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Category Archives: Food

Homemade Pasta

Necessary ingredients for 1 person (can be cooked 100-130 g dry pasta):

1 egg

100-120 g of flour.

Hit the egg in a dry bowl and Beat with a spoon slightly. Add sieved flour. The mass is mixed until all the flour is sticking and formed in one dough ball.

Put the dough on the table. Knead the dough with palms of your hand pushing away from you. Knead the dough for about 8-10 minutes until it becomes smooth and firm. Setting up ball of dough, sprinkle it with just flour and leave for 5-10 minutes.

Then dividing that into pieces and roll out as thinly as possible. Use flour if the dough sticks, but not too much. Again, leave for 5-10 minutes. By this time you can roll twisted into other pieces. When all roll twisted into, you can start to cut the first piece of dough. Cut into strips and put a thin layer on the paper or cotton fabric. Allow to dry up for 3-5 days. If you have, you can also use the pasta making machine. There is no imperative need for it. But if you love and plan to cook noodles very often, then the machine will come in handy.

You can also cut the other shapes of pasta:

1. Cutting into large squares of them can make lasagna.

2. The ribbed pastry knife sagries many small rectangles. A rectangle in the middle squash together to form the bow.

3. Skip through the mincer, there will be a spaghetti pasta.

4. You can also make ravioli from this dough. Just think of the filling, which you think will taste better.

Now you can please yourself and your family with a great, healthy, self cooked noodles or any other shaped pasta.

*Remember!* Do not wash with water, the pasta making machine. Water damages it. It must at the time be in flour. Before you use it, clean it with small piece of dough, repeatedly skipping it through. If you really need for more cleaning, then clean it with a dry cloth or oil damped cloth.

Some Simple Breakfast Ideas

Pasta with tomato sauce:

• Pasta is an appetizer-filling food that can be consumed both during lunch as breakfasts. Apart from stuffing yourself with heavy meals like rice and roti with ghee, try replacing it with a pasta dish.
• Pasta served with spicy tomato sauce is one of the favorite meals amongst people.
• You can even consider adding fresh chopped veggies and cheese to your pasta recipe and elevate the nutritional intake.

Chapatis with dal:

• Pulses are rich in protein content and they aid in healthy metabolism. Chapatis on the other hand are usually made from wheat flour and they contain carbohydrates.
• Eating plain roasted chapattis with dal is a healthy meal option for Indian origin people.

Vegetable khichdi:

• Khichdi is a delicacy that is prepared by mixing rice and dal together.
• Addition of freshly chopped veggies and spices not only elevates the taste of your vegetable khichdi, but also enhances the nutritional value.
• Some of the veggies that you can add in your vegetable khichdi are tomato, potato, peas, cauliflower, carrot, and beans.

Frozen yogurt with fruits and nuts:

• Plain low-fat yogurt serves as an excellent source of calcium and tastes delicious as well.
• To elevate the nutritional content, you can prefer adding fresh fruits like mango, apples, banana and nuts like cashew nuts or almonds in your yogurt.

Eating Healthy

I keep thinking how junk food is readily available no matter where you live in the city, so then why would anyone be motivated to cook healthy and stock up on fresh ingredients? The hold that takeout places and fast food have on us is intoxicating, to say the least because they are always there for you when you feel famished and they take little effort and much less money than buying all the things you would need for lunch or dinner. It is like they know our minds and how to sway them!

Even though it is not always possible to eat right; try to make a goal of squeezing in one nutrient-rich meal each day. At least this way you will be on track. Our problem is that we want to be in good shape with minimal elbow grease but that’s not always possible is it? Our bodies are worth the extra mile so don’t take shortcuts! If you want to have a longer, happier and healthier life, you need to redesign your priorities and improve your standard of eating. Your future self will thank you for it!

No one wants a time to come in their lives in which they are constantly rushing to the doctor and having all kind of ailments. Apart from avoiding cigarettes and alcohol, it is wise to evolve when it comes to deciding what to put in your body! I have in my experience heard people telling me how they don’t eat or enjoy potentially delicious vegetables like spinach, sweet potatoes, and leafy greens- not to mention their attitude towards Omega 3 oils rich fish, legumes, and probiotic-rich yogurt. I mean can you imagine the wonders these can do for your energy level and health? A tasteful salad can easily include all of these in one meal!

Every now and then treat yourself to a dessert or something fried, there is no harm in it but be wary of making it your whole life. Train yourself to enjoy the things that are good for your body and also taste brilliant. Trust me there are all kinds of recipes out there that will make you forget you ever wanted French fries. So go ahead and start taking care of yourself by eating more wholesome food! You won’t regret it!

About Cook Spaghetti Perfectly

First things first, the cheapest spaghetti may be the right price for your budget but may not always be the best tasting. If budget allows upgrade to semolina/durum wheat pasta, it will be a little more expensive but you will taste the difference.

