WHAT IT IS
An Indonesian staple made from partially cooked, fermented soybeans that are pressed into cakes. Tempe has a mild, nutty taste and absorbs flavors well.
HOW IT'S USED
Cakes can be sliced or cubed, then marinated and baked, grilled or deep-fired. You can also crumble tempe for chili or chop and shape into burgers.
To soften tempe and help it absorb flavors, steam or simmer in a marinade, broth or sauce at least 15 minutes. Unopened packages of tempe can be refrigerated up to two weeks or frozen up to three months.
Packaged blocks displayed with tofu in refrigerated sections. Tempe should have few or no black spots, which appear when it is exposed to air. (You can still eat it with spots; the taste will just be stronger). Flavor tempe - ften fermented with wild rice, vegetables or herbs - is delicious on sandwiches or in recipes where flavors complements the other ingredients.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Sunday, March 30, 2008
Sometime we have a difficulty to find the right ingredient when we want to cook something.. To achieve the perfectness of the ingredients that we need, this is the common substitutes will help you out of a baking pinch.
MISSING INGREDIENTS:1 cup buttermilk
replacing with : 1 tsp vinegar or 1 tbsp lemon juice + 1 cup milk
replacing with : 3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa + 1 tbsp oil or melted butter
1 cup honey
replacing with : 1 1/4 cup white sugar + 1/3 cup water
1/4 cup rum or liqueur
replacing with : 1/4 cup fruit juice
1 cup heavy cream (not for whipping)
replacing with : 3/4 cup milk + 3 tbsp melted butter
1 tbsp baking powder
replacing with : 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar + 3/4 tsp baking soda