Christmas dishes from different countries
If you plan to celebrate New Year in the comfort of your home, the guests at a large banquet table, then this article will help you to prepare for the celebration and preparing food, which will satisfy the guests.
Let’s see – which is traditionally served on New Year’s table in different countries. In a variety of traditional dishes you will definitely have something for everyone.
None of the traditional New Year celebrations in England can not do without plumpudinga, which consists of bacon, bread crumbs, flour, raisins, eggs and spices. Before serving, pour the pudding with rum and set on fire, making the holiday even brighter. Also on the table is traditionally served with vegetables stuffed with turkey sauce gooseberry. Turkey with vegetables is a traditional dish and pleases the guests at any celebration.
Traditional American food is also considered a little idea, but in contrast to the British, American turkey cooked differently. Speaking quite simply, a turkey stuffed with all the products that “got lost” in the refrigerator. Normally this cheese, garlic, prunes, apples, cabbage, beans, mushrooms, spices.
In these countries, to submit to the festive table bird – a bad sign. Superstitious people in these countries believe that if the bird submit to the festive table, that happiness can fly. Traditional Austrian cuisine is rich in its delights. So, for the festive table, you can file a schnitzel, strudel, you can also cook traditional fish salad in the Austrian. In Hungary, for the festive table is usually served the traditional bagels – poppy and nut rolls, which moved from the Jewish cuisine.
The main New Year festive dish Danes considered cod. This dish symbolizes happiness and wealth. On the festive table Swedes always served lyutefiks – fish dish of dried cod.
An integral and symbolic dish festive table Germany is considered herring. It is believed that the herring is sure to bring happiness in the coming year. Traditional and no less important dishes on the holiday table is considered Sauerkraut – braised sauerkraut with sausages, Eisbein – boiled pork knuckle, and of course many types of German sausages. (In each region – their sort).
It is important to note that in Israel, the New Year is celebrated in September. Christmas holiday table Israelis has a number of rules. The main rule – bitter, sour and salty dishes are cleaned away. The table is set with sweet dishes. Also on the table are usually present honey, dates, pomegranates and apples. Hal – festive baking – dipped in honey. This tradition is respected by many people. So the Israelis “sweeten” the coming year. Also on the holiday table is served boiled fish, baked apples, cabbage, beets.
The Netherlands, France
On the festive table you will meet the Dutch deep-fried donuts and salted beans – one of the main national dishes – is for the New Year. In France, the traditional New Year’s table is complete without roasted chestnuts, oysters, beautifully decorated with goose liver pate sandwiches, cheeses and of course French wine.
Traditional Polish Christmas table consists of 12 dishes. Old Polish tradition – to eat a piece of herring under the chiming clock. It is believed that the more acute herring. The more successful will be the year. The obligatory dish is fish, especially carp – the symbol of marital happiness.
Romania, Australia, Bulgaria
Among the many traditional dishes, presented at the festive dinner, you are sure to try the special cake. Its peculiarity is that someone of the guests in a piece of pie necessarily get a coin or nut, or pepper. The lucky winner of the findings in the coming year will get a family.
30 December pre-holiday table are always present mochi – small cakes of cooked rice, which makes fruit and sprinkled with sesame seeds. On New Year’s festive table must be present tagliatelle. The longer it is, the longer the life of the participants feast. On the table is often a seaweed, roasted chestnuts, peas, beans, boiled fish, these components – the key to happiness and success in business, health, peace of mind.
Hungarian Goulash “Spicy Kiss”
- 1 lb. (450 g) beef shank
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 2 onions, finely chopped
- 1 clove garlic, crushed
- 1 tomato, peeled
- ½ cup of chopped celery
- ½ cup of chopped carrot
- 1 red bell pepper
- 1 tbsp. chopped fresh red chilli
- 1 tbsp. Hungarian paprika
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Sauté onions in the pan, and add the beef when onions are slightly cooked.
- Lower the heat and add carrot, the paprika and chilli, and mix well.
- Add a cup of water, and bring it to a boil. Lower the heat again.
- When the meat is half-cooked, add the green pepper, celery, garlic, and tomato.
- Simmer, over moderate heat, until the meat is tender. Serve with boiled or mashed potatoes.
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How to recognize talent in children?
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What does your child do well? All children have abilities of one sort or another, though they don’t always reflect those of their parents. Your youngster might be the first in the family to have a knack for gymnastics or a penchant for the piano, or she might have a unique ability to make people laugh. Talent can appear in any form, but may need drawing out in order to shine. Here are some tips for tapping and nurturing your child’s natural gifts.
