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Saturday, 14 July

19:58

Six (More) Reasons to Get Better Quality Sleep Ready Nutrition

 

I love sleep. My life has the tendency to fall apart when Im awake, you know?  Ernest Hemingway

Scientists have yet to discover WHY humans need sleep, but one thing is certain: not getting enough shut-eye can lead to serious even life-threatening consequences.

In recent years, studies on sleep have revealed all kinds of interesting things.

Awakening several times through the night is more detrimental to peoples positive moods than getting the same shortened amount of sleep without interruption. When your sleep is disrupted throughout the night, you dont have the opportunity to progress through the sleep stages to get the amount of slow-wave sleep that is key to the feeling of restoration, study lead author Patrick Finan, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, explained.

When we sleep in an unfamiliar place for the first time, we often feel as though we havent slept as well as usual. This is often referred to as the first-night effect. Researchers from Brown University discovered the reason why: under those conditions, one hemisphere of the brain stays more awake to keep watch. This phenomenon is likely a survival mechanism that allows us to be more aware of any danger that may arise while we are sleeping.

A 2014 study published in The Journal of Neuroscience found that 24 hours of sleep deprivation caused healthy people to have hallucinations and other schizophrenia-like symptoms.

Perhaps the most promising theory of sleep so far is that it plays a major role in the brains connectivity and plasticity, explains Live Science:

Plasticity is involved in learning and memory. Although its unclear exactly how, plenty of evidence suggests that losing sleep...

19:30

Saturday Stories: Personal Biohacking, A Justifiably Cranky Oncologist, and Aztec Human Sacrifice Weighty Matters

1587 AZTEC MANUSCRIPT, THE CODEX TOVAR/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS
Jacqueline Detwiler, in Popular Mechanics, with her personal biohacking journey.

Richard Harris, in NPR, covers the world's crankiest tweeting oncologist Vinay Prasad (disclosure, I'm a fan)

Lizzie Wade, in Science, on the massive scale of Aztec human sacrifice.
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Wednesday, 11 July

20:00

Cold Brewed Iced Tea Closet Cooking

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
Easy peasy, 5 minute, overnight, cold brewed iced tea thats perfect for hot summer days!

Cold brewed coffee has been all the rage the last few years and it turns out that you can cold brew tea as well! I am a fan of tea and one hot summer day I was enjoying a cup of iced tea while making a batch of cold brew coffee and I wondered if tea could also be cold brewed; a quick search of the internet revealed that it can! The best part is that its so easy to make! You simply place the tea leaves (or bags) in water and let it sit for a few hours to overnight, either at room temperature or in the fridge before straining out the leaves and enjoying! I actually enjoy the cold brewed tea better than the hot brewed tea! The cold brewed tea is a little mellower, it has less bitterness and in general it tastes fresher! My favourite teas to cold brew are white teas, green teas and oolong teas but black teas also work great! I like to assemble a few of them in masons jars with lids and throw them in the fridge one night to enjoy, cold, straight from the fridge over the next few days; its so convenient! The next time you want an iced tea this summer, try cold brewing it!

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
Before cold brewing:

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
After cold brewing:

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
Three kinds of tea (from left to right): Oolong Tea, Green Tea, Kukicha Green Tea

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
Frosty, cool and refreshing!

Cold Brewed Iced Tea

Cold Brewed Iced Tea
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Monday, 09 July

20:32

Chicken Shawarma Warps Closet Cooking

Chicken Shawarma Warps
Chicken shawarma wrapped in pitas along with plenty of tasty fillings!

Chicken Shawarma Warps
Creamy shawarma sauce!

Chicken Shawarma Warps

Chicken Shawarma Warps

Chicken Shawarma Warps
Chicken Shawarma Warps

Chicken Shawarma Warps

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 20 minutes Servings:...

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Friday, 06 July

20:31

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad Closet Cooking

Quinoa Tabbouleh
A light and fresh tabbouleh salad with quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers and loads of fresh parsley and mint in a bright lemon dressing.

Tabbouleh is a salad made with chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, plenty of parsley, and bulgur that is dressed with olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Although bulgur is the traditional ingredient in tabbouleh I sometimes like to change it up and use quinoa instead! This is a super light salad that is just packed with summery freshness with all of the chopped parsley, fresh tomatoes and cucumber along with the bright lemon juice; simply perfect for hot summer days!

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh Salad

Quinoa Tabbouleh
Quinoa Tabbouleh

Quinoa Tabbouleh

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 20 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 4

A light and fresh tabbouleh salad with quinoa, tomatoes, cucumbers and loads of fresh parsley and mint in a bright lemon dressing.

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Wednesday, 04 July

20:31

Pork Adobo Burritos Closet Cooking

Pork Adobo Burritos
Tasty pork adobo burritos with rice, beans, guacamole, cheese and a creamy tomatillo ranch sauce!

Im always in for a tasty burrito and its so easy to make them at home! These pork adobo burritos are almost effortless when you use the slow cooker to cook the pork! The pork is as easy to make as rubbing a tasty Mexican adobo sauce all over a pork putt and tossing it into the crockpot, along with a can of coke, to cook all day long, before shredding it. The burritos are off to a good start with the scrumptious pulled adobo pork to which we add Mexican rice, beans, guacamole, cheese, cilantro and a creamy tomatillo ranch sauce! Yum! I like to lightly grill the burritos after wrapping everything up in the tortillas and you cant go wrong smothering them in extra sauce!

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos

Pork Adobo Burritos
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Monday, 02 July

20:30

Grilled Chicken Shawarma Closet Cooking

Grilled Chicken Shawarma
A quick and easy grilled shawarma seasoned chicken that is just packed with flavour!

