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Lamb Irish Stew with white Wine - Stew Recipes

A wonderful recipe to prepare for your family for winter dinners!

For 4 people
Time preparation: 1h30

Ingredients:

  • 700g lamb meat
  • 2 turnips
  • 3 carrots
  • 2 onions
  • 3 whites of leeks
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 sprig of sage
  • 1 laurel leaf
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil 
  • 250 ml white wine
  • 1.25 l lamb broth
  • 600 g potatoes
  • 200 g white cabbage
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Worcester sauce
  • Parsley

How to cook:

Wash the meat, dry and cut it in pieces. Wash, peel and cut the carrots and turnips. Prepare, wash and cut in pieces the leeks. Wash, dry and chop the parsley. Wash the thyme, the sage and the laurel leaf and tie them together. Preheat the oven to 350°F. b2ap3_thumbnail_leek-takucookware.blog.jpg 
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Heat the oil in a stockpot and cook the meat Add the onions, the carrots, the turnips, and the leeks, then moisten with wine and lamb broth. Add the bouquet-garni and simmer for 1 hour, lid on.

Peel the potatoes and cut in dices. Wash the white cabbage, prepare and cut in slices. After 30 minutes, add the potatoes to the stew. After 40 minutes, add the cabbage.

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 I hope you liked this recipe and will enjoy it with your family! Don't forget to check out our other articles and to follow us
on the social networks to get all the TAKU news.
Thank you! Have an amazing day!

 

 

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Sautéed Zucchinis with Tomatoes - Healthy Cooking

Today, we prepare together a quick recipe. Some veggies, some spices and a fry pan, that's all you need to make this amazing dish, simply healthy and tasty. 
Enjoy!

For 4 People

Preparation time: 20min

Ingredients:

  • 5 green onions
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 14 oz. Zucchinis
  • 10.5 oz. Tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp. chopped
    Thyme and rosemary

How to cook:

 Wash the green onions, dry and cut them into fine rings. Peel the garlic clove and chop it. Wash the zucchinis, dry and cut into fine rings as well. Finally, wash, dry and cut into pieces the tomatoes. 

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 We hope you will enjoy this recipe really easy and quick to prepare and cook! Let us know in the comment if you made any changes to the recipe to make even tastier! 
Don't forget to share on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest... We are waiting for you there! 
Have an amazing day!

 

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Spicy Garlic Shrimps - Healthy snack

Because sometimes you just need a snack to go with your drink between friends.
Because it is always possible to eat healthy
Because it is better when it is tasty.

For 4 people
Preparation time
: 10min

Ingredients

  • 5 garlic cloves
  • ½ bunch of Parsley
  • 24 Big peeled Shrimps
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 dry Red pepper
  • 3 oz. Vegetable broth
  • 24 wood sticks 

How to cook 

Preheat the oven to 400 °F (200 °C). Chop finely the garlic. Wash, dry and chop the parsley. Wash and dry the shrimps. It can be necessary to empty them.

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Heat the olive oil and add the garlic. Grate the pepper and add the garlic. Then, add the parsley and heat them for 2 min, stirring slowly.

Add the shrimps and the broth. Cook for 15 min in the oven at 400 °F (200 °C). Put a stick in each shrimp and serve with the cooking juice. b2ap3_thumbnail_garlic-takucookware_blog.png 

 

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Tofu strips with oyster mushrooms - Fat Burner Recipe

Another easy recipe for your summer diet. Who said diet recipe did not have taste? This recipe is healthy and super tasty.
Try it and let us know what you think in the comments below or on the Social Networks! ;)

For 4 people
Preparation time
: 15 min

 

Ingredients :

  • 7oz. of Tofu
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tbsp. Lime juice
  • ½ tsp. Curry powder
  • 2 tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 onion
  • 4 tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1.4oz. Oyster mushrooms
  • 1 tbsp. Flour
  • 3.5oz. Light Cream
  • 1 Nutmeg
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • 1 Green Onion

How to cook:

1. Cut the tofu in slices, salt & pepper. Mix with lime juice, curry and soy sauce and marinate the tofu for 15min.

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2. Peel and slice the onion. Heat 2 tbsp. of oil and let the onion melt in it until it turns transparent. Wash the Oyster mushrooms, then rub them with a damp cloth and cut them in small pieces. Add them to the pan.

3. Sprinkle the mushrooms and the onion with flour and brown them. Add the light cream, stirring slowly. Season with nutmeg and cayenne pepper. Simmer gently for 8 minutes.

