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Category Archives: Food and Drinks

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.

Easy Grilled Pasta Recipes

Pineapple Salsa Grilled Shrimp Pasta

What you need:

  • 3/4 kg. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

Cook rotini pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Set aside. To make the pineapple salsa, combine orange juice, lime juice, pineapple, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Mix well and pour over bowl of pasta. Toss to coat noodles then set aside. Cook the shrimp on a pre-heated grill over high heat for 2 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat and arrange on top of the pasta with pineapple salsa. Serve warm.

Classic Pesto and Grilled Chicken Pasta

What you need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1/4 cup angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps. toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil

Cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat, chop and place in a medium bowl. Set aside. Bring angel hair pasta to a boil in a large pot of lightly salted water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté garlic until tender. Add pesto, chopped chicken and angel hair pasta and mix well. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and garnish with toasted almonds before serving.

Nespresso Compatible

True coffee aficionados are spoilt for choice when it comes to coffee types, brands and blends. But one of the most popular brands is without a doubt Nespresso coffee pods. Nespresso coffee capsules are a favourite all over the world. One problem, Nespresso isn’t Italian and its coffee isn’t made in Italy. So if you’re looking for an authentic Italian espresso. The stuff they drink in bars, then you need to expand your horizons.

But that doesn’t mean you have to bin your Nespresso coffee machine. There are plenty of compatible Nespresso pods on the market. These are coffee capsules that are compatible with your Nespresso machine at home. They won’t break them or void your warranty. They’re made especially to fit.

When it comes to Italian Nespresso pods – that is Nespresso capsules that are made in Italy, you can’t go past Gimoka. Its name has been synonymous with authentic Italian bar coffee for more than three decades.

Gimoka got its start as a small roaster on Lake Como. Restaurants and bars would come to them to have their own special house blends ground, roasted and packaged. Soon enough, Gimoka became the fourth largest roaster in Italy.

Home Coffee Roasters

1. The Taste of the Roast is in its Smell: Green Coffee beans emit a characteristic “grassy” smell as they turn yellowish few minutes after heat subjection. With further roasting, the beans begin to smoke, like coffee, giving it its peculiar smell and taste.

2. Cracking Sound Gives Good Clue about the Roast Stages: Further roasting gives off a unique crack sound as the bean loses water and changes structure with rising temperature. Listening for this sound can be a fantastic clue to determine desired roasts.

3. Length of Roast Determines Color and Flavor of Beans: Since bean structure, flavor and color graduates with each upward step in temperature, and increasing time, it is not unexpected to observe the original green bean character turn dark, with a stronger flavor, at the end of the process.

Steps to Roasting Coffee at home

Whatever is the technique employed, the instrument used or even the time set, roasting coffee at home all bores down to achieving significant desired flavors.

1: Choose a Roaster: Depending on budget, technique, time or batch size, it can be done in an oven, a skillet, a stovetop popper, or more specialized equipment.

2: Select Coffee Beans: The original pre-roast character of the bean determines the flavor and nutritional quality of the coffee. Although green coffee beans come highly recommended, many others have equally satisfying benefits.

3: Choose the Desired Roast Process: Since the flavor of coffee depends on the process and invariably the roasting time, understanding the different stages will help control the flavor of coffee.

Understanding the Roast Process

Yellowing – Few minutes after the green bean is subjected to heat, it turns yellowish and emits a grassy smell.

First Crack – Soon enough, a crack sound – an audible cracking sound is heard as the real roasting sets in. The sound is an acoustic signal, calling one’s attention to what stage the roast is.

First Roasted Stage – Also known as a City Roast, this stage, determined by sight and smell, can be considered complete depending on desired taste.

Bar Cafe Chanson in De Pere

Cafe Chanson has an interesting layout. If you enter in the back way, you face the restaurant part. If you enter through the front, you face the bar part. As we walked down the hallway toward the bar we noticed that we were the only classy bar flys around. Upon taking our seats at the bar, the bartender greeted us and gave us some drink menus to peruse. He was super friendly and very attentive. The drink menu is quite expansive. Their wine list offers different and unique reds, whites, and bubblies. And, yes, many of your choices are French. The prices for wines start at $6; the wines we chose were $9. The bartender even offered us a sample to make sure we would enjoy our choice of red, cool no? Most of the wines can be purchased by the glass, as opposed to bottles only. Cafe Chanson carries limited beer on draught, but offers many more in bottles. The domestic beers start at $3.25. As for the liquor, Cafe Chanson has every kind of liquor possible, so let your imagination run wild with your poison.

The decor at Cafe Chanson is tastefully done. The dark wood bar and shelving, the neutral colored walls, and vintage looking lamps, exudes warmth and coziness. Relax, sport fans, they also have a large flat screen TV hanging up so you won’t miss the action. If you’re looking for a quieter place for some wind down time, Cafe Chanson is a great place to go to. My girlfriend and I simply sat back, relaxed and soaked in the laid back atmosphere.

Espresso Advantages

However, there is one part of the coffee that is the best for your health as is described above and that is the fresh flavor that is derived from the coffee beans. The reason that the fresh flavor is the culprit of most of the health benefits is because the freshly brewed coffee beans contain very rich antioxidants that are great for your health.

One of the reasons that espresso is even better for you than regular coffee is a result of the steam being pushed through the ground coffee beans. This occurs so quickly that much of the flavor and antioxidants are in that single cup of espresso.

On the other hand, regular black coffee drinkers may gain some of the benefits from the antioxidants, although the most beneficial cup of coffee to your health that you will ever have is the first cup! After the first cup of the regular coffee is squeezed out then the benefits of the coffee diminish because there are less antioxidants in the second, third, or fourth cups!

Even though many people may disbelieve that espresso is good for your health, many researchers have shown that drinking at least one serving of espresso a day can be beneficial to your health.

However, having an espresso is good on one hand, but doctoring it up with all sorts of sweeteners, creams, and cinnamon is something that will simply lessen the effects of the good benefits of espresso.

Cassareep Cafe on Beach

Cassareep Cafe is the perfect afternoon spot for a peaceful, lazy lunch. Grab a quick bite to eat, or a coffee, either inside the air conditioned cafe, or do what we did – step outside onto the beach front deck and sit under the trees overlooking the beach and sea. The orientation of the outside dining area belies the fact that the cafe location is in the heart of Speightstown, arguably Barbados’ third largest city. You feel as though you’re sitting on the Belmont Walkway in laid back Bequia or on a picnic at a remote stretch of beach.

A delicious and well conceived menu offers breakfast along with daily lunch specials, together with rotis, pepperpot, curries, kebabs, pasta, sandwiches and wraps. Compliment your meal with tropical smoothies and Dining on the DeckLaVazza coffee drinks. A limited wine and beer selection is available. Enjoy fresh tuna on the outdoor grill or try the delicious rotis with middle eastern spices. Both fun and affordable, Cassareep Cafe offers international and local menu items.

Plans are in the making to extend the hours of Cassareep Cafe during the “winter” season to include dinner service and sunset to moonlight drinks and liming on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Check for hours of operation at 422-3573.