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Cooking of vegetarian choose to start your vegetarian lifestyle

Cooking of Vegetarian — Choose to Start Your Vegetarian Lifestyle

You’ve finally made the decision to change your eating habits and dive head first into a vegetarian lifestyle. Congratulations! You have made a wise decision. Now you have to decide whether to go? Cold turkey? Or make the transition gradually.
Whichever way to choose to start your vegetarian lifestyle, you can will notice the health benefits of vegetarianism For more details go to: www.thanks-giving-recipes.com  more quickly by firstly significantly reducing the amount of meats consumed, and making vegetables, fruits, legumes, and whole grains the focus of your meals.
Take your time when shopping for food, plan ahead, and make sure you read food labels to ascertain information about food additives, food coloring and hidden animal ingredients. If you decide to eat dairy products, choose non-fat or low-fat varieties.
There is a wide variety of vegetarian foods available in most grocery stores; however, some of the more uncommon items may need to be sourced from one of the many specialty vegetarian food stores. Eat a wide variety of foods, and don’t be afraid to try vegetables, fruits, grains, breads, nuts, or seeds that you’ve never tried before. Convenient, ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal, whole-grain breads and crackers, such as rye, whole wheat,
For help visit: www.300-chicken-recipe.com and mixed grain and other grains such as barley and bulgur wheat are readily available.
*You should give consideration to the following foods:-
*Canned beans, such as pinto, black beans, and garbanzo beans
*Rice (including brown, wild, etc.) and pasta (now available in whole wheat, spinach, and other flavors) with tomato sauce and canned beans and/or chopped veggies
*Vegetarian soups like lentil, navy bean, or minestrone
*A wide variety of plain frozen vegetables, and canned and frozen fruit
*Fortified soy milks and soy cheeses, should you choose to not eat dairy
*A wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, which should be the core of any diet
Once you have mastered the art of cooking delicious vegetarian meals you will soon realize that a meatless diet does not have to lack variety. As a matter of fact you will find it easy and fun to serve up such healthy, tasty and perhaps life prolonging meals that you and your family will thoroughly enjoy.

Discover the experience of cake decorating

Discover The Experience Of Cake Decorating

Most of us have to hold back a breath when we first take a glance at that beautiful wedding cake on the table at the reception. It is always the centerpiece, and aside from the bride, the center of our attention. The details are so intricately done, and it seems as if each movement of the icing was made by an artist. It crosses our mind that we could never create something so lovely, but how wrong we are. All you need are the right tools, perhaps a book, some practice, and you would be surprised what you are able to create. Continue reading and discover the experience of cake decorating.
Preparing that beautiful wedding cake is not nearly as hard as you might first think, and starting with a book will put you on the right track. For all of those precious little flowers, do not be afraid, you can buy them if you cannot make them right away. There are patterns used to make them, and it will be easier than you think. The materials with which to make them are also available in several colors.
There are several different books available and each one can teach you how to do something different. If you know something already, purchase what you do not know, or buy them all and start from scratch. There are books on fondant, sugar paste and gum paste decorating, and books on decorating cakes for holidays, weddings and cakes in general.
Not only are the patterns available to make the lovely flowers, but they are also available for all of the decorative moldings that adorn the cakes. If you would like to do a simpler cake to begin with, you can start with a lace mat to decorate the top of a cake for a holiday or special occasion. These lace mats can be used with chocolate or royal icing and come with complete instructions on how to use them.
If you have any type of special gathering, there is a plastic plan cake mold to fit it. There are any number of pans to choose from including holidays, baseball, baby’s arrival, animals, congratulations, etc. These pans are made of a durable plastic and can be used in the oven and the microwave oven. Each pan is meant to hold one cake mix.
To make a permanent impression in your cakes, there are several different kinds of decorative rolling pins. These designs vary and can create patterns in your cake. For instance, they can make bubbles patterns, fabric texture and scroll pattern, etc. It seems there is no limit to how you can design a cake.
Decorating cakes can become an enjoyable experience for you, a way that you learn to relax. You can create a masterpiece each time you enter your kitchen. Think of all of the things that you can do for parties and holidays.

