Cottage Cheese

Bowl, Food, Wood, Table, Cottage Cheese

Would you believe that in France, alone, there are over 400 types of cheese which can be found? However, if the word’cheese’ is mentioned and someone would ask what types of cheese he would be able to name, for sure, cottage cheese will be one of them.

Cottage cheese derived its name from’cottages’ where the cheeses are made, literally. It’s prepared atop stoves houses located in the rural areas.

Cottage cheese is a product of cheese curd but unlike many cheese, which is dehydrated and has color, this type of cheese keeps its whey content because it is only emptied, not pressed . The cottage cheese, unlike its relatives, does not undergo aging (maturation process) and it’s also washed to give it its different flavor –sweet and mildly flavored.

When cottage cheese is hard pressed, the end products are farmer cheese, hoop cheese, pot cheese or Queso blanco (blanco meaning ‘white’). In Sweden, cottage cheese is usually known as ‘Raccoon Poop‘.

A naturally produced cottage cheese is made of fresh milk, rennet and mesophilic starter culture (this would help grow’good bacteria’ which is necessary in providing the cheese its flavor and aids in coagulation). It’s very rare to find natural cottage cheese today. Commercialization of this product has made it much easier to create at a shorter period of time.

This usually alters the original taste of the cheese. If you were used to the commercial cottage cheeses that flooding the supermarkets, then they would be astonished to learn that these cheeses have deviated from the original’tanginess’ of the organic cheese.

What nourishment can one get from eating cottage cheese? Again, compared with other cheeses, this type of cheese has low fat (5 grams where 3 grams are saturated fat), low carbohydrates (3 grams) and high in protein content (14 g ).

If you are aiming for a sculpted body that’s full of muscles and nicely toned, then cottage cheese diet is the ideal diet for you. Most people overlook the very low carbohydrate content of this cheese.

This cheese also has sodium (500 milligrams), 120 calories and 20 milligrams of cholesterol. These values are computed against a 113-gram serving.

Some very interesting trivia about cottage cheese:

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  1. To make 15 pounds of cottage cheese, one needs to use 100 pounds of milk.

If one is tired with eating cottage cheese , there are numerous ways that it can be served. One good method is to follow President Nixon’s recipe, which is to set a dash of pepper before plopping it into your mouth. Cottage cheese can be eaten just like a’tapioca pudding’ (just add 1/2 tsp of vanilla taste and a packet of artificial sweetener for every 1/2 cup of cottage cheese).

Cottage cheese is eaten with fruits like blueberry, strawberry, peaches, banana or pineapple. If one is worried about the fructose content, however, a flavored drink mix could be utilised as a substitute for the fruits.

Watermelons

Watermelon, Sweet, Juicy, Fruit, Melon

It is actually tough to resist the temptation of sweet, ripe watermelon, however its not just the taste but there are more than one reasons to get attracted by this terrific juicy fruit. Do you know watermelon has enormous health benefits?

Recently, American Heart Association has supported their view by recognizing watermelon’s nutritional properties with the”heart healthy” seal of approval.

Watermelons contain the maximum concentration of Lycopene, the most potent carotenoid antioxidant. Lycopene is a bright red pigment, a phytochemical found predominantly in watermelons, tomatoes and some other red fruits. However, not all red fruits carry Lycopene, the red color in cherries and berries is from a water soluble pigment called Anthocyanin that is not any way associated with Lycopene.

Studies show that regular consumption of watermelon or other Lycopene rich fruits and vegetables decrease the risk of prostrate cancer and cardiovascular diseases. The Lycopene content in watermelon helps to decrease risk of prostrate cancer.

In a research conducted in 1955 at Harvard University, it was found that eating at least 10 or more serving a week of tomato products reduced threat of colorectal cancer by as much as 34 percent. When the tissue of the men subject for research was analyzed, it was noticed that the growth of cancer cells has considerably reduced.

In current studies conducted, it’s been declared that guys who have the highest amount of Lycopene in their body have lesser chance of suffering a heart attack compared to individuals with low Lycopene content.

A rich juicy watermelon is an excellent source of multivitamin. A 2-cup serving of watermelon could contain decent amount of Vitamin A, B6 and C. Vitamin A in watermelon helps prevent night blindness and boosts immunity by enhancing infection-fighting action in pest control animal removal.

Vitamin B6 found in watermelons is extremely helpful in manufacturing brain chemicals and also helps deal with stress and panic. Vitamin C can also be instrumental in boosting the body immune system and also deters aging and conditions such as cataract.

Lollipops

Candy, Sweetmeats, Sweets, Caramel

The traditional lollipop is the hard candy on a stick. But nowadays, more modern and novelty lollipops are on the market. There are some with hard candy on rings and as pendants on necklaces; others have a number of shapes, sizes and colours. Additionally, there are lollipops that have a chocolate or bubble gum surprise at the center though some can even glow. Some people say that at least some form of the conventional lollipop existed since the 1800s and in that time frame, there were a lot of stories made about the creation of the lollipop. Charles Dickens, together with other writers in his time, describes a certain sweet lozenge in their stories, although it has no stick. It’s also believed that small pieces of hard candy were put on the ends of children’s pencils for them to enjoy during the time of the Civil War.

