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Quick Italian Dessert Recipe - Tiramisu

Comments (0) | Tuesday, November 25, 2014

If you are looking for a tasty and fast recipe that is authentic Italian, this quick Italian dessert recipe is for you. There is no better way to finish off a delicious Italian dinner than with a tasty and light dessert. This recipe is great to serve your guests after a pasta dinner and wine. You can also serve this as a social dessert with coffee at any time. Tiramisu is a favorite among Italian food lovers.

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Ingredients for this Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:

o 30 Italian lady fingers that are divided
o 2 ½ cups of strong warm espresso
o 2 ounces of chopped chocolate
o Unsweetened cocoa used for dusting the dessert
o 6 egg yolks
o ¾ cup of white sugar
o 1 ¼ pounds of mascarpone cheese
o 2 cups of heavy cream
o 1/3 cup of white sugar

Directions for making Tiramisu Quick Italian Dessert Recipe:
o Dip the first 18 Italian ladyfingers into the espresso
o Line the bottom of a 12 x 9 pan with the ladyfingers
o Sprinkle half of the chopped chocolate over the mixture
o Add a generous dusting of the cocoa on the mixture
o Set this aside
o Combine the egg yolks and ¾ cup of the sugar
o Mix this on high in a mixer for about ten minutes
o Mix the mascarpone by hand until it is completely mixed and lump free
o Set this aside
o Mix by a mixer or by hand the cream, 1/3 cup of sugar until it forms stiff peaks
o Add the mascarpone mix and whip this again until completely homogenous
o Spread half of the egg and cheese filling onto the ladyfingers in the pan
o Soak the rest of the ladyfingers in espresso and make a second layer over them
o Leave some spaces in between the ladyfingers and sprinkle the remaining filling evenly over the ladyfingers
o Lightly sprinkle this with more cocoa
o Wrap and refrigerate for about four to six hours
o When this is chilled, sprinkle it again with a light dusting of the cocoa
o Slice and serve with a spoon or spatula

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This quick Italian dessert recipe for tiramisu will delight your taste buds and you will love how light and tasty this dessert is. You can serve small servings after a big dinner, or a little bit larger pieces as an afternoon social treat. Some prefer to serve this dessert with espresso, coffee


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Making Traditional Italian Pizza

Comments (0) | Sunday, November 16, 2014

Do you simply love traditional Italian pizza? Does it make your mouth water every time you see it served on a plate? How about doing it at your home? Making traditional Italian pizza is simple. Just getting the right ingredients and cook it very well, your pizza is good to go.

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To begin your new hobby of making traditional Italian pizza, you can either buy or make your own pizza dough. If you decide to make your own two twelve inch pizza dough, you will need two and one-fourth teaspoons of active dry yeast, one and one-third cups of water, two tablespoons of olive oil, three and a half cups of all purpose flour, and a pinch of salt. Start by getting a large mixing bowl to pour the water into and dissolve the yeast in it for five minutes.

After which, you can then add the other ingredients and mix them all either by hand or a mixer. When the ingredients are completely blended, you need to hand-knead the dough for about ten minutes until you would notice that it is already smooth and elastic. Get another bowl and coat it with olive oil and turn the dough in it, which you need to cover and place in a warm place for about an hour to give time for it to rise until it reaches about double of its original volume. After that, it is now ready for baking.

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After creating your dough masterpiece, you still need to decide on a lot of things since making traditional Italian pizza has a lot of varied pizza toppings you can choose from. First one on the list is the Pizza Margherita which was created to honour the Queen. To make this pizza that can satisfy the taste of royalties, you need to have a half cup of tomato sauce. You can either buy this in a sachet or if not, just use the chopped canned tomatoes.

Another ingredient you need would be a quarter pound of shredded mozzarella cheese and about three to four fresh basil leaves. All you need to do is spread the sauce on top of your dough and top it off with some sprinkles of mozzarella, and drizzle it with some drops of olive oil, and finalize it with the addition of the basil. Bake it and taste the flavour fit for Queens!

