Saturday, February 15, 2014

The Most Glamorous Valentine's Menu of All Time!



When it comes to serving luxury Valentine's Day meals, you'd naturally expect to find many first class recipes on a restaurant's menu. But the bar for quality in the world of fine dining has just been lifted right out of sight thanks to Michelin star chef Adam Simmonds who has devised an eight-course menu on behalf of GreatBritishChefs.com. He describes the menu as the ultimate "no expense spared" luxury dining experience. In total the meals cost a whopping £61.000. But what could possibly comprise such a meal?

The menu

This meal boasts £3.000 pounds worth of almus white caviar, a range of delicious South Sea oysters, including pearls priced at £6,000, and a large amount of edible gold leaf totalling £2,000.

The menu also boasts a range of other delights such as Bluefin tuna, although this is a controversial decision for Simmonds to make as many wildlife campaigners assert that Bluefin are nearing extinction. However, Simmonds has prepared another course in case of diners' objections, which contains Pickled Mackerel, Cucumber, Horseradish and Charcoal.

These may sound like pretty random ingredient for a chef to just throw together on a menu, but Simmonds has actually rather cleverly chosen a nobler of foods that are known to be effective aphrodisiacs with qualities similar to that of Viagra. Guaranteed to make Valentines a day more loved up!

But wait, there's more!

The menu also boasts all kinds of other rare and expensive delicacies, such as confit foie gras, smoked eel, rissotto with carbineros prawns, saffron, silver leaf and caviar roe.

Just to make things even more interesting, the desert menu contains gourmet vanilla and smoked chocolate with kopi luwak ice cream, providing a delicious finale to a truly exquisite meal.

Simmonds has claimed: 'Each dish has been created with romance in mind and to allow the spectacular ingredients to work their magic, in both creating delicious food and the perfect mood for romance.'

And to drink..?

If the food sounds luxurious, wait until you see the range of drinks on offer! First class wines and champagnes including a £17,000 bottle of La Romanee-Conti wine, and a £3.000 bottle of 1976 Salon Blanc de Blancs. In total the wine list costs a huge £30,700.

Creating the atmosphere

A Valentine's Day meal is not just about the food and drink though, it's just as much about the setting and atmosphere. Restaurants serving' menu also plan to cater for couples by supplying a range of romantic dining ideas which include covering dinner tables in rose petals, lighting rose scented candles, and providing romantic live harp music.

Any Valentine's Day meal should be an exquisite dining experience, but this menu is surely the one by which all others should be compared.

If you want to enjoy a delicious Valentine's Day meal of your own, visit CaspianCaviar.co.uk where you'll find a range of fine caviar, including wasabi caviar.

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

The Coffee Cake Magic

Historians says that coffee cake was not discovered by the pastry chef long era a ago but it evolve around that, firstly the tasty cake of honey was made by French which in sense encouraged fruit cakes , then later it was made in sweet yeast rolls made by Danish cakes which have coffee in it. Later on the cakes were manufactured in mass and become very common in the world, now it's available in ant corner of the world.
America brought recipes
The concept of a coffee cake it was in earlier years was only simple overwhelming several sweet kind of cake just like having a cup of coffee; it started in Europe around the seventeenth century. historians says that before in Europe they were famous for having bread in the morning but when the coffee was introduce there the scene was changed, and they made very good combination of coffee with the bread. Historians also says that in German as well as Dutch they introduce various type of recipes and made different combustions with the coffee after that it was launch in America the coffee cake.
Mostly people believe that before the coffee cake were tasted much like bread than a cake. They were made of some sugar, yeast, flour, nuts, sweet spices, some eggs and dried fruits. In recent times in America the cake was made more delicious than before by adding yogurt, cheese, and variety of creams and a mixture of sugared fruits.
Holland and German communities
The Holland and the German community were well-known in New Jersey, New York and Delaware for their coffee cakes in the past days. Their way of making cake is similar to today's time, they is no difference in the recipes. Scandinavians were very good in coffee making and they wanted little bit of sweets with the coffee and that is how the world's famous and tasty cakes were introduced. The Scandinavians become very proud of their creation of tasty cakes and than made more range of pastries and cake and gave to people who came from Central Europe to America.
In the records of the America, the writer says that in the year 1879 coffee cake turn out to be very famous in America. Historians have done research by seeing the old cookery books of previous time and found that cake recipes for making coffee cake were publish in all the books of cooking and each every one in America started making coffee cake later in the eighteen hundreds. There is lot of variety of cakes and the most of the famous varieties are streusel variation, crumb cake and the streusel version. So You have got lots of Information About Coffee Cake.
Carl Esonhouse's web pages are published on a lot of web sites with reference to coffee and cappachino machines and types of cappuccino. Working on his detailed publications, the columnist showed his capability on subjects associated with home cappuccino machines.

