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How to Make Boiled and Roasted Ham at Home (+ video)

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hamHam is a leg of pork, which is preserved by various salting methods. Today there is a wide choice of ham available from supermarkets and delicatessens. It is a good source of protein, but buy leaner cuts of meat for a healthy diet. As it is a very delicious and nice-looking dish, try to make boiled and roasted ham at home. We offer you a great recipe: ham boiled in cider and roasted with cloves and honey.

Fish Products can Embellish Your Diet

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fish-productsFish products are rather nutritious and can make a valuable contribution to a good diet, as well as an excellent way to serve fish to the family. Such foods as canned fish, fish fingers and fish cakes are very delicious and excellent products for people who are on diet. Also fish products are more interesting than pure fish.

What Flour Is The Most Health-Giving

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flour_cFlour is made from the milling of cereals, such as wheat, maize, rice, rye and millet. In Western countries the majority of flour is produced from wheat. Flour was probably man's first convenience food and it is still valued for its versatility and many uses, such as in cakes, pasta and bread, besides its contribution to nutrition.

What Fish to Choose When on Diet

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fishFish is very nutritious and should be encouraged on to the family menu. Today there is a wide range of fish for sale, although in parts of the world fish is a much scarcer and more expensive commodity, due to over-fishing of some seas. Fish can be roughly divided into three groups: white fish, oily or fatty fish and shellfish.

What Low Fat Foods to Eat in Fast Food

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Fast-Food_cMost takeaway fast foods - fish and chips, chicken and chips, burger and chips, pizza - ore high in fat and salt. These are fine if eaten occasionally, but not every day. But we often have to eat in fast food. Actually, there are some low fat and healthy dishes in such restaurants. So what foods and products to choose not to injure our health.

Make Pickles and Preserves in Microwave

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Pickles-and-Preserves-in-Microwave_cMaking jams and pickles in the microwave really does take all the hard work out of preserving. The results are excellent. The preserves have a fresh, true flavour and a rich, bright, natural colour, and they need very little attention during cooking. However, the microwave can only cope with making a small quantity at a time.

How to Cook Hot and Cold Puddings in Microwave

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Puddings_cPuddings are one area in which your family will feel the microwave has been a great investment! A pudding can be produced so quickly and with such little fuss that it becomes more and more difficult for me to get out of serving one at the end of a meal! Here are some recipes of puddings of stewed fruit, apple, gooseberries, plums, soft fruits and rhubarb and orange.

How to Prepare Low-fat Desserts (+ video)

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low-fat-dessert_cIf you enjoy eating sweet foods you may find it hard to resist the tempting array of desserts that are now available, either on the dessert trolley or on the supermarket shelves. Be aware that some desserts are not only high in sugar, but also in fat-pastries with cream, chocolate puddings, etc. Any of these desserts are fine for an occasional treat, but not every day.

How to Bake Potatoes in Microwave (+ video)

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Bake-Potatoes-in-Microwave_cPotatoes bake well in the microwave especially if you are in a hurry, but they don't have that lovely crisp skin you get when they are in the conventional oven. I often start the potatoes in the microwave, then transfer them to a very hot oven for about 15 minutes to crisp the skins, since that is how my family prefers them.

All about Food Allergies in Children

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Food-Allergies_cSurveys show that as many as two in ten people believe they react badly to certain foods. However, detailed government study suggests that only about two in every one hundred people do have unpleasant reactions to food that can be measured. Many people blame food additives, but reactions to food additives are probably at least one hundred times less common than reactions to natural foods such as milk or wheat.

Guide to Blanching Fresh Vegetables in Microwave

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Blanching-Fresh-Vegetables_cBlanching fresh vegetables can provide us with a freezer full of delicious and healthy vegetables that we eat during the long winter. The taste of them is far better than store-bought frozen or canned vegetables ever could. You can blanch such vegetables as green beans, peas, asparagus, spinach, broccoli and cauliflower easily.

