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What Is An Otoshi-Buta And What Is It For?

by on Jul.10, 2014, under Japan

Japanese home cooking features a lot of simmered dishes (nimono). Naturally, every properly equipped Japanese kitchen must have this simple device to enhance the simmering process: the otoshi-buta.

You can think of the otoshi-buta as a snug sweater for your simmering foods. It is a circular lid that is placed on simmering food instead of over the pot. Using a lid in this way allows for less liquid to be used since the otoshi-buta helps to weigh down the ingredients. Since less liquid is used, less flavor will diffuse out of whatever you’re simmering and into the broth. It also holds all the ingredients in place and prevents them from jostling and breaking apart due to the boiling broth. Lastly, but perhaps most importantly, the otoshi-buta aids in even heating by preventing heat from escaping the broth.

Traditional otoshi-buta are made of wood. They must be soaked in water before use to prevent the nimono broth from seeping into the wood and contaminating other dishes. After use, they must be thoroughly scrubbed and left to dry before reuse. Modern otoshi-buta now also come in a variety of materials such as stainless steel and silicone, each with their own unique characteristics.

A makeshift otoshi-buta can also be made out of aluminum foil or cooking paper. The French call this a “chesimer”. There are certain situations, such as when simmering brittle vegetables, where a lighter otoshi-buta is more appropriate than a heavier one. The best part of using one of these impromptu otoshi-buta is that clean up is super simple: just toss it in the trash.

It’s quite incredible how much of a difference this simple device can make. Do yourself a favor and try one out for yourself. You’ll be a believer once you taste the improvement!

There is a reason why Tokyo has more Michelin stars than Paris; the Japanese kitchen is a fascinating product of centuries of culinary heritage. If you want to learn more about Japanese and other Asian cooking supplies, recipes, and techniques, check out my blog about Japanese kitchens at fareastcoastkitchen.com.

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    All About Tomatillos

    by on Nov.16, 2010, under Mexico

    You may have seen those small green or yellow fruits that look like tomatoes, only they have a papery husk on them. These are tomatillos, and they are often used in Mexican food. They turn yellow when ripe, but most recipes call for green tomatillos. Green fruit is easier to slice and has a tarter flavor. The husk is similar to the orange Chinese Lantern plant. They are actually related, though the fruit from the Lantern plant has no flavor.

    The flavor of a tomatillo is slightly acidic with just a dash of lemon taste. It is often used in salsa and other dishes to add a brightness to the flavor. They are related to tomatoes. They were grown by the Aztecs as long ago as 800 BC. They have been popular in Mexican and Latin American cuisines for generations. It grows wild in many Mexican fields, although the domesticated varieties you will see in the United States have very little difference between them.

    These tart fruits are also known as husk tomatoes or jamberries. They have a thickening substance in them similar to pectin that thickens salsas and sauces once they are cooled. The tomatillo is low in calories. It is also high in potassium, vitamins A and C, folic acid and calcium.

    Tomatillos have a solid place in Mexican food history. Try them yourself when you make your favorite Mexican recipes. For something different, add them to salad or any other raw veggie dish that could benefit from some tangy flavors.

    This little green fruit is simple to cook: remove the husk and wash the fruit. The skin is often a bit sticky, but this is normal. Chop them up and combine them with garlic, bell peppers, and onions in a tasty stir fry. Add them to other veggie dishes and see how you like it.

    As mentioned earlier, salsa verde would not be what it is without them. This green sauce is most frequently served over enchiladas, burritos and other dishes. To make the sauce, combine your tomatillos with garlic, onions, cilantro, salt, pepper, and chilies. Let them cook for a few minutes over low heat to blend flavors.

    Tomatillo jam is a wonderful recipe that is highlighted by a sprinkling of cinnamon and clove during the cooking process. Use it as a savory jam with meat and other dishes, like you would with mint jelly. You can also add them to sauces and glazes that are baked on meats. They can also be frozen whole until you are ready to use them.

    They are getting easier to find in many supermarkets. If yours does not stock them, try specialty markets or the farmer’s market. Pick out firm fruit with snug-fitting wrappers. The husks should be green or light brown. Keep them for up to a month in the fridge in a paper bag if you do not peel off the husks.

    While most of the tomatillos in the United States are grown in Texas and California, they can be grown almost anywhere. They do fine in any place you can grow tomatoes. It likes full sun and moist soil.

    Hosting Cinco de Mayo parties is a lot of fun. Decorate with traditional Mexican colors, twinkle lights, and tissue paper flowers. You can make a fiesta dinner party, or serve finger foods and let your guests try to break a piata.

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    Exactly Why Lodge At A Lavish Health Club?

    by on Sep.25, 2010, under Vacations

    Our physical health is very important to us. We can’t do much if we aren’t healthy. Imagine going to class or to work while having the flu, we always feel weak and we can’t do the things we’re used to do. If we’re sick, we stay at home so we could recover. It never feels good if we go outside the house.

    Providentially, we live in a world where health is taken seriously. Our government and a lot of companies take into consideration the effects of their product to people’s health. The government issues warning that cigarette smoking is dangerous to our health. Even junk foods are being discouraged in Television commercials. If you look at it, everything today is geared towards healthy living.

    People?s interest in health has been increasing day by day. People are tired of getting fat and some of them really want to have a healthy life again. Staying at a luxury health spa is one way of relaxing, at the same time keeping fit, and staying healthy. People who have stayed for days or weeks in these spas said that they really had fun and it felt like they were born again.

    Luxury health spas, like other spas they offer massage and relaxation however an additional addition in the Luxury health spa are their detoxification and diet programs. They also offer numerous weight loss program, skin rejuvenation, meditation and balance; nutrition modification and bodily pain alternative treatments are just a few examples of the services the Luxury Health spa has to offer. Yoga, Pilates or a combination of both are also offered here as part of their exercise and meditation center.

    A lot of people visit these luxury health spas 4 to 5 times a year. For them, this is the only time they could forget about their problems in the city. When they leave here after the week is done, they will definitely feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

    Staying here would definitely bring back your enthusiasm and love for life. So if you feel so stressed from work and you think you might want to take a leave to relax, consider going to these luxury spas and you’ll never know, pampering yourself might be the only thing you need to boost your spirits.

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