What to look for before buying a Single Serve Brewer

Undoubtedly a single serve brewer can provide you with a rich gourmet coffee shop experience economically. So why to rush anywhere for a single serve brewer when you can get your coffee at home? You can get the single serve coffee maker reviews at Kitchenguyd with detailed information on each product.

Brewing a single cup is a quite different way of making coffee and along with this kind of coffee maker, you need to consider a few things in order to get a perfect shot of coffee.

Types of Single Serve Coffee Machines

There are several types of single-serve brewers and they are not at all same when it comes to what they can brew. Before you buy any machine make sure you buy according to what type of coffee or tea you like. Keurig, Nespresso, and Tassimo are some popular brands. There are some other brands of standard coffee makers that can make a single serve, K-cups or pods.

So if you are an espresso fan, you would definitely go for a special coffee machine that only brews this type of coffee, or maybe has the ability to make cappuccino or lattes. Different Espresso machines have different features and capability to do part of the process or you can purchase a fully automatic machine.

If espresso is not your kind of coffee, you can get a single serve that offers you a variety of creamy lattes, gourmet coffees and teas can be a good option for you.

Cost of single-serve brewers differs materially, so your first consideration before buying should be the availability of the beverage for a certain brewer, because the functions are limited or can be amplified by the supply and variety of pods, k-cups or capsules you can get for it.

Operating Costs

Having a single serve brewer means you should have a supply of either pod, K-cups that costs you $.30 to $.70 per cup approximately. You can save money by buying it in a bulk but then you would be restricted to a specific type of capsule in order to make use of a coffee maker.

Before selecting a model, find the source of supply and ensure that you like the types of coffee or teas it can brew. Get ready to pay more for a single serve as they cost you more than the regular coffee makers and also the cost of capsules can increase quickly.

Consumption can be another factor to get an idea of a budget because it depends on how many cups of coffee or tea you drink?

Capacity and Cup Selection

Some single serve brewers can brew only one size of a cup, on the other hand, some models are available with several options and this can be very handy. For travel purpose, a 10 to 12 Oz brew size is perfect, while those who are espresso lover can have a 4 to 5 Oz cup size.

Just see how many persons are going to use the brewer and whether the cup options are suitable for everyone or not. You can adjust the brew strength by selecting a different cup option. Water reservoir size may not be important for many people but for two or three adults, a larger tank is equal to less filling.

Power and Performance

Power can affect the performance and brewing temperature and speed as well. So, without overloading any electrical appliance, safely plug in the brewer. Some of you may not like the brewing noise, so you can look for a brewer with a quiet feature. A brewer with programmable clock and temperature feature can be very easy to use.

Some brewers have an internal water tank that keeps the water heated and ready to brew, so unless and until there is an on/off setting it will draw energy full time which is also helpful in energy savings.

These coffee machines take a little time to get ready to brew. You can also check the durability and how easy it is to maintain.

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The Best Ever Tiramisu

Once you’ve tried this you’ll understand why it is the best ever Tiramisu. Even better if you have kids I doubt they’ll want any as most kids hate coffee and then there is more for you!!!!

To make this recipe we are turning to some fat-free yogurt and mixing it with some very low-fat soft cheese. Essentially it is very low fat but you’ll want to go back for more so not sure how many calories you’ll end up saving.


  • 1 tub Mullerlight Cappuccino yogurt
  • 1 tub fat-free Quark/soft cheese
  • 6 sponge finger biscuits
  • Shot of espresso or similar amount of strong instant coffee
  • ¼ tsp cocoa powder
  1. Mix quark/soft cheese and yogurt together until well combined, stir in the wine if using. The place to one side.
  2. Pour shot of coffee into a small bowl or jug, dip sponge fingers in to soak.
  3. Put the sponge fingers in a medium-sized bowl and push into the bottom to form a solid base.
  4. Top with the yogurt mixture
  5. Dust tops with cocoa powder, then put into the fridge for a few hours, this helps with flavors.

Stay tuned for Prairie Kitchen and Bar recipes.!!

Delicious Almond, Pear with chocolate sauce

I have to confess now – I am a complete almond addict. It started when I was little and my mum was making the Christmas cake. She would always have a layer of marzipan and I would steal most of it when I hoped she wasn’t looking!!!!

She then realized how much I was addicted to it so she would buy one just for me. Since then I and almonds have gone together like salt and pepper. I am allergic to all nuts apart from almonds and I would be lost without them.