A guy named George Smith claimed that he invented the first modern lollipop in 1908. He explained that his motive for the idea of placing a stick on hard candy was to make the candy easier to handle and eat. His Lollipops sold very well until the Great Depression. During this period however, he stopped production and lost the trademark for the name’lollipop’.

Also in 1908, a manufacturing company called Racine Confectioners Machinery Company was called on by an East Coast candy manufacturer to make a particular machine that would be able to produce hard candy while adding a pole in it. This was once the Racine, Wis., manufacturing company claimed that they created the first lollipop making machine. The machine they made automatic and sped up the lollipop making process and was able to generate at least forty lollipops in one minute.

However, in 1916, another man named Samuel Born claimed of having invented the first lollipop making machine. Samuel Born managed to automate the lollipop making process by producing the”Born Sucker Machine”. This system could automatically insert a stick into hard candy. Because of the stick feature, the confection soared in sales and popularity resulting in the fast growing and independent manufacture of lollipops in California. As a reward for his invention, Samuel Born was given the keys to the city of San Francisco.

The process of earning a lollipop is simple and very similar to the way most candy products are created but with an additional step. The first step is when the candy manufacturers place ingredients like sugar and corn syrup to boilers where they are mixed and melted together. When cooked, the desired colors and flavors are added to the hot mixture. Modern lollipops often have various shapes and sizes and the batch rollers are altered to form the desired lollipop head. The rollers form the heads of the lollipops and then sticks are inserted into them. When the sticks are in place, the soft candy is cooled to harden and secure the sticks. These are then individually wrapped, packaged and ready for shipping to candy stores around the country.

Earl Grey Tea

Black Tea, Tea Tins, Tee, Earl Gray

Lots of men and women find the exceptional flavor of Earl Grey to be their favorite; smoky and smoky with hints of citrus, it is reputed to be the tea of choice for Captain Picard from Star Trek.

Although many people consider Earl Grey as a sort of tea, any black tea with bergamot flavor added is actually Earl Grey. Some manufacturers will even use their lower quality black tea to make Early Grey in the belief that the powerful flavor of bergamot will conceal the poor taste of the tea. Largely taken black with maybe a slice of lemon added, Earl Grey is nonetheless one of the most popular of all the flavored teas from the world.

Origin of Earl Grey

The story of how Earl Grey began is shrouded in mystery and contradiction. Earl Grey was then reputed to have demanded his tea supplier in London recreate the tea for him, and the flavor became fashionable, eventually spreading worldwide.

It is a good story, but unlikely to contain much truth. Charles Grey never seen China and the Chinese drink very little black tea in any situation, which means the true origin of Earl Grey tea remains a mystery.

What is Bergamot

The bergamot used to flavor Earl Grey comes from a tree that’s grown in the south of Italy. A citrus fruit, somewhat like lemon, orange and grapefruit mixed together, the odor is often likened to orange blossom. The oil of the fruit is added to cologne including one of the first Eau de Colognes from Germany. It’s sometimes called The Prince’s Pear although it is inedible. There is also an herb called bergamot with completely different properties.

In the winter months, before it ripens, the fruit crop is picked by hand. Specially made cold presses are used to extract the bergamot essence, which is then saved for at least a year. Bergamot is used in aromatherapy to treat depression, and also has anti-microbial effects which can strengthen the resistance of the body to colds and illnesses. Perhaps Earl Grey tea is a good remedy for winter sniffles.

Lady Grey

When Earl Grey tea was invented, it was considered that tea produced”improper impulses” in women, and consequently Lady Grey was devised. It was believed that the addition of fruit would calm the effects of tea, so Seville orange, lemon and bergamot extracts were added. Lady Grey is still a favorite blend today, although it is no longer thought to cause any particular impulses among female drinkers!

Zucchini

Zucchini, Courgette, Squash, Baby Marrow

Italian for”little gourd”, zucchini have become as common a staple to the North American household as carrots or corn. Especially loved by anglers for their simple growing demands and their abundant harvest, zucchini are a versatile food that’s good for your waistline, center, and taste buds!

Description

Members of the Cucurbitaceae family (like other squash), zucchini is typically long and cylindrical and has a thin freckled skin, similar to a cucumber. But, fruit from this member of the Italian marrow squash can also be found in around and other odd shapes.

Zucchini are a mandatory component for creating the dish ratatouille. They’re perfect when combined with butter, oil, or frying. Their flavour can be moderate, so zucchini often needs a little boost in flavor by adding spices like garlic, thyme, or rosemary, or simply by being paired with other veggies. One of our favourite dishes simply combines diced zucchini with corn, red peppers, onions, and jalapenos, tossed with a bit of our poultry and pork rub and oil, then roasted until caramelized.

