Surprising Facts about French Cheese

 

The French people are known to be avid fans of cheese using them on a regular day to day basis. They have mastered the craft in creating unique delicacies using cheese that are recognized all over the world. Cheese is indeed a predominant food item of choice in France. Let us look at some of the surprising facts about French cheese.

(For some more facts of other types of cheese, see here: https://www.slateplate.com/pages/say-cheese-fun-facts-about-this-dairy-product-we-love.)

As mentioned earlier, French cheese is lauded by its people and in fact, almost half of their population eat cheese daily. This means that most French people regularly receive a healthy dose of calcium. People in France will not be finding any shortage of French cheese as they have over 400 types of cheese not counting their sub categories. This means that a person in France can enjoy eating different varieties on cheese all throughout the year without going back to the first one just yet.

French cheese is divided into categories depending on how they are created. This includes farmhouse cheese and industrially manufactured cheese. There are also some types of cheese that are washed in order to bear the mold. Salt water, beer, wine or brandy are used to ripe the cheese from the outside.

 

One of the most popular French cheeses is Raclette which is a semi-hard cheese that is usually fashioned into a wheel. Raclette is oftentimes used for melting and poured over food on the plate. This is a mass-produced industrial cheese in France and its unique shape makes it a popular and easy party meal with friends. Because of their huge popularity, French cheese is considered to be the king of exports. The 6.9 billion of Euros of exported dairy products are comprised of 44% Cheese, 18% Powdered Milk; Yoghurt and other fermented for 7%.

French people enjoy eating their cheeses with wine specifically, its red variant. Red wine works well with French cheese making them a perfect tandem that works hand in hand together in helping make meals complete.

The French people indeed take huge pride of their cheeses and this is quite apparent with them very proud f showcasing their creation to the world. If you are looking for a particular cheese type to add to your diet, you may want to consider looking for cheese that comes from France. Get in touch with a cheese supplier to learn more about French cheese as you get one for your own.

A Dessert Table at Your Wedding: Alternatives to Wedding Cake

One of the wedding style trends that has slowly gained momentum is the dessert table. Instead of the traditional tiered wedding cake, brides and grooms are offering guests their choice of dessert. This trend has also replaced the cupcake craze that appeared at many wedding receptions in the mid-2000s.

Dessert tables still include popular items, such as the cupcake, but also include homespun desserts that do anything but conjure up the notion of weddings. The following desserts are great additions to any wedding reception.

Using a Dessert Table as Wedding Decoration

Instead of focusing on one large dessert at the reception, creating a dessert table allows guests to make a choice of their favorite. As a decoration, a dessert table is an excellent conversation piece, and can create a unique visual.

Look for interesting cake stands, pie plates, and decorative items at secondhand stores for displaying any of the dessert table items. Stands of different heights and styles can be made to fit any wedding style, from shabby chic to contemporary and elegant.

Some other ways to use a dessert table at your reception include:

●        Focus one one dessert, then provide many flavors from     which guests can choose.

●        Only feature desserts that have a common thread, such     as a regional specialty or a color in common.

●        Buy the same dessert from many local bakeries and have     guests vote for their favorite. The winning dessert will be the     “official dessert of the bride and groom” that they can order     each year on the anniversary.

Using Pies Instead of Wedding Cake

Whether made of fruit, custard, or a family recipe, pies are an excellent option for any wedding dessert table. Cherry and berry pies are ideal for spring and summer weddings, when the fruit is at its peak, while apple, pumpkin and pecan can be shared during fall and winter.

Individual-sized pies are often available at many bakeries and offer a classy and personal touch to the wedding dessert table.

Tarts for Wedding Desserts

Tarts, which are essentially a one-crusted, elegant cousin to a traditional pie, can also be customized to meet the needs of the season. Fruit tarts can be used to create color schemes that match any wedding theme. Like pies, tarts can also be made in large sizes or in individual quantities.

Using Cupcakes in Your Wedding

Cupcakes garnered a lot of attention as a replacement for traditional wedding cake. While many couples still opt for a cupcake buffet in lieu of cake, this classic dessert also has a home among other desserts at the wedding.

Many bakeries specialize in creating unique cupcake flavors, or offer cupcakes to match the overall theme and color of the wedding. Beyond the traditional flavors of cupcakes, like white, yellow, or chocolate, cupcake flavors like red velvet and pink lemonade are great options for weddings.

