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Thursday, April 28 2011
A lot of homes and business love to order, breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner out and use food delivery right to where they are. Most cooking businesses will limit the miles that they will deliver their service to from their main hub. Whether you are relaxing for the evening or really busy and need a helping hand, order food in. One can place a desired amount of items to be brought to them for a later date, also. Most items brought within minutes are fresh and can be eaten then. Items that come to you days or months after an order is placed can be frozen and used when needed.
People that work may decide to have their choice of meal cooked and delivered instead of cooking it themselves. Learning establishments will reward their children with meals from outside of the school. Fresh vegetables, meats, and fruits are fun to have someone bring to you. Foodstuff is the primary choice of quick feasts.
Many special events are the reason for getting foods from outside of a person's whereabouts. Marriages, birthdays, retirements, along with many others are some of the main reasons for these orders. In the business world to give their employees a pat on the back, supervisors will have eats brought in to say "Thank You".
Limits sometimes have to be put in place to ensure the health safety of products. Cold items must stay cold in refrigerators or freezers while hot foods are in insulated bags. To run smoothly, a plan has to be put in place and carried out with very little deviations.
Days of rest and relaxation can be made even more so with someone else cooking your eatables. Whether it is a friend, family member, or store that brings you your nourishment there is the added pleasure of very little preparation tools to clean up. Normally things are brought in throw away paper or plastic dishes. Spoons, forks, and knives come with your order. By ordering out much, one can get very spoiled.
Fresh and quick meals provide great vitamin and mineral filled things to eat. These kinds of items are really favored for bosses to give to his/her exceptional workers. Groups or individuals can admire the work of others cooking so they don't have to.
Teachers and students enjoy a day off from eating their school lunches. The cafeteria workers enjoy not having to cook also. By having delicious and nutrients objects help make a company have a good name. Making good grades have their good points especially when rewarded with food.
There are many meal delivery services that can bring food in both fresh and frozen forms. These services are used by those that are trying to have a relaxing day. Others, such as places of employment, also take advantages of having fast foodstuff toted in. Mileage plays an important part in ordering the meals for a day or days. Some companies must have refrigerators or freezers to deliver their items safely. Delivery services are a great choice when you don't want to cook and will allow others to do it for you.
Monday, April 25 2011
Combined with herbs and spices, whether roasted, broiled, grilled or poached, chicken is both an extremely versatile and delicious food. Apart from that, chicken also has some great health benefits.
The following guide will explain just why chicken makes a healthy addition to your diet, and also give you some of the top tips to make the best buy for your chicken recipes.
The Main Health Benefits of Chicken
Chicken is an excellent source of protein, which is essential to the bone structure of human beings - just 4 ounces will provide 67.6% of the daily protein value that your body needs.
Proteins found in meats can be high in cholesterol and fats, whereas chicken not only has less than half the fat of a trimmed Choice grade T-bone steak, it contains less unhealthy saturated fat than beef. Bear in mind however that the skin of chicken doubles its amount of saturated fat, so for health reasons you really want to serve your tasty chicken recipes without it.
Chicken is an excellent source of the cancer-protective B vitamin called Niacin. Components of human DNA require Niacin to function correctly, so a deficiency of this can cause genetic damage. A four-ounce serving of chicken will provide your body with 72% of its daily value for Niacin.
This tasty bird is also a good source of the trace mineral Selenium, which is fundamentally important to human health, including thyroid hormone metabolism, antioxidant defence systems and the immune system. Scientific research has shown a strong correlation between correct Selenium intake and cancer prevention. Four ounces of chicken will supply 40% of the daily recommended intake of Selenium.
Alzheimer's and Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Research has shown that regular consumption of Niacin-rich foods like chicken also provides protection against Alzheimer's disease and other age-related cognitive decline. It has also revealed that those who get a 22 mg per day dose of Niacin are 70% less likely to develop Alzheimer's than those consuming only13 mg daily, plus the rate of age-related cognitive decline was significantly reduced.
Chicken is not only a great source of vitamin B6, it contains a mix of B-complex vitamins that support energy metabolism in the body. Vitamin B6 has also been proven to play a key role in cardiovascular health as it prevents damage to blood vessel walls. Four ounces of chicken will supply 32% of your daily needs for vitamin B6.
Buying the Best Chicken
When shopping for a whole chicken, look for one that has a solid, plump shape with a rounded breast. Even when buying chicken parts, the flesh should feel pliable when gently pressed. The colour of the chicken's skin, which can be white or yellow, does not have any bearing on its nutritional value. Regardless of its colour however, the skin should be opaque and not spotted.
To state the obvious, never buy any meat that has an "off" smell, and do not buy chicken if the sell-by date has expired. If you're purchasing a frozen chicken, make sure that it's frozen solid and does not have any ice deposits or freezer burn. Also, keep an eye out for chicken that has frozen liquid in the package, as this could indicate that it's been defrosted and refrozen, which is a definite health risk.
