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How Churros are Made and Eaten Around the World

Churros are one of the most famous desserts in the world given their sweet and crunchy taste that leaves the consumer always wanting more! What is it about Churros that we love so much? Perhaps it is in their perfect warm temperature that goes ideally with a warm chocolate sauce or their intense cheese and fruit fillings that vary according to geographic location. Regardless of the reason, the Churro is one of the most debated desserts in the culinary industry due to its complicated family tree that exists in a plethora of cultures around the world.  (more…)

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Why You Should Add Chilli To Your Diet: 8 Unique Health Benefits

You gorge on fiery Schezuan, scorching Indian, simmering Thai and spicy Mexican, even as tears flow freely down your eyes. Your tongue is on fire, and yet, you’re addicted to the energy rush that capsaicin generates.

Now picture these recipes without a good dose of red or green chillies.  Five hundred years ago, before chillies travelled from America to Europe and the rest of the world, hot spices in food were limited to mustard, cloves or horseradish, and peppercorns if you could afford them.  (more…)

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How bread is made and sold in 27 countries around the world

Over the past few years bread has been gathering a rather negative reputation among the health-conscious community. But for millions of people, whose life is away from gluten-free tags, bread remain a staple food which is sometimes consumed during every meal of the day, as it has been for centuries.  (more…)

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A Complete Guide to Local Food in Mysore

Travellers in South India, especially those exploring sights slightly off the Western coast, rarely miss out on Mysore. The magnificent Mysore Palace, a landmark of the city, as well as numerous bird sanctuaries and nature reserves are not the only reasons which bring international and Indian travellers to this city. Mysore is one of the main Indian cities to attract yoga students from all over the world who spend a few weeks, months and sometimes even years learning this ancient science from the source. (more…)

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Cardamom: Properties & Health Benefits

Cardamom is a well-known spice in the Middle Eastern and especially Indian cuisine, where it is used in many meat dishes, desserts and drinks. The tingling taste of the spice invites you to experiment – add it to a simple pumpkin soup, your morning smoothie or even a cocktail, and you’ll be blown away. (more…)

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Irani Chai: Famous Food of Hyderabad

Like a Russian salad or Russisches Brot, which are served everywhere except for Russia, Irani chai has very little to do with Iran, if at all. (more…)

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Gingerbread Man: Healthy Recipe and History

Gingerbread man is one of the iconic images of Christmas, but who is he and why we associate this cookie with the holiday season so much? This cute festive treat has a curious history (and you can find a simple and healthy recipe at the end of the article!).

Before ginger came to Europe via the Silk Road, it was already used for sweet treats in other parts of the word, and the very first recipe of gingerbread is considered to be coming from Ancient Greece. It became a common festive treat in England in the Middle Ages and it was a favourite item sold at the markets. In those times there was no gingerbread man though, and the cookie was often made in the shapes of different animals, or even kings and queens.

Queen Elizabeth I is believed to have been the first “creator” of gingerbread men – for her entertainment, the cookies were made in the shapes of her favourite suitors. It was a fun and delicious treat at the royal dinners during the festive season!

In some part of England it had a different symbolical meaning: young maidens would bake and eat gingerbread men on Halloween, believing that it would bring them luck in finding a real husband soon.

At some point human-shaped cookies found its use even in witchcraft. Witches would bake the avatars of their enemies and simply eat them!

Its status of a modern holiday season symbol gingerbread man owns to an American St. Nicholas Magazine publication “The gin-ger-bread Boy”. The story tells about a living cookie (a gingerbread man) who runs away from everyone who wants to eat him, but finds his unfortunate end in the fox’s mouth. The author of the publication claimed that his children heard this story from a servant girl, and similar tales indeed exist in folklore of different countries.

Nowadays, gingerbread man is not just a favourite Christmas cookie, but also a famous character in popular culture, who even took a prominent role in the famous cartoon “Shrek”. No wonder, that one of the favourite family activities during the festive season is to “dress up” a gingerbread man with colorful frosting, and imagine that he comes to live!

Healthy Recipe of Gingerbread Man

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of fresh whole wheat flour (you can replace with oats flour for a gluten-free option)
  • 1 cup of dry grated coconut or coconut flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tbsp of ghee (purified butter) or regular butter
  • 1/2 cup of jaggery (you can replace with “dry” sweetener of your choice)
  • 2 tsp of grated ginger
  • 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp of baking soda (you can skip it, but then the cookies will be slighter harder)

Method:

Step 1. Mix together flour, coconut, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda and ghee.

Step 2. Whip eggs together with jaggery (you can just do it with the fork). Mix together with the rest of the ingredients.

Step 3. Knit the dough and roll it out to a 0.5 cm thickness.

Step 4. Cut your cookies with your favourite cookie cutters and bake at 180°C for 15 minutes. Your gingerbread men are ready!

 

7 Days of Healthy Breakfasts

Starting your day healthy and delicious is easier than you think, we’ll show you how to do it!

Get super fast healthy breakfast recipes daily, for 7 days in a row:

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