Pool Party: The necessary preparations

Pool Party: The necessary preparations

Summer is the right time to party, especially a pool party. Yeah, I love it so much! So, with vacations starting and the sun beckoning you to explore the outdoors, it does not make sense hiding indoors and missing the fun. A pool party needs lots of preparation to make it enjoyable to one and all. Here are some tips on making your pool party a big success.

Ensure that the pool is maintained in proper condition. Check with the filters and clean the pool. For better relaxation, heating the pool or using Jacuzzi would help. Pool necessities including shampoo, sunblock, lotion and soap should be stocked near the bathroom and pool areas.

Seeing to the food

Food plays an important part in a party and should be given due attention. Further splashing about in the pool makes guest hungry, so you need to keep the food ready at hand. Remember to keep the cooler filled with all the necessary drinks so the guests are hydrated. For drinks, serve tall glasses of fruit juices or chill the juice in cube form by freezing them in the cube trays.

For appetizer, you can prepare an antipasto dish of fresh vegetables, fruit, water crackers and pita chips and an easy to prepare eggplant spread and dip made of red pepper. Grilled food is best for outdoors, and kebabs make good pool party food.

For the salad, you can try a light and sweet fruit salad made of tropical fruits. Making it is also easy. You just toss limejuice and honey with an assortment of tropical fruits to get a wonderfully tasty and refreshing salad.

For dessert, lemonade cupcakes are the all-time favorites. You can garnish the cupcakes in any way you like. For the main course, a bean slaw and chicken wrap would be a great and mess free way to eat. Wrapping the rolls in paper to hold all the ingredients and tying with a colorful ribbon gives a great appearance.

Other necessities

Remind guests to bring along their bathing suits, and towels, if you won’t have enough. Prepare room for changing into the suits and add sufficient number of tables and chairs for guests. Set up a good supply of cups, napkins, plates and other necessary utensils on the tables.

And remember to have the audio system set up near the party area, so you have a pleasant and lively music playing in the background. Surf music would be an added advantage.

Decorating is another important area you should pay attention to. The decor adds vibrancy to the setting. You can arrange seashells and sand near the kids ‘area or use sandboxes placed near the pool area to make it appear as a seaside spot.

If the party goes on after sunset, make sure you add the right lighting arrangement. You can use lanterns with candles and hang Christmas lights on tree limbs to give a festive look. Citronella candles would help in deterring the insects. Pool party is not complete without games. Prepare some games in advance, so guests are entertained all the way.

Foods That Help Your Fitness Goals

Foods That Help Your Fitness Goals

Recently I had been called to judge a unique food contest. The contest was sponsored by a fitness club and had the theme of fitness food recipes. The various recipes the contestants came up with were interesting and tasty too. We often tend to prefer the calorie-laden foods because we feel that they taste better. And the calorie restricted foods are often tolerated just because we need them to lose weight and get fit. But even the so called fitness foods can taste delicious, besides giving health benefits. The contest I attended was proof enough. Here are some of the foods that boost your physical activity, help in speedy recovery and build muscle mass.

Endurance food

Studies done on the effect of honey on the body, when taken prior to exercise, reveal that it helped in releasing fuel to the body in a timely manner resulting in a steady level of blood sugar and insulin. The active ingredients present in honey boost speed, power and endurance. When cyclists were given honey before and at an interval of 20 miles all through a race of 40 miles, the honey was able to boost endurance and speed. To increase the benefits, you can add it to an oatmeal snack before your workouts.

Food for stamina

Bright red beetroot has been found to be more potent than caffeine. In fact, it gives more power than any other supplement you can find now. Studies done in UK show that male athletes, who had taken beetroot juice before their cycling could keep up the activity 16% longer. To increase your performance, keep a juicer handy, so you can make fresh beet juice and be at peak performance year round. If you don’t fancy making the juice yourself, there is always bottled beet juice available, which you can drink as such or blend it into one of your pre workout smoothies.

Anti-inflammatory foods

Blueberries have found to have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Eating blueberries helps to boost the natural immunity cells. When you cannot have the fresh blueberries, you can also try the freeze-dried or dried blueberries. I often add them to my gym bag. I usually workout at the gym in the mornings, but when I cannot make it in the mornings I exercise in the evening too. Though the ride back is difficult during night I manage to reach home safely thanks to the led bar light I purchased at this website. With the light bar, I don’t have any problem with the oncoming lights. This has made nighttime driving a breeze.

Recently I had been called to judge a unique food contest. The contest was sponsored by a fitness club and had the theme of fitness food recipes. The various recipes the contestants came up with were interesting and tasty too. We often tend to prefer the calorie-laden foods because we feel that they taste better. And the calorie restricted foods are often tolerated just because we need them to lose weight and get fit. But even the so called fitness foods can taste delicious, besides giving health benefits. The contest I attended was proof enough. Here are some of the foods that boost your physical activity, help in speedy recovery and build muscle mass.

Endurance food

Studies done on the effect of honey on the body, when taken prior to exercise, reveal that it helped in releasing fuel to the body in a timely manner resulting in a steady level of blood sugar and insulin. The active ingredients present in honey boost speed, power and endurance. When cyclists were given honey before and at an interval of 20 miles all through a race of 40 miles, the honey was able to boost endurance and speed. To increase the benefits, you can add it to an oatmeal snack before your workouts.

Food for stamina

Bright red beetroot has been found to be more potent than caffeine. In fact, it gives more power than any other supplement you can find now. Studies done in UK show that male athletes, who had taken beetroot juice before their cycling could keep up the activity 16% longer. To increase your performance, keep a juicer handy, so you can make fresh beet juice and be at peak performance year round. If you don’t fancy making the juice yourself, there is always bottled beet juice available, which you can drink as such or blend it into one of your pre workout smoothies.

Anti-inflammatory foods

Blueberries have found to have excellent anti-inflammatory properties. Eating blueberries helps to boost the natural immunity cells. When you cannot have the fresh blueberries, you can also try the freeze-dried or dried blueberries. I often add them to my gym bag. I usually workout at the gym in the mornings, but when I cannot make it in the mornings I exercise in the evening too. Though the ride back is difficult during night I manage to reach home safely thanks to the led bar light I purchased at this website. With the light bar, I don’t have any problem with the oncoming lights. This has made nighttime driving a breeze.

Reduce fatigue with protein

Pea protein has been found to be rich in amino acids that reduce fatigue during workouts.  This powder extracted from yellow hued peas has arginine, which has immunity boosting properties. The powder also contains lysine, which enhances calcium absorption and reduces loss of calcium thereby helping in maintaining bone strength.  You can increase the effect of the protein by making a smoothie of almond milk, almond butter, berries, frozen cherries and cinnamon.

Food as you can see serves more purposes than you can ever imagine. By choosing the right foods, you can boost your performance and health greatly.

Pea protein has been found to be rich in amino acids that reduce fatigue during workouts.  This powder extracted from yellow hued peas has arginine, which has immunity boosting properties. The powder also contains lysine, which enhances calcium absorption and reduces loss of calcium thereby helping in maintaining bone strength.  You can increase the effect of the protein by making a smoothie of almond milk, almond butter, berries, frozen cherries and cinnamon.

Food as you can see serves more purposes than you can ever imagine. By choosing the right foods, you can boost your performance and health greatly.

Working up an Appetite

tasty food looks so yummy...As a person who loves to eat and try new foods whenever the opportunity arises, I know what a pain it can be to stay in shape when surrounded by tasty things. I also know that sometimes, regardless of how delicious or well made a meal might be, people just aren’t hungry. Finding the right balance between eating too much and eating too little is a struggle many of us endure without ever finding that perfect balance, but there are ways to beat it. For starters, exercising before you start eating can help you to eat less in a variety of reasons, some of which I’ll explain here.