Delicious Almond flan with chocolate sauce


  • ½ tub of quark
  • 4 eggs
  • 4 tbsp sweetener
  • 1 Big Pear
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp almond flavoring
  • The sauce
  • 1 tsp cocoa
  • ½ tub quark
  • 3 tbsp sweetener
  • 3 tbsp fat-free natural yogurt


  1. Pre-heat the oven to gas mark 4
  2. Separate all the eggs.
  3. Mix the yolks with the ½ tub of quark, baking powder, almond flavoring and 4 tbsp sweetener and then whisk.
  4. In a separate bowl whisk the egg whites until stiff and fluffy.
  5. Then fold half of the egg white into the other mixture then fold in the rest of the egg whites, and cut the pear into small pieces.
  6. Spread mixture onto flan dish sprayed with fry light, or lined with greaseproof paper.
  7. Bake in oven gas mark 4 for 20mins
  8. Whilst the flan is baking you can start with the sauce. Mix all the ingredients for the sauce together and whisk until smooth and runny.
  9. When ready serve a slice of flan with some chocolate sauce.

If you have any doubts regarding this recipe, feel free to contact us here.

Raspberry and Tofu Brulee

French puddings…..Oh, go on then! I love French food and the puddings are just the best. I had a lot of holidays growing up in France and it was like a child’s dream. You would enter a supermarket (or a hypermarket as they would call it) and then you would find 20 different varieties of the chocolate éclair. And then there was the chocolate cake and then the freezers just full to bursting with different ideas for pudding.

I was just surprised that I rarely saw a fat French person considering all this amazing food around them.

Raspberry and Tofu Brulee

We would also have regular trips to restaurants and on top of the menu was always the super unhealthy and high-calorie Brulee. So I thought it was only fair that I created a low calorie, yet tasty version. So I added it to the menu of Prairie Kitchen and Bar.


  • 250gm pack plain tofu
  • 200gm frozen raspberries
  • 2tbsp honey
  • 2tbsp sweetener


  1. Place tofu in a food processor and blend to a smooth paste.
  2. Add frozen raspberries and golden syrup to the tofu and blend until smooth.
  3. Divide the mixture between four ramekin dishes.
  4. Sprinkle half a tablespoon of sweetener over each ramekin.
  5. Preheat a grill on high and place the ramekins underneath for 4-5 minutes until the sweetener bubbles and caramelizes.


This is pretty easy to make. You can either use fresh or frozen berries. If you are using frozen berries, do not thaw them.   Take them out when needed.  If you are using fresh berries, try not to rinse them if they are not overly dirty (usually they are not) because raspberries are fragile and bruise easily.  Instead, use a brush (a clean watercolor paint brush will do) and brush off any traces of dirt and they are ready.  Before you start mixing your batter,  place 12 paper cups in your muffin tray.


INGREDIENTS   (for 12 full big muffins)

250-gram butter softened

200-gram sugar

250-gram flour

2½  teaspoon baking powder, combine flour

4 eggs

About  1.5 dl (150ml) fresh milk


1) Turn on your oven to 180C degrees.

2)    Beat butter and sugar until white. If you have a machine, use it for a faster and easier job. If you do not have a machine, beat with a hand whisk until white. This will take some time.

3)     Add eggs one at a time. After adding all 4 eggs don’t whisk anymore.

4)     Next, add half of the flour into the batter. Whisk quickly.  Next step, add all the milk, whisk and finally rest of the flour.  Do not be attempted to beat further as this will produce tough muffins.

5)     Spoon the batter into the paper cups until ¾ cup full.

6)     Take your raspberries out from the fridge or freezer and sprinkle them all over your muffins.

7)     Bake for 20 to 25 minutes. The baking time should be a guide only. You need to test the muffins a few minutes before the end of the baking time. Insert a bamboo skewer (those thin ones meant for BBQ are good)and check that no wet crumbs are clinging onto the skewer. When the skewer finally comes out clean, take the muffin tray out immediately. You may let them stay in the tray for 10 minutes before taking them out gently to rest on the cooling rack.


This is a delicious muffin and the color is superb.  I love muffins best after they come out from the oven. If you are not eating them yet, please store them in an airtight container.  From my experience, the muffins are still good when they are stored in Tupperware and left at room temperature for up to 3 days in cold countries in Europe. In Asia, they can be stored in airtight container and left overnight at room temperature but not for another day. They should then go into the refrigerator but then, they will not taste as good due to a change in texture.

INGREDIENTS (for 6 big muffins)

  • 125-gram butter softened at room temperature
  • 125-gram sugar
  • 125-gram flour
  • 1 ½  teaspoon baking powder.  Mix this into flour.
  • 2 eggs
  • 60ml milk
  • 50 gram of very finely grated pumpkin
  • Sunflower seeds or sliced almond nuts


  • Beat butter and sugar until white.
  • Add eggs one at a time. Stop whisking after adding all the eggs.
  • Add half the flour into butter, sugar and egg mixture. Give it a quick mix.
  • Add milk to the batter, whisk, then rest of flour. Another quick mix.
  • Add the grated pumpkin. Combine well.
  • Spoon into your muffin cups at ¾ full.
  • Scatter raisins over the top. It is up to you how much raisins you want in the muffins.
  • If you like, sprinkle sunflower seeds or sliced almond on top of raisins.
  • Bake at 175 to 180 Celsius degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  • At 25 mins, test the muffins by inserting a wooden skewer in the middle. It should come out clean. If it doesn’t, continue baking and keep testing.

