Must-Have Essentials for Home Kitchen

Setting up the home kitchen from scratch can be overwhelming. Most often you might end up buying stuff you will rarely use.

Below is a simple guide to help you plan the essentials needed even in the most basic kitchen:

  1. Pots & pans: a stainless steel frying pan for cooking eggs, a saucepan with a lid for cooking grains, vegetables, and sauces
  2. A cast-iron skillet for everything else.
  3. Well sharpened chef’s knife
  4. Cutting board
  5. Mixing bowls
  6. Colander
  7. Can opener
  8. Toaster oven

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“I cook, therefore I am” – unknown

Must-Have Foods in the Kitchen

There is nothing better than a home-cooked meal after a  long day at work. To make a quick healthy meal, a kitchen should be well stocked with staples that  allow you to throw a fast, flavorful meal.

Let’s check out the kitchen staples below:

  1. Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Coconut Oil – Cook with it,  also drizzle over finished dishes, like grilled fish, pasta, and vegetables sides.
  2.  Greek yogurt – makes a great low-cal and low-fat substitute in recipes for mayo and sour cream.
  3. Honey – as natural sweetner
  4. Fresh herbs – to spice up basically every meal
  5. Broth – whether it is chicken, beef or veggies, it makes a great base for soups, flavoured rice or pasta sauce

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“When baking follow directions, when cooking go by your own taste” – Laiko Bahrs

 

 

Eat Fresh Food

Do you know that  eating fresh food is better to build better immune system and boost good moods!

There is a difference between a grocery-bought pineapple and a home-grown one. The one from a local garden is much healthier. Pesticides and other hard chemicals are seldom used. Buying from farmer’s market is a always a good choice.

The benefits of fresh produce:

  1. Purchasing and eating freshly grown fruits and vegetables is the best way to avoid excessive preservatives, chemicals, or dyes in your food.
  2. The quicker produce is eaten, the more nutrients can be gained from it. Grocery-bought produce might have been on the shelf for more than a week. The longer the time on shelf, produce loses its essential nutrients.
  3. Fresh produce tastes better!

Good to avoid processed and packaged food. Packaged food contain colouring, preservatives, high amount of sugar, salt and other chemicals which are hard on our digestive system.

EAT FRESH as frequent as you can !!!

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“Food is everything we are. It’s an extension of nationalist feeling, ethnic feeling, your personal history, your province, your region, your tribe, your grandma. It’s inseparable from those from the get-go.” – Anthony Bourdain

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is there 100% Alcohol-Free Wine?

Many people cannot, or do not drink alcoholic beverages. Their reasons may be moral, personal, or health-related. The growing number of people who are unable or unwilling to consume alcohol has led to the birth of many companies and divisions that now cater to special needs, ALCOHOL-FREE WINE

Alcohol-Free Wine is processed just like regular wine in the beginning. The difference is that the wine goes through an extra stage of processing to make them non-alcoholic, while maintaining all the flavor and characteristics of the original wine. One of two processes does this. The wine undergoes either distillation, or filtration. Both of these remove the alcohol without damaging the wine itself.

However, Non-Alcoholic is not the same as Alcohol-Free.  To remove every bit of alcohol from the wine, it will be very costly.  To be classified as Non-Alcoholic , a beverage cannot contain more than ½ of 1% alcohol.

If you are not drinking wine due to moral or personal, Non-Alcoholic Wines are still NOT drinkable!! Likewise, if you are taking certain medications that will react to alcohol, this wine should not be consumed.

Fret not!! The Non-Alcoholic versions are actually every bit as good as regular wine!

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“One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating.” – Luciano Pavarotti

How to Choose Good Wine !!

Wine (from Latin vinum) is an alcoholic beverage made from grapes, generally Vitis vinifera, fermented without the addition of sugars, acids, enzymes, water, or other nutrients. Yeast consumes the sugar in the grapes and converts it to ethanol and carbon dioxide ( Wikipedia).

Wines are also made from rice and fruits  such as plum, cherry, pomegranate and elderberry.

6 criteria for judging a good wine:

  1. Balance: There must be relationship of four components — sweetness, acidity, tannin, and alcohol. Nothing should stick out as you taste it, like harsh tannin or too much sweetness.
  2. Length:  You can taste it across the full length of your tongue — rather than stopping short halfway. Generally, high alcohol or excess tannin will not go long way on your palate.
  3. Depth: This is  subjective, unmeasurable attribute of a high-quality wine. We say a wine has depth when it seems to have a dimension of verticality — that is, it does not taste flat and one-dimensional in your mouth. A “flat” wine can never be great.
  4. Complexity:  A wine that keeps revealing different things about itself, always showing you a new flavor or impression — a wine that has complexity — is usually considered better quality.
  5. Finish:  In a good wine, you can still perceive the wine’s flavors — such as fruitiness or spiciness — in the back of your mouth and in your throat.
  6. Typicity:  So you have to know the textbook characteristics of wines made from the major grape varieties and wines of the world’s classic wine regions. For example, the Cabernet Sauvignon grape typically has an aroma and flavor of blackcurrants, and the French white wine called Pouilly-Fumé typically has a slight gunflint aroma.

