The Mimosa- The Perfect Daytime Event Drink

Invented in France, the Mimosa is a cocktail-like drink composed of one part dry champagne (or other sparkling wine) and one partmimosa thoroughly chilled orange juice. It is traditionally served in a tall champagne flute with a morning brunch, wedding and would be great for garden parties.

MCCN thought we would explore idea of a Virgin Mimosa. Check out this great cocktail recipe from drinksmixer.com:

http://www.drinksmixer.com/drink1p62o50.html

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Slappy Cakes Restaurants: An International Phenom

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With locations all over the world, let you day begin with Slappy Cakes.  Portland, Oregon is legendary for being a brunch town. Every neighborhood has breakfast places and most of them are great.  What happens at Slappy Cakes is that you get to participate in the fun of making breakfast on a griddle at your table.

Slappy Cakes is a family owned and operated restaurant that opened in Portland in 2009. Since then Slappy Cakes has been featured nationally on The Cooking Channel, Rachael Ray, Women’s Day Magazine, and was awarded the title of “America’s Best” by Food Network’s Alton Brown as one of America’s top ten destinations. There are now locations in Maui, Japan, Philippines and Singapore.

Top Ten Black Comic Book Heroes Of All Time

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There are at least 5 heroes who go by the name Green Lantern. The third is John Stewart, the African-american Green Lantern.

In the past decade the has been an influx of Black Super Heroes on the screen.  Some are African American and other are Afro Latino but all are out of this world.  Comics have become more savvy.   X-men, the trailblazing comic book, has added several African and African-American characters over the last decade, for example.

Falcon

Falconomic books have become more saavy than ever. X-men, the trailblazing comic book, has added several African and African-American characters over the last decade, for example. These aren’t just black people with superpowers, these are educated luminaries with powerful gifts to change the world or destroy it. They aren’t just juiced-up mega humans; they are in a sense, demi-gods. Intelligent, well-written, off-the-cuff and ultra-powerful.

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Ethiopia: Telba (Flaxseed) Drink Recipe

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Telba is a healthy and refreshingly creamy beverage. Be cautious of how much you drink, though, as it is a mild laxative.

Serving 4-6
1 c Flaxseed
6 c Water
1 to 2 T Honey

Heat a cast-iron skillet over low heat. Add flaxseed and dry roast, stirring for about 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool. Place flaxseed in a spice grinder and grind to a powder. Sieve into a bowl. Add water and stir. Let set for about 10-20 minutes to allow solids to settle out. Strain into a pitcher. Add honey and chill.

Notes: Telba Firfit: Mix telba with broken up pieces of injera bread and heat. Serve as a side dish.

Recipe listed on ethiopianrestaurant.com

The Best Kept Secrets You Don’t Know About Flying

You are about to learn about some of the best kept secrets from pilots and flight attendants about flying.  Travelers beware.

The following question was posed on Reddit:

Flight Attendants, pilots, or engineers, what are some secrets that passengers don’t know when you ride on planes?

Many answers were submitted, and here are 30 of the most interesting ones. Note: Reading some of these responses may make you think twice about flying…  Click for answers to this topics: 

1. THE TRUE STORY BEHIND THOSE OXYGEN MASKS.

2. THE WATER IN THE LAVATORIES IS VERY DIRTY TOO.

3. THE REAL REASON THE LIGHTS ON THE AIRPLANE DIM WHEN LANDING.

4. LIGHTNING AND THE POWER OF A PILOT.

5. THOSE LAVATORIES UNLOCK FROM THE OUTSIDE.

6. A TRUE STORY OF A BOMB THREAT.

7. REGARDING FOOD ON THE PLANE.

8. THE TRUTH ABOUT FLYING WITH PETS.

9. WHAT FLIGHT ATTENDANTS REALLY DO AFTER TELLING THE PLANE TO TURN OFF THEIR ELECTRONICS.

10. A TRICK FOR MAKING MORE SPACE FOR YOURSELF.

There’s more Click

 

Marveling over Ming-Na Wen

Ming-Na Wen has  been acting for a long time from the small screen to the big screen but Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.LD has MING-NA WENpropelled  her TV stardom.  She actress was born on the island of  Coloane Island, Macau located  40 miles from Hong Kong.    As a toddler she was move to New York with her mother.  After a few years her mother met and married  Soo Lim Yee.  His family owns a restaurant in Pittsburg called the Chinatown Inn.

