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Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto

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Culinary geniuses are armed to the teeth to establish their signature concepts and defeat the challenges that come their way. They win over millions of hearts obliging them to become fond of a particular cuisine or an innovative cooking style.

Chef Masaharu Morimoto – A Genius

Born in Hiroshima on May 26, 1955, Chef Masaharu Morimoto mastered the art of Kaiseki and Sushi making at 24. His craving for the once-a-month and only dine-out at a sushi restaurant that his family could only afford, and fresh seafood being the means of his sustenance during his growing years, are the governing forces of his success.

Reason behind the Chef’s Worldwide Popularity

He can be tagged as a pioneer in introducing Japanese sushi to the Western world without shifting from the traditional concepts or ingredients but synchronizing them with American food standards. His culinary surprises, like the sushi burrito and California roll, not only surprised but got its takers from the continents of America while the Europeans got delighted by jalapeno-laden tuna pizza. Even the Indian cuisine isn’t lagging behind where he tweaked the Japanese culinary traditions to a purely vegetarian format demanded by customers. Whatever the cuisine or food culture is, he has elbowed his way through it only to make Japanese cuisine appealing to food lovers.

His Entry into the Culinary Realm

Chef Masaharu Morimoto’s dream of becoming a sous-chef materialized due to his failure as an aspiring baseball player on the occasion of a shoulder injury. A 7-year work experience at a sushi restaurant in his country was the stepping stone that flew him several miles away into the United States within a short span of 5 years. Since then, his ulterior motive has been to present Japanese cuisine in a manner that caters to cross-cultural tastes outside Japan’s geographical boundaries.

Chronology of Iron Chef Morimoto’s Restaurants

The response at the maiden restaurant of Philadelphia opened in 2001, boosted Iron Chef Morimoto’s confidence to create his own empire starting with the Indian and American cities. Inaugurated in 2006, “Morimoto New York” is the chef’s flagship restaurant followed by a second outlet of “Wasabi” at Taj Mahal hotel, New Delhi, in the year 2008. A twist in the signature concept of his restaurantsis well represented by Tokyo’s Morimoto XEX that fetched him the first Michelin Star in 2008. This restaurant has distinct floors serving sushi and teppanyaki delights.

Other than the Indian metro cities of Mumbai and New Delhi, several destinations in

America such as Las Vegas, Maui, Orlando, Mexico City, New York became home to the brands “Momosan” and “Morimoto Asia.”

His Appearance on the Food Network Show “Iron Chef”

The regional Japanese “Iron Chef” show featuring in 1998 got Chef Masaharu Morimotoas a contestant, followed by his active participation in “Iron Chef America” in the consecutive year. On the show, Iron Chef Morimoto‘s chef coats were made by Crooked BrookHe made the most of this platform to exhibit his unbiased selection of locally available ingredients to whip up culture-specific Japanese dishes for the pleasure of taste buds. 2017 spring saw him return to battle it out at “Iron Chef Gauntlet.” He has more places to go with Dubai and Honolulu joining the bandwagon of Iron Chef Morimoto‘s trademark recently. Television appearances, cookbook launches, and enthusiastic experimentations get Masaharu Morimoto going even at the age of 64.

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PANEER BUTTER MASALA RESTAURANT-STYLE RECIPE

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Paneer is a staple diet for numerous people in India. It serves as an ideal substitute for non-vegetarian food and tastes every bit as nice. Many dishes can be prepared using paneer, starting from appetizers to the main course. The paneer butter masala recipe is a traditional Indian dish served with bread and/or rice. 

Sometimes going to a restaurant is a far-fetched idea. In such situations having a restaurant-style paneer butter masala recipe at hand will be of assistance. Besides, you can adjust the quantities if you are following a low-calorie diet. 

There are several paneer butter masala recipes available online. Chime into the one that seems easy to imitate while also focusing on the taste and reviews. An easy-to-follow recipe will make the process seamless and allow you to prepare the concoction more often. The paneer butter masala recipe is creamy, soft, and full of flavor. It is a front-runner owing to its deliciousness. 

