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What is Comfort Food and how can you bake it?

Comfort food is the kind of food that provides the person that eats it with nostalgic or sentimental value.

Most of the time, it’s usually of a high caloric nature, high carbohydrate levels, and simple preparation.

This sentimental value can be specific to one individual or to a culture as a whole.

 One of the major reasons people seek comfort food is because it makes us feel good.

Generally, foods that are high in fat, sugar, or salt activate the brain’s reward system.

A top example of this is, undisputedly, chocolate. Chocolate is known to have a very strong effect on mood, reduce tension, and amplify pleasant feelings.

However, you should consume these comfort foods with caution as they can be addictive. Comfort foods activate the same parts of the brain that are linked to pleasure and reward which are active in drug addiction.

  •  Consolation for yourself

Studies have shown a consistent link between negative emotions and unhealthy food. This explains why we always turn to eat these foods during emotional distress and hardships.

  • Comfort food makes us feel like we belong

These kinds of food are typically linked with members of our family, social gatherings, and holidays.

That’s why we always get an urge to eat comfort food when we feel lonely or down.

  • Nostalgic eating

Moreover, studies show that emotional memories are associated with some scents. That’s why just the smell of comfort food is enough to induce feelings of joy and tranquility.

These feelings are doubled if this type of food is something you used to eat during your childhood or during positive periods of your life.

  • Reminders of the good old days

Thanksgiving dinners, Christmas gatherings, and birthday parties are often the occasions we tend to go for special –and more often than not, unhealthy- meals.

This is another reason comfort food is associated with feelings of happiness and social connectedness.

Some of the best comfort foods are baked ones as baking itself has a lot of benefits over other methods of cooking.

  1.   Baked foods don’t lose as many nutrients

When you cook baked food, you use dry heat instead of water to cook it. This helps keep some minerals and water-soluble vitamins such as vitamin-C and vitamin-B inside the food so it doesn’t lose any nutritional value.

A 2009 study even showed that baking or microwaving your food led to less loss of antioxidant activity especially in green beans, carrots, and celery. On the other hand, deep frying and boiling led to huge losses.

  1. Baked food is a lot lower in fat

A huge advantage of baking your food is that you can use a lot less oil than you would if you fry it or sauté it. You can even go as far as baking your food without oil altogether.

Since oil is the major contributor to fat in the human body, this spares you a lot of fat.

Pro tip: You can bake your vegetables with their skin on to prevent them from drying out.

  1. AGE (Advanced Glycation End) products

AGE is the protein that forms as a result of exposure to sugars. It plays a major role when it comes to developing diabetes and aging.

Most deep-fried foods, such as French fries, are coated in starch which reacts to form carcinogens when you deep fry it.

  1. Baked food helps you with your weight management

To bake your food, you require little to no oil. This means fat deposition in your body is greatly reduced.

Every tablespoon of oil contains 14 grams of fat and 120 calories that you add to your food.

That’s why cooking at high temperature prohibits the healthy use of monosaturated fats.

  1. Baked foods don’t contain partially hydrogenated oil

If you eat deep fried foods a lot, chances are that you eat them from restaurants.

Partially hydrogenated oils or trans-fats are commonly used in restaurants because they’re cheaper to produce and can endure higher temperatures while cooking.

A study showed that these oils are the cause of 1 out of 5 heart attacks, reduce the effectiveness of your immune system, and contribute to obesity.

You can bake a lot of healthy foods like fruits, potatoes, flour products, and vegetables prepared in vegetarian bakes.

The only disadvantages of baking are the following:

  1.  A baking instrument is usually more expensive than other cooking utensils.
  2.  A lot of skills are required for baking food and usually, it takes a lot of practice.
  3.  Baking food is also very time-consuming compared to steaming and other methods.

 

EGGS cooked in their Shells

Eggs are cooked in their shells to produce hardor soft-cooked eggs and coddled eggs, which vary by the degree of doneness in both the white and the yolk. They may be peeled, cracked open, and eaten directly from the shell, or, in the case of coddled eggs, poured from it. “Boiled” eggs are one of the first things that most people learn to cook, yet there seems to be much mystery surrounding this fundamental technique.

