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All-Filipino Desserts

All Filipinos seem to be born with a sweet tooth, and most of us never really outgrow it. We’re never too old for a candy bar or a rich filled doughnut. That’s why desserts have always been a big part of Filipino cuisine. For many of us, a meal isn’t a meal without something cold and sweet to top it off. It doesn’t matter if your meal consists of rice and dried fish; without dessert, it’s simply not complete.

However, our idea of dessert has evolved a lot through the years. Ask any kid what his favorite dessert is and he’ll most likely say ice cream, cake, or something not really Filipino. If you think the same way, maybe it’s time you tried the old favorites and rediscover Filipino food. Here’s a quick guide to local desserts and some Filipino desserts recipes you can make on your own.

Rice cakes

With rice as our staple food, it’s really no surprise that we’d turn it into a dessert as well. In fact, we have more than a dozen varieties of kakanin, the local term for rice desserts, most of them sold at practically every corner. Because they are rice-based, they are seldom eaten after regular meals (which already have rice as the main course). People prefer them for merienda in the late morning or afternoon. Some of the most popular Filipino rice cakes are puto, suman, biko, bibingka, and kalamay.

Native pastries

If you’re looking for a lighter dessert, Filipino pastries may be just what you need. Our native pastries cover everything from small bite-size tarts to tropical fruit pies. They may seem complicated at first glance, but they are actually one of the easiest Filipino food recipes. In fact, if you’re just starting out, pastries make a great beginner recipe. Start with simple snack tarts such as this one.

Easy Caramel Tarts

Ingredients:

1 tbsp flour

1 c milk

1 c golden syrup

1 c brown sugar

1 tbsp white sugar

1 tbsp butter

2 eggs, separated

½ tsp vanilla

Procedure: Beat the egg whites until stiff, then beat in the white sugar. Set aside. In a saucepan, combine the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Pour into baked pastry shells. Top with the egg white mixture and bake for about 10 minutes or until the meringue turns brown.

Puto and kutsinta

Puto a steamed cake made from rice flour, often topped with cheese or salted eggs. It is often sold with kutsinta, a brown jelly cake served with grated coconut. The two go together because the soft, grainy texture of the puto contrasts the tart smoothness of kutsinta. Both are among the simplest Filipino recipes; you can make a batch of each cake in less than two hours.

Puto

Ingredients:

2 cups flour

1 cup sugar

2 cups milk

6 tsps baking powder

3 eggs (use only egg whites for a lighter cake)

Procedure: Combine all the ingredients except the egg whites. Mix well and let stand for one hour, then fold in the eggs. Pour into baking pan or muffin pans and steam for about one hour.

Kutsinta

Ingredients:

1 cup rice flour

1 tsp lye water

3 cups water

2 cups packed brown sugar

Procedure: Mix all the ingredients in a bowl; beat well. Half-fill a muffin pan with the batter, then steam covered over 2 inches of water for about 30 minutes. Top with grated coconut.

Bibingka

Bibingka is actually an Indian dish (bebinca), but the Filipino variety is unique because it uses rice flour instead of white. It also comes with a variety of toppings such as butter or margarine, cheese, salted eggs, or grated coconuts. Bibingka is a popular snack in the Christmas season, where it is often sold with puto bumbong (same as puto, but cooked in bamboo vessels and flavored with coconut or purple yam)and other Filipino cooking recipes. It is traditionally cooked in charcoal ovens, which gives it a smoky flavor. Of course, you can also tweak the recipe and bake it in modern ovens. Here’s how.

Ingredients:

2 c plain flour

¼ c baking powder

¾ c sugar

1 ¼ c coconut milk

3 eggs, beaten

½ c Edam cheese, grated

½ butter, melted

½ c grated coconut

1 tsp salt

Procedure: Preheat your oven to 375oF. In a bowl, dissolve the sugar in coconut milks and add in the eggs. In a separate bow, sift the flour, add the baking powder and salt, then sift again. Combine with the egg mixture and beat well. Pour into prepared pans and bake for about 15 minutes. Top with cheese and resume baking for another 20 minutes, brushing with margarine occasionally. Give it a final brush when done, and serve with coconut on the side.

The Different Types Of Catering Establishments

The catering industry services millions of clients around the world through several channels designed to cater to different requirements. It isn’t limited only to event catering though this is perhaps the most well-known type of channel. Knowing and understanding the other establishments makes us appreciate just how valuable the industry is today.

Catering itself is basically preparing and serving food and drink to clients. These clients may be office workers, healthcare workers, prisoners, railway, flight passengers and industry workers. It’s a massive clientele which cannot be serviced by a single segment. This is why the industry consists of a list of ‘types’ that cater to different requirements. Take a look.

Event catering

A challenging yet potentially lucrative business, event caterers are tasked with servicing events be it a gala affair, a wedding or a business luncheon. Since the setting can be very varied, they must be able to accommodate different style requirements, food choices and be proficient in organizing such events if clients so request.

Event catering is also known as outdoor catering as client requirements demand service away from the supplier’s base.

Airline, railway and ship catering

Food and drink service provided to people onboard airlines, railways and ships are three other important segments of the catering industry. The work is undertaken by independent catering companies contracted to provide the same. On-board meal services are part of the package for long distance journeys.

Catering to passengers and crew requires massive logistics that aren’t easily handled. If successfully pulled off, however, profits can be extremely high.

Transport catering

Where other types of catering are usually planned, transport catering services passengers and the general public similar to a restaurant. Aside from food and drink, the establishments may have restroom facilities and counters selling snacks and other provisions.

Today, transport catering can also refer to airline, railway and ship catering so the lines can blur.

