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Healthy and Light Pizza

Pizza is delicious and no one can deny it. However, in very large quantities and regular intakes it can also be fattening, obesity-causing, and heart attack-inducing, and none of us want that. The good news is that you can continue enjoying delicious pizza without the guilt or the danger to health by doing things a little bit differently. You can make your pizza at home instead of purchasing from a pizza parlor. You can also order your pizza from a health-conscious wood fired catering house. Nevertheless, this does not mean that a home-made pizza is healthier. In fact, it may be even more harmful depending on ingredients and preparation. Actually, there are many pizza chefs today who make great pizzas with the healthiest ingredients. To make a lighter and healthier pizza which is just as fun and delicious as what you are used to, follow these 8 very simple tips that can be easily used at home.

Use Whole Grain Crusts

The crust is the base of your pizza and also the number one source of carbs. To make it lighter on carbs, you can forget about the normal white flour and use whole wheat flour for your dough. This will result in a crust that is tasty, crunchy, and nutty and also offers additional fiber and protein. You will feel more energetic for longer after a few slices of this.

Thin Pizza Crust

Still on the crust, you can make your pizza lighter and healthier by using a thinner crust. You can divide a standard dough size or make smaller dough before making your pizza and roll it thinner for your crust. Alternatively, you can use pitas (tortillas) for a much thinner and even crust. This will result in a pizza that’s just as delicious except that it will have less impact on your waistline.

Fruits and Veggies

Your pizza toppings are usually the main culprit in providing undesirable food components. Make your pizza lighter and healthy by substituting your normal toppings with an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Not only with they add color to your pizza, they will also make it more flavorful. Some common fruit and vegetable toppings for pizza include pineapple, basil, Brussels sprouts, rosemary, curry, figs, and apples.

Hold the Cheese

Cheese is an important ingredient in making pizza and it is well-nigh impossible to get a favorable or even acceptable replacement. However, cheese provides the majority of fat and calories in your pizza and thus cutting down on the amount of cheese you use will make your pizza that much healthier. Instead of completely doing away with the cheese, divide your pizza in two and only add cheese to one half. Then when you serve the pizza give each person two slices. One from the cheese side combined with one from the sauce-only side. If the taste does not suit you then spray on some grated parmesan to the sauce side.

Experiment with different types of cheese

If using cheese for only half your pizza doesn’t work for you, then another option would be to experiment with unconventional types of cheese. There are cheese types that contain lower calories than others, others contain less fats, while others are less oily. Some good examples to experiment with include goat cheese and feta cheese.

Light Pizza

 A healthier sauce

You can make your pizza lighter and healthier by changing the sauce. Get rid of the store-bought sauces and make yours at home using fresh ingredients. In fact, using garden-variety items to make your sauce will make it more flavorful and reduce your need for piling up on cheese and high-calorie toppings. Spices and herbs will enhance your flavors and give out an appetizing aroma. Fresh tomatoes will add color and are a great source for lycopene which is a powerful natural antioxidant that helps in preventing many types of chronic diseases.

Ditch processed meats

Many people love using processed meats as toppings for their pizzas. This is understandable since processed meats such as sausages and pepperonis are easily available and delicious. However, they are greasy, loaded with fats, and are cited as a common cause of colorectal and stomach cancers. Use alternate toppings such as shrimp, chicken, lean meats, and even just vegetables.

Use Olive Oil

While red sauce is delicious and a good option for your pizza, olive oil is even better. It is tasty and produces a wonderful aroma. It is low on saturated and unsaturated fats, low on calories, and has zero cholesterol, sodium, potassium, or carbohydrates.

Pizza is a delicious, quick to make, or easy to order complete meal loved by the whole family. However, most pizzas are a source of high calories, harmful saturated fats, and sodium. The tips above can help anyone create delicious pizzas that are good for the body.

