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Essential Kitchen Appliances you must own

The kitchen is part of a house which is specially designed to make food and delicious dishes. To fill an empty tummy food is important as food is the basic need of an individual. Food energizes the body system and make it function. So to make food, modern kitchen has adopted the technology for making food easily and fast. Nowadays every modern kitchen has appliances that make food in just in minutes. Kitchen appliances had made everything easy and it’s less time to consume. Here are some of the useful and handy gadgets that you must have in your kitchen too.

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  • MICROWAVE OVEN

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The microwave oven was first introduced in 1955 by Tappan. The microwave oven is commonly used to reheat the food. It’s an electrical device which is used to cook food as well. The microwave oven is also used to heat foodstuffs that are prepared slowly, which can easily burn or turn lumpy when cooked in conventional pans, such as, chocolate or porridge, hot butter, fats. It quickly heats the food with its electromaginify light rays. Its instantly can make any food within minutes.

  • ICE SHAVER MACHINE OR SNOW CONE MAKER MACHINE

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Ice Shaver Machine or Snow Cone Maker Machine is used to making ice candy or ice candy recipes. Ice Shaver Machine is available in two variants. One is the Electric Machine & Other which works manually. Ice Shaver Machine is used to crush snow or ice. This Machine is so easy to handle & it makes ice candy within a minute. Having a best ice shaver machine at your home is a bliss in summers when you can make icy treats for your family and kids. 

  • BLENDERS

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Blenders are also called as liquidizers. It’s an appliance used to make a fine paste or mixture. Blenders also consist of different accessories such as coffee grinders, jars, ice cream maker, etc. It has a rotating metal blade at its bottom so the food gets finely chopped and mixed. It’s an electric device and works on an electric motor. It blends food so well and quickly.

  • HAND BLENDERS

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Hand blender was first invented by  Roger Perrinjaquet who patented the idea on March 6 in Switzerland. Hand blender also works as same as the blenders do. The hand blender is called by so many names, it’s also called as, immersion blender,  stick blender,  wand blender, etc. This blender works on electricity. This blender is so handy and portable takes less space. Hand blenders are used to blend the food easily quickly.

  • WATER PURIFIERS

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Water purifiers are the most important gadget everyone must own in their kitchen. Because impure water can make you ill and, cause diseases. Water purifiers purify the water by removing the impurities, chemicals, biological contaminants, and harmful gases from water and make it pure for drinking purposes. Nowadays water purifiers are made for a variety of purposes that fulfills the needs of pharmacological, medical, chemical and other applications. Purifiers use our time and it’s safer rather than using the boiling water for drinking purposes. Water purifiers reduce the concentration level of harmful bacteria, algae, parasites and leads which found on normal basis.

 

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Santorini: The Happy Greek Isle the Crisis Forgot

Twenty euros for a pair of flip-flops, €10 for a five-minute taxi ride and store prices that send even locals to Athens. Welcome to Santorini, the island that forgot Greece’s economic crisis.

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Voted the world’s best island by Travel + Leisure magazine in 2011, the Cyclades tourism powerhouse continues to live in an inflation bubble as the rest of the country sees salaries and pensions plummet by up to 40 percent.

The enduring boom is built on money spent by thousands of travellers who flock to Santorini by cruise ship, ferry and plane each day, drawn by the island’s whitewashed villages, volcanic beaches and jaw-dropping sunset vistas.

The island was home to a technologically advanced Bronze Age civilisation that was destroyed by a massive volcanic eruption in the 17th century BCE.

The eruption collapsed part of the island, shaping a deep caldera basin and etching steep cliffs that are Santorini’s main attractions today, in addition to the quality wines grown on the island’s volcanic soil.

The reopening of the archaeological site of Akrotiri, a Bronze Age urban centre that boasted multi-storeyed buildings, magnificent wall paintings and an elaborate drainage system, further boosts the island’s appeal.

Nearly 180,000 foreign nationals flew into Santorini last year, up 10.5 percent, and about 80 percent of all visitors are non-Greek, many of them honeymoon travellers and retired couples.

But even visitors with deeper pockets are now starting to chafe.

