Fusion Cooking – Blended Cuisines

What do you get when you cross hot Indian food with the English love of tomatoes and all things creamy? Chicken Tikka Masala is a famous combination of chicken tikka and masala.Chicken tikka is a marinated piece of meat cooked in a tandoor, an Indian oven made of clay and coal-fired. Masala is gravy commonly made out of some kind of tomato gravy or puree with cream and various Indian spices.It is technically a mild curry dish, though the addition of sometimes large amounts of tartrazine causes the dish to often look orange. In other recipes, it can look anything from red to orange to green. Chicken Tikka Masala is possibly the most popular Indian dish in the world, and …

Great Swedish cooking and Farmors kottbullar!

Sweden is a great region, and Swedish food is a great ethnic food. At its best, Swedish food is excellent, largely meat-, fish- and potato-based, but varied and generally tasty and filling. Typically classical Swedish cooking includes lots of seafood, herring in particular; open faced sandwiches; and Swedish meatballs, a smörgåsbord favorite: Swedish meatballs (köttbullar). If you equate Swedish food with smorgasbord, meatballs and dill, think again! Although these are great delights, you’ll enjoy a wide range of tasty, fresh-cooked food in Sweden. However, for those who prefer the authentic taste of Sweden, here’s my favourite recipe:- Farmors Köttbullar 1lb of minced beef onion – finely chopped 1 cup of soft breadcrumbs or oats 1 egg Milk (about 1/2 decilitre) …

Gluten Free Cooking

When it comes to cooking, there are many dietary restrictions that will be encountered along the way. One restriction that is gaining some degree of notoriety in recent years is the need for a gluten free diet. Gluten is a substance that is commonly found in flour products that a decent sized portion of the population has a negative reaction to in some form or another. For these people, gluten free isn’t a choice it is absolutely necessary. Gluten free cooking does impose many restrictions and often makes it quite difficult to enjoy something the vast majority of us take for granted-dining out. The good news from those who require gluten free cooking is that more and more restaurants are …

Getting Ready For Camping Cooking

Cooking in the great outdoors can be very different from cooking in your kitchen at home. Its a way of exploring your own skills that you may have unconsciously learnt from your mom in the kitchen when you were at home. You should have a propane stove, or if you prefer you can cook over a fire pit. Camping in the outdoors requires that you get up early – that way everyone else can sleep in and wake up to a hearty breakfast. This would require you to be equipped with the equipment and supplies, and perhaps recipes for good camping cooking. 1. Equipment This includes the stove, gas cylinders, ovens, fireplace, grilling pits and so on. One of the …

Cooking with Children

I am fairly certain that most of us have either seen or at the very least heard of the hit situation comedy “Married with Children” that dominated television for quite a few years and is still shown in syndication in many markets around the world. There are some wonderful insights that are shown by this often dysfunctional family and a few pearls to bring into your every day lives. The same can be said when it comes to cooking with children. There is little on this earth that can teach you about yourself and the way your children view you as easily as cooking with your children. Of course, this is the perfect opportunity for many of us to let …

Culinary Traditions Of France

French cuisine is the amazingly high standard to which all other native cuisines must live up to. The country of France is home of some of the finest cuisine in the world, and it is created by some of the finest master chefs in the world. The French people take excessive pride in cooking and knowing how to prepare a good meal. Cooking is an essential part of their culture, and it adds to one’s usefulness if they are capable of preparing a good meal. Each of the four regions of France has a characteristic of its food all its own. French food in general requires the use of lots of different types of sauces and gravies, but recipes for …

Cooking With Honey – The Healthy Sweetener

If you want to be able to cook sweets without the negative health effects of refined sugar, honey is an excellent option. Among other reasons, honey is metabolized more slowly by your body, meaning that you are less likely to get a sugar “high” after eating something made with honey. Honey can be challenging to cook with, though, for several reasons. So many people don’t cook with it because they don’t know how. But once you know how to use honey in your favorite kitchen creations, it’s not hard at all to use. The first challenge that honey presents is that it burns more easily that normal sugar. This problem is usually eliminated by doing your cooking or baking at …

Cooking With Fine Italian Wine

Instead of enjoying a fantastic glass of your favorite fine Italian wine with dinner, consider using the nectar of the gods as an ingredient in your favorite dish. Cooking with wine has never been more popular and endless recipes abound that incorporate all different types of wine into favorite dishes and unique spins on classic cuisine. When you cook with Italian wine, the alcohol evaporates, so the dish will be appropriate for individuals unable to consume alcohol, underage eaters, or individuals who do not wish to imbibe any alcohol. Many international dishes include wine, especially Italian, French, and Spanish favorites. You can use any type of wine or alcohol to cook with, but Italian wine has substantial fan following when …

