Pizza is one of the best comfort foods in the world; I worked at a very well respected pizza place for 3 years and this is the recipe we used-only scaled down.
325g White flour.
50 ml Olive or vegetable oil.
200 ml Lukewarm filtered water.
2 Tsp Dry yeast/ 1 oz fresh yeast.
2 Tsp Sugar.
2 Tsp Salt.
1. Combine warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl and leave to ferment in a warm draught-free area, covered by a tea towel.
2. Meanwhile, sift flour and salt together.
3. When the yeast mixture becomes frothy with large bubbles; add the flour, salt and oil.
4. Combine until the mixture comes of the bowl into a soft dough-if too dry or too wet add more water or flour respectively.
5. Turn onto a well floured surface and knead the dough until it is soft and stretchy. When you push the dough and it springs back quickly it is ready.
6. Put dough into a well oiled bowl and cover with a tea towel-before leaving in a warm draught free place.
7. Leave for 30-45 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
8. Knock the dough back down and cut into 2 large balls or 3 small balls.
9. Roll the balls on a floured surface into circles to fit the oiled pizza trays.
10. Add napoli; cheese and whatever toppings you feel like.
11. Cook in a very hot oven-260-270 degrees for 8-10 minutes or until crispy and cooked.
The mechanism of both salt and sugar is important to the final outcome of the pizza. Sugar feeds the yeast and is the catalyst to the yeasts growth and the rising of the crust. On the other hand, salt retards the yeast and the sugar, slowing down the formation of carbon dioxide bubbles that raise the bread. That’s why the salt and sugar in this recipe are in equal amounts. For higher quality dough always use warm filtered water and is possible fresh yeast.
A few different delicious recipes to try:
Bacon and banana-think of the concept of a hawaiian pizza.
Spinach, tandoori chicken; red pepper and yogurt.
Caramelized onion, pear and lamb.
Prawns/shrimp and chilli flakes.
Spinach, roast tomatoes, onion, ham and mayonnaise.
Spinach, olives, fetta, red peppers; chorizo and ham.
Spinach, pumpkin, pine nuts, dry herbs and fetta.
Chicken; onions, mushroom, pesto and asparagus.
Don’t be afraid to create your own recipes with whatever you like on them-pizza is one of the most versatile foods in the world. Hope you enjoy these recipes, have fun!
When starting a new fitness regimen, half the battle is finding the time and energy to get to the gym. The other part is making your workout worth it, and that doesn’t consist of just spending a half hour on the elliptical during Wheel of Fortune. Brett Hoebel, founder of Hoebel Fitness and creator of Rev Abs has a key philosophy that consists of “anaerobic exercises,” which translates to “without air exercises,” meaning you don’t have to have a super cardio system to do these moves. The beauty of anaerobics is that they still get your heart pumping so you’ll break a sweat. Here are five moves that will have you working at least two body parts at once so you can maximize your workout in half the time, plus burn more calories.
– Perform the following five exercises as a circuit, 10-12 repetitions each, with little-to-no rest between each exercise.
– Complete two-to-three circuits, resting 60-90 seconds between each.
– You’ll need two pairs of dumbbells. A trick to knowing what weight is right for you: Choose an amount where the last three repetitions of each exercise are very challenging.
1. Squat + Press: Works Legs, Arms, Back, Abs, and Hips
– Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, hold dumbbells together at chest level, with your palms facing in, forearms vertical, and fists pointing to ceiling.
– Move into a squat until hips are just above knee level, making sure your knees don’t pass over the tips of your toes. Keep your chest high, and make sure that it doesn’t sink down into your thighs.
– As you come out of the squat, press through your heels to stand back up, all while you press your arms above your head, keeping your palms facing each other, until your arms are completely straight like you’re reaching for the ceiling. (The whole move should be almost like an explosion.) End the repetition by bringing your dumbbells back to chest level.
2. Plank + Row: Works Back, Shoulders, and Core.
– Holding a dumbbell in each hand, start in a push-up position with your arms straight and your feet in a wide stance. Make sure your palms are facing in and your fists are pointing down towards the floor.
