Many people are feeling the financial pinch these days thanks to the unfairness of the current system. Food banks are busier than ever before. Desperate people, who are shouldering an unfair amount of the burden to repay debts created by others, must ask for food donations to feed their loved ones. it is a shocking state of affairs that one of the richest countries in the world should allow this to happen.
Now people are looking for ways to make meals cheaply and easily. Doing so doesn’t mean that they cannot enjoy good food; they just need to broaden their culinary horizons to produce fine food easily.
Here are a couple recipes my old grandmother used to make that have been handed down through generations.
People either love or hate beef wellington. It is an interesting meal where a fillet of beef is covered with puff pastry and baked. Some say that the meat is not cooked enough, and others judge it as being perfect. Try this recipe for yourself and see what your family think. Here are the ingredients for my simple version.
- Two pound fillet of beef.
- One pound of puff pastry
- Egg White
- Place the fillet of beef in a roasting tin with a little olive oil and cook in the oven on gas mark seven, two hundred and twenty degrees centigrade for fifteen minutes.
- Roll out about one third of the puff pastry and place it on a baking tray.
- Place the beef onto the pastry
- Roll out the rest of the pastry and place it gently over the beef.
- Seal the edges of the pastry and trim it where they join.
- Brush the pastry with the egg white and place it back into the oven for a further twenty minutes until the pastry is golden.
- Let it stand for five minutes before serving.
There are various Filipino dishes which had been influenced by the Chinese cuisine and one of them is Lechon Macau. Lechon Macau is oven-baked pork belly, an alternative to the classic all time favorite lechon or whole roasted pig in most occasions. Because it is oven-roasted it has a moist meat and crunchy skin.
If you wonder why this dish is so crispy, the key is to prick the skin with fork before oven baking. One more thing, the combination of the Chinese five spice powder, pepper and salt rubbed on the pork gives its rich and palatable flavor.read more
What better way to christen a brand new kitchen than by hosting a dinner party for friends.
These deceptively simple dishes will impress them, and more importantly, give you the opportunity to get familiar with all of the appliances and accessories in your lovely new kitchen!
No dinner party would be complete without a special tipple to whet the appetite and toast your cooking accomplishments.
Both drinks are equally delicious and refreshing, and more importantly, unlike simple wines or beers, they give you the chance to use your new accessories and show of your skills in the kitchen.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
This is a guest post by Cassie Corbett.
As the weather gets brisk, my house tends to get warmer. This isn’t just because of our heater, though I could probably be accused of overtaxing the poor thing. I tend to cook and bake a lot more in the fall and winter. Whether it’s subconsciously wanting the oven on to spread heat through the house, or the fact that cooking gives me that warm feeling inside, I don’t know, but I do so enjoy staving off the cold with some good food.
I love soup, but my favorite ones are pretty heavy, so I don’t eat them much when the weather is warm. So now I’m celebrating the fall winds by sharing my favorite chowder, my sausage potato soup.
This recipe started as something I found online, and then revised until it was practically unrecognizable. It’s gone unchanged for the past few years, so I think I’ve got it down to the perfect combination of ingredients. You don’t need any fancy tools for this recipe, but I do find that some nice kitchen cookware such as a good stock pot and a food processor do help in making consistent recipes every time, and making the cooking process easier.