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Most Americans are missing out on this tasty forgotten part of the chicken , chicken feet.

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coleman_mustard_powder“Many people think that the ‘heat’ in Colman’s comes from the addition of horseradish, but there’s no horseradish in it. The pungency comes from the mustard seeds themselves.” Mustard grows wild in many parts of the world, from Europe to Asia.

Drop a dab of this yellow dynamite on your naked tongue, and in less than two seconds you’ll feel the heat in your sinuses like the afterburner from a jet engine.

“It’ll blow your socks off and make you breathe better than you have in years,” laughed Sheela Kadam, co-owner of The British Emporium, a specialty food store in Grapevine, Texas, where Colman’s mustard is a staple item on the shelves.

The Colman’s company calls its hot mustard “The Not-So-Mellow Yellow.” And indeed, one taste of this fiery English condiment will convince you that not all British food is as bland and boring as it’s reputed to be.

“Colman’s is the classic ‘clean’ English mustard, where all the heat comes from the mustard itself,” said Barry Levenson, curator of the Mount Horeb Mustard Museum in Wisconsin. “Many people think that the ‘heat’ in Colman’s comes from the addition of horseradish, but there’s no horseradish in it. The pungency comes from the mustard seeds themselves.”

From a Tiny Mustard Seed

mustard_seedsMustard grows wild in many parts of the world, from Europe to Asia. It was cultivated by the ancient Greeks and also mentioned in the Bible. Mustard has been grown in England since Roman times, but it wasn’t until 1720 that a process was developed in England for grinding and sifting the oily seeds to produce a dry spice with the texture and consistency of milled wheat flour.

The real popularity of mustard powder in Britain dates from a century later, in 1814, when Jeremiah Colman—a flour miller himself—first created his own pungent blend of ground-up brown and white mustard seeds at a water mill in Stoke Holy Cross, south of Norwich, England. The product was soon a commercial success, and Colman’s business continued to grow. In the early 1850s, the Colman’s mustard factory relocated to the outskirts of Norwich, where it remains a center of mustard production today.

Colman’s mustard was originally manufactured as a dry powder, or mustard “flour,” that could be used either as a spice itself or mixed with water (or other liquids) to produce “made” mustard, for use as a cooking ingredient or table condiment. Later the company also started producing its own “made” mustard, the condiment that is now called “prepared,” “wet,” or “pre-mixed” mustard. This beloved British condiment is often served in little ceramic mustard pots, at home and in restaurants, as an accompaniment to roast beef and other cooked meats.

For decades Colman’s dry mustard powder has been packaged in a distinctive yellow “tin”—a re-usable metal spice box—with bright red lettering and the company’s bull’s-head logo on the front. The “prepared” version, marketed as Colman’s Original English Mustard, comes in glass jars. Both products are available at most gourmet food shops and large supermarkets in the United States, although you might find the dry powder located in the spice section of the store and the prepared mustard on the shelves with other similar “wet” condiments.

Use It, Don’t Lose It

coleman_mustard_spreadThe beauty of having dry mustard in your kitchen cabinet is that you can make it up at a moment’s notice, I recommend combining equal parts of Colman’s dry mustard and a liquid such as water, wine, vinegar, beer, milk, or cream, then letting the mixture stand for ten minutes, for the full flavor to develop, before using it. “I’ve even heard of people mixing it with champagne!"

Wet or dry, Colman’s mustard can give a flavorful kick to casseroles, soups, stews, sauces, relishes, dips, marinades, and many other recipes. Stir a tablespoon of the prepared mustard into a cup of mayonnaise, for a spicy sandwich spread. Add a teaspoon of it to your favorite salad dressing. Use it to perk up baked beans.

Just don’t slather gobs of Colman’s all over your hamburger or hot dog, unless your tongue is coated with asbestos. A little goes a long way.

Colman’s is also an essential ingredient in classic deviled eggs. “The British food term for something that is ‘deviled,’ like eggs or sauces, stems from the addition of hot mustard to the dish,” It suggests that there was a bit of devilry going on in the kitchen, or that the devil had a hand in it.”

