Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet… Eh? Your Basic Guide To Wine And Food Pairing

Eating at a fine-dining restaurant that spotlights flavors, textures, plating, and cooking expertise is one of the unique experiences that foodies should try. Apart from a more solemn ambiance and decorous behavior, one of the things you could expect upon ordering is the question, “Would you like some wine to go with your meal?” Should you decide to go for wine, your choice can either enhance or undermine the flavors of your dish and vice-versa.

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A full-bodied, bitter red wine such as a Cabernet Sauvignon breaks through the strong flavors of fatty, heavily seasoned dishes such as grilled red meats, slow-braised stews, or herbed croquettes. The tannins of dark-fruited wines (other varieties are Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Zinfandel) balance out full flavors and can refresh the taste buds for your next bite.

Slightly sweet wine complements salty dishes such as with Asian food. A Riesling or Vouvray can neutralize a spicy and salty nasi goreng, pad thai, or curry dish. Sweet wines such as Muscat and Gewürztraminers also go well with desserts such as fruit tarts.

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A more acidic wine cuts through the savory taste of high-fat food. You can pair a Chardonnay with fatty fish in rich butter sauce, or a Rosé for your quattro formaggio cheese sandwich.

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Monday, September 5, 2016

Couch Potato: Top Food And Cooking Shows On Tv

Food shows are the ultimate combination of people's favorites: food and television. You get to chill on your couch (or bed) and watch people cook – what's not to love, right? If you're stuck at home, bored, and hungry, here are some of the top picks to tickle your taste buds on TV:

Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations
Travel the world and discover exotic cuisines with one of the well-known "chef-lebrities," Anthony Bourdain. His show will inspire the jet setter and foodie in you with each new locale he visits. Explore food and culture from foreign lands as experienced by the innately witty (sometimes drunk) chef.

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America's Test Kitchen
“America's Test Kitchen” is a must-see show for those who love to cook. Its host, Christopher Kimball, starts off the show with helpful life hacks for everyday kitchen problems and even throws in a recipe or two that are easy to follow.

The Naked Chef
Jamie Oliver is a British celebrity chef and restaurateur and is well known for his time as “The Naked Chef.” His show was marked by simple recipes and creating great food with little effort.

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Two Fat Ladies
It may come as a surprise to many people how this show starring two fat Englishwomen, riding in a sidecar and eating unappetizing food (such as deviled kidneys and unending amounts of lard) would make it big on TV. However, the authenticity of their characters is a refreshing sight to see on television and their not-so-clean, often rude jokes just make it all the more entertaining.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Different Kinds Of Green: Comparing Vegan And Vegetarian Diets

Many people have chosen to join the green movement. There’s Beyoncé, Adam Richman, and other celebrities who claim that they’re for greens and not our meaty friends. But what does it mean when a person says they’re vegan or vegetarian?

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Vegetarians do not eat meat. They eat a plant-based diet that includes leafy greens, grains, seeds, legumes, fruits, and vegetables. But most of them still eat dairy products like cheese, eggs, milk, and butter. There are also vegetarians who do not eat red meat but are okay with seafood. According to specialists, there is no one perfect vegetarian diet.

Vegans, however, do not consume all dairy and animal products. By all, it means eggs, milk, cheese, butter, gelatin (which is believed to be made of animal hooves and bones), and even a certain type of bread. They munch on fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, and seeds.

According to many vegans, it is not just a diet but a lifestyle. Vegans do not support products that are for animal cruelty (e.g. testing). These products include not just food, but even clothing, beauty products, and a lot more items.

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A lot of people agree that both diets are beneficial for one’s health, but veganism is way harder than being a vegetarian. While it is good to consider going green, one must weigh the pros and cons of entering a strict diet.

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Thursday, June 16, 2016

Heavenly Lamb: An Easy Recipe For The Busy Cook

Random trivia: Did you know that the average New Zealander consumes 57 pounds of lamb annually? No wonder the best lamb chops come from the continent of Australia. Aside from our friends from that part of the world, Mediterranean countries usually serve lamb as the main course for their meals.

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 A leg of lamb is usually best roasted or grilled. There’s no need to worry if you’re a busy person or someone who struggles in the kitchen. The surprise about this part of the lamb is that it is the easiest part to cook. Going through the motions is easy: First, oil the pan and rub oil on the part. Then spice it up with salt and pepper. Broil for five minutes, turn it around and broil for another five minutes. Sprinkle cloves of garlic, rosemary, and other spices. Once your lamb is set, cover it in foil and leave in the oven at 325 degrees Fahrenheit for a good hour or more. This time will cause the lamb to be well done so if you want your leg to be medium rare, don’t let it stay too long in the oven. Wait for around 15 minutes before carving the lamb.

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Most experts don’t recommend marinating this part of the lamb. If you want extra zest, use a little lemon juice. Roasted lamb leg is a great recipe for busy people like you and me who would rather eat than suffer long with all the processes. With this recipe, we only need to go through a few steps and wait while it cooks in the oven. I personally prefer my lamb simple and hearty with potatoes on the side. At this rate, I might end up eating more lamb than the average Kiwi.

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Friday, May 20, 2016

Here's Why Everyone's Drinking Bone Broth

There’s a new craze in America. It’s supposedly a miracle dish. It’s called bone broth, and it’s the latest food trend. Bone broth is basically a stock made from the bones and connective tissue of animals and fish. The reason for its fame is that this specific type of stock has a lot of health benefits. Real animal stock – that is, stock that is not made from powders – can help alleviate inflammation, speed up the healing process, and help with certain types of allergies. 

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Nutritionists say that the unique combination of amino acids and minerals found in the cartilage helps with the digestive system. Any type of broth, they say, has its own health benefits, but it is the bone broth that delivers the perfect mixture. Some food experts have even gone as far to suggest that bone broth can even prevent or relieve osteoarthritis and other bone-related disease. 

In this I must give a word of caution. Further research on the broth shows that there isn’t much research yet on the health benefits. Science has yet to prove anything. This isn’t to say that there aren’t any advantages to broths or stocks; but people must be wary before throwing around the word "miraculous" when it comes to bone broth. 

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I believe that broths are a great way to improve one’s health. I am sure everyone has experienced drinking some form of stock when they were sick as a child. I just feel that this new trend is building on the healthy broth brouhaha and escalated to more than it was intended. 

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