4 Awesome Raspberry Desserts

Need something sweet for the weekend? Here are four delicious raspberry recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Raspberry Cream Pie

  • Ingredients: 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup whipped heavy whipping cream, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons water, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 ½ cups raspberries, 1 ½ cups crushed vanilla wafers, ¼ cup melted butter, and 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Preparation: Combine butter, pecans and crushed wafer then press into a pie plate (9 inches). Next, beat cream cheese, orange liqueur, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until fluffy then fold in whipped cream. Spread this on top of the wafer crust and chill for at least 2 hours. When ready, combine corn starch and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in raspberries and water and bring to a boil. Stir for 2 minutes until the mixture thickens, then cool and refrigerate for at least an hour. Spread the raspberry mixture over the crust and filling. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Raspberry and Chocolate Tart

  • Ingredients: 2 cups raspberries, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/3 cup Nutella, 5 ounces softened cream cheese, 1 ½ cups flour, and 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • Preparation: In a food processor, combine butter and cream cheese with flour to make dough. Shape dough into a disc then wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350° When ready, roll dough into a rectangle then place in a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread Nutella on the dough. In a bowl, slightly mash raspberries then toss with cornstarch and sugar. Spread this on top on the Nutella spread then fold in the edges of the dough towards the center. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown.

Raspberry Ice Cream

  • Ingredients: ½ cup raspberries, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup half-and-half cream, 2 tablespoons evaporated milk, 4 cups crushed ice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ¾ cup salt
  • Preparation: Place cream, raspberries, sugar, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract in a two-layer resealable plastic bag. Press out extra air and seal tightly, then place in another plastic bag with ice and salt. Press out extra air from the third bag. Shake and knead for at least 5 minutes until the mixture looks thick.

Berry Cobbler

  • Ingredients: 2 cups raspberries, 2 cups blueberries, 1 ¼ cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup sugar (additional 2 tablespoons), 1 egg, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons canola oil, and frozen vanilla yogurt
  • Preparation: In a bowl, whisk 1 cup flour with baking powder, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons sugar. In another bowl, whisk, egg, milk, and oil then gradually add into the dry ingredients. Spread batter into a cooking spray-coated slow cooker. In another bowl, combine sugar, blueberries, raspberries, and flour then spread on top of the batter. Cook on high for not more than 2 hours. Serve with yogurt toppings.

7 Delicious Yet Guilt-Free Snacks You Should Definitely Try Out

Healthy eating isn’t always as easy as just buying and consuming more fruits and vegetables. In fact, the biggest challenge that comes for many people is the time between meals when you’re tempted to munch on something sweet or salty. Square meals are not enough to commit to a healthy diet, and that’s why it’s important to have all kinds of food choices for you to mix and match so you won’t get bored or grow sick of your routine.

So if you want to enjoy munching on food while still closely following the path to weight loss and a healthier lifestyle, then because to get these snacks since they are definitely worth giving a try in your diet:

Fruits, vegetables, and nuts

The first thing that comes to mind when the term “healthy eating” is mentioned is always the three following types of foods: fruits, vegetables, and nuts, and for good reason: they’re high in nutrients and fiber, and when you prepare them right, they can be really delicious as they are.

Peanut butter

You should probably avoid this if you have a peanut allergy, but a spoonful of peanut butter on whole-grain bread makes for a great protein-rich snack that you can munch on to keep you filled with energy throughout the day.

Dark chocolate

Chocolate doesn’t have to be that bad for you when you take a closer look at the label and pick the kind that isn’t all empty sugar. Dark chocolate with at least 70 percent cocoa content is more likely to have anti-inflammatory properties and other kinds of health benefits still preserved, which makes them healthier options compared to other types of chocolate, like milk chocolate.

Hardboiled eggs

To keep up on your daily protein requirements, have an egg! It’s inexpensive and is packed with up to six grams of protein, which isn’t bad for a food items with only seventy calories.

Yogurt

What makes yogurt an amazing snack to keep in your fridge as much as possible isn’t just that it’s a healthy food rich in protein and gut-friendly probiotics, but that there are so many ways to enjoy it by pairing it with all kinds of fruits, nuts, and grains.

Popcorn

It’s not the first thing that would come to mind since it’s usually packed with butter and salt, but when you cut out both, you’re left with a delicious helping of corn kernels freshly popped in high heat.

Unsalted seaweed

Kelp is aleady high in mineral content before it even hits the shelf, and this makes for a great snack that doesn’t need any more seasoning to supplement the subtlety of its umami flavor.

4 Must-Try Lemon Recipes

Lemon isn’t just for garnishing drinks and desserts. You can also make a variety of dishes like these four must-try recipes.

