8 Must Try Foods for the Elderly

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016 In : Cooking 

Do you remember when you were a carefree youth and you happily counted 2 bags of crisps as a healthy lunch?

It seemed that back then you could eat anything and pretty much get away with it, but now as your body is changing you need to be more aware of what you eat and dispense of those bad eating habits.

Old age may be creeping up on you but there are things you can do to slow down the process and keep yourself physically fit and mentally agile.

Healthy eating is important for both...


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What Is the Difference Between Parboiled Rice and Basmati Rice?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016 In : Cooking 

Rice is a valuable food source all over the world and forms an important part of our staple diet. It is popular because it contains many valuable nutrients and is affordable to most people. Notably white rice is the most common parboiled rice in the world but basmati is also widely used. If they are both a type of rice then what is it that distinguishes the two?

  • The size and appearance. Basmati rice and parboiled rice can be clearly distinguished from each other. Basmati rice...

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Why Most Modern Food Is Not Food

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016 In : Cooking 

Food is vital to maintaining good health. Yet we constantly force our bodies to run on substandard fuel. Often we are not completely at fault, we can only do the best we can, with what we have. In this article we look at what has happened to food and what we can do about it.

What's Up with Food Today?

Apart from the chemicals which are added intentionally, our food is dropping in quality at a remarkable rate. British geologist-turned-nutritionist, David Thomas undertook a study...


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Try A New Whole Grain This Week!

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016 In : Cooking 

Most of us eat the same grains over and over again: pasta, rice, and wheat. How about trying a new whole grain in place of one of your old standbys? One whole grain that we think is really worth a try is buckwheat. Japan, China and Korea have been cultivating buckwheat for over 1,000 years and a favorite food item soba noodles made with buckwheat has become very popular in the United States.

Buckwheat flour is commonly added to commercial pancake mix and this is how most people...


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7 Ways to Get the Most From Your Microwave Oven

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, March 3, 2016 In : Cooking 

When you buy a microwave oven you expect it to provide many years of dependable service. Modern microwaves are well-made and most are built to last. However, there are things you can do to keep your oven in good condition and prolong its usefulness. These seven tips will help you get the most from your microwave and avoid many headaches.

1. Read the instructions. Learning all about your oven will keep you from making mistakes that shorten its lifespan. These papers may contain v...


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Creative Cookery

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 In : Cooking 

Cooking is one of those things that seem as easy as falling off a log when you can do it, but an arcane science to those who can't.

Like anything creative, it's a matter of understanding what you want to achieve, using your imagination and practicing to make perfect. A few basic skills get you started and once the ball is rolling you just keep on getting better, more skillful and enjoying yourself.

Where to start? By eating, tasting, and developing your palate. What makes that c...


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How Vietnamese Chao Tom Is Prepared

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 In : Cooking 

Chao tom is a traditional seafood dish in Vietnam which comes mainly from central Vietnam region. It is made from shrimp surimi (paste prepared from the meat of shrimp) grilled on a sugar cane stick. It's often regarded as a dish for ceremonious public dinner prepared for weddings, holidays, or other special events.

Now, let's move on to know about this popular Vietnam seafood recipe.

Chao tom recipe
Total time: 35 minutes (approx.) including 25 minutes of preparation time and 10 m...


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What Can Sunflower Oil Be Used In?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 In : Cooking 

I know what you're thinking... "Sunflower oil doesn't have many uses". Well, yes it does. Sunflower oil is one the most versatile types of oil that you can find. It has many types of properties and uses in different areas of our lives. It is used in the food industry and also in the automotive industry. Quite a vast difference between the two, I know. But I'll go through all the various ways that sunflower oil can used in daily living.

Let me start with what you already know. S...


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Food Prep - It's Not Just For Parties

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 In : Cooking 

My husband is a foodie. What that means is, he lives for the whole food experience. He loves thinking about, planning for, buying for, finding great deals for, making food for, and eating food for parties and everyday occasions, like dinner. Some days, it is so strong in him, that before we even taste a bit of our dinner before us, he will lean over to me and say, "do you know what we are having tomorrow?" With a huge grin and a twinkle in his eyes. Me, the non foodie, thinks, ...


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Beets Nutrition Facts and Cooking Methods

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 In : Cooking 

Beets are very nutritional and healthy root vegetables. Beetroots juice is a common ingredient for healthy diet recipes. This root vegetable can be eaten raw or as salads, cooked as a vegetable as a side dish to the main course of meal.

Have you ever tried eating fresh beets? In a grocery store, they will not look very tempting; covered with soil and a funny purple colour.

Not many are tempted to eat this purple coloured vegetable. Beetroot, when well-prepared can be a very tasty ...


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