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My Food Fantasy celebrates Glorious food and drink.My name is Charles Friedo Frize and the main aim of my food blog is to share ideas beneficial to the novice, beginners and the more experienced when it comes to cooking.

Aug 16, 2022

Cooking - Making A Meal For One

Cooking: It is often frustrating to attempt to plan meals that are designed for one.

Despite this fact, we are seeing more and more recipe books and Internet websites that are dedicated to the act of cooking for one.

Divorce and the death of spouses or grown children leaving for college are all reasons that someone accustomed to cooking for more than one would suddenly need to learn how to adjust all the cooking practices utilized before into a streamlined plan of cooking that is more efficient for one person creating less waste.

The mission, should you choose to accept it, is to make cooking for one a challenge rather than a trial.

Use this opportunity to try new and exciting cuisines.

Perhaps one of the greatest things about cooking for one is the fact that it isn't quite as expensive as cooking for two.

This means that you have a little more money in the grocery budget with which to plan and prepare your meals.

One thing you may want to keep in mind however is that when cooking for one, is for you to prepare foods that are freezable.

It may save more time (and in the end money) if you cook the full 2-4 servings that most recipes call for and freeze the leftovers in single serving portions for a later point in time.

This leaves you with a freezer full of foods for those nights when the thought of cooking just seems beyond your capabilities.

This also leaves you with doing the work once and enjoying the fruits of your efforts many times over.

This is a great position to be in if you ask me.

We are finding more and more recipes and cookbooks that are designed around the concept of cooking for one...

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Aug 16, 2022

Essentials Of Cooking - Matters Involved In The Right Selection

MATTERS INVOLVED IN RIGHT SELECTION

Each one of the phases of cookery has its importance, but if success is to be achieved in this art, careful attention must be given to the selection of what is to be cooked, so as to determine its value and suitability. To insure the best selection, therefore, one should decide whether the food material purchased will fit the needs of the people who are to eat it.

Furthermore, whether the amount of labor involved in the preparation will be too great in proportion to the results obtained; whether the loss in preparation, that is, the proportion of refuse to edible matter, will be sufficient to affect the cost materially.

One also need to ascertain what the approximate loss in cooking will be; whether the food will serve to the best advantage after it is cooked, and finally, whether or not all who are to eat it will like it.The market price also is a factor that cannot be disregarded, for, as has been explained, it is important to keep within the limits of the amount that may be spent and at the same time provide the right kind of nourishment for each member of the family.

In order to select food material that will meet the requirements, three important matters must be considered. First, the substances of which it is composed, its measure of energy-producing material, or what is called its food or fuel value and its digestion and absorption. Until these are understood, the actual cost of any article of food cannot be properly determined, although its price at all times may be known.

However, before a study of any of these matters is entered into, it is necessary to know just what is meant by food and what food does for the body...

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Aug 16, 2022

Argentina Food - Culinary Traditions

Argentina food tend to be very high in protein, so grilled meats are a a staple.

Argentina is South America's second largest country, snugly situated between the Andes mountain range, the Pacific Ocean, and the South American countries of Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile.

Being situated in such a manner, Argentina is exposed to many different cultural influences from all directions, including countries all the way across the Pacific.

Spain took it upon themselves to permanently settle in the country in the late 1500s, and remained there until Buenos Aires formally emancipated themselves in 1853.

One of the most remarkable differences between Argentine Cuisine and exotic cuisines from around the world is the heavy influence that the cuisine of the Italian and Spanish cultures had on it...

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Aug 16, 2022

Champagne - A Look At Riddling Racks

Champagne: In the process of manufacturing Champagne, riddling racks are a must have.

Once the sparkling wine has began to age, it will be time for the concluding stages.

Riddling is essential to the life of Champagne as it collects the sediment in bottles and deposits it near the bottle’s mouth.

This sediment is what helps to bring the bubbles bursting out when you pop the cork.

Champagne bottles are put on riddling racks at a 45 degree angle, comprising the two rectangular boards that have been hinged at the top of the rack.

On each side of the rack, there are ten rows that contain six holes for the necks of the bottles.

Due to their structure and shape, each riddling rack is capable of holding 120 bottles, although there are special models that are made to hold more.

The riddler, who places the bottles, will place a bottle neck into each one of the holes on the riddling racks.

There are painted lines at the bottom of each bottle, which acts as a marker for placing the bottles...

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Aug 16, 2022

Food Gift Basket - Gourmet Food Gift Basket

A Savoury Treat For Any Occasion

With tastes being so diverse, how does one go about selecting the most choice gourmet gift baskets for that special someone?

It's simple, make a list of classic gourmet food gift baskets, go over the list carefully, and choose the one that you think will make your loved one's mouth water the most.

Almost any basket chosen with love will be a well-received gift.

You might start with a gourmet delight gift basket that includes cranberry walnut tarts, raspberry cookies, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts, raspberry-honey-mustard pretzels, spicy trail mix, almond cookies, cheese shortbread, cheese straws, potato chip cookies and other delicious treats for the person who craves sweets.

