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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Some Desserts With Coffee

Flavored Ice Pops

Many people only associate ice pops or popsicles with fruit juice or soft drinks. However, these can just as easily be made by using a combination of milk and coffee as well. Instead of making the coffee with water, it should be made with milk, poured into molds and be allowed to set in the freezer for a few hours. Anyone who is allergic to dairy can consider using coconut milk, almond milk or even rice milk as a substitute and still enjoy a cold dessert.

Espresso Brownies

Although these delectable coffee desserts may not be suitable for young children, they will definitely be a hit at an all-adults dinner party. When using any regular brownie recipe, a few tablespoons of any type of finely ground espresso can be used to enhance the flavor substantially, while also adding an interesting twist to what is usually a relatively plain dessert.

Coffee Panna Cotta

This is an extremely smooth and creamy dessert that can be prepared in shaped molds, with a coffee-based and/or brandy sauce that is flambéed over it. The dessert itself can then be garnished with chocolate chips, chocolate-covered coffee beans or even a basic chocolate sauce. If serving to children or non-alcoholics, the brandy can be omitted from the recipe.

Quick Coffee Ice Cream

Beating just 2 cups of heavy cream, adding sweetened condensed milk, chopped nuts and dissolved coffee to the mixture will yield a delicious homemade coffee-flavored ice cream. Once beaten, the mixture will have to be placed in the freezer for a minimum of 4 hours to set fully. Nuts can be omitted if need be and replaced with chopped fruit pieces, chocolate chips, sprinkles or even crushed Oreo cookies.

Easy Grilled Pasta Recipes

Pineapple Salsa Grilled Shrimp Pasta

What you need:

  • 3/4 kg. large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 3 cups rotini pasta
  • 1/2 cups fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cups fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, minced

Cook rotini pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water for 8-10 minutes or until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Set aside. To make the pineapple salsa, combine orange juice, lime juice, pineapple, onion, bell pepper and jalapeno in a medium bowl. Mix well and pour over bowl of pasta. Toss to coat noodles then set aside. Cook the shrimp on a pre-heated grill over high heat for 2 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat and arrange on top of the pasta with pineapple salsa. Serve warm.

Classic Pesto and Grilled Chicken Pasta

What you need:

  • 2 boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 1/4 cup angel hair pasta
  • 1 cup pesto
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsps. toasted almonds
  • 2 tbsps. olive oil

Cook chicken in a pre-heated grill over high heat for 6-8 minutes per side or until cooked through. Remove from heat, chop and place in a medium bowl. Set aside. Bring angel hair pasta to a boil in a large pot of lightly salted water until al dente. Drain and transfer to a serving bowl. Heat olive oil in a large saucepan and sauté garlic until tender. Add pesto, chopped chicken and angel hair pasta and mix well. Remove from heat, transfer to a bowl and garnish with toasted almonds before serving.

Northern Star Cafe

Whilst I was living in Hamilton and working in Hexham, I used to Duck off for lunch at the Italian restaurant on Beaumont St. The Northern Star Cafe is easy to find. It is next to the Northern Star hotel but has no association to the hotel. Parking can be a bit difficult. Best to park around the corner and walk up to the restaurant.The lighting inside is indirect and gives the unique Mediterranean ambiance.

The Northern Star is a Cafe-style Italian cuisine restaurant. They have ethnic style dishes, mostly originating from the Mediterranean coastline. They have a great variety of salad or vegetable-based dishes. My favorite is Caesar salad. My wife always takes the salad combination with fruit and King prawns. The fruit that comes with the salad varies, such as grapes, avocado, or pears. My favorite appetizer is Prawns cooked in Chilli with special sauces and herbs. My wife’s selection is always the Grilled Chicken Ceaser Salad. They serve fabulous Pastas. Their variations of fish and meat are excellent, including Chicken, veal and steak.

We like the restaurant’s selections for the lunch and dinner menus. However, there is one thing that this restaurant has that no other one does. It is the personalised service from Jill and the great Home made recipes from Juliano Bettoli. All the staff are polite and know the wines and the meals on the menu. The decor is genuine Italian cafe style. The feel is great for all occasion. Since the restaurant is close to the centre of Newcastle, customers can also enjoy the Meals before catching a show or movie

Neapolitan Pizza

The pizza only uses the hand kneaded dough which need not be rolled using any mechanical method. Also, the pizza cannot exceed in diameter more than 35 centimetres and it should not be thicker than one third of a single centimetre at the centre. The most essential condition is to bake it in a domed, wood-fired oven kept at 900 degree F for 60-90 seconds. Creating Neapolitan pizza is an art as it is a perfect blend of exotic ingredients and a traditional cooking style.

Secret Ingredients

First of all, you need strong plain flour, salt and yeast to prepare the dough. Then, you are required to work on the toppings that include plum tomatoes, extra virgin olive oil, freshly grated parmesan cheese, basil leaves, dried oregano, chopped mozzarella and ground black pepper. You can add additional toppings like finely chopped garlic cloves, rosemary sprig, grated taleggio, speck, courgette, aubergine, prosciutto and rocket leaves to bring out the flavour.

The Recipe

Preparation starts with preheating the oven at 500 degree F. After that, you may knead the dough mixing flour, salt, yeast and lukewarm water together but do not let it to be too sticky. Make a ball out of it and let it stay idle for 5 minutes after covering it with a cloth. Later, split the dough into two parts while kneading each for some time and forming balls out of them. Now, take a neat kitchen cloth and sprinkle some flour upon it. After that, place the dough upon it and then covering it with a bit damp cloth. Leave it to rise in warm conditions for 30 minutes.

Proceed next and get tomatoes within a bowl. Slightly squash them, add pepper and salt to taste and mix them well. Now, find a clean surface and sprinkle flour on that. Furthermore, spread the dough using your fingers and shape it round with a border. The dough should be made as thin as possible looking like a pancake but it should not split. Now, take out two big, flat baking sheets and sprinkle breadcrumbs on them. Thereafter, put the pizza bases over them and spread tomato evenly above each. Putting too much of tomato should be avoided so that the pizza does not go soggy.