Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo

Caring for your tattoo is perhaps the most important factor when you initially have body inking done, but also for the long term.  When people get tattoos they are excited and can’t wait to see the final product. So they spend time selecting the perfect designs for their body art, on the size, the colours and the placement to make sure that it turns out just as they imagined it. However, the most important thing factor is how to care for the tattoo once it has been inked. Poor care of your tattoo increases the chance of infection which prevents the skin healing process.  The end result can be a less desirable looking tattoo:

Caring for your tattoo – professional advice

Assuming you are having your tattoo done by a professional tattoo artist, they should be in a good position to offer you best advice on how to care for it.  They can guide you on how to act until the skin is completely healed

Caring for your tattoo – general advice

There are a number of basic factors which you should adopt to the general care of your tattoo to permit proper healing.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – bandages

Allow the bandages to remain in place for a good few hours after the tattoo artist has finished his work.  So he will advise you on this, but the bandages allow any blood or secretions to be absorbed and taken away from the skin.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – washing

Caring for your tattoo
Caring for your tattoo

The use of gentle antibacterial soap with is unscented is recommended.  Wash the area often throughout the day to avoid infection.   This washing process should be continued for at about three weeks until the skin has completely healed. So strong antibacterial detergents and soaps should be avoided as they can delay the skin’s natural healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – hydration

After washing the tattooed area, apply a special healing ointment to keep the area hydrated.  This can speed up the healing process and helps the body art to be in the best possible condition.  So later you can use other moisturisers of your choice.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – clothing

It is ill-advised to wear tight clothing over the area where you have the new tattoo. You don’t want the material to rub on the tattoo’s surface as it might become damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – sleep position

Try to adopt a sleep position that limits the chance of rubbing against the tattoo as it can hinder the healing process.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – pools and the sea

It is best to avoid completely swimming pools, Jacuzzis, hot tubs, the sea and the ocean during the healing process.  The healing process can also be delayed with sun exposure and the area getting sweaty. So taking a shower should be brief and not too warm so that the tattoo is not damaged.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – picking and scratching

On no account should you pick, scratch or peal the tattooed area. So the secret is to let the body art heal as naturally to enjoy best results and colours of your tattoo.

Caring for your tattoo – general advice – aftercare products

Buy the best tattoo aftercare creams and ointments that you can afford. Quality products reduce the risk of infection and inflammation of the tattooed area.  So they help repair and hydrate the skin and keep a tattoo looking great.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary

Tattoos permanent versus temporary is a decision anyone wanting a tattoo can now make. The option of having temporary tattoos is perhaps one of the reason tattoos have become increasingly popular. Some people like the idea of having permanent markings on their body. This is perhaps what attracted them to tattoos in the first place. It made a statement of who they are and was a way for them to publically or privately (depending on the placement of the inking) express themselves. Others however are not prepared to make the decision to permanently mark their bodies for a number of reasons, each being specific to their own situation. Inking the body with tattoos is a type of skin pigment implantation. There are two options for tattooing or pigment implantation: permanent and temporary.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Permanent

As the name states these are tattoos that by their very nature permanently add a colour to the skin pigment. With age the colour of tattoos slowly fade out, however they never completely go unless you undertake certain treatments. The obvious treatment for removing a tattoo is is laser surgery. Laser treatment can be used to remove the colour pigments from skin. The cost of doing so is very expensive and the process itself is exceptionally painful. The cost to remove a permanent tattoo is far greater than the original cost of having the ink work in the first place. Therefore it is vital to be certain that you really want to have a permanent tattoo before you start getting inked up.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Temporary

Temporary tattoos are very different to permanent ones. It is only the epidermis, which is the outer layers of skin which is coloured. As skin cells die the tattoo will fade out. Usually, temporary tattoos last for 2-3 weeks, but it clearly depend on how it is cared for. If you wash the tattooed area with soay and hot water it is likely to fade more quickly.