Tips for a successful barbeque

9 Tips for a Successful Barbeque

There are thousands of tips to be found when it comes having a successful barbeque. There’s a wide variety of subjects that can be covered from how to cook different cuts of meat and what type of grill to use to how to achieve a particular taste for your barbequed foods. But there are some basic tips that can help anyone with the basics and will get them started successfully barbequing. By following the 9 tips listed below you can start you career as a backyard barbeque master the next time you fire up your grill. 1. The most important thing you need to do when barbequing is to control the heat. If your fire gets to hot or flares up out of control you can easily burn and dry out your meat. This is not something that is fun to have happen because it effectively kills the whole barbeque experience. 2. Rub you grill with oil before you fire it up to help prevent your meat sticking to the grates. If your grill is already hot you can use a regular spray bottle filled with cooking oil. Just spray the grates before you set your meat on it. 3. Use tongs or a spatula to turn your meat. Never use a fork because piercing the meat allows the juices to escape. 4. Bring your meat to room temperature before grilling. This will allow your meat to cook evenly throughout. 5. Always pre-heat your barbeque. For gas turn on high for 5-10 minutes then adjust temperature as needed. For charcoal light the coals 30 minutes before you intend to start cooking. 6. A clean barbeque grill is a happy grill. See step 2 above. By keeping your food from sticking to the grill it will stay cleaner. 7. When using a barbeque sauce be sure to wait until the outside of the meat is cooked before applying the sauce with your brush. If you add your barbeque sauce to early it can char and cause flares ups when it drips off the meat. 8. The larger the cut of meat the further away it should be from the heat source. This will allow the meat to cook evenly all the way through. 9. If you are doing shish-kabobs and using wooden skewers be sure to soak them in cold water for an hour or so to prevent them from burning. These tips are a great general guideline to follow for anyone wishing to become a backyard barbeque master. They will give you a good base to start from and any recipe or technique you attempt will have a much better chance of success.

How to ensure barbecue food safety

How To Ensure Barbecue Food Safety

Many friends and work colleagues have phoned in sick because of food poisoning and followed it up with something like «I had a BBQ at the weekend, and I must have eaten something not properly cooked».
To be honest I think some of them probably just drank too much but clearly there’s enough of a belief out there that food hygiene is a problem at a barbeque for either a genuine day off work or a cast iron excuse.
In many of the barbecue articles that I’ve written I’ve concentrated on the phrase «sizzle is hot, flames are not» which focuses on the need to be patient and control the barbecue flames. If however you still haven’t mastered this point then maybe it’s time to resign yourself to buying a barbecue thermometer?
Why do I need a BBQ thermometer? Take this barbecue hamburger example:
Many folks assume that when barbecued hamburger is brown in the middle, it is well done but according to USDA research, 1 out of every 4 hamburgers turns brown before it reaches a safe internal temperature. The internal temperature must be 160°F before its safe to eat.
The bug we’re trying to protect ourselves against is e-coli, and bacterium that live on the surface of meat. This is an important point and essential to understand because we can happily eat a rare steak without any chance of food poisoning. Provided the steak is cooked well on the outside, the bacteria are killed.
This is not the case with a hamburger however because the burger is made from ground meat so surface bacteria could be anywhere inside the hamburger.
The signs and symptoms of food borne illness range from upset stomach, diarrhoea, fever, vomiting, abdominal cramps, and dehydration, to more severe illness-even death, but having said all this, please don’t be put off having some hamburgers at your next BBQ cookout. With a few simple precautions that follow the rules of basic food hygiene and barbecue food poisoning will be a thing of the past.
Use a food thermometer. Instant-read food thermometers are good for checking the internal temperature toward the end of the cooking time.
1. The food thermometer should be placed in the thickest part of the food and should not be touching bone, fat, or gristle.
2. Make sure to clean your food thermometer with hot, soapy water before and after each use!
The other option is to use a large-dial oven-safe or oven-probe thermometer and these can be inserted in the meat and used for the duration of cooking.
There are many types of food thermometers, so it is important to follow the instructions for your food thermometer to ensure the correct reading. When happy with the method of use you can refer to the USDA Recommended Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures to ensure a safe barbeque cookout.
· Steaks & Roasts — 145 °F
· Fish — 145 °F
· Pork — 160 °F
· Ground Beef — 160 °F
· Egg Dishes — 160 °F
· Chicken Breasts — 165 °F
· Whole Poultry — 165 °F
That’s the main one, but to finish off here are a few more tips to help you avoid food poisoning at your next BBQ:-
1. Wash hands and surfaces often
Use warm, soapy water for 20 seconds before and after handling food and wash you’re cutting boards after each food item is prepared
2. Don’t cross-contaminate, always keep raw and cooked food separate. Never place cooked food on a plate which previously held raw meat, poultry, or seafood.
3. Refrigerate promptly — but do not cover (e.g. with stretch wrap) if the food is still hot
Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers within 2 hours or sooner.
Be Food Safe! Prepare With Care
Know how to prepare, handle, and store food safely to keep you and your family safe. Bacteria can grow on meat, poultry, seafood, eggs, and dairy products, as well as cut-up or cooked vegetables and fruits.
Follow the above and food poisoning should be a thing of the past. Why not pass this onto your employees? You may see a marked improvement in Monday morning attendance — or maybe just a different excuse.

