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Enjoy a Meal with the Family on Your Cozy Breakfast Nook

By on March 28, 2017


If you’re building a home or planning to remodel one, you might want to include a breakfast nook in the plan. It’s a smart and multi-functional space-saver that every kitchen should have. Most homes with limited floor space incorporate breakfast nooks, as these not only serve as a cozy eating space but it can also be used as a workstation. A breakfast nook is often positioned near the window, usually in an alcove or bay. The purpose is for the nook to catch the morning light.

breakfast nook
cozy and inviting

However, it’s no longer surprising to see a variety of breakfast nooks these days. Some nooks are elaborate while others are very simple. Some are elevated with high chairs or stools and this style is perfect for smaller kitchens. On the other hand, large families prefer L-shaped nooks as it can accommodate many people in one sitting.

A breakfast nook can make mornings better. Imagine yourself rousing from sleep, padding through your kitchen, and settling yourself in your nook with a cup of hot coffee in your hand. As you sit cozily in your nook, you can pore over the morning paper or make a quick scan of your email inbox. It’s a scene typical during the weekends. Yet, if you have a breakfast nook, every morning can give you a warm and cozy weekend feel to it.

The breakfast nook is where a family can gather and comfortably enjoy a home-cooked meal before they start the day. As much as possible, you want the breakfast nook to be just the right size. It shouldn’t be too large; otherwise, you’re bound to lose the intimacy for which breakfast nooks are known to imbue. For a family of four, a good-sized breakfast nook would be around six to eight feet wide and five to seven feet deep. The proportions would give each person ample room for themselves without taking away the cozy feeling.

To make sure that you set the right mood for your breakfast nook, go with hardwood flooring to match the warm hues of your kitchen. Oakwood makes a fine choice as it exudes warmth and comfort. They say that the kitchen is unanimously the most favorite room in the house. You can prove this true by incorporating hardwood floors to go with the warm hues in your kitchen.

Breakfast nooks of old were always built beside windows to let natural light seep through. You can do this with your breakfast nook, too. Make sure you build or place it near big windows to allow for plenty of daylight. Why is this important? Well, natural light coming from the sun will make the room cheery and comfortable. Moreover, it makes the entire kitchen look “livable.” However, more than that, natural light makes any meal you put on the breakfast nook look delicious.

Remember, sharing a meal with the family can strengthen familial bonds. As insignificant as it may seem to some, a breakfast nook can just be the thing to hold a family closer together.

breakfast corner
Our corner, need to free some space…

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Beef, or Veggie Burger? How the Protein Package Matters for Health

By on February 10, 2015

burger patties and buns
I always try to make burgers at home…than buy.


Protein is one of the essential building blocks of the human body. Found in muscle, bone, hair, skin, and throughout the organs and tissues, protein-based enzymes are responsible for fueling many of the crucial chemical processes that the body relies on daily. There are at least 10,000 distinct types of proteins that are active in keeping the human machine running, making it vital that the body replenish its stores through a protein rich diet.

Considering Food’s Complete Protein Package

However, recent research suggests that the amount of protein in your diet may be much less important than the quality of the total protein package that your meals contain–while red meats provide a rich source of proteins, they often come packaged with health-hazardous saturated fats and excess sodium. Recent studies are showing that replacing red meat options–and particularly processed red meats– with poultry, fish, and plant-based protein sources (i.e. a tofu dog or veggie burger can provide a complete protein profile without loading on the extra fats and salts.

burger ad fries
with its perennial partner, the fries


Links Between Red Meat and Cardiovascular Disease

Recent studies at Harvard School of Public Health have suggested that the regular consumption of even modest portions of read meat can be linked to an increased risk of stroke, heart disease, and related cardiovascular conditions. Meanwhile those who replaced red meats with lean proteins from fish, poultry, or vegetarian sources–such as beans and soybeans–seem to enjoy a significantly reduced risk for developing heart and circulatory conditions. One study found that as little as 1.5 ounces of processed red meat each day–about two pieces of bacon or a single hot dog–could be linked to up to a 20 percent increase of the risk of dying from a cardiovascular-related disease. These kinds of statistics are making vegetarian and lean meat options increasingly important for individuals looking to maintain a good health outlook.

