How to Make a Tea Mocktail

Tea MocktailSometimes you may be in need of a little pick-me-up; at such times the best solution to give yourself some mileage is by getting a beverage laden with positive energy. There is none that has such energy than a mocktail. A mocktail gives you a healthy mood raise and you should at least know how to make several varieties. Here is how to make one;

Get ingredients
If you wish to make a mocktail, the first thing you should do is to gather ingredients that you wish to use. All varieties cannot use the same components to make so pinpoint which one you want and then get the ingredients that are required.

Read directions
Before you make anything refer to the recipe or any other aid that you are using as a guide. Read the outlined instructions carefully and then internalize them in case you need them in the future.

Procedure
• Depending on the type of mocktail you are making, and assuming you are making only one glass, you need to take the tea bags and place them in the teapot. Fill the pot almost to the brim with water. Afterwards you are required to throw in the mint and orange rind. When this is done you are then supposed to drop in the lemonade or cranberry juice or whatever other flavour that you are using.

• After you have done this, close the lid of the tea pot. You are supposed to let it sleep for a few minutes, probably five at most.

• When this is done you can then pour the mocktail into a glass. At this point it is usually ready to serve. You can then garnish it with the orange spiral or whatever else that pleases your fancy. You can also add cherry, cranberries or fresh mint depending on what you have available and what you prefer.

• Using this method you can play around with numerous other ingredients and see what tastes you come up with. You may end up inventing a taste that is completely refreshing and one that causes your taste buds to burst with sensation.

Making a mocktail could be a skill that puts you ahead of other people even during job interviews. It is also a conversation starter for some people. Find out how to make one today. Find out how to make a mocktail and it could literally brighten up your day and that of those you love.

Asian Noodle Salad

Asian Noodle Salad

• Prep time: 20 minutes, Cook time: 30 minutes, Yield: Serves 4 to 6

Ingredients
• 10 ounces Chinese noodles
• 2 – 3 cups raw bite-sized broccoli florets (from about 1 head of broccoli)
• 1/3 cup soy sauce
• 3 green onions, thinly sliced white and green parts
• Salt
• 1/4 large purple cabbage, cored and thinly sliced (about 2 cups)
• 4 ounces mung bean sprouts (about 1 1/2 cups)
• 1 red bell pepper, cored and seeded, thinly sliced and cut into 1-inch long pieces
• 1 large carrot, peeled and slivered

For the Dressing
• 1-inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and roughly chopped
• 4 Tbsp white granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup canola, rice bran, or vegetable oil
• 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1/3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
• 1 medium clove of garlic, roughly chopped
• 4 teaspoons dark sesame oil
• 1 medium clove of garlic, roughly chopped

Method
1. Fill a pot with ¾ of water and boil. Add one table spoon of salt if you are not using Chinese noodles. If you are using Chinese noodles then no need to add salt because they are already salted. Make sure you check the noodle package instructions. Stir noodles frequently while they cook. Once they are cooked, drain the noodles, rinse them with cold water. Spread the noodles on a tray and allow to air dry.

2. Keep a steamer rack on a bottom of a pot and add water to come to the level of the steamer. Heat until boil. Then add the broccoli florets and steam cook for 4 minutes. Remove broccoli from the pot and rinse with cold water. Keep them aside.

3. Keep the cooked noodles in a large bowl and toss it with soy sauce. Coat noodles with soy sauce completely. Keep them aside to let it absorb the soy sauce while you prepare the dressing.

4. Place sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes and ginger in to a food processor or mini chopper and pulse until they are finely ground. Add both oils and vinegar to the ginger mixture and blend well.

5. Add the dressing to the noodles (infused with soy sauce) and toss to coat completely. Then add the sliced bell pepper, sliced green onion, shredded carrot, sliced cabbage, cooked broccoli and mung bean sprouts.

Asparagus Salad with Shrimp Recipe

Asparagus Salad with Shrimp Recipe

• Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 10 minutes
• Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients
• 1 pound asparagus, woody stem ends removed
• 1/2 pound pink salad shrimp, cooked, shelled
• 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
• 1 garlic clove, minced (1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons, depending on how much you like fresh garlic)
• 1 Tbsp lemon juice (more to taste)
• 1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
• Salt and black pepper to taste

Method
1. Boil a medium pot of water and add salt well. After adding asparagus to the boiling water, boil them for 3 minutes. Using a slotted spoon remove the asparagus in to a bowl and allow to cool. Then add shrimp to the boiling water. This is done just to heat them so if they are pre-cooked,remove after 30 seconds.

2. If shrimp are uncooked,make sure you cook them for 2-3 minutes until they are well cooked. Remove shrimp and put them to a large bowl.

3. Slice the asparagus thinly until you get close to the tip. Make sure you cut the asparagus tips off because they look nice in that way.

4. Then put the asparagus in to the bowl containing shrimp and add the remaining ingredients and toss to combine. Add salt and black pepper to your taste. If needed, add more lime juice to your taste.

Chicken steak with egg, spinach, broccoli, avocado and carrot

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This is a delicious dish full of proteins. I’m sure that this is the perfect dish for you if you are engaged in sports or body building activities as protein is required in large quantities in these activities. You can boost the protein gained by eggs with chicken. Phytochemicals from spinach and broccoli will further increase the value of the dish. Broccoli not only provides a seriously powerful cancer fighter called sulforaphane, but also the estrogen fighter, and therefore testosterone enhancer. Spinach is good source of amino acid Glutamine, which is essential for muscle recovery and growth. Also it keeps your immune system functioning properly so that you won’t fall in sick that easily. Spinach also contains octacosanol, it is a compound that has the ability to enhance muscle strength and power. Also, spinach is one of the richest sources of 20-beta-ecdysterone, a phytochemical that has powerful anabolic properties in humans-it boosts protein synthesis, the process that makes muscle grow. S pin addition spinach provides the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which not only enhance eye health, but keep skin elasticity up, keeping you looking young and healthy. Avocado and carrot will provide you with plenty of Vitamin B. You should definitely try this dish.

