Helen's Rustic Mash Potato RecipeWritten by Helen Porter
Rustic Mash Potato - makes enough for 4 dinner portions
Take 6 large baked potatos Scrub and wash well Take a baking tray and rub lightly with butter and then put a light dusting of cracked sea salt over whole tray Roll baked potatos in tray, then place in a pre heated oven at 220 degrees Half way through cooking roll potatos over They should take 1hour and 45 minutes and you should be able to put a knife easily though a potato Once cooked take potato out of oven and leave to cool for 10 mins. Cut them in half and scrape potato into a large mixing bowl While potatos are cooling, heat half a pack of butter at half meltin point add 1/4 pint of milk to butter. Take off heat once butter has melted into milk.
Italian coffee – something for everyone Written by Julie Carter
Espresso, caffè latte, cappuccino; there would seem to be as many types of Italian coffee as there are pastas. And just like pasta, Italian coffees are an art form accompanied by hundreds of customs and traditions. Whether it's a corretto coffee thrown back like a shot of alcohol, a cappuccino coffee and croissant for breakfast, or an iced coffee to cool off from hot midday sun, in Italy there is a coffee drink specific for every time and mood.
But how do you make perfect cup of espresso? There are fully automatic espresso makers, pump driven espresso machines, lever piston espresso machines, and, of course, classic aluminium espresso coffee maker – choices are endless. All will make a great cup of coffee but it is entirely dependant on features that you desire. The perfect cup of coffee depends not only on bean type and milk you use but also machine - blade vs. burr coffee grinders, tamp pressure, water temperature, and humidity. Caffeine lovers not only have their favorite local coffee house or cafè, but even prefer certain baristi because of their ability to deliver a perfect espresso coffee.
So what kind of coffee should you order? The possibilities can be as daunting as a Starbucks menu. Below is a list of most popular coffee beverages.
caffe (espresso)—a small cup of very strong coffee, i.e., espresso caffe Americano—American-style coffee, but stronger; weaker than espresso and served in a large cup caffe doppio—double espresso caffe freddo—iced coffee caffe Hag—decaffeinated coffee caffe latte—hot milk mixed with coffee and served in a glass for breakfast caffe macchiato— espresso "stained" with a drop of steamed milk: small version of a cappuccino caffe marocchino— espresso with a dash of hot milk and cacao powder cappuccino — espresso infused with steamed milk and drunk in morning, but never after lunch or dinner granita di caffe con panna—frozen, iced beverage (similar to a slush, but ice shavings make it authentic) and topped with whipped cream