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LIFE CHANGING KITCHEN TIPS!

Juicier Lemons

You probably can get 3 tablespoon of juice from a normal lemon. Want to get 3x more of the juice? Apply light pressure by rolling it. It will bust the tiny juice-filled cells or simply blast it for 20 seconds in a microwave.

Remember to cut the lemon lengthways rather than crosswise. 

Keeping Bread Fresh

Put a celery stick together with the bread in a plastic bag and leave overnight. The bread will absorb the humidity from the celery and give it a fresher taste and bounce. Since celery doesn’t have a strong flavor, it will not affect the taste of the bread. 

Taming Chillies

Rub a little vegetable oil onto your hands to create a barrier before chopping chillies. It will prevent your skin from absorbing the fiery properties and aroma. Fastest way to de-seed chillies? Halve it lengthways and use a teaspoon to scrape out the seeds in one downward stroke. 

No-waste Ginger

A bumpy ginger is quite tricky to peel. Use a teaspoon, instead of peeler or knife, to rub the skin off as it is easier to follow the contour of the ginger and reduce wastage. 

Instant Ice Cubes

For faster freezing, use boiled water instead of water straight from the tap. 

Peel Garlic As Easy As ABC

Use the base of a saucepan to thump the whole bulb to separate the cloves. Then place them in a metal bowl and a similar one on top. Give it a hearty shake and the garlic will come out perfectly peeled. 

No More Milk Boiling Over

Milk often will boil over and spill when heated. Put a long-handled spoon into the pot/pan as it heats to avoid this from happening. 

Never Cry Cutting Onions

Peel and cut onion in a large bowl of water or under a running tap. This will prevent the fumes that cause your eyes to water from escaping into the air.

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The World Cup of Food

Sporting events bring different people together and while serious sports fans will be spending time to debate which teams are most likely to make the next rounds, the foodies can put all that aside and take a look at the iconic and national food and drinks of some of the participating nations.

So, with the right combination of good friends, food and drinks, it’s a great time to celebrate, feast and enjoy the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil! 

AFRICA

Algeria   

Couscous (pronounced as koos-koos) are tiny granules made from steamed and dried durum wheat and are normally eaten with lamb, chicken or fish together with cooked vegetables like carrots, chickpeas and tomatoes.

Ghana 

Fufu is the beloved staple for most of West Africa but is originated in Ghana. Traditionally made from rice or yam, it is served with a fiery Palava sauce or served bland to a main dish.

ASIA

South Korea  

Bibimbap is a large bowl of rice topped with individually prepared vegetables and beef topped with gochujang (pepper paste). Served in a sizzling hot stone bowl and beaming with intense flavor, the rice is mixed right before eating.

Iran 

A meal of chelo-kabab consists of mutton fillet grilled on skewer (barg) or minced meat (kubideh) and served with butter, grilled tomato, raw onion and rice. 

EUROPE

Switzerland 

Fondue is basically bread chunks dipped in a pot of hot cheese and everyone eats from the same fondue pot. Some versions have added white wine and garlic. The Swiss only condone drinking white wine or hot tea with this melted cheese meal as anything else is said to create an indigestible ball of cheese in the stomach.

Spain 

Paella (pronounced as pie-yay-ya) is a rice dish that normally contains chicken, shellfish, fish, squid, beans, artichokes or peppers cooked in a large pan. Saffron, which turns the rice into a glorious golden color is an essential part of the dish. 

NORTH & CENTRAL AMERICA

Mexico 

Mole poblano (pronounced moh-leh poh-blah-noh) is a dish consisting of meat soaked in a sauce made from a combination of chili peppers, seeds, vegetables, cinnamon, garlic and spices plus a little chocolate. Recommended to be served with rice cooked with a little tomato paste. The sauce by itself is called “mole”.

USA 

An average American consumes 3 hamburgers per week or 13 billion in a year, enough to circle the earth 32 times. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers account for 71% of all beef served commercially in the US. 

SOUTH AMERICA

Uruguay 

Chaja is a delicious dessert made of sponge cake topped with a jumble of crisp meringue, dulce de leche, peaches and lots of whipped cream.

Brazil 

What better way to celebrate the event than with caipirinha (pronounced cai-pi-REE-nya), the national drink of Brazil, the host country. Made with cachaca (sugarcane rum), sugar and lime, it’s a must have indulgence for a hot summer day at the World Cup.

Enjoy the matches and good luck to your team!

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Creative Ways To Make Healthy Meals From Leftovers

Sometimes, your eyes are bigger than your stomachs when you cook. So what are you going to do with the extra ingredients or food left uneaten? Fear not. Here’s some ideas on how you can save money and reduce wastage by learning how to make clever use of leftovers by turning them into something tasty and delicious. 

