Coffee RecipesIf you love your cup of java then you love to try some foods that use coffee as an ingredient. Usually coffee is used in dessert, but it isnt just used for sweet foods. Coffee is also used in sauces for meat, in spicy chili, and even for certain kinds of pot roasts. Grinding your own beans or buying them freshly ground is the best way to ensure that your coffee flavors will come out well in your food. Use filtered water in your coffee maker brew your coffee right before cooking to make sure it is the freshest it can be. You should also be aware then when using coffee to cook, it is usually prepared a lot stronger than how you would drink it. Heres some great recipes to try in your kitchen. Meatloaf Sauce with CoffeeOutside of Australia this traditional sauce is gaining popularity. Its delicious and simple. Start by adding a tablespoon of instant coffee to cup of filtered water, cup of ketchup, and cup of dry red wine, add some Worcestershire sauce to taste, two tablespoons of vinegar, a spoonful of margarine, and finally two tablespoons of lemon juice and a hint of brown sugar. Let your meat cook for 30 minutes before adding the sauce and then add your sauce and cook for 45 more minutes at 190C or 375F. Espresso Flavored BrowniesFor the chocolate and coffee lover, this is the best recipe out there!In a sauce pan combine a cup of sugar, teaspoon salt, and a stick and half of buttern and heat. Now add a teaspoon of vanilla, four ounces of chopped up semi-sweet chocolate, and stir entire mixture until its melted. You can now add a tablespoon of your favorite ground dark-roast or you can add two teaspoons of espresso granules for an interesting change. Now that its all mixed up then pour it into a bowl to allow it to cool. Add three eggs while the mixture is still warm and a cup of flour. Pour the whole thing into a baking pan and bake for 30 minutes. Black Russian Cake Using a store-bought dark chocolate cake mix you can add one cup of veggie oil, one packaged of instant pudding (chocolate of course), four eggs, cup crme de cacao, and for the final touch add Russian coffee. Use 1 oz of vodka, oz of Kahlua, and 5 oz of hot black coffee to make this mixture. Beat all the ingredients together and use a tube pan to bake at 350F or 177C for 45 minutes. If you want to get creative try using coffee in all kinds of recipes from cookies to ice cream! Try Kahlua which is made from coffee to enhance all kinds of desserts. Make your own coffee syrup using a cup of sugar and a cup of extra strength Colombian. Boil them together in a pan on the stove and let the sugar dissolve. Simmer at a lower temperature and then allow it to cool. A great treat over ice cream! No matter what your favorite coffee machines are, give these inventive recipes a try!
While not many of us look forward to taking our daily medication, some remedies are more palatably pleasing than others. Among these, some preventative medicines for heart disease and some cancers, including red wine.And while many are cheering the benefits of the robust beverage others are wondering if it's really the toast of the town. And, according to experts, the answer is an unresounding yes and no.They note that although wine offers many preventative powers against heart disease, some cancers, and inflammation cause by arthritis, these qualities are not intrinsic to the fruit of the vine.Experts assert that while red wine (in moderation) "does" have health benefits, they are not any greater than those they can obtain via a hearty diet of antioxidants including fresh fruits such as red grapes, fresh squeezed grape juice, grape seed oil, deep green veggies, melons, pumpkin, squash, blueberries, peppers and other brightly-colored fruits and foods.However, they "do," note that the antioxidants in red wine may be more concentrated than in other foods due to the fermentation process. Yet, the concentrated levels may not be significant enough to make daily consumption recommended.Also, health and nutrition experts note that there is also evidence that moderate amounts of other alcohol may be just as effective in boosting HDL (good) cholesterol. Still, they (the experts) assert that they remain reluctant to encourage people to start drinking in an effort to stay healthy (against heart disease and some cancers) because alcohol consumption may raise other risks and concerns. Among these, weight gain and addiction problems. Excessive drinking can also increase LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and also estrogen levels in women, which has been linked to increased risk of breast cancer.For women who fancy white wine, beer and other types of alcohol, the "bad" news is that none possess the same preventative and protective powers as red wine, since all the antioxidants are found in the skin and seeds of the grapes. White wine is fermented without the skins of the grapes.Women wine drinkers say experts can enjoy two to three ounces a day for the added antioxidant and benefits, but remember not to use it as an excuse to drink or in place of a healthy and balanced diet rich in preventative properties.