Cooking With Eggs

We use eggs in so many recipes. They are a staple in the kitchen. An egg can be cooked alone – boiled, poached, fried, scrambled. Or used as an ingredient in baking, batters and cakes. Alternatively use an egg to thicken sauces or to add air to lighten dishes. The egg is truly amazing. And without it – well our menus sure would be dull. But do you know much about the egg? Chances are that you have never even given it a thought. Well it is time you did. The most critical aspect of the egg is – it’s air content. (bet you thought I was going to say the shell). When first laid, the egg has barely any …

Cooking Recipes – Know Where to Look for Success

Have you ever had the craving for a particular dish or meal, but cannot seem to find a recipe for it? If this sounds like you, there is no need to fret. The fact of the matter is that recipes are available all over the place. Just because you are not a master chef does not mean that you cannot find cooking recipes. If you know where to look for recipes you should never have any problem getting started with your next delicious meal. Here are three places that you can find cooking recipes without having to spend hours looking for them. 1. The most obvious place to find cooking recipes is in a cookbook. Paper recipes are what the …

Cooking In Cast Iron Cookware

You can probably recall your grandparents using cast iron frying pans and skillets. On Sunday, you were sure to have fried chicken cooked in a cast iron frying pan and some delicious gravy to cover that rice. There are many pieces of cast iron cookware. Many a fine meals have been prepared in cast iron frying pans and skillets. Cast iron has handles that can endure the heat. When you’re not using your cookware, it is best to grease it down to prevent rust . Cleaning cast iron is rather simple if cleaned while warm. Wash out and towel dry. Storing food in cast iron is not recommended. Moisture can form and cause rust to develop . This could be …

Cooking for Two

Whether you are cooking for two out of a sense of romance or necessity you will find that there are many resources online and off when it comes to finding the perfect combinations for those terrific twosomes. One thing to keep in mind however is that when cooking for two, it is sometimes best if two are doing the cooking. This gives cooking an opportunity to become a communication event rather than a chore. Despite the fact that there are many resources and recipes available to those that are cooking for two there are also equal occasions to take traditional recipes that are designed to feed four and make them an opportunity to stretch your food dollars even further. By …

It seems life is so busy all the time.

After work there are children’s school events, homework, dinner and house work to complete. This has been my pattern for nineteen years. Now this year my youngest went off to college. Our busy household now seems quiet and at times even boring. I have found that cooking for 2 is much less time consuming, so my evenings are longer. My husband and I go out to eat more often because we will meet somewhere on our way home from work because there are not two hungry boys waiting to be fed. When I first started cooking for 2 I had to make huge adjustments. I did not realize how much two boys in their late teens eat. The first meal …

Cooking Cajun Food

Cooking in the heart of Cajun country is an art form. There really is very little science to this particular form of cooking that includes a lot more than mere lagniappe from the pantry or the spice cabinet. Cajun cooking is something that has often been imitated around the country and around the world but can very rarely be accurately duplicated. One of the fascinating things about Cajun cooking is the fact that there are very few exact recipes. Most, if not all authentic Cajun cooking is done to taste rather than measurements. Even more amazing is that from day to day one person can make the same dish over and over and it is quite likely to taste a …

COOKING OF GRAINS.

All grains, with the exception of rice, and the various grain meals, require prolonged cooking with gentle and continuous heat, in order to so disintegrate their tissues and change their starch into dextrine as to render them easy of digestion. Even the so-called “steam-cooked” grains, advertised to be ready for use in five or ten minutes, require a much longer cooking to properly fit them for digestion. These so-called quickly prepared grains are simply steamed before grinding, which has the effect to destroy any low organisms contained in the grain. They are then crushed and shredded. Bicarbonate of soda and lime is added to help dissolve the albuminoids, and sometimes diastase to aid the conversion of the starch into sugar; …

Cooking Jobs

short order cook Most of these type jobs don’t require formal education and can be learned under another professional. The tasks involved with cooks in this area may include but are not limited to: – Prepare and cook complete meals or individual dishes and foods – Prepare and cook special meals for patients as instructed by dietitian or chef – Schedule and supervise kitchen helpers – Oversee kitchen operations – Maintain inventory and records of food, supplies and equipment – May set up and oversee buffets – May clean kitchen and work area – May plan menus, determine size of food portions, estimate food requirements and costs, and monitor and order supplies. – May hire and train kitchen staff Cooking …