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Bee Supplements

October 7th, 2009 Guest Posted in Food Comments Off on Bee Supplements

Bee Pollen

Often called a ‘perfect food’, extensive tests on animals show that life can be sustained on an exclusive diet of bee pollen and water. That proves Bee Pollen is a complete food in every sense of the world. Bee pollen contains trace amounts of minerals and vitamins and is very high in protein and carbohydrates. Bee Pollen rejuvenates your body, stimulates organs and glands, enhances vitality, and brings about a longer life span. The pollen is used as a protein source and the nectar is an energy source.~Bee Pollen is another bee product used in alternative medicine and sold by some health food stores as a nutritional supplement.~Bee Pollen may benefit our health in all kinds of ways, increasing energy, promotes weight loss and acts as an appetite suppressant.~Bee Pollen can reduce prostrate enlargement and painful symptoms associated with prostate disease.} Bee pollen provides essential minerals needed for good health including fatty acids, amino acids and complex vitamins, enzymes and co-enzymes necessary for good digestion.

Bee Propolis

Bee propolis has reportedly been used for hundreds if not thousands of years in various forms of medicine. Another study demonstrated that caffeic acid phenethyl ester, a compound contained in bee propolis was in fact effective in the treat of burns. A much more recent study seems to indicate that bee propolis is effective in treating patients with minor burns. Wounds treated with bee propolis cream showed less inflammation and healed more quickly. Propolis is also extremely high in plant compounds that have antioxidant, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral and anti-inflammatory properties.

Bee Propolis is a resin gathered from plants by bees and used in the construction of hives. Also used o seal cracks in the hive like glue. Propolis is the natural substance responsible for neutralizing any bacteria, fungi or virus which enters the hive. One of the most powerful foods found in nature, Propolis is a highly complex mixture of waxes, resins, balsams, oils and a small amount of pollen.

Research shows waxy Propolis contains phytotonizides. Phytotonizides are believed to contain immunity factors, which when used internally, stimulates the body and gives it a natural resistance to diseases (a natural antibiotic). Propolis is especially rich in amino acids, important for immune system function.

The application of Propolis is borad like cancer, sore throat, infection of urinary tract, colds, influenze, etc. Except for vitamin K, Propolis contans all known vitamins and has 14 of 15 minerals the human body requires to function.

Royal Jelly

Royal Jelly is the Queen bee’s secret to long life span. Royal Jelly transforms the queen into an incredible insect, enhancing her phyiscal performance to unimaginable levels.

Royal Jelly is so named because it is the highly concentrated, nutritious food of the hive’s most important resident, the Queen Bee. For first 2-3 days, all young larvae are fed with royal jelly. If a queen is desired, the hatchling will receive only royal jelly as its food source, in order that she will become sexually mature and have the fully developed ovaries needed to lay more eggs for the hive. The queen (fed only on royal jelly for her entire life) reaches maturity 5 days earlier than the worker bees; and, when she is fully grown, her weight is double that of the working bee. The span of the worker bee’s life is about 35-40 days; while the queen lives 5-6 years and is extremely prolific. The queen bees reproductive capabilities are also exceptional, she can make thousands of eggs in a day. As incredible as this may seem, she can lay that many eggs for five years.
This rich concentrated food is not just useful for the bees. It contains remarkable amounts of proteins, lipids, glucides, vitamins, hormones, enzymes, mineral substances, and specific essential factors that act as biocatalysts in cell regeneration processes within the human body.

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Ideas on Finding a Good Caterer

October 7th, 2009 Guest Posted in Food Comments Off on Ideas on Finding a Good Caterer

Whatever the event that you are planning, if there is great food offered and good service the gathering should be a success.  When you are in the process of your event planning it is a must to find a great caterer.  There are so many different caterers to choose from, it can get difficult to be able to make a choice between them all.

Your searching will be made easier if you use some of my tips or take them into consideration.  First thing is that you should know what you are in search for.  You need a caterer who is reliable, proof in their success, has trained professionals who work with him, and needs to have a great reputation.

It is too risky to have your event totally ruined from a caterer who is not experienced in the field.  So to make sure that your event or celebration goes smoothly be sure to choose a caterer that has a proven track record.  if your celebration is put together well and you get a horrible caterer there is a big chance that your celebration will be ruined.  Ask for references to be sure that the catering service you plan on hiring is truly capable and efficient.

It is well known that anybody is able to throw together a catering business.  Many companies in the catering business claim to be professional but they however have no training or experience.  So to have an excellent gathering, be certain that the catering company is professionally trained staff members, along with a chef that is educated in their field of gourmet cooking.

Make you final decision based on reliability.  It would be a disaster to have everything all ready with many of your guests arriving before the food and servers are even there.  This is the example of a situation that can be avoidable if you do you homework and hire a great caterer.

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Scottish Haggis Understand Our Traditional Scottish Dish

October 7th, 2009 Guest Posted in Food Comments Off on Scottish Haggis Understand Our Traditional Scottish Dish

Haggis is probably the least understood but undoubtedly the best known Scottish food. However a lot of Scots just cannot face the idea of eating Haggis.

It is said and I believe it that most people would not have even heard of the Haggis if it had not been for our national poet Robert Burns. He referred to it as the Chieftain of the Pudding Race in his poem “Address To The Haggis“.

Today over 210 years after the death of Robert Burns that poem is still said throughout the world especially on 25th January when we hold our Burns Night celebrations.

We give the full version of the poem “Address To the Haggis” poem on The same section of the website includes a template menu for those looking to organise their own Burns Night supper. The menu template includes the Selkirk Grace (our famous Scottish Grace) almost always used before the start of the Burns Night Meal.

The haggis can also be eaten as a Haggis Supper at local take-away shops. This is simply deep fried haggis with chipped potatoes (French fries outside of Scotland). You can also buy the haggis in many supermarkets although numbers available on the shelf do seem to increase in mid January then fall away again when sales tend to decrease. However this does not tell us what is the secret recipe that makes Haggis so special.

Ask a Scot and they will tell you a Haggis is a small animal with its two left legs shorter than the right legs. Females have the short leg on the right so you tell them apart easier! Charles Darwin, the man who came up with the theory of evolution,would have been able to point to this survival of the fittest theory and show scientifically that the shorter legs on one side allows them to run faster round the sides of steep hills in order to escape larger animals like man or sabre tooth tigers.

It has been known for ticket touts to offer tourists the chance to go night-time haggis hunting which would of course involve them paying cash up front and arranging to meet later that night. Obviously the guide never shows up!

In reality the haggis is made up of the cheapest cuts of meat available usually a sheep making it popular for poorer families in ancient times (although venison haggis is eaten in some areas). The main ingredients tend to be oats and several different meats usually mutton, offal (i.e. heart, liver and lungs) all minced (or ground) along with onion and suet all heavily spiced according to different traditions. After mixing it all together it will be placed inside a sheep’s stomach as a lining before being boiled and served usually with neeps (turnip) and boiled potato. On many occasions by tradition this plate of haggis, tatties and neeps would be served with a dram of Scotch whisky anything other than Scotch whisky would considered sacrilege.

To suit modern day tastes the sheep’s stomach is usually replaced with an artificial casing and vegetarian friendly ingredients will often replace the meat and offal.

There are other regulations that have impacted on the contents of our haggis. For example if you live in the United States the local haggis will not include any lungs(lights) it is ruled to unfit for human comsumption.

If you want to know more about this traditional Scottish dish please come to our Scottish culture website

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