How to Perfectly Cook Mushrooms

Mushrooms are among the most delicious and nutritious dishes that may leave you having a watering mouth once you are done with eating. They can make a wonderful meal especially when they are added to some savory dishes such as pizza, salad, pasta among other dishes. Many people prefer eating raw mushrooms, but it is probably because they haven’t gotten a chance of tasting mushrooms that have been professionally cooked. After they happen to taste well-cooked mushrooms, that’s when they will come to understand the necessity of having them cooked.
Before getting to know about the flavor of the mushrooms, it is important to know that most are of the same variety despite them being of different size and color. Planting time and picking them at different ages is what determines the flavor and appearance it will have during the time of consumption.

Before cooking it, it will be better to know the nutritional value of mushrooms. This is one among the few varieties of foods that are very rich in vitamin D. they are also very good boosters of the body immune system, based on the study by Tufts University. When looking for the best mushrooms to cook, ensure that you select the unblemished ones. Also, pick the ones that have their stems attached.
After you have picked the mushrooms, it is time to wash them. Do not let them stay in the water for long as they absorb moisture very quickly. Rinsing them and wiping them using a dry paper towel is good enough to make them clean.

Preparing mushrooms
After cleaning the mushrooms, you are supposed to make them ready for cooking. For instance, Portobello mushrooms require having their gills removed so as to avoid the leakage of their dark liquid when cooking. Simply scrape out the gills using a spoon and wipe them using a paper towel. Also, remove the stem by slicing the mushroom cap.
After they are ready, you can cook your mushrooms using either of the following ways.

Saute

  • Mushrooms taste best when sauted.
  • Ingredients
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 ounces of sliced mushrooms
  • ¼ teaspoons sea salt
  • Any available spices

Procedure

Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan and heat over medium heat. To the oil, add 8 ounces of your sliced mushrooms and stir. Add ¼ teaspoon of sea salt.
Add any spices that you may have. Allow it to cook for about 10 minutes and ensure that you stir it frequently especially when the mushrooms appear to be brown. This is because when the mushrooms begin to cook, moisture is released and a sizzling sound produced. After releasing moisture, they turn brown thus they require frequent stirring during this stage.
When they have become brown and slightly crisped at the edges, you can take them off from the heat and serve them.

Simmer

Mushrooms can also be enjoyed when marinated. But you will have to simmer them first so that they can be able to absorb the marinade.
Simmer the mushrooms in boiling water containing 1 teaspoon of sea salt. Add one pound of mushrooms and let them boil over medium heat. Simmer them for 5 minutes for them to soften. Put the softened mushrooms into a large bowl and keep it safe.
Put ¼ cup of olive oil, 1 minced garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar, ¼ teaspoon sea salt, and teaspoons of Italian herbs in a medium bowl. In the bowl containing the mushrooms, add the marinade and mix them to fully coat the mushrooms. Cover and keep them in a refrigerator and let them marinate for two hours.

The Perfect Fisherman Birthday Gift for Your Dad

Kid Fishing with Dad

Kid Fishing with Dad

Buying presents can be tricky. Sometimes it really seems like you’ve wasted all the ideas! But if that person you’re buying that present to, father in this case, has some hobbies, the thing becomes much easier. Let’s say you’ve decided to surprise your dad with a fisherman gift. With something that will help him enjoy his favorite hobby. But, here comes the tricky part. Your father is probably skilled and experienced fisherman, so he possibly already has everything he needs. And if he doesn’t, how could you know what present will be useful and quality?

Don’t worry. Fishing popularity is growing in the last couple of decades, so there is a wide choice of requisites for fishermen. No matter if you want it to be a trifle or something of a great value and quality, internet offers you many ideas. Probably even too many, so it could be hard for you to decide.

Here we’ll recommend some present ideas that might will help you:

7) Clothes

Anything appropriate. Wading shoes, waders, jackets… It really could be useful. Turn your fashion feeling on, ladies.

6) Home Rod Organizer

A lot of fishermen save their rods, even the ones they don’t use for years. Some of them still have the first rod they’ve owned, maybe from the childhood. Rod organizer is therefore a great present, since your dad could both save his memories in it, and also use it when having company during fishing. One organizer usually has capacity of five rods, but different of them could be found.

5) Shark Fishing Reel

If your father lives for those “Jaws” moments, this will be a perfect present for him. Shark fishing is so awesome and hard that it’s sometimes called hunting! With this reel, you father will be able to deal with those ocean bad boys.

