Vegan or vegetarian menu: here are some ideas

Vegan or vegetarian. According to data from Eurispes, or the Italian Research Institute, in 2018 7 percent of Italians declare themselves vegan or vegetarian.
The data that interests us most is that 55 percent of respondents said they were in trouble when they had to eat in a bar or restaurant.
So, if you decide to include a special vegan or vegetarian menu for these categories of people, you would gain a significant competitive advantage over your local competitors.

Being vegetarian or vegan can be difficult at times. But it is important to make sure that your menu is suitable for this specific customer base, because they have their own needs that must be taken into account when going out to eat!
The problem of not including these groups of people in what is offered could mean losing an advantage over competitors who offer them options – so keep checking here from time to time, We will continue to update all our followers on new incoming dishes.

Vegan or vegetarian

If you are looking to create an exclusive menu for those who eat vegan or vegetarian, there is something that could help you. If other restaurants in your area can’t provide these options and do them their own way instead of using generic meat substitutes like chunks of soy bacon on toast, then they will be at a disadvantage in competing against you, since many people today attach great importance to animal rights.

If you are trying to attract a certain clientele, it is not enough to offer them food and drink. You will need an exclusive menu that specifically meets their needs – whether or not these people eat meat! For example: If your target market is vegan/vegetarian, then try serving dishes with creative vegan ingredients like seitan.



To take the competitive edge of your industry, you should consider adding more plant-based options to specifically cater to those who don’t eat meat. The question is there and with so many people converting it’s no wonder restaurants are jumping on board!

Vegan or vegetarian

So let’s see some vegan proposals, from appetizers to desserts.

Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your vegan or vegetarian menu restaurant experience:
Include alternatives for meat eaters in each dish so that they can try something new. Use spices that everyone will like, such as cayenne pepper instead of beef broth, to spice up soups and sauces without the added heavy flavor being too strong. Also, make dishes lighter by using watery vegetables like cucumbers rather than greasy ones (and burgers). Ask politely when people object how much milk/egg products should be included.

Appetizers Vegan or vegetarian

1.Vegan puff pastry baskets stuffed with mushrooms and rocket
They are crispy caskets of phyllo dough stuffed with mushrooms and rocket, flavored with rice cream, food yeast and nuts. The filling is very easy to prepare!

2. Hummus in a carriage with black cabbage
It is a hummus, or a sauce traditionally made from chickpea paste, wrapped between two slices of bread together with the black, breaded and fried cabbage.

3. Fig and savory rocket tart
Imagine sweet and soft figs on a crunchy slice of bread, stuffed with a tasty tofu cream with rocket and capers. The peculiarity of the taste of this dish is the contrast between sweet and savory.

First dishes

Vegan or vegetarian

  1. Vegan noodles
    Perfect for those who want to combine tradition at the table and healthy choices.
  2. Miso soup
    Composed of a broth, flavored with wakame seaweed and miso, a condiment made from soybeans and other cereals, such as barley or rice, fermented through the action of a particular mushroom.
  3. Mushroom gnocchi
    They are made with lots of potatoes and little flour. They will be tasty, soft and will fill you a lot without weighing you down.

Second courses

Vegan or vegetarian

  1. Tofu meatballs, dried tomatoes and olives
    These tofu balls are a concentrate of herbs and aromas typical of the Mediterranean.
  2. Savory pie with carrot cream
    It is a tasty recipe that is suitable to be served at any occasion.
  3. Chickpea, oat and spinach burger
    Ideal to be consumed in a single dish with cereals and some chips or in the more classic versions: in a sandwich with vegan mayonnaise and lots of tasty vegetables.

Desserts

Vegan or vegetarian

  1. Vegan biscuits with chocolate chips
    They are the classic American “biscuits” but without butter, which makes them lighter.
  2. Pumpkin cheesecake
    Perfect in the autumn period. Vegan cheese is used.
  3. Vegan chocolate cake
    Choose cocoa bitter and fair trade, organic flour, extra virgin olive oil or corn oil, sugar can be substituted with fructose or stevia, butter with vegetable margarine, milk with soy milk, almond milk or rice, you can also use sourdough or cream of tartar instead of baking powder.

Drinks

Vegan or vegetarian

  1. Spicy Caffelatte
    It is a mixture based on soy milk and cinnamon.
  2. Strawberry milkshake
    Very easy: just use millet or almond milk.
  3. Creamy limoncello
    Excellent digestive, based on soy milk with vanilla.

Finished the complete menu for your new vegan customers!

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Chocolate, that’s why it should never be missing. Let’s celebrate the chocolate festival with the tasty Mud cake recipe

Chocolate festival. Let’s talk about chocolate, have you already enjoyed in your mouth?

