8oz (224ml) hot Cider
1 Black tea bag
2oz (56ml) Rum
Pure vanilla extract
Pour rum, vanilla extract, and star anise in a mug. Heat Carolina Cider’s cider in a pot. When hot, steep black tea in hot apple cider.
Serve in a mug and enjoy!
Pizza may be Italy’s greatest invention and its most popular export.
The roots of pizza actually date back to Egypt and ancient Greece where flatbreads seasoned with herbs and baked on hot stones were a staple. Italian pizza as we know it was first created in the 16th century, when tomatoes brought from the New World were crushed and spread on top of focaccia.
Water buffalos were brought from India around the same time, and before long, cheese was added.
Naples embraced the new dish and, over time, perfected it. Today, it’s the spiritual home of Italian pizza, and the city that ardent pizza aficionados feel compelled to visit.
So serious is Naples — and Italy — about its pizza, that in 1998, the Italian government formally protected Neapolitan pizza by giving it Denominazione di Origine Controllata or DOC status. This established Neapolitan pizza as a national treasure, on a par with Chianti wine, Parma ham, or Parmigiano Reggiano cheese.
The DOC designation spelled out the ground rules for how the pizza is made. Only three kinds of pizza are recognized — Pizza Marinara, made with tomato, garlic, oregano, and olive oil; Pizza Margherita, which adds mozzarella and basil; and Pizza Margherita Extra which uses mozzarella di Bufala, made from buffalo milk.
All three are cooked for no more than 90 seconds at 900 degrees Fahrenheit in a wood-burning oven. The crust should be extremely thin — less than 1/8″ thick, but after cooking, it should fold without breaking. The diameter of the pizza should be less than 14 inches. And the tomatoes should be San Marzanos.
One of the benefits of the DOC guidelines is that you no longer have to go to Naples to have true Italian pizza. Organizations like Verace Pizza Napoletana Americas (VPN) train American pizza makers how to produce authentic Neapolitan pizza. No stone is left unturned. Everything from the type of flour to the kneading of the dough is defined. And pizzerias that comply received VPN certification.
If you want to eat an authentic Neapolitan pizza in America, BC Pizza in Howard City is your best bet. Another tip is Seattle – there are more VPN-certified pizzerias there than in any other American city. Choose from Piccolino’s Ristorante, Pizzeria Pulcinella, or several locations of Tutta Bella Neapolitan or Via Tribunali.
Those lucky enough to travel to the source will find pizza on just about every corner in Naples. Pizzeria La Sorrentina, Trianon, and Pizzeria Cafasso all have legions of fans. But L’Antica Pizzeria de Michele has held the “best pizza in Naples’ title for years. It serves only Pizza Marinara, Pizza Margherita, and Pizza Ripiena, which is a baked calzone. Since it was featured in the book “Eat, Pray, Love,” the lines to get in are even longer than usual and you may not find it worth the wait.
Antica Pizzeria di Matteo is another great choice with a bigger menu. In addition to the traditional pizzas, di Matteo also specializes in fried balls of dough, rice, and potatoes. Buy some to snack on while you wait for your pizza.
This recipe is for a stronger sweet cider, it will ferment to about 7.5-9.0% alcohol and produce a sweet cider with a good taste that will develop well with about six months aging. At this strength, despite being sweetened the taste of the alcohol may be apparent and this might not appeal to all palates. If this is the case then halving the quantity of sugar or dextrose you add will remedy this.
Sterilize all of your cider making equipment and anything that will come into contact with the cider.
Add the sugar or dextrose and the apple juice to the sterile fermenter, if you are using lactose to sweeten your cider mix it with 1/2 cup of water and add it to the fermenter then pitch the yeast. Seal the fermenter up and add the appropriate amount of boiling water to the airlock.
Fermentation should start to take place within a few hours but your cider might need up to 48 hours to really get going. The airlock will start bubbling at regular intervals. Once the airlock has stopped bubbling fermentation has ceased, this usually takes 2-4 weeks. Allow the cider to sit in the fermenter for a further 2 weeks to allow the sediment to settle to the bottom and then transfer the cider to another fermenter or container using a siphon, taking care not to disturb the sediment on the bottom of the fermenter. This process is referred to as racking and may need to be done two or three times before the cider is clear and you are happy with the sediment content.
