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How Many Pots do you Need

How many pots should be in the kitchen is not an easy question. It depends on the size of the family and the scope of its culinary feats. All housewives cook in different ways. However, if you have a family, and at least on the whole family has meals at home, two pots will not be enough.

There is no need to go out and buy whole sets. Instead, you should select the individual pots and pans that work best with what and how you cook good-quality pots and pans made of the right materials really can improve your cooking.Whatever type of pan you choose, first of all it should be of high quality, with thick walls and bottom. Thickness means that a pan will not dent, warp or have hot spots which cause food in one area of the pan to cook faster or burn before everything else is done. Thinner materials won’t hold heat evenly. A deeper pot should hold heat all the way up its sides.

A well-equipped kitchen should have five items with lids in different sizes: a large pot is suitable for boiling or steaming vegetables, making sauces, or cooking grains and pasta, for broth and soup, a medium saucepan holds about 4 to 6 quarts of liquid, it is perfect for main courses and side dishes, I like this saucepan because it is not too big and not too small.

Two small pots for cereals and dairy dishes, a small ladle for making sauces or warming milk. In a small dish it is also convenient to warm up 1-2 portions of ready-made food, or to prepare separate food for the baby, cook side dishes, vegetables for salads or dumplings. All these pots are very functional. Depending on what you cook, these five pots are all you really need to survive in the kitchen, they can help you free up some much-needed space.

They should be available in every kitchen where cooking meals is a frequent occurrence. Stock your kitchen with these saucepans, plus a couple more pieces, and you can cook nearly anything. There are many types of cookware that will make your cooking experience more pleasant.

I cook a lot and I cook a wide variety of things. Having these pots at my disposal, I am never at a loss. It is very important which materials saucepans are made from, because the foods may absorb materials from the pots and pans in which they are cooked. Each material is good in its own way, it all depends on your personal preference and the type of the cooker.

For example, for induction cookers cookware made of cast iron, stainless steel and ceramic enameled layer is suitable. For glass-ceramic panels stainless steel and glass pots are good and Teflon coated pots are ideal for gas stoves. The most popular types of material are stainless steel, cast iron and copper. Pots and pans made out of stainless steel, cast iron or copper stainless steel are safe, durable and versatile.

How to Make Hummus

Have you ever tried this amazing food? Very light still healthy, this food is just perfect snack to go with a pitta bread or other sandwiches. The main ingredient of the dish is chick peas. After tasting this wonderful dish, you will be thankful to the nation who came up with the idea of creating this dish. By the way, it has a cultural background. Let’s discover the origin of the dish and find out where it comes from. The name of the dish itself called “hummus” has a meaning of a “chickpea” literally translated.

As we already know this is because of the chickpea present in the dish. As for the real origin of hummus there has always been a debate about it. There are quite many countries stating themselves as the place of origin for hummus, mainly Palestine, Egypt, Greece, and other Middle Eastern countries though not for sure.

One thing is clear – hummus has been in use for rather long period of time especially in Middle East and along the Mediterranean. According to the food experts hummus is one of the oldest foods it dates back to the 12th century. However, the earliest recipes found in Cairo date back to the 13th century. This is why the exact date and place is vague.

Chickpeas found in hummus were cultivated mainly in ancient Mediterranean and the Middle East and also in Mesopotamia. Even Plato and Socrates studied chickpeas for their nutritional value.

There are different ways to make hummus but it all is about the amount of seasonings – cumin and sesame paste. You can use butter instead of olive oil or even add Greek yogurt and hot pepper.  Chickpeas are a thesaurus of proteins and vitamins thus they are very healthy. They are rich in iron, zinc, magnesium and potassium which are known to boost libido and physical energy.

The Ingredients we will use are :

How to make this magnificent dish?

Take the pre-wetted and boiled chickpeas. Chickpeas get boiled very hard as they are very dry that is why we pre-wet them in the water for a night and then boil. Keep some whole chick peas for serving.

Unite all the chickpeas, lemon juice, garlic, cumin, salt, tahini, and water in a pot and mash them until you get a creamy purée.

Add the lemon juice, garlic, cumin and salt. Place all the mass onto a big plate making it smooth with the back of a spoon. Pour some extra virgin olive oil. After, add some paprika and serve with either pita bread that you can warm in an oven for three minutes or chips or even Armenian lavash that is so famous all over the world. Since lavash also dates back to old times, this perfect dish goes just perfect on a piece of lavash. Alternatively, you can make the lavash crunchy by putting it into the oven for several minutes.

To decorate the hummus when serving you can place several whole chickpeas on top of the smooth mass and place a few branches of fresh greens like dill or parsley.

Why not organize a hummus eating party or ceremony at home, invite several friends and enjoy this dish? Believe me, it is worth trying.

Mediterranean Diet for Dummies

The Mediterranean diet is a popular and widely respected diet based on the food and lifestyles common to the people of Greece, Cyprus, Southern France, Spain, and coastal Italy. In addition to being a healthy, extremely effective way of losing weight, the Mediterranean diet is considered an effective means of avoiding or preventing many health problems, such as cardiovascular issues, Diabetes heart diseases, obesity and so on.

The Mediterranean diet is high in vegetables, fruits, olive oil, and whole grains.At the same time  it is  moderate in protein and animal fats. Now, a new study shows it may also be good for the brain. The Mediterranean Diet For Dummies isn’t just a fad or a quick fix—it’s a healthy lifestyle choice This Diet  covers the numerous benefits of the and encourages meals which mainly consist of healthy foods such as whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, olive oil and other healthy fats, fish and foods high in Omega-3 fat content such as seafood, nuts, beans, and dairy products.

Mediterranean Diet For Dummies serves as the formula of  success in achieving ideal weight and health. The lifestyle also includes  the importance of fun activities, time shared with family and friends and an overall passion for life. With helpful charts and tables, you will get lists of antioxidant-rich foods, health benefits by the color of your food, and cooking charts.

You will get detailed steps for building your meals with the Mediterranean mindset and easy-to-follow plans that include the foods, oils, herbs and spices, and cooking times that make it easy to get started. Following Mediterranean  Diet you can  prevent and fight diseases by eating delicious food, as well as find delicious alternatives to unhealthy ingredients.

On the Mediterranean diet, about 30-40 percent of your calories come from fat, including olive oil and other sources like fatty fish, nuts, seeds, and avocado, to name a few. The following table gives you an example of how many fat grams you should eat daily, based on the total number of calories you consume per day. The amount of fat grams from olive oil equate to about half of your fat needs.

Calories Per Day Total Grams of Fat Per Day Suggested Amount of Fat Grams from Olive Oil
1,500 58 28 grams (2 tablespoons)
1,800 70 35 grams (2–3 tablespoons)
2,100 82 42 grams (3 tablespoons)
2,400 93 49 grams (3–4 tablespoons)

This plant-based diet devotes the largest portion of meals to fruits, vegetables, and whole grains, healthy fats, like those you get from olive oil and nuts, lean animal proteins, and red wine also take key roles.

Mediterranean diet includes some modern eating principles inspired by traditional diet patterns of certain Mediterranean regions around the 1960s. Following these Mediterranean diet principles, you can significantly reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer, though other, non-food lifestyle factors also come into play for the health benefits. The main food principles of a traditional Mediterranean diet include the following:

  • Eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day
  • Enjoying fish or seafood several times a week
  • Eating smaller portion sizes of beef, poultry, and grains
  • Consuming less beef (eating it a couple of times per month rather than a couple of times per week)
  • Incorporating beans and lentils with weekly meals