Do you know that I love to cook?
Well if you check out my About page, you will see that my family hails from Spain.
Now whilst I may be Canadian through and through, (born here), my parents moved here in the 60’s.
I still have a lot of family in sunny Seville and we take family holidays there every 2 or 3 years with my entire family and usually my wife’s family.
Whenever I visit I am always struck with one fat that sticks in my head…Spanish people live in such small houses; but still manage to cook amazing food!
You see, in Ottawa, we are blessed with an abundance of space, in the suburbs at least, and our kitchen is pretty massive really!
WE have the luxury of having a great cooking range installed that has 6 different sizes of burners.
However in Seville, my family just doesn’t have that luxury!
They make use with induction cookers – essentially a glorified hot plate but uses magnetism to heat up the special induction pan sets to get them up to temperature.
My wife and I class ourselves as pretty good cooks, but it seems that in Seville my grandparents and cousins can whip up some super tasty dishes on these hot plates!
They also have some really neat ways of storing there cookware as space is expensive and one thing that really stood out to me, was a Duxtop induction set that simple, easy to use and stacked away very neatly!
I will be honest and say to you that I always considered induction cookers to be the kind of thing that people who don’t know how to cook; used.
However after seeing the magic that my granny made happen one, I am now a convert.
Don’t get me wrong here, I am not just going to go and rip out my amazing cooktop and change to an induction one, but I have certainly lowered the amount of snob points I used to attach to them…
The video below sums up pretty well about some of the sets that are both pretty and can also be used on a traditional gas cooktop, (important point) and notice the Duxtop good points 🙂
So there you have it, I suppose induction cooking will hit us in a big way soon enough.
Most pro chefs I know swear by gas and that you can control the heat better. Whilst this may be the case; many of us aren’t pro chefs and as my granny shows, can do very well in a simple setting!
I would love to know what you guys think about these types of cooker, so hit me up in the comments section and let me know what you think 🙂
It is better to keep your mouth shut!
I love this quote by the famous Mark Twain, because it so well represents how we have all got so many opinions nowadays, that we are all starting to sound a bit stupid!
So basically, I think this quote can be connected to many things in life, including cooking, eating and everything in between.
I have been to quite a few countries around the world, and there is one thing that connects us as humans…food!
But with that comes a kind of responsibility.
I was in Thailand one day when myself and my friends were on a trek through the jungle to see a local tribe.
We were part of a much bigger group of about 15 people including us. When we arrived we were welcomed in by our hosts and given food and some (very strong) clear whisky!
So after we had finished eating the food which consisted of some rice and a mixture of sweet and sour fried veggies, one young lad in our group rather loudly commented to his friends about what he thought of the food, and suffice to say; it wasn’t complimentary.
Luckily our lovely hosts didn’t speak English and so weren’t offended, but I saw our tour guide go very red and quite embarrassed.
We should all learn to be gracious
Kind of the point behind this story is that the young lad though he was being funny, whereas everyone else just thought he was a little s#*t!
In fact, even his 2 friends only kind of smiled a bit to acknowledge what he said, but I don’t think they were overly impressed either!
The issue is that we all crave attention and many people are willing to say anything to just get some kind of response, good or bad.
I much prefer the sort of person that carefully considers their words and will only say something of meaning.
I need to learn to do this myself as well, but as Mr. Twain so eloquently puts, it is better to be thought of as a fool rather than for people to know you’re one!!!
P.s., I am not sure if this one is Mark Twain or Abraham Lincoln, there are many different views, but the point of the quote, not the author is what is important.
Getting a new appliance for your kitchen is a hassle itself but when you have multiple options, you really need to get the one best suited to your routine and way of functioning because kitchen is your personal space.
The same type of appliance for a household is not necessarily suitable for another kitchen. Take your time and look into the details because appliances stay with you for a long time. When it comes to buying new ovens, cooks now tend to lean towards electric ovens but let’s take a look at benefits of both electric and gas ovens.
Gas ovens heat up much quicker than an electric heater and takes the same time to cool down as well.
This makes it a better choice in summers as you wouldn’t want your kitchen space to stay heated up longer than it already does. Electric heaters are slower to cool down after usage in my experience.
Gas ovens are also suitable for moist cooking for meat, quiches etc. as electric oven cooking is much dryer. Although, you don’t always need moist cooking and its points like these that would help you to decide which oven would fulfil your requirements.
Gas ovens are also easy on energy costs because gas is cheaper and in most places a subsidized commodity.
They remain functional even in a power outage since they don’t use electricity for cooking whereas if there is a blackout and you are using an electric oven then you can forget cooking altogether, (however you will still have to cook by candlelight!).
Unless the electric oven is supported by an alternative power source. It’s better to go for a gas oven if you reside in an area with frequent power outages.
Gas ovens are also easy to maintain because unlike electric ovens, they do not have moving heating parts so there is less chance of wearing out over time. Electric ovens last about ten years, altogether, whereas a gas oven remains in your kitchen until you decide to move it out.
Electric ovens on the other hand have higher temperature tolerance and can reach very high temperatures so much so they can burn all food particles to ashes that are then just swept off easily making it an easier self-cleaning oven. Same is not true for a gas oven.
Apart from precise control of temperature in an electric oven, it is more suitable for you if you are a baker at most times. Electric ovens are ideal for dry cooking.
At the end, it all comes down to what particular cooking routine you need your oven for. Take your time and choose wisely. Best of luck!
For anyone who has considered weight loss at some point in their lives, they have come to the realization that their food choices definitely have an impact on their health. Certain triggers can be connected to foods when people are struggling to process emotional states, which leads them to form patterns.
A pattern, or a habit, is something that is learned. You teach yourself a response to a triggering situation and you continue to return to that.
So, how do you break this habit?
You need to change your course of action. If you reach for peanut butter cups from your office drawer every time you have to meet a tight deadline, replace your habit with one that is more conducive to your health.
- Get up and take a walk around the office building.
- Replace your snack with one that is more beneficial, such as carrots or a piece of fruit.
- Jot your feelings down in a private journal.
These are all habits that can steer your mindset, along with your health, in a positive direction.
One could also look at people who are identifying negative emotions within themselves and note the connection between the food they ate.
Chances are, the food they are eating is not promoting a balanced and healthy lifestyle. It is through their food choices that you can often determine they have given up on themselves, are taking the easiest road possible and trudging through life one meal at a time.
In order to reconnect with a positive food relationship, you must rediscover the delights of quality food.
Taking on too much at once will be too overwhelming, so taking it slow with small steps is ideal. Take a cooking class or find a simple recipe online and teach yourself to love yourself again by eating foods that are wholesome and add energy to your life, rather than those that draw energy from it.