Easy Family Meal Ideas For Those On A Budget

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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.

 

Beef Wellington

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
  • Seasoning
  1. 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.
  2. Roll out about one third of the puff pastry and place it on a baking tray.
  3. Place the beef onto the pastry
  4. Roll out the rest of the pastry and place it gently over the beef.
  5. Seal the edges of the pastry and trim it where they join.
  6. Brush the pastry with the egg white and place it back into the oven for a further twenty minutes until the pastry is golden.
  7. Let it stand for five minutes before serving.
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Lechon Macau Recipe

 

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.

 lechon macau

 

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.

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Must-Haves for a Pizza Delivery Business

Starting a pizza delivery business can be a very prosperous venture. Pizza is a popular food that is loved by millions of people. In order for a pizza delivery business to be successful, the owner needs to make sure that the pizza parlor has all of the essentials. Here are some of the most important things to purchase for a pizza delivery business.

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Auto Insurance
Before heading out to deliver pizzas, the business owner needs to purchase the appropriate amount of auto insurance. Due to the fact that delivery vehicles are on the road for a good portion of the workday, the chances of an accident are increased. Always read the insurance policy thoroughly before making a final decision.

Delivery Bags
Very few people prefer to eat cold pizza. The pizza delivery bags will be able to keep the pizza hot until it reaches the customer. High-quality pizza delivery hot bags should be able to stay warm for at least 30 minutes. If the customers are satisfied with the temperature of their pizza, they will be more likely to place more orders in the future.

Supplies
Aside from the required cooking equipment, the owner of the pizza delivery business will also need to purchase other supplies. The list of essentials includes pizza boxes, cups, utensils, and napkins. If the pizza parlor runs out of these critical supplies, business will be at a standstill until the necessary supplies are obtained.

 

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Christen Your Brand New Kitchen with This Indian Inspired Dinner Party Menu

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!

 

Aperitif:

No dinner party would be complete without a special tipple to whet the appetite and toast your cooking accomplishments.

dinner party

cucumber and mint cooler via manjulaskitchen.com

To complement your Indian menu, give your guests a choice of either a cucumber and mint cooler, which is ideal for those who don’t drink, or a mango lassi cocktail for those who do.

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.

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Eating organic: Healthy Living or Huge Scam?

The age-old debate that weighs artificial food against its organic counterpart rises into public view every so often, with health enthusiasts facing off against food that has been modified in some way for the general public. The idea of meat and produce being altered may seem objectionable, but there’s a compelling argument that says the food lasts longer and tastes just as good, at least in the view of the champions of processed food. But, although chemically adapted foodstuffs do indeed last longer, are less likely to go bad or be damaged by pests, they do have disadvantages. Some of those drawbacks are immediately obvious, which is why certain restaurants like Austin’s Happy Mukti are making the move to organic goods.

 organic

 

A Perspective on the Reputation of Organic Food

Scam is a strong word, but, where money is concerned, the accusation has to be taken seriously. Big businesses control non-organic selections in the storefront, and naturally cultivated food is considered a niche product by the big name markets. It’s often shoved to the end of aisles, but this eco-friendly foodstuff isn’t a scam. If anything, it’s marketing that’s responsible for souring the reputation of organic products, pigeon-holing organic foodstuff as being only for health-conscious rich folk. As for expense, any knowledgeable patron of natural eating will explain just where to go to find organic fruit and vegetables at an affordable price. This involves a trip to a farmers market or a rural store along a familiar roadway.The Taste Test Winner is Organic

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Food and Kitchen Tips: Food Poisoning Facts

Food poisoning is a very common illness during the summer season. It can be mild or in some cases may be severe and even fatal. We need to be very careful in what we eat especially on eating our leftovers.  Because of the extreme heat, food easily spoils.  Proper food handling and cooking should always be observed.

 

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Frequent causes of food poisoning cases are:

  • Drinking of contaminated water
  • Consumption of stale or spoiled food
  • Salmonella bacteria which can be found in undercooked meats, poultry, eggs, dairy, or infected water.
  • Fish and shellfish– during the red tide season

 

The World Health Organization had developed “Ten Golden Rules for Safe Food Preparation.” These are as follows:

1. Choose foods processed for safety.

2. Cook food thoroughly.

3. Eat cooked foods immediately.

4. Store cooked foods carefully.

5. Reheat cooked food thoroughly.

6. Avoid contact between raw food and cooked food.

7. Wash hands repeatedly.

8. Keep all kitchen surfaces meticulously clean.

9. Protect food from insects, rodents and other animals.

10. Use safe water.

 

Reference:  The World Health Organization, www.who.int

 

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