Monday, April 30, 2012

Juicing!

I'm not sure if some of you seen the documentary called "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" . Its about guy who was a 100 lbs overweight suffering from a disease, loaded with pills and medicine. He was fat, sick and nearly dead. In order to regain his health, he had a personal mission. He started juicing fresh fruit and vegetables for 60 days with no solid food. It was a really inspiring documentary. I highly recommend to watch it!

So much for that, hubby and I got inspired and bought juicer couple months ago and didn't even use it until now, lol. We're not really on a diet, we just want to be healthy. And if you don't like to eat fruits and vegetables like my hubby, this is a great way to take them into your body by turning it into juice! 

So what we had was 3 pcs. of carrots, 3 stalks of celery, 4 leaves of lettuce, 1 pc. of pear, 1 pc. of orange and 2 small pcs. of apples. That's it! It was really good I'll tell yah. From now on, we will be juicing everyday. Try it for yourself ;).



Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tulip Festival

Hubby and I went to tulip Festival as his pre-birthday treat for me.  It was a bright sunny Saturday, first time to have a pretty nice weather after couple weeks of rain. A perfect day to stroll around and do stuff. It is weekend and no wonder it was busy when we got there. It was an hour away from our place, totally worth the drive to just see these beautiful and coloful tulips. I was wowed!!! Since it was my first time to see different varieties of tulips in a huge farm. I was prepared, lol. I have my camera with me and took a bunch of photos ;).





Monday, April 16, 2012

Helpful Tips in Preparing the Perfect Cheesecake

One of the most popular desserts is cheesecake. It is served in several varieties of flavors and textures. It is available in all fine restaurants everywhere. However, you don't have to go to fine restaurants in order to enjoy this dessert. You can prepare it with perfect result right in your very own kitchen. There are some tips that can help you make the perfect one for your dessert.

Use first rate, high quality ingredients

When making a cheesecake, you have to make sure that you only use the freshest ingredients and a full-fat cheese. You need to start all ingredients at room temperature in order to produce a creamy and consistent result. The same thing is true when you need to use eggs. If the recipe doesn't require flour, then you need to add a tablespoon of cornstarch to the sugar before mixing into the batter. This will lessen the chances of the end product from cracking.

Use a springform pan

Springform pans are the best utensil for this kind of dessert that requires baking. The pan, which has a removable bottom and interlocking buckle sides, offers easy removal of the product. Always remember to grease the side of the pan to avoid sticking. Tap the side of the pan gently prior to baking in order to remove any bubbles that can cause the cake to crack. Baking them in a water bath produces a rich, moist and creamy texture.

Avoid over baking

It is best to bake them at a minimum amount of time that is suggested in the recipe before you open the oven to check them. When the center of is slightly moist, you can remove it from the oven because it will continue to bake after it has been removed from the oven. Only after it has completely cool down, run a knife blade around the pan and remove it from the pan.

Add some finishing touches

Always take the cakes out from the refrigerator 30 minutes before you serve them. This is to ensure that they warm to room temperature before serving. It is always advisable to garnish them with sauces and fresh fruits before serving. Use a sharp knife that has been warmed by dipping hot water to cut it into desired slices.
Gourmet cheesecake is the best way to end any meal. Always experiment with the recipes, perfect your techniques and add new flavors. A few tested tips will make the dessert very delicious that your family and friends will never forget.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

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