Perhaps you will think of the film with Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche where they  fell in love in a French town between one praline and another. Or the last chocolate cake you gave up for its high caloric intake. I’m sure nobody has thought about the benefits that chocolate gives to body and mind, just knowing how to choose the right one.

Chocolate festival


The chocolate landed in Europe in 1502 and became a medical remedy, it was thought in fact, that it was a drug for digestion, the proper functioning of the organism and that it even healed from depression. So it was beliefs, that cocoa paste has superlative properties, today we have the security.

A basic requirement for a quality product is cocoa paste as the first ingredient, therefore attentive to labels. Bad news for lovers of the white and milk variants, the ally of our health is the flux, which should contain at least 70% cocoa; the higher the percentage, the better it is.

Chocolate festival

The cocoa, in fact, contains the flavonoids, powerful antioxidants that we also find in berries, in red wine and citrus fruits. But why are they so important for our health

  • They prevent cardiovascular diseases
  • They protect the arteries
  • They improve memory
  • Antivirals
  • Anti-inflammatories
  • Antiallergeni
  • They fight obesity
  • They help the immune system

The positive effects are many and worth taking into consideration, however we must not forget the fact that chocolate is a very caloric food, 100 grams of product bring about 500 kcal, but if introduced into a healthy and balanced diet, some small picture is it will be able to taste without guilt.

Chocolate festival
Chocolate festival

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL
An unmissable event for chocolate lovers, this year Perugia will host the Eurochocolate, at its twenty-fifth edition. From October 19th to 28th the Umbrian capital will be invaded by thousands of gluttons. For the occasion, three “tourist” packages have been created, which will allow participants to take part in the most prestigious chocolate festival on the peninsula. Below you will find descriptions of the travel offers and their prices:

Chocolate festival

Day trip, return journey by bus + day to Eurochocolate 49 euros
Weekend travel, return journey by bus + 2 days to Eurochocolate + one night in hotel (half board) + guided tour of Assisi 129 euro
Deluxe travel, return journey by bus + 2 days to the Eurochocolate + 2 nights at the hotel (half board) + guided tour of Assisi 219 euros
And if you are a lover of art, you can not miss the open-air gallery that offers Eurochocolate every year; the most admired are the sculptors, who succeed in modeling huge blocks of chocolate, creating works worthy of a museum.

Chocolate festival

RECIPE MUD CAKE
We could not finish an article on chocolate without giving you a recipe, we present the Mud Cake, or as it is called in its country of origin “Mississippi Mud Cake”.

Literally means mud cake but do not be fooled, it has been named for its soft and creamy texture, which reminds the banks of the Mississippi River. In the United States this sweet is present in the recipes of all families. Absolute protagonist, it can only be him, the CioccoRe, which makes this cake very substantial and therefore unsuitable for frequent consumption. For special occasions, it is a pity of throat that can be granted. A delight for the palate that will bring your taste buds on an entrancing journey.

INGREDIENTS:

250 grams of butter
250 grams of extra dark chocolate (70% minimum)
250 grams of sugar
130 grams of milk
4 eggs
1 sachet of vanillin
1 cup of coffee (optional)
50 grams of cocoa powder
200 grams of flour
1 sachet of baking powder
150 grams of extra dark chocolate
60 grams of fresh cream
grains of hazelnuts and pistachios

METHOD:

The first thing to do is to melt the chocolate in a bain-marie with the butter and sugar, mix all the ingredients and add the milk and the cup of coffee, continuing to mix over medium-low heat.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients, then the flour, baking powder, cocoa powder and vanilla sachet. Mix the ingredients and gently add the mixture previously dissolved in a bain-marie.

CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL

Take another container, break the eggs and after adding a pinch of salt, use the whisk or electric mixer for a few minutes at medium speed, until they are light and fluffy.

Add them to the mixture and mix with a spatula from bottom to top, this step is very important to avoid disassembling the mixture.

The game is done; take a 22 cm diameter cake tin, with butter  and flour and then pour the mixture.

Static oven at 150 degrees for an hour and a half.

Now comes the easy and fun part, the preparation of the chocolate ganache; Once again melt the remaining chocolate (150 gr) with the bain-marie liquid cream, stirring occasionally. When it has reached a smooth and shiny consistency and the kitchen will be flooded with the dense scent of chocolate, you can pour it on the mud cake. To decorate, add the grains of hazelnuts and pistachios or alternatively a small pile of red fruits in the center. Enjoy your meal!

“There is not so much metaphysics on earth as in a chocolate”
(Fernando Pessoa)

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How to protect your health at work in a restaurant

How to protect your health at work. How to protect your health at work. Staying healthy, whether physically or mentally, is a difficult and challenging task for restaurant employees. For this reason, it is always necessary to make healthy choices, adopting the right lifestyle in order to protect your health at work. Let’s find out how to protect your health at work.