Red Meat and Colon Cancer

Current dietary studies have also begun to focus on red and processed meats as a source of increased risk for colon cancer. The Harvard School of Public Health recently found that every added serving correlated to a 10 to 16 percent higher risk of dying from cancer-related complications. Such studies also indicate that high-temperature grilling of red and processed meats can increase the amounts of potential cancer-causing compounds. For instance, cooking meats over a high flame can quickly multiply the number of heterocyclic amines and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, which are though to be linked to a number of digestive cancers. The American Institute of Cancer Research suggests that those who do enjoy the occasional steak or burger on the grill can help to reduce the presence of these harmful compounds by following a few simple guidelines:

  • Partly pre-cook meat in a microwave or oven to reduce overall time on the grill.
  • Allow meat to marinate before grilling.
  • Use a low flame to grill meats whenever possible.

Replacing Red Meats in Daily Diets

While modern studies on the effects of red meat on the modern diet are ongoing, preliminary research strongly suggests that replacing red meats with lean meats and modern meatless options may be one of the best ways to reduce the risk of developing heart disease and cardiovascular conditions.

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Load it with cheese…



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Three Tasty, Easy Dishes to Cook in Your Brand New Kitchen

By on September 21, 2014


Getting a brand new kitchen installed in your home is exciting. By just changing one room, you can give a new lease of life to your entire household and open up a whole new world of opportunities for you and your family to entertain and learn new cooking skills.

But, after unpacking all of your plates, pots, pans, utensils, cloths and cleaning products into their new cupboards and drawers, you’ll have worked up an appetite and will probably want your first meal to be something that’s easy to make but which gives you a chance to play with all your new gadgets and accessories.

Here are just three simple recipes for a delicious meal that let you do just that:

chicken skewers
no mushrooms 🙁

Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Kebabs, by BBC Good Food

Click here for full recipe instructions, but in brief, you will need:

Garlic, peeled
fresh ginger, peeled
orange zest
3 spring onions, chopped
clear honey
light soy sauce
vegetable oil
4 chicken breasts
20 button mushrooms (or other vegetables you might like)
20 cherry tomatoes
2 large green peppers, cut into strips
20 wooden skewers.

Set your blender on your new worktop or island and pop in the garlic, ginger, orange zest and onions and whizz them into a paste. Add the honey, orange juice, soy sauce and oil and blend again.

Take a bowl from your new cupboard, put in the mushrooms and the chicken which should be cut into bite-sized pieces. Pour your whizzed-up marinade over them and then set aside for an hour. While those lovely flavours are mingling together you can prepare the next two dishes. (I unfortunately wasn’t able to include mushrooms and tomatoes.)


Roasted Red Pepper, Tomato and Feta Couscous

You will need:

1 large red pepper
10 cherry tomatoes
100g feta cheese
1 large mug of couscous
a handful of fresh mint or coriander
olive oil

While your chicken is marinating, preheat your new oven to 200˚C/Gas 4. Take a sheet of tinfoil from its new wall-mounted dispenser (if you don’t have one, it’s never too late to get one installed, wall-mounted racks for foil, kitchen roll and other accessories make any cooking task, easy!) and line a baking tray.

Drizzle the pepper and tomatoes with olive oil and salt, and roast for 20-30 mins.

While they’re cooking, prepare the couscous according to pack instructions.

When the peppers and tomatoes are ready, remove the stalks and seeds and, along with the feta and herbs, chop them roughly and mix them into the couscous.

Leave the oven on at this temperature for your final dish.

(I opted to stuff the couscous inside the pepper and have the cherry tomatoes whole.) 😀

corn, chicken skewers
corn season’s almost over

Buttered and Baked Corn on the Cob

You will need:

1 x corn on the cob per diner (or more depending on how hungry everyone is!)
salted butter
chopped parsley (optional)

Place each cob in the centre of a square of tin foil. Smear generously with the butter and sprinkle with finely chopped parsley.

You can use a blender to do this, but make use of any new knives and counter-space and do it by hand.

