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Webmaster | 31. October 2006 @ 18:17

A Halloween cake is not only the perfect dessert for any Halloween party and a must have for someone with a birthday on or around October 31st, but also makes a great center piece for your food table if you are throwing any type of Halloween party. Here are two simple, yet impressive Halloween cakes that you can try this year.

Pumpkin Cake

No, we are not taking about a pumpkin flavored cake, but a light colored cake that looks like a pumpkin when you�re finished decorating it.

You will need 3 box mixes of white or yellow cake mix along with the additional ingredients like oil and eggs the box calls for. Prepare the batter as directed. Pour it into two bunt pans and bake according to the package directions. Allow the cake to cool completely.

Meanwhile, combine two to three cans of vanilla frosting in a bowl. You can probably make do with two cans, but if you prefer being able to work out any unevenness, or fix fingerprints made in there by little hands (what child can resist tasting frosting?), go with three cans.

Add enough red and yellow food coloring to the frosting mixture to turn it bright orange. Spread some of the frosting only on the flat side one of the cooled bunt cakes. Set the other one on top of it flat side down. You have a pumpkin shape. Use the rest of frosting mixture to frost the entire cake.

Use black icing to draw a carved pumpkin design on the cake. Some triangular shapes for the eyes and nose, as well as a large half moon shape will do the trick.

Spider Cake

Start with a boxed mix of devil�s food cake (or your favorite chocolate cake mix). Prepare the batter and bake it in two round pans according to the package instructions. Let it cool on a rack.

Scoop 2 cans of vanilla frosting into a large bowl and add enough green and yellow food coloring to turn it into a nice spooky green color. Spread a layer of frosting in between the two cake rounds. Use the rest to frost the entire outside of the cake.

Use black icing to draw a spider web on the top of the cake. Start by drawing lines across the top. Imagine the top of the cake is a clock. Draw a line from 12 to 6, then one from 9 to 3. Fill in the spaces with two more lines each. Then start working on the circles starting in the center of the cake and working your way out toward the edges of the cake.

Take a chocolate muffin, cut off the bottom and frost the entire top of it with chocolate frosting. Roll it frosted side down in chocolate sprinkles and place it in the center of the spider web on the cake. Add four pieces of black licorice to each side as legs.

Now all you�ll need is a spooky costume and you will be ready for an impressive Halloween party.

About the author:

Susanne Myers

Would you like to quickly make creative Halloween costumes that you and your children will be proud of -- for a fraction of the price of store-bought? Susanne Myers has co-authored a book to show you how -- no sewing involved. Visit http://www.ILoveHalloweenCostumes.com to learn more.

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Webmaster | 30. October 2006 @ 18:17
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Webmaster | 27. October 2006 @ 18:17
Soya is in 60 percent of all processed food, from cheese to ice cream, baby formula to biscuits, but should it carry a health warning? Soya actually stimulate the growth of breast cancer.....unbeliveable...Click here to read more http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/editorials/archives/2006/07/30/2003321069 :O
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Webmaster | 25. October 2006 @ 18:17

The market for air purifiers has become big business these days. More and more people are buying them, or those reading this report are probably in the process of selecting an air purifier for the home. It is without doubt that we are living in a world where air pollution is becoming more of a problem. For some it can be worse than others, having a huge impact on their quality of life. We have written this report to look at some of the issues surrounding air purifiers in order to keep you better informed.

What does an air purifier do?

Allergens that exist in the air come in many forms. They may be dust particles, pollen, from pets or hazardous gases and smoke particles. These can cause misery for some people, which is where the need for an air purifier comes in. Air purifiers come in many different designs, but all work on the basis that they will remove high percentages of these allergens from the air. Air purifiers might use ionic filters, charcoal adsorbents or mechanical filters. Many people who suffer from such conditions as asthma, emphysema, allergies, chronic bronchitis, or any one of the many other respiratory illnesses, will probably tell you that they have benefited greatly by installing an air purifier in their home.

Do they work?

