Cooking Tips and Recipes

August 31, 2010

Picnic Ideas for Family

Planning picnic party is very exciting activity and a bit challenging. Going for picnic is always welcomed by the family and especially kids enjoy it very much. You don’t need to worry for the special arrangements made on the arrival of guests if you want to join your guests in your picnic party. It is a great idea and you and your guests will surely enjoy it. However planning a picnic party will be easier for you whether it is formal or extravagant if you follow the instruction given below:

Things you will need for picnic party

  • Picnic basket
  • Picnic lunch
  • Matt
  • Candle lanterns
  • Folding chairs
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates, glasses and cups
  • Flash lights
  • Picnic backpacks
  • Bottle opener
  • Can opener
  • Camera

After collecting the things you will need on picnic party plan your picnic party according to following lines:

  • Choosing a scenic venue should be your first concern when you think of planning picnic party for your family. This venue can be nearby your home or far; it’s up to you. You can arrange picnic party anywhere like public parks, rooftops, beaches and mountain ridges.
  • Plan the picnic menu according to the number of your family members and load you can handle to take with you. If you have invited your friends and relatives, they can bring some dishes to lighten your burden for picnic lunch. One dish party can also be arranged to have fun and enjoyment.
  • Prepare a picnic basket with necessary luggage to enjoy your picnic party. This luggage can consist of things we have mentioned above.
  • Arrange a trash bag to carry with you for disposables.
  • Pack your meal prepared for lunch. Heavier items should be placed on bottom of and lights ones should be on the top.
  • Arrange outfits if you are going to enjoy your picnic party on beach. Sun glasses, sandals, umbrellas and loose dresses.
  • Carry some extra things with you like sunscreen, insect repellent and layers of cloths because you don’t know when you will need them.
  • Get in bus, car or walk away to the picnic spot to have an enjoyable day. It depends on the distance.

These are the basic ideas for planning a surprising picnic party for your family to give them moments of joy and fun. Your family will surely appreciate your efforts to make them pleased.

August 30, 2010

Kabuli Chana Pulao

Ingredients

  • Kabuli chaney 2 cup
  • Basmati rice 4 cup
  • Onion 2
  • Green chilies 5-6
  • Tomato 1
  • Cumin seeds 1 tsp
  • Black cardamoms 2-3
  • Black pepper 9-10
  • Cooking oil as required
  • Red chili powder 2 tsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 2 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Yoghurt 1 cup

Steps:

  • Soak channey for over night.
  • Soak rice for half an hour.
  • Heat oil in a wok and fry onion till light brown
  • Add ginger garlic paste, tomato, green chilies and yoghurt and make a thick gravy.
  • Add soaked channey and fry for some minutes.
  • Add 1 cup of water and cook by covered.
  • Then add all other ingredients and water.
  • When water come to boil, add rice and cook on medium flame.
  • When water evaporated from rice, simmer for 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve hot with raita and salad.

August 28, 2010

Tips for Cooking in Pressure Cooker

Pressure cooker is used to shorten the cooking time and reduce the wastage of all minerals and ingredients than traditional method of boiling and cooking. Cooking in pressure cooker is also a time saving way. Another benefit of pressure cooker is that you kitchen remains clean and organized for cooking in sealed and covered pot. Pressure cooker offers lots of other benefits in cooking but you must be aware of some safety techniques while cooking in pressure cooker.

Pressure Cooker Safety Tips

In order to have good sealing, you must check the rubber ring of pressure cooker regularly.

Check the valves of pressure cooker before every use whether they are trapped with food particles or dirt.

Avoid deep frying in pressure cooker under frying.

Never use excessive oil or fat because pressure cooker does not produce more steam to cook.

Always use liquid stuff like water, stock and milk.

Keep attending pressure cooker during time set for cooking particular food item like meat, grams, beans or vegetables.

Once pressure has been achieved, low the flame and continue cooking.

Use all the valves of pressure cooker that are available for releasing steam.

With these safety tips you will be more comfortable in cooking with pressure cooker and can take advantage of this amazing appliance in better way.

August 27, 2010

Lentil Soup

Ingredients

  • Lentils 2 cup
  • Water 7 cups
  • Chopped carrots 2
  • Medium onion 1
  • Bay leaf 1
  • Tomatoes 1 can
  • Turkey ham cubed 1 cup
  • Salt to taste

Steps:

  • Cook ham with onion, salt, bay leaf, carrots and tomatoes for 20 minutes.
  • Add lentils and continue cooking till lentils tender finely.
  • Serve hot with lemon sauce.

