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Ideas to DIY your wedding invites

To create a wedding with beautiful designs and to bring out the ‘wow’ factor, you need to keep an eye for the attention to details. So, to bring that to your wedding day you need to get started with your wedding invitations. Add a few simple touches to make it into a customised wedding invite. The best are often those who have a simple element that makes the difference. We have rounded some ways that you can customise your wedding invites

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Get your own personalised stamp

Personalised stamps are everywhere and for a very good reason. They make everything look like it is customised for you. You can use these on wedding invites and also while sending wedding invitation envelopes. There is a huge market for customisable stamps now so make your own unique stamp with the initials of you and your partner’s name.

Putting a ribbon on it

Just add a ribbon on your wedding invites and it look gorgeous with little effort and money. It is also a good way to keep everything together tied up making it efficient to travel with it. Although it cost efficient your wedding cards will get a boost of luxury.

Creative edges with punching

Make your card fancy without putting a dent in your pocket by buying a fancy stamp cutter. They are available in a variety of different size and design. It is easy to use them and you can use it to make your card look as fancy as you like. Just make sure to not over do it.

Address them beautifully.

If you want your invites to make an impact start by addressing them carefully, take calligraphy classes online and practice to perfect this skill. Now write the addresses on the envelope and make it look amazing.

Add a wash of colour

It is easy to create those watercolour patterns by just printing them on, but doing it yourself will give the card an arty effect. Try not to overdo the watercolour or the paper will change its shape. Practice first and for the card with watercolour ideas by following online tutorial.

Gild the edges

Do you want to give your invitations an expensive look? Just a little trick is to make a simple white invitation and add a touch of glam with a golden edge to make it look expensive. It is incredibly easy and you want to be careful not to ruin invites and practice before you start with your gilding adventure.

Tie with twine and tags

A rustic wedding look is always in style, by adding a twine and craft tag give it a personal touch. It also acts just like ribbon and keeps all the elements inside the envelope.

Customise your wedding band

Try customising your wedding bands to make sure that the ring that he will dawn has a touch of you creativity and love. There is this website on men’s bands that would help you a lot in this particular matter.

What Is The Best Soap To Wash Baby Bottles?

What your baby consumes is one of the most important aspects of its growth. You need to make sure your baby consumes the proper amount of nutrients and essential proteins on a daily basis so that it grows the right amount. It is also imperative that you eat a well-balanced meal if you are breastfeeding your child.

When cleaning the bottle, you may notice there are a lot of residues left over from milk or other kinds of substances. You need a proper cleansing agent to get rid of all the impurities that plague your bottles. You also have to be careful enough to make sure that you use chemical-free cleaning agents when cleaning the bottles or anything that your baby uses. You need products that are non-toxic, hypoallergenic and also something that is recommended by pediatricians because they know all about these issues. Here is a list of some of the best baby bottle cleansers that you should choose from:

  1. The Dapple Fragrance-Free baby bottle and dish liquid cleaner:

    It comes in a very cute packaging which is incredibly easy to squeeze out the cleaning substance that can be used to clean everything that your baby uses. It is manufactured utilizing all natural ingredients, and it has also been certified to be one of the safest for your baby. Every bottle can contain 17 ounces. It has been proven to be amazing while removing the residue left behind by milk and other food items that your baby might consume. This can even be used by breast pumps. Be sure to rinse it out properly.

  2. The Elysium Premium Natural baby bottle soap (can be used on baby products):If you want a dish soap that has been made by using green and eco-friendly ingredients, this is one of the best options that you can pick as it acts as a sterilizer and a cleaner at the same time. It is indeed manufactured without the help of chemicals like phthalates, sulfates, parabens and also alcohol. This dish soap will clean up your baby products and make them squeaky clean without leaving behind any residues.
  3. MADE OF Foaming organic dish soap for babies:

    If you want a bottle that dispenses liquid soap easily, this one is just that. It is amazingly organic and even vegan. It even has an NSF certification. Rest assured it is amazingly safe for your baby, even pediatricians have said so. It is indeed made with organic materials like coconut oil, rosemary and olive oil. Since it is made with the help of such organic ingredients, there are no chemicals used in the making process.

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Best barbecue lamb dishes

Most people associate barbecue only with summer seasons, however, the tasty smoky flavour of barbeque can actually be enjoyed throughout the year especially when you make it with juicy lamb shank. Below are few of the best barbecue lamb dishes which are easy to prepare as well as very delicious and you would surely enjoy these dishes with your friends and family members:

 

SUGAR GLAZED GRILLED LAMB

 

Preparation time: 2 hours

Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

4 lamb chops

100 grams brown sugar

2 tsp ground ginger

1 tsp garlic powder

2 tsp dried tarragon

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 tsp ground cinnamon

tsp salt

 

METHOD

Combine brown sugar, ground ginger, garlic powder, dried tarragon, ground black pepper, ground cinnamon and salt in a bowl. Rub spice mixture and herb evenly onto the lamb chops, thereby placing each chops on a plate. Cover the lamb chops and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours.

