Tuesday, August 9, 2011

"Tweetpie," a new cookbook with recipes of 140 characters

"Tweetpie," a new cookbook with recipes of 140 characters.

it gathers more than 200 preparations collected from the popular microblogging network

How many words are needed to write a prescription ? Well, according to a survey this year to describe how to make a roast, using 872 words Nigella Lawson and Jamie Oliver , 773.

It was this information that inspired a British brand of kitchens to collect information through Twitter and publish a book with recipes only 140 characters, the maximum allowed in a tweet.


The publication is titled "Tweet Pie" and its cover is described as "the cookbook world's shortest." However, it is the first of its kind. In October last year was released "Eat tweet" , a book that grew out of the habit of the author to write prescriptions for their friends through the popular social networking microblogging.

The difference in this new cookbook is that it was a collective work: the more than 200 recipes were written by different people, from amateurs to well-known chefs cooks. And also features photographs taken by users themselves.

"Tweet Pie" is on sale on eBay. The money raised will be donated to charity FoodCycle.

Beware Fraudulent vegan recipes with photos

Beware Fraudulent vegan recipes with photos.

He has called attention to an article in which an American vegan blogger has uncovered fraud carried out VegNews readers, both in digital media and in the paper, the magazine illustrated with photographs vegan recipes fraudulent prescriptions were actually containing meat or other derivatives that are not used in the vegan diet. Recall that veganism is a philosophy and a lifestyle which extols respect for animals and completely eliminates the use of products derived from the animal kingdom.

To date, VegNews has been considered a prestigious and popular magazine in the vegan world, but after uncovering the fraud, who knows ... Anyway, the blog Quarrygirl has been reported that this magazine has been using photos recipes from a bank of images, illustrations containing animal products and which are contrary to the vegan diet, but also those responsible for publication using Photoshop to hide the true ingredients of vegan recipes. For example, some soy burgers burger was actually normal that with appropriate modifications, was given another look.


The magazine preaches a lifestyle, but instead of preparing the recipes and photographs, they agreed to reduce costs to the bank of images, possibly would not have been discovered using non-vegan recipes to illustrate the recipes. The blogger has established its case with screenshots and photographs after the news spread, the group did not expect vegan his criticism VegNews through all the news channels, Web and especially social networking sites like Facebook or Twitter .

Perhaps those responsible for VegNews not understand the magnitude of what was awaiting them, an outraged community who felt cheated and swindled. After the first barrage of criticism, it seems that the magazine acted normally and ran a new recipe , a muffin or cupcake also published in the Wall of Facebook, suffered a barrage of criticism and obviously questioned photography.

There was no reverse and it was best to acknowledge the mistake and so did the responsible VegNews through a statement in which they explain their values, their motivation and the causes that have led to use photographs of non-vegan dishes at one time Some arguments are funny, and somehow we can deduce that it insults the intelligence of readers. The magazine apologized and referred to the lack of economic resources, and to photograph a vegan dish seems to be not economically viable. As mentioned, readers are smart and they were not satisfied, which led to a second statement four days later.

The new statement says they made ​​a mistake, apologize, a little patience and assure that it will not happen anymore, it creates a collective commitment to respect the vegan and illustrations are committed to using only vegan, in fact, create a bank pictures with vegan recipes. The most curious case, and as we read in the digital publication El Mundo , is that the same blogger who uncovered the fraud of the photographs, in 2009 received an award from the magazine for an investigative report which put uncovered a fraud in vegan restaurants in Los Angeles, they used ingredients that were not in the vegan diet.

Blogger Quarrygirl has announced it will return the prize, and shows respect for their lifestyle and by the collective American vegan. We could say that the hunter has been hunted, set an example for VegNews for other magazines do not make the same mistake.

Photo | Arne list

The bitter taste of beer, why the beer is bitter

The bitter taste of beer, why the beer is bitter.

An investigation by experts from the Technical University of Munich (Germany) has identified the substances that cause the bitter taste of beer , a total of 56 different substances of which the majority (polyketides undergo the addition of water) are derived from hops. The polyketides are organic compounds synthesized by an organism and are not related to growth or reproduction of bacteria, fungi, plants and animals of the 56 substances identified five related especially with the bitter taste and the aging of beer.


In the post on Brewing we know that the hops (Humulus lupulus) is a plant which flowers are obtained that provide certain acids that promote the activity of brewer's yeast, providing also notes bitter, aromatic or mixed depending on the variety of the drink. Hops extract is reduced to a ground which is pressed and will be added during processing. Although it is an important element that gives the beer interesting features, it also contributes to their degradation causing the drink to become rough and increase the bitter taste of beer.

