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.

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Creamed Bananas in Puff Pastry Shells

Ingredients

  1. 1 1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour 
  2. 2 egg yolks 
  3. 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract 
  4. 1 cup heavy cream 
  5. 1/4 cup sugar 
  6. 1 cup French vanilla ice cream, softened 
  7. 3 medium bananas 
  8. 1 package (10 ounces) Pepperidge Farm® Puff Pastry Shells, prepared according to package directions 
  9. Chocolate syrup

Directions

  1. Beat the flour, egg yolks and vanilla extract in a medium bowl with a fork or whisk.
  2. Heat the heavy cream and sugar in a 1-quart saucepan over medium heat just to a boil, stirring occasionally. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir half the cream mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Return the egg mixture to the saucepan and heat just to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until the mixture is thickened. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the ice cream. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours.
  3. Coarsely chop the bananas and stir into the egg mixture. Place the pastry shells onto 6 plates. Spoon the banana mixture into and over the pastry shells. Drizzle with the chocolate syrup.

Monday, 23 June 2014

Easy Chicken & Cheese Enchiladas Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can condensed cream of chicken soup (Regular or Fat Free) 
  • 1/2 cup sour cream 
  • 1 cup picante sauce 
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder 
  • 2 cups chopped cooked chicken 
  • 1/2 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 
  • 6 flour tortillas (6-inch), warmed 
  • 1 small tomato, chopped (about 1/2 cup) 
  • 1 green onion, sliced (about 2 tablespoons)

Directions

  1. Heat the oven to 350°F. Stir the soup, sour cream, picante sauce and chili powder in a medium bowl.
  2. Stir 1 cup soup mixture, chicken and cheese in a large bowl.
  3. Divide the chicken mixture among the tortillas. Roll up the tortillas and place seam-side down in an 11 x 8 x 2-inch baking dish. Pour the remaining soup mixture over the filled tortillas. Cover the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 40 minutes or until the enchiladas are hot and bubbling. Top with the tomato and onion.

Chef Tip: Try this shrimp version with a smoky kick!  Substitute 1 pound cooked shrimp (41-50 count), peeled, deveined and tails removed, for the chicken.  Use 1 canned chipotle chile pepper, diced and 1 teaspoon adobo sauce instead of the chili powder.  Then, substitute Mexican blend cheese for the Monterey Jack cheese.  Top the baked enchiladas with 2 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro leaves instead of the green onion.

Friday, 20 June 2014

Spicy Sausages and Linguine Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 10 small pork sausage links, cut up 
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning, crushed 
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) Chunky Salsa 
  • 3 medium green or red peppers, cut into 1/4-inch rings (about 24 rings) 
  • 1 medium onion, sliced (about 1/2 cup) 
  • 8 fresh mushrooms, sliced (about 3 cups) 
  • 1/2 of a 16-ounce package linguine, cooked and drained (about 4 cups) 
  • Grated Parmesan cheese

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic, sausages and Italian seasoning. Cook until the sausages are well browned and cooked through.
  2. Stir the picante sauce, peppers, onion and mushrooms in the skillet. Heat to a boil. Cover the skillet. Reduce the heat to low.
  3. Cook for 25 minutes or until the vegetables are tender. Serve over the linguine and sprinkle with the cheese.

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Chicken & Shrimp Jambalaya Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces 
  • 1 large onion, diced (about 1 cup) 
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced (about 1 cup) 
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning 
  • 1 can condensed tomato soup 
  • 2 cups water 
  • 1 cup uncooked regular long-grain white rice 
  • 1/2 pound fresh or thawed frozen medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 
  • 1 large tomato, chopped (about 1 1/2 cups) 
  • Chopped fresh parsley

Directions

  1. Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir the onion, pepper and Cajun seasoning in the skillet and cook for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir the soup, water and rice in the skillet and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until the shrimp are cooked through and the rice is tender. Stir in the tomato and parsley, if desired. Let stand for 10 minutes.

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Broccoli, Cheese & Bacon Dip Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 can Campbell's® Chunky™ Chicken Broccoli Cheese with Potato Soup 
  • 5 slices American pasteurized process cheese product, cut up 
  • 5 slices fully cooked bacon, chopped 
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives 
  • Tortilla chips

Directions

  1. Heat the soup, cheese, bacon and chives in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat until the cheese is melted and the mixture is hot and bubbling.  Serve with the tortilla chips for dipping.