The color of zucchini varies from yellow to near black to lighter shades of green, some with stripes and others without. Many varieties exhibit various degrees of speckling, and others have ridges resembling a cucumber. While found in their dark green form in several market stalls, do not be surprised to find them called”grisette” (grey) in Provence, or”Aurore” or”Reine-des-Noires” depending on their colour of green. Along with being named by their colour, they may be referred to by their regional name, such as courgette, summer squash, or marrow squash.

Nutritional Value

Full of carotene, pectin, Vitamins A and B, zucchini also provides heart healthy fiber, folic acid, potassium, and magnesium, with exceptionally low levels of sodium and fat.

Buying Zucchini

This is also the stage in the season where its flavor is at its peak. Zucchini tastes best when young, small, and heavy for its size. Look for business zucchini which is regular in shape without blemishes or yellowish patches, and with a tight, shiny skin. Smaller zucchini are preferable, since as they get larger their flesh becomes stringy, tough, and dull, and the amount of seeds within increases.

Storage

Zucchini gets the best shelf life when kept in a dark, cool location. Kept dry in a plastic bag, zucchini should last at least one week in the refrigerator. Whole or sliced zucchini don’t take well to freezing because of their high water content. This is fine for when you wish to use zucchini in baked software such as zucchini bread.

Cooking Tips

Zucchini can be ready in many different ways, making it a excellent vegetable for use in virtually any dish. . .few things are less appetizing than overcooked zucchini, which becomes mushy, limp and at times bitter.

Steaming: Pour steamed zucchini to a casserole or nibble on individual slices for a healthy snack.

It takes less than 10 minutes. Don’t forget to wash and slice off the ends first.

Frying: Make a crispy appetizer or party thing by dipping unpeeled slices in an egg wash and breadcrumbs, then fry in hot vegetable oil.

A traditional thing that’s made a comeback on pricey dinner menus is fried zucchini flowers. Baby zucchini flowers are usually stuffed with some type of savory filling, dipped in an egg and flour mixture, and either deep fried in oil or placed on a griddle and flipped like pancakes.

For a simple side-dish full of flavor, simply drizzle slices of zucchini with olive oil, salt and pepper, and roast in a 350º oven until tender (length of time depends on thickness of slices). You can also substitute zucchini in your banana bread or pumpkin bread recipe to produce the classic zucchini bread – a real treat that even your children will love.

Grilling: If you find yourself facing a large size zucchini, you do not necessarily have to throw it away. Slice into 1/2 – 3/4 inch rounds, drizzle with olive oil, season with your favorite dry rub, and toss them on the grill for around 8 – 10 minutes. Grilled, seasoned zucchini adds a whole new dimension of flavor to your sandwiches, lasagna, pasta sauces, pizza toppings, or casseroles.

Pancake Day

Pancake, Crepes, Eat, Food, Crepe

Do not you just love Pancakes? I certainly do! All my life I have never missed tosssing pancakes on Shrove Tuesday, I never made pancakes now as my daughter wanted to make them. Anyway here I have included some habits for Shrove Tuesday.

Enjoy!

A famous pancake race in Olney in Buckinghamshire has been held since 1445.

Many towns throughout England held traditional Shrove Tuesday football (‘Mob Football’) games dating as far back as the 12th century. The clinic mostly died out with the departure of the 1835 Highways Act, which banned the playing of football on public highways, however, a number of cities have managed to maintain the tradition to the present day such as Alnwick in Northumberland, Ashbourne in Derbyshire (known as the Royal Shrovetide Football Match), Atherstone in Warwickshire,Sedgefield (called the Ball Game) in County Durham, and St Columb Major (called Hurling the Silver Ball) in Cornwall

In Ireland, Australia, and Canada, Shrove Tuesday is called”Pancake Tuesday”, while in Britain it is popularly known as”Pancake Day”. In both regions the traditional pancake is a really thin one which is served immediately sprinkled with caster sugar and a dash of fresh lemon juice or rather drizzled with Golden syrup.

In the Canadian province of Newfoundland, family items are baked into the pancakes and served to family members. The lucky one to find coins in their pancake will be rich, the finder of the ring are the first married, and also the finder of this thimble will be a seamstress or tailor. Children have great fun with the tradition, and often eat more than their fill of pancakes in search of a desired object.

Pancakes are eaten to consume milk and eggs, which aren’t eaten during Lent, and would otherwise spoil during this period.

Muffins

Muffins, Blueberry Muffins, Bake, Cake

The derivation of the word muffin comes from the French phrase moufflet that’s often times employed to bread and means tender.
The two chief kinds of muffins are English muffins and American style muffins. They vary in style in addition to flavor and history.
English muffins are a level yeast raised muffin with nooks and crannies which are cooked on a hot griddle. Early English muffins were cooked in muffin rings that were hooplike and put right on a stove or the bottom of a skillet.
American style muffins on the other hand are more of a quick bread that’s made in individual molds. The molds are necessary because of the mix being a batter as opposed to dough. These muffins were initially leavened with potash which produces carbon dioxide gas in the batter. When baking powder was created around 1857 it put a stop to the use of potash as well concerning the profitable potash exports to the old state.
Muffin recipes first started to appear in print in the mid 18th century and quickly caught on. From the 19th century muffin men walked the roads of England at tea time to market there muffins. They wore trays of English muffins on there heads and rang there bells to call clients to there products.
Three countries in the USA of America have adopted official muffins. Subsequently in 1987 New York took on the Apple Muffin because its official muffin of choice.
Next time you bite into a hot muffin consider its sweet history.

