Bolognese sauce is so delicious it has become a staple in so many countries outside Italy. I recently discovered that the spaghetti sauce we all love in the States differs a great deal from its original, Italian counterpart. These two differ in ingredients and the manner of preparation but the biggest surprise was to find out that Italian chefs consider it a blasphemy to serve Bolognese on top of spaghetti as people in the States prefer. I found this out, along with more interesting facts in The Best Homemade Spaghetti Sauce Recipes.
Bolognese spaghetti sauce is a perfect combination of tomato sauce and minced meat. People adore it for its rich taste as well as the simplicity of preparation. I am sure you have your own favorite recipe for this sauce that always works, but anything can be improved, right? Here are my top tips and tricks for a perfect Bolognese spaghetti sauce.
#1 Make the Base for Your Bolognese Spaghetti Sauce
The Italian versions consider tomatoes an auxiliary ingredient and use it in smaller amounts. In America, Bolognese is considered a tomato sauce and the quantity of tomatoes in recipes rises accordingly. Both fresh and canned versions can be used.
Onion is a must in every Bolognese spaghetti sauce recipe, finely diced, sautéed until soft and light-brown. Onion is often combined with finely diced carrot and celery. If you are going for a more authentic taste, fry these veggies in butter to obtain a mixture that Italians call soffritto.
Some spaghetti sauce recipes suggest adding a dash of sugar in order to caramelize the soffrito and emphasize the tomatoes’ natural sweetness. If you do this, make sure to balance the taste with an acidifier, preferably lemon juice. Don’t add salt because it interferes with the caramelization process, you’ll add it in the later stages.
Note: In American varieties of this spaghetti sauce, smashed garlic is also added.
#2 Choose the Right Meat for Your Spaghetti Sauce
The usual meat of choice for Bolognese spaghetti sauce recipes is minced beef. It is used individually or combined with pork mince.
American varieties are not reluctant in the use of veal mince, sausages, diced bacon, and pancetta. More radical additions include chicken mince or even chicken livers or even a glass of milk. I like the addition of milk because it contributes a somewhat creamy note but in that case, I add larger amounts of spices. Bear in mind though, that milk will dilute the tomato taste.
#3 Make Your Spaghetti Sauce Flavorful
I was surprised to find Bolognese spaghetti sauce recipes that call for anchovies. Even though the authors claim these tiny fish emphasize the flavor of the red meat and you won’t even know they are in the sauce, I think anchovies are reserved for Puttanesca sauces.
When it comes to herbs, choose those that won’t overwhelm your Bolognese sauce like parsley, bay leaves, oregano, marjoram, or thyme. Use more flavorful herbs like basil and rosemary in smaller quantities. Opt for fresh varieties whenever possible to add color and freshness. Add half of them during cooking and the rest just before serving.
Americans tend to further enrich their Bolognese sauces by adding splashes of soy or Worcestershire sauce and complement with grated Parmesan cheese on top.
Final note: cook your Bolognese sauce slowly, on a low heat.
Raised bed gardening is the latest thing when it comes to growing vegetables. With the advent of this type of gardening, more and more people are growing vegetables.
There are many reasons that gardeners prefer growing vegetables in raised beds. First, raised beds allow you to choose the type of soil in your gardening area. The soil in these beds does not become compacted because the beds are never walked on. Because the soil is not compacted, the beds can drain excess water easily. Additionally, the soil in raised beds warms up quickly, which gives you a longer growing season. Raised beds can be used to grow a variety of vegetables; however, several veggies do especially well in raised beds. Let's check out the top five vegetables to grow in raised beds.
1. Root Vegetables
Root vegetables like beets, carrots, parsnips and radishes especially love raised beds. Raised beds do not contain rocks and the soil is loose which allows these root vegetables to spread out and really flourish. By having complete control over the type of soil in the bed, you can grow amazing root vegetables. Raised beds allow you to create the perfect environment for root vegetables without any rock or clay –it’s one of the reasons why you should garden with raised beds. Rock, clay and other debris can cause misshapen vegetables and reduce the size of your harvest.
2. Leafy Green Vegetables
Green leafy vegetables like kale, lettuce and spinach prefer raised beds because the soil is well-drained, nutrient-dense and warm up quickly in the early spring. You should plant these cool weather crops as soon as the soil begins to warm. In fact, because the soil in raised beds warms so quickly, you can plant leafy green vegetables early, allowing you to harvest several times before summer hits. Additionally, because the soil in a raised bed drains so well, you can grow amazing leafy green vegetables without worry of root rot.
Onions love raised beds for three different reasons. First, onions prefer quick draining soil. They also require plenty of organic material and a long growing season. Because you choose the soil, you can create the perfect soil for onions by adding plenty of compost to your soil mixture. Additionally, if you decide to grow onions from seed, it will take more than 100 days for your onions to reach maturity. The soil in a raised bed warms up much much quicker than the ground, which allows you to plant your onions early. Finally, the soil in a raised bed does not contain any items which can misshapen your onions or prevent them from reaching their full potential.
