Nowadays, media ads and studies will show that getting rid of extra weight is easy as 1-2-3. Ads will show that by sitting back and drinking tea you can lose fat so easily. However, this Porangaba tea that the ads are talking about is not your every day tea, the herbal kind or the green tea that you are most familiar with. Experts say that Porangaba is a great energy booster and helps speed up your metabolism making you lose your fats. People from Brazil are often seen sipping a cup of it every day. The tea is a product from the leaves of a small tree found in the rain forests of Brazil.
You can make cake decorating simple with the Cricut Cake Machine. This amazing device has been specially designed by the same people who have developed the best die cutting machines in the scrap booking industry. Now they have brought this power to the world of cake design and many cake makers are ecstatic about the potential that it brings to their industry.
I have been running my own cake making business for 10 years now and I am always trying to keep up to date with the latest methods and technologies available. The cricket cake machine takes designing your masterpieces to a whole new level with their amazing cutting technology. All you need to do is program the machine to cut the sheets that you desire and it will use its specially designed blades to cut sheets of fondant for you that you can just lay gently down on your cake and impress everyone.
It is also great for using specialized lettering and fonts. For years I was paying companies to make stencils for me every time I needed something complicated and that was really a waste of time and money. Now the Cricut Cake Machine does all of this for me in just a few minutes. My business has really taken off since I started using it and it is really something that I am thankful for every day.
Even if you are just a beginner cake maker this can really help your designs take off and make your friends extremely pleased by the cakes that you make for them. Some of the designs you can make with this machine look extremely professional and you will probably fool many people who see your creations. The one I found was online and priced reasonably. You can always find free shipping that way and make it worth your while.
If you ask any body these days, they’ll tell you that the cupcake is the largest baking trend there is. Cupcakes are small and so good that people use them to celebrate all sorts of occasions ranging from birthdays to being the centerpiece at a wedding! Cupcakes can be served many ways and in different sizes and it is fun to see what ways you can be creative with these sweet little cakes.
The most traditional cupcakes normally consist of a chocolate or vanilla cake along with a chocolate or vanilla icing. Just like full sized cake, cupcakes can be made from many types of batters like lemon poppy seed or maple brown sugar. Red velvet is one of the more popular types of cupcakes emerging today. Match one of the many available cake types with a delicious and unique icing. Try a super dark chocolate cream with pieces of dark chocolate chopped on top. Icing is also a good place to express bright colors so experiment with food dyes and garnishes such as sprinkles or gold leaf.
One of the biggest dangers in using cake for an event is the transportation because ruining your hard work can be just as easy as forgetting to swerve for a certain pot hole in the road. Cupcake boxes and mini cupcake boxes offer a great way to get your creations from point A to point B without risking the damage that’s possible.
Eating cake at gatherings is a very tried and true tradition but nobody misses eating slices with a fork when they are handed a beautiful and delicious cupcake. Just unwrapping a cupcake is enough to make them more fun than the norm. Cupcakes are perfect for children and adults always take a few minutes to be kids again when they bite into one!
There may be nothing more satisfying on a hot day than digging into a bowl of fresh, cold, delicious ice cream. Before modern refrigeration was invented, ice cream was only enjoyed by the wealthy. It was a delicacy served fresh, made with ice that was cut from frozen lakes and stored until needed. Of course, these days it is simple to drive to the supermarket and pick out your favorite flavor. However, there is something deliciously gratifying about making ice cream yourself at home.
You do not need much to get started making your own ice cream. Finding a quality ice cream maker is a good place to start. It is possible to make the frozen treat without an ice cream machine, but the machine makes the process quick and simple. There are many types of ice cream makers, so shop around to see which suits your needs best. Some feature a bowl that needs to be frozen, and some instead rely on the addition of ice and rock salt. Some use electricity to stir the mixture and some need to be cranked by hand. You can find a quality countertop ice cream freezer for well under $100, or you can buy a very high-end machine for several hundred dollars.