Wrap the foil up tightly so that the melting butter doesn’t escape, pop onto a baking try and into the oven for around 30 mins.

While they’re cooking, return to your marinated chicken and thread the pieces, along with the mushrooms, cherry tomatoes and green peppers onto skewers.

If you have a Domino BBQ grill this is the perfect introductory dish to cook on it, but if not a griddle pan works just as well. I used the contact grill we have at the moment.

Lay the skewers onto the heat and cook for 7-8 mins on each side until the chicken is thoroughly cooked and ready to serve. Garnish with spring onions.

That’s it! Three delicious dishes ready in an hour. All you need to do now is to set the table, pour some wine, adjust the lighting to the ambience you desire and sit down to eat.

To find out more about useful kitchen accessories and appliances for your brand new kitchen, contact the design and installation specialists or request a catalogue from LWK Kitchens.

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Guten Appetit!


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Around the world in 5 Desserts

By on September 26, 2013


When it comes to our main meals we easily travel the world with our culinary experimentation; Indian, Italian, Mexican and so on are all foods we regularly consume, but I have noticed we tend to overlook the desserts which are available. For example, we all know chilli is a Mexican dish but can you name any Mexican desserts?

Here we have some great desserts from around the world, how many have you tried, have you made any? If you haven’t tried any why not find the dessert recipes and make one yourself?

Pantanos de Centla, Mexico
Pantanos de Centla, Mexico

Mexico: Spiced Chocolate Brownies

Mexican desserts are generally custard or bread based, and it was hard to choose our favourite! Although thought of as more of an American creation the Chocolate Brownie has strong roots in Mexico! They are slightly different though with Mexican Chocolate Brownies potentially containing more spices giving a completely different culinary experience. Spices often added include cinnamon, cayenne and of course chilli powder, all of which bring something new to the table.

Spiced Chocolate Brownies
Spiced Chocolate Brownies

Royal Palace and Santa María la Real de La Almudena, Spain
Royal Palace and Santa María la Real de La Almudena, Spain

Spain: Churros

When looking at the huge choice of Spanish desserts available you will see they  are based around eggs and almonds with a flan base and almond flavours such as marzipan, almond biscuits all being popular. Churros however can easily be found as one of the most popular desserts in Spain, having originated from Madrid. Simple to make these are strips of dough, deep fried and topped with sugar and a choice of toppings or dips.

Churros con chocolate
Churros con chocolate


Kedar Range, Greater Himalayas, India
Kedar Range, Greater Himalayas, India

India: Carrot Halwa

India desserts are as flavoursome as their main meals; Kulfi, a frozen milk dessert, Payasam and Coconut Chikki are just a few of them! Some are slightly complex to make but that is part of the fun.  Coconut, mango and carrot are pretty popular ingredients in many of the Indian desserts. Carrot Halwa is an easy creamy dessert you can make at home in about an hour consisting of carrots, raisins, nuts, cream and milk.


Carrot Halwa
Carrot Halwa with fruits

Stonehenge, England

United Kingdom: Eton Mess

The UK has a huge variation of traditional desserts which have been popular for decades, examples include the Battenburg Cake, Victoria Sponge Cake and Trifle. Our favourite has got to be the exceptionally simple but effective Eton Mess. Now you can go simple and use ready made meringues from the supermarket or, make them yourself! Make a puree blending strawberries with icing sugar, crush the meringues and mix them with whipped double cream and some more chopped strawberries.

eton mess, uk desserts
Eton Mess

great wall of China
Great Wall, China

China:  Banana Spring Rolls

Chinese desserts are as exciting as their main meals and starters with some of the favoured options centering around steamed puddings, fruit pudding and cakes mung beans and egg tarts. Banana spring rolls are popular throughout the year and is a sweet take on the traditional spring roll. The rolls are filled with a banana and brown sugar and are typically served warm after being deep fried with vanilla ice cream on the side.

turon and ube ice cream
banana spring rolls and purple yam ice cream (image via


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For the Love of Food and Travelling

By on September 19, 2013


Pardon that you’d be bombarded with pasta dishes in the following posts. 😀 Still part of our Italian tour, we visited Bologna, which is year 2000’s European capital of culture and the capital of the Emilia-Romagna Region in Northern Italy as the last stop.

