Favourite Lamp Chop Recipe

You’d expect to find lamb chops grilled with rosemary, but the sauce, a fruity mixture of grapes, white wine, and just a touch of honey, is a delightful surprise. You’ll want to choose seedless grapes for this recipe.

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 lamb loin chops, about 1 1/4 inches thick (about 3 pounds in all)
  • Salt
  • Fresh-ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, cut into thin slices
  • 2 cups red grapes (from about a 1-pound bunch)
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon honey

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

  1. In a large stainless-steel or nonstick frying pan, heat the oil over moderately high heat. Season the lamb chops with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Put the chops in the pan and sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of the rosemary in the spaces between the chops. Cook the chops for 5 minutes. Turn and sprinkle the garlic in between the chops. Cook the chops until done to your taste, 3 to 5 minutes longer for medium rare.
  2. Remove the chops and garlic and keep in a warm spot. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the fat from the pan. Add the grapes and the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons rosemary to the pan. Reduce the heat and cook, stirring frequently, until the grapes soften, about 8 minutes.
  3. Add the wine to the pan and simmer 2 minutes. Stir in the garlic and any juices from the lamb, the honey, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and a pinch of pepper. Serve the lamb topped with the grapes and sauce. (Recipe courtesy: Food and Wine)
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4 Things a Chef Would Change About Your Kitchen

Things in the kitchen that might irk you a little: a pile of dirty dishes in the sink, someone drinking straight from the milk carton, spills in the refrigerator that have been left to harden or spoil. But they aren’t what come to mind for professional chef Craig Bell, who’s more concerned about mise en place (French for “put in place”) or, rather, lack thereof. Look around your kitchen: You might see an overstuffed drawer (or two), a garbage can nowhere near the sink, a stand mixer shoved inside a cluttered cabinet—that’s the stuff that peeves Bell. Here, the four elements of your kitchen he’d improve:

1. Your Inefficient Kitchen Layout

Bell can spot a clumped kitchen layout a mile away. A small “working triangle” of a stove, fridge and an island with a sink can work for one cook, but a truly efficient kitchen has room to move, and areas dedicated to each task. “How much counter space do I have? Where is the dishwasher and garbage can? How can I best maximize my workflow in a space? I can usually tell these things the minute I walk through the door,” Bell says. His ideal setup? “My ovens are in the wall, eye-level and side-by-side instead of stacked. I can always take a look inside without having to bend over. My workspace is near the range and stove so I can prep and cook at the same time.”

2. Your Ghastly Top Drawer

That top drawer? You know, the one that barely closes? The one with your measuring cups and ladles and those souvenir swizzle sticks? That wouldn’t fly in a professional kitchen. “My top drawer is edited to organize the primary tools I use all of the time: three sets of tongs, three spoons and two whisks,” Bell says. “Instead of having a drawer filled with utensils making it difficult to find what I need, I keep it stocked with the tools I use daily, so I know they will always be there. “

3. Your Storage Habits

As a rule, you shouldn’t have too much stuff on your countertops. But you also shouldn’t hide regularly used things way back in your cabinets, near items you use only occasionally (like that heirloom holiday cookie platter). Reworking your kitchen storage according to how often you actually use your supplies and ingredients keeps your kitchen running smoothly. “I have three cutting boards I never put away because they serve as permanent workstations in my kitchen. My salt and pepper is always out on the counter, along with olive oil; I use these items all the time,” Bell says.

4. All Those Knives

Nobody really needs a knife block. Pare down your knife collection, and keep only the essentials safely stored but close to your kitchen’s cutting area. “I don’t have 13 knives; I don’t need them,” asserts Bell. One knife—a good, sharp chef’s knife—is all you need for 99 percent of what you do.”

Read more: Delta Faucet – 4 chef approved kitchen improvements

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The best tea kettle I’ve ever bought

Finding the perfect kettle is a true miracle for a tea lover like myself. It is my most go-to caffeinated beverage of all time and I can’t seem to get through my mornings without it. I’ve obviously tried many different kettles before but most of them were an utter disaster! The majority of them claimed to be “stainless steel” but would rust within the first few uses. Others would burn my hand because their handles weren’t heat resistant. I almost lost hope but I came across a tea kettle online that truly gave me hope.