It's a classy collection of unique food gift basket delicacies.

Sympathy Food Gift Basket

During bereavement, a heartfelt sympathy food gift basket can be visually uplifting and convey respect.

A sympathy basket will be packed full of fine gourmet foods, comforting gifts and caring words of encouragement for the broken hearted.

Possible inclusions can be scented candles, Biscotti, cracked pepper water crackers, delectable cookies, chocolate crisp wafers, fine chocolates, and other delicious treats.

Bridal Shower Gift Basket

On some occasions,it's often a splendid idea to add non-food items to a food gift basket.

And this is an especially true when it comes to a bridal shower party.

Not only should your basket contain gourmet food and delicious snacks, but an assortment of bridal shower games and keepsakes.

How about a party game book, cookies, crackers, cheeses, wines, herbal teas, along with a few essentials: disposable camera, photo book, and even a keepsake registry book.

Some of the most popular and unique food gift baskets combine a generous assortment of fine gourmet treats with a look that conveys your good taste and sincerity.

Whether small or large they can be crammed full of fine chocolates, nuts, gourmet cookies, cheeses, crackers and other mouth-watering treats.

These baskets can be enjoyed on any occasion including holidays, bridal showers, birthdays, times of bereavement, as a get-well gift or for a housewarming...

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Aug 16, 2022

Cheese - Characteristics And Care

Cheese is a product that is manufactured from the solids of milk, and it provides a valuable food.

The making of cheese was known in ancient times, it having probably originated through a desire to utilize an oversupply of milk.

When cheese was first made, the fact that bacteria were present was not known, nor were the reasons for the spoiling of milk understood; but it was learned that milk can be kept if most of its water is removed.

This discovery was very important, for it led to various methods of making cheese and proved that cheese making was a satisfactory and convenient means of storing nourishment in a form that was not bulky and that would keep for long periods of time.

From a very small beginning, the different methods of making cheese became popular, until at the present time more than three hundred varieties are made and their manufacture forms one of the large industries of the world.

In the United States, nearly all the cheese used up to about 50 years ago was made on farms, and to a great extent by housewives, but about that time a factory for the making of this product was started in the state of New York, and it proved a profitable enterprise.

From this beginning, the business of making cheese commercially in the United States has grown to the extent that cheese is almost entirely a factory-made product, in the manufacture of which the states of New York and Wisconsin lead.

In either the commercial or the home production of cheese, skim milk with all or part of the cream removed is used for some varieties, while whole milk is used for others, the composition depending largely on the kind of milk that is employed.

Rennet is added to the milk to coagulate it, and then the curd, from which nearly all the water is removed, is allowed to ripen...

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Aug 16, 2022

Banku Recipe With Hot Pepper And Fish

Banku is a staple Ghanaian dish which is cooked by a proportionate mixture of fermented corn and cassava dough in hot water into a smooth, whitish consistent paste. It is a carbohydrate starchy food.Banku is made from a mixture of maize and grated cassava tuber. Served with soup, stew or a pepper sauce with fish. It is mostly preferred by the people of the Southern Regions of Ghana; the Ewe tribe of the Volta Region, the Fante and the Ga tribe but also eaten across the other regions in Ghana.Banku is found throughout Ghana, and is one of the...

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Aug 16, 2022

Soups - Good Food And Best Recipes

SOUP is a liquid food that is prepared by boiling meat or vegetables, or both, in water and then seasoning and sometimes thickening the liquid that is produced.

It is usually served as the first course of a dinner, but it is often included in a light meal, such as luncheon.

Soup is an easily made, economical, and when properly prepared from healthful and nutritious material, very wholesome article of diet, deserving of much more general use than is commonly accorded it.

The purpose of this Section is to acquaint you with the details of making appetizing and nutritious soups that make for both economy and healthfulness.

VALUE OF SOUP IN THE MEAL

Soup contains the very essence of all that is nourishing and sustaining in the foods of which it is made.

The importance of soup is to consider the purposes it serves in a meal.

When its variety and the ingredients of which it is composed are thought of, soup serves two purposes: first, as an appetizer taken at the beginning of a meal to stimulate the appetite and aid in the flow of digestive juices in the stomach; and secondly, as an actual part of the meal, when it must contain sufficient nutritive material to permit it to be considered as a part of the meal instead of merely an addition...

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Aug 16, 2022

Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee - Light Taste Delicate Aroma And Smooth Finish

Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee has this distinct aroma that is unique.

It is neither strong nor overpowering.

Instead, they taste light and have a delicate aroma, indicating its sweet and smooth finish.

They are grown with great care in the various estates of the mountainside in this part of Jamaica. Known for its bluish hue when viewed from afar, these mountain ranges also provide the best soil for planting coffee.

Its rich fertile soil combined with the mild climate and ample altitude serves as a perfect host to the beans that are making a name in the Caribbean and eventually the world over.