Hubby jokingly said that he would have its infamous dish, pasta with ragu alla bolognese for sure…I said we would probably be tired of eating pasta by then having tried a lot in the other 4 cities. Truth be told, I was already tired that I do not have the delight to sightsee anymore. We spent most of our time at the hotel which is not exactly in the city proper of Bologna and we’ll need to take a taxi every time we go – that added to my laziness.

bologna buildin and church
walking about in Bologna (photo by hubby)

Summing it up, we probably only had a total of 4 hours enjoying the historical city. I felt short of my mission to actually travel and enjoy food the city is known for. But, hubby didn’t back out on his earlier joke, we dined at a trattoria we found while exploring (my god, I totally forgot the name), he got his ragu alla bolognese while I had grilled swordfish (too lazy to talk about it now really).

I think, I am injecting in this post the lazy feeling I had while wandering about in Bologna. It was like walking back in time, to its early existence since the 9th century BC. Of course, it is a more modern comune  now but the antiquity is all over the streets, the walls, each and every corner. It was both a pleasurable and a melancholic experience.

hubby’s spaghetti alla bolognese


That being said, I admire foodie-travelers who seem to go on from city to city exploring not just the landscape but also that what could tickle their palate. One of them is Chantal Royer. Chantal enjoys traveling and cooking. She combines these two interests by traveling around the world and learning about regional cuisine in the countries she visits. Italy, Greece and Spain are some of the European countries she has visited. She traveled to Morocco during a trip to Africa. Her culinary journeys have taken her across the world to Australia and New Zealand.

Royer became interested in traditional Italian food after visiting Italy. She developed a taste for traditional Italian food after a trip to Bologna in the Emilia-Romagna region. Cannellini beans are one of the Tuscan foods she likes. Her family and friends enjoy her pasta dishes. Seafood, eggplant and pesto are some of the ingredients in these dishes. Royer cooks pasta with imported olive oil. Learning how Italian traditions have influenced cuisine in the United States is one of her interests.

Visiting Greece helped Royer develop an interest in Greek dishes. She also learned about Greek cuisine when she traveled around the United States and Australia. Royer found great Greek food in Chicago’s Greektown neighborhood. Part of her time in Australia was spent eating at Greek restaurants in Melbourne and other Australian cities. Her travels in search of great Italian food in the United States have taken her to New York, St. Louis, Chicago and Boston. Royer has enjoyed traditional Italian cuisine served at New York restaurants in the boroughs of Queens, Staten Island and Brooklyn. One of her favorite pizza places is on Chicago’s Harlem Avenue. She has traveled to the Western states to sample the Italian food in Seattle.

mixed grill
The nearest I have been to Greece is through this mixed seafood grill ^_^

Royer’s international travels have also allowed her to enjoy recreational hiking. She has hiked in Greece, New Zealand and Italy. A trip to Morocco gave her the opportunity to hike and drive through that country’s mountains and desert. Royer was able to spend time with nomadic tribes while she was in the desert. Casablanca, Fez and Rabat were some of the cities she visited during her trip. She spent some of her time in Casablanca browsing through the city’s markets. The Canary Islands and the island of Lanzarote were also on her itinerary during this trip.

I somehow could relate to Chantal in this area albeit I am a newbie. Like my previous post where I recreated a dish (well, I tried) I had in Florence, I am sharing with you a recipe of ragù alla bolognese. Mind you, like carbonara and lasagne, bolognese has been twisted far from the original recipe. Although it is fair to have evolved, the variation we mostly know is very different – and I think most food does anyway.

