1. Preheat the oven to 400°F (205°C) and place a large, oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Season the chicken all over with the salt and pepper. Add the oil to the skillet and swirl to coat. Once shimmering, add the chicken, skin side down and allow it to sear for 5–10 minutes, or until the skin is brown. Flip and cook for 2–3 minutes on the other side. Remove to a platter.
2. o the hot pan, add the shallots and figs and sauté for 2–3 minutes, or until the shallots are golden brown. Add the olives, wine and thyme sprigs and boil for a minute or so, scraping up any browned bits that have stuck to the bottom of the pan.
3. Return the chicken to the pan, skin side up and place in the oven. Roast the chicken for 30 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
Healthy Exotic Food Recipe to cook Thai Curry Vegetable Soup
1 bunch Baby bok choy
1 Handful Cilantro, fresh
2 cloves Garlic
1 tbsp Ginger, fresh
1/2 Red onion
1 Sweet potato (about 1 lb.), small
1 13 oz can Coconut milk
2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
4 cups Vegetable or chicken broth
1/2 tbsp Fish sauce
Pasta & Grains
3 1/2 oz Rice vermicelli noodles
Baking & Spices
1/2 tbsp Brown sugar
Oils & Vinegars
2 tbsp Neutral cooking oil
Prepare the vegetables for the soup and garnishes first, so they’re ready to go when needed. Mince the garlic and grate the ginger using a small-holed cheese grater. Peel and dice the sweet potato into one-inch cubes. Wash the bok choy well, then chop into one-inch strips, separating the fibrous stalks from the delicate green ends. Thinly slice the red onion and roughly chop the cilantro.
Add the cooking oil to a large soup pot along with the minced garlic, grated ginger, and Thai red curry paste. Sauté the garlic, ginger, and curry paste over medium heat for 1-2 minutes.
Add the diced sweet potato and chopped bok choy stalks to the pot (save the leafy green ends for later) along with the chicken or vegetable broth. Bring the pot to a boil over medium-high heat, then reduce the heat to low and let simmer for 5-7 minutes, or until the sweet potatoes are tender.
While the soup is simmering, bring a small pot of water to a boil for the vermicelli. Once boiling, add the vermicelli and boil for 2-3 minutes, or just until tender. Drain the rice noodles in a colander and set aside.
Once the sweet potatoes are tender, add the coconut milk, fish sauce, and brown sugar to the soup. Stir, taste, and adjust the fish sauce or brown sugar if needed. Finally, add the bok choy greens and let them wilt in the hot soup.
To serve, divide the rice vermicelli among four bowls. Ladle the soup and vegetables over the noodles, then top with red onion, cilantro, a wedge or two of lime, and a drizzle of sriracha.
As a tropical Caribbean travel destination, Puerto Rico has it all and then some. Beautiful palm-lined beaches, some with calm warm waters lapping the golden sand, and others with huge waves and famous breaks, draw all kinds of beach seekers, from couples and families to hard-core surfers.
Kayaking in PR!
Home to the US Forest System’s only tropical rainforest and the nighttime wonders of the Bioluminescent Bay, this island also pleasantly surprises nature lovers.
Add to this the culture and charm of historic San Juan, with its lovely colonial architecture and old forts, and the picture is almost complete.
Flowers are so beautiful, they look gorgeous in their nature habitat, in our homes. Flowers are given to show love, passion, compassion, celebration, happiness. But flowers are much more than that. Lots of flowers are edible, like these common petunias!
Edible flowers is a trend in gastronomy, and they range from the small and delicate, intended to give just a hint of flavour, to a mouthful, without dominating a dish. Those varieties include marguerites, fuchsias and tagetes (a member of the sunflower family), large and muscular enough in flavour to elbow the cutlet right off your plate.
Did you know you could eat tulips? Club Gascon chef Pascal Aussignac’s green tulip primavera with truffle vinaigrette is one of London’s most iconic restaurant dishes. The lightly scented flowers have an earthy, rich, peppery, herbaceous flavour, and crunchy texture.
Bird of Paradise. A Bird of Paradise flower found on Maui.
Plumeria is a sweet-smelling flower that beautifies Hawaiian leis. Plumeria Passion flowers are a familiar celebratory sight at graduations, are a water-wise option, meaning they can tolerate dry conditions while flourishing in full sun.
Why do I get to fall in love with each tree? Let me tell you why: a tree changes carbon dioxide into the oxygen we breathe, it sequesters carbon and provides much shelter for countless critters. There are many reasons for which we should all be tree-hugging hippies, but within the scope of this blog post, all we’ll focus on are the looks of these amazing nature wonders.
Tropic Breeze Balloon:
It grows in different rainforests.
Ponytail Palm Tree
Kaleidoscopic Rainbow Eucalyptus, Hawaii’s
This one is a native one in the archipelago which has a unique appearance like an upright umbrella.
