Is there any person who doesn’t love food? One hundred percent – no one. We all love food, sometimes a little more when you are served with your favorite meal.
In this post, we shall be sharing some happy and sad facts about Indian Food and Nutrition.
Interesting Facts About the Indian Food That You Should Know
Although India ranks second as the most populous country, it’s still home to about a quarter of the world’s undernourished people. Things are improving, hunger rates have been dropping in the past years.
The facts are given below-
1. Hunger rate has been decreasing moderately since 1990.
2. Almost 39% of the children aged under 5 are stunted.
3. India is called as the Land of Spices. There is no other country which produces so many varieties of spices, like India.
4. Before the Portuguese introduced us to refined sugar, Indians used the fruits and honey for the sweetening purpose.
5. The Nutrition Mission, by the Maharashtra government, has significantly reduced the stunting rates. Five other states have also joined in to follow the same model.
6. Cases of obesity and diabetes increased during the period of 2010-2014. As of now, almost 10% of the adults have diabetes, and 5% of them are obese.
7. Here, pepper is known as the king of all spices. You can mix it with almost anything, and make the dish more awesome.
8. The first Indian restaurant in the United States of America was launched during the 1960s. Currently, America boasts about 5000 Indian food outlets.
9. As per the Indian Food Theory, the foods have 6 different flavors – salty, bitter, sour, sweet, astringent and spicy to the core.
10. Just like the sweet people of India, no occasion or ceremony is complete without serving something sweet. Payasam, the most favorite sweet dish served in South India remains a must-try for all sweet-lovers.
Interesting right? If you have visited India, how were your food experiences there? Did you like it or not? Comment your answers below and let us know.
Hi guys, well this is the second part of the DIY process where we were talking about how to make a new wood look old. You can get the task done by using vinegar too. Vinegar has been used for many purposes, including cooking and other household work.
Starting with the chemical composition, vinegar has almost 20% of acetic acid in it, along with water and trace amount of other chemicals. It helps with weight loss and is found to be effective in dealing with the diabetic condition as well.
How to make new wood look old with vinegar [Part 2]
Comparing both the methods; one with the baking soda and the other one using the vinegar – the former one gets the job done quickly while the vinegar DIY is a lengthy one. Time-Consuming as well, but still you could make the new wood look old even with the help of Vinegar.
Items required for the DIY- Vinegar, Steel Wool, one Jar, Sandpaper, Tea bags, Large Pot for making the tea solution.
Secondly, if you have got the Vinegar by your side, you will have to get a steel wool for the second DIY:
First, you have to create a vinegar and wool stain to get started. Have you tried mixing a steel wool and vinegar? Have you seen what actually happens with the steel wool? If you haven’t tried this yet, then you will have to perform this for this DIY process.
Wool will start dissolving with time when it starts reacting with the vinegar solution. Take a palm-sized steel wool in a jar. After this, pour a cup of vinegar on the wool. This solution should be kept as it is for about 72 hours. More the sitting duration, darker the solution will turn into.
The second step is to set the wood for the job. You have to make sure that the wood surface is fine and smooth for the task. Take a sandpaper, and start removing all the unwanted portion of the wood. It is important that you carry out this process as then only the vinegar+wool solution will be set properly on the wood.
If the amount of the stains are high on the wood piece, then you can make use of a palm sander in this case.
After you are done with the sanding and finishing, you have to work with the tea solution. Take a large pot of water and then let it boil for a minute. After this, you have to add 5 black tea bags inside this boiling water. Thereafter, turn off the heat and let the tea steep into the water for about 15 minutes.
As you apply the tea solution on the wood, it won’t darken the wood as you may think. But it will give you a dark shade when the vinegar gets into the picture.
Now its time to apply the vinegar and steel wool mix on the wood. This should be applied to the tea solution that was applied in the previous step. Apply long strokes through the wood lines, and apply it evenly on the wooden surface. After the solution is evenly applied to the surface, let the stain dry completely. Now if you want to get a darker shade on the wood, apply a second coating on the wood.
If there is any excess wool on the wood, then get a rag and do the necessary cleaning. For this, you have to first immerse the rag in a cool water. Then take up the rag from the water, and remove the excess water from the rag. Simply rub the cloth on the surface, and remove out all the excess wool stain present on the surface.
This is the final step of the DIY process, where you have to apply the paste wax on the wood. This is just like any other protective layer for the wood surface. Follow the usage instructions as given on the package of the wax.
Comparing both the processes, the baking soda is a quick and effective solution. The vinegar process is a lengthy one and is also time-consuming compared to the other DIY method.
