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Smoothie Recipe For You with Pineapple and Cucumber

This superfood smoothie is sweet, tart, and refreshing. It’s the perfect way to start your day, especially if you’re trying a new diet orperforming a cleanse. With just five ingredients, this recipe is a breeze to whip up in the morning. And, it’s best with fresh pineapple. If you’ve never cut a whole pineapple, don’t be intimidated. With the pineapple upright, use a sharp chef’s knife and shear off the rough, outer peel. Then, cut the fruit into slices or chunks.

Pineapple is a nutrient powerhouse. A single fruit contains over 400 grams of the powerful antioxidant vitamin C,[1] as well as the phytonutrient bromelain. Bromelain is an enzyme that offers many benefits. It soothes irritation, promotes systemic function, supports the immune system, and may encourage normal cell development.[2,3]

Coconut water has enjoyed a lot of positive attention the last few years. One of the most impressive characteristics of coconut water is that it is as good, if not better, than plain water for rehydrating after exercise. In fact, some studies report that coconut water is more palatable and easy on the stomach than plain water.[4]

The lemon juice takes the nutritional profile of this recipe to the next level. Lemon juice is useful for at-home detoxing and research suggests that it supports normal liver and kidney function.[5] In fact, adding lemon juice to smoothies or water is one of the easiest and most effective strategies for supporting normal kidney function. Limonin, a phytonutrient found in lemons, soothes irritated tissue and reduces oxidative stress.[5] Lemons are a significantly better source of citric acid than other citrus fruits.[6]

Finally, cucumber is a hydrating and detox-promoting vegetable that adds a delicious, refreshing kick that balances out the sweetness of the other ingredients.

Superfood Smoothie with Pineapple and Cucumber

  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Yields: 3-4 servings

Equipment

  • Blender

Ingredients

  • 1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled (the peel can be left on if the cucumber is unwaxed)
  • 8 ounces coconut water or plain water
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • Raw maple syrup to taste

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients in a high-speed blender and process until completely smooth.
  2. Check the flavor, add raw maple syrup for desired sweetness.
  3. Serve at room temperature or over ice.

What functional foods or secret ingredients do you add to your smoothies? Leave a comment below and share your tips with us!

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Spicy Mushroom and Stir Fry Recipe with a Savory Twist

If you want a fast and delicious vegan dinner tonight, try this Indian-inspired spicy mushroom stir fry with garlic, black pepper, and chives. I found the recipe on One Green Planet but modified it slightly to use organic ingredients. It’s a great vegan side dish that goes well with just about anything and, best of all, it only takes 10 minutes to prepare.

Spicy Mushroom Stir Fry Recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Serves: 2-3

Equipment

  • Sauté pan
  • Large roasting pan
  • Garlic slicer or shredder

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp organic cooking oil of your choice
  • 1/2 tsp organic mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp organic cumin seeds
  • 1 or 2 organic red chilies, crushed
  • 1 medium-sized organic red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 cloves organic garlic, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups organic baby bella mushrooms, thickly sliced or quartered
  • Himalayan crystal salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground organic black pepper
  • 2 tsp organic cilantro, chopped
  • 1 tsp organic chives, chopped
  • Juice of one half organic lime

Directions

  1. Heat oil on medium heat for 1 minute in a sauté pan.
  2. Add mustard seeds and cumin seeds to the pan. Cook until the mustard seeds begin to crackle.
  3. Add red chilies and red onions. Sauté for 3 to 4 minutes or until the onions wilt and begin to crisp at the edges.
  4. Stir in mushrooms and cook for another 4 minutes.
  5. Add Himalayan crystal salt, black pepper, cilantro, and chives. Mix well.
  6. Squeeze in lime juice and serve.

Interesting Facts About Mushrooms

  • If you read the nutritional information on a package of mushrooms, you’ll notice that some contain vitamin D and some don’t. When exposed to sunlight, mushrooms produce an active form of vitamin D. Most commercially grown mushrooms are raised indoors, in the dark, and lack the nutrient. Some growers expose their mushrooms to artificial ultraviolet light to induce vitamin D synthesis.[1]
  • Mushrooms are the only plant source of vitamin D. Meat is the only other food source of vitamin D.[1]
  • Mushrooms contain the same form of vitamin B-12 as meat.[1]
  • Mushrooms have umami—a meaty, savory flavor and one of the five basic tastes. If you have a craving for meat and salt, try a mushroom dish. It might satisfy those cravings.[1]
  • Mushrooms are a terrific source of copper, potassium, folate, and niacin (B3).[2]
  • Foraging for mushrooms in the wilderness, also known as mushroom hunting, is fun but it’s important to exercise caution. Many poisonous mushrooms are nearly identical to safe varieties.

