Written on October 27, 2017
Derived from the word “culina”, culinary means kitchen or cooking. So when we say “culinary arts”, we are actually referring to the art of cooking. Well, culinary arts are one of the fastest growing fields in today’s tough and highly competitive world. It is rapidly growing for the reason that more and more people are becoming interested to it.
Culinary arts are a hit in almost every society today for one simple reason – millions of people know how to cook and a lot of them know how to prepare great meals. However, becoming a good chef can’t only be attained by simply knowing and having the necessary skills. The skills will turn out to be useless if not exercised or practiced. It is for this reason actually that culinary arts were developed and introduced to the public.
The culinary arts then serve as a great way to learn everything about cooking. Numerous experts have said that through culinary arts, people can arm themselves with the right knowledge that will elevate themselves and their passion for cooking into a new, higher level. It is only through this way that they will be able to expand their chances of developing their skills and discovering more potential in them that can be achieved in this field.
For several good reasons behind the development of the concept, numerous schools offering these courses are now continually emerging. The schools are established knowing how important proper education in culinary arts is. It is in fact claimed by several cooking enthusiasts that attending a culinary school is necessary especially if you are considering cooking as your passion and that you want to excel and pursue a career in cooking.
Yes, contrary to what many people believe that cooking can be learned from their own kitchen with a little improvisation and intuition, cooking is not a simple process. You need to take and undergo several challenges and professional trainings first before you can master the craft, or before you can consider yourself as a culinary expert. Perhaps the best thing that you can do for yourself and for your craft is to simply treat the art of cooking as both an art and a science. Note that it is through this craft that you will learn about ingredients and how they are used in the foods that you wish to cook. Learning these ingredients though is not easy. As you may know, there are a lot of potential ingredients out there and each has its own properties and uses. For you to become adept into determining which of the available ingredients is best for your cooking plan, you need to be a well-informed chef first.
Culinary arts is also important for the reason that in today’s highly competitive job market where hotels and restaurants operate, getting a good job in a good restaurant is a bit tough especially if you are not armed with a professional culinary training. This is also the reason that culinary schools are opened to help people obtain a good training that will help boost their qualifications in the culinary field.
So if you want a career in cooking and want to excel in your chosen field, attending a culinary arts school can be a great decision to make. It is important to note, however, that just like any education, culinary school is very expensive.
Understanding what is healthy to eat seems to be a maze of obstacles in our modern world of processed and enriched food. You have to check the nutritional value of every product you buy at the grocery store, know how to prepare them, even be cautious on what is the “in” food. There is a tug-o-war on what food is good for you and what is not. Such as carbsone day they are proclaimed unhealthy then the next day you hear news that it’s a necessity for your body.
I say let’s stop this food mumble jumble and go back to the basics. Let’s look back at the diets of our ancestors when obesity, cancer, and heart problems were not considered as a “trend”. The traditional dishes of our ancestors were based from whole foods prepared in simple healthy ways. If we return to the old practices of eating, we’ll be feeding our body the dosage of nutrients and minerals which can drastically help lead a healthier life.
To support that information, the countries with the reputation to have the healthiest diets are those who still strongly put into practice the diets of their forefathers.
Basis of Judging Healthiest Countries in the World
Since we are generally talking about the traditional diets of different cultures, it only gives justice to acknowledge that there is no ultimate health freak country.
Like the assortment of flavors in our spice cabinets, each spice gives its own unique flavor to a dish. As for the traditional diets of these nations, each has their own unique practice that promotes good health.
The countries listed below show their most distinctive techniques that make eating such a delightful way to lead a good life.
I have always been awed by how the Japanese would infuse their strong culture in every aspect of their life. Their need for continuous improvement known as kaizen, their ingenuity on everything, and their culinary signature of fresh dishes!
In a 2008 research, Japan was reputed to be the country to hold one of the highest life expectancies for women reaching the age of 85.59, and men to the age of 78.73. Japan is also acknowledged to have low adult obesity rates of only 3% in the industrialized world.
Although the country is also well-known to have one of the highest stress levels in work and school, and as we all know stress is the root of most diseases and sickness, their low cholesterol diet rich in fish, rice, seaweed, stews and other steamed food has worked its purpose to balance their health.
