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Monthly Archives: March 2017

Neapolitan Pizza

The pizza only uses the hand kneaded dough which need not be rolled using any mechanical method. Also, the pizza cannot exceed in diameter more than 35 centimetres and it should not be thicker than one third of a single centimetre at the centre. The most essential condition is to bake it in a domed, wood-fired oven kept at 900 degree F for 60-90 seconds. Creating Neapolitan pizza is an art as it is a perfect blend of exotic ingredients and a traditional cooking style.

Secret Ingredients

First of all, you need strong plain flour, salt and yeast to prepare the dough. Then, you are required to work on the toppings that include plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, freshly grated parmesan cheese, basil leaves, dried oregano, chopped mozzarella and ground black pepper. You can add additional toppings like finely chopped garlic cloves, rosemary sprig, grated taleggio, speck, courgette, aubergine, prosciutto and rocket leaves to bring out the flavour.

The Recipe

Preparation starts with preheating the oven at 500 degree F. After that, you may knead the dough mixing flour, salt, yeast and lukewarm water together but do not let it to be too sticky. Make a ball out of it and let it stay idle for 5 minutes after covering it with a cloth. Later, split the dough into two parts while kneading each for some time and forming balls out of them. Now, take a neat kitchen cloth and sprinkle some flour upon it. After that, place the dough upon it and then covering it with a bit damp cloth. Leave it to rise in warm conditions for 30 minutes.

Proceed next and get tomatoes within a bowl. Slightly squash them, add pepper and salt to taste and mix them well. Now, find a clean surface and sprinkle flour on that. Furthermore, spread the dough using your fingers and shape it round with a border. The dough should be made as thin as possible looking like a pancake but it should not split. Now, take out two big, flat baking sheets and sprinkle breadcrumbs on them. Thereafter, put the pizza bases over them and spread tomato evenly above each. Putting too much of tomato should be avoided so that the pizza does not go soggy.

Breville Cafe Roma Espresso

The Cafe Roma is great as a gift. Your coffee connoisseur friend will surely love this machine on his or her birthday. Creating cafe made lattes is such a breeze; they will think they have ordered from a barista. The machine comes with intuitive and smart operational buttons; you do not even need a manual to operate it. It is a luxury item every one will love without the hefty price of high end products.

This machine comes with a compact design. Every inch of this product is very usable. From top to bottom, you will find function for each element. The top tray for instance can work as a warming tray. The dripping tray works as a holder and even a serving tray. The tank is great as a water container.

Breville assures fast and friendly customer service. Whether the problem is a lost steam ring, a broken filter, or a defective dial, answers to your questions are just a phone call away. Breville custom support promises prompt and reliable assistance day and night. One customer who had accidentally thrown the filter called the company and got a replacement within days.

This machine comes with host of add-ons. The steam wand is so versatile you create plenty of milk-based beverages. It includes a couple of cups, a saucer, and 1 stainless steel pitcher, dual wall filter, and a conical coffee grinder.

Customers new and loyal have spoken on this Breville Cafe Roma review. They have put their trust on one name when it comes making perfect and rich espresso. This review serves as a guide, but you get the idea. When something gets positive feedbacks, you know it is a good product.

Organic Coffee

There are usually several affordable sources of organic coffee in metropolitan cities. Organic coffee helps your body avoid these serious health hazards. Organic coffee can improve short term memory and stimulate nerve impulses in the brain to make the brain more alert. It will affect the energy level of neurons and stimulate the body to clear slight to moderate brain fog. Drink pure water along with the organic coffee to prevent dehydration which slows metabolism.

Coffee protects your body from type 2 diabetes, gall stones, cardiac disease, liver cirrhosis, liver disease, and Parkinson’s. It can increase mental alertness and enhance cognitive performance. It can improve long-term physical endurance. It can benefit the colon and the liver and helps protect these from cancer. It may also prevent stroke in people with high cholesterol levels.

The antioxidants in coffee can help slow inflammation in the brain. Coffee contains several phenols which are good at protecting the body from inflammation and free radicals. Phenols may protect against certain virus and bacteria. People with high organic coffee intake may experience fewer virus when traveling. Coffee contains chlorogenic acid that reduces blood sugar levels and may help delay the onset or prevent diabetes. If you are drinking coffee, focus on organic coffee for maximum health benefits! This is neuroprotectant. It prevents or slows the onset or progress of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Diabetes Type Two. Do not drink caffeinated coffee if you have MS or Lupus.

A great cup of coffee is made with cool pure filtered water. You can purchase an affordable Brita or Pur pitcher water filter or one that can be attached to your faucet. Grind your beans immediately and grind only the amount you need. Use one tablespoon of coffee for each six-ounce serving of coffee. Purchase a good grinder and stash it under the counter. They are very affordable and are good investments.

Keep several types of coffee on hand. There are French Roast, Colombian, Pacific Island, Brazilian, Italian and many others. There are several types of flavored coffees that may be used for desert coffee. There is a wonderful Swiss method that uses water to remove the caffeine from coffee in a non-toxic manner without chemicals. This Swiss decaf is often available in health food stores and online. There is a difference in the quality of organic coffees and you may need to try several to find a favorite. Look for a roasting factory in your area and try to purchase coffee wholesale.

Drip coffee has more health benefits than percolated coffee. You can purchase an old time hand grinder at an antique store. Always avoid aluminum coffee makers and pots of all types. Drink your coffee within 30 minutes for the maximum amount of antioxidants. Glass is the preferred method to protect your drink from absorbing any toxins. The new single portion coffee dispensers that have the single serving in a plastic container may have plastic contaminants from the very hot water hitting the plastic.

Tips Choosing Cheap Meat

Best Beef for Grilling – Flank steaks and skirt steaks. They come off the grill flavorful and tender.
Best Beef for Roasting/Smoking – Chuck roast. Try braising in beer, wine or broth.
Best Beef for Pan Searing – Top sirloin butt. Try pan frying in a half and half mixture off butter and olive oil.

Best Pork for Grilling – Ribs, what can I say?
Best Pork for Roasting/Smoking – Pork shoulder, just cook it low and slow.
Best Pork for Pan Searing – Pork chops. That caramelization is superb.

Best Poultry for Grilling – Chicken leg, the combination of smoke char and dark meat is wonderful.
Best Poultry for Roasting/Smoking – Turkey, buy them on sale at Thanksgiving and freeze a few.
Best Poultry for Pan Searing – Chicken thighs, that meat close to the bone has the best flavor.

Let’s talk tenderizing those cheap cuts of your favorite meat. There are 3 methods of tenderizing meats in the kitchen. First is to pound the heck out of the meat or grind it up. You are trying to break down those fibers in the meat so that it will come apart easier. If this doesn’t work, a less efficient method is marinate. The acid in citrus can help break down those stubborn fibers. But for marinate to be effective, it needs to be injected all through the meat. The last way is to slow cook the meat by stewing boiling or braising. Or try smoking the meat in a wood smoker for several hours.

Here are some of the lesser used cuts.

Chuck eye steak is tougher than an average steak and will require marinate.
Tri-tip or sirloin tip which comes from the hind leg of a cow.
Pork shoulder is best used in soups, stews and smoked low and slow for hours.
Flank steak is good for fajitas and thinly sliced beef recipes.
Oxtails are very bony which imparts good flavor to the meat.
A nice fat turkey can provide for several meals.
Beef short ribs also smoke well and gather flavor from the bone.
Chicken thighs are the best tasting part of the chicken.