Cheesecakes At Weddings

Like cupcakes, cheesecakes can be made to suit a variety of tastes. Beyond the traditional New York cheesecake, brides and grooms can choose flavors that coordinate with their wedding. Cheesecake appeals to many people, making it a must-have for most dessert tables. Choose flavors like turtle cheesecake, red velvet cheesecake, or key lime cheesecake to wow both the guests and their taste buds.

Using Cookies at Your Wedding Reception

Cookies are appealing to young and old wedding guests alike. They are easy to eat, and they are friendly on the wedding budget of the bride and groom. Some couples opt to use cookies as wedding favors, while others will have their new monogram frosted on cookies. But one of the easiest ways to add cookies to the wedding dessert table is to have a variety of classic cookies – chocolate chip, peanut butter, M&M, snickerdoodles – for guests to choose from.

The spirit of offering a dessert table is to be playful, and offer guests the kind of dessert they’ll remember. Not only do dessert tables give guests plenty of options to choose from, they usually cost less than a traditional wedding cake, as well.

Best Foods to Eat while You are Trying to Build Muscles

Best Foods to Eat while You are Trying to Build Muscles

Muscle building is one of the most popular habits people form nowadays and this is truly one of the best ones. It is always good to see a fairly bulked body with beautiful cuts than a lean and thin person. There are a lot of ways you can gain muscles – like doing the right exercise, hitting the gym with intense workout sessions, using anabolic steroids and eating the right food. Although you might think that steroids are a good option, it is wise to go for the right food and the right exercise plan.

Here is a list of some of the best foods you can eat while you are trying to bulk up and look amazing—

  • Red meat – Red meat is one of the most important foods you must include in your meal. It is an amazing source of protein along with the right amount of fats and other important nutrients. Add lean beef and other sources of red meat on your daily diet.
  • Eggs – Eggs have a lot of protein and a great source of good cholesterol. You must eat at least 5-6 whole eggs daily in order to maintain your bulking cycle. A lot of people tend to ignore the habit of eating eggs thinking they are rich in fat and cholesterol but that is where they go wrong. Eggs have good cholesterol and healthy fats which are important for your body.
  • Oats – I know oats are the most boring foods but they are the healthiest foods of all. Oats have a lot of fiber, vitamin, protein and they are the best foods when you want to lose fats and boost your metabolism. There are a lot of complex carbohydrates in oats which helps you in your bulking and cutting cycle.
  • Dairy Products – When you are trying to lose weight, you should avoid dairy products; but during your bulking cycle, it is one o the most important foods. Add the right amount of cottage cheese, milk and other dairy products on your diet.
Forward or Rear Facing Pushchair or Pram? What is the Best Direction for Baby Stroller/Buggy Orientation?

Forward or Rear Facing Pushchair or Pram? What is the Best Direction for Baby Stroller/Buggy Orientation?

Pushchairs are generally used for babies, toddlers and young children up to the age of three and occasionally four years old. The overwhelming majority of baby transportation carriages available today are the stroller (U.S.) or buggy/ pushchair (U.K.) which place the child facing the direction of travel. This is a relatively new trend; only a couple of decades ago children were generally pushed in an old style pram, in which the baby would look at the person pushing, usually its parent.

Many parenting books have suggested that the rear-facing pram is better for the baby because of the opportunity for interaction with the parent; until recently, however, there was no specific research into this. “‘What’s life in a baby buggy like?’ The impact of buggy orientation on parent-infant interaction and infant stress” by Dr Suzanne Zeedyk was ground breaking being the first investigation by psychologists into children’s experience of pushchairs, as described by its subtitle.

The research was conducted throughout the U.K. in two parts. First, 2722 parent-child pairs were observed on High Streets in 54 towns, the social interactions were systematically documented and analysed. Second, 20 mother-infant pairs were closely monitored examining interactions and indicators of stress.

The research results were inline with existing knowledge. The report concludes that children benefit from facing and interacting with the person pushing them (usually the parent); that children facing forward may be emotionally impoverished and isolated.

Why are Forward Facing Strollers Prevalent?

  • Economical; they are generally, but not always, the     cheapest models

  • Compact; suitable for storage in small apartments and     car boots

  • Light weight; suitable for lifting into the car

  • Fashion; some models are marketed as extremely stylish     or funky

  • Stimulating; an idea that children will enjoy or     benefit from viewing the world

Are Forward Facing or Rear Facing Buggies Beneficial?

Infants facing forwards were twice as likely to be asleep, which contradicts any notion that children are enjoying looking at the world around them. The Zeedyk tentatively suggests sleeping may be an indication of stress. The children facing the parent are more likely to be awake, enjoying stimulation and experience quantitively more interaction with the adult. Furthermore, the report explains that children need to see the adult’s face to help understand the world around them.