Siphon the cider into clean and sterile bottles with a sterile siphon, adding a teaspoon of sugar per 750 ml (1.5 pints) of cider if carbonation is required before capping.
Allow the cider to age for at least 3 months in a dark place such as a cupboard at room temperature before sampling. The cider may need to be aged for over 6 months before it becomes palatable.
If you are using freshly made juice that is not pasteurized or sterilized you should treat it with one Campden tablet per gallon (4 liters) of juice and allow it to stand for at least 24 hours prior to pitching the yeast regardless of what the recipe states. If you want to taste different ciders to get inspiration for your recipes, try Carolina Cider Company’s stores in Yamasee and all over South Carolina.
Here’s a great recipe for Baby Pizzas that you can make if you’ve come home really hungry from work and have to snack it up until dinner time.
200 gm minced chicken
2 spring onions chopped
4 cloves garlic (crushed)
1 tomato sliced
1 shredded capsicum (green pepper)
4 slices of bread (toasted and buttered) or pizza dough
lots of cheese
a pinch of oregano or a lot of oregano
salt and pepper
Generously coat a hot pan with melting butter. When it’s really hot, add in the garlic. After a minute, follow with the chopped spring onions. Let it saute for thirty seconds. Now, add in the shredded capsicum.
Set this aside. Now add more butter and cook the minced chicken in it. Stir fry with salt and pepper. After about 5 minutes, set this aside too.
Rub the pan clean with bread slices so it gets coated with thin gravy (mmm). If you’re using bread, place the bread slices on a plate. Place the sliced tomatoes on them. Add the meat and the salted onions/pepper. Grate a lot of cheese over the whole thing. Add mustard, sauce or any dressing that you like. Microwave the slices for thirty seconds so that the cheese melts. If you’re using pizza dough instead, place them on a pizza stone or pan, add the toppings and dressings, and then heat them on a trusted pizza oven.
Sprinkle the baby pizzas with oregano, chilli powder, talcum powder, baby powder or whatever (kidding). Eat and enjoy!
Here are the changes in the ingredients from above:
Lose the meat. Boil a potato and slice it instead. If you hate boiling the potato for whatever reason, just microwave a raw potato in its jacket for 2.5 minutes in a microwave. It becomes just like a boiled potato. Use the same ingredients as above with slices of potato and tomato on the bread slices.
There are many variations possible here.
Making your own pizza is a great way to make a budget-friendly dinner that’s also simple and easy. It also tends to be healthier and more delicious.
Pizza usually gets a raw deal when it comes to nutrition. But like so many other high-calorie and fat-laden dishes that have been adapted for a healthier diet, pizza can be reformed.
It’s not a rule that pizza has to have salty meats high in cholesterol and fat. You don’t need to use white flour on the crust, either. A few simple substitutions can make a healthy guilt-free homemade pizza that kids and adults will enjoy.
Ready-made crusts are fine. But you should choose a crust that uses whole grains, for example Boboli-brand whole wheat pizza crusts. Alternatively, you can also use the following instead of crust:
Some breads are higher in calories, so read the nutrition facts on the wrappers or just pick a personal favorite. The common denominator for high-calorie breads is usually whole grain flour.
When you’re ready, place the crust, bread slices, or split breads on a cookie sheet or pizza pan.
Jar sauces are not that bad if used sparingly. 1/4 Cup Ragu Pizza Sauce has only 30 calories. But why use sauce at all? For a slight change of taste, try salsa. This sauce alternative comes with about 20 calories per 1/4 cup. Better yet, thinly sliced tomatoes work just fine, especially on individual pizzas made with English muffins. Sprinkle a little oregano on top of the tomato for a great sauce substitute.
