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Category Archives: Food and Drinks

All about Black Coffee

Contains essential nutrients

When you drink black coffee, say 4 times a day, you get good doses of essential nutrients – 1 cup of black coffee has about 6% vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid), 11% vitamin B2 (riboflavin), 2% vitamin B3 (niacin) and magnesium, and 3% potassium and manganese. As you may know, these nutrients are very good for health.

Packed with antioxidants

Known to be packed with antioxidants than any vegetable and fruit could give you, it does not in any way mean you are going to live on black coffee throughout the day! The antioxidants are excellent metabolism boosters, especially when your metabolism is at a lower level.

Helps protect from liver cirrhosis

If you drink black coffee in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day – it helps you protect liver against developing cirrhosis. Not only cirrhosis, it has protective effects on fatty liver, hepatitis and other liver-related diseases.

Burns fat!

Caffeine helps in burning fat! Yes, it is true. It is one of the major ingredients used in fat burning supplements. As you may know, caffeine boosts metabolism by about 10%; in turn, it helps in burning fat by 28 to 29% in people who are lean and by 10 to 11% in people who are obese or moving towards obesity.

This again does not mean you are going to drown yourself in it! Drink in moderation – 4 to 5 cups a day starting from early morning till 6.30 pm/7 pm. Not after 7 pm because then, caffeine would disrupt your sleep.

Northern Star Cafe

Whilst I was living in Hamilton and working in Hexham, I used to Duck off for lunch at the Italian restaurant on Beaumont St. The Northern Star Cafe is easy to find. It is next to the Northern Star hotel but has no association to the hotel. Parking can be a bit difficult. Best to park around the corner and walk up to the restaurant.The lighting inside is indirect and gives the unique Mediterranean ambiance.

The Northern Star is a Cafe-style Italian cuisine restaurant. They have ethnic style dishes, mostly originating from the Mediterranean coastline. They have a great variety of salad or vegetable-based dishes. My favorite is Caesar salad. My wife always takes the salad combination with fruit and King prawns. The fruit that comes with the salad varies, such as grapes, avocado, or pears. My favorite appetizer is Prawns cooked in Chilli with special sauces and herbs. My wife’s selection is always the Grilled Chicken Ceaser Salad. They serve fabulous Pastas. Their variations of fish and meat are excellent, including Chicken, veal and steak.

We like the restaurant’s selections for the lunch and dinner menus. However, there is one thing that this restaurant has that no other one does. It is the personalised service from Jill and the great Home made recipes from Juliano Bettoli. All the staff are polite and know the wines and the meals on the menu. The decor is genuine Italian cafe style. The feel is great for all occasion. Since the restaurant is close to the centre of Newcastle, customers can also enjoy the Meals before catching a show or movie

Information of Hamdog

The story made me think about other incongruous food combinations. Salads used to be simply lettuce with salad dressing. Over time, other raw vegetables made their way into salads. Now, people commonly put meat in their salad. Thus, we have tuna salad, chicken salad, fish salad, and we also have fruit salad. But “hamdog” seems to have crossed some line of respect. It is a presentation of two different critter meats. I say two, but who really knows what critter is in a hot dog?

Would you go to a fine restaurant and order “lambkin?” That would be lamb with chicken. How about “horsenpfeffer” (horse meat and rabbit stew)? They do eat horse meat in some countries. There is no reason why a meat-on-meat culinary creation cannot come to America from any country if the Australians can send us “hamdog.” In fact, the possibilities of what critter meat is in a hot dog expand greatly when you consider what Australian critter meats might be put in one of those.

My mom likes to eat fried chicken livers. Could “hamdog” inspire the combining of organ meats from different animals? If you are a vegan you may puke at the idea of that. Is vegan puke, combined with the puke of a meat-eater an enhancement of nausea? Maybe we had better take a stand. We should tell the Australians not to send “hamdog” to America, before we must learn to live with the “McHamdog.” If they don’t listen to us, we may have to retaliate. We could send them “gizzard-chitterlings,” which would be cooked bird stomach and hog intestines.

Some Desserts With Coffee

Flavored Ice Pops

Many people only associate ice pops or popsicles with fruit juice or soft drinks. However, these can just as easily be made by using a combination of milk and coffee as well. Instead of making the coffee with water, it should be made with milk, poured into molds and be allowed to set in the freezer for a few hours. Anyone who is allergic to dairy can consider using coconut milk, almond milk or even rice milk as a substitute and still enjoy a cold dessert.

Espresso Brownies

Although these delectable coffee desserts may not be suitable for young children, they will definitely be a hit at an all-adults dinner party. When using any regular brownie recipe, a few tablespoons of any type of finely ground espresso can be used to enhance the flavor substantially, while also adding an interesting twist to what is usually a relatively plain dessert.

