Almond cookies

Cold weather often entices me to bake. Warming up the kitchen with the heat of the oven and filling my house with the sweat aroma of homemade cookies is the perfect way to wait out winter weather. However, cookies are high in both sugar and fat, and indulging in a few too many of these treats can add inches to your waistline. With this recipe, you can bake to your heart’s content and satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

  • 2 cups almond, ground
  • Pinch salt
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 table spoon
  • almond extract
  • ½ cup powdered sugar
  • Preheat the oven 350* F
  • Toast the ground almond on the stove top over low heat, until fragrant. This takes only a few minutes. Set aside to cool.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the egg whites, powdered sugar, salt, and almond extract. Whisk together briskly. Add the cooled almond bit. Combine with the rest of the batter.
  • Line a cookie sheet with parchment and spoon the batter onto the paper. The batter will be very runny and rather unruly, so leave plenty of room between the cookies and be gentle when sliding the cookie sheet into the oven.
  • Bake for approximately 13 minutes. The cookies should turn a nice golden brown when done. They will also be fragile and a little sticky, so be careful when removing from the parchment.

SERVES 12

The Miracle Carb Diet Nutritional Content for Journaling

Per serving: 7g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber

Actual Nutritional Content

Per serving: 163 calories, 10 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 6 g protein, 12 g total fat, 1 g sat. Fat, 19 mg sodium.

How to select cooker hood?

Kitchen hoods are basicly made of a suction fan, cabinet, lamps and filters.

When you are cooking, all the steam, grease and smell will float upwards into the cupola.

The fan sucks the polluted air and cleans it by passing it through the filters. This process helps you to always have a kitchen with fresh air and keeps the odours away from the rest of your house and your body. If you care about the way you smell, you’ll absolutely need a performant kitchen hood.

The clean air will be sent away from your house with the help of the chimney or recirculates back to your kitchen with the help of recirculation and carbon filters.

After you made your decision on what type of kitchen hood you want, you need to choose the right features for your kitchen hood.

There are many features and you need to find the right answers to get the most out of your kitchen hood.

  • Width :Depends on your cooking area, the kitchen hood must be at the same size of your hob or bigger than it. Most kitchen hoods’ width is 60-90 cm. Island hoods’ width change between 90-120 cm because it needs to cover bigger areas.

  • Height : The cooker hood is more effective if it is low because this way it can trap more oil particules and polluted air, but it should’t be low enough to prevent you from cooking.

According to numerous experiments of researchers, the optimal height is exactly 580 mm above the hob.

The height can vary depending on your own height as well. If you are a tall person you might need to mount the hood higher so you can work in comfort. However, this can reduce the effectiveness of the hood.

  • Suction Power :The suction power is expressed by cubic meters of air that the hood moves per hour (m³/h). More powerful fan motor means more air will be flowed and more electricity will be consumed. If you are cooking oily food more, then you’ll need a cooker hood with a more powerful fan motor. The power of the fan motor is optional for all the types of hoods.

 

  • Recirculation or Ventilation : The most guaranteed method to get rid of the polluted air in your kitchen is to remove it outside. You will need a ventilated hood and an exhaust pipe for this method. If you already have an exit hole in your kitchen wall you can use this method easily, if you don’t have an exit hole you will need to make a small hole so you can use the exhaust pipe.

If you don’t have an exit hole and don’t want to have one, you will need to use the recirculating hood to clean the air in your kitchen.

Kitchens are usually designed with an exit hole for the kitchen hood. This way both types of hoods can be used upon the user’s preferances.

Filtration : Air will be cleaned after being sucked into the kitchen hood. Both ventilated and recirculating hoods have this feature. There are 3 types of filters in kitchen hoods:

1. Mesh Filter :Metal filters are usually made of aluminium. Metal filters are highly effective when it comes to trap oil particules in the air. This way clean air is passed to the other side of the filter. Metal filters need to be washed periodically in order to protect it’s efficiency. If oil particules accumulate on the filter, it will take more motor power to clean the air and the noise level will be higher.