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sea food

Just by looking at its geography, it’s easy to see why Suffolk would be such a great place to eat. The area has such a rich heritage of farming, fishing and hunting that it should not be hard to find a meal that’s just right for you when visiting. The food tradition in Suffolk has been passed down for many generations and the recipes are constantly being updated and perfected for the next generation.

In Suffolk, it’s all about seasonal ingredients and making fresh dishes no matter what time of the year it is, using the local produce and the fish and meat available at that time. Here’s a look at some of the best food to try if you are looking for an authentic Suffolk style meal when visiting.

The Suffolk coast has been known for centuries as a fantastic place to fish. No matter what town you visit on the coast of Suffolk, the options are numerous. Whether you prefer skate, sea bass, herring, mullet or cod, you can get it all fresh from the coast at any time of year. When dining anywhere, having numerous options makes it hard for you to ever get tired of a dish or being resigned to having to eat the same thing every day. Options are plentiful whether you are looking for a restaurant or you want to buy your own fish and prepare it yourself. You can visit Pinney’s shop for the best fresh fish every day or head over to a local eatery that gets all of its fish from the world-renowned Orford Fishermen. Couple your favourite fish with fresh seasonal produce grown locally and you always have a winning combination for lunch or dinner.

Fresh Seafood All Year Round 

Fish is not the only food that comes fresh all year round from the shores of Suffolk; there are plenty of other seafood options to be enjoyed. Lobster, crab, mussels and oysters are all popular in most local restaurants. Most great mussel and oyster dishes in Suffolk are easily prepared at home as well. To prepare a traditional Suffolk sauce for them, all you need is some white wine or cider, shallots, onions and garlic cooked in butter. Serve this sauce over oysters or mussels with some nice fresh bread found at a local bakery to enjoy the perfect Suffolk seafood dish at home.

Wild Game is Always in Season

Meat dishes coming from wild animals are another thing that Suffolk is known for all around the world. Game is a more popular choice than ever for restaurants in Suffolk, and with good reason. It’s also one of those things that really presents a lot of variety A Taste Of Suffolk From Seafood To Gamedepending on season. Whether its venison, rabbit or birds such as partridges and pheasants, you will always be able to try a great meat dish that presents not only a tasty, but also healthier alternative to most typical meat dishes. For example, venison has one tenth of the fat that is typically found in beef or lamb dishes and pheasant meat contains less than half of the fat found in chicken. Also, the “gamey taste” that many refer to when talking about wild meat is very exaggerated, especially when comparing traditional and wild poultry dishes. Another great thing is that you never have to worry about the DNA of the meat you are eating and whether the animal has been fed with additives or it comes from a free range farm. Feasting on game in Suffolk is not only a unique experience; it is usually a healthier and more delectable one as well.

Suffolk Duck Liver Pate Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1kg duck livers
  • 250g pack butter
  • 2 medium onions
  • 5 garlic cloves, chopped
  • Splash  of cream sherry and dry sherry

Preparation:

  • Cut away and discard any sinews from the livers, then set the livers aside.
  • Heat about a third of the butter in a large frying pan, then gently fry the onion and garlic for 6-8 minutes until soft.
  • Turn up the heat and add the livers, then fry until just browned on all sides. Add the sherry boil down as quickly as possible.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool completely.

Season the livers generously, then tip the contents of the pan into a food processor and remaining butter, and blitz until smooth. Push the mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl, taste for seasoning, then tip into a serving dish, banging the dish down on the tabletop to smooth out the surface. Place in the fridge to set.

Serve with plenty of toasted brioche sliced and chutney.

Tim Capper loves exploring the Suffolk Countryside and bringing his experiences from Suffolk’s Kesgrave Hall to the rest of the world

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Healthy and Tasty Drinks

If you are hosting a dinner party in the near future then preparing the menu well in advance is a going to be a big help. There are a lot of things you need to cover with your menu planning and one key area is the drinks.

There are plenty of great drink options available to go with the starters, the main course and the dessert.

Here is a quick look at some of the drink suggestions that you may want to consider.