The Blue Mountains are in the main located between Port Antonio to the north and Kingston to the south.

The range rises to 2,300 metres (7,500 ft), and are some of the highest mountains in the Caribbean.

The climate of the region is cool and misty with high rainfall. The soil is rich, with excellent drainage.

This combination of climate and soil is considered ideal for coffee.

From what its worth, spending more than the usual price one does for a coffee product does not really matter that much when you know what you are going to drink.

The long history of the Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee products has already earned its mark on the market...

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Aug 16, 2022

Essentials Of Cooking - The Problem Of Food

Essentials of cooking: Without doubt, the greatest problem confronting the human race is that of food. In order to exist, every person must eat; but eating simply to keep life in the body is not enough.Aside from this, the body must be supplied with an ample amount of energy to carry on each day's work, as well as with the material needed for its growth, repair, and working power.

To meet these requirements of the human body, there is nothing to take the place of food, not merely any kind, however, but the right kind.Indeed, so important is the right kind of food in the scheme of life that the child deprived of it neither grows nor increases in weight, and the adult who is unable to secure enough of it for adequate nourishment is deficient in nerve force and working power.

If a person is to get the best out of life, the food taken into the body must possess real sustaining power and supply the tissues with the necessary building material; and this truth points out that there are facts and principles that must be known in order that the proper selection of food may be made, that it may be so prepared as to increase its value, and that economy in its selection, preparation, use, and care may be exercised.

Probably the most important of these principles is the cooking of food.While this refers especially to the preparation of food by subjecting edible materials to the action of heat, it involves much more. The cooking of food is a science as well as an art, and it depends for its success on known and established principles.

In its full sense, COOKING means not only the ability to follow a recipe, thereby producing a successfully cooked dish, but also the ability to select materials, a knowledge of the ways in which to prepare them, an understanding of their value for the persons for whom they are prepared, and ingenuity in serving foods attractively and in making the best use of food that may be left over from the previous meals, so that there will be practically no waste.

A factor that should not be disregarded in the problem of food is waste, and so one needs to understand the distinction between waste and refuse. These terms are thought by some to mean the same thing and are often confused; but there is a decided difference between them.Waste, as applied to food, is something that could be used but is not, whereas refuse is something that is rejected because it is unfit for use.

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Aug 16, 2022

Wine - The Making Of Red

Wine: Among the many types of wine available, red is among the best.

There are many types of red wine available, although most are made using the same methods.

This very exhilarating type of wine is made from black grapes, drawing their colour from the skins of the grapes.

During the beginning stages of making red wine, the grapes that have been picked are put into a crusher.

Here, the crusher will gently break the skins of the grapes.

Depending on what type of wine is being made and the tannin that’s required, the stalks will either be used or discarded at this point.

Next, the grapes are put into a fermentation vat with the skins.

This can be a long process, taking several weeks to complete.

If a higher temperature is used, more tannin and colour will be extracted from the grapes.

When making soft wines, the whole grapes are fermented using sealed vats.

The carbon dioxide that becomes trapped in the sealed vats ferment the grapes under pressure, which is normally a quick process, taking only a few days.

Keep in mind, the colour and tannin content of the wine is based on how long the fermenting process takes.

If the fermenting process takes a long time, the wine will generally hold more flavour and colour.

The remaining bulk of the grapes will go through a press, being crushed to create a tannic wine...

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Aug 16, 2022

What is Wine - A Basic Introduction

What is wine exactly? Wine has been around the world for over 7000 years and is made from just 2 basic ingredients, yeast and grape juice.

By far the majority of all wine is made from the juice of the grape, although some wines do use the skin, this mainly colour the wine( rose for example).

How is wine made?

Yeast is the main ingredient needed for fermentation and yeast is what transforms the grapes into wine.

Just as a point of interest, there are actually wild yeast spores just being carried all over the place by the wind.

To make wine you just need an open container of grape juice, patience and time. The result however, wouldn't be very pleasant to taste.

There are a number of different strains of yeasts, numbering somewhere in 1000's and the types being used to make wine have been designed for this sole purpose.

So yeast is actually a living organism that feeds off sugars in the grape juice in a process called fermentation.

When fermenting, yeast spores increase in numbers exponentially, this happens until the sugar content has been consumed.

During this fermentation process, the sugars are converted into alcohol and carbon dioxide...

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Aug 16, 2022

Brewing Coffee - 7 Simple Steps For World Class Gourmet Coffee

7 simple steps that you can take to brewing coffee that will give you the perfect cup of coffee every time.

For a change, a good cup of coffee would be nice.

It does take some time and some energy to find a great cup of gourmet coffee these days.

If you do know of a perfect coffee shop, you are one of the lucky ones.

But, did you know that you can basically make a nice cup of coffee on your own from home?

1. Start with quality.One of the most critical aspects of coffee drinking is the grade of the coffee that you start off with.

If you have a favorite flavor, then purchase whole beans in that flavor.