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4. Drain the Tofu strips and sauté in olive oil in another pan until they are crunchy. Next, add them to the mushrooms. Wash and mince the green onions.

5. Dress the plates and sprinkle the plate with your minced green onions. Serve with white rice.

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This recipe is healthy and contains fat burner or low fat ingredients as the cayenne pepper or tofu. It is the best recipe for you if you are actually looking for a tasty and light dish.
Hope you will enjoy this new article. Please, leave a comment and share if you like this!
Have an healthy day!


 

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Vegetable soup "a la française" - Fat Burner Recipe

This recipe is easy to prepare and is perfect for people wanted to eat healthy during your diet. The ingredient used for this soup are "fat burners" and will accelerate the elimination of fat in your body. You can eat this soup as an appetizer, before a long dinner or just as your main dish during your diet. Hope you will enjoy it! Bon appétit!   

For 4 people
Preparation time: 30 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 shallots
  • 5oz sorrel
  • 3.5oz leaf Spinach
  • 1 Celery leaves bundle
  • 1 Watercress bundle
  • 1 Chervil bundle
  • 1 flat parsley bundle
  • 2 Lbs. cooking potatoes
  • 1.5 Cucumber
  • 3 tbsp. Olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • 3 tbsp. light cream
  • Fresh ground

How to cook :

Peel and chop the shallot finely. Wash, dry and prepare the sorrel, the spinach leaves, the celery leaves, the watercress, the chervil and the parsley. Keep a few parsley and chervil leaves to decorate your plate. Peel, wash and cut the potatoes in dices.                     b2ap3_thumbnail_red-shallots-takucookware_blog.jpg
 b2ap3_thumbnail_cucumber-takucookware_blog.jpg Wash, dry and cut the cucumbers in half, empty them with a spoon and cut in dices. Heat the oil in your Soup pot and put all the previously prepared vegetables with the parsley and the chervil. Then, simmered for 2min, lid on. Be careful your veggies must not brown.
Pour 0.4 gallon of water, season with salt and add the potatoes. Cook for 25min.                      b2ap3_thumbnail_potatoes-takucookware_blog.jpg
                      b2ap3_thumbnail_celery-takucookware_blog.jpg Grind your soup. Add the cream. Fix your seasoning adding salt and pepper. Serve in bowls, garnished with parsley and chervil.   Enjoy!

 

Perfect to cook this recipe: The Soup Pot by Taku Ironware

TAKU Soup Pot - 4.4Qt

 

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How is it made: Manufacturing Cast Iron

 

how is it made: Cast Iron Manufacturing

 

Discover the different steps of our Cast Iron manufacturing process. Ask your questions in the comments and share the post if you liked it!
Have a great day! 


Here is the link to our video, watch it to learn more:

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Top 3 Healthy cookware Material

Are you looking for a “green pan”, respecting your health and the planet?

First thing to know, you have to banish from your kitchen the Teflon® and material with Bisphenol A. The PTFE (Polytetrafluoroethylene) also called Teflon and the PFOA (Perfluorooctanoic acid) used to produce it, are both toxic. They release toxic gases up 482°F, the temperature of your pan after 3 to 5 min on the heat. This gases are suspected to cause cancer. Bad for us and for the environment, they stay in your blood and even in the fetuses’ umbilical cord.  Be careful when you choose your products and look for these names. Also, the mention “Don’t use over 480°F” can warn you about the presence of Teflon or other noxious materials. Be sure to know the material of your cookware before buying and using them! 

Now, we know which products we have to absolutely avoid in our kitchen, let’s see what the top 3 Healthy Cookware Materials:

TOP 1 Natural Cast Iron

We are not going to give more details about Natural cast iron, we already did in our article “Why Cast Iron?”. To summarize, in Natural Cast Iron (with no artificial coating like enameled cast iron for example…), there is no toxic products, like PTFE, PFOA, cadmium or others… The natural cast iron is healthy and is the most durable material you can find in your kitchen. If you know how to use it, the cast iron will be your best ally. The most important thing is to season with vegetable oil to create the natural protective layer. This process will also create a non-stick surface. 

However, be careful, enameled cast iron or cast aluminum are different and not always healthy. The aluminum can be unhealthy at high temperature and the ceramic is fragile and must be changed after a while... (You could find ceramic pieces in your food then).
This change must be done by specialists if you want to keep your cookware healthy and safe to use… Even if the natural cast iron is more expensive, its durability counterbalances the price and some brand offer long time warranty.

