How to Make Eggs the Right Way

Eggs are a kind of food that would go well with pretty much every other. Most of us just make the standard fried egg and eat it just for the sake of eating. However, making eggs the right way could make you see the world with a whole new light. The truth is that eggs cooked with a proper technique not only taste better but they also look a lot better and thus deemed worthy of any Instagram food-related post (if you ever needed any more of those)!

When it comes to scrambled eggs, the best thing to do is separate the yolks and the egg whites before cooking. This can be done easily by using a rubber spatula. We often let the eggs overcook but the key is to pull them out just before you think they’re done. This means that they’ll be a bit softer and creamier rather than dry.

Another thing you can do differently is to fry the eggs in olive oil. This will not only be healthier but also will give off a golden fried appearance.

As mentioned before, eggs can go well with any other food. One example of this would be to top it up on pizza or fry an egg and keep the yolk runny. You can use this runny yolk as sauce with any other food. For example, this goes really well with a steak.

When it comes to boiled egg, sometimes these can be overcooked which leads to the yolks being quite dry. You can prevent this from happening by putting your eggs in cold water. These can then be boiled up, then covered and removed.

Is a Juicer the Same as the Best Smoothie Maker?

I speak to a lot of new dieters sometimes and on the topic of a healthy diet, I’m always asked the same question.

“Is a juicer the same as a smoothie maker/blender?”

You have no idea how many people have asked me that before. This question is usually followed by one more and this relates to which one is healthier. It’s not really a stupid question but I can understand where the confusion comes from. So instead of you having to research online, I thought I’d provide an explanation in the form of a blog post.

If you go to a restaurant bar, you’ll often see a selection of juices and smoothies so yes they are different. Unfortunately, sometimes even the staff doesn’t know that. I’ve seen people ordering juices but getting smoothies instead. Not many people know or even care about finding out the difference.

Pulverising Solid Foods

If you prefer drinking juices and cocktails, a smoothie maker might not be useful.Both appliances are completely different. Generally, the best smoothie maker should be sufficiently powerful to pulverise solid pieces of food. This means that relatively large sizes of fruits and vegetables can thrown into the blender and mixed with many different ingredients to create a thick creamy shake. This is a filling drink and one that can even be used as a full meal. This is the reason that a lot of people use their smoothie maker for healthy green smoothies every morning.

In contrast, a juicer is a completely different piece of kit. This is usually a liquid extractor that squeezes the juice out of the fruit. It doesn’t include the pulp and therefore, is a lot lighter and more of a quick drink rather than a complete. It’s refreshing and used to hydrate the body rather than to fill you up.

Both methods have their own advantages and I do keep a smoothie maker and a juicer in my kitchen. But when I think about it, I make more smoothies than juices. This is also due to various different reasons.

For example, smoothies normally include all of the fruit including the pulp. This means that you get all of the nutrients, vitamins, minerals and fibre from each of the different ingredients you use. This is particularly important because our diets aren’t too great these days and they are highly likely to lack specific nutrients especially the fibre. The fact that we can make smoothies with a mixture of different fruits and vegetables is also a huge advantage. This allows us to consume our 5-a-day within one drink. Obviously you can try and juice different ingredients but I doubt there will be much juice if you use the same ingredients in the juicer.

I do think that smoothies hold the edge over juices especially because of the fact that there’s so much fibre in there. It might be a personal decision but I use my smoothie maker a lot more when compared to a juicer. But it might still be handy to keep the juicer on the side because you can just make fresh juice when you’re in the mood. The good thing about blenders is that they are very versatile and can be used to make just about anything. They can be used to make smoothies, milkshakes and plenty of other drinks. Some blenders even have the features to make sauces. So I reckon it’s essential to have a blender in the kitchen and it might be worth having a juicer as well.

Thinking of Baking this Christmas? Here are Some Tips

Winter is fully underway and it’s getting that time of the year when we must start preparing for the busy festive season. That’s right Christmas is almost here. While everyone will be getting excited with presents and enjoying Christmas music, some of us will be thinking about what we need to prepare for.

A lot of people plan on baking for the holiday season. Here are some tips that you can use for baking cakes and cookies.

If you’re trying a recipe for the very first time, it’s essential that you read it completely and following it exactly as you start making a delicious treat. This will ensure that nothing goes wrong at the wrong time. You need to measure all the ingredients exactly as described in the recipe. For dry ingredients, you can use regular apparatus but for wet ingredients you should use a glass-measuring cup.

When you’re about to put the ingredients into the oven, you need to ensure that this is a specific temperature. In simple terms, you need to wait for the oven to reach a specific temperature before putting the cake in. You can do this by using a thermometer, as the controls on the oven might not be accurate.

When you were making the batter, you normally have to use a mixer. In this case, a hand mixer will do the same job as a stand mixer. Using a stand mixer isn’t a rule and it certainly doesn’t hold any advantage over a hand mixer.

Making cookies is also quite common during the holiday season. If you’ve made cookie dough, it makes sense to leave this in the refrigerator for an hour or two. This will allow the flavours to blend through the entire area.

If you're thinking of baking holiday cookies this Christmas, here are some tips.

These are some of the tips that I’ve come across in the past. There are plenty more that you will learn as you become more experienced but I hope these will help you for the time being.