“I just paid €3.50 for a can of Coca-Cola; it’s the most expensive I’ve ever had in my life,” protested Denise, a 59-year-old from Rio de Janeiro on a 40-day southern Europe tour with her husband.

The Brazilian couple were fortunate. With the help of a local car rental operator, they secured a small room with a splendid view of the caldera for just €60 a night, bargained down from a first asking price of €170.

The Traditional Santorini Food is great but still costly according to the locals.

For most of their seven-day stay, they were the hotel’s sole guests.

Online, visitors question the island’s luxury accommodation pedigree given the state of many rooms.

“There is no question that the views here are amazing, but this is an unfortunate example of greedy, unprofessional hoteliers jumping on the ‘luxury boutique’ bandwagon and doing it on the cheap,” one traveller wrote on the tripadvisor.com site.

Most of Santorini’s hotels are currently near-empty but despite that, a double room with a caldera view can easily cost €300 a night, and suites are often priced at over €700.

Many establishments arbitrarily claim five-star status.

“Santorini has a unique product but it’s true that the cost should be linked to the level of service received,” noted George Drakopoulos, general manager of the association of Greek tourism enterprises.

He stressed however that “the market has a way of correcting such issues,” and added: “Nobody forces people to travel to Santorini.”

A souvenir vendor in the island capital of Fira complained meanwhile that “we have to use binoculars to see tourists, they did not even come for the Catholic Easter holiday.

“In previous years we were 60 percent full at this time of year. Now it’s down to 20-30 percent,” he said.

As for local inhabitants, the minimum salary in Greece has been slashed to under €600 and many employees clear less than 1,000 euros a month as the government cuts spending to balance the strained public finances.

Hotel and shop staff on Santorini earn similar wages.

“I make €25 a day and I can’t afford to give it away for a kilo of meat or a return taxi fare,” says Despoina, a hotel worker.

“When I first arrived, I was asked to pay between €300 and €400 to rent a room,” she said, the equivalent of monthly rent for a flat in Athens.

“I’ve lived on Santorini for 10 years but I haven’t shopped here in three,” said a Moldovan shop worker. “I ask friends to bring me stuff from Athens.”

Challenged over Santorini’s exorbitant prices, many locals shrug.

“We also live in Greece and we too have trouble making ends meet,” said a handicraft shop owner.

“It’s true that prices should be lower if we are to attract visitors during the crisis,” a taxi driver admitted after trying to claim a double fare.

“But we only have five months to earn money for the entire year,” she said.

Yiannis Stournaras, general director of the Greek foundation for social and economic research, notes that tourist prices have not dropped as radically as costs for businesses.

“It is a fact that wages go down but prices keep on the same level for the tourists,” he said.

“In the case of Santorini, it might be because it is a unique place and the hotel owners don’t want to underestimate their product. But it is an issue here — prices do not adapt and it is not normal,” he said.

The union of Santorini hoteliers was not available for comment.

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Bottle of White Wine Sells for Record £75,000

A 200-year-old vintage from Bordeaux set a new world record for the most valuable bottle of white wine when it was sold in Britain for £75,000 (€80,800), a wine dealer said.

The bottle of 1811 Chateau d’Yquem was bought by French private collector Christian Vanneque, for his new restaurant in Bali, Indonesia.

The standard-sized, 75 centilitre bottle of wine was sold on Tuesday at London’s Ritz hotel by rare wine specialists The Antique Wine Company.

Managing director Stephen Williams praised the “legendary vintage,” one of the so-called “Comet Vintages” which takes its name from the Flaugergues Comet which passed the earth in 1811.

“Chateau d’Yquem is the world’s greatest white wine,” he said.

Unlike most whites which spoil after a few years, the Chateau d’Yquem, produced near Sauternes, in the famous wine-producing region of Bordeaux in France, has improved with maturity and could age indefinitely, the company said.


Its high levels of residual sugar, combined with the grapes’ natural acidity, act as preservative agents which stop it becoming undrinkable, it explained.

“It has the capacity to last longer than any other white,” said Williams. Although this bottle has yet to be opened it is likely to have a “butterscotch sweetness,” he said.

“We would expect it to have a creamy texture, coating the mouth with richness, and leave a sweet taste in the mouth,” he added.

