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Month: December 2015

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps using an Optigrill

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps using an Optigrill 

Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wraps is basically a perfect snack for your day. It is thoroughly loaded with proteins, thanks to bacon; has a touch of flavour, thanks to jalapeno; tastes exotic, thanks to grill; and is quick to consume, since it is a wrap. This recipe deals in cooking it on an optigrill. Optigrill is a kind of electric grill, by the way. This grill is smart enough in the sense that it has specific cooking methods for different meat, automatically turns off after cooking, has enough space to put a lot of items on it, is easy to clean and cooks quite impressively yet impeccably. When you combine such a food item with this grill, the result is soothing. Let us now see how we get to this result. 

The time required: 

This recipe is pretty easy to make and so requires a negligible amount of time. In all, the recipe would take up to 10 minutes for preparation, the same amount of time for cooking; making it a total time of about 20 minutes. The time, as is seen, is easy on the person cooking it. For a recipe ready in this short time, Grilled Bacon Jalapeno Wrap is loaded with nutrition owing to its ingredients. The final touch to it is given by the grill. 

The ingredients required: 

Like every recipe, this recipe also requires some ingredients to be kept ready before going on to the process of cooking, or might we say grilling. Let us find out what those essential ingredients are: 

  • About 8 slices of bacon, preferably trimmed of fat 
  • A minced clove of garlic 
  • 2 tablespoons of fromage frais, fat free 
  • About 75 grams of cream cheese, extra light 
  • 2 diced jalapenos 
  • Some pepper 
  • Some salt 
  • Two chicken breasts, preferably pounded thin 

When these items are ready at hand, you may proceed with the process of cooking. 

The process of cooking: 

The climax to this story is right here. Read on to find out steps you need to adhere to in order to achieve perfection. 

  • Place the chicken breasts flat on a board. 
  • Trim the fat of the bacon ensuring that all of it has been removed. 
  • Bring together jalapenos, salt, garlic, parmesan, cream cheese and fromage frais in a large bowl. Be sure to mix them together, properly. 
  • Now place this mix on the flattened chicken breast flattened out. Fold over from the edges of the chicken so as to wrap the mixture within it. 
  • Now grab the bacon and wrap it, surrounding the chicken breast. Ensure that you leave no gaps in this. 
  • Back to the grill, select the option of chicken and allow the grill to heat up. 
  • Now load the grill with the wraps you just made. 
  • Lower down the lid and allow the grill to tell you when it is done. 

That’s it. 

So, your perfect snack is now all ready to be served. Pointlessness lies in still looking at the recipe. Put it into practice, now! 

My New Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer – Review and Recipes

My New Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer – Review and Recipes 

Coffee is rapidly becoming our constant companion these days. With all the goodness and benefits it has to offer, it is pretty hard to deny a cup of coffee no matter what the occasion. We wake, we need coffee; during the day, we crave coffee; who lives without an evening coffee? How about coffee before going to bed? Damn! No one can refuse those.  

So, if coffee has been so rooted within us, having a brewing machine is a matter of fact. Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer passes for a scintillating choice that stands out. To give you an insight, I have been working with this device for pretty long now. Let me take you on a ride. 

The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer comes with three distinct brew settings 

This signifies the versatility of this machine. One setting takes care of the single cup. Another setting, on the other hand, is suited for a huge cup of coffee. The second setting works satisfactorily as it also has a safety timer. 

However, the setting no. 3 that is labelled ‘Espresso’ is below par. It doesn’t feature a force fed water jet as is required for a proper espresso. But it does end up with a coffee close to espresso. 

The Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer features self cleaning 

The machine comes pre-installed with a self cleaning feature which prevents the clogging up of the machine with coffee. However, you would still require to manually indulge in the cleaning business. 

The Specialty Brew on board 

As the name suggests, Specialty Brew comes as a unique feature to the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer. It is provided alongside a hand creamer. 

However, this feature does not live up to its sobriquet. It does pull off a drink of a different kind. 

The bad about this machine is highlighted by the fact that it cannot be used for commercial purposes, however well-suited it may be for household purposes. 

To conclude the review, this machine offers value for money in mid range pricing. This machine is loaded with state-of-the-art features that still make it a choice better than many others. 

Some recipes you may try: 

There are many exotic recipes that have been tried on the Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer. We will enlist those recipes, but there are not any restrictions to stop you from bringing in your own creativity to experiment with a recipe. Here we go: 

  • Caramel Macchiato 
  • Iced Vanilla Coconut Latte 
  • White Chocolate Caramel Iced Coffee 
  • Iced Peppermint Mocha 
  • Cinnamon Brown Sugar Coffee 
  • Butterscotch Macchiato 
  • Chocolate Frappuccino 
  • Maple Latte 
  • Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee 

Oh well! The list is going to be endless. The capabilities of Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer are apparent in the names of the aforementioned recipes. You can drool over any or all of them. In fact, when you have your own brewer, it is going to be fun experimenting with more ingredients that surpass the conventional methods of brewing coffee. 

Happy brewing! 

Why grilling meat makes it taste different?

We are all fans of grilling. So much that grilled meat becomes our only kind of preferred meat once we come across it. As a matter of fact, grilling does more than just enhancing the flavor of the meat. A close perusal highlights that the taste of meat becomes markedly different. To state the facts, chemistry governs the changes that take place in the meat when tossed on a grill. The taste that we experience after grilling the meat is particularly stimulated by the aroma given to it by the reactions taking place on the grill. 

As a matter of fact, a reaction takes place while smoking. This reaction is termed as Maillard Reaction. Basically, this reaction involves a breakdown of proteins into what has called as amino acids. These amino acids, in turn, interact with carbohydrates that are present in your food. This results in a specific scent that draws us closer to food. Also, the methods of preparations play a crucial role in developing flavor profiles which are tangible in the end products. 

You may be familiar with four primary flavors but be very surprised to hear that there exist two more flavors in addition to salty, bitter, sour and sweet. One such flavor is what the Japanese call ‘Umami’. Literally, the word means yumminess or deliciousness. Umami generally alludes to the protein present in food. When brought together with the Maillard reaction, it indicates that the food is safe for consumption after cooking to a certain degree. 

Three elements give rise to umami. These elements are: 

  • Guanylate

This flavor enhancer is found in yeast, seaweed, and fish. It possesses a taste similar to that of mushrooms dried out. 

  • Inosinate  

This enhancer comes from muscle fibers of the animals. It can be identified by its specific taste somewhat similar to fish and meat.  

  • Glutamate 

It serves as a vital element required for converting proteins into amino acids. It alludes to saltiness associated with the likes of soy sauce. Glutamate occurs naturally in seaweed, eggs, poultry, and fish. 

The case when two or more umami elements come together is called an umami-bomb. This is the reason why some foods have a unique taste. You may even consider bringing some umami based recipes to your grill. 

Now let’s fall back on the most disliked aspect of food. We are talking about fat. Yes, fat comes in crucial in the matter of how the food that you grill tastes great. When we grill food, fat is oxidized. This leads to the even greater appeal of food in terms of taste. Surprisingly, fat lends a soothing feeling to our mouths – bring butter and cheese to your mind. Fat also affects how our taste buds perceive food. 

Conclusion: 

It is fascinating how science can elaborate the mechanics of food and bring to us an unseen picture of something that we come across every day. While this write-up deals with the basics, it is the combination of chemical compounds, methods of cooking and preparation that produces the taste of a certain recipe. So, when you savor food to try to look at the hidden aspects of it. Happy grilling!