Roasting your own coffee beans is far easier than making wine at home. You can achieve excellent results.There are many varieties of roasters available, but it can be done in a popcorn maker or frying pan. However, you must assure that your equipment is spotlessly clean. There is nothing worse than coffee infused butter or fish oil.Get good quality beans. Darker roasts have a lot less caffeine than the lighter ones, but they are not as acidic.Heat your beans between 223C to 262C, and be fully prepared to have plenty of smoke. Ventilate your room using a fan or your stoves exhaust. There should be no real odour, but you may also want to open your windows wide and make sure no one else is home.Add your beans, espresso maybe and turn the heat up. Dont forget to disable any smoke detectors.Some roasters have thermometers, but having a portable one is best for using a frying pan. Try a candy thermometer.As the roasting progresses, your beans will start to turn a yellow colour and then go brown. How dark they get is your choice. As your beans get hotter, they release water and oil. This will cause pressure within the bean. You will hear loud cracking sounds. This perfectly normal, but to ensure perfect roasting, to not over roast or burn some of the beans, continuously stir them. This will happen after about 4 to 7 minutes.Your beans will start caramelising inside as the sugars begin to burn. Check the colour about every 30 seconds, but the degree of brownness is up to your personal taste.If you keep roasting for enough time, you may hear a second very loud crack. The beans will be overdone and very dark. If you continue you will not be roasting, but burning them, removing the sugars. Most of us would not be able to stomach coffee made from this.Empty your roasted beans into a colander, preferably metal to cool down. Jostle them a little to help cool them. You will notice that the beans thin skins will detach as you jostle them. These will need to be removed, usually using a cooking screen (meshed).Experiment a little with small amounts of beans at a time to get varied levels of darkening and time. This will help you to develop the flavour that you prefer. However, stop the roasting process early, as the beans will continue to roast due to the heat that they still contain inside.If you opt for the popcorn maker, get a machine that lets you jostle the beans to keep the air circulating and prevent them from sticking to the sides. Alternatively, use a cast iron frying pan for stovetop roasting. However, this method requires lots of watching and stirring. Once the roasting begins, it will continue rapidly. However, once your beans are cooled you can throw them into your coffee grinder and prepare that perfect homemade cup of delicious coffee.
Much as we all love eating here at Recipe4Living (and oh how we do), well admit that the culinary arts have their downsides. Collapsing souffls, burning kitchens, and course the looming threat of obesity all come to mind. But one in particular irks me the most: a little lifelong curse called heartburn.Heartburn (known scientifically as the much cooler sounding pyrosis) is caused by stomach acidthat highly caustic stuff that breaks down all our foodentering the esophagus. This can happen for a lot of reasons, but the most common one by far is certain foods temporarily loosening the lower esophageal sphincter, which ordinarily keeps anything in the stomach from, well, coming back up. Despite its name, the burning pain you feelwhich may strike anywhere from your chest to your arms to your tonguedoesnt actually involve your heart, but as a lovely side effect many people misinterpret the pain as life-threatening and wind up at the hospital.So whats to be done about this gastro-offender? Sufferers of chronic heartburn should look into medication and ask if they have a disorder called Acid Reflux, but those of us who only encounter heartburn occasionally can avoid it by following these rules.Avoid overeating.Nothing stirs up stomach acid like an evening spent gorging at the trough. Anyone who loves a meal that leaves you three belt sizes larger, be ready to chow down on antacids or drink plenty of water. But dont be surprised if you find yourself whimpering and clutching your chest.Everything good is bad for you.Fans of chocolate, citrus, caffeine (particularly coffee), beef, soda, and tomatoes: were sorry to say it, but youre putting your esophaguses at risk. Well, not really at risk, but by consuming too many inflammatory foodssay, eating Beef, Bean and Cheese casserole for dinner and a Sundae Pizza for dessertyou virtually guarantee a weakened LES and a burning throat. Thats not to say you need to drop any of these things entirely, but as in most things, moderation is the key to pleasant living. Oh, and bad news for Weekly Libation fans: alcohols on this list, too.Obesity is still our enemy.Heartburn is