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A recipe has no soul, you as the cook must bring soul to the recipe.” – Thomas Keller

Let’s Go Nuts!!!

Generally,  nuts are good sources of fat, fiber and protein. Most of the fat in nuts is monounsaturated fat, as well as omega-6 and omega-3 polyunsaturated fat. However, they do contain some saturated fat. Nuts also contain a number of vitamins and minerals, including magnesium and vitamin E.

Other benefits of eating nuts:

  • reduce risk factors for metabolic syndromes, such as high blood pressure and cholesterol levels
  • reduce the risk of other chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart diseases, and certain cancers

Nuts you can enjoy:

  1. Almonds – may improve cholesterol levels
  2. Pistachios – may help improve other risk factors for heart disease, including blood pressure, weight and oxidative status.
  3. Walnuts – reduces total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, while increasing “good” HDL cholesterol

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Chocolate is the answer. Who cares what the question is?  – by culinaryon.sg

Genetically Modified Food (GMO)

Genetically modified foods or GM foods, also known as genetically engineered foods or bioengineered foods, are foods produced from organisms that have had changes introduced into their DNA using the methods of genetic engineering.  (Wikipedia).

Are these foods safe?

The vast majority of corn, soy, canola, and sugar beets grown in the U.S. are now genetically engineered, and they are often used as ingredients in processed foods.

The vast majority of the research on genetically modified (GM) crops suggests that they are safe to eat and that they have the potential to feed millions of people worldwide who currently go hungry.

To Eat or Not to Eat? It is always advisable for Consumers to reach out to companies to find out what’s in their food.

Manufacturers have to be responsible for labeling to educate consumers!

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Ways to my heart: 1. Buy me food 2. Make me food 3. Be food – Unknown

 

Fuel Your Day

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. As Malaysians, we can still start the day without sacrificing authentic Malaysian flavours. You can get these home made or at the kopitiams (Chinese coffee shops), mamak (Indian Muslim) restaurants, or streetside warungs (Malay food stalls):

  1.  Thosai -made from black lentils and rice batter, with very little oil. Eaten with curry or any other condiments preferred like cheese or eggs
  2. Chapati – Indian flatbread, chapati is made from wheat flour and water. Commonly eaten with dhall gravy
  3. Chee cheong fun -Made from flat rice noodles,served sweet brown sauce and chilli sauce.
  4. Rice porridge/congee – with condiments such as spring onions, fried shallots, white pepper and soy sauce.
  5. Eggs and toast combo of two half-boiled eggs and toast can be found at most conventional Chinese coffee shops

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“Cookies are made of butter and love.” – Norwegian Proverb

Honey! Honey!

Honey is made by bees in one of the world’s most efficient food manufactured, by the bees. The 60,000 or so bees in a beehive may collectively travel as much as 55,000 miles and visit more than two million flowers to gather enough nectar to make just a pound of honey!

The color and flavor of honey vary depending on the bees’ nectar source (the blossoms).  Unique kinds of honey in the United States, originates from such diverse floral sources as Clover, Eucalyptus and Orange Blossoms.  Generally, lighter honey are mild in flavor, while darker honey is usually more robust in flavor.

Honey has many uses including:

  1. Natural sweetener for drinks and culinary
  2. Skin care – to retain moisture in skin
  3. Cough suppressant – for centuries honey has helped to  alleviate some of the symptoms associated with a common cold
  4. Energy food – a great natural source of carbohydrates
  5. Reduce seasonal allergies with honey

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“There is no sight on earth more appealing than the sight of a woman making dinner for someone she loves.” Thomas Wolfe (1900-1938)

 

Healthy Snacking

Let’s admit it! Everyone loves to snack in between meals. However, what we snack can go a long way toward building your physique—or busting it.

Since we enjoy snacking, let’s eat something to nourish our body as well:

  1. Mixed nuts – Nuts like peanuts, cashews, and almonds make for a crunchy way to add more protein and healthy unsaturated fats to your diet.
  2. Frozen / Fresh grapes – provide a sweet pop in your mouth that helps quell any midday sugar cravings
  3. Dried plums – is ideal when you need a sweet fix or shot of energy.
  4. Celery – Celery is 95 percent water,  making it a perfect low-carb snack.
  5. Greek yougurt – Greek-style yogurts contain twice as much protein as regular versions, supplying about 23 grams of protein in each cup serving.

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“Diet food is not a meal it’s a medicine.” ― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words