There is much controversy surrounding the effectiveness of air purifiers. To date there has only been limited testing into the benefits. Users will claim great results, but some experts have raised concerns of possible placebo affect due to claims that many air purifiers are ineffective at removing pollen, pet dander and some pollutants. It is also an area where the amount of money you spend could have big affects. The cheapest air purifiers on the market may be pretty much useless. The main controversy at the moment surrounds the ionic air purifiers, which people doubt the effectiveness of creating negative ions. Also these types of air purifiers omit ozone, a harmful pollutant.

What do I need to look out for?

When purchasing an air purifier you should look for one that uses HEPA filters. The HEPA filters have to meet stringent requirements and must be able to filter a minimum 99.97% of pollutants from the air. You should watch out for anything that describes itself as being �HEPA-like� or �HEPA-type� as it his highly unlikely that these would be genuine HEPA filters. Also look for the CADR of the particular air purifier you are looking at. This stands for Clean Air Delivery Rating and is a good indicator of how effective one air purifier will be compared to another.

Is there anything else I can do?

It is probably a good idea that you consult your doctor. They should be able to give you sound advice on whether your particular condition is likely to be improved by purchasing an air purifier. It might be an idea to invest in some good filters for any air vents that you have in your home, and spend some time making sure cracks in old door frames or windows are sealed properly. Many people also find positive results just through dusting and hovering more often, and getting rid of old mattresses and covering the new ones with covers that protect against dust mites.

As we said previously, many people find they really do benefit from having an air purifier so it is worth taking your time to look around and find out what all the options are.

About the author:

William Bell writes for http://www.a1airpurifiers.com.

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Webmaster | 23. October 2006 @ 18:17


Secret Recipes

This is one of my family all time favourite top secret recipes.

You are in for a treat. We name the recipe Frittlers (Italian Pasties)

Ingredients

7g yeast,
1 cup lukewarm water � if need more add extra but don�t make it soggy,
3 cups plain flour,
pinch of salt,
pepper,
cheese, not mozzarella cheese but either shredded tasty cheese or shredded plain cheese,
ham,
tomatoes,
tuna (chunk tuna) instead of ham

Put flour in bowl make a hole in the centre then add water and yeast mix together with pinch of salt. Work the dough don�t make it real dry. Then put in plastic bag, close bag up. Then put in a warm spot such as under blankets somewhere warm for about 1hour to 1.5 hours for it to rise to double its size.

While it�s rising get ham and cheese, not mozzarella cheese but either shredded tasty cheese or shredded plain cheese. Cut up ham add cheese then mix together.

Roll out dough to pastie round sizes do one at a time, add ham, cheese and sprinkle of pepper no salt then roll up pastie. When rolled up with filling at the ends with a fork press it and go around the edges. Then prick it lightly with fork twice around the middle.

Continue doing that until finished. Once done put 2 at a time in a frying pan with canola oil so oil covers the whole lot make sure oil is hot. (just be careful because of heat) Cook to nice gold colour about 4-5 minutes then turn over and do other side. Take them out and put on paper towel to get rid of some of the oil. Can eat them basically straight away or you might wait to they cool down that is up to you.

There is no problems with freezing them they still taste fantastic.

If you want to add tomatoes you can but have it within 24 hours but don�t freeze any with tomatoes, what I do is if take them out the freezer when they thaw out I cut in half and add tomato and put in oven or griller.

Can also have chunk tuna instead of ham with the cheese. Tuna and cheese is also okay to freeze.

Also if you like you can add chopped up onion or anything that you enjoy.

This family secret recipe is one your family and friends will really appreciate, bon appetite!

About the author:Tony Pescatore owns blogs on http://www.secret-recipes1.blogspot.com for valuable information and tips, please visit.



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Webmaster | 22. October 2006 @ 18:17
Hello everyone, Halloween is coming again!! I know everyone is making pumpkin lanterns. But what you do with the flesh? Throw away? No!!! Here are some of the recipes!! Pumpkin Soup, Bread, Cheesecake.........Yummy...Check out http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/1018/p14s02-lifo.html
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Anne Wolski | 18. October 2006 @ 18:17

It is only in recent years that the medical profession has come to commonly recognize the condition of chronic fatigue syndrome but people who are afflicted by the condition have been only too aware of the debilitating effects for years.