The fact is that you really don’t want to boil eggs but cook them at a bare simmer to keep the whites soft and tender and keep the shells from cracking against each other. There’s certainly more than one way to simmer eggs in their shells. Some begin with the eggs in cold water and slowly bring the water up to a simmer and keep it there until the eggs are cooked. I usually have eggs when I have to go for a Multi person SUP because they can be cooked very fast.

Others take the pot off the heat at the moment that a few large bubbles break the surface, and let the eggs steep in the hot water. The method that I prefer, which is also the one that many restaurant chefs use, is to sink the eggs into already-boiling water. I think this is the best method for a few reasons.

For one thing, there’s more control over the amount of time that the eggs are cooking. With the cold-water methods, there are many variables that affect the amount of time the eggs are exposed to heat, and, consequently, how done the yolks will be. And a minute or two makes a significant difference in the doneness of the eggs.

Also, you have to watch the water carefully, waiting for it to come to a simmer before starting your timer, for much longer than I care to watch water heat. With the boiling-water method, you know the precise time the eggs hit the hot water, and that’s when you start your timer.

But the main reason why I prefer the boiling-water method is because it is miraculous how easy the eggs are to peel after cooking. Sometimes the shells are so loose they practically fall off in my hand! Eggs are easier to peel when they are older because they become less acidic and more alkaline. The higher acidity of fresh eggs causes the whites to cling to the shell, and over time, as the pH rises, they lose their grip.

For easier peeling, it’s commonly recommended that we buy our eggs fresh from the farm and put them in the back of the fridge for a week or two until they’re a little bit older. But doesn’t

that defeat the point of buying farm-fresh eggs? Luckily and for some unknown reason, with the boiling-water method, even the freshest of fresh eggs peels with ease.

KEYS TO COOKING EGGS IN THEIR SHELLS:

  • Start with eggs at room temperature, to ensure the timing will be right and to prevent the shells from breaking when they hit the hot water. Take them out of the refrigerator at least an hour before cooking for the best results.  
  • Choose eggs that are free of cracks. Eggs that have even hairline cracks in their shells will inevitably crack open and seep out some of their whites while cooking. Besides the fact that they aren’t pretty, they may not be safe to eat, so discard them. If you need an exact number of perfectly cooked eggs for a recipe, cook a couple of extra just in case you get a few leakers.  
  • When the timer goes off, plunge the eggs into a big bowl of ice water to stop the cooking. It cools the eggs quickly so that you can get to peeling and eating, but more important, it prevents that nasty green ring from appearing around the yolk.
  • Hard-cooked eggs are easiest to peel when they are still warm, but it’s best to peel soft-cooked eggs when they are completely cold because the whites will be firmer. Peel the eggs under cold running water to wash away the shell as you peel and to help get under the shell membrane, that plasticky thin coating between the shell and the white. Start peeling from the air pocket at the wider end of the egg and work your way to the tip.

GRATED EGGS

Grated hard-cooked eggs add texture and richness to cooked vegetables and salads. They are a sublime idea when you’re looking for something to add a bit of rich balance to crisp vegetables dressed in tart vinaigrette, which gives a result similar to adding crumbled cheese.

An especially good example is asparagus mimosa (mimosa is a fancier word for “grated eggs”), a dish of steamed or roasted asparagus tossed in a simple vinaigrette and topped with a generous showering of grated egg.  

Preparation

Begin with as many peeled 13-minute eggs as you’d like to grate. Because the white and yolk have different textures, it is best to separate them before grating (for ease, you could grate the whole egg, but the texture will be a little inconsistent). To separate the white and yolk, cut a hard-cooked egg in half as you would an avocado, treating the yolk as if it’s the pit; the goal is to keep the yolk whole.

Then simply pull the 2 halves of the white away from the yolk (they should easily separate).

Grate the white and yolk separately on either the large or small holes of a box grater, depending on the texture you’re going for. I typically use the larger holes for a chunkier texture in rustic dishes and save finely grated eggs for more delicate, refined applications. After grating, mix the whites and yolks together.

Alternatively, grate only the yolks for an extra-rich rendition. You can also finely chop the egg with a knife, which yields a similar effect, but slightly different texture.

