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A Guide to Basil Herbs & its History

A Guide to Basil Herbs & its History

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It's hard to find a herb that tastes and smells nicer than basil. It's fresh and delicious. The name basil comes from the Greek basilica and the Latin basilica which both means royal. The scent has been described as a mixture of musk and carnation but is difficult to describe in words. The aroma comes from a volatile oil containing, for example, linalool (floral taste), estragole (found in tarragon) and eugenol (also in cloves), an exciting combination that has made the herb popular in many countries. Basil has been considered sacred in many cultures and often associated with religion and magic. Hindus reverence the herb and it has also been found in the tombs of the pyramids. It is said that basil grew around Jesus' tomb after his resurrection and the herb is included in the rit...
A Complete Guide to Peppercorns

A Complete Guide to Peppercorns

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The spiciness is one thing, but pepper has more qualities: its unique flavors! Peppercorns are not only about adding spiciness to your food, but also to provide rich and tasty aromas. The flavor sits in aromatic essential oils in the peppercorn husk, which is released only when grinding/milling. This is why freshly ground peppercorns always give the best taste. However, both taste and quality can vary considerably as the pepper fruit, like wine, is affected by the local climate and its soil. Pepper is the world's most used spice - but surprisingly forgotten and neglected even though it is found in almost every dish! Often pepper is only associated with heat and spiciness, but this "king of spices" has significantly more qualities. The unique pepper flavor comes from the bal...
How To Grow Your Plant Spices

How To Grow Your Plant Spices

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Small pot-grown herbs and lettuce in a pot are something we often buy in the grocery store, but wouldn't it be nice to continue growing them for a while? With just a little extra care they can live on and give new harvests for several weeks and maybe even months. Growing herbs for the sake of the scents is one reason, growing them for the taste of another. A spice land can look many ways. If you do not have the opportunity to grow outdoors, it is equally good to grow in a pot. The advantage of growing the spices in a pot is that you can place it near the kitchen or grill so that you can quickly access your spice storage. Also, that you can feel the scents as you pass by, simply by brushing them with your hand is just a bonus Some spices are annuals and can be sown directly on the p...
A Guide to Expiration Dates on Foods

A Guide to Expiration Dates on Foods

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Everyone should have food for at least a week. There is no need for a natural disaster in order for the food to come into use, it is enough that you become ill and cannot go to the grocery store in a few days. Having a larger food stock than that, which lasts for a month or two, is a good idea for everyone. It is cheaper to buy food in bulk and to stock up with food just in case. But it's important that you don't buy food that then gets old and expires just because you don't have the time to eat it. Consuming the food you buy is important from waste and environmental perspective but also from an economical standpoint. To make it easier for yourself, it is good to keep track of how long different foods can actually be stored - often they are edible long after the best before date....
A Guide to Food Poisoning

A Guide to Food Poisoning

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Food poisoning is most often caused by toxins formed by bacteria in poor food. In order not to be affected by food poisoning, it is important to think of three things: firstly, preventing food from being contaminated, and partly avoiding the bacteria already present in the food, and partly killing harmful microorganisms. How to reduce the risk of food poisoning Of course, it is important to always wash your hands before eating or dealing with food and when you have been to the toilet, but also after you have handled raw meat. Bacteria thrive in heat and moisture. Therefore, make sure to quickly cool the food, preferably in a cold water bath, and put it in the refrigerator. Do not leave large pots on the stove and cool. When you need to heat food, do it properly. If you heat it up t...
Why Spicy Food is Good for You (Spices & Health Benefits)

Why Spicy Food is Good for You (Spices & Health Benefits)

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Many people who try to eat healthier reduce sugar and fat in the diet. But one detail many miss or neglect is that you can replace the sweet and greasy ingredients with strong spices. You'd be surprised at how good spices are for your health - both directly and indirectly. In this article, we will share the many reasons why spices are good for your health because we believe this is a topic that is not discussed enough in the world of food and health. Spices should not be underestimated. To start with, spices are not only generally good directly, but also for the sake of taste. When you use spices, you get a completely different relationship to dishes that taste something specific and distinct. The fact is also that spicy foods have some positive effects Much of the food that you
How to find Good Restaurants Abroad

How to find Good Restaurants Abroad

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Holidays - Depending on where you choose to visit, the first thing you can think of is food! If you are vacationing, eating is often a big part of your vacation and holiday experience. Regardless of the city, each country has almost its unique cuisine and is the first thing many people think of when they visit the country. How to find good restaurants abroad? It is easier than ever to find restaurants to visit abroad. Previously, the word-of-mouth rule applied. A restaurant's reputation was almost everything. Was the restaurant famous? Yes, whether it was the best and the best food, this one would be visited and this is where you would eat if you visited the country. Today this is not the case. Today, every person is a reviewer. If a restaurant really produces good food, it wil...
How to Find Good Restaurants During Vacations

How to Find Good Restaurants During Vacations

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Finding good and interesting restaurants on your vacation and holiday is an important part of the holiday for many. But how do you avoid the tourist traps and find really good restaurants on the trip? In your home town, you have probably tried many of the restaurants that are available. You know which are good, which are terrible, and which restaurants are the best option depending on what you want to eat. But when you go abroad, perhaps on a vacation or business trip, to a completely new city, how do you know which restaurants are good and which you should absolutely stay away from? The difference between good and bad restaurants is huge. At worst, you may get ill due to improperly handled food such as cross-contamination and dirty kitchens, and at best you will have the best...
How to Prevent Stomach Flu on Holiday

How to Prevent Stomach Flu on Holiday

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Avoid stomach ailments! - take care of your stomach during the holidays. Every year, millions of people travel abroad to take part in and experience other cultures. However, many may also take part in something completely different and less desirable, the bacterial culture in other countries. Ever heard of the terms "Dehli Belly" or "Montezuma's revenge"? Having any of these during vacation requires a toilet not too many meters away. When we travel abroad, our stomachs can sometimes get a huge shock. Firstly, be sure to prepare your stomach for a different bacterial flora than the one you are used to before the trip. Probiotics normalize the intestinal flora and can help prevent the onset of tourist diarrhea and treat acute symptoms. It may also be good to take Dukoral, which ...
A Guide to Oriental Spices

A Guide to Oriental Spices

Food cultures, Foods, Oriental Food
There are many different exciting spices in Oriental cuisine. Oriental spices are different, bold, and of course very delicious. Here are some popular Oriental spices you should know about (and recipes for making them). Oriental spice 1 1 teaspoon cardamom 2 tsp white pepper 8 tsp black pepper 2 tsp cinnamon 1 teaspoon nutmeg 2 tsp ginger 4 teaspoons cloves Mix all spices (everything should be ground) and store in a jar. Suitable to have in most pots, with meat and chicken. Oriental spice recipe - Falafel spice 2 teaspoons cumin 1 teaspoon coriander powder 1 teaspoon black pepper 1 teaspoon seven spices Mix everything and store it in a jar. Zaatar oriental spice recipe 4 tablespoons dried thyme 2 tablespoons sumac 0.5 tsp sal...