Friday, June 28, 2021

Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Tea

Everybody loves a cuppa right?! Well, if you’re going to make one, you may as well make it good. A tea break is a well-earned rest, and you need to take your time over it and make sure it relaxes you like it should. You might think that a quick cup of tea is just a bag in some hot water with milk poured over the top – well stop right there! Tea is a ritual, and you need to do it properly! Here is our guide to making the perfect cup of tea, so read up, sit down and enjoy a cup of tea like never before.

 

How To Begin

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You will need a loose-leaf tea of the highest quality – it will be easy to find in tea shops across the country, or if you struggle then order it online. Low grade tea is often just the crushed last little bits from the teabag making process – but you’re going to need the full-leaf variety otherwise you’ll just be dealing with powder.

 

Your Equipment

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For one cup of tea use a brewing basket – it should fit nicely inside your cup to give the leaves a chance to expand and release all of their flavour. It should be metal, not plastic (as plastic can release chemicals into your tea – not good!) You’ll just need a couple of teaspoons of loose tea in the basket, and then pour the hot water over the top. Experiment with water temperatures – if you like your tea black, then the water doesn’t have to be as hot. Different types of tea do better with different temperatures so have a look online for a tea temperature guide. Some kettles tell you the temperature of the water that you are boiling, but other people just use a simply thermometer.

 

Equipment Care is Key

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Many people use a separate pot for black and green tea as some of the flavour can be retained in the pot. Don’t wash pots with detergent – a quick rinse out immediately after use is enough to keep it clean for the next use.

 

The Steeping

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Steeping the tea is the key element in making the perfect cup of tea. For white tea the optimum time is about 4 or 5 minutes, any longer and it will start to taste bitter. Other teas need less steeping time, but they should tell you on the back of the packet. Once you are happy that it is brewed to perfection, pull the basket out and hey presto – you have the perfect cup of tea!

 

Enjoy It

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The next step is to customize it to your taste – for example add milk and/or sugar. Then, grab a biscuit to go with it, take it to your favourite tea-supping spot in your house or garden, take a deep breath… and enjoy! Drinking tea has to be one of the simplest pleasures known to man – so make sure every cup of tea gets your full attention. Sit back, relax and enjoy the perfect cup of tea you’ve  just created!

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: 

Author Bio: Jenny Wadlow is a freelance writer and is usually found blogging about Pinchajii Tea. She has got an exceptional taste for tea and suggests that a good tea leaf will always give a pleasant floral or fruity smell out of its leaves. You can follow her on twitter @JennyWadlow to know more.

 

 

Friday, June 28, 2021

Wine Choices To Go With Your Next Pizza Event

Pizza and Wine

Pizza and Wine

Wine and Pizza

The image that surrounds pizza is that of it being a fun food, probably nothing to do with fine meals. Then again, any number of folks uses pizza as part of their dinner, regular food diet and even on special occasions. Pizza on its own is a great tasting, full of nutrients and healthy food. If you have had pizza before, and we are sure you have, you would have probably enjoyed it with beverages such as cola. If you thought cola makes the pizza better, then wine makes it even better.

 

Picking Up Wine

A beverage is supposed to compliment the main course. Even though all pizzas are supposed to fall under the same category of food items, every pizza is different based on the topping that is decorating it. Pizza is also distinct based on the sauce that is used to prepare it. Then, you have side dishes like pasta, barbeque chicken and of course, garlic bread, our personal favourite.

When you are picking wine for the night’s pizza dinner, it is a good idea to plan ahead. Either you pick the wine and then decide the pizza you are going to order, so that the wine and pizza match each other. Or, you decide the type of pizza, toppings and side dishes that you are going to purchase ahead of time and then, decide on the wine.

The standard rules associated with picking up wine might just be useful to you. For instance, take pizzas that use extensive use of tomato sauce. Tomato sauce is used in a wide range of pizzas. It turns out, tomato is very high on acids and that interferes with the choice of the wine you are going to make. You will need a wine that is extremely light on acidity because you are already getting it in your pizza. Like this, if the topping is Pepperoni, you need to remember that it is usually hot and also salty. You have to purchase wines that work well with salty food. Easily, red wines are the best wines to go with pizza.

The standard tips in choosing the right wine will help you in your wine search. Then again, there are some standard wines that just do well with pizzas, most of them sourced from Sauvignon and Zinfandel. These are all different types of grapes from which many several types of wines are made.

 

Syrah

Syrah is probably the most popular red wine ever. The unique feature of this wine is that it is spicy. If you like your pizza on the lighter side of the spice spectrum, then you will have to pick up a few bottles of Syrah. Another name for Syrah is Shiraz, a name it derives from its origins from the valley of Rhone in France. This wine also has hints of pepper which is mixed with meat that has been roasted to get a unique burnt flavour.

