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Friday, December 13, 2013

The taste of food changes with the plate

Some foodies say that when food is served in round white dishes looks better. But you know better too ?
They seem to be de rigueur in establishments serving food well presented and is also the common choice of those who cook at home.

" Served in a clean white plate , the food and their colors will be the main focus ," he told the BBC Kieran Lenihan , chef at Farrells Irish - Italian restaurant , Bristol , England.
" The dishes with drawings or ornaments stolen attention to food and leave appreciate their actual colors and textures ."
But there is another reason why white and round plates attract diners and cooks alike : the color and shape of the plate influence taste perception , as revealed by the results of an investigation.
Confirmed ... but not included
Peter Stewart , a professor of psychology at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, and his research partner Erica Goss led an experiment to see how people perceived the taste of a cheesecake served in black and white, round and square plates .
The result? White and round saucers improved some basic judgments .
"The ratings of sweetness and intensity were higher when served in round white dishes . So did scores of quality and taste ," says Stewart.
But why?
" The family aspect of round white plate may be the reason ," Stewart says , " but it is also learned associations may have influenced these ratings ."
" The white color has implicit associations with purity , brightness and possibly cleaning ( among many other things , I suspect ) and this triggers all kinds of effects ."
" It could even be as simple as that sugar is white ... There is no clear answer," he says.
However, be aware that the food on a white round plate and is perceived as sweeter could alter the way the chefs serve their desserts. If you are very sweet , may not be served on a white plate says .
Leigh Evans, head chef of Gourmet Chequers pub , located in Bath , England, believes it is very important to have the " appropriate vehicle to deliver a great dish ."
"When a recipe idea must think about the combination of flavors in how to cook and where to serve ," says Evans.
" If you have a sauce or something falls apart , it is best to avoid dishes with ornaments and colors, as a discouraging mess is created ."
" People do not want to eat a rib roast on a plate full of extravagance. You have to let the food speak for itself ," he tells the BBC.
David Wykes , chef Verveine seafood restaurant in Milford -on -Sea , England, has taken this concept to another level with his " white plate " , in which all ingredients are also of that color.
" Most chefs use a white plate to make the food stand out and look very striking. I use a completely opposite way ," he observes .
"I serve a completely white dessert on a white plate in order to make it look flat and monotonous , for the brain to tell you that everything is going to taste the same ."
" But when tested , the flavors are completely different and very bold , which makes it an amazing experience ."
Flat and monotonous
Previous research has shown that , like the dishes , silverware can influence the taste of food and the atmosphere, the smell , the sound and shape and color.
The modern style gastronomic David Wykes enables it to serve their creations on glass and pottery to evoke natural connections .
" I always look for the container suitable for my recipes , whether a green bowl, blue bowl , a stone, a can of sardines ."
"Great idea served the wrong dish covered with incorrect or no longer good . Continuity has to flow between the plate, cutlery , service , atmosphere and the identity of the restaurant," says the chef.
The study found that black square plates are also an option , it increased the rating given to the quality of food.
Stewart explains that this may be because people unconsciously related " black with elegance, sophistication , luxury and quality."
The influence of color
Many chefs and cooks feel that blacks are given food which works very well with certain types of cuisine.
The chef Kieran Lenihan said : " Thai food has very bright colors I'm sure you probably show up great on a black plate. " .
But are there other alternatives that might work?
Lenihan serves fish in " clear and large plates with blue circles ."
" I've never used a bowl of black color, but slate and granite to enhance the color of the plate ," the cook.
In the end, however, as the chef Evans says , " does not help it look nice, if you do not know well."

Mandela's daughter remembers her father's last hours

Makaziwe Mandela, daughter of South African leader Nelson Mandela, spoke to the BBC about the last hours of life of his father, who died recently.

"The children were there, the ... Always grandchildren were there. Even at the last moment we sat with him," said Makaziwe.
"I do not think my father fought for political freedom only. My father fought for spiritual freedom. He spoke of the need to be brave to forgive," he added. See the statements of the daughter of Nelson Mandela in this video.

Lake on Mars could harbor life

- The Curiosity NASA probe found traces of an ancient freshwater lake on Mars could have hosted a myriad of microorganisms for tens of millions of years , much longer than scientists had thought , according to new research suggests.
The lake near the Martian Ecuador existed some 3,500 million years ago . Scientists said it was not salt or acid and containing nutrients, a perfect match to host microbes.

"In terms of chemical composition seems a good standard ground lake ," said scientist John Grotzinger project, the California Institute of Technology .
The lake probably existed for tens of thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands - of years. Even when dried , scientists speculate that the possible microbes may have migrated underground, extending the period of potentially habitable tens of millions of years. But no instrumental probe to find fossilized microbes .

 The findings were published Monday in the journal Science and presented at the meeting of the American Geophysical Union in San Francisco.
"The new results decisively reinforce the idea that it was possible that there was past life on Mars," said planetary scientist David Page at the University of California, Los Angeles, in an email .
Page , who is not involved in the project, adding that "the question of whether there was life on Mars remains open ."
The red planet has a dusty and rugged appearance without signs of water on the surface. It was not always a desert, at the beginning of its history was more tropical, with streams and rivers. With plenty of water, scientists believe it was a place where he could have developed a primitive life that feed on rocks and minerals , similar to Earth microorganisms hiding in caves and underwater fumaroles.

