Provocative Asparagus Frittata
- 1 tbsp. butter
- 3 tbsp. olive oil
- 1/2 lb. (600 g) fresh asparagus
- 1 tomato
- 6 eggs
- 1 tsp. water
- 1 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
- 3 tbsp. freshly grated Parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- Italian seasoning
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a skillet, and stir in olive oil and asparagus.
- Cook until the asparagus is tender, for about 5 minutes.
- In a bowl, whisk together eggs, chopped tomato, water, and thyme. Pour into the skillet, and cook for five minutes.
- Transfer the skillet to the preheated oven at 325° F (165° C). Bake frittata for 10–15 minutes, until eggs are ready.
- Sprinkle a dish with Italian seasoning to add a bit of Mediterranean flavour to the frittata. Top the mixture with Parmesan and mozzarella cheeses.
- Turn on the broiler, and broil until cheeses are melted.
Top 10 Best Books for kids 0-5 y.o.
Are you looking for great stories to read to your little ones? We have created the list of best sellers and classics that are admired by children age 0-5. Enjoy!
by Babette Cole
by Eric Carle
by Raymond Briggs
by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
by Janet & Allan Ahlberg
by Anthony Browne
by John Burningham
by Lauren Child
by Rod Campbell
by Lynley Dodd
Astronomers Found Alliens?
CNN reported that astronomers engaged in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence (SETI) are training their instruments on a star around 94 light years from Earth after a very strong signal was detected by a Russian telescope.
An international team of researchers is now examining the radio signal and its star, HD 164595 — described in a paper by Italian astronomer Claudio Maccone and others as a “strong candidate for SETI” — in the hopes of determining its origin.
“The signal from HD 164595 is intriguing, because it comes from the vicinity of a sun-like star, and if it’s artificial, its strength is great enough that it was clearly made by a civilization with capabilities beyond those of humankind,” astronomer Douglas Vakoch, president of METI International, which searches for life beyond Earth, tells CNN.
Paul Gilster of the Tau Zero Foundation, which conducts interstellar research, said that if the signal was artificial, its strength suggested it would have to come from a civilization more advanced than our own. Such a civilization would likely be Type II on the Kardashev scale, an attempt by the Soviet astronomer of the same name to categorize various technological stages of civilizations. At present, our own species is somewhere near Type I on the scale, whereby a civilization is able to harness all the energy available to it on its own planet, including solar, wind, earthquakes, and other fuels.
A Type II civilization would be able to harness the entirety of the energy emitted by its star, billions of billions of watts. Doing so would require a colossal undertaking, likely the construction of some kind of superstructure, such as a giant sphere or swarm of super-advanced solar panels popularized by astronomer Freeman Dyson that could catch and store all radiation put out by the sun. Scientists believe superstructures are probably our best chance of detecting alien life unless they are actively trying to communicate with us. A Dyson sphere was one of the solutions suggested to the peculiar light fluctuations detected around Tabby’s Star, which caused great excitement when they were detected last year.
In a statement, Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer with the SETI Institute, said that “it’s hard to understand why anyone would want to target our solar system with a strong signal.” The SETI Institute is also examining HD 164595, using the Allen Telescope Array in California. So far, the team has not found any signals to match those originally detected by the Russian telescope, but Shostak notes that “we have not yet covered the full range of frequencies in which the signal could be located.” “A detection, of course, would immediately spur the SETI and radio astronomy communities to do more follow-up observations.” Shostak writes that “of course (it’s) possible” the signal could be from an extraterrestrial civilization, but without confirmation, “we can only say that it’s ‘interesting’.”
Are you excited about iPhone 7 launch?
According to Forbes Apple has sent out invites to selected media to join them in San Francisco’s Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Wednesday September 7th. It is an open secret that the event will reveal the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus smartphones, and it is highly likely that a second-generation Apple Watch will also be revealed. Following the event, pre-orders for the iPhone 7 family of devices are expected to open on Friday September 9th, with sales to commence one week later on September 16th.
The iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 will be a curious mix of new technology and stop-gap measures designed to break Apple’s smartphone business away from a two-year cycle that would see a ‘vanilla’ numbered handset one year followed by an upgrades ‘S’ handset in the following years. Much of the technology that could cause excitement and drive the iPhone forward is not expected to be seen until the tenth anniversary iPhone that will be released in 2017. Touches like a curved screen, OLED displays, and an all-glass chassis to go with the front and back covers will have to wait.
Tim Cook’s job this September will be to sell the iPhone 7 as something that is new and exciting, while hoping that the world’s press will not focus on the fact that much of the iPhone 7 technology is already present in other handsets – Huawei debuted a dual-lens cameras earlier this year, and changes such as an increase in base storage, a larger camera lens and improved antenna placement are little more than iterative updates.
Expect this launch to be littered with iterative updates ‘that only Apple can deliver‘.
