Category Archives: Food

The Sushi Infographic

The best part of this infographic is that it says sushi is good for you, but not when it’s deep-fried and dipped in mayonaise (which is what most sushi in Kuwait looks like). Healthy sushi is the one that has rice, fish and occasionally some vegetables.

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Three Must Haves In a Burger

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I just realized something. I used to love eating burgers with all the toppings the restaurant can offer. Then, I tried a burger with practically nothing and it outweighed any other burger I’ve had. I realized burgers are at their best when they have (other than the patty and bun) cheese, caramelized onions and whatever sauce the place offers. I used to love tomatoes, lettuce and pickles in my burgers, but tomatoes are either too ripe or too soggy. Lettuce is a different story because it depends on how it’s cut. For example, the lettuce at McDonald’s is perfect because it’s chopped and doesn’t have the hard white part. However, in other restaurants they place a whole lettuce piece. One thing happens for sure, the lettuce is too hard and big to chew through, so you end up eating it in the first two bites of the burger. Pickles are amazing in a sandwich, but not a burger because it makes the meat taste sour.

I talked a lot about chewing because if the bun is soft and the patty is tender, but everything else is hard, you lose the essence of the burger. You won’t care about how juicy the meat is. All you’ll care about is the “salad” in your burger.

Before I end this post, I must say why I chose each ingredient. Cheese: well lets just say that I LOVE cheese, and its always soft and creamy. Caramelized onions: they have the taste of raw onions, but without the pungent smell and hardness. Sauces: they enhance the burgers taste and also makes everything gooey (which is how I like it). I don’t like crunchy stuff! – if you haven’t picked that up yet.

What are the most important ingredients in your burger?

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New Addiction to Ginger

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Really early in life there are certain things that one learns to love. Other things are acquired by time and experience. I’m talking about food.

After years of considering ginger as vile and disgusting, I never knew that one day I would fall in love with it. I learned that ginger is an acquired taste to me and to many other people.

Now, whenever I’m looking at a menu, if it says ginger, then that’s what I’m ordering. Something happened that made me appreciate it’s taste. I guess the more I was exposed to it, the more I enjoyed it more. What’s so good about it (other than its numerous health benefits) is that it can go with salty or sweet food and even in hot or cold drinks. It can be added to anything for that extra taste and heat. I have even made a chai spiced ice-cream with cinnamon, cardamon and of course ginger. My favorite type of ginger is pickled ginger. I have always wondered how they made it and it turned out it’s very easy, so I might make my own.

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The London List for Foodies

The last couple of times I have been to London, my sister and I have been trying out as many restaurants as we could. We kind of vowed that we wouldn’t go to a restaurant that we have already tried. London’s food is amazing. I took note of all the different restaurants we went to and here’s a list of the restaurants, what kind of food they serve and their addresses. Print this out and use it the next time you’re in London. You won’t regret it.

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Restaurants Should Have Websites

I can’t seem to get enough of The Oatmeal. I posted about the website a week ago and I’m loving everything he has on there. One of his comics talked about how bad restaurant websites can be. That brought to mind how underestimated the power of a good website can be to a restaurant. There are so many things that the website could have that would attract more customers. In Kuwait, many of restaurants don’t even have websites. A lot of them rely on social networks, including Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to promote the restaurant. From my experience, if I’m looking for let’s say a restaurant’s address, the first thing I do is Google the restaurant. If the restaurant had a website, it would usually be the first hit. However, if it doesn’t, then I would find social network accounts. Those accounts are not always the official restaurants account. Or sometimes, if it’s a franchise, I would be getting the account of the restaurant in another country.

I really think that restaurants should have websites and most importantly they should follow what The Oatmeal explains in this comic.

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Filler Foods

Eating low-calorie foods that fill you up can help cut your calories and control your hunger at the same time. This combination can help you reach and keep a healthy body weight.

Water-rich vegetables are a great filler foods. Good examples include celery, cucumbers, lettuce, hearts of palm (palmito), radishes, carrots and alfalfa sprouts. Fruits are another good choice for the same reason. For example, grapefruit is almost 90 percent water. As an added bonus, fruits and vegetables provides you with necessary nutrients such as vitamins and minerals.

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High-fiber soups also work well as low-calorie filler foods. Legumes, such as beans and lentils, are rich in fiber and protein; add legumes to your soups and stews to satisfy your hunger with fewer calories.
Other filler foods include whole grains that would fill you up for a long time because they contain fiber and complex carbohydrates. Boiled whole grains like oatmeal and brown rice can give you energy and lasting power. Low fat whole grain pretzels and crackers are good healthy snacks.