The OXO Good Grips Classic tea kettle was voted the number one best tea kettle for the year 2016 and was given a rating of 5 stars. It had hundreds of pleasant reviews so I thought i’d give it a go. I purchased the kettle and it was one of the best tea kettles I have ever bought. Now the kettle is $39.95 but it was a great price for an even greater product. I felt like it was 100% authentic stainless steel because I have been using it daily for a few months now and it has yet to become rusty. Honestly, I was shocked by the quality.

The kettle has a large lid which is very convenient when it comes to cleaning. I can fit my whole hand in there and scrub away without having to squeeze my large hands through and struggling to get it clean. Most kettles are such a hassle when it comes to cleaning it’s almost irritating and I usually give up on getting them clean.

Now I am quite the forgetful person. I would usually put the kettle on the stove and go do something else. Most of the time I forget about the water boiling and the kettle would erupt, causing a mess all over my stove. But the OXO kettle has a loud whistle that spreads across my entire apartment to warn me that my water is ready.

Oh, and I won’t leave out the fact that the handle is completely heat resistant and not once have I burned myself while using the kettle. Personally, I think it’s a must have for every tea lover that just can’t wait to make their tea every morning. It’s an amazing product that helps give me a great start every morning.

Read also: Health Benefits of Tea

Buying the Best Bread Maker – A Personal Experience

When my children closed school for their summer break, I spent so much on supermarket loaves that I felt I needed to buy my own bread maker. The kids had a voracious appetite for bread and rather than complain about their bread eating habits, I felt that I could cut costs by bringing my own bread maker home. The purchase would also enable me learn how to make bread; a skill that I had yearned for so long. I would also be able to add all the ingredients such as nuts and dried fruits into my bread as well as make cakes in my bread maker. My diabetic mother would really love the bread maker since she could make gluten free wholemeal bread with it. It was with such reasons that I started searching online for the best bread machine review.

It was not long before I found myself with the best bread maker reviews giving me clear details of their functionalities. The prices ranged from $80 to $150 and I was very much pleased because I previously thought that a bread maker costs an arm and a leg. I gathered that to bake a white loaf of bread takes approximately three and a half hours. Electricity consumption is about 0.34kwh which isn’t much considering that boiling a litre of water in an electric kettle takes 0.11kwh of electric energy. Baking a wholemeal bread takes longer and a little bit more electric energy. Baking a cake requires only one hour.

Some of the best bread makers I went through had dispensers so one did not have to manually add ingredients during the baking of their bread–the dispensers would do it. Some bread makers also have extra settings so that a baker can prepare jam as well as mix pasta dough.

Bread makers can be bought from anywhere. They are available in supermarkets and in independents stores. Most however are heavy and come in big boxes. The best way to buy however is to order online and ask for it to be delivered at your doorstep.

Read also: Bread baking tricks by Huffingtonpost

How to Get a Good Rice Cooker


To start off on which electric rice cooker you should buy, you have to decide the number of persons you’ll be cooking for before you make a decision of which cups size rice cooker you need. But keep in mind that the bigger the capacity, the larger sized the rice cooker, therefore find a size that will fit your kitchen space accordingly and larger sized rice cooker take longer time to cook.

A wonderful feature of many rice cookers will let you preset the beginning time for cooking. You can put in the quantity of rice and water necessary in the morning and specify it to start cooking later. So, when you arrive home after work, all you have to do would be to dish out the hot and perfectly cooked rice.

A rice cooker is very easy to use, as you can switch it on when leaving home and have cooked rice ready to eat when you get back later. Furthermore, since it has an integrated timer, you won’t need to worry about rushing back home to turn it off so that it won’t boil over. If you cook brown rice you may want to read more about how to pick the best rice cooker 2016.

A rice cooker could make fluffy, light and delicious rice every time minus the mess produced while cooking over a stove top. There are actually models that will keep the cooked rice totally fresh for up to three days. There are also rice cooker with a slow cooker features. In today’s kitchen, rice cookers and slow cookers have become an essential cooking appliance for busy people because it is convenient and it helps in cutting down time spent in the kitchen.

The best rated rice cookers nowadays are called fuzzy logic models. These are computerized to analyze the different varieties of grain and customize the functions accurately. This is just the thing for people who love to eat many varieties of rice.

