Lithuanian Recipes and Cuisine

The cuisine of Lithuania shares much with Polish cuisine, and Ashkenazi Jewish cuisine. Some dishes also show the influence of German culinary traditions, and there even some influences from the Karaite Jews of the Crimea!

Some popular Lithuanian soups include:

– Barsciai – The Lithuanian version of borscht (beet soup). Chopped mushrooms are often added, and sometimes the soup may be blended with butter or sour cream.

– Bulviniu kukuliu sriuba – A soup made with minced potato shaped into balls and then boiled in milk.

– Saltibarsciai – A bright pink cold borscht soup, made using cooked or pickled beets and chopped vegetables. Often served with chopped hard-boiled eggs, sour cream and hot boiled potato.

– Sauerkraut soup – A soup made from sauerkraut. Often seasoned with bay leaves, carrots, onions and pork.

– Vistos sultinys – Chicken soup

Some popular Lithuanian appetizers include:

– Idaryti kiausiniai – Hard boiled eggs, cut in half, stuffed and garnished.

– Idaryti pomidorai – Tomatoes, cut in half, stuffed and garnished.

– Lasiniai – Pork underskin fat. Often eaten in sandwiches with unbuttered bread and onion.

– Pirsteliai prie alaus – Rolled up puff pastries.

Some popular Lithuanian main courses include:

– Balandeliai – Cabbage leaves stuffed with meat, then braised.

– Bigos – A stew made from meat (various types may be used), sausage and cabbage.

– Cepelinai (also known as “didzkukuliai”) – Often considered the Lithuanian national dish, cepelinai are potato dumplings stuffed with meat, cheese or mushrooms. They may be garnished with onion, sour cream, or spirgai (fried pork underskin fat).

– Kedainiu blynai – Potato pancakes filled with chopped meat.

– Kibinai – Pastry with mutton and onions.

– Kotletai – Ground (minced) meat patties, served with potato and a sauce.

– Lietiniai – Thin pancakes filled with ground (minced) meat and cheese with cinnamon, or with minced sauteed mushrooms.

– Saltnosiukai – Dumplings with lingonberries.

– Saslykai – Cubes of pork, marinated and cooked on a skewer over a fire. The Lithuanian version of shashlik.

– Skilandis (also known as “kindziukas”) – Pig stomach, stuffed with ground (minced) meat and garlic, then smoked and matured.

– Zemaiciu blynai – Potato pancakes.

Some popular Lithuanian desserts include:

– Kuciukai (also known as “slizikai”) – Small baked rolls traditionally eaten on Christmas Eve (Lithuanian: Kucios).

– Sakotis – A traditional Lithuanian cake, most often eaten at wedding and birthday celebrations. It is prepared by painting layers of batter on a rotating spit in a special oven, and has a distinctive spikey appearance. It may be served plain, or decorated with chocolate and flower ornaments.

– Spurgos – The Lithuanian version of donuts.

– Zagareliai (sometimes known as “chrustai” or “krustai”) – Twisted deep-fried pastries covered with powdered sugar.

Source by Sunil Tanna

Alzheimer’s Disease – Your Multivitamin May Be to Blame

Many people take multivitamins that are widely advertised and are well known. Many of my patients believe that these products are good and will make them healthy. But they are wrong. At best, they are completely useless. At worst, they may even be harmful.

To begin with, most popular multivitamins are made by drug companies that are mostly interested in making money, not in providing you with the best nutrition. After all, they want you to eventually become the user of their other products.

The “vitamins” in these products are not real. They do not come from food. Instead, they are made in a factory from coal tar, petroleum, or genetically modified corn syrup. A dictionary defines a vitamin as “any of various organic substances that are essential in minute quantities for human nutrition and development as coenzymes that regulate metabolic processes.” The key word here is “organic” which means alive or coming from live source, like plants (fruits and vegetables) or animal source (meat, fish, etc.)

We cannot make vitamins (or minerals), so we have to get them from food. And this is a very important point – only food contains vitamins. The vitamins in food are very different from those in a vitamin supplement – they are real, not synthetic. A real vitamin is a combination of dozens, sometimes hundreds of components that are all present in small amounts.

A vitamin is like a watch, which contains dozens of different parts plus 2 hands. The hands show time, but not by themselves. They are able to do it because they work together with all the other parts. A vitamin, like a watch, has many ingredients, which can only be found in real food.

