Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fast food facts

We all know that fast food is unhealthy and yet so om nom nom. I like McDonalds a lot, have it few times a month, trying to keep it low as possible. Found this pic that very nicely illustrates fast food facts, you have to know stuff about your nomnoms! :) Don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those people that say you must never eat fast food – that is nonsense. If you like it – nom it, just in moderation, a little bit of poison is medicince! Image is quite big so here is the link:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Speed Cooking!

It gets better and better... My last two posts were about Epic and Regular meals, and the videos were awesome. But today I've got something even better - Speed Cooking! This guy is insane but at the same time a genius. See for your selves:

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Regular Epic meals

If you saw my last post about Epic Meals and liked it, you are going to loooove this one! BIG thanks to Spike he's the one who commented about these crazy regular Swedish meals, here are some of the vids:

Check out their youtube channel for more vids:

Monday, February 28, 2011

Epic meals!

So what is your idea of epic meal? Everyone has their own point of view, but "EpicMealTime" really got the idea right, their meals are really EPIC! Check out videos below:

Like what you see? Be sure to check out their youtube channel for more epic meals:

Sunday, February 27, 2011

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Alternative food source?

OK so we all are used to normal everyday food. A lot of people use meat as main ingredient of their meals. Of course there are a lot of alternatives to meat - soy, vegetarian foods etc. But what about all these little creatures around us? No, not pets and squirrels (lol), I’m talking about the ones that a lot of us are afraid of – insects. Sounds kind of disgusting and extreme huh?  Despite all that insects are used as food, even as delicacy in some countries. For example they are an important source of protein in central Africa and delicacy in Thailand. I’m not promoting the idea of insects as food, never even tried any dish made of them, but I want to share this video that expresses interesting view of using insects as alternative food source. Hope you enjoy it, here is the video:

Friday, February 25, 2011

Weekly spice - Coriander

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum)

Coriander (Coriandrum sativum) is an annual herb in the family Apiaceae. Coriander is native to southern Europe and North Africa to southwestern Asia. It is a soft, hairless plant growing to 50 centimeters (20 in) tall. The leaves are variable in shape, broadly lobed at the base of the plant, and slender and feathery higher on the flowering stems. The flowers are borne in small umbels, white or very pale pink, asymmetrical, with the petals pointing away from the center of the umbel longer (5–6 mm) than those pointing towards it (only 1–3 mm long). The fruit is a globular dry schizocarp 3–5 mm diameter.

Coriander leaves

All parts of the plant are used as spice: leaves, roots and seeds. How strong the smell of Coriander is, depends on essential oil that plant contains (~2%). It is one of the main essential oil plants. Ripe fruits are used to make oil of original taste and smell, which contains vitamins A and C. This oil is used to make odor used in perfume and cosmetics. Fat oil acquired when separating essential oils used in textile, polygraphy and soaps. Coriander is used to aromatize bread, marinates, sauces, sausages, cheeses, liqueurs and beers. Seeds are often used in meat and game (wild animal meat) stews.

Coriander seeds (grinded)

Leaves have nice, spicy smell and are mostly used fresh. They are a perfect addition to soups and stews. A lot of Georgian national dishes use Coriander leaves. One of the best and tastiest dishes is Kharcho soup (I’ll post recipe next week, be sure to check it out!).

 Coriander fruits

Coriander fruits are used also in medicine. It helps with indigestion, expectorant, hemoroids and accelerates healing of wounds. The broth of coriander fruits must be used 3 times a day, few big table spoons each time.

In conclusion Coriander is very widely used plant. It adds great taste qualities and benefits your health. Next week spice – rosemary!