British Fave Cocktail Recipe: Pimm’s & Lemonade

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Here is a no fuss cocktail recipe to Pimm’s & Lemonade:

Place some ice in a a glass or plastic cup then add thin slices of cucumber, lemon and orange, add chopped ripe strawberries and some bruised mint leaves. Thin slices help the flavours come out into the drink, and the bruised leaves will impart a stronger mint flavour.  Pour the neat Pimm’s over the fruit.  1 part Pimm’s to 3 parts 7 up or sparkling lemonade works well for this cocktail recipe.

Serving Suggestions:

Drink and enjoy or try this without ice allow the drink to sit in a pitcher for 30 minutes to allow those flavors to really burst.  Pour drink over ice and serve.

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Making Fried Plantain Chips

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Plantain Chips are popular especially in Caribbean, Latin and African Cultures.  On a recent trip to Nicaragua MCCN Editor caught some video of local women preparing plantain chips, a staple side dish.  It’s a great snack to put on a summer table spread. Many people like to add a bit of brown sugar.  Plantain are served thin as a chip or thicker.   Click for a Recipe

Health Benefits of Coconut Water

Coconut water is the clear liquid inside young coconuts (fruits of the coconut palm). As the fruit matures, the coconut water is gradually replaced by the coconut meat and air. A very young coconut has very little meat; the meat it does have is very tender, almost a gel. Coconut water has long been a popular drink in the tropics, especially in Southeast Asia, Pacific Islands such as Hawaii, and the Caribbean, where it is available fresh, canned, or bottled. 

Coconuts for drinking are carefully packaged and sold in many places. These are typically Asian coconuts whose outer green husk has been removed, and the remainder wrapped in plastic. In Central America, particularly in Costa Rica and Panama, they are found and sold in strategic highway stops and on beaches. Coconuts are cut in front of customers to ensure the coconut water’s freshness. Coconut water can also be found in ordinary cans, tetra paks, or plastic bottles (sometimes with coconut pulp or coconut jelly included). It is also being marketed as a natural sports drink because of its high potassium and mineral content.

There have been cases where coconut water has been used as an intravenous hydration fluid in some developing countries where medical saline was unavailable.

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Mixed Race Weddings Banned?

Forty-six percent of Mississippi Republicans are fine with marriage, but only if its with the same race.

The results were announced Thursday by Public Policy Polling, reports AOLNews. The company asked 400 Republican primary voters about their preferences for candidates for state and national offices READ MORE

Inside the Royal Wedding Menu-Prince William & Kate

THE 650 royal wedding guests who have been invited to Buckingham Palace for the reception after the royal wedding next week shouldn’t spend too much time worrying about which fork to pick up for the fish course. That’s because they are probably not going to be served any courses at all.

At the lunchtime reception, Queen Elizabeth is expected to lay out a modest spread of Champagne, wedding cake and two-bite appetizers, or canapes. While the kebab shops close to Buckingham Palace may welcome post-reception drop-ins from hungry alcohol-fueled guests, others have wondered at the decision to welcome diplomats and heads of state with finger food. READ MORE

Earth Day – Why It’s So Important

Earth Day Is About Working Together to Safeguard Our Planet

Earth Day is becoming one of the most important hallmarks in the world of conservation and recycling. It carries with it powerful connotations of ecological responsibility and taking ownership of our planet; after all, it is the only Earth that we have, and taking steps to lessen the impact that you and your fellow man have on it is nothing short of revolutionary.

Earth Day gives those people who have not taken part in recycling the opportunity to make changes to their lives and their community that they will cherish for a lifetime. Many organized groups have adopted a pay as you throw program in their local communities. READ MORE

The Origins of the Easter Bunny

The Easter Bunny hopped its way into holiday lore during the 1500’s. The concept of the Easter Bunny was first observed in 15th century German text and the first edible Easter bunnies were created from pastry and sugar in 18th century Germany.

17th century German settlers introduced the Easter Bunny to America. The bunny or “Oschter Haws” was rumored to give well behaved children colorful eggs.

In preparation for the bunny visit, children created nests for the eggs out of caps and bonnets. The children would then hide the nests around their home and wait for the bunny to lay its eggs. Through the years, the creation of nests became more elaborate and has evolved into the Easter Baskets we see today.

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12 Foods With Super-Healing Powers

As part of a healthy diet, whole foods play a significant role in helping our bodies function at their best. There are hundreds of extremely nutritious whole foods, but the dozen on this list do more than contribute healthy nutrients — they help you heal. In fact, every food on this list boasts multiple healing effects, from fighting cancer to reducing cholesterol, guarding against heart disease, and more. Eat these super-healing picks and start feeling pretty super yourself. READ MORE

Night O’ Chocolate Pastry Chef Competition

When: Tuesday, April 26, 2011

6:00 to 8:30 PM

Chocolate Competition Established To Raise Funds For International Women’s Programs

WHAT: Filling a desperate need to support programs that help women and girls become leaders in their communities and governments and have access to an education. Our programs currently serve women in Africa, Central and South America, the Middle East, and across the United States.

WHERE: The Samuel Gompers Room at AFL-CIO, 815 16th Street, NW,

Washington, DC 20006

WHEN: Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM

CONTACT: Barbara Ferris: (202) 530-0563 Email:

For more information about IWDC and WREI and our programs, please visit our websites and

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