• Grilling Chicken-Step By Step

    Chicken is the most common and widely eaten meat all over the world. It is the staple for most. Hence, this article is all about making a chicken that is soft, tender and juicy. It shall help you to experience The most delicious and mouth watering chicken that you have ever had. Here are the(…)

  • Top 10 Lamb Chop Recipes

    Lamb though is the most overlooked meat, has some of the oldest traditional cooking recipes attached to it. Most of them are such delicacies that will turn your nose up even without you trying. Here are some great lamb recipes that you can try and you shall soon find yourself cooking lamb again and again.(…)

  • Great Wines For Pizza Night

    Traditionally a pizza meant a thin crisp base made of dough and two key ingredients- cheese and tomato sauce. Thus, while selecting a wine these two ingredients go into consideration. Regardless of the topping, a pizza fairly earthy and a substantial fare that bags red over white wine. Though the wines that could go well(…)

  • The Ultimate Guide To Chocolate Milkshakes

    Chocolate milkshake!! The name itself brings memories of childhood summers. Chocolate is pure sin and a sweet indulgence. Milkshakes are refreshing year round. There are so many combinations with chocolate that you can use and numerous toppings with it. For chocolate or any kind of milkshake the base has to be vanilla ice-cream. Adding ice(…)

  • 15 Easy Chicken Recipes

    Preparing with chicken easily within minutes may not be difficult at all if you know the recipes that are fast and on track. Preparation time for the recipes should be less so that you can serve your guests who suddenly appear from nowhere and you remain clueless. Here are the 15 easy recipes: Chicken breasts(…)

  • How To Pair Food And Wine

    There are some simple rules you can use to pair food and wine. Always drink what you like. You might get a lot of recommendations but drinking the wine that you like always takes precedence. Think about the dish that you are going to eat. The dominant flavors in the meal as a whole. The(…)

Grilling Chicken-Step By Step

Grilling Chicken-Step By Step

Chicken is the most common and widely eaten meat all over the world. It is the staple for most. Hence, this article is all about making a chicken that is soft, tender and juicy. It shall help you to experience The most delicious and mouth watering chicken that you have ever had. Here are the simple steps:

  1. Before starting off let the chicken come to room temperature. Remember if you start off with cold chicken you will end up with a chicken that is not juicy. Allow the chicken to rest for atleast half an hour and use tissues to dry it.
  2. The next thing that you have to do is flip the chicken upside down. Cut through the chick right through the breast and then open it. For more moisture in the chicken you can cut it at the back.
  3. You need to pre-heat the grill. To check whether the temperature is right to grill, see if you can keep your hand above the flame for 8 seconds.
  4. Now is the time for seasoning of the chicken. It is very essential to add just the bit needed for your chicken. Rub it well with whatever seasoning you like before heading to the grill.
  5. The chicken needs to be cooked with the breast side down for 1/3rd the time and 2/3rd time with the breast side down. Flipping the chicken and basting it with the lime or lemon juice in every ten minutes is essential.
  6. You can use a meat thermometer to check for the right temperatures till which you have to cook. The breast should read 155 and thigh 165. If you do not have one, it approximately take one and a half hour.
  7. Pick out a cooler that your meat can fit in. Take the chicken out five minutes before it is fully cooked. Wrap it up in a foil and allow it to rest in a cooler without any ice for half an hour. It lets all the juices of the meat to seep in again instead of ending in your plate. This will ensure a juicy cut every time.
  8. Make sure you have cooked and grilled the chicken correctly. Overcooked or under-cooked meat, both are not a good idea. The tender flavor of the chicken is lost when not grilled in the right manner. So, while grilling ensure the correct amount flavor and temperature.

Top 10 Lamb Chop Recipes

Top 10 Lamb Chop Recipes

Lamb though is the most overlooked meat, has some of the oldest traditional cooking recipes attached to it. Most of them are such delicacies that will turn your nose up even without you trying. Here are some great lamb recipes that you can try and you shall soon find yourself cooking lamb again and again.

