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June 1, 2017
Cooking with... milk!

Good morning friends! I have an important question for you today: How do you like your… milk? Don’t hurry to answer. It’s a trick question!

You see, in honor of World Milk Day which is celebrated on June 1st, I thought I would talk to you a little about what types of milk are on the market and also suggest some super recipes that would not have turned out so delicious if they didn’t include milk…

In this special way, I invite you to celebrate this day together!

What is our reference point? The origin of milk, which is what essentially, determines its flavor, but also its nutritional value. You can find more information about all of this in the “Good Living” section on the site.

So what do you say? Are you ready to begin an amazing journey of taste in to the world of milk?

First stop? Cow’s milk of course! Undoubtedly the most popular and widespread type of milk that is divided into 3 sub categories: a) whole – with all the fat included (at least 3%), b) low fat – 2% and less and c) no fat. Cow’s milk does not have an intense smell and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days from the day of “bottling” and pasteurizing. I am referring to short duration fresh cow’s milk. It is an integral part for innumerable sweet and savory recipes. Some of my favorite recipes are without a doubt Roast Chicken in Milk and Milk Chocolate Pudding Cake.

Next? Fresh sheep’s milk! A milk with a high nutritional value that is also much richer in proteins and calcium that the classic cow’s milk. It’s intense smell is one of its negative characteristics that makes this particular type of milk less popular than other types of milk.

The recipe I’ve chosen for this category of milk is Homemade Yogurt. It is made with cow’s milk in the recipe but it can easily be made by substituting cow’s milk with… sheep milk

Next up is fresh goat’s milk, which according to the specialists, has the power to offer us.. sweet dreams! This is due to the high content of tryptophan. It is also a great alternative choice for those who are intolerant to cow’s milk. Negative points? It’s intense smell, which will turn some people away completely…

Now, my dear friends, I would like to turn to 2 special and quite popular types of milk. Soy milk and coconut milk! Soy milk is the most famous plant based milk on the market. Vanilla and chocolate flavored seem to be the most favored. It does not contain lactose and is suitable for vegetarians.

Coconut milk is also a plant based milk. It has a characteristic sweet taste and a lot of calories. What does this mean? That it can help us create unique dishes and desserts with its special taste and aroma.

Some of them are:

Mussels in a Spicy Coconut Ginger Sauce

Coconut Rice Pudding with Caramelized Orange Slices

Buttermilk is our next “stop”. Also known as Ayran, is made from fresh cow’s milk and yogurt cultures. It helps the digestive system and offers a unique tangy taste which some people like but others don’t really prefer…

Personally, I like to use it to create quite interesting recipes like: Buttermilk and Tahini Roast Chicken...

Cheddar and Buttermilk Scones

 Yogurt and Buttermilk Panacotta

Of course I can’t leave out Kefir. A fermented milk that is made by adding Kefir grains to any type of milk. It has an abundance of nutritional values. Click here to learn about each and every one of them! As you may have understood, it is quite a special kind of product that is very beneficial to the digestive system and the immune system.

I would like to bring this diary to a close with 3 special types of milk: Oat milk, rice milk and almond milk. Oat milk is offered in a variety of different flavors (natural, chocolate and vanilla) and does not contain lactose or cholesterol. Rice milk is also without cholesterol and lactose. It is actually considered to be especially light and easy to digest. Almond milk is the ideal substitute for cow’s milk since it has quite a nice and special flavor which is quickly becoming more and more popular.

I would like to suggest an equally special recipe to make your own homemade Almond Milk!

So don’t waste any time! Get into your kitchen and celebrate World Milk Day by making any of your favorite recipes with any type of milk you like!

And of course I’m always waiting for your comments and photos!!  ;-)

Akis

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