Lemon rice tips for a quick and delicious serving

Lemon Rice -Tips For A Quick And Delicious Serving

In India Lemon Rice is mostly prepared in South but as most of the North Indian fanticise South Indian dishes,I could not resist the temptation of preparing it.

If you know how to cook rice this dish can turn out as a fast-food for you as it takes very less time and less of work.

When I started preparing lemon rice I used to think it as a good and quick substitute of the pulav and so for a hurry-scurry dinner it was my favourite choice.

But the masters of the trade always put forward a challenge before me.

The things that used to go wrong with the rice I prepared were-

1.The turmeric used to get burnt.

2.The lime taste turned out bitter.

3.The rice used to get overcooked.

4.The peanuts got overroasted.

5.The gram and urad used to get very hard solids.

Well I am a great foodie as well so I was the first one to give it a zero.

First let me tell you what all are the ingredients of lemon rice.They are cooked rice,turmeric powder,curry leaves,gram-urad grains,mustard seeds,lemon and  peanuts.

Tips-

1.Always roast the peanuts beforehand.You can use the same oil for seasoning.

2.Saute mustard seeds,gram-urad grains,curry leaves and turmeric.

3.Cool the rice.

4.Pour the seasoning.

5.Add the peanuts.

6.Add the lemon juice and mix it properly with the rice.

7.Use a fork to mix.This will not break rice grains.

8.You can pour oil on the rice while boiling so that the grains do not stick.

9.Some people don’t saute the turmeric in the seasoning .You can add turmeric powder to the seasoning after it is prepared.

10.If you want you can soak the gram-urad grains in water and then use in the saute mixture.