There are still many doctors who question the validity of chronic fatigue syndrome and, among doctors who do believe the condition exists, there is still fierce debate over whether its origins are of a physical or psychological nature. This lack of unity in medical circles leads to great confusion among the public. There are still a lot of people who believe that sufferers of this condition are nothing more than malingerers. For the sufferers of this disease, this creates added stress and confusion.

The sufferers of this condition experience continuous physical tiredness. In fact, one of the first symptoms is an overwhelming, incapacitating tiredness but this is only one aspect of the disease. This may be accompanied by aching muscles. This often affects the lifestyle of the sufferer so much that they are unable to work or to take part in social activities. For some, they become totally incapacitated.

It is quite common for a normally healthy person who generally leads an active life, to one day wake up with what they believe is a case of influenza characterized by a sore throat, swollen glands, headache and fever. He or she is too tired to even get out of bed. Obviously, the first thoughts are that they have the flu but, when weeks pass without the symptoms going away, it is a sign of chronic fatigue syndrome.

A lot of people who suffer from chronic fatigue syndrome also experience severe mental tiredness which may be related to emotional turmoil that arises either from the condition itself or from the frustration sufferers can feel because of the physical exhaustion.

One of the complications that accompany this disease is that of serious cognitive problems. Processing and retention of information can become very difficult, creating even more emotional problems for the sufferer. Often, the sufferer finds it difficult to engage in a conversation as they struggle to focus on the words or to process those words. This problem also extends to written word as the sufferer may have to read the same sentence several times in order to process its meaning.

Memory loss, particularly short-term memory loss is common among sufferers of this illness. Many describe not being able to remember people�s names or the names for common things. They may also find it difficult to contribute to a conversation as they often forget words or what they are actually saying.

In the past, many people with chronic fatigue syndrome were diagnosed as having myalgic encephalomyelitis. Encephalomyelitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord and that is not a characteristic of chronic fatigue syndrome so the diagnosis was incorrect. Sometimes, chronic fatigue syndrome is referred to as postviral fatigue syndrome as it often follows viral infections.

The real cause of chronic fatigue syndrome is unknown. What is known is that it generally follows a viral infection or, more often, a series of infections.

It is important for the sufferer to follow a healthy diet in order for the recovery from this condition. It is also important to look after the health of the mind as well as the body. Time and rest are the only real treatments for chronic fatigue syndrome.

Copyright 2006 Anne Wolski

About the author:

Anne Wolski has worked in the health and welfare industry for more than 30 years. She is a co-director of http://www.magnetic-health-online.com an information portal with many interesting medical articles and also of http://www.pharmacybyweb.com which has online physicians who can help you with any questions you may have. Another way to keep fatigue away from you and keep your energy at tip-top condition is to eat the right thing!!! What is the correct thing to consume? Check out www.fasteasydiets.com

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Webmaster | 16. October 2006 @ 18:17

Here�s a great Tex Mex recipe if you love cheesy hash browns with a little extra kick.

1 pound lean ground beef
1 tablespoon oil
3 cups (24 oz.) package frozen potatoes O�Brien with onions and peppers
1 cup thick and chunky salsa
2 teaspoons chili powder, optional
1 cup shredded Colby Monterey Jack cheese blend

Directions

In a large nonstick skillet, brown ground beef. Remove beef from skillet; cover to keep warm. Discard drippings.

In the same skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add potatoes; cook and stir 8 to 10 minutes or until browned. Stir in salsa, chili powder, and ground beef. Cook 5 to 8 minutes or until thoroughly heated, stir occasionally.

Sprinkle with cheese. Cover and cook 2 to 4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

About the author:

� Donna Monday
Over 100 easy-to-make meals at your fingertips
http://www.best-casserole-recipes.com

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Webmaster | 15. October 2006 @ 18:17
Chocolate Lovers!!! Here are some of the recipes that I believe you will loved them. Check out this website : http://www.clarionledger.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061011/FEAT02/610110322/1019 :)
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Webmaster | 11. October 2006 @ 18:17


If you enjoy Asian dishes like cashew chicken, youll enjoy the flavors in this peanut chicken salad. It has a sweet and sour tang with the addition of mandarin oranges and cider vinegar. It also has the authentic touch of crunchy chow mein noodles.