Making Quick Sauces in Microwave

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Making-Quick-Sauces-in-Microwave_cThere's really no excuse for even the most nervous of cooks to avoid sauce-making any longer. The microwave really does make it all so easy! The joy is that they need so little attention during cooking, and as they are not made in anything metal, there's very little likelihood of a scorched pan to contend with afterwards. I have found that even the richest of sauces - those thickened with eggs or cream (like a Hollandaise or a Creme Caramel) will not curdle as long as they are cooked on low power for no longer than the necessary time (that is, until thick). Many sauces tend to thicken a little on standing.

Guide to Cooking Fresh Vegetables

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Cooking-Fresh-Vegetables_cUse these tables to cook fresh vegetables. For such vegetables as: artichoke (globe and jerusalem), asparagus, aubergines, beans (broad, whole french and runner), beetroot, broccoli, calabrese, brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, celeriac, chicory, corn, courgettes, fennel, leeks, marrow, mushrooms, mangetout, onions, parsnips, peas, potatoes, spinach, swede, tomatoes and turnips.

Ask Kids to Help You in The Kitchen

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Help-in-The-Kitchen_cChildren enjoy helping in the kitchen and are often more willing to eat foods that they have helped to prepare. However, cooking is sadly a vital missing ingredient from the National Curriculum. Learning to cook is a basic survival skill. School may take care of reading, writing and arithmetic but if no one teaches children to cook, then it's likely that they will grow up reliant on processed, packaged foods.

Guide to Cooking Frozen Vegetables in Microwave

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Cooking-Frozen-Vegetables-in-Microwave2_cFrozen vegetables are very successfully defrosted or reheated in the microwave. On the whole, it is not necessary to add any extra water for cooking. Small bags of vegetables can be reheated in the bags in which they were bought or frozen. Just place them on a plate for support and remove any ties. Bought bags of frozen vegetables just need the corner of the bag snip-ping with scissors before cooking.

Preparing Vegetable Purees in Microwave

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Vegetable-Purees-in-Microwave_cThese are very popular now, and many people like to serve a party selection arranged on a platter in a cartwheel effect. Prepare them ahead of the party and arrange on the serving dish. Cover with clear film, then pierce the top and reheat in the microwave for about 6 minutes on full power when required. Allow 6 oz (175g) vegetables per person.

Creative Lunchbox for Your Child

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Lunchbox_cHave you ever wondered why schoolchildren's learning, concentration span and behaviour tends to deteriorate after lunch? The answer lies hidden in their lunchbox. Less than half the children in US have school dinners so it is important that lunchboxes provide a tasty and nutritious alternative. A recent survey found that an average lunchbox contains potato crisps and a chocolate bar and very few children bring fresh fruit. A high fat, high salt, refined carbohydrate meal such as this will leave your child feeling tired and unable to concentrate. Also a diet high in saturated fat and salt can lay the foundations for heart disease and high blood pressure later in life.

How to Cook Vegetable Dishes in Microwave

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Vegetable-Dishes_cMost vegetables cook beautifully in the microwave, retaining their fresh, full flavour, bright colour, crispness and shape. You need just a very little water. Never add seasoning until after cooking, and don't sprinkle salt directly on to the vegetables before cooking as this causes dehydrated patches to form on the top.

Teach Your Child to Eat Properly. Favourite Family Meals

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Favourite-Family-Meals_cThe big change in your child's life at this stage will probably be starling nursery school. Eating has to fit more into a routine. Young children will need a good breakfast to keep them alert until lunchtime. You may also need to make a packed lunch for school, which should be both appealing and nutritious.

How to Cook Rice and Pasta in Microwave

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rice-and-pastaCooking rice and pasta in the microwave gives excellent results, though no time is saved. The plus factors, however are that the texture and taste are both good, there are no sticky pans to contend with - and the kitchen doesn't get hot and steamy. Use a large bowl, since the liquid will boil up during cooking and there is nothing more irritating than having to mop up spills.

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