You ever read about Isaac Newton before? He’s the one who came up with the laws of physics, basic high school stuff, or maybe even middle school the way they’re trying to cram information into kids these days. Well he said an object in motion tends to stay in motion, while an object at rest tends to stay at rest. He may have been talking about heavenly bodies and objects throughout the world, but the same can be said for people. Active people tend to stay active and inactive people tend to stay on the couch. Want to guess who has the higher metabolism among the two?

Well it’s been proven time and time again that intense physical activity boosts the body’s metabolism. That need for energy will have your brain telling this that and the other piece to start breaking down ready sugars or stored fats and using them to fuel your function. So, even if you’re going to be sitting down for the meal, exercising for a short time beforehand can give you an edge on getting rid of the food you eat, as well as help you to feel fuller faster by encouraging digestion before you even start eating.

dfitness is the best after allLots of games require other people around to play, so you’ll want to stick with something you can comfortably do alone, without help from anyone else. I’ve found that throwing around this MMA JIU JITSU dummy gets muscles all over my body working and helps me to break a little sweat before I eat. Some of these dummies are really heavy and in those cases, tossing them around can feel like tossing around an actual person. You might not do much tossing at all in that case, but that’s not the point. The point is getting active before eating and this accomplishes it nicely.

I’m probably downplaying the awesomeness of these guys, as handsome as they might be. You could always throw around medicine balls or some other compact, dense and heavy object; whatever you have handy. Calisthenics are another good choice and they don’t require any weights at all. Stuff like running in place, jumping jacks, pushups and other quick, easy exercises will work just as well for this purpose. If you want to master food, you’ve got to teach your body how to handle it and process it fast. Just think of this as training, if that helps.

How to Win Competitive Eating Contests

How to Win Competitive Eating Contests

I’m a major foodie, so I guess it only makes sense that I’ve been to a fair share of competitive eating contests. Usually it’s just to watch other people stuffing their faces, but I’ve also actively participated in a contest before. It was a pizza eating contest and I do love pizza, so I guess I had a natural advantage over the other eaters. I won that time and got a serger for my efforts – get the facts about serger and read the full info here about what serger I won.

I’m skipping any details here since most of the people who visit my blog are looking to read about food, not sewing machines. That said, I think it’s a good time to get back to the topic, which is how to win competitive eating contests. I didn’t undergo any special training, but I probably should have and I realize how lucky I was to win against other people doing some of the things I’m going to mention here. The best place to start, I think, is with a popular bit of competitive eating myth.

eat as fast as you canmCutting back on the amount you eat before an eating contest is not the way to gain an edge. When you eat less than normal, your stomach literally shrinks a bit because it isn’t working at capacity like it ought to be. If this goes on for a long time, your stomach can actually lose inches of itself as the elastic bits pull in and the organ compacts itself. I don’t think I need to tell you that having less room to put food into means you can take in less food, but I’ve gone and said it just in case.

So don’t starve yourself in the days or weeks leading up to a competitive eating contest. Instead, you should actually be eating more than you regularly do. It doesn’t have to be high calorie food either – you could load up on stuff which is basically free and full of fiber, like all kinds of vegetables for instance. You’ll keep your stomach stretched and ready to accept a greater load of food than normal, and you’ll also not blow up and gain a bunch of weight because of it.

Lots of people think competitive eaters are just gluttons, but that’s not true. It’s a physical test, just like many other sports, where the player (or eater in this case) must outperform the other people they are playing against to win. Any edge can help you to beat your opponent, but keeping your stomach stretched is no little edge.

Last but not least, make sure you don’t load up on water during the event. Sure, they provide you with all the water you can drink, but in my experience, that’s to help the food go down more quickly. If your stomach gets full of water, you’ll be cramping or busting your gut long before you can claim a victory in any competitive eating contest. That said, don’t be afraid to reach for your cup if taking a drink means you’ll be able to move ahead and keep eating.

What natural foods can you grow at home?

What natural foods can you grow at home?

People are becoming very conscious day by day about their foods. This is because many harmful chemical are being used to grow many natural foods. Therefore, many people are growing natural foods on their own at home. It not necessary for you to be a farmer to grow few plants at home. Spending a portion of your leisure time can make that possible. Growing natural foods at home with awesome modern LED technology you can eat fresh and healthy foods. At the same time you can save your money that you would otherwise spend to buy those foods. Few natural foods that can be grown at home are discussed here.


You can grow cauliflower in your garden quite easily. Remember cauliflowers needs fertile soil that has well drainage facilities. It is better to add some fertilizer to the soil well in advance before cultivating cauliflower. Shelter spot increases the growth of cauliflower. Do not forget to water them time to time.


It is quite easy to grow ginger at home. Just buy some ginger chunks and cover them with soil at pots or in the garden facing the freshest bud up. Ensure indirect sunlight for best result.


Growing broccoli is much more similar to growing cauliflower at home. Broccoli needs the same soil condition as cauliflower needs. It is wise to cultivate broccoli after every two years for best growth at the same soil.


This is another common and popular vegetable that you can grow at your home in abundance. Potato best grows in worm and moist place. Make sure the soil has proper drainage facilities as sogginess could hamper growth of them. Ensure the maximum sunlight for the soil possible.


Autumn is the best time to grow blackberries. At this time of the year blackberry plants get sufficient sunlight without over exposing roots. Make an arch for the blackberry bush to grow. Add some fertilizer to the soil at spring. Do not forget to water them time to time but make sure the soil does not get soggy.


Sandy soil is ideal for growing asparagus. Find a sheltered but open place for their bed. You can grow them from both seeds and crowns. Make the bed for asparagus raised.


Once you grow an apple tree in your garden, you do not to buy apples from market for many years. Before you plant a apple tree make sure the soil is well fertilized. You can use organic materials or compost to the soil. Make a wide hole into the soil to plant the young tree. You can put some compost at the bottom of that hole for better growth. Gently fill the hole with soil mixed with compost.

Things to Consider Before Opening a Fast Food Restaurant

Things to Consider Before Opening a Fast Food Restaurant

There is a huge popularity of fast foods among people. Therefore, it is not a bad idea to open a fast food restaurant. However, food is not the only thing that you must consider before opening a fast food restaurant. You have to consider several other factors too.


The first thing you must consider before opening a fast food restaurant is type of food you want to provide. Selling all types of fast foods is not a wise idea. You must decide your specialty in providing foods. For example, Pizza Huts is not popular for selling burgers or chicken fries and you will not go to McDonalds to have a pizza. Therefore, determine what type of food you want be specialized in. It could be sandwiches, burgers, chicken fries, pizzas or any other types of fast food.


Location is important for any small business. Fast food restaurants’ businesses greatly depend on their locations. If your location is not good, it will be tough for you to continue. It is better to choose a location close to office area, schools, colleges, universities, shopping malls etc. You also may consider a location by the highways.


Try to indentify the possible cost associated in starting up the fast food business. Also consider how you will manage that cost. Moreover, it is important to manage the cost until your business makes profit. If you need other investors or bank loans to fund your business, make a business proposal that convinces them.

Health Codes:

You must abide by all the rules and regulations related to health. Therefore, before you open a fast food restaurant, have a clear idea bout those rules. The laws could differ in states to states and country to country.


Different fast food restaurants require different types of equipments to prepare foods. And you might need to spend most of your initial investment buying equipments. Therefore, you may consider leasing those equipments instead of buying if you are starting with a lower amount of money.


Not only foods but also staffs make a restaurant profitable. It is wise to hire highly skilled staff during the beginning of the business to create a strong image of your fast food restaurant. If the image is good, people will come back automatically. Besides, if customers do not get proper service, it is unlikely for them as well as other potential customers to come to your restaurants.