If you can do this, it will allow you to get the most fresh coffee accessible.

Ground coffee deteriorates much faster than whole bean, so it’s recommended to buy whole bean and ground only as much coffee as you plan on using each day...

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Aug 16, 2022

Italian Wine - Unique Quality And World Class

Eachy year it is quite common for Italian wine to be at the top of the pile when it comes to good ranking, not the least of which ranks it as the biggest producer, exporter and consumer of wine in the world.

If you consider that Italy is only a few hundred miles smaller than the state of California then this fact here is far more interesting.

Even though Italy produces close to 8,000,000,000, bottles of wine every year, the vinters have kept to the same high quality standard of making wine that has a legacy of over 4,000 years.

As a result of this Italy has some of the most unique and quality wines on the globe, as well as having the most grape varieties that are locally produced than any country in the world.

One of the bigger deliberations with Italy's unique wine style is the wide scope of assorted cultures that exist all the way through its 20 wine regions.

Each of these cultures has a vigorous sense of pride that translates openly into wine production...

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Aug 16, 2022

Milk - Composition And Facts

As milk is usually taken into the body in liquid form, the common tendency is to regard it as a beverage, rather than as an important source of nourishing food material.

However, a knowledge of its composition, as well as the fact that milk becomes a solid food in the stomach and must then be dissolved in the process of digestion, will serve to show that milk contains solids.

That it possesses all the elements required to sustain life and promote health is proved by the fact that a child may live for months on milk alone and during this time increase in weight.

The solids contained in milk are proteins, fat, carbohydrate in the form of sugar, and mineral salts, besides which, of course, water occurs in large quantities.

The sugar and fat of milk serve as fuel; the mineral salts are chiefly valuable for the growth of bones and teeth and for their effect on the liquids of the body; and the proteins, like the fat and sugar, serve as fuel, but they also make and repair the muscular tissues of the body.

In considering the food substances of milk, it will be well to note also that they vary according to the breed, feeding, and individual characteristics of the cow.

Jerseys and Guernseys give milk rich in fat and total solids, and while Holstein cows give a greater quantity of milk, such milk has a smaller proportion of fat and total solids.

As a rule, though, the composition of milk may be considered as approximately 3.3 per cent. protein, 4 per cent...

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Aug 16, 2022

Healthy Eating - Becoming A Healthy Eater

Healthy eating: Being a healthy eater requires you to become both educated and smart about what healthy eating actually is.

Being food smart isn't about learning to calculate grams or fat, or is it about studying labels and counting calories.

Healthy eating is all about balanced and moderate eating, consisting of healthy meals at least three times per day.

Healthy eaters eat many different types of foods, not limiting themselves to one specific food type or food group.

Eating healthy requires quite a bit of leeway. You might eat too much or not enough, consume foods that are sometimes more or less nutritious.

However, you should always fuel your body and your brain regularly with enough food to keep both your mind and body strong and alert.

A healthy eater is a good problem solver. Healthy eaters have learned to take care of themselves and their eating with sound judgement and making wise decisions.

Healthy eaters are always aware of what they eat, and know the effect that it will have on their bodies.

When someone is unable to take control of their eating, they are also likely to get out of control with other aspects of life as well.

They could end up spending too much, talking too much, even going to bed later and later...

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Aug 16, 2022

Food And Drink - The Food In Trend

Food And Drink : Discovery Of Fire

This discovery enabled man the means of preparing food for eating. Today we call it cooking. Early man used stones and wood for basic cooking

This discovery enabled man the means of preparing food for eating.

Today we call it cooking.

Early man used stones and wood for basic cooking.

Today we tend to find elaborate use of the stove,not only for cooking, but also a tool that captivates the appetite of anyone anywhere.

Food now is not only considered as a fundamental need but also a means of business, profit, expression, culture, and catharsis.

As an element of business and profit, restaurants and eateries have been the form of livelihood for many.

As an expression, cooking food is a way of experimenting with what you know and what you want to know more.

It is also a good skill if perfected. As culture, menus tell the country’s name. As a catharsis, you can just eat a lot on a depressed day.

Food comes in many trends in all parts of the globe...

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Aug 16, 2022

Avocado - Great For Natural Skin Care

Avocado is also known as Alligator Pear originated in southern Mexico. It has developed into a useful ingredient for our daily skin care routine. It is rich in fat as well as protein. These fats are monounsaturated which is good for a healthy heart.

The provision of vitamin E in avocado helps the heart to remain fit. It is also known to supply 60% more potassium in comparison to banana.It is also rich in fibre, foliate (folic acid), vitamin B6, iron, copper and magnesium. Other than applying avocado on your skin, consuming it in salad form can also be beneficial for your skin.

Avocado contains vitamins like A, D, and E which has penetrating qualities to improve your skin.

Avocado oil is also very useful for skin care. The oil is useful to remove any sun damage or age spots. It also softens the skin and provides a moisturizing effect and can do wonders on damaged, undernourished and dehydrated skin.