Japanese from the Okinawa region, created a unique practice called “hara hachi bu,” meaning “eight parts out of 10. With this practice, Okinawans stop eating when they are 80 percent full. A perfect practice to prevent over eating because it takes approximately 20 minutes for your body to realize that you are full.
The most classic and famous traditional Japanese dish would be the Miso soup. This soothing soup has kept it’s simplicity over many years and is still a grand favorite among Japanese today.
Written on October 26, 2017
In the early 1970s, when I was very young and with small children to care for, I had a few cookie recipes I would make very often, because they were simple recipes, with ingredients I usually had at hand. Cookies are a terrific snack, dont require utensils to pick up and eat and can be made ahead for a party. However, even with all that, they are just not my favorite things to make, because they need to be made either by dropping individually onto the baking sheet, rolling out and cutting (making a mess on the counter and more cleanup), or the often added step of having to chill the dough before working. I like immediacy. I want to mix up a recipe, bake it, clean up and be done.
One morning I made a batch of these cookies, finally popped the last pan in the oven, and set the timer. Itching to get outside for a bit and see what the children were doing, I went out and got distracted. By the time I remembered the cookies in the oven, they had burnt and shrunken down to tiny little black hockey pucks – not even the dogs had any interest in them! It pays not to get distracted when baking. This was the last straw. I had to think of a better way.
I came up with a brilliant idea that I call my Busy-Mom-Method one I use to this day. Rather than take the time to make all the individual cookies by batches, with separate baking times (and time to get distracted), I would roll the cookie dough directly onto a greased baking sheet, working it evenly to the edges and baking it as one large cookie. It is best to use a baking sheet that has three open sides, as it is simpler to maneuver the rolling pin and get the cookie rolled evenly. Keep in mind also, that a little more flour may be needed in the dough to allow for lifting it out and forming into a rough rectangle for rolling. Also, a little extra flour over the surface while rolling helps to keep the rolling pin from sticking. Try not to add any more flour than absolutely necessary, or the cookies will come out denser and harder.
It takes a few minutes more in the oven with one large cookie, but it comes out perfectly. Just watch for the edges to be golden, and the center to be set. With these cookies, I also make a simple icing that is just 1 1/2 cups of confectioners sugar, a pinch of salt, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and enough water or milk to make a relatively thick consistency (very slow to fall from the spoon). Spread this over the hot cookie straight from the oven. The hot cookie warms the icing, making it melt and spread easily, using the back of the same spoon I used to mix the icing. I am all for less cleanup! Once the cookie cools, the icing dries and hardens, and I just cut the large cookie into small bar or square shapes, and voila, cookies in half the time. Two of my favorite recipes for this method were Hermits and Simple Vanilla Cookies. If you are a busy mom, try this method with any simple cookie dough. The Hermit cookies had raisins in them, but the thickness of the dough was no less than the thickness of the raisins, so it still worked well.
Simple Vanilla Cookies
Makes about 7 dozen
1 cup unsalted butter
2/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
Cream butter, shortening and sugar. Add vanilla and salt. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each. Stir in flour, mixing well. Drop from a teaspoon 2 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Flatten with floured, flat-bottomed glass. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Remove immediately from pan.
These Simple Vanilla Cookies are incredibly good, from such a simple recipe. Don’t take my word – try them out, either as individual cookies, or with my busy-mom-method.
Thank you for taking the time to read my article. I hope it was informative and helped you along your own culinary journey. You will find many more recipes and helpful tips on my web site. I am on Facebook at A Harmony of Flavors and share a recipe or tip each day to the fans that have liked my site. I hope to see you there soon.
Written on October 23, 2017
Cooking was once seen as either a hobby or a chore. Up till now, it is regarded as a highly skilled line of work within a multi-billion industry. Students taking up culinary arts are equipped with different levels of skills and knowledge, but they all share the same thing and that is the passion for cooking. You will never go further and study culinary arts if, in the first place, you don’t have interest in cooking, now would you?