Restaurant

The most popular and most used catering service is restaurants which pepper villages, towns and cities across the world. They range from setups offering cheap food to 7-star establishments that focus not only on food but luxury facilities designed to impress and pamper clientele.

Diversity of cuisine is one of the main features boasted by restaurants where it’s possible to find world food in one establishment or establishments specializing in certain cuisines.

Industrial catering

Industrial catering services people at work in industries at subsidized rates. The service may be provided by a contracted caterer or undertaken by the management.

The low cost of food and beverage is what distinguishes the segment from others as the belief is that better fed workers are likely to be more productive and happier which satisfies them and the management.

Welfare catering

Social obligations to do with providing food to schools, colleges, old age homes and prisons etc fall under welfare catering. It’s a charity-based service meant to uplift society.

The catering types mentioned here are presented in the form of hotels, guest houses, B&Bs, pubs and cafes. Companies servicing industries may or may not have their own hotels although that’s usually the case.

The logistics, cost and workforce needed to provide food and beverages can be immense and for people with no experience, it can be hellish. Professional caterers have the experience and the equipment to take care of whatever requests the client has which is why it’s always wiser to hire a caterer where feeding large numbers of people is required.

The Best Herbal Alternatives For Gas Pains

Flatulence, or flatus is the medical term for gas pain. This type of pain is caused by air in the intestine that passes through the rectum, and air that is passed from the digestive tract through the mouth is called commonly called belching. Gas that is formed in the intestines as food is being digested. Gas can make you feel bloated or give a feeling of fullness, which may cause crampy or colic-type abdominal pain. Gas pain could be caused by any of the following factors:

● Eating food that are difficult to digest, like foods rich in fiber. If you just started taking introduced fiber into your diet, having gas may be temporary. Give it a little time. Your body may adjust and stop producing gas.

● Swallowing air while eating and drinking.

● Eating food that you cannot tolerate . One good example would be if you have lactose intolerance and consume eat dairy products/byproducts.

● Malabsorption (this happens when the body cannot absorb or digest a particular nutrient properly, often accompanied by diarrhea).

● Irritable bowel syndrome — a chronic form of stomach upset that results, or gets worse, with too much stress.

● Use of antibiotics.

Best Remedies for gas pain

One of the best remedies for gas pain would be herbal remedies. Herbs that ease, and relieve gas pain are called carminatives. Many aromatic herbs are considered carminatives, including dill seed, caraway seeds, fennel seeds, anise seeds, coriander seeds, and cumin seeds. One has to put a large spoonful in a cup, cover well with boiling water, for around 5 minutes, and add sugar to sweeten if you like, and drink.

Ginger is another available herbal remedy, since this is also a powerful carminative. Ginger has a helpful, warming effect to the stomach. You can make a tea with powdered ginger, or use up to a tablespoon of fresh ginger per cup of water for a strong brew. Ginger works best sweetened with honey. One can also buy crystallized or candied ginger to take traveling with you. It was also confirmed that ginger also counters the nauseating effects of space sickness.

However, the fastest remedy for gas pain according to herbal-remedy experts is two capsules of acidophilus. One can expect pain relief in 5-10 minutes.

Another effective herbal remedy would be eating natural yogurt, and can it also can be used as a gastric pacifier, but it is not as fast as the acidophilus. A quart of yogurt a week would be a good start. It is advised that one buys plain yogurt, instead of the commercially-processed one. You may also want to add maple syrup or honey and fruit of your choice, fresh or frozen at home.

The bitter tonic herbs mentioned above are also excellent herbal remedies to take on a long-term basis if a person has frequent gas pains.

Peppermint is a also a good herbal remedy. It helps move the intestines and make you feel really awake, just like coffee. It is however not advisable to use peppermint if someone feels nauseated, as it tastes vile on the way back out, and could induce vomiting.

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Why Are Some Blenders Dangerous And Others Are Not?

Nowadays, people are so busy living in a fast-paced world where we try to make the most out of every minute. We go to the gym exercising as much as we can in an hour or so that we sometimes forget to eat or drink before and after working out. Smoothies are good source of energy whenever we work out. People love smoothies because of the ingredients used in making them. They contain fresh fruits and sometimes chocolates are even added for better taste. Smoothies are very easy to make provided that you have the right equipment. There are several blenders in the market today but you should choose the best blender for you.

According to the news, some kitchen blenders are dangerous to use because of the design and quality of materials used in manufacturing them. There is one controversial blender brand that was recalled earlier this year because of the possibility of having the user lacerated. When it was tested, it was found out that the pitcher can come off from the machine. There were also several incidents of untoward accidents that happened while using that blender. This is a concrete example why some blenders are dangerous to use. This is also the reason why you should buy the best blender that is surely worth its price.

What should you look for in a blender? First, it should be sturdy enough to process even the hardest food. Brand is not the only thing you should look at although you should consider buying a blender that was made by a reputable company. Second, you should also look at the features of the blender. The best blender should have adequate choices for speed. People actually find three-speed blenders enough for their usage. The blade should be removable so that it would be easy for the owner to clean it. Food can get stuck under the blade and if it is not cleaned properly, the cleanliness of the food is compromised. The suggested material of the container is polycarbonate because it cannot be broken and scratched easily. Of course, lastly, you should consider the price of the blender. The best blender does not necessarily cost a lot. Online reviews are helpful because it will give you an overview of the blender before shelling out cash.

Two of the best blenders in the market nowadays are Vitamix and Blendtec. Yes, these are quite expensive for blenders but they are surely worth the tag price. They can make perfect smoothies and can also handle hot soups. But then again, brand and price should not be the only factors that you should consider in finding the best blender for you.