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Food and Nutrition Quiz

How much do you know about food and nutrition? See how much you know about juices, animal products,  vitamins, chocolates, and more… Enjoy and answer as many of the sixteen questions related to the food and nutrition as you can. When you are done, scroll down to the bottom of the page and check to see how many answers you got correct. 1 - Which of the following juices are high in iron? a) Prunes b) Carrots c) Apricots d) Oranges 2 - All animal products contain cholesterol. Is it true that trimming the fat eliminate most of the cholesterol from meats? a) True b) False 3 - Only a few foods contain significant amounts of Vitamin E. What are the best sources of vitamin E? a) Eggs, b) Wheat germ c) Safflower oil, d) Nuts 4 - Sulforaphane is a compound thought to protect against cancer. Where can it be found? a) Broccoli b) Cabbage c) Tea d) Kale 5 - Is it true that pink grapefruit usually costs more than white, but it's more nutritious? a) True b) False ...

Different Parts of Coconut Tree and Its Uses to Human

Coconut trees are very useful because they have various parts which can be utilized for various purposes. This article provides useful information about the parts of coconut tree and its uses. In fact, its fruit alone has many uses in the field medicine and cosmetics. There have been numerous studies which proved that it is truly a "tree of life". There are many products which can be utilized using this tree. These products can be used for various purposes like commercial, domestic, and industrial.            Image Credit Coconut tree belongs to the palm family called the family of Arecaceae. There are actually 2 types of this tree of life, these are the tall and dwarf. This is usually found on tropical areas or countries around the world like Philippines, India, Hawaii, and other. All the parts of coconut tree are all useful. Roots Image Credit The roots of coconut are commonly used in beverages and medicine. These roots are used for dye, tooth b...

7 Best Medicinal Benefits of Guyabano Leaves and Fruits

Guyabano tree or Soursop (Anona Muricata) is a fruit bearing tree popular in the Philippines and other nearby countries. It produces a spiky, fleshy and fibrous fruit which is very effective in the cure of many health conditions. Some studies have proven its benefits in curing cancer, diabetes and other major health problems of human around the world. It is also believed to be excellent in curing internal parasites and other bacterial problems in the body. There are many Medicinal Benefits of Guyabano Leaves and Fruits. Image Source In fact, not only the leaves are beneficial to health. The bark and fruits are all effective in curing several major diseases naturally. Most people prepare a decoction of its leaves for curing diseases. Some also eat its fruits directly or make a flavored shake. Whatever the form, the most important thing is its medicinal benefits. These are the  Medicinal Benefits of Guyabano Leaves and Fruits. Urinary Tract Infection Guyabano fruits are rich i...

5 Health Benefits of Malunggay Juice Extracts from Leaves

Malunggay (Moringa Oliefera) is one of most common and popular backyard plants in many areas of Philippines, India and Africa; malunggay is the term used for moringa oliefera in the Philippines. These 3 countries have tropical climates which are suitable for cultivating Malunggay trees. In fact, malunggay or moringa is also known as “The Miracle Tree” because of its numerous benefits such as it contains about 90 essential nutrients, 46 antioxidants and 8 amino acids. There are many health benefits of malunggay juice in fact all the parts of the moringa tree can be utilized for most health purposes. The leaves are rich in Vitamins A, B, C, D and E which have their own important roles in maintaining our body's health. Moringa leaves are more nutritious because it has more vitamins compared to oranges, milk and carrots. The leaves and flowers are the most utilized parts of the malunggay tree because these are the purest parts for health. Malunggay leaves are mostly also used ...

Different Methods of Preserving Fish

There are several methods in preserving fish. Fish preservation involves Chilling and Freezing, Salting, Fermentation, Drying and Dehydration, Smoking, Pickling and Spicing, and Canning. There is one thing first to consider, make sure that the fish that is going to be preserve is new and still fresh. The method of Chilling and Freezing; if the fish is exposed to a low temperature environment, the growth of the microorganisms could be prevented; this could lead to spoilage prevention. The appropriate temperature is 0 degree Celsius which involves the use of ice or a refrigerator.  The use of ice for chilling is very much convenient and widely used in the markets. If you are going to use ice for fish preservation, make sure that you have sufficient amount of ice. To keep the fish properly chilled with ice, usually the coarser ice should be put on the top while the melted ice should be put below. Fish can also be preserved by the way of salting. Salt elements will lower the water...

Is Bratwurst Healthy For You?

For tens of millions of Americans, bratwurst is a favorite food. Sometimes referred to as "Midwestern soul food," the bratwurst is a German sausage named for the way it is cooked. Traditionally, these sausages are to be "braten," or simmered (never boiled) in water or beer. No nutritionist is ever going to recommend bratwurst as a health food. The facts are, however, that bratwurst has some serious nutritional value. Eaten in moderation, bratwurst may not be a health food, but it can be a relatively healthy food. Here are the key reasons why. Bratwurst is an excellent source of choline. Choline is an essential chemical in the construction of cell membranes, especially in the brain and the heart. It is a precursor of acetylcholine, used in the brain for electrical transmission from neuron to neuron. It is also a precursor of s-adenosylmethionine, better known as SAM-e, the "feel good" chemical that relieves both pain and depression. Nutritionists might...

Discover MORVITE and Create a New Breakfast Shake

Breakfast - the most important meal of the day.  Don't skip it, they say.  But what if you can't help it?  What if you simply can't afford breakfast foods anymore? It was only a few weeks ago that I was patrolling the aisles of my local hypermarket, buying amongst other things breakfast foods.  Ah, look at all the cereals... cute characters on them, cockerels, beautiful colors, chipmunks and beavers and tigers and whatnot.  Cereal is delicious.  How cereals have become part of our lives.    Then, I look at the price tags.  And for the first time, I come to realise what I've suspected for months if not years:  The amount of cereal in a box really is NOT worth the money you pay for it anymore.  There's just not that much in one box.  3 - 5 servings tops.  Box of Milo cereal, almost R40???  Look at those things, "Cheerios"??  Are they made from pure gold that the price tag must be what it is?  I ...

The Production And Uses Of Rice

Rice is the edible grain from a plant also called Rice. Scientifically, Rice is an annual grass in the grass family, Poaceae. Asian rice is classified as Oryza sativa and African rice as Oryza glaberrima. Rice is the primary food for more than half the people in the world. In many regions it is eaten with every meal and provides more calories than any other single food. The United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) confirmed that rice supplies an average of 889 calories per day per person in China and in the United States provides an average of 82 per day in contrast to that in China. Rice provides about 90 percent of calories from carbohydrates and about 13 percent from protein which places it as one of the world’s most reliable nutritious food. Rice is mostly grown in Asia and Africa. The Asian rice is the most popular because of the technological upgrade given to Rice planting in some parts of Asia while the African Rice is hardier and not as popular as the...

The Best International Soups

It is probable that soup in its earliest form was a complete meal, because it was found hearty, nourishing, economical and wholesome. Being a liquid it is absorbed quite easily and is utilized very quickly by the body. Here are the list of the best and popular international soups, eaten widely known for their taste, flavour and health value. 1. Minestrone: (Italian) Made of chopped onions, leeks and vegetables tossed in pork fat with water and cooked consommé, or with tomatoes, diced of beans, spaghetti, rice, peas, garlic, parsley and chopped basil. 2. Turtle Soup: (England) Consommé of beef, chicken and turtle, flavoured with basil, marjoram, sago, rosemary, thyme, coriander, peppercorns, bay leaf and thickened with arrowroot, garnished with warm cherry. 3. French Onion Soup: Consommé garnished with fried onions served with melba toast with cheese gratinated under the salamander (Soupe A l’Oignon) 4. Cock-A-Leekie: (Scotland) Chicken and veal co...

10 Best Fruits Against Acne: Delicious and Nutritious Remedies for a Beautiful Skin

Did you know that the best fruits against acne, when taken orally, are apple, banana, lemon, pineapple, cherry, strawberry, pear, cantaloupe, grape, and apricot? The truth is that every individual has a fine skin underneath but not everyone has a pleasant one on the outside, both in terms of health and in terms of aesthetics. In order to maintain a good skin in and out, it is necessary to maintain a healthy diet. Without a healthy diet, malformed molecules called free radicals attack and damage healthy tissue, which can cause acne. For those who are trying to either avoid or cure acne, here are 10 best fruits they have to eat regularly: 1.  Apple Only apples in 3 days keep acne away, according to Chris Gibson. Whether it is true or not, apples are indeed essential to the anti-acne diet. Containing an enzyme called pectin, the skin of an apple has antioxidants that do not only make the human skin look younger but also help prevent the development of acne. Recommended dose per d...

Batter Vs Breading: Which is Healthier? (Includes Easy Recipes)

Breadings and batters are often used to coat foods that may be fried, such as vegetables (fried zucchini, fried mushrooms, onion rings, etc), seafood and meats (fish, shrimp, pork chops, chicken, etc), and even cheeses and other things (mozzarella sticks, jalapeno poppers, etc). How do you know whether to use a breading or a batter? What's the difference? Appearance, Texture, and Basic Information: Breadings and Batters Breadings and batters add flavor, texture, and a thermal buffer between the hot oil and the food when frying coated foods. Breadings are often considered "dry coatings" and often use some type of bread crumb as the coating. Batters are considered "wet coatings." One of the big differences between the two isn't necessarily the flavor, ingredients, or health values of one over the other, but the battered foods must be deep-fried, whereas the breaded food can be either deep-fried or pan-fried (or even baked). Also, the basic preparation to coat the food is slightly diffe...

How to Remedy an Overbaked Cake

When it comes to baking things need to be done pretty perfectly. Measurements need to be right on, and baking times must be followed and baked goods watched while cooking. If you are not an experienced cake baker you may find that you don’t know exactly when the cake is finished baking. Therefore you may over bake the cake thinking that it is not yet done. This article will not only teach you how to know when your cake is finished baking, but it will also teach you what to do if you accidently over cook it. Over Cooked Cake An over cooked cake is a dry cake. Of course you may not know it is over cooked until you go to eat it. There is a way however, to tell if your cake is over cooked. A perfectly cooked cake will pull away from the pan a bit, but an over cooked cake will pull away from the edge of the pan a lot. Plus if you push down on the center of the cake and it doesn’t sink in (undercooked) or it does not bounce back up (perfectly cooked), then it is very lik...

