French Toast Recipe!

Have you ever eaten a French Toast?

Generally, it is a dish made up of bread immersed in beaten eggs and then fried. According to some traditions, it is mainly served for breakfast, with the adding of crunchy bacon, sausages, a little fresh fruit with whipped cream or scrambled eggs.

It can be also good for a snack or a light lunch/ dinner.
Nevertheless, French Toast is quite simple to prepare.

Let’s discover the recipe!

3 eggs (1 egg per 2 slices of bread)
Extra virgin olive oil or butter
Toast bread (you can use the bread you like)
Milk (approximately 2 spoons per egg)

Break the eggs into a bowl. Add milk and mix well the two ingredients.
Now, put the toast bread in that bowl, making it completely immersed.

Afterwards, take a frying pan and color it with of extra virgin olive oil or butter, to avoid the risk of sticking bread.
Order the slices of bread in the frying pan.
Cook on both sides until the bread is golden and crispy.

Once ready, serve on a dish your French Toast.
Now you can use your creativity, adding anything you like: salted ingredients, icing sugar or even chocolate and jam!

The world of Nutella!

Nutella is the Italian trade name of a gianduia cream containing cocoa and hazelnuts. It was created in 1964 and the name comes from the english word “nut” and the Italian suffix ella, to make the name more sweet.

How this product developed?

The origin of Nutella is linked to the Gianduia chocolate containing hazelnut paste. The Gianduia set foot in Piedmont when the excessive taxes on cocoa beans began to discourage the spread of conventional chocolate. Pietro Ferrero owned a confectionery in the city of Alba, known for producing hazelnuts. In 1946 he sold the first lot, consisting of 300 kg of  “Pasta Giandujot”. It was a chocolate pasta and hazelnuts sold in cutting blocks. In 1951, however, the “Supercrema” was born, preserved vegetable sold in large jars.

In 1963 Michele Ferrero, son of Pietro, decided to renew the “Supercrema” with the intention to market it all over Europe. The composition was changed, as did the label and the name: the word “Nutella” and the logo were recorded towards the end of the same year, remaining unchanged to this day.

Since its inception Ferrero has adopted reusable glass containers as an incentive to purchase the product. Once emptied of its contents, the container can be used as a glass of home. The glasses were soon embellished with multicolored images (which often refers to some cartoons or events) and a characteristic form.

Today Nutella is the most popular hazelnut cream of the world. More than 350.000 tons are produced by every single year.
This cream is used mainly as an accompaniment for bread, biscuits, sweets and fruit, although many recipes for its use in pies, pastries and crêpes have been created over the years.

Did you know this curiosity? The container cap of a Nutella jar was initially red. It was later modified in white color.

How to cook vegetables?

If you love vegetables, there are different ways to cook them.

What are they?

1.  Stuffed cooking
To prepare a vegetable stew, you can use onions, carrots, turnip, and courgettes.
How to prepare these ingredients?
Cut them all in pieces of non-excessive size and place them on the fire with little liquid in a casserole. Vegetables will immediately start to release water and, thanks to the cover, the water vapor produced will remain inside and will help keep them moist. At the end of this process, vegetables will be very delicious!

2. Steaming cooking
Simple and healthy this method of cooking is very ancient and it is used mainly in oriental cuisine. Steam preserves the color and the nutritional properties of vegetables.
In steam cooking, however, no added fat is used and therefore the preparations are lighter. To better taste your vegetables, you can add some herbs.

3. Grilling cooking
Grilling vegetables makes them so tasty that it is not necessary to add a lot of ingredients: for instance, it is enough a bit of extra virgin olive oil, garlic and lemon juice.
However, some vegetables such as potatoes or carrots need a double cokking. It is recommended to be pre-cooked them: in this way they can then grill well.

4.  Boiling cooking
This method can be done in two ways: with a minimum or an abundant amount of water. But the most important thing is to add a pinch of salt. This procedure will make your vegetables more tasty!

5. Oven cooking
This is a traditional method. In addition, preparing vegetables is the oven is quite simply but you always have to keep under control the temperature of cooking.

5.  Frying
This method is the opposite of the oven cooking. It is less healthy, but very loved (for instance French Fries) by young and adults!


The world of Sushi!

Have you ever eaten Sushi?
It is a typical dish of the Japanese cuisine.

What does it consist of?
A sushi is made of rice, which is the main ingredient together with raw or cooked fish. Everything may be accompained by seaweed, vegetable or eggs.

How to prepare it?
There are many ways to prepare a sushi. The methods are very simple. For instance, you can just lay the fish over rice or you can roll it all into a strip of a seaweed.
Thanks to the large variety of ingredients that can be protagonist of a sushi, there are many type of this delicious Japanese dish.