A good weight ratio for pasta in grams to water in liters is 1:10. So 200g of pasta works with 2 liters of water. Use the largest pot you have.

How to perfectly boil spaghetti:

  • Fill your large pot with the correct amount of water fo your pasta, add 3/4 tablespoon of salt and a small drizzle of olive oil
  • Bring the water to a vigorous boil
  • Add your pasta and allow it back to a boil
  • After 8 minutes test the pasta by taking a piece on a fork and carefully eating it, then 9, 10, 11, 12 minutes – Sometime in this time frame your pasta will reach it’s al dente (Italian for Just Right, not underdone like many think!).
  • Drain the pasta immediately and ideally serve or let cool for cold dishes

Dry Fruits

  • Almonds: Almonds are undoubtedly the healthiest options of all the time that help you fight against a number of health issues, including constipation, respiratory problems, heart diseases, hair or skin problems, etc. So, the very next time when your mother or grandmother give you a handful of almonds to munch, don’t cheat, just eat them. They are known for their health benefits and having them regularly in an appropriate quantity keeps the diseases away.
  • Cashew: Another popular and common dry fruit that you need to incorporate into your diet is cashew. They have property to fight against health, hair and skin problems. Additionally, they keep your bones strong and fulfill the need of calcium in your body. It’s an energy food that eliminates your need of having junk by keeping you full for a longer period.
  • Walnut: These brain-look nuts have the ability to improve your memory and keep you fit. It contains omega-3 that provides great relief to asthma patients. Apart from that, it also has the ability to deal with the Alzheimer’s disease. It is also good for the people who fail to fall asleep. It supplies protein, fiber and essential nutrients to your body that keeps you healthy and alive.
  • Raisins: These dry fruits are love and everyone. These are sweet in taste and offer so many benefits to everyone. They have the property to cure constipation, dental as well as the eye problems. Having them in appropriate quantity can do wonders for your health that you’ll never regret.

Coconut Oil Is a Super Food

Coconut oil is quite unique because unlike other types of cooking oil (palm oil, sunflower oil), its benefits extend to more than cooking. Let us see what these benefits are.

It is rich in medium chain triglycerides (MCTs)

This been receiving a bad press because it is rich in saturated fats but that is not entirely true. The major saturated fats in coconut are caprylic acid, palmitic acid, myristic acid and lauric acid. These saturated fatty acids actually belong to a category called medium chain triglycerides or MCTs. These not only metabolize faster than long chain triglycerides, they are also healthier.

It has a high smoking point

It has a high smoking point (177 degrees). Most seed, nut and vegetable oils have a low smoking point. Smoking point is the heating point beyond which the oil will begin to burn. Foods that are cooked in oils with a low smoking oil usually have a burnt flavour. Another advantage of a high smoking point is that beyond that point, the fatty acids in the oil oxidize and produce free radicals which are dangerous to health.

It has antimicrobial properties

It has two important ingredients that give it antimicrobial properties- caprylic acid and lauric acid. Once ingested, the lauric acid gets converted into monolaurin which is effective against many viruses, bacteria and protozoa. It also keeps a check on the yeast (candida) population in your intestine, restoring balance to the digestive tract. If the yeast population increases, it can lead to persistent bloating, burping, flatulence, diarrhea and constipation.

It is an excellent hair oil

Suffering from split ends, itchy scalp, dandruff or lackluster hair? Try applying it to your hair and scalp. It is rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants. A study published in 2005 in the Journal of Cosmetic Science also said that it penetrates hair follicles better than mineral oil, the major constituent in hair conditioners. Most people aren’t aware that dandruff is caused by bacteria and fungi. The antimicrobial properties of coconut oil kills these microorganisms, keeping dandruff under control.

It aids digestion

The medium chain triglycerides in it, especially lauric acid transform into antimicrobial agents in the digestive system. They kill bad bacteria like helicobacter pylori while leaving the beneficial bacteria intact. So it reestablishes balance in the digestive system and promotes colon health. It is also effective against digestive problems like colitis, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome and gastritis. Many people even recommend coconut oil for colon cleanses.

Garlic Shrimp Pasta

Ingredients

– 1 Pound thin spaghetti(or whatever long pasta you like!)
– 1 lb medium shrimp(or shrimps as my mother might say), cleaned and deveined
– 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
– 1/2 cup butter
– 1 cup dry white wine
– 3-4 large cloves of garlic, finely chopped
– 1/4 cup of fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
– salt & black pepper, to taste

Put on large pot of water on the stove and turn up the heat! While you are waiting for the pasta water to boil you can start to prepare your skillet with the oil you’ll cook the shrimp in. When the water comes to a rolling boil, toss in the pasta and about a tsp of salt and let it cook.

In the meantime, heat the oil in the skillet. Throw in the chopped up garlic and let it simmer for about a minute. Then add the shrimp, seasoning it with a dash of salt and pepper. It should only take about a minute or two for the shrimp to cook, so when they turn pink and look about ready, remove them from the pan with a slotted spoon.