– Keeping your hips very still, perform a “row” by pulling one dumbbell back, arm bent, and keeping your elbow close to your ribs until the weight reaches your armpit. Try to keep your body as still as you can to challenge your core muscles even more.
– Repeat on opposite side to complete one repetition.
3. Knee Lift + Hammer Curl: Works Abs, Biceps, and Quads.
– Stand with feet together, and hold dumbbells at your sides with palms facing toward each other.
– Lift one knee to waist level while simultaneously curling dumbbells to shoulder level and keeping palms facing in (a hammer curl) instead of toward your shoulder, (which would be a bicep curl). By standing on one foot, you’re also making your abs kick in to stabilize your body.
– Repeat on opposite side for next repetition.
4. Booty Bridge + Overhead Row: Works Glutes, Triceps, and Shoulders
– Lie on floor face up with knees bent, feet hips-distance apart and close to body. Bring yourself into a bridge by lifting your hips until they’re just below knee level. With your arms straight out in front of you, hold dumbbells up towards the ceiling with your palms facing each other.
– Press through your heels keeping hips lifted while reaching arms straight back over your head until the dumbbells lightly tap the floor. Don’t let your hips dip—keep them in a straight line.
– Squeezing armpits, keep your arms straight as you lift the dumbbells back to the starting position above your chest. keeping arms straight to lift dumbbells back above chest.
5. Ab Jackknife + Twist: Works your entire core from obliques, to lower ab muscles.
– Lie on floor face up with arms extended out to your sides to make a “T,” your body and legs extended out straight together.
– Squeezing your abs, press your right arm into floor while lifting your left arm and right leg up toward each other.
– Repeat on opposite side for next repetition.
Find out which mistakes will definitely kill your first date before it even gets started. It’s important to be yourself and to have fun but having these tips will make it be so much smoother!
From a man’s point of view there are some very definite things you can do to absolutely ruin his attraction almost immediately. Looking good and beautiful fulfills his visual needs but being careful not to do something weird will insure a second date. Do not look like the girl looking for the ring!
Who Cares About your Ex?
Big mistake number 1–who cares about our ex’s? Definitely not the new guy you are sitting across from at the table. Never ever is it a good idea to talk about the one that ‘got away’. He doesn’t care what happened or where your last lover lives, even if it is in jail. Plus no ‘bragging’ about how many you’ve had sex with–duh! Or talking about what a great lover one of the was. Notice the past tense–was. This is so not appropriate nor will it get you the next step towards the alter.
Guess what — even if the guy says it’s OK to talk about your former boyfriends, it’s not! Be smart stay off this topic at all costs. If you can only talk about past experiences and many ex boyfriends, that tells a guy that she is always coming or going in and out of relationships. Not a good quality.
Men want to be with women who can stand on their own two feet.
Are you someone who loses your friends immediately when you get into a relationship? If not, you’ll have things to share about your other friends, not just your ex’s. Remember this if you want to be the Girls Gets Ring!
A guy will start to compare himself to the stories you are telling about your ex’s. That isn’t cool. He doesn’t do that, or if he does, you should be running in the opposite direction and fast. Being uncomfortable on a date because of past relationship talk is awful and leads to no forward movement towards a ‘health, happy’ relationship. So, do you think that you are special and it doesn’t apply to you because you are just being honest and sharing the truth. Not true. Talking about ex’s is the first mistake, don’t make it. If you want to really be the Girls Gets Ring success story – Be smarter and you’ll be the Girl Who Gets The Ring!
Learning how to finger a woman can reap amazing results. Just like eating her out, using your fingers on a woman provides the types of simulations your penis cannot do. Also, if you are being kinky and decide to have a little make out session other than in the privacy of your own home, using your fingers is easier and will add big sexual excitement in your make out session.
There are two things that need to be put into perspective first: your fingers must be clean as the vulva and vagina are very sensitive, imagine shoving your dirty finger in your mouth; second. You need to ensure arousal first, never make the mistake of just fondling her vulva or putting your fingers inside her without making sure that she is properly arouse. This can feel very offensive and rude and will very well put her off. Turn her on first before using your hands.