Do you appreciate the health benefits of mushrooms? What are your favorites? Share your experience and leave a comment below!

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

Incredible Benefits of Pomegranate

Pomegranates have exploded in popularity in recent years and it’s due to their ever-growing list of amazing health benefits. Rich in nutrients such as vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, and antioxidants, pomegranates defend against free radicals, soothe irritated tissue, and promote healthy aging. Best of all, pomegranates are as delicious as they are nutritious. Let’s look at some of the incredible health benefits of pomegranates.

Best Pomegranate Benefits

1. Pomegranates Are a Dense Source of Nutrients

Pomegranates are bursting with vitamins and minerals. Pomegranate seeds, sometimes referred to as arils, are a great source of fiber and micronutrients. Below is a nutritional breakdown for one cup of pomegranate arils.[1]

2. Pomegranates Contain Powerful Antioxidants

Pomegranates contain anthocyanins and punicalagins—both powerful antioxidants.[2] A balanced diet rich in foods that contain antioxidants may help reduce free radical damage. Excessive free radicals can lead to serious health problems and accelerate cellular aging. Some research even suggests that pomegranates support normal tissue growth at the cellular level.[3, 4]

3. Pomegranates Promote Cellular Integrity

The cells in your body are constantly bombarded by chemical and biological agents that cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress triggers the release of 8-Oxo-DG—something that you definitely don’t want. High levels of 8-Oxo-DG usually accompany muscle weakness, decreased liver function, skin aging, and reduced brain function. Studies suggest that people who eat pomegranates or supplement with pomegranate extract have lower levels of 8-Oxo-DG.[5]

4. Pomegranates Encourage Healthy Aging

Pomegranates contain polyphenols known as ellagitannins. When ellagitannins are metabolized, the metabolite urolithin A (UA) is produced. Studies reveal that UA can fight the effects of age-related decline and help preserve exercise capacity and muscle function. It’s believed that UA does this by supporting normal mitochondrial function.[6]

5. Pomegranates Support Brain Health and Memory

Advanced glycation end products (AGEs) occur when protein and fat molecules bond with a sugar molecule. They occur naturally when foods like meat, eggs, and poultry are cooked at high temperature. Scientists believe AGEs play a role in the onset of neurological decline, type-II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease. The appropriately abbreviated “AGEs” accelerate aging at the cellular level. Remember the punicalagins? They can inhibit AGEs from forming in food or mitigate the effects of AGEs in the body altogether.[7]

6. Pomegranates Help Protect Against Harmful Organisms

Some evidence suggests that pomegranate rind extract may defend against harmful organisms. According to one study, a preparation that included pomegranate improved the outcome of treatment plans that addressed antibiotic-resistant bacteria.[8] Another study found that pomegranate peel contains phytochemicals that encourage fungal balance.[9]

7. Pomegranates Soothe Red, Irritated Tissue

When the tissue inside of your body is red and irritated, it can negatively affect your health and wellness. Some compounds in pomegranates, such as polyphenols, can help soothe irritation.[10] It’s believed that reducing systemic irritation can promote overall wellness and help protect against many serious health conditions. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of 48 obese and overweight participants found that pomegranate supplementation reduced systemic irritation.[11]

8. Pomegranates Support Heart Health

Some reports suggest punicalagins positively affect the heart and vascular system. One study had ten participants drink one ounce of pomegranate juice every day for a year. At the end of the study, participants’ blood pressure was an average of 12% lower and atherosclerotic plaque levels dropped 30%.[12]

9. Pomegranates Contribute to Prostate Health

Lycopene is a phytochemical found in red colored fruits and vegetables like pomegranates, tomatoes, and watermelons. According to one study, people who consumed a diet rich in lycopene had better prostate health.[13] Lycopene is one of several phytochemicals found in pomegranates that appear to nutritionally support the prostate.[14]