Simple Recipes for Skin CarePuffed EyesCut avocado into slices and place it under each eye and relax with it for next 20 minutes. The changes would be remarkable.

Eye CreamMake an eye cream by mixing 5 drops of almond oil in 3 ripe slices of avocado. Blend this mixture and dab it around your eyes. Keep it for five minutes then rinse.Another method of making the eye cream is by using 1/4 cup avocado oil with 1/4 cup aloe vera gel. You could also use apricot kernel, grape seed or sesame oil...

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Aug 16, 2022

Healthy Eating - The Importance of Eating Healthy

Healthy eating: Have you ever heard the saying you are what you eat?

In some sense, this is true, because if you eat unhealthy foods you are prone to be an unhealthy person.

The foods we ingest are extremely important to our ability to grow, maintain function, and prevent illness.

Therefore, if you value your health, you should learn as much about healthy eating as possible.

Healthy eating is important from the day we are born.

As a child, we grow quite rapidly and this is due in part to the foods we eat.

Foods all contain nutrients that provide us not only with fuel to live our daily lives, but also with the very substances that build our bones, muscles, and organ tissues.

Not getting enough of one nutrient or another can cause a variety of problems, including stunting our growth.

For mothers who are nursing, nutrition is important because breast milk contains the nutrients a child needs to grow and develop properly.

Upon growing older, these nutrients are then found in food, but don’t think that healthy eating isn’t important for growth after you’ve gone through puberty.

Cells continuous break down and rebuild, so healthy eating for growth continues to be important until the day we die...

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Aug 16, 2022

Cooking As A Culinary Art

Culinary arts is the art of cooking. Cooking is a way to prepare food that will be eaten or served to other people.

The culinary arts is comprised of many categories - some of which are tools, methods, combination of spices and ingredients that adds flavour to the food.

It normally needs the right measurements, proper selection and accurate combination of ingredients involved to reach desired result.

The diversity of the Culinary arts around the world mirrors many considerations such as:

- Economic- Aesthetic- Nutritional- Religious- Cultural

1. The Dawn Of Fire

The culinary arts, if not always, is associated with fire.

The heat generated by fire is oftentimes required to be applied to be able to change the food's texture, flavour, nutritional contents and even its appearance.

Heating is important in the culinary arts because it disinfects the food and makes it softer. The food danger zone is between 4 to 60 degrees Celsius.

Within these temperatures, the bacteria found in the food or even those that were transferred to the food can grow at a very alarming rate.

Under ideal conditions bacteria can double their population every twenty minutes.

Although at a glance, these foods may not appear harmful, when ingested they can be.

Many people have the misconception that bacteria will die when we freeze our food or refrigerate them,

but this actually does not rid the food of bacteria, merely it slows down their expansion.

2. Baking

Baking is probably the most famous department in the culinary arts. In the culinary arts, baking is the art of cooking food using an oven.

The food is cooked through applying dry heat evenly through the oven and onto the food. It is used in producing pastry based goodies such as pies, tarts and cakes.

The dry heat in the oven causes the starch to gelatinize and results to the browning or charring of the outside of the food...

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Aug 16, 2022

Salad Dressing Recipes - Healthy Dressing Makes Your Salads Come Alive

What makes or breaks a salad is the dressing. Although it does not easily grab our attention, these so-called silent ingredients play a very crucial role in determining the outcome of a salad.

Tossed with the wrong dressing and the freshest ingredients lose their taste. Salad dressings are like icings on a cake so to speak. They give that final touch, the magic that makes salads come alive.

Listed below are some salad dressing recipes that one can choose from to come up with that special salad one might have in mind.

APPLE VINAIGRETTE

1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup apple juice

3 whole fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon honey...

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Aug 14, 2022

Seafood - Important Health Benefits And Recipes

Seafood:Who says there is something fishy on fish oils, shellfish, and other seafoods when it comes to health benefits?

Various studies and researches have proved that the best sources of good fats, vitamins, and minerals to promote good health can actually be found on different seafoods.

It took so many years for most people to realize the health benefits of having seafoods in their diet. We have listed many of the benefits here.

Here's why:

1. Fish is your heart's best friend.

Undeniably, fishes are exceptional low-fat food. The fats contained on fishes and fish oils are high in Omega-3 fatty acids.

These are polyunsaturated fatty acids known to protect the body against heart diseases.

These so called "good fats" also aids in lowering cholesterol, decreasing blood clotting factors, increasing beneficial relaxation in larger arteries and blood vessels, and decreasing inflammatory process in blood vessels.

2. One serving of fish two to three times per week keeps arthritis away.

There have been clinical trials that have shown that one serving of fish two to three times a week can actually lessen arthritis symptoms by fighting inflammation, decreasing fatigue and reducing morning stiffness...

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Aug 14, 2022

Cooking Class - Cooking Classes For Adults And Kids

Cooking class: Whether you are a seasoned pro when it comes to the fine art of cooking or a complete novice, there should be some cooking classes or resources in your area that can help you learn and improve your existing skills.