1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
Dash pepper
4 cups lettuce, shredded
2 cups cooked chicken, cubed
1 (15 oz.) can mandarin oranges,drained
1 celery stalk, sliced thin
1 small onion, sliced thin
1 cup chow mein noodles
1/2 cup salted peanuts, toasted

Directions

In a glass jar with a tight fitting lid, combine sugar, cider vinegar, oil, salt and pepper. Shake until well mixed.

In a large bowl, add lettuce, chicken, oranges, celery and onion. Mix in chow mein noodles and peanuts. Pour on salad dressing and mix until well coated. Serve immediately.

About the author: Donna Monday
Great salads, soups, breads and more . . .
http://www.best-salad-recipes.com



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Webmaster | 10. October 2006 @ 18:17


Do you ever feel like you know just enough about CHOCOLATE CREAM PIES to be dangerous? Let's see if we can fill in some of the gaps with the latest info from CHOCOLATE CREAM PIES experts.

You may not consider everything you just read to be crucial information about CHOCOLATE CREAM PIES . But don't be surprised if you find yourself recalling and using this very information in the next few days.

CHOCOLATE CREAM PIES Beat to a cream half a cupful of butter and a cupful and a quarter of powdered sugar. Add two well-beaten eggs, two tablespoonfuls of wine, half a cupful of milk, and a cupful and a half of sifted flour, with which has been mixed a teaspoonful and a half of baking powder. Bake this in four well-buttered, deep, tin plates for about fifteen minutes in a moderate oven. Put half a pint of milk in the double-boiler, and on the fire. Beat together the yolks of two eggs, three tablespoonfuls of powdered sugar, and a level tablespoonful of flour. Stir this mixture into the boiling milk, beating well.Add one-sixth of a teaspoonful of salt, and cook for fifteen minutes, stirring often. When cooked, flavor with half a teaspoonful of vanilla extract. Put two of the cakes on two large plates, spread the cream over them, and lay the other two cakes on top. Beat the whites of the two eggs to a stiff froth, and then beat into them one cupful of powdered sugar and one teaspoonful of vanilla. Shave one ounce of Walter Baker & Co.'s Premium No. 1 Chocolate, and put it in a small pan with two tablespoonfuls of sugar and one tablespoonful of boiling water. Stir over a hot fire until smooth and glossy. Now add three tablespoonfuls of cream or milk, and stir into the beaten egg and sugar. Spread on the pies and set away for a few hours.

I hope that reading the above information was both enjoyable and educational for you. Your learning process should be ongoing--the more you understand about any subject, the more you will be able to share with others.

About the author:Sinta and her family loves chocolate. She shares some of the most exciting chocolate recipes with you for free at: http://chocolate.mydomainname101.com

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Webmaster | 9. October 2006 @ 18:17

Summer is coming and so is the hot weather. Nobody likes to cook in the heat of summer. A really hot meal on a hot day is almost as unpopular. It could be that a cool, easy to prepare summer soup is just what you need.

Below are 3 recipes for soups that can be made in your food processor or blender. If you have the ingredients on hand, none of them take more than 10 minutes to make. They are all delicious, nutritious, and really refreshing on a hot day. While the recipes all suggest you use a food processor, you can get very good results by using a blender or hand blender too.

These are all very simple recipes, so don't be shy to modify them and get a taste that your whole family can enjoy.

Here are the recipes.

Summer Vegetarian soup
This is great tasting soup with a touch of Italy included. It is super easy to make and very healthy. It is particularly good on a hot summer day

an avocado - skin and pit removed of course
4 Roma tomatoes - they may not be quite juicy enough (see below)
Basil to taste (Thai basil is really good in this)
4 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

Process
How easy is this soup? Simply throw everything into your food processor and mix until it is smooth. If you find that it is more like a smoothie than soup, simply add more liquid (or swap one of the Roma tomatoes for another more juicy variety). Pour into bowls, garnish as you wish (minced chives are nice) and enjoy.