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Baking soda, or the Sodium Bicarbonate has got a number of benefits. They help with neutralizing both the acids as well as alkaline compounds. I did some research on baking soda, and their uses – I was in total surprise!
You can actually turn your new wood look old with the help of this magic product. In this DIY post, I will be sharing you the complete step-by-step guide on how to get this job done with baking soda.
How to make new wood look old with Baking Soda [Part 1]
If you have got some baking soda at your home, then you can get the ‘turn new wood look old’ job done easily. This is a beginner’s guide, so will be explaining all the steps in detail for you. Shall we get started?
First, we will check out the Baking Soda method, and here’s how you have to do the task:
Take a bucket, and fill it with warm water. Now take a cup of baking soda completely filled in it, and pour it into the bucket. Mix this solution really well using a wooden spoon, till the entire soda has not dissolved in the water properly.
In the next step, you will need a brush for applying the solution onto the wood. Dip the brush completely into the solution, and then remove the excess liquid from the brush by shaking the brush. Now apply this dipped brush evenly on the wood surface. Place the wood in a sunny spot, and let the wood get dried entirely.
After the coating gets dried, take up a clean cloth and wipe the surface of the wood. This part is important, as you have to remove out all the wood residues left on it. Immerse the cloth in the cold water, and then squeeze out all the excess water from it. Rub the cloth against the surface, until you get a smooth surface. Again wait for sometime till the wood gets dried completely.
This is how you can get a dusky and old look on a new piece of wood with the help of Baking Soda. Now we will check out on how to do this same result with the Vinegar solution.
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1 lb beef tenderloin fillet
Salt and pepper
Canola, grapeseed, or olive oil
1 lb mushrooms (we used half cremini, half shiitake)
4 thin slices ham (Parma ham if you can get it) or prosciutto
2 Tbsp yellow mustard (we used Coleman’s Original English Mustard)
7 ounces puff pastry (needs 3 hours to defrost in refrigerator if using frozen)
2 egg yolks, beaten
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Heat a tablespoon or two of oil in a large pan on high heat. Season the fillet generously with salt and pepper. Sear the fillet in the pan on all sides until well browned (hint: do not move the fillet until it has had a chance to brown). Remove the fillet from the pan and let cool. Once cooled, brush the fillet on all sides with mustard.
Chop the mushrooms and put them into a food processor and purée. Heat a large sauté pan on medium high heat. Scrape the mushroom purée into the pan and let cook down, allowing the mushrooms to release their moisture. When the moisture released by the mushrooms has boiled away, set aside the mushrooms to cool.
Roll out a large piece of plastic wrap. Lay out the slices of ham on the plastic wrap so that they overlap. Spread the mushroom mixture over the ham. Place the beef fillet in the middle, roll the mushroom and ham over the fillet, using the plastic wrap so that you do this tightly. Wrap up the beef fillet into a tight barrel shape, twisting the ends of the plastic wrap to secure. Refrigerate for 20 minutes. Serve your guest a delicious turkey, but you should take care while making turkey.
On a lightly floured surface, roll out the puff pastry sheet to a size that will wrap around the beef fillet. Unwrap the fillet from the plastic wrap and place in the middle of the pastry dough. Brush the edges of the pastry with the beaten eggs. Fold the pastry around the fillet, cutting off any excess at the ends (pastry that is more than 2 layers thick will not cook all the way, try to limit the overlap). Place on a small plate, seam side down, and brush beaten egg yolks all over the top. Chill for 5-10 minutes.
Place the pastry-wrapped fillet on a baking pan. Brush the exposed surface again with beaten eggs. Score the top of the pastry with a sharp knife, not going all the way through the pastry. Sprinkle the top with coarse salt. Bake for 25-35 minutes. The pastry should be nicely golden when done. (To ensure that your roast is medium rare, test with an instant read meat thermometer. Pull out at 125-130°F for medium rare.) Remove from oven and let rest for 10 minutes before slicing 1-inch slices (optional).
Outdoor games remain the best, and it will be a favorite for all sports lovers. Outdoor Ping Pong matches on a Saturday evening with your close buddies, indeed will be so memorable. Ah! Don’t forget the hot and crisp barbecue feast after the match.
Kettler is a German-based company, and they produce many sports equipment including riding toys, bicycles, ping pong tables, etc. It was found in the year 1949 by Heinz Kettler. They produce weather-proof tennis tables and are also manufacturing for the Olympic games too. This brand is providing goods by the name of ‘Atlanta.’
