Italian – The Food of Love

What could be more romantic than a dinner for two, complete with candlelight and wine? When it comes to the food of love, Italian is one of the most common choices. But just where did this history and holiday originate from? And how can you make that romantic night even better? Here is how.

St. Valentine

While it would seem that Valentine’s Day, the day where the food of love is most often used, would have simple origins, it really is not that clear. There are at least three saints with the name Valentine or Valentinus in the Roman Catholic Church. Some legends suggest that a priest with the name married off soldiers despite a decree by Emperor Claudius II against marriage. When the emperor found out, he killed the priest.

Another legend suggests that Valentine sent the first message of love from prison. Either way, Valentine’s Day is a romantic holiday, and Italian food often works its way into the celebration.

Cupid is also associated with love. Thought to be a cherub that shoots lovers with enchanted arrows, he is supposed to responsible for falling in love. In Italy, on Valentine’s Day unmarried women are to awake at sunrise and look out their window. The first man that passes should be their true love, and marriage should happen before the next year. Many couples still become engaged on Valentine’s Day.

Dinner

Of course the legends of the holiday aside, many romantic traditions are steeped in the food of love. This may be partaking dinner at a favorite restaurant, or cooking their favorite food at home. Some people believe that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, and the thought of cooking a special meal takes this into consideration. And even if you do not believe it, cooking a meal with or for someone can show how much you care and appreciate them – especially if you are not the person that normally cooks. And if your cooking skills leaving something to be desired, consider getting takeout from your favorite Italian restaurant and having a romantic dinner for two at home.

Actual Foods Of Love

If you are looking for foods of love, here are some ingredients that you should include in your Italian cooking. They are thought to be natural aphrodisiacs.

o Allspice
o Asparagus
o Bananas
o Beans
o Broccoli
o Carrots
o Caviar
o Celery
o Champagne
o Chili
o Chocolate
o Cloves
o Coffee
o Dill
o Endive
o Fennel
o Figs
o Garlic
o Ginger
o Ginseng
o Grapes
o Horseradish
o Nutmeg
o Nuts
o Oysters
o Radishes
o Rosemary
o Saffron
o Shrimp
o Tomatoes
o Truffles
o Vanilla

So if you are creating your own menu for your romantic occasion, consider adding in some of these foods of love. You may even notice that many of these ingredients are commonly found in Italian food. Add in a bottle of wine or champagne, candles, and chocolate and you are ready for your own romantic evening for two.

Hunting Game For Food

Hunting game for food, clothing and shelter is a big area of the story of humankind. It predates human civilization we know these days, in a good many ways. There are many discoveries that are being made that confirm that notion. An Asian fossilized spearhead discovered recently was dated at over 16,000 years old, as an example. There is also evidence that we used larger animals for food nearly two million years ago.

The earliest sort of hunting required, as far as the professionals can say, involved weapons like spears or bow and arrows shot from a distance. Believe it or not, our ancestors caught their food using the identical method we use to catch the bus to work when we’re late. We ran after it. Before he heard to use long range weapons, early man had no other way of catching his dinner than being persistent and wearing it down over a long trek, often times even in the oppressive midday heat. Some early hunters would chase antelope over 20 miles in heat over 100 degrees. Persistence hunting would be the order of the day. African hunters would chase a Kudu, which is an early version of the antelope, by startling the animal so it ran away. They would chase the beast at a fast pace, and, while the faster Kudu would always be further ahead, the hunters would catch up to it when it took time to rest in the shade. The hunter would eventually finish the animal off with a spear, but not until he was at close range. This type of hunting is still practised in Southern Africa.

With changes in human society, hunting evolved. As we began to grow our own food and keep animals, hunting became a specialized task. Not only the traditional masculine endeavour anymore, hunting became a certain duty with tradesmen acquiring precise training. The other trend was hunting becoming the sport and leisure domain of the upper courses. It was here that the English word game’ became common.

Hunting has had other effects on our society as well. Various animals have been used to aid the hunter, but none is now as critical to us as the dog. The application of the ancestors of the wolf to retrieve prey and be our loyal fellow travelers has set the dog apart. Its domestication, which took thousands of years, is viewed an exceptional accomplishment. The tie between hunting man and dog goes so far back that the very word for hunting in ancient Greek hails from the term dog.

Perhaps the most famous type of hunting is the safari, which was popularized by the American author Ernest Hemingway. The word itself is from the Swahili, meaning long journey, and the most common type of safari occurs in Africa. It was frequently several days or weeks of camping while stalking or hunting big game, but in an increasingly modern sense, it also encompassed trips through African nature to hunt or watch the fundamental game. Unlike their predecessors who ran their prey down years before, the modern African hunter often acquires a special licence and enlists the aid of local professionals. There is even a form of modern safari where no animals are killed. The photo-safari is what precisely its name indicates and a Polish photographer first used the phrase “bloodless hunt”.

3 Amazing Cholesterol Busting Super-Foods

There are a several reasons why your cholesterol goes up: 1) changes in your diet, 2) stress 3) lack of exercise 4) weight gain and/or 5) hereditary causes. Diet is the main culprit for most people. Correct diets lower cholesterol more effectively than any other method, and food that helps lower cholesterol is found from a wide variety of sources. You have control of the first four reasons above for increased cholesterol, but most of what will bring down your high cholesterol is with the foods you eat. There are three “superfoods” that are particularly effective. That is the subject of this article

When we eat indiscriminately, consuming animal fats from meat and dairy products, drink a lot of alcohol, white bread, crackers, cookies and soda, we’ll be lucky to still be alive in twenty years. These all cause your liver to produce as much LDL cholesterol it possibly can, and you will certainly gain weight to boot. Or is that booty.

These foods are exactly what spikes cholesterol levels, and brings many other afflictions into the picture, like obesity, diabetes, and cancer. To make matters worse, the fatter you become the harder it is to lower your cholesterol because each pound of fat, in itself, increases LDLs (the “bad” cholesterol) without anything else going on. So, losing weight first should be the mission before trying to lower your cholesterol. As it happens, a cholesterol-friendly diet overlaps strongly with a diet to lose weight, so these two goals do work together.

1) Soluble fiber – This group of foods acts as a brake on your body’s production of LDLs (low-density lipoproteins), the “bad” cholesterol. They reduce the absorption of LDLs in your bloodstream by themselves absorbing the LDLs and eliminating them. But not all of them. No silver bullets here, just a few silver-tipped arrows-but they do work. The best foods to eat in this category are: beans (all types), bananas, apples, oatmeal, and oat bran.

2) Nuts – Fat is very important to your body’s health. Contrary to what some “experts” have said, it’s pretty settled in the medical community that high quality fats are essential for overall health, not just for maintaining cholesterol. Polyunsaturated fats are found in the following: walnuts, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts, pine nuts, pistachio nuts. These are high calorie snacks, so take care to eat no more than a handful a day.

3) Fish – In your quest for high quality fat, omega 3s are the highest. These are found in most fish, but some have more than others. Fish oil has omega 3 fatty acids that actually raise HDLs, the “good” cholesterol, and reduce chances of a blood clot causing stroke or heart attack. They have the added benefit of lowering you blood pressure. Folks with existing heart conditions use fish as a staple to prevent another or first heart attack. The fish with the highest percentage of fish oil are: sardines, herring, lake trout, mackerel, albacore tuna, halibut, and salmon.

East these foods regularly and you’ve made a giant leap towards heart health and overall well being!

Good luck!