 

2. Baffle Filter :Baffle Filter is usually made of stainless steel. The grease will be trapped on the surface of the filter and drip into a cup on the tip of the filter. The cup can be pulled out and cleaned any time. These filters also need to be washed periodically. It is harder for oil particules to accumulate on the baffle filter so they don’t reduce airflow thanks to this feature.

III.       Carbon Filter : Carbon filters are mainly used in water purifiers and gas masks, they can also be used in the kitchen hoods to clean the air throughly. They can’t be washed, so they need to be replaced every few months. Ventilated hoods don’t need carbon filters but they are optional, recirculating hoods must be used with carbon filters in order to return the air cleaner back into your kitchen.

  • Noise :The noise level of the fan can be very high when the kitchen hood is used at full power. Modern kitchen hoods have advanced aerodynamics to lower the noise, and some of them are named as “silent” hoods.

Normally kitchen hoods at full power has a noise level about 52 dB. Silent hoods run at around 44 dB (equal to the background noise of a library). If the metal filters are not cleaned regularly the noise level will increase because fan has to work harder to clean the air.

  • Cleaning :The best way to keep your kitchen hood clean is cleaning it after every cooking session including the cabinet and the chimney. Baffle filters must be cleaned and the grease cup must be emptied. Metal filters should be washed every 2-4 weeks. The easiest way to do that is removing them and soaking them in hot water with cleaning chemicals for 10-15 minutes. To remove the grease they need to be brushed with soft brushes. Then they can be dried and reattached to the hood.

According to many users, baffle filters are easier to clean and they look as good as new after cleaning. Metal filters will be less effective if not cleaned deeply.

The manufacturers recommend cleaning the fan motor yearly. This may require disassembly depending on the model of the cooker hood.

You should choose a brand with good after-sales support in order to get spare filters if they have any quality problems.

  • Design :Most of the kitchen hoods are made of stainless steel or tempered glass. There are many options of colour for both materials and it’s up to you and your interior designer to choose the right model and colour for your kitchen. Some users create their own designs. For example, they can hide their chimneys in the cabinet, or create their own chimney with different colour and design.

Most of us don’t have the availibility to cook outdoors in our yards like the old days. In modern world, kitchen hoods are essential to keep the air in our houses clean and breathable. They can also have a big impact on the design of your kitchen.

 

When you are buying a kitchen hood, you need to know your preferences and find the most suitable one for you. Do you want it to be quiet, have more suction power, look more stylish? All these features will affect the cost. You also need to keep your kitchen hood clean in order to use it longer.

Savory cake with dried tomatoes, capers, and oregano

INGREDIENTS FOR 4 PEOPLE

 

  • 3 EGGS
  • 2TBSP(30ML) EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL
  • 2/5 CUP(100ML) MILK
  • 1 2/3 CUPS (200G) ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 0,5 OZ(16G) BREWER’S YEAST
  • 1 CUP (100G) GRATED PECORINO
  • 3 ½ OZ (100G) DRIED TOMATOES
  • 3 TBSP (25G) CAPERS
  • 1 TBSP (5G) OREGANO
  • SALT AND PEPPER

METHOD

Beat the eggs with the oil and the milk, then season with salt and pepper. Add the flour and the yeast, then mix together. Stir in the greated Pecorino, the coarsely chopped capers, the dried tomatoes, and finally the oregano. Butter  a mold, sprinkle the inside with flour and fill it three-quartes full with the mixture. Bake in the oven, preheated to 360*F (180*C) for 35 to 40 minutes.

Preparation time: 15’

Cooking time: 35-40’

Tips of cleaning cooker hood filters

Nowadays, cooker hoods are one of the most basic needs of every kitchen. Cooker hoods, especially those seen as an integral part of built-in kitchen sets, eliminate a number of cooking problems.

This device, which eases our lives by removing unpleasant odors from the environment, may not offer the desired efficiency and work as it should, if it is not cleaned regularly. For this reason, dirt and oil accumulated in the cooker hood should be cleaned at short periods of time. In this article, we have gathered for you the most practical and economical methods that can be applied to cleaning cooker hoods, one of our biggest saviors in the kitchen.