TAKU Cookware provides a lifetime warranty with all the Cookware and Kettle!
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TOP 2 Stainless steel

Some brand offer stainless steel cookware. There is no risk for humans, they are not toxic, and are healthy even if they don’t have all the benefits of the natural cast iron, they can be a good alternative. But can we consider a cookware as “green” only because it is good for humans? What about the environment? The stainless steel is composed with nickel and chrome which is not completely harmless for nature. In theory, the stainless steel is recycle and can be 90% recyclable but in practice only 40% of the steel is… Make sure the brand you use recycle its steel before buying your products!

☢ Be careful with aluminum! A lot of companies use the aluminum but it is bad for the kidneys, for the nervous system and is associated to the Alzheimer‘s and the Parkinson’s diseases. Also, the aluminum deposit exploitation causes massive deforestation and water contamination… 

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TOP 3 Ceramic base

The material with a ceramic base (not in Ceramic, a Ceramic base with layers) are a good alternative to the Teflon because they don’t contain PFOA or PCFE but the durability of these products is often a problem for the customers. Really fragile, cracks can appear quickly if you use the products regularly. The biggest problem is if the product is made with aluminum, it can contaminate the food through those cracks. The ceramic base is a good alternative for the products you use in rare occasion, if you don’t want to have to buy new cookware every year…

All the other materials like iron, nickel, tin or copper are bad for you in a certain quantity, we don’t recommend to use them in your kitchen… 

The best advice is to always check what product you are buying and make the best choice depending on your use.


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Asparagus risotto & Green tea - The Tea Recipes

In this recipe, we are going to use tea, green tea. The tea is going to give a particular flavor to your recipe so it is important to choose a high-quality product as Tawaramine Shincha. The Shincha teas are Japanese green tea which are going to give nice iodic and “green” flavors and will actually improve the fresh notes of your risotto.  

For 4 people

Cooking time: about 40 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 14 oz of rice
  • 1 nice bunch of green asparagus
  • 1 onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 thyme branch
  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 cup of White wine
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 0.7 oz of Green tea (sencha superior)
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How to cook it

Oil your pot with the olive oil. Add the sliced onion, the garlic and the thyme. Put the rice and let it cook at medium heat until it turns white. To help you define the perfect time to stop the heat, your rice must look like pearls, almost translucent.

Deglaze with the white wine, add a bit of water or with chicken broth. Pour the tea and add the asparagus beveled in nice even segments.

Cook for 8 to 10 minutes until it turns smooth and creamy. You can season it with a drop of olive oil.

How to dress it:

To enjoy a dish, the presentation is as important as the taste! That’s why I wanted to give you a little dressing tip for this recipe.
First, whip the cream until it turns into a nice mousse. Place the rice in the middle of the plate with some asparaguses on the top and then put some cream on top. It will look amazing! 

 

I hope you enjoyed this last recipe! Let me know if you like recipes with tea and I will post more for you!
Check out our last article about Tea Tips or our article about cast iron!

Don't forget to follow us on the social networks, the links are on the top right (click on the heart). 
Like, comment and share, it helps us a lot! Thank you, have a happy and healthy day!


 

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Sleep & Stress - The Tea Tips

First, if you drink tea to solve a sleeping problem, we advise you to drink your cup of tea 30 minutes before going to sleep.

There is a lot of different plants which can be used to help you sleep or relax, but not all of them can be infused and drank. We chose for you the 5 best plants you can infuse and use for relaxing.

The CHAMOMILE:

It is the most famous “relaxing” plants and actually, one of the most efficient. It will help you relax before going to sleep. We do not advise you to drink a chamomile infusion before exams or tests requiring attention and focus. You could definitely fall asleep in the middle of your work... 

Another quality of the Chamomile, for women, it helps with menstrual pains. It contains a natural sedative and, because you drink it, it will target the pain during your period.

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The ORANGE BLOSSOM:

Not only used for bakery to give this famous taste and smell to your favorite cakes, the orange blossom is a really good plant to replace chamomile if you don’t like its taste for example. It has the same effects as our first plant and instead of releasing pain, it will help you digest. Perfect after a dinner, Thanksgiving for example, it will help you digest and relax before having a good night.

The PASSION FLOWER:

Less common, the passion flower can also be infused to help you sleep and relax. Not as strong as the other plant, it’s perfect as a daily routine drink. It can be drank after work as a warming and relaxing drink.

