Greek Salad My #1 Favorite Recipe I Know You Will Love it!

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2 tablespoons dried oregano
1/4 cup red wine vinegar
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
2 large garlic cloves, mashed
Freshly ground black pepper



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2 teaspoons salt

1 medium red onion, halved and thinly sliced

3 tomatoes, cut into wedges

1 cucumber, peeled and cut into chunks (cucumber is great for your health)

1 green bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1 red bell pepper, seeded and sliced

1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

1/2 cup pitted and halved black or green olives (both are my favs)

2 tablespoons fresh Italian parsley (the one I prefer)

6 ounces feta cheese, sliced

6 lemon wedges



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For Dressing:


Combine all the ingredients in a jar, shake well and let stand for 30 minutes. Leftover dressing can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.


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For Greek Salad:


In a bowl, combine salt with 2 cups water and add the red onion slices. Let the onions soak for 15 minutes then rinse and drain well.


In a large bowl toss the tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers with the basil and enough of the dressing to coat vegetables well.

Adjust the seasonings. Plate in a high mound on a large plate and garnish with olives, parsley, feta and lemon wedges and serve.



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Vanilla Comes From these Exotic Plants and 4 Primary Countries … Enjoy Reading!



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True vanilla flavor comes from the cured seed pod (bean) of the vanilla orchid. The properly prepared pod contains vanillin and 100s of other flavor compounds.

These orchids are the only orchids that produce an edible seed. The primary producers of these beans are tropical areas: Mexico, Madagascar, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea.


Planifolia vs tahitensis

There are two distinct types of vanilla orchid:


1. V. Planifolia beans have a strong, familiar flavor, it is often called ‘Madagascar Bourbon’. Planifolia is the same variety grown in Mexico.


2. V. Tahitensis is a weaker vanilla with ‘fruity, floral, and sweet’ flavors created by the compound heliotropin. Tahitensis is a mutated form of a planifolia orchid from Tahiti, though most tahitensis is now grown in Papa New Guinea. This kind is favored by pastry chefs.



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Le parfum relaxant de la vanille de Madagascar rouge ou noire gourmet vous transportera vers des destinations sensorielles mémorables


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If vanilla is one of your favorite scents, you should consider growing it, so that you can have your own beans. From these beans, you can make your own essence, and appreciate your effort all the more.


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Now days these beans are grown in several distinct regions of the world. This produces  beans with unique regional characteristics and attributes, each particularly suited to different uses.


The fruit, a long capsule, reaches its full length of about 20 cm (8 inches) in four to six weeks but may take up to nine months to mature. As soon as they turn golden green at the base, the unripe pods are harvested.




Tempura Zucchini Flowers Steak and 1 Exotic Easy Recipe

Tempura Zucchini Flowers Steak


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Food that is cooked and served on a plate in a creative and artistic way to satisfy your vision and leaves a unique flavor on your palate, is the kind of food that also feeds your soul.



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  1. Heat oil. Quickly stir-fry beef over high, and season with garlic, salt and pepper. …

  2. Add zucchini and stir-fry briefly. Season with green onion, sesame seeds and oil, soy sauce, chili pepper, and salt.

  3. Return beef to pan, stir once to combine, and transfer to serving plate. Garnish with shredded chili if you like.


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5 Summer Awesome Refreshing Drinks Ideas to Hydrate you and Make you Happy!



I grow mint, strawberries and watermelon on my yard, and this refreshing beverage is a wonderful way to use them all. You can add only mint and strawberries. Flexibility is the key! Ah, For extra flair, add some ginger ale.



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A friend suggested I add a sprig of rosemary to lemonade. The herb makes the drink taste fresh and light, and it’s a pretty garnish.




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Agua frescas are refreshing fruit drinks they sell all over Mexico, and that you can find in this country at almost any taqueria. They’re cooling and sweet and are great alongside spicy food.

This is a cucumber juice base that seems to have the effect of lowering one’s body temperature. (Gives new meaning to the phrase “cool as a cucumber”.) 




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Making long blackberry shrub drinks is a creative way to use up extra fruit all the way summer. They are as colorful and refreshing as a summer drink should be.




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Eat Lobster the Right Way: Tips 6 Steps and a Video!

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Eating lobster is one of my great pleasures when relishing food. Lobster is very palatable, but handling it can be quite messy; fun, but messy.

If there were a tidy way to do it, restaurants wouldn’t supply their customers with a bib, but the succulent meat makes all the effort worthwhile.

Although techniques can vary depending on local tradition and personal preference, here there are several tips and steps to guide you to help you get the most out of your next lobster meal.

  1. Separate the tail from the rest of the body by bending the lobster backward.

  2. Snap off the flippers, and push the meat out of the shell using a fork at the flipper end of the tail.

  3. Twist off the claws, and gently move the pincher from side to side until you feel it snap. Gently pull it away.

  4. Gently crack the claws open with a nutcracker to release the meat.

  5. Pluck off the legs. If you’d like, use a small fork to break the shell.

  6. Crack the body of the lobster open to remove the meat.



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2 Healthy Exotic Food Recipes for you to Enjoy!

Beauty in Bavaria Germany 2018 and 2019 Fun!

2019  Update –


Farm stays in Bavaria seem to be very popular. You can rent a room or furnished apartment on a farm and experience some of the farm life. This year we stayed on a farm, near Chiemsee, and had a lovely time. All the villages in the Bavarian alps are lovely so you probably can’t go wrong wherever you pick.