The clitoris is the most sensitive part of her vulva. This little pea-sized button contains more than 8,000 nerves and these nerves are connected to more nerves in the pelvic region, about 15,000 of them. Handle with utmost care. Do not touch the clitoris when your fingers are dry, fingers and vulva must be adequately lubricated. If you touch it with dry fingers, it will stick to the clitoral glan and this could be painful. Also, it doesn’t feel good if it isn’t lubricated.
With your partner, experiment on how she likes this button to be touched. Be sensitive to her body language and oftentimes women are very vocal and she will tell you if that feels good or you will hear her make noises of pleasure. Experiment by varying speed, pace, pressure and motion. Rub her clitoris in a circular motion with three or four fingers for a wide and flat surface; or use just one finger for a more intense feel, you can rub it in a variety of motion or you could use your finger to flick at it. Vary the pressure from soft to a stronger one.
Insert your middle finger in her and feel around for her g-spot, it’s located on the underside of her belly and feels like the roof of your mouth. Stimulate her G-spot again with different styles and be very sensitive to what she is reacting best to. Make sure you don’t switch style too fast so she will get the feel of it first. Try making your fingers “pop” inside her by keeping your finger stiff and doing a come her motion. This will feel incredible to her G-spot. Now do not forget her clitoris, use your thumb to stimulate that while you finger her. One or two fingers is enough, do not stuff her vagina like a turkey; this only appears to feel good in pron. Majority of real women do not like the feeling of being stretched as it is not in any way erotic.
Now that you know how to finger a woman, the next step up would be to go down on her and pleasure her through the art of cunnilingus. Cunnilingus is a lot harder to perform than fingering, which is why it’s so important to do it properly. I recommend you download the book “Lick by Lick” by author and love guru, Michael Webb, which goes through every step of doing this properly. Michael Webb has been featured in numerous radio and television shows including Oprah, Men are From Marz/Women and From Venus, NBC news, along with many other magazines and newspapers.
Summertime is a season for weddings and, unfortunately, for allergies, too. It’s a miserable thought, but for plenty of brides and grooms, “here comes the bride” also means here comes the sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.
If you have allergies, however, you don’t have to let the symptoms interfere with your wedding day. Follow these tips provided by the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAAI) to help control your allergies and feel your best on the big day.
- If you are still in the initial stages of planning your wedding and have allergies, you may not want to pick a date in the peak of the allergy season that triggers you or your guests’ symptoms. Ragweed, which is the most offending plant for people with allergies, begins to pollinate in the middle of August.
- Use large, bright-colored flowers such as roses, daffodils, or daisies to decorate, as these usually do not trigger allergies. They have large, waxy pollens too heavy to be carried about. Or, use dried or silk flowers as an alternative.
- If you know you have allergies, visit an allergist ahead of time to find out what you are allergic to, and to receive a prescription for a non-sedating antihistamine. Or you can go to a store and get Loratadine (Claritin®), which is available without a prescription. Take the antihistamine the morning of your wedding, not later in the day when symptoms may already have started.
- Carry a small pack of tissues in your purse for a sudden attack of sneezes as well as anti-allergic eye drops to avoid red, itchy eyes in your photographs.
- If you are having someone do your hair and makeup, be sure they don’t use products that may aggravate your allergies.
- If you or any of your guests have food allergies, make sure the caterers understand the offending foods, such as shellfish, nuts, or dressings that contain peanut oil (all common food allergens). Also, make sure the caterers are able to answer questions from your guests about food ingredients. Some food allergy reactions can be very severe and even life-threatening.
- When traveling to and from the church and reception, travel in an air-conditioned car with the windows closed to prevent pollens from triggering your allergies. Limit the amount of time you spend taking outdoor pictures. You may want to consider all indoor pictures.