How to protect your health at work

Many people are poisoned at work because of poor hygiene and lack of safety precautions. What is the most important way for a restaurant employee with access or contact in food preparation areas, such as non kitchen staff members who can enter during cleaning time after closing? The answer is simple: wash your hands!

How to protect your health at work

It might seem obvious, but many restaurants don’t apply strict rules on hand washing, which leaves you vulnerable when there could easily be germs lurking on any surface – from the utensils used by cooks near boiling pots/sauces stored without protection against contamination; cleaning the tables that haven’t been cleaned since last night the soapy water was drained all over a few moments ago… the list goes on…

Being healthy, either physically or mentally, is a difficult and demanding task for restaurant employees. For this reason it is always necessary to make healthy choices, adopting the right lifestyle.

Making healthy choices is convenient for everyone, especially for those who do heavy work such as chefs cooking in restaurants or other industry activities.

How to protect your health at work

Often , overeating, insomnia, the abuse of especially chemical substances, and simply destructive life choices are all too commoni in  a topic in kitchens. Addressing this problem is crucial early , especially with today’s millennial generation that has been growned by receiving electrical and typically passive stimuli.

Our advice is simple: make the right choices. You can take two opposite directions in this area, which leads to extremely different results.


Let’s start with food: we often see young employees who bring along a large pack of energy drinks, thinking that those ones  can help them forget the whole working day. As athletes know well, however, this is certainly not the type of boost that helps you survive from a  busy day of physical activity as is the work inside a restaurant kitchen. By drinking lots of water and making the right healthy choices, the results will be seen.

How to protect your health at work

Another problem concern is  the use of alcohol. Often, the temptation to have a drink or two, with their colleagues, after a difficult night. This is especially true for younger employees, who are trying to integrate themselves into the group. Rather, after spending the last 16 hours discussing and perhaps arguing with their colleagues, it is better to turn back  the invitation and to go for something constructive to get distracted, and to come back after a while.

how to protect your health at work

How to protect your health at work

Like any other life commitment, it is necessary to start with small steps. It is not necessary to spend the half of the day in a kitchen and the other half to climb mountains or run a marathon. Better to enroll in Pilates or relaxing yoga classes; go to the gym and run on the treadmill or lost  some weight.

All this to balance an otherwise too hectic life. In fact, even small healthy choices are enough, such as parking away from the entrance and then be able to walk to the place of work, or take the stairs instead of taking the elevator. Over time, these types of decisions will be completely repaid, creating the basis for being able to take more demanding ones.

Of course, diet is also a choice to take  consciously. A study was done a couple of years ago, during which some chefs were followed inside the kitchen, checking everything they tasted. The study found that cooks consume 3,500 to 4,000 calories every day only during the tasting work. This is a necessary part of the profession of cook, so there is no way to avoid it, but when it comes time to choose your daily meals, it is always good to remember. There is a real danger of accumulating pounds on the body .

Habits are formed in the initial phase of one’s life, and tend to be followed for the rest of the it. This includes sleeping, so some chefs tend to rely on different medications to overcome insomnia and other stress. Once this spiral begins, it is difficult to go back. Making the right healthy choices outside the kitchen can ensure that these problems will never start.

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Food and health: ice cream and sorbet the healthiest desserts

Ice cream and sorbet are the perfect culinary alternatives of  desserts and also have numerous nutritional benefits.

Ice cream and sorbet are very popular in Europe and those are growing at a fast pace throughout North America; these delicious dessert of Italian origin are no longer considered a “temptation”, but rather a preferred dish, eliminating the frustration and monotony of some low calorie diets. With less fat than “ice cream” and infused with spices, herbs and flowers or many other fashionable ingredients, ice cream and sorbet combine healthy properties with artisan flavors.

ice cream and sorbet

For  all  the desserts, presentation is the key. These frozen flavour can be dug, placed in layers of a cake, served soft or even savored on a stick. It is made in the traditional way, with fresh and genuine ingredients, such as whole milk and cream (ice cream), fruit and fruit juices (sorbet), these products also leave room for personalization and adaptation on  various diets. Without milk, sugar-free, low-calorie, vegan or following the parameters Kosher, or even gluten-free, can be created for all tastes and needs.

Creamy or refreshing, ice cream and sorbet were a very strong trend in 2015. They can be found at a street vendors such as ice cream sandwiches (an on-the-go solution), in restaurants such as drowned (a combination of coffee and ice cream) or as a frosted dessert. In coffee, they can be served mixed in a smoothie or milkshake, while they can be served soft on the classic cones, even in specialized ice cream parlors. With a growing number of flavors available is  increasingly intriguing – from amaretto to mango – children and adults can always throw on semifreddi … without even see before!

