heat and wait a few seconds before straining. Of course, passing it under running cold water, or speak.

A round with the sauce: the touch of grace and taste when it comes to pasta and it depends on the dish is round. If it is hot, it should be ready for when we finish cooking the pasta and sauté in skillet 30 second. If it is warm or cold, it must always be tempered to the pasta.

And the cheese… what? Well cheese in question, the fact is we can do whatever we want. Of course, we must remember that strong flavors cheeses like Parmesan clogged everyone else, so if we want the role you have or pasta sauce and garnish, we should do without it and opt for other more neutral.

Information of Potato Leek Soup

Ever had a generous amount of potatoes on-hand, and at a loss for innovative ideas to create for making a new, different, yet delightful dish? I know that leeks are NOT the first vegetable to come to mind; though, please know, leeks when added with other vegetables and spices can really make a smooth, easy to digest soup when cooked and flavored properly.

Leeks are an uncommon vegetable; not regularly purchased or utilized for everyday cooking in America.

The history of leeks is said to possibly date back to Mesopotamia and ancient Egypt.

It is rumored that Egyptian Emperor Nero ate leeks- His believed that by eating leeks often, that he could improve the quality of his voice. It is not really clear what part of his voice he wanted to enhance, though voice enhancement is what he sought, no less.

Suggested Ingredients;
One large stalk of leeks; cleaned and chopped discarding most of the bitter darker green parts, which are less tasty and more bitter, as well as cutting the roots and the parts that came directly from the ground.
sea salt —- 4 teaspoons
white pepper— 2 teaspoons
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
three cups of low-sodium beef, chicken or vegetable broth or stock
1 to 1/2 cups heavy cream or non-dairy cream of your choice, to taste-* Almond milk or coconut milk are also great alternatives to milk, or cream products.
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese topper; or Mozzarella cheese—- added at the end and sprinkled, sparingly in your individually served cup or soup bowl
3 to 4 starchy IDAHO potatoes
two stalks of celery, add the leaves too, full of powerful antioxidants and loaded with flavor when cooked in porridge, broth, soups or stews.

Begin:

Start by sauteing chopped leaks, and celery. Season with sea salt and white pepper let rest.

In another stock pot or pressure cooker, to save time, add your stock and more sea salt and sliced medium-sized potatoes, cutting in rounded slices for less cooking time. Add all ingredients and bring to a boil; let simmer an additional 20 minutes, do not over cook potatoes.

Upon cooked potato, leek, and celery mixture puree in an electric blender when blended to soup consistency return to stock pan and add heavy cream; cooking on medium-low heat.

Season with additional salt,and ground nutmeg finish by adding a teaspoon of smoky cumin.

Serve topped with Parmesan cheese or any other grated, rich cheese of your choice and top with dry parsley flakes for color! Serve with oyster crackers or sliced bread

The leek (porrum), like the Welsh onion, forms only a cylindrical instead of a rounded bulb. The leaf of the leek, however, is flattened and solid, while the leaf of the onion is cylindrical and hollow.

Fried Japanese Tofu

Now that he is home I search recipe blogs for yummy vegan dishes for him.

The other night I made something tasty on my own with what we had available – tofu, sriracha sauce, and soy sauce without a recipe.

I squished all the water out trying not to break the tofu. The paper towels were soaking wet. Once it was as dry as I could get it I sliced it into cubes – probably 2 inches each.

In a separate bowl I put sriracha sauce, soy sauce, garlic flakes, and some seasoning. After mixing it and putting some gloves on I placed the tofu cubes into the sauce. I gently moved the pieces in the bowl to make sure I covered each piece.

While I let this sit I heated some olive oil in a frying pan on low heat. Once heated I added the pieces one by one placing a lid on top.

After about 3 – 6 minutes I flipped them – they were brown on one side. Be careful and keep the heat low or use protective gloves because the grease does splatter.

I removed them from the fire a few minutes later.

Next, I reheated some rice with soy sauce and sriracha along with scallions, thinly sliced carrots, and broccoli.

Finally, I placed the rice on the plate with the fried tofu on top. I tried a bit myself and my mouth did a happy dance. I actually made something yummy.

My son ate his meal with enjoyment.

What did I just make? I know from eating at Japanese restaurants that they have something like this so I searched online.

It’s called Agedashi Tofu. You make in a similar way except you add a coating to it.

1. Agedashi Tofu by Nami of Just One Cook Book

She uses soft tofu in her recipe along with vegetable oil, potato starch, dashi (kombu dashi for vegetarian – she has a homemade recipe on her blog), mirin, soy sauce, scallion, daikon radish and Japanese seven spice.

Included is a step-by-by step photo tutorial as well as video tutorial.

She suggest squeezing the liquid out of the tofu for 15-minutes. I think I may have done 5-minutes so I’ll have to try getting more of the water out next time.

After chopping the onions and grating the radish (and making the sauce) she deep fries the tofu. Agedashi is crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside. Read the rest of her tutorial as well as some interesting tidbits about this appetizer on her blog Just One Cook Book.

