Archive for January, 2009

Table Cloth to Decerate Your Kithen Better

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

A tablecloth dresses up a table for special occasions and also protects a table from spills and messes. Tablecloths are fairly inexpensive and are found in an abundance of colors and designs, yet finding quality cloths that match your decor can be a costly business in terms of both time and money. When choosing table cloth you need consider color, size, fabric, and design.

First, set up a budget.

The amount you are willing to spend will influence the type of tablecloth you will buy. A higher budget will allow you to purchase an elegant, durable linen tablecloth that looks great for a formal lunch or dinner. A medium-budget tablecloth will usually be more usable, and may come in polyester, which allows for easy cleaning and washing while retaining the look of a pure linen. A low-budget or everyday-use tablecloth such as vinyl, or printed or plain damask is good if you don’t want the kids to ruin your glass table. Vinyl tablecloths are however easier to break, they are 100% machine made, and any tear in the vinyl material will only get bigger and bigger so watch out! Polyesters on the other hand are gaining in popularity.

 

When choosing a fabric tablecloth, select one that matches the style of your kitchen or dining room in both color and style. A formal dining room should have a formal tablecloth. You can choose a delicate white linen look or you might choose dark, rich colors and patterns. In you want to pick one table cloth for your dining table in the garden, then please take care of its colors to be coordinate with the surroundings.

 

Remember to pay attention to the size of the tablecloth when you buy it. There are four basic tablecloth shapes: Oblong(Rectangle), Oval, Round and Square. There are also various sizes of these shapes and many tablecloths styles to fit them. Round tablecloths are generally either 60 inch (152.4 cm) or 70 inch (177.8 cm) in diameter. They work well on round tables, but will not fit an oval or square table properly.

A nice table cloth will definitely promote your appetite and at most times, they are a very important decoration in your kitchen or outdoor dinning table. Be careful when choosing colors.

 

Try Magic Clay Pot Cooking Style

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Clay Pot is an old but classic Chinese cookware that has passed down through generations. The material and technology has improved slightly and the basic cookware techniques haven’t changed and the charm of this clay pot stays the same. If you want to taste and even make some of the authentic Chinese cuisine, clay pot is an necessary kitchen tools you must bring home.  

 

In clay pot cooking, poultry or meat is combined with a little liquid, vegetables, and seasonings to produce the tenderness of a braise with the finish of roasting. Most of the cooking is done with the cover in place, but when the food is nearly finished, the cover can come off to get a golden brown finish. Bread baked in a clay pot produces a crispy crust with a tender, moist interior. Some clay bread bakers are similar to metal or glass loaf pans but others come with a cover.

 

Clay pots are incredible for slow-cooked meals. Because wet clay doesn’t get as hot as metal, the pot helps you keep your braise down at a low simmer, which makes the texture of the food more luscious in the end. On the other hand, the heavy clay holds heat very well, and you may find yourself turning the heat down in order to keep the contents cooking as slowly as you like.

Because clay is porous, you should avoid using soap when cleaning your clay pots. This also allows them to become seasoned through repeated use, and some people claim that food cooked in an older, well-seasoned clay pot tastes noticably better than food cooked in a newer vessel. None of my clay pots are really old enough for me to test this proposition yet, but I’ll be sure to give you an update in a few years.

 

What to Cook in Clay Pots

Because food is cooked at high temperatures and with steam, some types of dishes are particularly well suited to clay pot cooking.

·                    Vegetable ragouts and ratatouille

·                    Baked potatoes

·                    Whole chickens, Cornish hens, and ducks, along with vegetables

·                    Meatloaf

·                    Baked ziti or lasagna

·                    Stews and casseroles

·                    Baked cheese, such as feta, with olives and fresh oregano

·                    Bread puddings

·                    Fruit cobblers

·                    Whole grain breads