Homemade ice cream is considered to be the perfect healthy food.

Ice cream and sorbet



The best thing about homemade ice cream is that it is considered a perfect health food. You can enjoy this guilt-free delight and stay cool on hot summer days with its rich texture, The creamy taste, fresh ingredients baked from scratch – not to mention you’re helping small business owners make their product known!

It can be enjoyed in several variations.

Homemade ice cream is a delicious alternative to traditional flavors purchased in the store. It can be enjoyed in many different variations, depending on the preferences of each artisan manufacturer and the specific ingredients used for that particular recipe!

In order for this product to be considered as a healthy food, it is necessary that first-choice products are used for its preparation. In this case it is advisable to prefer sorbets or ice creams made with raw materials such as fruit or simple ingredients without dyes or additives.

Quality ingredients are a must for any ice cream lover. We only use natural dairy products and Gorreana sugar, which is of Italian origin! Our passionate team works tirelessly to ensure that every taste has its own unique personality so you can experience them again at home or during your next bike ride through the city with friends.

Ice cream and sorbet



Very often ice cream is made with the addition of unhealthy ingredients used to give more creaminess to the final product. This damages the quality of the ice cream making it less healthy and more fat. For this reason, if you want to adhere to a proper diet, it is advisable to choose other alternatives, which contain only ingredients of first choice.

Ice cream and sorbet can be found in many different flavors and varieties, from those sweetened with sugar or honey to intense chocolate blends made just for our decadent desires! But what if we told you that under those delicious condiments is hiding something? A popular ingredient used by manufacturers nowadays can surprise even an experienced eater: fat “creams” These products contain saturated fats such as palm oil that provides consistency without adding too much extra weight on the stomach area.

This way you won’t have to deprive yourself of a delicious end-of-meal pampering. Very often when following a low-fat diet it is necessary to give up some dishes. This way you will enjoy all the taste of a sweet dessert without feeling guilty.

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How to serve alcohol responsibly on events!

How to serve alcohol responsibly. Many guests spend their holidays with family and friends, and alcohol is often part of the celebrations. When people get caught up in the exciting moment, they can consume too much alcohol.

Because of this, you need to be particularly vigilant and  responsibly to serve alcohol  during the holidays. We share and give you some expert suggestions, to serve alcoholic beverages and spirits:

Take some time to talk with your guests. This will help you determine the purpose of their visit as well as their levels of intoxication. If guests are determined to become intoxicated or “shine” you will surely know it. Above all, keep talking to each guest during ther visit.

Serving alcohol responsibly is easy! When serving alcoholic beverages, make sure everyone at your party has had a chance to order a proper drink before pouring the first one. Be honest with them so that they know what will be served and don’t serve anything but beer or wine unless you are sure that there are no other preferences for anyone participating (and even then consider offering alternatives).

How to serve alcohol responsibly

Many diners spend their holidays with family and friends, and alcohol is often a part of the celebrations. When people get caught up in the excitement, they can consume too much alcohol.

How to serve alcohol responsibly

Look carefully at the changes. You can learn a lot about the different levels of intoxication of your guests, simply by observing the physical and behavioral changes. Examples include:

Being  friendly, unhelpful, depressed or silent

Use a bad language or raise your voice

Drink faster or switch to stronger drinks or more and more

Talk or move slowly

Stagger, stumble or hit objects

How to serve alcohol responsibly

To count. Some guests may not show any physical or behavioral sign of intoxication, so counting how many glasses they drink can help keep track of their consumption. One drink contains about the same amount of alcohol and should be counted as a drink:

1 consumption = 5 ounces of wine; 12 ounces of beer; 1½ ounces of 80 ° liqueur; 1oz of 100 ° liqueur

Avoid pouring too much. Pouring too much liquor at a time makes it difficult for guests to accurately control their consumption. Follow the procedures for administering each drink perfectly, to ensure that each drink contains the expected amount of alcohol. If your room allows free deposit, check the accuracy periodically using a payment test.

How to serve alcohol responsibly

How to serve alcohol responsibly

Pouring too much liquor at a time makes it difficult for guests to accurately monitor their consumption. Follow each drink perfectly to ensure that each drink contains the expected amount of alcohol. If you allow free deposit in your room, check the accuracy periodically using a spill test.

Offer some food. This is one of the most important things you can do to serve alcohol responsibly and prevent intoxication. The food helps to keep the alcohol in the stomach, slowing the absorption rate of alcohol, and preventing it from reaching the small intensity, in which most of it is absorbed into the bloodstream. The best foods to get,  are those ones , rich in fat and / or protein. These elements are not easily digested, which slows the movement of alcohol into the small intestine.

Offer your guests something they can’t refuse, whether it’s a juicy burger or an extra order of ranch fries!