Syrah is a wine that is served best with food that is heavy on meat. Going by the same understanding, it is clear that you will be served best by Syrah wine if the pizza you are ordering is non-vegetarian. The same pizza will work just fine, if you are ordering vegetarian based pizzas as well, as long as you order something that has roasted toppings, perhaps mushroom and tomatoes.

 

Cabernet Sauvignon

If you are not a big fan of the spicy flavour of the Syrah variety of wines, then you are going to love Cabernet Sauvignon. Compared to Syrah, Cabernet Sauvignon is more on the softer side of wine flavour. It is also one of those wines which actually taste better when they are young, rather than when they are old. Another phenomenon that is noticed with this wine is that it will usually have traces of vanilla, which you would enjoy to go with your pizza. The source of this wine is the valleys of Chile and California.

Hopefully the wine suggestions that are provided here will help you with your next pizza event. You are spending so much time looking for the right wine; you should also spend the same amount of time finding the best pizza place in town. Pick a restaurant which has easy online ordering options and a great parking facility.

 

The author usually chooses to have Syrah with his pizza. Of course, he always chooses to go with pizza online delivery for added convenience.

Thursday, June 27, 2021

Vegetable Recipes That Kids Love

Eat More Veggies

Eat More Veggies

Vegetable Recipes That Kids Love

Let’s face it, kids typically don’t eat their vegetables despite their parents begging, pleading, and yes, even bribing, them to do so. So what’s a parent to do?

 

According to the CDC’s My Plate illustration, vegetables are the largest pie piece. Vegetables contain the most necessary of nutrients and are the best source of fiber, so despite kids’ tantrums, it’s best to ensure they’re getting their daily dose of vegetable goodness.

 

peastinyThe main reason children have a distain for vegetables is due to them having more taste buds than adults. The more taste buds you have, the more intense flavors are. If you can imagine tasting the bitter and pungent flavors of vegetables magnified by 10, you would most likely put up the same fight against this healthy food group as well. Therefore, recipes that use sweeter or blander flavored vegetables and/or that mask vegetable flavors are the biggest hits with kids

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In addition to preparing kid-friendly vegetable recipes, the number one best way to get your kids to eat vegetables is to engage them with vegetables.

 

    • Grow vegetable and leafy greens, such as bell peppers and lettuce, as an family project at home in pots, a yard or community garden.
    • Have your kids prepare vegetable dishes with you so they can identify with, take pride in and EAT their creation.

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  • Read books together about vegetables and gardening.

Along with engagement with your children, the kid-friendly recipes listed below are a great way to get your kids to eat and love vegetables.

 

Ants On a Log

Ingredients:

Celery

Peanut butter (preferably with no sugar added)

Raisins

Preparation:

Cut the celery into three-inch length sticks. With a spread knife, spread peanut butter into the crevasse of the celery sticks. Take four or five raisins per stick, and place them on the peanut butter. Serve.

 

Fruit and Veggie Superfood Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 medium sized apples

2 cups apple juice

1 bunch of kale (about 7 leaves)

1/2 pint blueberries

Crushed or blended ice as needed

Preparation:

With a food processor, mince the apples, kale and blueberries. Mix in the apple juice. Add the crushed ice to taste and serve.

Serves three to four.

 

Cauli-Mashers

Ingredients:

4 medium-sized potatoes

½ head of cauliflower

4 tbs olive oil

4 tbs soymilk

Salt to taste

Preparation:

Quarter and boil the potatoes, with the skins, until cooked. Drain the potatoes from the water and then set aside. Steam the cauliflower until tender, remove from heat and set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add the potatoes, cauliflower, olive oil and soymilk. Blend until creamy and serve.

Serves four to six.

 

Screwy Squashy Pasta

Ingredients:

1 small butternut squash

½ jar pasta sauce

16oz fusilli (screw-shaped) pasta

Salt to taste

Preparation:

Bake or microwave the butternut squash until done, typically 45 minutes, and then cool. But the squash in half, scoop the seeds out and throw them away. Skin the squash halves. Using a food processor or blender, blend the squash and pasta sauce until creamy. Add salt to taste.

Boil the fusilli noodles until done and drain. Place the noodles in a large mixing bowl. Add the pasta sauce, one cup at a time, until the desired pasta to sauce ratio is obtained and serve.

Serves four to eight.

 

About the author:

Mark Lynch is dedicated to providing amazing culinary articles to keep you and your family healthy and happy.  Read more culinary tips and tricks at www.chefs.edu.

 

Here is a really cool veggie style recipe card that you can print out for FREE!

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