Exotic Foreign Food

A zesty and sweet chicken dish of mysterious origin, the General Tso chicken is named after a real Chinese general from the Qing dynasty.

korma lamb
A yellowish and slightly spicy soup made of ground seeds, nuts and cream cooked with different kinds of meat or vegetable called korma. Korma lamb is the best and a favorite dish among the Indians.

A Burmese fish soup called mohinga that usually contains rice noodles and fish paste. An exotic breakfast in Myanmar.

tom yam
An extremely spicy, sour and sweet soup from Thailand called tom yam. Usually contains prawns, fish, squid and a generous amount of bird’s eye chilies.

My Rachael Ray Cookware!

The Rachael Ray 10-piece cookware set offers an even heating and a non stick performance but when it comes to durability there are some issues. The set offers a great performance and with the tests done it has shown it evenly distributes heat and maintains a steady simmer and its surface are nonstick. When using it to cook it doesn’t burn food but if only use low medium heat. The cookware cannot be used cookpot of an induction as it doesn’t work.


The cookware set is light in weight and easy to use. Its handles and lids are good but the cookware cannot be washed on a dishwasher as it is not safe. The cookware set is easy to wash using hands this is because of the way its handles have been attached with rivets there may be a collection of food under them. The more you use the cookware it will stain but these stains can be removed using an abrasive cleanser.

The best nonstick cookware reviews has shown that this set has a finish of dark gray color like most of the cookware made of aluminum their handles are orange in color and this add up to bring a beautiful color that customers like. The only problem with the cookware set is that they have a problem when it comes to durability and this affects how they look after a short time of using them.

Customers have described the pans to be very light in weight and flimsy feeling of the nonstick finish as it doesn’t last for long. They only last for about a year or two and when washing they start peeling off.

When buying a cookware you need to be very careful and keen before buying. Get information from friends whom you know they have such sets and do your comparison and get to decide the best one to buy. The most important thing to consider is durability and the price of the set you are buying. Seeing Rachael Ray on TV makes things better though!

My Experience With Gaggia Classic Espresso Machine


I have extensively used the Gaggia Classic espresso machine for the last one year. I have learnt a great deal about almost every aspect of making good espresso. I have learnt how to choose beans, grinding them, checking the right temperature, cleaning the machine, back flushing and a lot more. This machine has been very rewarding and I don’t regret having purchased it. Recently, I have been doing some research on how to best clean the appliance because cosmetic cleaning is not enough. This is where I came to learn that the boiler is of high importance on any espresso machine.

The capacity of the boiler tests the quality of the machine. The temperature stability and durability of an espresso machine is highly measured by the quality of the boiler component. There are cheaper appliances that use aluminum instead of brass in the boiler, the problem is that aluminum corrodes pretty fast compared to brass. This is a very important factor to consider when choosing the version of your espresso. However, there are no negative effects on the quality of espresso you make.

The Gaggia espresso is a powerful machine and makes flavored espresso for a much lower price. The machine is great for pulling multiple shots in a row since the pressure is emitted immediately after a pull enabling the portafilter to refill immediately. Although I noticed that the machine is a little slower, it’s a very easy to use appliance. The controls are easy to use and the machine can use ground coffee or Easy Serving Espresso pods. This is a very good machine for a newbie, although you need practice to learn how to tamp and grind. One thing the manufacturers ought to change is the water tank; to make it clear to judge the water levels. The lower quality tray and scoop need to be improved.

If you want a simple appealing espresso, the Gaggia classic is ideal for you (check out other models here). It has a sturdy, yet boxy design. I don’t mind the appearance but of cause it cannot win any design awards. It comes with stainless steel finish with a black accent. The neutral style can match with most kitchen designs. Storage is also easy because I just put it in my cupboard and that’s it. Compared to other high-end machines, the Gaggia classic is very affordable, almost half of the cost. Since most people who have used this machine for several years complain of the corrosive aluminum tank, I am thinking of replacing it with a brass one in the next few months.

