Grilling Vegetables

The intense dry heat of the grill carmelizes plant sugars. And this makes the vegetables taste very sweet.

Some vegetables, like corn, form a sweet outer shell. Onions, soften to a buttery texture. Bell peppers soak in the smoke and become almost meaty.

Grilling vegetables takes much less time than any meat.

Start with fresh good-quality produce. When vegetables age, they become dehydrated and they taste dry. Don’t use any vegetables that are wrinkled or have damages to their skin.

Use lots of color when grilling. Mix peppers, such as, red, green, orange, and yellow. If you want to turn up the heat, add a hot pepper such as a serrano.

You can grill almost any vegetable. Try grilled tomatoes, artichokes or zuccini. Just sprinkle some olive oil and salt and pepper before you grill. Or you can sprinkle vinegar and some herbs on them first.

Use high heat when grilling tomatoes. Only turn them once and remove from heat. Use them as an appetizer or on sandwiches. You can make a meal of only low-calorie grilled vegetables. They can also be used tossed with more olive oil as a side dish.

Fresh Bass

Most forms of wild fish have up to 12 days shelf life if kept in ideal conditions. These conditions being that the fish is thoroughly cleaned as soon as caught, also scaled and having the fins and gills removed. The reason for the thorough cleaning is to prevent enzyme action, both in the gut of the fish and the surface of the fish, from contaminating and damaging the flesh of the fish, and at a minimum creating an unpleasant smell.

After cleaning, store the Bass in ice to keep the temperature around freezing point. These storage conditions must be maintained until it reaches the retailer, where you will make your purchase.

But does it happen? Well in the main no. The fish is rarely cleaned at sea. It might undergo some chilling on the journey back to the fishing port, but will probably not be packed in ice since this should be removed for the auction. In all likelihood the fish will now be packed with ice for the wholesaler to transport. But once again when sold to the retailer it is likely to have the ice removed to re-weigh. The fish will now arrive at


Why do we like casseroles so much? This isn’t fine cuisine — it’s comfort food. These are often your family’s favorite dishes. Casseroles are good for your budget too. Many recipes can be made with leftovers and staples from your pantry. Even better, if you have any left, you can divide and freeze the leftovers and you’ll always have something to take to work for lunch. That plugs one of the biggest holes in many people’s budget.

Casseroles are crowd pleasers. These are easy dishes for church suppers or potlucks. Be sure to bring the recipe with you as people will be asking for it.

Here are a few of our favorite casserole recipes:

Chicken and Apples Casserole

  • 1 chicken, cut up
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 3 or 4 apples, peeled, cored and sliced (Granny Smith are best)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Dash of pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup apple juice, cider or brandy

Brown chicken in butter. Place a layer of sliced apples in a two-quart casserole. Add chicken, then add remaining apples. Add sugar, salt, pepper and onions to juice.

Outdoor Barbecue Grills

The taste of the food prepared using the charcoal grills will be better than that prepared using gas grills. The reason is that the gas grill can not give the smoky flavor to the food which is produced by the charcoal grills. If you want to cook in a bulk the gas grill will be convenient.

The charcoal grills will be a better option for cooking less quantity of food and it is easy to transfer too. The charcoal grills are less expensive as well. There are some disadvantages for charcoal grills. In a rainy day it will be difficult to light the grills and also to keep it lit till the end of cooking. After igniting the grills one has to wait till the flames die out and the coals are hot.

The food may get burnt easily soon since it is difficult to control the heat. The charcoal has to get cooled down completely before cleaning the grills. This may take hours and one will have to wait till that. When charcoal grill is used grease, ash and charcoal will be formed. Removal of these ashes for cleaning the grill can be messy. After

Grilling Fish

The grate must be clean.

A little bit of oil should be applied to both the fish and the grate.

Heat should be medium high to high.

Use a wide spatula (or two) instead of tongs or a fork to turn it.

Even this may not work on all grills. Some grills have a very small surface area verses open space area (grate gaps). If you really like grilling fish, your best bet is to

Get a grate with more surface area than space.

Because fish is so delicate, many people have come up with their own ways of grilling fish (so it won’t fall apart). One way is to

Leave the skin on.

But some people (like me) prefer no skin. Without the skin, fish will take on the flavors of smoke, seasonings, sauces, etc.

So, what else do we do? Another way is to

Use aluminum foil.

Using a piece of foil on the grate under the fish will keep it from falling through.

There are also what I call fish baskets available.

They are like a pan with small holes in it.

Drinking Tea While Eating to Lose Weight

Furthermore, since we sleep during the day, we find no time for exercise, so there is a big chance to develop this mild to severe obesity.