It is important to know your competitors before opening any sort of businesses. Indentify the other fast food outlets in the area where you are planning to open your restaurants. Try to know there strength, weakness, strategies in details.


How to Judge a Food Contest?

Nowadays, different food contests are being organized around the world due their increasing popularity among common people. Therefore, demand for judges is increasing too. Judging these food contests is very important since success of any food contests mostly depends on the judges. An ideal judge of food contest follows some important guidelines.

Before Contest Starts:

It is important to get a clear idea about food contest rules before the contest starts. Besides, judges must study to have more idea about recipes, foods, ingredients, garnishing, cooking apparatus etc. Try to be as professional as possible and set your personal preferences aside.

During The Contest:

Talk to other judges to know if there is any last-minute change in instructions. Have your judging sheet ready. It is good to judge foods according to their difficulties. Get introduced with the contestants at the beginning of the food contest.

Judging Steps:

Time – First step in judging is to see if the food prepared by contestants is within the time allocated according to the contest rules.

See – Look for the presentation of foods along with color, garnishing etc. The look of food should be attractive. However, do not hesitate to penalize for excessive décor or inappropriate or extra use of garnishing.

Smell – Try to smell the aroma of foods. Also check if there is any burned smell coming from the food. Do not give extra point for using excessive flavoring or seasoning.

Inspect – To get the clear picture of a food you must cut the dish and expose the bottom, middle and top layers along with sides and center to inspect. Look for burned, off-colored, overcooked, undercooked or raw portion in the dish. Also check for evenness in color and cooking. Give more points for even cooking, consistent surface texture & color, pleasant aroma. On the other hand, penalize for soggy, tough, raw, burned spots, crumbling or brittle results, spotty cooking.

Taste – To taste all the dishes prepared by contestants it is important that you keep your hunger even for the last dish to be tasted. Taste for all the ingredients that mentioned in the recipe. Check the flavor if that is too strong. Also check if all the ingredients are perfectly cooked. Find out if there is any ingredient used that is not mentioned. Also penalize for missing ingredients. Try to taste a smallest amount of servings that are enough to judge a dish.

Make Notes –You might forget specific observation about an item after tasting few others. That is why it is important to write down any notes about dishes when you are judging.

Double Check Scores – Double check your scores for different dishes. Do not hesitate to taste again a dish if you are confused about that.

Meal Planning: The Secret to Achieving Your Healthy Eating Goals

Meal Planning: The Secret to Achieving Your Healthy Eating Goals

Being a culinary guru, I have been asked so many times about how to start eating healthy. Perhaps the easiest and most effective thing you can do is meal planning.

Before I began writing a meal plan, I was guilty of pleasure eating to the point that I had some weight problems. I found that using planners to track eating habits, as discussed at GetLifeYouDesire.com, can greatly help you achieve healthy eating.

With meal planning, you get to enjoy delicious foods while achieving your health and fitness goals. The major benefit of meal planning is that you can think about what you will be eating for the day or week in a focused, quiet manner. It’s easier to avoid unhealthy foods if you do the planning at home instead of while you’re in queue on a pizza stall.

So, how do you create a meal plan?

First of all, find a relaxed time in your week when you can prepare your plan. Know how many meals you need in a week. Usually, you need seven breakfast, lunch and dinner. Some would prefer to have snacks or skip a meal on certain days. A rough estimate of your weekly meals will help you decide on how many varieties of recipes and viands you need.

Next, think about how much time you can allot for cooking your meals. Your meal plan is useless if you don’t have time to execute it. Consider how many hours of your day you can spend for cooking. Usually, you can spend a good 30-minute in the morning for cooking your meals for the entire day. This is enough to cook several quick recipes. You also need to set a day for grocery.

If you have a very tight schedule, you may want to cook everything on a weekend, keep them refrigerated, and just heat them up later. Another way is to consider quick-cook recipes. Getting a planner for working moms such as those reviewed here https://getlifeyoudesire.com/best-planner-for-working-moms/ is a good idea.

Now you can list down the dishes you can cook. You want the dishes to be healthy and easy to cook. Consider the season as this will affect the availability of your ingredients. If you’re cooking only on once a week and are storing them up, make sure to consider the shelf-life of the dish. Check the nutritional profiles of your recipes, making sure that they align with your healthy eating goals. If possible, consider overlapping ingredients to save on your budget and minimize waste. It is best to check out what ingredients are plentiful during the season and those that are on sale.

Over time, you can create a master recipe list that you can just refer to when planning in the future. Compile all the dishes and recipes in one planner as this can serve as a quick reference. A recipe catalogue can greatly help you in the meal planning and preparation process.

Next, you can now distribute the chosen dishes into your calendar. It would help if you post a paper copy of your calendar in your kitchen. However, I highly recommend that you write them down in a planner so you can easily refer back to it when needed. There are also calendar apps that you can use to schedule your meals.

Once you’ve completed your meal plan, you can write a grocery and shop. Having a grocery list would not only help ensure you get healthy foods but also avoid overbuying. It should also save time at the store since you can arrange the items by group.

Meal planning is not only the secret to achieving your health and fitness goals – it can actually save you money and time. It’s definitely something worth trying for everyone!

Say Goodbye to PMS with These Delectable, Nutritious Foods

Just a couple of weeks ago, a girl-friend of mine had a terrible PMS. Moodiness, headaches, bloating – and all the horrible stuff you know about this dreadful bane!

I was very sorry for my friend and wanted to make her feel okay. I decided to buy her some menstrual tampons that I read about at https://topladiessecret.com/. But since I have nothing else to do that day, I decided to cook her appetizing, PMS-busting dish. And guess what? My food actually helped alleviate some of her PMS symptoms.

So, what are some foods that can provide you healthy nutrients that will improve – and prevent – PMS symptoms?

Here are some of Nature’s nutritious treats to help girls conquer their symptoms at the same time satisfy their cravings:

  1. Avocado

Avocado is great for women with muscle cramps, cravings and bloating. Rich in healthy fats, avocado also contains potassium which serves as natural diuretic, flushing out excess body fluids and sodium. Potassium also prevents muscle cramps and can also boost feelings of satiety (so you won’t overeat).

  1. Peanuts/peanut butter

Add a good serving of peanut into your meals or snacks. These nuts contain high levels of magnesium and vitamin B6. Magnesium can help control the brain chemical called serotonin, which helps you feel good and improves mood. As an added benefit, it also reduces bloating.

  1. Oats

Make sure to add oats in your menu if you suffer from painful menstrual cycles. The high magnesium and zinc contents of oats prove to be beneficial in alleviating cramps.

  1. Bananas

Alleviate PMS-induced bloating, cramping and water retention by adding bananas to your diet. Bananas are rich in potassium and vitamin B6 which help treat these common PMS complaints.

  1. Sardines

Sardines are packed with vitamin D and calcium that are known to minimize the chances of experiencing PMS symptoms. They also contain high levels of omega-3 fatty acids that researchers link to alleviating PMS-symptoms such as headaches, bloating, anxiety, lack of concentration, nervousness, depression, and breast tenderness.

  1. Sunflower and pumpkin seeds

Sunflower and pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of zinc, which can treat painful menstrual cycles and bloating. It also contains vitamin E that is thought to help provide cramp relief. Moreover, it can provide loads of vitamin B6, which supports magnesium and zinc absorption, essential for pain relief.

  1. Broccoli

A very nutritious vegetable, broccoli contains a number of minerals that include calcium, magnesium, and potassium, and vitamins A, B6, C, and E. All of these can help alleviate PMS symptoms.

  1. Spinach and kale

Another great source of calcium, these leafy vegetables are also packed with magnesium and vitamins B6 and E, which can help prevent stomach pains and nausea.