Another nice area is Bayerischer Wald on Czech border. A few years ago we stayed a week in Lalling in Bayerischer Wald.


Next year we will go back to Germany to enjoy the Euro 2020:


“Es ist ein absolutes Novum im europäischen Fußball: Erstmals findet die Fußball-EM in zwölf verschiedenen Ländern statt, verteilt auf zwölf Städte. Von Dublin bis nach Bukarest, von Rom bis Kopenhagen – die UEFA EURO 2020 wird ein echtes Highlight. Mittendrin: München!”


“Drei Gruppenspiele und ein EM-Viertelfinale werden in der bayerischen Landeshauptstadt ausgetragen – Spannung garantiert! Termine, Bewerbungsverfahren, Kosten – alle Informationen zu den Tickets der Fußball-Europameisterschaft in München.”


We stayed in Fussen at Hotel Bergruh. It is close to the castles and a wonderful little Bavarian town. In Füssen, restaurants serve the most palatable and delectable food, oh my!



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Bavaria’s town’s and cities provide a range of unusual ways for visitors of all ages to explore their heritage, their rich past and the life in the city today. If you want to experience the exotic magic paradises of the world, you must visit the Bavarian cities, woodlands, castles, villages, alps, forests and towns.



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2 Healthy Exotic Food Recipes for you to Enjoy!

Healthy Exotic Food to satisfy the most demanding palate!


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Spiced Pan-Roasted Chicken with Olives, Figs, Mint




  • 1 whole chicken, cut up into 8 pieces
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) avocado oil (like this) or Schmaltz (page 235)
  • 1 cup (160 g) sliced shallots (about 2–3 medium)
  • 6 dried figs (like these), roughly chopped
  • 1 cup (135 g) kalamata olives
  • 1 cup (240 ml) white wine
  • 3 sprigs thyme




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


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Serves 4
  • 1 bunch Baby bok choy
  • 1 Handful Cilantro, fresh
  • 2 cloves Garlic
  • 1 tbsp Ginger, fresh
  • 1 Lime
  • 1/2 Red onion
  • 1 Sweet potato (about 1 lb.), small
Canned Goods
  • 1 13 oz can Coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp Thai red curry paste
  • 4 cups Vegetable or chicken broth
  • 1/2 tbsp Fish sauce
  • 1 Sriracha

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.


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Delicious Lamb Recipe Your Loved One will Adore You Even More! 💖 – #400




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  • 4 tbsp rose harissa pesto (see Know-how) or 2 tbsp harissa paste

  • Finely grated zest and juice 1 lemon

  • 2 tsp ground cumin

  • 2 tsp ground coriander

  • Small bunch fresh coriander, leaves and stalks chopped

  • 2.2-3 kg easy-carve leg of lamb (see Know-how)



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  • 1 cucumber, halved, deseeded and sliced

  • 300g mixed radishes, quartered (or sliced then quartered if using the larger watermelon radishes)

  • 100g whole skin-on almonds, toasted in a dry pan

  • Small bunch fresh mint, chopped

  • Handful fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

  • 2 tbsp argan oil (see Know-how)

  • 2 tsp runny honey

  • Juice 1 lemon

  • 125g pomegranate seeds

  • Roast potatoes to serve


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  1. Heat the oven to 160°C/140°C fan/gas 3. Mix together the harissa pesto or paste, lemon zest and juice, ground spices, fresh coriander and plenty of black pepper in a bowl.

  2. Put the lamb in a roasting tin and rub with the marinade (see Make Ahead). Roast for 30 minutes, uncovered, then pour 300ml water around the lamb and cover the tin tightly with 2 sheets of foil. Roast for 4 hours, basting with the cooking juices once or twice, until tender.

  3. Transfer the meat to a chopping board and rest for 20-30 minutes, loosely covered with foil. Skim any surface fat off the pan juices, then taste and keep warm (or simmer briskly for 5-10 minutes to intensify the flavour if it’s not punchy enough).

  4. Meanwhile, prepare the salad. Put the cucumber, radishes and almonds in a serving bowl and toss with most of the herbs.

  5. Drizzle with the argan oil, honey and lemon juice along with plenty of salt, and toss well. Scatter over the remaining herbs and pomegranate seeds. Serve dish, carved into slices, with the salad and crispy roast potatoes.


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4 Exotic Food and Flowers Meals to Make that Especial Person Fall in Love with You!

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Exotic Food and Flowers


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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!


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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.


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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. 


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4 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for a Busy Morning

Cabbage hash browns


4 Healthy Breakfast Ideas for a Busy Morning


Bell Pepper Eggs


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Apple Nachos


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Ham & Cheese Roll-Ups


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Skipping breakfast is associated with an increased risk for obesity, metabolic syndrome, elevated triglycerides, high LDL-cholesterol, and low HDL-cholesterol (all risk factors for cardiovascular disease) in children.


A large study published in the journal Circulation followed over 20,000 men for 16 years, and found that those men who skipped it were 27% more likely to develop coronary heart disease.


Children who regularly eat first meal of the day have higher IQs than those who only eat it on occasion.


Regular breakfast consumption is associated with better behavior in school and better academic performance, including better grades and achievement test scores. 


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