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How Bee Vomit isn’t as Bad as You Think


Honey is made from Nectar and Bee Vomit.  How is that so you ask?? Honey is a sweet, viscous food substance produced by bees and some related insects. Bees produce honey from the sugary secretions of plants (floral nectar) or from secretions of other insects (such as Honeydew), by regurgitation, enzymatic activity, and water evaporation.   An Adult Bee’s diet is primarily made up of three types of food Honey, Nectar and Pollen. Nectar actually begins in the leaves of plants. The plant draws in carbon dioxide and water and produces


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            Links

 

  1. Is honey made from bee sick

  2. Honey is bee poop? Or is it vomit?

  3. The Honey Bee Life Cycle 

  4. Beebase – Beekeeping information resource for Beekeepers

  5. Bee Regulation – BC Laws

  6. B.C. celebrates Day of the Honey Bee

  7. Hobby beekeeping | Compliance and management


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Local Bee Farms

  1. Bees Please Farms | Backyard Bees and Chickens 

  2. Urban Bee Honey Farm

  3. BC Honey Producers’ Assoc.

  4. Fredrichs Honey – Fine Honey Products

  5. Bees, Fruit Pollination, Honey & Beeswax


 

Bacon Appetizers

Bacon-Appetizer

Servings 12  Prep: Cook: Total:


Ingredients:

  • 1 package club Nabisco Saltine Crackers
  • 1 pound thin sliced Smoked Bacon (or more depending on number of crackers)
  • Grated Kraft Parmesan Cheese Shredded Cheese
  • Optional Alternative: Brown Sugar instead of Parmesan Cheese

Directions:

  1. Lay crackers (as many as you want) face up on a cookie sheet. Scoop about 1 teaspoon of grated Parmesan cheese onto each cracker. Cut your package of bacon in half (or cut pieces individually) and carefully, so the cheese doesn’t fall off, wrap each cheese covered cracker in one half piece of bacon, completely covering the cracker. It should fit snugly around the cracker. Place the bacon wrapped crackers onto a baking sheet that has a rack on it. Place in a 250-degree oven for about 2 hours.



One Side Effect of Sugar That No One Is Talking About.

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Natural vs. Artificial Sugar

The main difference between natural sugar and high fructose corn syrup is The Balance Of Fructose And Glucose In High-Fructose Corn Syrup.  As the name suggests, there is more fructose in the syrup than in regular sugar. The difference, however, is that an apple contains fibre and other nutritious elements that outweigh its sugar content.  So how does an excess of sugar Make One Gain Weight

How It Works

When you ingest sugar, the Liver Metabolizes the fructose and converts it into fat. The spike in triglycerides also leads to a reduced amount of HDL cholesterol (or the ‘good’ kind of cholesterol).

What Too Much Sugar Can Do to You 

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Ingesting too much sugar hurts the metabolism and, over time, it weakens it. This causes Metabolic Dysfunction, meaning your insulin stops working properly. This is one major side effect that most people are unaware of.

This side effect can Directly Lead To obesity, heart disease, and type II diabetes. In addition, added sugar is especially addictive. So the more sugar you eat, the more likely you’ll become addicted and reliant on it. The best way to cut back on your sugar intake is to be aware of what and how much you eat. A Sugary Treat every once in a while is normal. Overindulgence in anything is where it gets dangerous. So, overall eat those foods with high sugar in moderation and remember Healthy Eating May Be Easier Than You Think.


Cast Iron Composition

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The primary difference in production between wrought iron and cast iron is that cast iron is not worked with hammers and tools. There are also differences in composition— Cast iron, an alloy of iron that contains 2 to 4 percent carbon, along with varying amounts of silicon and manganese and traces of impurities such as sulfur and phosphorus. It is made by reducing iron ore in a blast furnace.


COMPOSITION

  • All cast irons contain more than 2% C.

  • Cast iron is the alloy of carbon with 1.7 to 4.5%

  • Carbon and 0.5 to 3% silicon.

  • But in some alloy it has Manganese 0.5 to

  • 1.0%, Phosphorous 0.1 to 0.9 %, & Sulphur

  • 0.07 to 0.10%.


A few common mechanical properties for cast iron include: Hardness – material’s resistance to abrasion and indentation. Toughness – material’s ability to absorb energy.
Ductility – material’s ability to deform without fracture.

Check Out This Video



Reading Material 

  1. [PDF] Cast Iron: History and Application

  2. [PPT] Metallurgical Properties of Cast Irons 

  3. [PDF] Grey Cast Iron Composition

  4. [PDF] Cast Iron – Materials Education


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11 Pretentious Food Terms


One of the biggest complaints people have with the food industry is the pretentious attitude.  The food world is full of people and establishments who reek of self-importance. We’ve developed a culinary lexicon that has become so convoluted, The gastro-glossary of words around the word is long and often confusing with many kitchen terms that chefs fully understand confusing their customers when they hit the menus in the dining room.


1.Hand-anything – hand-chopped, hand-pulled, hand-cut, hand-glazed…

Wow. What an ingenious method. So ingenious in fact that every grandma since the dawn of civilisation has been using this innovative method to prepare food.