For example, most people think that vitamin C is ascorbic acid. But that is wrong. Actually, ascorbic acid is only a small part of vitamin C. There are many other parts, such as ascorbigen, an enzyme called tyrosinase, copper, many other trace minerals, bioflavonoids of which there are literally hundreds, J factor, and many other components. When you eat an apple or an orange or strawberries, you get all of these substances. If you take an ascorbic acid supplement, you only get ascorbic acid and nothing else. It is very easy to make ascorbic acid in a laboratory. But it is impossible to make real vitamin C.

There are a few companies that make nutritional supplements from food. If you look at their ingredients, you will find things like carrots, wheat germ, nutritional yeast, peas, etc., which are real foods. If you look at the ingredients of most popular multivitamin products (a typical list of ingredients is at the bottom of this article), you will notice that they contain synthetic ascorbic acid. Similarly, all the other “vitamins” are not real, but synthetic. And when it comes to minerals, it is even worse.

The first ingredient in most products is Calcium Carbonate. It is also known by another name – limestone. That’s right, it is made from a rock, which was powdered and added to this “multivitamin.” Do you think you are going to benefit from eating rocks? Not very likely. Your body needs organic (alive) calcium from plants or animal sources, not dead rocks. Magnesium oxide is another example of a rock. It is dirt cheap, which is why pharmaceutical companies use it. But don’t count on it making you healthy.

That is why these supplements useless. They cannot and will not make you healthier. But can they be harmful? The answer is a definite YES! If you study the list of ingredients, you will find: BHT (linked to cancer), Crospovidone (linked to lung arterial damage), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake (a dye), Gelatin, Hypromellose, Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Sucrose, Talc, and Sodium Aluminosilicate (Aluminum). Are these vitamins? No. Are you going to become healthier from taking BHT or FD&C Yellow No. 6? Of course not, these things just pollute your body. But there is one ingredient that is outright dangerous – aluminum.

Aluminum is a toxic metal that has no role in normal human physiology. It is like lead, mercury, and arsenic, all which are toxic for humans. It accumulates in various tissues and organs, including muscles, heart, spleen, liver, bone and especially the brain. Aluminum suppresses the production of red cells, which can produce anemia. It also interferes with normal bone metabolism, producing weak bones. It can lead to growth retardation and bone deformity in children. Aluminum increases the production of free radicals, which are harmful substances that increase the risk of inflammation, accelerated ageing, and even cancer. But the worst effect of aluminum is on your brain. It has a direct neurotoxic effect. This means that it directly damages brains cells, which leads to decreased memory, reduced ability to concentrate and even impaired intellect. Other symptoms may include nervousness, emotional instability and headache.

There is an overwhelming amount of evidence that aluminum in your brain increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. The higher the aluminum exposure, the greater the risk. Studies show that Alzheimer’s patients have higher levels in their brains.

So if you want to save your brain, stay away from all aluminum sources. Other potential sources are buffered aspirins, antacids, medications for diarrhea and hemorrhoids, some toothpastes, antiperspirants, aluminum pots, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, cake and pancake mixes, self-rising flours, processed cheese foods (processed American cheese), and many other products, so check the label before using or eating.

Ingredients (from a bestselling multivitamin’s website accessed July 9, 2009):

Calcium Carbonate, Potassium Chloride, Dibasic Calcium Phosphate, Magnesium Oxide, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Ascorbic Acid (Vit. C), Ferrous Fumarate, Pregelatinized Corn Starch, dl-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vit. E). Contains 3), Chromium Picolinate, Citric Acid, Corn Starch, Crospovidone, Cupric Sulfate, Cyanocobalamin (Vit. B12), FD&C Yellow No. 6 Aluminum Lake, Folic Acid, Gelatin, Hydrogenated Palm Oil, Hypromellose, Manganese Sulfate, Medium-Chain Triglycerides, Modified Food Starch, Niacinamide, Nickelous Sulfate, Phytonadione (Vit. K), Polyethylene Glycol, Polyvinyl Alcohol, Potassium Iodide, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vit. B6), Riboflavin (Vit. B2), Silicon Dioxide, Sodium Ascorbate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Metavanadate, Sodium Molybdate, Sodium Selenate, Sorbic Acid, Stannous Chloride, Sucrose, Talc, Thiamine Mononitrate (Vit. B1), Titanium Dioxide, Tocopherols, Tribasic Calcium Phosphate, Vitamin A Acetate (Vit. A), Zinc Oxide. May also contain