Be on the look-out
Children don’t usually recognize their own talents, although they’ll pursue them instinctively. If your child shows a particular interest in the paint box, for instance, it could be a sign that she’s an artist in the making. She may not be doing much with her brush yet — apart from making a mess — but your patience will be rewarded as her talent matures.
Talents need openings to develop. If no opportunity arises for a skill to flourish, it may remain suppressed throughout a child’s formative years, after which it may be too late to develop it to its full potential. If a kid has a flair for percussion, for example, it may not be set free until she gets to bash a drum kit. It’s important to provide a range of opportunities for your child so that any hidden talents can emerge and blossom. You can do this by introducing her to different topics, games, skills and activities, and helping him to pursue them.
Nurture identified talents
Praise and encouragement will go a long way to developing your child’s recognized talents. Let her know you’re proud of her abilities and show an interest in the subject of her passion whether or not you share it. Look out for opportunities for her to demonstrate her skills to friends and relatives; their support will reinforce yours. Her school teachers may be able to provide openings for her talents, too. But for serious development, you may need to invest in private tuition and other support such as courses, competitions and equipment.
Provide background enrichment
When nurturing a talent in your child, take every opportunity to broaden and enrich his understanding of the subject, as this will guide and inspire her drive. Introduce her to the achievements and techniques of experts and let her witness them in action. If she’s a budding jazz saxophonist, for instance, take her to some jazz concerts. If she’s a young actor, arrange a theater trip. If swimming is her forte, take her to the local contests and follow the international ones together on TV. Open these doors for her wherever you can.
A talent is only worth pursuing if it can also be enjoyed. Being a champion chess player, for instance, would be no bonus to a child’s life if she found the contests unbearably dull or the competition agonizingly stressful. Besides, her flair would not flourish in such circumstances and she could be put off the game for life. If major problems arise and no solution can be found, it may be necessary to put serious pursuit of a talent on hold for a few years. But if your child’s joy outweighs any negatives, give her gift the go-ahead!
Managing Stress with Ayuverda
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Ayurveda is considered by many scholars to be the oldest healing science. In Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “The Science of Life.” Ayurvedic knowledge originated in India more than 5,000 years ago and is often called the “Mother of All Healing.” It stems from the ancient Vedic culture and was taught for many thousands of years in an oral tradition from accomplished masters to their disciples.
The philosophy of Ayurveda teaches a series of conceptual systems characterized by balance and disorder, health and disease. To be healthy, harmony must exist between the purpose for healing, thoughts, feelings and physical action.
The basic difference between Ayurveda and Western allopathic medicine is important to understand. Western allopathic medicine currently tends to focus on symptomatology and disease, and primarily uses drugs and surgery to rid the body of pathogens or diseased tissue. Ayurveda does not focus on disease. Rather, Ayurveda maintains that all life must be supported by energy in balance.
Stress is undeniable part of the hectic modern lifestyle. How well one is able to tackle stress depends upon his/her emotional and mental strength and stability. These are 5 ways to tackle them with the help of Ayurveda.
- Breathe Deeply – As simple as it may sound, to breathe deeply is to slow the world down and take some time for yourself. To start with, take the much needed 5 minute break from your stressful routine. Some basic breathing exercises like Praanayam can be practised for a better concentration.
- Massage – A soothing relaxing massage is something which no one will say a no to. A short 5 minute head and neck massage will help ease out half your work worries. It will also help you get back to your work with added energy.
- Meditation – Since the mind is where stress begins, having the ability to calm it down helps a great deal. A daily investment in meditation for 10-15 minutes helps one clear the clutter and bear the storm.
- Exercises and yoga – Whether it’s yoga or any other relaxing form of exercise, it works much in the same way as meditation because it gives you the time to be alone with your thoughts (or an opportunity to let them go). It also helps prevent other health issues like obesity and improves your mood too.
- Eat healthy – Unhealthy food can not only upset the digestive system but can also cause depression. Include lots of seasonal fruits and green vegetables in your daily diet. This will clean up your system and improve your mental health. Choose foods which are high in fibre content and make you feel light.
Singapore Rice Noodles “Fun night”
- 1 cup of shrimp, pilled
- 1 pack of dried rice noodles
- 1 cup of roast pork or ham, cut into thin strips
- 2 eggs, beaten
- ½ red onion, sliced
- 1 red bell pepper, cut
- ½ cup of snow peas, sliced thinly
- 1 small carrot, julienned
- 2 tbsp. vegetable oil
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tsp. soy sauce
- 1 tbsp. of wine vinagar
- 1/2 teaspoon of white sugar
- 4 tbsp. of curry powder
- 2 tsp. sesame oil
- Cook rice noodles, rinse and set aside.