increasingly likely as you get increasingly heavy. Yet another reason to keep your weight at a healthy level by moderating your food intake and complementing it with plenty of exercise! Of course, that leads into..Dont strain yourself.At least, not immediately after eating a heavy meal! Though you should never exercise on an empty stomach, its not a good idea to go for a jog following a Mardi Gras party, either. Straining your body can loosen your LES and stir up your stomach acids, particularly if theyve just dealt with a lot of food.Be gentle with your stomach.Any position or effort which puts strain on your stomach may force some acid back up. Exercising, of course, plays a part, but so does lying down or bending over. Avoid going to bed for at least three hours following your dinner; from a dietary standpoint, you should be doing that anyway!Eat low-risk foods.These include apples; vegetables like broccoli and carrots; fish, skinless chicken breasts, and lean beef; eggs; water; low-fat desserts, and most grains. Remember, its not that you cant eat the troublemakers, but you should balance your gastronomic expeditions between those and the safer foods.If heartburn does strikeand lets face it, it probably will at some pointbe sure to take some antacids. If you dont happen to have any Tums on hand, drink plenty of water, do not lie down, and try to avoid unnecessary physical activities. And if nothing seems to help, reflect on the fact that at least you had a delicious meal!Here are some heartburn-safe recipes for you to enjoy:Chicken Breasts with Pears and Zinfandel (minus the shallots)Baked Apple DelightGerman Soft PretzelsHoney-Ginger London Broil (minus the onions)Sources:http://heartburn.about.com/cs/dietfood/a/heartburnfoods1.htmhttp://www.emedicinehealth.com/heartburn/article_em.htmhttp://www.mayoclinic.com/health/heartburn-gerd/DS00095/DSECTION=4
If you woke up last Tuesday feeling tired and are still feeling run down, do not think that this is the end of the world and that your energy levels have been exhausted completely or that your age is catching up with you . Everyone has at least once felt too tired to get up, dress, drive, work, and come back to the house ten hours later after performing a variety of functions, only to continue cleaning up, filing, cooking, and execute all those routine activities we have learned to complete on a daily basis. But although you tried to sleep your tiredness away, the feeling of fatigue has prevailed and you are now in a worse state than ever before. Do not panic, but instead seek a doctor's advice and perform a medical check up. If all seem to be fine on the physical level, apart from the low energy levels you have been experiencing, then follow these tips and boost your energy to skyrocket heights.People that experience a low energy period usually comfort themselves by resorting to sleep and adding extra hours of bed time in their attempt to find their lost energy somewhere in-between their bed sheets and covers. This is usually not the right strategy. If you have maintained a steady sleeping schedule, prior to this recent development, which suited your needs perfectly, the extra sleep you are planning to have will not help you increase your energy levels and take control of your life again. On the contrary, if you decide to sleep when your body does not need that extra sleeping time you are increasing the feelings of being tired and lethargic. Thus, instead of sleeping, try to exercise. Energy needs energy to be produced. By performing simple exercises, like walking or swimming, your body will increase its metabolism which will help you get your energy levels again up. Try introducing exercising as part of your daily routine and you will be witnessing a tremendous change in your energy levels as well as mind awareness.Do not forget to consume fluids and particularly water. Additionally, by adding more vegetables, complex carbohydrates and proteins into your diet, you will see your energy increase and you will feel much better about yourself and be actually healthier than before.Another tactic to boost your energy levels is to start working on something you have been postponing for a long time, but would love to see yourself doing. Hobbies, interests, volunteer work or house improvement projects can help you get rid of boredom, which can be a very good reason why you feel the way you do. You can invest time in doing things that are fun and relax your body and mind. Going camping, fishing, playing with your or the neighbor's kids, can assist you increase your recently dropped energy bucket and become involved again.Most importantly, you have to get started. If you begin doing something that can take you away from that couch or bed, you will witness the difference in your energy levels instantly. Do not procrastinate. Act today and boost your energy levels back up where they belong.