The recipe registered by the Academia Italiana della Cucina  with the Bologna Chamber of Commerce in 1982 calls for tomato paste, celery, carrots, onion, pancetta, finely chopped or ground beef, sea salt, pepper, white wine, milk and water or chicken stock! Whew! And with all that, preparation takes about 4 hours – actually more but the cooking process takes 1/3 of that!

ragu alla bolognese
pardon, no garlic needed, use butter instead of olive oil…
pancetta, white wine, tomatoes, onion, cheese (not in photo:beef, celery, carrots)

So here’s what you’ll need and what you should do:

Soffritto or mirepoix: the holy trinity of Italian and French cooking composed of celery (2 stalks), onion (1 head) and carrots (2 large) – well for this dish just those but it’s not always as much with other recipes

Butter: little bit, maybe a tablespoon

Pancetta: bacon 🙂 or pork belly meat that is salt cured and seasoned with peppercorns – about 8 slices, dice them nicely

Sea salt and black pepper: adjust according to taste

Beef: lean ground beef – half a kilo

Milk: surprise! The milk gives bolognese sauce the orange color…just 1 cup.

Tomato paste: there’s specifically the San Marzano – I guess they are the origin of tomato pastes, so if you can’t find them raw, look for them in a can 🙂

White wine: a glass will do

Water or chicken, maybe beef stock – your adjustments 🙂

Parmiggiano-reggiano cheese, grated

Pasta:  Ideally, tagliatelle is used but bolognese sauce can also be used with other broad, flat pasta shapes, such as pappardelle or fettuccine, or with short tube shapes, such as rigatoni or penne.

Here’s how:

1. Melt butter in a saucepan. Add pancetta, carrot, celery and onion. Saute for about 10 minutes.

2. Add meat into the mixture and mix, in a way breaking the lumps. After 10 minutes or so, add wine…Lower the heat at this point and allow the wine to evaporate.

3. If there’s part of the mixture that gets stuck to the pan, put a little water or stock and scrape it off.

4. Stir in tomatoes or tomato paste, milk, beef or chicken stock, salt and pepper.

5. Cover the pan. Let simmer on low heat and half-covered – about 3 hours but, ideally? It should actually be four! Add more water if needed and let simmer. It should be really, really thick.

6. Cook pasta per package directions. It is best to cook the pasta when you are almost done with the sauce so it is still hot enough.

7. Serve with pasta, top with cheese. Enjoy your pasta alla bolognese!

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Florence – of Scents and Flavors

By on August 28, 2013


Foggy morning

The last week of July was spent with so much walking I felt like I lost 5 kilos as I go…then again, it was also spent eating here and there that the kilos lost came back too soon! And where did our itchy feet took us, you might ask? Hubby and I went to five cities in a one-week stretch and drank history along with art, old architecture, cars, Vespas and heat in sunny, sophisticated, busy Italy.

Among the cities we’ve seen, Florence – dubbed as the Athens of the Middle Ages impressed me the most. Being on the streets walked upon by the artists responsible for the Renaissance, I had a good feeling I might be able to write my own book while there (lol). Seeing the spots Robert Langdon and Sienna Brooks trailed made Inferno a much more tangible story for us both.

walking about

Morning walks -I just love the empty streets, the cool breeze and that distinct scent that only those certain times of the day bring…no matter which city. The nostalgia, the cobblestones and the foggy horizon makes up for a perfect mood.

Though we are walking buddies, hubby and I would spend some hours apart sightseeing by ourselves, taking photos of what we would see. I ended up exploring  the streets leading to Il Duomo while hubby went over to the side of Ponte Vecchio. And just like in any city, I did another thing I enjoy most: people-watching. Shooting scenes (and crowd), Florence’s old-world architecture and charm – here and there, it took me a full two hours.

Hidden garden and display

Within those two hours, I had another quest – find an appropriate restaurant perhaps and get a taste of the region’s take on pasta, a wee bit. Ahh, writing about the food experience while travelling is another thing I love to do! It’s like having a chunk of locality – relishing a cuisine that a particular city is known for. So walk I did and of course a number of trattoria, ristorante, gelateria and pizzeria abound. Italy’s rich food culture  can be perceived literally in the open- the streets. There’s garlic, pungent and welcome-y sauteed in olive oil, lemony fresh peels just off the board and you’ll catch some fresh basil blending along the busy kitchen rush!

Just a stone’s throw away from the Il Duomo I found a restaurant with a hidden garden  – a perfect spot to have a quiet lunch amidst the busy, touristy streets. Well, the garden was very quiet, so eat, I did. That’s at Little David (I’ Daviddino) at Via de’ Martelli.