Choose from a variety of low-calorie filler foods to keep your diet interesting.

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Perfecting Lemon Sorbet

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I love making desserts, even though I don’t enjoy eating them. I have made ice-cream before, but it was a total disaster. It tasted like ice, without any signs of cream. This time I thought of making sorbet. I fell in love with sorbet the first time I went to Italy in 2008. I remember going to every restaurant and ordering lemon sorbet for dessert. Five years later, I decided to give it a shot and make my own.

Here’s something to empress your friends with at your next gathering.*

Lemon Sorbet:

5-6 lemons

1½ Cup Granulated Sugar**

1½ Cup Water

Preparation:

  1. Zest 2-3 lemons or until you get  ⅓ cup of  lemon zest.
  2. Juice the lemons until you get 1 cup of juice.

Procedure:

  1. In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine sugar and water until the sugar dissolves.
  2. Add the lemon zest.
  3. Stir until the mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes.
  5. Add the lemon juice and stir the mixture for a minute.
  6. Remove the pan from the heat.
  7. Allow it to cool for 30 minutes.
  8. Strain the mixture to get rid of the lemon zest.
  9. Pour the mixture into a container, cover it and put it in the freezer.
  10. After 4-5 hours, or when it becomes semi-solid, mash it up with a fork and refreeze again.
  11. When frozen, place in a food processor or blender and process until smooth.
  12. Cover and refreeze until serving time.

*This recipe is from Cuisine Magazine.

**When I first read the recipe, I thought granulated sugar meant powdered sugar, but it’s actually the normal white sugar. I used powdered sugar and the sorbet turned out fine.

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Food that can Improve Your Eyesight

Various foods are important for good eye health..

  • Carrots are a critical source of vitamin A and beta carotene as are all orange-yellow vegetables. Beta carotene converts to Vitamin A in the body and is a potent antioxidant.
  • Spinach and other green vegetables are a great source of lutein and zeaxathin, both being vital for eye protection from the sun.
  • Garlic and onions are rich in sulfur and aid the eyes by producing glutathione; this is a really great antioxidant for the eyes.
  • Cod, tuna, sardines and mackerel are loaded with DHA which supports cell membranes and help to reduce the likelihood of macular degeneration. It is highly recommended for dry eyes.
  • All fruits and vegetables contain nutrients that are vital for eye health, with those being vitamin A, C, E and will help to improve daytime vision.
  • Blueberries and grapes improve night vision with an increase in anthocyanins. They are able to quickly create a noticeable improvement in critical night vision.
  • Eggs are rich in sulfur which helps to protect the lens of the eye and prevent cataract development.

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Cinnamon Toast Rolls

I love it when desserts contain cinnamon. I never thought of making a “cinnamon-y” desert until I found this recipe. It’s so easy! All you need are 3 ingredients.

  • a dozen or so slices of very soft, fresh white bread
  • melted butter
  • cinnamon sugar

Here are the instructions from Cirlce-B-Kitchen

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Cut the crusts from a slice of bread and roll until very thin.
  3. Spread both sides of the bread with melted butter and then sprinkle one side with the cinnamon sugar, making sure to cover very well.
  4. Fold each side into the middle and then gently roll up and place in a buttered mini muffin tin.  Spread a little more melted butter on each roll and sprinkle with a little more cinnamon sugar.  Alternately, you can fold the bread into a triangle, and then fold into another smaller triangle and place on a parchment-covered baking sheet.
  5. When all of the rolls are made, bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until they are just starting to turn golden brown and get a little crisp.  Remove from the muffin tin to cool.
  6. If desired, drizzle with some icing made with powdered sugar that’s been moistened with a little milk.
  7. These freeze really well.  To reheat, place briefly in a microwave to thaw and then bake in a low oven (250 or 300 until warm and slightly crisp.  Alternately, you can reheat them in foil in the oven.

Whenever I decide to do these I’m posting the results on Instagram! But for now, here’s what they’re supposed to be like.

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Basic Cooking Techniques

There are basic cooking techniques that are rarely mentioned in recipes. That’s why when following a recipe, it’s very rare that the food turns out the way it’s supposed to be. These posters can be used as a guide to help you with your cooking. I found them on a website on Stumble Upon. There were a total of 22 posters that you can find here. I only posted the ones that I would use (click the pictures below to enlarge). I’m considering on printing them to make a cooking booklet for myself.

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