INGREDIENT LIST

1) A tablespoon of oil 

2) 2 green cardamoms or more if you like the taste

3) A cup of onions, diced

4) 1.5 cups of tomatoes finely diced

5) 3/4 teaspoon of salt, plus you could adjust according to your liking

6) 3/4 teaspoon brown sugar, which is optional 

7) 12-14 cashews

8) 3/4 to 1 teaspoon red chili powder 

9) 1 teaspoon of garam masala 

10) 1 teaspoon coriander powder 

OPTIONAL 

1) Tej patta 

2) Cinnamon 

3) Cloves 

GRAVY 

1) 1.5 tablespoon butter 

2) 1.5 teaspoon ginger and garlic paste (finely crushed) 

3) 200-250 gms paneer

4) 1 teaspoon Kasturi methi

5) Nearly 3-4 tablespoons of heavy cream 

6) Lastly, coriander/cilantro for garnishing

PROCEDURE 

1) Commence by heating the oil in a skillet and adding in the cardamoms. 

2) Subsequently, add a cup of diced onions and stir fry them until they become transparent.

3) Next, you will add 1.5 cups of diced tomatoes along with salt and saute it for 3 minutes. The quantity of salt depends on your taste.

4) Place a lid on top of the skillet and allow the onions and tomatoes to cook correctly. They must become mushy by the end.

5) Now, add in the garam masala along with the coriander powder and the cashew nuts. Finally, sprinkle the red chili powder and add the sugar if you like. 

6) Let the spices marinate with the vegetables until it becomes aromatic. It should take about 2-3 minutes.

7) Post this, turn the stove off and let the concoction cool down completely. 

8) Gather a blender and pour the ingredients into it. Mix it with a cup of water and blend it into a smooth paste. If it does not seem silky enough, use a filter and set the blend in another bowl. 

FINAL STEPS 

1) Use the same skillet and a dash of butter in it. You can now add in the optional ingredients (cardamom, bay leaf, and cloves). 

2) Add the ginger garlic paste and saute for a minute. 

3) Next, pour in the puree, add 1/4 teaspoon red chili powder, and not overcook it. 

4) Keep an eye on the gravy and prevent it from overcooking. Sprinkle Kasturi methi and turn the flame off. Add cream and serve it hot. 

CONCLUSION 

This is a simple recipe that will allow you to enjoy a restaurant-like experience at home.

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Healthy eating as a trend: Diets or Healthy food?

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The global pandemic has changed almost everything. Our eating and cooking habits are not an exception. During the isolation people started different challenges in social media posting dish recipes and cooking process videos. There were people who were dieting together and sharing their results. Eating healthy food and training at home became such a trend which was interesting to many people. 

There are many people who even started accounts on Instagram about healthy eating and nutrition, and there are many interesting and creative instagram story ideas  about this topic, which are both informative and inspirational to start eating healthy. 

Diets and Nutrition

There are many opinions about diets. Some think that it’s the best way to lose weight, others think that it’s dangerous for health, and for the third ones it’s becoming an addiction during a short time. At least, diets should be prescribed by a doctor-nutritionist who is a specialist, knows everything necessary about the person who has a weight problem and then the individual diet is being formed for the person. 

Maybe people don’t know clearly what diet is? And the word diet reminds of an unpleasant process associated with torturous weight loss. Let’s clarify!

First of all, let’s mention that diet is not only for losing weight. Dieting is a process of eating healthy food and following a specific “schedule” of eating. By changing eating habits, organism can change in a very positive way. The energy, mood and physical condition will be improved. Dieting is not about not eating, starving and calculating calories every moment. It’s important to hear the needs of human’s organism which are very individual. 

In summer the desire to eat disappears, maybe because of heat. Eating fresh fruits and vegetables are more pleasant than heavy dishes or soups. There are many ways to satisfy your hunger, lose weight and get the necessary vitamins at the same time. One of them is watermelon nutrition!  This fresh and juicy fruit is very healthy and full of vitamins. 

