The Hardest Recipes to Try Out

When most people read my cookery pieces, they think I’m perfect at it. Some of the readers I have interacted with think I could go toe to toe with the world’s best chefs. But I’m just a normal person who loves cooking and trying out new recipes. I have previously tried out some recipes, and I ended up either failing spectacularly or hating them completely. I have vowed never to try any of these recipes ever again, but some I will definitely try until I’m completely perfect. The following are some of the main recipes that I have tried, and I got miserably frustrated. Some of these I have also heard other reviewers complaining about.

 

Croissants

They might seem simple to make like any other pastry-like biscuits or bread made with dough, but they are not. Croissants are made with laminated dough, which basically involves kneading yeasted dough. After kneading the dough, I left the dough to rest and rise for an hour as per the instructions. After an hour, I rolled it out and rolled it over some butter that I had previously beaten and chilled. I ensured to chill and roll over and over about three times as instructed on the recipe until the dough was ready.

 

After the dough was ready, I cut and shaped it in a crescent shape, mostly the shape of croissants. This whole process really tested my patience, and it consumed a lot of my time during the whole preparation. After I baked it in the oven, the results were really disappointing. At first glance, the crescent shape I had carefully tried to form did not even hold up, everything got smudged, and the croissant looked like a big bug. However, the taste was somewhere near a croissant but not completely. I will definitely try the recipe again because it was not a total loss; I only need to hack the shape.

 

A Whole Roasted Duck

The recipe for this was so easy, but the results were annoyingly terrible. I know it would take longer even before I started, but I was determined anyway. I started by marinating the bird fully and leaving it to marinate in the refrigerator. That was the easy part. The cooking part was not a hot mess. After placing it in the oven, the duck was to roast slowly for several hours, and I’m used to it.

 

However, the issue came in when I was supposed to continuously monitor the duck and remove excess fat from the bottom pan, which would often accumulate. I also had to turn the duck to ensure it cooks evenly and continuously. After all this process, I was still supposed to carve the duck and serve it only to find out the meat turned out to be overly tough and stringy. I later learned it was from overcooking. This is one of the recipes that really disappointed me, and I vowed not to try it ever again.

 

Jam

Preserving fruits in the form of jam is a great idea, right? I washed my fruits, diced them, and crushed some of them as instructed on the recipes I found online. I later put the fruits in a cooking pan and simmered them after adding sugar for a few minutes. I continuously added pectin until they formed a thick nice jell as the recipe instructed. I had previously prepared the storage containers and thoroughly sterilized them according to the instructions on the recipe.

 

After the jell cooled and I was ready to can the jam, I was so disappointed. The jelly had become a slimy runny mess, and I had to pour everything out. I don’t know what happened or where I went wrong, but I don’t think I will waste more of my fruits trying to make jam again.

 

The many recipes I have given a try have taught me a lot, and I would also like to hear from you. You can try to hack the above recipes that I have tried and failed, then let me know your experiences and the lessons you will draw from trying them out. You can also share ideas and the secrets you used that helped you succeed in the attempts we made on the recipes. Give us the substitute you used, and if you have tried the recipes previously, please share your experiences.

 

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Surprising Benefits of Eating Gluten-Free Food

We don’t have to wait until we get a diagnosis of gluten sensitivity or celiac condition to enjoy gluten-free food benefits. Most neuropathic doctors advise us to reduce our allergies intensely by considering gluten-free diets. Therefore, we can experiment with these diets and enjoy their surmountable benefits. People might think that avoiding gluten is an excuse for consuming more meat, but it improves our health.

 

Here are a handful of things worth understanding about the benefits of taking gluten-free diets.

 

Defining Gluten

Most people eat food but do not know the content of these diets. When it comes to gluten meals, we find that gluten is a protein available in grains. We can find this protein in the rye, wheat, barley, and other grains. Therefore, people can find these products in cereals, grains, and even slices of bread. Gluten (grain protein) plays a significant role in maintaining grain food elasticity during the fermentation process. Besides, this product enables flour to stick together when chewing.

 

Here are a handful of benefits people get from eating gluten-free food.

 

Improving Cholesterol Level

Most of us eat foods that have a lot of cholesterol and, in turn, deteriorate our health. We end up looking for ways to reduce these lipids in our bodies. If we avoid foods that contain a lot of cholesterol, we will improve our overall health.

 

One of the things we can do to stay healthy is by eating gluten-free diets. These kinds of food do not contain cholesterol and can work well for our bodies. Therefore, we should not eat these kinds of diets because they have gluten sensitivity. Instead, we should normalize eating gluten-free meals to improve our health.

 

Promoting Digestive Health

If we consider eating gluten-free meals, we will improve our digestive health. How can we enhance digestion? These kinds of food play a critical role in our bodies when it comes to food digestion. Since they lack grain proteins, they will prove more comfortable to digest. They will reduce the stickiness that makes food digestion more challenging. They also eliminate hard substances on grains that might prove challenging during the digestion process. Therefore, people should consider meals that do not contain grain proteins to enhance their digestion health.