I also found a mouthwatering use of Colman’s dry mustard for making English roasted potatoes. “Peel the potatoes, cut them into chunks, and parboil them until they’re half-cooked. Then rub them with olive oil, some salt and black pepper, and plenty of Colman’s dry mustard powder. Place them in the pan around a chicken or joint of beef, and roast them in the oven, basting the meat and potatoes with the meat juices as they cook. When done, these potatoes come out all crispy, with a wonderfully flavored crust.”

Connoisseurs’ Cult

The enthusiasm for Colman’s mustard has grown into a cult of connoisseurs in Britain and abroad. Several websites (see Sources) also offer a variety of Colman’s products for purchase online, along with recipes, cooking tips, and souvenirs.

Colman’s souvenirs? That’s right. You can buy all sorts of products sporting the Colman’s logo, from aprons, tea towels, and mugs, to mousepads, wristwatches, and teddy bears. One of my favorites is a bright yellow ceramic mustard pot shaped and painted like a tin of Colman’s mustard. The best selection of these souvenirs can be found at Colman’s own quaint Mustard Shop in the historic city center of Norwich, England. Inside this replica of a Victorian spice store, you’ll find a mustard museum in the back and plenty of Colman’s food products, memorabilia, and gift items for sale in the front. Some of those souvenirs are also sold on the Internet.

No matter how you cut the mustard, Colman’s “not-so-mellow yellow” is hot stuff!

Recipes

Mustardly Deviled Eggs

These spicy appetizers are perfect to serve with a casual brunch or even a picnic. For an even spicier recipe, add a teaspoon or two of habanero hot sauce.

  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs, shelled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 2 tablespoons English Red Mustard (see recipe)

Salt and pepper to taste

Cut the eggs lengthwise in half. Scoop out the yolks and place them in a boql. Mash the yolks with a fork and add the mayonnaise, onion and the English Red Mustard and mix well. Add salt and pepper to taste. Divide the fillling among the egg halves, mounding it slightly. Garnish with dried pepper flakes or paprika powder. Arrange the eggs on a platter, cover, and refrigerate.

Yield: 3 servings

Heat Scale: Mild

Mustard Barbecue Glaze

This recipe comes directly from Colman’s. Use it to finish pork or lamb chops on the grill.

  • 1/2 cup beef or chicken stock
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Colman’s dry
  • (powdered) mustard
  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange peel
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated gingerroot
  • 1 garlic clove, put through a garlic press

Whisk all of the ingredients together in a small bowl. Use as a sauce to mop over pork, beef, or chicken on the grill or in a barbecue smoker.

Yield: 3/4 cup

Heat Scale: Medium hot

Hot Crab Dip

This recipe also comes directly from Colman’s. Use the dip with crackers, tortilla or potato chips, or sliced celery or carrots.

  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Colman’s dry
  • (powdered) mustard
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces lump crabmeat

Combine all of the ingredients except the crabmeat in a heavy-bottomed saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the cheese has melted and the mixture is well combined. Add the crabmeat and heat until warm. Serve warm.

Yield: Approximately 2 cups

Heat Scale: Medium

English Red Mustard

This recipe comes from Mount Horeb Mustard Museum. If you want it really hot, use piquin chiles.

  • 4 tablespoons cracked brown mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons Colman’s dry
  • (powdered) mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 small dried hot red peppers, crushed
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/4 cup beer

Whisk together the dry ingredients in a small bowl, then whisk in the water and beer until the mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2 days, for the mustard to thicken and “ripen” before using. Store in a tightly covered jar in the refrigerator.

Yield: Approximately 1/2 cup

Heat Scale: Hot

NOTES: You can order this mustard from Walmart and Amazon with free shipping, I recommend Walmart


You won’t believe the difference!

potato-boostPotatoes are one of the most nutritious foods you can eat. One medium sized potato has fewer calories than a grapefruit, more potassium than a banana, and more usable iron than any other vegetable. Potatoes are also high in fiber, and loaded with complex carbohydrates. And best of all, potatoes are fat-free.

Contrary to a common misconception, potatoes are not high in calories. One medium sized potato contains 110 calories, while a one-cup serving of rice has 225 calories, and a cup of pasta has 155 calories. Loads of people have boiled potatoes with their dinners. We love a good potato, but we like to add a bit of variation every now and then. For example, did you know that adding some pickle juice to your potatoes is delicious?It’s a true potato booster!