Watermelon Nutrition

The most part of watermelons is water, about 92% and it’s full of vitamins and minerals. In each piece  there are vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as a lot of lycopene, antioxidants, and amino acids. This summer sweet snack is fat-free and only 40 calories a cup. It’s sweet, so you can satisfy the hunger for sweets without thinking about gaining weight. 

These amino-acids let the body function optimally, and this process allows to lose weight. Watermelon nutrition is also good for improving health. The high quantities of lycopene in watermelon protect cells from damage and may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Because of their antioxidant characteristics, watermelons may assist to reduce the risk of cancer.

Conclusion

The healthy eating is very good for physical and psychological condition. There are many diets and nutrition tips to follow, but it’s really important to remember that everything is individual even if it’s about health. Diets are very different and appropriate for different organisms and needs, don’t forget to consulate with a doctor. Trends are fun, but listening to the inner voice and needs are even more important. 

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Reusable Coffee Filters vs. Paper Coffee Filters

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Do you want to know the secret to perfecting your morning coffee? It’s all in the coffee filter. Not only do they come with health benefits, using a coffee filter can keep the ground beans out of your coffee. Your coffee filter will give you a smoother drink and an all-around better experience. 

Whether you make your morning coffee in your kitchen or at work, you want to have a filter that you can take with you. The type of coffee filter you use will impact the taste of your drink. We’re comparing paper coffee filters to their reusable alternatives. We’ll let you know why reusable ones our favourites are. 

What Are Paper Coffee Filters?

The main purpose of coffee filters is to catch the diterpenes within your coffee. These are the oily substances that you can find floating at the top of your coffee. They can negatively impact your heart health by increasing your cholesterol. Paper coffee filters are made using natural fibres, making them biodegradable. They’re the option you’ll see lining your supermarket shelves. 

Paper filters work by filtering the majority of the micro-grounds and oils in your coffee. While it gives you a thinner consistency, it takes away the authentic aroma and flavour. It’s one reason why paper filters are popular, as they can make black coffee more drinkable.

Paper filters are easy to hand out around your office – or if you don’t want to share your reusable one with friends. The downside is that they’re not environmentally sustainable. If you’re trying to cut out waste, you’ll want to look for another option.

Why Reusable Coffee Filters Are a Win-Win

We’re all trying to become a little greener. Whether it’s abandoning single-use plastic or cycling to work, we’re all looking for ways to help the planet. If you’re someone who drinks multiple coffees a day, you need a reusable coffee filter. You can throw it into your backpack or keep a spare one in your desk drawer. 

Unlike paper filters, these reusable options maintain the taste and smell of your drink. If you need the scent of coffee to wake you up in the morning, you need a reusable filter! A reusable filter is a must-have for those who enjoy a rich coffee and want to maintain its aromatic qualities. 

Your reusable filter is a one-time investment that you can clean between uses in under one minute. While paper filters might seem cheap when you first buy them, the cost quickly builds up.

While paper filters can be helpful in a crisis, reusable filters are a more cost-effective and eco-friendlier alternative. With a little TLC, your reusable filter can be your plus-one for every adventure and coffee run.

At 2x Espresso, we sell reusable coffee filters that are hassle-free to help you brew the perfect coffee. As fellow coffee lovers and travel addicts, our online store is dedicated to giving you the tools to enjoy your coffee on the go.

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Propylene Glycol vs Ethylene Glycol: What’s the Difference?

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Did you know that there’s a Generally Recognized as Safe loophole that lets companies decide on the safety of chemicals in our food? This allows products to go to the public without the FDA reviewing them. Today, many chemicals that aren’t allowed in foods around the world are allowed in foods in the U.S.

All of this might make you curious about propylene glycol vs ethylene glycol. This article will take a look at the 2 and describe the differences. Read on to explore more about these 2 and find out how safe they really are. 