- Spend as much time as you can indoors with air conditioning where the air is generally free from pollens and molds. Stay tuned to the current pollen count by contacting the National Allergy Bureau at 1-800-9-POLLEN. For more information about allergies, contact the AAAAI by calling its toll-free line at 1-800-822-2762 or visit its Web site at www.aaaai.org.
Hi there! I’m back from the conference and I sat in on many great sessions. The highlight by far, however, was meeting Dr. Jorn Dyerberg, the man who discovered omega-3 fatty acids (he’s like a rock star to us nutritionists).
Dr. Dyerberg is a dynamic (and hilarious) speaker who talked about stumbling upon omega-3s after studying the Inuit population in Greenland (he published the first paper on his research in 1971). He also spoke about current omega-3 studies (there are now 14,000 published articles in scientific journals on this topic) and the what’s on the horizon in regards to these remarkable good-for-you fats.
This is a fascinating topic I could write pages and pages about but here are a few important points for today:
- Right now there is no Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) for omega-3 fatty acids (remember the old Recommended Daily Allowances? Well, DRIs basically replaced them). That’s why there are no % Daily Values for omega-3 on cans of salmon or tins of sardines like you see for calcium on milk cartons or fiber on cereal boxes (the %DV is based on the DRIs).
- Researchers aren’t 100% sure exactly how much omega-3 healthy people should consume each day but we do know two key things: 1) most Americans fall far short of what we need to “do the jobs” omega-3s do in the body (ranging from reducing inflammation to regulating the expression of genes and maintaining healthy eyes, skin, heart and brain function) and 2) many cardiologists recommend 1 g (or 1,000 mg) of EPA & DHA omega-3s combined (from both food and supplements) for people with diagnosed heart disease, the #1 killer of men and women.
From everything we’ve learned about nutrition over the past several decades, we do know that there’s no one size fits all. That’s why scientists have been working on developing an omega-3 index to test the EPA & DHA content of red blood cells.
Current studies show that an omega-3 index value of 8% or higher is linked to a 90% reduction in the risk of sudden death from heart disease, compared to a value of 4% or less. Being able to test for omega-3 adequacy would allow nutritionists and doctors to tailor food and supplement recommendations to individuals. That’s important since the standard recommendation of 1,000 mg EP & DHA may be too much or too little to achieve ideal omega-3 status depending on a person’s diet, genetics and other factors. Both too much and too little are important since excesses can interfere with medications or other supplements, cause bleeding and possibly suppress immunity. (Look up your medications and then click on the “Interactions” tab to see what you should avoid.)
No word yet on exactly when the test will become available to the general public (it has been used in research) but according to a recent report, standardized laboratory methods and quality control materials are being developed. Very exciting! I can’t wait to find out my percentage — in the near future I think this will become just as important as knowing your HDL and LDL.
OK, I’m anxious to hear from you on this topic:
Have you started eating more fatty fish for the purpose of getting omega-3s?
Do you take omega-3 supplements or fish oil supplements?
Are you confused about the omega-3s in flax and nuts compared to those in fish?
Did you know you could get too much omega-3?
What are your questions and thoughts on this topic? Do you want to know more?
Here are two points from
–I take OmegaBrite every day, three capsules, which amounts to 1,500 mg. I don’t eat any fish at all and take Omega 3s for my heart, for mood stability, to control inflammation in my joints. I noticed they also improve the appearance of my skin.
I had no idea I could be taking too much. I also take 240 mg. of aspirin a day as a blood thinner, so I need to check on the drug interaction and bleeding risk of taking Omega 3s.
—I take fish oil supplements (as low in mercury as possible) daily, 2 capsules = about 1,000mg and I eat fish/shellfish, I try to eat salmon once a week. I think this is definitely a benefit to my body. I know wild fish/salmon is better than farmed, but wild can be pricey. I try to avoid prescription medications, only take if necessary, so not sure if I’m taking too much fish oil or not enough. Either way, I think it’s a benefit.
I read a tip that if you have a hard time with supplements in that you burp a fishy taste, put them in the freezer. There’s also some brands out there that put flavoring in them so they’re easier to tolerate.