On your next session on making traditional Italian pizza, try other recipes such as the Pizza Marinara and La Napoletana. Invite your friends and enjoy a sumptuous meal of your favourite Italian Pizza masterpiece!


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Top 5 Vegan Turkish Foods

Comments (0) | Tuesday, November 11, 2014

For the unfamiliar, Turkish food often means meat and kebabs, but did you know it's actually quite easy to find stress free vegan food in Turkey, or even close to home, in a Turkish restaurant.
If you are ready to expand your palette, then here's five delicious and purely vegan Turkish food to watch out for on your next visit.

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1. Menemen (Turkish Omelet)
If you don't mind eating egg with your vegan diet, the Menemen is a tasty Turkish dish to try out. It's essentially a Turkish omelet that's spicy and filled with healthy onions, tomatoes and green peppers. In Turkey, this is considered a breakfast meal and often sold right around bus stations or diners. Like most Turkish dishes, better get plenty of bread to go with this so you can enjoy and soak up the leftover juices as well.

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2. Gözleme - (Crepe)
The Gözleme isn't the most common Turkish food out there, especially if you head out to a restaurant but if they do serve this then go for it. The Gözleme is a flavorless Turkish crepe that comes stuffed with oodles of veggies. There are quite a few varieties; it can be stuffed with spinach (ispnakli) or potatoes (patatesli.) If you are a strict vegan and avoid dairy products, make sure to ask for a gozleme that has no cheese (peynirsiz.)

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3. Cig Kofte (Raw Meatballs)
Don't freak out. I assure you there's no meat in this next dish. Yes, the name is quite deceptive but until recently, Cig Kofte was made using traditional meat. However, if you visit Turkey, meaty cig kofte are quite uncommon and sometimes even banned. The spicy vegetarian variety, however, is probably the only thing you'll encounter if you go looking for it in Turkish street corners or restaurants.
The dish is made from bulgur, tomatoes and red pepper paste. If you want to be sure, just ask if it's the vegan version and if there's no meat inside.

4. Ev Yemekleri ((Home Cooking)
Now, this one isn't so much a dish but more of where you'll find a great possibility of vegan Turkish dishes being served. Even though foreigners sometimes associate Turkish food with meat, in truth, home cooked Turkish meals are actually more vegan friendly than most think. In majority of Ev Yemekleri restaurants, expect a good variety of purely vegan dishes up for grabs.

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5. Cezerye
For Turkish street explorers who want to munch on something as they go, the Cezerye is the perfect vegan treat to have. This strange, brightly colored snack is made from carrots that have been cooked for a long period until all the sweetness from the vegetable has condensed. It is then peppered with hazelnuts or walnuts.

There you have it! Next time you step inside a Turkish restaurant or find yourself on the streets of Turkey, don't worry, there's always a vegan meal waiting for you.


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Top 10 Most Popular Asian Foods

Comments (0) | Sunday, November 2, 2014

1. Satay - This is the undisputed King of Asian Foods. The spelling may vary from country to country, may it be sate, satay, satey, or sati. It is basically meat on a stick roasted over charcoal or open fire. This is available everywhere from Singapore to the Philippines, Vietnam to Papua! It's mainly chicken or beef sticks in the Muslim countries like Malaysia and Indonesia.

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Thailand is very famous for its organ sate, may it be liver, heart or stomach of pigs or chicken. Satay usually comes with many different dips and peanut sauce is the most popular.

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2. Sushi - This is very popular world-wide and of course in Asia. This has been considered as a high-class delicacy and mainly eaten in posh restaurants although ready-made sushi are available in regional supermarkets like Carrefour in Singapore, Indonesia or Tesco in Thailand. Sushi is much more than just raw fish and making Sushi rolls, it has been considered a science by many although it will actually just take the right kind of rice, seaweed wrappers and soy sauce.