It's always a good idea to choose chicken that has been organically raised or that is "free-range" because these methods of poultry raising are more humane as well as produce chickens that are tastier and better for your health. Non-organically grown chickens may have been have been fed hormones or antibiotics which you want to steer clear of. Free-range chickens are allowed access to the outdoors as opposed to being confined to the henhouse, so they will certainly have lived a happier life.
Another tip is instead of buying skinned chicken breasts for less fat content, go for those with the skin still intact and remove it yourself after cooking. This will ensure the chicken is kept moist and succulent.
Chicken is light on the stomach, fabulously versatile and very tasty, without you needing to be an expert in the kitchen. As described above, it also has some very good health benefits. These days, you can find some exceptional yet easy Chicken Recipes online to impress your friends and family.
Tuesday, April 19 2011
Snacks may seem dull when first transition to the raw food diet. A lot of people resort to just consuming an apple, a banana or some veggie sticks. But there are many raw food snack ideas to help make it interesting, and tasty at the same. The snacks do not have to take any longer to prepare than any other snacks, and yet be just as great. Here is a short list of healthy raw food snacks.
Tomatoes are an excellent snack at any time of the day. They can be cut up in the morning, and will stay good throughout the day for when one is ready to consume them. One or two tomatoes is a fairly good sized snack to help satisfy the hunger until the next meal. Once the tomatoes are diced, one can sprinkle on some sea salt and enjoy them as a tasty snack.
Diced cucumbers are always a hit as well. They can be served with just sea salt, or one can add them in with yogurt or sour cream that is made from nut milk. Cucumbers can also be placed on a mini green salad with a dressing made with olive oil, lemon juice and sea salt. Pepper, oregano, basil and many other herbs will also go well with tomatoes.
Cucumbers and Tomatoes
Cucumbers and tomatoes are an excellent combination to snack on. They compliment each other well, and all that is needed for flavor is a sprinkle of sea salt. Cucumbers and tomatoes also go well on top of leafy green salads by themselves or with toasted nuts and seeds such as almonds or sunflower seeds.
Being on the raw food diet does not mean that one cannot enjoy the taste and texture of yogurt. This snack will take longer to make, as the nuts have to be soaked for several hours before the milk can be made. Then the milk is heated and cooled for several hours, all of which takes time. However, once made, the yogurt is just as good as any other and can be served with fresh fruit or acai powder, as well as with a natural sweetener such as honey, agave nectar or stevia.
Nuts and Seeds
Nuts and seeds are another great raw food item to snack on. One can combine as many nuts and seeds together into a trail mix to take along to any destination. The great thing about nuts and seeds is that if they are kept in a closed container, they will not spoil. Nuts and seeds can also be frozen with a mixture of a natural sweetener, raw cacao and other superfood powders for a sweet, yet healthy and filling snack.
The benefits of raw food snacks is that they are highly nutritious, and most of them are low in calories. The ones that are high in calories such as nuts and seeds, also contain many healthy oils and proteins that can maintain a feeling of fullness for hours to come.
Therefore, raw food snacks are great for those who have a hard time maintaining a healthy weight, as well as for those who are trying to lose weight. The nutrients work together to restore a healthy balance within the body, which in turn can help the weight loss process.
Another benefit of raw food snacks is that they can help to ward of many diseases. The high amount of antioxidants that raw foods contain will help to eliminate toxins from the body, so that the body is not burdened down anymore. As a result, many age related diseases can be prevented.
Thursday, April 14 2011
Breakfast in bed may be a traditional way for treating mothers, but a special Mother's Day brunch can be so much better. Mothers don't always feel their freshest first thing in the morning, so why not let them get ready for the day first so that they can really enjoy your hard work.
Every mother is unique so there is no one size fits all solution when it comes to the perfect Mother's Day brunch. So start by deciding whether a large get together with family and friends or a small intimate get together is the best choice for the special mother you plan to spoil. If you have more than one mother to treat this year then of course putting on a bigger due to accommodate them all can be just as special.
Perhaps the most important part of planning your marvelous Mother's Day brunch is making it pretty. Women have a keen eye for detail and when it comes to taste 90% of it is all in the presentation. So even if you are not so confident in your cooking skills you can easily make up for it with decor.
What to serve for drinks for your Mother's Day brunch? Bloody Mary cocktails and mimosas can be fun to start with and used for toasting to special mothers. Though sparking grape juices and a variety of fresh fruit juices are also great choices, especially for those who don't drink alcohol. Also consider getting some flavored teas to try out, which can also make for great conversation starters.
If you are putting on a large scale Mother's Day brunch then serving it up buffet style may be your only choice unless you can recruit some help. Though, if you can con the kids into helping out as your serving staff for your Mother's Day brunch! You can be sure it will be a lot of fun for everyone even if there are a few dropped dishes.
Regardless of the number of diners at your Mother's Day brunch, keeping your foods small and dainty makes for a great personalized touch. Think cute heart shaped stuffed french toast, individual sized quiches, fancy looking fruit parfaits as well as fresh and fruity salads. Or if cooking and catering really isn't your thing at all then consider whisking her away to a fancy restaurant like the Bouchon at the top of the tower at the Venetian Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas for an unforgettable Mother's Day brunch.
