Do you like Noodles?

The noodles are the oriental “spaghetti” generally made up of rice flour with (or without) eggs. They are very similar to the Italian spaghetti but actually they have a different texture and flavor.
You can buy them fresh or dried, and you can choose them thin or robust.

Where can you buy noodles?
You find them in all supermarkets and ethnic food stores.

How to cook them?
They are really simple to cook. At the same time, there are different recipes that you can realize.

The most common recipe is “Noodles with vegetables
How to cook them? Let’s discover it now!

Cook the noodles in salted boiling water for the cooking time indicated on the package.Afterwards, put in a wok or in a pan cutted (in small pieces or giulienne) zucchini and carrots. Use light oil seeds (not olive oil). Let make the vegetables crunchy and then add the noodles and a bit of soy sauce.

So the recipe is very simple. However noodles can be cooked as you prefer (in terms of extra ingredients).
According to the oriental tradition, the other common recipes with noodles are:

1. Noodles with chicken
2. Noodles with peanut butter
3. Noodles with shrimp
4. Noodles with coconut soup

The benefits of drinking coffee

The benefits of drinking coffee

Coffee is a real addiction for many people around the world. Many drink coffee in the morning for the help that Caffeine gives to stay awake or to start the day with a positive attitude. But drinking coffee can be beneficial for you for many other reasons and science is pretty clear about it.

Caffeine can, in fact, not only give you energy to get through the day, but it can also make you smarter. This substance is psychoactive and can be very useful for your brain activity. It is absorbed into bloodstreams and from there into the brain. It can lead to enhanced firing of neurons and to the increasing of many neurotransmitters.

Coffee can alsohelp you burn fat and is contained in every fat burning supplement and it can boost the metabolic rate. Scientific studies have proven that caffeine can burn 10% fat in obese people and up to 29% in people with normale weight.

Caffeine is good not only because it breaks down fat cells, but it also impoves you physical performance during sport, because it increases Epinephrine (Adrenaline) levels in the blood. Coffee is also full of beneficial nutrients for your body, like Magnesium and Potassium.

So, overall drinking coffee can be very good for your health, but it can also be dangerous: consuming too much coffee could cause permanent damage to your heart and also become a terrible addiction.

The idea of time: Albert Einstein and Henri Bergson

What do you know about the relativity of time?

 

To better understand the theory of relativity it is necessary a deep study of physics and its laws.

 

With Albert Einstein the idea of Universe was totally revolutionized.
Einstein’s intuition was about discovering how in reality the forces that were able to attract didn’t exist, but forces capable of pushing were real. Understanding, theorizing and measuring this “push” was the fundamental turning point of Einstein’s ideas.
He predicted a force capable of attracting the bodies between them. The masses are able to deform temporal space, creating a whole series of effects, for instance the theory of relativity.
According to this theory, time and space have subjective dimensions.

 

External time vs Internal Time
Time was also questioned by the philosopher Henri Bergson.
According to him, there were two types of time: the historical time and the psychological time.
The first is external, linear and measured in terms of the spatial distance “travelled by a pendulum or the hands of a clock”.
The second is internal, subjective and “measured by the emotional intensity of a moment”.

 

These theories have influenced not only science but also various fields such as psychology, philosophy and literature.

Tourist destinations: Grand Canyon National Park (USA)

Have you ever been here?

The National Park of Grand Canyon is situated in Arizona (USA).

It was opened in 1919 and it represents one of the best natural place of America.

What are its natural origins?

Because of a powerful erosion, the Colorado River created a sort of huge gorge. Accordingly, the river has carved its way creating a canyon 446 kilometres long, about 1,5 kilometres deep and 29 kilometres wide.
This place changes continuously through natural events: powerful rainfalls, show, heat and wind.
Furthermore, also the color of stones suffers many changes because of the light: from grey and brown to pink and from red to violet.

There are different ways to explore the Grand Canyon: for instance by helicopter or by hiking down to the bottom. However, in summer it is not a good idea because the weather is extremely hot.

How many animals are there?
Animal life in this place includes about 70 different species. You can find squirrels, coyotes, the bighorn sheep, the ringtail cat, the mule deer, reptiles and five types of amphibians. In addition, there are about 250 species of birds.

A little curiosity: five Indian tribes live in this region! They are the Hopi, Navajos, Havasupai, Paiute and Hualapai.