Appetiser Drink Suggestions

When your guests arrive it is a good idea to have a few cocktails ready to start off the party.

You want to offer a few options so that they are able to choose what they like best but this doesn’t mean you have to have ingredients for all kinds of different drinks.

One way to go is to have something simple such as champagne on offer. You can then also have a classic option of gin and tonic, two different liquor options and some simple cocktails such as mojitos and margaritas.

There is a really lovely and simple strawberry margarita recipe available at the Food Network website.

You should also be prepared for the guests who would rather have something non-alcoholic. Some sparkling water and homemade lemonade for instance.

Just as with alcoholic drinks the key is to have at least four options available to provide them with a little bit of choice.

Drink Suggestions For A Dinner PartyMain Course Drink Suggestions

You can let your guests take their drinks with them when you get to the table to eat. You can also serve more of the same drinks when you serve the appetisers. When you get to the main course it might be nicer to serve something similar for everyone.

Wine is a very classic option for main course foods and different types of wine go really well with various different foods. You can find a lot of good wine articles online that explain which specific wines go well with which foods.

As a general rule of thumb the white meats like rabbit, fish and chicken are often better with white wine. For red meats red wine tends to compliment them better.

It is also a good idea to get some quality ale for people who don’t like wine. There are a lot of great ales that go well with hearty meals such as lamb dishes and pork dishes. So don’t be afraid to offer it as part of your meal.

Again, remember to have non-alcoholic options available as well. It is also preferable to serve some sparkling water for everyone together with wine.

Dessert Drink Suggestions

When it is time for dessert it you can again offer a few different drinks to the guests. You want your dessert drink to be complimentary to your dessert and thus selecting the right one will depend a bit on the type of dessert you are serving.

Vintage port is a great idea for a dessert wine. It is also easy to get as buying vintage port online is now really simple and there are guides available to help you pick the right one.

Port is a nice way to finish off the meal and will leave just the right kind of sweet flavour in your mouth.

You could also look for some great fruity liquor options for the dessert. Another fun idea is to make a frozen alcoholic dessert. This can be a nice lighter way to end the dinner party.

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Healthy Snack

You are probably more than familiar running around doing chores and suddenly thinking that it is time to reach for a little snack to get some more energy. Unfortunately the snack selection we often choose to go with is full of chocolate bars and crisps, which in the long run aren’t going to do us any good.

So instead of snacking on unhealthy items here are some great healthier snack ideas that will also taste good.

Vegetable Crisps And Curry Dip

If you like crisps then you should opt for vegetable options instead of the potato ones from the shops.

There are a lot of vegetable options available in shops but these are often high in sugars and salts and if you really want to be healthier with your snacks make your own vegetable crisps instead.

This is something really simple to do and it will save you a lot of money as well.

And if you want to have something to dip in your new delicious crisps then try this simple curry dip recipe. All you need is plain low-fat Greek yoghurt and curry powder. Mix around two tablespoons of yoghurt to half teaspoon of curry powder and mix well.

Get A Healthy Snack Hamper

Protein is a really good snack option because it will release energy slowly into your body and will thus give you energy for lot longer. If you are a friend of meaty snacks then this is a great option.

Buy some quality ham or other thinly sliced meet and wrap it around small celery sticks. You can do them really quickly in the morning or just store the two separately in a lunch box and snack them when you get hungry. Works well with the above dip as well.

Dark Chocolate And Nuts

Get A Healthy Snack Hamper

Chocolate is amazingly good and there are luckily healthier chocolate options available to the usual chocolate bar. For instance, Fit Day website lists the great health benefits of dark chocolate and adding dark chocolate to your snack back is a good idea.

To make it even more delicious you can make your own chocolate and nut bars. Melt 30 grams of dark chocolate (70% cocoa) and mix together with four tablespoons of unsalted roasted nuts.

Scoop the mixture on top of waxed paper and refrigerate until it is set. Break into smaller pieces and enjoy.