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Monday, April 11 2011
The Greek Shipping Magnet, and one time richest man in the world, Aristotle Onassis, once said: "To be successful, keep looking tanned, live in an elegant building, even if you're in the cellar, be seen in smart restaurants, even if you only nurse one drink and if you borrow, borrow big."
He lived a real life of luxury, not just the illusion that he suggested mere mortals should create so they too could get rich. But what particular food items are essential for the rich (and often famous) when they're sat in their 'smart restaurants'? And will that one drink wipe the rest of our bank balance out?
The following food and drink are synonymous with luxury.
The Matsutake, or Mattake mushroom is rare almost to extinction, and excessively expensive. It is a smoky spicy smelling fungus that grows mainly in Japan, in the past it has been successfully harvested during the autumn months. However, more recently blight has affected the tree where the mushroom naturally flourishes. Harvesting the Matsutake is relatively easy but it is yet to be farmed successfully, so sourcing it in an increasingly hostile wild environment pushes up the price up to $2000 per kilo.
Italian White Alba Truffle
But Matsutake mushrooms are not the only first-class fungi. The second most expensive food in the world, by weight, the truffle, is a rare delicacy and so known as the King of Fungi. Truffles are difficult to cultivate, so as they need to be sourced by pigs or dogs, this is timely, takes skill, experience and expertise and so is expensive. The most expensive truffle ever weighs in 1.51 kilograms (3.3 lbs) and cost $160 406 USD, it was sold to a property tycoon from Hong Kong for his wife, who is said to love Italian White Alba Truffles.
Caviar needs no introduction and is simply fish eggs from the Sturgeon Fish in the Caspian and Black Sea. Iranian caviar is extremely rare and the most expensive food in the world by weight. Onassis and friends would eat it with mother of pearl spoons and an accompaniment of champagne.
Rap stars and royalty alike favour the delicate fizz of what is France's finest export - Champagne. There are many champagne houses from which to choose their favourite, including Krug and Moet et Chandon. But the most expensive champagne ever (if you really want to christen the boat before you push it out) is Cristal Brut, a bottle from 1900 cost $17,625 when sold in 2005.
If you thought champagne was more expensive than wine, think again. A bottle of Chateau Lafitte sold for $160,000 and a 1947 bottle of Chateau Mouton Rothschild nearly $115,000. Both of these meaty reds would sit well at any billionaires table.
Believe it or not, the rich can buy ultra expensive bottled water to flaunt their status at any smart restaurant. Bling H2O is the domain of the celebrity retailing at around $40 for a 750ml bottle. But the King of water is undoubtedly Acqua di Cristallo Tributo a Modigliani it sells for $60,000 per 1.25 ml bottle, the water is a mix from France, Iceland and Fiji and the bottle is 24 carat gold. So much for nursing one drink!
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Monday, April 04 2011
If you have never cooked a whole fish before, you will find that it is a dramatic way to cook and serve up fish for a healthy meal. This is also a great way to get the most for your money, since you will not lose much meat. Cooking the fish whole will allow you to bring a smoky and tasty meal to the table for everyone to enjoy.
To get started, make sure that you start out with a fish that has been gutted and scaled. The gills should also be cut out when you start. Then you need to make slashes down the sides on both sides. The slashes should be a couple inches apart. This is done to ensure that it all gets cooked evenly. Some of the best types of fish to cook whole include white seabass, salmon, striped bass, bluefish, walleyes, snapper, and trout.
Grilling a whole fish can get a bit tricky, since they tend to stick. Ensure your grill is hot, clean, and oiled. It is a good idea to use some oil on the fish as well. Coat it with some sesame or olive oil. This will keep seasonings on it and will also help you to avoid a problem with sticking.
The next step is to make sure that you salt the fish very liberally. In fact, it is best to use more than you think should be used. The salt should be sprinkled over the cavity, the tail, the head, the inside, and every other part. At this point, you do not want to add other seasonings, since they may actually get burned on the grill.
Now you are ready to start grilling your whole fish. The grill should be nice and hot and you will want to lay your fish on the grill making sure the tail is as far away from the heat as possible. The head will cook slower than the tail. If you have very large fish, avoid grilling over high heat, since this will result in a middle that is uncooked and an outside that is crisp. Large fish do better on medium heat. For a fish that is about 20 inches long, usually about 10 minutes on each side should ensure it is fully cooked. Avoid flipping more than once for the best results.
After your whole fish is done on the grill, you will notice that the backbone is exposed in your slashes. Now you can take it off your grill very carefully. Put it on a nice platter and allow it to rest before you try serving it. Serving can be a bit tricky, so you need to do so carefully. Take a spatula and slide it under a section that was scored, lifting out the section. Do not forget to make use of the tails of the fish as well as the cheeks which have a nice taste as well.