Surprisingly few people manage to utilize the many wonderful opportunities that are available to them when it comes to cooking classes.

If you are considering a cooking class you should be glad to know that many communities offer them for a nominal fee at night and sometimes on the weekend.

These classes are rather basic and often designed to help individuals learn the basics of a few economical and healthy meals.

If you fit the bill for this, then you should check out your local library for possible leads for these sorts of classes in your area.

Even if they do not have the information available it is quite likely that they can point you in the right direction.

If you are looking for cooking classes that you can take with your children, check out your library once again or online for the first resource.

There are also many gourmet food shops that offer cooking classes for parents to take with their children.

This is a great opportunity to bond with your child while you both learn to prepare a new dish or two together.

It is quite likely that you will be quite surprised by the things you can learn from your child as well as the things you can learn by simply taking the class.

For those among us who are seeking culinary experience with very specific cuisines you will have to search a little more for the perfect cooking classes in which you can achieve your goal.

They do exist however, though your chances of learning Thai cooking are much greater in a larger city than in smaller towns throughout the country...

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Aug 14, 2022

Salad Dressing Recipes - Healthy Dressing Makes Your Salads Come Alive

What makes or breaks a salad is the dressing. Although it does not easily grab our attention, these so-called silent ingredients play a very crucial role in determining the outcome of a salad.

Tossed with the wrong dressing and the freshest ingredients lose their taste. Salad dressings are like icings on a cake so to speak. They give that final touch, the magic that makes salads come alive.

Listed below are some salad dressing recipes that one can choose from to come up with that special salad one might have in mind.

APPLE VINAIGRETTE

1/2 cup chopped flat-leaf parsley

1/4 cup cider vinegar

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil

1/4 cup apple juice

3 whole fresh basil leaves

1 teaspoon honey

3/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon dry mustard...

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Aug 14, 2022

Jams And Jellies - Homemade Easy To Make Preserve Recipes

Many varieties of fruit preserves are made globally, including sweet fruit preserves, such as those made from strawberry or apricot, and savory preserves, such as those made from tomatoes or squash.

Jams and jellies are ideal for gift giving or for keeping in your pantry.They make the perfect accompaniment to crackers, English muffins, and toast, or use them in recipes or add to sandwiches. The less sugar you use the greater the flavor impact of the fruit. If honey is used there will be a flavor change and the jellies/jams must be cooked longer.

If you use artificial sweeteners use only the Cyclamate type to avoid bitterness and follow the manufacturer's instructions. Cooked down jellies in which the juice is extracted by the open kettle method contain 60% fruit versus commercial products [pressure cooked to extract more juice but pectin destroying] with only 45%

Jelly: has great clarity from dripping the cooked fruit through a cloth before adding sugar and finishing.Jams, Butter and Pastes: are whole fruit purees of increasing density.Marmalades, Preserves and Conserves: are bits of fruit in a heavy syrup.

High Pectin Fruits: Apples, Crabapples, Quinces, Red Currants,

Gooseberries, Plums and Cranberries. These need no additional pectin.If you get syrupy jelly you used too much sugar or did not cook the juice long enough after adding the sugar.

Low Pectin Fruits: Strawberries, Blueberries, Peaches, Apricots,Cherries, Pears, Blackberries, Raspberries, Grapes, Pineapple and Rhubarb. These require combining with high pectin fruits or adding a commercial pectin...

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Aug 14, 2022

Brazilian Cuisine - The Staples Diet Are Root Vegetables Seafood Meat

Brazilian cuisine: It began as most ‘ethnic food movements’ do – with small restaurants in the neighborhoods where immigrants settled, diners and lunchrooms and tea rooms opened by those who wanted to offer a taste of home to their fellow émigrés.

Chinese, Italian, Middle Eastern, Thai – from family run bistros, the cuisine spread as those outside the cultures of the ‘neighborhood’ learned of the good food and the word spread.

The latest ‘new cuisine’ that is spreading like wildfire is Brazilian – a delicious blending of three separate cultures that comes together in dishes and delicacies that aren’t found anywhere else in the world.

To understand the cuisine of Brazil, one must understand a little of its history.

The base of Brazilian cuisine is in its native roots – the foods that sustained the native Brazilians – cassava, yams, fish and meat – but it bears the stamp of two other peoples as well: the Portuguese who came to conquer and stayed, and the African slaves that they brought with them to work the sugar plantations.

Brazilian cuisine today is a seamless amalgam of the three influences that interweave in a unique and totally Brazilian style.

The staples of the Brazilian diet are root vegetables, seafood and meat...

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Aug 14, 2022

Food And Drink - The Food In Trend

Food And Drink : Discovery Of Fire

This discovery enabled man the means of preparing food for eating. Today we call it cooking. Early man used stones and wood for basic cooking.

This discovery enabled man the means of preparing food for eating.

Today we call it cooking.