Get A Healthy Snack Hamper

Get A Healthy Snack Hamper

There are so many great snacking hampers available in shops but a lot of them are filled with candy and chocolate. Luckily there is now much more healthier options becoming available on the internet and opting to treat yourself with one occasionally is a really good idea.

For instance, look for cheese or fruit hampers as these are tasty yet healthier options to go with. You can also build yourself your very own snack hamper to store for those days that you must snack from the above ideas.

If you keep your home free from unhealthy snacks you are sure to succeed and eating a chocolate bar once a week as a treat doesn’t seem that bad anymore.

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Vietnamese Salads

In Vietnam, salad is eaten as a side dish along with soup (Pho) or used when wrapping bite sized pieces of food into wraps. A standard dish might consist of a bed of lettuce, fresh salad vegetables and fragrant herbs, with a plentiful heap of rice vermicelli noodle. Because of Vietnam’s location, they have had access to a variety of unusual fruits and vegetables and this is reflected in their traditional salad dishes. Here are two top Vietnamese salads!

Yam Bean Salad

This quick salad recipe serves four guests and is called “Cu dau goi” back in Vietnam.

Ingredients:

  1. One tablespoon of crisp onions
  2. One hot chilli pepper (remove all the seeds)
  3. Five sprigs of coriander diced
  4. Twelve mint leaves shredded finely
  5. Two spoonfuls of sugar and a pinch of salt
  6. Two tablespoons of white vinegar
  7. Two cups of bean sprouts that have been blanched for 30 seconds
  8. One carrot grated finely and one yam bean shredded finely

Once you have all the ingredients, you are almost done. Salad’s are so easy to prepare. Just combine all the ingredients listed above into a bowl. Take the vinegar and sugar and whisk in a mixing bowl. Add water and salt. Add mint, coriander and most of the chilli and toss lightly through the salad. Garnish with remaining chilli and the fried onions.

If you are looking to go Vegan, instead of using Yam beans, Nashi, unripened pears and peeled daikon are great alternatives.

Two Top Vietnamese SaladsPomelo Salad

Serving: Four guests

Ingredients (Salad)

  1. One sprig of coriander
  2. Two tablespoons of roasted peanuts
  3. Two hard-boiled eggs sliced into quarters
  4. Four pieces of roast pork finely shredded
  5. One small red onion sliced up finely
  6. Two spring onions, sliced up finely
  7. 100g of bean sprouts that have been blanched for 30 seconds and then cooled in freezing cold water immediately afterwards
  8. One small carrot, grated
  9. One small cucumber cliced
  10. One pomelo
  11. Ingredients (Dressing)
  12. Three tablespoons of peanut oil
  13. One and a half tablespoons of lime juice
  14. Two and a half tablespoons of fish sauce
  15. One tablespoon of sugar
  16. One small red hot chilli pepper
  17. One clove of garlic (remember to know the difference between a clove and a bulb)
  18. Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  19. One tablespoon of dried shrimp

Take the Pomelo and cut in halves. Remove the insides of the Pomelo, leaving just the skin, perfectly in tact. With a small sharp knife trim the tough skin off the pomelo segments, and then working over a bowl to catch the juices, tear them into bite-sized pieces. Add the prepared salad vegetables, the meat and half the peanuts and toss together.

To make the dressing, fry the dried shrimp in vegetable oil until fragrant, about 1 minute, drain and place in a spice grinder with the garlic and chilli. Grind to a coarse paste. Add the sugar, fish sauce and lime juice and peanut oil and mix well. The dressing is quite tangy.

Toss the dressing through the salad. Serve in the pomelo or grapefruit skins, using them as bowls. Garnish with the remaining peanuts and hard-boiled eggs. Finish with a sprig of coriander or basil.

