Saturday, April 2, 2016

KitchenAid Heavy Duty Stand Mixer K5SS

When I started baking, I thought that it will just be an additional hobby, a past time. Since I love to cook, baking came with a breeze. I gotta say, quite an achievement for someone who did not study baking at all. But in everything that involves the kitchen, one must have a good equipment to aid you to be more efficient and to be able to get better results. I am already happy with my Homemaker Stand Mixer but at some point, knowing that I bake a lot, I don't want to over use my only and the very first mixer I have. Other than that, my husband offered that he'll help me start up a small business so I can share my creations. 

Share... sharing is a strong word. To be honest, everytime I would bake something, I always make a little more so that my husband can bring some for his co- workers. Not to sell but just to share, since their working hours are intense. In the end, those same people who had a piece of what I make later  encouraged us to sell the pastries so we earn something instead of giving it out.  So eventually I agreed and created a pastry that's not often sold in the market and it became a hit. From then on, and as we reached the Christmas Season, I decided to upgrade to a more suitable mixer in order to meet  demand and also preserve the old one.

What else will I get but a KitchenAid Mixer. The choice went around an Artisan and the Heavy Duty Stand Mixer K5SS mixer. I ended up with the Heavy Duty Stand Mixer K5SS mixer (at 33kphp) because of its functions and simply because it is in the Professional Heavy Duty Series, a more powerful batch more than the Artisan and Classic KitchenAid mixers. So if you're in search of a good mixer that's not too expensive yet, powerful, this is the one.

The set includes:
Powerknead™ Spiral Dough Hook, Flat Beater, and
Stainless Steel Wire Whip
Actually I was torn between the Artisan and the Heavy Duty. I like the Artisan because of its color choices and it comes with a pouring shield. But I don't really need those. It's really all about the bang for the buck thing. As expected a freebie came with my purchase. I guess it was meant to be because I got the best deal. I got a free KitchenAid Ice Cream Maker worth 8Kphp! 
I'll post about it soon!

It's about time that I made this upgrade. Whether my humble business will be a success or not, this mixer will make people happy through my pastries given or bought from us. I don't spend so much on my personal needs, but for every gift I give myself, there will surely be a story behind it and why it's worth it.

Three Fun Food Businesses You Can Start from Home

Food Network is one of the most popular television stations in the United States today. Even if you don't watch that network, you might come across shows like Hell's Kitchen or Top Chef that show professional and amateur chefs competing for big prizes. If you keep watching those shows and thinking about how you could make better dishes, now might be the right time to start your own food business. There are some great business ideas that require a small investment upfront and help you make big money.

Create a Brand

Creating a brand around your food is a great way to make some extra cash, especially if you have a few recipes that others love. No matter where you live, the odds are good that there are flea markets and farmers markets that have space available for sellers like you. You can sell products that your customers can use at home, including spaghetti sauce or salsa, but you can also sell prepared items that they can eat while wandering around the market like pulled pork sandwiches or cupcakes. Check with your state regarding the rules you need to follow to sell food products made at home.

Become a Cart Seller

You can also make money setting up a food cart in your city or at special events like car shows. Some owners of food carts even go directly to local businesses and sell food to employees on their lunch breaks. With ice cream carts, you can purchase packages or ice cream or make your own ice cream and sell cones and dishes to customers. Other carts let you sell hot dogs, sandwiches and other foods. Unlike food trucks that are often large and bulky, food carts are easier to handle.

Develop Your Own Blog

If you love the idea of starting a food business but have limited funds and time, you can create your own blog. Take clear photos of all the dishes that you prepare at home, post those photos on your blog and give detailed instructions on how readers can whip up those dishes themselves. Once your blog becomes more successful, you can reach out to advertisers, sell products through affiliate programs and even sell e-books that feature some of your top recipes. No matter how much time, money or even experience you have, you can find a food business right for you.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Marinara Sauce

Marinara is now one of my pasta sauce, anything made of fresh tomatoes and basil, I like. Anyway, aside from that it is easy to make, Marinara Sauce is very healthy. Just think of the health benefits of red tomatoes, garlic, basil and olive oil combined. Put it all together, use less salt, you're good to enjoy a plate of pasta.

In making Marinara Sauce, think tomato soup. Only, Marinara is just a bit chunkier and has basil. My Marinara recipe is very basic and easy to make.

Important tool:
Blender/ hand blender

If you don't have a blender, replace whole peeled tomatoes with diced or simply triple the amount of red fresh tomatoes and mince it. Skip the blending process and just follow the Pasta Procedure by adding the diced or minced tomatoes and the chopped fresh basil with the tomato sauce.

  • 1 whole garlic (minced) and divided into 2 equal parts
  • a handful or fresh basil (chopped)
  • 5 fresh red tomatoes ( chopped)
  • 1 cup mushrooms (any)
  • 2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 400g Rigatoni or any pasta of your choice (cooked)
  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp Parmesan cheese and a bit for toppings
  • salt and ground pepper

Procedure: Marinara Sauce
  • Drain the 2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes and place its contents in the blender.
  • Add chopped fresh tomatoes, fresh basil and half of the minced garlic.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Set aside in a separate bowl.

Procedure: Pasta
  • In a sauce pan, heat olive oil and saute remaining minced garlic until light brown.
  • Add mushrooms and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add the cup of tomato sauce and simmer in low fire for about 15 seconds.
  • Add the Marinara sauce part by part.
  • Add cooked pasta and Parmesan cheese then mix everything until well- combined.
  • Add salt and pepper to taste. 
  • Plate the pasta and top with fresh basil or Parmesan cheese.
As a personal preference, I find Marinara fitting for white meat than beef or pork because of its natural flavor. I like chicken or tuna. From this recipe, you can add any meat of your choice. Anything that taste healthy can perfectly match another healthy item too, like vegetables.