Tattoos Permanent versus Temporary – Differences

Apart from the obvious, several differences exist between permanent and temporary tattoos as can be see below.

Differences – After effects

When you have a permanent tattoo it takes more than three weeks for your skin to heal. During this time, you have to keep water completely away from the area.

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Tattoos permanent versus temporary

With temporary skin colouring, there is no healing time as there is no damage made to your skin. One exception to this might be if your skin is allergic to the colours used. You can wash the tattoo off anytime you like with hot water and soap. It usually takes two to three weeks to fade away naturally.

Differences – Pain

The process of inking your body permanently is very painful and you need to have a reasonable high pain threshold to bear it. On the other hand, for temporary ones, no pain at all is experienced as it is only paints and stickers that are used to make the body markings.

Differences – Blood

Although it is nothing to squirm about, you do see some blood with permanent skin pigmentation. But of course with temporary colouring, there is never any blood seen from your skin.

Differences – Cost

Having is a costly affair and a permanent body inking can be a very costly, but this of course will depend on the intricacy and time it take for the artist to complete the design. Again for temporary tattoos the bigger and more complicated the design, the longer it takes the artist to do, the more expensive it will be. But in general comparing like for like, permanent body art will cost you significantly more than temporary body art.

 

Tattoos Common Misconceptions

Tattoos Common Misconceptions

Tattoos Common Misconceptions come from all sort of people. Tattoos can be a great way for people to express themselves and convey how they feel. However they become hesitant about proceeding due to the misconceptions of people around them. They worry what people will think of them and assume about them if they have body inkings.

This is quite a usual reaction when people are considering their first tattoo. Very often it is the people closest who make negative remarks and start to make judgements. Common misconceptions and judgments about people with tattoos are as follows:

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos are weird

People think this because not everyone wants to have body inkings over their body. It is particularly the case if someone has colourful graphic tattoos in very visible placements on their body. If the design is different or unusual, people might associate that person as being someone who is different and unusual. People are often quick to judge and come to conclusions.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos live an unconventional lifestyle

Tattoos Common Misconceptions
Tattoos Common Misconceptions

 

Some might think that people with tattoos are weird and live abnormal lives, or have strange thoughts running through their heads. Because they assume this they further might consider that that people with tattoos like unconventional things. They might consider that people with body paint will make unusual choices in their lives.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos attention seekers

There are always people who will assume someone with tattoos is trying to attract attention to themselves. The same type of person might assume the same of people who make different lifestyle choices or decisions which don’t conform to main street.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos are impulsive

With the miscomprehension that someone is weird because they have a tattoo and that because it’s likely to lead to negative consequences, there will be those who might conclude that that decision to have body inking was made in haste and without thinking. They then might assume that people with tattoos are generally impulsive and the type of people who don’t think matters through in a careful way.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – people with tattoos will regret their decision

As stated above, some people think that getting tattooed is a result of impulse behaviour. It then results that if decisions are made with little thought, it’s likely that they be regretted. If you follow the thought process further, being tattooed is painful and not easy to remove. So, when someone loses their appreciation for the particular body art, in can be deduced that eventually all people who have tattoos eventually come to regret.

Tattoos Common Misconceptions – summary

The above are some of the common misconceptions or prejudgments that people hear once they are tattooed. So those who are thinking of getting their first tattoo need to prepare for possible negative comments and be confident that they can shake them off. At the end of the day, having a piece of body art is a very personal matter and if someone decides it is what they want it is their prerogative to do so.

If you want to have a piece of body art on your skin, it should be just fine. It’s your right to do whatever you want as long as nobody suffers because of your act. Art is beautiful, and it becomes even more beautiful if it is done with no harm intended.

 

Tattoos

Tattoos

Everyone has their own views about tattoos. Some people love them whiles other don’t. It’s kind of a Marmite, ´love it hate it’ thing. Over the past fifty years, tattoos have gradually become more accepted in modern society. Previously having a body art was viewed by some as being rebellious. So clearly even today there are those who dislike the idea of permanent markings on the body, but views have softened.