Once you have chosen your ideal ice cream machine, fresh ingredients will make the treat special. You need little more than cream and sugar to get started. You will find endless free ice cream recipes online, from the simplest vanilla to the most tempting candy-swirled concoction. Fresh fruits, flavored syrups, crushed cookies and chopped candies all make for spectacular results. Experiment with different combinations to develop your signature flavor. You will no doubt find yourself pulling out your ice cream maker for every holiday and special occasion to give your family and friends an unforgettable homemade treat.
These chocolate chip rolls with raisins are the favorite breakfast in my family. If getting up early on a Saturday morning doesn’t scare you, then you should give it a try.
60gr (1 oz) butter, melted
500gr (1.1 lb) flour, sifted
300ml (1o fl oz) milk, plus extra for glazing
25gr (1 oz) yeast
Grated zest of one lemon
1 tsp salt
70gr (2½ oz) sugar
200gr (7 oz) raisins
250ml (8½ fl oz) custard (make it from scratch, or buy some good quality one)
100gr (3½ oz) dark chocolate
Heat the milk in the microwave until lukewarm, then pour half of it in a bowl and add the yeast and two tsp of sugar. Give it a good stir then let it rest for 10 minutes, until bubbles start to appear.
Put together the remaining milk and sugar and add the butter, salt and the lemon zest.
In a large bowl, put all the ingredients together: yeast and milk, milk and sugar and the flour. Mix and knead for 8-10 minutes until you get a smooth dough. Cover it with a damp cloth and let it raise for two hours until it doubles in size.
In the meantime soak the raisins in water for ten minutes then drain them and gently squeeze them.
When the dough is ready, divide it in two and roll it into a rectangular shape, about 5mm (0.2 in) thick.
Heat the custard in the microwave until warm, then spread it on the dough. Sprinkle the surface with raisins, then roll the dough from the longer side, and let it raise until it doubles its size. Repeat the operation with the other half of the dough, but this time glaze with milk instead of custard, and cover with chocolate chips.
When both rolls are ready, slice them into mini-rolls, about 2.5 thick, lay them on a baking tray and let it raise for thirty more minutes.
Preheat the oven at 180°C (356°F) and bake for about 15 minutes.
Many people consider chocolate hampers for Valentine’s Day and birthdays, but in reality they can be sent for just about any occasion. Anniversaries, Christmas, Easter, graduations, baby showers and weddings are just some of the occasions that would be appropriate for you to send a chocolate hamper. For each occasion you could include something different so that the memory of the chocolate hamper lasts well beyond the lifetime of the chocolate.
For occasions like Valentine’s Day and anniversaries you could include a nice greeting card that sends your sentiments of the occasion. For Valentine’s Day or birthdays you might want to send a stuffed animal or other gift that will always remind them of your chocolate hamper. For Easter you could send a stuffed bunny rabbit, and for baby showers you could send a plush toy for the new baby.
Other occasions would require a much different approach. If you send chocolate hampers out for Christmas you should include something that you know the person will like, such as a CD of Christmas music or something else that they would really like. For weddings you should include gift cards to the location where the couple is registered combined with a greeting card, or you could include a check for money toward their honeymoon and their new life together. Graduating seniors will appreciate a chocolate hamper that includes money toward college, their first home, or just gift cards toward necessities. You might also include a greeting card for graduates, combined with a tassel with their school colors.
Of course, for any occasion you can send a simple chocolate hamper with a greeting card. It does not have to be fancy to be appreciated. The great thing about chocolate hampers is that you can send simple ones to those you are not close to such as your boss, or you can send more complex baskets with gifts and chocolate to those you hold most dear.
Many people around the world have celiac disease, a disorder where the body is unable to digest gluten, the proteins that make up most grains. While this may not sound like a big deal, this can greatly affect the body, from making a person nauseous after eating wheat and barley to letting the body become malnurished from lack of nutrients. Not being able to eat grains forces a change in diet, as many things contain products with gluten. One area where a change needs to occur is in baking, as a person with celiac disease cannot use regular flour anymore. Thankfully, gluten free flour mix is available as a substitute.