  1. Sesame seeds

These tiny seeds contain a calcium, magnesium, and vitamin C that can all help alleviate PMS symptoms. Its high contents of fatty acids also help the stomach muscles relax and reduce cramping.

  1. Low-fat Yogurt

A cupful of low-fat yogurt can be an awesome, high-nutrition snack for women with PMS. Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium. Studies suggest that women who had higher intakes of vitamin D and calcium from calcium-rich dairy products are 40 percent less likely to develop PMS.

7 Secrets To An Organized Kitchen

7 Secrets To An Organized Kitchen

When cooking your meal, do you find yourself running around your kitchen looking for ingredients or cooking equipment? How does your kitchen look like after each meal? Does it look like a disaster?

Here let me share with you some tips on how to keep your kitchen clean so that you can enjoy your meals faster.

  1. Think of your home kitchen as if it’s a restaurant kitchen.

Restaurant kitchens serve hundreds of meals a day in just a limited space. Ever wondered how they make it possible? They have efficient work stations to maximize the space. You can also do this in your kitchen.

Create an assembly line approach in your kitchen. The first section is the washing station where you will clean up all stuff. Next is the prep station where you cut and chop ingredients, followed by the cooking station and finally cooling area.

  1. Gather all supplies, ingredients and equipment before you begin.

Instead of running around your kitchen for every ingredient or tool that you will need, you can save time if you gather them all before even starting the preparation. To make cooking much easier, you should also consider investing on basic cooking tools and kitchen equipment like those reviewed here at Sink HQ.

  1. Ensure an efficient work station.

Optimizing your kitchen means keep everything within arm’s reach while you cook. It is recommended that you put commonly used kitchen tools and equipment around your prep station. Place your seasonings in the nearest cupboard, all the tools in a nearby drawer and prep bowls just within the kitchen cabinet. This should spare you precious minutes and also keep your kitchen organized while cooking.

  1. Use mixing bowls.

Ever wondered why cooking shows always have prep bowls? That’s not just for show; it actually helps keep the entire process of preparing the foods more organized and faster. And because of this, prep bowls are awesome and essential kitchen equipment. Don’t worry about aftercare as they are very easy to wash, stack and store.

  1. Place a trash bowl near your prep station.

Make sure you have a trash bin at your prep station. All food trash goes right into the trash bin. No need to run back and forth between your prep station and your trash can. This will definitely help minimize clutter in your kitchen.

  1. As much as possible, use fewer dishes.

I am among those who don’t love doing dishes. So, I always try to minimize on dishes when preparing meals. And I’ve always found this tip very useful as it cuts the number of hours I need to clean up after cooking. Instead of pulling out new dish, I use the cutting board or lay out parchment paper so I’m able to limit the number of dishes I need to clean up after.

  1. Clean up immediately.

You don’t have to wait for the entire cooking process to get done before you can clean up. For sure there would be idle time such as while waiting for the pot to boil or the meat to soften. Use these idle moments to organize and clean up your kitchen. I bet after care would be much faster and easier! And best of all, your kitchen will remain clean!

Best Autumn Picnic Foods

Honestly, I find summer picnics a bit overrated. I’m a much bigger fan of picnics in the fall. There are quite a few reasons for me personally; my favorite is that all the bugs have started to die and you don’t need to worry about ants and wasps invading the delicious food that you’ve packed. Fall is the season to bring those sweet, sticky foods out that you wouldn’t dare take on a picnic in the summer. The other reason is the nice temperate and lower sunlight. Usually the days are a bit less bright and intense, so you can actually enjoy being out the sun without being fried completely. Here are a few of my favorite recipes for your autumn picnic!

Cold Chicken

This may be cheating a little bit, but it is my very favorite picnic food. If you make a roast chicken for dinner, make more than you planned to. That way, you have enough to save for the next day and have some delicious cold chicken. Cold chicken goes well in sandwiches or by itself; it’s one of the most versatile picnic foods I know of! It’s also easy to make, and if you want to make it even easier just grab a roast chicken from the store and use that.

Hot Toddy

This mix of rum and warm water and spices is the perfect autumn drink. It keeps you warm, and it is great for fall nights. I love to get out my telescope (I got it from LikeHubble.com!) and watch the stars while we have a drink. It’s the perfect adult beverage for stargazers on a chilly night.


Chili is really easy to make, and it keeps warm very well in a thermal container. You can just bring a big container of chili along and a few bowls and you’re good to go! It is also great for keeping you warm, and goes great with cider or Oktoberfest Marzan ales. Which, speaking of…

Marzan Ale

Marzan ale is an ale brewed in March in Germany, and is kept in storage until Oktoberfest. And let me tell you, there is NOTHING that tastes quite as good as an Oktoberfest ale. It has a unique, nutty flavor that you won’t get from Bud Light or MillerCoors. It goes well with every meal under the planet; it’s especially great for chili and cold chicken, which is why I’ve added it to the list. Heck, it’s great by itself; I was birdwatching with the telescope I just bought, and had a delicious mug of foamy beer to go with it!

So, if you like beer, rum, chili, cold chicken, or cider, autumn is the season for you. It’s my very favorite season of the year, and food is a big part of that. I’m always sad when October is over, because that means that the Oktoberfest ale starts to run dry and I’ll have to wait until next year.

Survival Cooking: A Must Learn Cooking Technique

Survival Cooking: A Must Learn Cooking Technique

As a culinary judge, I’ve probably seen thousands of impressive cooking techniques. From simple sautéing to roasting to braising, all of these techniques create sumptuous dishes. But there’s one cooking technique that everyone should learn – survival cooking.

Survival cooking is cooking without the use of any modern conveniences such as kitchen stove or electricity. It’s going back to the basics. It may seem primitive and tough but once you’ve mastered it, it’ll be a very useful life skill.

Likely a future catastrophe will shut down the grid and render your kitchen useless. Although that can be tragic, you don’t have to settle with unpalatable canned foods. You actually don’t need electric oven, microwave, or gas-powered stove to cook up a tasty meal.

With survival cooking, you can make an enjoyable mealtime even in the midst of an apocalypse. That’s how important survival cooking is.

Here let’s take a look at five cooking techniques for survival:

  1. Frying in foil

No need use a pan to fry foods, a little bit of aluminum foil will do. Using a kitchen knife (or the best pocket knife for a more survival-ish feel) cut the meat (fish or pork) into thin shreds. Place it in the middle of foil, sprinkle with edible oil, and fold the foil. Throw it on a dying bed of coals to slowly fry the food.

  1. Baking in a can

Got no working oven but want to bake? No worries. Just get an empty tin can, place your food inside it, add some seasoning, and you’re ready for a sumptuous roasted meat! Light up coals or wood and bury the stuffed tin can under the coal. Just wait for a few minutes and you’re fresh hot roasted meat is ready to serve!

  1. Kebabs or barbecue

Well, this one’s no-brainer. Just look for a long pointy stick, sharpen the edge using any of the hunting knives reviewed at this site: http://asklancelot.com/best-hunting-knife/, and insert your food item into the stick. Simply hold it (or prop up) close to the fire. Rotate the stick every few minutes for an even cook. They say that this is the most primitive cooking method. We won’t prove it but one thing’s for sure: it tastes great!

  1. Boiling with a can

Well, it appears the tin can save you when doomsday comes. Aside from being used for baking, you can also boil in a can. You can use tin cans for your teas or soups. To boil, simply fill the can with water and place it over improvised rack. Another way of heating the can is by placing it in the ashes on the edge of the fire. Another alternative is by piercing lips on two side of the can and placing wire on each opening. Using sticks, hang the tin can over the fire. This will cook the food faster.

There you have the four simple survival cooking techniques. While the rest of the world feasts on cold, canned foods for meals, you can cook fresh hot meals using your survival cooking skills. You’ll never go hungry with this very important life skill!

