Wednesday, January 25, 2012

ITALIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE. KYUFTE, BULGARIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE. BREAKFAST EGG RECIPE. TEN COOKING TIPS

ITALIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE.   KYUFTE, BULGARIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE
BREAKFAST EGG RECIPE. .. AND  TEN COOKING TIPS.
IN THIS POST , I WOULD LIKE TO SHARE SOME COOKING TIPS WITH YOU. HAPPY READING, HOPE YOU WILL FIND SOME OF THE TIPS USEFUL.
IF YOU WISH TO SHARE SOME COOKING TIPS, PLEASE PUT IT IN THE COMMENT BOX AND I WILL PUBLISH IT IN THIS POST ITSELF. THANK YOU.

1- How to thicken Pea soup? - Thicken pea soup with starches. Corn or potato starch is recommended as they won't affect the taste as much

2-What can be used instead of corn starch? - As a thickener for stew, or pies, use self rising flour. Another good option is to use arrowroot powder

3-How do you boil eggs, so that the yolk does not turn green? - Don't cook your eggs for longer than you have to and when they're finished cooking plunge them into cold water. I have never had a greenish colored yolk cooking them this way
  1. Place the raw eggs in a saucepan.
  2. Run cold water into the saucepan until the water is 1 inch above the egg.
  3. Place the saucepan on a stove and cook over medium heat until the water begins to boil.
  4. Reduce the heat to low.
  5. Simmer for 2 to 3 minutes for soft-boiled eggs or 10 to 15 minutes for hard-boiled eggs
  6. Remove the eggs with a spoon or ladle and  run cold water over it, to cool it more quickly– thermal change. the sudden change to cold, will contract the shell and thus easier to peel.
 A BREAKFAST EGG RECIPE:
I did ask a friend what he ate for breakfast that day. He does not cook and I was very surprised when he actually prepared his own breakfast, he said..

What I ate for breakfast?
Well.....sometimes, I half boil 3 eggs, and add a few drops of light soy sauce, and....don't laugh! 2 drops of tomato ketchup, ha ha.
I toast 2 slices of bread, spread margarine on top, add a sprinkling of sugar, and dip in the eggs, and enjoy…

Well, this is not like the usual egg recipes- scramble, omelet, sandwich  etc. So, I was tempted to taste this and I tried his recipe, mmmm … yummy! 
I did not use sugar, instead I add  half  teaspoon honey onto the eggs, plus.. 2 drops tomato sauce and 2 drops light soy sauce for 2 pieces half boiled eggs..and 2 slices toasted bread. 
A special thank you to my friend for his recipe. Well for me, honey is always very delicious.. thanks to my honey, make sure yours is pure.



4-Can mayonnaise be used to substitute eggs in a cake recipe? - Some cake recipes specifically call for mayonnaise, but generally it's not a good substitute for eggs in baking

5- How do you tell a bad egg from a good egg, without opening it? - Put an egg in a pan  of water and if  it doesn't sink, it is a bad egg. When an egg is laid, it is warm. As it cools, an air sac forms inside the egg, as such making it float on water- hence float means a bad egg.

6-How much baking powder should be added to plain flour to make it self raising? - One to one and a half teaspoons of baking powder and a pinch to one half teaspoon of salt to a cup (125 grams) of flour.

7-How many tablespoons to a pound of butter? -  32 TBLS in a pound of butter (melted)

8- Measurement :  1 US cup = 16 tablespoons* 1 oz= 2 tbsp 
9-Can flour substitute cornstarch? – Yes, you can use flour for thickening soups, sauces and gravies instead of cornstarch, but it takes longer to cook ..