For the most part, it is possible to avoid gluten. Eating vegetables and meat is an option, as these products do not contain any gluten. However, if any baking or battering is going to occur, it is necessary to find a substitute for normal flour, as it is made with wheat. By using potato flour or rice flour, baking can still be accomplished. While these substitutes may change the flavor of the dish, they are a great substitute to normal flour, as making cookies and cakes can still be done. Mixing flours can also be a good way to gain flavor in baking dishes. A mixture of soy flour, potato flour, tapioca flour and rice flour in different combinations will create unique flavors for any dishes that are made.
While there is not a perfect match for a flour substitute out there, in terms of flavor and consistency, there are great options that will taste good and provide a similar texture. Any of the above mentioned flour will produce a great tasting product. The recipe used may need to be altered, as gluten flour absorbs water more easily than wheat flour. However, by adding a little bit more water to the recipe, as well as mixing different flour comibinations, gluten free flour mix can be a great substitute for wheat flour.
Apple cider vinegar cures have long commanded a place in conventional wisdom and the catalog of home remedies. This low cost liquid, that may be found everywhere from grocery stores to health food stores, has been credited with curing some of everything from high blood pressure to pet allergies. If you are suffering from a common ailment, and wonder whether or not raw apple cider vinegar could help, some of the following conditions are those that are often claimed to be helped by this home remedy.
One of the main uses of this vinegar is in lowing blood pressure and weight loss. For years, people have sworn by the efficacy of taking a small shot of vinegar each day to help boost their metabolism and encourage their body to burn fat. Though there is little scientific evidence that this will have a large impact on weight loss, the amount of anecdotal evidence that can be found online and in books is overwhelming. If you have been diagnosed with high blood pressure, ingesting cider vinegar regularly may just help you bring your blood pressure back down to healthy levels. Of course, any treatment that you self-prescribe should be done in consultation with a medical professional.
Another common problem that is said to be helped by vinegar is allergies. No matter what type of allergies you are suffering from, from animals to plants to foods, some claim that regularly drinking a bit of vinegar can help reduce the symptoms of an allergy attack and may even serve to temper the presence of allergies completely. Most sites will attest that any brand or type of apple vinegar will do, and those who are eager to try this remedy can find what they need at the local grocery store.
Those who are thinking about trying this, or any other home remedy for an illness, should always be sure to do so in consultation with a doctor that they trust. Throughout your home treatment, make sure that your reaction to the remedy is being monitored, which will let you know whether it is working or if you should seek a more conventional form of help.
Nowadays, it is common for people to rush from one place to another. There is hardly any time for eating, resting or any other such activity for some people. As you may know, eating lots of fruits and vegetables are important for your health in a general sense.
If you wish to save time and energy, get a juice extractor. Instead of allocating time to prepare special meals comprising of vegetables or fruits, you can cut down on the time and energy. Prepare fruit or vegetable juices instead. Alternatively, you can mix the vegetables or fruits to create a special concoction of your liking.
You do not waste time cutting the vegetables or fruits. Simply put them into a juice extractor. Nevertheless, washing them beforehand is important to remove any impurities or remaining pesticides. Since fruit skin has been found to contain vitamins, it is better not to peel the skin off. Since children can be stubborn when it comes to eating their vegetables, prepare vegetable juices for them instead.
To give a sweet taste, you can sugar, sweetners, or any other sweet fruit. The same goes with any other of your family members. If one of your family members has been advised to follow a strict diet due to health problems, preparing juices for the person is one of the best ways to fulfill their diet plan. If you want to reduce some weight, consider taking juices instead of meals. You can lose weight easily and quickly without compromising on essentials vitamins, proteins or minerals.
Considering the various brands, prices and models of juicers in the market especially those found online, you can easily pick your favorite one according to your budget and needs. To enjoy some savings, consider buying a juicer during a festive sale period, online or offline.
Tiramisu is originally from Italy, and although it was invented less then fifty years ago, it has quickly become the most famous Italian dessert. It is essentially a non-baked dessert, made of layers of biscuits and cream. The main ingredients for the original tiramisu recipe are mascarpone cheese and savoiardi biscuits, other than the usual eggs and sugar.
