Why Should You Experiment With Recipes When Cooking

Cooking can be fun. In fact, scientific studies suggest that breaking the repetitive nature of any activity alters our perception of that activity. If we follow that logic, we can be constantly motivated to cook only when we experiment with different recipes and combinations. The concept of fusion food is widely popular due to this exact logic. There is an unpredictability about it that makes it exciting.

At the same time, there is a part of human nature that resists change. When it comes to food, we are in split minds. We want to try something new to break the cycle of repetition, but at the same time we don’t want to mess up a recipe since our taste buds are programmed to perceive certain flavors and food combinations.

One way to deal with this is to alter a recipe one step at a time. For example, I am an ardent fan of basil and pesto pasta with feta cheese. When I experiment, I would change just one aspect of the recipe, say I add some cherry tomato pieces to the mix. This helps me to program my body to adopt changes one at a time. The next time, I can do another incremental alteration, and so on and so forth.

Another reason we experiment with food is to constantly change the nutrient composition of the food that we eat. It is well known that the human body is at its healthiest when it receives a diverse stream of nutrients. There are 7 macronutrient classes, with each consisting of its own group of micronutrients. It is unlikely that we consume all essential nutrients with a static diet.

And finally, there are millions and millions of spices and ingredients in the world. Why should we limit ourselves to consuming only a few dozen types? Life is enjoyable when we experiment with things. Food is no exception.

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Don’t dispose your mattress! Here are 3 ways to remove food stains.

Yesterday, I was in my bed with a delicious risotto and a glass of red wine on my laps, watching my favorite Sitcom, when suddenly I spilled a bit of the wine on my newly dry-cleaned mattress. Oh the misfortune!

Naturally, this probably happens to most of us on a regular basis. And a significant majority of us have heard of treating beds with baking soda. But are there any other solutions? Let’s have a look, shall we!

Lemon juice and salt

Sodium is always involved, in some form or the other. If not baking soda, you can use a paste of lemon juice and common salt (Sodium Chloride). Apply the paste on the stained area and let it simmer for about half an hour. Apply cool water with a napkin or preferably a sponge after.

Laundry detergent

If you have thicker stains, a standard liquid detergent should do the trick. It may not work on all types of mattresses, such as the ones that have strong water absorption and that take significantly long to dry. If you have a wine stain that has seeped through and stained a significant portion of the mattress, a liquid detergent is not the best option.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This is the ideal option for treating wine stains. Hydrogen Peroxide, when used in very small amounts, is not toxic. However, even slightly exceeding the recommended dose can cause irritation to certain body parts. Hence you should follow a detailed instruction manual whilst using this chemical. Normally, H2O2 is mixed with a non-gel substance to treat stains. It also has a bleaching property and adds color to your mattress.

It is not necessary that you follow only one of the aforementioned solutions. Depending on the occasion, a combination of the above solutions can be adopted for a more effective outcome.

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5 Great Kitchen Designs For A Small House

If you are a student, recent graduate or really anyone living in New York, you probably live in a room-sized apartment with an excuse for a kitchen. It looks as inviting as an inconsequential vegetable in a meat lovers’ pizza. At Eat the Rich, we think that the kitchen is supposed to be a space in your home that you feel like being at. If you feel like you live in a cramped apartment with little space to cook the recipes that you desire, try these tips to remodel your kitchen space.

Replace the depressing lights

Too often, kitchens in small units have dim lighting that discourages you from even approaching them. Use an incandescent light bulb or LED light source to brighten up the space. The best solution is of course natural lighting and so you must open all windows within close proximity.

Stack up

If your apartment unit has length, consider building additional storage compartments on top of your existing kitchen cabinets. This way, you build enough space to store utensils, crockery and whatever else you want to buy but never found the space to store.

Bring more color

Similar to the lighting, this is something that doesn’t really change anything but alters our perception towards it. Certain colors stimulate the brain. For example, orange or red is considered arousing while blue or green is considered soothing.

Upgrade your faucet

Most faucets in tiny apartments are old and rusty. Washing dishes is a pain as it is, and you wouldn’t want a rusty faucet to make the process any more depressing.

Get a dish rack

A dish rack eliminates the need for space to store washes utensils. These dish racks for available for next to nothing at hardware stores or Ikea.

If you have slightly deeper pockets, you can consider building a breakfast or bar counter to make the space more interesting. Let us know if you found these tips useful or if you have any other great solutions!

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