Food is the one thing that has always been and will continue to be a big part of our daily lives as a result of the family recipes that we carry with great care from many generations passed. For some, they learn new cuisines while others even go to culinary schools to perfect their skills and experience and obtain a degree in culinary arts. Knowing that everybody needs food is so much easy to understand, but aren’t you interested to know as to when and where do the different types of taste, presentations and features of the food started? If you are, then lets us discover the history of culinary arts.
The history of culinary can be traced back in the 1800s when the very first cooking school in Boston was teaching the art of American cooking along with preparing the students to pass on their knowledge to others. The first cookbook ever published was written by Fannie Merrit Farmer in 1896, who also attended the Boston cooking school and whose book is still widely used as a reference and it remains in print at present.
The next phase in the history of culinary arts was taken through the television where in 1946 James Beard, who is also recognized as father of the American cuisine, held regular cooking classes on the art of American cooking. On the other hand, the French cuisine was brought to life in the American society by Julia Child in 1960s when, through the power of the radios, she entered all the kitchens nationwide.
Later on the history of culinary, the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) was founded and was the first culinary school to hold career-based courses on the art of cooking. Its first location was in the campus of Yale University in Connecticut, which was later moved in 1972 to New York. But before the CIA was established, those who wanted a career in culinary arts normally had to go through apprenticeships under seasoned chefs to gain on-the-job training. This learning method was a traditional course in Europe, but rather a challenging arrangement as organized apprenticeships were a quite new concept in the history of culinary arts in the US. However today, apprenticeships continue to offer an excellent culinary experience to aspiring chefs.
Written on October 22, 2017
The world over, culinary arts are being recognised as a popular and prestigious way of life. People are flocking to learn and enjoy this popular modern day gourmet renaissance.
The culinary arts in detail
One might ask, what are the culinary arts? Well, up until now they have been thought of as traditional cooking styles such as French Cuisine, Chinese Cooking or Japanese Traditional. All names we are familiar with, however the current trend in the culinary arts is demanding more of chefs, indeed asking them to incorporate their skills into a well rounded package. A common term today is ‘fusion’ which is just that, the blending of traditional and new styles to create a completely new culinary art.
The challenge for newcomers
The challenge for new chefs on the scene is to discern themselves from mainstream gourmet as true culinary artists. They must not only master the art of cooking and presentation, but truly master ‘culinary’ gourmet if they wish to rise above the cream in this ever expanding industry. As observers of this culinary arts revolution it is a challenge to constantly keep up with these new and exciting styles. It is common for an observer of the culinary arts industry to find an artisan that they enjoy and to focus on his or her work. It is truly a joy to watch these culinary artists develop and expand their edgy styles.
Culinary Arts Career Salaries
Salary of a chef depends on the level of culinary education and his experience. An executive chef with a BA degree and several years of experience can make a salary up to $200,000 dollars a year. Most chefs have an average salary of $40,000 to $60,000 dollars a year.
Personal chefs normally work 4-5 days per week and can make $50,000 dollars to $60,000 dollars a year.
Freshly picked culinary herbs add flavour to food and many are delicious additions to salads. Edible herb flowers such as pot marigold, nasturtium and rosemary can also be added to the salad bowl. Many culinary herbs are rich in vitamins and minerals and when freshly picked and eaten raw they can form part of a well-balanced diet. Raw herbs can also be used to add flavour to oils and vinegars for cooking and for salads.
Parsley leaves gives a fresh flavour to sauces and salads, when added just before serving. The stems and leaves of parsley can also be used in bouquet garni. Parsley tastes particularly good with pasta dishes, omelettes, vegetables, fish and any meat or poultry.
Parsley is one of the most widely known and used of the culinary herbs. There are two main types of parsley – curly leaf and flat leaf – and both are excellent for culinary purposes. Both of these herbs are a rich source of vitamins and minerals and they can be used to enhance the flavour of cooked dishes and green salads.
Basil goes with almost any dish but it has a special affinity with tomatoes and is a favourite in Italian cooking.
Sweet basil with its soft green leaves and creamy white or purple tinted flowers is the most popular type of basil. This culinary herb can be used in sauces and salads and to enhance the flavour of cooked dishes such as soups and stews. Perhaps the greatest basil dish is pesto sauce, eaten with spaghetti. This combination makes a wonderfully delicious meal.
