Archive for September, 2007

Cones- Not just for Ice Cream anymore…

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Imagine a warm evening, there’s the slightest hint of a breeze, and the term Lazy summer has redefined itself in how you’re feeling. Nothing would feel so good as a cone right now, but which flavor should you have? How about Chocolate Mousse, or Thai peanut chicken or Fresh Ahi Tuna….. Whaaaaa…..??????

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It’s true cones are not just for Ice Cream any more. This trend has been the rave of many a hor d’oeuvre party or an appetizer before a meal. These little cuties will drive up your acceptance points with just about any social group, and they can be used with most any type of food. Now most of the types of cones (if not all of them) I’ve run into have been of the sweet nature and if you’re going to use them with a savory filling then you should be careful what you fill them with. I’ve seen the majority of them filled with Ahi Tuna which is raw and possibly seasoned only with a special soy sauce. Even here you have to be careful, if your filling has too much moisture, the cones may get a little soggy if they’re too thin. A helpful tip to remember is that if you can, coat the inside with something edible & moisture proof. i.e. chocolate, or white chocolate. For more savory fillings, try not to marinate your filling after it is cooked, ruduce the amount of liquid on your product so as not to soak through the cone. If you must have a sauce, serve it on the side so your guests can drizzle it on as they desire. (PLEASE, NO DIPPING!!!)

I, however, love the concept of them. I go by the golden rule of an appetizer should be no more than 2 bites in size, unless you’re having a “Everything is bigger in Texas,” theme. Then by all means, make them a lot bigger, but try to stick by the rule. A few lucky ppl will be invited to our first ever S&B Appetizer Party, and they will get to see these wonderful cones at work, along with a few other snazzy ideas we may come up with.

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If you don’t get invited to this one, don’t dispair, we’ll be having more. If you feel you must have these at your next party, ask yourself if you will be using this theme a lot or just once or twice a year. If you’re going to be using it a lot then I suggest you invest in a waffle cone maker. I found one on kitchenemporium.com and the price was $49.99, not bad considering you may only use $5-$6 of food to fill 50 cones. Then I stumbled on the price of the cone mix; $13.99 a bag and it only makes enough batter for 40 cones. You’ve gotta be kidding me!!!!! Don’t worry, I’ll keep an eye out for a more reasonable price, and if I can’t find one, I’ll post a recipe for them.

That’s it for the trend in me, keep it cool, sweet and rude! This is your Rude Boii Chef….. and I’m out!

Daily iodide requirements

Iodide

Hey everyone. I’m here to enlighten you with a few nutritional facts that will help you in your decision making when it comes to heartsmart and good for you food. Even at the Healthy Eating Club there are articles which explain in depth how too little, or too much iodide can affect your health. How much should you intake on a daily basis and from what other food sources can you daily intake be reached.

(*)From the Healthy Eating Club…

*Our bodies must have an adequate intake of iodine to form the hormones produced by the thyroid gland. These hormones regulate our bodies’ metabolic rate. If the dietary level of iodine is inadequate, the gland, which is in the neck, swells and produces goitre. *Unless treated, this condition can cause mental retardation and stunted growth in children, and hair loss, slowed reflexes, dry, coarse skin and other effects in adults.
Excessive amounts of iodine can also lead to goitre. This has occurred where foods, such as seaweeds, which are rich in iodine, are commonly eaten. Although excessive iodine intake is not common, it should be noted that, in addition to food, many cough medicines and milk contaminated with an iodine containing sanitizing agent also contribute to iodine intake. But it is unlikely that any harmful effects would occur with habitual intakes up to 300 micrograms per day.

Recommended daily dietary intake of iodine (Australia):

Infants…………………… 50-60 micrograms
Children………………… 70-150 micrograms
Adult Men……………… 150 micrograms
Adult Women…………. 120 micrograms
Preganacy…………….. 150 Micrograms
Lactation……………….. 200 micrograms

  FOOD   IODINE CONTENT
  (micrograms per 100 grams of food)

Salt(iodized)…………. 3000
Seafood……………….. 66
Vegetable……………… 32
Meat………………….. 26
Eggs…………………….. 26
Dairy Products……………. 13
Bread & Cereal…………… 10
Fruits…………………….. 4

With iodized salt (per 100 grams) you will
get 20 times the daily amount of Iodide that you would require for your daily intake. Now imagine that type of abuse for the next 20 to 60+  years. You can actually cut out iodized enriched salts all together, (and use a Non-Iodized Salt such as *Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt*,) by following the foods chart above.  Now it should be noted that this is a chart is Australian, however, I don’t think that Australia is intentionally out to mislead it’s people when it comes to the health of their country. I hope this has helped you in deciding to better your health.

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