Lets start off this weeks Kitchen Cooking Tips with a little review of the difference between baking and roasting. Baking is where we are cooking food with dry heat that surrounds the item we are cooking and delivers an even heat to all sides of what is being cooked so that it all cooks at an even rate. Baking is usually done at a much lower heat than roasting. Of course, some of this is dependent on the type of container the food is in. If you read some of the older recipes you will find that some of them wanted you to warm the container in the oven before adding the food. This was to allow all sides to receive the heat at the same temperature. If you start something in a cold container, the food on the bottom will not start cooking until the dish has heated up. By that time, the top is well on it’s way along in the cooking process.
Roasting, is the cooking of meat at higher temperatures to allow the browning process to be accelerated at a higher rate on the surface of the meat, sealing in the juices. When roasting it is a good idea to set the roast on a rack inside the roasting pan, to allow the fats to drip off the meat. Failing to do this can result in the bottom of the meat being fried instead of roasted, depending on the amount of fat in the meat. If you would like a treat from across the pond, you can always make Yorkshire Pudding using some of the beef drippings. I have made it from time to time but I would hope to get a recipe from my friend Anita-Clare Field, to be as true to the English dish as possible. If you have never visited her blog, and you love food, you are in for a real treat when you visit
her at Http://www.LoverofCreatingFlavours.co.uk
For today’s fruit lets take a quick look at the Babaco Fruit. Babaco, is also known as Mountain Papaya and has a yellow-green skin. For the market, it is picked at the first sign of yellow and will fully ripen off after being picked. If you have your own Babaco tree, wait until it has completely ripened before harvesting. It is an exotic tropical fruit that is thought to have come from the highlands of Ecuador. It has been successfully grown in California, New Zealand, some regions of England as well as the Channel Islands and Italy. Use Babaco in any recipe in place of papaya. Babaco can be eaten whole or peeled, raw or cooked. It is often pureed into smoothies and other fruit beverages and also added to tropical fruit salads because it pairs well with other tropical fruits such as pineapple and mangoes, peaches, chiles, coconut, ginger, and avocados. The next time you find one, try making yourself a Babaco smoothie. Just peel the fruit, put it into a blender, with a drop or two of honey, some vanilla ice cream or yogurt and a cup of water and a few ice cubes. Blend it all together, pour into a tall glass and set back and enjoy it.
A finial thought for today: About 70% of the human body is made up of water. The body will really prefer water at room temperature or slightly cool water instead of Hot water in the form of tea or coffee. The hot water is not absorbed as easily and can act as a diuretic which will cause the body to excrete even more water. Water is so important because it assists us in dissolving foods, transporting nutrients to where they are needed, and to keep the body cool by maintaining the proper body temperature. Water also washes out contaminants through the kidneys and helps us rid that unwanted fat. Most of us actually require about 6 or 7 pints of water per day to replace the water being eliminated. For your health, make it a practice to drink water often throughout the day. Oh, ya, Soda does not count as part of the water your body needs.
That’s it for today………………
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