Sensational Salsa & Black Bean

This soup is a very simple soup that takes just a few minutes to prepare. It can be served hot or cold, but always benefits from being heated.
Roughly 4 servings

INGREDIENTS:
2 normal sized cans of black beans (any brand is OK, but try for low salt)
1 1/2 cups soup stock (Just use chicken, beef, or vegetable bullion)
1 cup of your favorite salsa (chunky makes a heartier soup)
1 teaspoon cumin (best to use fresh ground in the soup and you can sprinkle seeds on top too)
1/4 cup of sour cream
1-2 green onions chopped fine

Process:
Put the beans, salsa, cumin, and soup stock into a food processor (a blender is OK too). Puree the mixture until it is creamy in texture. Pour the mixture into a mid-sized pot and heat on low-medium until it is completely hot. This allows the flavours to merge. If you are going to serve it cold, move it to the fridge to cool off till it is time to eat. To eat it hot, simply serve into bowls and garnish with the onions and some of the sour cream.

MANGO SOUP

Mangos are simply divine. They are great as a fruit, mixed into drinks, added to salads. They also make a really good cool summer soup which is explained below.

Ingredients:

1 large RIPE mango (it will be soft, no squishy, to touch)
2 cups chicken soup stock (make your own or use bullion if you must)
1 TBSP lemon grass (available in most Asian markets, it looks like long greenish reeds when you buy it)
1 TBSP ginger - Freshly chopped is best
Ground chili peppers to taste
1 cup yogurt (2% plain is best)
2 TBSP cilantro (chinese parsley) chopped fine

Process:
Chop mango and put in food processor. Mix briefly and then put in the ginger, lemon grass, chili and 1/2 cup of soup stock. Mix again till everything becomes very smooth. Move the soup into another bowl (be sure it is large enough) and mix in first the rest of the stock, and then the yogurt. This is best served cold, so put in fridge till you are ready to eat. Then put into bowls and serve with the cilantro as the garnish.

As the temperature starts to go up give these soups a try. They are all very simple and will add a new delicious and healthy dimension to your summer diet.

About the author:

Lynne Birch writes on home decor and kitchen appliances at http://www.my-kitchen-appliance.com Recent & updated food processor reviews now online at http://www.my-kitchen-appliance.com/food_processor.html.

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Webmaster | 8. October 2006 @ 18:17

These six easy recipes will make your children happy and are easy to make. Give them a try.

I mention Ice Tups in these recipes. These are Tupperware's popsicle makers. If you don't have them, you can get similar ones at Walmart or other such stores. Make sure the popsicle makers are good quality. They need to be able to hold up well in the freezer. If the plastic they are made out of is not good quality, your popsicles could break until the pressure of the freezer.

Orange Creamsicles

1 Small Can Frozen Orange Juice
1 cup milk
5-7 ice cubes
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Add water slightly if desired to thin). Drink with a straw or pour into Ice Tups and freeze.

Fudgesicles

3 Tbls Instant Cocoa
2 Tbls Sugar
Dash of Salt
1/2 tsp vanilla
2 Eggs
2 1/2 cups milk

Beat eggs together and add other ingredients. Pour into Ice Tups and freeze.

Hawaiian Punchsicles

1 cup Hawaiian Punch
1 cup Vanilla Ice Cream

Mix ingredients well. Pour into Ice Tups and Freeze.

Dripless Wonders

1 pkg. Kool-Aid - presweetened
1 pkg. Jello (same flavor as Kool-Aid)
2 cups boiling water
2 cups cold water

Mix well until dissolved then add 2 cup cold water and mix.Pour into Ice Tups and freeze. Refrigerate leftovers for easy refilling of Ice Tups.

Butterscotchsicles

1 pkg. Butterscotch Instant Pudding
1 cup Rootbeer
1 1/2 cups water
Mix all ingredients. Pour into Ice Tups and Freeze.

Fruit Saladsicles

1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 large can Fruit Cocktail

Mix all ingredients. Pour into Ice Tups and Freeze.

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Webmaster | 7. October 2006 @ 18:17


Hearty penne pasta mixed with cherry tomatoes, peppers and onions, olives, Italian dressing and seasonings. A great side dish for chicken, beef, pork and fish.

1 (16 oz.) package penne pasta
1 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
1/4 cup green onions, chopped
1 (2-1/4 oz.) can ripe sliced olives, drained
1 (8 oz.) bottle Italian salad dressing
1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon of each of the following: dill weed, garlic salt, lemon pepper seasoning

Directions

Cook pasta following package directions.

