Archive for September, 2010

We’ve made it through another winter and the summer is upon us. Summer time is beach, pool and Ice-cream time. Have you ever wondered where this amazing treat comes from and who was the clever guy who added the cone the ice-cream? Here are some cold, hard truths about the treat.

Ice cream as we know it seems to have emerged in 17th-century France. (A first-century Roman emperor is said to have sent runners into the mountains for snow to be flavored with juices. In the 13th century, Marco Polo brought back from China descriptions of a sherbet like dessert.)

The cone didn’t appear until 1904, when a Syrian waffle maker at the St. Louis World’s Fair began rolling his pastries into horns to help an ice cream vendor who had run out of dishes. (The idea had been patented a year earlier, by an Italian in New York City, but the fair popularized it.)

Today the average American eats about 19 litre of ice cream a year―the world’s highest per capita consumption, according to the International Dairy Foods Association.

Top-selling flavours (surprise!): vanilla, with 33 percent of the market, and chocolate, with 19 percent.

It takes 2.5 kg of whole milk and 500g of cream to make one gallon (3.8 kg)  of ice cream.

Source: realsimple


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  We are probably going to eat too much braaivleis(bbq) this Heritage weekend so why not try a new salad to balance out the protein overload.

This is a Waldorf Salad and is easy to make and really delicious

Waldorf Salad



  • – 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • – 1/4 cup sour cream
  • – 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • – 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • – 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • – 2 to 3 drips hot pepper sauce
  • – 3 large unpeeled Red or Pink apples, diced
  • – 3 stalks celery, diced
  • – 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • – Lettuce
  • – 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)



  1. – In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, mustard, lemon juice, salt, and hot pepper sauce. Fold in the apples, celery, and pecans. Cover and chill 1 hour. 
  2. – Divide among 4 plates lined with lettuce leaves and sprinkle with the chopped chives (if desired).


Source: realsimple.com

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According to a recent study the type of alcohol you consume may determine how hungry you feel afterwards. In other words, the intensity of your “munchies” is different for wine, beer or spirits.

A recent study   shows that while alcohol has a specific effect on the body, the additional nutritional content of white wine, red wine and beer also affects how our body responds to alcohol.

The research measured the influence of different alcoholic beverages on the hypothalamic-pituitary adrenal (HPA) axis. The HPA axis regulates fluctuations in the body, and is responsible for the synthesis of the steroid hormones cortisol and dehyrdoepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS).

The researchers divided participants into four groups. Each drank either red wine, white wine, light beer or regular beer.

The research found that the levels of cortisol decreased in all participants upon consuming alcohol. This reduced their desire for food, despite having fasted for half a day.

The research further found that the DHEAS levels fluctuated, depending on what type of alcohol the participant consumed.

In the participants who drank beer the levels of DHEAS initially dropped, but then went up. This is because beer contains carbohydrates, which increases the level of insulin in the blood. This implies that “Beer completely confuses the system.”

The research found that red wine has a slightly different effect on the body.

Red wine fools the body into thinking it’s eating, so cortisol and DHEAS levels go down. The body starts to recognise that red wine isn’t a food and DHEAS and cortisol levels rise, increasing appetite.

Lastly the research found that unlike beer and red wine, white wine completely shuts down the HPA axis, meaning DHEAS levels don’t recover and hunger remains low.

Source: indiatimes.com

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Great news for chocolate and wine lovers as research found that these delights actually help to improve your cognitive performance.

If this implies that wine and chocolate make you cleverer, then I’m a genius.

A European study found that people who consumed chocolate, wine, or tea had significantly better test scores and better cognitive performance than those who did not.

They say that these finding seems to support other theories but more research is needed to prove these theories.

My question is: “Where do you sign up to be their test subject…can you do it from home?”

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They say pairing wine and cheese is a balancing act because you want the wine to complement the flavours of the cheese and not over powers it. On the other hand, the flavour of the cheese must also not ‘out muscle’ the wine.

Strong tasting cheese are not the ideal snack with a light wine and mil;d cheese will be overshadowed by full-bodied, robust wines.

There’s a general rule of thumb to follow: the stronger the cheese is, move up the spectrum of the body of wine.

Hard, mild cheeses such as cheddar are normally best paired with milder wines like Merlot, Pinot Noir and unwooded Chardonnays. While stronger hard cheeses such as aged Gouda or Asiago go best with a full-bodied Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon or Bordeaux blends.

Aromatic wines such as Riesling and Gewurztraminer are great with soft cheeses like brie and Camembert; while a Sauvignon Blanc and Rose are classic pairings for goat cheese.

When it comes to blue cheeses, you want to pick an ice wine, late harvest wine or port. Going for higher sugar content will smooth out the edges of a strong blue cheese

Source: Canada.com

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Red wine drinkers can smile broadly again as a new product / gimmick hit the US market. Wine Wipes is small wet wipes which are supposed to get rid of the red film that can stain your teeth and spoil your bright smile.

The wipes come in small tins with mirrors and resemble makeup compacts. Each wipe has a mild orange flavour and is suppose to help cleanse the palate.

It is perhaps a super gimmick and probably will not do more than the good old-fashion napkin but it’s a new gadget and it can put back some bright smiles ( and maybe confidence)  to red wine drinkers.

I’ll give it a try and who knows maybe it works.

Source: latimes.com

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The ‘original supermodels’ who dominated fashion in the late eighties and early nineties are now all in their 40ties and they are still style icons and fashion ambassadors. super models

Here is a run-down  of what some the ‘original super models’ are up to now.

Claudia Schiffer (40)

The youngest of the original super models, turned 40 in August and this mom of three still continue to pose part-time for brands like Chanel and Yves St. Laurent.

Cindy Crawford (44)

The American beauty appeared on hundreds of magazine covers. She also acted in a few movies and hosted the MTV series ‘House of Style’ is the owner of a few extremely successful business including anti-aging skincare products called Meaningful Beauty

Naomi Campbell (40)  

Discovered at 15 while window-shopping in London’s Covent Garden, Campbell quickly went from being an in-demand catwalk star to posing for numerous magazine covers, many of which had never before featured a black model. Now , although plagued by personal scandals, Campbell is still a fashion-world star.

Elle Macpherson (47)

A leggy blonde Australian known within the industry as “The Body,” Macpherson appeared on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue a record five times. She also kept a foot in the high-fashion world, walking runways for designers like Azzedine Alaia and John Galliano.

Now , the model-turned-entrepreneur’s signature lingerie line, Elle Macpherson Intimates, is a best-selling success, stocked at Bloomindales, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Neiman Marcus.

Linda Evagilista (45)

Canadian-born Evangelista got her start when she was spotted by a talent agent at a Miss Teen Niagara pageant in 1978. Ten years later, she lost a number of major runway bookings when she suddenly swapped her then-shoulder-length hair for a boyish, close-cropped style, but her ever-changing ‘do eventually became her trademark.

Now, Evangelista has worked more or less steadily for the last twenty years — recent gigs include ad campaigns for Prada, Talbots, and John Galliano.

And what about Kirty Turlington, Helena Christensen and the rest of the original supermodels? Find out what they’re up to on InStyle.com now

Source: cnn

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