Tattoos – History

The word ‘tattoo’ comes from a Tahitian word ‘tatu’ – to mark something. So how long have tattoos been about?
In 1991, the amazing natural mummy nicknamed ‘The Iceman’ was discovered in the Ötztal Alps on the Austria-Italian border. The man who is dated to have lived between 3359 and 3105 BC would now be 5300 years old. The Iceman had a total of 61 tattoos on his body. These were a collection of black lines 3mm thick and 7-40mm long. They were groups of parallel lines running vertically on the lumbar spine, as well as the left wrist, right ankle and behind the right knee with several

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Tattoo

markings or ‘tattoos’ on his legs. Closer examination revealed that the tattoos were made from a pigment of soot or fireash.
So it goes without saying that tattoos are not a modern concept and have been around for thousands of years.

Tattoos – Origin

Body art was used in ancient cultures thousands of years ago as it was believed it would protect a person from disease. The use of needles with ink to mark a body was initially used in Egypt. It then spread to Greece and Arabia and then to Asia. Initially tattoos were used to mark criminals to make it easy to identify them. It was in Japan where tattoos were changed into a form of art. The Japanese mafia used tattoos to intimidate people. Several centuries back wealthy families had their family crests tattooed on their bodies, but this gradually was phased out.

Tattoos – Tools

The tools and equipment employed for tattooing have changed significantly over the years. Originally pieces of sharp bone were use, eventually electric machines, and now modern electric pens. So having your body tattooed has become fairly simple, which is perhaps why it has lost some of its appeal to those who were being inked to stand out and express themselves.

Over recent years the art of body tattoos has become very popular again all over the world. These days it s estimated that 3-4 people out of 10 have some time of body tattoo. So with the advent of temporary ink the market for tattoos exploded. It became more appealing to many people who liked the idea of tattoos, but didn’t like the idea of permanent body marks. The trend is sure to continue.

Getting the first tattoo

Getting the first tattoo

Getting the first tattoo can be both a terrifying yet exciting thought. People get tattoos for all sorts of reasons.
Most people have lots of questions. The good news is you can do plenty of research to get those questions answered. Some questions include: the cost, how much it will hurt and whether it is safe. When getting a first tattoo, here are some things to consider:

Getting the first tattoo – don’t rush into it

There is no need to rush into getting your first tattoo. In fact taking time before you get your first tattoo is advised. The most important part of the first tattoo is the design and style. You should look online to research the design options even before you go to see a tattoo artist. If you want a unique design you can ask the tattoo artist to do a sketch for you on paper. Most importantly, don’t actually get your tattoo until you are completely happy with the artwork and design.

Getting the first tattoo – research the artist and tattoo parlour

Knowing where to get your tattoo is the next most important aspect of getting your first tattoo. You need to check and research the artist and tattoo parlour. Often people go by personal recommendation, but otherwise you can go online and check reviews on social media sites. Once you have identified a couple of possible artists and tattoo parlours, it is best to go to visit them in person to get to know the tattoo artist, his place of work and its standards in terms of hygiene. Get all your research done and be completely informed before you actually have your tattoo.

Getting the first tattoo – ask questions

Asking questions to your tattoo artist is really important. A professional artist will understand your concerns and be happy to answer all of your questions In addition they will ensure you are completely relaxed before you actually start getting a tattoo. If you don’t feel comfortable with the tattoo artist or don’t get all your questions answered, its probably best to keep looking until you find an artist you are 100% comfortable with. This is of course a very personal matter.

Getting the first tattoo – placement

Some people want large visible tattoos to make a statement or show off their personalities and styles. Very often, this isn’t often the case for the person getting their first tattoo. If you are getting a tattoo for personal enjoyment or for someone you want to share it with, then you need to find a more discrete placement for the tattoo.