Tomatoes require nutrient-dense soil and regular feeding and watering. Adding extra compost or top soil with fertilizer will ensure that your tomato plants receive the nutrients they need to produce beautiful fruit. Because the soil is loose in a raised bed, it can be more difficult for your stakes or tomato cages to stand upright, so you may need to plan on how you will support your tomatoes. Many gardeners find that attaching a wooden tomato stake to the exterior of the box and running twine between the stakes is the easiest way to keep your tomato plants upright and properly supported throughout the growing season.
You not only get a larger crop of potatoes in a raised bed but raised beds also make harvesting much easier. As soon as the potato shoots begin to grow, they need to be hilled. In a raised bed, it is quite easy to hill your potatoes. Potatoes need loamy loose soil that drains well. Additionally, potatoes do best when they can spread out in the soil. The loose soil allows the potatoes room to grow and drains well to prevent your potatoes from rotting. Raised beds tend to produce higher yields and larger tubers. Whether you enjoy white potatoes or sweet potatoes, a raised bed will produce an amazing crop.
Raised beds can be used to grow any vegetable; however, the five listed above grow especially well in a raised bed. Raised beds allow you to develop a green thumb and enjoy delicious vegetables throughout the growing season.
The original chocolate sandwich cookie was invented in 1912. Nowadays these cookies are known worldwide in more than 100 countries. Popular flavors include Peanut Butter, Neapolitan, Birthday Cake and Red Velvet sandwich cookies. If you are like me, you will always prefer homemade treats, so keep reading. Read the whole article and find the recipe at: https://www.santabarbarachocolate.com/blog/sandwich-cookies-recipe/
Extra Dark Chocolate can be a part of a healthy daily diet and will likely enhance weight loss.
The lifestyle we lead is quite different to the lifestyle our grandparents led 100 years ago. Our grandparents walked a lot more than we do. Entertainment back in the day was mopping the floor and dancing. Today we stick to screens of smartphones and tablets to catch the latest shows and social networking sites. Food 100 years ago was more natural and with an organic twist. These basic differences between then and now can sometimes equate to a less than healthy lifestyle today because we aren't as likely underfed and we just simply aren't burning as many calories.
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1 strip bacon
2 onions, medium dice
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 1/2 pounds stewing beef, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
1 garlic clove
Pinch caraway seeds
2 tablespoons good quality sweet paprika
2 cups warm water
2 cubes beef bouillon
2 whole canned tomatoes, chopped
1 green bell pepper
4 or 5 potatoes
2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for plating
1 pound prepared nokedli, as an accompaniment
Cucumber salad, as an accompaniment
1. In a cold, heavy 6 to 8-quart stewing pot, fry bacon over low-medium heat until fat is rendered, and then discard bacon slice.
2. Saute onions in the bacon fat for a few minutes, do not allow the onions to brown. If bacon does not provide enough fat, add a little olive oil to prevent the onions from sticking. When onions become glossy, add the beef, sauteing with the onions for about 10 minutes, covered, until the meat is browned.
3. Chop and crush the garlic with the caraway seeds; add to meat and onions. Remove pot from heat. Stir in paprika rapidly with a wooden spoon. Immediately after paprika is absorbed, add the warm water. The water should just cover the meat, leaving room for potatoes.
4. Add beef bouillon cubes. Cover pot and cook over low heat for about 1 hour.
5. While stew is braising, prepare the tomatoes by cutting into 1-inch pieces. Core green peppers and cut into strips. After 1 hour of braising, add the tomatoes and green pepper. Add a little more water, if necessary and a little more salt if you need it. Simmer slowly for another 30 minutes.
6. Peel potatoes and cut into bite-sized cubes and set aside in a bowl of water. Add potatoes, and cook another 30 minutes until the potatoes are fork tender and the goulash is done.
7. Once goulash is finished, dissolve sour cream and a little of the goulash sauce in a cup. Add to goulash, it should give a creamy consistency. Serve goulash with nokedli on the side, adding an extra dollop of sour cream to each plate.
Whisk milk, eggs and vanilla together in a jug. Sift flour into a large bowl. Stir in sugar. Make a well in the centre. Add milk mixture. Whisk until just combined.
Heat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat. Add butter. Using 1/4 cup mixture per pancake, cook 2 pancakes for 2 minutes or until bubbles appear on surface. Turn and cook for a further 1-2 minutes or until cooked through. Repeat with remaining mixture, butter the pan between batches.
Pancakes my style, but these are made with butter. If you are a vegan, you should substitute milk with soymilk and use vegetable oil instead of butter. Enjoy
The term wheatberry or wheat berry refers to the entire wheat kernel (except for the hull), comprising the bran, germ, and endosperm. Wheatberries have a tan to reddish brown color and are available as either a hard or soft processed grain. They are often added to salads or baked into bread to add a crunchy texture; as a whole grain, they also provide nutritional benefits since they are an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Wheatberries are the primary ingredient in an Eastern European Christmas porridge called 'kutya'. And guess what, ''Kutya'' in the Hungarian language means 'dog'!
This seafood dish is one of the most popular in Singapore. Mud crabs are used. The sauce is a savoury tomato and chili-based semi-thick sauce. It is not a spicy dish so don’t be fooled by its name. The other competing version is the Black Pepper Crab. Chilli crab is one of the most satisfying dishes to eat with crusty bread or steamed buns. People also eat it with steamed white rice. Do get ready some crab crackers and wet napkins.