A Baker Is Incomplete Without These Tools

It might seem effortless watching a chef pour thick-delicious batter into several molds, expertly level the pan and place it in the oven.

Your heart swells as the chocolate is melted to be mixed with butter and cream. The baker uses different piping bags to make dreamy swirls around the cake’s surface. Read more

5 No-Bake Sweet Treats To Enjoy This Summer

Beach trips, suntans, ice-pops, and cold-dreamy delights qualify as a perfect summer day. It’s criminal to neglect the fruity seasonal flavors that summer brings along with.

When you can embrace the warmth with a change in your wardrobe and lifestyle, then why deprive your baking of the savory summer treats.

Here is a must-try list of sweet treats you can enjoy with your family and friends. Read more

Bake A Creative Cookie Collection

Baking gives you the liberty to be creative without boundaries; you can make banana flavored bread and top it off with strawberries and nuts. It provides culinary freedom and allows you to mix and match ingredients you like.

You can bring this creativity to your cookie baking skills and perk up your tea or snack time. Here are some exciting recipes to try out. Read more

Out Of Baking Soda? Switch To Substitutes

You walk in to the kitchen to bake away to your heart’s content, but there’s one problem. You are out of baking soda.

So, do you walk away, with the chocolate fudge cake craving in your heart, or do you take a stand and find a solution.

Well, missing ingredients can no longer keep you from your cakes, brownies, or biscuits. Here is a complete list of substitutes you can use. Read more

If It’s The Last Thing You Do: 5 Wines You Need to Try in Your Life

For seasoned wine enthusiasts, there must be a vintage or three on your bucket list of wines you need to try. Given that there are numerous countries, each producing varieties of wine, it is easy to miss out on some worthy gems while trying to keep up with the gold rush!

No Regrets

You don’t want to be ruminating on the things you didn’t do in life! Least of all, if you take your wine seriously, you don’t want to realize that you missed out on something worthwhile.

For this reason, we have listed 5 wines in this article along with a little bit on what makes them special!

Next time you buy wine online or visit a vineyard, it might be smart to see if you can find any of the following:

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Vintage Port

Port tends to experience something of an awkward phase 10 or so years post production. That being said, 40 – 50 year old vintage port is a whole other story. This wine is full of character and consuming it is like reacquainting yourself with a little history. This is not to mention the brilliant and powerful taste!

Barossa Shiraz

This wine packs quite the punch and is likely as bold and rich as wine can get. Though this might not be for those who are more attuned and show preference for softer, milder flavors, it is ideal for enthusiasts who enjoy their wine when it’s loud and expressive. Southern Australia is known for such wines and the aforementioned, is well worth a try.

First Bordeaux

Bordeaux is probably the most recognized names when it comes to international wine. This reason is known for and has a history with production of fine wines. So much so that they even introduced their own grading/ranking system, still used in the world today. First growth Bordeaux is landslides above second and third growth in both depth and flavor. If you have not tried a first growth Bordeaux aged for ten years or more, you need to.

Vintage Champagne

Champagne on its own is quite the treat. It doesn’t matter if you’re toasting a wedding, new job or just getting out with your friends for a night after graduation. Champagne spells two things; class and celebration. We’re still talking about regular or mid-range bubbly here!

Vintage Champagne though expensive is a class and flavor in its own league. This creamy and rich drink is aged in barrels, which contributes to its incomparable depth.

Classical Cabernet from Napa  

This wine was almost wiped off the face of the planet due to prohibition but luckily thanks to the efforts of certain individuals made a comeback. A nice change from the Bordeaux flavors and equally bucket list worthy, classic Napa Cabernet is the last wine on our bucket list!

Endnote

There you have it. Five types of wine you absolutely need to try if it’s the last thing you do! If you’re interested in buying wine online and want to see if some of these types are available, check out your options!

 

Vivino is an international wine community with an excess of 28 million seasoned enthusiasts as members contributing to make one of the world’s most expansive and popular wine clubs.