Getting the first tattoo
Getting the first tattoo

Also is can be important to have the tattoo in a discrete place if you need to keep it out of site for work reasons or future employment prospects. Fortunately, there are plenty of discrete spots on the body where you can do. A few examples are: the inner wrist, the ankle, behind the ear, under feet, between fingers, inner lip, under breasts (for women) under the armpit.

Getting the first tattoo – bargain hunting

So you have taken your time and pinned down the exact design you want. You have successfully researched the tattoo parlour and have got comfortable with the tattoo artist. All your questions have been answered and you’ve even decided the cheeky placement spot for your first tattoo.The very worst thing you can now do is start bargain hunting. If you have done your research and your criteria above have been met, don’t start looking for cheap or bargain options as this increases the chances of inferior work standards and even infection. Of course you shouldn’t pay over the odds and should compare prices between a couple of artists, but don’t let price become your determining criteria.

Thai Food

Thai Food

Thai food offers some of the best gourmet experiences in the world. Thai cuisine is renowned for it’s diversity, particular spiciness and also medicinal properties. Most of Thai food is prepared and cooked with more than two types of spices or herbs.

Thai Food – basics

Thai food basics include fish sauce. Fish sauce is one of the indispensable ingredients that is used in almost all Thai cooking. Thai dishes are eaten alone of or with steamed rice which is the staple food rice. In the north and northeast of Thailand sticky rice is also popular.

Thai food – accessibility

When you are in Thailand you really shouldn’t miss out trying the amazing Thai dishes. Wherever you happen to be Thai food is always accessible. It’s everywhere – restaurants, street food vendors with carts, mini canteens hooked up to motorbikes with sidecars, food markets and halls, food stalls, floating food vendors, grocery stores and supermarkets. Day or night in Thailand, you can always find something decent to eat.

Thai food – importance

Food in Thailand is so central to the culture and socialising. When you meet someone they will often ask if you have eaten. In Thailand eating is not a private

Thai Food
Thai Food
activity and Thais eat in public and at any time. In Thailand you’ll be asked countless times if you like Thai cuisine. If you say that you just confirm as such, you have created a connection and if you claim to like spicy food you get even more credibility.

Thai food – eating habits

Thais eating habits are very different from most of the western world. Thais don’t eat big meals, but rather quite small dishes frequently throughout the day. This is known to be far more healthy for you than the large sit down 3 course meals of westerners. Usually Thais will eat one plate of food that is prepared on the spot and also eaten fast. Most dishes can be prepared within minutes. Eating in Thailand is convenient, inexpensive and enjoyable.

Thai food – flavours

Well prepared Thai food has a special balance where the flavour of every ingredient is delicately acknowledged by our palette. Thai dishes are known for being spicy and light but there are many other flavours which are infused. Thai dishes can be bitter, spicy, salty or sweet.

Some people enjoy the full range of flavours, but many people don’t associate bitterness t food they enjoy. In Thai food the bitter taste is carefully balanced ad often fused with other delicate flavours.

Thai food – sweet

Not many Thai dishes are particularly sweet, but many dishes can be served with something sweet. When purchasing Thai food, it is possible to often ask for your food to be sweetened.

Thai food – hot

If you like hot and spicy food you won’t need to look far in Thailand as many dishes have a kick due to lots of natural spices, chilli and peppers are used in their preparation. Tom Yum, a Thai soup that combines hot with sweet. You can chose to make the soup more sweet or spicy depending on your taste buds.

Thai food – Sour

Some Thai food is made sour. These are meat based in the main, with the sour flavour introduced through the sauce. Often the sour is blended with sweetness, such as the sauce used for sweet and sour chicken dishes. You can also get sour dishes in authentic Thai food that use fish sauce to fuse in the flavours.

Mexican Food

Mexican Food

Mexican recipes are the vibrant, spicy, delightful dishes. Mexican food is considered to be the most varied in the world after Chinese food. Every area of Mexico has its own food style and the variety of Mexican cuisine in extensive. The Mexican food is particularly exciting, since it’s an unique mixture of Mexican, Mayan, Caribbean, Lebanese and US.