Best Kettler Outdoor Ping Pong Table Review
We gave you a brief about the Kettler brand and their line of production. Considering all the Kettler units, we found the Kettler Top Star XL Indoor/Outdoor. We will understand the product in depth, and list out the Specifications, Features, and other related concepts.
This Kettler table is weatherproof, and so you don’t have to worry about the changing weather. Kettler is also known for making professional ping pong table. Also, the bounce feature remains another highlight of this ping pong table. It comes with a good ratio of price and performance.
The Top of the Ping Pong Table is smooth and comes with a True Bounce quality.
You will find a compact storage, and they have made use of the Space Saver technology.
There is one DLS (Dual Lock Safety) method which prevents all the accidental opening and closing of the table.
Setting up a ping pong table in real is time-consuming, and this holds true for almost all the units. And you will find this assembling work a bit annoying too. So it is better to call up your sports buddy and get this table set at your place.
Even though some users have mentioned some issue with the ping pong table installation, we didn’t face it personally. Follow the instructions carefully, and get the assembling done step-by-step.
It is quite impossible to install the table on your own; some assistance will do good. You can find online sources too for the installation purpose.
There is a dual wheel caster which are both 5 and a half inches; these make the mobility easy. You can transform the shape of the table quickly from the playing mode to the playback mode.
In the playing mode, two players can play a real match on the ping pong table. Whereas during the playback mode, you can set up one-half of the table surface in a vertical position. Then carry on practicing on your own.
If you want to store the table away for a long period, then you can fold it up and store it compactly. So these are the different storage options you have got with this Kettler Top Star XL.
We had this unit for a long time now; it has passed five years mark now. Worthy enough!
This table is easy with the setup procedure. Though some users have mentioned that it does take time, still you just have to follow the instructions and go with it. Table Tennis has Excellent built quality!
Installation is a bit time consuming, and the poorly written instructions add to this matter. Well, this is based on the user reports found on Amazon. In such cases, it is recommended to hire a professional and get the table set up for you.
Another point to note is, this table has missed the leg levelers. So people who wish to have this may be disappointed since it is devoid of the levelers.
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One of the common water problems, Hard Water, is being rightly dealt these days. This is made possible with the invention of water softeners. They help in reducing the hard minerals in the water and replace them with the sodium or potassium ions.
There are two ways in which you can benefit from it – either by installing softener for a particular plumbing unit or get the Whole House Water Softener for your home.
Is a Water Softener for Shower Worth the Money?
Hard water comes with many problems, where one issue generates some other issue.
We are aware of the fact that such kind of water is safe for drinking purpose, and does not cause any health problem. But it is found that hard water damages the skin and hair texture drastically.
The water simply leaves some amount of minerals on whichever surface it is passed through. If you are using showerheads, then you can get one Water Softener for it.
It does the same work as an ordinary softener, just that it is designed specifically for the Shower Heads only.
Within some days usage, you will find improvement in the skin and hair condition. But is it all worth the investment? We will find out.
We genuinely feel that these shower head softeners arrive at a decent price considering the working.
Water Softeners for the shower heads come in the form of a showerhead. These softeners have inbuilt water filters too which are replaceable ones. So, you can purchase one softener component, and get the filters replaced as per the need.
Filters make use of activated carbon for the filtering work or any other element for easy filtering through the water supply. This helps in filtering out the minerals thus keeping your hair and skin healthy. It also helps in keeping shower head free from mineral buildup.
This is how a shower softener does it’s work, providing you with ‘n’ number of benefits.
Are the Water Softeners for Shower costly?
This type of softener is not much costly as you may imagine. You can find many quality shower softener at a cost less than $100. Here the only cost incurred is for the filter replacements. Just make sure that you replace them time to time, as they mainly work in handling the water minerals.
The filter cartridge lasts for a period of 3 to 6 months. If you have got many water showers at home, then installing softeners for each of them still remains a feasible option. The only maintenance expense is relating to the inbuilt filters.
There is no comparison between a Shower Softener and a Whole House Softener system!
Comparing both the whole house softener and a Shower Softener is completely pointless.
How can one compare the unit used for just a shower head and another unit which can work for all plumbing!
By installing one shower head softener doesn’t resolve all your hard water issues. If you wish to get a single solution for all the faucets, then you can go for the Whole House Softening setup.
Shower Head softener only deals with the Shower Heads and provides other related benefits.
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You have brought a new Kitty at home, so it is your duty to check on all the necessary things needed for it. Made a new house, bought cat food, and even clothes! But amidst all this, you are forgetting one essential product, and that is Litter Box.
Well, you may find it less important, but it is something which is equally vital like other cat basics. Keeping your home as well as surrounding clean is a must for healthy you and pet! This is made possible using a Litter Box only.