The delicious history of the Hamburger

The delicious history of the Hamburger

Hamburgers might not be too healthy, but they taste good.

A hamburger is a sandwich made up of one or two patties of cooked meat placed inside a sliced roll of bread. The term burger may apply to different kind of hamburgers around the world, like the bison burger, the turkey burger or the veggie burger.

The hamburger is very famous and eaten worldwide, however the history regarding its origin remains unclear. There are many claims in different areas of America and european countries, but noone really knows where it was first invented. “The Art of Cookery made Plain and Easy” by Hannah Glasse (1758) actually refers to a “burger sausage” very similar to nowadays hamburger.

In 1869 a similar snack was also popular in Hamburg, by the name of “bread roll warm” (Rundstück warm), made up of two pieces of bread and meat on the inside.

In 1884 the Boston Journal discussed about the “Hambug Steak” and  on July 5, 1896, the Chicago Daily Tribune made a reference regarding a “hamburger sandwich” in an article about a “Sandwich Car”.

The truth might have been uncovered by Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, who believes the famous hamburger was first created in America by Louis Lassen, a danish immigrant, who had a diner in New Haven, Connecticut.

Even though we might never truly uncover the misteries regarding the origins of this marvelous and delocious food, the most important thing is that we’re still able to enjoy this fat delicacy filled with cheese, bacon and lettuce.

The importance of being… Oasis!

“I said maybe, you’re gonna be the one who saves me, and after all, you’re my wonderwall…”
Do you recognize this song?
It’s “Wonderwall“, one of the best work of the English rock band Oasis, formed in 1991 by Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan and Tony McCarroll.
But they were a band until 2009. That’s because Noel Gallagher (guitarist, singer, composer and songwriter) decided to pursuit the soloist career.
What a pity!

 

Even if now Oasis do not exist anymore, we’ll always remember their beautiful songs.
Among their best works we have to mention the famous album  “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” (1995), which became a commercial success selling over four million copies. This made it the fourth best-selling album in UK Chart history.
This album contains 3 beautiful songs: “Wonderwall“, “Champagne Supernova” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger“.

 << And so, Sally can wait, she knows it’s too late as we’re walking on by, her soul slides away, but don’t look back in anger, I heard you say, at least not today! >>

The last one song is partly an homage to John Lennon: in the video, the singer is wearing John-looking glasses and the intro is similar to “Imagine“.

Strangest jobs you didn’t even know existed.

Strangest jobs you didn't even know existed

The Strangest Jobs Available.

There are so many job opportunities around and each one can be more or less suited for different personalities and characterial features. Each one of us aspires to get a nice and well-paying job or maybe a less time-consuming one that can help us earn something for side expenses. For whatever reason you’re looking for a job, the world is full of clever people who came up with the strangest ideas for a job application.

Nowadays you can practically pay someone to do anything for you: to walk your pets, to cook for a family dinner, to plan your party, your wedding or even style your wardrobe. All these jobs seem funny and clever, but there are some that are even stranger and, sometimes, rather curious.

  1. Iceberg Mover: this one pretty much explains itself with its name. You move icebergs from their original location in the ocean to another one. This job became available shortly after the events of the Titanic in 1912. There an International Ice Patrol, part of the US Coast Guard, that monitorates and moves icebergs if needed.
  2. Snake Milker: Tired of being a “boring famer” milking cows? Then why not switching to snakes! Their milk is used in laboratories for research and to create anti-venom.
  3. Professional Cuddler: In some countries people can get paid to cuddle their lonely clients during cold nights. This has nothing to do with prostitution apparently (excuse my sarcasm), but it still is a weird job indeed.
  4. Professional Bridesmaid: If you’re a bride in need of some serious and pofessional bridesmaids that can replace your unorganized and clumsy real friends, why not paying one? Professional bridesmaids are becoming more and more popular, offering all kinds of services for brides-to-be.
  5. Dog Surfing Instructors: If your dog cannot surf properly you MUST hire a professional dog surfing instructor to teach him. Yeah, you can spend money they way you like, I guess…

This is just a quick list but you can find more and more ideas online, be sure not to miss any of this “wonderful” opportunities!

Cupcakes that will win your heart!

Cupcakes that will win your heart

Everyone knows about cupcakes!

