What’s In a Name

CAESAR SALAD honors restaurateur Caesar Cardini, who invented it in Tijuana, Mexico in 1924. Cardini’s original recipe included romaine, garlic, croutons, Parmesan cheese, boiled eggs, olive oil and Worcestershire sauce. He was said to be staunchly against the inclusion of anchovies in this mixture, contending that the Worcestershire sauce was what actually provided that faint fishy flavor.

COBB SALAD was the invention of yet another restaurateur, Bob Cobb, who in 1926 at his Los Angeles restaurant, now known as the Brown Derby, found a way to use up leftovers. The original recipe for Cobb salad included avocado, celery, tomato, chives, watercress, hard-boiled eggs, chicken, bacon, and Roquefort cheese.

MAYONNAISE Many authorities believe that first batch of this mixture of egg yolks, oil and seasonings was whipped up to celebrate the 1975 French capture of Mahon, a city on the Spanish Isle of Minorca, by forces under Loius-Francois-Armad de Vignerot du Plessis, duc de Richelieu.

RUSSIAN DRESSING Got its name because the earliest versions of the mixture of mayonnaise, pimientos, chives, ketchup, and spices included a distinctly Russian ingredient: caviar.

THOUSAND ISLAND Is made from bits of green olives, peppers, pickles, onions, hard-boiled eggs and other finely chopped ingredients. This chunky dressing is said to commemorate the Thousand Islands in the saint Lawrence River.

SALAD comes from the Latin word herba salta or “salted herbs”, because such greens were usually seasoned with dressings containing lots of salt.

SALAD DAYS refers to a time of youthful inexperience, a term coined by Shakespeare, whose Cleopatra characterized her long-ago romance with Julius Caesar as one occurring in “my salad days, when I was green in judgement, cold in blood.”

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A menu is always incomplete without the inclusion of salads. Referred to as the “king of the dishes” in some cultures, this healthy dish is a must-have on all occasions. Salads have been part of human meal-plan for years dating back to the times of Roman civilization.

Salads are more popular today as healthy diet food and include everything from green leafy vegetables to boiled sting ray tails. The constituents of salad such as dressing, seasoning, and presentation differ from region to region. Many of the international food chains which in the last century catered to junk food only, have now started to dispense ready-made salads in order to woo the health junkies. Through there are unlimited varieties of salads, we can broadly classify salads into six categories based on different bases used and dressings.

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GARDEN SALAD. Also known as green or tossed salads, these are mostly for the vegan taste buds, but there are exceptions. The name comes from the facts that the salad appears to be completely green, as majority of the ingredients used are leafy veggies. The salad can be divided into tow parts – the base and dressing. The base can be any leafy vegetables, such as lettuce or cabbage, while the dressing can be of any type. The common dressing types are ranch dressing, honey mustard, Italian dressing, Thousand Island dressing, French dressing or blue cheese dressing. These salads are very low in carbohydrate content and are known as perfect diet food. They can be either tossed or prearranged in specific shapes.

VEGETABLE SALAD. the difference between vegetable salad and garden salad is that the former utilizes all kinds of vegetables, not just the green ones. Vegetable salads don’t necessarily appear green. Common vegetables include carrots, cucumbers, onions and radishes. Moreover, lot of external ingredients such as tomatoes, mashed potatoes, pasta, olives, eggs, cheese, meat, or even shrimps, can be added to the salad is largely vegan and thus the name. Vegetable salads are also mostly used for starters.

BOUND SALAD. Like the name suggests, these type of salads are bound to stay together. These salads are made of simple bases, but the dressing used is thick and binding. Mostly, thick sauces like mayonnaise are used as the dressing. If a portion of a bound salad is served on plate, it will not change its shape or decor. Bound salads can always be presented and stored for later, which makes them perfect for picnic and barbecue parties.

DINNER SALAD. Dinner salads are also known as Entree salads. They are mostly non-vegetarian and contain chicken pieces and seafood suck as shrimps or prawns. Fish steak such as tuna or salmon can be utilized too. Sliced pieces of meat can again be used to dress the salad or be used as toppings. they are considered as main courses and are heavy intake. Examples of this type of salad are Caesar’s and Greek salad.

FRUIT SALAD. These are pretty common delicacies which involve fruits instead of vegetables. Fruit salads are very sweet in taste and can be made from fresh or canned fruit. The fruit contained in fruit salads is in larger pieces than in fruit cocktails. However, the recipe for the two is mostly similar. Sometimes fruit salads are dressed with ice creams or syrups.

DESSERT SALAD. They are sweet salads that serve as desserts. Dessert salads are considered as salads bot by constituents they contain, but by the way of presentation. such salads mostly employ jellies, whipped creams, wafers, and some fruits as their major ingredients.


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Household Uses for Baking Soda

You’ll often find baking soda (bicarbonate of soda or bicarb) a frequent ingredient required in many recipes, but here are ways you can use it to make the job easier and save time when cleaning and freshening around the home.

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1. Messy stovetop. Generally sprinkle it around the top of stove then spray hot water (boiling hot if possible) over top – enough to dissolve the soda without making it run all over. Let soak for about 30 minutes then scrub` clean.
2. Crusty Roasting Pan Fix. Sprinkle pan generously with bicarb, pour hot water over topabout an inch or two deep and soak for a couple hours. Try boiling for a few minutes first if the mess is bad.
3. Bathtub Miracle Paste. Make a cleaning paste with baking soda and bleach then apply to wet sponge to scrub off grime when wiping the tub down.
4. Coffee Mug Stains. Remove stains from coffee mug by wiping mug with a wet cloth then rub the inside of the mug with bicarb. If the stains are stubborn, soak overnight with hot water and baking soda.
5. Sink Scrub. Clean a stainless steel sink by sprinkling it around the sink then scrubbing down with a damp sponge.
6. Remove sticky goo left behind by stickers and labels. Mix with water to make a paste then rub gently into the goo then wipe off with a warm wet cloth.
7. Microwave Cleaner. Got the grungy microwave blues? Clean it up quickly and easily by adding a couple teaspoons of baking soda to a bowl of water and place in microwave. Heat for 3 to 5 minutes, depending how hard the crud is really stuck on. When microwave stops, keep the door closed to give the moisture and steam the heated bowl of water generated to have time to work. Remove bowl (careful, it’s hot!) and take a moist warm cloth to the inside of the microwave. The crud bits should wipe off easily. The added bicarb will act as a deodorizer.
8. Refrigerator Freshener. After cleaning the refrigerator, keep it smelling fresh with an open box or an open bowl/container filled with baking soda.
9. Homemade Air Freshener Spray. Mix 2 cups hot water with 1/8 cup baking soda and ½ cup lemon juice, shake to dissolve and spray in the air as needed.
10. Luggage Freshener. Musty trunks and funky smelling luggage pieces can be freshened up by sprinkling baking soda inside, closing the case and then let sit a day or two. Remove the soda with a vacuum.

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