first_imgIt is said that the famous Chinese pilgrim and explorer Huen Tsang, while documenting his 15 years of stay in India, observed that Indians were very intelligent, healthy and took a lot of care of their diet. He mentions that Indians are healthier and possess better intellect due to their usage of fruits in their diet which is much more in comparison to other societies. Whereas that might be contested, there is no getting away from the fact that fruits, both fresh and dried have been eaten since mankind’s earliest days and have been held in extremely high esteem. India has always prided itself as being among the few countries where there are a variety of fruits available throughout the year. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCulinary Uses of Fruits Since time immemorial, fruits have formed an important part of the culinary development of cuisines all across the world. In India, fruits and food items containing fruits have been traditionally eaten for fasting and at festivals. Apart from that, the fact that most fruits are perishable, many of those were used at various stages of ripening such as a mango for mango pickle, jam, mango leather, mango juice etc. These days there is a trend of using fruits for many savoury dishes to primarily provide the dish with a contrasting flavour, texture, and lightness. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhereas it is normally perceived that consuming fresh fruit is best but the cooking of certain fruits such as oranges, apples and pineapple etc dramatically intensify the inherent flavours and create interesting textures. Different methods Although most fruits can be cooked in one way or the other, most ripe fruits should be cooked quickly and at high heat to preserve and intensify flavour while at the same time retain the texture and firmness. Apples, apricots, cherries, plums, and pears are great fruits to roast, grill or broil and serve as a part of a salad or a main course. To make jams, sauces, and compotes, the fruits have to be cooked on a lower heat for a far longer time. It is true that most fruits and vegetables lose some part of their nutritional components when cooked, but indeed cooked fruits have a charm of their own and also is a great way to increase their shelf life. Some Tips Most fruits pair really well with spices such as cinnamon, star anise, and nutmeg etc. It is a good idea to include these while cooking fruits. Try and use a minimum quantity of added sugar, most ripe fruits are sweet enough and any added sugar takes away their health benefits. Rum, wine, various fruit liquors, and brandies are also excellent flavour enhancers for fresh fruits, especially the fruits that are served in a semi-liquid form such as compotes and stewed fruits. A recipe This is the season of abundant fresh fruits in the markets and there is nothing more romantic than preparations made out of fresh juicy fruits to share with your loved one. Here’s one: Grilled Fruit Kebab with White Chocolate and Sesame Mousse Ingredients: For the mousse: Melted white chocolate: 100 gm Fresh whipped cream: 100 ml Egg yolk: 2 Castor sugar: 25 gm Roasted sesame powder: 25 gm For fruit kebab: Kiwi:1 Strawberry:1 Peach:1 Black Grapes: Few Banana: 1 Brown Sugar: 25 gm Maple syrup: 20 ml Cinnamon powder: A pinch Lime juice: 2 ml Method: For the mousse – Whip the egg yolk and the sugar till pale, add the melted white chocolate and fold in the whipped cream lightly, finally add the roasted sesame powder and fold again. Chill for at least four hours. For the kebab – Cut all fruit in equal sized chunky pieces. Make a marinade of maple syrup, brown sugar, cinnamon, and lime juice, marinate it for 2 hours. Quickly grill on a hot grill or pan with some unsalted butter. Scoop out white chocolate mousse and serve with warm kebab, sprinkled and toasted sesame seeds.last_img read more


first_imgJune 30, 2017 While GIFs help us say what words cannot, few agree on how GIF is actually pronounced. And there might be good reason for this, according to new data.Two acceptable pronunciations exist: one with a soft “g” that sounds like a “j,” and one with a hard “g,” as in “gift” or “give.” If you need proof, the Oxford English Dictionary and Merriam-Webster permit both. (That’s all despite the fact that the inventor of the GIF himself, Steve Wilhite, who created those animated image files at CompuServ in the ‘80s, has said that the hard-“g” camp is “wrong.”)Related: Revealed: The Man Behind the Most Viral GIF in PoliticsBut some people don’t know or don’t care what Wilhite or the dictionaries say — they care what the masses say. Recently, Stack Overflow, a forum for computer programmers, conducted its seventh annual Developer Survey. The company polled more than 64,000 developers in nearly 200 countries, posing a variety of benign questions such as education level and career satisfaction before dropping the big ask: “How do you pronounce ‘GIF’?”Sixty-five percent of respondents globally went with the hard “g,” while 26 percent reported they say it with a soft “g.”As the Economist points out, the hard “g” is more prevalent in languages around the word. Spanish and Finnish don’t have any native words with the soft “g,” while most dialects of Arabic are hard “g”-free. The Stack Overflow survey results reflect that discrepancy: People in countries where the hard “g” is more common make up 45 percent of the world’s population, but a disproportionate 79 percent of survey respondents were from those countries. Even when answers were weighted based on population, however, the hard “g” prevailed 44 percent to 32 percent globally.Related: The Origin of the Internet’s Most Famous Dumpster FireIf you’re wondering why those percentages don’t add up to 100, one reason is because some people enunciate all three letters, like an acronym. Half of respondents from China and 70 percent from South Korea say GIF in this way.Or, if all of this ambiguity makes you too anxious, you can always call a GIF by its full name: “Graphics Interchange Format.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min readcenter_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »last_img read more