5 Appliances indispensable to your kitchen

Wouldn’t it be great to have one appliance that could handle every kitchen related task? Since that’s far from happening yet, it’s important to have the right blend of appliances.

Since every kitchen’s size, décor etc. are different stuffing it up with random appliances can make it appear cluttered and messy and neither will all be useful. So to make things easier for you guys today I am going to break it down to the 5 most important appliances every kitchen must have.

Pressure Cooker

One of the most important utensils that you’ll be using almost every day is the pressure cooker and while people are still skeptical about its use over a slow cooker in my opinion its performance is top notch and fits perfectly well even into the smallest of kitchens but if you’d still like a slow cooker my advice would be you get an instant pot, a win-win situation for those considering buying both.

pressure cooker

Stand Mixer

Love baking desserts and cakes? Then a good stand mixer is a machine that’s simply put indispensable.

Not only will it make tasks such as kneading dough or mixing batter effortless and hands free but save you plenty of time to grab a cup of tea or a beer pint.

For those just starting out with baking a smaller and compact hand beater is perfect for tasks such as whipping a couple of eggs, mixing a small batch of cake batter or vanilla frosting etc.

stand mixer

Food processor

This is one multi-purpose equipment for your kitchen. From chopping and dicing veggies for your salad and dips, pureeing tomatoes for the dinner meal to powdering herbs and spices for daily use there’s not much a food processor can’t do.

Preferably go for a bigger model since they are more durable, reliable and efficient and come with attachments even for baking purposes but if you’re on a tight budget a mini model should do equally well.

food processor

Electric Kettle

Probably not one of the first appliances to come to mind but that’s only until you use it. It’s one of the most widely used appliances and one every tea or coffee lover will use 4-5 times a day.

It boils water at a speed of 10x faster to that of a stove and is energy efficient and saves you tons of time, a game changer in its own right and thus a must have on my list.

electric kettle

Juicer/Blender

If you’re not into tea and coffee I am sure you’ll love a glass of smoothie or fresh fruit juice and unless you have hulk like hands squeezing them out probably isn’t as option and this is why you need a blender or a juicer but remember they aren’t the same. Read about their differences here.

Irrespective of the machine you pick always opt for the top models since they’re the most powerful and come with multiple attachments, setting and are reliable.

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6 Rhubarb recipes to light up your spring diet

The reddish pink vegetable known as Rhubarb isn’t something you’ll find commonly and is often mixed together with fruits in tons of awesome desserts. They are crisp and have a strong tart taste. So today I decided to cover some recipes both desserts and shakes that you can try out with this vegetable.

Note, only the stalk is edible, always chop off the leaves as they tend be poisonous.

Strawberry rhubarb Kuchen

Coffee lovers looking for a crumbly bite alongside will love the kuchen. To prep the base mix some yeast with flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, sour cream, egg, lemon zest, and vanilla. The second layer consists of fruit filling that’s kept in the freezer after it’s cooked and thickened for about an hour.

For the third layer add some crumbs of brown sugar, butter, and spices. Always use a piping bag to layer the filling that will help you in layering evenly. This dish is also often served with milk.

rhubarb kuchen

Rhubarb Ginger cooler

For this mocktail you’ll need rhubarb syrup that’s made at home, tangy ginger beer and some lime squeeze.

For the syrup combine some fresh ginger with some orange, allspice and berries for tangy twist. Leftover syrup can be stored for future use. Mix the syrup well with the ginger beer, throw in some ice cubes and use a pitcher to serve.

rhubarb cooler

Pork shoulder with rhubarb ketchup

Preparing homemade ketchup isn’t a big deal. You’ll require tomatoes, vinegar, onions, and sugar and this time for a change try to combine rhubarb to add a subtle fruity punch to the flavors.

For the spice rub use some smoked paprika to add a smoky flavor if you’re not using a grill. Use a dash of beer and once the shoulders cooked serve it alongside the sauce.