10. Pomegranates May Help With Joint Health

Osteoarthritis is a common and painful condition. In a study of people with knee osteoarthritis, scientists found that drinking pomegranate juice improved knee function and reduced the breakdown of cartilage.[15] Similar studies found that adding pomegranates to the diet of individuals with active rheumatoid arthritis supported overall wellness.[16]

11. Pomegranates Can Boost Exercise and Performance

Pomegranates may help you perform better. One study found that taking pomegranate extract 30 minutes before a workout could help enhance blood flow and delay fatigue during exercise.[17] Another study linked drinking pomegranate juice to better recovery following strength training.[18]

12. Pomegranates May Improve Your Mood

Research suggests pomegranates may aid mental and emotional health. In a study involving both men and women, drinking pomegranate juice improved participants outlook, mood, and response to anxiety.[19]

How to Add Pomegranates to Your Diet

There are many ways to incorporate pomegranates into your diet.

Eat Raw, Organic, Locally-Grown Pomegranates

Be conscious of where your food comes from and how it is grown. Eating organic food, especially pomegranates, is a fantastic foundation for everyone. The seeds of the pomegranate are a nutritious, crunchy snack and pomegranate juice is an easy way to obtain antioxidants and nutrients.

Can’t Buy Organic? Grow Your Own!

When organic fruits and vegetables are not readily available, grow your own. The pomegranate tree does best when planted in well-drained soil. Although it can grow in partial shade, this fruit-bearing tree loves full sun and warmth and is fairly drought tolerant.

It’s best to buy pomegranate cuttings from a local nursery. Look for cuttings approximately fifteen inches in length. Don’t expect to harvest fruit right away, you’re going to need a little patience. Pomegranate trees yield fruit approximately three years after planting. The red, bulbous fruit of the pomegranate should be harvested when the color is a deep red hue. You can also tap the fruit to listen for a tinny, metallic sound that indicates it’s ripe. A pomegranate tree of average size can yield approximately 8-10 fruits per crop and should produce two to three crops per year.

Pomegranate Extract and Supplements

Often combined with other health-promoting herbs, pomegranate extract is included in many supplements. Global Healing Center’s Cell Fuzion™ is a concentrated blend of powerful antioxidants that support healthy cellular aging, mitochondrial function, and DNA integrity. It’s an exceptional formula that integrates organic, naturally-sourced pomegranate extract with the most potent antioxidants available.

Are you hooked on pomegranates? Do you have a favorite recipe? Have you ever tried to grow your own? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

 

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

The Relation of Between Meat Consumption and Cancer

One of the central philosophies of Global Healing Center is an adherence to a raw, organic, vegan diet. It’s also one of the most controversial. There are many reasons to adopt a vegan diet, such as religious beliefs, a desire to not harm animals, or simply to support one’s health. While we at Global Healing Center do love our animal friends, the reason we promote this lifestyle is because of the health benefits. One of the greatest health benefits of a vegan diet is a decreased risk of many types of cancer.

Meat Is Carcinogenic

There is a strong, well-documented, well-established relationship between the consumption of animal products and many types of cancer. An exhaustive nutritional study involving over half a million people found that those who eat large amounts of meat, particularly red and processed meat, faced a significantly higher cancer risk.[1]

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), processed meat is a carcinogen and red meat is “probably carcinogenic.”[2] Before you think this is fringe science or a new theory, consider that the American Cancer Society recommends that you limit your consumption of red and processed meat and other sources of high-fat protein, including chicken.[3]

The cancer risk from a diet high in animal protein (20%+ of total calories) is now considered to be on par with smoking. Unsurprisingly, a diet high in plant protein shows no such effect. This could be because plant-sourced protein does not stimulate growth hormones, like IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), animal protein does. [4]

IGF-1 in Meat Assists Tumor Growth

IGF-1 is a growth factor that promotes cell division in the body, which is a great thing if you’re a growing child. In adults, however, excess IGF-1 in the body can encourage the growth of tumors. The higher the levels of this hormone, the greater the risk of developing several types of cancer. IGF-1 helps transform normal cells into cancerous cells by both inhibiting normal cell death and stimulating cell division.[4, 5] These corrupted cells then metastasize to other areas of the body.[6]

Of course, there are other factors that promote cancer in the body. Methionine, an amino acid found primarily in animal products, promotes the growth of tumors and cancer.[7] It’s not only animal protein that elevates your cancer risk, however.