10- What can be used if you don’t have an egg? -  Any one of these substitutes will work instead:
2 tbsp corn starch
2 tbsp arrowroot flour
2 tbsp potato starch
1 heap tablespoon soy powder and plus  2 tbsp water
1 tbsp soy milk powder and 1 tbsp cornstarch and plus 2 tbsp water
1 banana for cakes

Use Milk for an egg-glaze on pastries.
Or, depending on the dish, mayo or salad dressing (Miracle Whip). Either of these two makes pancakes very fluffy


HERE IS EXCERPT ON COMMENT FROM SIE:. ..On the mayonnaise part , yes it will always depend on the recipe you are making because I have baked a chocolate mayonnaise cake when I was in college and it taste delicious..I'll be waiting for more recipe tips from you..thank you Wan ;)


ITALIAN MEATBALLS RECIPE
Italian Meatballs- Meatballs are great and should be made Big 
Ingredients:
2 lbs. ground meat.
4 eggs.
4 slices white bread

1 tsp. garlic salt.
1 hand full of Romano cheese.
4 strands parsley.
1 tbs. basil.
1 tsp. salt and pepper

1 cm young ginger root
Oil for frying
-Boil minced meat  with ginger for five minutes and drain away water. This is to remove the smell off meat.
-Soak white bread in a little water and then squeeze the majority of the water out of the bread .
-Combine all ingredients together and form them into meat into balls.
-Once the meatballs are formed, fry them in a large frying pan until cooked and browned.

-Serve with mash potatoes, salad and garnish with parsley/ cilantro.


ANOTHER WAY  to prepare Italian meatballs are: beef add/ or sometimes turkey, salt, black pepper, chopped garlic, olive oil, Romano cheese, eggs, bread crumbs and parsley, mixed and rolled by hand to a golf ball size


KYUFTE- A BULGARIAN  MEATBALL RECIPE


In  Bulgaria, meatballs are called kyufte and are typically made from  ground/ minced  beef (2 lbs) or a mix of meat. Other ingredients are diced onions (1) breadcrumbs (3tbsp), ground black pepper (1 tbsp) and cumin (1 tsp).


Mix all ingredients together, leave in the fridge for half hour , then take out and shape them into big balls. Fry in hot oil. 
This is a very popular dish, serve with fries , salad greens and sauce.

39 comments:

  1. Am I the first commentator for this post? [",]
    I also like to put honey in my morning egg. Nyum2....

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    1. hi lunaticg.. thanks for coming.i love eggs.. i use a very little honey with it., cos i also eat honey with other foodies..have a nice day

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  2. I like all the tips on eggs because I do go wrong when using them. Buying is another issue as I am not sure how to choose, between the good an not so good quality.

    Lovely meatball recipe and nice choice esp the Italian version.

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    1. hi nava, glad you came by . i was told to choose eggs that are smooth in texture. i always like the darker/ deeper colors instead of the whitish..well so far so good.. have a nice day

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  3. Yummy Recipe...I am gonna make it soon..Bookmarked it..

    Aarthi
    http://yummytummy-aarthi.blogspot.com/

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    1. hi Aarthi, thanks for coming dear with your sweet comment, hope you get to try them. have a nice day

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  4. Loved reading your post from the egg breakfast(might sound weird for many, but even I do certain tricky breakfast like this) to the tips and the meat ball recipe :) as usual very informative and useful tips...

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    1. hi prathiba, thanks for visiting, wow, you also love to prepare eggs your own unique way… I also like that. Thanks for liking these recipes and have a nice day

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  5. Hi Wan, wow! I love this Italian, Bulgarian meatballs. Looks really delicious.
    I love those pickles too. Always have a large bottle in my fridge.
    I eat to live, not live to eat, so not too familiar with Western dishes except for the usual steak dishes.
    But I sure love fish & chips. Especially those in England.
    Wan, love the pics here, just like 3D! So clear and well taken.
    You have fun, stay beautiful, and keep a song in your heart.
    Best wishes.
    Lee.

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    1. hi Lee, thanks for being here and for liking these recipes. hope to learn from you on the way English fish and chips are being done, surely you have some great tips on this, since you stayed in England before.
      Yes, I think the pics look crisp and clear too, especially the egg itself, which looks very alive.
      Have a wonderful day

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  6. Thanks for the tips. I like the looks of this Italian and Bulgarian meatballs. These two recipes are cool and easy to follow. :)

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    1. hi balqis, thanks for your visit and happy cooking both varieties of meatballs. have a nice day

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  7. awesome meat balls.. n yummy platter,Ms.Wan !!