Rhubarb Lime Gimlet

This drink is usually made by simmering fruit or veggies with vinegar and sugar and is quite a popular mocktail.

Since both rhubarb and lime squeeze tend to be tangy a hint of maple syrup is a must and top it off with some seltzer to ensure original flavors remain.

rhubarb gilet

Rhubarb Juice

This pinkish liquid of goodness and health is really simple to make. Firstly cut rhubarb into small pieces, put in a pan with some water and turn on the gas to the lowest heat till the water changes to pink color. Strain the juice and refrigerate it or throw some ice cubes and have it right away.

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Crepes served alongside Blackberry-Rhubarb Compote

It’s a combination of rhubarb and blackberries which is cooked along with a dash of vanilla extract and some orange juices with a hint of maples syrup which gives it a sweet touch.

Give all the ingredients a good smash and serve with the crepes. To beat the summer heat it’s best served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

6 Ways to keep it healthy this season

I am sure you’re going to spend a lot of your summer weekends either at the beach or barbecuing in backyards which I agree is fun but aren’t most of these parties loaded with fat rich foods like pasta, fried potatoes, noodles etc.? So how do you get beach ready this summer? Here’s what you can do for a healthier and fitter .

Turn to salads more often

Even salads are perfect meals for your main course especially dinner, sounds unlikely right? When made with the right ingredients even salads can be yummy and filling so for dinner tonight chop off some lettuce, rhubarb, cabbage, onions, few olives, a tomato, some chicken and top it all of with a little with sweet corn, avocado and salt and pepper.

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Increase water intake 

When it comes to drinks there’s nothing that equals the role of water in the body so my suggestion you stick to it and reduce consumption of sweetened juices or even sports drinks.

A glass of water before every meal will keep you full and reduce intake. The daily water consumption as suggested by experts is about 7-8 glasses.

Switch to fruits for desserts

Being a fan of desserts I understand your craving to reach for the last remaining cake slice or tart but I am sure you’re aware of the curse of diabetes, weight gain etc. hanging over it so my suggestion would to switch to healthier choices such as a bowl of fresh fruits like berries, watermelon, oranges,  peaches etc. topped with some Greek yogurt.

Healthy desserts like rhubarb crumble, rhubarb pie too are extremely popular so here’s how you can make them at home.

Tips for a lazy afternoon

We all have those lazy days where cooking seems like tough chore and ordering pizza seems easier. Well here’s a healthier solution, chop raw vegetables with mayonnaise or hummus, sliced whole-grain bread or crackers, olives, fruit, nuts and boiled eggs or chicken.

A mug full of mixed fruit and vegetable smoothie topped with some cream or yogurt is an excellent alternative or just simple grab a bowl of oats, throw in some fresh fruits, a scoop of Greek yogurt and you’re good to go.

Get moving

Your diet alone isn’t going to get you in shape this summer you’ve got to get off the couch and get going and no the gym isn’t the only best way to work a sweat. Hiking, bicycling, roller skating or simply walking are perfect alternatives and fun too plus you can tag a friend along too.

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Get more Sleep

Eight hours of sleep is the golden rule we all know it but here’s why. Lack of sleep raises the body’s stress level which in turn boosts cortisol levels which is known as the hunger hormone. This results in more cravings in turn resulting in excessive or unhealthy eating. 

 

 

6 Reasons the rhubarb is the best vegetable

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While a lot of people know about the rhubarb plant and have been reaping its benefits by growing them in their homes, farms etc. there is a huge population that hasn’t yet realized it and have been missing out on it.

So today at rhubarb recipes we decided to tell you more about this dessert vegetable. Here’s what you need to know.

Nutritional Value of Rhubarb

It is mainly for it’s incredible nutritional gains that you find people all over the world growing rhubarb even in houses and adding it to their daily salads, desserts etc. It’s loaded with dietary fiber, protein, vitamin C, vitamin K, B complex vitamins, calcium, potassium, manganese, and magnesium.

