Sunday, 27 July 2014

Freeze fruit via ice cubes to add flavour to your drink

Cut fruits or berries onto your ice trays and fill the rest with water. It will make your drinks taste so much better plus add a splash of color.

Freeze fruit via ice cubes to add flavour to your drink

Lifehack: Corn on the Cob in the Cooler

Here is an easy way to cook corn on the cob if you don’t have easy access to a large pot (like when you are camping) All you have to do is find a decent sized cooler, clean the inside. Get a large pot of water to boil and pour it into the cooler, throw the corn in, and close the lid for about 30 minutes, and your done.

Corn on the cob in a cooler

Saturday, 26 July 2014

Lasagna Cups Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound ground beef
  • salt and pepper
  • 24 wonton wrappers
  • 1 3/4 cups grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup pasta sauce
  • garnish
  • basil for (optional)

Directions

    • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.

    • Brown beef, and season with salt and pepper. Drain.

    • Cut wonton wrappers into circle shapes (about 2 1/4- inches) using a biscuit cutter or using the top of a drinking glass. You can cut several at a time. Note: For a more rustic look, no cutting necessary!

    • Reserve 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese and 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese for the top of your cupcakes. Start layering your lasagna cupcakes. Begin with a wonton wrapper and press it into the bottom of each muffin tin. Sprinkle a little Parmesan cheese, ricotta cheese, and mozzarella cheese in each. Top with a little meat and pasta sauce.

    • Repeat layers again (i.e. wonton, Parmesan, ricotta, mozzarella, and pasta sauce). Top with reserved Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.

    • Bake for 18-20 minutes or until edges are brown. Remove from oven and let cool for 5 minutes. To remove, use a knife to loosen the edges then pop each lasagna out.

    • Garnish with basil and serve.

    Gordon Ramsey Makes Scrambled Eggs

    Saturday, 19 July 2014

    Video: How Ramen Noodles Are Made

    An inside look at how Raman noodles are made for some of New York City’s top restaurants.

    Sunday, 13 July 2014

    Homemade Buttermilk Ranch Dressing Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 - 3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
    • 2-3 tablespoons sour cream
    • 1-2 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh tarragon, dill, parsley, chives or celery leaves (or a combination)
    • 1 clove garlic, finely minced with a microplane grater
    • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
    • few dashes Tabasco sauce (or hot sauce of your choice, but a little vinegar is what you're looking for)

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients into a mason jar.
    2. Blend using a hand blender.
    3. Open, taste, season to taste with salt and plenty of fresh black pepper.
    4. Blend again using your hand blender.  Then seal the lid.

    Spinach Salad with Bacon & Watermelon Recipe

    Ingredients

    Directions

    1. Combine all ingredients except dressing

    2. Spoon onto platter.

    3. Drizzle with dressing just before serving.

    Layered BLT Salad Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 10 cups  tightly packed torn romaine lettuce
    • 2 cups  halved cherry tomatoes
    • 2 cups  croutons
    • 8 slices  cooked bacon, crumbled
    • 1 cup  Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses
    • 8 oz. Caesar Dressing

    Directions

    1. Layer all ingredients except dressing in large bowl.
    2. Add dressing just before serving; toss lightly.

    Serves 8

    Friday, 11 July 2014

    20 Practical Uses For Coke

    Coke acts as an acidic cleaner. The amount of acid in soda is enough to wear away at the enamel of your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. In tests done on the acidity levels of soda, certain ones were found to have PH levels as low as 2.5. To put that into perspective, consider that battery acid has a pH of 1 and pure water has a pH of 7.

    1. Removes grease stains from clothing and fabric
    2. Removes rust; methods include using fabric dipped in Coke, a sponge or even aluminum foil. Also loosens rusty bolts
    3. Removes blood stains from clothing and fabric.
    4. Cleans oil stains from a garage floor; let the stain soak, hose off.
    5. Kills slugs and snails; the acids kills them.
    6. Cleans burnt pans; let the pan soak in the Coke, then rinse.
    7. Descales a kettle (same method as with burnt pans)
    8. Cleans car battery terminals by pouring a small amount of Coke over each one.
    9. Cleans your engine; Coke distributors have been using this technique for decades.
    10. Makes pennies shine; soaking old pennies in Coke will remove the tarnish.
    11. Cleans tile grout; pour onto kitchen floor, leave for a few minutes, wipe up.
    12. Dissolves a tooth; Use a sealed container…takes a while but it does work.
    13. Removes gum from hair; dip into a small bowl of Coke, leave a few minutes. Gum will wipe off.
    14. Removes stains from vitreous china.
    15. Got a dirty pool? Adding two 2-liter bottles of Coke clears up rust.
    16. You can remove (or fade) dye from hair by pouring diet Coke over it.
    17. Remove marker stains from carpet. Applying Coke, scrubbing and then clean with soapy water will remove marker stains.
    18. Cleans a toilet; pour around bowl, leave for a while, flush clean.
    19. Coke and aluminum foil will bring Chrome to a high shine.
    20. Strips paint off metal furniture. Soak a towel in Coke and lay it on the paint surface.