5 Can’t-Miss Sports Bars That Offer the Best Menu

5 Can’t-Miss Sports Bars That Offer the Best Menu

When you talk about sports bar, the first things that come to mind are a must-watch sporting event, beer, and good time!

But for a food buff like me, sports bars are more than just the large television sets, the digital surround audio, or the sports-crazed crowd – it’s still the menu that’s on top of my list.

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want to argue with sports fanatics who flock these food joints on big athletic matches. In fact, I actually admire them for their passion towards their favorite sport, which I think can rival (or even beat) my enthusiasm for sumptuous foods!

They come to these bars to cheer for their favorite team or athlete. It’s also a time to showcase how much they know about their much loved sport. I once dropped by a sports bar and it’s a US Open Championship. I definitely learned a lot of trivia about the game. I’m amazed that they know even the slightest details of the tennis racquet that Rafael Nadal or Roger Federer used. It’s amazing how accurate they can be. It’s like they’ve memorized all the racquet specs you can read about at Peakstriker.com! Probably, I was the only one who actually stared at the menu to look for the best food.

But admit it: Who doesn’t want to feast on a delicious meal and a cold drink while watching the ‘game of the century’? Don’t you want to enjoy the best of both worlds?

I’ve been to a number of sports restaurants and bars. Here are some that stand out in terms of their menu:

  1. Lagasse’s Stadium, Las Vegas

Right at the heart of the City of Light, the Lagasse’s Stadium is perhaps the most luxurious place to watch your favorite sport and it offers more than just the regular bar menus. Be sure to try their Spice Rubbed Baby Back Ribs and Creole Burger.

  1. Frankey’s Sports Bar, Hallandale Beach

This upscale sports bar is best known for its delectable menu that uses succulent, grass-fed burgers, rib eye steaks, and steak-tip skewers. Some sought-after Frankie’s Classics include the BBQ Glazed Baby Back Ribs and the Chuck Steak Burger.

  1. Batch Gastropub, Miami

Always teeming with patrons, Batch Gastropub is definitely doing something right! Well, you can see it in their menu which offers sumptuous dishes that range from truffle fries to brick oven pizzas to lamb burgers. They put in some extra effort to their food – a rarity in sports bars.

  1. Bobby V’s Restaurant and Sports Bar, Windsor Locks

Featuring 70 large TVs and a 300-seating capacity, Bobby V’s offers not quite the usual sports bar dishes. It appetizing entrée elevates to a new height your all-time favorite bar menus that include seared ahi tuna and fillet mignon.

  1. Cover 3, Austin and San Antonio

Here’s another can’t-miss when it comes to great sports bar menu. Cover 3 surely has a delectable, diverse menu that includes fresh Seafood, award-winning Burgers, and USDA Prime. All their dishes are guaranteed to use the freshest, finest ingredients that will meet your satisfaction.

There you have it: five great sports bar and restaurants that offer great menu.

So, the next time you feel like watching a sporting event in a bar, don’t just fix your eyes on the television set or get engrossed to game or drown yourself in alcohol. Try to check their menu. I guarantee you: you won’t go home a sore loser even if your team lost if you’ve enjoyed something delectable in your plate!

10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfection!

10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfection!

Perhaps the most difficult dish to perfect in the griller’s repertoire is the great steak. Creating a perfectly cooked, moist, and tender steak, with just the right amount of juice, flavor and burnt parts, is the griller’s pinnacle of achievement. I’ve been invited to several food fests and have discovered some very helpful rules for the perfect grilled steak.

Here are some tips on how to grill your best steak:

  1. Let the steak warm up.

Before even thinking of lighting up your grill or smoker, whichever model you find here at https://smokeysteakranch.com/, make sure that the stake is at room temperature for at least one hour. Try grilling a steak directly taken out from the fridge and you’ll end up disappointed.

  1. Right thickness.

For best results, your steak should be at least one-and-a-half to two inches thick. That’s not some random measurement. This thickness will help you achieve the ideal char on the exterior and the desired temperature on the inside.

  1. Salt from start to end.

Lightly sprinkle with salt both sides of the steak few hours before grilling. Place it on a wire rack set on a rimmed baking sheet. Salt ensures that your steak is juicy by helping it retain water. Right before grilling, pat dry the steak with paper towels and sprinkle with salt again. I recommend kosher salt for better result. And finally after grilling, sprinkle the steak again with just enough salt.

  1. 10 Best Kept Secrets for Grilling Your Steak to Perfectio-1Pepper for crunch and spice.

Add some spice and crunch to your steak with a combination of different sizes of peppers – fine, medium and large bits. Place whole peppercorns on a plastic bag and crush them to pieces.

  1. Simple seasoning.

You don’t have to overdo on seasoning. Usually, the best steaks are achieved by simply using coarse salt and pepper. No extra seasoning or secrets.

  1. Keep it hot and lubricated.

You don’t have to own any pricey fancy pellet smokers to create a great steak. You just need grill grate that is hot, well-oiled, and clean. That should be enough to prevent sticking as well as gives your steak killer grill marks.

  1. Achieve mouthwatering marks.

For a picture-perfect grilled steak, arrange slightly on diagonal to the bars of the grate so the char would all run the same way. Carefully rotate the steak after 2-3 minutes to create a crosshatch of grill marks.

  1. Turn the steak.

Avoid stabbing the steak, instead, use tongs to turn the steaks. You only stab the steak to drain out some juices. And surely, you don’t want it to dry up. A good indicator that it’s time to turn the steak is the beads of blood that form on top of it.

  1. Poke the steak.

Test how well done your steak is by poking the steak with your index finger. If it’s firm and springy that’s well done; gently yielding, medium-rare; squishy and soft, rare. That way, you’ll know when to take it off from the grill.

  1. Let your steak sit.

Give your steak 5-10 minutes to settle and spread its juices. As the temperature evens, the meat reaches its final tenderness. Don’t get too excited, let time work its wonder on your great steak! Once done, cut it to your desired sizes and give it a nice presentation.

Finally, don’t leave your grill unclean!

Always keep your grill clean – that’s your key to achieving the best grilled steaks in the future!

Some things worth thinking about before the birds arrive

It may still be a couple of months away for you but I’m already thinking about it and I cannot wait. Spring time is one of my favorite periods of the year. Apart from the weather being almost perfect it is for me a period of renewal and hope.

Spring allows me to shed what I could not lose during those cold winter months that kept me indoors for so long. Restaurant doors open a little wider this time of year, knowing well that many of their regulars, and a few new customers too, will be willingly making their way up one or two blocks just to get to dinner on time and mainly because it’s so great to be walking about in the evening again.

New bells and whistles for the kitchen

Thinking of new bells and whistles for my own kitchen, would you believe me if I told you that the Doorbel Base  reminded me of something rather important. My sprawling, renovated kitchen stretches out far over the patio with just the polished glass sliding door separating me from the fresh air and the birds when they arrive. Birds are alright, they just fly on down. But when my new spring time guests arrive, they still need to get through the front door.

So, my husband and I thought that this time around and for once and for all, we’d replace the giant brass bell we sourced from one of my food trips with a wireless doorbell fully-equipped with a transmitter and receiver. That way when the new guests arrive and I’m still clacking about in the kitchen, I’ll hear them loud and clear and won’t have to keep them waiting any longer than they need to.

Cooking the books and how much we made

It’s also a great safety feature for restaurant owners to have. Many of them are chefs and still have to manage their time equally among supervising their kitchen staff, preparing new menus and let’s just say, cooking the books. No matter what the trade is, but because their margins are always tight, perhaps this is more so for the small restaurant, the biggest talking point of any small business may be ‘well, how much did we make tonight’.

