How to cut and dice: tips and techniques for fruit and vege preparation

How many times had you cut your finger accidently when you are preparing your meal? We hope you are able to use your knife carefully in the kitchen. Therefore, tips & techniques in this entry will help you to avoid those accidents. From how to peel a head of garlic in 10 seconds to how to cut a grapefruit, from the best way to dice an onion to the super easy way to peel ginger, these tips and techniques will change the way you work with produce. Let the learning begin!

Bonus tip: Ceramic blades does not oxidise food and it will not rust. No more brown lettuce!

1) How to dice an Avocado

  • Halve the avocado as you normally would, by cutting around the perimeter, lengthwise.
  • With the cut side UP (this is less stable but more effective at getting through the skin without mashing the avocado), cut into slices.
  • Peel the strip of skin off of each slice.
  • Cut each slice into chunks.

2) How to peel Ginger

  • Begin by cutting off the amount of ginger you need and then trimming it of any small nubs so that you have a relatively uniform piece to work with.
  • Then, hold the ginger in one hand and use the tip of your spoon to scrape off the peel.
  • You’ll find it comes off very easily and that you get a smoother, more uniform end result than when you use a knife or vegetable peeler.

You can also store ginger in the fridge and freezer after it’s peeled, so you don’t have to waste a bit of this rejuvenating root.

3) How to cut a Grapefruit in segments

  • Cut the grapefruit in half, top to bottom (not around the center).
  • Lay one half flat on the cutting board and whittle away the skin, leaving as much fruit as you can behind.
  • Take off all of the thick peel and slice off the top cap of peel. If there are thick ropes of pith still left on the grapefruit, peel these away.
  • Slice carefully into one segment of the grapefruit, as close to a membrane as possible, and make a slit to loosen the segment of fruit.
  • Make a slit on the other side, as close to the membrane as possible, and loosen the fruit completely.
  • Lift out the segment of fruit.

A good knife skills will help you remove a lot of peel without losing too much fruit.

4) How to cut Cauliflower

  • Start by cutting the head of cauliflower in half and then into quarters through the core.
  • See how there’s a central stem in the middle? All the florets are attached to this core by their own little stems. Separating them is a simple matter of running your knife between the florets and the stem to cut it out.
  • Once you’ve removed the stem, the cauliflower will naturally fall apart into large florets.
  • You can break these large florets down into smaller, bite-sized florets with your knife. Use the tip of your knife like a wedge to cut away the smaller florets growing off the sides. The big ones can just be cut into quarters. You can also use your fingers to snap apart the florets.
  • And that’s all there is to it! A cauliflower of this size breaks down into 3-4 cups worth of florets, which is plenty for most side dishes serving 4 people.

The stems are edible, though very fibrous. If you want to cook them, start steaming or roasting them a little ahead of time to give them a jumpstart on cooking before you add the florets.

Retrieved from http://www.thekitchn.com/how-to-peel-cut-core-and-seed–174347

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Handy Microwave Recipes

Most people spend about one third of their household budget on convenience foods such as takeaway and supermarket ready-to-eat meals due busy lives and less time on their hands. Sometimes you don’t have the energy to cook every night. There are also more people living solo, who often don’t want to cook just for themselves. However, convenience foods are expensive and some are high in fat and salt. If you lack the time or motivation to cook, the following recipes may be helpful because these are very easy recipes that utilize your handy-dandy microwave.

Breakfast- Flax “noatmeal”

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Breakfast. Flax “noatmeal” topped with some banana slices and coconut milk. “Noatmeal” recipe:

  • 1/4 cup flax meal
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 egg yolk or egg white (if you make 2 servings, use a whole egg)
  • 2 tbsp dried fruit (opt)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 dropper vanilla stevia OR 1/4 tsp vanilla & sweetener

Microwave everything for 1 1/2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds, until thick and resembles oatmeal. Top with favorite toppings and nosh!

Retrieved from http://pinterest.com/pin/85990674105326822/

Lunch- Summer Squash Casserole

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (10-oz.) block sharp Cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup soft, fresh breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preparation

  1. Combine squash and green onions in a large microwave-safe bowl. Cover tightly with plastic wrap, folding back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 8 minutes or until squash is tender. (Do not drain.)
  2. Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in squash mixture and cheese. Spoon mixture into a lightly greased 11- x 7-inch baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap, folding back a small edge to allow steam to escape. Microwave at HIGH 10 minutes or until casserole is set; remove from microwave, and let stand 10 minutes.
  3. Stir together breadcrumbs and melted butter; microwave 2 minutes. Sprinkle over casserole.

Retrieved from: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/summer-squash-casserole-10000001981683/

Dinner- Shrimp Etouffee

Recipe makes 6 servings

  • 1/4 cup margarine
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) cancondensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1 pound cleaned shrimp
  • salt to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  1. In a 2 quart microwave safe dish, combine margarine, onion, green onion, bell pepper, garlic and celery. Heat on High settings for 8 to 9 minutes.
  2. Stir in parsley, tomato paste, soup, shrimp, salt, hot pepper sauce and cayenne. Heat on High setting for 5 minutes. Stir and cook for another 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Serve over white rice.

Retrieved from http://allrecipes.com/recipe/shrimp-etouffee-ii/

Dessert- Salted Caramel Chocolate Mug Cake

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Ingredients: {makes 1 mug cake}

  • 4 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg – beaten
  • 3 tablespoons skim milk
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 salted caramels

What to do:

  1. Into a small bowl add: flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, salt, egg, milk, and vegetable oil. Mix to combine.
  2. Pour mixture into a regular sized coffee mug. Drop caramels into center of mixture one at a time.
  3. Microwave on high for one minute and 30 seconds. If needed {if cake batter is still gooey}, microwave on high for up to an additional 30 seconds.

P/S: I personally tried this recipe, it is delicious and easy. It perfectly fixed my craving.

Retrieved from http://blogs.babble.com/family-kitchen/2011/11/12/2-minute-chocolate-salted-caramel-mug-cake/

Snack- Popcorn

Movie Night! Save your money and make your own popcorn instead of buying from supermarket.

Microwave Popcorn Trick #popcorn

Add 1/3 cup popcorn kernels to a brown paper bag, fold the bag over twice then heat in a microwave — folded side down — for 2 minutes.

THAT’S IT! Fresh popped popcorn without any fuss, ready for you to flavor as desired or eat completely bare.

Retrieved from http://www.supermommoments.com/2012/07/brown-paper-bag-popcorn/

Do not under estimate your microwave’s ability, it can make scrumptious meals, snacks or desserts you didn’t think was possible!

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