Monday, June 29, 2015

50 Great Kitchen Tips and Tricks

The kitchen may look like an ordinary room, but it is actually a place where ingredients come in and meals go out, a magical place that is part factory, part restaurant. There are so many ways to use the kitchen to prepare food and drinks. Anyone who likes to cook knows there are thousands of little shortcuts, tricks and tips to be learned. Here are 50 such easy tips and tricks to add to your repertoire.




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Monday, June 1, 2015

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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Hot chilli baked potato

Ingredients

breadcrumbs  1/2 cup
green chillies finely chopped to taste
cheddar cheese grated  1 cup   OR vegetable oil  1 tbsp
boiled, peeled and mashed potatoes  500 gm
egg 1 ( those who don't eat egg, may substitute with 1 tbsp cornflour mixed in 1/2 cup water)

Preheat oven to 180 deg. C
those who use egg, beat it with 1/2 cup water, stir in breadcrumbs, salt, chillies, cheese/ oil
add potatoes, shape into small balls, place in lightly greased pan, bake for 12 minutes
take carefully out of hot oven and stir in hot sauce to coat well and serve hot.

Hot chilli sauce
green chillies  6-8 seeded
green olives  1 cup stuffed
vegetable oil   1 cup
salt 1/2 tsp or to taste
 combine all ingredients, bring to a boil, serve as a dip.

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Friday, May 15, 2015

Creamed Spinach

Ingredients:

    2 tsp  olive oil
    1/4 cup minced red onion

    3 cups fresh spinach washed and finely chopped
    1 tbsp butter
    1 tbsp whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup low-fat milk
    1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
    1/8 tsp salt
    1/8 tsp freshly ground pepper
    2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese

Heat oil in a large nonstick pan over medium-high heat. Add  onion cook, stirring, until fragrant. Add spinach and cook, stirring, until just wilted, about 2 minutes.

Heat butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour and cook, stirring, until smooth and bubbling, about 30 seconds. Add milk, nutmeg, salt and pepper; cook, whisking constantly, until thickened, about 1 minute. Stir the spinach into the sauce. Sprinkle with grated cheese and serve.



ps- spinach is rich in iron, calcium, adding milk and cheese, calcium level is increased
cooking with whole wheat flour makes it healthy than using all purpose flour

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Healthy Banana Cookies

Ingredients

bananas ripe 3 well mashed
oats rolled  2 cups
dates de-seeded and chopped  1 cup
oil  1/3 cup
vanilla essence  1 tsp

Method

pre-heat oven to 350 deg. F OR 175 deg. C
in a large bowl, mash bananas well, then add rest of the ingredients, mix well, set aside for 15 minutes
drop teaspoonful onto an ungreased cooking sheet
bake for 15-20 minutes until lightly brown
cool well and store in air-tight containers, if anything is leftover !

Thursday, April 30, 2015

20 Great and Helpful Kitchen Tips

1. Wrap celery and broccoli in aluminum foil
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Wrapping celery and broccoli in aluminum foil and keeping it as airtight as possible can preserve them for up to a month. The reason is that fresh celery/broccoli has the right amount of moisture inside, and by keeping it in the airtight foil, it keeps it fresh and crisp for longer.
2. Fix stale chips and crackers in the microwave
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Don’t throw away stale chips or crackers. Instead – put them in the microwave, but be sure to consume them quickly after, since the staling process accelerates once they cool down.
3. Turn a finished jar of spreadable chocolate into hot coco
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
That “empty” jar of Nutella is not really empty, is it? Those leftover bits of delicious chocolaty goodness can be turned into amazing chocolate milk with ease – simply pour hot milk into the spent jar, close the lid and give it a good shake until the residue all mixes with the milk, then pour in a glass and enjoy!
4. Store pineapples upside-down
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Ever bought a fresh pineapple and cut it up, only to discover that the top is deliciously sweet, but the bottom is very tart? This happens because naturally, the ripening process begins at the top of the pineapple and slowly moves down. To get the pineapple to ripen faster and be fully sweet, cut off the leafy part and store it upside down, the sugars will travel from the old top to the “new” top and hasten the ripening, leaving you with a sweet and delicious pineapple quickly. OR, you can place the pineapple on the side, and keep turning it around each day, till ripe to cut, as at times, if you take out too much of the leaves to store the pineapple, then it can get stale too fast.
5.Store apples with potatoes
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Apples produce Ethylene gas, which is effective at preventing the potatoes from sprouting.
6. Keep onions and garlic in ventilated paper bags
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Keeping onions and garlic cloves in ventilated bag will keep them fresh and free of mold for 2-3 months longer.

