Steeping Guidelines for Popular Teas

When the life was simple and unhurried, making a good tea was an art form. Every small step in the tea making process was like good choreography, well timed and well measured, until the brew was in the cup. It needed knowledge, experience, practice and even intuition in the delicate art of steeping. But as … Continue reading »

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Spring Vegetable and Herb Risotto

This delicious risotto meal is very quick and easy to prepare. Even though it is low in calories it doesn’t compromise on taste and because it is loaded with vegetables it’s also highly nutritious. It can be served for lunch or light dinner, eaten hot or warm. Serves 2-3 You’ll need: -1 litre vegetable stock … Continue reading »

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Spaghetti Recipes

This dish so easy to make that you can be sitting down and eating it within 40 minutes of walking in through the door.  It’s great as a supper dish; makes a tasty main course; is a good pot-luck dish plus it is a nutritious filling meal for children.  Open a bottle of red wine … Continue reading »

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Soft Drinks and their History

Those sweetened flavored drinks with carbon added has been around for a long time. What makes them fizz? I ask although I know carbon is behind all this soft drink activity because most people refer to this drink as carbonated drinks. But who first  bottled them? These drinks came about in the 1800s by scientists … Continue reading »

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Sloppy Joe Recipe

I’ve been making Sloppy Joes for years – it’s one of the first dishes I ever made ‘all by myself’ – although as a child I used either the powdered mix from the envelope or the canned stuff. As I grew older I realized that this dish is far more versatile than many people believe. … Continue reading »

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Simple Pasta and Pesto Salad

For a pasta salad you want to make it simple and very tasty and for that you need something authentically Italian. So why not go for the simple pasta and pesto salad. Simple and easy to do and you can make in advance and serve at your leisure if you are having a party or … Continue reading »

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Simple Mushroom Soup

Simple Mushroom Soup This really is a family favourite that takes little time to put together. In our household, we always serve it up with some fresh garlic bread. This recipe serves 4 or 5 people. Ingredients: 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil 25g unsalted Butter 1 Onion 3 garlic cloves 1 kg Button Mushrooms … Continue reading »

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Sweetcorn Salsa

Roasted Sweet Corn SalsaServes: 4 as an accompanimentPreparation time: 15 minutesCooking time: 10 to 15 minutes This vibrant, piquant, chunky salsa goes beautifully with spicy food such as fajitas or as a dip for an Indian banquet.  Would also sit well with any kind of barbecued meat or fish.  Roasting the corn in a hot, … Continue reading »

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Sustainable Coffee Farming

To understand sustainable coffee farming, one must first understand the idea of sustainable farming.  Luckily, it is not a complicated definition.  Sustainable simply means taking steps to ensure that the resources available to current generations remain at least as equally abundant to future generations.  Practices that do NOT take steps to ensure an equal bounty … Continue reading »

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Sweet Potato and Apple Casserole Low Fat Low Salt Low Sugar

I had lunch with a friend yesterday while waiting for my appoint to have my two crowns set on my errant teeth. The crowns are my “Christmas crowns” as getting them cancelled any hope of Christmas gifts and giving this year but that’s another story. The restaurant was delightful and they has some sweet potatoes … Continue reading »

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