Mexican Food – History

Mexican food history shows that many of what we consider the ‘traditional Mexican food’ have origins from other food cultures. The history of Mexican food is rich and diverse. With a lot of fascinating cultural influences throughout time.  This indicates that Mexico has been more of a culinary melting pot. What has resulted, however are delicious foods, rich in flavour.

Mexican Food – Spanish Influence

While many believe Mexican food has strong origins from the ancient Mayan culture, the Spanish invasion of Mexico has had a major influence on Mexican dishes. Spanish explorer Cortez brought with him new types of food, herbs, spices and livestock.  Surprisingly, the origin of quesadillas, a staple diet in Mexico is actually Spanish. The cheese, pork, steak, and lettuce that grace so many of our favourite Mexican dishes, such as the quesadilla, are also Spanish. Several spices including cinnamon, black pepper, coriander and oregano which are frequently used in Mexican cooking really Spanish in origin.

Mexican Food – French Influence

The French who occupied Mexico for a short time in the 1860’s also has had a cultural influence on Mexican food.  For example popular dishes such as chilli en nogado, which is a dish of stuffed chillies in a walnut sauce.

Mexican Food – Tex Mex

Some of the most popular variations of Mexican food is the influence from the Southwest United States, specifically southern Texas. This style of Mexican food, dubbed “Texmex” is a favourite all around the world. It’s an ethnic mixture of northern Mexico and Southwestern Texas. In many restaurants nowadays, it really is more Tex-Mex than authentic Mexican food that is being served.

Mexican Food – Authenticity

Tortillas are part of most Mexican meals and are considered staple diet. They are spheres corn dough, flattened to small sized disks. Authentic tortillas are made from corn and they are freshly made all day. They may be used to make tacos.

Mexican Food
Authentic Mexican Food
Authentic Mexican food includes a lot of soups and stews which contain lentils and kidney beans. Tomatoes are used in various Mexican food recipes and particularly in salsa recipes. The hot sauce that is made from chilli pepper is indigenous to Mexico.  Some Mexican dishes are spicy with chilli peppers being popular in Mexican cookery.  There are several varieties of chillies that are used, so more hot that others.

Mexican Food – Fresh Fruit

Fruit is popular in Mexico and is eaten fresh or used in sauces and desserts. Papaya, coconut, mango, and pineapple are favourites.  Anything older than a day or two is not considered fresh. Imported food is generally shunned in favour of locally grown produce and everything is grown nearby.

Mexican Food – Condiments

Many people love the addition of sour cream, lime, or salsa to their food. However, in Mexican restaurants, you’ll also get little bowls of condiments. These are likely to include a hot chilli salsa, cilantro, a mild chilli salsa, chopped onion, salsa Mexicana and lime. Salsa Mexicana is made from chopped onion, chopped fresh cilantro, tomato and habanero chili. You may additionally get guacamole, which is a lime and avocado. Charred green onion mixed with salsa ingles and lime juice is another well-enjoyed Mexican condiment.

Chinese Food

Chinese Food

Chinese food is popular across the world and is not just enjoyed by Chinese people. It’s possible for you to find a Chinese restaurant in every major city and in most small towns across the world.

Chinese Food  – History and Preparation

Chinese food history goes back centuries and is fascinating.  Like all Chinese culture, Chinese food is heavily influenced by both Confucianism and Taoism doctrines. Both doctrines and philosophies have influenced the way the manner in which Chinese food, is prepared, cooked and eaten.

The skill of cooking Chinese food is considered an art, not just a craft.  Chinese food preparation includes techniques which are not easy to develop. Some demand a chef with years of experience. For example, noodle pulling requires precision, skill and many hours of practice.  It contributes when prepared correctly in a wonderful noodle dish.

