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August 8, 2012

Asham Traditional Sweet

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Asham is a traditional Jamaican treat made of parched corn. The parched corn is ground into a very fine powder and mixed with sugar and spice.

 

Jamaican asham

Children and adults usually place a little of the powder in their palm and have it. It is available from stores that sell traditional Jamaican sweets. One of these stores is Reggae Treats, an online retailer that has a wide variety of traditional snacks and desserts.

July 29, 2012

How To Grill The Perfect Sausage

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In the United States, Italian sausage is a sty...

In the United States, Italian sausage is a style of pork sausage noted for its seasoning of fennel and/or anise, containing at least 85% meat and no more than 35% fat. Made in sweet and hot styles, this kind of sausage is generally not cured. A typical method of cooking in grilling, as depicted here. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I love sausages and grilling them has to be one of the best ways to cook them but so often I’ve been to a barbecue party and found and absolute culinary disaster verging on a health risk

Let’s get one thing straight before we go any further and that is just because you’re having a barbecue, it doesn’t mean you have to serve poor quality sausages. So many times I’ve heard friends say “I’ve bought cheap sausages because we’re only going to burn them anyway”. Don’t accept the inevitability of it, if you buy poor quality, they will be full of fat which will spit and cause flare ups ending up with a burnt offering. There is an alternative way.

Accept the challenge, it is possible to cook a good tasty sausage on a barbecue grill and to make it easy for yourself you must start with a good quality sausage. For sure one of the fundamentals of any sausage is fat and the cooking process is effectively boiling the contents in the fat so there’s always going to be some spitting of fat but your task is to manage this.

What makes a well cooked sausage? For me it’s:-

 

  • A crispy texture to the skin
  • Light caramelization to sweeten the meat flavor
  • Succulent moist meat inside

 

One cooking method I have heard of is to pre-cook the sausage in water first to help disperse the fat so there’s less fat to spit (and so burn the sausage) when grilling but I don’t like this because it means less time on the grill to get the crispy caramelized skin that adds so much of the flavor. Maybe if you are a novice it’s worth having a pop but here’s my guide to how to cook the best sausage.

If using charcoal, be patient. You need grey / white coals that have well bedded down. If there’s any sign of black on the charcoal you’ll be susceptible to flare ups. If you’re cooking a number of things, put the sausages on last when everything is starting to die down. If you’ve got a gas grill then sausages should be cooked on low, in fact a low light under the searing plate is an excellent way.

Don’t prick the sausage. The whole idea is for the meat to cook in the fat and if you prick the sausage the fat simply runs out and the meat dries up – not to mention the fact that you’re inviting the fat onto the fire and encouraging further opportunity for flare ups and burnt offerings.

Cook the sausages as individual units, this makes them easier to handle and you can be sure that they cook on all sides. It may seem easier to use a basket so that you can turn more sausages at one time but I prefer not to because you only get to cook the sausage “top and bottom” and I think that you miss the opportunity to crisp up the skin all over and it’s also easier to serve a sausage that appears well done on the surface yet is undercooked inside.

To avoid an undercooked sausage you can of course use a temperature probe, generally you’re looking for an internal temperature of 165°F to consider the sausage cooked.

Don’t continually turn the sausages. Give them change to cook, take on color and caramelize on each side. Despite a sausage being round in cross section I typically look on a sausage as having four sides and cook accordingly. It is however sometimes difficult to cook on “all four” sides because your sausage is particularly bent. The best way to straighten a sausage is to use heat so place the sausage on the grill with the exterior curve directly over the heat first, the skin and meat on this side of the sausage will contract and it will straighten out.

I heard one gentleman talking about frying a sausage and recommending you place the sausage in the pan on a very low heat and cook slowly for two hours. Whilst I’m not recommending this length of time for the grill I hope it emphasizes the point that low and slow is the way to go.

Paul Yates writes barbecue pork recipes and barbecue beef recipes and publishes them in his barbecue blog.

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July 10, 2012

Meringues: Weeping Meringues and a No Fail Recipe for Meringue

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Someone recently emailed us with a question about meringues: how to keep them from weeping. I asked the two experts that I know, our pastry chef, Marne and my mother. Marne’s first inclination was that she might not be beating the whites enough, therefor the sugar crystals are not fully incorporated causing it to weep. My mother automatically assumed that the eggs were not a room temperature when she started. So we put out collective heads and books together and came up with the following:

Tips for Meringue and a recipe:

1. Separate eggs while they are cold.

2. Allow whites to come to room temperature (always) since that is the temp they need to be beaten at to incorporate more air.

3. Use a small deep bowl and make sure the beaters are very clean (any grease will interfere with the beating) the whites will increase 2 1/2 – 4 times their original volume. A rotary hand mixer will make a soft meringue but you will need an electric mixer to make a hard meringue.

4. When the whites are beaten to the foamy stage, add salt and cream of tartar (1 tea to each 1 cup beaten egg whites) cream if tartar helps it reach maximum volume and increases the stability.
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5. The amount of sugar to add depends on the type of meringue: 2 T sugar to each egg white for soft meringues (toppings) and 4-5 T per white for hard meringues (shells). Beat in sugar gradually, 1 T at a time until no grains of sugar can be detected. The sugar is added when the whites have reached soft peaks; if added too early, meringue will not reach its full volume.

6. When spreading meringue, make sure it is spread over the entire surface so that the filling is completely covered and the meringue is attached to the edge of the dish. This prevents shrinkage of the meringue during baking.

7. To prevent weeping, make sure you bake them properly. Bake a soft meringue in a preheated 350 oven for 12-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of the meringue, or until golden brown. Cool at room temperature. After it reaches room temp, you can refrigerate.

Here is an recipe to keep your meringue from weeping and it will hold up a a few days.

for a 9″ pie: 4 eggs at room temp, 6 T sugar, 1/48 tea salt, 1/2 tea vanilla

Put egg whites and sugar in mixing bowl and place the bowl in a pan of hot water. stir constantly, until whites feel warm, then add the salt and vanilla. Remove the bowl from the hot water and beat with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff, firm and shiny. Spread on filling, taking care to cover and touching edges to seal. Bake at 350 for 12-15 minutes or until delicately browned.

Allow to cool before cutting or chilling.

Peggy Bloodworth left a job as a sales VP in a high tech company entertaining clients around the world for a personal chef and catering business where she is chef for swank party givers in Research Triangle Park, NC. More party ideas, recipes, menus and pictures can be found on her website swank website. She maintains a large garden and vineyard. Menus are well researched, recipes are mostly original and the ingredients are fresh, organic and frequently from her garden.

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August 29, 2011

Vegetable Sushi: A Healthy Snack

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Carrying a boxed or bag lunch can help you to save money. Both kids and adults can carry boxed lunches containing healthy meals and healthy snacks.

 

Vegetable sushi combines rice and vegetables, giving essential nutrients needed for the day’s activities. A tasty sauce can be packed with the vegetable sushi for added flavor.

 

Carrying a healthy snack cuts down on the likelihood that money will be spent on something that has little or no health value.

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