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Basic Rules for Choosing Good Wine

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choosing-wine_cAt first glance, many of the hundreds of wine labels which confront the shopper in the wine section of a supermarket or off-licence could have been deliberately designed to confuse or mystify. It is not surprising that the familiar names seem the most reassuring, because if you venture into the unknown and opt for something you've never tried, or perhaps even heard of before, how do you know what you are getting? How do you know that you will actually like the contents of your $5-20 bottle when you get it home and open it?

Secrets of Wine-Making. How to Make a Really Good Wine

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wine-making2_cAlthough the juice pressed from freshly picked grapes will make itself into wine of its own accord, a wine-maker will always intervene and control the process to a certain extent, making sure that the wine is as good as it can be. It's not a question of interfering where things are better left alone: although wine makes itself quite readily, it also has the ability to make itself rotten as well.

Why should Children Drink Only Diluted Juices

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Diluted-Juices_cIncorporating freshly made juices into your diet is a simple way to enhance beauty, health and general wellbeing. They are packed with so many useful vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that it seems a shame not to benefit from their natural bounty. But remember some general guidelines that will help you not to injure your health. Juicing should be health-giving!

What Types of Bread Are Called Wholemeal, Brown and Wheatgerm

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breads_cPeople eat bread for centuries. Some years ago white bread was considered the most expensive and health-giving, but today we know that it is not so good for us. White bread is rather nutritious and is not good for people who's on diet. Wholemeal, brown and wheatgerm bread is much better for our health. But what kind of bread is it?

The Elastic Chicken. How to Joint the Bird

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chicken_cThree dishes for four people from one standard 3 1/2 lb (1.6kg) chicken! If that seems to be stretching it a little, it's the reason for the name 'elastic chicken'. First learn how to cut up or 'joint' the bird. In fact, this technique produces nine portions as well as the giblets and carcass. It's from this that the multiple meals come.

Juice Tips. How to Mask Odd Taste and Colour of Some Juices

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Odd-_cFresh juices should preferably be drunk just after they have been made, or during the same day. This ensures that they contain the maximum number of nutrients. Here are some another tips to help you make the most of your juicing. They are simple but essential points of which you should be aware.

What Type of Yogurt Is The Best for You

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yogurtYogurt is made by fermenting warmed milk with bacteria. The nutritional content depends on the type of milk used and the fat content of the milk. All yogurt contains protein, calcium and some B vitamins. It has no fibre content unless fruit, nuts or cereal fibre is added.

Turkey Meat Is Low-Fat and Health-Giving

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turkeyMany of us think of eating turkey only at Christmas or other celebrations, but this low-fat meat is available all year round: whole, in portions or cooked. As well as having most of its fat content in the skin, turkey is rich in B vitamins and zinc which helps to maintain a healthy immune system.

Rice Is Popular around The Whole World

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Rice_cRice is a major staple carbohydrate for a large sector of the world's population. It is low in fat and a good source of B vitamins, although brown rice is better than white rice. We divide rice into long-grain, medium-grain and short-grain; white and brown. Every type of rice has its own taste characteristics.

The History of Pizzas

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pizzaIn Naples one summer, around the late 1800's, Queen Margherita of Savoy was residing with her family in Capodimonte Park. She had heard a lot about pizza and decided to try it for herself. The local pizza maker was summoned and he served her a pizza with a newly invented topping. From then on, the tomato pulp, Mozzarella cheese and fresh basil pizza has been known as Pizza Margherita.

Skimmed Milk Is a Low Fat Product for Your Ration

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milkMilk has been valued for years as an important food, especially for children. As well as being high in protein, it is a rich source of calcium for all. Milk is the major source of calcium for children and adults alike, building and maintaining strong and healthy bones and teeth. But if you're on diet, choose semi-skimmed and skimmed milk, because they are lower in fat.

Include Lentils to Your Vegetarian Diet

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lentils_acLentils, like beans, are pulses and form a major source of protein and energy in many parts of the world. If you are on vegetarian diet, include dishes with lentils to your ration. The larger yellow lentils are also called split peas, and need to be soaked before cooking. Smaller lentils, such as red, green and brown need little or no soaking.

Low-Fat Desserts with Kiwi Fruits

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kiwiKiwi fruits contain almost twice as much vitamin C as oranges. One kiwi fruit supplies more than the daily adult requirement of vitamin C. The dark colour of the flesh means it is packed full of goodness. You can easily make different low-fat desserts with kiwi fruits.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

What Parts of Chicken Are Low-Fat

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chickenThis inexpensive meat is easily available: fresh, frozen or chilled, in portions or whole. Choose from standard chickens to corn-fed, free-range and organic. An excellent source of low-fat protein, chicken can be prepared and cooked in a multitude of ways. Most of the fat in chicken is contained in the skin.

Nutritional Content of Butter and Butter Alternatives

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butterButter is obtained by skimming milk, then churning the cream until the fat separates from the liquid buttermilk. The result is almost pure fat, with only a small amount of water and a trace of the solid part of the milk remaining. Butter contains more than 80 per cent fat, most of which is saturated.

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