7. Store lettuce with a paper towel
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
When it comes to lettuce, as opposed to the celery, moisture is the enemy. Keeping it in a sealed bag with a paper towel will keep moisture away from lettuce, leaving it crisp and delicious.
8. Store natural nut spread upside down
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The common way to store natural nut spread leads to the natural oils in the nuts to float upwards, leaving the bottom hard and drier. By flipping the container for a couple of days, you help the oils return to the whole of the spread, making stirring much easier and helping you avoid that terrible, hard bottom layer.
9. Avoid empty spaces in the fridge
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Every time you open the fridge door, you let the cool air inside seep out, while allowing the warmer room temperature to get in. This forces the fridge to work harder to restore the temperature and can lead to fungus and bacteria to propagate faster (the cold temperature slows this process down considerably). If your fridge isn’t full, keep a few containers full of water in the empty spaces. Water cools down slower than air, helping maintain the surrounding ambient temperature down.
10. Turn leftover mayo into salad dressing
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Every time you finish a jar of mayo, don’t throw it away. The leftover mayo in the jar that you can’t be bothered to scrape out can be turned into fantastic salad dressing: pour in some olive oil, vinegar, and add your choice of herbs, then shake it until the residue is all mixed with the liquids, leaving you with an easy, delicious and free dressing.
11. Before you squeeze citrus, microwave it for 15 seconds
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
It might sound weird, but warm fruit releases juice more easily than a cold one.
12. Wrap banana crowns in cling-film
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Bananas release Ethylene gas, similarly to apples. The only problem with that, is that it hastens ripening and then – rotting. Once harvested, this process begins and cannot be stopped. You can, however, slow it down by wrapping the crowns in cling-film, minimizing the amount of ethylene released. (For even better results, separate all the bananas from the bunch and wrap each crown individually)
13. Fertilize potted plants with spent coffee grounds
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Used coffee grounds are still rich in nutrients, making them wonderful fertilizer for potted plants, and their acidity also helps to keep snails and slugs away. You can sprinkle the grounds on the soil, mix it in the first 2 inches or brew it a-little, and pour the concoction into the flower-pot.
14. Use huggers to preserve cut fruits and veggies 
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Cut vegetables and fruit rot faster due to the exposure to air. Use the huggers to keep them fresh for longer.
15. Make ready-for-use herbal butter
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Chop fresh herbs and place them in an ice tray, then fill with melted butter or oil. This will prevent the herbs from spoiling and give you individual portions of your choice of herb-butter! YUM!
16. Regrow leftovers
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The bottom of various green leafy veggies can be regrown. Celery, green onions, lettuce and more can be regrown from the leftover bottoms, using a small container and keeping them watered.
17. Leftover cheese wrappers can be used for storage
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Cut the first part of the cheese along with the wrapper, remove the cheese and use the wrapper to seal the rest of the cheese. No more dry ends on your cheese!
18. Get all the mango while keeping your hands clean
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
Cut the mango in halves, grab a glass and use it as a scooper to separate the flesh from the skin. No more wasting mango or getting your hands sticky!
19. Keep your avocado with an onion
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
The sulfur in the onion fumes will prevent the avocado from oxidizing and turning brown. A splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice will work similarly.
20. Make leftover pizza crispy again
21 Kitchen Tricks that Will Save You Time & Money
There are 2 ways to get that leftover pizza crispy again: Put it in a skillet and let the oil in the crust return it into crispy goodness. Alternatively, put it in the microwave with a glass of water. While it’s not as efficient, it’s faster…

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Papaya smoothie

Ingredients

papaya cut 1 cup
milk 1- 1 1/2 glass or more as desired
cashew nut/ almond powder 2-3 tbsp or put a handful of nuts soaked in warm water
dates 5-6 finely chopped and soaked in warm water
sugar to taste if need be

in a blender, add the drained nuts and dates, blend well, add sugar is using, then papaya, blend well, last add milk
serve chilled with a basil/ mint leaf
I made it this morning, as I had some papaya left over, it was filling and tasty, as hubby also liked it.

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