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Lamb Tomato and Green Peas Rice

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750 g lamb, cut into big chunks

8 cups water or 2 liters

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 medium onion or 125 g, chopped

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

½ teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground turmeric

½ teaspoon ground coriander

½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

2 medium tomatoes or 300 g, peeled and diced

1 tin canned green peas or 400 g, drained

2 tablespoons tomato paste

3 cubes MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon

2½ cups basmati rice or 500 g, washed and drained


Put lamb chunks and water in a large pot. Bring to boil and remove froth as it appears. Simmer over low heat for 1½ hours or until lamb becomes tender. Set aside.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large saucepan, add and cook onions over medium heat for 5-6 minutes or until they become golden brown in color. Add spices, tomatoes, green peas, tomato paste and MAGGI® Chicken Bouillon cubes. Stir for 2 minutes then add the cooked lamb with 4½ cups of the cooked lamb stock, if the lamb stock is not enough add the some normal water.

Add the rice and stir occasionally. Bring to boil then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 25 minutes or until rice is cooked.


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1. To remove a bandage painlessly,

saturate the bandage with vodka.
The stuff dissolves adhesive.

2. To clean the caulking around bathtubs and showers,
fill a trigger-spray bottle with vodka, spray the caulking,
let set five minutes and wash clean.

The alcohol in the vodka kills mold and mildew.

3. To clean your eyeglasses,

simply wipe the lenses with a soft,
clean cloth dampened with vodka.
The alcohol in the vodka cleans the glass and kills germs.

4. Prolong the life of razors by filling a cup with vodka
and letting your safety razor blade
soak in the alcohol after shaving.

The vodka disinfects the blade and prevents rusting.

5. Spray vodka on wine stains,

scrub with a brush, and then blot dry.

6. Using a cotton ball, apply vodka to your face

as an astringent to cleanse the skin and tighten pores.

7. Add a jigger of vodka to a 12-ounce bottle of shampoo.

The alcohol cleanses the scalp,removes toxins from hair,
and stimulates the growth of healthy hair.

8. Fill a sixteen-ounce trigger-spray bottle with vodka
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and spray bees or wasps to kill them.

9 Pour one-half cup vodka
and one-half cup water into a Ziploc freezer bag

and freeze for a slushy, refreshing ice pack for aches,
pain or black eyes.

10. Fill a clean, used mayonnaise jar
with freshly packed lavender flowers,

fill the jar with vodka, seal the lid tightly
and set in the sun for three days.
Strain liquid through a coffee filter,
then apply the tincture to aches and pains.

11. To relieve a fever, use a washcloth

to rub vodka on your chest and back as a liniment.

12. To cure foot odor,

wash your feet with vodka.

13 Vodka will disinfect

and alleviate a jellyfish sting.

14. Pour vodka over an area affected with poison ivy

to remove the urushiol oil from your skin.

15. Swish a shot of vodka over an aching tooth.

Allow your gums to absorb some of the alcohol to numb the pain.

10 Worst Foods In Your Pantry

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10 Worst Foods In Your Pantry

1. Soda and Sweetened Beverages

Some of the worst foods in their pantry are soda and other sweetened drinks because these contribute refined carbohydrate calories without nutrients. David Leopold, MD, director of integrative medical education for the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, puts any type of soda at the top of his “worst” list. Some might be surprised that sweetened teas and energy drinks rival the sugar in soda with about 50 grams of sugar per 16-ounce bottle.

2. High Sugar, Low Fiber Breakfast Cereals

Cold cereals were among the top sources of added sugar for children between the ages of 2 and 8, according to a recent report. A cereal that lists a refined grain and sugar as the first two ingredients won’t satisfy your hunger through the morning and it won’t contribute important nutrients, which come from whole foods like whole grains, nuts, or dried fruit.

3. Snack Cakes and Cupcakes

Snack cakes have three of the four ingredients we need to eat less of: refined flour, added sugars, and saturated fat. The typical snack cake serving, such as two Hostess Ho Hos, contains 228 calories, 9 grams of saturated fat, and 28 grams of sugar. Keep in mind that 9 grams of saturated fat is half the maximum daily amount of saturated fat recommended for someone eating 1,800 calories a day, according to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines.

4. Movie Theater or Mega Butter Microwave Popcorn

The “Extra Butter” or “Movie Theater” microwave popcorn choices are some of the last products that still have shocking amounts of trans fat in them with a small serving of 3 tablespoons (unpopped) containing about 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 5 grams of trans fat. Each serving also adds at least 300 milligrams of sodium to your day’s total.

5. Chips and Cheetos

This popular snack group category made the list because they are processed with gobs of fat and sodium and usually include a refined grain. A 2-ounce bag of chips or Cheetos usually adds more than 300 calories, 20 grams of fat, and over 450 milligrams of sodium. The worst part is we tend to eat too much of them because even a 2-ounce portion doesn’t seem to satisfy our stomach.

6. Packaged Muffins and Cereal Bars

You expect Pop Tarts to be full of sugar (about 16 grams of sugar each) but you might be surprised to learn that even the more healthful sounding cereal bars or packaged muffins contain about the same amount of sugar (or more) than your typical toaster pastry. Otis Spunkmeyer brand muffins contribute about 30 grams of sugar per 4-ounce muffin, Weight Watchers muffins add about 20 grams of sugar per 2.2-ounce muffin, and a small Nutri-Grain cereal bar has 13 grams of sugar.

7. Crackers (made with refined flour)

They are so easy to eat a lot of because they are bite-size and crunchy. A few years ago crackers were held together with partially hydrogenated fat (which added trans fat) and now the trans fats are mostly gone, but most crackers are still low in fiber and high in sodium.

