How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

shiitake mushroomThe Shiitake mushrooms have a certain chemical component in large amounts called guanosine monophosphate. This is actually the base of the flavor which actually stimulates the taste up to the point they developed a word for it: umami. Up to now it was salty, bitter, sour, sweet, basically what the human mouth could identify. Now it’s umami as well. Since they bothered to unveil a whole new taste, Shiitake must be taken in consideration as a serious competitor for any other mushroom out there. Continue reading How to Cook Shiitake Mushrooms

Health Benefits of Sea Foods

seafoodThe sea is a generous supply of foods rich in vitamins. This is obvious from the fact that more than 3.5 billion people depend on the seas and oceans as a primary source of food. Globally speaking, sea food is richer in protein compared to sheep, poultry and cattle.

Fish is the most common sea food eaten by man, and has a wide variety of nutrients including vitamins A and D, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium. These nutrients are necessary for the development and improvement of the brains of infants. For adults, it helps in the protection against stroke and heart diseases. Here are some benefits of eating fish as research has revealed that eating fish is beneficial to our bodies in many ways. Continue reading Health Benefits of Sea Foods

How to Cook the Best Fried Rice With Vegetables

shrimp-fried-riceFirst of all, boil the rice. Use a 1:1 ratio on the rice and water. Pour your rice in a cup and spill it in a bowl and then add the exact same amount of water as measured with the cup. Cover the pan.

Turn the fire on your highest setting for a very quick boil then lower it to the lowest heat setting for the next 15 minutes. it’s no rocket science and after a few tries you’ll get it working flawlessly.

You’ll have no water to drain and the beads of rice will be crisp and even.

Next, break a couple of eggs and make scrambled eggs.

Next, take another pan, or a wok, and add a little olive oil, or sunflower oil. You can try butter if that’s your fancy. It needs to have a bit of grease, that’s all. Slice a couple of green onions finely and some garlic, according to your taste an put them in the pan. Stir until the onions and garlic become a little crisp. Then add the rice and stir and mix, stir and mix. Add salt and pepper and chili according to taste, soy sauce and sesame oil. Only a bit of sesame oil, like half a teaspoon, since it’s very aromatic and a little goes a long way. Also add oyster sauce, but that’s not a must. Stir the entire things few times, than add the scrambled eggs and continue stirring.

The soy sauce and sesame oil will bring out every flavor tenfold, that’s why you should not go wild on the salt, pepper and chili. It will have an Oriental taste but at the same time it’s a dish that will resemble a lot of the Western cooking so it will be loved by everyone. It is actually a mix between a traditional Chinese cooking and a Western cooking. In the original Chinese recipe there are some herbs and aromas that will definitely be a big turn off for people who are not used to them, so cooking in the exact Chinese manner is not recommended at first.

After the entire meal looks cooked, serve and eat. You can season it with extra soy sauce if needed. Do not add any more sesame oil or oyster sauce as it won’t blend in anymore if it’s not over the flame. Ant there you have it: the quickest, cheapest and healthiest dish known to man, cooked in about 10 minutes plus the rice boiling time.

Oana is an active user of Lacartes.com -a business network for people looking to connect with great services and meet people with similar interests and share photos, updates, reviews and more. Fried rice with vegetables is a very tasty meal, but you must know a few things in order to do it right.You’ll have a mix between a traditional Chinese cooking and a Western cooking. A cheap, quick and healthy dish. This article can only be reproduced in its entirety when the link to lacartes.com is live at all times.

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