If you have any doubts feel free to contact us here.


I have used pasta made from durum wheat semolina with squid ink. The squid ink is why it’s black. I use the brand Cara Nonna from Italy. Not only does this wonderful black pasta looks good, it is also smooth and tastes as good as it looks. If you cannot find black pasta, use spaghetti instead. Just remember that you should not overcook pasta, we are serving this pasta in Prairie Kitchen, and Bar.

Unlike beef or pork, fish does not offer much taste on its own.  This recipe is for those who love a rich tomato texture.

INGREDIENTS (2 to 3 persons)

  • 300g fresh salmon, pick the bones up if any
  • 4 pips garlic, chopped
  • 1 big onion, sliced
  • 2 fresh red tomatoes, cut into boats.
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes, about 400g to 450g
  • 150g button mushrooms, chopped
  • 1/2 Tsp thyme and ½ Tsp Basil
  • A few sprigs of parsley, chopped
  • Salt & Pepper


  • Dice salmon into bite size.
  • In a pan, heat 1 tbsp cooking oil and 1 tbsp butter. Place garlic and onion into the pan.
  • Sweat garlic and onion for approx. 1 min or until softened.
  • Add mushrooms, thyme, basil, and pepper. Then add fresh tomatoes.
  • Saute for about 1 min, then pour the can of tomatoes into the pan.
  • Let it boil. Season to taste with salt.


  • 120 to 150-gram pasta for 2 to 3 persons
  • After your sauce has been made and when you are ready to eat, boil pasta in hot water until cooked. Pasta is best boiled until al dente stage. That means the pasta is not too soft and you should be able to feel the firmness when you eat them. Keep testing during the last stage of cooking.
  • To serve, ladle the sauce over the pasta and sprinkle with chopped parsley. The parsley not only makes the dish looks beautiful, it also lends a great taste to the dish.  Sometimes, when I run out of parsley, I use spring onion instead!


When I was a young girl, my grandmother used to make a special salad which is famously known as acar in Malaysia.  It is pickled vegetables mixed into a spicy peanut dressing.  The taste is hot, sweet and sour at the same time. Best eaten cold, it keeps several days in the refrigerator. My gran is no longer here and I have searched a long time for a recipe that taste similar to hers. Below is one recipe that comes close. It is called the acar Nyonya. A lot of recipes called for vegetables to be dried under the sun for crunchiness but I found that they are still crunchy even though I did not run them.



  • 1 cucumber, quartered lengthwise, run a knife along the centers and cut away the soft flesh of seedlings. When you have done that, cut each quarter into halves lengthwise and then into 4cm strips.
  • Half a cabbage. Wash and cut into rectangular squares, about 3cm x 2 cm
  • 1 carrot, sliced into 8 parts lengthwise, then cut into 4cm strips
  • A bunch of  french beans, cut into 4cm long strips
  • 2 or 3 red chilies, seeded and cut into rings
  • 100 grams roasted peanuts, pounded until sandy
  • 50g dried prawns, soaked and chopped fine
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

STEP 1  (for vegetables)

  • Make the cucumber crunchy by rubbing cucumber quarters with 1 tbsp salt. Leave in the fridge for about an hour.  Then squeeze out excess liquid.
  • While the cucumber is in the fridge, pound the roasted peanuts until they are sandy.  These are to be sprinkled on the car.
  • Boil water with salt.  Blanch the cabbage for 15 seconds then picks them up with a tong. Lightly squeeze out excess water.
  • Using the same pot of hot water, next blanch the carrots and French beans for 20 seconds. We want the veggies to retain a crunch, not soggy.   Drain. Store in the refrigerator until further use.

STEP 2  (for grinding)

You might want to use a food processor or a grinder to do this job.

    • 5 dried chilies
    • 5 fresh red chilies
    • 1 big French onion
    •  3 or 4 cloves garlic
    • 2cm fresh turmeric root (kunyit)  (if you do not have fresh turmeric root, replace with 2 tsp turmeric  powder)
    • 1 x 1-inch galangal
    • 1 x 1-inch toasted shrimp paste (belacan), roasted
    • 3 candlenuts (if you cannot find candlenut, replace with 3 almonds)
    • 1 stalk lemon grass

    STEP 3

    • Mix together 100ml white wine vinegar and 100ml water
    • Heat oil in a wok and fry the finely chopped dried prawns and grounded ingredients until fragrant.  Do this for a couple of minutes.  You will see a nice red paste forming.
    • Stir in 2 tbsp sugar and 1 Tsp salt.
    • Next, pour in the vinegar and water. Bring to a boil, the mixtures should be thick and not runny. Season to taste.
    • If you like it sourer, squeeze in lime juice.  Leave to cool completely before mixing with the vegetables.  Before serving, mix in peanuts and sesame seeds

    If you have any doubts regarding this recipe, you can contact us here.