Source by Michael Teplitsky

TV Brackets Should Be Chosen for Its Strength and Sturdiness {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

More and more people are purchasing the modern flat screen and plasma TVs due to the enhanced picture quality. However, it takes more than a television to fully enjoy the viewing experience. The location of your television is just as important in ensuring a good view of your favorite television program. The initial assessment may be to determine whether the television should be located on a stand or mounted on the wall. They each have their advantages and disadvantages. For instance, a TV stand allows more freedom to relocate the television in other rooms of the house. You can reposition the television for better viewing and you can hide the cables and wires in shelves beside the stand. It takes up more room space and is susceptible to being bumped and toppled from the stand. Curious people touch the screen indiscriminately and leave fingerprint smudges on the screen. Most, if not all of the disadvantages of a TV stand, can be resolved through TV brackets.

Mounting the television on the wall makes it safe and secure from accidental bumps, and its height up the wall prevents fingerprint smudges from getting on the screen. The additional room space is a huge benefit which most people appreciate highly. Relocation of the screen to other rooms can be achieved by placing extra TV brackets in the other rooms. TV brackets provide a modern look to the room and its design and appearance can blend with the room’s atmosphere. There are types with tilt and swivel features which allow the television to face down and sideways, giving the viewers a chance of watching the television shows in the correct position. These features allow for constant readjustments, if needed, to enjoy better picture quality.

One apprehension shared by most home owners is whether the TV bracket is sufficiently strong enough to handle the weight and size of the television. Notably, the weight of the new televisions is becoming lighter but the size of television screens is becoming larger. The advance in TV technology is taken into account by manufacturers of TV brackets, and models are designed to handle all weights and sizes. Check the specifications of your television and get the corresponding TV bracket intended for that specific TV brand and model. There are different designs and colors to match the ambiance of the room. The brackets are tested and designed to carry different TV brands and models. You should ensure the brackets are firmly secured on the studs, beams or joists, and not on the plasterboards.

Source by Dean Bourne

My Recommended Top 10 Things to Do in Kuching in 48 Hours

Many tourists like to visit Kuching city, fondly known as the Cat city in Sarawak, Malaysia. Some tourists come on their own based on Lonely Planet guide recommendations of where to go, see and experience. What better ways to experience the city than through a local person’s recommendations.

1. Upon checking in at the hotel in the morning, go for a Kuching city tour. If you follow one of those guided tour, the tour will bring you to the top of Civic Centre Tower for a panoramic view of Kuching city skyline, Sarawak Museum to learn about the past histories and then drive past the gigantic Cat Monument. Many tourists would stop by to take pictures. If you come during the Chinese New Year, the Cat could be seen wearing a traditional Chinese costume. If you come during the Ramadhan month where the muslims celebrate Hari Raya, the Cat would be wearing a green Malay costume. You will also get a glimpse of Kuching South city council, drive through Chinatown, visit Sarawak’s older Taoist Temple, Catholic church, pass through the Malay village and then visit the old State Mosque with 5 golden domes.

2. Next, you will go to one of those famous Sarawak Pottery Factory. If you visit it in the morning, you may get a chance to see the skilled workers carving the lamp, vase and etc. The tour will then end at Kuching Waterfront where most of the pre-colonial buildings are situated.

3. Next, you will go for souvenir shopping at Waterfront or along Gambier Road. You may even chance upon some antiques that you like to buy home.

4. In the afternoon, go visit Semenggoh Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre. You may want to check with your guide or the travel agent counter the feeding time of these orang utans so that you can catch them in action.

5. You will then come back to city and have your dinner at Topspot Seafood Restaurant. There are several seafood centre for you to choose from. The dishes that you MUST order are stir fried midin, a local jungle fern stir fried with belacan, a type of prawn paste, bamboo clam fried in curry powder and oyster pancake.

6. The next day, you will have the famous Sarawak Laksa for breakfast. You can easily find stalls selling them at any of the coffee shops in the city. The food is spicy. If you cannot eat spicy food, then you are recommended to have Sarawak kolok mee for breakfast.