    Erivum Puliyum

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    1. hi julie, thanks for coming over and for the sweet comment. have a nice day

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  8. Always loved meatballs - even our local varieties of "begedel" with potatoes instead of bread. And those Indonesian Bakso with their special "meatballs" in the soup!

    My son's roomate will bring frozen ones prepared by his mum - real life savers for students..

    Will try this and see if I can freeze them for later use for my kids staying away from home! With cheese added - hmmm SEDAP!

    And boiled eggs with kechup and sos - it is also nice taken with hot rice and sambal belacan with cucumbers or fresh salads! Pssst... when you have no mood to cook, really nice..

    Tks for sharing..

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    1. hi katrina, thanks for coming over.. wow, meatballs so popular in your household.. easy to prepare and store as home made frozen food..no msg.
      .you can also eat with brown sauce- best la !
      have a nice day and happy cooking

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  9. Meatballs must be one of Worlds favorite dishes. I don't mind where recipe comes from - they're all good!

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    1. Hi jasna, many thanks for coming over, yes I agree that meatballs are so versatile in ingredients and all are so delicious. Have a nice day

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  10. What terrific tips...thanks Wan! The meatball recipe is also delicious! It's amazing how popular, they are!

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    1. hi ann, thanks for your visit, i will have more cooking tips coming..yes meat balls are evergreen worldwide. we also have our own original version. have a nice day

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  11. DELICIOUS! I'll be working on a post for you soon. Work has gotten me tied down at the moment. Now I'm craving meatballs!

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    1. hi yummy chunklet, thanks for coming over, no problem to email..please do when you are free. Happy working and have a nice day.

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  12. thank you for your tips Wan..I was reading it and I go oh yes why I didn't do that..I had no idea that you can use something in replace of eggs..that's great..on the mayonnaise part yes it will always depend on the recipe you are making because I have baked a chocolate mayonnaise case when I was in college and it taste delicious..I'll be waiting for more recipe tips from you..thank you Wan ;)

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  13. hi sie, thanks for coming and enjoying my cooking tips..more coming, i try to post tips at every recipes for the next 2 months.. oh thanks a lot for the choc mayo tip. i shall publish it in this post right away.. thanks a lot dear and have a nice day

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  14. Oh,..:)*blink blink* my eyes are getting bigger here Wan! I'm on a diet, huhuhu.. :( But how can I do this if I'm craving all of this now:)) LOL.. This is perfect for my kids! They love meat balls, they like Bulgarian and I love Italian most of the time, when eating outside. Now, no need to go out hahaha... I can save more here, I will.. yes i will love to try this! Muaaahhh!!! Thank you so much..muaaaahhhh1! :) Smile..:) *wide grin* =)

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  15. hi linda, thanks for your visit ..blink blink 2u too, ha ha on a diet? then you eat more seaweed... or leaves.
    hope you make great meatballs from now.. besides you have been saving a lot lately, by cooking my recipes instead of eating out LOL have a great day dear, always happy to read your comments

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    1. Hi Wan!:) Muaaah!! Right, I've learned to save more from your recipe Wan! Thank you so much!! :) And not only saving.. *sigh*:( I really don't know how to cook before,:( and I've learned it from you here from time to time sharing, lol.. Thanks a ton!!! :) hug to you..:)

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    2. Hi linda, ok ok ok ok ok ..... thanks a lot for the compliments.. will visit you .
      have a great day dear..

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  16. wow...looks sensational...well done dear..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. hi jay, thanks for your visit and sweet comment. have a nice day dear

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  17. Useful post dear! The meatballs looks so good....

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  18. hi treat and trick. thanks for your visit and for liking the meatballs. have a nice day

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  19. that meatballs look stunning and tempting,Wan... and that toast recipe sounds good to try too!

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  20. hi cindyrina, thank you for coming over, glad you like the pics and the breakfast toast too. have a nice day

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  24. thanks safiya, glad to have your visit. have a nice day

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