The research was published by Talk to Your Baby, a campaign run by the National Literacy Trust which is based on the assumption that talking to young children will enhance their lives by improving their communication skills. Brain’s develop at the greatest rate during the first three years of human life; it is, therefore, suggested that people benefit greatly from interacting during infancy with adults

How to Properly Fillet a Fish for the Table

Fishing is a rewarding experience, from the thrill of the pursuit of the fish to the fighting and landing of the fish. Perhaps even more rewarding, however, is being able to take a freshly caught fish and turn it into a home cooked meal. As daunting as it may seem, cleaning a fish for the table by filleting is surprisingly easy. By following a few easy steps, it is quite simple to turn a fresh fish into the genesis of a fresh meal in a matter of minutes.

The first order of business is to acquire the necessary utensils. Of course, a good quality fillet knife with an appropriate blade length is paramount. It is suggested that a fillet knife have a blade of at least the width of the fish to be filleted. Another necessary element in the process is a good sturdy surface to perform the filleting process. Something with a good texture such as a wooden board will suffice; it’s important that the fish does not slide around while being cleaned. There are other items that can make filleting easier, but for the sake of this article, the list of supplies will be kept basic.

To begin the process, take the fish and lay it out horizontally with its belly facing towards you. Next, make an incision behind the pectoral fin at a 45 degree angle to the head, cutting until the knife touches the spine. The knife has reached this area when cutting becomes difficult. Turn the blade of the knife towards the tail of the fish and begin slowly cutting, following the backbone along the way. With some fish, it may be difficult to cut through the rib bones. If this is the case, try to go around them. Continue cutting towards the tail with the blade following the backbone as a guide until the blade reaches the tail and the fillet has been separated from the fish. Repeat this process on the other side of the fish.

Now that the fillets of edible meat have been removed, the fish carcass can be discarded. Skinning the fillets is optional, but many prefer a skinless fillet. To remove the skin, take a fillet and lay it with the skin side down. Get a firm grip on the narrowest part of the fillet that was once joined near the tail of the fish. Pliers may be necessary. Take the knife and begin gently cutting as close to the edge of the fillet being held as possible with the knife angled down toward the skin while simultaneously pulling upward on the section being held. If done properly, the fillet will separate from the skin with no loss of meat.

Now that the fish is ready to be cooked, the only thing left is to prepare and enjoy the satisfaction of making your own home cooked meal from the fish you caught.

Japanese Table Manners: Etiquette at Mealtime in Japan

Japanese etiquette has many cultural differences when contrasted with common practices in the Western world. One great cultural feature is that when you approach a typical Japanese restaurant you will usually see the main menu of foods displayed in realistic-looking plastic mock-ups in the window along with the prices. This can be very helpful in choosing your meal.

Below are a few tips to know and apply at mealtime while in Japan, or at the home of a traditional Japanese family so that you will not appear as a “Barbarian” and can feel more comfortable while you eat.

Greeting

As you enter a Japanese restaurant, the server will bow and say “Irrashaimase,” with a meaning of “welcome.” It is Japanese etiquette to bow slightly in any situation where you meet someone. If there is no one to meet you at the door, then you may assume that you can sit at the table of your choice. If the person you are meeting is important you will show respect by bowing lower than that person and holding the bow longer.

Sitting

In formal eating restaurants or as a guest in the traditional Japanese home you will be required to remove your shoes at the door and add slippers if they are provided for you by the host. When you come to tatami woven straw mat, you must also remove your slippers and wear only socks or go bare-footed.

If you need to visit the restroom, you will remove normal slippers at the bathroom and replace them with slippers worn only in the bathroom, replacing your slippers when you come out.

You may be required to sit on a pillow on the floor under a low table. A Japanese person used to this formal custom sits tightly on their haunches; their feet tucked under them for a long amount of time (seiza), but a foreigner probably cannot stay in this position for more than a few minutes. If a woman, you may need to put your legs to one side as you sit on your haunches on the pillow. A man may sit cross-legged.

The most important person is seated furthest from the entrance, while the host is next to the entrance.

Using Chopsticks

Chopsticks (o-hashi) are fairly easy to use. Practice using them at home with a variety of foods, including noodles. Japanese chopsticks are rounded, usually made of lacquered wood, and about an inch shorter than Chinese chopsticks. Holding the chopsticks near their ends (opposite of pointing ends) place one chopstick in your right hand like a pen, this chopstick is anchored against the bottom of the area between your thumb and index finger. The other chopstick is also placed between the thumb and index finger, but it moves, using the index and middle fingers to maneuver it.