Like all popular dishes, after the original recipes, you will have countless different variations. The one I will present here is the classic Italian tiramisu recipe, with some marsala wine, which is a very popular fortified wine from Sicily. Many tiramisu lovers say that marsala is actually part of the traditional recipe. Like many culinary disputes, this one is still to be solved, and I included marsala just in case. If you want to do without the liqueur, just add an extra cup of coffee.
Ingredients for ten people:
500gr (1.1 lb) mascarpone cheese
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
100gr (3½ oz) sugar
55gr (2 oz) cocoa
6 cups coffee
One packet of savoiardi biscuits
One small glass of marsala
Prepare the coffee and let it cool in a large bottomed bowl. In a second, smaller bowl, pour the marsala wine.
In a third, bowl, mix the mascarpone cheese with the sugar and the yolks, until you get a bubbly and smooth cream. Whip the whites until very firm and add them to the cream.
Dip the biscuits in the coffee and in the marsala, alternating them, and lay them on the bottom of a rectangular casserole. Spread a layer of cream and repeat the operation until you get to the top (normally three layers are enough). Finish with a layer of cream and put it in the fridge for five hours. Right before serving, cover the top with cocoa powder.
There are two main tips for a perfect tiramisu. The first is easy: leave it in the fridge at least five hours before serving. Even better it would be to prepare it the day before and leave it overnight. The second is a bit trickier: a tiramisu cake is also little engineering work so, when you dip the savoiardi biscuits, make sure that they’re not too soft, nor too hard. This part will come with experience, so start practicing!
Are you trying to cut back on your grocery bill? if so, you may want to consider making hummus at home. When you make it yourself it will not only cost significantly less but you can also make it healthier and tastier at the same time. It is fairly simple to make hummus at home. Here are a few things that you will want to keep in mind.
Starting with warm garbanzo beans is the secret to creating amazing hummus. The heat works to reduce the acidity of the garlic and can also allow the flavors to combine properly. If you are taking the time to cook your chick peas yourself, you can add in a teaspoon of baking soda and create a hummus recipe with an extremely smooth consistency.
Plain hummus is great but you may want to consider adding some extras. A simple way to enhance the flavor of your hummus recipe is to try adding in fresh herbs. Both cilantro and parsley work great. You may also try adding in either chopped olives, sun dried tomatoes or roasted red peppers. People that like spicy foods will enjoy a hummus with cayenne pepper and smoked paprika. There are many different options regardless of your tastes!
Sprinkle Zaatar over the top of your hummus to add the final touch. This is a blend of sesame seeds, garlic powder, thyme and salt. You should make it yourself and store it in an air tight container so that you have it on hand for hummus. It is also great with olive oil as a bread dip and in pizza.
While most people think of hummus as a snack food, it actually can be turned into a full meal. Make a quinoa tabbouleh and serve it along side the hummus with some warm pita toasts.
If you were to carry out a survery to find out how many people didnt like sweets, there wouldnt be many. Most of us got our taste for sweets and candies when we were only children, so the sweets that we got back then are going to be the ones that bring back all of the fondest memories and will be the ones we like the best. Who has forgotten the taste of Tootsie Pops and Fruity Pops? Even with many of the younger candy eaters, the classics are still among their favorites.
Lollipops have always been one of the most popular. Lollipops first became popular in the 19th century, then in the 1970s, Telly Savalas “kojak”, the lollipop sucking detective, made old fashioned lollipops a household favorite. In some parts of England the old fashioned lollipops have been so popular that communities have employed a Lollipop Guy that makes sure that everyone has their own lollipop every day. In the last few years some medical establishments have combined their pain medication with lollipops for some patients, the results have been quite something. A lot of the pain suffered is mental, when it gets bad depression sets in, making the effects worse. By using the old fashioned lollipops with patients it has helped them to deal with the depression and slows the effect of the pain.
You can find old fashioned swirl lollipops for sale anywhere that sells candy, they normally have a decent selection too. Many bigger towns will have stores that sell candy wholesale, in bulk, this is great if they are having a party or something along those lines. You could use your old fashioned lollipops to have a Wizard of Oz themed party, for both kids and adults and focus in on the Lollipop Guild. You could also go online and buy directly from the manufacturer and potentially save even more money.