If you liked our Chilli Con Carne recipe, then you will love this recipe too.

Ingredients (for 2 persons)

    • 150gram of your favorite dried pasta
    • 150g chicken fillet, chopped bite sized
    • 1 tbsp oil and a 1 tbsp melted butter
    • 3  pips garlic, finely chopped
    • Half an onion, chopped
    • Chopped handful of parsley and spring onion
    • 2 large eggs, beaten
    • 50g parmesan cheese,  finely grated
    • Salt and  ground black pepper



    1. Bring water to the boil in a large pot. Add a teaspoon of rough salt.
    2. When water is boiled, add the pasta and cook until al dente.  Al dente is the stage of doneness whereby your pasta feels firm to the break, with your fingers.  The consistency is tender but still firm to the bite. It shouldn’t be hard and should not be mushy either.
    3. When the pasta has reached al dente, drain and rinse with cold water to stop the cooking process. Set aside.
    4. Heat a large, deep frying pan over a medium heat, add the oil, butter, chopped garlic and onion and the chopped fillet. Saute until chicken is cooked. Add salt and pepper.
    5. Next, return the pasta to the pan and stir very thoroughly so that it is well heated. You may add a little water to lubricate the pasta if it appears to be dry.
    6. Take the pan off the heat.
    7. Lastly and very importantly, add the beaten eggs into the hot pasta, swiftly tossing everything to mix. Do not worry about raw eggs as the hot pasta will automatically warm the eggs into a creamy consistency.
    8. Garnish with the chopped parsley and spring onion. Serve immediately.


Chilli Con Carne is a classic dish but over time, different variations have surfaced. I think it’s great that people try to be creative.  There really is no right or wrong in cooking so long as you enjoy eating what you’ve cooked. Normally, chili con Carne is cooked with kidney beans but personally, I like a softer been and what could be better than baked beans? So I opted to write this recipe with baked beans on Prairie Kitchen and Bar.

For me, the chocolate at the end of cooking is important.  I have made Chilli Con Carne with and without chocolate and clearly, the version with chocolate made a difference. Serve your Chilli Con Carne with cooked basmati rice or couscous. Chopped onion and garlic.


Ingredients for 3 persons
  • 1 tbsp oil and 1 tbsp butter
  • Half of one big onion, chopped
  • 2 to 3 pips garlic, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, cut into squares (about ½ inch x ½ inch)
  • 6 or 7 fresh button mushrooms sliced thinly
  • 300-gram minced beef
  • 1 can of baked beans (about 200 grams)
  • About a pea-size of crushed stock cube – to enhance the flavor of the dish
  • 1  can of chopped tomato, about 440 gram
  • 2 tbsp of tomato paste
  • 1 or 2 red chilies, thinly sliced (if you like a hotter meal, then add more chili to taste)
  • ½  Tsp ground cumin
  • ½  Tsp ground coriander
  • ½ Tsp oregano
  • 1-inch stick of cinnamon
  • salt and pepper
  • about 20 gm dark chocolate

Always measure and get all ingredients ready for cooking.

  1. Heat the oil and butter in a wok or a deep pan. Fry the onion and garlic until softened (but not browned).
  2. Lower heat. Add cumin, coriander, oregano, cinnamon, and chili. Quick sauté (about 15 to 20 seconds). Your pan will smell good now.
  3. Add the mincemeat, turn the heat up and cook quickly until cooked and breaking down any chunks of meat with a wooden spoon. Then add salt, the mushrooms and bell pepper.
  4. Add the can of chopped tomatoes, stirring frequently.
  5. Crush the stock cube in and boil for 2-3 minutes. Do not put the lid on.
  6. Season well with salt and pepper.
  7. Bring to a simmer, cover with a lid and cook over a gentle heat for about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  8. Add the beans.  Lastly, add tomato paste and stir.
  9. Cook for a further 5 minutes, uncovered, before removing from the heat, adding any extra seasoning if necessary.
  10. While the stew is still warm, drop the chocolate in to dissolve.  The chocolate is to enhance the flavor, do not overpower the dish with more chocolate than you need!! We are not making a chocolate sauce.
  11.  Serving method – rice or couscous spooned onto the plate first then pile the chili con carne on top.
  12. Garnish with chopped parsley.