We all love tucking into plenty of fruit but every now and then it can be a bit boring, especially if it isn’t the highest quality or freshness.So with this in mind and with spring and summer fruits at the height of their freshness, here are some creative ways of preparing fruit to add a fresh new twist on their usual raw state.
If you want your fruit to taste even sweeter and juicier then grilling it is a great way to bring out its flavour. The heat not only concentrates the flavours but it also caramelizes the natural sugar, so you are essentially giving yourself a fruity sweet! You’ll find that you can grill practically any fruit that is strong enough to withstand heating and can keep its shape. This tends to be any fruit that is held together by its skin and you can also experiment with any fruit you think will be complimented by the grilling. One of our personal favourites is grilling pink grapefruit, for anyone who enjoys it but finds it can be too tart, the grilling process adds a nice sweetness when it caramelizes the fruit and this counteracts the natural bitterness.
Other great options are grilling pineapple, peaches and plums!
Baking fruit is a great way to develop its taste and cooking it at a low temperature means that the fruit and juices cook together, keeping all the nutrients locked in. you can either bake just one specific type of fruit or opt for a mixture of your favourites, it’s a great way to experiment with contrasting flavours and see what fruits compliment each other. Be sure to introduce different textured fruits when baking otherwise you could end up with a runny mess!
Baking fruits is pretty common when you are making the likes of fruit crumble and it can be a really simple and healthy treat when made correctly. If you have a particularly sweet tooth then baking fruit and combining it with your favourite cereal or yoghurt is a great way to have a healthier breakfast than pigging out on pastries.
By simply simmering fruit in some water you are able to soften it and also enhance its flavour. It’s a pretty simple method to get the most out of fruit that isn’t ripe and all the goodness of the nutrients either remains in the fruit itself or in the juices. Preparing this method is as simple as placing the fruit either whole or halved (generally the bigger the pieces are, the better they are at staying together) in a saucepan and adding whatever you wish to create a sauce, you can stick to water or you can even add a bit of honey or alcohol if you are looking for a bit more of a treat. Then simmer the fruit until it is at a point you like and Bob’s your uncle!
Poached fruits are a great way of adding fruits to desserts or meals and can even be added to savory dishes for some fresh flavour.
As food trends go, the dirty burger is one that has really blown up throughout London. One minute everyone was after refined meals and the next thing you know we are seeing deep-fried macaroni and sloppy burgers, all compliments of our American brothers. A lot of trends appear overnight and as soon as they have arrived they then disappear but the ‘dirty food’ craze really has established a strong presence and we can’t see it going anywhere fast.
It is a perfect choice if you are seeking a bit of comfort food and a bit of excess. No doubt popular TV shows such as Man vs Food definitely helped spawn a wave of crazily named burgers and portion sizes. The majority of people love the trend but are definitely beginning to realise it is best left for the occasional treat rather than a weekly occurrence. One writer summed it up pretty well by saying it is “the best worst food you’ll ever eat.”
So where did it all start in London? Well apparently a place named Dirty Burger can claim that title, which also has a sister chain named Chicken Shop. It originally opened in Kentish Town and has since spread to Whitechapel thanks to its success.
Since then we have seen the birth of gonzo style burger outlets such as MeatLiquor and their other chains MeatMarket and MeatMission. Each of these offers a slightly varied menu that will have you wanting to visit them all for their different takes on meaty indulgence. We particularly love the milkshake at MeatMarket that you can’t get from any of the other restaurants.
Now the ‘dirty’ theme of food has begun to appear even more regularly and they are competing with each other for your affection. Plenty of them have resorted to Man vs Food style eating challenges that will have you salivating but thankful you didn’t take the plunge. There is a definite feeling of one-upmanship as different restaurants seek to top each other for the most ludicrous and inviting meals. One that particularly caught our eye but will most likely require a colonic after eating is the deep-fried doughnut bacon cheeseburger (just Google it). We are definitely taking the most fun but potentially worst parts of our American neighbours culture and one wonders whether this will actively increase the level of obesity in our country.
There is a joke going around about the arms race of restaurant chains competing in portion size and sheer ickiness by piling on gloppy processed cheese and all kinds of fried and deep-fried bits and bobs to wet the appetite. The result is that whilst it may be very tempting and tasty, the byproduct is that we are all putting on two stones because of it. I myself realised I had been sucked into eating a considerable amount of ‘dirty’ burgers at one point and it wasn’t until I realised it was going to take its toll on my health that I stopped.
So will you jump whole-heartedly into the trend or ride it out? You are the master of your own deep-fried destiny.
We all know about the usual foods that you shouldn’t attempt to freeze, but just like the microwave can cook and do a lot more than you might expect, there are plenty of foods you wouldn’t assume you can or should freeze…but it is possible. Freezers are a godsend when it comes to storing food and a storage solution when you spot a good deal and buy in bulk. But a lot of us aren’t getting the most out of our freezers, so here is a list of foods you can freeze that you most likely have never tried.
Avocados can be a right pain when it comes to keeping them fresh and ensuring they are ripe enough to eat. Often we will only need half of one and this usually means that the other half will slowly age in our fridge to the point where we have to throw it out. Instead of this you should try freezing it! The freezing process does change their consistency so we wouldn’t advice putting them back into a salad but instead consider using them to make a cool and refreshing guacamole.
You have probably never tried this but hummus can be stored in the freezer. It is actually a good idea as a lot of us tend to by hummus then it gets shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten about. All you need to do is drizzle a thin layer of oil over the top of it to prevent it from drying and you are good to go.
So this is a bit of an odd one but if like us you never tend to finish a bag of crisps in one sitting then you might want to consider freezing them after instead of letting them loose their freshness in a cupboard. Putting them in the freezer keeps their freshness and they barely take a few minutes to defrost.
Corn on the Cob
Putting fresh corn on the cob in the freezer can mean it lasts up to a year! That includes the husk if you get it fresh but if you buy it from a regular store you will want to take the corn off the husk when freezing to prevent any loss of colour and flavour.
By cracking eggs into a bowl and gently mixing with a pinch of salt, you have a way of making your eggs last a lot longer than they would naturally. Obviously you don’t want to put the eggs in with their shells unless you want to have the fun of cleaning up a frozen egg explosion.
Cooked Pasta and Rice
If you always cook too much pasta or rice then you don’t have to put it in the fridge or throw it out. Instead if you freeze it in individual portions then you give yourself an ideal meal option for later use. All you have to do is reheat the pasta in the microwave or briefly bring it back to the boil in a pan.
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