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma
Grilled Chicken Shawarma

Grilled Chicken Shawarma

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Sunday, 01 July

20:00

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes Closet Cooking

Summer Holiday Recipes

Its the first holiday of the summer! Welcome summer in this long weekend with plenty of tasty food! When the weather is nice its hard to resist heading outdoors whether you are doing some grilling/barbecuing, going out for a picnic or just eating a meal in your backyard you are going to want to have some tasty recipes! Very often the centre piece of the meal is going to be grilled meat such as burgers, chicken, fish, ribs, etc. but dont forget the side dishes and with all of summers bounty available you are spoilt for choice between all of the vegetables, fruits and berries. Of course there is always the classic BBQ pulled pork sandwich with a side of coleslaw which just screams summer and if you have a smoker it gets even better! Whatever your plans are for the holiday, make sure that it is filled with plenty of tasty food!

Summer Holiday Long Weekend Recipes

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Friday, 29 June

20:29

Mexican Adobo Sauce Closet Cooking

Mexican Adobo Sauce
A tasty Mexican style seasoned chili adobo sauce thats perfect as a marinade, a condiment, a dip, a salsa, a sauce and so much more!

Adobo is a sauce, marinade or seasoning that is common in Spanish cuisines and the Mexican style adobo typically contains dried chilies, garlic, oregano, cumin and vinegar. It is so easy to make your own, and a good one, that once you try it you will never go back to store bought! You simply soak the dried chilis in just boiled water until they are tender and then puree all of the ingredients in a food processor or blender until smooth! Once youve made the adobo you can use it to marinate meats, as a sauce in your burritos, as a salsa to squirt onto your tacos, etc.

Mexican Adobo Sauce

Mexican Adobo Sauce
Mexican Adobo Sauce

Mexican Adobo Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes Soak Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 5 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Servings: 16(~ 1 cup or 16 1 tablespoon servings)

A tasty Mexican style seasoned chili adobo sauce thats perfect as a marinade, a condiment, a dip, a salsa, a sauce and so much more!

ingredients
  • 4 guajillo dried chilis, stems and seeds removed
  • 4 ancho dried chilis, stems...

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Thursday, 28 June

20:28

Shawarma Sauce Closet Cooking

Shawarma Sauce
A tasty and easy to make shawarma sauce, aka a garlic yogurt sauce with a hit of tahini and lemon!

This is that classic creamy and garlicky sauce thats squirted all over your shawarma just at the end thats all sorts of good! This sauce has a base of a thick yogurt to which plenty of garlic is added before seasoning with lemon juice and salt to taste. Shawarma sauce also commonly uses mayonnaise these days and you can easily replace some or all of the yogurt with it to add that extra layer of flavour! I like to add a touch of tahini, a sesame paste similar to peanut butter using ground sesame seeds, which really brings everything together. Store this shawarma sauce in the fridge and use on or in your shawarmas, as a dip for veggies, pita chips, in sandwiches, as a dressing, etc!

Shawarma Sauce

Shawarma Sauce
Shawarma Sauce

Shawarma Sauce

Servings: 16(~1 cup or 16 1 tablespoon servings)

A tasty and easy to make shawarma sauce, aka a garlic yogurt sauce with a hit of tahini and lemon!

ingredients
  • 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or grated
  • 2 tablespoon tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • salt to taste
directions
  1. Mix everything and enjoy!
Option: Replace some or all of the yogurt with...

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Wednesday, 27 June

20:27

Shawarma Seasoning Closet Cooking

Shawarma Seasoning
An easy to make blend of warm spices to season your chicken, pork or lamb for shawarma!

Shawarma is a popular dish where meat is grilled on vertical spit all day long and this seasoning is the perfect blend for it! This shawarma seasoning contains staples like cumin, coriander, paprika and turmeric along with some warm spices like cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon and its super easy to make your own! Once made it can be used to season meat for homemade shawarma and it keeps for a long time when stored in a sealed container!

Shawarma Seasoning
Use a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder!

Shawarma Seasoning

Shawarma Seasoning
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Shawarma Seasoning

Shawarma Seasoning
Shawarma Seasoning

Shawarma Seasoning

Prep Time: 10 minutes Total Time: 10 minutes Servings: 4(~1/4 cup or 4 1 tablespoon servings)

An easy to make blend of warm spices to season your chicken, pork or lamb for shawarma!

Monday, 25 June

20:26

Sicilian Pizza Closet Cooking

Sicilian Pizza
Sicilian style pizza with a thick focaccia crust that is nice and crispy on the bottom and soft in the middle all topped off with plenty of cheese, a tasty tomato sauce, and pepperoni!

I am a huge fan of pizza and although I often go with a regular style pizza with the classic pizza dough I also enjoy the Sicilian style pizza! Sicilian pizza is a pizza that originated in Sicily, Italy, where it has a thicker, focaccia, style crust with topping and in North American it is typically rectangular in shape. This pizza in baked in a rectangular pan and the pan is covered with plenty of olive oil so that the bottom of the crust soaks up that oil, and bakes until it is nice and lightly golden brown and crispy while the center stays nice and moist and chewy! Deli sliced mozzarella is often used rather than the more typical shredded cheese and its placed directly on the dough and this helps to prevent the pizza sauce from being in direct contact with the dough which might result in a soggy crust. I like to go with a simple and tasty pizza sauce and pepperoni along with a sprinkling of parmesan (or pecorino) for toppings but any of your favourite pizza toppings will work.

Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza
Just look at that yummy thick and chewy crust! Yum!

Sicilian Pizza
A quick, easy and tasty pizza sauce with garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes!

Sicilian Pizza

Sicilian Pizza

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