◾Boil your potatoes in pickle juice: boil your potatoes just like you would normally, but add about 30 to 40 milliliters of pickle juice. The potatoes will get a very subtle pickle flavor, which means you won’t have to add salt, butter or sour cream to flavor your potatoes.

◾French fries: pickle juice can also spice up your fries. Are you going to make French fries tomorrow? Soak the potatoes you’re going to use in pickle juice for about 12 hours. Dry them by leaving them on paper towels for a little bit, and then continue to make your fries like you normally would.

◾Potato salad: do you use mayonnaise when you make potato salad? Add a couple tablespoons of pickle juice to the mayonnaise. It’ll give your salad a very tasty twist!

Fun fact: Did you know that the average American eats approximately 126 pounds of potatoes each year? And that the potato is a relative of tobacco and the tomato?

Thai Tuna Pizza

Posted: January 14, 2018 in Recipes
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thai_tuna_pizzaThis wholly untraditional pizza subs peanut sauce and soy sauce for tomato sauce but incorporates familiar pizza flavors such as peppers and Romano cheese. Thai peanut sauce can be found in the international foods aisle of your supermarket.

Difficulty: Easy
Hands-on: 15 minutes

Total: 30 minutes
Serves: 6

 

Ingredients
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 jar (7 oz.) Thai peanut sauce
2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 prebaked pizza crust (12")
1 can (6 oz.) light tuna, drained
1 cup bean sprouts
1 cup shredded Havarti cheese
¼ cup grated Romano cheese
? cup chopped salted peanuts
¼ cup chopped scallions

Directions

Step 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. In small saucepan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir for 5 minutes.

Step 2 Add peanut sauce, soy sauce, and cilantro; remove from heat and mix well. Spread over pizza crust.

Step 3 Top with tuna, sprouts, and cheeses. Bake for 10 to 15 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Sprinkle with peanuts and scallions before serving.

How to eat Oreos in milk

Posted: January 2, 2018 in Recipes, Tutorials
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You can use a fork to dip your Oreos in milk without making a mess

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Simply stick the fork into the creme filling, then dip. As an added benefit, this makes you look slightly more dignified

Or if you’re looking for something a bit more satisfying, dip Oreos in milk and freeze them

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Be sure to put them in a freezer bag before popping them in your freezer. This gives you the flavor of cookies and cream in a slightly more convenient package.

This is also a great way to set up for a cookies-and-cream milkshake. Take the frozen Oreos and add them to your blender along with milk and ice cream for a delicious, decadent treat.

Apple Oven Baked Pancake

Posted: February 10, 2017 in Recipes
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apple_pancakeIngredients

2 tablespoons butter or margarine
1 egg
3/4 cup Complete pancake mix  
1/2 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 small apple, very thinly sliced
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon-sugar
Maple syrup  if desired

 

Directions
 
1. Heat oven to 400°F. While oven is heating, melt butter in 9-inch glass pie plate in oven.
2. Meanwhile, in small bowl, beat egg with wire whisk or egg beater. Beat in pancake mix, milk and vanilla. Pour over melted butter in pie plate. Arrange apple slices on batter. Sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
3. Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until edges are deep golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup.

German Oven Pancakes

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Recipes
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oven_pancakeIngredients

  • 1/2    cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 3    eggs
  • 1/2    cup milk
  • 2    tablespoons melted butter
  • 1    tablespoon sugar
  • 1/4    teaspoon of salt
  • fresh fruit of your choice, cut into bite-sized pieces and  whipped cream    

    Directions
     
    1.  Preheat oven to 450°F. If you have a convection oven, set it at 425°F (the pancakes rise even higher on the convection setting).
    2.  In a large bowl, lightly beat the eggs with a whisk or fork. Stir in the milk, melted butter, salt and sugar. Add the flour to the egg mixture, a big spoonful at a time as you continue to whisk. Be careful not to over-mix, to keep the pancake light and fluffy.
    3.  Lightly spray a 9"-11" oven-safe skillet with cooking spray.
    4.  Pour the batter into a heated skillet (this will yield a more golden brown, puffier pancake). Bake 12-18 minutes, just until the edges are golden. Check your pancake at the 12 minute mark. Top with the fresh fruit and whipped cream just before serving.