28 Years In Business!

Keenan’s has been offering fine dining in a casual atmosphere, serving lunches and dinners for almost thirty years. We offer to our guests only the very best in food, wine and craft beer, including Keenan’s famous fish fry served every Friday, as well as our Seafood Bisque, which is on our menu daily. Besides our large menu selections, Keenan’s offers specials for both lunch and dinner which are both unique and creative at reasonable prices.
We hope that with our quality of food, friendly and professional staff and comfortable atmosphere, it will only add to a fine dining experience for all our guests. Our support of local venders including bakeries, fish and meat markets and micro-breweries results in only the freshest products entering this establishment. Our menu has something for everyone in your party.
We offer superb food and facilities for luncheons, dinners, banquets, wedding and anniversary parties, business conferences, and parties for all occasions up to 100 guests. We also offer off premises catering for parties up to 300 persons.
While on our premises you’ll enjoy our air conditioning, well lighted parking, and handicapped accessibility. We accept all major credit cards; Visa, Master-Card, Discover, Diners Club, and American Express.
Organic Raw Food

Organic Raw Food

Organic raw food is an integral part of the raw food diet. Health food is expanded using age old farming methods that do not need making use of chemicals which can be damaging to both you and the atmosphere. If you objective is to enhance your health and wellness with a raw food diet regimen you should make this food a part of your resolution.

Why Consume Raw Food?

The raw food diet is a healthy alternative to consuming cooked and also over refined foods. When food is cooked it sheds the majority of its dietary worth. Raw foods keep their nutritional worth and pass it along to you.

One of one of the most crucial dietary components of any type of food item is digestive enzymes. As soon as food is heated to 116 ° F or greater all the healthy enzymes are damaged. This has significant effects on your health.

This food products your body with the enzymes it requires to digest and also soak up food. If the food you consume is not absorbed as well as taken in by these enzymes it can gather in the fat cells and various other parts of your body. This threatens as it can cause conditions and also various other health problems.

Go Organic

The primary step to this diet plan is to remove most refined and all cooked food things from your diet. This may appear hard yet you will locate several tasty foods and also combination’s of these foods that make a fascinating dish.

When a person has devoted to a this diet regimen it makes sense to eat raw food. If you get on this diet regimen in an attempt to improve your health and wellness consuming foods grown utilizing heavy and also toxic pesticides will certainly defeat the purpose.

These foods can be found in natural food shops, farmer’s markets, regional produce stands, as well as your regional supermarket produce aisle. Search for food things that have been certified one hundred percent natural. Numerous foods promoted as organic are not totally devoid of pesticides but licensed health foods are just as assured – pesticide, toxin, as well as chemical cost-free.

One of the healthiest vegan

diet regimens focuses on carbohydrates. The 80/10/10 diet, created by Dr. Douglas Graham recommends consuming to mimic the nutrients in your body. This suggests 80 percent of your calories should originate from fruits, 10 from proteins, and 10 percent from fats.

Healthy And Balanced Foods Can Preference Better Than You Assume

Healthy And Balanced Foods Can Preference Better Than You Assume

I believe that basically everybody wishes to consume healthier, but there are a variety of things that seem always get in the way. Among the most significant issues for individuals, especially those that typically consume junk foods, is that much healthier foods generally do not taste like the foods they are utilized to consuming. I can not count the variety of times I’ve listened to individuals try healthy foods and claim things like, “This tastes like sawdust” or “I may as well be consuming cardboard.” Undoubtedly, this is troublesome, because if you can not stand the preference of healthy and balanced foods, you will probably proceed eating junk foods.

Initially, I want to claim that while healthy foods have a stereotype of being bland or sampling bad, they have actually come a long way over the years from a taste standpoint. Likewise, numerous herbs and also spices can be added to healthy foods to include more taste without making them unhealthier, so there are absolutely choices. On the other hand, some people still do not such as the preference of these foods or do not have the time or wish to spend the initiative to mix in herbs/spices or cook meals themselves in order to make the food preference better. If this holds true for you, do not stress, due to the fact that there is an easy means to make healthy foods taste better, especially if you presently consume a lot of foods high in fat and sugar.