The researchers say this is the first study to succeed in identifying substances that are formed during the aging process of beer, which is valuable information that could lead to develop new varieties of beer to remain fresh and in perfect power state for a longer time. The next research step is to use these compounds as markers that provide information on the development of the taste of beer during processing, and information on the different stages of aging drink .

There are different procedures to extend the shelf life of beer, especially those that are perishable, since some types of beer are able to remain long in perfect condition due to its components, system design, type of container movement suffers, sealing or water type. It is important to obtain a pH of between 5'2 and 5'5 for a good beer, we need a water containing certain minerals, but as we have said depends on the variety of beer.

It is also very important to control the temperature (low during storage), via Beverage Daily we know that one of the researchers indicated the need to use hops acids containing stable cis-iso-alpha (hop acids are classified alpha acids and beta acids) instead of volatile acids trans-iso-alpha, which increase the shelf life of beer. As we know, the half-life is set in about three months, again depends on the type of beer, if it is lighter or darker.

In any case, is a useful starting point, subsequent research will design new commercial beers whose life will be extended. You can learn more from research through scientific publication Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry

Photo | Morryssei

Candwich, canned sandwich , great and delicious idea

Candwich, canned sandwich , great and delicious idea.

A new food product that is marketed in the United States is notable for being an idea contrary to the boom in consumption of fresh food and ecological, is the Candwich (sandwich canning). The head of the new product is the company Mark One Foods and announce the product as a perfect food for all people who 'do not have time. " Especially it enhances the container that preserves the sandwich for a year, ensuring its freshness as the first day.


The Candwich not need refrigeration so also is the possibility of use as a food emergency in the event of natural disasters. This is not a new product, as has been available since last year at a price of $ 12 (8'21 euros) for four units. Mark Kirkland, is the creator of the sandwich canning and president of the company that sells, offers all kinds of arguments that praise the product, time savings, comfort and ease in transport to enjoy a sandwich (which resembles a roll ) prepared with peanut butter and strawberry jam .

The operator compares the sandwich format Candwich or canned with a water bottle, years ago was consumed tap water , today the trend is the bottled water , their arguments demonstrate, in our opinion, little respect for the environment and knowing the problems environmental risks associated with bottled water, is undoubtedly an unfortunate comparison. The company says that the food can be distributed just as beverages or soft drinks in vending machines, is indeed the case, but certainly does not fit in the line of promoting a healthy diet with fresh seasonal products.


Does it really so hard to prepare a snack or a cold sandwich? Not say that the food emergencies that occur after a natural disaster, the product can be an interesting temporary help, but in our opinion, it is always best to prepare a snack or sandwich with fresh bread and healthy foods, it takes just minutes. The ingredients are chosen on the basis that this combination is a popular food among children in the U.S., a great idea to promote food fresh and natural for children (obviously it is an irony).

In fact, canned sandwich is not a finished product comes in a can containing a loaf of bread, peanut butter and strawberry jam in individual containers to be applied over the bread. Following the launch of this product, the company is already planning to launch a Candwich chicken with barbecue sauce on a pizza, unlike the first sandwich canning, this product will be ready to eat simply opening the can without making any manipulation. We are surprised to learn that Mark Kirkland indicates that those who do not like cold pizza, the solution is simple, just place the can in the sun to warm up the pizza.


On the nutritive value of Candwich with peanut butter and strawberry jam, the official website of the company can not find the information, we can only know what the president says the company in the article by BBC World , highlights the proteins contained in peanut butter and that the product is part of the traditional diet of U.S. children. A nutritionist Argentina says that the nutritional value is not the most suitable for their fat content and the product of serious concern because it encourages fast food prepared.

Well, we certainly prefer a sandwich or toast, who's resisting the toast of eggplant, tomato, anchovy oil and cottage , a bread stuffed with bacon, peppers and onions , or bacon and cheese sandwich Maasdam ... or just a ham sandwich?

Bipolar Disorder. Foods to avoid if you have Bipolar Disorder (Mania, Depression)

Bipolar Disorder. Foods to avoid if you have Bipolar Disorder (Mania, Depression)

Bipolar disorder is characterized by drastic mood swings, to be exceedingly glad (state which is called mania) is going to be depressed.

This psychiatric illness is treated and controlled with medication. However, recent research indicates that having an unhealthy diet promotes mood instability, reports everydayhealth

Thus, people diagnosed with this disease should avoid eating certain foods. "It will also improve the health of your heart. This is important because, with bipolar disorder have higher risk of heart disease or vascular, "says the article.

Five Foods to Avoid

"Stimulants can cause mania and should be avoided," says psychiatrist Jess G. Fiedorowicz, University of Iowa (USA). So, obviously, caffeine should be set aside.