Why I Love My Homemade Yogurt

yogurt parfaitI have been taking homemade yogurt for as long as I can remember. While I was growing up, my mother used to prepare yogurt all the time. I chose to take this culture with me even when I started living alone after graduation. Homemade yogurt helps you avoid consumption of artificial ingredients and the added sugar. To make this happen, you definitely need to think about purchasing a yogurt maker. Before I purchased mine, I would locate a warm space in my kitchen and then use Mason jar. With a yogurt maker, it’s faster to prepare this nutritious drink and besides, we are talking about top quality homemade yogurt.

Well, if you are operating on a budget, you may use a Mason jar at the moment as you plan to buy an electric yogurt maker which is basically much faster. When buying mine, I searched all over the Internet, narrowed down my search and then looked for top electric yogurt maker reviews before making a final decision. This is an extremely important step to avoid making costly mistakes. Besides, you want to find an item that meets your specific yogurt needs. The type of yogurt maker, you choose to buy should be dependent on the size of your family, features as well as the budget. With so many of them available in the market, you shouldn’t experience problems finding a suitable one for you.

Well, back to our homemade yogurt-why am I recommending that you make your own yogurt at home? I get this question a lot of time because many people argue that it’s a waste of time, especially compared to walking into a supermarket and picking your favorite flavor. Let’s face it, yogurt is cultured cream or milk that you can choose to add sweeteners, fresh fruit or even fruit purees. Making your own yogurt gives you control over the ingredients. This means that you can easily adjust the sweetness level to your liking using maple syrup, honey, sugar or any other sweetener of your choice while keeping it as natural as possible. This is one of the major reasons why I never buy yogurt in the stores- besides, I don’t have to worry about what else is included that doesn’t read on the label.

The New Juicing Style

Have you caught up with the trend of slow juicing? The most incredible juicers that can retain the nutrients in fruit juice are slow masticating juicers, and some of these great juicers are Omega juicers.
slow juicing
Omega juicers are currently the big thing in the market, this brand is popularly known for its durability and reliability. As if that is not enough, they have gone to an extent of providing a guarantee with a period of 15 years long to put their clients to utmost satisfaction.

Unlike many juicers brands in the market, Omega juicers are famous for their nutritionist value formed due to low-speed function thus producing less heat. I really adore this simple and elegant juicer because I usually feel even if I just place it anywhere in my kitchen; it will always look phenomenal and it will blend and match well with my house modern style of embellishment.

Omega J8006 comes with an amazing black and chrome exterior. It has a dual stage juicing system that is designed to extract maximum amount of nutritional value in the form of vitamins, enzymes and minerals.

The omega j8006 has a low rotation speed of 80 rpm to ensure minimum clogging, heating up and oxidation. It can efficiently be used to make nut butter and baby food, to grind flour and coffee beans too. It is a quite appliance that is easy to use and clean. It produces much more refined textures in the juice without any foam at all.

It is so amazing that this simple yet elegant juicer turns to be the number one juicer among many users in the market. It has also received the best juicer review 2014 and currently rated as 5 star juicer at Amazon.

This masticating juicer has two stage extracting system and a gear reduction that is equivalent to 2 hp motor. The very low rotating speed produces less foam compared to double gear juicers. It also has an automatic pulp-ejection system for continuous juicing and a screen for extra filtration. The Omega J8006 is not only a juicer, but a food processor, pasta maker, grinder as well as homogenizer! What could be better? It comes with a warranty of 15 good years!

My Favorite Toasters Of All Times

What can come between you and that delicious slice of bread that you are craving to have in the morning? The answer is simply the type of toaster that you will select when you are shopping for a toaster. This underscores the importance of selecting a versatile toaster.

Since you may not be conversant with a wide array of toasters on the market, we hereby take our time to review some of the best toaster 2014 reviews on the market today.