The consummate restaurateur might not be checking receipts until the next morning but, late at night, cash and receipt records still need to be stored away safely. And I don’t yet know of one reliable security company that is going to come out at two in the morning to help out. As I may have mentioned in an earlier post on starting up, it’s all about location. But the doorbell, front and back of the shop, will be a start.

Apart from cleaning out the bird house and buying new birdseed, there’s prime cuts and organic garden vegetable harvesting still to think about. Along with security and peace of mind and putting a smile on customers’ faces, these things also take up time. So, I guess I’ll be seeing you then.

Favorite Colors and Palettes for your Kitchen Repainting

kitchen-728727_1280As a certified foodie, I consider the kitchen my sanctuary. Just recently, a friend of mine asked me about what I think would be the best color for her kitchen re-painting project. I admit, interior design and anything that has to do with it is not really my forte but anyway, here’s my two cents worth.

Choosing kitchen colors

Being one of the most used parts of the house, the kitchen should have an inviting and warm ambiance. The kitchen design, décor, layout and color combinations all play a role in creating a welcoming kitchen. Of these aspects, the color scheme is often the easiest to alter that can result in maximum benefits. You can even DIY the kitchen repainting project. For this DIY job, you may need to look for a quality air compressor from review sites like the AirCompressorJudge.com.

Everyone will have their favorites, but not all colors are equally good for your kitchen. With the thousands of colors to choose from, the selection process can be intimidating. Among the top picks for kitchen re-painting, the colors white, gray, yellow, red, green, and blue simply stand out. Each of these hues brings in unique character for the room, but they all help make it a welcoming and warm space.

  1. White

Most of us start our day in the kitchen, and the color white can give your kitchen that revitalizing energy. A brightly lit white kitchen can give you a great head start. It also makes the kitchen look and feel clean and fresh. White also blends well with other colors and designs, making your kitchen versatile.

  1. Gray

Recently, neutral colors have dominated modern houses. While some see gray as cold, the right shade of gray can work perfectly for your kitchen. It pairs up well with most modern kitchen appliances as well as other furniture. You won’t also have a difficult time blending it with cabinetry and countertop.

  1. Yellow

Yellow can brighten up any room. Like a ray of sunshine, it can create a happy and calm feel for your kitchen. If your kitchen space is limited, yellow can make it look brighter and more spacious. It teams up well with gray and white accents too.

  1. homes-for-sale-326998_1280Red

Red is a very warm color and is thought to stimulate appetite. This property of warm colors makes them excellent for kitchens. Red does not only keep your food cravings up, but is also incredibly versatile. You can mix and match red with other hues, such on odd walls or cabinetry, to create a more interesting kitchen.

  1. Green

Green is a safe and smart color option for kitchen repainting project. There are a number of shades to choose from including yellow green, apple green and mint. These shades pair perfectly with both wood and modern accents. You can also be experimental with the shades of green. This lively color can energize your kitchen, especially when used for cabinets, accent wall, floor or an island.

  1. Blue

Another color that can make your kitchen look clean and crisp, blue is an old favorite when it comes to kitchen walls, cabinets, and even ceiling. Although use of blue, especially the darker shades, can be overpowering, using it sparingly creates invigorating ambiance. When using darker shades, make sure to add neutral tones to keep the room from looking dark and intense.

Adding spices to our food

Some people just love food. Food is an inseparable part of our lives. Food gives us the energy to do our day to day activities and also help us maintain our health and keeps us fit. It is the source of energy for our body. Without food one can‘t survive the world. It is the source of all necessary nutrition in our body. But this does not mean in any way that we can eat anything in anyway available. Food apart from being eatable should fit our taste.

Taste is an important factor that determines our food selection. Food needs to be of the right taste. Without the food being tasty it would not be able to pass down from our throats. The selection and the choice of food is what make us different from animals. Animals eat what they get. But that cannot happen in our case. Surely it cannot.

Spices have been of great importance once it comes to make food tasty. Spices add to both the flavor and color of the food and make them more delicious than ever. When man discovered that food that he acquired from nature could not be eaten u raw then he started to find out ways and means to tackle the problem. Not all food could be eaten taw by human beings. If could be eaten then the problem arose with digestion as the stomach of human beings is not built up to digest raw carbohydrate. That is why we cannot eat leaves and hays and grasses raw, directly from the plant. We also can’t eat potatoes and wheat and rice raw. We need to cook them before we can eat them.

Once man acquired the knowledge of cooking food, they began the tryst to make food tastier and more delicious for their consumption. And the one thing that remained the same in the ingredients though the ages without change is the spices.

Spices are the measure of the taste for any food. When we add salt in any food preparation, the taste and the color of that dish changes entirely. Salt is a basic ingredient for any dish. Too much of it or less of it can change the preparation for absolute disaster. Salt is also associated with our health. Consumption of too much salt will add too much of ions in to the blood stream of our body and thus our blood pressure will increase. Chilies also excite us. Chilies are the one thing that can make you dance on your toes. Its superb burning sensation can make you jump and sweat and even cry or laugh like a mad man. These kinds of spices are like the modern digital multimeter of our body. They could track and trace the tolerance level of ours and could easily tell us how much long we can we survive in an uncomfortable situation. Chilies can definitely do that.

Other spices that we regularly use in our food are turmeric and cinnamon, cardamom among others. They both add to the taste and have anti septic and other medicinal advantages as well.

Spices are really important for us. It really means a lot for the human race. The British got the Indian subcontinent under leash for spices, for god’s sake! Remember?

How Food and Music Go Together

Those of you who have been reading my posts regularly know that the overriding theme is food, glorious food, lots of it. You also know that the website promotes a lot more than just food. It’s a fusion of many cultures, and during my food-expo visits I spend a fair amount of time observing how dishes and menus are put together and how gourmands and ordinary folks like you and me react to the feasts put before us.

No good chef worth his salt likes to see his patrons go hungry. More importantly, he does not like to see them disappointed either.

Food, glorious food

Before I elaborate any further, let me explain this ditty a little more for you. ‘Food, glorious food’ is taken from one of the movie industry’s all-time musical greats. This British movie came out in the seventies and, critically acclaimed, won numerous awards. Oliver was adapted for the screen from the famous English writer, Charles Dickens’ nineteenth century classic, Oliver Twist. ‘Food, glorious food’ is a musical reflection of this scene; The story’s protagonist and dozens of other little orphans, stomachs grumbling, are celebrating the fact that they are finally going to eat.

Porridge and gruel is hardly a meal but these kids were starving. To them, a meal is still a meal. But to you and me, and we are grateful for this, it is much more than that. It is a celebration of life. It is a cultural experience. Invariably, the meals that we prepare for our families are indicative of embracing other cultures apart from our own. Without mentioning any particular dishes, we are visiting countries from around the world while we dine.

Music is on the menu

To name just a few in no particular order; India, China, Italy, France, Germany and England, even Thailand and Vietnam. And because we have embraced our cultural diversity, we have adopted one or two of these countries as our own. Hands up those of you who enjoy Mexican dishes. I have an indelible impression of this nation’s typical restaurant setting.  Picture this then; it is Valentine’s Day and you are out dining with the love of your life.

To add to the culinary and cultural experience, apart from the romance, a talented group of Mexican musicians, resplendent in their traditional costumes, wide-rimmed Sombrero’s, accompanied by the notes of their brass-coated horns and acoustic guitars, are doing the rounds of the tables, much to the delight of the restaurant’s regular patrons. To add to the romantic flavor, a lone musician does his solo right before you, strumming his fiddle. Playing the violin is no mean feat, let me add. Further, Violinio mentions briefly what budding violinists are in for when applying themselves to this instrument for the first time.

Now, the next time you go out to wine and dine, try and locate a restaurant which adds music to the culinary and cultural mix and experience first-hand how food and music go together.

