1. Kobe beef extravaganza

    Kobe beef is undoubtedly the tastiest meat in the world and if you’re a beef enthusiast it is considered to be the epitome of fine dining. It comes from a breed of cattle called the Tajima-gyu, (Japanese Black) hailing from the Hyōgo region where Kobe is the capital. They were domesticated for use in agriculture centuries ago and kept isolated in Japan’s mountainous landscape. It was this geographic isolation and circumscribe diet which account for the unique taste and texture…

  2. Sous vide lobster for gourmet dinner

    sous vide lobster vacuvita

    There are very few people in the world who would turn down a nice lobster dinner. It’s amazing how sometimes the most foreboding creatures can yield the most delicious and delectable treats, but it’s true; and should go on to prove yet again that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. Lobster can be served in many ways, grilled and boiled and with all sorts of sauces herbs and spices. We prefer the sous vide method as it guarantees…

  3. Vacuvita Chef: The secret to delicious homemade pizza

    homemade pizza vacuvita

    How many times did you want to make pizza but changed your mind only because of the dough? I did it many times for this very reason until one day when I came across an interesting combination of dough and dried herbs. Since that day, my whole idea of making pizza has had an unexpected turn. How it’s done Mix 3 cups of flour with 1 1/2 cup of hot water and 10 gr of yeast, which have first been…

  4. Foie Gras pâté for culinary delight

    foie gras sous vide recipe

    Foie Gras is a luxury food item that is made of the liver of a duck or goose, popular the world over for its rich, buttery and delicate texture unlike any other liver. It is typically sold whole and then can be prepared as a mousse, parfait or (our favorite) pâté. Foie gras is difficult to find in many countries and should only come from a farm that has found a sustainable way of making it, without force-feeding. Should you get…

  5. Temperature conversions for perfect baking

    temperature conversion vacuvita

    With most of the world on the metric system and just a few countries using other measuring units (you know who your are), it may have happened that you stumbled upon a sweet recipe and were then faced with the chore of converting weights, capacity and or temperatures. Were you subsequently wondering what is the difference between heat in gas ovens vs. electric; and why should you even need to quash your inner rebel to the conformist rules? Well, you just…

  6. Sophisticated French macarons in easy steps

    macarons recipe vacuvita

    French macarons are delicate weightless cookies with a crunchy exterior which gives way to a sticky, chewy texture in your mouth and can be filled with anything from frosting and caramel to curd and ganache. They are delicious and at €2 a piece they are pricey but they are worth it. Just on the off chance though that you wanted to try your hand at a centuries old patisserie technique though, we’ve done the honour of finding you a nice…

  7. Brining meat for juicy BBQ

    brining meat vacuvita

    Brining is the process of soaking meat in a solution of salt, sugar and water. In doing so the meat absorbs extra liquid and flavour, resulting in a juicier, more flavourful end product and is particularly handy for leaner cuts of meat. Ok, but which meats can I brine? Only any meat you can possibly think of. Beef! Pork! Venison! Bison, what are more meats?! Poultry benefits greatly from the brining process. Large roasts, racks of ribs, anything you may be…

  8. Vacuvita Chef: Mini quiche to please the guests

    mini quiche recipe vacuvita

    Refrigerate a bottle of white or rosé wine, call your friends and invite them to your place. Meanwhile put your kitchen apron on and cook some tasty bites to suit with a relaxing atmosphere. By tasty I mean some mini quiche that I consider the best choice for a Friday in or any occasion you plan on a gathering with your friends. Preparation Rub between the fingers and then between the hands 125 grams of butter with 200 grams of…

  9. Let’s make ice cream!

    homemade strawberry ice cream vacuvita

    Young and old alike, most people turn to ice cream when the weather is hot. It is available in every supermarket and it comes in every flavour and combination conceivable. But did you know how incredibly easy it is to make; and that with a little bit of time and very few ingredients you can make ice cream with your kids at home? What You’ll Need * 1 serving  – You should provide the following for each participant. Ice cubes 1…

  10. Creme Brûlée en sous vide a la Vacuvita

    creme brulee sous vide vacuvita

    Creme Brûlée is an English dessert (with a french name) which translated means ‘Burnt Cream’. It’s a custard based vanilla flavoured treat with a candied layer of burnt caramel on top. We at Vacuvita have found a nice little recipe of a delectable dessert using your sous vide machine and some mason jars. Here’s what you’ll need: 6 small mason jars 160g egg yolk (if you follow our blog you may have some in your freezer) 90g fine granulated sugar,…