  • Balsamic Herb Lamb Chops

This is a quick and easy way to make lamb chops. This recipe is all about enjoying the flavor of fresh herbs. The unique combination of flavors shall make you love this delicious recipe.

  • Greek Marinated Leg Of Lamb

It is a great meal for special occasions and holidays such as Easter. It is the classic Greek style cooked leg of lamb.

  • Ground Lamb on Skewers

It is a middle-east recipe. It is very old and traditional kind. The trick of this recipe is to get the meat to hold on the skewers. You need to be very gentle. As the meat gets cooked it automatically hardens and holds on to the skewers. It goes great with pita breads and yogurt sauces.

  • Rosemary Lamb Chops

It is the most easy way of making lamb chops. It is a simple grilled lamb chop dish.

  • Herb and Red Wine Rotisserie Leg of Lamb

This involves marinating the lamb with good wine and fresh herbs. The basting method of cooking is used. The dish is great for elaborate parties and holidays.

  • Herb and Garlic Lamb Loin Chops

These lamb chops are fully packed with tenderness and flavor. They have Greek style attached to it and are way better than regular lamb chops.

  • Lamb Shoulder Chops With Mint and Pomegranate

It is a flavorful and economical part of the lamb that is perfect for grilling. However, it is not a very common part for lamb chops. They are rich in spices and grilled over charcoal. They come with a topping of pomegranate seeds and lemon-mint puree.

  • Grilled Rack of Lamb

It is great if you want a rack of lamb on the grill. It is a fantastic treat all year round. The blackberry adds a nice fruit flavor without overpowering the dish.

  • Lamb Burgers with Mint

This is all about experimenting with condiments and seeing what works best for you. These are chops that are used ideally between pita breads or buns with different sauces.

  • Mustard Covered Rack of Lamb

They have a garlic and mustard flavor marination. This marinated lamb is then seared on the grill. You can cook the inside well along with a moist surface.

Great Wines For Pizza Night

Great Wines For Pizza Night

Traditionally a pizza meant a thin crisp base made of dough and two key ingredients- cheese and tomato sauce. Thus, while selecting a wine these two ingredients go into consideration. Regardless of the topping, a pizza fairly earthy and a substantial fare that bags red over white wine. Though the wines that could go well with a pizza are many here is a list of a few of them.

Ceresuolo Di Vittoria DOCG, Sicily Italy- Sicily is overlooked most of the times in terms of quality of the wine. However, it is a rich red blend of Frappato and Nero D’Avola. Brightness, the perfume and lightness of the wine is added by the lighter grape Frappato.

Beaujolais Villages or Mâcon Rouge France – Although there is a wide range of wine and pizza combination to choose from, it is the Gamay grape type that has the upper hand. The grapes such as Beaujolais and the Macon are good sources of light to medium bodied fruity wine. The Gamay wines have the earthiness that goes great with pizzas.

Blaufranckish, AustriaYou might be thinking by the name that they are not good but off late they have been striding some of the greatest red wines. They are mostly about fruit and of the indigenous black variety. They consist of bramble fruit, black cherries and plums. There is sufficient but supple tannin.

Barbera d’Asti or Barbera d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy- It is well known for its low tannin and high acidity. They are packed with cherry-berry flavors and are very juicy. When combining with pizza you should go with the simpler                                                                 fruity un-oaked versions.

Chianti DOCG, Tuscany, Italy – You do not want the heavier type with pizza. Simple Chianti made from Sangiovese, is much less concentrated and tannic than its heavier version Classico. They are typically juicier and light bodied. They are either un-oaked or very lightly oaked. This makes it a perfect partner for your pizza.

Zinfandel, California, The United States – They come both in heavier and light versions. It is best to avoid the blockbuster that is heavily extracted and full bodied. These expensive styles are not for a night when you are having pizza. The simple version of Zinfandel is at its best juicy. It is very moderately tannic. Another feature is that it is packed with fruits that are wild and juicy-mainly the red and black fruits.