One of the main characteristics of this substance is that deprives you of sleep. And this is one of the main reasons that trigger mood swings and mania. In addition, caffeine increases anxiety and can also affect the effect of medication.

Another type of drinks that are outside the permitted limits are alcoholic. Besides altering the mood, alcohol falls badly with psychoactive drugs. And as if that were not enough, "people with bipolar disorder tend to become addicted to alcohol and other substances."

To avoid metabolic syndrome, the precursor to diabetes, many patients suffer from this disease, we must stop eating sugar. A second reason for departing from the sweet: the emotional roller coaster caused by the discharge of blood sugar is added to the mania. "If you really want something sweet, eat fruit," advises the site specializing in health.

If you take lithium, moderate your intake of salt can be difficult: "a change, either an increase or a sharp decline can affect your levels of lithium," says the article. The recommended daily allowance of this condiment is between 1,500 and 2,300 milligrams a day.

Fat is also dangerous. Fiedorowicz suggests following the recommendations of the American Heart Association to limit saturated and trans fats in the diet: the case of products of animal origin, must opt ​​for lean protein and low fat dairy products.

What is the difference between butter and margarine?

What is the difference between butter and margarine?

As we can see both butter and margarine are often used to complement the bread as well as some other foods are even used for food or pastries.

Butter is made from milk fat is derived from milk with no added preservatives and dyes unless additional exposure for the industry (home made in a totally natural).

Margarine is made from vegetable oils or animal fat with polyunsaturated added flavor, preservatives, color, and sometimes vitamins A, D, E.

If we compare the nutrient composition of both foods, we notice that provide calories in almost equal amounts, contain similar amounts of total fat but the type of fat is different. Butter has more saturated fat and cholesterol, margarine has more unsaturated fat and no cholesterol. But when the margarine and even seems to have better nutrients, the effect of the margarine fat in the body is not desirable.

The polyunsaturated margarine oils undergo a process transforming industrial hydrogenation in saturated fats and trans fats. The latter act in the body as saturated fats raise bad cholesterol (LDL) and lowering good cholesterol (HDL).

Also, eating too much cholesterol-rich foods like butter, can contribute to blocked arteries.

We can see that 100 grams of butter, add 717 calories and 219 grams of cholesterol, one serving (20 grams or 1 teaspoon) provides 143 calories and 43.8 milligrams of cholesterol (1 egg provides 89 calories and 255 milligrams of cholesterol).

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Pasta, Italian Recipes

Fresh Tomato Sauce with Pasta, Italian Recipes.

If the chopped tomato is especially juicy, it can thin the sauce. Place the chopped pieces in a strainer or colander set over a bowl. Allow tomato pieces to drain 10 to 15 minutes to remove excess juices.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 45 mins
Servings: 6 side-dish servings

  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups peeled, seeded, and chopped ripe fresh tomatoes (about 3 pounds)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup sliced pitted ripe olives
  • 1/4 cup snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed
  • 6 ounces dried capellini or spaghetti
  • Freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

For sauce, in a large saucepan cook onion and garlic in hot oil until onion is tender but not brown.
Stir in 2 cups of the tomatoes, salt, and pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the remaining chopped tomatoes, olives, and basil. Heat through.
Meanwhile, cook capellini according to package directions. Drain. Serve tomato sauce over capellini. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Makes 6 side-dish servings.
Make ahead tip

Prepare sauce; cover and chill up to 24 hours. Reheat to serve with pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 202, Total Fat 6 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 5 mg, Sodium 202 mg, Carbohydrate 31 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 8 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 10%, Vitamin C 48%, Calcium 6%, Iron 12%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Glazed Sweet Potatoes, easy summer recipe

Glazed Sweet Potatoes, easy summer recipe.

Roasted potatoes tossed with maple syrup and mustard are both sweet and zesty in this simple recipe.

Prep Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
Servings: Makes 8 servings.

  • 2 pounds sweet potatoes (4 to 5 medium)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup or maple-flavor syrup
  • 3 tablespoons coarse-grain Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Peel and cut sweet potatoes into 1- to 1-1/2-inch chunks. In a large bowl, combine maple syrup, Dijon mustard, oil, salt, and pepper. Add sweet potato and cranberries; toss to coat. Transfer mixture to a 13x9x2-inch baking pan, spreading evenly.
Cover and bake for 50 to 60 minutes or until sweet potato is tender. Stir mixture. Bake, uncovered, for 10 to 15 minutes more or until sweet potato is glazed. Stir before serving. Makes 8 servings.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 171, Total Fat 3 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 341 mg, Carbohydrate 33 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 2 g. Daily Values: Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 5%, Calcium 4%, Iron 5%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

Triple Green Bean Salad, Low calories summer cooking recipes

Triple Green Bean Salad, summer cooking recipes.