Friday, November 21, 2008

People Try Everything to Get Perfect Hot Coffee

Coffee! This popular beverage is available in numerous flavors and fashions. Coffee is made by saturating ground-up dried beans in piping hot water. In spite of the Herculean efforts by countless companies for many drinks of diverse temperatures, hot coffee remains the number one choice of most drinkers for all main meal times during the day, and while driving in their vehicle. This hot beverage appears to be the most popular beverage in the world. Some folks take some amazing steps to make certain that their beverage is just right. Given the excitement over iced coffee, the majority of coffee lovers demand hot coffee. Surprisingly there are a few menus where chilled mugs with iced coffee has made a restaurant showing.
However, the overall population of coffee lovers drinks it at 160-degrees. There are numerous products on the market, which enable you to coax the best flavor out of coffee grounds. People try everything to get perfect hot coffee, from buying home roasters and graters to complex systems.
Many enthusiasts insist that the degree temperature of the coffee must just reach boiling point is at 212 degrees F. At this point, the water will soak the grounds over a specified time. This will bring the coffee to optimal flavor. For some others, the actual creation of the coffee matters more than the actual imbibing of the beverage. A few of these aficionados prefer to change the flavor of the coffee with whitener and sweetener. To them how the coffee tastes from the pot is irrelevant.
There are companies out there inventing an auto-stirring unit for your hot beverage. This will help those of you who especially require the addition of extra condiments such as cream or sugar. If you Google the words 'coffee cup stir' on the Internet you'll find many units being described and offered for sale, some from big name manufacturers.
Danger Lurks In a Cup of Hot Beverage Some people have discovered difficult lessons regarding the dangers of steaming coffee. It is true that the liquid is likely not boiling as they try to drink it, yet the temperature may be hot enough to hurt your lips or skin. Don't try to swallow the hot coffee, because it's still very hot.
Numerous folks certainly appreciate the taste of a hot coffee but will (for some reason) drop in an ice cube to bring the temperature down to palatable feel taking a drink. Countless others favor letting their hot beverage cool physically as they gently sip.
Reducing the hotness of the coffee in the cup is the most certain way to be able to gently drink the hot beverage. This can be done by letting it sit. Cups or mugs with wider mouths chill it faster due to a great exposed to air. Mugs with narrower mouths take longer to chill the coffee for the opposite reason.
The author Charles Etungen is particularly interested in information associated with home espresso machines. His contributions on how to make expresso can be discovered on his webpage and also other online publications.

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Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Daily Astrology For the Week of September 22, 2008 - General Tendencies For All Sun Signs

Mon 9/22/08 Affectionate and Creative

We are going to be feeling rather nurturing under the Cancer Moon today. Even though Cancer is the sign of home, we may feel like getting away. Many will be affectionate, and some will be impulsive. We could also be feeling very creative. Those of us up late may end up going to extremes on a few of those projects.

Major Planetary Events Today: Sun Enters Libra (Fall Equinox), Venus Sextile Pluto

Tue 9/23/08 Feeling Impulsive and Possible Accidents

We may be feeling really impulsive today, and some of those impulses may lead us to accidents. Some of us will be struggling to make some changes in our relationships, and others could be overspending their budgets. We may feel like we are ready to make some changes around lunch time (mid morning west coast), but as the day progresses our efforts may backfire on us. Emotions will flatten out early this evening (mid afternoon west coast) as the Moon goes void of course. Watch out for accidents tonight, and think before you speak.

Major Planetary Events Today: Mercury Conjunct Mars, Venus Enters Scorpio

Wed 9/24/08 Mercury Retrograde - Accidents

We are going to be feeling pretty good today under the Leo Moon, but we may encounter some problems with Mercury at retrograde station. There could be some communication problems, and there is a higher likelihood of accidents on the highways. But, most of us will deal with these problems in an optimistic way (a few may throw a childish fit). It will be a great night for entertainment. Do something special to reward yourself for surviving the day.

Major Planetary Events Today: Mercury Retrograde Station

Thu 9/25/08 Drama and Excitement

People should be rather generous and confident today under the majestic Leo Moon. There will probably be a little extra drama in everything we do, and romance could be on our agendas. The excitement could amplify this evening (late afternoon west coast), and we should find that the rest of the night is just plain fun. Enjoy.