Pre heat the grill and cook the lamb chops on high temperature for around 5 minutes on each of the sides. Serve the lamb chops with mixed vegetables or mashed potatoes.

 

SPICY LAMB PATTIES

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

400 grams lamb, minced

3 green onions, minced

4 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp curry powder

1 tsp ground cumin

2 tsp paprika

¼ tsp dried red chilli flakes

¼ tsp pepper

Salt to taste

 

METHOD

Mix the lamb, onions, garlic, curry powder, ground cumin, paprika, dried red chilli flakes, pepper and salt in a bowl. Make medium sized patties with this mixture. Grill the patties in a pre heated grill for around 5 minutes on each side.

 

LAMB KEBABS

Preparation time: 10 minutes

Cooking time: 15 minutes

 

INGREDIENTS

450 grams lamb, minced

Juice of 1 lemon

2 tsp oil

50 grams fresh coriander leaves, chopped

4 green chillies, chopped

4 garlic cloves, crushed

2 tsp ginger, crushed

1 tsp cumin powder

1 tsp coriander powder

tsp pepper powder

tsp turmeric powder

tsp garam masala

1 tsp salt

 

METHOD

Blend the green chillies, garlic, ginger, cumin powder, coriander powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, garam masala and salt into a paste. Mix the minced lamb and lemon juice in a bowl. Add the blended paste and coriander leaves to that bowl of lamb. Stir well. Gently make small patties of this mixture with wet hands. Brush each of the kebabs with little oil.Barbecue each side of the kebabs for around 5 minutes.

 

LAMB TIKKA KEBABS

Preparation time: Overnight

Cooking time: 10 minutes

 

INGREDIENT

450 grams lamb, cut into cubes

200 grams yogurt

1 tsp ginger paste

1 tsp garlic paste

tsp red chilli powder

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

tsp garam masala

Juice of 1 lemon

tsp fenugreek seeds powder

tsp mango powder

1 pinch saffron strands (soak it into 1 tsp water)

2 tsp single cream

 

METHOD

Mix yogurt, ginger paste, garlic paste, red chilli powder, ground cumin, ground coriander, garam masala, lemon juice, fenugreek seeds powder, mango powder, saffron strands and cream in a bowl. Add the lamb pieces in that bowl and mix well until completely coated.

Cover the bowl and refrigerate it for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight. Thread the marinated lamb pieces onto the skewers. Heat the griddle pan and grill each side of the lamb tikka kebabs for around 2 minutes.

Top 5 dishes you need to make this christmas

Christmas is an exceptional time; there are no making tracks in the opposite direction from this. In any case, as one gets more seasoned, for some, it loses its enchantment. What’s more, I need to watch out of the crate of Christianity here and additionally to disregard the idea of Santa Claus.   Joyfully there is something that lives on, and that is the sharing of nourishment. Regardless of whether you trust in Christ or Father Christmas – or not one or the other – sustenance as a decent Christmas supper is the thing that regularly unites individuals. Generally the preferred Christmas suppers are the lamb recipes. Here are some great dishes that can be served for Christmas supper.

Genuine soul sustenance.

In any case, there’s a major however here – as a skewed ball that influences any individual who lives in the southern side of the equator. Generally – if you are naïve and think all that you read (especially on the Internet) – Christmas supper must be hot and endearing. That is regardless of whether it doesn’t know where you live. For those in that other side of the equator (which isn’t mine), Christmas is a sort of winter sport!   “SA shops miss the point each year. Christmas season isn’t about snow chips and cool climate. It’s about summer braais and shoreline parties.”

 JERM, contemporary cartoonist.

My Christmas Dinners in the Southern Hemisphere   For me, Christmas supper is diverse not exclusively to the standard dinner, yet additionally to a great many people’s Christmas meals – I think.   In South Africa loads of individuals braai (or grill) on Christmas day. I don’t. I won’t. Well, that is not by any stretch of the imagination genuine, because a pot braai is a standout amongst other machines for cooking Christmas supper. Be that as it may, my Christmas supper will never turn into a vleis (meat) and pap (porridge) feast.   While I want to have meat, including broil turkey (or even merely chicken) and gammon on my Christmas menu, the concentration for me is a plate of mixed greens. Indeed plate of mixed greens. In any case, not merely lettuce, tomato and the various odds and ends that make a normal during that time plate of mixed greens uncommon – like olives, feta cheddar, or whitened mangetout peas and chili corn. No. Christmas serving of mixed greens MUST be unique. It will cost more and require more exertion to plan, yet I guarantee you it will be justified, despite all the trouble over the long haul.

