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Zesty Lemon Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake

Zesty Lemon Recipe: Lemon Pound Cake

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Are ceramic cookers worth the purchase?

Are ceramic cookers worth the purchase?

Embark on your new culinary adventure with the easy-to-maintain ceramic cooker.
Need a good reason to purchase one? Well, we have 3 good reasons for you. ❤️







Elvalute your home cooking experience with ESH ceramic cooker! It's never gets wrong to start using ceramic cooker in this modern generation.

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8 Must Have Chinese New Year Recipes for a Lucky Year 2022

8 Must Have Chinese New Year Recipes for a Lucky Year 2022

Looking for recipe inspiration this Chinese New Year? Chinese New Year, or the Lunar New Year officially starts on Febuary 1, 2022 and it marks the transition between the Chinese Zodiac signs.
Now we're headed into 2022, the Year of the Tiger. ​Festivities begin on Feb 1st and run through Feb 15th, 2022 when the Lantern Festival starts, and traditionally includes getting together with family and kicking things off with a big meal on Chinese New Year Eve. 
 
What to eat for Chinese New Year - Lucky Foods
To help celebrate, it's common see the gifting of lucky Red Envelopes and to eat foods symbolic of the Lunar New Year. These dishes are served to give blessings and are auspicious as to provide prosperity, luck and happiness in the coming new year.

1. Chinese New Year Cake (Sweet Rice Cake)
A must have! Niangao is a very traditional sweet dessert made from sticky rice, the name of this cake (年糕 Niángāo) translates to mean "higher year" symbolizing increasing property. Steamed, then served as is, or lightly pan fried, this dish tastes like warm sweet mochi. Steam your own niangao at home with 3 simple ingrediets and this recipe.

2. Pork & Leek Potstickers
Potstickers or dumplings are considered lucky for wealth as they are shaped similar to gold sycees. You can think of these as representing pockets of money, so it's good to have lots of potstickers during Chinese New Year.

3. Traditional Whole Steamed Fish
Symbolic for a good year from start to finish, it's important to serve the fish whole (the fish head to tail which symbolizes the start of the year to end of the year). This fish recipe also makes for an impressive table presentation but is surprisingly simple and easy to cook with a short steaming time of around 15 minutes. Plus, you'll love the flavors of the ginger and cilantro.

4. Whole Chicken
Similar to the fish, the whole chicken represents unity and family. Usually it's served whole with the head and feet included, but unless you go to an Asian grocery store, these types of chickens are hard to find.

5. Longevity Noodles
Noodle dishes are often served during Chinese New Year as long noodles respresent longevity in life. As such, it's best to serve long noodles and take care not to cut or damage the noodles when cooking. For a delicious and savory noodle dish, try my Pan-Fried Soy Sauce Noodles using egg noodles which tend to hold up nicely in cooking.

6. Shanghai Rice Cakes Stir Fry (Savory Rice Cakes)

Similar to the sweet version of my Chinese New Year cakes dessert recipe, these oval cakes (年糕 Niángāo) are also made from sticky rice. Stir-fried with cabbage and your favorite meat or seafood, this savory dish takes less than 10 minutes to cook and will ensure you have a more prosperous "higher year".

7. Traditional Chinese Almond Cookies
Do you remember eating these when you were young? Since these Chinese Almond cookies are circular and baked in the shape of a coin, it symbolizes good monetary fortune. Plus it's a sweet dessert which counts having a sweet year! How do they taste? Simply put, the store bought versions are nothing like the taste of my recipe for these homemade ones. So buttery and flavorful, you won't be able to eat just one! ​

8. Hot Pot
Hot Pot is one of the favorite family style dinners and also great for family gatherings like Chinese New Year. With a pot of hot boiling soup broth in the center of the table and raw ingredients like sliced meats, seafood and vegetables off to the side, this meal is interactive and fun!
The ingredients can be dipped in savory or sweet sauces, or even eaten plain! The best thing about this meal is that everyone can cook and eat the ingredients they like. For extra fortune and luck, shop and prepare for these suggested items to add to your soup:
  • Mushrooms: Increased Opportunities
  • Noodles: Long Life
  • Dumplings: Wealth and Fortune
  • Meatballs/ Fishballs: Reunion

This article is brought to you by ANGEL WONG'S KITCHEN.

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Tips to Clean Your Oven after Holiday Cooking.

Tips to Clean Your Oven after Holiday Cooking.

You’ll need these genius tips to clean your oven after all the turkey and chicken roasting for Christmas.
Save this post as a reminder! 😉






Love these tips?
Don't hesitate to note down as it may be very useful after preparing foods for your loved ones.

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Simplify Your Holiday Meal Preparation with Tefal Kitchen Series

Simplify Your Holiday Meal Preparation with Tefal Kitchen Series

Have an easy-breezy meal preparation this festive season. With Tefal’s selection of useful appliances, you can create a perfect holiday menu at your greatest convenience.




Get ready to create your Magical Christmas Meals with us! Spend this special time with your loved ones and stay safe at home.

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Dinner ideas to try with a Multicooker.

Dinner ideas to try with a Multicooker.

Running out of ideas for dinner meals? You'll love these 3 simple meals. Whip them up in no time with a multicooker!

Looking to add a multicooker to your kitchen collection?






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Tefal Optigrill: Versatility at its best!

Tefal Optigrill: Versatility at its best!

Highly versatile and very easy to use, Tefal Optigrill + can make a professional home chef out of you in no time! It can cook anything, anytime and anywhere. It’s versatility at its best!