2. Artisanal

So over-used, it’s losing its meaning. I mean, if every bakery down the road calls itself “Artisanal”, which really sounds more like “I’m just starting out, don’t have the funds or the time to do more than this”, then where is the line drawn between a true artisan and a wannabe?

3. Bespoke

Custom-crafted cocktails, madam? Yeah, and that $30 price tag that comes along with it. It’s all right. I’ll stick to that glass of boring wine.

4. Deconstructed

Oh, the things you learn from Master Chef. Here I was thinking that “Deconstructed” dishes meant the creator thought of a concept BEFORE he started plating the dish. But in reality, it seems like deconstructed is just a convenient term for when things start going awry in the cooking or plating process!

5. Foraged

Ok, yes so maybe those darn Chanterelle Mushrooms were really foraged from some forest in Scandinavia but, I’m not quite sure how to react when I see foraged items in urban city centres. Maybe I shouldn’t diss that poor weed growing out of the asphalt streets, after all.

Oh, how “lucky” am I that there are at least 5 artisanal bakeries in my neighbourhood – so I can learn essential skills in life, like being able to tell the difference between a fougasse and a flatkaka

Yes, and please charge me $30 for that alcohol-infused bespoke strawberry smoothie

What lovely mushrooms growing in the grass patch next to my car park. I wonder if I should forage for them?

6. Curated

We get it. You studied the fine arts of vegetables and have personally “Curated” what should appear on my plate. Heaven forbid, that damn carrot ruining the verdant look of lush forest greens.

7. Chef’s Menu or Omakase

This isn’t so much about the words Chef’s Menu or Omakase. It’s the way the staff hold on to the information about what’s on the menu with secrecy befitting the CIA.

Yes, it is a damn secret, I know. But really, I am already sitting at your restaurant, willing to splash out the moolah, so what’s up with not telling me even as I order the Chef’s Menu about what I am getting? Yes, they ask you about allergies and there’s always religious considerations. But what if you don’t have any of those restrictions but you just don’t really, really like a particular food? Like you may love some bacon bits in your appetiser but you absolutely cannot handle a full-on pork belly for a main. Do you just blanket tell them you don’t eat pork and miss out on trying other dishes of theirs?

8. No-description menus

You know, the ones that read like this – Beef|Pearls|Citrus and you’re like what?? What am I ordering, guys?

9. Giving me a geography lesson I do not need

Like telling me that the line-caught fish is from Moldova or something. Wait, do they even fish in Moldova? 

10. Giving me a French lesson that, again, I do not need

Yes, it’s a beautiful language where even saying “you’re a bloody ass of a cook” sounds so fancy, but it’s OK. You can still call a mashed potato a mashed potato and if it’s the silkiest, creamiest mash I have ever eaten, I will not care that it wasn’t a pomme puree.

11. Mouthfeel

Only usually ever uttered by the most pretentious wannabes, it’s meant to tell the rest of us plebeians that really, you are using ALL your senses when you dine. Clever girl.

Would this be more interesting if I said it was a locally-harvested Tiger Prawns, accompanied by hand-tossed gluten-free pasta in a prawn head organic chilli oil?

Curated puffs of delight, swimming in hand-pulled milk from a free range, organic bovine farm from the Scottish Highlands

“Oh, the mouthfeel of a Dragon Fruit”, she exclaimed, sighing with pleasure. Oh, did you mean you like the way the seeds pop in your mouth, say like, fizzy pop candy?


WHAT EXACTLY IS PROCESSED FOOD ANYWAY?

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If it’s boxed, bagged, canned or jarred and has a list of ingredients on the label, it’s processed. Methods used to process foods include:

  • Canning

  • Freezing

  • Refrigeration

  • Dehydration

  • Aseptic Processing

Processed foods have been altered from their natural state for “safety” and convenience reasons. And scary as it seems, about 90 percent of the money that Americans spend on food is used to buy processed items.

List Of Processed Food

Processed Fruits & Vegetables

Yes, even fruits and vegetables these days are being processed and sold.  Here are a few examples of processed fruits & vegetables:

  • Canned Fruits

  • Canned Vegetables

  • Frozen Fruits

  • Frozen Vegetables

  • French Fries

  • Ketchup

  • Pie Fillings

  • Jams & Jellies

  • Fruit Juice

  • Vegetable Juice

  • Tomato Soup

  • Tomato Pasta Sauce

  • Potato Chips

  • Corn Chips

  • Dried Fruits

  • Dried Vegetables

Processed Meats

Meat is a healthy part of most diets, but all too often they are processed and packaged to make them more convenient.  Check out these examples of processed meats:

  • Canned Meats (SPAM, Most Tuna Fish, etc)

  • Cured Meats (Lunch meats)

  • Ham

  • Sausage

  • Bacon

  • Some Frozen Meats

  • Gelatin

  • Chicken Nuggets

  • Most Pre-Cooked Meats

  • Cured Meats

  • Bologna

Processed Baked Goods

Baked goods are almost always processed when found in the supermarket.  Occasionally you will find freshly baked options but even those may have processed ingredients so make sure you ask how they were prepared before buying.