- Prepare a sauce in a bowl by adding soy sauce, wine vinegar, garlic, sesame oil and sugar.
- On a skillet prepare the eggs by gently moving them back and forth with a spatula until they are ready. Break eggs into even small pieces and set aside.
- Preheat work and add vegetable oil. Stir fry shrimps, add pork, onions and red bell pepper. Cook for 2 minutes, frequently stirring.
- Add snow peas, carrots and 2 spoons of curry powder. Keep tossing until curry powder is evenly distributed. Cook for another 2 minutes and then add eggs, rice noodles and sauce.
- Add more vegetable oil and remaining curry powder. Stir fry everything together for another 2 minutes.
What is Kaizen?
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The concept appeared in the 1950-s when after the war efforts were made to rethink many processes to make them more effective. With time it became the basic concept of Japanese management. It is about little steps taken to improve the standards of work or processes. The improvements are small but accumulated over time they bring huge changes. It refers only to slight changes, not radical improvements – something that can be implemented within a day. Some activities require big expenditures but they are not effective enough. When you apply principles of kaizen, you remove such activities from the process. The task is to determine unneeded things and get rid of them.
Kaizen has to do with corporate processes and personal improvement as well. The efficacy of kaizen was highly assessed as all were impressed with the results and it became known in other countries the world. Kaizen is not concentrated on the result only. The process matters too. The unnecessary routine processes are removed and work becomes easier. When the work is process oriented, it demonstrates incredible productivity. In accordance with kaizen, the process also matters, not just the result as in western countries.
Kaizen revolves around the teamwork (with attention to the opinion of each member of the team), constant urge to improvement (even when everything seems perfect). All participants of the system think hard and work over optimization and innovative approach. It does not matter if you belong to senior management or cleaning staff. Even part-time employees are involved being guided by the kaizen principles. All employees are encouraged to contribute to better environment, conditions or productivity. Can you imagine that each employee of such companies as Canon and Toyota comes up with about 60-70 written suggestions annually that are introduced later. It refers to absolutely all spheres thus raising standards all the time.
There is something stable and solid in our understanding of standards but not for the Japanese who always want to raise it thanks to kaizen. This system formed the other kind of manager, which is principally different from managers in other countries of the world. The Japanese tackle all processes easier. This is the reason for Japanese miracle that brought to incredible economic development of the country.
Is it possible to incorporate something of the kind outside of Japan? Some elements can be definitely borrowed especially when you are dealing with an important task. All decisions are made by consensus in the company. It is discussed by all in the company and then the decision is taken. The Japanese focus rather on the question than on the answer. Sometimes it is so that there is no need for decision. One just needs to define the question properly. Sometimes consensus is reached on this step.
The answer is not pronounced before it is discussed. In this case people will have to take sides. There is not winning or losing side. All look for the solution, not fight with each other for victory. It motivates people to participate actively in the discussion. The Japanese has low resistance to changes that is common for Western people. People with any level of qualification are always ready to develop and acquire new knowledge. Besides, this does not guarantee better positions for them. These are just some of the traits in the Japanese society that affect the economy. The Japanese always ask themselves if they can do better. The society has a perfect self-organization scheme that is aimed at self-improvement. We can incorporate some of these principles into our daily life. If we move to the goal gradually and introduce small changes, this can ultimately bring impressive dividends. Small changes can change the whole life, while the efforts are not so big.
Taking off for far-flung destinations with kids is fun. Just make sure to consult this list of must-dos before you go.
Passports, Car Seats and Night Flights
Get your papers in order. Passports/visas for the whole clan should be applied for 10 to 12 weeks before takeoff. Everyone traveling needs travel documents — even newborns. It takes time for applications to be processed, so don’t leave it until the last minute. If you have a passport, check to make sure it hasn’t expired — and won’t expire before the return date of your trip.
Some countries also require passports to be valid six months or longer beyond the dates of your trip, so check entry requirements before you go (see link below). Passports can be rushed for an extra charge, plus overnight shipping costs. If your trip is less than two weeks away, contact your regional passport agency (travel.state.gov/passport/about/agencies/agencies_913.html) and be very polite to expedite the process further. If only one parent is traveling, you’ll need one more piece of paper: a letter, preferably notarized, stating that the non-traveling parent gives his permission for the child to leave the country.