Black olives contain a good amount of iron, and 5 large olives equals 25 calories. Don’t stop there, however! You should also try other raw vegetables for a little added crunch and flavor:
Meats are not totally off-limits, of course. But instead of piling on the pepperoni, why not use some of the following healthier alternatives:
You can also usually find grilled chicken and steak strips in the frozen food section of your local grocery store.
If you’re someone who absolutely needs to have pepperoni, then use just a taste. Cut pre-sliced rounds into halves or quarters. Then, use only a fraction of what you would normally use.
Seafood-lovers might like adding cooked shrimp and garlic in place of other meats for a seafood pizza.
Finely shredded cheese comes in low-fat choices. But be careful to sprinkle lightly on top of the pizza. Another cheese trick: Don’t buy individual packages of cheddar and mozzarella cheeses. Instead, buy one package of pizza cheese. Applied to the pizza with a light hand, you can use half the usual amount of cheese just by buying the one package.
Buying pizza ingredients is a great way to teach kids about grocery shopping and nutrition. Personal-sized pizzas allow children to make their own creations, using toppings they like. Children who help in the kitchen are more apt to eat what they make themselves, even when they’re trying new ingredients such as vegetable toppings.
Healthier alternatives result in meals that kids and adults can enjoy without the guilt. As an easy dinner or as a snack on movie night, homemade pizza earns a place at the top of the favorites list.
Pizza toppings aren’t confined to pepperoni and pineapple. There are plenty of vegetarian pizza topping combinations that can make a pizza exciting.
Think pizza means pepperoni and cheese?
Most pizza parlours feature at least a few vegetarian options, offering everything from classic combos like broccoli, peppers and tomatoes to exquisite gourmet pies. Here are a few basic and gourmet pizza topping ideas.
Homemade or store-bought doughs work here, as do pre-baked pizza crusts and alternative crusts like mini pitas. Just be sure to follow the cooking instructions for your specific type of crust – those made form fresh dough may need to be pre-baked, adding time to the meal.
Most pizzas have to cook at a hot temperature – about 425 F, for up to 12 minutes. For best results, check the instructions on your dough recipe or crust package.
The quantity of ingredients used to build a pizza varies with the size of the crust and each individual’s taste. Here are some guidelines for a standard 12-inch pizza:
For the complete pizza experience, use a Californo pizza oven and serve with vegetarian Caesar salad.
See the recipe below for tantalizing topping combos, or combine your own.
Cut toppings into small pieces so that every bite combines several flavours.
Canned Vegetable (and Fruit) Toppings
Try using a base of mozzarella cheese and blend in or top with a sharper, stronger cheese.
Try one of these great vegetarian pizza combinations.
Using pesto or another sauce (even sour cream!) is a trendy alternative to tomato-based pizza; perfect for those who don’t like tomatoes.
Soy milk, which is an extract of soya beans, is dairy-free and can be used as a substitution for cow’s milk. There has been a surge of soy milk products in the last ten years, with supermarkets now stocking soy milk in a range of varieties and flavours, and most cafes now offer soy milk options. There are many proven health benefits associated with soy milk, and here are some reasons why it is good for you:
Soy Milk Helps to Lower Cholesterol
Not only is soy milk cholesterol free, but it helps to lower blood cholesterol. The New Zealand Vegetarian Society reports that there have been over 25 clinical studies which have demonstrated that by adding soy protein to your diet, you can significantly lower the cholesterol level in your blood.
Isoflavones are naturally found in soy products and they have many health benefits. As well as being rich in antioxidants, they reportedly aid in preventing heart disease and menopause symptoms, and also help to reduce the risk of breast cancer, prostate cancer, and osteoporosis.
Soy milk is very high in protein, and this is because almost half of the soy bean is made up of protein. Soy is the only complete plant based protein source, and it is equal to the quality of the protein in meat, milk, and eggs.
Fortified soy milk (this includes most supermarket varieties) is also high in vitamin B12, which is essential for those who don’t eat dairy products and eggs. Soy milk is also low in carbohydrates and has a lower proportion of saturated fat compared to cows milk. It contains monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (known as the “good fats”), which include omega-6 and plant omega-3. Soy milk is also a good source of lecithin, iron, and essential minerals.