See Also: Why Chicken Schnitzel Caesar Salad

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Disposable Barbecue

Good barbecue is juicy, smoky, flavorful, and safe. That’s right, not matter how delicious that rack of ribs is, they’re not worth a trip to the emergency room over. It’s easy to see how a barbecue can get out of hand. An open flame at a social gathering that is often accompanied by alcohol can be asking for trouble. For your next outdoor barbecue, be sure to practice proper safety precautions before an issue arises. Remember, safety doesn’t happen by accident.

Have a Fire Extinguisher Handy

Perhaps it’s a windy day. It’s been awhile since it rained. Suddenly, your lawn is engulfed in flames. Okay, it may not be that dramatic, but it’s extremely important to have a fire extinguisher not just for barbecue reasons, but for any home fire emergency. Make sure your extinguisher is up-to-date, too, and make sure you actually know how to use one. it can be a good thing that we don’t use them enough to know how, but that’s not going to be a good excuse when a fire breaks out in your home. If a fire does get out of control on your grill, turn off the gas (if applicable) and shut the lid. Cutting off the oxygen supply will help diminish the fire.

Adhere to Food Safety Guidelines

If you’ve ever had to suffer through a bout of food poisoning, you know you’d never want to subject anyone else to that torture. So it’s important to kill bacteria off of your food by cooking it to an internal temperature to 165° F. Keep raw meat covered until you stick it on the grill, and be sure to keep leftovers from sitting out at room temperature. If you don’t already have a meat thermometer, think about the several hours you spent curled up next to the toilet cursing that weird steak you ate, and go out and buy one today.

BBQ Safety TipsLocation, Location, Location

At this point you know your charcoal or propane grill should only be used outdoors. And if you don’t, it is quite surprising you are still alive reading this. Nonetheless, it’s considered common sense to use your grill outdoors in open air to avoid the accumulation of carbon monoxide gas. This means away from patios, garages or overhangs, too. Remember that smoke can damage those types of overhangs after a while because it can get trapped. Check your grill’s manual to see the minimum distance it needs to be away from doorways, wooden deck rails, trees, playgrounds, etcetera.

Avoiding Unnecessary Burns

News flash: grills are hot. Obviously, don’t touch them when they’re hot, and don’t let people unnecessarily congregate around them. Use flame-retardant gloves. Don’t wear especially frilly or droopy clothes that could catch fire. Use long-handled utensils for handling food so you are as far from the heat as possible. If your grill is wobbly, don’t move it when it’s hot. (Why would you put it on an uneven surface anyways?). Mostly, use common sense and keep a small burn kit on hand in case you need to tend to small burns.

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Serves: 4

Prep time: 30 minutes

Total time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Get ahead: Prep up to the end of setp 1 a few hour ahead, chill

Ingredients:

24 large basil leaves

24 raw freshwater or tiger prawns, peeled

1 x 85g pack Parma ham

For the risotto…

1 large lemon

1 litre vegetable stock

40g unsalted butter

2 shallots, peeled and finely chopped

1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

275g carnaroli or Arborio risotto rice

50ml dry white wine

Sea salt

About 2 tablespoons roughly chopped

Fresh basil

How to:

 Wrap a basil leaf around the middle of each prawn, followed by just enough Parma ham to tuck around the prawn in a single layer with a small overlap. Wrap up 3 prawns, then thread them on to a skewer. Try to secure the edges of the ham as you thread them on, but it doesn’t matter if they look a bit untidy, as long as they are not falling apart completely. Repeat until all 8 skewers are each loaded with 3 wrapped prawns.

You want to get a large oiled griddle or pan burning hot before you start cooking the prawns so start heating up the griddle or pan just before you add the lemon to the risotto

To make the risotto, remove the zest from the lemon and finely chop it, then cut the lemon in half and remove any seeds. Leave both zest and lemon halves to one side at room temperature. In a saucepan, bring the vegetable stock to a gentle simmer and keep it simmering while you are making the risotto.