Lemon Pie

  • Ingredients: 1 cup sugar, 2 eggs, 4 egg yolks, 2 tablespoons lemon zest, ¾ cup lemon juice, 6 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, 1 tablespoons cornstarch, sweetened whipped cream
  • Crust Ingredients: 3 tablespoons sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt, 6 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 50 Nilla wafers
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° To create a crust, in a food processor, combine wafers, salt, sugar, and butter. Pour into a glass pie plate and bake for 10 to 12 minutes. To make the filling, whisk cornstarch and sugar in a saucepan, then add eggs, lemon juice, and egg yolks. Whisk constantly over medium heat for 7 to 9 minutes. Remove from heat before adding butter and lemon zest. Pour filling into crust, cool, then chill for at least 8 hours. Serve pie with whipped cream and lemon zest topping

Lemon Frittata

  • Ingredients: 1 Meyer lemon, 2 leeks, 1/3 cup Italian parsley, 3 ounces goat cheese, olive oil, salt, and ground black pepper

  • Preparation: Preheat broiler. In a bowl, whisk eggs and lemon zest, then crumble goat cheese. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and toss leeks. After ten minutes, stir in parsley. Cook until slightly wilted then remove from heat before seasoning. Let cool then pour leek mixture into the egg mixture. Heat the oil in the skillet again then cook the egg mixture for 10 to 15 minutes. Next, place frittata under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes.

 Lemon Tart

  • Ingredients: ¼ cup lemon juice, 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest, 1 tablespoon flour, 2/3 cup buttermilk, 2 eggs, ½ cup granulated sugar, 2 tablespoons brown sugar, ½ recipe basic pie dough, 2 tablespoons melted unsalted butter, 1/8 teaspoon salt, and confectioner’s sugar
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 350° Roll pie dough recipe on a floured surface then place in a tart pan (9 inches). Press and fold overhang and freeze for 15 minutes. Next, line the pan with parchment paper and fill with dried beans. On a rimmed baking sheet, bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Discard parchment and beans then bake for another 5 to 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, in a bowl, whisk flour, eggs, brown sugar, buttermilk, lemon zest, lemon juice, butter, granulated sugar, and salt. When combined, pour into the tart crust. Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Cook for 2 hour before dusting with confectioner’s sugar. Remove tart ring before serving.

Lemon Crème Brulee

  • Ingredients: 2 teaspoons lemon extract, 5 egg yolks, ½ cup granulated sugar, and 2 cups heavy cream
  • Preparation: Preheat oven to 325°F. In a bowl, whisk egg yolks with sugar until combined. Stir in lemon extract and cream or fold them into the mixture. Divide into ramekins then arrange them in a baking dish filled with hot water. Bake for 45 minutes. Cool completely then sprinkle with sugar on top. Place them under the broiler until the sugar caramelizes before serving.

The Art of Coffee-Making

Although coffee hasn’t been around for as long as alcoholic beverages and chocolate, it’s one of the world’s most popular drinks. This is why setting up your own mobile coffee cart business is a profitable venture, because most people can’t start with their day without it.

Before you set up your coffee push cart or coffee catering business, however, you need to be familiar with most of the coffee making processes. This is especially helpful if you’re trying to create your own signature coffee that people will easily recognize and associate with your coffee catering or coffee cart business.

How Coffee Was Made

There are many claims to the origins of coffee, such as the Ethiopian legend about a man who discovered that his goats grew energetic after consuming berries from the coffee plant. When he told the local abbot, the latter made a drink from the berries.

It became popular when cultivation and coffee-making became common in the Arabian Peninsula, which the Europeans then heard of only as a dark beverage with a bitter, strong flavor. It was called a devil’s drink until one pope tried it for himself and approved of its taste.

Today coffee is prepared in various ways around the world and is a regular menu item in most food businesses.

Espresso

Most types of coffee drinks, such as mocha, latte, and cappuccino, start off with espresso brewing. In simple terms, espresso is the use of hot water to push through a layer of ground coffee to extract all the caffeine and oil from the beans. This method that the best coffee cart from ButlerKoffee in Singapore uses creates a very concentrated coffee with a foamy top, although other methods can also create an equally strong-flavored drink. It might sound easy at first, but making a shot of espresso takes a lot of practice and experience if you want to create your own mobile coffee cart.

Drip Coffee

Most mobile coffee businesses use the drip coffee making method, because this can be done using the drip coffee machines. As the name suggests, the process involves hot water poured over ground coffee and then strained through a filter. This method is considered the fastest and the cleanest way to create coffee, although there are also manual drippers for special coffee drinks. The taste and strength of the coffee is sometimes affected by the filter and the type of equipment used.

Single-Cup Coffee

Although most mobile coffee cart businesses use the espresso and drip coffee makers, some also utilize the single-cup coffee makers because it can do everything in just one machine. This is perfect for setting up coffee catering carts near offices.