What Makes My Christmas Salad Special

I need to begin with an admission. Aside from a couple of occasional fixings (for the most part southern side of the equator things like asparagus), and the additional exertion, there indeed isn’t considerably more to Christmas servings of mixed greens than those I make some other day of the week, or month of the year! It indeed isn’t hard to make servings of mixed greens extraordinary throughout the entire year. Throughout the years I have gathered formulas that I truly relish and lovemaking; and when I invest that additional exertion, it’s my own Christmas present to myself lasting through the year.   There’s not a lot more remunerating than certified compliments from individuals who unmistakably appreciate the sustenance I have created.

Cook Kettle-Braai Turkey

First set up the bread stuffing.   Preferably the bread ought to be stale because it’s less demanding to disintegrate in a blender. Be that as it may, I utilized multi day-old portion of dark-colored food, barring the outside hulls (around 340 g), crumbed and exchanged to a bowl. Include about 85 g dissolved margarine and a large onion, stripped and cleaved, and additionally a stored tablespoon of dried wise and salt and pepper to taste. Beat three eggs gently with a fork and blend into the breadcrumb blend. On the off chance that it is too dry you can include a little water or stock. Stuff the turkey. Truly you need to!   Around an hour before you need to begin cooking, light the coals in the Weber. Since a circuitous strategy for cooking is suggested for dishes, you need to guarantee that the coals are situated around the outside of within the pot. This technique depends on reflected warmth; to limit blazes, put a dribble plate or thwart compartment in the focal point of the pan to get squeezes and fat that trickles while the turkey is cooking.   The more significant part of the turkeys you’ll discover in quality markets like Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay, Checkers or Spar are self-seasoning and self-timing. This makes the cooking procedure simple. They are likewise sold solidified, so you need to take the defrosting time into the record. Mine was 4 kg and took around 42 hours to defrost gradually in the ice chest.   At the point when the coals are sparkling and hot, put the matrix into the pot braai; sprinkle the turkey with a decent quality chicken or grill flavor and position it in the middle, on the lattice. Open the vents in the top and cover to guarantee that the warmth is all the more equally dispersed. Note that the vents ought to be situated downwind.   Cooking time relies upon the heaviness of the turkey. Permit 45 minutes for each kilogram.

  Red and Yellow Pepper Rice Salad

Since you need vinaigrette for this formula and a few different plates of mixed greens, make a huge clump and empty as you need it.   Blend 300 ml additional virgin olive oil with 60 ml of white wine vinegar, four teaspoons of Dijon mustard, a stacked teaspoon of dried tarragon, and salt and newly ground dark pepper to taste. Beat with a fork before filling a screw-top container. Here the olive oil and vinegar are blended in a proportion of about 5:1, which is ideal for gently seasoned lettuce and leeks. On the off chance that you need to utilize it over more unequivocally enhanced green servings This is a wonderfully bright summer plate of mixed greens that is shockingly simple to plan. Flame broiling the peppers gives them a heavenly, somewhat sweet flavor.   Warmth the flame broil of your grill and place the peppers in a heating plate near the barbecue. Continue turning them until the point when the skins darken everywhere. Expel and permit to cool. When they are cool enough to deal with, evacuate the blackened skin. Evacuate the seeds and leave the substance.   Meanwhile, measure and cook 260 g long grain rice in around 560 ml water together with a tablespoon of margarine and a piled teaspoon of salt. When it is cooked cool it under running water to avert it staying. Place in a dish with the hacked peppers and around three tablespoons of fresh slashed herbs [oregano, marjoram, and chives all work well]. Pour the vinaigrette over the rice and peppers and mix. Cover and permit to remain at room temperature until required.   Before serving, embellish with little wedges of tomato.

Mangetout and New Potato Salad

This is a delectably unique potato serving of mixed greens that have a touch of grass and an incredibly decent fruity dressing.   Begin by bubbling around 450 g of new potatoes (began in cold salted water). They ought to be cooked yet not very delicate. You don’t need them to tumble to pieces, so once you can push a stick through them, expel from the warmth and splash with cold water.

The must-try delicacies in Japanese cuisine

When we discuss Japanese cuisine the first thing that comes to our mind is sushi. It is because that is one the most popular and common food items that we have heard about. But the Japanese cuisine has so much to offer. Their meal is not just delicious but also healthy. No wonder there are a lot of people who live more than hundred years in Japan.

As Japanese cuisine is one of the most famous and it is spread all across the globe. The raffles city japanese restaurant is known to one of the best. They serve the best Japanese food and have been rated as one among the best.