The biggest challenge of the presentation is going to be selling the removal of the 3.5mm headphone jack. In its place consumers will have to rely on bluetooth equipped headphones, or headphones that have licensed the use of a lightning jack from Apple’s Made for iPhone program. While Apple has removed hardware from products before, the iPhone is an order of magnitude more popular and it’s going to require a lot of work to sell this to a public that is going to have to buy bulky adaptors or buy new headphones specifically for use with the iPhone.
10 Must-Have Items for a Timeless and Elegant Wardrobe
You don’t need to spend extortionate amounts of money to create stylish elegant outfits – investing in a few key pieces that can be mixed and matched will take you right through the working week.
- Little Black Dress
In a sense a Little Black Dress is like chameleon in fashion, as depending on the accessories chosen you can create an infinitive number of looks. Try your little black dress with boots, sneakers, stilettos, scarfs, shirts, cardigans, parkas and nobody even guess you have just one basics piece for numerous looks.
2. Trench Coat
A classic trench fits everyone and gives a sophisticated air to any outfit. For a classic look pick a trench in neutral colors. A black, nude or a navy blue one could be a great choice to match it with the rest of your wardrobe.
3. White Shirt / Blouse
Classic white shirts are classic pieces that can be worn in a multitude of combinations and on different occasions. You can wear them with a suit, jeans, a pencil-skirt or even with your favorite pair of shorts. Pick a shirt that advantages you and fits your body shape.
4. Pencil Skirt
A pencil skirt is a very classy piece of women’s basic wardrobe, as it was specially designed to emphasize women’s hips and at the same time visually “pull” her vertical proportions.
Depending on your age, the length of the skirt can be either just above the knee, knee or below the knee length. A pencil skirt looks elegant with blouses, sweaters or cardigans and blazers.
5. Dark Denim
The perfect pair has the power to truly transform how you look and feel. Whether you dress ‘em up or dress ‘em down, dark denim jeans will always work, and always impress.
6. Straight-leg Pants
A classic pair of simple straight-leg pants (no heavy pleats, cuffs or fancy embellishments) will never go out of style, and can be paired with almost everything in your wardrobe.
7. Tailored Blazer
Slipping on a well-fitting blazer is always a smart idea. It’s the ideal layer for day or night, and looks best when perfectly cinched to accentuate your waist.
8. Cardigan & Sweaters
Opt for at least two sweaters for your basic wardrobe – a cozy cable-knit sweater and a cashmere one.
Cardigan – is a key piece for spring and summer. You could wear it with jeans, a black little dress, a top, a tank and other closhing you buy for a season or two. The list is nearly endless.
9. Nude Pumps
We all deserve a pair of heels that will go the extra mile, no matter the month or moment. Not too high, not too low, the neutral pump blends into any outfit like a chameleon, and is the ultimate secret weapon for elongating legs.
10. tructured Leather Bag
Quality leather lasts forever, and structure ensures it never looks sloppy. Opt for a tote that’s large enough to stash daily essentials but won’t border on briefcase size.
Beef in Arabic Style
1–2 lbs. (450 g–1 kg) beef fillet
1 cup beef stock
2 bay leaves
4 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbsp of olive oil
2 cups of yogurt
2 cups of water
2 tsp. Arabic spice mix (black pepper, nutmeg, cardamom, cinnamon, dried ginger)
2 tbsp. corn-starch
Salt and Pepper to taste
Cut beef fillet into medium pieces. Heat olive oil in a cooking pot and add meat. Let it brown on each side for about 5 minutes. Add water to cover meat, also place bay leaves, stir and let it simmer for 30 minutes. Continue to add water to cover meat. Dissolve 2 tablespoons of corn-starch in a cold water to form a slurry. Add corn-starch slurry, yogurt, spices and garlic into the meat stew, stir continuously in one direction. This dish is best served with rice.
Salt Crystals rises from Dead Sea
If you follow me on Instagram , you may know that I love Dead Sea. Its absolutely one of the most unique places on Earth. So, here is a very interesting story about art work made by Dead Seas Crystal.
CNN reports: What happens when you submerge a black dress in the depths of the Dead Sea? A lot, it turns out.
In her eight-part “Salt Bride” photography series, now on view at Marlborough Contemporary in London, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau documents the incredible transformation, as more and more salt crystals adhere to the fabric over the course of three months in 2014.
“It looks like snow, like sugar, like death’s embrace,” Landau said of the salt deposits in a statement.
The dress is a replica of a traditional garment worn by the protagonist in “The Dybbuk,” a traditional Yiddish play about a bride possessed by — and later exorcised of — a demonic spirit. Symbolically, Landau transforms the garment from a mourning dress to gown of celebration.
Landau also created “Small Salt Bride” — a bridesmaid dress — as a separate sculpture.
“Salt Bride” isn’t the first time Landau has drawn inspiration from the Dead Sea. Her 2005 “DeadSee” video, for example, saw her floating naked in its waters with 500 watermelons.