The Ultimate Guide To Chocolate Milkshakes

The Ultimate Guide To Chocolate Milkshakes

Chocolate milkshake!! The name itself brings memories of childhood summers. Chocolate is pure sin and a sweet indulgence. Milkshakes are refreshing year round. There are so many combinations with chocolate that you can use and numerous toppings with it. For chocolate or any kind of milkshake the base has to be vanilla ice-cream. Adding ice cube to the milkshake spoils the creamy taste.

For basic chocolate milkshakes

The ratio of ice-cream and milk has to be in proportion but make sure that the ice-cream is at room temperature since you do not want a running milkshake. The most common mistake that all make is adding too much of milk which is not required. Vanilla ice-cream, milk depending which variant you prefer double tone or slim tone, compound chocolate melted at home, fresh cocoa powder straight from the beans of South America and some whipped cream for topping. Milkshakes need to be prepared in a mixture rather than grinder for thickness.

Heavy chocolaty decked out milkshake

The process is bit elaborate but worth it. Cocoa nibs, bittersweet chocolate syrup made at home, chocolate ice-cream, vanilla ice-cream, hot cocoa made at home, some chocolate sponge cake crumbs and pieces of chunky chocolate for ultimate goodness of chocolate combined and topped with chocolate chips. For those have extra sweet tooth you need to add confectioner’s sugar, corn syrup, brown sugar and honey. For those who prefer a creamy milkshake should use condensed milk or vanilla and chocolate custard, Greek yogurt, coffee creamer and cream cheese.

Flavorings that are added to chocolate milkshake

Fruit flavors like strawberry, mango, kiwi, banana, green apple, cherries, raspberry and blueberry works fine with the milkshake. They can be used raw and grinded together with milkshake or used as raw fruits diced and place and as topping. Readymade fruit crush and marmalade can also be added to enhance the flavor. For thickness nuts and seeds from peanut butter, nutella, hemp seed, walnut, hazelnut can be added. Syrups of pineapple and essence of any fruit and mint, spices like cardamom, cinnamon can be added. Espresso coffee is also added.

Unusual flavorings and twist to the chocolate milkshake

Melted white chocolate mix, chocolate liqueur, dark rum, vodka, porter beer are also added with pinch of caramel sauce, toffee and marshmallow toppings are in rage in chocolate milkshakes with chocolate straws which enables every bite of chocolate in each sip! Glitter which is edible is added on top of soft and creamy milkshake.

15 Easy Chicken Recipes

15 Easy Chicken Recipes

Preparing with chicken easily within minutes may not be difficult at all if you know the recipes that are fast and on track. Preparation time for the recipes should be less so that you can serve your guests who suddenly appear from nowhere and you remain clueless. Here are the 15 easy recipes:

