Make The Ultimate Perfect Sandwich Right At Your Kitchen

breakfast_elitedaily-600x300No one can deny the power of a perfectly made sandwich. Sandwiches are highly versatile and by just swapping a few ingredients you can get a totally different dish. But sadly the sandwiches we make in our kitchen often are not perfect. Either they turn soggy or the bread to filling ratio is not perfect. The reasons are endless for a failed sandwich. Here I provide you with a few steps to ensure that your sandwich turns out perfect every time.

1. Bread: If you get this right, you are of on the right path. Toasted bread makes for a sturdier base that regular bread. If you don’t prefer toasted bread, you can just slightly place bread on a hot pan and take it off before it gets toasted. Also when you cut the bread do not cut diagonally but cut across if you want a sturdier sandwich.

exps39618_SCSC163923C03_29_5b2. Lettuce: This forms the next layer. Select lettuce leaves that are at the right stage. No over-ripened leaves. Also dry the lettuce leaves either with a kitchen towel or a paper napkin to remove the moisture after washing. Moist lettuce is the main culprit for soggy sandwiches.

3. Cheese: Cheese should be place right under the top layer of your sandwich rather than at the bottom. It acts as a barrier between the moist middle layers and the top half of the sandwich.

4. Crunchy ingredients: Place crunchy ingredients like nuts, carrots and celery in the middle. They provide the right amount of crunch in between soft bites when you eat the sandwich.

5. Veggies: When you add veggies to your sandwich make sure they are completely dry. Else they lead to a soggy sandwich.

6. Sauces: Spread sauces on the inner side of both the top and bottom half of the sandwich. This ensures equal distribution of flavour with every bite.

Follow these steps and enjoy the perfect sandwich every time.

Read Also: Tips To Turn Your Leftover Food Into Delicious Dishes

Tips To Turn Your Leftover Food Into Delicious Dishes

22816_minestroneOn an average each household in the UK wastes food worth 470 pounds to a huge 700 pounds in a year. Just think of huge savings you can do if you do not waste food. But often however prudent we are, we have huge leftovers. Reheating a dish and consuming it on the next day just doesn’t appeal to a whole lot of people.

So here we give you a few tips on how to turn leftovers into yummy dishes that is craved by every member in your household, while also saving a few hundred pounds in your budget.

1. Bread: This is one dish that turns stale very often before you finish off the loaf. While stale bread makes unappetising sandwiches, it can be easily used for other yummy dishes. Desserts like bread pudding often taste better with stale bread than freshly cooked bread.

ss_slide2_1017359842. Make use of leftover vegetables and meat from last night’s dinner by making them as fillings for yummy pie. You just have to make the outer shell of the pie and prepare some quick sauces to go with the pie and you are done.

3. Leftover rice can be easily turned into take out style Chinese Fried Rice. All you have to do is add a few veggies and meat and you have a whole meal prepared in a jiffy for the whole family.

4. Stale biscuits make the perfect base of creamy cheesecakes. Just powder the biscuits in a blender and add them as the base for your cheesecake. You can then top them with cream cheese and add in your favourite flavour. This is a dessert that uses minimum effort but never fails to impress your guests.

5. Vegetables tend to get dry and soggy after being left in the fridge for more than a week. Using these veggies in a stir fry is not advisable. However you can use them in a mash or as fillings for your pita pockets. They taste just the same and no one will know the difference.

Read Also: Should You Invest In A Cooking Thermometer?

Should You Invest In A Cooking Thermometer?

f0c8a-everyone-instant-read-thermometer-kitchen-gives-bannerTemperature is the key. Even a slight change in the temperature can cause your entire dish to go bad. From grilling meat to baking everything has to be done at the exact temperature. But is it worthwhile to invest in a digital thermometer for your regular home cooking? Here we list out the facts and look at some popular models available in the market.

thermapen-thermometersThe dangers of undercooked meat are many. From food poisoning to bacterial infection uncooked meat is the culprit for several diseases. Especially for households with young children it becomes mandatory to have a meat thermometer in the kitchen. These thermometers show when meat is cooked and are available for just 4£.

For more accurate cooks there are several digital thermometers available in the market that performs various functions like displaying the accurate temperature, timer and conversion scales. These temperatures range from 20£ to 40£. If you make jams and sauces frequently at home, you will be familiar with the risk of letting it burn even with slight variations in temperatures. A digital thermometer makes your job easy.

Yes it is possible to cook up dishes with a fancy looking gadget. But if you don’t want to risk undercooking or over cooking it’s best to invest in a quality digital cooking thermometer.

