Monthly Archives: January 2013

Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags

Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags are an innovative and convenient way to prepare sumptuous meals in the tradition of cooking with parchment. Cooking Bags will elevate many of your favorite meals to a whole new level by intensifying the foods’ natural flavors.

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Parchment is the essential tool when utilizing the classic French technique of “en papillote” in your kitchen. This simple yet elegant culinary tradition creates dishes that will impress a table full of discerning dinner guests – but is also a more satisfying and nutritious alternative to a frozen dinner-for-one.

Opening the bag after cooking will release an aromatic rush of warmth and richness. Steamed to perfection, “en papillote” meals embody the essence of fresh, healthy cooking.

However, parchment bags are not just reserved for delicate French fare. Place a variety of lightly seasoned vegetables in the pre-folded bags for your next backyard barbecue. Heating the pouch on the top rack on a metal plate with the lid closed at no more than 425°F (218°C) will not only bring out the vegetables’ naturally dramatic flavors, but will prevent the unwanted scorching that is notorious with aluminum foil.

An indispensable “mise en place” preparation tool, Culinary Parchment Cooking Bags make everything from prep-time to clean-up – and everything in between – a heightened culinary experience for the everyday gourmet.

Recipe:

RECIPES: Rack of Lamb with Garlic & Thyme

By Fabrice Morel

Ingredients:

  • 4 racks of lamb, approximately 250 gm each (ideally as boneless medallions)
  • Fresh thyme
  • 4 potatoes, medium-sized
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • 1 cup (250 mL) fresh beef stock or stock cube
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons (45 mL) white wine

Preparation Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C)
  • Parboil the potatoes in boiling water with the skins on (do not overcook to soft)
  • Once cooled, remove skins and cut in halves or quarters
  • Place 4 cloves of garlic into a pan with olive oil, and cook until garlic softens
  • Add the rack or medallions of lamb with seasoning to pan and sear for 1 to 2 minutes per side
  • Once seared, remove from heat and place rack or madaillions of lamb onto a cool tray
  • Drain off excess oil from frying pan, then add balsamic vinegar and let reduce before adding wine, stock and full cup of water
  • Boil for 4 to 5 minutes to reduce and thicken consistency
  • Remove from heat
  • Open a Culinary Parchment Cooking Bag, and inside place 1 piece of lamb with a clove of garlic, aside potatoes, and then cover with sauce (one bag can be used to cook 1 to 2 servings)
  • Close the bag and fold 3 to 4 times, crimping to seal
  • Place the bag(s) on a tray and bake for 12 minutes (for medallions) or 15 minutes (for racks)

Serves 4.

SEE HOW THE EXPERTS MAKE IT:

Rack of Lamb with Garlic & Thyme

Chef Fabrice Morel of Hostellerie du Périgord, Aubeterre, France offers this beautiful recipe for succulent Rack of Lamb “en Papillote”  infused to perfection with garlic and fresh thyme.

source: PaperChef

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New Year New You – from Plexus Fitness

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Tips on turning your New Year’s fitness resolutions into reality…

With New Year’s here, chances are you or someone you know is resolving to lose weight or get in shape. Part of what makes these such difficult resolutions is that we expect to see results quickly, and when we don’t, we tend to give up. Getting in shape and becoming healthier isn’t a sprint; it’s a marathon (but without all the sweating and fatigue of an actual marathon). Staying active, maintaining a healthy weight and eating the right foods are lifelong activities. Here are some ideas from the team at Plexus Fitness that can help you make living fit a part of your life.

1. Get specific 

The more details you include in your plan, the better your chances of success. If you’ve got “exercise” or “eat better” on your New Year’s resolution list, you probably won’t be doing much of either. That’s because “exercise” isn’t a specific plan. Set aside 25 minutes each morning, say between 6:45 and 7:10, to stretch, walk or jog around the block, practice yoga – whatever. Just be specific. For eating better, schedule specific healthy meals and snacks for specific times throughout the day.

2. Make it routine 

One effective way to introduce a new behavior is to make it part of your day. For exercise, set up a routine – maybe a walk around your neighborhood each morning. If you’ve resolved to lose weight, replace lunch with a healthy protein shake every day. The key is to establish a routine of things you do at specific times. The sooner it becomes part of your day, the sooner it will become part of your life.

3. Celebrate your successes

If you create specific plans for exercise and healthier eating, and you make them part of your daily routine, chances are you’ll be seeing positive results. Celebrate! You’ve earned it. And a little pat on the back is a great motivator to keep the good results coming – through the next New Year and beyond.

Make 2013 your healthiest year yet. To learn more about Plexus and to get started on a complimentary 10 day trial membership at Plexus Nemours, visit us at http://www.plexusfitness.com.