How to Train a Cat to Use a Litter Box
You have made up your mind to buy a Litter Box and got one too. Getting started with it is not as easy as it may seem to you. By the end of the article, you will surely be aware of all the Training tips.
While many of you will ask the question, whether a Litter Box is compulsory or not? The answer is no. Still, it will help in keeping your home clean as well as incorporate good litter habits in your cat. In any manner, these boxes haven’t done any harm to anyone yet. So why not give a try?
Some Litter Box Basics
Do not expect your cat to use a Litter Box which is not cleaned regularly. The cat will not ever prefer using the box if the litter smells of urine. Just for example, when your cat litters on your carpet or floor, what do you do? You will clean the place asap.
Thus, the cat will always feel to do the litter in clean place only. Therefore, maintain cleanliness within the litter box if you wish them to litter within the box only. Cleaning must be done at least once in a week. Also, rinse the litter box with water.
For reducing the odor, you can add vinegar or lime juice. Strictly avoid the use of ammonia – this will worsen the smell.
Place the Litter Box at the right Location
Cats prefer quiet and silent places while they do the litter business. So avoid placing the box in loud surroundings, and also place where there is a frequent movement of the people. Keep the litter box away from all kinds of buzzing units for example; washing machine.
Make sure that your kitty is not disturbed or threatened by any other pet like a dog or another cat. This will badly affect the litter usage, and chances are they will litter outside the box.
This is even harmful to the dog too, as they might get ill on consumption of any cat litter. So you need to keep a close check on all the elements which bothers your cat during the litter use.
Some Do’s and Don’ts during Litter Box Training
One of the most important Do is to maintain the Litter Box clean. If your cat has pooped inside the litter, clean it the same day. Wash with water and soap at least once in a week. You should go through reviews on luuup litter box as they are the bests. Cats are very particular about using fresh litter only, so do not underestimate them in this case.
Do not make use of perfume and cover up the Cat’s litter smell. This will work as a strong repellent.
It is important to know your kitty’s litter time. Because only then you will be able to award your cat for using the litter box. There are some cats which urinate after they wake up, while some urinate just after having food. So you have to set the timings and remember your cat’s schedule.
If you feed your cat at regular time interval, then they will do the business at the regular time only. Call your kitty for a play session, feed them after a while. Then again call in for a play session, during this time make sure that you carry your kitty in the places which have litter box around.
This will give your kitty an idea that it is the time to do the litter work.
Is it difficult to find a quality Espresso Machine Under 0? The answer will vary of course. Some people believe in buying the Best only regardless of the price. They won’t bother about the price anyway. As a beginner who has just got interested in home brewing must go for a budget product only.
Mr. Coffee ECMP1000 Premium is at the #1 position on our list. It comes with features like one-touch operation, removable drip tray and water reservoir, milk frother, and much more. It is a bit costlier than the other Espresso Machines still within the $200 budget.
Our Top Choices: Best Espresso Machine Under $200
The statement ‘Good Espressos come at an expensive price’ is false. Yes, there are machines – low in cost, and low in quality, but this doesn’t prove that Expensive ones are only the Best!
As we said earlier, for a beginner or someone looking for a budget Espresso Machine – $200 is a respectful budget only. There are many recommended options available in this price range. We will check the Top 5 of them, and they are given below:
#1 Mr. Coffee ECMP1000 Café Barista Premium Espresso Machine
Coming from a five decades old brand Mr. Coffee – they are mainly into providing the Best Brewing solution till date. They believe in bringing memorable coffee experiences at your home space. We have got the ECMP1000 model by the Mr. Coffee which is a Premium Series in the category of Best Espresso Machine.
You can now make professional kind of coffee without wasting your bucks at different Cafés.
Smart Control Panel with single and double shot options.
The milk container is removable and can be easily cleaned too.
You can prepare Espresso, Cappuccino, and Latte Coffee – on this single machine.
It comes with an automatic milk frother feature.
With the ECMP1000 you can brew almost any kind of coffee with your taste preference. You can prepare aromatic espressos, unique latte recipes, try out different cappuccino styles on this Mr. Coffee machine.
#2 Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine by D?Longhi
For a tiny and Compact solution, the Nespresso Inissia is the best which you can opt. The handle is designed for keeping the convenience in check. This little gentleman will do wonders for you, and could easily fit anywhere in your kitchen. It comes in a color combination of black and silver, which looks classic for any home decor.
It works in a one-touch mode, as soon as you trigger the action, within 25 seconds water will reach to a suitable temperature. At this temperature, you can make about 9 cups of coffee, without refilling the tank back.