Cupcakes are one of the most famous cakes in the world. They’re, as the name suggests, small cakes just right to serve one person and they’re also called “fairy cakes” or “patty cakes” in different variations of the English language. Cupcakes are usually baked in thin paper or in an aluminium cup. They’re very similar to muffins and what truly distinguishes them is their colourful icings usually decorated with delicious sprinkles on top.

These awsome mini-cakes were first mentioned in American Cookery by Amelia Simmons (1796), the first american citizen to write about cooking in a book of recipes. The name “cupcakes” was given to this dessert since in centuries previous to the 19th people didn’t really have molds to bake such tiny cakes, so they just used cups and pottery.

Why are cupcakes so popular?

Cupcakes are becoming more and more reknown thanks to globalisation and social medias. With the possibility to travel around the world and sharing traditions and food, many people are given the opportunity to try out these delicious mini cakes in America and Great Britain, spreading their fame in their homeland when they go back. Cupcakes are also becoming more and more popular thanks to social medias, since their funny, joyful and colourful appearance is perfect to be shared online with friends, followers and fans.

However, the main reason why cupcakes are so popular and trendy is because they taste delicious and contain less calories than a real cake (they’re little so less fat! Or are they…?). The standard cupcake contains: butter, sugar, eggs and flour. Their smaller size also helps with baking, since they can bake way faster than normal desserts and cakes. The best way to make a cupcake is to fill them with more icing, fruit or pastry cream and you can choose whatever you want!

There are thousands of good recipes online and you can make so many different types of cupcakes that you can basically eat for thousands of years. Indulge in your gluttony with these heavenly small cakes and stop caring about getting fat, at least you’ll be doing it right.

Other interesting variations of the standard cupcake include: ball cake, cake in a mug, cake in a jar, butterfly cake and gourmet cupcake. Bon appetit!

The World of Cheesecake!

Have you ever eaten a cheesecake?

Cheesecake is a sweet dessert famous all over the world, especially in America.

It is a not-baked sweet consists of a base of dough made up of cream with sweetened cottage cheese, which is processed with other ingredients.

To make the base you can use the moistened coffee with biscuits, syrup or liquor, or crushed and then repulped with the addition of butter or egg yolk, or even it can be made up of sponge cake or pastry.

To prepare the cream you can usually use fresh and very soft cheeses such as ricotta, mascarpone cheese or other spreads. The cheesecake is often enriched with fresh fruit or chocolate, but you can also use other ingredients such caramel or toffee.

Their recipe can be different. For instance, in the United States  the majority of the cheesecake includes the use of cream cheese or Quark cheese. The type of cheese that you use will affect the texture and taste of your cake. However, there’s not a universal recipe of cheesecake. You can modify and combine the ingredients in various ways!

Today we’ll show you 3 delicious and similar recipes of this dessert: blueberry cheesecake, chocolate cheesecake and pistachio cheesecake.
Let’s bake!

 

BLUEBERRY CHEESECAKE:

The blueberry cheesecake is a very unique and tasty not-baked cheesecake,such as many baked or not-baked cheesecake, which you cook in every moment of the year.

Ingredients:

80 g butter

150 g of biscuits

250 g of mascarpone cheese

100 g of sugar

150 g plain greek yogurt

100 g of whipping cream

50 grams of milk

4 gelatine sheets

Vanilla extract

300 g of blueberries

4 tablespoons of water

2 teaspoons of brown sugar

Method:

With a mixer crush the biscuits until you have a fine grain. Mix this grain with melted butter.

Take a pan and form the first level (a few cm of height) with the biscuit and butter grains.
Put the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to solidify the layer of biscuits.

Then, soak the gelatine in cold water.

Put 150 grams of blueberries in a saucepan with water and brown sugar. Cook these ingredients for about ten minutes. After cooking, strain the juice and add half of the squeezed gelatine. Mix well.

Heat the milk with the vanilla seeds and add to fire off the other half of the squeezed gelatine. Let it dissolve.

Mix in the same bowl mascarpone cheese, sugar, yogurt and whipped cream.

Separate this mixture into two bowls, then add one-half of the blueberry juice and to the other one add milk and vanilla. In this way you’ll obtain a white cream and purple color cream.

Take back the pan with the biscuit base from the refrigerator and put inside the creamy white. Then, put in the refrigerator to firm up for at least two hours.

