Monday, 1 December 2014

The term biscuit commonly alludes

The term biscuit commonly alludes to an individual measured brisk bread item which can be sweet or appetizing. The run of the mill American biscuit is like a cupcake in size and cooking techniques. These can come in both flavorful mixtures, for example, corn or cheddar biscuits, or sweet assortments, for example, blueberry or banana. 

Formulas for brisk bread biscuits are normal in nineteenth century American cookbooks. Formulas for yeast-based biscuits, which were once in a while called "basic biscuits" or "wheat biscuits" in nineteenth century American cookbooks, can be found in much more established cookbooks. 

Biscuit measures or cases are ordinarily round sheets of paper, foil, or silicone with scallop-pressed edges, giving the biscuit a round container shape. They are utilized as a part of the heating of biscuits to line the bottoms of biscuit tins, to encourage the simple expulsion of the completed biscuit from the tin. 

In the early nineteenth century, there were two separate uses for the name container cake or cupcake. In earlier hundreds of years, before biscuit tins were generally accessible, the cakes were frequently prepared in individual ceramics measures, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the mugs they were heated in. 

Biscuits are usually accessible in the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Outside the United Kingdom they are regularly called English biscuits. They are frequently toasted and afterward finished with spread and/or jam. 

They are additionally utilized as a part of breakfast sandwiches with meat (bacon, ham, or hotdog), egg (browned, mixed, poached, or steam-poached), and/or cheddar. They are the base fixing in the customary American brunch dish Eggs Benedict. They can be found in an extensive variety of mixtures, including entire wheat, cinnamon raisin, cranberry, and apple cinnamon. 

The most punctual gathering of formulas that has made due in Europe is De re coquinaria, written in Latin. An early form was initially arranged at some point in the first century and has regularly been ascribed to the Roman gourmet Marcus Gavius Apicius, however this has been thrown in uncertainty by cutting edge research. An Apicius came to assign a book of formulas. The current content seems to have been incorporated in the late fourth or early fifth century; the first print version is from 1483. It records a mixof antiquated Greek and Roman food, however with few points of interest on arrangement and cooking. 

Proficient cookbooks are intended for the utilization of working culinary experts and culinary understudies and off and on again twofold as course readings for culinary schools. Such books bargain in formulas and systems, as well as frequently administration and kitchen work process matters. A lot of people such books bargain in generously bigger amounts than home cookbooks, for example, making sauces by the liter or planning dishes for huge quantities of individuals in a catering setting. While the most renowned of such books today are books like Le aide culinaire by Escoffier or The Professional Chef by the Culinary Institute of America, such books go in any event once more to medieval times, spoke to then by works, for example, Taillevent's Viandier and Chiquart d'ami├žo's Du fait de cooking.

Thursday, 14 March 2013


A muffin is a type of semi-sweet cake or quick bread that is baked in portions appropriate for one person. They are similar to cupcakes, although they are usually less sweet and lack icing. Savory varieties, such as cornbread muffins or cheese muffins also exist. The term also refers to disk-shaped muffin bread, called an English muffin outside the United Kingdom. As American-style muffins are also available in Commonwealth countries, the term muffin can refer to either product, with the context usually making clear which is meant. There are many varieties such as low-fat and flavors of muffins made with a specific ingredient such as blueberries, chocolate chips, raspberry, cinnamon, pumpkin, date, nut, lemon, banana, orange, peach, strawberry, boysenberry, almond, and carrot, baked into the muffin. Muffins are often eaten for breakfast; alternatively, they may be served for tea or at other meals.

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Black Rosy Finch

The Black Rosy Finch builds a cup nest in a cavity on a cliff. Most birds migrate short distances to lower elevations and further south and return to the alpine areas in April. These birds forage on the ground, may fly to catch insects in flight. They mainly eat seeds from weeds and grasses and insects, often in areas where snow is melting, uncovering food items and new plant shoots are growing. They often feed in small flocks, sometimes mixing with Gray-crowned Rosy Finches. A male will defend its female's territory during breeding season, not just the nest but where ever she goes. This behavior is common with the rosy finches. When breeding both males and females develop throat pouches, known as gular pouches or gular skin, to carry food to their chicks, a trait seen in only one other North American genus, Pinicola. Due to their inaccessibility, actual Black Rosy Finch nests had been reached by only three researchers as of 2002. The nests are made of grass and stems and lined with fine grass, hair, and feathers. They are known to use protected areas such as openings in cliffs, mine shafts, caves, and rafters. They eat seeds and insects, usually foraged from the ground, including snowfields. Their call is a buzz-sounding "chew".

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Little Blue Heron

The Little Blue Heron, Egretta caerulea, is a small heron. It breeds from the Gulf states of the USA through Central America and the Caribbean south to Peru and Uruguay. It is a resident breeder in most of its range, but some northern breeders migrate to the southeastern USA or beyond in winter. There is post-breeding dispersal to well north of the nesting range, as far as the border between the US and Canada.
The Little Blue Heron's breeding habitat is sub-tropical swamps. It nests in colonies, often with other herons, usually on platforms of sticks in trees or shrubs. 3-7 light blue eggs are laid.

This species is about 60 cm (24 in.) long, with a 102 cm (40 in.) wingspan, and weighs 325 g (11.5 oz/0.72 lbs). It is a medium-large, long-legged, heron with a long pointed blue or greyish bill with a black tip.
Breeding adult birds have blue-grey plumage except for the head and neck, which are purplish and have long blue filamentous plumes. The legs and feet are dark blue. Sexes are similar back.

Non-breeding adults have dark blue head and neck plumage and paler legs. Young birds are all white except for dark wing tips and have yellowish legs. They gradually acquire blue plumage as they mature.

White Little Blue Herons often mingle with Snowy Egrets. The Snowy Egret tolerates their presence more than Little Blue Herons in adult plumage. These young birds actually catch more fish when in the presence of the Snowy Egret and also gain a measure of protection from predators when they mix into flocks of white herons. It is plausible that this is because of these advantages, they remain white for their first year.
The Little Blue Heron stalks its prey methodically in shallow water, often running as it does so. It eats fish, frogs, crustaceans, small rodents and insects.