August 26, 2010

Why Honey is Good for you?

Honey is a natural sweeter and offers numbers of benefits regarding health, diet and remedies/treatment and for beauty also. Here we will mention lots of benefits or uses of honey for your convenience.

Honey is nutritious for you because contents of honey are vitamin B6, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and certain amino acids. However minerals of honey include calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium and zinc.

Honey is also healthy food choice for you because its sugar helps you digesting food in an easy way and you have many other health benefits of honey. Using honey in daily food will be much beneficial to protect yourself from diseases and other illnesses.

Honey is very good in improving immunity against diseases and sickness. Honey contains antioxidants ingredients that are very helpful in killing chemicals and germs of the destructive system of the body. Honey is also beneficial in the growth of new tissues of the body.

A great natural source of carbohydrates that energizes you. Honey also helps in boosting the performances and reducing muscles stress and fatigue. Honey is also very helpful in controlling cholesterol level for its natural ingredients.

Another amazing advantage of honey is that it beautifies you regarding your skin, hair, nails and baby skin care. Number of hand lotions, face scrubbers and sunscreen creams are prepared the ingredients of honey for being beautiful and removing the affects of aging.

We can say that honey is necessary to be in home for taking all the benefits mentioned above. Honey is natural treat and considered man’s ancient sugar.

August 25, 2010

Cabbage Apple Delight

Ingredients

  • Sliced red cabbage 1
  • Medium apples 2
  • Medium onion 1
  • Vinegar ½ cup
  • Oil 1 tbsp
  • Cloves 2
  • Cinnamon
  • Plain flour 1 tbsp
  • Water ½ liter
  • Lemon juice as required
  • Salt to taste
  • Artificial sweetener to taste
  • Whole black peppers 3-4

Steps:

  • Heat oil in a pan.
  • Sauté onion for few minutes.
  • Add apples and cook for some minutes.
  • Add all other ingredients except cabbage.
  • Add cabbage and cook on low flame by covering.
  • When cabbage cooked add plain flour and keep stirring.
  • Serve immediately.

August 24, 2010

Weight Losing Excercises

Exercise is healthy way to lose weight even without remaining deprive of food. Human body is made in such a way that it likes slow changes whether it is related to food or exercises. If you want to start exercise for loosing weight, you must view the video given below. Here is a tip for you not to start hard and tough exercise if you don’t have done exercise before. This video will provide you some basics steps of exercise that are specifically for beginners. You must follow the exercises given here:

August 23, 2010

Chickpeas Salad

Ingredients

  • Chana boiled 1 cup
  • Potato boiled 1-2
  • Tomato chopped 1
  • Coriander leaves 1 tbsp
  • Green chilies 2-3
  • Lemon juice 2 tsp
  • Black salt ¼ tsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Chat masala 1 tsp
  • Chili powder 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder ½ tsp
  • Mango power 1 tsp
  • Black pepper ½ tsp

Steps:

  • First of all mix all the spices to prepare chat masala.
  • Mix all other ingredients well.
  • Sprinkle chat masala and chill in refrigerator.
  • Serve and enjoy.

August 21, 2010

Keep Bread Fresh Longer

Have you are in trouble of keeping bread fresh as you purchase it from store? If yes then here is solution of your problem. The tips I am going to share with all of you can also help you in keeping home made bread fresh longer. Typically home made bread stale fast than bread purchased from bakery. Go through the following lines for better solution of your problem:

  • If you brought freshly baked bread or baked it by yourself, cool finely it before storing. If you will wrap it too soon, it will be soggy and cause condensation.
  • Use paper or sealed plastic bags and airtight bread boxes to store the bread for weeks.
  • Keeping bread in room refrigerator is better way to prevent it being soggy.
  • If you will refrigerate bread, it will be safe from fungi but will stale more quickly.
  • Wrap the bread loaf in foil paper as it will also keep it fresh for many days.
  • Thaw the frozen bread before eating in room temperature.
  • Re-heat the bread before using after taking out from refrigerator.

Follow the tips given above and enjoy bread for dinner, breakfast and make sandwiches for lunch boxes.

August 20, 2010

Apple jam

Ingredients

  • Apple 1 kg
  • Sugar 750 gms
  • Water as required
  • Lemon juice 2 tsp

Steps:

  • Wash and peel the apples finely.
  • Cook in water till tender.
  • Add sugar and lemon juice and keep stirring.
  • When prepared, fill in jars or bottles and cork tightly.
  • Delicious apple jam is ready, use after 2 days.
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