    Friday, 4 July 2014

    There is a secret ingredient in your burgers: wood pulp

    From Quartz

    There may be more fiber in your food than you realized. Burger King, McDonald’s and other fast food companies list in the ingredients of several of their foods, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) or “powdered cellulose” as components of their menu items. Or, in plain English, wood pulp.YS3 

    The emulsion-stabilizing, cling-improving, anti-caking substance operates under multiple aliases, ranging from powdered cellulose to cellulose powder to methylcellulose to cellulose gum. The entrance of this non-absorbable fiber into fast food ingredients has been stealthy, yet widespread: The compound can now be found in buns, cheeses, sauces, cakes, shakes, rolls, fries, onion rings, smoothies, meats—basically everything.

    The cost effectiveness of this filler has pushed many chains to use progressively less chicken in their “chicken” and cream in their “ice cream.” McDonald’s ranks highest on the list with cellulose integrated into 14 of their menu items including their renowned fish fillets, chicken strips and biscuits, with Burger King ranking second on the list with 13 menu items  containing cellulose. Moreover, many cellulose-laden ingredients (such as honey mustard, bbq sauce, and cheese blends) can be found in multiple items throughout the menu making the filler difficult to avoid.There may be more fiber in your food than you realized. Burger King, McDonald’s and other fast food companies list in the ingredients of several of their foods, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC) or “powdered cellulose” as components of their menu items. Or, in plain English, wood pulp.\

    The emulsion-stabilizing, cling-improving, anti-caking substance operates under multiple aliases, ranging from powdered cellulose to cellulose powder to methylcellulose to cellulose gum. The entrance of this non-absorbable fiber into fast food ingredients has been stealthy, yet widespread: The compound can now be found in buns, cheeses, sauces, cakes, shakes, rolls, fries, onion rings, smoothies, meats—basically everything.

    The cost effectiveness of this filler has pushed many chains to use progressively less chicken in their “chicken” and cream in their “ice cream.” McDonald’s ranks highest on the list with cellulose integrated into 14 of their menu items including their renowned fish fillets, chicken strips and biscuits, with Burger King ranking second on the list with 13 menu items  containing cellulose. Moreover, many cellulose-laden ingredients (such as honey mustard, bbq sauce, and cheese blends) can be found in multiple items throughout the menu making the filler difficult to avoid.

    Fast food chart

    Wednesday, 2 July 2014

    ice Cream Sandwich Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup 35% cream
    • 1 tbsp granulated sugar
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • 12 chocolate wafers

    Directions

    1. Beat cream with sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on medium until firm peaks form, 3 to 4 min.
    2. Spoon 2 tbsp cream filling onto each of 6 chocolate wafers.
    3. Top each with another wafer and press down until filling reaches each edge.
    4. Arrange on a baking sheet and freeze until ready to serve, at least 4 hours or, preferably, overnight.

     

    Crunchy Asian Chicken Wraps Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 1/4 cup Asian Sesame Dressing
    • 2 Tbsp. Mayonnaise
    • 4 cups shredded lettuce
    • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken
    • 1 large carrot , shredded
    • 1 green onion , thinly sliced
    • 4 large flour tortillas

    Directions

    1. Mix dressing and Mayonnaise in large bowl.
    2. Add lettuce, chicken, carrots and onions; mix lightly.
    3. Spoon onto tortillas; roll up.

    Bacon Lettuce Tomato Devilled Eggs Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 8 hard-cooked eggs
    • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
    • 2 Tbsp. rancher dressing
    • 3 slices cooked bacon , crumbled
    • 4 cherry tomatoes , chopped
    • 2 Tbsp. shredded lettuce

    Directions

    1. Cut eggs lengthwise in half. Remove yolks; place in medium bowl. Mash with fork.
    2. Add dressings; mix well. Stir in bacon and tomatoes.
    3. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture; top with lettuce.

    Friday, 27 June 2014

    Campfire Breakfast Sandwich Recipe

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons butter
    • 2 slices bread
    • 1 egg
    • 1 slice Cheddar cheese

    Directions

    1. Place a cast iron sandwich toaster in the hot coals of a campfire to preheat for a few minutes.
    2. Butter both slices of bread, then place one slice, butter-side down into the toaster. Crack the egg onto the bread, and break the yolk. Top with a slice of cheese and the second slice of bread, butter-side up.
    3. Close the toaster, and place into the coals of the fire. Cook for several minutes, turning frequently, until the bread has browned nicely on both sides.