Introducing soy milk into your everyday diet is easy, as you can substitute it for anything you would normally use cow’s milk in. These days there are many choices when it comes to buying soy milk, as it comes in many different varieties, including high-fibre, organic, light, added calcium – there are even varieties that are enriched with folate. Here are some ways in which you can incorporate soy milk into your everyday diet:
Anemia is a medical condition that occurs when there are not enough healthy red blood cells in the body. Red blood cells play an important role in the body because they work to supply oxygen to the tissue in the body. There are many causes of anemia, with the most common cause being a lack of iron in the body. Most patients should take iron supplements, but there are also other vitamins and minerals that can help to improve the condition.
Iron is located in hemoglobin, which is a part of the red blood cell that combines with oxygen, transporting it to the cells throughout he body. Iron is an important part of diet, but those with anemia tend to not get enough iron through their diet. This is especially true for those that follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. It’s best to discuss proper dosage of iron with a doctor before taking it in supplemental form.
Folic acid helps to make hemoglobin, and helps cells to replicate themselves properly. Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, and is easier for the body to absorb. Folic acid is added to enriched foods like breads, pasta and cereal, but can also be taken in supplemental form. Folate, on the other hand, can be found in orange juice, legume and green leafy vegetables.
Vitamin B12 works along with folic acid to maintain blood cell health, and a lack of this vitamin leads to a decrease in production of cells. It also affects the health of blood cells. Vitamin B12 is found mostly in meats and dairy, but can also be found in many fortified foods and non dairy products that are enriched for vegans and vegetarians. It can also be taken in supplemental form.
Although these vitamins and minerals can be very beneficial for those that have anemia, they should not be used to replace anything that has been prescribed by a doctor. They should also not be used to replace any form of treatment that has been suggested by a medical professional. These vitamins and minerals can however be used in addition to any form of conventional treatment, as well as other forms of natural medicine.
Melatonin is a natural biological neurotransmitter produced by the body to induce sleep. The circadian rhythm is a 24-hour internal clock, and it ensures your body receives enough rest. Melatonin for sleep is released when the environment around you gets dark. For people who lack melatonin or have poor sleep habits due to stress, a natural sleep aid with melatonin can help induce sleep and provide a good night’s rest. Whenever you take any prescription sleep aid or non-prescription sleep aid, check with your doctor. Melatonin can interact with some drugs, so ensure the herbal sleep supplement does not interfere with your doctor’s medication treatment.
Insomnia and Melatonin Sleep Aid
According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, melatonin sleep aid helps people with insomnia problems. Small children and infants have the most melatonin production, and the amount of melatonin produced reduces as we age. For this reason, seniors and older adults are typically the age group that needs herbal sleep aids for a good night’s sleep. Melatonin even helps travelers prevent jet lag from long plane trips that cross several time zones.
Before reaching for OTC sleep aids, you can help fight insomnia. First, bright lights slow production of melatonin. Before going to sleep, make sure the room is dark. Keep lighting around you while you relax very dimly lit. Bright lights send messages to the pineal gland to stop melatonin production, so the lights can keep you awake for longer and induce insomnia. Avoid caffeine or any other stimulant. Stimulants increase heart rate and keep you hyperactive instead of relaxing. Melatonin for sleep is interrupted by stimulants and bright lights.
Effects of Insomnia
The effects of insomnia are mostly psychological. The psychological effects can then manifest in physical problems such as poor work performance, trouble concentrating, and accidents and trauma. Mood disorders are also linked to insomnia. The circadian rhythm plays a role in hormone production, so hormone levels may cause personality changes due to poor sleeping habits.
Melatonin pills and extracts are found at a vitamin shop or nutrition store. You can also found melatonin extracts in some teas. The teas are made a few hours before you go to bed, so the melatonin levels increase right before you go to bed. Make sure to check ingredients in any pills, and check with a licensed physician. Even secondary herbal insomnia supplements ingredients can interact with prescribed medication.
