April 27th, 2015 Author: jenny

If you are like most people, you rely on coffee to get you going on in the morning and keep you happy throughout the day. A good cup of coffee is always nice. It gives you a lift and makes you feel better.

To make good cup of coffee you need a reliable coffee machine as well as good coffee like capsules from Espresso Land. It is not enough to buy a good quality coffee maker. You need to look after it and have it serviced on a regular basis. There are several reasons it makes sense to have your coffee machine serviced on a regular basis. Read the rest of this entry »

January 9th, 2015 Author: jenny

Urban Catering is a well-established and reputed name in catering services in Toronto and other regions of Ontario. Available at http://www.urbancatering.com, the company provides comprehensive and end to end services in relation to catering. Established in 1984 and headquartered in Toronto, Urban Catering has provided quality services across major events and festivals in Canada. The company has also received numerous awards and has also won a variety of accolades from many institutions for the outstanding quality of catering services provided.

Of the many Toronto catering companies, the services provided by Urban Catering encompass all aspects of catering. This extends beyond the normal realm of a selection of menus and the hiring of high quality catering staff and reaches other areas including: Read the rest of this entry »

November 28th, 2014 Author: jenny

There’s so much more to India than the TajMahal, River Ganges and Bollywood. It is a country rich in cultural gems and is a place where you feel that almost anything could be around the next corner. If you are travelling around the country it is always worth getting off the beaten track and discovering some of India’s best kept secrets. And the same can be said for India’s culinary landscape; move away from the path well-trodden and there are many dishes to discover that hail from the country’s lesser-known regions. Here are a few of those dishes – because you never know, you might want to track them down one of these days.

Naga  King  Chilli  Chutney – Nagaland

Head to Nagaland and you are sure to come across the Naga King Chilli. Nagaland is the original birthplace of this chilli and has GI (geographical indication) status to prove it. So spicy it is record-breaking, this chilli is the primary ingredient used to make Naga King Chilli Chutney. Other ingredients include ginger, bamboo shoots and mustard leaves. It is served with rice and makes itself known within nanoseconds. Read the rest of this entry »

November 26th, 2014 Author: jenny

If you were asked to name an Indian bread, there’s a strong chance the first thing you’ll say is ‘naan.’ Naan breads are synonymous with Indian food, as are chapattis and rotis. Served on their own or as an accompaniment to meals, savoury breads are eaten in abundance across all regions of India. But, as well as savoury offerings, did you know that Indian cuisine also boasts an array of delicious sweet breads, too?

The most popular of all Indian sweet breads has to be the Puran Poli. Puran Poli is a traditional sweet flatbread, originating from Maharashtra and nowpopular in the states of Tamil Nadu, Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

The ingredients of Puran Poli vary between each region but typically will include wheat flour, sugar, chana dal, yellow gram, and a number of spices to flavour. The bread is always served warm, and is sometimes served with a spoonful of ghee or with milk that has been sweetened with pistachios and almonds. Additionally, in some states of India, Puran Polis are complimented with a tasty, tangy sauce to further heighten the flavour. In Maharashtra, this sauce is called KatachiAmti. Read the rest of this entry »

November 25th, 2014 Author: jenny

Contrary to popular opinion, cooking Indian food doesn’t have to be complicated. There are a few basic rules you can follow to ensure you serve up tasty meals every time. There is also a wide variety of ingredients you need to become familiar with, but as long as you have a well-stocked larder and a little bit of patience, you will soon be creating wonderfully tasty Indian masterpieces.

First up, there’s the spices. Clearly an essential ingredient for anyone cooking Indian food. Go for whole spices rather than the ground variety wherever possible – they hold their flavour for longer and give any dish an enhanced depth. If starting from scratch and if you are relatively new to cooking Indian food, then mustard seeds, cumin seeds and coriander seeds are a good place to start. These spices are best when freshly ground, which you can do yourself. Place the seeds in a hot pan and wait for them to start popping, releasing their aroma and changing colour. This is your cue that they are ready to be ground either in a pestle and mortar or coffee grinder (have one dedicated to the purpose). Read the rest of this entry »

September 18th, 2014 Author: jenny

It’s that time of year again: fall. For some people, this is the best time of the year. You get to break out your comfy sweaters, your pumpkin spice lattes and attendall your favorite fall events. There are many fun things that you can do in fall that just aren’t as enjoyable in the summer. Although it is sad to see summer depart, the fall isn’t all about school, work, and a change in apparel. It’s also about football!

There are numerous events that you can bring hot wings to during the fall, but the top of the list is most definitely football. It’s the central event when it comes to hot wings, and it’s an unofficial American tradition to eat hot wings and watch football, right up there next to the most American tradition of all: watching football and drinking a beer. No matter what team you’re cheering on this fall, you can cheer them on from the bar with a cold beer and a hearty plate of hot wings. Read the rest of this entry »

September 8th, 2014 Author: jenny

With the festival of Ganesh Chaturthi in full swing, our attention is turned to the wonderful spectacles, fun and food that makes this occasion so special. Signalling the start of the festival is the jingling of bells alongside chants of “Jaidev Jaidev Jai Mangal Murti, Darshanmajhe man kamanapurati, Jaidev Jaidev’. And there are plenty of other rituals taking place throughout this 11-day festival.

Other customs that play a part include the elaborately decorated statues of Ganesha that appear in many houses. Anyone who has a statue of Lord Ganesha in their home must treat it with the same respect as they would an esteemed guest. Offerings of sweets, rice, coconut, jaggery, flowers and coinsare made to these statues and prayers are offered every day. Read the rest of this entry »

September 1st, 2014 Author: jenny

In the UK, the majority of people drink cows’ milk on a daily basis. We have it in our tea, on our cereal, in cheese sauces, milkshakes, ice creams and more. There are alternatives that are available in the West – goats’ milk, soya milk and rice milk, for example. However, think of buffalo milk and our first thought is probably authentic mozzarella cheese, rather than drinking a glass of it.

In India, it is a different story. As the largest producer of buffalo milk in the world, it is very much on the menu here. Other top producers of buffalo milk around the world are Pakistan, China and Italy. If you look at this list you soon realise these are all countries in which people eat healthy diets. And buffalo milk, being low in cholesterol, contributes to this trend. It does, however, have a higher fat content (and thus more calories) than cows’ milk, but in a country where many people work long, hard days this isn’t a bad thing. In the state of Punjab, were many people work the land, buffalo milk is particularly popular. Read the rest of this entry »