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The LIME TEA:

The Lime tea as the chamomile, more than helping you to sleep and relax, contains a natural sedative relieving headaches pain. The stress can cause headache for some people, if you are one of those people, the lime tea could be the drink you need, and will replace perfectly your current medicines.

The VALERIAN ROOT:

As the previous plant, the Valerian root contains sedative molecule releasing pain. Mostly known as the “no-stress plant”, it will mostly help you relaxing during your exams and hard-working period without somnolence effects.

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If you are interested in relaxing tips maybe will you be interested in "boost" tips, here are some ideas: the Golden Root (Rhodiola), the Ginseng, the Eleutherococcus. Those 3 plants, infused all together (2 grams per plants), will improve the concentration and will help you focus on your work. A good idea before a long day of work. 

TEA, the best, easy and enjoyable way to deal with stress, insomnia and pain. If you want to learn more about the most common types of tea, we invite you to read our article: Let's tallk about TEA! 

Don't forget to follow us on the social networks, all the links are available if you click on the heart on the top right of the page. You can also subscribe to the blog, like our articles and leave your comments. I wish you a wonderful day and good nights!

 


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Chinese Fried Rice - Easy cooking recipe

Today, the perfect side dish to go with all your favorite Chinese recipes (or not), the Chinese Fried rice. Easy to make and to personalize and delicious to eat. 

 

Preparation time: 20 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

Ingredients for 10 people:

  • 2 pounds of rice
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  • 1.3 pounds of shrimps
  • 8 eggs
  • 10 slices of ham (pork or turkey meat)
  • Soy sauce
  • Ve-tsin (glutamate, find it in Chinese grocery)
  • Oil

 

How to cook it: 

Cook the rice and let it rest for 5 hours maximum (check our article about cooking rice)

Then, after putting some oil in your fry pan, cook your eggs and boil them.

Add the shelled shrimps and the ham.

Cook at low heat for 5-6 minutes, then add your soy sauce (taste to find the right quantity), the onion greens and 1 teaspoon of Ve-Tsin.

Stew for 10 minutes before adding to the rice.

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For soy sauce lovers, let them add some more to the rice ;)

 

We like it warm with a hot Chinese sauce! You can easily add others ingredients like green peas or carrots for example. 
We hope you will enjoy this new recipe and if you want more, we invite you to check our last article about Cast Iron


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 Tea : Hot or Iced ?

History

Before health or recipes, let’s talk about history. We already know that tea comes from Asia and got imported first in England, created at the same time the famous black tea.

What about the iced tea? Actually, as a lot of inventions, it’s a matter of context and chance. In 1904, in the United States, the Saint Louis fair state was unexpectedly warm and people was desperately looking for refreshments. A tea seller decided to add ice cubes to his tea… It was the first “iced tea”. The new drink had a huge success and become famous in a few years.

Health

When you speak about iced tea, a lot of people think it lost all the qualities of the drink, qualities we saw in the articles “let’s talk about tea” but let’s be clear, it’s not true. Obviously, some of the qualities are going to be diminished by the cooling process but we will that is not that bad.

The main component of tea is called theine. An active molecule similar as caffeine for coffee (we won’t be more precise here about the difference between those 2 molecules). But this molecule, as the caffeine, is not good for everybody. If you have heart or blood pressure issues, it’s better to drink less theine and iced tea contains a smaller amount.

Also, for diet, iced tea will help you to burn fat faster than hot tea. First, thanks to a natural reaction of your body. When you drink cold drink, your body will react to the cold by warming up the body and with the summer coming, you will be sweating. Then, the purifying benefits of tea are still effective in iced tea.

 

Two good reasons to drink iced tea for summer, now we only need to know how to prepare it!

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Recipes

Cold infusion

The best way to do it!

  • Put water in a teapot with one tablespoon of your favorite tea
  • Let infuse during 1 to 2 hours depending on the type of tea and your taste.
  • Filtered. Let it rest in the fridge for 2 hours. Enjoy!
    • Drink your iced tea in the next 24h.

Chilled

You don’t have time? Or you are too impatient to wait? Chilled it!

  • Prepare a cup or more of hot tea.
  • Chilled it: it means pour your hot tea directly on ice. Be careful, our advice is to use a little more tea than usual.
  • Once again, enjoy!

Granite

You want something even more refreshing for a suffocating day?