10 Nice & Workout Wise Healthy Food Snacks

10 Nice & Workout Wise Healthy Food Snacks

If you currently perform any workout routine or planning for it in the near future, and are looking for advice on healthy dieting that should be a part of it, read on. Following are some great food items that you should opt for:

Note: this list is divided into pre and post workout snacks, 5 for each:

The “Pre” Snacks

Here is a very interesting point that few people are aware of: Your body builds muscle and performs recovery throughout the day, and not just during your gym sessions. Moreover, nature has truly blessed us with an amazingly functioning body. And this is even more evident from the fact that by consuming snacks in a perfectly timed manner, we will give ourselves the fuel we require to recover and to burn fat. Also, by doing so, we can increase our muscle in the best of manners.

By eating pre-workout, it is meant that you consume a snack an hour or thirty minutes before beginning your routine. This depends on your snack’s content and proportion, and that either your stomach is grumbling a lot or not.

So, here are 5 pre-workout items that you should definitely opt for:

tasty looking fruit in a cup1) The Fruit Cup

If you prefer to keep your diet simple, try consuming a good blend of fruits before your routine. You can opt for a cup containing oranges, berries mixed with a touch of banana. But while making the cup, just make sure that you put all the ingredients in fairly equal quantity. Additionally, other fruits may also be added but this must be consumed fresh.

2) The “Dried” Fruit Cup

If you love dry fruits, here is some good news for you: They will surely be of help to you with your workout. On your behalf, you should try a quarter cup of apricots and berries – both dried.

3) Toast and boiled eggs

As per many nutrition experts, eggs are truly a wonderful gift of nature that provides us a whole bunch of energy. So if you are a fan of this food and prefer consuming it on a regular basis, try eating it before your workout. You can go for either a single or 2 eggs (should be hard-boiled) along with a whole-wheat toast.

4) The Energy Bar

While searching for a bar, you will find tons of items throughout the market. On your behalf, you should go for something that features the highest ratio of natural ingredients. Here, many experts suggest that you should look out for the bar’s protein count. But besides this, it will also be wise to have a closer look at its sugar content and make sure it does not resemble any sugar coated candy.

5) Sports drink

That’s right, a good sports drink consumed before the workout is a fine option, and will bring a positive change to your body. But,, keep in mind that you should prefer a drink that features less than ten grams in sugar content. Also, besides keeping an eye on sugar, you must also drink an appropriate quantity of the drink. Here it is generally recommended that you consume 8 ounces a day.

The “Post” Snacks

A lot of visitors to the gym consume a food for fitness after their workout session. This is since it aids them in their building of muscle as well as the restoration of physical energy.

Following are some great snacks that will suit you best after your workout session:

The Monkey Shake

Here is a great shake recipe that will surely make you feel energetic after your hectic workout training session:

Recipe: Mix a single banana (medium sized and sliced) with a tablespoon of your favorite peanut butter and with a single cup of chocolate milk (this should be low in its fat content). Combine it with ice and enjoy.

The Banana-rama

If you enjoy eating bananas and want to make it a part of your dietary routine, this recipe is probably as simple as it can get to give you a quality workout food.

Recipe: Go for a mid-sliced banana with a single cup of milk, but make sure the dairy item is low in fat.

The Protein Bar

If you crave for a quick-to-eat diet that you can buy from a store, go for a well-known protein bar. But while doing so, you need to make sure you check the sugar content of the bar. For starters, it will be best if you opt for an item that features fewer than ten grams in sugar and in between ten to thirty grams in that all-essential protein. Also, try to opt for a bar that features fewer amounts of those contents/ingredients whose names are difficult to spell. And if you are still unsure as to which bar to opt for, feel free to ask any health professional or a gym expert about it. Chances are that you will get more recommendations than your expectations.

Cereal and Milk

Great many health or nutrition experts recommend the consumption of the right cereal to health-conscious individuals. Therefore, if you are opting for a healthy diet yourself, never rule it out from your menu. You can mix a cup of cereal with milk – in which the former should be whole-grain and the later be low-fat – for your dietary consumption. All of this will be simple and also easy to make.

Chocolate Milk

If you prefer consuming extra dosage of protein and carbs then go for chocolate milk. But while doing so, just make sure that the item is low in fat. The market is full of chocolate milk items. Therefore it is a must for you to be very selective and pick the right item.

All in all, with the addition of the right food items in your workout plan – either before performing workout or after it – you will certainly make the most out of your routine. Also, make sure that you avoid eating street food. And if you are still unsure as to which food item to opt for, never hesitate in consulting a professional for advice.

Creating a Clean Surface

Creating a Clean Surface

Some food professionals need to work on a clean surface.

I am no different. Most cooking preparations, such as the slicing and dicing of vegetables, and the cubing of meat cuts are done on rough board surfaces. But when artistic experimentation and a little more creative finesse is required during the creation of a new recipe, it is better to work on a smooth, clean surface. The reasons for this are aesthetic and practical.

Creating the best surface

A practiced culinary artist needs a clear surface on which she can center all her artistic thoughts and make accurate measurements. Recently, I decided to experiment with Japanese culinary art in accordance with my mother’s heritage. I enjoy ancient traditions. Precision and hygiene are part and parcel of the ancient art of Japanese cooking. Again, I asked my husband to help me with creating the best surface on which to work.

Finding the wood posed no problems. But we still needed to create a smooth, finished surface. We came across a website dedicated entirely to wood lathes. This was perfect because this wood turning machine could be used to sand the wood to an ideal texture which meant that while the surface was pleasing to touch, I also had measured control over what I was doing on my board.

Pressed for time, we do not have the skills usually required in dedicated carpentry and cabinet making. So, this wood lathe expert proved to be extremely helpful in finding the right tool.

Finding the perfect setting

Jackson is the founder of this website. His motivation for building it initially had to do with the lack of suitable sites catering specifically to this niche product. This spirited dedication has its roots in Jackson’s own creative passions which he brings to life in his workshop. So, apart from knowing that we have something in common, I also know that Jackson’s advice comes with experience and practice.

This site has information on finding the correct settings related to speed, power and ease of use on the wood lathing machine. But because Wood Lathe Report is focused on helping new users and customers find the most appropriate toolkit for their needs, product review guides are extensive and regularly refreshed. Product reviews are supported with helpful instructions on how to use the machines correctly and easy to understand information on how the wood lathe products’ settings work.

It also explains safety features and advises new users on how to use and maintain the equipment safely. The apparatus is a helpful antidote for doing wood work that the layman (and woman) cannot do. While quality assurance is maintained, the wood lathe also supplements the physical effort required to produce the desire finished article.

The desired effect

I am happy to say that our small project has produced the desired effect. I now have a smooth surface on which to master my culinary art. I am also happy to recommend that you visit Jackson’s site to give life to your own home-based projects.

Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

Eating on a Road Trip with Kids

People often ask me what to do when it comes to food when travelling with kids. They don’t want to give them something unhealthy, but don’t want to stop for wholesome meals. So, in this post, I’ll write a bit about eating while on a long road trip with children.

Why Pack a Meal When on the Road

Most people don’t have the time to stop for meals when travelling, and it might be better that way, since most roadside restaurants don’t really serve good food. Most of the food you can find is fast food, which is not really healthy, or good for car rides. Packing your own meals is more healthy and overall better. It’s also more cost-effective. Roadside places tend to have high prices, since people have less choice than in a town, and taking your own food with you can be really cheap, especially if you plan it well.

But, one of the most important pros of packing your own meal is the flexibility it provides. This is especially true if you’re travelling with more than one kid. That way, your kids can eat whenever they want, without you having to stop each time one of them is hungry. It will also preoccupy your little ones, so they’ll be quieter during the ride!

