Using a Frother for Fancy Drinks

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Tea with frothed coconut milk

I recently purchased a hand-held frother after reading about a drink called London Fog. I had never heard of froth on tea before. On coffee yes, but never on tea. This sounded like something I had to try. The order was placed. When the frother arrived, I cleaned it and prepared to froth my first beverage.

One point I will make, always use the frother in a slightly larger glass than assumed will be needed. The milk does expand when frothed and can make a mess if the glass is not large enough. That was my first experience with the frother.

Having said that, the frother is very easy to use and takes hardly any time at all. Fifteen to twenty seconds is really all that is needed to make the froth for one drink. Who does not have time for that!

For my version of the London Fog, I made half a cup of tea and frothed one fourth cup of rice milk and poured it into the tea. I found this to be quite soothing. A bit of a change from a plain cup of tea. The traditional London Fog has added sweetners/syrups which I did not use.

I also tried the same thing with coffee. I found that I like the tea version better. I also tried both versions with regular milk and with rice milk. I preferred the taste of the rice milk. The rice milk takes just a bit longer to froth than the milk but had more flavor. I also tried it with coconut milk. The coconut milk should not be too thick or the frother will not work as well. Add a bit of water to the coconut milk, if it is on the thick side, to be the consistency of milk. I also preferred the coconut milk to the regular cow’s milk.

So, in my experimentations, the frother works quite well and is very quick and easy to use. It adds a soothing eliment to the regular beverage and can give the spirit a bit of a lift. Why not give it a try!

Cheers!

Kitchen Tools Make a Difference

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I was looking around in a local home store when a pretty pastry brush caught my eye. It had a round painted handle and fit my hand beautifully. “Ohhh…I have to have this,” I exclaimed. I was in need of a new brush anyway, and although it was slightly more than I was used to paying, I snatched it up and am so glad I did.

My old pastry brushes were the typical 2-pack grocery store isle type. They never lasted long and so were not, in my opinion, the value they were cracked up to be. There is also a silicone brush in our kitchen. However, I do not care for the silicone brush, as the butter does not tend to adhere to it very well and it’s texture is course on pastries.

My new Jamie Oliver pastry brush, however, is a dream. It seems to be holding up quite well and I love the round shape of it compared to the flat, paint-brush styles. It is easy to poke into nooks and crannies. The handle is comfortable and it is just nice to use as it glides across surfaces so easily.

Having the right tools in the kitchen is a must. Quality tools will most likely last longer saving money down the road. They will not only make the task easier, but also make the kitchen experience more pleasant. Happy cooking!