 

Cleaning the cooker hoods at short periods of time will allow the device to work much more efficiently and last longer. In kitchens where meals are regularly cooked, the cooker hood filter should be cleaned every month. But the frequency of this cleaning can vary depending on the types of dishes cooked in the kitchen. Especially in kitchens where frying and grilling is often done, dirt and oil particles accumulate on the filter’s surface in a much shorter time.

Cooker hood cleaning is a two-steps process: cooker hood surface cleaning and cooker hood filter cleaning. Cooker hood surface cleaning is not much different from the surface cleaning of any white goods. The inner and outer surfaces of the unplugged device are wiped with a non-corrosive chemical and a soft cloth or sponge. You can choose the chemical you will use as a surface cleaner from non-corrosive detergents, degreasers or different natural alternatives. If you have an inox surfaced cooker hood, you can also consider cleaning chemicals for inox surface.

There are 2 types of filters for cooker hoods : Carbon Filters and Metal Filters. Carbon filters are recommended to be replaced every 4 months. Metal filters require a special cleaning and maintenance method. Because the oil and dirt that the cooker hoods are exposed to, during the operation process, accumulate especially on the metal filters. Metal filter cleaning, which is assumed to be laborious and therefore neglected, can actually be performed by very practical methods.

All methods that can be applied for cleaning the metal filter start with removing the filter by separating it from the device. By examining the device’s user manual, you can find out the filter properties, location, and how to dismantle it. Removing filters as specified in the instructions will allow you to easily access stains and dirt.

In the continuation of our article, we have compiled for you a few practical cleaning methods that you can apply to clean the metal filters that you have removed :

1.Dishwasher convenience:
Metal filters can be easily cleaned by being washed in the dishwasher. This preferred method, due to the speed and practicality it provides, will be effective for dirt and stains that are not very dense. But exposure to boiling water in the dishwasher for a long time can cause the filters to wear out easily and lose their function over time.

2.Power of degreaser:
Stubborn oil particles that accumulate on filters can be cleaned with degreaser manufactured by many different companies and sold in grocery stores. For this method, first of all, you should spray the degreaser, contained in the bottle, onto the filters. After waiting for the oil and dirt to dissolve for about 5 minutes, you should brush the filters with a brush with hard bristles. Finally, with the help of dish detergent and sponge, you should remove the chemicals from the filters and rinse the filters with water. If you want to apply this method in cooker hood cleaning, we recommend that you choose  degreasers with brightening effect.

3.White vinegar effect:
The first step of this method is to boil some water in a pot with the width that the filters can fit. You should add a cup of white vinegar to the hot water. When the water boils, you should gradually add 1 cup of carbonate and dip the metal filters into the mixture. After soaking the filters in hot water for about 10 minutes, you need to brush them with a brush with stiff bristles. Thanks to this method, which you can perform with economical materials that can be easily purchased at the grocery store, your metal filters will be brand new.

4. Carbonated natural detergent:
Boil water in a large pot where the filters can fit and place the filter in boiling water. Then, gradually add the carbonate to the water until 1 cup of tea. Since the carbonate will cause the water to foam, we recommend adding it to the boiling water quite slowly. If you are sure that the carbonate is completely dissolved, you can leave the filter in carbonated water for 10 minutes. If the amount of oil and dirt is too large, this process can last up to 20 minutes. After removing the metal filter from the carbonated hot water, clean the filters several times with water and sponge. This method is very practical because it does not require cleaning with another chemical and can clean the filter only by rinsing it with water.

5. Soda cleaning:
Like other methods, this method, which begins with the step of boiling water in a pot with a width that filters can fit, continues with the addition of up to 2 bottles of soda to hot water. Next, put the metal filter in the mixture and let it sit for about 10 minutes. In this process, the mixture should continue to boil, so that the oil particles can be cleaned off the filter. With the changing color of the water, you can understand the amount of oil coming out of the filter. Finally, you should brush the filter that you remove from the mixture with the help of a brush with hard bristles and rinse it with cold water.

If the oil and dirt accumulated on the metal filters is very dense, you should soften these dirty parts by rubbing them with a small amount of olive oil before cleaning. When cleaning the cooker hood surfaces and parts, you should make sure that there is no water in the electronic parts. You have to rinse the parts one by one and make sure there’s no detergent left in the parts. Lastly metal filters should be placed after they are completely dry.

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