Add the butter and wine to the skillet and turn the heat to a medium-high setting. (Don’t forget to keep an eye on your pasta in the meantime! An occasional stir never hurts)

Reduce the wine and butter mixture until it has reduced to about half the original amount. Return the shrimp to the pan and let reheat. In the meantime, drain the pasta – but reserve about a cup of the water in the pot! If your skillet is bit enough, toss the pasta in with the shrimp, add the parsley and toss over high heat. If not, transfer to a large bowl and mix there. If the pasta is a little dry, add a little of the boiled water and an extra spoon of olive oil.

Taking Fish Oil

1. Heart Health

Most deaths in the world happen because of heart disease. According to studies, people who eat fish are less likely to suffer from a heart disease. With regular consumption, it can increase your HDL levels while reducing the bad cholesterol. It also controls your blood pressure.

2. Mental Disorders

According to science, 60% of your brain is made up of fat. Interestingly, most of the fat comprises omega-3 fatty acids. So, having enough emega-3s is good for your brain function. As a matter of fact, studies show that people who have any type of mental disorder may benefit from fish oil. If you go for the supplements, you will experience a reduction in the symptoms of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

3. Weight and Waist

If you have a BMI value of greater than 30, you are obese. According to statistics, around 30% of the world population of adults is overweight. On the other hand, around 13% of adults are obese. The obesity ratio is higher in developed countries, such as the USA.

Some Creamy Soups

The Classic Mushroom

What you need:

  • 1 cup chopped Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 cup chopped shiitake mushrooms
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Salt and pepper to taste

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter then cook Portobello mushroom, shiitake mushroom and shallots until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes. Add flour and stir until smooth. Carefully add chicken broth and continue stirring until mixture is thick. Stir in half-and-half and cinnamon then season with salt and pepper. Cook until heated through.

Sausage Potato Warmer

What you need:

  • 1/2 kilogram kielbasa sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 1/2 kilogram smoked sausage, sliced into half moons
  • 2 1/2 cups shredded hash brown potatoes
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 pinch salt

In a large pot over medium heat, cook smoked sausage, kielbasa sausage and onions until sausages are browned. Add potato, water and bay leaves to the pot. Simmer over low heat for 1 to 2 hours. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine butter and flour then carefully add milk. Stir until mixture is thickened. Add mixture to the pot with sausages and mix until all ingredients are well-combined. Remove bay leaves before serving.

Zucchini Cream

What you need:

  • 1 1/2 kilogram zucchini, sliced
  • 4 slices bacon
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

In a large pot, combine zucchini, bacon, garlic, onion, water, chicken broth, salt, pepper and basil. Bring to a boil and continue cooking for 30 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Puree mixture in batches until smooth and creamy. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Perfect Pasta Recipe

• Spaghetti
Spaghetti is one of the most favorite pastas among all. It is long, thin and cylindrical pasta of Italian origin which goes perfect with tomato-based marinara and bolognese sauces. It also works best with light to medium density sauces like sauce made from egg, prosciutto and cream. To make your spaghetti pasta recipe more luscious, coat the pasta with your favorite tomato sauce and keep it aside for some time before serving.

• Penne and Ziti
Medium length tubes with ridges, cut diagonally at both ends are known as Penne pasta. The ridges on these shapes provide great hold on sauces. And therefore, Penne pastas are served with medium to heavy sauces and sliced veggies. It also tastes best when served with Arrabiata sauce and beef ragu.

• Pappardelle
Pappardelle which is pronounced as papa-dell-lay is egg-based pasta which is thick flat ribbon in shape. To make this pasta recipe more delicious, serve it with a range of sauces. In winter you can cook it with a lamb or sausage ragu. In spring it will taste amazing when served with a seafood sauce.

• Conchiglie
Pronounced as con-keel-yay, it resembles a seashell shape. They can be served with meat or tomato sauces, or can be used in salads. Smaller shells are great in soups and the very large shells can be stuffed and baked in a tomato, or creamy, sauce.

• Farfalle
These fanciful bow-ties or butterflies shaped pasta are excellent in light to medium sauces or salads.To add a juicy flavor to the pasta recipe, mix farfalle pasta with vegetables, soups and crushed cheese.

• Fettucine
A longer and thicker spaghetti-like noodle is best suited with thick cream based sauces.

• Vermicelli
Vermicelli is angel hair shaped pasta. If you love to enjoy making this dish, then pair it with tomato or olive oil based sauce to make the best pasta recipe.

• Gnocchi
Gnocchi are minute dumplings which are usually made of potato. It tastes perfect when combined with rich, creamy sauces such as pesto genovese as well as with lighter sauces such as tomato and chunky sauces made from small peas and beans.

• Fusilli
Foo-zee-lee is corkscrew-shaped pasta which comes in various sizes and with different names. The twists and curls of this particular pasta shape hold the sauce and hence they are paired with thick creamy sauces such as Alfredo or meat sauces.