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8 Unexpectedly Good Fried Food That You Need To Try!

8 Unexpectedly Good Fried Food That You Need To Try!

You probably eat a healthy and balanced diet for most of the year or at least you are trying to. Once in while, when you decide to give it a rest, indulge in these totally unique and scrumptious fried foods.

These foods are all batter dipped and deep fried. Shallow frying will not give you the same crispy texture all around. Many these recipes call for frozen scoops to be fried for very short periods over high heat. The food item should be completely submerged in hot oil.

If you are hosting a party, most of these recipes can be made ready for frying, ahead of time. These foods can be then be quickly fried and served piping hot to your guests. Hot and crunchy on the outside, cold and melting inside, the contrasting textures and temperatures create an explosion of sensations for your taste buds.

1. Deep Fried Oreos

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    You may have come across these delicacies in local county fairs. This is a fun dinner party dessert that can be easily made at home with pancake batter. Egg and milk are optional. Remember to keep the batter consistency thick enough to coat the biscuits.

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    2. Pineapple Fritters

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      Banana fritters were a staple in my house till they got replaced by a new favorite: chilled, sweet and juicy pineapple. Serve some super crispy pineapple fritters made with light tempura batter, as starters at your party. Add a dash of cinnamon or drizzle some honey over them.

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      3. Fried Watermelon

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        It is extremely easy to make fried watermelon. Dip watermelon cubes into light pancake batter and then deep fry them. Top with castor sugar for a unique and colorful dessert.

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        4. Deep Fried Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough

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          The ultimate indulgent dessert, deep fried chocolate chip cookie dough is made with frozen cookie dough that is dipped in batter and fried till crisp and golden brown. The inside will be soft and gooey with melted chocolate bits. Another idea along similar lines is simple dropping spoonful of leftover cake batter in hot oil to make crispy balls and then rolling them in melted chocolate. Simply dusting with cinnamon flavored icing sugar is also a great idea.

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          5. Crispy Strawberries with Chocolate Sauce

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            Loaded with vitamin C, fiber and antioxidants, there’s no denying strawberries are a popular fruit. Sweet, not too tart, these strawberry bites make a great spur-of-the-moment dessert. Just think what other berries can be used similarly…maybe raspberries?

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            6. Deep-Fried Guacamole

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              Guacamole, the  avocado-based Mexican classic, has now become one of America’s favorite dips. To turn the dip into a salad dressing, the prepared guacamole is ground more finely till smooth and then water or  olive oil is added to make the consistency more flowing.  Guacamole is quite easy to make; mashed avocado is mixed with other ingredients like lime juice, salt, onion, cilantro, tomatoes, garlic and cayenne pepper. You can freeze leftover guacamole in ice cube trays. Pop the frozen cubes into batter and deep fry for a quick and amazing snack.

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              7. Deep Fried Butter Balls

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                These actually are said to taste like the most buttery bread you’ve ever had. You can combine some cheese with the butter and use a funnel cake batter to dip and fry them. You can also coat them with bread crumbs after dipping in the batter and then fry them crisp.

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                8. Deep Fried Candy Bars

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                  Liquefied chocolate and caramel on the inside, crisp and crunchy on the outside! Try making these with different types of candy bars. My personal favorite is the deep fried snickers bar.

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                  Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                  20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                  20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                  Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                  If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                  1. Create a Daily Plan

                  Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                  2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                  Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                  3. Use a Calendar

                  Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                  I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                  Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                  4. Use an Organizer

                  An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                  These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                  5. Know Your Deadlines

                  When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                  But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                  6. Learn to Say “No”

                  Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                  Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                  7. Target to Be Early

                  When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                  For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                  Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                  8. Time Box Your Activities

                  This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                  You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                  9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                  Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                  10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                  Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                  You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                  11. Focus

                  Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                  Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                  Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                  12. Block out Distractions

                  What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                  I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                  When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                  Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                  13. Track Your Time Spent

                  When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                  You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                  14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                  You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                  Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                  15. Prioritize

                  Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                  Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                  16. Delegate

                  If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                  When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                  17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                  For related work, batch them together.

                  For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                  1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                  2. coaching
                  3. workshop development
                  4. business development
                  5. administrative

                  I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                  18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                  What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                  One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                  While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                  19. Cut off When You Need To

                  The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                  Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                  20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                  Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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