Understanding Propylene Glycol

When exploring how to use Ethylene Glycol and Propylene Glycol, you might across that they can be used in food. Propylene is odorless and nearly colorless. It’s used in hygiene products, dog food, cosmetics, and salad dressing. It’s a way for products to maintain their texture and consistency. 

Propylene glycol can also be called: 

  • Propanediol
  • Trimethyl glycol
  • Dihydroxypropane
  • Methyl ethyl glycol

Foods that have propylene glycol include:

  • Flavored teas
  • Dried soups
  • Salad dressings
  • Seasoning blends
  • Powdered drink mixes
  • Baking mixes
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Sauces
  • And many others

It can be used as a texturizer, emulsifier, antioxidant, and anti-caking agent. It prevents food from sticking to each other. Propylene can also dissolve other nutrients or food additives that are used in processing. 

Propylene Glycol Safety

In Europe, it can only be used as a solvent for enzymes, antioxidants, emulsifiers, and colors. They also limit how much you can use. 

In the U.S., you can use it indirectly or directly as a food additive. The World Health Organization has a limit to how much you should use each day. 

The chances of toxicity from propylene glycol are low. There isn’t proof that it can lead to issues with reproduction, fertility, cancer, or damaged genes. 

If you experience poisoning, it’s normally treated with hemodialysis. This removes it from your blood. This is very rare and normally it’s caused by intaking something that’s not food. 

Since it’s broken down naturally by healthy livers and kidneys, if you have kidney or liver disease, then it might not be a good option for you. This can lead to a buildup in your system. 

What Is Ethylene Glycol?

It’s a chemical that you can find in industrial and commercial applications. These items can include coolant and antifreeze. 

It’s also used as heat transfer fluids for industrial coolants for ventilating, gas compressors, heating, and air-conditioning systems. It can also be used in the production of various products such as carpet, polyester fibers, and upholstery. 

Uses of ethylene glycol can include:

  • Ink for stamp pads
  • Hydraulic brake fluid
  • Solvent for paint
  • Dehydration agent
  • For photographic developing

Choosing a Glycol

Keep in mind that while propylene glycol isn’t considered toxic, ethylene glycol is. You can find ethylene glycol in applications where efficiency is vital. It’s often used in places where there’s no animal or human contact such as plastic molding, ice rinks, and in-line heaters. 

Propylene glycol can be used in pharmaceutical and food products along with HVAC systems in businesses, schools, and homes. Whereas, ethylene glycol is the fluid you can find in automotive antifreeze formulations. While propylene is more viscous at cold temperatures, ethylene is a more affordable option. 

Inhibited Glycol

This is an antifreeze mixture that has chemicals in order to avoid corrosion to your HVAC system. Corrosion can occur due to contaminants making it more likely. It can lead to damage to your HVAC systems and you might experience shutdowns. 

When you choose a glycol heat transfer fluid that doesn’t have inhibitors, it can increase the process of corrosion. Using purified water can cause corrosion as well. It needs to have the right amount of inhibitors. 

Don’t Mix Glycols

Never mix the different brands or types of glycols out there. This can lead to gelling or clogged filters. Before you try out a new product, you’ll want to remove the current fluid. 

Avoiding Propylene Glycol

If you’re wanting to avoid propylene glycol in your food, then you’ll want to follow a whole foods approach. While propylene glycol is safe in low quantities for most healthy individuals, larger doses can lead to health problems. 

Those with normal kidney and liver functions can remove propylene glycol from your body. Part of it breaks down into lactic acid. 

Lactic acid in large amounts can lead to acidosis or kidney failure. Kidney or liver disease means that your body takes longer to remove compounds. 

If there’s toxicity due to it then you might notice a low heart rate, depression of your central nervous system, loss of consciousness, or a slow rate of breathing. Some people are allergic to propylene glycol. This can cause a rash, skin reactions, etc. 