Happy Cooking

American kitchens italian cooking

American Kitchens Italian Cooking

Most of us have found some sort of Italian cuisine that has become a favorite for our families and ourselves. Unfortunately, far too many of us discount the possibility of bringing Italian cooking into our very own kitchens for fear that many of the recipes are far too difficult. The truth is that learning to cook Italian food just might make your home the favorite drop in dining spot for friends and family all over.
Believe it or not, most great Italian recipes have an easier version that can be made with very similar effects when it comes to flavor and aroma. Also, despite the commercials of old, all Italian cooking does not require an entire day of simmering in order to achieve great flavor. Though you do not have to let your friends and family in on that little secret. Be a martyr for flavor and they will love you even more. You do not have to let anyone in on your best-kept secrets when it comes to preparing these often simple dishes.
The biggest challenge that most Americans face when it comes to Italian cooking is basically learning a new set of essential ingredients. The cheese, meats, or grains that are used in their creation most often identify or define Italian cuisine. It’s the combination of these primary ingredients that create some of the most distinctive flavors on earth. Learn about these ingredients. Identify the flavors and study the combinations of flavors and you should be able to not only follow many great Italian recipes but also to invent a few of your very own Italian inspired recipes.
The greatest thing when it comes to cooking Italian food is that most of these dishes are rather difficult to destroy. This of course does not indicate that it cannot be done, only that it isn’t as simple as with some of the more delicate cuisines around the world. Italian food is durable and flavorful but for the most part not too terribly delicate when it comes to flavor. You can go a little heavy with some spice or cheese without completely ruining the dish in most instances. If you are anything like me, this is a regular occurrence when cooking and one of the reasons I enjoy cooking Italian food so much.
Whether you are a beginner when it comes to the culinary arts or a seasoned pro there is something that will provide the appropriate challenge for you when it comes to Italian cooking. Take a look around there are recipes in abundance across the Internet, at your local library, in specialty cook books, and even in your favorite block buster best selling novels.
Another thing you should keep in mind when cooking Italian food is that nothing seems to bring out the flavor of Italian food better than a good bottle of wine to match. Perhaps this is the reason that it is difficult to ruin an Italian meal, no matter how bad it is, the good wine paired with it, will erase all ill will and tastes in very short order. You will want to spend a little time researching and studying the science (though some will argue that this is truly an art form) that goes along with pairing a good bottle of wine with the right flavor combination when it comes to Italian cooking. Once you’ve mastered this, there is nothing to prevent you from being the diva of all things Italian when it comes to food preparation.
The most important thing for you to remember when cooking Italian food is not to take the cooking too seriously. Good Italians know that the enjoyment of the meal is far more important than the process of preparing the meal. Make your meal an event with plenty of time for pleasant conversation and enjoyment of your company in between courses. You should also never rush a good Italian meal or you will find that all your efforts cooking Italian will be for naught as the true pleasure of Italian cuisine has been lost somewhere in translation.

Making kebabs at home

Making Kebabs At Home

Among the many varieties of kebabs, sheesh kebab and doner kebab are very popular. Kebabs can also be made at home which is also a great idea for a party! Kebabs are extremely filling so you don’t have to worry about the main course. Just a wide selection of kebabs and desert is all you need. Kebabs can be made out of chicken, meat, fish, lamb, beef and pork. The vegetarians don’t have to fret; you can also cook vegetables, mushrooms and cottage cheese in the same way. It tastes just as delicious and scrumptious. Making kebabs is a lot like barbequing so you can make all the preparation and ask your husband to take over while you relax with the girls. Kebabs are extremely simple to make and don’t take up much of your time. Here are a few things to keep in mind while making kebabs.

• Choose the right kind of meat from the vendor. If you’re opting for frozen meat, defrost it and make sure the meat can absorb the marinade. Wash all the meat, fish and vegetables well before adding it to the marinade.

• The marinade is another important aspect of making kebabs. The recipe is fairly basic and you can be your own master chef and create your own special marinade. You can try some curd and spices for chicken and vinegar or lime juice for meat. You also have readymade kebab mixes in the market that will help you a great deal.

• While choosing the meat, try and opt for the boneless pieces of meat from the ribs. The meat from the loin area is also very tender and juicy, apt for making kebabs. Make sure you trim off all the excess fat around the meat so the meat cooks faster.

• You then have to cut the meat into cubes. Make sure the cubes aren’t too big or too small. They should approximately be an inch or an inch and a half. You have to make sure the pieces aren’t too thick and chunky. The meat may not cook well from the inside and be difficult to eat. If the pieces are too thin they may just slip of the skewer so be careful. Place the pieces in the marinade for at least 24 hours so the meat can become tender.

• The next step is treading the marinated pieces onto the skewers. You have the option of bamboo and metal skewers. Bamboo skewers are a more economical option where as metal skewers last longer and cook the meat faster as the meat clings onto metal skewers faster.

• If you are cooking vegetables then parboil them before placing them on the skewers. Be creative with the combination of vegetables and meat. You never what you may come up with.

• While grilling the kebabs make sure the heat is enough, and spray some oil or butter so that the meat doesn’t stick to the skewer or each other, making it easy to remove from the skewer. Serve the kebabs with pita bread or yoghurt.

If you are a kebab fan and want to make the process easier you can invest in an electric or gas kebab machine. They are extremely easy to operate and clean. To find more about kebab machines you can visit http://www.pantechnic.com.au

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