In a large bowl, combine tomatoes, green pepper, onions and olives.

Drain cooked pasta and rinse in cold water. Add pasta to vegetables.

Mix salad dressing with pepper and seasonings. Pour over salad and mix well. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours before serving.

About the author: Donna Monday
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Webmaster | 7. October 2006 @ 09:04
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Every day, in the United States, more than 2000 new cases of diabetes are diagnosed. Type II diabetes, the most prevalent form of diabetes worldwide, often shows few or even no symptoms!

After eating, food is broken down into what is known as glucose, a sugar carried by the blood to cells throughout the body. Using a hormone known as insulin, made in the pancreas, cells process glucose into energy.

Because cells in the muscles, liver, and fat do not use insulin properly in the body of a person with type II diabetes, they have problems converting food into energy. Eventually, the pancreas cannot make enough insulin for the body's needs. The amount of glucose in the body increases, and the cells are starved of energy.

This starvation of the cells, paired with the high blood glucose level can damage nerves and blood vessels. This leads to complications such as kidney disease, nerve problems, blindness, and heart ailments.

There are a lot of factors that can help to attribute to diabetes cases - lifestyle, environment, heredity - and those who are at risk should be screened regularly to prevent diabetes. Those that are already diagnosed with diabetes should aim to keep their glucose level under control.

But how do you know if you have type II diabetes? After all, it has few symptoms, often no symptoms in some patients. However, if you notice an increased thirst or hunger, a change in weight, or blurred vision, getting tested for type II diabetes is necessary, as only your doctor will be able to help you find the treatment steps necessary to being able to manage your life with diabetes.

Simple changes such as eating right, managing your weight, and keeping your blood sugar level under control may be enough. However, you doctor may prescribe diabetes-regulating medications to assist you in controlling your type II diabetes.

Diabetes is a serious ailment with extreme consequences if it isn't treated properly. But if you follow your doctor's advice and maintain both your lifestyle and blood sugar levels, you can help to prevent the more serious consequences from occurring.

This article is for information purposes only and is not meant to treat, diagnose or prevent any ailment or disease. See your physician for proper diagnosis and treatment.

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Amanda Baker writes for http://tobeinformed.com - a website for health, fitness and wellness. Having troubles on how to control sugar level through natural ways? Check out on [url]www.fasteasydiets.com[/url].

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Australians and New Zealanders maintain an ongoing "controversy" over who concocted the famous Pavlova. The Aussies lay claim to it but the Kiwis think very differently. Each claim it as one of their national dishes.

Firstly, how do you pronounce the word Pavlova. Here we go: pav-LOH-vuh with the emphasis on the LOH part of the word.

The word Pavlova is taken directly from the name of the famous ballerina, Anna Pavlova. There is no argument about that fact. Anna Pavlova visited Australia in 1926 and then came back again in 1929 visiting New Zealand as well on this second visit. She was billed as the greatest dancer of all time. As can be imagined, she was very light on her toes.

Back at that time there was a very creative chef working in the kitchens of the Esplanade Hotel in Perth, Western Australia. To celebrate the visit of Anna Pavlova he created a meringue-style dessert which was very light and airy. His delightful dessert was considered to be lighter than air, just like Anna's performances were. Consequently his invention was called a Pavlova - that is the Australian version of how the Pavlova got it's name.

Now the Kiwis debate the fact that an Australian invented the dessert. They say it was being made in New Zealand as far back as 1919, although it was not called a Pavlova. The chef in Perth included a small amount of vinegar in his recipe and it is the vinegar which gives the meringue its soft marshmallow centre. It seems the New Zealand version lacked vinegar in the recipe. The dispute continues but that is enough debate for me....