There are many other types of basil. Purple ruffle, dark opal and Greek basil are three of the other more unusual varieties, all with differing flavours.
Spearmint and peppermint are two members of the mint family most widely known and used as culinary herbs. There are many varieties of mint, some with distinct scents and flavours and some can be used for a variety of culinary purposes, such as in sweet and savoury dishes, in salads and for herb tea.
Spearmint is a favourite for mint sauce to accompany lamb and tastes particularly good with dishes such as soups, stews, plain meats, fish and lemon-based deserts.
Peppermint is also popular as a culinary herb flavouring. This herb is most commonly used as flavouring for sweets and chocolates etc. and is also used to flavour cordials. Fresh peppermint leaves can be used to make peppermint tea and the leaves can be added to fresh green salads.
Thyme can be used to improve the flavour of most dishes. Both the fresh and dried leaves of this herb are used for cooking. Fresh thyme leaves are useful in many savoury dishes.
Thyme has a rich flavour which makes it an ideal accompaniment to roast meats and tastes good in slowly cooked dishes such as stews and soups. The finely chopped fresh leaves may be added to new potatoes or salad.
Thyme is regarded as one of the great culinary herbs and is widely used in European cooking. This herb is an evergreen perennial it is recognisable by its mauve flowers and small leaves.
Warning: Avoid using Thyme if you are pregnant.
This lovely culinary herb has a strong but pleasant flavour. It enhances the flavour of many dishes such as strong tasting fish and some meat dishes but goes especially well with lamb and also tastes good with strong flavoured vegetables.
Rosemary is also used as a flavouring for jams and jellies.
Rosemary is recognisable by its silver leaves, delicate light blue flowers and strong aromatic scent. Warning: Do not use Rosemary if you suffer from epilepsy or have a heart condition.
Sage has a powerful flavour but when used carefully it enhances the flavour of many foods, such as meat dishes, tomato-based sauces, salads and cheese dishes. Sage is most famous as a traditional stuffing for pork, turkey or goose.
There are several varieties of sage and all can be used for culinary purposes. Sage leaves can be used whole in many dishes and the young leaves can be used in green salads.
Sage is used worldwide as a flavouring herb and is among the most widely known and used of the culinary herbs. Sage is recognisable by its aromatic scent and blue or lilac flowers.
Sage is used worldwide as a flavouring herb and is among the most widely known and used of the culinary herbs. Sage is recognisable by its aromatic scent and blue or lilac flowers.
The sheer enjoyment of eating meals flavoured with wonderful aromatic culinary herbs awaits you.
Written on October 20, 2017
Are you confused by which smoking woods best compliment different types of smoked foods? You are not alone. Mankind has been cooking over burning woods for thousands of years. Through much trial and error it is obvious that certain types of woods best flavor specific foods, better than others. There are many varieties of wood that are used in the process of both hot smoking and cold smoking foods. The combinations of woods to foods are positively endless. Most people equate the process of smoking with meat, poultry and seafood. There are a great many other choices for smoking however. Cheeses, nuts, vegetables and even fruits are also excellent choices. That being said, there is little wonder that this can be a bit baffling. Exactly which wood flavors compliment what food types will be clarified in this article.
I have been smoking many varieties of food for over 40 years. I believe that the flavor introduced into the foods through the smoking process makes the food some of the finest culinary tastes in the world. The key here is that the wood should compliment the flavor of the foods not overpower it. When I began smoking many years ago it was very confusing to me as to which species of wood I should use with which food. Although many people have personal taste preferences, there are certainly general rules to follow. With a vast array of choices, I will do my best to try to simplify this for you.
First and foremost, there are many woods that absolutely should NOT be used for food smoking. Some of these woods are actually toxic to human beings while others just impart a horrible flavor. The general rule of thumb is to avoid the evergreen family. Some of the woods to avoid include, cedar, cypress, elm, pine, fir, redwood, spruce and sycamore. Now that we know what NOT to smoke with, let’s get onto the good and flavorful woods that you should use.