Coffee Panna Cotta

This is an extremely smooth and creamy dessert that can be prepared in shaped molds, with a coffee-based and/or brandy sauce that is flambéed over it. The dessert itself can then be garnished with chocolate chips, chocolate-covered coffee beans or even a basic chocolate sauce. If serving to children or non-alcoholics, the brandy can be omitted from the recipe.

Quick Coffee Ice Cream

Beating just 2 cups of heavy cream, adding sweetened condensed milk, chopped nuts and dissolved coffee to the mixture will yield a delicious homemade coffee-flavored ice cream. Once beaten, the mixture will have to be placed in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours to set fully. Nuts can be omitted if need be and replaced with chopped fruit pieces, chocolate chips, sprinkles or even crushed Oreo cookies.

Solstice Cafe

Simple metal tables painted over with an amateur painter’s touch, walls lined with paintings in various media and a bar serving both omelettes and alcohol, this is yet another secret spot unvisited by the hordes of breakfast feeders searching for another order of biscuits, grits and pancakes.

Solstice Cafe is what would happen if you turned an excellent bohemian coffee shop into a breakfast and lunch spot and then gave it a liquor license. The staff is friendly and on this particular Sunday morning, everyone seems to be gripping the hours before tomorrow as they sip their coffees and enjoy Sinatra crooning over the speakers.

The menu is lite, mostly consisting of eggs, sandwiches, potatoes and other simple fare. No pancakes, no super size servings. Just a quiet space away from the lines at the Flying Biscuit, Thumbs Up, and Crescent Moon – all with a huge painting of Elvis behind the bar.

Camille Sidewalk Cafe

They have different menus at different meal times throughout the day. They serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon chill, dinner, and catering. The photos of their menu line up will surely make you want for more. These restaurants are very famous for their gourmet wraps and sandwiches, and also serve fresh salads, fruit smoothies and Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice. In addition to these, desserts and freshly baked goods can also be enjoyed in their full coffee bar. The restaurant is famous for its Creamy Tuscan Tomato soup, and signature salsa. This restaurant is ideal for upscale lifestyle centers and metropolitan retail centers or office parks.

If you’re thinking of starting this type of franchise then expect full support from the Camille’s Sidewalk Café family. They will assist you from the architecture and construction phase, cafe management training and will even be there to give you moral support on your grand opening. You’ll have a direct line with the corporate office and will easily get email and phone assistance. Their cafe management training is good for 12 days which is very comprehensive to help you get going right away. As a franchisee, you are considered as Camille’s customers and not just a partner in business. They will make sure that they exceed your expectations. They want you also to enjoy the success that their other branches have attained.

The cost of the franchise is between $223,500 and $589,500. You must have a floor area of 600 square feet for structure and seating. If your restaurant is in-line, it should be composed of 2,500 square feet. The franchise fee is $30,000 per location and the royalties you pay are 6% of the gross sales less taxes.

Brazilian Coffee

From the span of 1880 to 1930, Brazil had a substantial increase in coffee production. By 1920, Brazil supplied 80% of the world’s coffee (imagine having almost the entire world dependent on you for coffee!). In more recent times, Brazil supplies almost 60% of the world’s total production (still not a bad feat to be producing for more than half the world).

So, why was there such a clamor for Brazilian coffee and why is it still true today? Perhaps it can be credited to their unique picking method. Brazil strip picks it traditionally—this means that they will only make a pass or two on a tree. So if there is uneven ripening, all levels of ripeness are chosen.

But even beyond their traditional picking method, Brazil makes such great tasting coffee because they go the natural and pulped natural method route in terms of processing. If you would ask a regular Brazilian on the street about this method, they might just inform you that this traditional processing for the past 150 years (even before pulping machines were available) has helped create this very unique Brazilian coffee blend of complexity and sweetness.

What many do not realize, however, is that Brazilian coffee is very popular, also because of its great diversity throughout the country. Traditionally and through specialty coffee, Brazilian coffee is known to be nutty, mildly sweet, and full of body. Nowadays, through advancements in processing and sorting, it can be intensely sweet with chocolate and caramel notes and complimentary acidic.

The diversity in Brazilian coffee is also brought about by the different coffee growing regions in the country. In the largest coffee-growing region of Brazil, Minas Gerais covers 50% of the country’s production and produces its main specialty coffee sources. The region of São Paulo, on the other hand, is one of the more traditional areas in Brazil for growing, producing pure Arabica coffee, and home to Port of Santos, where coffee leaves Brazil. Espiritu Santo, another growing region, is second in Brazilian coffee production, with 28% of its coffee being Arabica. The warm climate and high altitude region of Bahia, farms 75% Arabica coffee, while the Parana region grows Arabica coffee exclusively. Lastly, the region of Rodonia is dedicated solely to Conilon or Robusta coffee.

