Cooking Brussel Sprouts

Most people don’t like brussels sprouts, because most people eat them overcooked. Once you try a nice steamed one, just a little bit crunchy, it should have a great nutty flavor. They go well with garlic flavors, onions, and different mustards. This article lists some different ideas for cooking brussel sprouts in ways that are simple, quick, delicious, and low calorie.

When preparing your vegetable to be steamed, you’ll want to let them sit for about ten minutes in a bowl of water. This way any dirt or debris that has collected under the leaves will find it’s way out and float up in the water. Once you’ve got them cleaned, you’ll want to either steam them whole, or cut them in half. Then you simply put them in your steamer, cooking them with whatever flavors you want (or adding the flavors afterward).

A nice simple way to eat them is to steam them with sliced onion, and then add melted butter, thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper. This is delicious and easy.

To compliment their great nutty flavor, toasted almond slivers to the end dish make a great addition. You can steam the brussels sprouts with some onion, and then mix it up with butter (optional, cut it out or use sparingly for a lower calorie dish) and some lemon juice, salt, and pepper.

To mix things up a bit and add some more vegetables in there, steam your sprouts with some new potatoes (quarter them and cook them on a separate tray for best cooking times). Once done, mix them up with some fresh chives, salt, and pepper.

Peppers also steam very well. Try steaming some peppers cut into strips with some brussels sprouts and then mixing them with some basil, mustard, butter, salt, and pepper. Whipping the flavors together with a fork and using them as a dip is a great way to really impress people, but still keep things really simple in the kitchen.

If you’re looking for a great dressing for your vegetables, try mixing up some olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard, a couple cloves of garlic, salt, and pepper. Pour this on the plate and then place your vegetables on top. This is a great, light, easy to make dressing that you can roll your sprouts in. Whatever other vegetables you decide to steam with it (peppers, asparagus, potatoes, carrots, etc) will taste great in this simple dressing.

The Increasing Demand For Food In India

The concept of food franchise is not altogether new. There are both national and international brands that expand beyond boundaries through food franchise ventures. If you are residing in the city, most of you will come across all the available renowned food brands selling food snacks or a combination of food snacks and sweet food in your vicinity. Most of these restaurants are part of a food franchise venture. Both customers and restaurant owners are benefited; the owner with an established identity and foodie freaks being able to savor in their favorite joints.

Most of the restaurants selling food in India are food snacks restaurants or sweet food restaurants or one that sells both items including South Indian food and related snack items. In today’s highly busy lifestyle, most office goers or those who are having a hectic schedule, hardly have time for breakfast at their homes. Instead they rely on the food snacks items sold at reputed food outlets. The occasion for having food snacks or sweet food is not limited to any particular time. It can be any time of the day or night. All you need to have is urge for the same as well as appetite!

South Indian food is one category of food items that is savored in every corner of the country. When we speak about food in India, South Indian food also holds an important place. Be it for breakfast or lunch or supper or dinner, you can appease your appetite with South Indian food. Visit any restaurant in India, and you will find in the menu South India food!

There are a counted few brands that have taken food in India beyond boundaries. So, it is no surprise if you come across sweet food, South Indian food, food snacks, etc. in a restaurant abroad!

Finding Cooking Courses To Suit You

I have a great working relationship with most of my co-workers and good friendships with three of them. It seems that even though we see each other daily it is hard to keep up with what is going on in each others lives. We make it a point to have lunch as often as possible or to go to a happy hour after work, but so often it seems that we end up talking about work. The last time we went out to a happy hour we started talking about doing some type of activity together. One of my friends mentioned that she was going to sign up for some cooking courses offered through community education. She thought it might be fun if we would do this together. The cooking courses were to concentrate on making thirty minute meals that were above average in taste and presentation. We decided that this would be fun as well as helpful in our lives.

The first evening of the cooking courses found the four of us putting on hair nets and aprons. Of course we all thought this was quite funny. We knew we had joined a serious class when the instructor threatened to separate us. Instead of being a fun activity where we could enjoy each others company the cooking courses became quite stressful. The first night the instructor timed us as we cut up onions and vegetables for the stir fry dish that we were making. She had a timer with a bell along with a whistle to make sure we all dropped our knives when she said that the time was up.

At our first break we went outside to get some fresh air. One of the other students heard us talking about how serious the course was. She said that she had taken other cooking courses and that they had been a great deal of fun and more laid back. She thought that the instructor was filling in for someone else. We made it through the first night. I did learn a few ways to cut off time in meal preparation but I was not that excited about going back. At work the next day we all agree that we would go the next week and if things did not improve we would skip the rest of the cooking courses and spend the time having drinks and dinner.

The next week there was a different instructor for the cooking class. She was a great deal of fun and had all of us laughing as we prepared short cut meals that could be frozen for later use. The evening flew by. It is amazing the difference the personality of the instructor can have on how much you enjoy a class as well as on how much you learn. The rest of the cooking courses were taught by the fun instructor so we kept going and learned a great deal.