The most important thing you could do to prevent intoxication and ensure guests’ satisfaction would be to offer them delicious appetizers before starting drinking sessions; this will help to avoid excessive drinking because their stomach has been filled earlier than expected (think about all those midnight snacks).

Offer water. Drinking alcohol can lead to dehydration, making guests thirsty and potentially obligates  to consume more alcohol than they normally would. Rehydration can be done by offering water along with drinks and often filling glasses with water. This will help to keep the the body hydrated and can reduce the consumption of alcohol.

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How to create a children’s menu: 5 tips.

Children’s menu. To be a good restaurant owner, it is necessary to have food that can satisfy all those who pass through the entrance door of the restaurant. The children’s menu is usually the last thing you think of when you’re designing a restaurant menu, but it should not be.

Create a children’s menu. Have you just opened a restaurant and have to try your hand at creating the menu? Surely, sooner or later you will also have to come across the need to create a children’s menu.


It is in fact a useful service that parents very often appreciate. Not always the dishes of a restaurant are designed and designed to please a very young audience, and that is why it becomes necessary to draw up a parallel menu, suitable for children.

As we know, in fact, children have a completely different palate from adults and are inclined to taste and eat a much smaller list of foods. That’s why, if he plans to run a cozy restaurant and open to families, you should think about also devising a children’s menu.

Create a children’s menu

To choose the most suitable foods you will have to follow a few simple rules, so as to avoid gross mistakes and be able to conquer even the smallest palate. On the other hand many food chains already do: just think of McDonald’s, Roadhouse, or even other restaurants, able to offer a satisfying and tasty baby menu.


You have to think that children are your future customers – and we do not think that you want their only memory of your restaurant to be a legume soup? The time has come to start looking over the standard children’s menu and start offering healthy and at the same time delicious choices for children who come to your restaurant. Most parents are very concerned about the health of their children; if you do not offer good choices for children, health-conscious parents will skip your restaurant. Children like healthy food, but they like a tasteful food like everyone else. Here are five tips for a great kids menu:

Offer a gluten-free option in the children’s menu

Offering gluten-free food is much more than a trend – parents of children with gluten allergies are constantly looking for new options for their children. Offering a gluten-free item on the menu, you can appeal to a new audience. It is also easy to find gluten substitutes: quinoa or rice flour can be used for preparing pasta; coconut flour or brown rice flour; and if you’re trying to add some crunchiness, the brown rice crumbs are ideal.

Do not fry small fish

If there is also a fried item on the children’s menu, the children will be irremediably attracted to it. By removing the fried options, your restaurant will also please the health-conscious parents. Food cooked in the oven, grilled or even in a pan is much healthier and is also very tasty.

Do not forget the young connoisseur

The “foodie” trend is on the rise. If there are small gourmets in your restaurant and you have nothing interesting to offer them, they will not come back. Offer an article that tickles your palate and make you excited to come to your restaurant.

The secret is all in the name

children's menu

Giving children’s menu items funny names can make the difference. For example, if you offered a banana-pumpkin-free gluten-free cake and called it that name, no one would ever want to try it. On the other hand, if you call it “super banana cake” the children will get excited because the name sounds funny. So, try to do the same for the voices of your children’s menu, to appeal to your small audience.

Hide the vegetables

The healthy component for your children’s menu will be a huge purchase reason for parents, but not for children. A simple way to incorporate vegetables without being so visible is to make sure things like onion and garlic are finely chopped, as well as cabbage, spinach and other full-bodied vegetables. You can also add vegetable purees in sauces and soups that will add flavor and nutrients without altering the consistency.

How to adapt the menu to the law on allergens

On December 13, 2014 the new law on allergens came into force.

The law on allergens provides that the consumer of any food product is aware of the ingredients contained in foods, including allergens. This not only applies to “label” foods,  packaged products, but also to restaurant menus.

What is an allergen?

law on allergens

Law on allergens

It is a substance generally harmless for the  most consumers, but dangerous at various levels for allergy sufferers. It can produce in fact  allergic crises of various severities, such as asthma, rashes and more.

According to the new law, their presence must be indicated among the ingredients and highlighted (through the use of bold or of a different character, for example), in the labels of pre-packaged foods. For restaurants, however, it’s a bit different.

Law on allergens

Allergens are substances that cause an allergic reaction.
A substance can be identified as an allergen if it leads to unpleasant symptoms or damage in people with no previous history with this particular element and causes them physical discomfort when they come into contact with its pollen, mold spores (mild)dust mites, etc., causing sneezing among other problems such allergies manifest themselves differently depending on the type of protein was triggered, but for example: – hay fever could mean a runny nose, while eczema will leave angry red skin from irritation.

How to adapt the menu to the allergen law?

