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Archive for the day “September 22, 2015”

Unusual Food Items and Meals in Photographs.


Food makes an easy thing to photograph and these humble photos are taken only with the I Phone camera but nevertheless a few interesting images of more unusual food items. Ranging from Haggis crisps to a Hedgehog birthday cake.

Haggis crisps

Haggis crisps

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Smoked Ham and Cornichon sandwich

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Blueberries and Vanilla Yoghurt

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Hedgehog Cake

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Hedgehog Cake

Salami Roll at Dusseldorf Airport

Hedgehog Cake

Salami Sandwich at Dusseldorf airport

Salami Sandwich at Dusseldorf airport

Is this the most ridiculous cat in the world?


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What Vegetarian Dish is this? A quiz. Common UK vegetarian mixture.


Vegetarian Mixture. But what is it?

Vegetarian Mixture. But what is it?

Eat Blueberries to live for 1000 years ? Maybe


Blueberries are one of the few fruits that are native to North America and In terms of U.S. fruit consumption, blueberries rank only second to strawberries in popularity of berries. The US cultivates around half of all global consumption of blueberries with another 30% from Canada. Maine produces around 25% of all US cultivation of blueberries.

Cultivation of blueberries was widespread among the Native American tribes throughout North America. European colonists learned about blueberries thanks to these Native American traditions and brought blueberry species back to Europe. Yet commercial cultivation of blueberries in Europe has been a relatively recent phenomenon limited to the 20th and 21st centuries. Thanks to increasing cultivation in the Southern Hemisphere — including South American countries such as Chile, Argentina, and Uruguay as well South Africa, New Zealand and Australia — fresh blueberries are now enjoyed throughout the year on many of the world’s continents.

One interesting current trend in history of blueberries has been their dramatically increased consumption within the U.S. In 1997, the average U.S. adult consumed about 13 ounces of blueberries per year. Ten years later, in 2007, that amount nearly doubled and reached an average level of 22 ounces.

There are plenty of myths about eating blueberries but there is little doubt of one fact that simply they are good for you. They have one of the  highest antioxidant capacities amongst all fruit.   Blueberries are a good source of vitamin K. They also contain vitamin C, fibre, manganese and other antioxidants (notably anthocyanins). Valued for its high levels of antioxidants, some nutritionists believe that if you make only one change to your diet, it should be to add blueberries.A number of clinical studies have tried to prove that eating blueberries reduces cancer rates, heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular disorders. Also helpful is that we can freeze blueberries without doing damage to their delicate anthocyanin antioxidants|.

To prove a huge health benefit such a reduction in deaths or longer life expectancy might be difficult in a trial situation as all these illnesses have multiple causes. But will you live longer if you eat blueberries? Probably yes you will.

Blueberries

Blueberries

Reflections on Dusseldorf


Dusseldorf  has a population of around 600,000 making it the seventh largest city in Germany. Wikipedia struggles to find much for Dusseldorf that comes under ” culture and recreation”. I might agree. One of the highlights of my visit was sampling the local Altbier. Düsseldorf is well known for  Altbier a hoppy beer . The name “altbier” first appeared in the 19th century to differentiate the beers of Düsseldorf from the new pale lager that was gaining a hold on Germany. Dusseldorf however is famous as the origins of the band Kraftwerk. The final claim to fame is that after Frankfurt and Munich, Dusseldorf is the third largest airport in Germany. Did the place excite me? Not really. Lonely Planet however disagrees with me citing that

“Düsseldorf dazzles with boundary-pushing architecture, zinging nightlife and an art scene to rival many higher-profile cities”.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/germany/north-rhine-westphalia/dusseldorf#ixzz3mTXztQAG

The city to me was very industrial with an overdose of traffic lights that meant walking anywhere was complex. Bicycle lanes and pedestrian walkways  and cycle lanes seemed interchangeable meaning that if the trams did not get you as one crossed the road the cycles certainly would. A not unpleasant city but one that is far from being a holiday destination. The train station was massive and larger even than Amsterdam Central.

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf Rflections

Dusseldorf Rflections

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

Dusseldorf

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