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3. Chicken Curry - This is the universal dish that can be found in most Asian menus. Curry powder in all kinds of variations, tastes and colors are readily available all over Asia and heavily used in creating all the heavenly curry dishes. The look and taste of curry will depend on the country you are in. Chicken curries of Thailand are made of heavy masala curries which are used by Indians as well. Indonesians love their "Kari Ayam" thinner, with more watery sauces while Malaysians don't seem to be too decisive about their curry thickness, depending if they live closer to Thailand or more to the south of the Malaysian peninsula. Curry dishes are not only restricted to chicken but those seem to be the most popular.

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4. Tom Yum - This watery something in a bowl that was originated in Thailand is now very popular all over Asia especially in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. This can be an appetizer, thin soup or main dish, eaten with or without rice. This has a more spicy-sour tasted with heavy use of smashed lemon grass, tamarind and lime. Different sea foods like prawns, squid or fish pieces can be added. Chicken and vegetables like oyster mushrooms or coriander leaves are already used in mixing.

5. Fried Rice (Nasi Goreng) - This is mainly cooked plain white with coconut sauce or saffron added and eaten fresh or right away with whatever meat or veggies come along. It is a cheap and tasty dish in all Asian countries that comes with veggies and meat. It's a cheap and tasty dish in all Asian countries and comes with veggies, meat or different sambals. Add eggs, satay, rice or prawn crackers (krupuk) and you can have a full meal on its own which fills you up nicely and brings you through the day. Some would say that Nasi Goreng is the Paella of Asia but the Spanish would surely protest about that. Nowadays, Nasi Goreng in the western world has been connected with any Asian style of fried rice.

6. Dim Sum - This is derived from a Cantonese phrase which means 'a little broken' and describes little treasures of food, hidden away in small steamer baskets, various types of filled, steamed buns or plenty of little dishes served on small plates. Dim Sum are mainly served with tea and can have a hearty, sweet or plain taste. The servings are of small portions but with plenty of varieties.

7. Spring Rolls- Spring Rolls are popular in most Asian countries, with China, Vietnam Philippines, Taiwan, with Indonesia topping on the list. These are mainly fried rolled pastries that are filled with all kinds of raw or cooked meats or vegetables. There are versions which are not fried as well, mainly eaten in Taiwan. The most popular ingredients are minced pork, carrot, bean sprouts, fresh garlic chives, vermicelli noodles, shitake mushrooms. Soy sauce, peanut powder or fish sauce are sometimes added to better tickle your taste buds.

8. Hainanese Chicken Rice - This is a simple, plain and straight-forward dish, mainly eaten in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and China. It's boiled, plain-white chicken served with white rice and condiments like cucumber, eggs or lettuce. Hainanese Chicken Rice is one of the lesser spicy Asian dishes, but nevertheless its creation is a science on its own. It can come with a clear chicken soup or broth as accompanying soup and is one of the signature dishes claimed by more than one country.

9. Laksa - This is a spicy noodle soup, which is claimed to be invented by Singaporeans, although it's more likely to be derived from Chinese/Malay culture. The origin of the name Laksa is unknown, but it's now widely popular not only in Malaysia and Singapore, but as far as Australia and beyond. If you tried Laksa, you would know why, as it as mainly an explosion for your taste senses, mixing sweet (coconut) tastes with sour (lemon grass or citrus) influences with more standard fare (thick noodles, egg, tofu). Sometimes Laksa is done more watery like a soup, while some prefer it as thick as possible, with as few liquids as possible.

10. Fish Balls - These are pulverized or pressed fish meat, eaten on a stick or as soup, mainly available at Asian hawker stalls or street vendors everywhere in the region. They are served cooked, fried or steamed and are considered as small, cheap snacks for in between or in some countries even as a 'poor-man's-dish'. They are eaten mainly on their own, marinated, dipped in a sauce or when coming in a bowl - mixed with 'kway teow' noodles, tofu or even rice. Fragrance and taste is added in the form of vinegar, garlic, sweet soy sauce or spring onions.


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