“Over the years, I learnt more and more about this low and strange place,” the artist said. “It is like meeting with a different time system, a different logic, another planet.”
Teaching Kids Math
My 3 years old just started to learn the basics of math. So, I have been researching on the web what are the best approaches out there… And I came across a very interesting article on Bloomberg with interesting take on concept on teaching… See for yourself.
By Susan Engel – The U.S. has a math problem. Despite all the time, energy and money the country has thrown into finding better ways to teach the subject, American children keep scoring poorly and arriving at college woefully unprepared. Just as bad, if not worse, too many students think they hate math. I propose a solution: Stop requiring everyone to take math in school.
People typically offer some combination of four reasons children should learn math: for everyday functions such as doing taxes, buying groceries and reading the news; for getting a job in an increasingly technologically advanced market; as a powerful way of thinking and understanding the world; to tackle high school or get into a good college.
Let’s consider these one by one. To some degree, children naturally learn basic arithmetic just by spending time with people who use it, and by carrying out such tasks as setting the table, going to the store or sharing toys with friends. Research shows that even illiterate children can compute sums quite quickly and accurately in familiar settings (such as selling produce on the street). Babies are born with an intuitive knowledge of numbers. It wouldn’t take much for schools to teach every child how to add, subtract, multiply and divide.
True, learning math can give us intellectual strengths different from the ones we get reading novels, studying history or poking around in a petri dish. However, these kinds of thinking are not necessarily tied to numbers, certainly not at the novice level. Advanced mathematics requires students to reason logically, be patient, methodical and playful in trying out solutions to a problem, imagine various routes to the same end, tolerate uncertainty and search for elegance. They need to know when to trust their quantitative intuitions and when to engage in counterintuitive thinking. We end up missing a chance to teach them what they would really need in order to go on to higher-level math or to think well. Instead of a good score in algebra, children need three things:
- Time. For the most part, children think concretely when they are young, and become more capable of abstract thought later. A huge industry has grown up around the idea that we can game the human system and teach children to think abstractly before they are ready. Such strategies haven’t been very successful, and they preclude activities that would be much more compelling and useful to young minds.
- Reading. Research has demonstrated that literacy is crucial to abstract thought. Children who read become capable of specific kinds of conceptual and logical thought not available to others. This opens the door to thinking about things that are not part of one’s immediate tangible experience, a crucial aspect of higher mathematics.
- Intellectual challenges. Children who are immersed in informal quantitative reasoning come to more formal math tasks, at a later age, with much greater ease. Similarly, children who are asked to give reasons for their thinking, or speculate about the past and future, are well positioned to learn various kinds of logic and argument.
So here’s the plan. Teach young children arithmetic, a task that would probably take 20 minutes a day through the end of third grade. Spend the extra time on reading, and on the kinds of play that involve abstract thinking and problem solving. For young children, this could include building blocks, dominoes and playing store. For older children — chess, “Minecraft,” cryptography and the mental puzzles that can be found in a few outstanding math books, as well as in the brain teaser section of many supermarkets. Teachers and students alike would no longer be locked into a compulsory curriculum that is too much for some, too little for others, and leads very few children to true mathematical ability. We would give up little of worth, and make more room for truly valuable learning. That seems like a good solution to me.
Warming Soup with Turkey meat balls
1 litre of chicken stock
1lb of turkey breast ground meat
1 cup of barley (cooked)
1 package of fresh Spinach
1 spoon of chopped parsley
1tbsp of Mediterranean spices
1tbsp of ketchup
1 clove of garlic, chopped
To make the meat balls, place in a bowl ground meat, shredded fennel, garlic, ketchup, spices and mix well. Make small round balls. Bring the chicken stock to boil. Cook the meat balls for about 15 min on medium heat. Add barley and stir for about 5 minutes. Before serving add spinach and
Creative Veal Casserole
2 pounds (1 kg) of potatoes
1 pound (450 gr) of ground veal
1 bell pepper
2 celery sticks
½ cup of sun dried tomatoes
Garlic, onions and spices to taste
1 jar of tomato sauce
Parmesan cheese shredded
Capers and Black olives for decoration
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Pill the potatoes and boil until they are ready. Make a mashed potato (you can add salt, butter and milk to taste). However, don’t make puree too soft, it has to have a good consistency. Chop into small pieces carrot, bell pepper, celery and place it on a skillet. Add veal, olive oil and start cooking. Stir fry the combo over medium heat for 15 minutes, add spices and crashed garlic. Add tomato sauce, sun dried tomatoes and close skillet with a lead. Let it cook on low heat for another 10 minutes. Let veal stuffing cool off a bit. In a casserole dish add olive oil and make sure it is spread all over the dish. Make a layer of potatoes (as a base, not too thin but not too thick). Add your stuffing and put the second layer of potatoes on top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese on top. Pre-hit the over to medium. Place your dish to the oven for 5-7 minutes. Take it out and let it cool off before serving. Decorate your plates with capers, olives and greens.