Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Biltongs

 

Biltongs

There is a snack food that is all-meat and is taking Britain by storm.  The South African snack known as Biltong is rapidly invading the shores of Britain. It has often been compared to that of beef jerky, and in many ways is similar though it is made with different ingredients and the preparation differs slightly.

 

 

The reason why people are jumping on the Biltong bandwagon is the fact that it is a much healthier alternative to many other snacks. We can now say goodbye to crisps, chocolate, peanuts and pork scratchings, then say a big hello to Biltong that is very high in protein and carries barely any fat. This makes it an ideal snack for those of us who are trying to watch our weight, in fact more than that, it can actually aid any exercise that we take, you will find that many top athletes in fact choose this food for their snacks throughout the day.
Biltongs Healthy Benefits!
If athletes are choosing this as their snack food, there is definitely something they know, they are well aware of some of the excellent health benefits this meaty snack can bring us.

 

 

Superb Source Of Protein – Whether you are simply trying to shed a few pounds or attempting to build up some muscles, Biltong can supply your body with excellent amounts of the protein it needs to achieve this. It is a completely safe snack that doesn’t contain any carcinogenic ingredients too, so as long as you only eat a couple of handfuls a week, you will not be adding to your fat levels.

 

 

 

Super Low Content Of Carbohydrates – It is often stated that one of the main reasons people put on weight is down to consuming too many carbohydrates. There are no such problems with Biltong then, this snack food harbors very low amounts of them, and however it still manages to deliver more than enough of the energy that your body requires.

 

 

No Chemicals Used In Biltong – There are a lot of meat products on the market that are actually quite hazardous to our health due to them containing a lot of chemicals. They may contain chemicals in the form of additives, preservatives and artificial colors. Biltong on the other hand contains none of these; in fact the only ingredients used in the production of biltong are vinegar, meat, pepper, sugar and some salt and coriander.

 

 

 

Grab It In Pubs And Supermarkets! – Biltong can be found in pubs all across the nation, as it is seen as an excellent accompaniment to a refreshing and cold pint of beer. As it is so much healthier than traditional pub snacks it has become an immense favorite for visitors to the pub just about everywhere. It is also stocked in most of the country’s leading supermarkets, the supermarkets are always quick to stock something that is taking the country by storm, and biltong is no exception. It can also be bought direct from the manufacturers too, especially if you run your own shop, pub or business that could easily sell on the healthy yet amazingly tasty meat snack.

 

 

 

Biltong is now actually manufactured directly in this country as EU laws prevent us from importing any meat products from South Africa, so it is now produced using only British meats using the same process and ingredients as the South Africans.

 

If you are looking to get hold of some biltong for your pub, you will need to locate a  Biltong distributor, then before long, all of your customers will be enjoying that all meaty taste.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

4 Fun Fall Dessert Recipes

 

 

 

 

4 Fun Fall Dessert Recipes

Fall is a very enjoyable time of year. The leaves on trees are changing colors, there’s a cool chill in the air and there is a nice calming period when the air conditioning is off and the heat has yet to be turned on.

The fall is also a symbol of tasty dessert recipes. Spices like cinnamon and flavors like pumpkin start making their way into the foods we eat, providing us with a tasty and warm sensation.

If you enjoy a nice dessert on a cool fall evening, the following are four of the best recipes for you to try.

 

 

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Nothing says fall like the taste of pumpkin-flavored cheesecake.

 

 

Ingredients:
15 oz. pumpkin puree
8 graham crackers, crushed
1 tbsp. brown sugar
½ cup pecans
5 tbsp. butter, melted
1-1/2 cups sugar
1-1/2 cups cream cheese
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. cloves
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/4; tsp. allspice
5 eggs
2 tsp. vanilla
1 cup heavy cream

Directions:

Dry out the puree by placing it on a baking rack lined with paper towels for two hours.
Preheat oven to 500 degrees.

Butter a 9-inch pan

Place graham crackers, brown sugar and pecans in food processor and pulse until fine.

Add in melted butter and continue to pulse until all butter has been mixed in.

Press the mixture tightly into the bottom of the pan. Bake for eight minutes.

Let cool.

Beat cream cheese until smooth.

In a separate bowl, whisk sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.

Add spices to cream cheese and beat until creamy.

Add pumpkin and beat until smooth.

Add in the eggs. Once they’e mixed in, add in the cream and vanilla until entire mixture is smooth.

Place mixture into cooled crust.

Bake for 12 minutes.

Lower oven temperature to 225 degrees.

Bake for 3 hours.

