Monthly Archives: November 2013

How To Serve Cheese In Style

What’s not to love about cheese? Great source of calcium and protein, there are so many varieties to choose from that you can never get tired of eating cheese. After all, after a bad day cheese makes everything better, right?

canada-ambiance-cheeseEven though 90% of cheeses sold and consumed in America are classified as cheddar type cheese, you can still find plenty of delicious – and more original – cheeses everywhere. Brie, Blue cheese, Gouda, goat cheese… No wonder Americans love for cheese keeps increasing! A recent study reveals that the average cheese consumption in America went from 8 pounds a year back in 1970 to 23 pounds nowadays.

How come we eat so much cheese? It’s easy. Cheese is everywhere! On pizza, in burgers, on nachos and even in salads, it is really hard to stay away from cheese and we are not about to complain about it.

As Jean-Anthelme Brillat-Savarin – a French lawyer and politician – said, “A dinner which ends without cheese is like a beautiful woman with only one eye”, which takes me to an important point: if you are having a dinner party and simply having friends or family over, you want to serve cheese at the end of the meal, and you want to do it the French way.

What does it mean? Very simple. The cheese course is always served after the main course, before dessert or as a dessert. Serve different kind of cheeses on a platter or tray with some bread and let your guests try all of them and spread it on bread.

cheese-traysAnd if you want to be fashionable, look for the best Eco-friendly cheese display you can find. Wooden trays for instance are a great solution, as they are natural looking and 100% biodegradable. They make your cheeses look as good as they taste! If you are looking for a solution with a lid (yes, as much as we love cheese, the smell can be sometimes pretty strong) you also have plenty of choices such as samurai wood trays with lid or even recyclable plastic trays with lid.

You are now all ready to serve cheese in a fashionable way, French style! Enjoy!

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Fun Homemade Ice-Cream Solutions

icecreamI know, I know, it’s getting cold outside and ice-cream might not be the first thing you would think about when you are craving a snack or preparing the menu for a party you are hosting. But at the same time you can easily get tired of soup, hot chocolate and tea if it is the only thing you are going for all winter… A little differentiation is always interesting and appreciated and let’s be honest, it’s warm in your home and ice-cream is always enjoyable no matter the season!

And with the holidays coming up you could decide to make some delicious homemade ice-cream with your kids, friends or family! If you are planning on doing that, here’s a delicious vanilla ice-cream recipe:

What will you need? First of all, make sure you have sugar, cornstarch, salt, milk, heavy whipping cream, an egg, and vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract.

How to make it? It’s very easy and you only need to follow a couple of steps!

First of all, whisk together a ¾ cup of sugar with 2 tablespoons of cornstarch and a pinch of salt and progressively whisk in 2 cups of milk and one cup of heavy whip cream. Cook the mixture over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes until it thickens slightly. Don’t forget to stir the whole time!

Separate the egg yolk and egg white and whisk the yolk until slightly thickened. Add to the yolk a cup of the hot cream mixture and add it to the remaining cream mixture. You can then add about 1 ½ of vanilla and let the whole thing cool for about an hour while you occasionally stir the batter. You can then wrap it and let it chill for 10 to 24 hours.

The last step is to pour mixture into ice-cream maker and process according to manufacturer instructions. Your homemade ice-cream is ready!

210GPU500-blogNow that you have plenty of ice-cream, you might want to place it in mini containers so you can take it out, or serve individual portions to your guests. If you are looking for ice-cream cups, the more functional and Eco-friendly solution you can find is sugarcane cups. Freezer safe and compostable, sugarcane cups are the best economical and Eco-friendly solution for your desserts. Available in different sizes and with different lids, they are perfect for your homemade ice-cream!

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Mini Fryer Baskets: How To Serve Deep-Fried Foods

Deep-fried Oreos, doughnuts, onion rings, French fries…. There are so many things you can deep-fry at home and it’s so delicious! 

For family dinners or when you invite friends over, fried food is always a hit and the only thing you actually have to think about is how to serve whatever you decided to deep-fry! Presentation is always important to make a good impression and originality is definitely a plus.

If you are looking for some original ideas to serve your deep-fried food, you’ve come to the right place.

Take a look at these awesome mini Fryer Baskets! Not only are they the perfect addition to your cookware collection if you like to deep fry food at home, but they are also very original to serve your food. Fry your food and serve it in the best way possible! Use a grease proof cooking paper in the mini fryer basket and you are ready to go. It is perfect for fried food presentation and adds a special touch to your dinner or event.
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Not only the frying paper will make your food look good but it will also help keep the food warm for much longer. What else can you ask for? And if you want to be even more original and unique you can go for cooking paper printed to look like newspaper: it will most likely be something people have never seen before!

210WOODTRAY15Looking for more original ideas to serve your deep-fried food? Combine your mini fryers with a wooden tray and serve a whole meal in a great and unique way.

Don’t forget that fried food isn’t that healthy or good for you so keep in mind that moderation is key!

Check out our other original products at www.bioandchic.com and find out new ideas on how to serve food in original ways!

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