Melt 25g of the butter in a wide saucepan over a low-to-medium heat. Gently fry the shallots and garlic for about 5 minutes, until slightly softened. Now tip in the rice and stir thoroughly for a minute until all the grains glisten. Turn the heat up to medium and pour in the wine. Stir again for a few moments until the liquid has virtually disappeared.

Throw some sea salt into the rice and start adding the hot stock, 1-2 ladles at a time, stirring constantly. Adjust the heat to keep the risotto at a simmer, and add only enough liquid to gently bathe the rice, not to drown it. As the stock is absorbed, add further ladles of stock, stirring all the time. Continue with this routine for about 20 minutes, then stir in the lemon zest and the juice of half the lemon. Season with a generous amount of black pepper.

Carry on stirring, but test a grain of rice with your teeth to see if it is cooked. When it’s ready, each individual grain should be just tender, neither soggy nor nutty in the middle. If the stock has been used up before this point is reached, simply add a little more hot water.

Put the skewers on to the preheated griddle and cook for a couple of minutes before turning them over and cooking on the other side. When cooked, the Parma ham should be caramelised in patches of golden brown, and any visible prawn meat should look opaque. Once cooked remove the griddle from the heat while you finish the risotto, but leave the prawns on it.

When the risotto is ready, which normally takes about 25 minutes if using carnaroli rice (a little less if using Arborio), it should look like a wettish, porridgy mass – not stiff and dry like a pilaf. Remove the pan from the heat and adjust the flavourings, adding more lemon juice if necessary and seasoning to taste.

Finally, stir in the remaining butter and the chopped basil. Divide the risotto between 4 warmed serving plates, perch two skewers per person on top of the rice and serve at once.

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oyster-stew

Vitamin B12 is the most complex nutrient out there. It is also essential for many functions of the body, like the maintenance of blood cells and nerves. The slightest deficiency in B12 can result in fatigue and depression. If left unchecked, this vitamin deficiency can cause serious damage to the central nervous system.

You can get your daily dose of vitamin B12 through supplements or shots, but you can also absorb the nutrient by eating the right foods. The only foods that contain this vitamin come from animal sources, and seafood is especially abundant in B12. So try these recipes for a healthier you!

Oyster Stew

A hearty enough soup to be enjoyed as a main dish, great for the upcoming season!

Dice and sauté:

  • 1 slice bacon

To the bacon, add:

  • ¼ C butter

Once melted, add:

  • 1 stalk celery, diced
  • ½ medium onion, chopped
  • ½ crushed garlic clove

Stir over medium heat until the vegetables are tender, but not brown. The add:

  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A dash of cayenne pepper
  • ½ tbsp. Wondra Flour
  • ¼ tsp. dried thyme

While still under low heat, steadily whisk this mixture until it takes the form of a rue. The, while still slowly whisking, carefully add in:

  • 4 oz. can clam juice
  • 1/8 C dry sherry

Whisk until smooth, and stir in:

  • ¾ C heavy cream
  • 6 oz. can evaporated milk

Bring the pot to a boil, then back down to a low heat, whisking for about five minutes or until the mixture thickens. Mix in:

  • 8 oz. shucked oysters, in juice
  • ½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ C freshly chopped parsley

Continue cooking until the edges of the clams curl, indicating they are fully cooked.  Enjoy!

  Mediterranean Calamari

Mediterranean Calamari

A much healthier, yet just as tasty, alternative to the usually fried squid, that’s still great as an appetizer!

In a heated sauté pan, place

  • 4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 4 tbsp. roasted garlic cloves
  • 4 C calamari

Sauté ingredients for one minutes, then add:

  • 4 tbsp. capers
  • 2 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • 2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. diced ancho chili
  • 4 chopped plum tomatoes

Once again, cook for a minute, then add:

  • 1 C white wine
  • 6 tbsp. lime juice

Stir and let mixture simmer for four minutes. Then, add:

  • 2 tbsp. chopped Italian parsley
  • 4 tbsp. unsalted butter
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Reduce the heat and let stand until the dish thickens. Serve with French bread.