The Best Pancakes Breakfast Recipe My Mother Ever Made I Mean It

Mom Made the best pancakes for Us Back in the 50's and 60's, when Food was Real. You know how they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day? Well turns out they were right. But why? You may ask. Well I'll tell you. You just have to know how to make it. I am going to share with you the very best pancake recipe ever. No matter where you come from or how many pancakes you've eaten. This recipe is from my mother, from back in the 1950's. You can not beat it. So just take notes and give this a try. You'll need three large eggs, separated into whites and yolks. You'll need either buttermilk, whole milk or half and half, I prefer half and half. Don't use skim milk, the consistency will change and you'll just have thin runny pancakes. Yuk! You'll need a whisk and an electric mixer. Okay, ready here we go. Put into a large bowl: 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1 tsp baking powder 1 tsp of baking soda 3 tablespoons sugar ½ tsp salt Whisk these dry ingredients together...

Recipe for Orange Creamsicle Cheesecake

It's not very often that I eat dinner at a restaurant and immediately feel compelled to run home and re-create something from my dining experience. In fact, I don't think that has ever happened, but they say there is a first time for everything. A few weeks ago, while I was visiting my family in Tennessee, we had dinner at a quaint little out-of-the-way bistro with an awesome menu. My dinner was great but it was the dessert that had me running back to my own kitchen to (re)create. Maybe it was because I was feeling nostalgic by being back in the town where I grew up, back to my roots. Or maybe it was just because the slice of Orange Creamsicle cheesecake was so darn good. Either way, each luscious and creamy bite conjured up images of when I was a kid riding home from school on the school bus that was driven by my grandfather. After he finished driving his route, he would stop at the little gas station/convenience store close to his house and let me buy a treat. Sometimes i...

Bolivian Food Recipes

Bolivia has a diversity of geographical zones with varied climate, culture and food. Bolivian cuisine has a great variety of dishes mainly meat, fish and poultry blended with herbs and spices. The diet also consists of fresh fruit and vegetables. Some traditional dishes include 'Majao', which is a rice dish with eggs,beef and fried banana, ‘Silpancho’, meat served with rice and potatoes, 'Pacumutu' a rice dish with grilled beef, fried yucca and cheese, ‘Saltenas’ and ‘Empanadas’ which are meat or vegetable pies, ‘Locro’ is a soup made with rice, chicken and banana and ‘Chicharron de Pacu’ made with the local Pacu fish, rice and yucca. The recipes for various Bolivian dishes are given here. Majao: Ingredients 5 cups water 1/2 pound charque (dry and salty meat) 1 cup rice 1/2 cup onion (without washing), thinly sliced 1/2 cup tomato, peeled and minced 1/4 teaspoon salt (if charque is not very salty) 1/2 cup o...

World's Most Putrid Smell of Foods: Top 10 Smelliest Filipino Foods

Foods that smell good are the most popular in the world. Like for instance, the world’s most favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla because of its cool and enticing smell and fragrance. There are some foods that really smell bad but people seem to enjoy and love them. For others, smelly foods are simply the best.   Here are some of the smelliest foods in the Philippines that many Filipino people love to eat.   1.) Tataet or Tinataitan   Image Source   I am pretty sure this is your first time to encounter this term. Tataet, or sometimes called Tinataitan, is derived from the Ilocano dialect word “pinapaitan” a popular Ilocano delicacy. Pinapaitan is a goat or beef stew dish made from beef or goat meat and innards. Tataet is actually a combination of “Kilawin” or “Kappukan” and Pinapaitan. Grilled goat meat and boiled innards are finely chopped and seasoned with spring onions, vinegar, salt and red chili peppers. Fres...

Salicornia or Glasswort: Its Nutrition and Gastronomical Uses

Salicornia, also known as glasswort, marsh samphire and sea bean isn't a type of seaweed, but a perennial plant that grows along the coastlines of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and feeds on salt water. The main difference between salicornia and seaweed is that salicornia grows just below the high tide line and cannot survive for long periods submerged in salt water. Salicornia originates from the coasts and salty marshes of the English channel, as well as Brittany in France, where it grows wild. In recent years the cultivation of salicoria by environmental researchers and farmers began along the dessert coasts of the Sea of Cortez in the State of Sonora, Mexico. The research was influenced by climate change and the lack of fresh water in many of the world’s driest regions. The successful crops are now being exported, and it is believed they will eventually feed million and also be used to create biofuels. Salicornia has leafless stems with branches that resembl...

Amazing Art of Fruit and Vegetable Carving Around the World

Fruits and vegetables are source of vitamins and minerals and an important part of our food. The more colourful a food preparation is, it is appetizing as well, but there is another way of decorating the food, which is called 'fruit/vegetable carving'. The purpose of fruit and vegetable carving is to make food more attractive, and more appetizing. It is called garnishing or may be as an art form or hobby.  Some people call it 'veggy art'.  This post reviews about this amazing art around the world offering useful links to the sites with ideas and pictures of fruit and vegetable carvings. Food carving is a popular art form associated with cooking and decoration around the world. It has become a traditional feature of most of the restaurants, fast food shops and hotels around the world. Even at family gatherings, personal parties the decoration with fruits and vegetable is much appreciated and praised. In some countries this hobby has been adopted from man...

List of Scottish Food

Do not be alarmed at the picture above, it is only a deep fried Mars Bar. Below you will find a list of Scottish food, some taste better than they sound; some really do sound as if they would taste really bad. Aberdeen Angus: Scottish breed of beef cattle that has internationally renowned for its quality and flavour. Arbroath Smokies: A full haddock which has been salted and smoked over wood chips. Best served with warm, buttered oatcakes. Atholl Brose: A sweet oatmeal, honey and whisky drink. Bannocks: Can either be a different name for oatcakes or a type of soda scone. Named after an area around Stirling. Black Bun: Traditionally eaten at New Year, a black bun is a cake made with flour, dried fruits, spices, milk and treacle. Bridies: A folded circle of pastry with a meat and onion filling. The best bridies come from Forfar. Butteries: A long-lasting morning roll that is made with a yeast dough, butter and lard. Clapshot: Mainly made in Orkney, turnip and mashed potato with h...

Uncle Sam's Wife, Aunt Sammy's Depression-Era Radio Recipe for Rhubarb Betty

i bet you thought the U.S. Department of Agriculture was only interested in farming and farmers. Perhaps today, but back in the 1920s, the Department's Bureau of Home Economics created a wife for Uncle Sam (Aunt Sammy) who would take to the radio to talk about food, cooking, and anything else that popped into her mind (fashion, fads, appliances and even world affairs). The first Aunt Sammy's 15-minute radio show was on NBC and it aired on October 4, 1926. It was called "Housekeeper's Chat" and it was on the radio five days a week.   Aunt Sammy was very popular, especially in the rural, farm areas. Soon,her program was carried by more than 40 radio stations.Thousands of people wrote in for her recipes. In 1932, there were 194 stations broadcasting Aunt Sammy (and, by then, there were a number of different actresses appearing as Aunt Sammy). Aunt Sammy's popularity led to the publication of some of her recipes in pamphlet form, during the late 1920s and early 1930s. In 1932, Aunt S...

How to Make Solid Alcohol

Solid alcohol is a product many of us are familiar with under its trade name Sterno® that is used for cooking in the great outdoors or to heat chafing dishes for keeping food ingredients warm. The makers of solid alcohol obviously do not want their customers to know how this stuff is made, but it is really simple. This product was developed during the 1920s by mixing ethyl alcohol with soap. A very effective solid alcohol can be made easily from: 1 pint of denatured alcohol 1 pound of soap flakes (Ivory soap is the best) Mix the ingredients in a large bowl by adding the soap to the alcohol slowly while stirring the whole time you are pouring the soap into the denatured alcohol. When it is first mixed this product is fairly liquid so it can be poured into small cans with press top lids and allowed to gel. To use this product take the lid off the can and lite the solid alcohol with a match. An even better device for lighting the solid alcohol is made by tearing a strip about a ...

Create a 'Master Grocery List' to Make Shopping Easy (Free Template)

What is your typical grocery shopping experience?  Is it anything like some of mine?  I don't know how many times I've gone shopping, armed with a list that I hastily scratched on the back of an envelope, bought my groceries, and got back home only to find I missed some important ingredients that I really needed.  Or, on other occasions, I've scurried off to buy milk, eggs and bread (usually while I'm ravenously hungry)...and bought enough food to feed a small country.  (See my related article on weight loss for shopping tips if you want to eat more healthful foods.)  Being ill-prepared before launching off to buy groceries can result in the shopper wasting both time - by making multiple trips to the store because something was forgotten - and money - using extra fuel, making impulse purchases when you don't have a list to guide you, or purchasing duplicate goods which may expire before they can be used.&...

Banana Flower or Banana Blossom: Culinary Uses and Nutritional Value

Banana flower, also known as banana blossom or heart, is the splendid looking male, sterile flower of the banana plant. The banana plant is the largest of the herbaceous plants and its flowers are large, pointed and often a crimson color, although some varieties are yellow, and others are pink. Underneath the petals of the flower grow immature bananas. Eventually the petals fall off and the plants stems reveal large clusters of green bananas. At the end of the stems remain the developing flowers, as they are essential for the growth of new bananas. However, at this stage the banana flowers are often cultivated, not just because they are edible but because they are considered a delicacy in many Asian countries; from India to the Philippines. Banana flowers have a sweet scent and a taste, when cooked, that is similar to artichoke. When referring to banana flowers we often describe the flower of musa sapientum or the common, everyday, dessert banana. However...

Diabetic Recipe: Red Velvet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

If you look at the Red Velvet Cupcakes pictured below, one thing pops out at you: the rich cream cheese frosting. There is about the same amount of cream cheese frosting atop these red velvet cupcakes as there is cupcake, itself. And for diabetics, that spells danger, with a capital D! There's more sugar and fat in the frosting than there is in the cupcake; however, there's one super simple way to turn this otherwise sinful dessert into a diabetes-friendly one, and that is simply to limit the amount of frosting that you spread atop each red velvet cupcake. (And a few other tricks, read on for more tips on how you can transform any dessert into one fit for a diabetic without hurting the integrity of the recipe.) Ingredients For the cupcakes: 7 3/4 oz all-purpose flour (baking is an exact science, weighing flour is better than measuring!) 3/4 tsp baking soda  3/4  tsp salt  3/4 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder  3/4  cups&nb...

Cooking Tips: How to Remove Extra Salt from Stocks, Sauces, Soups and Stews

I am sure that you will agree with me that at some point in our lives, all of us manage to cook an awfully salty dish. Adding too much salt while cooking is a very common mistake. Sometimes the salt just rushes out of the container too fast, and other times food becomes over salty because of the salty ingredients added in the recipe. But most of the time it is the wrong estimation of the salt. I was cooking lamb curry yesterday night, and unfortunately added too much salt. All the flavors from my curry simply vanished and I could only taste harsh flavor of the salt. My lamb curry was completely ruined but, then I just thought to check on Internet if there were any ways to remove the excessive salt from stocks, sauces, soups and stews. And here I am sharing with you my experience on dealing with an over salty situation. Excessive salt literally ruins the stocks, sauces, soups and stews. Next time if you end up cooking extremely salty food, do not just discard it then and there.Be...