Juice Recipes To Help You Lose Weight

juice-detox-recipes-get-juicy-cleanse-canEvery one of us would have tried some new diet in our life at some point or other. It is not easy to shed those extra kilos. Losing weight requires a lot of self control and determination and also the right diet. Juices are an integral part of any diet. You can simply shed of that extra weight by just drinking the right juices. There are several vegetables and fruits that are very effective in helping burn calories.

Here we present you few amazing juice recipes that increase your metabolism, burn calories and help you stay fit and healthy. Make these juices a part of your daily meal and watch the weight drop.

1. Tomato and Cucumber Juice:
3 ½ cups finely diced tomato
2 ½ cups chopped cucumber
1 tablespoon flax seeds
½ teaspoon pepper
A dash of honey

Blend all the ingredients together. Pour in a tall glass. Add a few crushed ice cubes. Garnish with a few mint leaves. This juice is ideal to cool of during summer. Enjoy.

2. Watermelon and Carrot Juice:
Quarter watermelon sized into cubes
2/3 carrots peeled and sliced
1 tablespoon chia seeds
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
A handful of mint leaves
A dash of honey

Blend all the ingredients together with some water. This is a very refreshing drink and it is naturally sweet. So you can skip the honey if not needed. Add in a few crushed ice cubes. Serve in a tall glass. Enjoy.

3. Beet and Celery Juice
1 beetroot peeled and diced into small cubes
Few celery stalks
A handful of chopped cilantro
One tablespoon salt

Blend all the ingredients together in a blender. This is a very healthy juice that boosts your metabolism and helps you in burning fat. Add a dash of honey if needed. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy.

A Perfect Summer Drink – Frozen Strawberry Daiquiri Recipe

summer_drink_recipesStrawberries are the quintessential summer fruit. Every summer I drive to the nearby strawberry farm and help in picking strawberries. The aroma of the fruit fills the air and makes me so happy. Have you ever tasted a strawberry fruit right after it is plucked from the vine? The fruit is ripe and so juicy that you are immediately transported to strawberry heaven.

42d1ceaa0ded94b4b03e0f5b14e05e1cNow how about combining this favourite fruit with liquor to create the perfect adult drink for summer? It is so refreshing and simple yummy. Here I give you the recipe for the classical frozen strawberry daiquiri. This recipe is citrusy and punchy instead of being loaded with sugar. There are several commercially marketed daiquiri drinks available in the market. But they are just sugary drinks that lack the punch. Try this and am sure you’ll never buy a readymade daiquiri again.

4 to 5 fresh strawberries cored and sliced into halves
1 cup white rum
1 teaspoon lime juice
Crushed ice cubes as needed

Blend all the ingredients other than the ice cubes in a blender. Add in the crushed ice cubes. If you want it thick you can add in more ice cubes to make it slushier. Serve in a tall glass and enjoy the official drink of summer.

An Easy Healthy Green Smoothie Recipe To Detoxify Your Body

5-Natural-Detoxification-Strategies-that-Help-You-to-Look-Good-NakedFruit Juices are no longer the in thing. Smoothies are all the rage now. With the ease of making and added fibre and nutrition Smoothies have become a constant fixture in everyone’s meal plan. They are a great way to make picky eaters eat fruits and vegetables. There is no hard and fast rule when it comes to the ingredients of a Smoothie. It is highly customisable and you can add the ingredients depending on your preference. Healthy nuts, protein powders, spinach, fruits and vegetables, honey are the few most common ingredients used in making a smoothie.

Smoothies easily provide the daily required fibre to your body. As it is fibre rich it helps in detoxifying your body of accumulated toxins. It is really easy to whip up a smoothie. You don’t need a specialised juicer. Just a regular blender will do. Now you can have a healthy snack or breakfast easily.

Super-Green-Detox-Drink-ThumbHere we give you a recipe for a healthy smoothie that is sure to increase your healthy food intake.

A handful of spinach or any other greens
One large banana
One apple peeled and sliced into small pieces
A handful of Strawberries or raspberries
Two tablespoons of honey
One tablespoon chia or flax seeds
One teaspoon of chopped seedless dates (Optional)
300 ml of water or soy milk (Soy milk makes the smoothie rich and creamy)

Add all the ingredients in the blender. First add in the spinach and other solids. Liquids should be added last. Blend well.
Add in a few crushed ice cubes. Serve in a tall glass. Enjoy!

The green smoothie hides the flavour of spinach so this is an excellent drink for kids who run away in terror at the name of spinach.

Do you have any healthy smoothie recipes? Feel free to share it with our readers in the comments below.

5 EASY Summer Recipes You Need To Try! | ANN LE