  • White Rice

  • Flour

  • Bread

  • Rolls

  • Buns

  • Bagels

  • Bread Sticks

  • Pizza Crusts

  • Taco Shells

  • Muffins

  • Macaroni

  • Pasta

  • Cake (and Cake Mixes)

  • Pie Crusts

  • Cookies

  • Pop Tarts (and similar foods)

  • Doughnuts

  • Pastries

Fast (Convenient) Foods

This is the one category where most people know that the foods are processed.  Despite this, however, they are still extremely popular.

  • Pizza Rolls

  • Microwave Pizza

  • Frozen Dinners

  • Granola Bars (and bagged granola)

  • Almost all Energy Bars

  • Protein Bars

  • Jalapeno Poppers

  • Microwave Tacos

  • Microwave Burritos

  • Raman Noodles

  • Most Canned Soups

  • Roasted & Salted Nuts

Dairy Foods

Dairy is another category where most people don’t realise that these foods are processed.  There are some items in this category that can be part of a healthy diet, but keeping the processing to a minimum is a good practice.

  • Cheeses

  • Cheese Foods

  • Milk (In some areas you can get raw milk, which is not processed)

  • Yogurt

  • Kiefer

  • Cream Cheese

Snack Foods

Snack foods are typically going to be heavily processed and should always be avoided completely or at least minimise as much as possible.

  • White Sugar

  • Brown Sugar

  • Powdered Sugar

  • Corn Syrup

  • Rice Syrup

  • Pudding

  • Soft Candies

  • Marshmallows

  • Caramel

  • Honey (You can buy raw honey, which is not processed)

  • Ice Cream

  • Whipped Cream

  • Chocolate

  • Shredded Coconut (You can buy unprocessed coconut in some areas, which is not processed)

  • Sugar Substituted (Equal, Sweet & Low, etc)

  • Maple Syrup

  • Hard Candy

Processed Beverages

Drinks, other than water, are almost always going to be processed in the supermarket. If you want to drink something unprocessed, consider juicing your own fruit at home.

  • Apple Juice

  • Orange Juice

  • Grape Juice

  • Grapefruit Juice

  • Cranberry Juice

  • Juice Flavored Drinks

  • All Soda

  • Instant Breakfasts

  • Flavored Waters

  • Coffee (you can buy raw coffee, which is unprocessed)

  • Tea (You can buy raw tea, which is unprocessed)

Oils, Fats, Salts & More

Oils, fats, and other products are typically going to be processed.

  • Cooking Spray

  • Margarine

  • Salad Dressings

  • BBQ Sauce

  • Most Seed Oils

  • Refined Oils

  • Peanut Butter

  • Cashew Butter

  • Mayonnaise

  • Soy Sauce

  • Vegetable Oils

Bring Home The Bacon

Meaning: Go earn money

This one has many interpretations. Some believe it started in a tradition in Dunmow England where the Dunmow Flitch was given every four years to a couple who impressed the town through their strength of fidelity. The prize? A big ol’ side of bacon.

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However most believe the term derives from a 1906 lightweight boxing title match with Joe Gans. Bacon was a slang term for your body (and by extension your livelihood or income) since the 1700’s. Joe’s mother told her son before the fight, “Joe the eyes of the world are on you. Everybody says you ought to win. Peter Jackson will tell me the news and you bring home the bacon.” This quote was published in The New York Times, and caught on, creating one of the tastiest expressions ever.

Avocado Egg Roll

 


Servings 24  Prep Time: Cook Time: Total Time:


Ingredients 

680 grams or 1 1/2 lbs red onions, chopped
45 milliliters or 3 tbs vegetable oil
45 milliliters or 3 tbs garlic, finely chopped
300 milliliters or 1 1/4 cups lime juice
150 g or 6 oz dried tomato packed in oils, chopped
100 milliliters or 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
23 milliliters or 1 1/2 tbs cumin
23 milliliters or 1 1/2 tbs salt
12 3 12 (about 3 kg) or 12 (about 6 lbs) avocados, cut into 1/2 cubes
24 egg rolls wrappers, 6

Direction’s

  1. Saute onion in oil until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in garlic; cook for 1 minute. Remove from heat; stir in lime juice, tomato, cilantro, cumin and salt; fold in avocado. Cool to room temperature.
  2. For each roll, lay an egg roll wrapper on a work surface with corner at top. Put 1/2 cup cooled filling in a line from left to right on the center of the egg roll wrapper, leaving a 1″ border on each side. Pull top corner over filling; fold in sides. Roll once toward bottom corner. Moisten remaining corner with water; press firm to roll.
  3. Reserve on a lightly floured sheet pan, sealed side down. Cover and refrigerate until service.Note: Egg rolls may be prepared to this point a few hours before service.For each serving: Deep-fry 2 egg rolls at 375 º F. until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  4. Cut on the diagonal. Serve immediately.