How to Make Duhat, Banana, Bignay, and Kasoy Wines for Special Occasions

“Any fruit containing sufficient sugar to taste may be used for making wine. If sugar is lacking in the fruit, cane sugar may be added. The flavor which the wine acquires depends largely on the kind of fruit used.” Banana Wine 1. Cut the peeled bananas into halves. For every kilo of bananas, add 1.7 liters of water. Heat to boiling point and continue heating for five more minutes. 2. Allow the peeled bananas to stand until the following day. Strain through a clean sinamay cloth. For every 9 liters of hot juice, add 2.9 pounds of sugar. Place in a glass container and add ½ tablespoonful of yeast. 3. Plug mouth of container with a clean piece of cloth and loosely cover it with a piece of paper or cotton to protect it from dust or dirt. Set aside for 2 to 3 weeks to ferment. After fermentation is completed, siphon out the clear fermented liquid. Transfer it to sterilized oak barrel for aging. 4. Aging of banana wine takes from 1 to 2 years. The aged wine...

The Blue or Peruvian Potato: History and Nutritional Value.

The blue or purple potato, botanical name Solanum andigenum, is one of many potato varieties that originate from the Andean valleys of Peru, and in particular the region surrounding Lake Titicaca. Potatoes have been cultivated in Peru and Bolivia for over 6000 years. They were a major food source for the Inca people and still are for the local population. In the 16th century Spanish sailors stocked their ships with potatoes for the long voyage back to Spain, principally because they realized that the potato cured scurvy. Sir Walter Raleigh introduced the potato to England in 1586, where it flourished in the country’s cold climate. In the 17th century the potato became unpopular because many people believed it caused leprosy and other illnesses. Aside from Ireland, the potato was considered unfit for human consumption in Europe, only to be used as hog feed. The French government was so concerned that it banned the cultivation of potatoes in 1748. By the late 17th centur...

How to Make Nata De Coco and Nata De Coco Dessert

In about two weeks time you can harvest your nata from coconut water and prepare nata de coco dessert.  Just follow these simple steps: Utensils:              bowl              wooden spoon              measuring cup              measuring spoon              wide-mouth bottle              manila paper              rubber band Supplies:              12 cups coconut water              1 cup refined sugar      &n...

The Myth and Facts About Lanzones: Health Benefits and Medicinal Uses

THE MYTH AND FACTS ABOUT LANZONES   Lanzones or Lansium domesticum is a species of fruit-bearing tree belonging to the family Meliaceae. The plant has pinnate compound leaves that grow to a length of around twenty to fifty centimeters long per leaf. Each fully-grown leaf has five to seven slightly-leathery; obovate leaflets that can reach a length of twenty centimeters each. A very prominent midrib bisects each dark green, glossy leaflet. Image Credit     Fruits are ovoid, round orbs around five centimeters in diameter, usually found in clusters of two to thirty fruits along the branches and trunk. Each round fruit is covered by yellowish, thick, leathery skin. Underneath the skin, the fruit is divided into five or six slices of translucent, juicy flesh. The flesh is slightly acidic in taste, although ripe specimens are sweeter. Green seeds are present in around half of the segments, usually taking up a small portion of the segment although some seeds take...

The Most Popular Street Fruit and Cold Drinks in the Philippines and Their Health Benefits

These street cold fruit drinks are usually sold using plastic cups or plastic bags with sipping plastic straw. Here are some of the most popular street drinks in the Philippines.  Assorted Palamig   Image Source Orange Juice Several local types of “palamigs” are sold in the streets of the Philippines. “Palamig” is a term which literally means “cold drink”. It is very popular because it is much cheaper than commercial cold drinks and are readily available anywhere. Image Source Pineapple Among the most popular flavors of “palamig” sold in the Philippine streets include orange, pineapple, buko or young coconut and buko-pandan. Orange is the best source of vitamin C and other nutrients while pineapple is widely known for its pytho-chemicals which are very essential to the human body and are known to fight cancer cells. Chunks of fresh and ripe pineapple are mixed with water and sugar in a container with chunks of ice. So...

Are There Any Negative Effects of Eating Too Much Tofu?

There are studies that support theories of soy causing negative health effects as well as studies that show little to no link between soy and health problems. However, it's important to keep in mind that these effects would only occur after eating large amounts of soy on a regular basis.  Tofu, also called bean curd, is a curd made from the milk of pressed soybeans. Tofu is a highly nutritious food with a protein-dense curd made from soy milk. Tofu was first popularized in China over 2000 years ago between AD 25-220, and now Tofu is a popular meal in Asia such as Indonesia and Malaysia. There are many different varieties of tofu, including fresh tofu and tofu that has been processed in some way. Tofu has a low calorie count, relatively large amounts of protein, and little fat. It is high in ironand, depending on the coagulant used in manufacturing, may also be high in calcium and/ormagnesium.  Tofu contains a...

Guide to Asian Noodles (Egg, Wheat, Rice, Bean and Soba Noodles Defined)

Here are the most common Asian noodles you're likely to see in stores or on menus. When shopping, remember that dried noodles will keep indefinitely; fresh ones can be refrigerated two to three days. Egg Noodles - made from wheat flour and egg. Varieties include dan mian and hokkien mee (China), ba mee (Thailand and Indonesia) and mee (Malaysia). Available fresh or dried and either thin and round or like wide ribbons in shape. It has a yellowish color. Use in stir-fry dishes or soups. Substitutes: linguine, fettuccine, spaghettini, Wheat-flour noodles - made from wheat flour, water, and salt. It is whiter in color than egg noodles. Lo mien (China) is a narrow or broad noodle that's available fresh or dried. Use in soups and stir-fry dishes. Substitutes: fettuccine or thin linguine. Udon (Japan) is a thick, white wheat-flour noodle that's available fresh (called nama udon) or dried, and resembles long, flat sticks. Substitutes: any ribbon-shaped pasta. image source Rice Noodles ...

Easy Cake: Microwave Chocolate Mug Cake

Chocolate Mug Cake This chocolate mug cake is really easy to make, it can be made in a matter of minutes. The recipe is made in the microwave in around 3 minutes and contains no egg, so their is no concerns about under cooking. As you can see from the image, the cake was eaten almost as fast as it was cooked! You will need: 4 tbsp self raising flour 2 tbsp sugar 2 tbsp cocoa powder 3 tbsp milk 3 tbsp butter 1 tbsp nutella/ chocolate spread (optional, but makes the cake really moist) Pinch of salt Drop of vanilla extract 1 coffee mug How To Make 1. In your mug sift flour, add cocoa powder, salt and sugar and mix together. 2. To the mix, add milk and butter and mix well ensuring there is no lumps or flour pockets. 3. mix in nutella and vanilla extract. 4. Once mix is smooth put a blob of nutella on top of the mix. This will melt down and form a nice topping. 5. Place mug in the center of the microwave and cook for around 3 minutes. This is based on a 750watt microwave. F...

Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup

Talk about comfort foods, this is one of my family’s favorite soups and rarely are there any leftovers. My kids like to serve this over their cornbread and biscuits with grated sharp cheddar cheese or sour cream. Legumes are the most versatile and nutritious foods to aid you in your quest for a healthy diet. Legumes are low in fat, contain no cholesterol, and are high in folate, potassium, iron and magnesium. A good, source of protein, beneficial fats, and soluble and insoluble fiber. Legumes are a good meat substitute for those who are Vegans and Vegetarians or families who want to decrease their intake of animal proteins. Old Fashioned Lentils, Barley, and Split Pea Soup Makes about 1 gallon Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Olive Oil or vegetable oil 1 large onions, chopped 3 cloves garlic minced 2 cups diced celery 2 cups diced carrots 2 cups smoked ham 4 quarts vegetable or chicken stock 1 cup lentils 1 cup barley 1 cup split...

Water Spinach or Ong Choy: The Delicious Aquatic Plant with Many Health Benefits

Ipomoea aquatica is know as morning glory or water spinach in English and ong choy in Chinese. It is an aquatic plant that grows wild beside waterways and fresh water swamps in many of the world’s tropical and sub-tropical regions. Water spinach is from the Convolvulaceae botanical family and its plant has bell shaped flowers, very similar to the flowers of the sweet potato plant, which is also from the Convolvulaceae species. Despite its true botanical connection, water spinach is considered a leafy vegetable because it is cooked and used in the same manner as Cruciferous vegetables, such as kale and arugula. This plant has a high amount of phenolic compounds, which makes it extremely nutritious, antioxidant, and disease preventative. Water spinach has long, hollow stems with narrow spear shaped or wide triangle leaves, about 4-6 inches long. There are a number of different varieties which include a white stemmed variety known as pak quat and the more common green stemmed genus...

How to Make an Authentic Cobb Salad

My father-in-law loves fast food. Over the years, however, I’ve realized that what he really likes is the predictability of the food. Take him into a mom and pop café in a strange town and he’ll immediately scan the menu for something that looks familiar. When he fails to find anything familiar he’ll order the simplest thing he can find, something that he perceives as having the least chance of risk. Take him to an ethnic restaurant and he’ll visibly squirm. You see, a Big Mac is always a Big Mac. The fries at Wendy’s always taste exactly the same. It’s predictable, it’s easy, and it’s comforting. Here’s the thing: I can empathize with him. I might even say I agree. And while I don’t eat fast food very often I will assert that some meals should be made a certain way. Take, for instance, the Cobb Salad. I love a good Cobb Salad. It’s light and substantial at the same time, and it’s loaded with both fiber an...

Pressure Cooked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes

This is the best time of year to buy both apples and sweet potatoes and pork pairs really well with both of them.  If you have a pressure cooker you could be eating this complete meal in no time.  When cooking pork in a pressure cooker keep in mind that the pork will need to cook for 15 minutes per inch. So if your pork chops are a different size then indicated in the recipe keep that in mind and alter you time.  Pressure Corked Pork Chops with Apples and Sweet Potatoes 6 1 inch thick pork chops, fat trimmed off 2 tbls. all purpose flour 3 tbls. olive oil 1 large onion, finely diced 1 clove of garlic minced 1 stalk of celery diced 1/8 cup of orange juice 1 cup apple juice or cider 1 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 3 large apples, peeled and quartered 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in to 2 inch thick slices 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar 2 tbls. cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons of water Place flour on each of the pork ch...