  • Put our cold infusion with a little bit of sugar in the freezer.
  • Wait for it to start freezing. (Time will depend on your freezer)
  • Then, use a fork to mix it and obtain your granite.
  • It’s ready.  

 

Finally, drink tea is always a matter of taste. Drink it hot if you are cold, drink it iced if you are hot... Choose your way to drink tea and just enjoy. 

Hope you enjoyed this article about tea and leave a comment or a like and share with your friends! Have an healthy day with TAKU Cookware! 


 

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The Chinese New Year - History & Tradition - Part 1

Also called « The Lunar new year », this day is the most celebrated in Taiwan, and in a lot of other Chinese communities all over the world. It is called “lunar” because its date is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, not on our Gregorian calendar. Just like our “New Years Eve”, Chinese and Taiwanese also enjoy this day with family and friends.

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CHINESE NEW YEAR ORIGINS

The origins of Chinese New Year are old, really old… after thousands of years, many legends and myths have been created and today no one can really say which story originated first. Historians say that most Chinese events are based on the rural culture. In this way, the Chinese New Year takes place at the end of winter and at the beginning of spring -the time when farmers can finally start to work again. The Chinese calendar would have been created by the emperor Huangdi in 2637 BC.

THE LEGEND OF NIEN

The legend of Nien is one of the most famous, a cruel and greedy monster living in caves was eating women and men… To keep him far from houses, every year people were supposed to put long strips of red paper on each side of the doors with a “Haiku” (short poem). Then, they had to burn torches and light firecrackers all night. Nien was known to fear the color red, noise, and light. The same traditions are still respected every year. The next day, all the people in the country woke up with a feeling of triumph and happiness, knowing than they were going to keep Nien away for one more year. Today, you can still see in the streets the same traditions for New Year and the next day, wish “Kung-hsi” (Congratulations) to your friends and family.

NEW YEAR IN TAIWAN

Today, the holiday for the Chinese New Year last only for a few days but the festivities continue for almost 3 weeks. They start on the 24th day of the last lunar month, when the Gods go to the sky to pay homage to the “Emperor of Jade”, the Supreme Taoist divinity and make their reports about each family. Following the old traditions, we honor those gods with piety by burning “holy money” which help to pay the journey to Heaven. The other ritual is to put malt sugar on the lips of the God of the House effigy, one of the holy pilgrims, to be sure that he brings the Emperor of Jade good words about the house and the family. Poetic formulas or “Wishes of spring” are hung everywhere in the houses, those same red strips we talked about earlier. Those strips have to express the 5 blessings: “Longevity”, “Wealth”, “Health”, “Composure”, and “Virtue”. They are supposed to be hung upside-down because “upside-down” is “tao” in Chinese, which is the homophone for “arrived” representing the coming spring (Winter is not the one coming this time #GameOfThrones).

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 And there is so much more to learn about this tradition... in the next article ! Hope you enjoyed reading this! Don't forget to share and comment on Facebook, Twitter... (Click on the heart) Have a great and healthy day on TAKUCookare.com !

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Butter Pork chop - Cast Iron Dutch Oven - Dish

This easy recipe for 4 people is perfect to cook with your cast iron Dutch Oven, it will give to your meat the right texture and amazing flavors.

Time: 

  • Preparation: <15 minutes
  • Cooking: 20 minutes

Ingredients: 

  • 1 pork chop (2.5 lbs)
  • 4 teaspoon sunflower oil
  • 1 pink garlic clove
  • 3 laurel leaves
  • 1.7 oz salted butter
  • Some pink berries
  • salt & pepper

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How to cook:

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  • Pickle your piece of meat with salt and pepper at your convenience. 
  • Crush the garlic cloves (complete) with a knife.
  • Heat the oil in your dutch oven.
  • Add the garlic and the butter. 
  • When the butter start to melt, sear your pork chop in it. Let it cook for 5 minutes.
  • Then, turn softly the meat over. Do not prick, it would let the flavors go away and we want a juicy piece of meat. 
  • Add the laurel leaves and a few crushed pink berries. 
  • Cook the meat for 15 minutes.
  • Take the chop out your dutch oven and let it rest for 10 minutes.

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You can savor this recipes with homemade french fries and a fruity red wine (a Bordeaux for example).  