Ethylene vs Propylene Glycol

If you’re worried about toxicity then propylene glycol is a better choice. Ethylene glycol solutions are the more preferred method since they have more desirable physical properties. 

If it’s concerning beverages or food, then you’ll want to choose propylene glycol since ethylene can be toxic. Ethylene glycol is better as a heat transfer fluid. 

They both produce acid when they’re in the air. They can last about 12 years or longer. 

Exploring the Differences Between Propylene Glycol vs Ethylene Glycol

Now that you’ve explored the differences between propylene glycol vs ethylene glycol, you should have a better idea of which is right for you. Take your time choosing the right one and remember that if there will be human or animal contact, propylene is a better option.

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The Pros & Cons of Buying Decaffeinated Matcha Tea

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Caffeine is found naturally in tea leaves. So, what do you do if you want to drink a cup of tea before bed or when you are caffeine sensitive? This is when buying decaffeinated matcha tea enters the picture. The majority of people are aware that decaf tea does not contain caffeine. Most people are unaware of how tea is decaffeinated and what this entails in terms of health benefits. We’ll explain how decaf tea is created and what it implies for you in this article.

You can enjoy your favorite beverage without feeling jittery or energize by drinking decaf tea. Decaf teas allow you to unwind with floral blends or energizing mints at any time of day.

What Exactly Is Decaf Tea?

The term “decaf tea” merely refers to the absence of caffeine in the tea. This is helpful for persons who are caffeine sensitive or who want to enjoy a cup of tea before going to bed. It’s worth noting that decaf tea may still contain trace amounts of caffeine, depending on how it’s made – more on that in a moment.

The use of too much caffeine can disrupt the sleep cycle and produce nausea, upset stomach, increase acid reflux, and provoke headaches, among other things. Although black tea, oolong tea, and green tea from the Camellia sinensis plant are the most popular and frequently available variations, all types of tea can be decaffeinated. However, the best is decaf Japanese matcha green tea, made from High-Quality Matcha. 

Caffeine-Free vs. Decaffeinated Teas

While the terms “caffeine-free tea” and “decaffeinated tea” are sometimes used interchangeably, there is a substantial distinction between the two. Caffeine-free teas do not contain any caffeine, although decaf teas do include caffeine that has been eliminated to appeal to a larger audience.

Tea that has been decaffeinated differs from tea that has been naturally decaffeinated since it still contains trace quantities of caffeine. Because the decaffeination procedure cannot completely eliminate all caffeine, decaffeinated tea typically includes 2 milligrams of caffeine. The amount of caffeine depends on the decaffeination method used and the company’s quality criteria that remove the caffeine from the product.

Caffeine-free teas do not contain caffeine because of their natural makeup. Herbal teas or tisanes such as floral teas are examples of caffeine-free drinks. Herbal teas that are caffeine-free, such as chamomile, are popular bedtime beverages because they provide a naturally relaxing effect.

However, High-Quality Matcha tea contains trace amounts of caffeine and cannot be deemed as caffeine-free tea. 

What is the process of decaffeinating tea?

Using Carbon dioxide 

Carbon dioxide is the most natural type of decaffeination, and international companies use it. This procedure is also the most effective in preserving the tea’s flavor profile while removing the caffeine without affecting any of the tea’s possible health benefits. This procedure is nontoxic and typically more expensive, but it is the most effective at preserving the tea’s composition.

Using Acetate of ethyl

Because ethyl acetate is found naturally in tea leaves, the technique of eliminating caffeine with it is commonly referred to as “naturally decaffeinated.” This is a common practice because it is low in toxicity and costs less than alternative ways, despite the fact that it is known to change the flavor profiles of tea.

Using Methylene Chloride

This process is similar to ethyl acetate, except the caffeine is extracted using a different chemical. This method of decaffeination preserves the natural flavor characteristic of tea better than ethyl acetate decaffeination. However, there are regulations passed on the usage of this method as it leaves trace amounts of methylene chloride in the tea and can thus be harmful to the body. 

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