Delonghi RO2058

  • This multi-function toaster features prominently in virtually all professional and comprehensive Delonghi toaster reviews. It can be used for purposes of broiling, toasting and baking. The well- rounded toaster can also be used for warming a 12-inch pizza and it also comes with a host of wonderful features such as a bake pan and a removable front-access tray. The 850-watt toaster is designed to handle a variety of toasting tasks with ease. It comes with a 3-year limited warranty.
    • Breville 4 Slice Smart Toaster lg

Breville CT75XL

  • This is one of the best toasters that have featured prominently on the 4 slice toaster reviews. It comes with 4 –function settings namely cancel, defrost, bagel and reheat settings. This toaster is engineered to deliver excellent commercial quality performance, no wonder it is a top choice for professional cooks. It prides itself for having an unmatched ability to toast up to 4 slices of bread irrespective of their size and shape. It features a feedback display and a digital LCD countdown timer. Despite having a short warranty of 1 year, it however comes with a steel sturdy body hence making it very durable.

T- Fante Avante Classic

  • The 1,200 –watt toaster is known for coming with a non-stick pan and for coming with 5 large slots, hence making it spacious enough to accommodate up to 6 slices of bread and a 12-inch pizza. The incredibly powerful toaster comes with 5- toasting speeds and it further features 4 –flavor settings so that you can choose the flavor of your choice. It also comes with a host innovative and easy to -use features such as a digital timer and an auto-shutoff system.

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The Best Of Microwave Food


You do not need to worry about your reheating and baking needs any more; all you need to do is to check on the top countertop microwave reviews, and your needs will be met. Therefore, if you are among those individual who are looking for countertop microwave reviews, then you are on the right site. According to statistics, there is no countertop microwave that has so far received the top recommendations from customer reviews as the

Panasonic NN-H965WF. I can also ascertain that this is the best countertop microwave as per my experience. After looking for countertop microwave reviews online, because I had the urge of getting one for myself, I did land on this perfect microwave. Truly, with its capability of accommodating a 9 by 13 casserole, or its more than enough space to defrost a whole turkey, demonstrates how big it is. This is the largest microwave I have ever used. It also has an inverter, which enables it to be effective even at a low, and steady power level instead of switching between no power and full power just as many of the microwaves usually act. This feature has helped me meet my microwave needs, at a cost effective way since, this microwave uses less power. Panasonic NN-H965WF frosts and heats very evenly. I am also pleased with its cooking sensors. The sensors do a precise job, of cooking varieties of foods. You do not need to skip reading on a review illustrating this type of microwave if you are looking for countertop microwave reviews. It is obvious that you cannot get an all round perfect product, the same appliers to this microwave. It has a downfall too. Its downfall is durability. If it is not keenly handled, you might lose it. Otherwise, I have had the best experience with it ever, check it out.

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Toasting the Right Way

If you are looking for an inexpensive, yet reliable toaster oven, then you need to check out the Black and Decker TO1332SBD, because it is one cheap and highly dependable machine! This Black and Decker toaster oven has all the useful features of a normal oven, such as bake, broil, and toast settings, however, this one has a curved interior feature, giving the oven more depth and more room to work with. It will hold up to four slices of bread and even an entire nine inch pizza. Unlike many inefficient toaster ovens on the market, this particular one has an optimized heat distribution feature, which bakes and toasts foods evenly, 30% more evenly than competitor companies!
Black and Decker TO1332SBD
This product is a great purchase, and customers have nothing but excellent things to say about it. It provides amazing convenience and also quick cooking times, perfect to use with leftovers or reheating foods, rather than torching them in the microwave. The Black and Decker also includes a crumb tray at the bottom, which can be removed with no problem, and easily cleaned off with a soft towel. This toaster oven, aside from its depth and large capacity for use, is also a small and lightweight machine, and can easily fit into tight spaces in the kitchen, rather than taking up counter space.