Early man used stones and wood for basic cooking.

Today we tend to find elaborate use of the stove,not only for cooking, but also a tool that captivates the appetite of anyone anywhere.

Food now is not only considered as a fundamental need but also a means of business, profit, expression, culture, and catharsis.

As an element of business and profit, restaurants and eateries have been the form of livelihood for many.

As an expression, cooking food is a way of experimenting with what you know and what you want to know more.

It is also a good skill if perfected. As culture, menus tell the country’s name. As a catharsis, you can just eat a lot on a depressed day.

Food comes in many trends in all parts of the globe.

There are really these popular trends common for the white, brown and black...

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Aug 14, 2022

Essentials Of Cooking - The Problem Of Food

Essentials of cooking: Without doubt, the greatest problem confronting the human race is that of food. In order to exist, every person must eat; but eating simply to keep life in the body is not enough.

Aside from this, the body must be supplied with an ample amount of energy to carry on each day's work, as well as with the material needed for its growth, repair, and working power.

To meet these requirements of the human body, there is nothing to take the place of food, not merely any kind, however, but the right kind.

Indeed, so important is the right kind of food in the scheme of life that the child deprived of it neither grows nor increases in weight, and the adult who is unable to secure enough of it for adequate nourishment is deficient in nerve force and working power.

If a person is to get the best out of life, the food taken into the body must possess real sustaining power and supply the tissues with the necessary building material; and this truth points out that there are facts and principles that must be known in order that the proper selection of food may be made, that it may be so prepared as to increase its value, and that economy in its selection, preparation, use, and care may be exercised.

Probably the most important of these principles is the cooking of food...

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Aug 14, 2022

History Of Coffee - The Beverage That History Loves

The history of coffee is a topic that true coffee lovers should be interested in,and make a point of looking into because it is simply fascinating.

Around the period of A.D 850 legend has it that a lone shepherd and his herd came across an exotic new plant that was growing upon the slopes of a hillside.

Before the shepherd could intervene a number of his herd had started to chew away at this newly discovered delicacy.

After about a quarter of an hour the shepherd began to notice that the entire flock were acting in an extremely lively manner.

They appeared to be not only very alert but also incredibly hyperactive.

The shepherd being slightly weary and more than a little tired decided that he also should sample the berries and see what effect they would have on him.

He secretly hoped that the dramatic effect that he had observed the berries to have on his flock of sheep would also be his experience.

Just as had happened with his herd, he too started to feel the benefits and in a matter of minutes he also was buzzing.

The exhilaration prompted him to bring the berries to a monk in a nearby monastery.

But the holy man disapproved of their use and threw them into a the fire, from which an enticing aroma billowed.

The roasted beans were quickly raked from the embers, ground up, and dissolved in hot water, yielding the world's first cup of coffee.

Its extensive use then took a grip in the Ethiopian lands before then migrating on to the Arabian outlands...

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Aug 14, 2022

Food Poisoning - Sepsis And Food Preparation

Food poisoning is a sepis: The presence of harmful microorganisms or associated toxins in the blood and tissues, that is caused by consuming foods that are contaminated with pathogenic bacteria, toxins, viruses, prions or parasites. These contaminations are normally as a result of improper handling, storage or preparation of food.

Pesticides added to food can also add in the likelihood of consumption of the viruses. Contact with Pests, such as flies and cockroaches have with food, further increases the change of contamination.

Because symptoms often don't occur for several hours after the contaminated food is eaten, it is hard at times to 'pin the tail on the donkey' and figure out exactly where it came from.

Initial Food Poisoning symptoms generally include: vomiting, diarrhea, fever, nausea, abdominal pain, headache or tiredness. Typically our body is able to recover by itself from the poisoning, after a short period of time.

In rare cases, especially with babies and pregnant women, food poisoning can result in permanent health problems, and in even more extreme cases, death. The time that passes between the food consumption and the actual presence of the virus, is known as the incubation period.

During this period microbes are passed through the stomach and into the intestine where they attach to the cells that line the intestinal wall...

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Aug 14, 2022

Wine - Becoming Familiar with The Alcoholic Beverage

Wine: Many of us are not even vaguely familiar with the different varieties of wine that are available for purchase.

In fact, some of us probably thought red wine and white wine were the only ones in existence.

Most of us don’t have any idea of the number of varieties of wine that are in existence.

We have dinner wines, dessert wines, red wines, white wines, dry red wine, dry white wine, sweet red wine, sweet white wine and much more.

Before you serve your first dinner that includes wine, make sure to understand something about wines. Know what is proper to serve with different meals.

A general rule of thumb is white wine with white meat and red wine with red meat, but there may sometimes be variations to that.

For instance, although chicken is a white meat, red wine is the customary wine of choice because it complements a chicken meal better than white wine

Another variation is turkey which has both white meat and dark meat.

Because of both white and dark meat on turkey, one can choose to serve either white or red wine while some may actually serve both—red to the guests who choose dark meat and white to those who choose white meat.