Major Planetary Events Today: None

Fri 9/26/08 Cleaning and Organizing

We may have a little trouble getting started this morning, but by mid morning we will be ready to get to work as the Moon enters industrious Virgo. Its going to be a great day for scouring and scrubbing, and getting down to the details of any project. People will be cooperative late this afternoon (early afternoon west coast), and it will be a great time for conversations. We may decide to do some more cleaning and organizing tonight.

Major Planetary Events Today: None

Sat 9/27/08 Getting Things Done

We may start today with a very big "to do" list, and we should find that we steadily check off the projects on our list through mid afternoon (early afternoon west coast). There is a tendency to become overly critical tonight (this evening west coast), and some of us may find ourselves dealing with anger backlash, if we don't think before we speak.

Major Planetary Events Today: None

Sun 9/28/08 Strong Spiritual Connections

We are going to want to communicate this morning, and our words and thoughts could be on the creative side. Spiritual connections will be strong, and many of us will feel the artist inside calling out. There could be some fearful or paranoid situations early this afternoon (mid morning west coast), but by late afternoon (early afternoon west coast) we will be ready to be social again as the Moon enters Libra. It will be a great night for social events or just enjoying time with our significant other.

Major Planetary Events Today: Mercury Trine Neptune

Janet (Sparrow) Moon is a professional psychic and astrologer. You can visit her web site for more articles about upcoming events in astrology, and to order a personal reading. (This article can be reprinted freely online, as long as the entire article and this bio is included.) http://www.sparrowmoon.com/

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Eggs!

Are eggs fattening? And is it true that they're bad for your heart? Mark, London, England

Here's the skinny on eggs: A single large egg has 75 calories, 63% of which comes from the 5 grams of fat that each contains. So, does that mean they're "fattening?" That depends on how many you eat over a given period of time.

The calories alone won't cause you exceed your daily limit, which for most adults falls somewhere between 1600 and 2800 calories, depending on your age, sex, body weight, and level of physical activity. Even a three-egg omelet isn't a huge caloric hit, relatively speaking, even though it's likely to be cooked in butter (more fat). However...

The percentage of fat in eggs is above desirable levels. Current dietary guidelines suggest that you should limit fat calories to about 30% of your total daily intake. That doesn't mean that you should never eat foods with higher percentages of fat, but obviously, the more high-fat foods you eat, the more difficult it will be to hit that 30% target. Still, if you ate just an egg or two per day, the high percentage of fat could be balanced by a generally low-fat diet. However...

Judging by your followup question, you've heard that eating eggs can contribute to heart disease. The facts are these: A single egg contain about 215 milligrams of cholesterol, which is two-thirds of the recommended daily allowance for healthy adults (300mg). High levels of blood cholesterol have been linked to heart disease. And although eating cholesterol (dietary cholesterol) doesn't necessarily lead directly to higher cholesterol production (blood cholesterol), foods rich in cholesterol often contain more fat and, specifically, saturated fat, which have been tagged as culprits in raising cholesterol. So...

The consensus seems to be that 3 or 4 eggs per week is a reasonable amount, with the yolks being the operative factor. If you eat just the egg whites, you can have many more and still stay within sensible dietary limits.
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What's the difference between a "Parfum" and an "Eau de Parfum"?

Most perfumes are complex combinations of natural materials, such as essential oils from plants, and synthetic products that increase the lasting power and heighten the smell. Alcohol is used as a liquid base for perfume, and the ratio of alcohol to scented perfume concentrates determines what the final concoction is labeled.

From highest concentration to least, the different forms of perfume are:
  • Perfume, also called extract or extrait perfume, can include 15-40% perfume concentrates. This is the purest form of scented product and is the most expensive as a result.

  • Eau de parfum contains about 7-15% perfume concentrates. This is the most popular and common form of perfume. It provides a long-lasting fragrance and generally doesn't cost as much as extract perfume.

  • Eau de toilette has around 1-6% perfume concentrates. This makes for a light scent that doesn't linger as long as the more intense versions. It was originally intended to be a refreshing body splash to help people wake up in the morning.

  • Eau de cologne is sometimes used interchangeably with the term eau de toilette. However, the concoction began as the name of a light, fresh fragrance mixed with citrus oils and was made popular by Napoleon. Some perfumers today have a version of this called eau fraiche.
While these are the main classes of perfume, other products are frequently scented with perfume concentrates too. Lotions, creams, powders, body splashes, aftershaves, soaps, and other cosmetic products may contain variable (though usually small) amounts of fragrance.