Things to Bear in Mind

One of the most important things to think about when preparing road trip food is whether the food is car safe. If you have a toddler strapped into a quality convertible car seat, you can’t give them anything they can choke on such as grapes or popcorn. Liquids are generally fine, as well as liquid foods – the worst thing that can happen is that they spill some of it.

When packing the food, it’s a good idea to pack it in convenient smaller lunchboxes. That way you won’t have to dig through a lot of stuff before getting to the item you want to eat. It’s also a great for teaching older children responsibility for their food.

Healthy Road Trip Food Ideas

Here are some interesting ideas for healthy road trip snacks which are easy to make and will be enjoyable for the kids:

  • Peanut butter and apple slices

Cut up a bunch of apples before heading out and drizzle them with lemon juice to keep them fresh. When you want to eat, just take the apples out and smear peanut butter on them – healthy and appetizing!

  • Salads

When packing salads, make sure you make them filling – egg salads or potato salads are a great idea for a healthy lunch or dinner in the car.

  • Grilled chicken

Grilled chicken is appetizing and extremely easy to package and eat. It doesn’t lose its taste when you leave it in the box for a few hours, and most children love chicken so they will be looking forward to the meal

  • Sliced cheese

If you want to bring a snack which will be filling, just slice up some cheese, put it in a vacuum sealing box, and you’re ready to go!

Great Ways To Burn Off Those Calories in the Winter

Great Ways To Burn Off Those Calories in the Winter

If you’re on my page, that probably means that you love food! And if you love food as much as I do, you sometimes probably eat too much of that delicious dessert, or stuff yourself during the holidays. During my long career as a food enthusiast, I have simply had to find ways to keep fit, otherwise I would balloon up!

If you ever find yourself in this situation, especially during the holidays, here are some great ways to get rid of those extra calories through fun and adventurous activities!

  1. Aerobics

One thing to try this winter is aerobics. Although it sounds like an activity only women and old people do, aerobics is actually great for anyone who wants to lose some weight and get in shape. Work those thigh muscles and arms, and keep your heart healthy. Aerobics is perfect for those who want a good ratio of muscle-building exercises and cardio workouts.

  1. Skiing

I really got into skiing last year, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The fresh air works wonders for your lungs, and it’s an easy way to burn off calories by simply having fun and racing down those slopes. Although skiing is generally thought to be an expensive sport, I was surprised at how cheaply you can buy decent equipment for it. Just look at this site and see for yourself.

  1. Snowboarding

While I went for skiing, my husband thought it would be cooler if he took up snowboarding! When it comes to burning off calories, skiing and snowboarding are basically the same, and you can also get some nice reviews for snowboarding equipment at WinterNinja. I was sceptical at first, but he really did end up losing quite some weight and he had fun doing it. He also gained some impressive muscle strength in his legs.

  1. Cross-country skiing

Cross-country skiing looks like running with skis, and although it doesn’t look demanding, I tried it once and it was absolutely exhausting. I read later that a single hour of this type of skiing costs you approximately 800-1000 calories. And that’s the same as jogging for more than 3 hours! Although I didn’t find it really enticing, I have to admit that the nature you can see while doing it is really amazing and I do understand the allure. It’s definitely worth trying!

  1. Walking

Yes, it can be as simple as walking! It doesn’t matter whether you’re walking through a snowy forest or a city, walking during winter inherently burns off more calories because your body needs more to stay warm. If you just need to lose a few pounds, walking is a great way to go. This activity is also amazing for older people and people who have health problems such as a bad heart of weak knees. Walking is relatively easy and doesn’t put a lot of strain on the body, and it can be really interesting and exciting if you have good company. So put on some decent shoes and get to it!

Mastering Proper Table Manners

Mastering Proper Table Manners

When we first met, my husband was such a slob at the table – he had absolutely no table manners! Today, you can easily call him a gentleman, and I believe that I’m the one to blame (or thank!) for this change. Well, he was determined and took my advice, so some credit goes to him too. If you want to learn about proper table manners (at least in this part of the world) here are a few awesome rules to live, or eat, by.

  1. Napkins

When having an informal meal with friends or family, you should put the napkin in your lap as soon as you sit down at the table. At more formal events, you should wait for your cue from the host or hostess. When the hostess unfolds and puts her napkin in her lap, you should do it too.

  1. The food

At both informal and formal events, you should wait for the host to start handling the food before you dig in. No one likes the person who takes the bowl of food and starts slamming it on their table before the host even sat down! My husband used to do that a lot, but thankfully, now he’s completely over it.

  1. Starting the meal

For heaven’s sake, don’t start digging in before anyone else has even got the chance to put the food on their plates. It’s common courtesy to wait until everyone has their food on the plate before saying bon apetit and starting eating.

  1. Posture

Don’t slouch over the table like a slob! My husband had real problems with this and in the end he had to wear a posture brace that we found at http://posturebracelabs.com/. Well, he had real problems with his posture already. But especially for those of you who aren’t slouching in your daily lives, it’s imperative to sit up straight and keep your elbows of the table during the entire meal!

  1. Utensils

The fork should be held with your left hand and the knife in your right. When cutting, you should place your index finger along the top of the knife blade and make elegant cutting moves. Then put the food in your mouth with the fork – not with the knife as my husband used to do! If you’re not using the knife, leave it on the table.

  1. Passing food

When you’re passing bowls or plates of food, you should always pass to your right, unlest the host makes the first pass to the left – then pass on to the left to avoid confusion. Don’t give plates to a random person at the table because this always leaves someone who didn’t even touch a particular dish!

  1. The end of the meal

If you’re at a formal dinner, there will be staff to remove the dishes and utensils. If not, it’s up to the host to clear the table, although it’s always nice if you offer to help. The host should, of course, decline the offer, but it’s still polite to ask.

Why Growing Your Own Food Is Awesome

Why Growing Your Own Food Is Awesome

You all know how much I love food, and you’re probably aware of some reasons why food is important and how it affects us. But do you know what kind of benefits you can get from growing it by yourself? I started doubting this the last couple of times when I talked to some of my friends about this. Although it seems pretty straight-forward to me, they just couldn’t, or wouldn’t, understand what I was trying to say. This is why I’ve decided to introduce my readers to some of the greatest benefits of growing organic food. I hope you enjoy reading them!

Growing your own food lets you choose what you’ll eat

This is probably the biggest benefit that you’ll get from it during your own lifetime. When you grow your own food, you’re the one deciding what you’ll eat, as well as the one in control of how the food is going to be treated and processed. Just think of all the things that are listed as ingredients on the packages of food you usually buy, and try to realize how much you don’t know about them. So wouldn’t it be great if you knew what you were eating all the time?

It makes the food you eat tastier

having a food garden at home will prove to be beneficial longtermkThis is something my friends simply refused to believe. It’s probably because organic food is expensive and they haven’t tried much of it. But it’s true. For example, I have an apple tree that requires some care. I need to test the soil every now and then, and make sure it gets enough water. I even have to prune it, which would be a difficult task if I didn’t have a quality pole saw, a gadget that allows you to cut the branches without much effort. But it pays off, because when I make an apple pie with the apples I picked from my own tree, the taste is divine! It makes a world of difference!

It saves money in the long run

Yes, you’ll need to invest in your garden if you want things to grow in it. That’s the main argument people use when they start talking against growing your own food. But once your fruit and vegetables start growing, believe me, the cost becomes so low that you’ll definitely notice the difference.

It also saves energy

Factories that are in the business of producing food have become quite large, and thus spend a lot of energy. Growing your own food, on the other hand, is something that can be done with minimum waste. Apart from saving energy, keeping your own garden will make you want to use everything that can be used, and in that way reduce the amount of biological waste.

It protects the Earth

In the long run, this way of living is what significantly reduces the amount of damage we do to our own planet, and isn’t that something we should be striving towards? So if you think ecology is important, the best way to contribute is by growing your own food.