How to Make Pastillas

Pastillas de leche are sweet milk candies that are usually served for dessert. They are very easy to serve because you don't need to cook to make pastillas. What we have is a no-cook fast and simple dessert recipe intended to gratify your cravings right away. Also, cooking or heating any recipe is not necessary. All you have to do is to mix the ingredients together and there it is, a super sweet delicious milk candy that you can have for dessert in no time. Making pastillas is also a great home based business. Here are the ingredients you will need: 1 can condensed milk(300 ml) 2 cups of powdered milk sugar Japanese paper Steps in making the Pastillas: 1.) Sift  over the powdered milk with a strainer. 2.) Combine the condensed milk with the sifted powder milk. 3.) Mix and blend evenly, using spoon, then, press with hand.  4. )Heat in low heat stirring thoroughly until mixture forms into a paste. 5.) Set aside for 5-10 minutes before shaping into small balls. 6.)Se...

The Nutritional Value of Chopped Liver

Jewish Foods notes on its website that chopped liver is a popular dish in Jewish cuisine. Chopped liver recipes use chicken or calves’ liver and the resulting spread is served with crackers or rye bread. Jewish Recipes suggests that chopped liver is an acquired taste and when served at meals it is often relegated to the position of side dish (See Ref 1). The nutritional values in chopped liver depend on the ingredients in the recipe and the serving size.   The Recipe Chopped liver recipes call for the chicken liver to be sautéed in oil, butter or rendered chicken fat. The recipe also calls for three to four boiled eggs, about a half of an onion and various seasonings (See Ref 2). Meals Matters provides a recipe that makes six servings of chopped liver using one half pd or chicken liver. The U.S. Department of Agriculture provides nutritional information on different kinds of chopped liver, including canned chicken pate. Protein, Carbohydrates and Calories Liver ...

The Health Benefits and Health Risks of Salt

Doctors all over the world accept the importance of salt for good health and life. The medical experts make use of it in dietary therapy to treat or prevent health problems. Saline solution is used in hospital emergency rooms. Salt: Health Benefits Sodium is an important chemical element in salt, and salt is the major source of sodium in our food. 2.5 grams of salt provides 1 gram of sodium. Our body needs a small amount of sodium to help maintain normal function of nerves and muscles, especially in relaxation and contraction and keep normal blood pressure. Sodium is the key mineral compromising our blood. All body fluids consist of sodium and it helps in maintaining fluid balance within the body. Sodium is essential for good health, specially for balancing our potassium -sodium balance levels. As sodium functions as a proper hydrator, Lower level of sodium in our body results in dehydration. Insufficient sodium can also cause an imbalance in pH level of blood and bad muscle func...

Brussel Sprouts Have a Horrible but Undeserved Reputation, Let These Recipes Fix That for You

I have always been a good girl and eaten my vegetables. I love them. But my husband is a bit restricted in this area. When I met him, he like broccoli. Period. Not much variety do you think? Well I have been married to him 25 years this May and we are making progress. He has a much wider range now in vegetables he actually likes. But our most recent accomplishment is Brussel Sprouts. This is a great vegetable with a horrible reputation. It has been maligned. For what reason I don't know. But it is so good and so good for you. And there are so many wonderful ways to fix it. I did take some help from a chef for one of her thoughts, the others belong to me. I hope you enjoy having your taste buds teased. I have grown my own Brussel sprouts in my garden. It is fascinating. They grow on these really tall stalks with a mop head at the top, and the little Brussel sprouts line each side of the stalk starting out tiny at the top and get bigger toward the bottom and you pick them as t...

The Health Benefits of Eating Wild Huckleberries and Recipe

Image Source Huckleberries are not grown commercially and may not be available at your local grocer. The best place to find them is at your farmer's and they will be expensive or you can purchase them online.  If you have never tasted a huckleberry it has a similar taste to the blueberry. There are many health benefits in just ounce of huckleberries, low in calories and no cholesterol make this little berry a perfect choice for your healthy diet. The different types of huckleberries include the black, box, dwarf, and thinleaf. Red huckleberries grow primarily in the western part of North America, preferring slightly acidic soils in the coastal regions. Huckleberries are high in minerals, iron, potassium calcium and vitamins vitamin A, vitamin B3, vitamin E and vitamin C.   One serving of wild huckleberries has more antioxidant power than any other fruit or vegetable except loganberries and is rich in antioxidants that fight against free radicals that could cause cance...

World's Most Expensive Spices

Saffron It is said that in ancient and mediaeval times saffron was worth its weight of gold. Even in today’s time saffron remains much expensive and easily earns the tag of world’s most expensive spice. A pound of fine quality saffron may cost up to US$5,000 in international market. Saffron is essentially the stigma of the Crocus flower, native to central Asia. The flowers are hand-picked and the stigma are separated carefully. Today, saffron is grown mainly in Spain, Italy, Greece, India and Iran. The best quality saffron comes from the Kashmir valley of India. Saffron is used as a flavoring and coloring agent in sweet and meat dishes. The high price of saffron has given rise to adulteration from time to time with substances such as inferior quality saffron, fibers of pomegranate, beet and silk and even the odorless stamens of the same saffron flower.   Vanilla Vanilla is the second most expensive spice in the world. It is widely used as a flavoring in ice c...

Papaya Health Benefits: Maintain Good Health With Papaya Enzymes

Papaya is a tropical fruit and grows mainly where the weather conditions are tropical. Papaya, also known as Carica papaya, looks like long melons. Papaya can be consumed raw as well as in ripen condition. It is a delicious fruit packed with vitamins, minerals and fiber with only a few calories and no fat. Papaya has long been known for its health benefits. Papaya contains many phytonutrients that are known to have antioxidant, disease preventing and health promoting properties. It is used to treat several diseases and symptoms. The Health Benefits of Papaya Below are some of the top health benefits of papaya. Cure Digestive Disorders Papaya is most famous for its enzymes. Papaya health benefits are primarily obtained from papain, which is a cysteine protease enzyme, which provides the digestive tract with very important health benefits. It is considered as the best remedy for many digestive disorders like bloating, abdominal pain or abdominal cramps and is excellent for improvi...

Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Chicken Legs

It's that time of the year again where many families with kids sports seasons are in full swing.  It is hard to cook dinner and eat as a family when there are mid week games and practices.  This is the time of year when having a crock pot is very practical.  When you prepare your meals in the crock pot you can prepare them earlier in the day.  The food will be ready at dinner time before practice or after practice and members of the family can have a hot meal ready to eat when they get a chance even if they only have just a few minutes to eat. Chicken is something that is always very versitile and easy to cook in the crock pot.  I have a super easy chicken dish for you.  You can serve it with some rice that you cook ahead of time.  Just heat the rice up in the microwave and pour the chicken over top. This dish tastes great with some pinapple on the side.  If you want to add a little fiber to the mix add some thick tomato slices and thick slices ...

Indian Cuisine: Types of Indian Breads

Bread is a fundamental part of the dining culture of India; in much the same way as it is in the European countries. There are various types of Indian breads found in the Indian cuisine which are cooked in different ways. Each differs from the other in shape and size, in the ingredients used, and of course in taste. Each region of India has its own specialty. The recipes and methods of cooking breads differ widely from one part of the country to another; therefore there is indeed an amazing variety of breads found in the Indian cuisine. The Indian bread is generally prepared by using flour made of wheat, rice, corn or lentils. Read on to find out more about the various types of Indian breads which are popular all over the world today. Chapatti                       Chapatti is an everyday bread of Indians, which is made from flour, water and salt. It is an unleavened flatbr...

Almost Homemade Crock Pot Scalloped Potatoes and Ham Recipe

This recipe couldn’t be easier. All you need is 2 boxes of scalloped potatoes from the store, some ham and a few other ingredients. If you work, you can prepare this meal before you leave for work, and it will be done by the time you get home. Your family will not know that this "almost homemade" crock pot scalloped potatoes and ham recipe isn’t truly homemade. It’s what I like to call “almost homemade” because I take something that already exists and make it better. All you have to do is use your imagination to make something totally new and delicious out of a boxed product from your grocery store shelf. Here is what you need to make my crock pot scalloped potatoes recipe: 2 boxes of Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes (or store brand) 8 ounces of canned ham (or Spam) or as much as desired diced Milk as directed on box Water as directed on box 8 ounces of sour cream 8 ounces of Cabot’s Seriously Sharp Cheddar Cheese (or your favorite b...

Some Facts About the Dessert of Pavlova

What is not in doubt is that the dessert was named in honour of the Russian ballet dancer of the 1920’s Anna Pavlova. She toured both countries during her period of fame with both claiming to have created the now famous dish. Researchers claim that the country that made the original dessert was in fact New Zealand, a hotel in the city of Wellington being given as the first creator of pavlova during the dancer’s 1926 tour. Professor’s of the culinary art at New Zealand’s University of Otago claim the first recipe for the dish to appear in Australia was not until 1935, with a similar version of the dessert appearing in an Australian magazine in 1929. Australian historian’s dispute the dates in question counter claiming that it first appeared in their country in 1926 and not in New Zealand and that the first meringue dessert in Wellington was not pavlova but simply a meringue dessert with a fruit filling. Australian claims that the dish was created in a ho...

The Many Kinds of Jewish Yemeni Breads

Nearly all Yemeni Jews now live in Israel, with only a few hundred still living in The Yemen, and others scattered around the world. The Israeli Yemeni traditions are very distinct in all areas of their lives, in their prayer, language, dress and their food. Their traditional foods consist of Yemenite soup (chicken soup with the Yemeni spice Hawaiig), Hilba (made from fenugreek seeds) and a number of breads. Surprisingly the Yemeni people are not over weight, but they generally have problems with diabetes as they get older and this is attributed to the flour, not the sugar in their diet. The various forms of bread are all made from the same dough and are simply made using firmer dough or a dough with more liquid. Today modern Yemeni housewives still make most of these breads themselves on a weekly basis. The names of these breads are in Hebrew and I have used "H" as the guttural sound that has no corresponding letter in English. Trying to get a recipe out of one of these se...

Tempranillo Wine Pairing

Among the many underappreciated wines is Tempranillo, a lovely Spanish red that lends itself to pairing with many foods, from Spanish tapas and paella to Moroccan lamb tajine. Tempranillo is one of the best wines from the Rioja region of Spain, and can be the main component of red wines labeled Rioja. It is often blended with other varietals like Garnache, Graciano, or Cabernet sauvignon. You can find excellent Tempranillos for pairing with meals from wineries in Australia, California, and Portugal. About Tempranillo Wine Tempranillo is often described as a “food-friendly” wine because its balance of medium to strong tannins and low acidity complements so many flavors, making it a good pairing with a variety of cuisines. Like Riesling, this red wine can also have characteristic “terroir,” a distinctive flavor or aroma from the vineyard. You often hear the terms “rugged” or “earthy” in conjunction with Tempranillo. It has a deep color, t...