If it's your first recipe with a cast iron cookware, don't forget to check our article about the first use of cast iron cookware

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Animals meanings : Part 2 The last Chinese Zodiac signs

If you were not one of the first signs we talked about here Animals meanings : Part 1 The 6 first Chinese Zodiac signs, so this article is for you. Discover with us what does your Chinese zodiac sign mean...

Goat / Sheep

Do you know someone super-sensitive? He shall be born during a year of the Goat! Even they are a bit too sensitive, they are clever and polite, and this sensitivity makes great artists. Wise, gentle, they always try to take care of others but they have to avoid pessimism and hesitation from people to not be depressed. That’s why, even if they prefer to be in group, they hate to be the center of attention.  They are artists with a strong creativity and at work, they are relentless and acquire professional skills easily. But be careful, this apparent sensitivity can hide a tough character, and goats are something insisting on their own opinions in their minds. Also, their sensitivity makes them prone to stress and depression and they can be pessimistic and lazy, and sometimes moody.

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Monkey

People born the year of the Monkey can be describe by the saying “Monkey see, monkey do”. They are curious and competitive. Eager to learn new skills, they will learn faster and always try to do things better than anyone else. If they can’t be the best, they will try harder because they hate failure. Extremely clever, enthusiastic and innovative, they like people and are really sociable and self-assured. But because of this desire to be the best, they become difficult to trust and tend to be self-centered. Also impatient, they will be, as goats, easily discouraged and become lazy. Being too self-assured makes them cunning, selfish and sometimes arrogant. And in their relationship, they are often jealous and suspicious.

Rooster

The Rooster represents punctuality in a lot of cultures because back in time, he was kind a natural “morning alarm”, singing every day at the same hour.

As a Chinese symbol, he represents deep-thinkers, honest and bright people. Hard workers with great communication skills and a lot of ambition, they are great managers, liking to be busy and neat with a hot temper. Perfectionist, they are proud of their success and are focused on their important tasks.

But being too focused on one thing makes them impassive and often eccentric… they have some difficulties relating with others. Sometimes too proud, they think they are always right, and are selfish and even pretentious… They can be narrow-minded and vain for the worst of them.

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Dog

As the animal, they are the best friends you are looking for. Compromising, loyal, they are there when you need them. Trustworthy and dutiful, they can also be the best leaders, listening the needs of their coworkers and helping those having a bad time. But they are really prudent so be their friend is not an easy thing and you will have to win their affection because even they are always ready to help, they will only if they think you are trustful.

Be careful, they have a strong character, and if you provoke them, they can be mean-spirited and downright nasty. This strong character makes them a little bit stubborn… And if you are born the year of the Dog, you have to be careful too, because if you are not careful with the people you help, you can be betrayed easily by cunning people.

Pig / Boar

Honest and frank but also chivalrous and gallant, people born the year of the Boar are known to be as good friends as dogs. They are honest and frank and are the most tolerant and optimistic people. But if you want to enjoy the good side of them, you will have to become their friend first. Even if they are quick-tempered, they hate to argue and will always try to work the problems out. Once they have a friend, they are kind, sincere and won’t lie until they need to. 

But being that nice makes them naïve, and as the dog they can easily be manipulated. And even if they are good friend, they have difficulties to get many friends because they are hot-tempered and impulsive… Having bad communication and social skills, they will like to play pranks but they won’t know when to stop… But be patient with them and they can become your best friend.

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Now you know what the Chinese signs mean, and what influence they can have on your life. Next time, we will speak about the last sign, one of the most important symbol in Asia, the Dragon. You can find stories, myths and legends about dragons in many cultures but no one but Asia see dragons as gods, giving them the respect they deserve. 

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Roasted Cauliflowers with Chickpeas and Olives - Sides

An easy and quick recipes for 6 serving (2/3 cup per person) to prepare a sweet side with a cast iron pan to add the healthy plus
It will go perfectly with sautéed, grilled or roasted fish or white meat (chicken, & other poultry...). 

Ingredients:

  • 5 1/2 cups (≈1 pound) Cauliflowers florets
  • 10 green Spanish olives (halved and pitted): Shall have a firm texture and a nutty flavor
  • 8 garlic cloves (coarsely chopped)
  • 1 can (15-ounce) chickpeas (rinsed and drained) 
  • 3 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 teasp. crushed red pepper
  • 3 tbsp. fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves

How to cook:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°
  2. Put the cauliflowers, the olives, the garlic and the chickpeas in a fry pan
  3. Pour lightly with oil and dust with pepper and stir the pan to coat
  4. Bake at 450° for 20-25 minutes (stir after 10 minutes). The cauliflower must be browned and crisp-tender.
  5. Sprinkle with your fresh parsley

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Sam Sun: Fried Dumplings - Appetizers

The Sam Sun dumplings are the perfect appetizers for an "Asian theme" dinner. You can decide to change the size of the dumplings easily or the meat and spices as your convenience. Here is a classic Sam Sun recipe but cooking is a matter of taste. Enjoy it or modify it! 

