Dec
03
2011
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What are the different ways to prepare and eat an orange?

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<div style=An orange is not the easiest fruit to prepare and eat without making a mess, and many ways have been devised to go about it. Bite and peel Without a knife your options are limited. You need to remove the peel, and the easiest place to start is the stalk end. Bite off a little [&hel[more...]

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Dec
10
2010
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Can you eat gold?

edible-gold.chocolateThe other day I heard someone saying that Gold is not worth investing in. After all, he said, if the financial system collapses you can’t eat gold, can you? Well, actually you can, unless you have a gold allergy. Many upmarket gourmet shops will sell you edible gold. It comes in several forms: dust, flakes [&hel[more...]

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Oct
03
2010
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Why is it so hard to make a diet work?

motivationA quick glance at any magazine stand or bookstore shows that there is an enormous industry devoted to creating diets. Each diet is promoted with some unique angle: the pineapple diet, the eco-Atkins diet, the high-protein diet, the eat all the chocolate you want diet, the negative calorie foods diet, the breakfast pigout diet, the [&hel[more...]

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Jul
20
2010
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What’s interesting about Italy?

italy-coliseum-rome-temple-venusRome is Italy’s largest city and its capital. Rome’s many historic sites include the Pantheon (the oldest intact Roman temple), the Temple of Vesta (with its Corinthian columns, and once guarded by the Vestal Virgins), and the Roman Coliseum (known in its heyday as the Flavian Amphitheater after the family name of emperors Vespasian and [&hel[more...]

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Jul
10
2010
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What foods are definitely (probably) good for you?

healthy-saladSome foods go in and out of fashion as “health foods”, others have their status change as new research becomes available. Here are some foods that are almost certainly healthy. Frozen peas Peas are rich in vitamin C, vitamin K, manganese, folate and vitamin B1. They are also good sources of dietary fiber and protein. [&hel[more...]

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Jul
04
2010
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Which foods are definitely (probably) healthy?

healthy-breakfastSome foods are regarded as “healthy” one year and “unhealthy” the next year, or the other way around. Sometimes this is due to food fashion, but sometimes (as in the case of eggs) it’s due to our increased understanding of nutrition. Here are some foods that are probably definitely healthy. Tomatoes An anti-oxidant called lycopene [&hel[more...]

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Mar
23
2010
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What is a savory, or better, a savoury, since you will be more likely to have one in England?

scotch-woodcockA savoury is the last course of a formal British dinner, served after dessert. You haven't been invited to a formal British dinner? I haven't been, either, but once at a seminar in a hotel in Marlow, savoury was on the table d'hôte menu, so I asked for it, to the surprise of the waiter. [&hel[more...]

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Mar
17
2010
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What do people eat for supper Monday evening?

farmhouse-hashWhere Sunday dinner is the special meal of the week, people often eat leftovers on Monday. Of course, if a ham or roast was served on Sunday, there could be enough meat left to reheat and serve as such, but often and in many countries there are very loose recipes for using leftovers, and they [&hel[more...]

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Mar
11
2010
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How do you make Quorn stir-fry?

rice-noodlesQuorn can be used instead of meat to make a vegetarian stir-fry. Here’s a delicious recipe. Ingredients Olive oil, 20ml Half a red chilli, de-seeded and finely chopped Fresh ginger, a centimeter long, peeled and thinly sliced Half a red onion, chopped A clove of garlic, finely chopped Half a yellow or orange capsicum (bell [&hel[more...]

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Nov
27
2009
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How much salt is in breakfast cereals?

Grains of salt (photo by KevinDooley - CC-BY)The amount of salt in packaged breakfast cereals varies considerably. Sometimes cereals with lower sugar content have higher salt content, presumably in an attempt to “boost the flavor”. Here is the salt content of some products on sale in the UK in November 2009. In this list, “trace” means anything under 0.1%: Sainsburys Basics Corn [&hel[more...]

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Nov
11
2009
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Why do some people eat live slugs?

