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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Apps Are Helping Busy Moms in Easy Cooking

#1 Deciding the type of recipes

Breakfast or Brunch, Dinner or Lunch? Provide Moms with recipes for all with search options. Once you are ready to make an app, incorporate easy and quick recipes for all types of meals. They can search from hundreds of recipes and preparations provided under different categories with a few taps. This seems a lot more convenient for someone who is new in cooking than going through a book.

#2 Recipes according to ingredients

Your app must have a comprehensive list of cooking ingredients to give users with a quick comparison of what they got at the table and what not. This way they can search for only those recipes that can be prepared with selected recipes.

#3 Grocery lists and shopping feature

Link your app to a grocery shopping cart so that Moms can buy food ingredients, veggies and everything else when they run out with one tap. Moreover, help them to create lists of their everyday essentials, set reminders, place order of exhausted items and pay for them online.

#4 Recipes as per moods

As said, cooking is never a cakewalk for Moms, especially when they have to prepare delicacies for their families or kids according to their moods, occasions or taste buds. Thus, create your app with different cooking modes and cuisines like Continental, Italian, Chinese, Thai so that Moms could explore and experiment with new dishes every day.

#5 Text instructions & Videos

A cooking app is incomplete without high-quality content i.e. video guides, photo-wise instructions, tutorials, cooking tips, etc. that make the process of cooking more fast, simple and also interesting for the Moms.

Perfect Cupcakes

Cooking oil is often used instead of butter because it is a smoother liquid and mixes better. It is also a healthier option because not as many fats are contained. It’s also easier to mix if you don’t have an electric hand mixer.

The whole idea of the cupcake is its aesthetic appearance. You will always find a beautiful cupcake, no matter what the flavour or colour it is. This is due to the way the small cake has been frosted.

A piping tool has many nozzles that can give you different effects and appearances. The trick to keeping the frosted part upright is to use butter and icing sugar as edible cement. You also need to use it immediately as it solidifies quickly.

When piping you need to keep a consistent motion when going around the top of the cupcake. You can either start from the circumference at the top of the cupcake or in the centre and then move outwards. If you start piping on the circumference you will achieve a taller decoration. The higher you want to go the bigger the piping nozzle needs to be to support the frosting. Also remember that this will use more of the mixture so make sure you have enough for all the cupcakes.

Also pick the nozzle that suits the idea you want for your cake decoration. Traditionally, the star nozzle was used. It makes a busy texture that gives character to the cupcake where a plain round one actually gives the cupcake a playful look despite its simplicity.

Make Yogurt At Home

The Additives in Store Bought Yogurt

The store-bought yogurt gets its taste and texture from a number of additives and artificial sugars which may be good to the taste but are a lot less nutritious and even bad for health sometimes. The commonly used additives for thickening are gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab-made ingredient), powdered milk etc. And it is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners that can make things really bad for people who have type 2 diabetes. While real and all-natural yogurt is actually supposed to help with many health issues, this one with the additives does just the opposite.

So, if one wants to take advantage of all the essential nutrients the yogurt can offer, it’s important that it is made at home using the natural method, which is actually quite simple if you know this secret:

The Natural Method of Making Yogurt at Home

The secret to making the thickest and creamy yogurt is making it at home in a pure clay pot! Pure-clay pots are made from the highest quality natural clay (primary clay) that has no contaminants and is made by hands without using ANY additives. These pots are Non-toxic – will make sure nothing leaches into your yogurt and contaminate it, and semi-porous – allow excess water to evaporate making the yogurt thick and creamy, naturally and WITHOUT any additives.

Once you have the pot, the rest is easy:

  1. Heat the milk to just before boiling point (till small bubbles form on the surface). Turn stove off, and open lid and let it cool down for 30 mins or so, till you can put your little finger and hold it there for 5 secs. Now the milk is ready for the culture.
  2. Add yogurt culture.
  3. Set in the oven with the lid on and oven light on.
  4. Let it incubate for 6-8 hours and the yogurt is ready.

Cooking Collard Greens

If you have a slow cooker you can cook the greens with ham hocks for a southern-style dish. Use chicken stock and seasoning to enhance the flavours. It’s best to cook this dish over night. Be careful when removing the ham hocks as you don’t want to leave any slivers of bone in the greens. Then stir them. Let the hocks cool before attempting to handle them. You need to remove all the fat from the hocks and of course, remove the bone from each hock.

Put the meat back into the slow cooker and add the greens, stirring them so that the meat and vegetables are combined well. You may want to reheat the mixture before serving this traditional Southern-style dish.

If you are vegetarian, stick with the garlic and red pepper flakes and, naturally the greens, but add chopped spring onions, and some other greens, such as kale, and turnip and mustard greens.These go very well together and some chopped tomatoes would also help to enhance the flavour. To spice them up a little, you can add tamari, or the more usual soy sauce, smoked paprika (or a hot paprika), and seasoning.
These green leaves are very nutritious, containing, as they do vitamins K, A, E and B complex ones. As for minerals they have iron, manganese, and calcium, to name just a few. Why not cook some and give yourself a healthy treat?