 Creamy Pasta and Caviar

Creamy Pasta and Caviar

A delectable dish, fit for a five star restaurant…that you can make at home!

Cook and drain:

  • ½ lb pasta- your choice of spaghetti, linguine, or fettuccini

Then, in a skillet set to medium heat, melt:

  • 6 tbsp. unsalted butter

Then, add:

  • 6 finely chopped shallots

Mix and let cook for three minutes. Next, add in

  • 2 C whipping cream
  • ¼ C vodka

Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally, for about eight minutes, or until sauce is thickened. Toss in the pasta and add salt and pepper to taste. On each plate, top the dish off with:

  • ¼ C chives
  • 2 oz. golden Whitefish Caviar

Let your taste buds guide your way to a healthier you. Enjoy!

See Also : Finding The Best Seafood In Florida

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These lollipops are made using Isomalt, a type of sugar derived from beets. It is commonly used as a sugar substitute in dietetic and diabetic products, but is popular with cake decorators and sugar artists because of its ability to hold up well under high heat and humidity. Isomalt comes as a large, white granular powder and is cooked over the stove top until it boils.

This particular lollipop is made using a heart cookie cutter, but you can use any shape metal cookie cutter you have on hand.

Tools:

  • Isomalt
  • Few drops of flavoring oil of your choice
  • Heat-proof glass pitcher
  • Microwave
  • Metal spatula
  • Lollipop sticks
  • Metal heart cookie cutter
  • Small round cookie cutter
  • Colored icing sheets – yellow gold and pink luster
  • Printed icing sheet
  • Sweet Accents machine
  • Aster die cutter
  • Silicone mat
  • Sewing scissors
  • Flower former

Prepare the Isomalt:

First prepare the Isomalt by placing it in a saucepan over low to medium heat. You won’t need to stir it but you can push the unmelted granules into the melted ones using a metal spatula. When it comes to a boil, remove it from the heat. Allow the bubbles to disappear and add water to cool it down – 1/8 the volume of sugar used. Pour the sugar into a heat-proof glass pitcher (Pyrex).

Isomalt has no flavor, so this is the point where you would add a few drops of the flavoring oil of your choice.

Create the Flower:

  1. The Sweet Accents machine comes with sandwiching plates. The base plate (grey) goes on the bottom. The yellow gold icing sheet gets placed on top with the plastic backing facing down. Then the aster die cutter goes on top of the icing sheet with the cutting edges facing down. The cutting plate tops off the sandwich.
  2. Run this sandwich through the machine and then peel off the aster cut-out from the plastic backing.
  3. Use small scissors to cut out the centers of each flower petal.

Lollipop and Flower Center:

  1. Cut out a rectangle of the pink luster icing sheet that will be large enough to fold in half so when folded it’s larger than the cookie cutter.
  2. Fold the rectangle so the sticky sides go together. The pink luster surface will be facing outwards.
  3. Place the pink luster square on top of your silicone mat.
  4. Place the heart cookie cutter on top of the pink luster square.
  5. Cut a small square of the printed icing sheet that is larger than the small circle cutter.
  6. Place the printed icing sheet square on the silicone mat with the small circle cutter on top.
  7. Pour the Isomalt into both the heart cookie cutter and the small circle cutter to about 1/8” thick.
  8. If the Isomalt becomes too cool to pour, reheat in the microwave for 30 seconds and stir gently with the metal spatula.
  9. Allow the sugar to cool.
  10. When the sugar is cool, pull outwards on the sides of the cookie cutter to release the sugar. Lift the cookie cutters away.
  11. The excess icing sheet will now easily break away from the outside of the sugar.