How to Transport Eggs: Egg Carrier Case

How many eggs have you broken in your life?  Can't even count them?  How many of those eggs were broken during transit?  Well we've all broken eggs while trying to transport them from one place to another.  Breaking a few eggs have become one of life's natural occurings.   There's even a saying, something in the line of not being able to accomplish anything without breaking a few eggs.  Maybe you went hiking and tried to put eggs in your backpack, maybe in a bag or in the carton box you bought it in.  And when you got to your destination, some of them were broken.  :( But, the other day while strolling through the store, I believe I might have found the solution to transporting eggs safely.  The product did not have a brand name;  it just said "EGG CARRIER" on the packaging.  Bingo!     This yellow egg carrier is in the shape of a small suitcase, while at the same time being shaped like eggs.   It is m...

Great Kitchen Tools Beyond the Basics

If you've decided to get more creative and adventurous in the kitchen, but all you have are the basic kitchen tools you left home with, you might ask yourself, " What's the next step?"  Before deciding which fancy new kitchen tools you might want to add to your arsenal, first you'll need to consider where your interests lay and what your cooking priorities are. Do you like to make food look beautiful, artful, and interesting? Do you like to bake scrumptious cakes and pastries, and decorate them creatively? Do you feel the pull of an alter-ego Italian inside you, yearning for fresh pasta and pesto? Do you want to explore the cuisine of a different culture? Or, do you want to master the art of bread-making? Perhaps all of these food genres appeal to you (hats off to your determination!), or just one new kitchen adventure.  Whatever the case, once you have decided which direction you'd like to pursue, then you can consider the kitchen tools needed to make it happen.&nb...

Benefits of Pili Tree, Pili Fruit and Pili Nuts

BENEFITS OF PILI TREE, PILI FRUIT AND PILI NUTS Pili tree (canarium ovatum Engl.) is endemic in the Philippine archipelago: mainly indigenous here in Sorsogon in Bicol region as its center of genetic diversity. They are also spread out and grow in tropical Asia and the Pacific but they are still ‘comfortable’ in the central Philippines with its compatible fertile soil, moisture and temperature.                  The Pili Tree                                                                               ...

Fried Foods - Types of Coating for Fried Foods

Fried Foods – Coatings for Fried Foods While it is possible to fry foods without a coating, potatoes for instance-this does not always result in the crispy golden morsels, cooked throughout but not greasy, that a good coating helps to achieve. The pieces of food can be rolled one at a time in flour or crumbs, or dipped in milk and then rolled in flour or crumbs. The Japanese dip their foods into a batter called tempura batter, and the delicious shrimps prepared this way are a familiar item in Japanese restaurants. The English use a mixture of egg, water and oil, with seasonings; so this kind of coating is call a’l’anglaise. The foods are coated with bread crumbs after being dipped into the anglaise mixture. Egg and crumb coating is particularly good for deep-frying as well as for other kinds of frying. In the case of mixtures such as croquettes, egg helps to hold pieces together. To obtain a chef’s result, prepare food ahead of time, dip it into the egg and c...

Paneer - A good substitute for meat

Paneer was originally found in the area that today encompasses Iran, India and Pakistan by the nomads.It is the Persian word for "cheese", the nomads carried it with them in camel skin bags. It is a high protein food generally substituted for meat in Indian and Mughlai and Arab recipes. Paneer is made at home in many Indian households. It is fairly simple to make it at home Method:- Traditionally milk is boiled and either fresh lemon juice or a spoonful of citric acid is added to the milk while it is still hot.When the milk gets fully curdled, the liquid is drained out by pouring it on to a clean fine muslin cloth.Once all the liquid has been drained it is laid flat and some weight has to be kept on it for some time.It becomes solid if kept for an hour or two.This can be used in various interesting recipes. However i have realised that Paneer comes out softer and much tastier when I add fresh yogurt to curdle the milk.I have been using yogurt instead of lemon juice sinc...

The Tropical Fruit Lime: History, Varieties and Nutrition

The lime is the smallest, most versatile and ubiquitous of all the citrus fruits. The name lime is of Arabic origin, although limes originate from Southeast Asia. It is thought that Persian and Arab traders introduced limes to India and the middle East, from there the fruit was brought to France and Italy by returning crusaders in the 13th century. There is also some historical evidence to suggest that Christopher Columbus brought lime seeds to the West Indies, and in particular the island of Hispaniola, on his second voyage of 1493. Today, the worlds biggest producer of limes is Mexico, which is also the largest consumer. Limes are also cultivated in the West Indies, some of which is used for Rose’s Lime Juice. Other regions of commercial production are California, Florida, Ghana and India. Limes grow on a thorny, scrubby evergreen tree that thrives in tropical regions. Unlike lemons, limes are sensitive to cold weather and need a warm climate where frost is virtually unk...

Foods to Be Avoided by Diabetics and People with High Blood Sugar

Are you diabetic or have a very high blood sugar? Here’s a list of food you have to refrain from eating because these food are very high in Glycemic Index. The glycemic index or GI is a measure of the effects of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels. 1.) Corn Flakes Image Source Tempting and deliciously good but it’s a big no no for diabetic because Corn flakes are very high in Glycemic Index. This very popular breakfast cereal is originally manufactured by Kellog’s through the treatment of corn or maize. 2.) Rice Cakes Image Source Rice cakes are very popular among Asians. The Chinese tikoy is particularly popular during the celebration of Chinese New year., Bibingkang kanin and Sapin-sapin are two of the most popular rice cakes in the Philippines. These, and may other types of rice cakes should be avoided by diabetic sufferer. 3.) Rice Krispies Image Source Rice Krispies, although rich in iron, should not be eaten by people with high blood sugar and di...

Cooking with Surimi: Asian Shrimp Surimi and Vegetables Stir-Fry

Surimi Overview Manufacturing and fish processing companies has found a way to turn leftover and scrap pieces of fish and other raw materials into a high value, edible, protein product with a wide range of attractive and delicious uses Surimi is one such product – a popular fish-based food product specifically intended to mimic the texture, consistency and color of the meat of lobster, crab and other shellfish. For Surimi to be sold as high-value product, the edible proteins in fish and shellfish must be processed with the utmost care. Surimi comes in a variety of shapes, which resemble shrimp, scallops, crab, and lobster tail. It is available breaded or unbreaded, frozen or thawed. Use Surimi in recipes calling for shellfish.. People who are allergic to shellfish can safely use Surimi products, please read the label for exact ingredients. For years Surimi has been used in Jewish cuisine as part of the “New Jewish Cuisine”  culture.Taking traditional Je...

How to Make Maja Blanca

In high school we had a Home Economics class as part of our curriculum. Accordingly this was to prepare the boys and girls for when they will start their own future homes. For the freshmen girls, they were taught basic cooking while the boys were introduced to carpentry. The girls’ class was divided into groups and the group I was with was assigned to prepare Maja Blanca or coconut cake for dessert. Maja Blanca is a common Filipino dessert or snack and is made with coconut milk, corn kernels and cornstarch. This snack is very easy to prepare and the ingredients are readily available so whenever you feel like having something special for snack or dessert then you should try making a batch of maja blanca for you and your family to enjoy. Below are the basic ingredients and the process of making maja blanca. For the coconut milk ingredient, there are a lot of instant gata (coconut milk) powders already available in the market but it is still better to use fresh coconut milk. All y...

Traditional Indian Wedding Cake: An Artistic Pastry Delight

Who can doubt that the most looked forward to event of any formal wedding is the cutting and eating of the wedding cake.   However, Indians have taken the traditional Indian wedding cake presentation to the next level higher than most wedding planners have in Western culture. Typically, Indians look not only to the traditional Indian wedding cake as a pastry delight of which to part-take, but part of the elaborate wedding decorations and a wedding's spectacular highlight.  (1)  But first, let us examine what makes the traditional Indian wedding cake so very special.  The Traditional Indian Wedding Cake and Its Ingredients Actually, there is no basic difference between the ingredients used in the West and the ones traditionally used by Indians.  However, many Indians delight in having a wedding cake made up of banana chocolate.  Others prefer pineapple and assorted fruit including mango.  Many Indians also pref...

Emergen-C Energy Drink MLM Scam or Healthy Nutrition Supplement

Emergen-C-The Truth about Energy Drinks, Healthy Nutrition Supplement or MLM Scheme The Panacea- 1) Zrii, 2) Vemma, 3) Vrroom, 4) AdvoCare, 5) Emergen-C; and Amway. I write. My venue of choice are coffee shops. Small coffee shops, or chain, I don’t really care. I do prefer Starbucks, simply because of the uncomfortable seating atmosphere and the irritation of the coined and repetitive speaking culture by their employees and management. This is in addition to their repetitive music marketing pumped through the speakers while you’re inside and the CD’s readily available for an impulse purchase right at the register. I know Starbucks employees wish they could bring in their own music because I talk to them at Starbucks all over California, Arizona, and, previously, in Oregon-they go bananas from being inside the store listening to the same music over and over. Every writer must find stimulus, or the lack thereof, to be a catalyst for their writing. This happens to b...

10 Health Benefits of Potato

Everybody knows that potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates. But recent studies show that it has many essential vitamins like B especially B6 and C, and minerals like calcium, zinc, phosphorus and magnesium. And interestingly, potato contains patatin which works as an effective antioxidant and helps in lowering blood pressure. Health experts advise to eat boiled potato rather than a fried one. Potato skin is a rich source of fiber, vitamin C, B6, iron and a variety of phytonutrients and carotenoids. Image 1. Kidney stones are otherwise known as renal calculi. These can be effectively treated with potatoes as they are rich in magnesium and can resist the accumulation of calcium in the kidney and other tissues. 2. Crush the raw potatoes and add honey to the obtained pulp. This is an excellent remedy for treating acne, burns and spots on the skin. This can be applied as face pack too. Potato is an effective skin care agent. 3. The calcium and magnesium content in potato help t...

How To Make Highland Coffee

A highland coffee is a very quick and simple thing to make and gives enough of a twist to a normal coffee to raise the bland to something quite delightful. It may be nothing more than coffee with cream with the added addition of a Scotch whisky but it really does work very well together and is both a pleasure.and a delight to drink. (Scotch whisky, the most important ingredient of a Highland Coffee - Image via Wikipedia) A highland coffee is best served in a tall wine glass that has a 300ml capacity. To make a highland coffee a true highland coffee the whisky that is added has to be one of the Scotch whiskies produced in the Highland region of Scotland. Some top Highland Scotch Whiskies include, Aberfeldy, Balblair, Dalmore, Dalwhinnie, Glen Garioch and Pulteney. It should be noted of course that any other whisky may well be used to make such a drink, whether it be a Scotch whisky from a different region of Scotland or any other type of whisky made throughout the world. Below, we ...