Law on allergens

First of all, the ingredients and the  allergens should be reported product by product. For example, the single billboard that brings together in a single word all the basic ingredients of ice-creams in an ice-cream parlor or in bars; rather, they must be listed one by one and in a complete and individual manner. And, speaking of bars or restaurants, the law requires everything to be done in writing: it is not enough for the restaurant owner or barista to give information “verbally” about the products.

How to adapt the menu to the new provisions? No drastic changes!

Law on allergens

Completed documentation must be prepared with the ingredients that make up each single dish. This can be attached to the menu or delivered to consumers upon request. Important: it is however mandatory to clearly indicate on the menu on  the presence of this documentation. Or again, reiterate it on the register or on a special sign.

What are the products that contain allergens?

Law on allergens

Unfortunately for those who suffer, they are more common than you can imagine: about a hundred. Avoiding dangers, however, is simple, and the list of main allergic reactions is restricted to fourteen. These are those ones that require mandatory reporting.

Remember to check the ingredients of the goods you buy for your premises and report any presence of allergens (eg: it may contain traces of nuts) in your documents. Here is a list to begin to become familiar with the law on allergens and the foods involved.

  1. Cereals containing gluten: wheat, rye, barley, oats, spelled, kamut or their hybridized strains and derived products. The following are excluded: wheat-based glucose syrups, including dextrose; wheat-based maltodextrins; glucose syrups based on barley; cereals used for the manufacture of alcoholic distillates;
  2. Crustaceans and products based on crustaceans.
  3. Eggs and egg products.
  4. Fish and fish products. The following are excluded: fish gelatine is  used as a support for vitamin or carotenoid preparations; gelatin or isinglass used as fining agent in beer and wine.
  5. Peanuts and peanut-based products.
  1. Soya and soy products, except: refined soybean oil and fat; natural mixed tocopherols (E306), natural D-alpha tocopherol, natural D-alpha tocopherol acetate, soy-based natural D-alpha tocopherol succinate; vegetable oils derived from soybean phytosterols and phytosterols; vegetable stanol ester produced from soybean vegetable oil sterols.
  2. Milk and milk products (including lactose), except: (a) which are used for the manufacture of alcoholic spirits, including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin; b) milk.
  3. Nuts and their products, except for nuts used for the manufacture of alcoholic distillates, including ethyl alcohol of agricultural origin.
  4. Celery and celery products.
  5. Mustard and mustard-based products.
  6. Sesame seeds and products based on sesame seeds.
  7. Sulfur dioxide and sulphites in concentrations of more than 10 mg / kg or 10 mg / liter in terms of total SO2  need to be calculated for products as proposed ready for consumption or reconstituted in accordance with manufacturers’ instructions.
  8. Lupins and products based on lupins.
  9. Molluscs and products based on molluscs.

Read also: How to contain the costs of the menu: 3 solutions.

How to clean the pizza oven correctly

Cleaning the pizza oven properly allows you to have better and healthier pizzas.

Clean the pizza oven. If you do not want your pizzas and trousers to have a newspaper flavor of the day before, or an oven that consumes too much, you should use the right precautions to clean the pizza oven.

What you need to do the cleaning:

Clean the pizza oven

Gloves
Apron
Polishing agent for non-toxic stainless steel
Brush / spatula for cleaning the pizza oven
Towels
Hand brush and dustpan


Cleaning a Pizza Oven

Clean the pizza oven

As all pizza chefs know, you need to clean the pizza oven every day. This task is quite simple: just remove any residues or debris under the oven doors with a small broom or a brush.

But you should also perform a complete weekly cleaning, especially for stone countertops. In this way your pizzas will not have any unwanted taste and the performance of your oven will be good.

Method:

1.First of all, you will have to leave the oven to  be cooled. Never attempt to use our cleaning solutions on a hot surface. This prevents severe burns.
2.Wear gloves and apron.
3.To clean the outside part  of the oven, take a rag and dab on it a little ‘stainless steel detergent. This cleaner will help remove any heat or fading halo. To give the oven a great shine, put some polish for steel or, if you want to use a solution based on organic olive oil on a cloth and rub a bit ‘on those opaque spots of your oven.


4.Use the scraper on ashes, soot and other debris on your cooking stones and use the wire brush on the opposite side to remove any stubborn residues. When you have finished this operation, collect the debris with the brush and dustpan.
5.It is important to never use water or other liquids to clean the surface of the stone. If the stone cooktop absorbs the liquid, it could also break when exposed to the high heat of the oven.

Cleaning an Oven with Conveyor Belt

Clean the pizza oven

The ovens offer a great efficiency. However, cleaning them can involve some routine work. As a pizza oven, you will surely want to ensure that your oven is as clean as possible, to preserve the quality of your pizzas. Tape ovens have a lot of components, which means there are more places for crumbs, melted cheese and other pizza debris to get lost.