Onions

Onions, Vegetables, Food, Healthy

Onions are absolutely among the most delicious and Elastic commodities

You are using in the kitchen. From sour steaming soups to satisfying
Homemade salsa, onions play a major part in our everyday cooking.
Flavorful appetizers from onion drops into salad dressing, main course
Casseroles, even the onion focaccia bread accompaniment for supper.
Purchasing sausage is a very simple job. Search for dry, papery skins without a soft You should also notice the lack of any strong odor. A Fantastic dry
Onion will have very little to no odor to it whatsoever. If it’s a strong
Onion odor the onion has already started to turn bad.
“baked” on the grill and served with grilled steaks or hamburgers. Try them
From the oven also.
Caramelizing onions during cooking provides a rich sweetness to
Recipes, improving kitchen aromas and have everyone asking,”What’s for Followed soon by”fabulous, perfection and superb.”
Catch an old pair of your wife’s panty hose, cut the legs off. Now you
Simply drop down an onion to the top of the hose and then tie a knot
Directly over the onion. Repeat this procedure until each onion is
Secured and hang the hose in a cool dry, well ventilated area out of
To remove the onion, simply cut the hose using a pair of scissors right
Under the knot and the onion easily falls out.
Maintain your onions for around three months.
Kosher salt is among the best items to use to remove the odor of the
Onion out of your palms. Wash your hands with a little dish washing soap, Scrub your hands and repeat if
necessary.
Tears when you chop those onions?
How can you eliminate the tears? Here are a few simple suggestions to
“alleviate your pain.”
You Can Put the onion in the fridge for about thirty minutes
Before chopping or If You’re in a hurry toss them in the freezer for
About a few minutes. The cold will tone down the sulfur compound
From the juice of the onion. In addition be sure to use the sharpest knife
Potential to reevaluate your chopping chores.

Jelly Beans

Candy, Sweets, Colorful, Sugar

It is impossible to trace the specific roots of the Jelly Bean. However, most experts think that the Turkish Delight, which is a known Mid-Eastern sweet, is the forerunner of the modern day Jelly Bean and has been in existence since the times.
The process known as panning was created in 17th century France and was used to make Jordan Almonds. Panning was done mostly by hand is now automatic, but the process has remained essentially unchanged during the last three centuries. The panning process gave birth to shell coating and now, large rotating pans are utilized to do the heavy work. It’s the Master Confectioners that work on the craft of adding and mixing the ingredients to make the perfect shell.
Somehow, these procedures reached the factories in America. The Jelly Beans started production there and soon earned a spot among the numerous glass’penny candy’ jars that were on display in the candy shops. Generally shops, the Jelly Beans were sold by weight and contributed to the buyers placed in paper bags. The Jelly Beans had an egg-like shape and in the 1930s, they became part of the Easter tradition. They had been associated with the Easter Bunny was thought to deliver eggs on Easter as a sign of new life and the beginning of spring. To do so, ingredients like sugar and corn syrup among others are placed in massive boilers that are heated to cook the mixture. The heated mixture is then passed through pipes and travels to the starch casting region. At this time, there are many trays containing impressions of the size and shape of the center of the jellybean which are layered with cornstarch by machines. The mix is then squirted out onto the trays and dried overnight. The following day, the cornstarch coating is removed and the beans are run through a moisture steam bath and are sprayed with sugar. The beans are then put aside for 24 to 48 hours.
What sets the jellybean besides other candies is its distinctive shell coating. This is accomplished by the panning procedure. While the middle of the drum rotates, sugar is gradually added to build up the shell. Then, different colors and flavors are added to the mixture to provide the jellybean its signature flavor and appearance. The shiny look is because of the inclusion of Confectioner’s Glaze that’s a procedure that may take 2 to 4 days. After the beans are’polished’, they’re packed and ready for shipping to candy stores around the world.
There have been two kinds of jellybeans since 1976. These are the conventional and the gourmet jellybeans. Although both types require 6 to 10 days to create, the difference is in their recipes which provides each their unique qualities. The conventional jelly bean normally holds its flavor just in the shells. The gourmet varieties however have flavored shells and facilities. They also are smaller and thicker compared to the traditional jellybeans.