  1. Chicken breasts melting in the mouth- chicken halves that are boneless breast, mayonnaise, garlic powder, black powder, and salt and parmesan cheese grated. Combining of mayonnaise, cheese and seasoning together and placing it on top of the chicken in a baking tray for baking.
  2. Mushroom and mustard with chicken- flour, salt and pepper as required, vegetable oil, mushroom, butter, onion diced, a pinch of mustard, cream lightweight, parsley and lemon juice. The mixture has to be pounded; heating oil and sauté the chicken then remove from pan. In another pan add butter and sauté the other ingredients, cream mixture to be added with it on to the chicken.
  3. Quesadillas- chicken breast boneless, salsa sauce, cheddar cheese, flour tortillas. The chicken has to be broiled and then cut. All the other ingredients need to be mixed, some part of the mixture needs to be filled in each tortilla and then baked.
  4. Tortilla chicken soup- chicken breast, oregano, green chillies, broth of chicken, cilantro, corn, chips of tortilla. Olive oil. Heat the oil and add all the ingredients excepting tortilla chips and cilantro and bring to boil. For garnishing add the chips and cilantro.
  5. Chicken stir fry in hoisin sauce- sugar, corn flour, vegetable oil, sugar, snow peas, water chestnut. You need to add oil in a skillet and sauté the chicken then add all the ingredients and serve hot.
  6. Mexican chicken sandwich- mix pesto and mayonnaise, cook chicken coated with salt and pepper for few minutes. Cut chicken lengthwise, bake the bread then spread pesto and mayonnaise mixture, place chicken and cheese with basil and olive oil on top and cover with another bread slice.
  7. Chicken salad with walnut- buttermilk the chicken and flatten it. In a bowl mix crumbs of bread, walnut and salt. Sauté chicken in olive oil then removes from fire. Place some green leafy vegetable on top, make the dressing with honey and the bowl mixture on top.
  8. Honey chicken with cornflakes- take the breast of the chicken and coat with honey. Then sprinkle cornflakes. Bake it for 10 minutes. In a pan add chopped onion, ginger, salt and pepper with bean sprout and spread on the chicken.
  9. Chicken in coca cola- Heat chicken and add soya sauce with coca cola. Slowly the liquid will evaporate and you will find glazed chickens. Add salt as required.
  10. Chicken pizza on flat bread- mix tomato, olive oil, cheese, basil, pepper, chilli flakes and salt in a bowl. Grill the chicken. Then place everything on the pizza and bake.
  11. Cajun chicken creamy pasta- boil fettuccini pasta. In a pan heat olive oil place sun dried tomatoes, whipped cream, Cajun mixture, green capsicum, salt and pepper and put the diced chicken in it. Garnish with cheese.
  12. Quick chicken rice- in a wok add olive oil, red and yellow pepper corns, frozen corn, sun dried tomato and diced chicken lastly add the rice with some lemon juice and serve hot.
  13. Almond and honey chicken- crush the almonds and heat it slightly. Dip in homey and roast the chicken. On top spread the almond mixture and have with fried noodles.
  14. Easy chicken pakoras- mash the chicken and cover it with cornstarch and flour. In a pan heat the oil and deep fry the chicken coated with flour and serve hot with sprinkling of salt and pepper and tomato sauce.
  15. Pan fried noodles with chicken dumpling- for chicken dumpling prepare sauce with garlic, ginger, spring onion, onion, olive oil, soya sauce and balsamic vinegar. Allow it to heat and then add chicken. Serve with pan fried noodles.

How To Pair Food And Wine

How To Pair Food And Wine

There are some simple rules you can use to pair food and wine.

  • Always drink what you like. You might get a lot of recommendations but drinking the wine that you like always takes precedence.
  • Think about the dish that you are going to eat. The dominant flavors in the meal as a whole. The characteristics of the meal are a key determinant. See if the dish is mild or loaded with flavors. The dish can be either lean or fat. You should also know if the dish is rich or acidic. Keeping all of this in mind, you need to select a wine that will provide a balance of all the flavors.
  • Mild food with a wine that is also mild, is how it is paired. A dish that is heavy and flavorful demands a wine that is also heavy bodied and fully extracted. For example if you are having a spicy steak for your meal you might like the Classico- a heavy Italian red wine.
  • Similarly you would also want to match the richness of the wine with the richness of the food. A Chardonnay which is rich in texture is the ideal match for dishes that are rich in flavor such as chicken cooked with cream sauce.
  • You also have different things that you would like in the wine when choosing either red or white wine. You may want to have red or white wine with a fatty dish. If you are having red wine, it should have some good tannins that will work for you when having a dish like beef steak. While considering a white wine you need a wine with high acidity content. You want your want to combine with a refreshingly crisp acidic wine.
  • To keep up with the acid in foods like pasta in tomato sauce or a meal with lemon, match its acidity to the wine you choose.
  • Sauvignon Blanc, an acidic wine shall never go with a dish of creamy texture. You can think of this combination as like adding lime to milk.
  • Wine is believed to not be the right option when having spicy-hot meals such as Chinese and Indian. However, if you still are having wine it too should be sweet and spicy. An off-dry Riesling can be an option.
  • The last thing that might help your decision making easier is that the foods go best with the wines they have grown up with. An Italian dish would go well with an Italian wine.