 

 

Meat and spices

Ingredients:
ü  Meat 400 g / 0.882 lbs
ü  Shrimp 200 g /0.441 lbs
ü  Chives or 1 small leek
ü  1-2 Green onions
ü  1 Ginger
ü  1 tbsp. soy sauce
ü  1 tbsp. sesame oil
ü  White pepper
ü  Salt / Sugar
ü  Rice wine
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How to cook it:

1.       Cut the shrimp and the leek into small pieces separately.

2.       Ground the meat into a large bowl, add seasonings and stir until obtain a thick consistence.

3.       Add the shrimps and the mixed chives and stir.

4.       Add to the meat when the mixture is homogeneous.

Put to the fridge.

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Tangmian

Ingredients:
ü  Flour 500 g / 1.1 lbs
ü  Boiling water 250 g / 0.55 lbs
ü  Cold water 100 g  /  0.22 lbs

 

How to cook it:

1.       Place the flour into the steel pot, add boiling water, stir (with chopsticks) into small pieces

2.       Let cool slightly (10 minutes) and then add slowly some cold water

3.       Knead the dough covered with a damp cloth to wake up  (15-20 minutes)

 

Stick frying pan

Ingredients:
ü  Tangmian Group (dumpling stuffing)
ü  1 tsp  of Oil,  1 tbsp. of flour and 1 cup of water

How to cook it:

1.       Place Tangmian divided in two sections, rub strips and cut into small pieces, then sprinkle with flour,

Squashed into a small round cake, then put a rod through the wafer to maintain straight

2.       Pack the filling in the middle of the fold and kneaded, raise the sides slightly,

Then flatten to obtain your dumpling.  (picture)

3.       Preheat a pan/wok after adding a little bit of oil (1 tsp. max),

4.       Add flour to the dumpling, 1/3 water, cover and cook until the water boiled,

Fry the dumpling to obtain a caramelized color.

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Animals meanings : Part 1 The 6 first Chinese Zodiac signs

In the Chinese culture, more than anywhere else, everything has a meaning if you know how to read it. Objects, flowers, and even animals crossing your way will give you an indication, a strength or a warning for the future.

Today we focus on the most important animals in the Chinese culture: the 12 Zodiac signs! We chose to avoid the dragon to stay with real animals. A special article will be done about the dragon.


 

The first 6 animals of Chinese Zodiac: 

  • Rat ( - shǔ):

Rat are mostly considered as pest animal, disease carrier… But in Asia, rats have a completely different meaning. This unpopular rodent has a lot of qualities, he is smart, meticulous, and hard-worker. Good manager, they are charismatic, charming, disciplined and eloquent. Also comfortable in public, they are sociable and quick-witted. The girls have a flair for cleanliness and tidiness and are usually thoughtful, sensible and curious.
Obviously, nobody’s perfect so a person under the “rat sign” could be manipulative, rigid and even cruel. They are smart, maybe too smart and can become critical, over-ambitious and even intolerant.

Born the year of the Rat is finally not a bad thing if you keep the control of your ambitions...

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  • Ox ( - niú): 

b2ap3_thumbnail_cow-145928_640.png The Oxen share some qualities with the rats. Both hard-worker and good manager thanks to strong character, Oxen are resolute and tenacious. But they know how to keep calm, be steady and modest and they are not easily influenced by people. They are logical, patient and methodical. Honest and cautious, women are good wives and mothers giving a lot of importance to family and tradition. However, because of their love for convention and tradition, they can be obstinate and poor in communication… Prudish and distant they are not as social as the 1st sign.

