Monday, September 26, 2011

5 Ways to Fun in the Kitchen

More Fun in Your Kitchen

Take Back Your Kitchen

Have you been feeling a little uninspired when it comes to cooking lately? Are you someone who, when you invite friends over for dinner, you usually order take-out instead? Do you live off frozen meals? The kitchen – and cooking – doesn’t have to be the chore it can appear to be. Here are some ideas that will help you feel more excited about cooking and lead you to fun in the kitchen in no time.

 

  1. Decorate your Kitchen.

If you don’t feel inspired or excited when you’re in the kitchen, then you certainly won’t be more inclined to cook in it.

 

Spend some time redecorating your kitchen so working in it doesn’t feel like such a chore. It’s as simple as purchasing tea towels with amusing prints to hang off the oven handle, magnets to stick on the Bosch Dishwasher, vintage plates and cutlery, a funny apron… creating a fun atmosphere in the kitchen space will soon have you itching to use it and eliminate that feeling of dread.

 

  1. Explore Cookbooks.

Go to your nearest bookstore or library and pour over the cookbooks, looking specifically for recipes that will work best for you.

 

If you know you’ll only ever have 30 minutes to make a meal, steer clear from the gourmet recipes because they will simply serve to frighten you!

 

If you use books from the library, take photocopies of the foods that excite you and stick these to your Westinghouse Fridge to act as inspiration and a reminder.

 

  1. Experiment.

You don’t always have to follow a recipe to create something easy and delicious. Why not go to the supermarket and shop with the express purpose of cooking something new and different?

 

If you know it’s not for any important occasion and that only you need be the judge, then this is great way to make the kitchen exciting – and learn more about food. If you end up with something truly disastrous, you will at least have a funny story to share!

 

  1. Bake off.

This is great way to fill up a lazy Sunday. Invite your friends over and divide into teams, each using the same recipe, the same ingredients, and the same amount of time. Then have the winner declared by a blind taste test or your neighbours next door.

 

If you’d rather get  (what you hope will be) a decent meal at the end of the bake-off, you could designate one team each to prepare the entrée, main or dessert – Masterchef style!

 

  1. Frozen meals.

You can still eat frozen meals – just cook them yourself in advance. If time really is the key factor that puts you off cooking, then you can work around it.

 

Take advantage of a weekend where you have some free time, take one of those recipes off your fridge and make it to freeze. Not only will you save time, you will save money and feel healthier!

 

You don’t just have to limit yourself to savory dishes here either: baked treats like cinnamon scrolls freeze really well and make a great mid-morning snack with your tea or coffee.

 

Saturday, September 17, 2011

I’m Just a Vegetarian Kid

Veggie Kids

 

Vegetarian Kid Food

Being a kid vegetarian is hard sometimes.  One time we forgot to tell my Grammy that we  are now vegetarians.    “Wait!! Grammy !  We can’t eat that!”  Paige and I screamed.  Luckily, she had sometime else for us to eat. 

What is a Vegetarian

When you are a vegetarian, you don’t eat any meat.  Our food comes from the ground.  We eat plants,  breads, pasta, vegetables, nuts and fruit.  One of my favorite meals is Boca Burgers. If you are really strict you won’t eat anything that comes from an animal like eggs or milk. I do eat milk and eggs.

There are different reasons why people become vegetarian.  Most people believe it’s a healthier way of living and it’s good for your heart.  Some people don’t think it’s right to eat animals.

Make Sure You Get Your Vitamins

When you are a kid it’s hard to be a vegetarian.  We can’t cook our own meals yet, so our family has to be doing it too or Mom has to cook 2 different meals.  Most Moms don’t like that.  Also our parents have to help us get the right vitamins since we don’t eat meat. 

Sometimes Its Hard Being a Vegetarian Kid

I guess the hardest time for me, being a vegetarian is eating at our school’s cafeteria.  I look everything over first then choose what I am eating.  Usually it will be a salad, some fruit, bread, and something that I can pick the meat off of, like a sub sandwich. 

Another hard time is a cookout or birthday parties.  When I go to a cookout, I bring my own veggie hot dogs.  They are made from vegetables and taste just like a regular hot dog.  Sometimes I will trick my friends and give them one of my hot dogs and they think they are eating a regular hotdog.  It’s fun.  When I go to a birthday party, I try to bring something along with me, in case the food has meat on  it.  But most birthday parties have cake and ice cream and I can eat that.

When we go out to eat I look at what my parents pick and if it has no meat in it I will try it.  If someone has something with meat that looks good I have to either pick the meat out or order something like it.  Chinese and Japanese restaurants are my favorite restaurants because they have a lot of vegetable only choices.

When other kids think that I can’t have good tasting foods I tell them I can eat macaroni and cheese, French fries, French toast, bean tacos and burritos, grilled cheese sandwiches, corn flakes, and many other things.

 

Thats it for now.  See You Next Time!

Brooklyn Renee

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Best Omelet Recipe

Omelet Recipe

The Best Omelet Recipe

I am a firm believer in varying the daily evening meal as much as possible. If your family consists of real meat and potato men, you should try to introduce new main courses into their dull lives, both for their health, and for the joy of different, exciting, delicious tastes.

For this reason, I try to have at least two seafood dinners each week, and at least two meatless main courses each week.  Hopefully, keeping the meat filled dinners down to three times a week will keep us heart healthy.

This omelet is so rich and hearty, that it easily satisfies as a main course. It is based on French cooking, and as we all know, the French, despite the fact that they eat very rich dishes, based on creams and sauces, are much thinner than Americans.  I believe this is because they can eat smaller portions because what they do eat is very flavorful and satisfying.

 

Mushroom Omelet With Cheese Sauce

Ingredients

 

1 cup of cream sauce                                                      2 ½ tbsps. Butter

1 cup of cream or milk                                                    1 tbsp. flour

½ cup grated Swiss cheese                                               3 eggs

½ lb. sliced, sauteed mushrooms                                      Salt and pepper

3 eggs

 

For the cream sauce, melt one tablespoon of butter in a saucepan until it is bubbly; add the flour and stir together briskly for about two minutes. Slowly add cream or milk, and whisk until smooth.

 

Stir all but two tablespoons of cheese into the cream sauce.  Mix half the mushrooms with half of the sauce in a saucepan and reheat just before making the omelet.

Beat the eggs with a pinch of salt and pepper for about 30 seconds. Melt a tablespoon of butter in an omelet pan and spread over the bottom of the pan. When the butter foam has subsided, pour in the eggs. Once eggs settled and firmed a bit, shake the pan over the fire, distributing the heat.  When eggs have coagulated some more, put the sauced mushrooms in the center and carefully fold the ends over. Tilt onto an oven proof serving plate. Spread the rest of the mushrooms and the rest of sauce on top and sprinkle with reserved two tablespoons of cheese.

Place omelet under broiler for a minute or two, until cheese is delicately browned. Serve omelet with a green salad and some good French bread.

This straightforward recipe can certainly make it easy to make a wonderful omelet everytime. The process is a breeze to follow and easy to master. However there are more ways to cook this simple dish. Take time to do a people search and look for the best chefs in your area that might be able to teach you.

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