Before carrying on, I ought to make sure that you do not get your assumptions too expensive. If you like chocolate, it isn’t practical to believe that natural healthy foods will taste just as good as chocolate, however they will most likely taste significantly better than they do today. They might also end up tasting far better than you ever before assumed they could. If you are serious about improving your nutrition and desire healthy foods to taste better, the important things you must do is merely eat healthier foods and cut back on fat as well as sugar, especially fine-tuned sugars such as sucrose (fundamental white/table sugar).
I understand that possibly wasn’t the advice you intended to listen to, however bear with me. When healthy and balanced foods “taste bad” or “have no taste,” the concern is usually not the food itself, yet instead your taste buds.

Are Organic Foods Better Than Routine Foods?

Are Organic Foods Better Than Routine Foods?

Not as well long ago, if you wished to locate a respectable selection of natural products, you needed to go to a specialty natural food store. Currently you can locate natural produce, meats, dairy items as well as even more at nearly any type of food store. There is no doubt that health foods have actually increased in appeal in recent times, yet lots of people still have concerns regarding these items. Maybe the most common question is, are organic foods actually much better than normal foods?

This question has actually been disputed a whole lot recently, with some individuals heavily advertising health foods, while others assert they are no better than the routine foods you consume. Both sides have some evidence to support their point of view, yet some of this proof is a little misleading. The initial important thing to note about this argument is nobody is stating that organic foods are much less healthy or in any way inferior to normal foods. Individuals safeguarding normal foods are just attempting to state they have no additional benefits.

The major proof versus the demand for organic foods originates from nutrient contrasts that have been made between natural and regular foods. Lab tests have discovered that health foods might not consist of significantly more nutrients than various other foods as well as protectors of routine foods have taken this to suggest that health foods are none much better or much healthier than various other foods. If the amount of nutrients in a food was the only point that mattered, then this would certainly be a compelling argument versus the requirement for health foods, but the quantity of nutrients is just one element of food.

Possibly the very best top quality of health foods has nothing to do with how many nutrients they have, but instead what they do not have. Normal foods commonly have undesirable things contributed to them throughout their growing and/or refining stages. As an example, fruits and vegetables are typically treated with pesticides or various other undesirable substances. Foods can consist of chemicals, hormones, anti-biotics, or worse, and this information will not be revealed anywhere on the food label. Nonetheless, natural products need to comply with rigorous regulations, that include not using harmful materials like pesticides at any type of factor throughout item.

Food Security – Safe Food Method Higher Revenues

Food Security – Safe Food Method Higher Revenues

The benefits of excellent food hygiene techniques much outweigh the costs of inadequate health methods. The benefits consist of:

An excellent track record for the firm. This is very important for all companies, particularly in the catering industry. Word of mouth is a far much better guarantee than any other marketing project.

Satisfied clients are a result of excellent health methods. Safe food is served in a tidy atmosphere.

The tidy atmosphere supplies excellent working conditions for staff, offering high personnel morale, a healthy, pleased, motivated job group as well as, to the firm’s benefit, raised efficiency.

If the firm is part of a chain, there is increased brand defense. Numerous high road food sellers have a great food safety and security record. The merchants might have branches throughout the nation with similar documents, thus securing the brand.

Food safety and security is covered by regulation and the company with excellent food health systems will stay within the regulation.

A tidy kitchen will not bring in insects, which bring with them other conditions.

Part of good food safety and security techniques is to examine all days of foodstuff and also for that reason there will certainly be longer life span on items, because of date control.

There will certainly be a decreased threat of gastrointestinal disorder in a hygienically tidy food property.

Team will certainly be trained in Food Security, covering all elements of supplying secure food to clients. The training will include an introduction to food safety, microbiology, gastrointestinal disorder as well as foodborne conditions, individual hygiene, go across contamination, temperature control, food conservation, design as well as building of food properties, food parasites and exactly how to regulate them, waste monitoring, cleaning as well as sanitation as well as food security legislation.

The training must be carried out by an instructor supplying accredited qualifications. In the UK, food safety certifications must be identified by Ofqual, Dcells, Ccea as well as create part of the QCF. If they are not acknowledged by these educational bodies they will certainly not be approved by environmental health and wellness departments, employers or customers. Training is the most fundamental part of any kind of business, particularly the food market, where an inexperienced person can essentially eliminate a client. Always make certain training is carried out by a certified instructor providing recognized qualifications.

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