Method:

Clean the pizza oven

1.Disconnect the oven. This work is hard enough without the threat of getting a shock.
2.Remove the conveyor belt. We recommend that you consult the operating manual of your oven to understand how to do it correctly. When the tape has been removed, spray nontoxic cleaner for ovens on the tape and let it stand for twenty minutes.
3.While the cleaning product acts on the surface of the belt, open the doors of the wood oven and remove the large rectangular pieces of metal that are above and below the conveyor belt. Usually you will only have to focus on cleaning the lower pliers as they usually become the dirtiest due to the cheese drains, crumbs and pizza ingredients. We recommend cleaning the first tongs once or twice a year.
4.When all the pliers are removed, always spray them with some oven cleaning product and allow them to take effect for twenty minutes.
5.While the product acts on the conveyor belt and the pliers, go ahead and vacuum up the remaining debris present inside the oven.
6.Once the inside is clean, you can act on the outside of the oven with the enamel for stainless steel or olive oil. Also, do not forget to clean the windows and doors of your oven as they also attract a lot of pizza material.


7.Take your wire brush and clean the conveyor belt and pliers, once the twenty minutes have been expired. When they reach the desired cleaning, rinse them thoroughly and leave them out to dry, then re-install inside the pliers , in their place inside the oven.
8.Now that the oven has been put back together, be sure to clean the control box grille with a wire brush. Never use a liquid detergent; You certainly do not want to short-circuit the electrical components of the pizza oven.

Clean the pizza oven with emptying drawer

Clean the pizza oven

There are the counter ovens. If you have one, you can clean it in the same way as their older brothers, but on a much smaller scale. Many of these ovens have removable crumb trays that make the  cleaning  of the pizza oven even easier.

Proper care and maintenance can extend the life of pizza ovens. Although it may seem like a horrible chore, taking your time to clean the pizza oven every week and every day will prevent you from having  shell out a new oven on an annual basis. Moreover, it will give your pizzas a great taste, even after multiple uses.

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Why eat Indian food: 3 good reasons

Indian food. We have seen through an interesting article in the Washington Post this week, entitled – “Scientists have understood what makes Indian food so delicious” which speaks of the Indian subcontinent which is home to over 1 billion people who have a rich culinary tradition that relies heavily on the use of spices and strong flavors.


Western dishes often use less ingredients than Indian dishes. In many cases, the ingredients used in a dish share the same aromatic compounds. As a result, many Indian dishes make it feel like there’s a party going on in the mouth. Although this can create a sensory overload for some people.

Indian food

There are several advantages to incorporate Indian cuisine into your kitchen:

1 – Indian food is really good. Even if you do not like spicy food, in many cases it is possible to request the less spicy versions of a dish in a restaurant.

2 – Indian cuisine is generally healthy. There is a great emphasis on plant ingredients, which make it a paradise for vegans and vegetarians. For example, have a lentil instead of a veggie burger. The use of spices drastically reduces the need for salt in fact many of the spices have health benefits.

3 – Ingredients for Indian food are cheap. A pound of lentils costs a fraction of the price of a pound of red meat.


While preparing Indian dishes at home may seem daunting at first, but once you get the hand of it, it’s pretty quick. Most curries can be made in advance for a week before and leave in the fridge.

Why eat Indian food

Indian food

While preparing Indian dishes at home may seem daunting at first, but once you get the hand out of it, it’s pretty quick. Most curries can be made in advance for a week before and leave in the fridge.

Characteristics of Indian food
Why eat Indian food

When you are about to discover the recipes of as many cultures it might be very difficult to learn what are the most important steps that can make the perfect and super tasty dishes. Indian food is characterized by fairly strong flavors and smells which may make the preparation process not very easy. Getting the right amount of spice might take a lot of skill. The risk could be to prepare dishes too tasty or salty ruining the absence.

indian food

Indian food

But let’s see what are the characteristics of Indian food and in particular what are the fundamental elements of these preparations. Mainly it is a vegetarian diet consisting of legumes and cereals.

Many fruits and vegetables are present in the preparations of Indian food, but not only, also many spices and many condiments characterize these preparations. 

As it is known Indian food is very tasty, for this reason there are many types of condiments that make these preparations so delicious. One of the main ingredients is ghee, or typical Indian clarified butter that is often used to complete many recipes. Chutney is one of the most famous Indian recipes along with curry recipes. The chutney however turns out to be ideal for the fact that it is simply made from fruit and vegetable compounds. In short, it is clear that this type of food is ideal for all those who want to try something new by following absolutely light and healthy diets.