There are many woods that you can smoke with. I am going to elaborate on the top choices, finest tasting, and most popular smoking woods. Fruitwood trees are amongst the most popular with the seasoned food smokers and are well known for their sweet delicate flavors. This list is organized from the mildest smoking woods to the most robust.
1. APPLE – Mild flavor, light sweet taste, and imparts a fruity smoked flavor. Best foods – Beef, Poultry (especially game birds), Pork (in particular hams), Cheddar Cheese and Oysters Foods can be smoked for longer periods of time due to the mildness of this wood. Excellent for cold smoking.
2. CHERRY – Delicate flavor, sweet taste, and also imparts a fruity smoked flavor. Best Foods – Poultry (especially game birds), Pork, Scallops, Eggplant, Bananas, and Cheeses Foods can be smoked for extended periods of time due to the mildness of this wood. Excellent for cold smoking.
3. ALDER – Mild delicate flavor, with an impressive and unique taste. Best Foods: The traditional choice for Salmon. Swordfish, Sturgeon, Halibut, Steelhead, Prawns, Shrimp, Rattlesnake, Chicken and Corn on the Cob. Normal standard smoking times are the rule. Another good choice for cold smoking.
Unless you were born a vegetarian, you have probably had a delicious hamburger or cheeseburger at some point in your life. Meat is one of the foods that vegans and vegetarians have a hard time ignoring, especially when they first adopt this healthy lifestyle. Don’t worry, you can have your vegetarian lifestyle and eat burgers at the same time, when you enjoy the following 3 flavorful and satisfying veggie burger creations.
1 – Portobella Veggie Burger
You are going to need cooked black beans, minced fresh broccoli, a red onion, 3 XL eggs, Panko bread crumbs, olive oil, your favorite seasoning, anchovie-free Worcestershire sauce, minced garlic and vegan grated Parmesan. Oh yeah, and portobella caps.
Mash 1 cup of black beans in a large mixing bowl. Cube your portobello caps into small pieces. Add them to the mashed black beans, along with 1 more cup of black beans, your favorite seasoning, 1 cup of minced broccoli, 1/2 cup red onion and 2 tablespoons minced garlic. Mix well.
Add 3 extra large eggs beaten, 3/4 cup vegan Parmesan cheese, and a little more than 1/2 cup of Panko bread crumbs. Mix gently.
Over medium heat, add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to a nonstick pan. Wet your hands and form burgers from your mixture. Cook in oil for 3 to 5 minutes per side.
2 – Kickin’ Chickpea Veggie Burger
The kick here comes from hot and spicy sriracha sauce. Rinse, drain and mash 1 can of chickpeas in a large bowl. Add 1 grated zucchini, 1/2 red onion finely diced, 3 tablespoons finely chopped cilantro and 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar. Mix.
Add 1 tablespoon of sriracha sauce, 2 tablespoons veggie peanut butter, 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 2 teaspoons black pepper, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt and 1 cup of your favorite quick oats. Mix thoroughly.
Form into patties and cook on your barbecue grill until done. You cal also fry in a pan on your stove for 3 to 5 minutes each side.
3 – Super Simple 6 Ingredient Veggie Burgers
Sometimes simple is the best. These healthy plant-based burgers were created by a vegetarian who was on the road in a hotel room. They require just 6 ingredients, including 15 ounces of rinsed and drained black beans, ketchup and mustard, garlic powder and onion powder. Add your favorite quick oats. Here we go!
Preheat your oven or barbecue grill to around 400 degrees. Mash 2/3 of your can of beans. Add the remainder of beans, 1 tablespoon yellow mustard, 2 tablespoons ketchup and 1 teaspoon each garlic powder and onion powder. Mix well. Add and mix 1/3 cup instant oats, and then divide this mixture into 4 veggie burger patties. If grilling or baking, 7 minutes on each side is fine. Add your favorite whole-grain bun or bread, vegetarian condiments and toppings, and enjoy.
Imagine it is between 3 to 4 pm, your child is back from school and the many extra-curricular activities and is hungry. While you do want to keep them satiated until dinner, stop and think for a minute before you grab that conveniently packaged snack off the counter. Do you really want to give your child a snack of artificial food with additives? Certainly not!