Farfalle, salmon, caviar = last pasta meal lol....
why do I forget to properly take a photo of my food? :/

My first choice up the menu is anything with salmon and caviar – I have always been fond of fish on pasta (can’t remember how many times I’ve reiterated this) that I have often featured dishes to cook with salmon in this blog. The offering on the menu is farfalle with white sauce, so I had that.

I’m not a big eater so I was ok with the serving but others might say it wouldn’t suffice a hungry tummy or someone who did a walkathon – under the Tuscan sun. And who would complain about al dente pasta, rich thick sauce, salmon bits and caviar bursting wonderfully into a yummy spoonful? Not me. You might argue that I should have also gotten a Bistecca Fiorentina or Ribollita…well, hubby called just when I was finishing  and said we would be eating dinner at a lovely restaurant he saw – so we did have those for dinner but let’s save them for another post.

Far from forgetting the flavors and scents, I’ve made a similar dish at home recently. This time, I could generously topple a plateful with lots of caviar…

And here’s what you need:

half a kilo Farfalle (bow-tie pasta, cooked per package directions)
¾ cups butter
2 cups whipping cream
½ kilo smoked salmon, sliced to pieces
salt and pepper to taste
parsley, minced


1. In a sauce pan, melt butter and add cream. Stir constantly and bring to a boil.

 2. Lower heat and continue cooking until the sauce thickens.

3. Add salmon, parsley, salt and pepper (caviar could make it for salt though). Simmer a bit and remove from heat.

4. Pour over pasta and toss gently.

5. Serve, top with a spoonful of caviar or how much you like and garnish with more parsley. There, one hearty meal to remember the Italian coast by.

pasta salmon caviar
just making it colorful ^_^


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Pasta Aligue (Crab Fat) and Shrimps

By on August 14, 2013
aligue pasta
Would have loved squid and crab meat in this too.

What’s your comfort food? I have a lot but, anything that’s cooked with fruits of  the sea is comfort enough for me. As far as vim and the palate could get – a fusion between flavors – I think pasta and a mix of a Filipino favorite would be a hit. Thus, the aligue or what we endearingly call taba ng talangka (crab fat) has found a following among foodies….despite and in spite of the calorie content it will add to any dish.

And for some expats, bringing a precious bottle of this back from a Philippine vacation is a must (read: hubby and I). The aligue has become synonymous to our bagoong (shrimp paste) in a certain level. ^_^

So here’s an attempt to introduce aligue in a presentable manner – not in a spoon or alongside egg and rice – which is a usual breakfast fare in our kitchen. (Quite a long overdue post).

What you’ll need:

250 grams Fettucine (or linguine, cooked until al dente)

300 grams cocktail shrimps

2 tbsp olive oil

4 cloves garlic, minced

1 medium red onion, chopped ( I used red onion to add color and tang but white would be definitely fine)

chopped parsley

half a jar of Aligue (the 250gram jar)

half a lemon (calamansi would be ideal…but…)

salt and pepper to taste


1. Cook Fettucine per package directions and set aside.

2. Heat 1 tbsp olive oil in a pan. Saute garlic a bit and add red onions. Add bits of parsley and mix. Set on a dish.

3. Heat the remaining olive oil and cook shrimps. Add the previous mixture of garlic, shallots and parsley along with aligue.

4. Toss in the cooked pasta and remove from heat. Serve hot, squeeze a wee bit lemon on and garnish with more parsley.

On those very rare occasions that hubby and I have little spats I heed an age-old advice “the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” – sometimes it proves true, sometimes it doesn’t…I will try its effectiveness again with this dish tomorrow.

Fettucine and Taba ng Talangka (crab fat/aligue) 🙂

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Tips for adding vegetables to your diet

By on August 8, 2013


Vegetables are the bane of some people’s existence. You know you have to eat them to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. However, they can be quite bland on their own and unless you know how to make a tasty dish, they can leave a bad taste in your mouth. There are ways to add them to your diet, without it being a burden though.