Saturated Fat Increases Cancer Risk

Consuming saturated fat from animal sources contributes to common types of cancer and decreases the likelihood of surviving a cancer diagnosis.[8] Pancreatic, prostate, breast, and colorectal cancer show the strongest correlation with saturated fat consumption.[9]

  • The saturated fat found in dairy and red meat increases your risk of developing pancreatic cancer.[10, 11, 12]
  • A diet high in saturated fat from foods like beef and cheese is linked to aggressive prostate cancer.[13]
  • Breast cancer risk and mortality increase with red meat and dairy consumption.[14]Survival rates actually dip significantly with high saturated fat intake after a breast cancer diagnosis. Alarmingly, animal product consumption during adolescence seems to predict breast cancer risk years before cancer development and diagnosis.[15, 16]
  • Up to 50% of all cases of colorectal cancer can be attributed to diet and lifestyle, specifically the consumption of dietary fat, red and processed meat, and dairy.[17] In fact, higher consumption of animal products before diagnosis predicts a higher risk of dying from this type of cancer.[18]

Meat and Pediatric Cancer

What a mother eats during pregnancy can increase or decrease the risk of the child developing some types of childhood cancer. Genetic changes linked to cancer can begin in the womb.[19]

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is both the second most common childhood cancer and the second most common cause of mortality for children under 14. The risk of developing ALL is linked to maternal smoking habits[20] and the type of protein the mother consumed while her child was in utero. Eating plant-based protein such as beans, vegetables, and fruit during pregnancy seems to lower the risk of children developing this disease.[21,22]

Brain tumors, which account for 20% of the cases of childhood cancer, are linked to maternal diet during pregnancy.[23] In particular, the consumption of cured meat and sausage seems to significantly increase the risk of brain tumors.[24, 25] Consuming dairy or eggs while pregnant also boosts the risk of the child developing brain tumors. Conversely, a diet high in grains, fresh fish, and cruciferous and yellow-orange vegetables reduces the risk of developing brain tumors.[26]

Lifestyle Is Key to Prevention

Many complex and interconnected factors such as genetics, environment, exposure to hazardous material, and diet determine your cancer risk. Genetics play a significant role but, unfortunately, there’s not a thing any of us can do about the genes we’re born with. Nutrition, however, is something most of us can control. The best thing you can do to reduce your risk of cancer is to follow a raw, organic, vegan diet.

If you absolutely cannot go all vegan, you should, at least, reduce your consumption of meat and dairy. Baby steps are an effective way to elicit change. Start by going completely meatless one day a week. After a month of “Meatless Mondays,” add a “Fruitarian Friday” or “Salad Sunday” to the mix. Continue in this manner until you feel comfortable with a primarily plant-based diet. To help, we have many healthy and delicious vegan recipes that include everything from complete dishes to sides and even desserts.

Going vegan will not guarantee that you’ll never develop cancer but it is a strategy that can help reduce your risk.

Do you follow a vegan diet? Do you have any tips for a successful transition or favorite recipes? Leave a comment below and share your thoughts.

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†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Global Healing Center does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Global Healing Center are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician.

About Interesting Sugar Free Baking Recipes

With the increase in the number of diabetes patients and consciousness in people sugar free food is becoming highly popular. We intake huge amount of sugar in our daily food and a conscious effort can help us keep a check on the sugar level. But that does not mean that we will have to give up on our love for our favorite desserts, there are various ways that can be worked around it. Here are a good amount of sugar free baking recipeswhich can help you control the sugar at home.

The most popular and easy to make sugar free baking recipes is sugar free rugelach. Mix 1cup of margarine and cream in a bowl, add vanilla extract to it and then mix flour and make dough, keep this aside for cooling. Now for the filling mix chopped raisins, walnuts and cinnamon, chop them with the help of a mixture if you like. Now divide the dough into four portions and roll them out into 10-12 inches circle add the chopped mixture here to the circles and then cut them into wedges. Now roll these wedges from base to point and bake them at 375 degree for 15-17 minutes an amazing sugar free baking recipesis ready to be served.