2. Deep Fried Tofu by Bebe Love Okazu

This recipe looks very simple.

– drain the tofu

– coat it with potato starch

– fry it

– make sauce and cut up vegetables

– serve

Vegetarian Lunch Box Ideas

Sandwiches and rolls

Sandwiches are such an easy choice. However it doesn’t have to be cheese and tomato sandwiched between two slices of white bread. There are many, many ways you can make this simple option more interesting. Begin by varying the bread you use. There are an abundance of different breads out there these days. Think wholegrain, rye, spelt, pumpernickel, sourdough – to name just a few. Furthermore, it doesn’t just have to be sliced bread. You can have rolls, baguettes, pitas, wraps and all the different variations that come from these options.

Now to choose your filling. Mix and match to make some tasty combinations. There’s cheese and all its varieties – including cream cheese and spreadable cheese. Don’t forget cheeses such as halloumi and feta, which work so well in wraps and pitas. Then there’s egg – mash or slice, add some curry powder or mustard, or just salt and pepper. Beans and chickpeas go really well – you can mash them up for a roll or sandwich or keep whole for pitas and wraps. Cannellini or butter beans are great as you can mash them up and then add herbs or spices to transform them. You can pad out your sandwich with your favourite vegetables – salad leaves, grated carrot, sliced tomato, corn kernels. Things like broccoli and cauliflower go well in wraps – raw or roasted. If you like, you can finish off your sandwich with some relish or mayonnaise.

Salads

A salad is not just some lettuce, cucumber and tomato. Really it is a combination of ingredients, mixed together to make something delicious and perfect for your lunch box. To make your lunches more filling you could add a base to your salad. Things like couscous, bulghar wheat, pasta, brown rice and quinoa are good options. Couscous is a great option as it is so quick to prepare. Whilst your base is cooking you can prepare the rest of your salad.

Add whatever vegetables you fancy. Onion (whether, spring, brown, red or even pickled), baby kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes, carrot, broccoli, avocado, rocket are some options. You can add them raw or roast or fry them if you like. Your vegetables can also come from a tin or jar. Things like artichoke hearts, olives, capers and sundried tomatoes work really well and their flavour goes a long way. You can even add some nuts – I love toasted pine nuts, but cashews and almonds are good or just whatever takes your fancy. Don’t forget beans – just rinse and drain and stir them in.

To enhance your salad further, make a simple dressing. Simply combine extra virgin olive oil with your choice of vinegar or lemon juice (or lime). For a salad for two, 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil mixed with 1 tablespoon of vinegar is the quantities you need. You can add spices and herbs, even mustard if you choose. Then stir the dressing into the salad.

Spreads and dips

This is a fun way of eating lunch. Add some crispbread or similar to your lunch box, pop some spread in a container, remember a knife and you’re good to go. Instead of crispbread, you could always make up some polenta. Cook the polenta, pop into a pan and leave it to firm up. Slice it up and serve with your choice of spread or topping. Alternatively you can cut the polenta into fingers and serve them with a dip. Try cutting up some raw vegetables such as carrot and bell pepper. These are perfect with dips along with button mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and radishes.

What works as a dip generally also works well as a spread. Cream cheese is a good choice and can be enhanced with herbs, spices, mustard. I like to blitz up chargrilled peppers and mix them into the cream cheese. You can also blitz up beetroot, artichoke hearts, any type of canned bean or chickpeas. Try adding horseradish sauce and some blue cheese to beetroot – it’s lovely. Raid your pantry and don’t be afraid to experiment.

To add even more variety to your lunch you could add a hard boiled egg, some cubes of cheese, raw nuts, olives, sundried tomatoes or pickles. Grapes also go well, as does dried fruit.

About Paleo Tomato Soup

You may want cream if you don’t like the natural texture of tomatoes in your soup. This can be cream made with dairy so if you don’t mind dairy products then it’s a good one to use. There are a few to choose from at your local market so look carefully to see what you want.

Another option for cream if you wish to stay away from dairy products would be coconut milk witch isn’t a bad alternative. Coconut milk has many health benefits and can give your tomato soup a unique taste. Coconut milk also can give your body a lot of hydration witch is good your skin and body and general. If you need a healthier alternative then coconut milk is a good option for anyone.

Just adding water can also be a viable option. It’s really up to you if you think you need cream or not. Some people just decide to forget the cream all together and go with the natural ingredients that are already in the soup. If you have a good soup then the cream may not even be necessary. It really depends on witch recipe you are using and how you are making your tomato soup. If you feel like the cream doesn’t need to be there then it doesn’t because there doesn’t always need to be cream.

So soup cream is really a personal thing and it’s up to your taste buds to decide if you need it or not. If you feel the need to add cream then add it and see what you think and if not then just add a bit of water and forget the cream. Each is a good option and has it’s own unique taste. The more you cook tomato soups the more you’ll get a feel for it and develop your own style of tomato soup. In the long run your taste buds need to get honed in and trusted.