Chinese Food – Confucianism

Confucianism beliefs came of course from the man Confucius. Confucius created standards for correct table manners and etiquette.  Further he influenced the visual aspect as well as flavour of Chinese food. For example, Chinese food should always be cut into small pieces before being

Chinese Food
Chinese Food

served at the table.   This is something  that is undoubtedly unique to the Chinese food and culture. It reflects therefore that having knives on the table with food is regarded poor etiquette by people who adopt Confucius beliefs.

Chinese Food – Confucius standards

The standards of taste and quality that Confucius required, demanded the ideal mix of herbs, ingredients and condiments.  This combination would result in the best combined flavours of the dish.  Confucius instructed that Chinese food must be prepared and eaten with harmony.  He emphasized the importance of the texture and colour of a Chinese dish. As an aside, Confucius also believed that in order to be an exceptional chef, the person already had to be a great matchmaker.

Chinese Food – Taoism

Individuals who follow the Taoism beliefs concentrate on the health benefits of special foods more so than its presentation. Taoists look for foods that improve their longevity and health. Foods with healing powers are of prime importance. Often they were often referred to as ‘life giving powers’. As an example, the Chinese discovered that ginger, which can be considered to be a condiment or a garnish was found to be a remedy for colds or a remedy for upset stomachs.

Chinese Food – Health and Wellbeing

When authentically prepared and cooked, Chinese food is considered by some as the most healthly food on earth. However, in some restaurants prepare their food with meats that contain unhealthy amounts of animal fat or with highly saturated fats. These are not authentic Chinese restaurants and do not correctly represent authentic or healthy Chinese food.

Great Chinese food is carefully prepared and then cooked with poly-unsaturated oils. Genuine Chinese food doesn’t use milk, cream, butter or cheese. A limited amount of meat is used, making it simple for individuals who love genuine Chinese food to avoid too much animal fat. Many believe that real Chinese food is actually the ideal diet.

Italian Food

Italian Food

Italian food is a lot more than food.  In Italy feasting on good food with family and friend  and feasts is a way of life.  Italian food is simple and healthy. It is world renowned and copied the world over.  It brings joy and delight everywhere.   As much as Italian food is love by Italians, it is also loved by people of different nationalities.

Italian Food – Cooking

Italian food cooking has followed a quite simple principle for generations: food is best when it’s cooked and eaten fresh and in season. The regional cooking depends upon a number of variables including what ingredients are most plentiful in that area. The recipes of Northern and Southern Italian dishes are quite distinct and use different methods of cooking. With a few exceptions, much of Northern Italy is not warm enough for olive trees to grow.  So this means much of the local cooking uses butter instead of olive oil.

Italian Food – Pasta and Rice

Pasta,  is included in the majority of traditional Italian food.

Italian food pasta
Italian food – pasta

Few cultures know how to use a tomato the way that Italians can! Pasta and olive oil are main features of Southern Italian food.  In Northern Italy, they use more rice and butter.  Italian food is about combinations of delicious local flavours.  Typically they are real fresh Italian pasta, a sauce that is simple topped with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.

Italian Food – Ingredients

Italian food ingredients which are regularly used include garlic, olive oil, pasta, rice, tomatoes and red wine. They have proved to be contributory factors to a healthier lifestyle. Discovering the correct balance of ingredients is crucial in creating great food that is tasty. Although there are essential ingredients that every Italian kitchen should have, garlic, basil and olive oil, the most important factor is ingenuity and creativity.

Italian Food – big flavours

People love Italian food, the big flavours and combinations available. Italian food is cooked and eaten across the entire world is probably the most popular cuisine.  This is possibly because it is generally easy to prepare and delicious.  Situated in the Mediterranean climate, Italy has been home to a variety of food and big flavours, using an emphasis on eating food that is seasonal that is fresh.

Italian Food – tradition

With Italy’s rich historic tradition much of the Italian food dishes have their origins in farming.  These date back over a thousand years and the cooking practices

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Italian food -fussili

have been handed down generation to generation. The key is that Italian food be seasonally fresh.  Therefore, herbs and spices should be used to improve and compliment a food, not hide the flavour. Using fresh herbs and spices to highlight the fresh flavours is the hallmark of Italian cuisine.

