Category Archives: Food Preparation Tips

Sous vide cooking technique

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I‘ve learned another cooking technique online called sous vide (pronounced as sue-veed). I’ve been cooking for my family for years now but it’s the first time that I stumble on this cooking method. This style of cooking has been around since time immemorial and still being practiced by chefs worldwide.

According to immersion circulator reviews, the method is really simple you just need to have the Best Sous Vide Brands machine for a start. The food item – fish, meat, veggies, that you want to be cooked through sous vide technique should be placed into airtight plastic bag. Once fully sealed, the plastic bags with the food item will then be submerged into a steam heated water bath (sous vide machine). The water bath is set at a specific cooking temperature for the amount of time that you desire. What you will achieve is a perfectly and evenly cooked food item because the natural juice stays in the bag. Professional cooks claimed that sous vide technique are better than grilling, frying, oven and stove top cooking.

It seems easy to do right? All I need now is to acquire one of these sous vide machines to get me started. I hope to find one on sale.

When shopping for a Sous vide cooking utensil it’s worth considering using a discount code from a site like Mamma. It has a large database of discounts and is a great resource.

Preparing Simple Meals for New Year’s Eve

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People are already accustomed to preparing so much during the holiday season. New Year is a holiday that people believe they should truly celebrate and they do it by preparing so many foods that they cannot be finished in one evening. More often than not, the foods are just wasted so why not prepare something simple that can be enjoyed by the whole family?

One tip that you have to remember is to make sure that the food you are going to cook is easy to prepare. You may choose to roast or bake depending on what you think is easier. Food that can be considered as comfort food can be great too.

Another tip is to make sure that you have a definite meal plan. You can plan the whole meal in advance so that you will have all the ingredients needed. One appetizer, one main course and desert may be what you need to make the meal festive.

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Pairing Wines with Classic Filipino Dishes

Adding a touch of elegance to regular dinners

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Of course, even though wine is made to be enjoyed and drunk, understanding it is a totally different matter.  AskMen.com actually puts it succinctly into words with “Aside from public speaking and bad turbulence during a flight, few things cause more fear in a wide range of men than wine tasting.” People are often worried that they might be doing something wrong, or that their opinions don’t agree with the general consensus. This is a common problem, especially among Filipinos.

Filipinos aren’t really big wine drinkers, and most would just settle for a cold glass of coke or beer at the dinner table, and bottles of wine were reserved for special occasions and holidays. As wines grew cheaper, however, more Filipinos gained access to them, and many began to explore the delicate, intricate flavors of the many kinds of wine available. Last year, M&S held free wine tasting events in some of their branches in Metro Manila, allowing lucky customers to learn from wine expert Chris Murphy himself. This marked the beginning of a renewed fervor for wine in the country, and now, many people have begun experimenting with food and wine pairings.

It’s fairly easy to figure out which wines go with which dishes when you’re working with a western menu, as there are so many guides out there. But Filipino cuisine, as extensive and undocumented as it is, is a different story. Not to worry though, as Pinakbet.net says, “in pairing wine, there aren’t rules at all. If you love the way it tastes, pair it with whatever you want.”
If you want to try pairing your favorite dishes with wine and don’t know where to start, however, here are a few pointers:

  • Red wine usually goes with dark meat, as the flavors of the two meld together and you don’t run the risk of one overpowering the other. Try sipping a decadent red wine with pork adobo, beef steak, binagoongang baboy or sisig.
  • White wine will go great with lighter dishes and white meat. Drink some white wines when you’re having fried fish, rellenong bangus, or sinampalukan and pininyahang manok.
    As for desserts, heavier wines go with desserts that are thicker in consistency and denser in flavor. Reds will go with chocolate cakes and puddings, and whites will go with tarts and pies.

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Once you’ve gotten a feel for the many different wine pairings and have tasted some wines, you can then begin to experiment — not just with food and wine pairings, but also with using wine in your cooking!