Hummus

Hummus, Meal, Chickpeas, Paste, Seeds

I had a dream last night where I had been planning our dinner for the night. First off, it was sad I was dreaming about planning dinner. Secondly, in my dream, my child was small again and to my surprise was requesting hummus. What’s hummus? It disturbs me to do a little research on the topic and it all began with a simple definition.
Once”Googling” the term hummus (also spelled houmous, hommus, or humus), I have discovered that hummus is a dip made up mainly of sesame seed paste and chickpea paste. Common flavoring additives include lemon juice, paprika, garlic and olive oil. Mostly a accepted food in the Middle East, hummus’ popularity is quickly spreading throughout the world.
Being frugal, I was amazed at just how cheap this versatile dip can be! You can make your own hummus by soaking dried chickpeas overnight and then simmering them for about an hour. After they are cooked, then you grind them in a food processor or hand mixer with a little olive oil and lemon juice. You might also add some of the chickpea broth until you have the desired”dip-like” consistency. Add garlic, salt, parsley, onion, cumin, or chili powder to taste. You can use hummus as a dip for vegetables, tortilla chips or flatbread which makes this an incredibly versatile staple!
Hummus can be extremely rich in protein, iron and fiber that makes it a real vegetarian’s dream. Make a spicy hummus by adding chopped jalapenos and serve with chopped taco shells. Create an Italian hummus with the addition of fresh basil and chopped tomatoes. Stuff pita shells with hummus, add a little lettuce and make a tasty alternative to the normal peanut butter and jelly. The possibilities are endless!

Candy Corn

Candy Corn, Candy, Treat, Halloween

In 1900, the Goelitz Candy Company began its production of candy corn. This was due to its agrarian’corn kernel’ look. When the producers added a tri-color layout, it was revolutionary and it caused a nationwide craze. The absence of machines, however, supposed that the candy corns were fabricated seasonally; only from March to November. The look and the taste of this traditional candy corn have remained the same during the century of its own production.
In its first years of manufacturing, candy corn was made largely by hand by tens of thousands of men and women who worked throughout the eight months a year it was in season. The process of earning candy corn is like the making of the majority of candy products but with extra steps.
Like many candy, sugar, corn syrup and other ingredients were put in huge kettles that were heated until they were slurry. When the desired texture was achieved, the forty-five lbs of hot candy was poured onto large buckets called runners. These runners were subsequently carried by individuals called stringers. These stringers walked backward while pouring out the candy into trays. These trays have been imprinted with kernel shapes and cushioned with cornstarch. The stringers made three moves and poured candy of different colours to produce the signature tri-color appearance of the candy corn. The three colours were white, orange and yellow. These were then grouped in luggage. In the beginning years, the candy corns were introduced in special wooden boxes, tubs and cartons. They were then delivered to candy shops by wagon.
Nowadays, the candy corn manufacturing process is done largely by machines but the procedure in essence hasn’t changed much. Contemporary candy makers use a method called the’Corn Starch Molding Procedure’. In this procedure, a tray with depressions full of cornstarch is used and the candy corn is produced of the bottom up in 3 colour passes to create the tri-color effect. Step one of the method is filling one quarter of the depression on the tray with yellow syrup that’s then permitted to partially set. When it’s hard enough, the orange syrup is poured over the yellow syrup while leaving sufficient space and is allowed to partially set. When it’s set, the melancholy is then filled with the white syrup and is cooled until hard. In the cooling process, the three layers have the ability to stick together. When cool, the candy is removed from the trays and become small candy corns with three colours. The candy corns are grouped and packaged in pouches and then sent to the various candy shops nationwide.

Soup

Soup, Cream Soup, Bowl, Soup, Soup, Soup

Imagine the setting.
It is a cold winter day. It’s below zero. You’re running home from school as a child as you bolt through the door, with your fingers feeling like they’re about ready to come off, your mother says to you,”Sit down, I’ll make you a nice hot bowl of soup”. While it doesn’t necessarily need to be below zero to enjoy a bowl of hot soup, there is not any doubt that nothing beats it when you feel like you’ve been living in the North Pole. And if you can not decide what kind of soup to have in order to warm up, this article offers up a few suggestions.
According to older mom’s tales, not only is this kind of soup good for warming you up but it’s also great when you have a cold. Of course we are referring to the popular chicken soup or chicken noodle soup. A whole book could be written on this kind of soup but the basics are pretty easy. Chicken soup, homemade that is, consists of chicken broth and seasonings. You get the broth once you cook the chicken itself. Of course if you’re too lazy to cook, there is always Campbell’s Chicken Soup. You can find these in many varieties, including their Chunky Soups, which contain some great chunks of chicken.
But chicken soup is not the be all and end all soups. Well, they don’t have to die too long because there are more than sufficient varieties of soups to keep even the most finicky person happy.
A large soup for throwing in things like little hot dogs and salami is pea soup. Pea soup has a very thick texture, unlike most other soups. If you are not a lover of veggies, especially peas, then this is most likely not a soup you’re going to need to try as it has a very distinct flavor. You are probably not going to want to handle making this from scratch. Campbell’s has a very good pea soup which you can add your own salami or hot dogs to.
On the other hand, if you like your veggies, then a good vegetable soup is most likely something that you’ll enjoy. The great thing about these soups is that you can pretty much put anything into them that you like such as celery, carrots, lima beans and a lot of other vegetables. A good vegetable soup could be a meal by itself.
And of course you have got your mushroom soup, clam chowder, both New England and Manhattan style, Lentil soup, a Jewish favorite, tomato soup, which is great with rice and even pumpkin soup.
Yes, there are plenty of soups to maintain any soup lover more than content.