 

  • Tiger ( - hǔ):

Tigers, king in the jungle, dreaded and respected by numerous cultures. The zodiac sign described colorful people, powerful and passionate, sometimes impulsive and daring. Tigers are unpredictable but know how to win others’ trust. Sincere, enthusiastic, tolerant and loyal, they are social people and are good at expressing themselves. But as a smart rat, the proud tiger will tend to show off before others… Sometimes short tempered, they can create conflict with the seniors and authority. They can also be unsuccessful to cooperate with others because of their excess of confidence. b2ap3_thumbnail_tiger-309914_640.png

 

  • Rabbit ( - tù):

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The sign of the rabbit is different from the 3 previous signs. The sign were leaders and strong personality when the rabbit is gentle, sensitive, compassionate… closer from the artist. They like to communicate but not to impose their thoughts but to joke. They are amiable, reserved, cautious and sincere. We consider them as the “best friends”, always empathic, soft-spoken and welcoming. They don’t insist and don’t get angry easily and can convert an enemy into a friend with ease. Lovers, they know how to be romantic. But the rabbits are often shy, almost withdrawn and can be dreary for other people. Sometimes moody, they are mostly lazy and are lacking motivation and will.

The animal by himself is a symbol of abundance, comfort, and vulnerability as well. Traditionally, rabbits are associated with fertility and procreation in many cultures.

 

  • Snake ( – shé):

As the rat, snakes don’t enjoy a great reputation but once again, we will see that they symbolize many good things despite this bad image.

Philosopher, deep thinker, people born during Year of the Snake are creative and wise but can appear enigmatic. Smart, calm, responsible and strong, they brilliantly manage their life and their money. Soft-spoken, elegant and even sensual, they know how to behave with other people. Sometimes considered silent, they actually have communication skills to be clear in a few words. They have a great wisdom and are always ready to help people. Also determinate to achieve their goals, they hate to fail.  

Sometimes too deep in their thoughts they can be loner and hedonistic. Also, they are like jealous, almost possessive in friendship and love. Suspicious towards people, they tend to doubt about everything and everybody even themselves if they prefer to rely on themselves.

The animal represents in various culture the balance between the primordial life forces (lunar/solar, water/fire…). Sometimes symbols of strength and in Celtic myths, they are the connection to the shadow worlds…

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  • Horse ( - mǎ):

b2ap3_thumbnail_horse-47316_640.png The horse is close from the ox, representing the physical and mental strength but more adventurous, independent and always looking for liberty. They are smart, astute, flexible what allow them to be magnetic and social people. Talkative and open-minded as well as flexible and popular, they like people and people like them. Nice personalities, warm-hearted, they are often surrounded by a lot of friends thanks to their positive attitude.
However, they sometimes fall in extreme lives, spending money and they often get lost on the path to success in their job and their sentimental life because of their need of adventure. They need to be contained and hold back endlessly. 

 

 

So, what sign are you? Do you recognize yourself in those descriptions? Maybe you recognize a friend or a person from your family?

Tell us what you think, comment, like, and share, this blog is for you! 

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Taiwan : In a few words...

Taiwan, small island, complex history

 

Taiwan has a complex history that can't be summarized in a few words but we can give the main data about this amazing island. 

Main data:

Taipei, Taiwan: City of the Azaleas

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Name

Taiwan or Republic of China (officially)

Title One of the Four Asiatic Dragons (Highly free and developed economies in Asia)
Capital Taipei
Language Chinese
Government Unitary Semi-Presidential Constitutional Republic
Area 13,974 sq mi (36 193 km²) 
Population 23,373,517 (in 2013)
GDP $505,452 billion (nominal) / $1,021,607 billion (total)
HDI 0,882 (very high)
Currency New Taiwan Dollar

 

 

 

Localization:

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Cast Iron: The first time ?

Hi and welcome on TAKU blog,

 

You just bought an cast iron cookware? Or is it the first time you are going to use your pot

Did you know that before starting cooking with a new cast iron pan, there is some little things to do? No? So get ready, take your pan and let's go! 

What do you need?

  • Your cast iron product
  • a soft toothbrush 
  • some water
  • something to heat
  • a soft and clean cloth

How to proceed? 

  1. Put some water on the inner and outer surface of your product
  2. Remove the water without drying
  3. Use the toothbrush to brush the inner layer slightly
  4. When you are done, fill the pot with water until it is 80% full 
  5. Boil and pour out the water
  6. Repeat two to four times until the water is all clear. 

This process will remove any impurities, any dust inside the pot gathered during the manufacturing process and delivery. 

You can now enjoy your Cast Iron pot and make an amazing meal for your family! And of course, you can share it with us on the TAKU Blog, on Twitter, Facebook or Pinterest

Have a cook day ;)

 

Tell us if this article helped you and what improvement we could do to make it clearer. Thank you.  

 

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