After this time if the white layer will be firmed put over the layer of purple blueberry cream and put back in the refrigerator to firm up the cheesecake for two hours.

After this time, take out the cheesecake and decorate the surface as you prefer with the remaining blueberries!

 

 

CHOCOLATE CHEESECAKE:

If you’re not a cheese lover, chocolate cheesecake is perfect!

 

Ingredients:

80 g butter

200 g of melted chocolate

150 g of biscuits

250 g of mascarpone cheese

150 g plain greek yogurt

100 g of whipping cream

100 g of sugar

50 grams of milk

4 gelatine sheets

Vanilla seeds

Method:

With a mixer crush the biscuits until you have a fine grain. Mix this grain with melted butter.

Take a pan and form the first level with the biscuit and butter grains.
Put the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to solidify the layer of biscuits.

Then, soak the gelatine in cold water.
Heat the milk with the vanilla seeds and add to fire off the other half of the squeezed gelatine. Let it dissolve.

Mix in the same bowl mascarpone cheese, sugar, yogurt and whipped cream.

Take back the pan with the biscuit base from the refrigerator and put inside the creamy white. Then, put in the refrigerator to firm up for at least two hours.

Then, add the melted chocolate on the top of the cake and put all back in the refrigerator to firm up the cheesecake for two hours.

After this time, take out the cheesecake and decorate the surface as you prefer!

 

 

PISTACHIO CHEESECAKE:

 

These type of cheesecake is very tasty!

 

Ingredients:

150 g of biscuits

80 g butter

200 g of pistachio cream

250 g of mascarpone cheese

150 g plain greek yogurt

200 g of sugar

50 grams of milk

100 g of whipping cream

4 gelatine sheets

Vanilla seeds

Method:

Crush the biscuits and add them to with melted butter.

Take a pan and form the first level with the biscuit and butter grains.
Put the pan in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes to solidify the layer of biscuits.

Then, soak the gelatine in cold water.
Heat the milk with the vanilla seeds and add to fire off the other half of the squeezed gelatine. Let it dissolve.

Mix in the same bowl mascarpone cheese, sugar, yogurt and whipped cream.

Take back the pan with the biscuit base from the refrigerator and put inside the creamy white. Then, put in the refrigerator to firm up for at least two hours.

Then, add the pistachio cream on the top of the cake and put all back in the refrigerator to firm up the cheesecake for two hours.

Finally, take out the cheesecake and decorate the surface as you prefer!
These are just 3 of the various cheesecake recipes.

 
If you don’t like blueberries, chocolate and pistachio you can cook other types of cheesecake, recycling these recipes and just changing the main ingredient!

 
Some examples of other delicious cheesecake:

  • Pumpkin Cheesecake
  • Coconut-Lime Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Cherry Cheesecake
  • Nutella Cheesecake
  • White, Milk and Dark Chocolate Cheesecake
  • Oreo Cheesecake
  • New York Cheesecake

and so on…

 

If you are not a brilliant chef you can buy these desserts. Where?
Cheesecake, nowadays is available in pastry shops, restaurants, bars, coffee shops or even in the best supermarkets!

The majestic and gracious jellyfishes

The majestic and gracious jellyfishes

Dancers of the sea, both gracious and dangerous.

Jellyfishes are known all over the world and they inhabit different seas with thousands of species and variations. These wonderful animals are also called “jellies” and are charaterised by their soft body composed of trailing tentacles and a gelatinous umbrella-shaped bell. 

They move with a notorious free-swimming pace, following the flow. This specific way of moving, thanks to the various lenght of their tentacles, makes them look like they’re slowly dancing with the flow. Most jellyfishes live in the sea, but some of them can also be found in fresh-water. What’s so special about these creatures is that they represent the oldest multi-organ animal! They first appeared 500 or 700 millions years ago and they still roam the oceans.

The beauty of danger.

As beautiful as they may be, some jellyfishes can do more than just cause you a skin irritation if you touch them. There are, in fact, some dangerous ones that can even kill a human being with a single touch. One of the most perilous is the box jellyfish from Australia. This jelly can have tentacles that grow up to three metres and if they come in contact with human skin they can cause a pain so strong that it leads in most cases to heart failure or drowning.

If you want to see some beautiful examples of jellyfishes, you better watch them online or make a trip to the nearest aquarium, since a face-to-face encounter might result in some unpleasant situations!