 

5 Ways to Make Food More Fun for Kids

Kids are incredibly fussy eaters. As adults, we have a wide palette and are happy with eating foods of different flavors. Kids, on the other hand, don’t compromise on taste. One of the reasons it’s so difficult for them to eat vegetables is because so many veggies happen to be bitter. Adults may chug down a kale smoothie every morning for the sake of its health benefits, but for kids, taste is everything! Read more

Making the Perfect Tart Pastry

Having to prepare your own tart pastry can become a nightmare very quickly. The slightest ups and downs in a recipe or the cooking process can lead to a dessert disaster. As with cooking anything else, after a few tries of cooking with the great recipe, tart pastry becomes simpler and faster. Read more

5 Best Food and Wine Pairings You Need to Try!

When buying wine either online or in person, what goes through your mind? A good time with a few close friends? A much-deserved quiet evening of reading on your couch with a plate of crackers and some wine perhaps? It would be no surprise if what came to your mind was simply; food!

Food and Wine

Wine and food have been friends for centuries. The two have been interlocked in an ancient relationship, ripe with its share of stories, legends, folktales and history. Today the relationship between wine and food is stronger than ever!

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Amazing Combinations

We’ve scoured the internet as well as the culinary world in general to bring you five divine food and wine pairings. This is not just so you try these as they are but also so you may develop a sense of what flavors go together.

Without further delay, here they are:

Chardonnay Shrimp

Among the various foods that grill well, only a few can match up to a nice batch of shrimp! The cutting sharpness of the shrimp needs something that both complements it and enhances the favors. For this reason, one of the best wines to go with grilled shrimp is in fact, Chardonnay.

A firm Chardonnay that comes packed with a hint of Oak would be ideal!

Pork and Nebbiolo

A spiced shoulder of good pork prepared with a strong mix of spice is brilliant when complimented with some aromatic Nebbiolo to iron out the creases. If seasoned apart from the spices with a mix of herbs, a little garlic and a dash of lemon, this superb combination is truly one that would make you and your guests beam from ear to ear.

Salmon Salad and Pinot

Salmon is rich and packed with character and flavor. In combination with a light and zesty salad, this alone could be considered a complete and fulfilling dish. On the flip side, you take the same salmon salad and pair it with your choice of Pinot and you have something else entirely. The pinot and salmon dance on the taste buds, one urging the other to show a little more flavor!

Pan Roast and Rioja

Roasted potatoes are comfort food. Pan roasted potatoes with sausage absolutely divine. Chop up some arugula and toss them in. Do the same with a bunch of chalets. Add a hint of lemon and you’ve got one hell of a dish. Of course if you throw in some sweet Spanish Rioja, the younger lot will likely pair beautifully with the ingredients mentioned above.

Pizza Rose’

This was a tough one as we were about to go with a combination of Carménère along with a medium or medium rare steak, but figured this one would be more fun. A simple sweet grilled pizza with a bit of cheese, tomato paste and whatever other light toppings you desire goes will with Rose! Yes we realize how that sentence is upside down but it is true!

Conclusion

These sure as hell aren’t the only food and wine combinations that are worth trying. There are many more and better yet, you could even experiment with your own combinations.

Buying wine online allows you to choose from an extensive range of wine types, origins and ages. Check out some of the most recognized and reputed online wine communities and see if you would like to join!

Vivino is an international wine community with an excess of 28 million seasoned enthusiasts as members contributing to make one of the world’s most expansive and popular wine clubs.

5 Interesting Types Of Mini-Tarts

Mini-tarts make awesome treats and aren’t that difficult to make. Check out some of these easy-to-prepare, yummy mini-tart recipes. Read more

Let’s Settle This Debate Once And For All: Red Wine Or White Wine?

For most wine drinkers, the choice between red wine and white wine is determined based on what each blend tastes like. Essentially, both red and white wine are made from fermented grapes, but the tweaks in the compounds and practices in between give them different aromas, flavors, and health benefits. Read more