Oranges

Orange, Fruit

For a high number of Americans, oranges are the most popular source for vitamin C. People generally consume this fruit in the form of juice, which provides their body around 140 percent of the recommended dose of the essential vitamin. However, eating the meaty segments will give you the added advantage of fiber. Doctors encourage this fruit to individuals as a superb source of folic acid, potassium, thiamin and a few traces of calcium and magnesium.
Researchers set the origin of this tree in the southeastern region of Asia. Columbus takes the credit of bringing the seeds of the fruit to the U.S., which has now become a significant hub for growing and exporting this fruit. Earlier, the fruit was very expensive as it’s not easily grown in cool climates, but now it is known to be the third-most popular fruit, directly after apples and bananas. They are largely grown in the states of California, Arizona and Florida.
Oranges hold a useful place in the household of citrus fruits. They’re added to an assortment of dishes and snacks, and relished in the kind of juice. To maintain their freshness, it’s suggested you keep them in the fridge, but this may pose a problem if you need to extract juice. Juice is best taken from oranges kept at room temperature.
Oranges are constantly removed from the branches of trees when they are ripe and ready to eat. The thin-skinned oranges are favored within the thick-skinned fruit, since they are known to give more juice than the latter. Similarly, large oranges are not as sweet as the little – or medium-sized variety.

Black Pepper

Black Pepper, Spice, Seeds, Seasonings

Is black pepper great for you? In truth, there isn’t any simple answer to this question. There have not been enough research on black pepper to confirm if it’s overall healthy and beneficial, detrimental, or neither. There are, however, plenty of suggestions concerning the advantages (and negatives) associated with black pepper. Here are a few of these:
Possible Advantages of Black Pepper:
· Alleviates hemorrhoids
· Alleviates gas
· Alleviates constipation
· Improves digestion – just think, by squeezing or tingling black pepper on your meal, you might actually be aiding yourself in the digestion of the meal. How? Black pepper stimulates the taste buds, alerting your stomach to increase its hydrochloric acid secretion that aids in digestion.
· Alleviates loss of appetite – again, black pepper wakes up and arouses your taste buds.
· Anti-bacterial effect
· Anti-oxidant effect
· Stimulates the breakdown of fat cells
· Inhaling vapor from black pepper extract can reduce withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking – this theory is still being tested…
· Piperine – an alkaloid found in black pepper – could improve the bioavailability of several nutritional substances and drugs. In Addition, it may have anti-carcinogenic properties and anticonvulsant
Possible Negative Effects of Black Pepper
· According to at least one study, black pepper may cause an increase in parietal secretion (of hydrochloric acid – the acid abovementioned as an aid to digestion) and pepsin secretion and a loss in potassium.
· Additionally, there’s an opportunity of mucosal mircrobleeding as well as gastric bleeding due black pepper (due, at least in part, to the above-stated secretions).
· Piperine may actually be carcinogenic (although some studies show that it is anti-carcinogenic…) and it may even have adverse effects on sperm and interfere with reproductive procedures.
All in all, it seems that more likely than not, black pepper has positive health benefits. But before you begin loading black pepper onto each and every meal, realize that there are possible negatives, as well (which may practically be said about most any food!)

Chocolate cake

Chocolate, Cake, Dessert, Food

Chocolate – the beverage of the Gods, has eternally been man’s sinful indulgence.
A chocolate cake can be made from any sort of chocolate. It can be reached from plain, dark chocolate or”sour” chocolate which contains little or no additional sugar. However, this sort of chocolate is extremely expensive.
Innovation is the buzzword in chocolate circles today and combined with chocolate you’ll discover diverse additional ingredients added to the cake to woo your taste buds. There’s the orange and chocolate angel cake, the tangy cinnamon cake, the hot spicy chocolate ginger crunch cake made with ginger syrup and chocolate cake topped with a somewhat tempering Banana Sauce to name a few. In actuality, it looks like almost everything that’s palatable in the kitchen can be utilized as a flavoring in chocolate cakes. Hazelnut is fantastic in chocolate cake and is beetroot (used in chocolate cakes), redcurrant torte chocolate cake is baked and fantastic chocoate and rasin cheese cake.
Chocolate cakes include huge selection of toppings and decorations. Since chocolate cake by character has a rich flavor, the toppings are intentionally kept light. You can have dates, almonds, honey toppings, fruit sauces or you could have decorations made out of chocolate. When it comes to decorating with chocolate, the”Covertures” kind chocolate with a shiny finish is the choice of many. There are loads of choices when it comes to decorating with chocolate. Anything made out of chocolate is sinfully delicious.