However, the first thing you need to know about leftovers is how you should correctly store them:-

  • Refrigerate or freeze unused food within 2 hours of cooking
  • Wash your hands before handling leftovers
  • Place leftovers in small containers with secure covers so that the food can cool down quickly
  • Should any of the leftovers seem questionable, throw them out
  • Don’t keep leftovers for more than three days

Leftover Bread

  • Bake stale bread until it dries out. Throw it in the blender to make breadcrumbs. Add grated cheese and you can sprinkle it on pasta, salads, stews or pretty much anything.
  • Break or tear up the bread, bake in a mixture of butter, sugar, milk, eggs and fruit to make bread pudding. 

Leftover Chicken

  • Make chicken salad. No cooking required. Just combine cubed or shredded leftover chicken, salad greens, olives, hard-boiled eggs, tomatoes, cheese and top with your favorite dressing.
  • Throw in vegetables with the chicken and make a hearty soup that is great to warm your body on a cold day. 

Leftover Beef

  • Steak is excellent for stir-fry. Just sauté your steak with your favorite veggies, soy sauce, ginger and sesame oil. Eat as is or serve with white steamed rice.
  • Shred the leftover beef and add cheese to make a sandwich. 

Leftover Bananas

  • Banana bread is best made with overripe bananas. You can add chopped walnuts for added deliciousness. You can also use it to make banana pancakes.
  • Keep bananas before they get all darkened in the freezer. Then slice them up, dip them in chocolate, and roll them in toppings of your choice (i.e walnuts).

Leftover Veggies

  • Sauté vegetables with soy sauce and sesame oil, add hot pepper flakes for some spice and serve with steamed white rice.
  • Make quiche by filling up an empty pie shell with a mixture of beaten eggs and milk, shredded cheese and chopped veggies. 

Leftover Fruit & Spaghetti Sauce

  • Throw all overripe fruit together into the blender, add ice, milk and honey and blend them all together to make a healthy and delicious fruit smoothie.
  • Create a new meal that has nothing to do with pasta with your leftover spaghetti sauce. Slice off tops of green bell peppers, clean out the seed and stuff the peppers with mixture of ground beef/chicken, cooked rice and top the stuffed peppers with the sauce.

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DOS AND DONTS DINING CUSTOMS

What’s acceptable behavior at home may not be appropriate and may even be rude when abroad, so the following guide may be helpful when you travel. 

ITALY

Do not ask for cheese if it’s not offered. It’s also a huge no-no to put extra cheese on top of your pizza.

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JAPAN

Drink directly from the soup bowl, as spoons are uncommon. Slurp your noodles, the louder the better as it shows your appreciation to the chef. 

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FRANCE

Always tear a piece off the bread instead of biting directly. When not in use, the bread belongs to the table and not on the plate. 

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CHINA

Do not finish all your food. Always leave a small amount on your plate to show your host that you have been given more than enough to eat. Do not dig through your food, it’s considered to be very rude. 

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INDIA

Be sure to finish your food as wasting is considered extremely disrespectful. Wash your hands before eating but do not eat with your left hand, as it’s considered unclean. 

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PORTUGAL

Leaving a little tip is good. One should not add salt or pepper to food unless provided, as it’s offensive to the chef. 

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THAILAND

Sharing is caring so be ready to share food, as dishes served will be split amongst the table. Dishes are served all at once instead of in courses. 

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With these tips on hand, you can now enjoy your holidays with peace of mind. Happy travelling and happy eating!  :)

 

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May 7

FOOD FOR MOOD

You have often heard the saying – “You are what you eat”. Maybe yes, maybe no but you do feel what you eat. Research suggests that certain food, in some ways, may help influence mood – for better or for worse. 

So, can the food we eat help to put us in a good mood or a bad one? Let’s take a look on how our diet can affect our mood.

Eat Regularly

Food is fuel. You don’t eat, you feel tired. If you go too long without food, your blood sugar drops and you feel cranky. Start the day right with a balanced breakfast. By that, we mean cereal, milk and fruit – not coffee and burger. 

Choose the Right Carbs

Carbs produce serotonin, a feel-good brain chemical that elevates mood, suppresses appetite and has a calming effect. If you’re on a low-carb diet, you’re more likely to feel tired, angry, depressed and tense.

Good carbs that are high in fiber and packed with whole grains – whole wheat bread, buckwheat, millet, brown rice - have a positive effect on mood whereas simple carbs like candy, cake and cookies tend to bring you down, leaving you low energy, hungry and irritable.

Get More Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Found in fatty fishes like salmon, mackerel & sardines and other sources like walnuts, flaxseeds & olive oil, they improve memory and mood. Low levels of them are associated with depression and impulsivity. 

Don’t Overdo Caffeine

For those of you who are sensitive, caffeine may cause depression. If it keeps you awake at night, obviously it will affect your mood the next day. However, taken in moderation, caffeine can enhance physical and mental performance. Too much can bring about nervousness and anxiety. For primary beverage, it’s advisable to drink water or green tea, an antioxidant powerhouse that also fights depression. 

Generally, regular exercise is crucial for keeping your mood and energy levels up. Studies show that even a 10-minute walk can immediately boosts brain chemistry to increase happiness. So, eat right, exercise well and you’re on your way to better moods ahead!

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