Find out the type of identification you need for your destination(s) by checking the U.S. Department of State’s foreign entry requirements page: travel.state.gov/travel/tips/brochures/brochures_1229.html
Make sure your child’s car seat is approved for airplane use. Look for a sticker stating that the seat is plane-appropriate. For a proper fit, the car seat should be no wider than 16 inches. If your child weighs less than 20 pounds, the AAP recommends using a rear-facing seat. If your child weighs between 20 and 40 pounds, the seat should face forward. Children over 40 pounds can use regular seat belts safely.
Purchase tickets for an evening flight. This shouldn’t be hard since most flights to Europe are overnight anyway. Flying at night may help avoid disrupting your child’s — and your — sleep schedule. Also, if they’re snoozing, you don’t have to entertain them! It might be harder to find an overnight flight home, so be sure to have lots of snacks and distractions on hand for the return trip.
Jet Lag, Shots and Emergency Numbers
Have a plan for jet leg. If you want to get your kids on local time, start doing it as soon as you get on the plane (this goes for your return flight too), and have them spend lots of time in daylight once they get to your destination. Like you, it will take a day or two for them to get on schedule. Also, be prepared for a longer adjustment period once you get home.
Get your shots. Travel to certain locales requires special immunizations, so ask your doctor which shots you and your kids need. You can also check the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site (www.cdc.gov/travel/vaccinat.htm), which has information on recommended immunizations.
Get a checkup. Schedule an appointment with your pediatrician if your child has recurring health issues. If you’re traveling with an infant, your doctor should also make sure she’s travel-ready by looking at her ears and throat (try to time this with a well-baby visit so you’re not making a special trip). In addition, ask about the generic names of medicines you may need to purchase abroad (familiar brands are often unavailable overseas) and request photocopies of your child’s health records if she has a medical condition.
Make sure you’re covered. Find out what kind of health insurance coverage you have while traveling. If you’re not covered, ask your travel agent or local AAA branch to give you names of carriers that can provide temporary coverage.
Have a doc’s number. For worrywarts: Get a list of recommended English-speaking doctors from the American embassies in the countries you’re visiting. This is easiest to do before you travel so you’re prepared in case of an emergency. The U.S. Department of State has a Web page (http://usembassy.state.gov/) that provides links to embassy and consulate Web sites, which generally contain a list of doctors. You should also check with your hotel to see if they have doctors on call for guests.
Vera Wang’s Fashion Empire
Vera Wang was born on June 27, 1949, in New York City. A former figure skater, Wang was senior fashion editor at Vogue for 15 years and then a design director for Ralph Lauren.
She designed her own wedding dress, then opened a bridal boutique and soon launched her own signature collection. Now hugely popular, she has a large Hollywood following and also designs lingerie, jewelry and home products.
Vera Wang has single handedly transformed the industry of wedding dress, bringing from an outdated, busy look to a more modern, chic and organized design. On top of her wedding dress collections and boutiques, Ms. Wang has infiltrated every aspect of the fashion industry, from home décor, eyewear, fragrances, mattresses and china. This woman is a fashion powerhouse. There is something timeless about all that Vera Wang does. Her wedding gowns are coveted, and her china is classic and elegant, her home décor is clean and modern with a hint of tradition.
The official story is that Wang, unable to find a suitably fashionable dress for her own wedding, created one herself. While Wang did indeed create her own gown, she had no thoughts of entering the bridal business—she didn’t even consider it fashion but merely a commodity. What’s more, Wang, whose favorite color is black, wasn’t much of a romantic. But unwilling to walk away from a challenge, she opened a shop in The Carlyle hotel, and in 1990 began a radical makeover of the bridal industry. Instead of designing gowns that turned every woman into a sugarplum fairy, she created sophisticated drama with couture fabrics and sheer-illusion netting.
Catering mostly to celebrities and socialites, the Vera Wang Bridal House initially offered couture gowns by the famed designers Guy Laroche, Arnold Scaasi, Carolina Herrera, and Christian Dior. Over the next few years, Wang honed her skills as a fashion designer and eventually launched a signature collection of streamlined and sophisticated bridal wear.
Wang first received international attention during the 1994 Olympics when she designed a hand-beaded ensemble for figure skater Nancy Kerrigan. Wang has since introduced an equally popular line of elegant evening wear, as well as Vera Wang Made to Order—a collection of couture designs that are available exclusively at the Manhattan boutique. To date, both her bridal and evening apparel are sold at over 55 upscale retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue and Neiman Marcus.
Arguably the most prominent designer of bridal wear in America, Wang has been honored with a number of awards for her achievements, including the 1993 Chinese American Planning Council’s Honoree of the Year Award and the 1994 Girl Scout Council’s Woman of Distinction Award. Later that year, she was elected as a member of the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA). In 2005, the CFDA selected Wang as the Womenswear Designer of the Year.