 

Increasing Energy Levels

At times we need to boost our energy and health. But the kind of energy we gain depends on the type of food we eat. It will be best if we can consider energy foods to suit our diets. Given that many foods offer energy to our bodies, we can’t forget about gluten-free diets. They offer massive energy to our bodies. We may consider buying gluten-free pizzas and other food that will enhance our body energy. Buy food with no grain proteins to bolster the energy levels in the body.

 

Consumption of Fruits and Veggies

Some of us understand the need to include vegetables and fruits in our daily menu. Moreover, we all know that these diets do not contain gluten. Besides, we can improve our immune system by indulging in fruits and different types of vegetables. If I am looking for gluten-free food, I will start by including both veggies and fresh fruits in my servings. Considering that they have no grain proteins, they might help us to avoid cholesterol. They may also help us reduce the risks of heart disease, diabetes, blood pressure, and certain cancers. Moreover, we can naturally shed weight better than walking into the gym.

 

My Experience With Gluten-Free Foods

Recently, I intentionally started my food journey as a way of consuming gluten-free food. As such, I can opt to eat or avoid gluten filled food. But to experiment on how gluten-free diets work, I chose not to eat diets with gluten. People will find me taking spices and sauces that are gluten-free. They will also find fruits, salads and veggies on my food table.

 

I also love taking rice-based pasta, among other foods without grain proteins. Although it is too early to tell, I have seen improvement in allergies that have significant harm to my health. What about us? We can also consider gluten-free diets and delight in the surpassing health benefits arising from the consumption of these foods.

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Being Aware Of Financial Scams

There are enough things to be concerned about when it comes to finances without worrying about financial scams and fraud. Yet, this is something that I have found has become increasingly more prominent and has created a need for awareness.

 

Targeting Seniors

Anyone can become a victim of a financial scam, but seniors are more vulnerable. One of the reasons why is because they are far more trusting. They also may not have access to the technology that can keep them informed about the many different scams.

 

Medical Scams

One of the common types of scams that I personally am the most concerned about lies within the medical industry.

 

  • Health Insurance and Medicare:

Most US residents know they are entitled to Medicare once they reach age 65. What can happen is a person can pose as a Medicare agent and gather all types of personal information from a senior. Or some have more elaborate schemes where they will set up bogus clinics. Seniors will attend these and receive inferior medical care. The perpetrators of this will then bill Medicare and keep the payments.

 

  • Prescriptions

I have found that many seniors have become quite familiar with the internet and will use it for different shopping needs. One of these may be for getting a lower price on prescriptions. The scam here is that the senior can receive the wrong drugs. Or useless ones. Or they make a payment upfront and never receive the drugs. They are too embarrassed to report this so that they will accept the loss of the payment.

 

Burial Scams

Most would agree with me that all scams are horrid, but this one is alarming. Senior enter into funeral and cemetery contracts thinking they have protected their loved ones from having to deal with this.  Here I have outlined a variety of different scams that fall into this category.

 

  • The grieving widow or widower: Scam artists will attend the spouse’s funeral who has passed and made friends with the surviving spouse. They may spread this false friendship out over time where they drain the victim of assets and money. Or they may make it a quick hit where they will tell the spouse that the deceased owed them money. The grieving person is not thinking straight and may pay this bogus debt with no proof it exists.
  • Escalation of Funeral Costs: Another despicable scam is by funeral homes that are experts at draining the survivor of as much money as possible. They do this by convincing them to buy the most expensive services. One being the casket, which is normally expensive anyway. The survivors are extremely vulnerable at this time and will tend to buy into whatever is presented to them.

Phone Scams

Seniors are particularly vulnerable to phone scams. Quite often, they cannot clearly hear what is being said to them, and they will fall for all types of likes. Scammers are very good at preying on the seniors who are often lonely and are just glad to hear another voice. After a little bit of sweet-talking, the senior may end up making some hefty donations to a whole gambit of phony charities.

 

  • The Sharing Scam

This is called the “Pigeon Drop” the scammer will create an elaborate story of how they found some money. All perfectly legal, according to them. They want to share their good fortune with the senior who they have targeted on the telephone. All the senior has to do is make a “good faith” payment to the scammer. In many cases, there will be a second scammer who will act as the banker who will take this good faith payment.

 

  • The Fathom Accident

A scammer will get to know some basics about the senior’s family. With this knowledge, they will later contact the senior with an urgent request for money to be sent because a relative has suffered a mishap and is in the Hospital. This scam works well when the scammer has learned that one of the seniors’ family members is going out of the country for a holiday or business.

 

  • Mortgage Scams

Many seniors own their homes, and they are mortgage-free. Some scammers will capitalize on this and try to get the senior to take out a bogus mortgage. Some using the reverse mortgage as a way to create a scam.

 

I know it can be very difficult for seniors to stay aware of all the different scams that they may be subjected to. My suggestion is to not do anything financially without the assistance of a trusted family member.

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