Standard electric rice cookers generally make use of heat sensors to deliver heat for the rice. More costly units incorporate micro processors and also timers to aim a particular ready time. Induction heating may be found in some higher-end products.

Rice cookers are available in several size and shapes measured by rice cup. The more cups accepted, the larger the cooker will be, which of course implies the more rice you may cook. The disparity in cooking techniques depend on options that come with the model.

My favorite chef knives

Cooking is one of my personal passions and there are no things which are more precious to a chef than his knife, or a collection of them. I’d like to introduce to you my favorite ones.

There are two things to consider, either to buy German or Japanese knives – there are no alternatives if you’re looking for a high end knife. From my personal experience the best rated chef knife is produced by Global, a Japanese company, the 7-inch Santoku. It’s a very easy to maintain, light razor-sharp blade with a beautiful ergonomic yet simple handle, completely made out of stainless steel – including the handle. It’s easy to wash, as no grit can get stuck on it – as there are no handle scales, in place of them dimples to prevent the knife from slipping from your hand.
It holds a very good edge despite being thin, and slices through veggies beautifully. I’d recommend it for everyone serious about cooking.

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My second favorite is the Shun Classic, an eight inch knife that’s very popular in both Japan and USA!
It’s a very gorgeous blade with a wavy pattern and a sleek handle, extremely sharp. It’s made in the same manner a “katana” would be, 32 layers of softer steel encasing a thin high-carbon steel core, and I haven’t sharpened mine in a long time due to it. It’s an incredible cutting instrument, slicing through both meat and the hardest of vegetables used in cooking.
It feels very nimble in hand, as it’s properly balanced and a deceptively capable cutting knife, usually comes with a black one-part handle which blends in with the steel neatly. As well as being sharp beyond belief, and for a long time too – it’s eye candy as well!

A notable mention would be a Messermeister Meridian, a knife very dear to me as I’ve gotten it for my birthday. A hefty piece, at 9 inches and heavier than my Japanese knives. Despite not holding an edge for a long time as my Japanese knives do, it’s fairly easy to sharpen, so if I’m doing casual food preparation I’ll usually reach for it.

Buying a food processor it’s worth taking some time

A food processor is a pretty essential piece of kitchen equipment if you want to eat a delicious plant based diet, I’d say that a processor and a blender are the two pieces that are really worth investing in. I use my processor almost everyday to make everything from hummus to pestoenergy bites to raw brownies – all of which are staples in my diet! Using a processor makes a plant based diet way more versatile as it really increases the number of things that you can make at home with fresh, natural ingredients.
I know we’ve talked about blenders versus processors before but just to recap – the difference between a processor and a blender is that a processor has a bigger, longer blade so it can chop things like nuts and dates. This means that they can easily make brownies, cakes, nut butters, dips and lots of other delicious things, which blenders can’t! Processors also don’t need a liquid ingredient to work properly, whereas blenders do, which is why you need both as they both make different things. You’ll find that processors don’t make things as smooth as blenders though, so you can’t make soups or smoothies in them either.When it comes to buying a processor it’s worth taking some time to think about how much you’re going to use it. You do get what you pay for, as the stronger your machine is the easier it will be to use and you’ll be able to make smoother hummus, better pesto, proper nut butters and great raw treats. So if you’re hooked on this way of eating and know that you’ll use it a lot over the next few years then it’s worth spending some money to get a good one. Saying that, you don’t have to jump straight in and get an expensive one, there are some decent ones available for a good price, and if you don’t plan on using it a lot then this is a great place to start.

There are quite a few well-known appliance brands with food processors, all of which seem to retail at about the same price. I’ve tried so many different models and I have to say that for me the Magimix processor always comes out as the winner. It’s more resilient than anything else I’ve used, which is really important and they come with amazing guarantees so if you ever have an issue it’s easily fixed. My mum is still using the same model that she got thirty years ago, which I think says a lot! There are tons of different models, and as far as I can see the only difference is the number of attachments that you get with the machine! I find that the attachments take up a lot of valuable kitchen space and I never use them so I’d recommend going for their most basic model, which seems to be the best value for money. I use the 5200XL which has a larger capacity than some of the other models and costs between £270-£370 depending on the colour. The 3200XL has the same capacity but is a bit more affordable at about £230. If you only ever really cook for one or two then the 3200 model is £160 and so definitely a good option!