Baked Pepperoni Casserole

I tend to keep a lot of pasta in my cabinets and pasta is one of those items that are a necessity to have in the pantry. You can eat it by itself or add some meat to it to create a meal. I needed a meal idea and had several boxes of macaroni noodles. Since my daughter has a love thing for pepperoni, I came up with the idea of baked pepperoni casserole. Here’s my daughter inspired meal for you to try.

Ingredients

1 lb bag/box of elbow macaroni

1 package of sliced pepperoni

1 onion

1 jar spaghetti sauce

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 can black olives

1 8 oz package of mozzarella cheese

¼ cup parmesan cheese

Cook elbow macaroni according to package directions or until al dente which is firm. Please do not overcook noodles in water since you will put the pasta in the oven to cook. Drain the noodles and add in a casserole dish. Chop up the onion and add to a skillet with the olive oil to sauté for a few minutes then put in the casserole dish. Drain the can of olives and add to the casserole. Add the entire package of pepperoni. Use your favorite jar of spaghetti sauce or you can make a homemade sauce if you choose. I like the brand Ragu. Add the spaghetti sauce to the pepperoni casserole. Mix in half the package of cheese to the dish and mix well. Use the rest of the cheese to sprinkle all over the top of the casserole. Then sprinkle the parmesan cheese over of the dish. Add the casserole to a 350 degree oven and bake for 30 minutes or until nice and bubbly. Remove from oven and serve with buttered garlic toast.

Buttered Garlic toast

4 slices of Texas toast

½ stick butter (room temperature)

4 cloves garlic

2 Tbsp parmesan cheese

Mix the butter, garlic and parmesan. Toast the bread and spread the garlic butter on the toast.

Cafe House Braun

This model is ideal for use in Europe and Asia since the power cords are of European/Asian Style and the voltage is 220/240 50Hz. Its price of less than a hundred dollars make it a true bargain for its quality.

What’s good about Braun Kf560 Coffee Maker:

  • This coffeemaker is inexpensive
  • The Braun PureAqua really helps in improving coffee taste by reducing chlorine
  • Can make big batches of coffee quickly (up to 10 cups)
  • Easy and convenient to use
  • Very functional yet simple
  • Great tasting coffee in every pot
  • Like all classic Braun coffee makers, the Kf560 has a sleek design that looks elegant and attractive on any countertop
  • Coffee always comes out very hot
  • Has an adjustable shut-off warming plate that keeps its temperature up to four house after brewing
  • The gold filter helps to improve the taste whilst eliminating the need for paper filters

Other features of Braun Cafe House include:

  • Drip stop when removing the jug
  • Take-out filter basket
  • Large, visible pilot light
  • Pivoting filter basket with overflow protection
  • Easy cleaning
  • Dishwasher-safe carafe and lid
  • Water level indicator
  • Integrated cord storage

Kf560 Things to Consider:

  • If you want a strong pot of coffee, it would be best that you brew 10 cups of coffee to get desired flavor
  • Pause and serve function have been reported to have leaking issues
  • Serving is not made to be a pour and go; one needs to be careful in pouring the coffee or else it may spill
  • Doesn’t have a function/setting that allows you to adjust your coffee’s brewing strength

Gluten Free Cafe

I checked out Kashmir on a sunny Saturday afternoon and was treated to a wonderful chicken breast pakora’s with a beautiful salad. The flavor of the Kashmir menu is cafe style Indian, Thai and Mediterranean food styles. Indian dishes, such as Chicken and Onion Pakoras, Thai dishes, such as chicken satay and fish cakes and Mediterranean dishes such as Chickpea and Zucchini patties, mean that everyone will find something they like.

On the sweeter side I had a lovely real apple Turkish tea and then to investigate the cakes! There are so many to choose from I did not know what to do! All the cakes are baked on site, and therefore are different from your standard range. I have managed eventually to decide on a cranberry cake. It was light, fluffy and fruity.

The home-wares, jewelery and accessories are also fantastic and worth a browse while your food is prepared. Kashmir certainly worth a trip to Redcliffe! Check the details out on our site.

The author, Catherine Harrington, is the creator and owner of Gluten Free in Brisbane.com, which is an online resource for the gluten free community in Brisbane. The site provides useful information on restaurants, cafes, products, and shops that provide gluten free alternatives. We also provide information on practitioners who specialize in diagnosing and managing gluten intolerance as well as gluten free recipe updates.