Hot sauce

Bottle, Hot, Tabasco, Sauce, Food, Spice

Actually, true to the genre of sauces throughout the world, the hot sauce isn’t simply an accompaniment but also does honors as the prime ingredient in many dishes.
The term hot sauce couldn’t have been more apt for it pertains to some hot and spicy sauce made from cold peppers or cold extracts and vinegar. Therefore, you may have sauces made from any type of cold pepper (i.e., the fruits of crops hailing in the Capsicum family) like red peppers, habanera or tabasco.
How hot your hot sauce will be is dependent on the sort of pepper being used. Therefore, you have the bell pepper using a barely-there flavor at one end of the spectrum and the robust habaneros, which will work up quite a steam, at the opposite end. Interestingly, it’s a substance called capsaicin, which imparts the characteristic heat to the pepper.
The hot sauce is a favorite ingredient in several Mexican and Cajun dishes and in Thai and Vietnamese cuisine. However, its widespread use is, as a barbecue accompaniment. Additionally it is used as a dipper. A hot barbecue sauce is generally a blend of sweet, sour and hot elements and also the most popular combination comprises tomato flavorings, sugar and vinegar.
Barbecue sauces come in myriad forms, with each region boasting of the native BBQ sauce. So you have the fiery Texas variety with a tomato base, the tomato and vinegar established Arkansas variety tempered down by molasses, the white grape based Alabama type and the black pepper, mustard and vinegar mixture hailing from South Carolina.
For several of the fire they spew, hot pepper sauces are simple to prepare.
Take a few peppers (the amount wholly depends upon how hot your sauce will be) such as habanera or tabasco, a cup of water, 1/3 cup red wine vinegar, 1 bell pepper, a tablespoon of paprika, salt to taste and cumin if you so desire. Chop or grind the peppers and boil it with the ingredients. Your hot pepper sauce is prepared.
A word of warning Some peppers are nothing short of live ammunition and are known to cause skin irritation and are particularly nasty when they enter the eyes.
There’s more to some pepper than just the sweet flavor. Peppers are storehouses of vitamins A, E and C, potassium and folic acid. So aside from the different taste, the hot sauces also impart some nutrient value to the dishes that they grace.
The hot sauce retains its own in whatever dish it appears. As they say, like it or loathe it, you simply can’t ignore it.

Avocado juice

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Avocado is sometimes known as the alligator pear due to the texture of its skin and its pear-like form. Analysts have found no less than 11 vitamins and 17 minerals in avocado, making it a really extensive storehouse of the nutrient needs of man.
There is a high level of oil which comprises the vitamins A, D, and E, and is rich in the mono-unsaturated fat oleic acid. This type of fat is the principal constituent of olive oil which is quickly gaining credence for preventing heart disease. There’s evidence that the fruits and leaves of the avocado have been shown to contain a chemical known to be somewhat toxic to rabbits, goats, horses and canaries. There’s absolutely no evidence that there is a threat to man, but for the sake of prudence it’s ideal to have no more than one avocado a day whether juiced or fresh.
Thankfully the fate of this unfortunate canary need not influence the usage of avocado juice in the treatment because the best effect is found when the juice is used as an external application to the skin. Avocado juice is a fantastic way of having a balanced amount of the oil . The oil is second only to lanolin in being the most penetrating oil understood when applied to the human skin.
Yet, unlike lanolin which is thought by many experts to be the cause of more cases of sensitivity to cosmetics than any other ingredient, avocado is emollient and benign with no known sensitizing effects. It can therefore be used externally as the ideal remedy for soothing sensitive skins. Avocado reduces ultra violet light and is a helpful sun screening lotion for use prior to moderate exposure to the suns rays.

Asparagus

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It’s an outstanding source of the B vitamin folate. A serving of six cooked fresh asparagus spears has 1 g dietary fiber, 490 IU vitamin A, 10 mg vitamin C and 131 mcg folate. Besides, it’s also low in fat, sodium and practically no cholesterol. Canned asparagus may have less than half the nutrients found in freshly cooked spears. As such it’s encouraged to take asparagus when it is fresh.
Look for bright green stalks while buying asparagus. The tips should be purplish and tightly closed and the stalks ought to be firm. Asparagus is in season from March through August. Always avoid wilted stalks and asparagus whose buds have opened. When storing, keep it fresh in the fridge.
To maintain it as crisp as possible, wrap it in a damp paper towel and then put the entire package into a plastic bag. Keeping asparagus cool helps it to hold onto its vitamins. At 32 degrees F, asparagus will keep all its folic acid for at least 2 weeks and nearly 90 percent of its vitamin C for up to five days. At room temperature, it would lose up to 75 percent of its folic acid in 3 days and 50 percent of the vitamin C in one day.
The adverse effects associated with asparagus is that after eating, we will excrete the sulfur compound methyl mercaptan, a smelly waste product, in our urine. Eating asparagus can also interfere with the efficacy of anticoagulants whose job is to thin blood and dissolve clots because asparagus is high in vitamin K, a vitamin produced naturally by bacteria in our intestines, an adequate source of that enables blood to clot normally.
The white part of the new green asparagus stalk is woody and tasteless, so you can bend the stalk and snap it right at the line where the green starts to turn white. If the skin is extremely thick, peel it, but save the parings for soup stock. Chlorophyll, the pigment which makes green vegetables green, is sensitive to acids. When we heat asparagus, its chlorophyll will react chemically with acids in the asparagus or in the cooking water to form pheophytin, which is brown. Because of this, cooked asparagus is olive-drab. We can stop this chemical reaction by cooking the asparagus so fast that there is no time for the chlorophyll to react with acids, or by cooking it in a great deal of water that will dilute the acids, or by leaving the lid off the pot so that the volatile acids can float off into the air.
Cooking also changes the feel of asparagus. Water flows out of its cells and they fall. Adding salt to the cooking liquid slows the loss of moisture.