Italian Food – variety

To many Italian food means pasta and pizza. But Italian food variety is endless.  So of course pasta features highly as an integral part of Italian food. Although possibly originally from Arabic origins where water and flour were combined, Italians has truly mastered the art of pasta.  There are of course many varieties and shapes beyond the renowned spaghetti.  Other Italian pasta dishes include dumpling-like pasta that is made from potatoes called gnocchi. Most pasta dishes, including gnocchi, are normally served in some type of sauce.

Italian Food – Seafood and meat

Italian food can be noted for using seafood in many dishes. The fish dishes reflect the seasonality of the food and so are normally simple. They are often simply cooked in parsley, olive oil, and lemon juice.  The dishes offer distinct variations but keeping the integrity of the original flavours.

Italian meat dishes not only include the famous bolognaise sauce, but delicious joints of meat and flash fried steaks.

Italian Food – desserts

There are many Italian desserts that are quite special and renowned the world over. Tiramisu is among the very popular desserts. It a concoction of sponge cake that is flavoured with marsala wine, espresso coffee, layered with Mascarpone  cheese and coated in cocoa powder. Another favourite Italian of desserts is gelato, which is similar to ice cream but more rich and more creamy and as a result is even more delicious.

 

Indian Food

Indian Food

Indian food is adored all over the world, by individuals of all different ethnicities. You don’t have to be Indian to love eating Indian food!

Indian Food – Cooking

The thing that makes it desirable is the way it’s cooked. Cooking Indian cuisine is nothing less than an artwork. Indian food isn’t just delicious in flavour, but also has an odour that can stimulate the appetite in anyone. The odour in the food comes from spices which for centuries are used in every Indian household.

Indian Food – Health

Indian meals include many spices, some found in other types of food. Apart from being delicious, Indian food is also quite good for your health due to its many beneficial ingredients. This is because of the spices and herbs in it that have particular healing qualities. Some of the beneficial herbs and spices used in regular dishes are in the sections below.

Indian Food – Turmeric

A primary ingredient in turmeric is curcumin, which is a strong antioxidant and contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties.

Indian Food
Indian Food

Recent studies have shown that turmeric is helpful in correcting several conditions. For example, depression symptoms, Arthritis, Alzheimer’s and even cancer. Due to its strong anti-inflammatory qualities unlike medications, it does not present any risk to liver and other organs. Cucurmin’s absorption into the blood stream is increased many fold when taken in conjunction with pepperine. This is found in black pepper which of course black pepper is used in many Indian dishes.

Indian Food – Cinnamon

Cinnamon is another spice that is a commonly used ingredient in Indian cooking. It is also an ingredient used in many different international dishes. Cinnamon is a bark shaped spice that has a lot of medicinal benefits. It can be used by people who suffer with diabetes as it known to lower fasting blood glucose and also reduce cholesterol. In addition it has antifungal, antiviral and antibacterial properties.

Indian Food – Mustard Seed

Mustard Seed are culinary oil seeds that apart from improving the flavour of a dish additionally have lots of benefits to health. The seeds have a high magnesium content which can reduce the agonising pain of migraine is headaches. They are also helpful for those with asthma as it is known to relieve of respiratory blockages.

Indian Food – authenticity

Indian food is different and unique from other foods. The difference is not in the only taste and ingredients, but is also in the methods used to prepare the dishes. If you’d like to taste real Indian food, a good idea is to taste it in the home of an Indian family, instead of at a restaurant. Some restaurants tend to ‘Westernise’ Indian dishes and they lose their authenticity. Indian food differs according to the region where it comes from in India and sometimes within differing communities within the same region.

Indian Food – Vegetarian

Along with meat dishes, there are many vegetarian meals. Vegetarian food like rice, spiced breads, dhals, vegetables, and pickles are common in Indian cuisine. Many Indians are vegetarians they eat vegetables, fruits, grains and milk.