  • Never set down your chopsticks in the rice. This     potentially forms a “V,” which is the character for death. When needing to     set them down, place them together in front of you with the points facing     to your left.

  • Do not spear food with your chopsticks.

  • You may use your chopsticks to pick up a larger piece     of food, take a bite, and set the piece of food back down.

  • Do not motion, point, or wave with your chopsticks.

  • Use the opposite ends of the chopsticks to remove food     from a common dish.

  • Spoons are used with some rice-and-sauce dishes such as     Curry Rice (kare risu). Chinese-style ceramic spoons are used with     some soups.

Eating

Often when you sit down you will be brought a wash towel for cleaning your hands, do not use it on your face. You will also be brought water or tea for no charge.

When you begin a meal it is polite to say: “Itadakimasu,” or “I humbly receive.” At the end of the meal one says “Gochisosama deshita,” more or less “Thank you for the meal.” Compliment your host or cook on the food, by saying something like “Oishikatta desu, ” meaning “it was delicious.”

Hold your rice bowl in your left hand and lift the bowl toward your mouth, scooping it into your mouth, if necessary. Japanese is easy to eat with chopsticks as it sticks together more than other types of rice. Finish every grain of rice given to you. Do not pour soy sauce, or any other sauce into a bowl of white rice.

Miso soup is sipped from the bowl, with the help of chopsticks for particles of food.

A small amount of noodles are scooped and held by the chopsticks. Slurp these noodles into your mouth without letting any noodles fall back into the bowl. Slurping noises are good etiquette in Japan while eating noodles. A ceramic spoon may be provided to help drink the liquid, otherwise, lift the bowl to your mouth and sip the broth.

Blowing your nose and burping in public is considered rude in Japan.

You should pour a small amount of soy sauce into a small dish given to you with sushi. If eating sushi that has raw fish on the top (nigiri zushi), dip into the soy sauce with the fish side down so that the rice does not fall apart. Don’t insult the chef by using too much hot wasabi or soy sauce. Try to eat the sushi in one bite.

Tipping

A great thing to know: you do not leave tips in Japan—not for anything! If eating at a Japanese restaurant in a country that tips, however, be sure to leave an adequate tip.

Wedding Table Centerpiece Ideas

If you’re looking for unique wedding table centerpiece ideas that aren’t so typical and common, you’ve come to the right spot. Weddings are once-in-a-lifetime occasions that create lasting memories. It’s a chance to witness the couple’s personality and style, which mean table centerpieces, too, can add a meaningful touch to the big day.

Here are a few creative ideas that will make your wedding reception table standout and keep your guests enamored throughout the celebration.

Unique Wedding Table Centerpiece Ideas

Vines. Place a bouquet of flowers in a glass vase with four or more green leafy vines cascading out equally in different directions until it slightly hangs down the ends of the table. This works best on round tables. (Fake vines also work well, if budget is limited.)

Tiers. Like a three-tier cupcake stand, a floral stand will create depth and sophistication to the table ambiance. Ask your wedding florist to recreate a design that suits your color and style.

Branches. A tree stand with branches sprouting out on all sides can be a beautiful and dramatic centerpiece idea. Place small candles in glass jars or mini candle holders that have wire handles and hang them throughout the branches. It’s a charming idea for those who love a bit of vintage, and it will easily become the talk of the night.

Dome shape. Use half of a floral foam ball to create a beautiful, eye-catching arrangement of flowers in a round dome shape for the table’s center. On the top, stick a long wire place card holder inside the foam. On the place card, have it read the couple’s name and the date of the wedding.

Flowers under water. A large glass vase filled with water and flowers dunked inside is perfect for outdoor weddings. If the flowers float, attach a wire on the bottom stems and use rocks or marbles as weight. To top it off, place a floating candle on the water.

Slate placemats. A piece of slate is millions of years old, and it looks very unique to have on your table. Did you know that people eat off of slate? They are even used by restaurants. Visit slateplate for more information

Green bamboo. Whether they’re real green bamboo or fake, take the stems and affix them side by side on and around a wide vase, circular or square. Wrap a ribbon around vase, and then add a colorful bouquet of flowers inside. This is a great idea for summer weddings.

Tips on Wedding Table Centerpieces

Many of the above ideas can be great do-it-yourself projects. And whether it’s gluing things together or even as simple as cutting place cards, gather a group of friends and work on the project together before the big day. It also a good way to meet up and bond together before the wedding.