Its dark red sap gives its name dragon blood.
Best Inspiration Post of the Year 2018 Get Out of the Blues!
Nature is wonderful. It amazes me all the time with its beauty and power of living. That is why I use nature for everything in my life. One of those uses I give to nature is in my drinks, my teas, my coffee, my refreshment drinks, even in my meals, my medical consultations, my bicycling (i prefer to do my bike rides where there are lots of flowers and nature).
VIRGIN DRINK WITH NATURAL POWER
VIRGIN DRINKS WITH FLOWER POWER
The original Singapore Sling was made with ingredients like gin, Cointreau, Grenadine, and pineapple juice over 100 years ago at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore.
Try the present-day take on the beverage at The Peninsula’s ritzy rooftop bar with The Ning Sling: Stoli orange and fresh mint leaves shaken with lychee and tart passion fruit juice.
Among interesting people born on this day, I have to mention:
German engineer and engine designer, who invented the spray carburettor and was the chief designer of the first Mercedes automobiles (1900-01).
At age 26, he began designing cars with Gottlieb Daimler and Nikolaus Otto, with whom he developed the four-stroke engine cycle.
In April 1882, Maybach joined Gottlieb Daimler in a partnership to produce a light-weight, high-speed petrol engine suitable for vehicles.
Maybach invented the float-feed carburettor (1893) in which fuel was vaporized by passing it through a jet as a fine spray and mixed with air to produce a combustible mixture for the engine.
Maybach designed the first Mercedes car for Daimler in 1901, but retired in 1907 to design and manufacture engines for Zeppelin airships. His son, Karl Maybach, followed him in producing luxury automobiles.
MIA FARROW, American actriz, 1945
William H. Harrison, 1773, 9th President of US
IMPORTANT NOTE from Dr. Castro:
Please don’t assume that I am a Democrat or Republican just because I write or mention my admiration about certain people who are registered as such. I am neither. I hold no rigid political affiliation.
I admire the human being, no matter his/her political affiliation, religion or lack thereof.
I am a true freedom thinker who do not like labels. I don’t follow hypocrites. I admire what I think it’s admirable to me, and criticise what I sincerely think has to be denounced as a bad policy, error or a crime.
The most famous Asscher-cut diamond of them all was worn by screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. The 33.19-carat Krupp diamond (now more commonly known as the Elizabeth Taylor diamond) was bought for the actress by Richard Burton in 1968 for $ 305,000 USD
On Elizabeth Taylor’s passing, the Krupp Diamond was put up for auction by Christie’s. It sold for an astonishing sum of $8,818,500 to its new owners, South Korea conglomerate The E-Land Group, which owns retail malls, theme parks, restaurants, and other businesses.
The Asscher cut is named after its creator Joseph Asscher who developed it at the start the Art Deco movement in the early 20th century. As owner of the Amsterdam-based Asscher Diamond Company, Joseph was also commissioned by King Edward VII to cut the enormous 3,106-carat Cullinan diamond for the Crown Jewels. The company was later granted a royal title by the Queen of Holland and is today known as The Royal Asscher Diamond Company. —-The Jewellery Editor
THIS IS HOW DIAMONDS ARE MADE.
CLEAVING A DIAMOND
Since diamonds are made of the hardest material in the world, only a diamond can be used to mechanically cut another diamond. Lasers are another alternative but their uses are largely limited to the cleaving and bruting purposes.
CUTTING AND POLISHING A DIAMOND
Usually, the tools used in the workshop consist of diamond-bladed edges or discs that are lined in diamond dust.
The actual process of how diamonds are cut and polished can be broken down into five steps: planning, cleaving, bruting, polishing and inspecting.
Dr Castro’s Exotic Chicken Salad Recipe with Yogurt
This recipe is not of my invention, I just made it my own by adding more and different ingredients to give it that special flavor that my family (especially my daughter Alexandrea) loves. You have to get Greek yogurt, Dijon mustard with honey, sweet cranberries and toasted pecans, since these are the “secret” ingredients that make this chicken salad very unique.
Serves 8 (only 5 if I am in the eating group 😀😅😊😂🤩)
2/3 cup Cranberries, dried
1 tsp Onion powder
2 tsp Parsley, fresh
4 tbsp Red onion
1 lemon or lime
1/2 tsp soy sauce
1/2 tsp curry powder
2 tsp Dijon mustard with honey
1/2 cup Mayonnaise (do not use light)
1/2 tsp Black pepper
1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup Toasted pecans
1/2 cup Greek yogurt (light sour cream)
3 well done large cooked chicken breast
In a large bowl, mix chicken, cranberries, almonds, celery, and onion. In a separate small dish, prepare dressing by mixing yogurt, curry powder, soy sauce, lemon juice, and salt and pepper together. Combine dressing with the salad ingredients and mix well. Serve on your favorite bread, or on top of fresh greens!