About the Tropical Fruit Casimiroa: Its Nutrition and Medicinal Benefits

The tropical fruit Casimiroa edulis is also known as white sapote or chapota. It is native to the highlands of Central Mexico, where it grows naturally in woodlands. Often casimiroa trees are found near coffee plantations where they provide shade. The fruit is commercially grown throughout Central America, the Caribbean, parts of New Zealand and South Africa. Casimiroa was introduced to California by Franciscan monks around 1810. In the USA casimiroa trees are grown mostly as ornamentals. Casimiroa fruit is not exported because it is highly perishable, having a short shelf life after ripening. The fruit is about the size of an orange, but its shape is similar to a mango. The color of casimiroa varies from green to canary yellow, depending upon its variety, of which there are many strains. The fruits flesh is yellow or white with a texture similar to a combination of custard apple and pear. The taste of casimiroa could be described as mild and sweet with a hint of mango or peach and so...

What is Himalayan Salt or Halite?

Himalayan Salt comes from Pakistan and has become popular in Europe, North America and Australia. The salt comes from the Khewra Salt Mines, Punjab, Pakistan, which is the second largest salt mine in the world. It has acquired its name by being located around 300 miles from the Himalayas. The salt has an attractive appearance, sometimes reddish, pink, orange and off-white in colour. The salt mine in Khewra is not the only mine to be marketed as Himalayan salt, however. There are mines in Utah, Boliva, Peru, Poland, Australia and Hawaii which also produce the popular pink coloured salt crystals. The colour itself comes from iron oxide found in the soil. Is there any benefit to taking Himalayan Salt rather than normal table salt? Common table salt has almost nothing in common with traditional salt. Unlike the refined sodium chloride you will find on most kitchen tables masquerading as salt, unrefined rock salt contains more than 84 different minerals. Unrefined salt, such as H...

The History of the Food Processor

Food processors are an ingenious appliance to have in the kitchen. Its main purpose is making meal preparation much easier and faster for the cook or chef. The food processor is equipped with several settings to knead, shred, grind, chop, slice, mix, blend, shave and pulverize numerous types of foods. On the other hand blenders, hand mixers, mini choppers, stick mixers and stand mix as well as various types of knives have been doing the job for years. Some of these applications require some sort of liquid to get the job done. Others are manipulated by sheer muscle and dedication of the preparer. All of these items are great alternatives to the food processor with the exception of simplicity and time management. It takes much longer to get the job done using a knife or blender than it does a food processor. The food processor was invented by a French catering company salesman in 1960. Pierre Verdon named his invention the Robot-Coupe. By 1971 this machine was renamed the Le Magi-Max...

10 Weird and Strange Foods from Iceland

Iceland is a magical and fascinating travel destination and together with the normal choice of supermarket foods which are available you can also sample some of the more traditional and unusual Icelandic foods. These foods may seem weird and strange to us but in Iceland they are part of their national heritage. Most of these weird foods are traditionally eaten during the Icelandic winter festival of Thorrablot which takes place every year at the end of January and lasts a month. The festival is a Viking midwinter pagan celebration and the feast, called Thorramatur, consists of these unusual foods. Being an ancient tradition, from before Iceland had imports, deep freezers or preservatives most of these weird foods are naturally preserved by being either pickled, dried, salted, smoked or petrified. 1. Hakarl - Poisonous Ice Shark This fish is poisonous when eaten fresh so instead it is left to putrefy (rot) for 6 weeks, literally fermenting, and then cut and hung out to dry for anothe...

Oven Roasted Plantains with Rum-Pineapple Gastrique

Plantains, "potatoes of the air" or "cooking bananas" are the fruit of the Musa Paradisiaca, a type of banana plant. Plantains are more starchy than sweet and must be cooked before being eaten. They are a staple crop in much of Africa, and are served boiled, steamed, baked, or fried. Plantains grilled over a charcoal fire are popular street food in many African cities. In the Congo river region, plantain bananas—peeled, sliced, and boiled, or cut into rondelles and fried in oil—are called makemba (singular: likemba).  Use plantains whose skin is turning black. If they are not ripe enough, the plantains will be too starchy. The skin of    Plantains is much thicker than the skin of a banana. The easiest way to peel a Plantain is to cut one end and peel it as you would a banana. The basting sauce for this dish is similar to that of Shrubs. Originally made in Colonial America, Shrubs typically combined rum and a gastrique, which is a sy...

10 Health Benefits of Bananas

Have you watched tennis? If yes, you must have definitely seen some tennis players eating bananas when they get a break; do you know why they take bananas when there are lots of other fruits available? It is because bananas contain high amount of carbohydrates that will help the players to get the energy they require to play the match. We shall look at more health benefits of bananas. 1. Bananas regulate the bowel system: Are you suffering from constipation? The best solution to constipation is eating a banana a day. This is one of the major health benefits of bananas. Bananas are rich in fiber that helps in regulating the bowel functions. 2. Bananas reduce the risk of heart diseases and blood pressure: You might be surprised to hear this health benefit of bananas; yes, bananas reduce the risk of heart diseases as well as lowers blood pressure levels. How? Bananas are rich in potassium, which is very vital for the muscle contraction and proper functioning of the heart and nervous sys...

Mackerel Nutrition: Health Benefits of Mackerel

Mackerel belongs to the Scombridae family and is very popular for their health benefits. This deep water fish is also known as lacento or maccarello. Mackerel can be found in Pacific, Atlantic and Mediterranean Ocean. Although, they are deep water fish but some of them like Spanish mackerel can be found in near the bays as well. This oily fish can be found in different varieties such as Atlantic mackerel (Boston mackerel), Spanish mackerel, King mackerel (kingfish or cavalla), Cero mackerel (cerro or painted mackerel), Pacific mackerel (American, blue or chub mackerel), Pacific Jack mackerel (horse mackerel) and Wahoo (ono). Mackerel is a slim fish with a cylindrical shape and it has a strong flavour. Mackerel is known as a very healthy fish and regular consumption is very good for overall health. It is famous for the heart health benefits it provides and also, known for making the blood clean and fresh. Mackerel is rich in protein and also with some other minerals such as calcium, ph...

Health Differences Between Wild Salmon and Farm Raised Salmon

We continue to hear how healthy fish is, especially salmon because of the omega-3 fatty acids. As more people buy salmon, the more of a strain on the wild caught salmon there could be. Farm-raised salmon has become the normal in the grocery store. Salmon is expensive and getting more expensive, so it is in the consumers best interests to buy the healthiest salmon money can buy. Is there a health difference between wild caught and farm-raised salmon? Their Diet is Your Diet The reason for nutritional differences between wild-caught salmon and farm-raised salmon is much like the nutritional differences between grass-fed beef and feedlot beef. The nutritional value comes from what the animal or fish eat. The salmon’s diet is what gives them their nutritional value, just like any other living thing on the planet. Salmon in the wild eat a normal diet for salmon which is zooplankton, fish and seaweed. Farm-raised salmon are fed a diet of fish oil, fish meal and land-based protein....

World's Most Expensive Food - Part 1

Food is required for the sustenance of the body. But human beings have long gone past the physical requirement and increasingly see rare food as luxury items. Below is the list of ten most expensive food items found naturally.   Most Expensive Fruit World’s most expensive fruit is a melon from Japan, Yubari melon. The most premium quality is cultivated in greenhouses in Yubari, Sapporo. A hybrid variety, Yubari melon is usually gifted as a present to relatives and friends. Yubari melons are known for their smooth rind and perfectly round shape. Two Yubari melons were reportedly sold for ¥ 2.5 million at an auction in 2008.   Most Expensive Mushrooms The tag of most expensive mushroom goes to the Japanese matsutake which is reportedly even more expensive than the prized black truffles and white Alba truffle. The price starts from $1000 per pound though it may reach $2000 per pound for certain varieties. It has a fruity and spiced aroma and usually is gifted...

Oatmeal - A Healthy Breakfast: Major Health Benefits of Oatmeal

Oatmeal has long been one of the widely used breakfast cereals. Oatmeal contains a wide array of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is a good source of protein, complex carbohydrates and iron. A number of health benefits are attributed to regular intake of oatmeal. The health benefits of oatmeal are due to the fact that it is made from oats, and oats are high in both soluble and insoluble fiber. Oatmeal Health Benefits The following are the major health benefits of oatmeal. Lower cholesterol: The most significant advantage of eating oatmeal is its ability to lower blood cholesterol levels. Daily consumption of a bowl of oatmeal can significantly lower blood cholesterol levels. Oat bran and oatmeal are good food sources for soluble fiber and these can help reduce blood cholesterol. Weight loss aid: Oatmeal can be an important component of a diet aimed at increasing health and weight loss. The soluble fiber in oats can delay the emptying of the stomach, which ultimately aids i...

Review of Cattle Drive Gold Chili

I have recently discovered Cattle Drive Gold Chili and I love it. In fact I have stopped making my own chili. This is a really hearty thick chili with just the right amount of zing to it. I do not find it too spicy nor too bland. I am not a big fan of a lot of beans either so I was impressed that it was not loaded down with more beans than anything else as is the case in some other canned chili. The thickness of the chili makes it perfect for chili dogs. It stays mounded up on the hot dog and doesn’t run all over your plate and hands. Throw a little shredded cheese and onions on that dog and you really have something to howl about! Sometimes I do want a soupier chili to serve to my guests with a sandwich on the side so I modify it a bit. For every two cans of chili I add one can of chopped canned tomatoes and one can of water. I sometimes will add additional chunks of sweet pepper and I have even been known to dice up a potato into the mix. The richness of the Cattle Drive Gold...

Varieties of Apples: "K"

This article lists and describes the varieties of apples that begin with the letter, "K." Remember, an apple a day will keep the doctor away, so be sure you try all 7,500 types of apples! Kandil Sinap The Kandil Sinap is from 1800's Turkey and harvests in October. It is in season from October to February and is a tall, cylindrical fruit. It has a creamy, yellow porcelain-like skin with a reddish blush. Karin Schneider The Karin Schneider apple is a red sport of the Ingrid Marie and is from Denmark. It harvests in October and is season from December to April. It is a medium-large fruit with a yellowish skin with some crimson. Karmiin De Sonneville The Karmiin De Sonneville is from 1971 Netherlands and is a cross between the Jonathan and Cox's Orange Pippin. Harvests in September to October and remains in season until December. It is a very sugary apple and is one of the most strongly flavored apples known to man. Katia The Katia apple is a cross between the James Griev...