Another option here for the sugar free baking recipesis the apricot loaf cake recipes. This is again easy to make and allow you to feed many at the same time. Pick up ready to eat apricots, flour, baking powder, soft margarine, sugar free and eggs in a bowl, put them in a pre heated oven for 1-1 hour and bring the apricot loaf cake recipesproduct out. Here make sure that the apricot loaf cake recipesare followed well and the cake is not over cooked as this may lead to the burn of apricot, to avoid that coconut oil to the apricot loaf cake recipes.This will keep the dough moisturized and also add grease before you put the apricot loaf cake recipes ingredients in the bowl before keeping it in the oven. This will keep the edges away from burning and will help you bring the cake out after being baked easily.

Yet another great and simple recipe of a daily dessert is the pumpkin pie, which ranks really high on the sugar free baking recipes.Take15 ounce of pumpkin puree and add 2 eggs to it add pumpkin spice, a little salt and sugar free to the content. Add water instant milk and mix the mixture well until smooth and creamy. Put the content in an unbaked pie shell and now grate a few nutmegs over them. Bake the whole content at 425 degrees for about 13 to 15 minutes. After that, reduce the heat of the oven to around 350 degrees and then continue the heating process for another 40 to 45 minutes. You will get amazing tasting Sugarless pumpkin pie. This takes a little longer to cook but is appropriate to be served for a gathering and while the dish is getting ready you can finish up the rest of your task.

The Piece To Become An Expert Cook

Cooking is a beloved pastime for countless individuals, and is something that most anyone can learn to do well. Knowing how to cook is something that can serve you well for your entire life and bring great enjoyment. By using the tips that follow, you can can soon become an expert in the kitchen.

Make sure you are storing your herbs and spices in a cool, dark space. Many factors can cause herbs and spices to lose their flavor. Light, humidity, and heat can all cause them to lose some of their flare. To avoid this, make sure you are storing your herbs somewhere like a cool cabinet.

Easy measuring cup clean up. Many baking recipes call for sticky ingredients such as butter, honey, syrup or peanut butter. Instead of having to wash out a gooey mess every time you need to reuse the measuring cup, spray the inside of the cup with non-stick cooking spray. The ingredients will slide right out and you can reuse the measuring cup right away!

Understand that the smaller the item, the higher temperature that you are going to need to cook at. This will help to maximize the way that your food tastes during the meal. Cook your smaller foods at very high temperatures and larger foods at lower temperatures for the best results.

When cooking a big meal, try to do your prep work the night before. This saves you time when you’re getting things ready for your dinner the next day. Have everything washed, chopped, and ready to go. You’ll thank yourself because there is less stress the night of the big meal.

Cook your pasta one minute less than the package suggests, then finish cooking it in a pan with sauce. Your pasta will absorb more of the flavor of the sauce without having an over cooked texture. This can be a quick and effective way to prepare a pasta meal.

Make sure that you never give up when you are cooking, as it is going to take a lot of practice and failures before you get it right. If you burn something, keep trying. You will only become a great cook if you maintain your persistence.

As you cook your meal during the course of the night, make sure that you taste it at several different points. This will allow you to pinpoint exactly when it is done, so that you do not run the risk of overcooking it. Tasting your food is important to achieve the quality you desire.

Waffle

Get more out of your small kitchen appliances by considering alternate uses for them. Waffle irons can make a great grilled cheese sandwich or sunny-side-up egg, for instance, and your coffee maker make a wonderful stand-in for a kettle to heat water for tea, soup, oatmeal or anything else that you just need to add hot water to.

There can be no doubt that cooking provides great pleasure to many, and can also serve as a wonderful creative outlet. Acquiring skills in the kitchen can be rewarding for you, not to mention your friends and family, and is well worth the effort. Putting these tips to work will set you quickly on the path to culinary mastery.

You Can Order Desserts For Parties Online

There is no better way to catch up with friends and family than with a dinner party. Going out to eat can be good fun, but it can also be stressful, expensive and also difficult to fully enjoy each other’s company. A great dinner party allows everyone to relax and easily socialise with one another, and you can also save a lot of money with this type of evening too. The only downside to dinner parties are that for the person cooking it can sometimes be a stressful occasion. It is meant to be a social event where you catch up with friends, but unfortunately the cook often has to spend half the evening hidden in the kitchen preparing all of the courses. This also means that they are not able to fully relax, which can be a disadvantage.

