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How to Peel a Ripe Peach for Salads, Pies & Cobblers

Peaches are in season and now you want to use this delicious, juicy, fresh fruit in Auntie Adeline’s favourite cobbler recipe. But how to remove that fuzzy skin? You certainly don’t want to mangle that delicate fruit or have it discolour. Well, here’s how to peel and...

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This Day in History: The Diet Coke & Mentos Experiments

The year was 2006. Diet Coke and Mentos Geysers were all the rage and these two "scientists" have turned it into a wonderful, if not a sticky, ballet of gushers, liquid arches and artful spurts. The internets are full of explanations for the science behind the...

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How to Prepare Turkish Coffee

You'll need an ibrik (also known as a cezve), coffee, water, a heat source, and a little sugar and ground cardamom. 1. Grind the coffee to a very fine grind. Use the finest setting on your grinder (finer than espresso) so the grinds end up something like dusty cocoa...

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Crispy Fried Sage Leaves – A beautiful Garnish!

Far too many garnishes are simply bad ideas. Fussy little tomato roses are too precious for any serious eater. If the garnish isn’t a thoughtful and tasty complement to the dish it served with, it has failed. And God help anyone that tries to serve me any garnish that...

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The 12 Spices That Will Instantly Make You A Better Cook

We've compiled a list of 12 spices essential to creating unique and flavorful dishes and included some helpful advice for each herb or spice. In no particular order… 1. Ginger Ginger products are made from dried or fresh ginger root (a rhizome, actually) and the...

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7 Remarkable Health Benefits of Cinnamon

Who doesn’t love cinnamon? It’s used in all kinds of sweet and savoury dishes and makes a perfect topping for your favourite coffee drinks. But aside from being one of our favourite spices, adding cinnamon to your diet can benefit your health. 1. Cinnamon and Diabetes...

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Why Pepper Makes You Sneeze

It’s a burning question. We all understand how onions bring on the tears but why does pepper make us sneeze? There are 2 reasons why pepper is particularly sneeze-inducing. The first is that, like other spices, it is often used when finely ground. As with any other...

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Fenugreek Is The Spice That Can Spice Up Your Sex Life

Fenugreek spices up the male libido Fenugreek is a spice that is best known for its use in curry dishes. But its benefits go beyond your taste buds — it can help you amp up your sex life. A 6 week study reported in the journal Phytotherapy Research found that a...

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Spice Rubs Reduce Cancer Risk from Grilled Meat

A recent study has determined that not only do spice rubs enhance flavour of grilled meat but they actually keep you healthy too. Professor J Scott Smith of Kansas State University found that black pepper in particular almost entirely eradicates the formation of...

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