A Few more Interesting Facts

  • Chosen by Goldsea Asian-American Daily as one of the “100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time” (ranked #49).
  • One of People Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the World (2008).
  • Speaks Mandarin

Hot Cross Buns Recipe

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I have fond memories of hot cross buns. My grandma would make them. In many historically Christian countries, buns are traditionally eaten hot or toasted on Good Friday, with the cross standing as a symbol of the Crucifixion. (Read History)

 

Ingredients

Buns

 

1/4 cup apple juice or rum
1/2 cup mixed dried fruit
1/2 cup raisins or dried currants
1 1/4 cups milk, room temperature
3 large eggs, 1 separated
6 tablespoons butter, room temperature
2 teaspoons instant yeast
1/4 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
4 1/2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

Topping

1 large egg white, reserved from above
1 tablespoon milk

Icing

1 cup + 2 tablespoons confectioners’ sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
pinch of salt
4 teaspoons milk, or enough to make a thick, pipeable icing

1) Lightly grease a 10″ square pan or 9″ x 13″ pan.

2) Mix the rum or apple juice with the dried fruit and raisins, cover with plastic wrap, and microwave briefly, just till the fruit and liquid are very warm, and the plastic starts to “shrink wrap” itself over the top of the bowl. Set aside to cool to room temperature. Note: If you worry about using plastic wrap in your microwave, simply cover the bowl with a glass lid.

3) When the fruit is cool, mix together all of the dough ingredients except the fruit, and knead, using an electric mixer or bread machine, till the dough is soft and elastic. Mix in the fruit and any liquid not absorbed.

4) Let the dough rise for 1 hour, covered. It should become puffy, though may not double in bulk.

5) Divide the dough into billiard ball-sized pieces, about 3 3/4 ounces each. A heaped muffin scoop (about 1/3 cup) makes about the right portion. You’ll make 12 to 14 buns. Use your greased hands to round them into balls. Arrange them in the prepared pan.

6) Cover the pan, and let the buns rise for 1 hour, or until they’ve puffed up and are touching one another. While the dough is rising, preheat the oven to 375°F.

7) Whisk together the reserved egg white and milk, and brush it over the buns.

8) Bake the buns for 20 minutes, until they’re golden brown. Remove from the oven, and transfer to a rack to cool.

9) Mix together the icing ingredients, and when the buns are completely cool, pipe it in a cross shape atop each bun.

Recipe from Kingarthurflour.com

Indonesian Coffee

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Indonesia, one of the world’s largest countries, is composed of thousands of islands. Several of the larger islands — Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi (or Celebes as it was called) — are known throughout the world for the fine, quality coffees which grow there. The coffee plant was introduced to Indonesia by Dutch colonists in the 17th century and soon led the world’s production. Today, small coffee farms of 1-2 acres predominate and most of it is dry processed. Indonesian coffees are noted for a pronounced rich, full body and mild acidity.

Indonesia is also known for its fine aged coffees. Traditionally, these were coffees held over a period of time by farmers who wanted to sell them at higher prices. Warehousing, it was found, gently aged the coffee in Indonesia’s warm, damp climate and resulted in an coffee prized for even deeper body and less acidity. It is a process which cannot been matched by technology.

Vietnam: Pho Recipe with Beef ( Phố công thức với thịt bò )

Pho (pronounced variously as /fʌ//fə//fər/, or /f/;[1] from Vietnamesephở, pronounced [fəː˧˩˧] ( listen)) is a Vietnamese noodlesoup consisting of broth, linguine-shaped rice noodles called bánh phở, a few herbs, and meat.[2] Pho is a popular street food inVietnam[3] and the specialty of a number of restaurant chains around the world. It is primarily served with either beef or chicken. TheHanoi and Saigon styles of pho differ by noodle width, sweetness of broth, and choice of herbs. The origin of pho and its name is a subject of scholarly debate.

RECIPE From Vietworldkitchen.com 

Beef Pho Noodle Soup
Pho Bo

Makes 8 satisfying (American-sized) bowls

For the broth:
2 medium yellow onions (about 1 pound total)
4-inch piece ginger (about 4 ounces)
5-6 pounds beef soup bones (marrow and knuckle bones)
5 star anise (40 star points total)
6 whole cloves
3-inch cinnamon stick
1 pound piece of beef chuck, rump, brisket or cross rib roast, cut into 2-by-4-inch pieces (weight after trimming)
1  1/2 tablespoons salt
4 tablespoons fish sauce
1 ounce (1-inch chunk) yellow rock sugar (duong phen; see Note)

See Directions

The History of the Easter Basket

During the Lent season, many Christians believe you must give up something and fast until after Easter. The fast can include giving up meat, eggs, and dairy. The custom of having a large Easter supper represents the end of the Lenten fast. In more ancient times, this large feast was brought to the church in large baskets, hence the connection to treats in an Easter baskets today. This basket was blessed by the clergy much like the ancient Hebrews brought their first seedlings to the temple to be blessed.

So what about that Easter grass? This comes from the tradition of Dutch children waiting to deliver eggs on Easter Sunday. They would deposit these eggs in little bird’s nests much like the purple, yellow, or green plastic grass nests that can be found in modern Easter Baskets. This Easter as you order a special Easter basket for friends and family, you now know that you are participating in a tradition that been passed down for many thousands of years.