Licorice

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Ever wish you can jump aboard the Good Ship Lollypop and have a candy tour round the world? In that case, your ship has come in. Seeing The Licorice Exchange in provides a round trip ticket in adventuring an internationally beloved treat,licorice, 1 vine at a time. Whether you are religiously red or a back in black, chances are you have not researched the numerous layers of licorice to be consumed. While keeping sweet levity as a humble candy company, there is an unexpected elegance with The Licorice Exchange. Something within the demonstration, the service, and also the item that destines this seller to convert customers into clients and clients into customer loyalists.
Shopping The Licorice Exchange engages the browser at a worldwide and palpable excursion — country by state you are invited to discover the native twist each region offers on the frequent vine.
Take the French offering of Anise Pastilles, naturally flavored white candy pearls, full of aniseed, coming in a classic oval tin. Very berry.
Germany serves up pinwheels of pleasure — wound up lanky spirals — whirly, twirly Haribo Licorice Wheels. Something you would stumble upon in Willy Wonka’s home.
And for a few Finland fanfare, sample La Pipette, Finnish licorice pipes available in both black and red varieties.
Licorice arrives fresh and individually packaged, ideal for gift giving if you wish to stray from traditional chocolates. Great ol’ American types include your rainbow arrayed Licorice Bridge Mix, Black Licorice Scotties, or double issue, Licorice Candy Coated Chocolate. However, for a real tongue tango, excursion your taste buds fantastic with Holland Double Salt Licorice.

Strawberries

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How do you feel about berries. Personally, I like them. They’re a treat that we eat sliced or whole with drizzled honey. My children always consider growing tomatoes in their tummies after eating the seeds.
A fast and effortless way to hull out your berries is to add a straw at the bottom of the berry and push it up through the stem.
When you’re buying strawberries from the grocery store look for ripe berries that are firm and dry. The green hints should be refreshing, not wilted. Turn the box over and check it is dry. If the underside is moist or stained some of the berries could be overripe.
To maintain the berries clean for the longest amount of time, don’t wash them once you bring them home. Put them in the refrigerator and store until ready to use. Wash them once you take them out to serve, or cook with.
Did you know that seven to eight medium sized berries makes a serving. In that serving you may have just about 22 calories. This could be among the best kept fruit secrets of all time.
If tradition doesn’t dictate strawberry shortcake for dessert try these variations.
Dipped in whipped cream, homemade is preferable
Dusted with a little confectioners’ sugar
Nevertheless you eat your strawberries enjoy them in the understanding they are healthy sweet treats.

Coffee good for the skin?

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Drinking coffee is good for your skin, but it is even better for this if you use it . These days you can discover many skin products containing java. Have a look at the list of components on packaging and tubes before buying such products.
You can use it to eliminate puffiness around your eyes. Additionally, it boosts the production of antioxidants and protects your skin from the damaging UVB rays, which can produce melanoma.
One useful life hack is to keep a supply of coffee ice cubes that you can use to gently rub over any swollen areas on your face.
Aside from these benefits, it promotes skin-cell regeneration, and increases your collagen levels. Collagen helps your skin keep its youthful appearance because its elasticity is kept.
If these facts have not yet convinced you of coffee’s health benefits, then look at these too; Coffee can help your blood circulate and if you drink it frequently, you may know that it gives you a boost of energy.
You can create your own facial scrub with this liquid and use it as an exfoliator that can make your skin glow with health. Make the scrub by mixing java, olive oil and brown sugar.
It’s also very good for your hair and scalp, after all your scalp is skin which also needs nourishment. All you’ve got to do is take ground coffee, about half a cup, and massage your wet scalp with it. When you have left it for approximately two minutes, you can clean your hair and scalp with your favorite shampoo and conditioner. You’re sure to be pleased with the results.
A home-made body scrub can help rid your skin of cellulite and, amazingly, it can also help eliminate’dimply’ cellulite. Make your scrub with the addition of a dessert spoonful of olive oil and a teaspoonful of sugar to some fresh coffee grounds and mix well. Using circular motions, massage the mixture into the areas in which you’ve got cellulite.
Make your own face pack by mixing coffee grounds with a little milk. You need the consistency of this mixture to be thick. Leave your face pack for about 15 minutes and then wash it off with tepid water. Following this beauty treatment you’ll have glowing. Healthful skin.
Try these suggestions and learn precisely the benefits you can reap from using the ground beans and the ubiquitous brown liquid.