 

Sushi/Sashimi

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, sushi is the mandatory dish. Sushi is made up of a verity of fishes, vegetables and nori which is seaweed. There are lots of sushi like Nigiri sushi, Oshi sushi, and Temaki sushi. Sashimi refers to the raw fish served with wasabi and soy sauce. The name sashimi actually originated from the tale of the fish.

Ramen

Ramen is also one of the famous dishes served in Japan. It is a combination of wheat noodles served with soy sauce or miso soup. It is mixed with many ingredients like pork slices, green onions, egg, and seaweed. People generally prefer to have ramen with soup because it elevates the taste. The ingredients are cooked until it becomes very soft. A bowl of ramen and side dish is all that takes for anyone to fill their tummies.

Tempura

Tempura is a Japanese fried snack. It made from seafood and vegetables seasoned with soy sauce, ginger paste and a bit of sugar. They are fried with very less oil, and they come in small pieces. It is served with tetsuyu sauce. The tetsuyu is a mixture of consommé, sweet sake, soy sauce, ginger, radish, and spices.

Kare raisu

Kare risu is also one the most popular and common dishes found in Japan. Kare raisu is basically rice curry. The curry is made from meat and vegetables. The basic vegetables include onions, carrots, and sweet potatoes. All kinds of meat like chicken, pork, beef, and duck are used to make the curry. You can customize it by adding spice in different amounts. It can be soft regular and hot.

Okonomiyaki

Okonomiyaki is made with the mixture of flour, yam, and egg. Some add certain other ingredients to improve the flavor. Some of the most commonly used ingredients are green onions, vegetables, cheese, and squid. In many restaurants, the chef goes and cooks it near the table. The customers also engage in the process by adding some ingredients according to the chef’s instructions.

Shabu shabu

Shabu shabu is hot pot. Many kinds of meat are used to make shabu shabu. The only constraint is that the meat should be very soft. Some other ingredients like noodles, some vegetables, seaweed, and tofu are used to make this dish.   You take the piece of meat with a chopstick, dip it in the hot pot and again dip it in the sauce and eat it.

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The Benefits of Using Filtered Water in Cooking

How important is the type of water you use while cooking?  Well, based on recent research, it appears to be very important.  In this post, we take a look at some of the benefits filtered water offers when cooking.

What is filtered water?

Filtered water is water that has had additional impurities removed. Most households and offices’ tap water contains small amounts of dissolved minerals such as magnesium, sodium, and calcium. Chlorine is also often added to water as a disinfectant. However, water that is disinfected but unfiltered can still contain harmful substances such as harmful metals- lead and mercury. Without adequate water filtration, households expose themselves to harmful viruses, bacteria and other harmful contaminants that will affect their wealth, which is why it’s important when it comes to choosing the best water filter pitcher.

Adds flavor to food and drinks.

Using filtered water contributes to the preservation of food’s natural flavor. By removing unnecessary contaminants, your food will taste distinctly better this is due to the fact that unfiltered water may contain a distinctive metallic taste.

It is also important to note that chlorine, fluorine and several other chemical additives affect food color. For example, chlorine, a bleaching agent, contributes to the lack-luster color of food. When you use filtered water, you will notice the vibrancy of your food such as vegetables and fruits.

Filtered water will also, improve the taste of your beverages such as tea and coffee.

Helps in baking.

Restaurants are quickly getting on-board with using filtered water to bake bread and other pastries. Filtered water increases the effect of yeast allowing it to rise more which results in softer goodies.

Some of the minerals present in unfiltered water inhibit the natural reactive nature of yeast and by extension, interfere with the fermentation process by slowing it down. This can also lead to the entire gluten structure of the dough being distorted. Furthermore, restaurants that use unfiltered water produce tough baked goods.




Filtered water is healthier.

Filtered water is healthier in that it does not contain harmful substances. Although many of these substances only exist in trace amounts in unfiltered water, it is important to realize that when these contaminants are ingested over a period of time, they accumulate and lead to health problems.

 

filtered water for cookingBy filtering your water for household use, beneficial minerals such as calcium are retained. At the same time, harmful contaminants such as lead and mercury are eliminated. In the absence of these harmful contaminants, the body is free and works in an optimized environment. Eventually, one’s immune system and overall health greatly improve.



Improves your water drinking habit.

This goes without saying, it is easier to drink and meet the daily recommended dose of water when the water is free of funny tastes. The odd taste that one might sense while drinking water can be explained by the contaminants therein.

For example, on average, tap water contains up to three hundred milligrams of sodium per liter, which is actually a significant amount. When sodium combines with chlorine, they produce sodium chloride which explains the salty taste of tap water. By using a home filtration system, you can significantly reduce the amount of sodium and chlorine in your tap water. This will enable you to drink it without the funny taste.

It is important to put measures that will keep your family safe and healthy by using filtered water for cooking.