I think you can also get good Omega 3 from flax seeds. Buy the seeds then blend into a smoothie, or you can buy flax seed oil. There’s a “new” seed on the market high in omega 3’s = Chia seeds. I’ was mixing half a scoop of these in my morning oatmeal. Go to a health food store and ask what are some other good options for omega 3.
I wrote this poem during a very low point in my life. It was on the very edge of the low point when I had finally made the conscious decision to change how I felt and not put up with people who abused me verbally, physically or mentally. It simply explains me picking myself up and wanting more out of life and getting ready to finally go for it. Hope you like it.
Self Confidence and the Lack There Of
When confusion sets in and I’m not sure where to go
My heart becomes heavy and I hold my head low.
Distrustful tendencies alter my once confident self.
I once thought I would never remove it from that dusty old shelf.
I listen to my loved ones tell me that I am confused and naive.
Never would I have thought that but now I finally believe.
I will start once again where I had begun once before.
Starting over again but this time I want so much more.
I think here is an advice for you:
I used to be a very confident person. I oozed with charisma and energy. But sometimes, this is not a good thing. I was an asshole. I stole the energy from other people; gained charisma from putting them down – I was popular. Fortunately, I started smoking pot: lots of it. This destroyed me. It took away who i was(who i wasn’t) and turned me to introversion. It was difficult for me to even realize what had happened. Finally i realized that the stuff wasn’t good for me and realized i had lost my confidence just like you (hopefully lost it for different reasons.) What was holding me back from this confidence was the fear of judgment. I learned that I cared what other people thought of me. It started when i was a stoner: I was always thinking people at school judged me for being high – because they did.
Try looking at what has made you lose your confidence. Realize that you are okay! No matter what you do, however much you screw up, you are a wonderful person. It doesn’t matter what one person will say or how you feel at one point. We all lose confidence now and again. Don’t see other people as great judgers – see them as peers. Some may judge you, but you do not have to let them affect you brilliance. Know the power you have and affirm it to yourself. Look at those minute details in your daily life while you experience them, and look for places you are lacking confidence. Look hard, because your mind will try to hide them. See them, and make the choice to change them. Make a point of taking yourself out of that comfort zone. Speak up in the group or meeting when you’re scared – all eyes are on you – but it’s the eyes of peers. You have nothing to fear!
What is happening to me? Is the question I have been asking myself, I feel weak but my determination is still alive and my will to push myself is also still alive? I felt so sorry for myself yester evening as I did my run, I could not keep up with me. I was overcome with emotions while thoughts of “me” run through my mind the strong me that seem to be slipping away.
The me who got up a day after surgery and went for a mile long walk, the me who ran in the 5K race to cure breast cancer ten days after surgery and finished in good time, the me who a few years ago run a fathers day 5k fun run and won first place in my age group. Tears streamed down my eyes as I mourned “me” while running along a very busy sea wall the thought of what people may think of the tears while trying to run never crossed my mind.
I thought of the blood that was drawn yesterday afternoon and said a silent pray –
“God please let whatever is wrong be found better yet just miraculously please fix me”
I am now more determine than I have ever been, more committed than I have ever been to push ahead and at least get back to where I was or better yet run a marathon. First I need to be fixed, I need to get rid of the craving for dirt and all the little pesky feeling of not being at my best including my ability to run like me again. My sister suggests long distance walking like starting over and building back up to me well it is a good option if all else fails.
Work is still busy and might remain that way until after summer I will persevere approaching every challenge as if I am learning to walk – one foot in front of the other until I get to my destination
Tonight’s run was a little better than yesterday, I channelled the time I spent feeling sorry for me yesterday into pushing myself just as little harder and though not easy it work.
If you or someone you know is asking yourself why is my poop green black chances are it is not something serious. The most common reasons for a black stool are from something you ate such as iron heavy spinach or ingesting bismuth, the active ingredient in Peptobismal. Iron supplements, medication or minerals could also be the cause.
When your poop is black due to minerals, food, medication or supplements, this is commonly known as a ‘false melena’. Melena is the term for a condition where blood that has been in the upper gastrointestinal tract for a longer period has taken on a darker color and is being passed in the stool.
