Wine experts say that food and wine pairing is a matter of personal taste. As we all know the old rule of the thumb is to match up white wine with white meat while red wine goes well with red meat, yet these days, you can bypass the old rule as you can select and enjoy the right wine to pair with a variety of meat, fish, poultry as well as with cheese, chocolates and other desserts. To achieve the best match it is important to balance and harmonize the flavors of the food and the wine so neither of the two will overpower the other. It is just like referring the wine as a sauce that can complement the food. So if the combination pleases you then it is the right choice for you.
Below are basic guides for beginners in food and wine pairing.
Serve Cabernet with a fatty Prime Rib. The fat of the meat will balance the bitter taste or the tannin of the wine, thus will bring a smoother feel when combined.
Choose Barolo, Sauvignon Blanc or Chianti if you are serving any pasta dish with tomato sauce to savor the citrus flavor of the food. Keep in mind that acidic wine can increase the acid taste of your dish. So, sour foods complements with sour wine.read more
Many people are unaware that eating healthy can actually be easier and more affordable than grabbing fast food. Having healthy family dinners often requires a little bit of planning. Plus, you do not have to be a great chef to prepare tasty meatless meals. Use meatless chicken and meatless beef products to make Monday night dinner easy. The right meatless Monday recipes can help save time and money. Many people are not excited about making Monday night meals. However, you and your family might find that meatless Mondays are the best dinners of the week.
How You Can Save both Time and Money by Cooking Vegetarian Meals
The average fast food meal for a family of four is not as cheap as many people think it is. Four meals at a fast food restaurant typically cost anywhere from $20-$28. However, a homemade vegetable soup for four people can cost under $5. Add some meatless chicken for additional protein, and make simple dumplings to serve a more balanced meal. Soup is a classic winter family dinner. The leftovers can easily be frozen and reheated for weekend lunches and snacks. One of the best parts of a humble vegetable soup is that you do not have to be a stellar chef with ample time to cook. Below is one of the top meatless Monday recipes, meatless chicken and dumpling soup.
Meatless Chicken and Dumpling Soup
1 bag of meatless chicken
1 large yellow onion
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 cloves garlic
1 bunch of parsley
1 large turnip
2 russet potatoes
3 celery sticks
1 bay leaf
Salt and pepper to taste
For the dumplings:
1 cup flour
1 tablespoon baking power
1 teaspoon salt
¼ cup milk (or soy milk; soy milk will result in more hearty dumplings)read more
Tasmania Holiday Packages offer visits to some of the most exciting places for food lovers in the Southern Hemisphere, with impressive dishes created from locally sourced and produced organic ingredients combined by experienced and innovative chefs who know a Foodie when they see one. Here are five of our favourite Foodie places in Tasmania.
Foodies be warned, Hobart’s Garagistes doesn’t take reservations and doesn’t let you leave unsatisfied so be prepared to turn up and try your luck, and then enjoy a leisurely three or five course meal. With a grand re-opening happening in January 2014, expect main meals along the lines of Flinders Island milk-fed lamb with turnips cimi de rapa and fresh curd, and desserts with a difference. In the meantime, enjoy fine wine and food at their sister bar, Sidecar, located on Bathurst Street.read more
Langka or jackfruit is an aromatic native fruit found in the tropical regions in the Southeast Asia. The flesh of a ripe jackfruit is sweet, fibrous and starchy whereas it can be eaten raw or can be used to make a variety of dishes such as minatamis na langka (sweetened ripe jackfruit), cakes and custards, halo-halo and more. The seeds are edible too; you can just simply boil the seeds and eat it when it cooled down. The boiled seeds taste good and I refer it as the local counterpart of Castañas.
The young unripe jackfruit can be cooked in coconut milk which can be flavored in different ways according to your preference. You can add salted dried fish or daing, pork, crab or shrimps to add a delectable taste to this dish. This recipe is most often served in Filipino households.
Below is my own recipe of Ginataang Langka with Shrimps
So you want to start eating a healthier diet? It’s a great idea, because changing your eating habits and eating healthier will have a number of benefits in your life. Not only will you lose weight, but you will have more energy, feel more focused, have better skin and hair and sleep better.
Healthy eating is not about starving yourself by sticking to a very restrictive diet. You need to keep your body nourished and give it the calories that it needs to perform its daily tasks. This can be done by filling up on nutritious foods rather than foods that supply you with too much sugar, fat, carbohydrates, chemicals and empty calories.
However, one of the hardest parts of eating healthy is getting started. Our eating patterns are often based on habit. Usually, you will buy the same types of food when you are at the supermarket and you will crave the meals that you are used to. To completely change your eating habits is not as easy as you might think, it involves a little bit of effort to switch up routine and kick things into gear.read more
Ice cream is a popular food in many different cultures all over the world, from sweet scoops of fruit gelato in Italy to Cornish ice cream in the UK and chocolate cookie dough fudge in the USA. This sweet and creamy treat can come in hundreds of different flavours and can be served in a cone, a bowl or even on top of a piece of cake or a brownie and it’s the perfect cold treat on a hot summer’s day. Many people will admit to loving this treat so much they have eaten it with a spoon directly out of the ice cream pint containers like the kind you can get from frozendessertsupplies.com.
There are many ice cream parlours around the world that have elevated ice cream to an art form. These unique and creative ice cream parlours are one scoop above the rest when it comes to offering unique flavours, high quality ice cream and an experience you will never forget.read more