Easy steps for starting a food blog


Food blogging is known for being an exciting and profitable way of sharing knowledge and experiences pertaining to food, with like-minded individuals. It is an ideal blend of writing and photography that perfectly captures the taste and appeal of various foods. Thus, when you have decided to start your own food blog, there are several steps that are required. The only thing standing between you and your goal is a certain amount time and effort.

A food aficionado passionate about starting a food blog should first consider choosing a good domain name for the blog. It should be something that resonates with who you are and what you aim to communicate. It may be somewhat tricky due to the fact that some of the best names have been scooped up by professional domain dealers. Therefore, let your creative juices flow, and come up with a catchy, innovative domain name. You can either choose a brand around which you can build a theme or choose a name that represents a character around which you can build a brand.

Once you are done setting up hosting for your blog, install WordPress. Next step is to choose and install a WordPress food blog theme that best reflects your brand and personality. Be sure to use one that is attractive and easy to navigate. It could be a modern magazine style theme, a classic theme featuring a complementing recipe builder or a theme that emphasizes photos. Whatever the theme you choose, you can customize some of its features to suit the image you seek to establish.

Put in a great amount of time and effort for your very first post as it sets the tone for the rest that follows. It should be original and authentic as first impressions are always the most effective. Clearly describe the recipe and the process with the aid of alluring photographs. List all the sources and give credit where it is due. Try to incorporate random but fascinating facts regarding the particular dish as well as useful tips that could really help the reader to get the recipe right.

Have a look at similar food blogs such as Peckish Me for inspiration. Build a network with such food bloggers to share knowledge and feedback. Also be sure to facilitate the sharing of your content, especially through social media platforms, as it is essential for building a large audience for your blog.

Health Facts: Goat Milk

Cow’s milk remains the globe’s most common of the daily beverages, it is fascinating to note that it may also be the reason why many of those who consume it experience gas, bloating, and other forms of indigestion.

When it comes to nutrition, milk without doubt, is one of the main food items providing protein that is indispensable for humans. The grading of consumable protein is based on various factors. It also takes the composition of amino acids in the protein into account. Another important deciding factor in this grading is how effective a protein is when it is digested and absorbed. The proteins in goat milk are digested relatively more easily and their constituent amino acids are absorbed more efficiently.

Goat milk is a much better alternative for your health, particularly when it is raw and organic. Goats produce about 2% of the world’s milk supply and it is remarkable that most of the people who drink goat milk refer to a lower occurrence of allergies and digestive complaints.


Here are some of goat milk’s health benefit facts, as opposed to the very few of the negative side effects of drinking regular cow milk:

  • Drinking goat’s milk benefits those with bowel inflammation.
  • Goat’s milk possesses the ability to metabolize iron and copper, thereby helping individuals with digestion and absorption limitations.
  • It has a chemical composition that is much closer to human milk, it is easier to digest and be absorbed in the human body.
  • The fat molecules in goat’s milk are much smaller than those found in cow’s milk, making it easier to digest.
  • Ideal for people with lactose intolerance.
  • Goat’s milk consists of high amounts of calcium, the amino acid tryptophan.
  • Goat’s is extremely nutrient dense, and can nourish and regenerate an over-taxed nervous system.
  • It has a deliciously mild taste.

Goat milk may be harder to purchase in terms of availability and access in some parts of the world, but the remarkable health benefits of goat milk and the recent research into its positive effects on the human body have made it a very popular choice. Powdered goat milk with a longer shelf life makes solves some of the above stated issues related to accessibility.

Kabrita, a specially developed goat milk powder formula that meets the nutritional requirements of children of different ages, is introduced as the first ever goat milk powder formula for kids by Fair health, a subsidiary of a leading business in Sri Lanka.



High point in high tea

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Drinking tea was not only a social event for those of the upper classes, but also altered the time and manner in which they took tea. Afternoon Tea became the bridge between meals because many wouldn’t have their evening meal until 8pm. As a result, afternoon tea became a ‘mini meal’ in itself.

Even though this concept was affordable by those who belonged to the upper-class, the working class did not stand a chance. And then it evolved in the industrial sectors in The UK (northern England and southern Scotland), as an evening meal, which came into being as high tea.

English High Tea usually involved a mug of tea, bread, vegetables, cheese and sometimes, meat. Variations on high tea could include the addition of pies, potatoes, and crackers. The reason why is it called ‘high tea’ is because that it was eaten at a table, as opposed to, Afternoon Tea, which was taken whilst sitting in low, comfortable chairs or sofas. This traditional high tea is now spreading into different countries.

Considering Sri Lanka’s colonial charm it is strange that high tea is a fairly new trend here. In several luxurious hotels, High Tea has become a most elaborate and exclusive affair, attracting a graceful clientele. However, Colombo’s tea time buffets diverge from the prototypically English three-tiered platters piled with cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches, scones, crumpets and cake. There seems to be a deviation in tradition pertaining to the distinction between afternoon tea and high tea. Yet, the luxurious indulgence in fine tea it offers in its tea inspired metamorphosis is matchless. In all honesty, once experienced, it’s hard to forget.

Dilmah Real High Tea is the rebirth of the occasion of afternoon tea, with fine gastronomy, mixology and elegant experience formed around the unique beauty in real tea. The Dilmah Real High Tea – an embodiment of the remarkable spirit of ‘real’ tea breathes new life to a tea inspired generation of innovators, free spirited thinkers and epicurean artisans of the highest order to put the tea back in high tea. It will change the way you look at tea. Dilmah’s tea revolution continues its unstoppable conquering march over the world, from continent to content, shore to shore, to transcend time and space, transforming your way of tea. Open up your mind and senses to a whole new world of tea inspired possibilities. Dilmah’s inspired Challengers are all exceptional – pioneers in reimagining the experience of the world’s most popular beverage after water.

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.

• 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

• 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

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

• 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

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



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

• 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

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