Would it not be great if you could find some quick and interesting recipes to make for your kids, while resting assured that you are giving them something they enjoy eating and yet, nutritious?
The simple solution is – incorporate almonds!
These nuts are not only a great snack option but are also convenient and deliver a host of nutrients like vitamin E, riboflavin, fibre, protein and many others. In other words, almonds are a healthy alternative for a variety of unwholesome snacks, readily available. In addition, since these nuts are tasty and crunchy, they can also satisfy your child’s sensory cravings.
Here are some super yummy yet nutritious recipes that you could try out for your kids:
Custard has always been a favourite with the tiny humans. With addition of almonds, you can add this to the list of wholesome snack recipes for kids!
Preparation Time: 20mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Almonds (roasted) – 200gms
Egg yolk – 6no
Vanilla essence – 3ml
Corn flour – 25gms
Blanch almonds and make a smooth paste, keep aside. Mix egg yolk and corn flour in a bowl, keep aside.
Boil sugar and milk. Then, add some warm milk to the egg yolks and whisk, keep aside. Keep milk at simmer, add the tempered yolk mixture and cook for 5 mins.
Keep stirring and pour the almond paste and set in a fridge. Serve cold.
This quick and easy recipe not only gives you delicious cookies but will also leave your kids asking for more.
Preparation Time: 20mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Flour – 1kg
Baking powder – 1/2 tsp
Lemon zest -2 tblspn
Salt – a pinch
Butter (unsalted)-700 gms
Powdered sugar – 300 gms
Almonds (finely crushed) – 200gms
Mix cream, butter and icing sugar thoroughly. Fold in all the dry ingredients.
Shape it in small balls and roll it in crushed almonds.
On a greased baking tray, bake the cookies at 170 degree Celsius for 20mins. Serve.
Badam Elaichi Shake
This is one of the easy recipes to make which gives you a whole of lot of goodness from ingredients like elaichi, badam, honey and cardamom.
Preparation Time: 10mins
Cooking time: 15mins
Milk – 3 cups
Almonds (peeled and chopped) – 1/2 cup
Honey – 1tbl spn
Cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Saffron – 5 strands.
Vanilla ice cream – 2 scoops (optional)
Mix all the ingredients and blend in a blender. Froth it up and serve chilled, garnished with almond flakes.
Paneer Badam Ka Cheela
This Indian recipe, that pretty much every Indian household is familiar with, can be a great snack recipe for kids for mid-meal munching.
Preparation Time: 10mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Besan – 2cups
Baking powder – 1/4thtsp
Salt – ½ tsp
Ajwain – 1/4thtsp
Red chilli powder – ½ tsp
Oil – 3 tblspn
For the stuffing
Paneer (mashed) – ½ cup
Badam (chopped) – 1/4th cup
Jeera roasted – 1 tsp
Salt – ½ tsp
Green chilly chop – 1 no
Ginger chop – 2 tsp
Green coriander chop – 1 tblspn
Make a thick batter using besan, salt, ajwain, red chilli powder, baking powder and water. Keep aside.
Mix together all the ingredients nicely for the stuffing.
Heat a non stick pan and drizzle a little oil. Pour a little batter and spread around thinly. Allow to cook on one side and then gently turn it. Flash cook on this side and turn immediately.
Now spoon out the stuffing and place in the centre horizontally. Fold the cheela like a dosa or a cigar.
Remove and serve hot.
Toasted Almonds and Tomato Uttapam Pizza
A western twist to a popular south Indian recipe can be all the excitement your kids can ask for, pre or post their play time.
Serves: 1 person
Preparation time: 8 – 10 minutes
Cooking time: 12 – 15 minutes
Uttapam batter – 75 ml
Almonds cut into half(unpeeled) – 15 g
Tomato deseeded and chopped – 10 g
Chopped onion – 10 g
Chopped ginger – 2 g
Chopped coriander – 2 g
Pizza sauce – 5 g
Parmesan cheese grated – 3 g
Salt – to taste
Refined oil – 5 ml
Pour the uttapam batter in the centre of a heated non-stick pan. Sprinkle chopped tomato, onion, ginger and coriander, evenly on top. Turn the uttapam upside down to cook it from top for about a minute. Then, turn it back and spread the pizza sauce. Add almond halves and turn it over, once again.