The only cons to take note of when purchasing the Black and Decker TO1332SBD, is that the plug size is bulky and big. Along with being a three prong, the plug tends to stick out of the wall, taking up space between the counter and toaster. Also, users have reported that this toaster oven burns toast and bagels easily, however with a powerful machine like this, you will want to check on food regularly, due to its super quick cook times. Other than these minor annoyances, this oven works like a pro, sometimes even being the number one choice as opposed to a normal conventional oven.

When you spend your money on something, you want it to be reliable and dependable. With the Black and Decker TO1332SBD, you simply cannot go wrong. It is incredibly cheap and useful, with the same features and specs of other top and wrongfully expensive toaster ovens, and actually doing a better job at toasting and baking! With enough room to fit a nine inch pizza, and just the right amount of heat evenly distributed, this product is an unbeatable choice and has won the hearts of many.

My Zojirushi Breadmaker

I am one of the few people privileged to have learned the art of baking fine bread at a relatively young age. Growing up, baking was not as easy as it is today. However, we managed to pull off baking great quality bread with the limited resource we had. The process was time consuming and very tiring; nothing like what it is today.
These days, with a good bread maker, anyone can make a good home made loaf of bread. Until now, everything I knew about Zojirushi breadmakers was from the tonnes of Zojirushi breadmaker review articles on the internet.
I recently acquired one Zojirushi breadmaker for myself and I must admit, it does give my hard earned bread making skills and experience a run for money. It proved to be a truly versatile breadmaker that can make anything from home made strawberry jam, meatloaf and even chocolate cake. It easily bakes bread weighing up to 2 pounds.

I have always heard people say how easy it is to use breadmakers. I had never imagined just how easy it could get till I tried it out. With the Zojirushi breadmaker, it is possible to fill you home with the aroma of freshly baked bread every day. The bread maker lets you bake like a season chef letting you dictate even the color of the crust by choosing between light, medium and dark.

This amazing breadmaker does everything for you, including kneading any type of dough. Its Twin rotating blades will knead everything including the heavier rye and whole wheat flour. I realized that it could bake cakes of different sizes although the standard size is approximated to be 9-5/8 by 17 by 12-1/5.

It comes supplied with a handy measuring cup, and a spoon to ensure all ingredients are added in the right proportion. It also has a viewing window to help you monitor the baking cycle. Its removable non-stick bread pan makes it very easy to clean.

I have always been a little skeptical when it comes to the use of technical gadgets; I usually find them very hard to operate. The Zojirushi Breadmaker is exceptionally different. I found the instruction manual very helpful. Its user friendly control panel, wide screen and up to 10 programmable settings are so easy to use anyone can figure it out. You can also have fun experimenting with new recipes.

If you have never baked anything in your life and think it’s too late to learn, then this is the bread maker for you.

Trying out the Wusthof Classic Ikon Knives

I think it’s just a sad fact of life for anybody who likes to spend a little bit of time in the kitchen that you are eventually going to have to replace your kitchen knives. No matter how reliable they may be and how much they suit your personal cooking style, blades will eventually dull to the point where they can no longer be maintained or sharpened and new knives will become the order of the day.
classic ikon
It’s a situation I’ve found myself in recently and it raised an interesting dilemma. Do I just get a new set of the same knives I’ve been using or do I take a risk on a new brand. On one hand I know and love the knives I had been using, so getting the same again would feel like slipping into a comfortable pair of shoes. On the other hand though, I may be missing out on even better knives by sticking with what I know.

In the end, I couldn’t help myself and I decided to take the risk and try something new. I took to the web and did a little bit of research on the top knife brands and the name Wusthof kept appearing as a brand to watch out for. I noted it down and checked out a Wusthof Classic Ikon knives review or two, where I found that praise for the knives was almost universal.

So…I bought them. All I can say is that every opinion that I read about these knives is absolutely correct. I swear I’ve never had such an easy time of chopping up my veg, particularly my tomatoes which always seemed to end up a little bit crushed with my old knife. Consider me a Wusthof convert because I am so glad that I decided to head outside of my comfort zone and try something new.