4) Fishing Kayak

Some fishermen want more than standing on the dock or the shore. They look for a challenge. Maybe your father isn’t a “motorboat person”. He maybe wants to enjoy fishing in silence, alone. Kayaking is perfect for those fishermen, and also the planet since it’s environmentally friendly. Also, it is both healthy and a great way to save your money, because of its low cost compared to motorboats. There are kayaks for both river and sea boating.

3) Kayak Anchor

After many hours of paddeling struggle, when the fisherman finds the perfect place, he needs to ship his kayak so he could fish until it stops biting. Therefore this is great for those kayak lovers.

2) Fish finder

Perfect present, though it’s maybe the hardest to choose, due to its high price and quality variety. There are the portable fish finders, of relatively low price, and there are those big and expensive ones, for really serious fishermen. Make sure you consult somebody professional and experienced if you decide to buy it.

1) Fish Rod

Does the better gift exist? It is maybe hard to choose too. If your’e not quite into fishing, ask somebody better informed or buy a rod similar to the one of those your father already has. Or just ask him what rod would he like to get. But if you want to make this present a surprise, know that important fishing rod characteristics are: shape, power. lenght, number of pieces, weight and stiffness.
These were some of our ideas. Hope they will be useful and you will find that perfect birthday gift for your father!

3D Fiber Lash Mascara vs Regular Mascara

Article written by our dear friend Sally Morgan. (She insisted very much in teach you girls the main difference between 3d fiber lash mascara and regular mascara!)

I am sure that you’ve heard of the long luscious lashes that 3D fiber lash mascara can give you (the before and after pictures are littered all over the internet, from facebook to blogs) but is it REALLY worth your money and more importantly, your time and effort?

Before we get into more details here’s a quick tutorial for you wonderful girls and women who are reading this article right now:

Well, it turns out that it really IS a lot of effort to get those effortless-looking lashes to bat away the haters of your life. The product comes with two tubes for application. One is a transplanting gel that you apply first, to really get your eyelashes sticky for the next tube, which is a tube of fibers. These fibers adhere to the gel making your lashes appear longer, lusher and fuller. After these first two things go on to your lashes, you then put yet another layer of the transplant gel on top of the fibers; to sort of seal them on.

There are many reports of ladies who put on regular mascara before any of this, as sort of a base layer, but it seems up in the air as if it helps or not (Really, it’s your life here, live it with as much product on your eyes as you’d like. If you try it and it works, then it obviously works). In theory, the lashes are long and long-lasting but in reality without the most pristine and artful application they look fake, clump up badly, and worse, they can rub off. You have to be careful around your eyes (so, you can’t actually bat away thine enemies) and you have to check your make-up often throughout the day.

3d fiber lash mascara vs regular mascara

3d fiber lash mascara vs regular mascara

This product has not been FDA approved and they suggest that you only wear it on special occasions, which raises my eyebrow a little. Practically no one is going to spend that much money on an eye product and save it for special occasions. The lower and middle class can not afford to save such things for events that are few and far between; it’s unrealistic. Plus there have been reports of eye infections due to the fibers falling into the eye and I am having some trouble find out what exactly the fibers are made of.

Regular Mascara, on the other hand, is an easy process to apply with only one tube. It is far less in price and most have been FDA approved. While it will not make your eyelashes look fuller and have people going “WOW! Look at those lashes”, it will also not be as harmful for your eye health (where’s the long term study on this stuff? What are the fibers made of? Am I the only one who cares about the stuff I put on my body, much less in?) nor will keep you in your bathroom for more moments and it also won’t call attention to when you don’t wear it (because we’ve all been that girl who feels fine and doesn’t wear make-up for one day and everyone asks if we are sick).

However, I’d like to think that we should all start moving toward not coating our natural selves in paints and learn to love the beings that we already are. I mean, some of the advertisements of these products are just trying to sell us as sexual objects. “Whether you’re feeling sexy, sultry, classy or shy, this revolutionary lash….” NO! No. Please just stop. I don’t have to make my face into something that it is not to be sexy, and if you are a shy person why in the world would you want to be clumped into the categories of “sexy”, “sultry” or “classy.” Whatever classy even means; let’s be honest, do we really need another product to make us feel an extreme of beautiful when it’s on or ugly when it’s off?

The bottom line: If I had to pick one? I’d go with regular mascara but ultimately, I don’t need it. I am beautiful the way I am and You sure as hell are too.