Sunday, June 24, 2018

For Great Taste: It's All About the Right Ingredients

Specialty coffees are all the rave. It seems everywhere you turn there's a new business opening up offering unique and delicious flavors. You can put your money back into your pocket and pass up all these places by creating your own branded specialty beverages from the privacy and comfort of your home. All you need are the right tools, equipment and yes, your preferred coffee syrup flavours such as hazelnut, vanilla, and caramel.

Cut out the Middle Man

Creating delicious hot coffee blends is easy with the right equipment at your disposal. Semi-automatic and fully-automatic machines allow you to brew coffee and espresso at the same time. They also include either manual or automatic steaming of milk or frothing to give your beverages the classic look. Along with a high-quality machine, having a coffee grinder lets you serve guests a freshly brewed cup anytime.

Coffee Choices at Your Disposal

You enjoy mocha lattes and can't wait for the seasons to change so you can stand in line for the peppermint cappuccino. Well, the wait is over. Creating wonderful flavored coffees is easy and best of all you can enjoy any flavor you want, anytime you crave it. There are many shops locally and online that sell a wide range of flavored syrups, giving you access to the supplies you need to recreate your favorites and try a few new ones too. You can use them to make hot coffees, lattes, cappuccinos and iced coffees. These delicious syrups are also wonderful when added to sauces, marinades and home-baked treats like brownies, cookies, muffins, and cakes. How about taking them a step further and creating your own non-alcoholic or alcoholic beverages. You're sure to be the talk of the town among friends and relatives after your next party.

Go From Ordinary to Extraordinary

Having the right ingredients makes it easy to make just about anything. Don't limit your new found adventurous side to flavored coffees. Baking and cooking restaurant-quality entrees and sweet treats is just a recipe away. For instance, if you have chicken try a few new spices to create a different flavor. The same applies to whatever meat you are serving. Having a well-stocked kitchen cabinet with an assortment of common and uncommon spices allows you to experiment with meals. Some may not suit your taste, while others will become new found favorites.

Experiment with ingredients

You can make anything you want with the right equipment, kitchen tools, and ingredients. If you enjoy your morning coffee with caramel or blueberry syrup, all you need are the flavored syrups. If you enjoy eating at different restaurants because the food is superb, experiment at home. With access to the World Wide Web at your disposal, you can find a recipe for most anything.

Buying flavored coffees daily can run into a lot of extra money each week. And, sometimes the coffee doesn't taste quite the same as the time before. If you're tired of handing over five or six dollars a day to enjoy your favorite flavored coffee, make them at home. Once you stock your cabinet with many syrups, you'll be able to enjoy any flavor you want at any time without the need for leaving home.

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Tips for Enjoying the Ethnic Foods You Love on a Keto Diet

If you are like most people, just the word “diet” sends shivers down your spine. You think of all those meals you will need to suffer through because everyone else will be eating to their heart’s content while you look down at your barren plate hoping for at least one morsel to delight the taste buds.

Well, the bad news is that any diet will necessitate giving up at least some of the things you love, but the good news is, a keto-friendly diet doesn’t have you counting calories or denying yourself most of the foods you love most. When it comes to ethnic foods, there are only a very few ‘rules’ to keep in mind.

Avoid Starchy Foods Like the Plague

While there are some ethnic cuisines that will be difficult to enjoy simply because they are based on carbs, there are ways to work around even that! For example, Italian cuisine is largely based on pasta. If you have a Spiralizer in your kitchen, and they are quite inexpensive, you can make faux pasta out of just about any veggie allowed on your keto diet !

Try making zucchini spaghetti with your Spiralizer and you now have your side of ‘pasta’ to go with that lovely braciole. You can still roll the flank steak and stuff it as the recipe calls for, except you must omit the breadcrumbs. Even so, that’s a small price to pay for a delectable Italian favorite you would go without on any other kind of diet! Also, don’t forget to avoid tomato sauce on your zucchini, but you can enjoy a tasty alfredo sauce because heavy cream, hard cheese, and butter are allowed!

Sugar Is Also Taboo

Another big problem you may encounter when eating out is the hidden sugar content in many ethnic foods. Chinese cuisine is one ethnic treat you may need to modify in order to enjoy on your keto diet. Yes, you’ve done everything by the books, you’ve taken the very best keto supplements to help kickstart the body into ketosis, but those tasty sauces will do it to you every time. Never mind, there are ways to get around even those!

Check out sites like and you’ll find tons of information on what ketosis is all about and which supplements are best. Then read on to learn about foods you can substitute when eating Chinese or other Asian cuisines. Of course, you will need to leave the rice, wontons, and eggrolls behind, but there is no reason you can’t enjoy a ton of Egg Foo Yung . Remember to check out the veggies lowest in sugar because most Chinese dishes are loaded with the good stuff.

If you are new to the keto diet, you may not understand yet that throwing your body into ketosis is what it’s all about. You may need a bit of help and why supplements are usually a great adjunct to any keto diet, but once you’ve got it down, there is no reason ever to go hungry again. The rules are few but once you learn the workarounds, you’ll be in dieter’s paradise no matter which ethnic cuisine is your passion.

Friday, September 08, 2017

Tonkatsu/Pork Cutlets

Non Halal

Tonkatsu is one of the most beloved “western style” Japanese foods in Japan. It is thinly pound pork chop breaded with flour, egg, and Panko (bread crumbs), then deep fried. Tonkatsu is almost always accompanied by thinly shredded cabbage, curry sauce or with thick brown Worcester-based sauce.
I’ve been craving for this cutlet since I came home from my month long vacation in Japan. So I decided to make some for our dinner a few weeks ago. I serve it with rice and broccoli instead of curry sauce or tonkatsu sauce. It’s not the healthiest food but rather comfort food for me.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Sesame Cookies

I love these cookies because they’re quick and easy to make. You don’t even need a mixer to do this as you can just mix it by hand. It is lightly sweeten but you can add more sugar to it. The sesame seeds gave these cookies a very nice nutty flavor to it and it goes really well with a cup of tea.


1 stick/1/2 cup unsalted butter – room temperature
½ cup of sugar
1 cup + 3 tbsp of flour
½ tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
1 egg
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup of sesame seeds, lightly toasted