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Cavite is Steeped in Rich Coffee History

Arabic Coffee
Cavite City, Philippines is known for its rich heritage as well as cultural background. Not only is it home to the first Philippine President, Emilio Aguinaldo, it is also a favorite travel spot for local and foreign tourists.

More and more people are calling Cavite home because of the new properties and subdivisions which are now in development. If you go online, you will find plenty of Lancaster City reviews along with travel and food blogs written by people who love living in Cavite.

Get to Know Your Local Coffee

One of the most popular products of the Cavite area is coffee. The climate and soil make it ideal for raising different varieties of coffee beans: Robusta, Arabica, Liberica, which also known as the Barako coffee, and Excelsa, a sweeter coffee variety. These beans are also grown in Batangas, Bicol, Sagada and other lowland and mountain regions in the Philippines.

Coffee first came to the area in 1876 and was planted at the now famous Amadeo farms. The seedlings came from Lipa, Batangas, which was considered the coffee capital of the country at that time. The Batangas Barako coffee was at the height of its popularity and was quite expensive.

When tragedy nearly wiped out the coffee industry in Batangas in 1889, the remaining viable seedlings from Batangas were replanted in Cavite. This began the flourishing coffee industry in Cavite and the rest of the country.

The Rebirth of Coffee in the Philippines

In the 1950s, the government introduced pest-resistant coffee varieties to help coffee farmers produce crops. This was right at the time that coffee became commercially available, and this new development helped the industry keep up with demand.

If you love coffee, the steady supply of great local coffee is all the more reason to make Cavite your home.

Mother Sauces and French Cuisine: An Inviolable Union

Food With Hollandaise Sauce

Mother sauces consist of several child sauces, which are variations of the basic sauce. You can create these variations using the same technique as the mother sauce, but you would have to use different ingredients to add more flavors.

Below are the basic sauces that you can master:

Hollandaise Sauce

Hollandaise sauce mixes are part of a batch of emulsion sauces where you combine fat and egg yolks to get a thick sauce. Along with Béarnaise sauces, this is a mixture of warmed butter and egg yolks, making it a hot emulsion.

Other emulsion sauces that are not mother sauces include mayonnaise sauce that follows the same procedure as Hollandaise except that it uses cool emulsion.

Tomato Sauce

Tomato sauce is the base for practically everything, ranging from sauces for pizza and pasta dishes, Italian meat dishes, hot sauces, barbeque sauces and ketchup. To capture the flavor fully, you have to use ripe tomatoes and choose which species. Roma and Plum tomatoes would be better, but they are not easily obtainable.

It would be best to get Italian tinned tomatoes that can give you more flavors compared to salad tomatoes.

Espagnole Sauce

Espagnole or brown sauce is a classic sauce, but it has rarely served in its pure form. You would have to cook the butter and flour until they look golden to dark brown and smell nutty before you add the brown stock.

Most variations of sauces derive from this compared to other types, such as Zingara sauce, Merchant’s sauce and Tortue sauce.

Béchamel Sauce

This is your usual flour-thickened white sauce, the primary ingredients of which consists of nutmeg, pepper, butter, flour and milk, and seasoned with salt. You usually serve this on vegetable-based dishes, like pasta.

Veloute Sauce

Veloute sauce has the same procedure as béchamel sauce, but it uses the stock of fish, chicken or veal instead of milk. You can ideally serve this with meat proteins, like chickens.

Remember that the secret to creating the perfect sauce is not to hurry the process. Let them simmer, while you occasionally stir. Learnt to master these five mother sauces and you will easily be able to learn all the other variations. 

Food that Promote Blood Circulation

Blood CirculationBlood clots in the leg, or in any part of your body, can lead to more serious conditions like pulmonary embolism, especially when not given immediate attention. The good news is you can do something to promote blood circulation in your own way. That is, through diet, proper exercise and of course, discipline.

Take note of the following foods recommended by Veniti that will literally keep your blood flowing, and add them to your next list of groceries.

Citrus fruits

Common in citrus fruits, like oranges and tangerine, is the Vitamin C. although it is more famous for boosting the immune system, it is also a blood thinner. In line with this, it also promotes a sturdy capillary wall structure and keeps plaques from forming in it which can block blood flow.

Dark chocolate

The “healthier form” of chocolate does not only benefit the diabetic but also the people prone to blood clots. According to a research from the Circulation Journal, dark chocolates over white chocolates promote blood circulation due to the presence of flavonoids in the former while the latter has none.

Plant seeds

Different plant seeds, sunflowers’ and pumpkins’ in particular, contain vitamin E which aside from being an antioxidant can also prevent the formation of blood clots. Same is true with nuts and olives, also rich in the said vitamin.

Goji berries

Goji berries look like bigger-sized raisins that are red in color and are more famous in the East as they believe it to promote a longer life. In a sense, they do promote a longer life because they prevent blood clots from happening while improving the body’s immune system.

By taking the simple step of changing your diet, you can already make a change in your body that can go a long way. You must remember though that even when the aforementioned food can give you the benefit of a better blood circulation, you must not overconsume them because that may also lead to another condition.

Food Labelling

Food Labelling: Are You Doing It Right?

Food LabellingImagine that you’re promoting foods that will make a positive impact on people’s health. Things would be good if not for the fact that nobody buys your product. It turns out that your product lacks appeal or credibility to consumers.

Food and beverage products need to make an impression to the public. As such, it’s important to invest in the right designs for your products if you want them to really sell to the public. Here are some things to consider so you can sell your products better:

Functional Aesthetics

Dwelling too much on the appeal or functionality of your product design will affect its attractiveness to your target market. Flashy product designs help boost your product’s attractiveness, but it might deter buyers because they’ll think it’s all fluff. In the same manner, they will not buy a boring or shabby looking design.

Striking a balance between aesthetics and functionality is essential in selling food products. Some designs like gold foil laser labels for product seals can make products look good and credible at the same time. Wrapping your products with ribbons will make them look cute yet compact for the customers’ convenience.

Labelling Standards

While designs are essential for any product, there are food labelling standards that you shouldn’t ignore. Adding the standard labels will help make your product look legal, safe and reliable, all of which will help convince your target market to buy them.

Labels must specify the product’s full name, lot identification, ingredients, expiry date and nutrition information. There should also be warning statements as well as directions for use and storage for the customers’ safety. Contact details of manufacturers and distributors must be present in case more information about the product is necessary.

Food product labelling is more than just putting fancy words or graphics. It takes the right combination of functionality, aesthetics and standard labels to make your product stand out. Do these things the right way and your product just might become the talk of the town.