Make the Most of Leftover Potatoes

If you like potatoes and eat potatoes, don't feel guilty. They're loaded with Vitamin C and give you a good wallop of iron besides calcium and Vitamin A. As a starchy food, they give you energy and they can be served so many different ways that you can have them every day for at least two weeks and never the same way twice. Potatoes are a staple food in many countries and across many social and cultural boundaries. From deep fried potatoes (chips in England, fries in the US) to specially grown, huge baked potatoes in the finest restaurants, potatoes have a social versatility that few other foods have. Who doesn't fondly remember their favorite potato salad? Or try to make the best mashed potatoes ever? As food prices continue to rise, the price of potatoes rises, too. It might be good to explore ways to make the most of the potatoes you buy and avoid any waste at all. Frozen potatoes You can freeze potatoes if they're cooked or partly cooked. Mashed potatoes freeze well and retain ...

Food Combinations That Cause Gas

Correct food combinations are important for proper digestion, utilization, and assimulation of the nutrients in our diet. Different foods require different digestive enzymes to aid in the digestive process - some acid, some alkaline. When acids and alkalines come in contact, they neutralize each other and this retards digestion. Poor food combining or food combinations can be a cause of indigestion or stomach disorders in the body. Ulcerative Colitis, Gastritis, Acid Reflux are some of the stomach disorder examples. When wrong foods are consumed at the same time, you are likely to get digestive disorders. The reason for these ailments is that certain food groups do not digest well together. Some foods digest primarily in the stomach, others in the small intestine. Some foods digest in minutes while others take many hours. Some foods require an acid medium to digest in and others an alkaline medium. Therefore certain foods eaten together do not digest properly ...

Artichokes: How to Make Artichoke Tea and Pan Roasted Artichokes and Vegetables

Baby Artichokes Artichokes have been a delicacy in Europe for more than 400 years. Artichokes are ranked higher than any other vegetable or fruit  and is considered a “super food,” due to its powerful anti-oxidants and extraordinary health benefits, with most of those health benefits found in the green leaves of the artichoke. Most often served as an appetizer where as the bract (a modified leaf,) is dipped in some sort of dressing and scraped across the lower front teeth to remove the edible flesh and the rest of the leaf in discarded. The hearts are usually sold in cans or jars and served in salad or antipasti. Before you can eat a Globe artichoke, it must be boiled vigorously in water for 30 to 45 minutes; after which the inedible choke is removed. It is not recommended that you use cast iron or aluminum pots as they would cause declaration. In many supermarkets, artichokes are not expensive, until you look at exactly how much of the artichoke you are actually e...

Sauteed Chayote Con Espina with Penne Pasta and White Garlic Sour Cream Sauce

Also known as vegetable pear, Chayote is a type of squash from the gourd family that is native to South America. Chayote con espina, which means chayote with thorns, is dark green and covered in thorns or needles. Chayote flesh has a high water content. A 1/2 cup serving of chayote has 1 g. each of fiber and protein and contains no fat, cholesterol or sodium. Chayote is a good source of vitamin C and also contains calcium and iron. The skin and seed of the chayote are edible.    Chayote con espina Prepare Penne pasta according to package instructions Ingredients: 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 pound chayote 1 clove garlic, minced 4 ounces sun dried tomatoes Salt and pepper to taste 1/2 teaspoon. sugar 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar Preparation: Wash the chayote under cold running water and slice off the wider end. Stand the chayote on end and hold the sliced end with one hand. Use a knife to scrape off ...

Health Benefits of Drinking Sugarcane Juice

Health benefits of drinking Sugarcane Juice The title itself must have made you to think, how sugarcane juice can have any health benefits as it compromise purely of sugar. To let you know, Sugarcane juice comprises unrefined sugar which has plenty of health benefits. Sugarcane juice is used widespread in India, Brazil and South East Asia though today more than 200 countries cultivate the perennial grass, scientifically named Saccharum officinarum. What is Sugarcane Juice? Sugarcane is a field crop, and to many ignorant of its characteristics, its facade is surprisingly that of a tall grass. Though it is a perennial grass, upon closer evaluation of the sugarcane stalk, it resembles more with that of bamboo: talk, thick and strong. The only difference with that of bamboo is it contains sugar, though not the refines white powdery element we all know. Mere sucking or chewing of the stalk can extract sugarcane juice but for bulk extraction, a machine or industrial juicer requires to be ...

Tips for Buying, Storing, and Cooking Fresh Corn

Summer means many things, most importantly fresh corn. There are numerous recipes that take advantage of this American staple and gardeners and cooks do their best to extract as much flavor as possible during its short growing season. The following are some tips on how to purchase, store, and cook fresh corn. Buying Fresh Corn One of the biggest mistakes you can make is to buy corn that has already been husked. The husk helps protect the kernels and keep them moist. The husk should be bright green, moist, and tight on the ear. The silks should also appear moist and pale in color. The ear of corn should feel heavy for its size. To check out the kernels, peel back the husk a little and look for tightly packed kernels with a few undeveloped kernels at the top of the cob. Though it may seem counterintuitive, this is a sign of slightly immature corn and young corn tastes the sweetest. Corn Varieties There are two main varieties: sweet corn and high-sugar hybrids. Sweet corn contains ...

The Myth and Facts About Turnip: Nutrition and Health Benefits

THE MYTH AND FACTS ABOUT TURNIP: NUTRITION AND HEALTH BENEFITS Summertime is the season for turnips here. It is very timely for quenching thirst of the summer heat, plus its sweet taste and cooling effect. We call turnips "singkamas" derived from our folklore. Turnips are a "starch" vegetable, but provide only one third the amounts of calories as an equal amount of potatoes. Turnips provide an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, folic acid, manganese, pantothenic acid, and copper. They also offer a very good source of thiamine, potassium, niacin, and magnesium. In addition, they are a good source of vitamin B6 and E, folic acid, and riboflavin. Image Credit   Turnip greens are more nutrition dense than the root. The greens provide an excellent source of vitamins A, B6, C, E, folic acid, calcium, copper, fiber, and manganese. Nutritional Value of Turnip Mineral Content Value (for 130 grams) Water 119.43 g Calories 36 g Protein 1.17 g...

Natalac/ (Natalac FeFol) Capsules

Natalac/ (Natalac FeFol) capsules Active ingredients- Malunggay leaves or Moringa oleifera( scientific name). Natalac uses Natalac capsules are health enhancements for breastfeeding women particularly for those with insufficient lactation. Natalac capsules are made from Malunggay leaves and are pretty safe for use during lactation.Natalac FeFol in addition assists in fighting anemia (a disease caused due to iron deficiency in the body). Natalac may also be prescribed for other health conditions not listed above. Use as instructed by your doctor. Natalac may be administered with or without food. General Information Natalac capsules as well as Natalac FeFol are made up of Moringa oleifera or malunggay leaves 250 mg, which come from special high class, healthy, naturally grown and free from chemical malunggay trees. Besides, Natalac FeFol has ferrous sulfate as essential iron 45 mg, cyanocobalamin 4.2 mcg and folic acid 750 mcg as active ingredients. Mechanism of action Natala...

The Water Chestnut: Culinary Uses and Nutrition

Water chestnuts are the bulbs of an aquatic plant that grow in shallow rivers and marshes. The plant originates from southern China where it has been a traditional crop since ancient times. The crop is seasonally rotated with rice in paddy fields. Water chestnuts are popular in the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, as well as China, were they are also prized in Chinese traditional medicine. Fresh water chestnuts have a superior sweet taste and crunchy texture as compared with the slightly bland taste of canned water chestnuts. In the past only canned and not fresh water chestnuts were available in the west. These days fresh water chestnuts can be found in Chinese supermarkets during the winter months. There are two main varieties of water chestnut. The water caltrop, (Trapa natans) also known as the horned chestnut because it has a pair of horns protruding from both sides. The water caltrop grows wild in Europe and also North America, where it is considered an invasive spe...

Food Storage; Purpose and Guidelines

The storage of food is very much important. Almost every society has learned to store foods for their future needs. There are certain proper ways in storing foods; these should be ensured to be able to avoid the risk of food poisoning. Different varieties of foods have different ways of storing. Some of the foods can be stored in the fridge so that it can be eaten in the future time. Some other foods especially the raw can be stored in the room temperature; however, foods have limitations as long as preservation is concern. Foods are stored to be able to prepare in the periods of scarcity. It is also stored to be able to take advantage to the short term surplus of food in the time of the harvest. Foods are also stored for the preparation of the special events as well as on the special occasions. It is also stored to be able to prepare for the time of catastrophe and emergency. In the preparation the food, it is important to keep it in a clean dry and well-ventilated environment. D...

Camu-Camu Berries: History, Gastronomical Uses and Nutrition

Camu-camu fruits are small, about the size of a cherry or large grape. They are green when unripe, turning a reddish purple and eventually red when mature. The camu-camu tree, which could be described as a large bush, grows from about 6-25ft in height and is found on flood plain or swamps, particularly by oxbow lakes. Originally wild camu-camu trees were most plentiful near the drainage areas of the Xingu River (an Amazon tributary in Northern Brazil) and the Napo River in Ecuador. The Peruvian Amazon now has the largest variety of species due to propagation. This fruit is know as cacari or camu camu in Brazil and Peru, guayabo in Colombia and guayabato in Venezuela. Camu-camu berries have been utilized and valued by Amazonian Indians for hundreds of years. Aside from an easily transportable nutritious food source, the berries, which are rich in phytochemicals, were used to treat infections, as a pain reliever, and to promote long life. Traditionally, a poultice was made of the camu c...

Facts About Wheatgrass

A shot of wheatgrass is one of the healthiest drinks you can have. Is it a miracle food or just one more in a list of very healthy foods? When I first read about wheatgrass, I was looking for something to cleanse the blood after getting blood poisoning. That was back when I first started realizing just how much our food can change our health for better or worse. But that first time in the health food store, watching people drink that small cup of green liquid called wheatgrass, my first thought was what the lawn mower looked liked after mowing a wet lawn. Actually my first taste of wheatgrass wasn’t far off that mowed grass thought either. What Wheatgrass Is Wheatgrass is a grass, one of the easiest and fastest growing grasses. Wheatgrass is actually the young wheat plant. It can be grown in fields or indoors. The grass is harvested just before its fruit grows, which with wheat grass is the wheat kernel. History of Wheatgrass Wheatgrass is not a new or even a recent fad, its...

Baking Tips: How to Bake Perfect Drop Cookies

Baking cookies is great fun and a delicious treat for both children and adults. Home baked cookies are loved by one and all. They are a delicious delight to any occasion, whether it is a birthday party, or a casual tea party or just a Christmas get together. The word cookie is derived from the Dutch word “koekje” or “koekie” which means a small cake. For cookie, every country has its own name like in England and Australia it is known as “biscuits”, in Spain it is called “galletas”, in Germany “keks” or “Plätzchen”, in Italy “amaretti” and “biscotti”. There are different types of cookies like peanut butter cookie, fortune cookie, chocolate chip cookie, biscotti, rainbow cookie etc. No matter which cookie recipe you select to follow, here are a few baking tips on how to bake perfect drop cookies  every time. Drop cookies can be made by using various ingredients and by dif...