Melena may be caused be an ulcer that is bleeding in the stomach lining. Resent research shows that spicy foods and stress do not necessarily cause ulcers as once believed. This is not to say that there is no affect what so ever from these elements once an ulcer has formed, however these factors are not the root cause. Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium which typically is the root cause. Antibiotics are prescribed to remedy this infection.
NSAIDS (Nonsteroidal anti-inflamitory drugs) are another common cause of stomach ulcers if there has been prolonged use. This condition could cause bleeding in the upper gastrointestinal tract, thus causing a black stool and causing you to ask why is my poop black. NSAIDS are drugs that over time weaken the stomachs natural lining of protection against naturally occurring acid made in the stomach. These include over the counter drugs commonly used such as aspirin, naproxen sodium and ibuprofen. Usually all that is required to heal the stomach is the discontinued use of these drugs.
Gastritis, Esophageal varies and a Mallory-Weiss tear are all other possible causes of why poop may be black.
The reason for your black and green poop is a question that has many potential answers. Some very correctable such as a diet adjustment and some far more serious as mentioned above. If you are finding yourself passing a black stool accompanied by nausea and or pain, seek medical attention immediately.
If you are eating the standard American diet, then without a doubt, you are being subjected to high amounts of a Nuerotoxin known as Monosodium Glutamate, or MSG.
You may not always feel the symptoms of MSG, but for those who are sensitive to it, they may experience numbness, dizziness, sleep disorders, nausea, stomach cramps or other discomforts, extreme fatigue, Chronic Fatigue, and even seizures.
For a complete list of known symptoms that have been associated with MGS consumption, (Based on books by Dr. Blaylock and Dr. Schwartz),
MSG is the sodium salt of glutamic acid, which is an amino acid that is naturally found in many common foods such as tomatoes and mushrooms. But before you run to your kitchen to throw out your tomatoes and mushrooms, understand that your body actually produces it’s own Glutamic acid as well. The Glutamic acid in your cells is actually involved in a wide variety of brain functions and is beneficial to the body. Glutamic acid that is produced by your body and that is found naturally in foods is easily assimilated by your body. However, when plant and animal products are processed , hydrolyzed, automatized, modified, fermented, etc, their proteins are often broken down into their building blocks or amino acids, thus freeing up large amounts of MSG. Only when Glutamic asid has been freed from it’s natural protein form through processing, does it possess the ability to stimulate our brain receptors or cause symptoms.
Dr. George Schwartz, a well known physician and toxicologist, states in his book, In Bad Taste: The MSG Syndrome , that MSG is a neurotransmitter which is…. “a substance which stimulates the brain-cell activity.”
Unfortunately, the brain cells are being over excited and they burn themselves out! This form of glutamate can become toxic and begins destroying cells in your body. Many of them are non-replaceable cells, which could eventually cause you permanent damage.
The most disturbing part of this situation is that MSG is used only as a flavor enhancer. It is not a preservative or stabilizer. It is used by the food companies and restaurants as a way of making their foods tastier and more marketable at the expense of your health. Food manufacturers can even include MSG into their products to disguise the fact that they are using inexpensive, low quality foods, thereby increasing their profit margins, once again at the expense of your health!
An article in Science Magazine Vol. 247, discussed a 1992 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience which debated the toxic effects on the brain of excitatory acids.
Of glutamate it stated that it ….”acts as an excitotoxin: when present, it can actually stimulate nerve cells until they die.”
In May of 1993, The New England Journal of Medicine reported that evidence is mounting that MSG is posing a serious health problem.
For 20 years, The New England Journal of Medicine has been publishing research papers, citing the neurotoxitity of MSG.
Since MSG can be a component of a food product, as in automatized yeast, the FDA allows it to go into our food unlabeled as MSG. For a complete list of all of the names under which MSG may be labeled, click here.
We of course recommend that you avoid all forms of MSG. As you remove MSG from your diet, take notice of how you feel. We would love to hear about your successes. You are welcome to put your story into our guest book.