Assembly:

  1. Dip one end of the lollipop stick into the hot sugar and place on the back center of the lollipop so the stick extends from the middle of the heart. Allow to cool.
  2. Place the aster cut out on the silicone mat. Take the printed sugar circle and apply a small amount of hot sugar to the back of it.
  3. Place the printed circle in the center of the aster cut-out.
  4. Wait a few minutes and then place the flower in the flower former to create a curved shape to the flower.
  5. Once the flower has dried a bit and taken on the curved shape (few hours, depending on the temperature and humidity in the room), place a small amount of hot sugar on the back of the flower and stick it on the top part of the heart lollipop.

Please note that hot sugar is extremely hot and it is very easy to burn yourself.

You can make an endless variety of lollipops even if you only own a few different types of cookie cutters just by varying the color of the icing sheet or the printed icing sheet you use.

These make great party favors and you can even use a print that coordinates with your party theme to make the lollipops.

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Cooking Tips

Quite a few food lovers across the globe not only love eating food, but also love preparing it on their own. There are millions of ways to prepare food and everybody has a different way of preparing the same kind of food. Although some food items might taste extremely delicious, they may not be the best for us. You are now going to see how to prepare not only delicious, but also healthy nutritious meals for yourself.

Herbs And Seasonings

Using a large amount of herbs and seasonings in your food is one way of making it taste nice. When you read large, doesn’t mean you can use as much as you want, because overdoing it can spoil the entire taste of your meal. Another thing to be careful about is that if the seasonings which you are going to use have been prepared improperly, it could affect you and increase problems like hypertension. Use seasonings only which you enjoy, and that too in a limited quantity. This will help you stay healthy, both in and outside the kitchen.

Avoid Preserved, Processed Or Canned Vegetables

Using preserved, processed or canned vegetables are the easiest and quickest way to cook a meal. It does save up a lot of time, no doubt, but what about your health? Canned and processed foodstuffs usually have high sodium content in them and can prove to be very harmful for people suffering from high blood pressure and other related health issues. Apart from that, the preservatives used in these foodstuffs are generally not good for the health of an individual. Therefore as far as possible you must try using fresh vegetables for cooking your meals. It might take slightly longer, but you can live a healthier life!

Eat Only Fresh Fruits

Just like vegetables, fruits also must be eaten when they are fresh. If you use fresh fruits in various dishes and salads, you will automatically live a healthier life. However, if you are very busy and do not have the time to go shopping for fresh fruits and vegetables, you can look up the internet for other similar and healthy alternatives. You can also ask your partner to discuss with her friends and colleagues and get new ideas about various culinary delights. The options are many; it just depends on how seriously you take it.

Quick And Easy Healthy Meals

Many a times it happens that you do not even have the time to sit and have your meal. What do you do then? Skip it? Skipping meals is the worst thing to do. This is when you must turn towards quick meals which are easy to make and healthy too. The best example for a quick and healthy meal is oatmeal. But you need to watch out for the type of oatmeal you are using. Buying an instant oatmeal packet from a grocery store can be quite tempting, but buying the whole-grain ones and cooking them is a more preferable option. It may take a few more minutes than the instant oatmeal, but it will surely be worth it. Whole-grain oatmeal is more delicious and healthier.

Simple Cooking Tips For Home UseExperiment Before You Cook

Whenever you come across new recipes, do not start planning your meals instantly. First you must try them out by cooking them in small quantities so that you get an idea about them. You might also want to change a few ingredients or make smaller portions of the meal. Experimenting has two advantages, first you will not be wasting too much food in case you don’t like it, and second you will get to experiment with the ingredients and change a few things here and there. So you see how experimenting with small quantities can be pretty useful.

Plan Your Meals And Grocery Shopping

You need to plan your meals before you cook them. Make a list of things you want to prepare for the day and use only those recipes which you are familiar with and have tried before. While planning your meals, try using whole foods as far as possible. They are healthy options.

Talking about grocery shopping, go in for healthy foods like organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and low fat products. You need to keep in mind that unhealthy foods are usually the ones which are advertised the most. So keep away from unhealthy foods and turn towards the healthy foodstuffs’ section.

These are simple tips which you can follow on a regular basis. All of them when used properly can make your life healthier and better.