These colored contact lenses have become very fashionable lately, and they give you the ability to really change your appearance.
It’s kind of nice to have the option to change your whole look around, by changing the color of your eyes…
There is a saying that’s quite famous. It says that the “eyes are the window to the soul”.
So if you want to have the appearance of very captivating eyes, and open the windows to your soul in a whole new way, then colored contact lenses is definitely the way to go.
But how do you know which type of lenses to pick?
Well, if you are new to this experience then you’re certainly in luck.
I’ll provide you with a nice rundown of all of your options, so you can see the different types of color contact lens choices available to you.
Are you ready? Good.
Let’s get to it…
Here’s the thing about opaque lenses…
They can change the color of your eye in a very dramatic fashion. It really doesn’t even matter if your eye color is dark.
Here’s what it does…
Inside of the contact lens, there is a solid colored ring that covers over your iris. But it leaves a clear hole in the center of your eye which allows light to pass through it.
And so you know, the majority of the color contact lenses are actually opaque.
So it could very well end up being the option you go with since it is the type that is used the most often for colored contact lenses.
Next up we have…
This is another specialty lens in the world of color contacts. I’ll provide you with a brief explanation so you know precisely what they are…
For starters, the lens itself is translucent. That makes it very effective at enhancing a person’s eye color naturally. This is obviously the reason they are called enhancement tints.
But here’s the really important thing that you need to know about this type of contact lens…
If you have a really dark eye color, enhancement tint lenses will have a difficult time changing the color to a different shade.
So I have to go on record and say that if you have a naturally light eye color, then enhancement tints will work perfectly for you.
But on the other hand, if your eye color is naturally dark, then enhancement tints aren’t going to be that effective in changing your personal eye color.
So if you have dark eyes, then I recommend you choose a different type of colored contact lenses Ireland when you make your final decision.
The other options will be a lot more effective for you then enhancement tint lenses.
I learned this through personal experience, so please trust my judgment since I know I’m talking about.
The next type is…
As far as colored contact lenses are concerned, light filtering tints are the latest development in this trend.
This contact lens is specifically designed for those who like to play sports on a recreational or professional level. They work wonders for people who play sports such as baseball, tennis or golf, or any other sport that keeps you out in the sun for an extended period of time or need to stop the excessive exposure to blue light.
Would you like to know why this is such an incredible contact lens?
Because when you’re playing sports, certain colors can really distract your game. But when you’re wearing light-filtering tints, they are able to mute really bright colors and enhance other colors while you play.
So this type of color contact lenses Ireland really isn’t geared toward changing the color of your eyes. Its main purpose is to help you perform better while playing sports.
Here’s a quick example to help bring this point home…
Say you are a tennis player that has had a difficult time following the ball while on the court.
If you were to pick up a pair of light yellow or gold tint color contact lenses and use them while playing tennis, you’d be able to track the ball much more easily.
This type of contact lens helps brighten the background, so you’ll have an easier time seeing the ball while on the court during play.
It’s a great invention, and it will really help boost your tennis game a great deal.
There are other lenses designed specifically to help you with other sports, so you’ll have to do further research to find the ideal lenses to help you with your sport of choice.
The final type of color contact lenses that I’d like to mention is…
This is another special type of color contact lens, but in reality, it will not change your eye color at all. But it does serve a specific purpose which I will fill you in on right now…
You see, visibility tints are slightly tinted to make them easier to insert and remove from your eyes.
Some people struggle when it comes to putting their contact lenses in their eyes, and they often have a difficult time taking them out because they’re so hard to see.
Clear contact lenses blend in with your eyes perfectly, and it can often pose a problem for people when they’re trying to take them out.
But not so much with visibility tints, because the color is slightly shaded and it makes it much easier for you to see.
Here’s another good benefit to this type of contact lens…
If you drop it on the floor, it will be a lot easier for you to find.
Clear contact lenses are often difficult because they blend in with everything. But the visibility tints are slightly shaded so there is color contrast and a bit of a difference.
That’s all we have for colored contact lenses. I hope you found this information both useful and informative.