 Change in climate
About 3,500 million years ago, Mars experienced a change and intense volcanic activity. The Spirit and Opportunity probes, NASA found geological evidence that water had at the time, but had a high acid content and was considered too caustic to allow life.
Scientists believed that much of the world was full of water until the acid Curiosity found signs of an old water bed with a pH (alkalinity ) neutral near where he landed on the Martian surface.
And when analyzing a sedimentary rock, driven to nuclear energy probe found evidence of a large body of water - the most ancient lake - which was theoretically potable water , with some of the basic ingredients of life such as carbon, hydrogen, oxygen , sulfur , nitrogen and phosphorus.

Real qualities of a " prince "

Every December I like tradition separate two nights to prepare a present of Christmas cards to friends and family .
As I write , I hear Christmas music of my little island , tasting a cup of hot chocolate and inspired me in happy times and not so good for that loved one experienced during 2013 , to give him words of encouragement , love and success.

The other night he wrote to one of my cousins ​​and I realized I had more than five years wishing that Prince Charming knocked on your door. But before grabbing the pen, reflected and analyzed why, being such a good woman , my cousin had always interacting with bad games . And this was part of what I wrote in your zip :
" To find the prince , whether arrives riding a white horse, on a motorcycle or on a parachute , there are three qualities that should never be absent from the man in your life :
1. Is confident : When a man is sure he trusts you, allows you to grow and not feel intimidated by your success . Meanwhile, an insecure man , show you constantly jealous and try to control yourself : tell from what to wear , to try to get away from your friends .
Two . Is balanced : He knows how to create a balance , has priorities in his life and does not allow overwork , expenses or pleasure, affect your relationship. For example , you will not spend the money on a casino vacation , nor will it stop accompany a family event because their work is more important than you.
Three . Is visionary : he has an entrepreneurial spirit and , perhaps , has not achieved much yet, but projected a good future because it is working hard . By contrast, a conformist man has no ambitions , no dreams of a future together ... "
If, like my cousin , you're a single with goals and dreams , I urge that this new year you start dwelling on self-confident , balanced and visionary men . Anyone who meets these three qualities can be the Prince Charming of your life .

10 things that impress a woman

The Lenguajecorporal site specializing in nonverbal communication , the men gave him a ranking of the fundamental laws of first impression.
 1. Start a chat. The first three minutes are crucial in a match . So if she is not very talkative , you take the initiative. Try to raise an issue that may be of general interest , such as work or what kind of movies you like. If you barely know , there are three forbidden topics: politics, religion and your sports fanaticism .

Two . Remember the details. Always, on the first date , women give the information that we consider most important in one's life: family , work and do what we like . If you want the relationship to flourish , you should remember every one of those details .
Three . Sit up straight . For nerves or because you feel in confidence , your position may suffer and look like you're falling off the chair. This lack of interest in women screened . So, better , stay well supported on the back.
April . Do not " bands " . Do not talk too much about your achievements you earn , the car you bought or how excellent you will at work. That will ruin your image quickly. Women do not like being told what they have. In any case, they can tell us what they aspire to .
May . Relax and enjoy. Do not think about what may happen after the date or what image will have it for you, just focus on the moment and the moment is right.
6. He smiles . Smiling is good to load , but it is wrong to abuse the smile ( yes, women are complicated ) . If you keep showing teeth all the time, you'll look absolutely false.
7. Show yourself a good mood. Women prefer a nice , sociable men , shown as good companions .
8. Speaks as ever. Some men , to impress , or use complex vocabulary are shown " pose " with an attitude that goes with your personality. Note that women are not easily fooled : we realize when something is forced .
9. Focus on her. Turn off your phone and avoid being distracted by the environment. Better watch it , listen , and show yourself interested. If you can focus on what you are saying, your success is almost assured.
10. Marce finish. The mystery is an important factor in the first few dates . So to finish a game , do not expect to be " cool " . If you see that she shows signs of being tired ( can be, even if it has been great) , time to finish. Leave her wanting to see you again.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

How to wear a white dress to perfection

The white dresses are very sexy and feminine, these are ideal for use in summer times, and given the approaching spring-summer 2013 we want to share with you some tips to wear a white dress to perfection.

The first thing to note is that there are different types of white, not all skin tones sit well the "bright white", for this reason when choosing a dress of this color must prove various shades to find the most flattering for you.

Beware dresses fabrics, often in stores deceive us by saying that fine fabrics are beneficial, but in fact they are not, since daylight are transparent and reveal the lingerie that we and our body . Opt for cloth of quality, maybe the price of these is higher but do not humiliate daylight.

Many women are wrong to use white underwear, this is remarkably low white dresses so you should avoid it. She wears a bra and panties skin tone, they will be invisible under the dress and also encourage you to enhance your figure.