Healthy Holiday Cooking Tips

The Holiday brings us many culinary delights and the most sought-after sweet treats. At Generations, we strongly believe in pure-organic and healthy ingredients and use only creamy European butter, never shortening.  

Here are some terrific tips from Lukas:  

Corn Syrup 

My least favorite cooking ingredient is one that massively contributes to diabetes. The good news is that there are many options you can use that are much healthier. My favorite for baking pies is the one-on-one use of organic Maple Syrup. Alternatively, you can substitute 1 cup of Corn Syrup with Sugar Cane Water (1 cup sugar, 1/4 warm water) or equal replacements of Agave Nectar or Honey. For candy recipes, I use what the Brits call Golden Syrup, refined sugar cane with a dash of lemon juice; ask Lukas for a recipe. 

Corn Starch 

A common ingredient for baking, yet more people are less tolerant of corn ingredients. We recommend using a 3:1 ratio using 3x tsp of water and 1x tsp. of all-purpose flour for 1x tbsp of corn starch. Mix or, ideally, shake it well to avoid clumps and add it to your recipe. 

Austrian Glühwein 

Time: 30-min | Serves: 6-8 

Nothing sparks memories of Winter Holiday time like Glühwein’s warm, sweet smell. The aroma, spicy undertones, and body-warming winter delight have been enjoyed at Christmas Markets, Après-Ski huts, and amongst loved ones around the Christmas tree for centuries.  

TIP: Pair this with Generations Marketplaces’ Christmas Cookies or Stollen for a perfect gathering.  

INGREDIENTS:  

  • 2x 750 ml bottles of good-quality red wine
    (My favorite: Zweigelt. Substitutes are Pinot Noir or Lambrusco)  
  • 570 ml / 2 1/4 cups water 
  • Juice of 2 lemons 
  • ½ cup cane sugar 
  • ¼ cup brown sugar 
  • 6 cloves (substitute with 1 tbsp Cardamon)  
  • 2 cinnamon sticks (substitute with 1 Vanilla Stick)  
  • 2 oranges – cut into bite-sized pieces 
  • Oranges for decoration 

 

STEP 1:
In a pot, combine water and sugar and bring to a boil, stirring consistently until the sugar has dissolved. Reduce to a simmer. Add ½ cup of Scotch or Whiskey for a smokey undertone.

STEP 2:
Add the wine, lemon juice, spices, and oranges. Cover and let cook for 20 minutes. 

STEP 3:
Strain liquid only; decorate with an orange slice, cinnamon stick, or whatever creative inspirations come your way. Serve responsibly. 

Prost! Happy Holidays.  

Lukas Lipburger
Generations Bistro & Marketplace 

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