Whether people indulge in them to get a kick of coffee or just for their rustic flavor, espresso desserts have always been popular the world over. This post presents a few espresso dessert recipes that are easy to make and sure to leave you wanting more. 1. COFFEE WALNUT BROWNIES Time: 4 hours Makes: 16 brownies Ingredients: ½ cup semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ½ cup semisweet chocolate chips ½ cup unsalted butter ¾ cup all-purpose flour 1 cup sugar ½ cup walnuts, chopped 2 large eggs 1 tablespoon instant espresso powder ¼ teaspoon salt Vegetable oil spray Directions: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line an 8-inch square-shaped baking pan with parchment paper. Spray the parchment paper with nonstick spray. Keep aside. In a small saucepan, melt butter and chocolate over low heat. Add espresso powder. Stir occasionally. Remove from heat and keep aside. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy and starts to form soft peaks. Mix in melted chocolate mixture along with flour and salt and stir lightly. Fold in chocolate chips and walnuts. Add batter to prepared baking pan and bake for up to... View Article
Coffee is the most stimulating beverage to start your day with and a lot of people are fueled by their morning cup of java on a daily basis. There are several other reasons that show how coffee permeates through our lives. Scientific studies have proven that when consumed in moderation, coffee can be beneficial to your health and protect you from several kinds of illnesses. Did you know that coffee can particularly benefit your skin? It is not only your tongue, but also your skin that loves coffee. While drinking coffee can give you a boost internally, applying it topically can result in several benefits as well. Wondering how the goodness of coffee can show on your skin? Read on. 1. Coffee Is an Exfoliator This one is simple. Recycle old coffee grounds by using them as an exfoliating agent. According to naturalnews.com, rubbing your skin with coffee grounds will help you get rid of dead skin cells and leave you with much smoother skin. They’re effective because coffee grounds have the perfect consistency for a great exfoliator. Further, coffee beans are rich in caffeic acid, which increases the production... View Article
How many times have you come across one of those coffee snobs at the local cafe who wastes no time doling out knowledge about what goes into which coffee drink? Wish you knew exactly what kind of coffee you were ordering and, in turn, enjoy every sip you take? Look no further. This post presents a few of the most popular coffee drinks available at almost all cafes to help you understand what makes them the way they are. 1. Espresso One of the most popular types of coffee drinks globally, Espresso is often referred to as the drink of coffee aficionados. It is quick to whip up and offers the kind of kick that very few other coffee-based drinks do. To experience this, you need to have very little of it and enjoy the burst of rich, intense flavor of coffee in your mouth. In order to get your espresso right, you need to ensure that you balance all the elements that make it what it is. Whether it is the heat, the grind size, the shot speed or the freshness of the coffee, one wrong element can skew... View Article
Whether you drink it, eat it or simply smell it, just being around coffee can be extremely therapeutic for fans of this globally popular beverage. Several of us have concerns about the health effects of drinking coffee, but the good news is that when consumed in moderation, coffee can actually be great for your physical and mental wellbeing. Fans of coffee, rejoice! You can now give in to your coffee cravings without feeling guilty about it. Here are a few of the good things it does for you. 1. The Feel-Good Factor Did you know drinking coffee can make you happier? According to a study conducted by the National Institute of Health, people who drink four or more cups of coffee in a day were about 10% less likely to be depressed than those who stay away from a cup of joe. A study performed by the researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health involved monitoring 50,739 female nurses in the Nurses’ Health Study for over a quarter century. In 2011, it was revealed that those participants who downed four or more cups of coffee in a day were... View Article
Ever felt guilty of procrastination or simply doing nothing? Do not worry – it turns out there’s art to being idle. Italians have been mastering it for ages they call it – dolce far niente. It’s their very own version of mindfulness. It may seem hard at first but it surely is rewarding to actually do nothing in moderation. Learn how to practice Dolce Far Niente – mindfulness the Italian way.
Ever thought of “bending time” and faking your race for 10 seconds, 10 minutes, or 10 hours? You can be “nativized” into an Italian for however long you want, word by word. Nothing can be sweeter or more angelic than the Italian accent and its ebb, not even a calzone pizza. We all sing a cappella in our shower rooms; we’ve all eaten al fresco, ordered a pizza from our favorite pizzeria, ordered broccoli, spaghetti, cappuccino, and the strongest shot of espresso thereafter. If you are not a foodie like I am, you probably love algebra, and if math is not your thing either, at least you’ve heard of influenza, pellagra, or at some point had a medico book you for malaria. Yes, you can cheat your luogo nativo (birthplace) by saying a few Italian words like it’s your madrelingua (mother tongue). More often than not, we utter these Italian words without even paying tribute to their origin. Italian is sweet, unquestionably sweet, and perhaps that’s why propaganda is also sweet to the ear. You have probably heard of one “Lupe Fiasco”, the American rapper; the word “fiasco” doesn’t imply... View Article
I have visited Sicily once. Actually the plan was to see the Lipari Islands so Palermo, the largest Sicilian city was supposed to be merely the starting point of my Mediterranean adventure. But once I walked the streets of this noisy, influenced by many cultures city and tasted the various delicacies served at famous foccacerias I knew I will have to return for more. Now every now and then I return but mentally only with the help of my favourite Sicilian Recipes I wan to share with you.
When I first wrote my first computer code, a simple program to calculate exponential decay, the code returned a thousand bugs like I had run an Arabic alphabet. This was annoying and nettlesome, but I didn’t cringe; I held on. It was tough, but I guess I was tougher. How often do you crumble and crumple in the face of danger? Do you crush and tumble at the first sign of defeat? Or do you clench your fists even harder? Being mentally tough means holding out the urge to fall by the way; maintaining focus, and continuing to pursue your goals no matter what—regardless of your pain, anguish, or infliction. Learn how to shake off fear and bubble your spirit today.
There are places every foodie should visit. It shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that we start our new series with the Italian Food Travel Guide. The first part of the immensely popular triptych Eat, Pray and Love by Elisabeth Gilbert takes place in Rome. It is the part quite adequately called EAT. And I must say I am not that much surprised the author chose Italy to feed the tortured soul of the main protagonist with… Italian food. I am also not surprised why so many foodie travellers consider Italy the ultimate foodie travel destination. Italian food is the perfect balm that soothes your soul, makes you happy and as a matter of fact, it is quite healthy. But Italian food is not just about nutrition. It is about celebrating it, making it a social event, devouring it. So what are the best places and foods to try for every food traveler in Italy? There are many – each region has it’s specific allure, from peasant and rather simple (yet still delicious) goodies in Sicily to glorious feasts in Rome. From the most amazing pizzas in Napoli, to more refined tastes of the north.... View Article
Our ancestors first learned to cook directly over a fire. Fast-forward thousands of years, and we still wait over ranges and grills, timing the magic moment between raw and burned. Sounds familiar? Without tools that provide accurate and uniform heat, we’ve been forced to think about cooking in terms of time. Time and not the right temperature. And that’s the difference The Cinder Sensing Cooker makes.
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