Turkish Coffee

Then there are other coffee cart businesses that do not rely on coffee machines to create their coffee drinks. The Turkish method uses only three basic tools; a specially-designed pot or a deep pan, hot water, and finely-ground coffee. It’s perfect for coffee push cart businesses that want to showcase the traditional coffee-making process. Your customers will enjoy watching you make the coffee then pour it on cups without the filter.

French Press

This is another traditional way of preparing coffee, but your mobile coffee cart will need a French press coffee pot made up of a plunger and a glass pitcher. The plunger is used to push down the ground coffee after water is poured into the pitcher. The ground coffee eventually separates from the water, which you can then pour into the cups.

Aeropress Coffee

If you’re expecting a lot of customers in your mobile coffee cart business, you might want to try this method which is a faster way to extract the flavor and oil of the beans than espresso. The ground coffee is immersed in hot water for a short time, resulting in a less bitter-flavored and less acidic drink.

Stovetop Espresso

You can also create espresso without using the espresso machine by using an espresso pot such as a moka. First, fill the pot with cold water then insert the strainer near the base. Next, fill the strainer with coffee grounds then screw the pot onto its base. Place the coffee pot on a low-flame stove then add sugar while it’s brewing. Once the espresso begins to seep out, remove the pot on the stove and pour some of the liquid into another container. Add sugar then stir until you achieve the right consistency of the liquid. The remaining liquid in the pot should be kept brewing and then mixed with the coffee in the separate container until a thick foam is produced.

Percolator

Although there are some coffee lovers who frown at the idea of creating coffee using the percolator, a few enthusiasts still try this method. The result is not very popular among customers, especially those who do not like an acidic, bitter, and hot cup of coffee. Percolator machines come in two types (electric and non-electric), but are made up of the same parts. To make coffee, you fill the percolator with water until it reaches the line below the filter basket, then you add coffee. If it’s an electric percolator, you just turn it on and wait until it’s done. If it’s a stovetop percolator, place it on a low-flame stove and wait until the pot stops moving before you turn off the stove. Finally, remove the filter before pouring the coffee into the cups.

Cold Brew

Most of the methods listed above use hot water to extract the flavors and oils from the ground coffee beans, but you can also prepare coffee using cold water for your mobile coffee cart. The brewing method, however, takes longer than hot brewing methods, and your coffee cart business will need to prepare the coffee ahead of time and stock them for a few days. Cold brew is perfect for customers who want to have a cup of less acidic coffee to avoid stomach problems.

Celebrating Edible Delights  

 

Every year, Singapore celebrates the Food Festival. The Festival is organized by the Singapore Tourism Board. The Food Festival celebrates hawker delights. Many people from neighbouring countries look forward to this event. They have to know that they will be treated with tasty events from July 17 to August 2, 2015.

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There’s a line-up of events enough to make our lives juicy and flavourful. Here are some of the events that we should look forward:

  • Streat: If we are into tapa-style dishes, we should head to Marina Bay Sands. Streat features sixteen stalls consolidated by chef Justin Quek of Sky on 57. Aside from tapas, our favourite hawker foods will also be featured together with the dishes of chef Justin. We should anticipate modern twist on dishes like the bak kut the, pacific oysters and nasi kerabu. Streat will be on July 24 to 25, 2015 between 6 to 10 pm at Clifford Square. The good news here is free admission but we have to pay for our portions.
  • Theatrical Dinner: Now this is something new – whilst eating, we will know the island-city’s history. The dinner is at Fort Siloso where we can travel back in time through their five-course dinner tales. Chapter One is from July 22 to 25, 2015 between 6:30 to 9:30 pm at Fort Siloso.

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  • Teochew Throwback: It is time for Teochew to be highlighted. This time Teochew cuisine will meet opera performances. The event is called “A Wok Down Memory Lane” which features thirty food carts. The event will be on July 24 to August 2, 2015 between 5 to 11 pm at Read Bridge. Admission is free but if we purchase food, it costs about S$2 to S$14.
  • Deliciously Singaporean Food Exhibition: The food exhibition will feature heritage hawker dishes. Celebrity chefs (like Jimmy Chok and Fen Ying) will also attend. It will be from July 17 to August 2, 2015 between 12nn to 11pm at Chinatown.
  • Series of workshops: This year is not all about eating foods but also about making delectable foods workshops. We can consider series of workshops conducted by Violet Oon; they will teach us different Eurasian and Peranakan cuisines.
  • Being a part of history: This year, chefs will make history by trying to set 2 Guinness World Records – largest amount of cooked curry and largest cooking vessel. This is something that we should look forward. Whether we set it or not, the important thing is we enjoyed the event.

There are plenty of events not mentioned here. It is time that we join such festivities and appreciate all the good things here.

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