Also organically it is a rich source of polyphenolic and flavonoids. So let’s find out below why these nutrients are so important to the body and why rhubarb needs to be a dietary staple.

Aids Weight Loss

Finding it difficult to lose weight? Simple solution, add rhubarb to your meals. Why? That’s because its caloric value is one of the lowest in the vegetable calorie chart.

There are around 42 calories in 200 grams of rhubarb so whether it’s lunch or dinner, feel free to load up on it. Also its various nutrients can speed up the body’s metabolism which further improves fat burning.

Lower risk of Cardiovascular Diseases

The low amount of calories, fat and cholesterol make it one of the most ideal veggies to maintain good cardio health plus the presence of dietary fibers helps prevent any kind of blockages in the blood vessels and arteries by pushing out excess cholesterol.

Also the numerous antioxidants present in it reduce the risk of heart disease and lower the risk or damage caused by life threatening diseases such as cancer etc.

Helps with Digestion

Proper functioning of the digestive system is crucial to maintain good health and by now you know rhubarb is loaded with dietary fibers.

These fibers further aid proper digestion by making sure that the bowel movements are consistent and face no unwanted interruptions which also makes it the perfect medicine to heal constipation. Rhubarb also prevents many other digestion issues like gastrointestinal disorders, bloating, cramping, colorectal cancer etc.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease

One of the more silent heroes the rhubarb is loaded with is vitamin K which plays an important role in maintaining proper functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Oxidation of the brain cells and cognitive activity is controlled and managed by this vitamin and hence it proves vital in delaying Alzheimer’s disease.

Take note:

While its tons of nutrients benefit greatly I would advise people with kidney or gastrointestinal problems to curtail its use since regular usage can further complicate your health.

The most dangerous part of the vegetable remains its leaves and should never be ingested by anyone as it can also lead to death in higher quantities.

Everything you need to know about the rhubarb plant

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Before we go ahead let me make it clear that rhubarb isn’t actually a fruit but a vegetable i.e. irrespective of how you cook it or what you add it to. It’s one of the healthiest veggies and easy to cook but only if it’s fresh for which it’s best to grow it at home but that’s not all that easy. So to help you do it we have covered few important tips and tricks.

How to grow it

If you plan to grow rhubarb in your house I would advice you buy a small potted plant from a nursery. Since the plant needs to be regularly watered and also a constant supply of manure is must it’s best placed in a garden and also maintain about 2m of gap as it needs space to grow properly.

Room temperature is very important in this case. The temperature should not be more than 32 degrees. If the temperature goes higher than this the plant won’t grow actively and would enter a dormant state and that’s exactly why it’s mostly grown in the Himalayan regions or during the winter months.

growing rhubarb

Its preservation

It is advised to start growing this plant only during spring time. Provide it a balanced amount of fertilizers and manure to ensure proper growth but only if composted.

In its natural state the manure tends to be too acidic. To keep up with the moisture and avoid any weeds it is preferred to use Lucerne or mulch rather than any herbicide.

Rhubarb should be watered properly as they are said to be dry plants. In winters it is advised to chop the extra leaves and keep them under at least two layers of compost. This will keep the plant moist and aid growth.

Tips to harvest it

It is advised not to reap in the first year but if you’re running out of patience a little helping is all I would advise and ensure you’re cutting it right.

Chop of only that part of the stem with a sharpened knife that’s ready to be cooked. This way you’ll leave some for further growth and if you’ve grown 4-5 plants trust me you might have enough to last you one whole season.

Also chop off the leaves and the top half of the stalk due to the presence of oxalic acid, a well-known toxin enough to kill someone and not to forget it simply tastes disgusting.

Cooking with it

Rhubarb can be eaten in many ways. It not only tastes delicious but is also packed with medicinal properties. One way to have it is in a stew form or plain curd or custard but my favorite dish remains the rhubarb crumble and is one of the most famous desserts.

You can also cook delicious cakes, pies, pickles and even make wines and jams. Here’s how to make a rhubarb crumble by Gordon Ramsay himself.