1. How to organise a stress free thanksgiving

    Want to have a successful stress free thanksgiving this year? Want to sit down to a delicious meal with all the trimmings? Then you need to make a list. You need to make the most detailed list since the mars landing mission. In order to make such a list, you need to make a plan. What do you plan to eat? Well, theres the yams and potatoes, carrots and beans, corn and peas and what else? Well, no thanksgiving is complete without the centrepiece of…

  2. Black Friday from a food perspective

    Black Friday is noted at the first day of the Christmas shopping season. Many stores will open absurdly early while people (if they can walk after all that turkey) flock to them in order to get the best deals. Toys, cars, clothing, electronics you name it, it’s on sale. Even food. So why not stock up? Hit the electronics and get yourself a Vacuvita system then get to the supermarket where they are trying to get rid of the excess of ‘Thanksgiving’ related food in…

  3. Vacuvita Chef: Mushroom Curry for cold nights

    It’s cold outside, in stores Christmas music is already playing, so all I want when I get home is to feel cozy and eat something easy and flavored to warm me up. The first thing that comes to mind is the combination of mushrooms with curry that provides a little bit of everything plus something extra. It’s tasty, intriguing and delicious. What you need: – 500 g mix of mushrooms – 1 medium zucchini – 1 large onion – 3 garlic cloves – 1 tablespoon…

  4. The secret of a healthy work lunch

    It’s all too easy to fall into the lunch trap at work. It starts out innocently enough, you go once or twice with a few colleagues for a quick bite to eat. It’s cheap too. That one time. . . but once you get a taste of the good life you find yourself going more often than not. You stop making yourself a lunch because there’s always something around the corner. Then you realise, this is costing you a good chunk of your salary.  5-10…

  5. Christmas prep made easy

    It was the night before Christmas, when all through the house. Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse.  Whoever wrote this was actually not a privy to the big family celebrations that we’ve become accustomed to. Where everyone rolls in a couple of days before the big day. So you aren’t even planning for one big day but several! Several days of kids running around playing, catching up on all the family stories and gossip. Seeing old friends, last minute trips to the mall for…

  6. Homemade gingerbread lego

    Have you always wanted to make gingerbread from scratch? Well, here is your chance. It seems to be a tradition among the more determined and jubilant during the holidays. You can comb the internet and find endless pages of pictures of pristine gingerbread estates. Beautiful palatial three storey brownstones lovingly and painstakingly constructed by FOOD stylists. In all my attempts to make a gingerbread house with my children we have produced nothing but half eaten gingerbread pup-tents. Making a conventional gingerbread requires an engineering genius and the patience of a saint……

  7. Sous vide Asada Tacos

    By definition, most carne asada tacos feature carne asada which is grilled or pan-seared skirt or flank steak. I didn’t have any and as much as I love flank steak I tend to take sides with the less popular tougher cuts when cooked sous vide. Why? because they can be transformed into something that’s quite possibly superior in flavor and texture via sous vide. And you’re still within rare to medium rare range… which is just amazing.  Now having said that.. there’s always the issue of…

  8. New Years Eve, the Dutch way

    New Years Eve is celebrated in every country and in many ways; but no matter where you go it’s about rejuvenation. Each and every country has it’s own tradition as well as each individual family. In the Netherlands we enjoy Oliebollen. These are doughnut like balls, chewy on the inside and crispy on the outside and dusted with confectioners sugar. You can either try our basic recipe below or simply add raisins, apples, or chocolate to the dough mixture for some extra flavor. Ingredients 1tsp sugar…