7. Then you will set off to Sarawak Cultural Village and spend the whole morning there. As it is almost an hour drive from the city, you are recommended to take shuttle service to there. You may purchase the shuttle service ticket at Grand Margherita Hotel entrance. Otherwise, you can easily inquire from the hotel receptionist. When you have reached Sarawak Cultural Village, do visit the various ethnic houses and do not miss the cultural performances. You should be back in the city by noon time.

8. You will then have stir fried tomato noodles for lunch. It is a specialty dish available only in Sarawak.

9. Next, you may want to go for a foot massage by this blind masseur located beside Mc Donald outlet opposite Grand Margherita Hotel. The service is not expensive.

10. Then you head for dinner at any of the fine city restaurants in Kuching. Some of my recommended restaurants are Jambu Air, Magenta and several others.

After an evening of fine dining, you will head back to hotel to catch a flight home the next day.

Source by Sandy S K

Milling Machine Types and Uses {awesome|amazing|Great|Special}

Milling Machine

Milling machines are used mainly for shaping and cutting solid materials such as metal, wood, plastics or even brass. These machines differs from a lathe in that the tool head itself rotates at high speed whereas with a lathe the part itself that is being worked on rotates. This sort of machinery varies greatly in terms of cost and in the specifications of the machine. Hobby machines will obviously be a lot more cost effective than their industrial counterparts.

So we will be a taking a look at some of the milling machine features and some of the important things to consider when looking to buy a machine for home or industrial use.

Types of Milling Machine

Found more often than any is the column type of machine. It has a few basic parts and is pretty simple. Materials can be drilled by means of the vertically suspended cutting device.

The turret mill is a more versatile option than the column machine. It is capable of producing many types of products as the spindle can be aligned in many different positions.

The C-frame is more usual to be found in an industrial workplace. It is tremendously powerful to cope with larger milling jobs.

Horizontal and Vertical Mills

These two types of machine are fairly similar, the main difference is the vertical machine’s spindle has a vertical orientation as the name suggests. It’s good for plunge drilling and cutting.

A horizontal mill has the cutter or cutters located on an arbor. This type of machine is good for heavy cutting like slots and groves for instance.

Digitally Controlled

The CNC (computer numerical control) machine or sometimes referred to as machining center is a highly accurate form of milling. The machine is set up usually via computer aided design technology. This sort of control allows the part to be engineered to a high level of complexity such as engraved elements and relief. The precision achieved is unsurpassed and with little operator input needed following the set up phase and the production of the test piece it’s also cost effective.

Important Considerations For Purchase

It will depend an enormous amount on what the machine is required to do of course. So it’s important to look at the complexity of the work to be done and consider the number of axis variants required. The power of the machine will also be important as will the speed that it operates at. As some milling machines will come with various attachments others will require these at additional cost. The overall cost may be important and some really good used milling machines can be found online if needed.

So I have taken a look at some of the milling machine types and their uses along with what sort of things to look out for when considering the right one to get.

Source by Lynne Ivatt

Notes From the Couch – Dragons Live Forever – What is Your Legacy?

My mother’s father passed away when I was only six years old; he left this world way too soon. My grandfather sucked the marrow out of life and derived pleasure from the simplest of things. He was a playful man with a fierce passion for life. He had a gift of presence and lived each day as if it were his last. He ate the foods he loved up until the end of his life, despite the associated health risks. He preferred to enjoy the moment regardless of the future implications of his choices. Impulsive and carefree, he gravitated towards adventure and radiated charisma.

My grandfather was a true character, magnificent and larger than life. He wore stylish fedoras, smoked cigars and drove a Cadillac. He played the piano, bet on horses and charmed women. One of many children born to Russian immigrant parents, my grandfather was a baby when he arrived at Ellis Island with his family. He worked his fingers to the bone as furrier, chemicals burning his fingers as his passion for life burned deep inside his soul. His pockets were always empty, yet he carried himself like a wealthy man. When diabetes and heart disease descended upon him, my grandfather ordered a hot fudge sundae with a side of cheesecake. He then threw back his head and laughed, his big rosy cheeks glowing and a trace of mischief dancing in his eyes. Through my grandfather I learned how to harness the joy of the present moment.