One way to reduce the stress involved for the cook is to get a helping hand with part of the food. You can, for example, order the dessert online so that it is one less thing to worry about, and this way once the main meal is cooked and put on the table then you can fully relax knowing that your work for the evening is complete. Some people feel that when they have guests around that it would be cheating to order one of the meals, but this is not the case and really the most important aspect of the evening is the conversation and not whether you have prepared the food or not. This can alleviate an enormous amount of stress and make the occasion more enjoyable for everyone.

The dessert is possibly the best course to have delivered too, as it can bring a huge amount of stress to prepare. People are generally used to cooking a range of main courses, but when it comes to dessert it is often a meal which people skip or have something simple. This means that many people have little experience in preparing desserts, and they can be particularly difficult to make with the presentation also being a key factor. When you order desserts for parties online it will allow you a huge range of fantastic desserts, including a lemon tarte, white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake, apple tatin tart, chocolate truffle, tiramisu, profiterole tart and all kinds of other delicious, beautifully presented desserts which will certainly amaze both you and your guests.

Dinner parties are a brilliant way to catch up with friends, but the cook is often stressed throughout the evening. You can avoid this by ordering the dessert online, as this will reduce time in the kitchen and ensure you have an incredible dessert towards the end of the evening.

Bake Cakes and Breads On Top with a Gas Stove

Things You’ll Need
9-Inch iron skillet with cover
Cake or bread mix
stick of butter or cup of oil
Brown baking paper
Stove Top Coffee Cake Baking Instructions
Grease the bottom of the iron skillet with butter or cooking oil.

Size and cut a piece of the brown baking paper to fit the inside of the bottom of the pan.

Lay the sheet of baking paper in the bottom of the greased skillet.

Grease the baking paper with butter or cooking oil.

Prepare your cake mix as normal and pour into skillet.

Cover the skillet, set the heat on very low, and bake on top of stove for 30 minutes or until the cake is firm to the touch. Turn off the burner once the cake is done.

Place the skillet back on to the stove and remove the baking paper while the layer of cake is still hot.

Decorate as desired and serve.

Stove Top Baking Instructions for Cornbread
Heat a 9-inch iron skillet with cooking oil or butter on top of stove under medium-low heat.

Prepare your desired cornbread mix and pour into the hot skillet.

Cover the skillet and cook until bottom is brown and top is dry-looking.

Place in oven on broil until top is browned.

Serve warm or href=”http://www.vretoolbar.com/”>cold Position the oven rack as directed by the recipe or cake-mix directions. Place an oven thermometer on the rack. Set the oven to the temperature recommended by the directions. Once the oven has preheated for about 10 minutes, check the temperature reading on the thermometer. Raise or lower the temperature setting to compensate to incorrect oven temperature. You can stir up the cake batter while the oven is heating.

Prepare the baking pan or pans by spraying the inside with non-stick baking spray. Spoon 2 or 3 tablespoons of flour into the pan and shake it sideways to completely coat the inside of the pan. Discard excess flour. Pour the batter into the pan(s) and spread with a spoon or flexible spatula. The surface of the batter should be smooth and flat. Lift the pan(s) a few inches from the table or counter top and drop. This will cause any large bubbles to rise to the top of the batter and break, producing a finer-textured cake.

Place the pan in the center of the baking rack and quickly close the oven door. Set the timer. Do not open the oven door until the timer goes off. Sudden exposure to cooler air can cause the partially baked cake to fall. Once the timer goes off, check for doneness. The middle of the cake should spring back when touched. A toothpick inserted in the center of the cake should be clean when you pull it out. If the cake feels heavy or wet in the middle, bake it 8 to 10 minutes longer before retesting.

Use potholders to remove the cake from the oven. Set the cake on a cooling rack and allow it to rest for 10 minutes. Place the rack on top of the cake, upside-down. Invert the cake onto the rack. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before icing.