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The wine’s value was also higher because of its status as one of the “Comet Vintages,” said the wine dealers.

“The impressive value of this bottle is tied to both the quality of the wine and this historic event,” they said.

Vanneque, who has the biggest wine collection in Indonesia, said he would put the rare bottle on display at his SIP Sunset Grill in Bali when the restaurant launches in September.

The record for the most expensive white wine was previously held by a 1787 Chateau d’Yquem Sauternes, which came from the same vineyard as the 1811 vintage and costs an average of $60,000 a bottle.

The record for the most expensive bottle of wine sold was set in November by a rare six-litre bottle of 1947 French Cheval-Blanc, a red which sold at auction house Christie’s, in Geneva, for $304,375.

Reference: The herbinia Times

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The Good Life: A Real Irish Adventure

We started a family tradition last Sunday, one we are sure will be remembered with fondness by our little girls when they’re all grown up. “Family day” will provide memories of walks in the mountains, visits to crumbly castles and ice-cream cones at the beach.

Actually, I’m not sure doing something once qualifies it as a tradition, and judging from the fact that we’re busy for the next month of Sundays, there may be loose rules governing when “family day” takes place; but it’s a nice thought. A day when we hop in the car to explore wherever we end up.

Before we took up our post at Roundwood House, we had decided we would investigate every local point of interest, in order to have an intimate knowledge of the sights we would be sending our guests to see. Then, life got in the way. It is now four years later. Better late than never.

Part of the way through our first (only) family day, I added another tradition within the tradition and decided that every “family day” we would stop at a pub we had never been to before.

If I had just said, “We’re going to the pub,” it may have been mistaken for a sign that our first day out was wearing on my nerves and I needed a pint; but by making it a pub we’d never been to added to the sense of adventure.

Not just any pub, either. It has to be a pub that time had passed by. A pub that requires a peak through the window to determine whether it’s open or has been closed for years.

And so, armed with a vague and ever-evolving notion of what should happen on family day, we piled into the car, hours later than we had planned, and set off for our first great adventure. It was fantastic.

We decided to ease ourselves into the waters of quality family time by choosing a few sights close to home. First stop was a walk across the blanket bog on the Ridge of Cappard, about a 10-minute drive from Roundwood. It’s a suggestion I’ve made to many who have stayed here and having experienced it myself, it was an excellent suggestion.

I had found it difficult to describe to curious guests, having never seen it, and I now know why. I’ve never seen anything like it. Somehow, a 4-kilometre boardwalk has been plonked on top of the blanket bog covering the mountain, offering those strolling along it a stunning view that would have previously required a wet-suit and an effort likely beyond my desire and time constraints.

Truly amazing, and closer than the nearest bowling alley.

Next we headed for an obvious choice on a day out with the kids: a cemetery. The family that built Roundwood are buried in a small Quaker graveyard not far from here, and we had always wanted to visit it. So it’s a pity we went to the wrong one; but it was still lovely. It was at this point that another rule was added to the Family Day Handbook. It doesn’t matter where we are as long as we’re together, which is the same as, “We’re not lost; we’re sightseeing.”

Graveyards provide for an interesting Q&A with a 3- and 3/4-year-old.

“This is a place where people go to sleep… and never wake up.”

“Are they dead?”

“…yes.”

“When they stop being dead, will they wake up?”

“I think it’s time to go to the pub.”

En-route to the pub, the heavens opened up as we turned down a tiny country lane, into the path of a horse who had broken free from the farmer who was frantically chasing it.

I can’t think of a better way to sum up Ireland.

We chose the pub based on the decided criteria. Was it open? Was it someone’s house? The answer to both those questions was yes. After opening the door and quickly closing it again, as the three men on the only stools at the bar spun around in shock, the owner came outside and coaxed us in for a pint.

They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.

Every move was a squeeze; there was a piano with one working key; a GAA match was on the tv; and nothing matched, perfectly.

I have random memories of days out with my parents when I was young. As memories go, these could be an amalgam of several days out squished into one or one day splintered into many. They could be the result of my own family day tradition or the one day that was meant to start it off.

Either way, here’s to the next big day out.

Paddy Flynn is a Canadian musician who with his wife Hannah runs Roundwood House in Mountrath, Co Laois. He can be contacted via www.roundwoodhouse.com.