My mother’s mother lived to see the ripe old age of ninety two. She was a solid and sturdy woman who survived many hardships including the great depression and prolonged, intense poverty. She saved her pennies and asked for very little in the way of material possessions. She cried once because she was too poor to afford new hangers for her clothing. During her youth she cried often because life was a constant struggle. Yet through it all, she prevailed and raised her children in the face of adversity, finding pleasure in the simple things, like a good night’s sleep or a fresh piece of meat from the butcher. She loved to dance and smile and often reminded me that “no man is worth a woman’s tears.”

My grandmother never owned expensive jewelry, rarely traveled and lived a quiet life with my grandfather. They loved to take long drives, exploring new neighborhoods and laughing together over silly things. Despite her lack of material wealth, my grandmother was a rich woman- a true survivor and a pillar of strength. She taught me about the beauty of a smile and the importance of fortitude. She has been gone over four years now, but I still feel her constant presence as a guiding force in my life.

My father’s father was a creative and playful man with a remarkable sense of humor. He was a chameleon of sorts; a writer, painter, and a salesman, in addition to many other hobbies and endeavors during the course of his life. With my grandfather, imaginary fleas came to life with unique names like Feelix and Feeli; they liked to dine in Chinese restaurants and march to a comical theme song called “The Flugal Flea.” I eagerly awaited his surprise tickle attacks and enjoyed watching him draw animated pictures with pastel crayons.

I have often heard it said that the loss of a grandparent reflects the loss of childhood. Just as little Jackie Paper kept a lookout perch on Puff the Magic Dragon’s gigantic tail, I maintained my own childhood perch inside my grandfather’s enchanted world of fantasy images until he, like puff, fell ill and ceased his fearless roar. My grandfather left me with the wonderful gift of creative inspiration.

Several times each year I drive south to visit my final surviving grandparent- my father’s mother in Clearwater, Florida. Seated at grandma’s kitchen table or in folding chairs on her cozy back porch, our visits typically entail card games and Rummy-Cub challenges interspersed with laughter, witty banter and nostalgic conversation.

As a small child visiting my grandmother I enjoyed long leisurely bubble baths, chocolate kisses hiding at the bottom of my milk glass, and Sunday morning pancakes. Grandma taught me to needlepoint, sing songs and float on my back. When I burst into tears at the top of a Ferris wheel, she was there at the bottom, ready to comfort me. When my ice cream cone fell into my lap, she dried my tears and surprised me with a new one. With grandma I always felt adored, cherished and unconditionally loved.

I admire my grandmother for her refined demeanor, enduring patience and flawless integrity. She has always been my rock and my compass; a trusted and soothing backdrop resting quietly against the rugged terrain of my life. Despite all of the changes in my life beginning in middle childhood and continuing through early adulthood with my parents’ divorce, frequent geographic relocations, the college years, professional challenges and romantic woes, grandma’s home provided a peaceful oasis amidst a sea of chaos and loss.

Moving through adolescence and into adulthood, grandma’s home has been the only place in my life capable of satisfying my constant yearning for a sense of connection to the past. My childhood photographs and mementos have remained in fixed locations through the years. Like a lighthouse on a foggy night, the familiar sights, sounds and smells of my grandmother’s home provided a sense of integration and comfort when my life felt splintered and fragmented. She taught me the value of family ties, patience and integrity.

Presence, fortitude, the beauty of a smile, creative inspiration, patience and integrity are my legacy; the six prongs of wisdom I carry with me as eternal gifts from my grandparents. If you find yourself in troubled times, facing a challenge or battling inner turmoil and despair, I encourage you to go back to basics and reacquaint yourself with your roots. Close your eyes and experience a spiritual visit with your own parents/grandparents. Dust off the old photo albums, find your departed loved ones and look deep into their eyes. What unique gifts have they left behind for you to claim?

Even in the toughest of times when you feel most alone, you are not an island. Rooted firmly in your own heritage, these gifts are your birthright. You are forever connected to a long line of those whose shoulders you stand on, and those who will follow in your footsteps. If you are familiar with the story of Puff the Magic Dragon, you may recall that “a dragon lives forever but not so little boys.” You are not a magic dragon, but your fearless roar-the voice of your soul- can last a lifetime. What legacy would you like to leave behind after you have gone?

Source by Risa Mason-Cohen