Christmas Tree Built with Recycled Water Bottles

The 18 feet christmas tree shown above was built with over 1,000 recycled water bottles. It was displayed outside a hotel in Nan Chang City, China.

Top Ten Food Trends in 2012

The following is the list of the trends released by The Food Channel.

  1. Black Market Foods – use of intentional scarcity and limited supplies of items that serve only to drive up their popularity.
  2. Inconspicuous Consumption – the new luxury of spending quite a bit, but making it look like we’re not really spending much at all.
  3. Social Media – finding common ground and common courtesy.
  4. Shopping Schizophrenia – the rebirth of the butcher, baker and candlestick maker right next door to the newly defined “neighborhood markets” that are, ironically, owned by the big box stores.
  5. Beyond Ramen Noodles – campus “cuisine” has now become part of the “clockless” world, where grocery stores are in student unions.
  6. So THAT’s What it Tastes Like! – less sodium, fresher locally-sourced produce, and fewer smokers on premise means people are tasting ingredients as they were meant to be—sometimes for the first time.
  7. The New Agri-Chef – a new breed of chefs that simply like to cook with what they’ve grown.
  8. Groovin’ On Peruvian – looks like Peruvian cuisine may be the next Big Thing on the ethnic culinary scene.
  9. Social Cooking – a full outside kitchen, complete with covered patio, granite-counter prep area, sink, mini fridge, rotisserie, stove top, and TV are becoming the new home essential.
  10. The Rise of the YouTube Chef – everyone is their own food TV star these days.


Lunch for Kid

Snoopy Charaben


  • Snoopy – rice and nori
  • Woodstock – Chedder cheese and nori
  • Grilled salmon
  • Beef Hamburg
  • Sautéed asparagus and mushroom
  • Fried egg roll
  • Sausage
  • Broccoli
  • Honey-glazed sweet potato

Soy is on Top as a High-Quality Plant Protein

The importance of protein in the human body is undeniable. However, the idea of what makes a protein a “quality protein” has not been as easy to determine. A new study from the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry takes a closer look at the criteria for determining the quality of a protein.

Traditional methods for determining protein quality have shown animal proteins such as milk and eggs to be high in quality. However, those who are interested in a plant-based diet, or diversifying their proteins, have a more difficult time determining which of their choices are high in quality. Testing methods have shown most plant proteins, such as pea protein, are lower in quality than animal-based proteins.

“Accurate methods for determining protein quality are key to helping people plan a healthful diet,” said Glenna Hughes, MS, research scientist at Solae. “Due to the increasing interest in including plant-based proteins in the diet, accurate information on protein quality is needed in scientific literature to help educate consumers and healthcare professionals on this topic.”

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommend using the protein digestibility-corrected amino acid score (PDCAAS) as a simple and scientific procedure for assessing protein quality. The PDCAAS methodology focuses on three different parameters: the amount of each essential amino acid the protein contains, how easily the protein can be digested, and by taking both of those parameters into account, whether the protein meets the FAO/WHO’s amino acid requirements set for children aged two to five years, as they have higher needs to support growth and development than adults.

According to this study, soy protein has a PDCAAS of 1.00, meaning it is a high-quality protein that meets the needs of both children and adults. Eggs, dairy and meat proteins also have a PDCAAS score of 1.0. However, soy protein is the only widely available high-quality plant-based protein that achieves this score.

“It’s important for people to understand that a plant-based diet is healthy, but that not all proteins are created equal,” said Connie Diekman, RD, LD, FADA. “If you are planning a vegetarian diet or want to incorporate plant-based proteins in your diet, understanding protein quality using the PDCAAS scale can allow you to select proteins that score higher, such as soy, to ensure that you are getting the essential amino acids you need.”

Source: Solae

A Frittata Recipe from My Clippings


cooking spray
1 cup chopped cooked ham
1½ cup chopped onion
2 cups frozen hash brown potatoes
4 eggs
2 tbsp water
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
1 cup sugar
Tomato chutney or chunky salsa, to taste


  1. Spray an 8-inch non-stick skillet with cooking spray. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add ham and onion, and saute until onion is tender; set aside. Generously spray skillet again with cooking spray and cook potatoes over medium heat until tender and golden brown.
  2. Beat together eggs, water, salt and pepper in a bowl; pour over potatoes. As eggs begin to set, lift edges to allow the uncooked egg to flow underneath. When eggs are set, spoon ham and onion mixture on top. Sprinkle with cheese; cover skillet to melt cheese. Cut into wedges and serve with tomato chutney.

Source: Style Manitoba

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