This vegetable side dish is a good low-calorie dish to serve with beef or chicken.

Servings: 4 to 6 servings

  • 12 ounces fresh green beans, dry tips trimmed off, if required
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, coarsely chopped
  • 4 green onions, sliced (green tops only)
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • Smoked sea salt, sea salt, or salt
  • Lime wedges (optional)

In a 1-1/2- or 2-quart microwave-safe casserole combine green beans and water. Cover and microcook on 100 percent power (high) for 5 to 7 minutes or just until tender, stirring once after 3 minutes. Drain in a colander. Rinse with cold water; drain again. Transfer to a serving dish. Toss with parsley, green onion tops, celery, oil, and lime juice. Cover and let stand up to 30 minutes.
Sprinkle with sea salt just before serving. If desired, squeeze lime wedges over each serving. Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Smoked salt is available from a number of sources including: www.saltsource.com, and www.saltworks.us.

Nutrition Facts
Calories 96, Total Fat 7 g, Saturated Fat 1 g, Monounsaturated Fat 5 g, Polyunsaturated Fat 1 g, Cholesterol 0 mg, Sodium 134 mg, Carbohydrate 8 g, Total Sugar 2 g, Fiber 4 g, Protein 2 g. Daily Values: Vitamin C 36%, Calcium 6%, Iron 8%.
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

To burn fat, daily consumption of green tea is not harmful

To burn fat, daily consumption of green tea is not harmful.

Its effect antioxidant is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and helps to burn up 70 calories a day

Last week I was in Lima Camilla Passarella, market development manager of the company DSM, but it is also food engineer. Gave a talk about the benefits of green tea and how the industry has managed to concentrate epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), the active compound most powerful antioxidant .

During his visit, presented the green tea extract, called Teavigo. What is it?
Studies report the benefits of green tea. This happens because it has polyphenols [plant chemicals], and within the catechin [a type of plant pigments with antioxidant properties], and within that EGCG, which is the most active compound with antioxidant in tea green. The company DSM has managed to refine, purify and concentrate the EGCG.


But the benefit is also achieved by consuming green tea the traditional way?
Yes, but a green tea leaf has 5% of EGCG. The extract is 32%. But both have caffeine . However, Teavigo EGCG has 90% and has no caffeine or other polyphenols that could harm the body.

Why is it important to consume antioxidants?
Because they reduce the risk of degenerative diseases such as cardiovascular , cognitive impairment, and so on.

What's true you should not consume the same product for a long time because it can be harmful?
In the case of green tea, it can be consumed daily and one example is the Japanese, who consume more than 10 cups a day. And with daily consumption that will be the benefits. Although everything in excess is not good and you need a balanced diet, there are no problems in consuming green tea daily.

Moreover, one of its benefits is that it helps you lose weight ...
As a powerful antioxidant, helps reduce oxidation of fat measurements. But it is only an additional aid to lose weight.

Why black tea does not have the same benefits as green if the two come from the same plant?
Black tea green tea is fermented and oxidized. As this process goes through, he loses the EGCG and therefore is less effective when we think of the benefits we can offer.

The antioxidant in green tea is 100 times more effective than vitamin C and 25 times better than vitamin E in protecting cells from damage associated with cancer. Helps to burn up to 70 calories a day.

Why some people dislike the wine?

Why some people dislike the wine?

After a few drinks many end up with an upset stomach, skin allergies, nasal congestion and headaches

The wine is one of the world's most popular beverage, but not everyone like him. After a few drinks, some people have different types of allergies such as nasal congestion, sneezing, skin rashes, upset stomachs and, of course, headache . The explanation for these reactions would be molecules that most wines contain.

According to the website publishes Stuff.co.nz , recent research by Danish scientists said that eight out of every 100 people suffer from these problems. In his report ruled that pesticides and herbicides used in the production of grapes are the culprits.

(Flickr / rogersmj)

Dr. Giuseppe Palmisano said the glycoproteins (sugar-coated protein) would have to see. "Isolated glycoproteins chardonnay 28 and compared with a database of known allergens," says the website.

"Three were left out. One of them is similar to allergenic proteins found in latex and pears. Another looks like a latex protein and a protein of olive and the third looks like one of the strongest of all allergens, a protein of ragweed that causes hay fever . "

The research could lead to the winemaking techniques that reduce or eliminate these molecules and finally we can all enjoy this drink without fear of consequences.

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