Buy them fresh 

Fresh vegetables are not as bland as frozen or pre-bagged vegetables. If you can, buy them from a farm. Vegetables which have been grown outside have more flavour and vitamins and minerals than those mass produced in a greenhouse. You’ll also find they are cheaper to buy fresh.

fresh veggies!


Some people are more likely to eat vegetables if they can zap them in the microwave in between games on and Facebook conversations. Pre-bagged microwavable vegetable packs are sold fairly cheaply in supermarkets, and can take as little time as three minutes to heat up for your meal, dependent on how big the bag is.

Mix with everyday meals 

Find ways to sneak vegetables into the meals you cook for yourself for dinner. For example, bolognese benefits from having tiny pieces of carrot chopped up and mixed in with the sauce. Not only do you not notice they are there, they also enhance the flavour and pack it out making the meal more filling.

Steam them 

Try steaming your vegetables for your meals. Boiling them takes away a lot of the flavour and goodness. When you steam them, the condensation falls back onto the vegetables, meaning the nutrients stay.

Plan around the vegetables 

Most people add vegetables as an aside. Try planning your meals around the vegetables instead, that way you are guaranteed to include them, and they’re more likely to be tasty because you’ll incorporate them more fully. For example, a vegetable stir fry.

tuna, salsa, vegetables
Try a salsa….

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Keeping Meals Hot, Drinks Cold

By on June 30, 2013


At home, keeping food hot is easy  with the microwave and food warmers  while the fridge or a box cooler are a sure way to keep drinks cool at bay. But what about catering food and food delivered to particular customers?

Well, the food service industry relies on a lot of moving parts to ensure that hot meals and cold drinks get to customers in a timely manner. If any of your machinery isn’t working properly, it could spell disaster for your company. Fortunately, offers a variety of food service equipment parts that will keep operations going smoothly.

Whether you need new mixing bowls, fryers or oven equipment, there is only one site that you need to go to for all of your equipment needs. When the oven stops heating properly, you don’t have a lot of time to wait around for a new oven. With quick delivery, you know that your customers are not going to be without their favorite hot desserts for long. If the ice maker stops working, it can result in warm soda and water.

At best, you will have to make several trips to the grocery store to buy ice. That can add unnecessary overhead and inconvenience your customers. Therefore, do your restaurant a favor by stopping by the site immediately to find parts made by all major manufacturers. Customer service is always a priority. You can get help online or by phone whenever you need it. Never hesitate to talk to a real person to have all of your questions answered before ordering products.

cater keeping food hot
typical food catering setup

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Revamp Your Cooking Nook with a Kitchen Island

By on May 25, 2013


The spring and summer season is the perfect time to work on home improvement projects or room renovations. With the cooking trend getting more families spending more time in the kitchen, homemakers can work on expanding their kitchen or remodeling it for a more efficient use of space. Those who would like to give their kitchen a new and upgraded look can take advantage of this season to have a kitchen island installed. These free standing work stations are considered as a trendy element in modern kitchen designs. Homeowners can build these structures on their own or hire a contractor to do it for them.

As with any home furnishing, the basic considerations in choosing a kitchen island are size, features, and style. The size would of course depend on the available space. Kitchen islands are ideally used in open kitchens. Small and enclosed kitchens are poor candidates for an island, as there should be ample space to move around the island without bumping or toppling anything. Check the kitchen parameters and get exact measurements before making any purchase.

kitchen island
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When it comes to the features of the island, homeowners would have to evaluate their kitchen needs. If they would simply need additional counter space and storage, then a flat surface with built-in racks, shelves and cabinets at the bottom will suffice. Those who would like their islands to be utilized as prep and serving area may opt to have a secondary sink in their island. Others who have big and open spaces usually opt to have a fully equipped island with sink, cook-top, and sophisticated storage at the bottom. Some would even place a couple of chairs at one side of the island where their guests can sit or eat while they cook.

As far as style is concerned, the choice will depend on the personal preference of the homeowner and the interiors of the kitchen. The popularity of this kitchen feature has resulted to the availability of numerous designs that one can choose from or get inspiration from. It doesn’t matter if it’s a D-I-Y or a custom built one, having a kitchen island in the house can improve your kitchen in looks and functionality.


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