We mainly use carbohydrates, which is mainly glucose, from what we eat. Left unused, this turns into fat. This fat is stored in our cells, so we should not wonder why we cannot get rid of the love handles.

The consequence is we search for slimming pills online that we are hopeful could solve this fat problem. When using these pills or laxatives, either we see only a temporary improvement or that they are not effective at all. Some of us even attempt different types of diet, the modified types, like the paleo, the vegan, and other trending diets we read on the Internet.

The solution is simple – drinking tea while eating. You may call this a trick, but this is simply changing the way we eat. Green tea, which has flavonoids aside from a bit of caffeine, is unquestionably beneficial to the body. It makes us think more clearly, more active during the day, makes us awake with minimal side effects, unlike coffee.

Coffee has more

Types of Italian Food

When people think Italian food the first thing that comes to mind are pasta dishes. According to experts they believe that pasta came to Italy sometime during the 9th century. It was thought to have come from an Arabic recipe that combined water and flour but today Italy has perfected pasta in many different forms. In addition to spaghetti you will also find other Italian pasta dishes like ravioli, which are filled pastas. Italian food also includes dumpling-like pasta that is made from potatoes called gnocchi. Most pasta dishes, including gnocchi, are usually served in some type of sauce. The most common Italian sauce is called marinara and is made from a tomato base and includes garlic, onions, and herbs like oregano and basil. Many of the classic Italian pasta and sauce dishes will have various cheese and meats or vegetables that have been sautéed in olive oil added to the dish.

Italian food is also noted for using seafood in many of their dishes. One notable food, Calamari, is a dish that has deep-friend quid that has been garnished with parmesan cheese. It is a very popular appetizer. The fish dishes found in Italian cuisine are

Honey vs Sugar

Both sweeteners contain glucose and fructose. However, for sugar, in the process of manufacturing, the organic acids, protein, nitrogen elements, enzymes and vitamins in the sugar cane are destroyed, whereas honey, a natural sweetener, subjects only to minimal heating. Also, honey has certain beneficial antioxidant and antimicrobial properties which are not present in table sugar.
Here are three honey nutrition facts that will make you feel good about eating honey:

  • One tablespoon of table sugar or sucrose contains 46 calories, while one tablespoon of natural sweetener honey has 64 calories. Though honey may have more calories, we actually need to use less of it since it is sweeter than table sugar. As a result, you may in fact consume even less amount of calories that you would with sugar. And in the long run even though honey is more expensive, it may be more economical than table sugar.
  • Compared to table sugar, honey has a healthier Glycemic Index (GI) which measures the negative impact of a given food on the blood-glucose level. The lower the GI rating, the slower the absorption and infusion of sugars into the bloodstream and hence a more gradual and healthier digestion

Eating Raw Fish

The benefits of eating raw fish dishes

The most important one being that they all taste wonderful and look brilliant on the plate, and there is a great range from which to choose. Cold smoking fish with all kinds of types of wood shavings and flavourings. The coating of fish with herbs, spices and flavoured spirits such as Fennel Liquor. The discussion could stop now. However there is one very important fact to consider as a health benefit to us all.

They are raw, and as such give us all great health benefits.

In the normal preparation and cooking process some of the vital ingredients, such as vitamins and minerals, are lost through being washed away or destroyed by heat. This happens with most forms of fresh food when cooked. Raw fish is of course not cooked, and as a results benefits us all in retaining very high proportions of the gifts of nature, such as vitamins and minerals. So we can eat really healthy food that tastes great. However, let us consider the other side of the equation.

The dangers of eating raw fish dishes

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Main Course Ideas

Wrapped in a parcel with hidden delights

This version will offer mystery and surprise. From your grocery supplier obtain sufficient banana leaf, if they do not have it in stock they will have supplies in a couple of days. You will need a piece 25 cm square for each of your guests. In boiling water blanch the leaf for four minutes, to soften. Place the Salmon fillet in the centre of the leaf. Now you need to add the flavouring ingredients to give the visual and flavour sensation when opening the parcel. Try an Oriental touch with thin strips of ginger, lemon grass and spring onion with a touch of soy and Thai fish sauce. Fold up the parcel and close with a wooden kebab stick, or wrap together with long strips of spring onion. Steam until cooked, the core temperature needs to reach 62 degrees Celsius. Plate the closed parcel and allow your guests to open them. The choice of items to include in the parcel gives you a licence to thrill.

Cold cured with fennel herb and liquor

Curing originated as a way of preserving fish prior to introduction of fridges. It would