In the US, I have been using a Cuisinart food processor, which is great too. I couldn’t find a Magimix there so had to branch out and whilst I’ve only been using this model for a few months I would really recommend it. It costs about $180 and it’s been able to do everything I need really easily. It seems to be very strong too.

Both of these models quite pricey options though so if you’re new to this lifestyle and want a cheaper model to try, while you decide if energy balls and walnut pesto are for you, then the Kenwood FP731 Duo is a great option. It comes with both a food processor and blender attachment, so you only have to store one base, which is great if you’re short on kitchen space too. It’s significantly cheaper than a Magimix, retailing at about £70, however this does mean that it’s not as strong but it’s very resilient and a great place to start. I used one for a few years at university and it did what I needed it to do. It does take longer to blend, the ingredients don’t come out as smooth, it struggles with nut butters and the base is smaller so you can’t blend as much at once but it does really work!

If you like the concept of having a blender and processor that share a base to save space then there is a more advanced version of the Kenwood model on the market, which is great. It comes with a glass blender jug too, so it looks just as nice as the Magimix. It seems to be just as strong too, although I can’t promise that it will be as resilient as I don’t have my Mum’s tried and tested years of resilience with this one! One advantage it does have over the Magimix though, is it comes with built in scales, which is pretty handy. (Go to source: http://deliciouslyella.com/kitchen-equipment-food-processors)

Homemade Juice For My Family

If you are searching for the top rated juicers, you now have more selections than ever before. There is a common inquisition that states “which is the best juicer?”. Selecting a juicer is like choosing a dress to wear. If you want to go swimming, you will wear a bathing cloth. In case you are going for a formal occasion, you will wear a Tuxedo.

Selecting a juicer is pretty the same. You must match the juicer with the operation you intended on having it. Basically, there are four categories of juicers. This can be found in the likes of citrus juicer, centrifugal juicer, the best masticating juicers and triturating juicer.

The Greenstar juicer has been on top of the league for several years. Among the reasons that made it retain its pride is the twin gear mechanism found within the juicing component. The basic function of the twin gears has resulted in the excellence of high quality product result it has received in the industry. In case you are searching for the best juicer that can deliver stored juice, making a bid on this type of system will never be a moan.

Though there are other representations of the juicing machine blowing in the industry at the moment, but all has shown prominence one way or the other over their mode of operation. From research and visibility study based on the juicer reviews 2016 have shown high-quality of competence over the delivery of good result.

People can now have reliable machine they can depend on when they need juice for pleasure. The proximity that the juicing machines have produced in 2012 is reliable, efficient and fun to ponder on. Making a choice from the list of juicing machine bid will give the buyer full understanding of the type to purchase as required.

My Best Automatic Espresso Maker – Pure Definition of Quality & User-friendliness

For quite some time, I was fishing for the best automatic espresso maker available in today’s market. Truth be told, the shelves are filled with many brands of espresso makers but none of them could suit what I was looking for. I wanted a machine which could brew me high quality shots just at the push of a button.

There are two major categories of espresso maker machines; the steam driven and pump-driven types. The steam driven types are cheaper than the pup-driven ones but they will limit the quality of espresso brewed. On the other hand, pump-driven ones can either be semi-auto or fully auto.

From experience, the semi-automatic espresso machine allowed me to control the quality of the shots brewed as some parts were not automated. This was somehow frustrating in the mornings when I didn’t have time to ground the beans as I prepared for work. Once I stumbled across best automatic espresso maker, my life became easier. I can now brew a powerful shot of espresso by simply pushing a button.

The automatic espresso machines are a bit expensive than the semi-auto. The good news is that there are also some low end fully-automatic machines such as Nespresso Pixie and DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso Machine which goes for under $1000.

Most of the super automatic machines come with double boilers. This means that there is no time wasted between brewing and steaming. These two processes happen simultaneously. These amazing machines also come with an in-built grinder and a pump which ensure that the grounds are always crushed at optimal conditions.

Currently, the Jura Impressa Z9 is the latest model in the market as it comes with a full color TFT and six pre-programmed drinks one-touch espresso feature. It is very simple to use and give no room for errors. However, it has a very high price tag of $3500. I will try it out some time in future when the prices go down. If you are a coffee fanatic, you should definitely try these machines out.

Reference: Bisuzs Coffee