Then, remove from the pan and sprinkle grated parmesan on it. Cut it into 4 pieces like a pizza. Serve hot.
Badam ki Kheer
This popular desert accompanies most Indian food preparations at home during festivals. However, since it is prepared so rarely, kids love it so much more.
Do not hesitate to make your kids happy every now and then by whipping up some kheeron regular days.
Preparation Time: 10mins
Cooking time: 20mins
Desi ghee – 2 tblspn
Almonds – 1 cup
Green cardamom powder – 1/2 tsp
Rice – 3 tblspn
Milk – 1lt
Raisins – 1/2 cup
Sugar – 150 gms
Almond slivers – 1 & 1/2tblspn
Soak rice for half hour. Soak raisins in water for 15 minutes. Blanch the almonds, remove skin and grind to a paste adding little water.
Heat a pan and add desi ghee. Now lightly sauté the almond paste on low heat for 1 minute. Add milk and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat and add rice. Cook for 15 minutes or till the rice overcooks and thickens the kheer. Add sugar and raisins. Garnish with almond slivers.
Almond and Soya Milk Smoothie
A healthy recipe to serve your kids, anytime of the day, a glass of this smoothie can give them the goodness of soya milk and almonds which can provide essential nutrients such protein, calcium and many vitamins and minerals.
Preparation time: 15 minutes
Cooking time: no cooking time
Almond Flakes – 100 g
Soya Milk – 750 ml
Honey – 150 g
Whole almonds – 350 g
Banana – 200 g
In a mixer jar, take whole almonds without skin add soya milk, honey and banana in it. Blend it and garnish with roasted almonds flakes.
Tip: Add a berry flavour as per availability to enhance flavour.
Written on October 17, 2017
Cinnamon is an aromatic spice, which is considered to be highly useful for human health. This sweet-tasted spice is available in the form of hard sticks, as it is derived from the inner barks of some medicinal trees. Cinnamon is known to be effective in lowering the blood sugar, cholesterol and excess body weight; while it is also used as a successful home remedy for the improvement of cardiac health and the immune system of the body, as well as preventing Alzheimer’s disease or other similar kinds of brain damages.
The cinnamon tea is consumed by many health-conscious people as a healthy beverage, that is also favored due to its rich flavor. Hence, a few simple steps of making a cup of hot cinnamon tea are discussed here.
Ingredients: The main ingredients of making cinnamon tea are cinnamon sticks or powder, tea bag, sugar or sweetener, milk (optional), lemon juice (optional), black pepper powder (optional) and water.
The 4 steps of making cinnamon tea:
Boil cinnamon in water – First of all, a concoction is prepared by boiling a fresh cinnamon stick in water for 10 – 15 minutes and the resultant liquid is then filtered through a sieve. If a powdered form of cinnamon is used, then this powder needs to be added to the boiling water and mixed thoroughly, and kept aside for a few minutes, to let the cinnamon powder dissolve well in the hot water.
Mix this concoction with more hot water – Some water is boiled separately for making tea, in a pan or an electric kettle. Then this hot water is mixed with the previously prepared cinnamon concoction in the proportion of 3:1, directly in a teacup and mixed well with a spoon.
Dip the tea bag in this mixture – A tea bag is put in the cup and let soak in this mixture of cinnamon concoction and hot water, for minimum 2- 3 minutes, till the liquid becomes dark brown.
Add sugar or any other optional taste – Now 1-2 spoonfuls of sugar can be added to this cinnamon tea, according to the taste of the drinker. If any diabetic or overweight person will be drinking it, a similar quantity of artificial sweetener should be added, instead of sugar. If anyone wishes it to be tastier, he can add little quantity of warm milk to this sweetened cinnamon tea. But instead of milk, the obese people may opt for some lemon juices, to avoid the extra calories of milk, while making this tea more flavored. The addition of a pinch of powdered black pepper may make this tea even spicier, for those who prefer a hot flavor of the tea.
Overall, the cinnamon tea is a simple form of herbal tea, which is both healthy and tasty. Therefore, it is highly popular among all, young and old people, rendering them better health.