Let me tell you more about the Pavlova and then you can make one yourself. It certainly has the appearance of a very large meringue, measuring as much as 9" to12" in diameter. Pavlovas can stand anything up to 3" in height. They consist mainly of egg whites and sugar and they are cooked very slowly in the oven. When they have cooled they are topped with whipped cream and then very colourful fruits are arranged on the top of the cream. The whole creation is quite spectacular and most usually quite rich and sweet. There are several variations of the Pavlova recipe. I use this one:

Ingredients

4 egg whites,

1 teaspoon vanilla,

1 teaspoon white vinegar (or lemon juice),

1 cup of caster sugar,

1 cup whipped cream,

Fruit to decorate

Method

Line a baking tray with foil or baking paper. On the foil or paper draw a circle with a 22 cm (9") diameter. In a glass or china bowl beat egg whites, vanilla and vinegar (or lemon juice) until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the sugar, one tablespoonful at a time. When sugar is fully dissolved into egg mixture pile it onto the baking tray, keeping the mixture within the circle. Smooth the top but leave a slight hollow in the central area.

Bake at 120 degrees centigrade (250 degrees fahrenheit) for approximately 1 and 1/4 hours. When cooked, the Pavlova should be a very light beige colour. Turn off the oven. Leave Pavlova to cool in the oven.

When cold, top with whipped cream and decorate with fruit. Colourful fruits are good to decorate Pavlovas, ideas being sliced banana, strawberries, kiwi fruit and passion fruit. Passion fruit is particularly nice, in my opinion, as its tartness complements the sweet Pavlova so well.

If you are making the Pavlova in advance then store it in a cool dry place, not in the fridge and then decorate just before serving.

About the author:

Jean Morrison is, by day, the owner of Heritage Ceilings (www.heritageceilings.com.au) and, after hours, maintains Cheap And Easy Recipes (www.cheap-and-easy-recipes.com) a website for people who want hearty food that is easy and cheap to make. Her recipe website is anecdotal reflecting back to incidences in her life as far back as school cooking lessons with the infamous Miss Haughton.

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This delicious hot dog recipe will add some fun to your dinner table.

1 1/3 cups dry mash potato mix
1 1/3 cups water
1/3 cup milk
2 tablespoons margarine or butter
teaspoon salt
cup sweet pickle relish
2 tablespoons mayonnaise or salad dressing
1 tablespoon instant minced onion
2 teaspoons mustard
4 to 6 hot dogs

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Prepare mashed potatoes as directed on package, using water, milk, margarine and salt. Stir in relish, mayonnaise, onion and mustard. Spread into ungreased 1-quart casserole.

Cut each hot dog lengthwise in half, then crosswise in half. Insert hot dog pieces around edge of mashed potatoes.

Bake 25-30 minutes.

About the author:

Donna Monday
Over 100 easy-to-make meals at your fingertips
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The vast majority of people will experience some sort of back pain throughout their lives. When most people think of back pain treatments, they often think of expensive medications and surgical procedures.

However, many would be surprised to learn that low cost methods for treating back pain are available which are quite effective. Several studies have been conducted which show that getting a good amount of cardiovascular exercise on a regular basis is very effective at stopping back pain.

Many of these methods are low cost, such as hiking, swimming, or jogging. Cardiovascular exercises have been shown to be just as effective for treating and preventing back pain as many physical therapies. These activities are fun to do, and will keep both your back and the rest of your body healthy.

Some of you reading this article may be under the impression that this advice is common sense. In reality, many people don't know how to properly exercise their backs, and give up easily when things become tough. Some are already unhealthy and overweight, and have developed bad habits which are difficult to break.

It is important to change your mindset. Instead of looking at cardiovascular exercise as a chore, incorporate it into your everday activities. If you have a job which is close to your home, start riding a bike to work once a week. Start small and work your way up.

Exercise is important for your spine and back. Humans aren't designed to spend hours sitting in front of a computer or in traffic. We are supposed to work out our bodies, and when we don't, problems like chronic back pain develop over time.

When people suffer from back pain, they often stop exercising entirely. They are under the false impression that exercising their backs will put them in even more pain. This is certainly true if they don't exercise properly. The muscles surrounding the spinal column support your body, and need to be strong.

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The costs of healthcare are increasing, and people are finding it hard to afford care. The best type of treatment you can give yourself is prevention by exercising properly and keeping both your back and the rest of your body healthy.

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Michael Colucci is a technical writer for http://www.back-pain-treatment.info - A free site that offers the latest treatments on back pain. Improve your condition through the use of natural resources - Supergreens! It not only provides your back with necessary vitamins and minerals and give you energy to do the things you loved!!! Check out at [url]www.fasteasydiets.com[/url]

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