Photo by Sarah McD - CC-BYIn most countries there are not many reasons to eat slugs: for a dare perhaps, or when a small slug accidentally gets eaten with the lettuce or chopped into the spinach soup. Toddlers probably eat a few, and historical literature records cases of prisoners eating slugs for survival. In inland southern Italy there's a different [&hel[more...]

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Oct
12
2009
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What is the largest supermarket chain in the UK?

I think Tesco is trying to tell us something (Photo by Craig Murphy CC-BY-2.0)Supermarkets are now found in nearly all towns and cities in Britain and they have fundamentally changed the way we shop. They have also changed the look of our high streets, and as some argue, are causing the disappearance of small independent shops. The four largest supermarket chains are Tesco, Sainsbury’s, ASDA and Safeway. The [&hel[more...]

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Jul
11
2009
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Is dark chocolate good for you?

The Word Lust, Chocolate-coatedLust, Chocolate-coated – Photographic Print Stiepel, Kai – Buy at AllPosters.com Yes, dark chocolate is good for you, but with a few reservations. The good news is that regular consumption of dark chocolate can decrease blood pressure and probably reduces the risk of heart disease, primarily due to the flavinols the chocolate contains. The reservations [&hel[more...]

Jul
03
2009
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How do you prepare and eat watermelon?

Summer DreamsSummer Dreams – Art Print – Mitchell, Steven – Buy at AllPosters.com Watermelon straight from the fridge is very refreshing in summer, but it can be fiddly to prepare and awkward to eat. Most of the complication is due to the many pips. There are basically two approaches. You can leave the pips (seeds) in [&hel[more...]

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Jun
29
2009
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How can I stop frozen food thawing on the way home from the store?

Photo by epSos.de (CC-BY)It’s generally unwise to re-freeze frozen food that has thawed. If it’s hot where you live, how do you stop frozen food from thawing on the way home from the store? Each of these tips helps to keep the food cold for a little longer. Taken together, they may be enough to get the food [&hel[more...]

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May
09
2009
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What is a pitahaya (dragon fruit) and how do you eat it?

Pitahaya or Dragon Fruit (photo by Roger Browne - CC-BY)The dragonfruit, or pitahaya, is a most unusual-looking fruit. On the outside it’s bright pink with red and green flame-like growths. But cut it open and the appearance is totally unexpected: white flesh with black dots, looking as if someone has sprinked poppy seeds over some snow. The black dots are of course the seeds [&hel[more...]

Apr
23
2009
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a home breadmaking machine?

Fresh home-baked bread (photo by satanoid - CC-BY)A home bread making machine sounds like a great idea—or will it turn into a “two week wonder”? A breadmaker gives you a way to have a freshly-baked loaf of bread ready at any time of your choosing, and fills the kitchen with an appetising “fresh-baked bread” smell. You control the ingredients, so you can [&hel[more...]

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Mar
31
2009
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How to make world’s easiest sponge cake recipe?

Chocolate sponge cake decorated with strawberries (Photo by happy_camper CC-BY)Sponge cake is one of the easiest and quickest desserts you can make and the variations for fillings and embellishments are endless. Sponge cake can be very simple and plain or it can be luxurious and fancy. Most cookbooks, and especially books on baking basics, will provide you with a recipe for sponge cake. There [&hel[more...]

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Mar
02
2009
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What is the size of the diet meal home delivery market?

Veal Chop with zone style salad (photo by Neeta Lind CC-BY)Diet meals and snacks delivered to your home is a convenient option for losing weight. Home delivery diets is one of the fasting growing segments in the weight loss industry. According to a recent research report, home delivery of prepared diet meals is worth approximately $1 billion. This is a rapidly growing market and it [&hel[more...]

Feb
28
2009
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What is Lancashire Hot Pot?

(from sketchory-com - CC+)Lancashire Hot Pot (or hotpot) is a simple traditional “slow food” from Lancashire in north-west England. Because it’s made in one huge pot, it’s an easy way to cater for large groups. It originated in the heyday of the Lancashire mills, probably as a way to provide a hot lunch (which Lankys confusingly call dinner) [&hel[more...]

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