Tips For Easy-to-use a Herbs

Spices in your meals enhance the flavors as well as the taste, provided you use the right combination of spices that complement the ingredients that make up a particular dish. Too much of spice in your food can be overpowering and kill the actual flavor of the dish, so you must be careful to use just the right amount. We know this may sound too confusing to newbies trying their hand at cooking. But, let’s not be too worried �� read on for some simple and easy-to-use tips for adding spices in your meals.

1Powdered spices release their flavors much easily so they can be added towards the end of the cooking time. Whole spices on the other hand release flavors slowly so they must be added at the beginning of the cooking process.
2Always store your spices in a cool, dark place so that the flavor is retained for a longer period. A cabinet in the kitchen away from the stove or the refrigerator door shelf is a good place for your dry spices.
3Ensure that dampness does not get into the spice container. Always use a dry spoon to remove the portion of spice you need.
4Dried leaf herbs like thyme, basil or oregano may be crushed by hand before adding to the dish. Add fresh herbs at the end of your cooking time so they retain the flavor.
5How much of spice is enough? That’s the question most people ask, but there is no hard and fast rule as to the right amount to be used because it is always the combined effect of the spice flavor and the food that gives it the taste. It’s a good idea to go by the time-tested recipe. Generally the strong spices like cayenne pepper, cloves, star anise and cinnamon are used sparingly.
6Generally, cooking increases the intensity of the spice flavor so it is better to add in small quantity initially and adjust according to individual preference.

Now that you have a general idea about the use and storage of Culinary Herbs and Spices, let us take a look at the best combinations that will add that extra spice to your meals.

1Cayenne Pepper goes very well with curries and sauces. It is great with any kind of meat to use as a marinade.
2Turmeric powder is also used in curries and meat dishes, though it can also be used in stir fries and rice dishes.
3Cinnamon sticks are used to flavor rice dishes in Indian cooking. It is also one of the main ingredients in curry powder, the Indian spice mix. Cinnamon powder can also be used to flavor tea, desserts and breakfast cereal.
4Corriander Seeds are used to flavor fish and meat, the powder is also used in stir fried vegetables.
5Cloves are an important ingredient of the Indian spice mix ‘garam masala’. Cloves add an extra zing to the dish.

Tips when On Storing Food In Your Fridge Correctly

If you have left home for the first time and set up in your very own home or apartment, you might be a little confused about how to store food correctly in your fridge and many of you might not even know that proper storage can actually help to reduce the risks of getting food poisoning. It is always wise to try and learn about food storage practices as a bad case of food poisoning can be extremely bad for your health and could even possibly cause death.

Fridge Storage

There are a number of different foods that need to be stored in a fridge in order to stop bacteria growing on them. These items will usually state that they should be  kept refrigerated’ and will have a use by date. Any foods that have been removed from their original packaging should be kept in sanitary bags that are sealed tight.

You should also keep your fridge at or below 5C , never store food in their open cans, and should never put food in the fridge until it has cooled down. Keeping your fridge clean is also very important for the practice of good hygiene.

Storing Meat

Most of you will know that you should store meat in the fridge if you are not planning on cooking and eating it straight away. All meat and poultry should be stored either in clean sealed container or sealed sanitary bags that are air tight. They should also be stored on the bottom shelf of the fridge so that they will not drip onto another type of food.

Never use meat that has gone past its use by date and always keep any uncooked meat away from cooked meat as it could cause cross contamination.

When and What to Freeze

When it comes to your freezer, there are also certain rules about what you should or should not be putting in there. If you are going to freeze anything, make sure you freeze it before its use by date. When you store meat in the freezer you should make sure that it is wrapped tightly in a sanitary bag.

Fridge Storage

There are a number of different foods that need to be stored in a fridge in order to stop bacteria growing on them. These items will usually state that they should be kept refrigerated’ and will have a use by date. Any foods that have been removed from their original packaging should be kept in sanitary bags that are sealed tight.

You should also keep your fridge at or below 5C , never store food in their open cans, and should never put food in the fridge until it has cooled down. Keeping your fridge clean is also very important for the practice of good hygiene.

Finally, whenever you take anything out of the freezer, you should always make sure it is completely defrosted before you cook it.

Summary

Hopefully the little tips above will have taught you a few of the basics about storing food in the fridge and freezer and will enable you to have far less risk of getting food poisoning in the future. Just make sure that you always stick to the rules and use air tight containers or sanitary bags to store any food.