Nespresso Inissia does not need any warm-up time before starting the preparation.
You can get barista-style coffee using a simple one-touch operation.
Energy Saver mode switches the machine off automatically after an exact 9 minutes duration.
The drip tray is foldable and is capable of holding large coffee mugs.
Only thing is that you have to buy Nespresso capsules which will only work for this Inissia Espresso Machine. There is almost no other way for preparing coffee on this unit.
#3 STARESSO Espresso Coffee Maker
To make the best Espresso, you require the love and strong passion for the Espresso itself. These days you can even make the best kind of Espresso without the requirement of electricity too!
This is a Manual Espresso that does not need any power source. It only requires a few pumps, and there you go!
Method of making coffee is unique in this. Imagine, if the ‘Press’ action of a French Press is done manually by you. That’s exactly how the coffee is made on this STARESSO Espresso.
Easy Quick and Compact solution for your Espresso cravings.
You can make all types of coffee drinks on this STARESSO; be it Latte, Cappuccino, etc.
Pressure applied here goes upto 15 bar which is a good score in all.
The Press feature lets you enjoy the natural and strong flavor of the coffee. This makes the drink less acidic.
Using this unit, you can prepare different Espresso, Lattes, and even your favorite Black tea! We can say that all of them are just some Pumps away.
#4 ROK Presso Manual Espresso Maker
Next, we have the ROK Espresso Maker which is yet another manual machine. It was designed with a vision to bring back those olden times where the espresso coffee was made using hands. The product was initially launched in the year 2004 by the name of Presso.
Later in the year 2012, the product name was renamed to ROK Presso. People loved this unit because it is Steam Driven Espresso Machine. We will quickly list out the features and give a brief on the working.
Much more complicated than the previous STARESSO Espresso Machine.
The engine used in the making of ROK Presso is considered to last for a long duration of 10 years.
It includes one Frother, using which you can easily froth milk manually for your lattes and cappuccinos.
ROK Presso features one arm, and it stands as the main component of the entire machine. Because, it is one used for grinding, frothing and brewing your favorite coffee shots. Fill the reservoir, do the arm job (raise up and down), and that’s pretty much of it!
#5 Hamilton Beach Espresso Maker
Another pumping Espresso drink for you!
It is not much practical to visit different cafes each weekend for having Espressos. To solve this problem, engineers have figured out ways of preparing Coffee shots at home comfort itself. Pumping Espressos are just one type of these machines.
The container present on this Hamilton Beach machine holds upto 40 ounces of the drink. This can easily serve you with many servings.
The reservoir is large considering the cost; serves you with multiple servings.
Control panel comes with simple push buttons. This makes the working easy and fun.
The drip tray is removable and washable too. Warm Soapy water is the best for cleaning purpose.
At first, you may find the machine a bit perplexing. But when you get to know the right way of using it, things will get comfortable and relaxed for you. You can make use of Espresso pods, thus processing is pretty easy.
These were our Top 5 Picks for Espresso Machine Under $200! We did a thorough study on all the machines for a week, and have prepared this list. Share us your thoughts in the comment space below.
Chinese meatballs casserole dish served with rice and green vegetables.
Original recipe by, Connie Clarkson.
500g minced beef
1 egg white
4 spring onions – chopped
1 tbl Shaoxing rice wine (dry sherry can be used in its place)
1 tsp crushed ginger
3 tbl soy sauce (not dark)
3 tbl oyster sauce
2 tbl fine chilli sauce (or according to taste)
2 tsp sugar
1 tsp sesame oil
¼ cup corn flour
Oil for frying
400 ml chicken stock
4 tbl hoi sin sauce
Preheat your oven to 180 degreesC. Place ginger, egg white, spring onions, soy sauce, mince, rice wine, oyster sauce, fine chili sauce, sugar and sesame oil into a food processor and process untill just combined.
Wet your hands and form the meat mixture into bite size balls (about 20 meatballs) then set aside till needed. Separate cabbage into individual leaves and tear off pieces about the size of the palm of your hand.
Line a casserole dish (or any heavy bottom saucepan with lid) big enough to hold all the meatballs in a single layer with the torn cabbage. Heat the oil in a pan.
While the oil is heating up, lightly dust meatballs in corn flour then use pan to brown in batches.
Now drain and put into the casserole dish on top of the cabbage in a single layer.
Bring stock and hoi sin sauce to the boil in a pot and add carefully to the casserole. Cover with a lid and bake at 180 degreesC for up to 1 hour or untill meat balls are cooked.
Serve immediately in the casserole (or other dish) accompanied by rice and tossed greens.