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Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Art That Makes Foodies Happy

Images of delectable fruit, vegetables and fresh foods may not be, but the naturally vibrant colors in produce can be inspiring to the eyes. To get a visual serving of a healthy variety of foods, check out the following artists who use them as a medium and motivation. Hikaru Cho has been lighting up the web lately with her collection of paintings. With a fitting title, It’s Not What It Seems, this series puts a little playfulness into the ordinary kitchen fruit bowl. Using only food and acrylic paints, Cho disguises one item to look flawlessly like another. Peeling back the… read more

Turning Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Peelpride Turns Waste Peels Into Tasty Seasoning

Dutch designers are so resourceful and clever. Maybe because they live in a small country or maybe because they have the best designs universities, including the Design Academy of Eindhoven. Two years ago, Rianne Koens graduated from the prestigious university in Eindhoven, with a project that makes good use from food waste using dry peels for creating seasoning. It all started when Koens noticed that fruit skins are full of flavor and tossing them away was really, a waste. So she thought on a clever way of processing the natural material creating a set of kitchen elements for peeling, drying,… read more

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

Improving Produce Without Genetic Engineering

A lot of focus on the food production and farming industries may seem to concentrate on genetically modified foods. However, some plant breeders are working to also bring focus to an age old way of growing premier foods, without using any genetically induced alterations. Rapid genetic analysis, or sometimes referred to as marker-assisted breeding, uses conventional farming techniques and plant breeding with quick ways of identifying alleles and DNA markers and how they are structured. Combining the more traditional forms of farming along with these processes can produce crops with more flavor and color, as well as a more appealing presence and shape. It… read more

Zucchini, Not Bland At All

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The zucchini is packed with Vitamin C and A, as well as folate, which are powerful antioxidants that help fight oxidative stress that can lead to many different types of cancer. It has effective anti-inflammatory agents and with magnesium and potassium, the zucchini helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol. Maganesium can help collagen to form, thus allowing for healthy skin and wound-healing. Zucchini is often maligned as a boring vegetable without a strong flavour of its own. But this receipe can be served hot or cold and is a great meat free meal. Chilled Zucchini Soup Olive oil Butter 1… read more

Grow Winter Greens

Grow Winter Greens

The cold winter months can actually lend to a versatile growing season for many hearty plants. A winter garden does not require too much space and many herbs and vegetables can also be grown in containers. However, many cold weather plants need to be rooted in the ground in order to flourish. Plants will need to be well covered under a protective barrier, such as cold frames or row covers, in the winter months. An encasing helps to shield delicate leaves from frosting and traps in heat. A good multipurpose herb to have around is wintergreen. Its oil, which also… read more

Onions, More Than Simply Flavoring Food

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Onions are a versatile vegetable with a high nutritional value. Onions are thought to prevent cancer, diabetes, and even the common cold. But onions can also be used around the home in place of harsh chemicals and aerosols. Here are some uses you may not have thought of.. Make DIY Dye: Onions make brilliant all natural dyes. Simply place the skins of the onion in a nylon bag and boil for about 30 minutes. Soothe a sore throat: Onions make a fantastic tea that with the natural antioxidants helps fight infection. Using the peels bring the water to a boil, remove… read more

Veggie Stamp Art Fun

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We want kids to eat their vegetables and fruits, but sometimes they may not finish all of their servings. Stamp projects using leftover produce and paint are a fun way to use up table scrap waste. You may not feel as good as if they would have actually eaten their veggies, but perhaps won’t feel as bad as if they were just thrown out. The parts of produce that are not used for cooking can make great stamps. The ends of celery stalks, onions or cabbages for instance, can be dipped in paints to make flowers or other fascinating shapes. Fresh… read more

Not Just For Halloween

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The pumpkin is one of the most versatile of vegetables. It can be made into muffins, pie, soups, salads, and even as a sweet or savoury dish. It is classed as a superfood as it is fantastic for your skin containing Vitamins A, C, E and zinc which help to prevent wrinkles. It can have an anti-inflammatory effect and combined with its high levels of antioxidants, can prevent arthritis and joint inflammation. The phytosterols can lower the risk of prostate cancer. It is said to be beneficial to sufferers of depression, can prevent kidney stones, is a diuretic and is also used… read more

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens May Be Your Kitchen’s New Best Friend

Microgreens, or the seedlings of herbs and vegetables, have concentrated flavors and colors and are rich in vitamins and phytochemicals. One study that examined 25 varieties of commonly found microgreens concluded that a range of nutritive levles could be found in them. Researchers discovered that the cotyledon leaves of the microgreens contain amplified amounts of nutrients, more than the nutritional value of fully grown leaves of the identical, fully grown plant. Because they are not fully developed, the initial leaf contains highly concentrated nutrients. Not to be confused with sprouts, microgreens can be fairly easily grown without much care or… read more

Window Farming

Window farms

Window farming is a new movement among urbanites who want to grow their own food but lack outdoor space. Many people living in city centers would love to grow fresh produce but don’t have access to a garden or even a paved outside space where they could place containers. Window farms, which are space-efficient indoor hydroponic growing systems, enable city dwellers to turn their sunny windows into productive food gardens. Window farm plants grow in vertical columns of containers that hang from a pole at the top of a window. There are stylish window farm kits available for sale, though… read more