Let cheesecake cool and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Pumpkin Cheesecake

Ingredients

  • 15 oz. pumpkin puree
  • 8 graham crackers, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 5 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups cream cheese
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4; tsp. allspice
  • 5 eggs
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  1. Dry out the puree by placing it on a baking rack lined with paper towels for two hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 500 degrees.
  3. Butter a 9-inch pan.
  4. Place graham crackers, brown sugar and pecans in food processor and pulse until fine.
  5. Add in melted butter and continue to pulse until all butter has been mixed in.
  6. Press the mixture tightly into the bottom of the pan.
  7. Bake for eight minutes.
  8. Let cool.
  9. Beat cream cheese until smooth.
  10. In a separate bowl, whisk sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and allspice.
  11. Add spices to cream cheese and beat until creamy.
  12. Add pumpkin and beat until smooth.
  13. Add in the eggs.
  14. Once they’re mixed in, add in the cream and vanilla until entire mixture is smooth.
  15. Place mixture into cooled crust.
  16. Bake for 12 minutes.
  17. Lower oven temperature to 225 degrees.
  18. Bake for 3 hours.
  19. Let cheesecake cool and refrigerate for at least 8 hours.
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Pumpkin Cookies
We already shared pumpkin cheesecake. Why not throw in some pumpkin cookies?
 Ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1-1/2 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice
1-1/4 cup sugar
1 stick butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 can pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 tbsp. ginger

 

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Place parchment paper on baking sheets
Whisk flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and baking powder in a small bowl.
Beat in butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in egg, vanilla, pumpkin puree and ginger
Place a spoonful of batter onto the baking sheet, about 1 inch apart.
Bake for 15 minutes.

 

 

Pecan Caramel Bars
This dessert is so good it will have people coming back for seconds, and thirds, and fourth’s
 Ingredients:

1/2 cup sugar
2-1/4 cup flour
1-1/2 sticks butter, cubed
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1/4 cup ice water
1-1/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup honey
1 pound pecans, halved
 Directions:
Pulse flour, sugar and salt in a food processor.
Add in cubed butter until coarse.
Sprinkle vinegar and ice water and process until moist.
Place mixture on wax paper and knead until combined.
Place in a bag and refrigerate for 15 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Place parchment paper on 9×13 baking dish.
Place dough on bottom of baking dish, covering the side.
Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
Bake dough for 12 minutes.

 

Let cool.

Place butter, brown sugar and honey in saucepan and cook until thick and foamy.

Add pecans and cook for another 2 minutes.
Place mixture over crust and bake for 15 minutes.

Cut into bars before serving.

 

 

Nutella Pound Cake
Nutella plus pound cake sounds like heaven. And it is.
 Ingredients:
1-1/2 cup flour
4 eggs
3/4 tsp baking powder
2 tsp. vanilla
2 sticks butter, softened
13 oz. Nutella
1-1/4 cup sugar

 

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

Grease 9×5 loaf pan.
Whisk flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.

Beat butter and sugar until fluffy.
Beat in egg mixture.
Add flour mixture gradually.

Place 1/3 of batter into pan.
Place 1/2 Nutella on top.
Place another 1/3 of batter on top followed by remaining Nutella then remaining batter.
Bake for 1 hour.

 

 

Caroline Jones loves cooking and baking.     She enjoys blogging and fun and easy recipes using cashews and pecan nuts.

 

 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A Clean Kitchen

Clean Kitchen

Keep Your Clean Kitchen

Let’s face it; keeping the kitchen clean can be quite expensive. Washing up liquid, surface sprays and antibacterial wipes, don’t come cheap – but there are ways to clear up on a budget.

Here are five money-saving tips that should make your life easier.

 

Cut dish cloths in half
With the economy in crisis, it’s important to save money wherever you can – so cut dishcloths, Brillo Pads and other cleaning wipes in half. This will make them last longer and will ensure your kitchen gets cleaned, without wasting money. If you’re washing up greasy utensils, soak them in very hot water first before wiping them. This will stop the cloth you use from becoming congealed in fat and will help it last longer. Remember, don’t pour large quantities of oil down the drain, or you might end up making a claim on your plumbing and draining insurance.

 

Make the most of baking soda
Do you enjoy cooking up sweet treats such as cakes? If so, you’ve probably got a pot of baking soda lying around. This wonderful product is a great all-round cleaner and can work wonders when combined with a few millilitres of water. Not only does it remove grease and dirt from most work surfaces, but it can remove tannin stains from tea and coffee. If your kitchen drains are blocked it can also be combined with white vinegar to create a decent drain cleaner – so why not give it a go?

 

Get fruity with lemon juice
If you’re having a dinner party, use lemon juice to clean your cutlery. This fantastic fruit cuts through grease and can leave stainless steel looking fresh and sparkly. It’s also a cheap and cheerful surface cleaner and can bring dull-looking work surfaces back to life. Both fresh and bottled juice will do the trick, but use sparingly as a little goes a long way. If your sink’s getting a little smelly, you can even mix some juice with warm water and use it as a deodoriser.

 

Use a drop of alcohol
Water stains can be stubborn and hard to remove, but a drop of alcohol could help. If you don’t have any lying around, use white vinegar as a replacement. This will do the job and should leave your taps, work surfaces and drying board looking as good as new. If you don’t like the smell of these products, don’t be afraid to go over them with lemon juice as this will fill your kitchen with a sweet odour. Alternatively, do some baking and get everyone’s mouth-watering with one of your favourite meals. Here’s a recipe for banana loaf that leaves a fantastic smell every time you make it.]

 

Don’t overuse the bleach
Need to clean the kitchen floor? Then don’t overuse the bleach. A drop or two will do the trick, so avoid throwing in half the bottle. If you’re in a rush it can be easy to use too much product, but this won’t do you any favours in the long-run. The same applies to washing up liquid, oven cleaner, polish and such like, as you’ll end up spending a fortune if you’re not careful.

 

Keeping your kitchen clean is a good way to fight germs, so try these money-saving tips and spruce up your abode.

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