You can take it anywhere
Optigrill + is perfectly portable and can be transported anywhere. As long as you’re somewhere next to an electric plug, you can grill whatever your heart desires in no time. Happy grilling

It cooks food the way YOU like
Optigrill + is not vainly called an intelligent grill. With its advanced technology, this versatile grill can measure the thickness of your steaks and cook them the way you love them most from rare to well done. The cooking monitor lets you know when your meal is cooked to your liking. The manual mode includes 4 temperature levels as well, allowing you to cook fruits and vegetables to your liking.

It cooks any type of food
You can cook anything using your Optigrill + electrical grill. With its 6 cooking programs, it allows you to:

Grill meat to prepare rib eye steaks with chimichurri sauce

Main Course
Number of people: 2

Cost: Expensive

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 5 min

Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) red vinegar
  • 1 tbsp (15 ml) lemon juice
  • 4 cloves garlic, very finely chopped
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 1/2 tsp (2 ml) hot pepper flakes
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 tbsp (45 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) very finely chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 2 rib eye steaks, about 175 g each

Instructions
Stir the vinegar with the lemon juice, garlic, half each salt and pepper, the hot pepper flakes and bay leaf. Whisk in the olive oil until well combined; stir in the parsley. Let stand for at least 15 minutes; discard the bay leaf.

Meanwhile, pat the steaks dry with paper towel. Sprinkle the remaining salt and pepper over both sides of each steak.

Select the "Red Meat" program and press "OK". Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the steaks on the grill and close the lid.

Cook until the indicator light has changed to the colour of desired doneness; yellow for rare, orange for medium or red for well done. Transfer the steaks to a plate and tent with foil. Rest for 5 minutes. Serve the steaks with the chimichurri sauce on the side.

Tips: Enjoy a late summer harvest inspired supper by serving the steaks with corn on the cob and sliced fresh field tomatoes. Substitute any premium grilling steak such as strip loin for the rib eye steaks if preferred.
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Buttermilk-rosemary marinated chicken thighs

Main Course

Number of people: 4

Cost: Affordable

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 10 min

Cooking time: 15 min

Rest time: 4H00

Ingredients
  • 1 cup (250 ml) buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 bone-in, skinless, chicken thighs
  • 3/4 tsp (4 ml) each salt and pepper

Instructions
Whisk the buttermilk with the mustard, rosemary and garlic. Place the chicken in a large ziptop bag and pour in the buttermilk mixture. Place in the refrigerator to marinate for at least 4 hours or up to 24 hours.

Remove the chicken from the marinade and shake off excess; discard remaining marinade. Sprinkle the salt and pepper all over the chicken.

Select the "Poultry" program and press "OK". Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the chicken on the grill and close the lid.

Cook until the indicator light has changed to the colour red.

Tips: Serve with a tossed green salad and roasted potatoes. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can use low-fat, plain yogurt in the marinade instead.
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Salmon and cream sauce

Main Course

Number of people: 4

Cost: Expensive

Difficulty: Easy

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup (175 ml) chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) chopped green onion
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) lemon juice
  • 2 tsp (10 ml) finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 3/4 tsp (4 ml) each salt and pepper, divided
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) olive oil
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) light sour cream
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 125 g each

Instructions
Place the dill, green onion, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and 1/2 tsp (2 ml) each salt and pepper in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly pour in the oil until well combined. Divide the mixture in half. Stir one portion with the sour cream; set aside. Season the salmon with the remaining salt and pepper. Brush the remaining dill mixture over the salmon.

Select the "Fish/Seafood" program and press "OK". Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the salmon on the grill and close the lid.

Cook until the indicator light has changed to the colour yellow. Serve the salmon with the reserved sour cream mixture on the side.

Tips: Removing the salmon during the yellow stage of cooking results in a restaurant quality salmon fillet with a slightly coral and moist center. For an elegant dinner, serve the salmon with steamed baby potatoes and wilted leafy greens such as Swiss chard or spinach.
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Spicy grilled Italian Panini

Main Course

Number of people: 4

Cost: Affordable

Difficulty: Medium

Preparation time: 15 min

Cooking time: 10 min

Ingredients
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) olive oil
  • 2 tbsp (30 ml) balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 tsp (4 ml) each salt and pepper
  • 4 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 zucchini, sliced into 1 cm thick rounds
  • 1 red pepper, sliced into strips
  • 1/2 small red onion, sliced into 1 cm thick rounds
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) pesto such as artichoke, basil or sundried tomato
  • 8 slices fresh Italian bread, about 1 cm thick
  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) pickled hot peppers
  • 1 cup (250 ml) shredded cheese such as provolone, Asiago or mozzarella

Instructions
Whisk the oil with the vinegar, salt, pepper and garlic. Add the zucchini, red pepper and onion; toss to coat.

Select the "Manual Mode" program and press "OK". Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place the vegetables on the grill and close the lid.

Cook the vegetables, in batches, for 3 to 5 minutes or until well marked and tender. Spread the pesto over 4 slices of bread. Top with vegetables, pickled peppers and cheese. Cap the sandwiches with remaining slices of bread.

Select the "Sandwich" program and press "OK". Lightly grease the cooking plates with cooking spray. Once the purple indicator light has stopped flashing, place two sandwiches on the grill and close the lid. Cook until the indicator light has changed to the colour red. Repeat with the remaining sandwiches.

Tips: Kick up the heat by adding more hot peppers or a few slices of hot Italian salami. Or, omit the peppers for a tame sandwich. Make this sandwich a new flavour experience every time by changing the cheese. Try sliced bocconcini, shredded Parmesan, Emmental, goat cheese or even Gorgonzola.
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It can even cook fruits and vegetables using the slow cooking manual mode!
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