About the Custard Apple Family of Fruits: Their Nutrition and Multiple Uses

When Spanish missionaries first discovered the Annona family of fruits in the tropical Americas they were delighted by their sweet, juicy and slightly acidic taste. The English likened the fruits consistency to custard and the name custard apple stuck throughout the English speaking world. The Spanish and Portuguese successfully propagated several of the over 50 varieties in South East Asia and eventually cultivation of the custard apple genus spread throughout tropical and subtropical regions. Soursop (Annona muricata): Its likely that soursop was introduced to the Philippines from the Caribbean and the Americas, via the Manila-Acapulco trade route,as one of its many names suggests, nangka menila (Manila jackfruit). It is also called durian belinda, suggesting the fruits similarity to durian and its journey from the west. In Brazil soursop is known as graviola, its guanabana in Colombia and sirsak in Indonesia; derived from the Dutch name zuur zak. Soursop is the largest fruit in th...

Kumquat: Its Nutrition and Culinary Uses

This tiny orange colored, citrus fruit, about the size of an olive, is synonymous with China and in particular Chinese new year. During the festivities Cantonese people decorate their homes and businesses with pots of kumquat and orange trees in full fruit. This is thought to bring good fortune and wealth for the coming year. The name kumquat is derived from the Cantonese words kin ku, meaning golden orange. In Cantonese kumquat is pronounced ‘gumgut’. Gum meaning gold and dai-gut, meaning good fortune. The British botanist Robert Fortune was the first to introduce kumquat to Europe in 1846. In fact, kumquat owes it botanical name, fortunella, to the botanist. There are six species of kumquat. The most popular is fortunella japonica, mainly because unlike other species it grows in temperate climates, especially the Mediterranean region. It can also grow as a house plant. Over the years kumquat has been successfully crossed with other citrus fruits from the same botanical ...

How to Prepare and Cook Mountain Oysters with Hot Pepper Sauce

Rocky Mountain oysters also known as calf fries or prairie oysters are a type of food that actually consists of the testicles of bulls or sheep. Called offal, a class of meat that is rejected as waste it include the organs or entrails of butchered animals such as pork intestines, chicken gizzards, and beef tripe. This dish earned its name through association with the prevalent cattle industry in the Rocky Mountain region. Cattle ranchers, who regularly removed the testicles of young bulls to discourage aggressive behavior. Mountain oysters are usually seasoned with salt and pepper, floured and fried. When buying Mountain Oysters, ask your butcher for Calf’s oysters as they tend to be more tender and less work. If you are only able to get Bull’s Oysters, the brining solution will tenderize them.   Rocky Mountain Oysters Step 1 Cleaning the Mountain Oysters (Testicles) Ingredients: 2 pounds bull testicles ( or Calf’s Testicles) Preparation: W...

Health Benefits of Elderberries: Elderberry Breakfast Smoothie Recipe

In addition to the flavonoids, elderberries contain Vitamin A, B and C it also boost your immune system to fight infections like herpes, colds, cough, influenza (Elderberry juice was used to treat a flu epidemic in Panama in 1995) and viral and bacterial infections, . And has antioxidants to fight free radicals to protect against cell damage, improve heart health Cartenoids: When acting as an antioxidant, carotenoids have been shown to reduce the damage caused by certain molecules called free radicals. A generous amount of these chemicals might prevent damage to cells and tissues as well as genetic damage. This means that they might increase your immunity  to infection  and reduce the risk of cancer and protect against heart disease. Amino acids: Amino acids are organic compounds that combine to form proteins and are known as "the building blocks of life." Needed for the growth, repair and maintenance of your body’s tissues. Amino acids produce antibodies to st...

How to Buy the Healthiest Greek Yogurt

Greek yogurt has become very popular, but not all Greek yogurts are created equal. Yogurt is healthy for you and your digestive system, but some yogurts are far from the healthiest of foods Why is Greek Yogurt Healthy? It gives you calcium, protein and live active cultures, otherwise known as probiotics. These live active cultures are the good type of bacteria in our digestive system. We have good and bad bacteria in our digestive system, when there are more bad bacteria we can have digestive and stomach problems. Taking antibiotics will kill both the bad and the good bacteria, so yogurt can help restore the good. More good bacteria than bad bacteria in our digestive system can improve the immune system. It can lower the bad (LDL) cholesterol and raise the good HDL levels rose. Yogurt contains good amounts of the following vitamins and nutrients. Iodine, calcium, phosphorus, vitamin B2, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, tryptophan, potassium, zinc and especially good amounts of protein. ...

Collecting and Eating Giant Puffballs

A giant puffball with a GPS unit for scale.   Photo by Sulfer So help me this guy came into my fishing tackle store with a giant puffball that weighed over forty pounds he had just collected on the side of the road, as soon as I saw it I started to drool because I knew how tasty one of these things could be. The giant puffball, (Calvatia gigantea) is one of many varieties of puffball although this is the largest it is also highly delicious.  It is also among the family of mushrooms.  Some of this mushroom is tiny and although not poisonous do have a strong bitter taste so for that reason aren’t edible. This species of mushroom is commonly found in meadows, fields and deciduous forests worldwide in the summer and fall.  This is a common species that is especially common throughoutEuropeandNorth America.  They can reach a size ranging from 10 to 70 centimeters in size (3.9 to 25 inches in diameter) and can weigh more then 20 kilograms (44 lb.).  W...

Easy Entertaining Recipes: Tangy Cheese Ball

The busy Holiday season is just beginning, and for many people this will mean entertaining family and friends in your home, or perhaps you'll be needing to take food to a buffet-style get together.  Schedules are usually bursting with many activities - shopping, pageants, parties, and gift wrapping - so spending as little time as possible to prepare a tasty dish or two for entertaining will be a welcome relief.  The first recipe in this series of Easy Entertaining Recipes is for a Tangy Cheese Ball.  Always a favorite, this cheese ball gets rave reviews and is usually consumed in record time!  This is an easy recipe to modify according to what ingredients you might have on hand, or to offer flavour variations.  Delicious served with crackers, crostini, pita wedges, grapes or apples, and as part of an antipasti platter.  Read on for ingredients and method. Tangy Cheese Ball Ingredients: 4 oz. / 125 g sharp cold pack cheddar (Maclaren's Imperial brand,...

The Pepino Melon: Its Gastronomical Uses and Nutrition

The name of this fruit, pepino melon or pepino is slightly misleading. The word pepino means ‘cucumber’ in Spanish, suggesting that this fruit is a cross between cucumber and melon. In fact, the pepino differs significantly from a cucumber, and neither is it a melon. It is in fact a member of the Solanaceae family, commonly known as nightshade. Other species of this botanical family include tomato, potato, peppers and eggplant. The pepino melon is native to Peru and in particular the Andean region from northern Ecuador to southern Colombia. Since the 1990’s exotic fruit markets have taken an interest in the pepino, and it is now cultivated in many subtropical and temperate regions including California, Israel, Spain, New Zealand and the Netherlands. It grows on a herbaceous bush or shrub, that reaches a height of about three feet and bears attractive purple flowers. The fruit is oval shaped and usually about the size of an egg, although some species are larger. ...

Roasted Cornish Hens with Brandied, Fresh Peach GLaze and Wild Rice

This “Comfort Food” usually considered a winter menu, can be prepared for your summer comfort. With its sweet, fresh peach glaze, it’s a wonderful and light dish for a Sunday afternoon dinner menu. You can also grill the Cornish Hens, vegetables and peach garnish, using the same procedures. Add a few apple and hickory wood chips to the charcoal, oil your grill grate with vegetable oil to keep from sticking and place Cornish Hens, breast down, you want to get some nice grill marks, grill for about 10 minutes, turn over, basting both sides with sauce.  Roasted Cornish Hens with Brandied Fresh Peach Glaze Preheat oven to 400°F 4 to 6 Cornish Hens Preparation: Dry Rub ingredients: 1 teaspoon rubbed sage 1 teaspoon oregano 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon paprika 1/2 teaspoon rosemary Preparation: Combine dry rub ingredients and store in a shaker bottle for future use. Rinse and clean hens and pat dry with paper towel, remove giblets. ...

How to Make Professional Quality Beef Jerky at Home

Over the past several years, beef jerky has become a healthy snack of choice for adults and children alike. Jerky is an excellent source of protein because all of the fat and moisture is removed from the meat during the drying process. However, commercially made beef jerky is usually made up of highly processed, chopped and formed meat, which offsets the nutritional benefits. If the additives and preservatives that are used to prepare commercial beef jerky alone aren't enough to get you making your own, how about the price? Small bags of beef jerky sold in our local stores average about $6.00 for an 80gram bag. That`s almost $35.00 per pound. Using the recipe below I am able to make an entire pound of beef jerky for around $6.00. I have been making and selling jerky made by this method to friends and local area residents for over twenty years and they all agree: Nothing Beats Homemade. Image credit You Will Need 3 lbs lean roast beef Sharp knife and a cutting board ...

Raw Garlic Benefits and Side Effects to Health

Garlic (Allium Sativum) is a natural herb commonly used to add flavor on variety of dishes. This essential herb is known for its strong flavor and is popular in Asian countries. Some also consider it as the "wonder herb". Although there are people who doubt about its benefits, many researches proved that this essential herb contains powerful properties that can prevent diseases. In fact, ancient people have proven the power of this essential herb thousands of years ago. It is still very important to know more about the raw garlic benefits and side effects to our health to safely consume this powerful herb.   Image Credit The most utilized part of garlic is its bulb which contains cloves. Even though this can be mixed to dishes for added flavor, it is still healthier to consume it in its raw form rather than cooked. This is because the essential compounds are eliminated by heat. It is really tough to consume it in its raw form but its benefits can be enjoyed if added to salads, ...

How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

This article will detail how to make a great cup of coffee at home which can save you money instead of buying it at your local coffee house. It is easy to make good coffee at a fraction of the cost of buying coffee by the cup. All you need is an inexpensive grinder and a cone filter to make excellent coffee. You may also want to try another technique that involves a French press that high-end restaurants use to make coffee. Instructions 1. Buy whole, freshly roasted coffee beans. The fresher the better as coffee beans use their flavor after roasting. 2. Measure filtered or spring water into a kettle or pot and bring it to a boil. Turn off the heat and let the water sit for about a minute. 3. Grind beans in a burr grinder just before brewing. A burr grinder is important as it doesn’t heat the beans during grinding. Grind the coffee using the coarse setting for the French Press or a fine setting for a cone filter. Measure 1 to 11/2 tablespoons of beans for each 4 ounces of wate...