A cup of tea with a book

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Enjoying a nice cup of tea is one of the most awesome ways to refresh yourself. Most of the people love tea because it’s healthy, tasty, varied and cheap in price when compared to other beverages. Tea offers a multitude of health benefits for both body and mind. “Rainy days should be spent at home with a cup of tea and a good book” is a quote by Bill Watterson. This says that boring rainy days can be made interesting by reading a book while having a cup of tea. The tea has the ability to refresh your mind hence you will be able to enjoy your book with tea better when compared to just reading the book alone. This trick can raise your mood. You can take breaks from time to time to think about the characters and the situations in the book while sipping your tea. This will help you to enjoy the book more. If you haven’t tried this earlier, I recommend that you should try this by yourself. I’m positively sure that you will be happy with the results you get out of this. So next time when you are reading, don’t forget to make yourself a cup of tea.

Baked Spaghetti for your Dinner

Baked Spaghetti

 

Prep Time-10 minutes, Cook Time- 1 hour 45 minutes
Yield- Serves 8 – 10

Ingredients
• 3/4 lb vermicelli pasta or thin spaghetti
• 1 lb bulk sweet Italian sausage
• 1/4 pound shiitake or cremini mushrooms, roughly chopped
• 1 medium onion, chopped, about 1 1/2 cups
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
• 3 cups or 24 ounces of marinara or meatless tomato sauce*
• 1 1/2 cups water
• 1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• 1 Tbsp olive oil plus more for greasing the casserole dish
• 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1 cup ricotta cheese
• 2-3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Method
1) Put a large pot of water on the cooker on high heat and add salt, usually about 2 Tbsp for 6 quarts of water. Now you can continue with next steps while pasta water is heating.

2) Break up the sausages in to clumps and put them in to a pan. Start cooking the sausages at medium heat while further breaking them into smaller pieces using a wooden spoon. Cook until sausages are cooked through and light brown in color. Remove the sausages from the pan and keep it aside.

3) Add chopped onions and mushrooms to a pan. Cook until onions become translucent and mushrooms have given up some of their liquid present in them. Then add red chili pepper flakes and minced garlic.

4) To the pan with mushrooms and onions, add marinara sauce and 1 ½ cups of water. Further add sausages, Italian seasoning and chopped parsley. Lower the heat and cook for another 10-15 minutes.

5) Add the pasta to the pot of water we kept for boiling in step 1 and let the pasta boil for 5-6 minutes. When ready, drain pasta and rinse with cold water.

6) Put the cooled pasta in a large bowl and add 2 beaten eggs, olive oil and parmesan. Toss them with cleaned hands.

7) Preheat your oven to 350F. Rub the inside of 13*9 Pyrex dish with olive oil and spread 1 cup of sauce over the bottom of the dish.

8) Then place half of the pasta in an even layer on the dish. Cover with half of the sauce and then add a cheese layer on it. Put the second layer of pasta, remaining sauce and remaining cheese on it.

9) Bake for 40 minutes by covering it with a foil. Then remove the foil and bake for additional 20 minutes. Take the dish out and let it rest for 10 minutes before serving.

SBS Food’s ‘My Sri Lanka with Peter Kuruvita

Roasted chicken breast with sage and spinach

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This dish is incredible. This is the kind of dinner I suggest you eat this day or sometime real soon. Can I just tell you how fantastic this was? Let me start by asking you a question. Do you ever find yourself walking around your kitchen scanning for the ingredients to make your loved ones a dinner? Then this dish is something you definitely have to try because you only need few things. Main ingredients you need are a chicken breast, spinach and sage along with some other stuff. First I would like to suggest you to slice the chicken breast into small pieces. This way you can cook very quickly without worrying about it being dry in the middle. When you are roasting the chicken breast, make sure you use the appropriate temperature to avoid it from being over cooked. Adding spinach and sage will enhance the taste of the dish. I can assure you one thing, after trying this dish you will realize that chicken breasts are pretty delicious. They don’t have to be dry and boring. Instead they can be moist, tender and full of flavor. I hope you will prepare this dish and enjoy with your loved ones.

Clever Photo Mashups by Stephen McMennamy

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“It’s really just from looking around and seeing what things are out in the world might make for an interesting fit or what would make for a nice contrast once combined, As far as process, it’s just a matter of me hunting things down and aiming for the cleanest shot possible.” This is what artist and photographer Stephen McMennemy has said about his growing popularity in mash up photos. At first glance it seems like your eyes are deceiving you. But these photos are not a result of some amazing photo shop trickery. They are actually result of a much simpler process. What he does is, he is taking two different photos which are not related to each other at all with somewhat closer backgrounds and then harmonize these two photos to make a single photo. Matching the background allows the eye to focus on all simple details about the photo. The ultimate result will be a fun and a very creative photo. These photos are becoming more popular these days due to the amazing uniqueness and creativity. Stephen McMennemy is currently working on his ongoing Combo photo project. You can see more of his fantastic work if you follow him on Instagram.

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