Ireland is really a beautiful place to visit.

How to grow Beard Hairs-Effortlessly

Beards are the manliest accessories you can have. It requires a lot of patience to grow a full beard, and the density mostly depends on age and genetics. However, there are some actions you can take to stimulate beard growth. Follow these tips and you’ll develop facial hair gradually but steadily to a full beard of epic proportions.

1.Exercise and relax

Simply put, stress depletes your hair growth. Get enough sleep so that damaged skin cells get a chance to recover and reduce stress through meditation and sports. Exercise ensures better blood circulation in the face, and that makes your beard grow faster.

If you have a fast circulation more nutrients will reach your hair follicles, thus increasing your beard growth. Even very slight to moderate cardio is better than not move at all. Start with a brisk half hour walk after work, or even better, go running.

2.Exfoliating and skin care

Keep your face clean and moisturized and exfoliate regularly. Oils, dirt, and dead skin cells form an impenetrable barrier making it difficult for your hair to break out. Your facial hair will grow faster when your face is clean. Wash your face with cold water in the morning and before bedtime.

Once a week scrub your face gently to remove dead skin cells, which stimulates hair growth. Make a gentle facial scrub by mixing used coffee grounds with some coconut oil, and scrub your beard area in circular movements. Wash it with warm water, and apply a moisturizer with eucalyptus, an oil that is great for a faster beard.

3.Stimulate the hair follicles with a massage

A face massage will encourage your hair follicles to grow faster and thicker.

Apply gentle, even pressure on the parts of your face where you want to stimulate hair growth. Rub in circular motions and massage your face twice a day for about 10 minutes.

4. Try minoxidil beard Hair growth formula.

Minoxidil Beard is the latest trend among bread lovers. The formulation is to be applied like regular beard oil and you can see results in few weeks.

5.Vitamins & Protein

These nutrients will turn you into a lean mean beard growing machine.

Protein and fats

The hair itself also consists partly of protein, and healthy hair is protected by oils and fats.  Up your intake of food proteins and fats with fish, beans, eggs and nuts. Proteins and fats may also raise your testosterone levels, a major player in the growth of facial hair.

B Vitamins

Vitamin B7, also known as biotin, is one of the most important vitamins for the hair growth. Biotin is found in nuts and egg yolks. Vitamin B5, B3 and B9, are also very important. Vitamins B5 and B3 improve circulation and can be found in chicken, beef, fish, egg yolk, avocado, milk, and whole grain products. Vitamin B9, also called folic acid, has a direct effect on your ability to grow thicker hair. Vitamin B9 is found in grains, nuts, and green leafy vegetables.

A, C and E

Vitamin A helps to keep your hair follicles and sebaceous glands in order, and is found in carrots, broccoli, and leafy green vegetables. Vitamin C strengthens your immune system, and can be found in potatoes, citrus fruits, green peppers, tomatoes, and dark green leafy vegetables. Vitamin E improves the blood circulation, and can be found in beans, nuts, and leafy vegetables.

6.Do not shave in between

Contrary to what some people say, shaving will not stimulate the growth of hair. The initial accelerated growth after shaving will slow down, and eventually the overall net hair growth will be less. So leave your beard alone. It is however wise to remove ingrown hairs to prevent uneven beard growth.

7.Drink plenty of water

To keep your body perfectly hydrated make sure you drink plenty of water. Only in optimal physical condition can facial hair grow as fast as possible. Drink, as a rule of thumb, about eight glasses a day.

8.Stop smoking

Smoking weakens the immune system. If your immune system is weakened then the body may be less able to grow hair. Nicotine also reduces the absorption of nutrients, including those needed for the growth of hair. Moreover, nicotine constricts blood vessels, which prevents your blood from reaching the right places.

9.Oil and mustard leaf

Mix ¼ cup of Jojoba or grapeseed oil and 3 teaspoons of mustard leaf to a paste. Apply this paste on your face and leave it on for 20 minutes before you rinse it again.

10.Ground cinnamon with lime juice

Mix 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon with 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Apply this paste on the face and rinse it off after 25-30 minutes. Stop immediately if irritation occurs.