Another thing that is important to understand is the relationship between red wine and fish...

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Aug 14, 2022

Food Labeling - Why It's Important

Food labeling is an essential way of protecting your health.

Although you do not realize it every time you pick up a jar of peanut butter, someone has had to determine just what is in that jar and what it will do to you if you should consume it.

For most healthy people, eating anything they like seems fine.They don't feel bad and nor do they think twice about it. But, the problem with this is that people can become sick overtime based on the foods that they eat.

The job of the food label is to help reduce the amount of illnesses that happen based on providing knowledge to individuals about what they are consuming.

You will find a wealth of information on food labels.

You'll find information such as which vitamins and minerals are in the foods as well as how much of that should you be consuming. You'll also find food labeling takes a hard look at the bad stuff too.

How much cholesterol, fat, sodium in foods are measured and recorded in this manner as well.

Going even further, food labeling will tell you how many calories are in foods as well as how much a serving of the food is. All of this information is mandatory for foods that are sold in the United States and most of the developed world to be listed...

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Aug 14, 2022

Beverages - Drink In The Diet

Nature And Classes Of Beverages:

Throughout the lifetime of every person there is constant need for solid food to preserve health and prolong life; and, just as such food is necessary to satisfy the requirements of the body, so, too, is there need for water.

As is well known, the composition of the body is such that it contains more liquid than solid material, the tissues and the bones weighing much less than the liquid.

A tremendous amount of this liquid is continually being lost through the kidneys, through each pore in the skin, and even through every breath that is exhaled, and if continued good health is to be maintained this loss must be constantly made up.

This loss is greater in very hot weather or in the performance of strenuous exercise than under ordinary conditions, which accounts for the fact that more than the usual amount of liquid must be supplied during such times.

So necessary is liquid refreshment that the body cannot exist without it for any great length of time.

In fact, if the supply were cut off so that no more could be obtained, the body would begin to use its own fluids and death would soon occur.

A person can live for many days without solid food, but it is not possible to live for more than a very few days without drink.

Nature's way of serving notice that the body is in need of liquid refreshment is through the sensation of thirst...

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Aug 14, 2022

Food Labeling - How To Read Labels

Food Labeling: You cannot measure every morsel that passes your lips, but it is a good idea to measure most foods and beverages until you get a feel for portion sizes.

It is a supersized world out there, and most people are surprised to find that their idea of a single serving is actually two or three.

If you are into bells and whistles, there are food scales that are preprogrammed with nutritional information, as well as scales that will keep a running total of your daily food and nutrient intake for you.

The only tools you really need, however, are a simple and inexpensive gram scale, dry and liquid measuring cups, and idea on reading food labels.

Among all of the mentioned tools, reading food labels seem to be the most effective way of determining the right kind of food to be bought in the supermarket. It lets you make sensible food selections.

Through the “Nutrition Facts” section in a particular item in the grocery, you can identify the amount of serving sizes provided in that product.With food labels, you can clearly understand the amount and kinds of nutrients that are provided in the item.

Usually, it contains the information on saturated fat, sodium, total fat, fiber, and cholesterol amount “per serving.”

However, understanding and reading these food labels can be very perplexing.

A typical consumer would definitely ask what those numbers mean and how it will affect her diet intake if ever she will religiously follow the serving guide as stipulated on the food label...

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Aug 14, 2022

Gourmet Coffee - How To Enjoy A Good Cup Of Gourmet Coffee

Gourmet coffee: Tired of your regular Joe life and your regular Joe cup of coffee that you start your day with?

Then it’s time to reward yourself with something different.

Why not jazz up your morning ritual with cup of rich gourmet coffee.

The dictionary defines gourmet food like this, “Gourmet food is that which is of the highest quality, perfectly prepared and artfully presented.”

If you want the highest quality food you go to a top notch restaurant but if you want the highest quality coffee, you can do that at home yourself.

That gourmet meal is probably going to stay at the restaurant unless you invite a chef over but gourmet coffee can be made in the comfort of your own home with just a little practice...

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Jun 02, 2022

#Kelewele - Delicious Spicy Fried Plantains Recipe #Ghana #FrizeMedia

Kelewele is ripe plantains that is mixed with spices and fried.The sweetness from the ripe plantains and heat from the spices gives you a delicious taste

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Jan 14, 2022

Angel Hair Pasta With Sea Scallops - Simple Yet Delicious #FrizeMedia

This is a very quick yet delicious simple Scallop dish that can be prepared within 20 minutes.

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Jan 13, 2022

#Cooking #Food - Basics for Beginners @Myfoodfantasy69 #FrizeMedia

A good idea is to try simpler recipes for a while and then expand your horizons to the more complex as you gain confidence and experience.

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Jan 13, 2022

D L Foods - Waakye Jollof Banku To Your Work Place.Legon Area

Have your lunch of Waakye Banku Fufu Jollof delivered to your work place.Serving Legon and east Legon in Accra

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