Indian food

We’ve made it clear that Indian food, while particularly tasty and rich in spices, tends to be perfect for pretty healthy diets. This is one of the reasons why, regularly consuming typical Indian recipes can be really functional. The fact that Indian recipes are mainly made with ingredients such as fruits and vegetables means that those who want to lose weight or follow a quality diet can opt for different recipes than usual. In this way you can enrich the vegetarian diet with original preparations.

Why eat Indian food?
In Indian preparations it is very common to use mango which can be consumed both unripe and ripe with the addition of salt. This fruit can be used both for the preparation of sweet recipes, both for the preparation of salty recipes, a pinch of inventiveness will not help. Also coconut is presented as one of the main ingredients for these types of preparations. This food can be used both dried and fresh and can enrich many preparations.

So, do you try to lose weight or follow a healthier diet without animal derivatives? The choice could fall on the Indian food allowing you not to lose at all the taste of good food.

When you think about healthy food, quite sterile preparations made of cereals and legumes with little flavor can often come to mind. Instead, discovering the taste of Indian preparations could open up a world to you. All you have to do is follow certain steps of certain recipes. If you want to taste the flavors of the Indian tradition you can follow many nice recipes. Below we will propose a very interesting one.

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Kitchen equipments: What do you absolutely need?

Kitchen equipments: what are the essentials?

A mortar and a pestle, of course! These tools have been used for centuries to prepare spices in Latin American cuisine.

Kitchen equipments



Kitchen equipments

But what about other popular dishes like curry or halibut stew? The answer may surprise you: it is not only these kitchens that rely heavily on their use – many international recipes call specifically “a rubbing of spices” as well as specific grinders such as fresh cilantro if desired (and who does not like to add fresh chopped garlic). Nowadays there are also electric models that do a great job both at grinding and chopping herbs – if safety is your thing then this could be perfect because everything you need.

How to choose kitchen equipments:

Kitchen equipments

Let’s start with the pots. There are different types and with various materials such as stainless steel, aluminum, enamelled cast iron, copper, stone, terracotta, porcelain and enamelled glass. Furthermore, especially the pans, they generally have a particular anti-stick coating indispensable in the kitchen.

You have to choose in relation to the use we will make of it behind the stove and then based on the material. The pans are equipped with a lid and two handles, possibly in various sizes. The capacity varies with the number of diners, obviously.

The pans allow the preparation of fries, vegetables, meat etc. They are also necessary in various measures. Let us not forget casseroles and pans for stews, roasts and sauces. also useful is the grill pan, the pressure cooker, for cooking legumes, braised meats and stews.

One of the most important things to consider when choosing pots is the type and frequency of use. Raw material, style, weight or subtlety – whatever your preference there is a perfect set for any occasion!

Kitchen equipments

I always recommend going with stainless steel because it not only moves better than other metals, but nothing sticks well enough on its surface that could scratch delicate glass plates both across the room or even nearby while cooking, which makes cleaning much easier also because the food does not make excellent detergents to remove the grit (even if they come in handy!). And if the cost is not a problem, try to invest in advance because the long-term costs will probably far exceed anything else by enough.

Knife set

Kitchen equipments

Recall that in addition to the classic cutlery, it will be necessary to have a good set of knives, made of steel and / or ceramic, with different sizes, for the various recipes in the kitchen.

Obviously you will need steel scissors and the classic poultry shears.
Above all, wooden and steel ladles of various sizes cannot be missing to mix dough, sauces, etc. as well as the skimmer.

Knives can be a very useful tool to have in the kitchen. There are many types and styles of knives available, but not all of them will work for every task or purpose; before buying one, be sure to evaluate which type would best suit how long they will spend on the cutting board, as well as their personal preferences. Consider these factors: length (the average person has about 11 inches from the base to the tip), weight distribution on the shape of the handle(s) which material is made out.

Kitchen utensils

Kitchen equipments

When it comes to the kitchen, there are some tools that we can not do without. A mixer or blender will be essential to mix ingredients such as cream cheese and eggs to create sauces such as pesto; the pans make it easy to cook the meat on your stove when they are heated high enough so that the water does not get into their base material!

The most important thing when choosing any sharp tool is safety rules because if handled incorrectly an accident could happen causing injury so always wear gloves while handling them.

Kitchen equipments

As for pans made of non-stick material, it is advisable to use tools that do not scratch this type of material. They will also serve whips, also electric, for the preparation of sweets, to whip and to prepare the beaten egg.

The cutting board and the half-moon are essential for shopping, slicing and cleaning vegetables and more. The potato masher and potato peeler, the vegetable mill are also other allies of those who love the velvety or the classic gateau.

You may also need a meat tenderizer. For the desserts then, you will need rolling pins, molds, a pasta cutter wheel and cookie cutters.

You will also need oven mitts and oven mitts, refrigerator containers of various sizes.

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