Wednesday, February 27, 2013

How to skin a tomato? & What's a Compote

How to skin a tomato?
Put water to heat or boil.
Make a cross at the base of the tomato.
Put into the hot water for few seconds until the skin of tomato begins to curl. i. e blanch for about 15 to 25 seconds. Skins should just begin to split or tear.
Do not leave the tomato in water for too long or it will start to cook.
So to stop the cooking put in a bowl of cold water then peel the skin.
These tomatoes are ready to use in your favorite recipes, including soups, stews, stewed tomatoes, sauces, rice dishes, and others.

Compote (French for "mixture") is a dessert originating from 17th century France made of whole or pieces of fruit in sugar syrup. Whole fruits are cooked in water with sugar and spices. The syrup may be seasoned with vanilla, lemon or orange peel, cinnamon sticks or powder, cloves, ground almonds, grated coconut, candied fruit, or raisins. The compote is served either warm or cold.
The French invented compote believing that fruit cooked in sugar syrup balanced the effects of humidity on the body.
The name is derived from the French word compote, meaning mixture. Compote was originally served as an afternoon snack with sour cream and biscuits.
Actually in the culinary arts, a compote is a recipe consisting of some sort of fruit, fresh or dried, that has been stewed in a syrup of sugar and other flavorings. The fruit in a compote can be whole or puréed.
Fruit compote is frequently made from figs, pears, apples, plums, berries, or even rhubarb. Compote recipes usually include other flavorings, such as vanilla, cinnamon or cloves.

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