Here there is a list, which contains the most popular types of sushi:

We have to mention the “father” of the various types of sushi: the Makizushi “rolled sushi” (in Japanese 巻 き 寿司). This type of sushi has cylindrical or conical shape, which is formed with the help of a bamboo rug called makisu. Makizushi is the kind of sushi more familiar to most Westerners. It is usually wrapped in the nori, a dried up sheet of algae that encloses rice and filling. Depending on the shape and structure it takes the name of:

  • Futomaki “wide rolls” (in Japanese 太 巻 き).  It is a cylindrical “meatball”, with the nori outside, typically two or three inches wide and four or five inches wide. It is often made with two or three fillings chosen to complement each other in taste and color.
  • Temaki “hand rolls” (in Japanese 手 巻 き) It is a cone-shaped “meatball”, with nori on the outside and the ingredients protruding from the wide end. Larger, traditionally ten centimeters long, it is eaten with bites by holding it with your fingers, because it would be too difficult to lift with sticks.
  • Uramaki “inner-outer rolls” (in Japanese 裏 巻 き) It is a cylindrical “meatball” with nori inside, medium in size and with two or more fillings. The filling is in the center surrounded by a nori sheet, then a layer of rice and an outer seal of another ingredient, such as fish eggs or toasted sesame seeds.
  • Hosomaki “thin rolls” (in Japanese 細 巻 き) It is a cylindrical “meatball”, with the nori outside, typically two inches high and two wide. Generally it has only one type of filling (salmon) but can also contain tuna or, rarely, avocado.
  • Oshizushi “sushi pressed” (in Japanese 押 し 寿司) This type of sushi is formed using a wood form called oshibako. The chef aligns the achixake bottom with the gasket, covers it with sushi rice and presses the shape lid to create a compact and rectangular block. The block is removed from the shape and cut into pieces of the size of a bite.
  • Gomokuzushi “Kansai style sushi” (in Japanese 五 目 寿司) Here the ingredients can be raw or cooked and mixed with rice in the bowl.
  • Funazushi (in Japanese 鮒 寿司) It involves the anaerobic lactic fermentation of a freshwater fish, named funa.
  • Nigirizushi “shaped hand-shaped sushi”( in Japanese 握 り 寿司). It consists of small hand-pressed rice chop, often with a tip of wasabi, with a slim slit of over seal. In contrast to the others, this type of sushi is a bit hard to prepare.
  • Gunkanzushi “Battle Ship Sushi” (in Japanese 軍艦 寿司) This sushi has an oval shaped chicken meat, surrounded by a nori streak, with the adding of other ingredients such as fish eggs.
  • Inari / Inarizushi “stuffed sushi” (in Japanese 稲 荷 寿司) It is a sort of a small “pocket” made up of of fried tofu or a thin omelette. Everything is filled by sushi rice and other ingredients.
  • Chirashizushi “scattered sushi” (in Japanese 散 ら し 寿司) It consists of a bowl of sushi rice with the other mixed ingredients.
  • Edomae chirashizushi “Sushi littered with Edo’s style” (in Japanese 江 戸 前 散 ら し 寿司) Here, raw ingredients are mixed with art over rice in a bowl.
  • Narezushi (in Japanese な れ 鮨) is an older form of sushi. Here, the chefs remove the internal organs and scales from the fish, then fill them with salt, put in a wooden barrel, mixed with salt and pressed with a heavy tsukemonoishi or a stone. They have to to ferment for more than ten days. Afterwards, they are immersed in water for an uncertain time that could variate from fifteen minutes to one hour. Finally, they are placed in another layered barrel with cold boiled rice and fish.
    In conclusion, you can eat this type of sushi many months later!
    It’s an incredible thing!

    Where can you eat these specialties?
    Japanese restaurants based in other countries of the world do not offer every type of this specialty,
    Surely, in Japan you will find all of them!

Everything you need to know about Hamburger!

The hamburger is a type of meat made that has a round shape.
They are available in different. ways because there is the use of a large variety of animals.

Origins of the term hamburger:
Although hamburger is a food born in America (USA – 1900 AD, by Danish Louiss Lassen), the etymology of the term suggests a clear European center. In fact the term “Burger” comes from “Burg”, which is  the name of many German and Austrian cities and “Amburg”(a German city).

You can eat hamburgers everywhere! 
In addition, with the advent of Mc Donald’s (and other fast food) you can buy some menu that offers hamburgers with bread, french fries and a drink. The unbelievable thing is that these menu are very cheap!

However, according some researches, the quality of these meat is different in fast food: as they don’t cost so much, their quality is lower. On the contrary, if you go to an expensive restaurant, you will taste a hamburger of high quality.

At the same, we can say that hamburger in all its varieties has reached the whole world: only in some countries such as India, the chicken burgers are preferred to beef cows, considered sacred animals.