8. Yeast Breads (made with refined flour)

Yeast breads, from hot dog buns to Texas toast, made the “worst” list for two reasons: They are one of the biggest sources of refined flour in the typical American diet and they are also the No. 1 source of sodium among the U.S. population.

9. Store-Bought Cookies (especially the chocolate coated ones)

Grain desserts, which includes cookies, are a major source of added sugars, more so than dairy desserts or candy, according to a new report. Some commercial cookies are higher in fat, saturated fat and sugar than others but they all usually start with refined flour. The chocolate coated cookies tend to have the most saturated fat (about 5 grams per 3 cookie serving).

10. Canned Soup and Instant Noodle Cups

Some choices in the soup aisle have half a day’s worth of sodium in a serving. The U.S. Dietary Guidelines recommend half the U.S. population, including people aged 51 and older and those of any age who are African-American or have hypertension, diabetes, or chronic kidney disease, reduce their sodium to 1,500 milligrams a day.


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Homemade Tortilla Chips

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on February 12, 2012 by ecofrenfood

10 tortillas (white or yellow flour OR corn)
vegetable oil cooking spray
popcorn salt (optional)


Preheat the oven to 350 or 375.
Lay the tortillas on the counter top, side by side, very close together.
Spray ’tillas generously with the oil spritzer; sprinkle with optional salt.
If using the pizza cutter AND in a hurry, stack ’tillas in piles of 3 or 5 and slice up quickly into triangles (make five to six cuts to get uniform sizes).
If using cookie cutters, don’t pile up the tortillas–it’s too thick and aggravating!
Lay the “chips” on the cookie sheets and pop them into the oven—bake ONLY until a very light brown.
Cool slightly and THEN–dive in!
You might as well double the recipe, because you’re going to wish you did as soon as you take your first bite!

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Peter Petrie Egg Separator

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Peter Petrie Egg Separator I think it is kind of funny to use, even if some people find it disgusting. You can purchase your own from

Types of CHAMPAGNE glasses

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Meet your meat, why you should become vegetarian

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Meet your meat, why you should become vegetarian

Dog meat restaurant

Cooking Dog on the BBQ

Speed Cooking- serving live snake and fish

Frogs in Hong Kong

Rooibos tea

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 26, 2011 by ecofrenfood

All About Rooibos
Rooibos tea, made from the South African rooibos plant, is growing in popularity, but is still less common than other forms of herbal and caffeinated tea. With its health benefits, its rich flavor, and its lack of caffeine, rooibos can be a versatile and beneficial beverage choice.

Although rooibos tea has become increasingly popular in Western countries in the past decades, it is still relatively unknown, despite having a number of health benefits. Sometimes known as red tea, bush tea, or redbush tea, rooibos tea is derived from the rooibos plant, which is native to South Africa. One interesting feature of this plant, and one that perhaps contributes to its lack of popularity compared to other types of tea, is that it only grows in a particular region of South Africa. The Western Cape province of South Africa is famous for its fynbos ecosystem. Fynbos is a type of shrubland characterized by small plants growing in a Mediterranean climate. It is here that the rooibos plant is found.

History of Rooibos

Rooibos has been in use in the West since at least the 17th century, when Dutch settlers in South Africa collected it for its medicinal properties. The native South Africans were already well aware of the plant, and collected it in large quantities for use as tea. For settlers in the region, it became a less expensive alternative to imported black tea and other exotic beverages. Today, the rooibos plant is used not only to make tea but also in liqueur and as an alternative base in traditionally coffee-based drinks.

A Caffeine-Free Tea

One of the major selling points of rooibos tea is that, unlike many herbal teas, it has a naturally robust flavor, but unlike black tea and green tea, it does not contain caffeine. This makes rooibos a good choice for people who are looking for caffeine-free alternatives to tea and coffee but do not want to sacrifice flavor. Although rooibos has an excellent flavor on its own, some specialty tea companies sell flavored rooibos blends, which can include orange, lemon, or vanilla flavoring. Rooibos is also used as an ingredient is specialty tea blends containing other types of tea and fruit.

Health Benefits of Rooibos

Another benefit of rooibos tea is its high antioxidant content. The plant contains a significant amount of aspalathin, a compound with both antioxidant and antimutagenic properties. This has made rooibos a popular choice for those who hope to improve their health by ingesting high amounts of antioxidants, which are thought to fight disease-causing free radicals. A number of other health benefits have also been attributed to rooibos, which some claim can even help prevent acne. In Japan, rooibos is known as “long life tea” for its supposed contribution to longevity. It should be noted that rooibos has a lower antioxidant content than green tea, but because green tea contains caffeine, rooibos can be an excellent substitute.

Quality Considerations

As with most food and drink substances, the quality of rooibos varies. Typically, rooibos tea contains both stems and flowers from the rooibos plant. A higher proportion of flowers is thought to produce a higher quality tea because it results in a deeper flavor. Most of the rooibos that is exported from South Africa is of a high quality, whereas the lower quality rooibos remains in the South African market, but those wishing to get the most out of their rooibos experience should consider inquiring about the quality of the tea they purchase.

Where to Find Rooibos

Because rooibos is less popular than other types of tea, it can be somewhat difficult to find in various parts of the world. Most supermarkets in the United States carry at least one brand of rooibos tea, but it is often marketed as a gourmet tea and can thus be quite pricey. For those who wish to try rooibos, the best option is to shop at brand name tea companies online. These companies tend to offer lower prices for rooibos. Natural grocery stores may also carry a better rooibos selection, and an increasing number of coffee and tea cafes have a rooibos option on the menu. So with a little searching, it isn’t hard to come by this excellent, naturally caffeine-free beverage.

By Buzzle Staff and Agencies
Published: 3/2/2011

Cute Food Rings

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