1. Matcha tea and how to keep it fresh

    Matcha is a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. The green tea plants for Matcha are shade-grown for three weeks before harvest and the stems and veins are removed. During shaded growth, the plant Camellia produces more theanine and caffeine accounting for the calm energy people feel from drinking it. Matcha has come to the forefront recently for its many health benefits and we thought we’d explore a few, so why not make yourself a…

  2. 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…

  3. 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…

  4. 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…

  5. Refreshing sous vide limoncello cocktail

    sous vide cocktail vacuvita

    Limoncello is a most delicious and refreshing lemon liqueur that is produced mainly in southern Italy and served cold as an after-dinner digestivo. It is made from the zest of Femminello St. Teresa lemons, zest is the peels without the pith. The yellow but not white. The zest is then steeped in rectified spirit (just plain alcohol) until the oil is released resulting in a radioactive looking yellow liquid. This liquid is then combined with a simple sugar/water syrup. This…

  6. How to make a good espresso

    Recently people have entered the realm of ‘coffee elitism.’ Like micro breweries coffee shops have been popping up all over the place, each one like the next claiming to have the best melanges and brews, whether you like fruity aromas or something seriously dark and menacing, everyone has their favorites. Some people have even gone ‘coffee alchemist’ ordering beans from around the world creating and roasting their own blends at home. But do you know what it takes to make…

  7. 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…

  8. 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…

  9. 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…

  10. 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…