Monday, June 30, 2008

Who wants ice cream?

According to survey nearly two in five people eat ice cream every week.Ice cream really taste good and its healthy to our body.Ice cream is a relatively high-energy food containing about 5% protein as well as calcium and phosphorus.The food value of ice cream relates to its original milk source and its energy value to the milkfat and added sugar.I would to share to you the some of the best homemade ice cream recipes.

Vanilla Ice Cream Ice Cream

4 egg yolks
1/2 pint (250ml) milk
1/2 pint (250ml) double/heavy cream
4 oz (100g) sugar or caster sugar
1 vanilla pod (sliced down the middle)

Pour the milk into a saucepan and bring the pan slowly up to boiling point. Place the vanilla pod into it and leave to infuse for about 20 minutes.

In a bowl, beat and mix together the egg yolks and sugar until thick. Carefully remove the vanilla pod from the pan of milk and scrape out the seeds into the milk. Pour the milk into the mixture of egg yolks and sugar whilst stirring. Pour the mixture back into the pan and heat gently, stirring until the custard thickens - DO NOT BRING TO THE BOIL OR IT WILL PROBABLY CURDLE. When you can see a film form over the back of your spoon it's time to remove the saucepan from the heat. Leave to cool. When the custard base is cold stir in the cream. Transfer the whole mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Cookies 'n Cream Ice Cream


2 1/2 cups half-and-half
8 egg yolks
1 cup sugar
2 1/2 cups whipping cream
4 teaspoons vanilla
1/8 teaspoon salt
20 crushed Oreo cookies

Heat half and half until very hot (not boiling), stirring often. Mix egg yolks and sugar until well blended and slightly thickened, very gradually blend in hot half and half. Add mixture to a medium sauce pan and cook over medium heat until steamy and bubbles form around edge, stirring constantly. Do not boil. Once hot, pour into a large bowl and stir in whipping cream, vanilla, and salt. Cover and chill thoroughly. Add to ice cream maker per your manufacturer's instructions, stir in crushed oreos during last stage of freezing.

Rocky Road Ice Cream


4 cups heavy (whipping) cream
2 cups light cream or half and half
1 cup unsweetened powdered cocoa
2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 cup chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts)
2 cups miniature marshmallows

Over low heat, cook condensed milk and cocoa until smooth and thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool somewhat. Stir in cream and vanilla. Refrigerate in ice cream can for half an hour or more. Freeze and churn according to instructions, adding nuts and marshmallows after about 20 minutes (halfway through the freezing process). Makes enough for a 4 quart ice cream maker.

Let me share to you some things you might don't know about ice cream.Do you know that the most popular flavor of ice cream is vanilla.Chocolate syrup is the most popular ice cream topping.The largest ice cream sundae was made by Palm Dairies LTD at Alberta, Canada on July 24 1988, had 20.27 tons (44,689 lbs, 8 oz.) of ice cream, 4.39 tons (9,688 lbs, 2 oz.) of syrup and 2.37 kg (537 lbs, 3 oz.) of topping. The best temperature at which to serve ice cream is believed to be 8 degrees F. Elvis Presley is said to have loved ice cream - apparently his favorites were chocolate milkshakes and peach ice cream.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

The CE Mark

Sometimes,I wonder..what does the "CE" printed on any electronic device mean?
According to what I read from the wikipedia,CE marking (also known as CE mark) is a mandatory conformity mark on many products placed on the single market in the European Economic Area (EEA).By affixing the CE marking, the manufacturer, its authorized representative, or person placing the product on the market or putting it into service asserts that the item meets all the essential requirements of the relevant European Directive(s). Examples of European Directives requiring CE marking include toy safety, machinery, low-voltage equipment, R&TTE, and EM compatibility. There are about 25 Directives requiring CE marking.Officially, CE has no meaning as an abbreviation, but may have originally stood for Communauté Européenne or Conformité Européenne, French for European Conformity.

The CE marking is a mandatory European marking for certain product groups to indicate conformity with the essential health and safety requirements set out in European Directives. To permit the use of a CE mark on a product, proof that the item meets the relevant requirements must be documented. Sometimes this is achieved using an external test house which evaluates the product and its documentation. Often it is achieved by a company-internal self-certification process. In any case the responsible organization (manufacturer, representative, importer) has to issue a EC-Declaration of Conformity (EC-DoC) indicating his identity (location, etc.), the list of European Directives he declares compliance with, a list of standards the product complies with, and a legally binding signature on behalf of the organization. The EC-DoC underlines the sole responsibility of the manufacturer. Parts of the certification process for the CE marking could be performed by 3rd party test houses or certification bodies; in case that this is mandatory the CE symbol also includes a number that identifies the so called Notified Body.

To be strictly accurate, there are two forms of Declaration, either a "Declaration of Conformity" or a "Declaration of Incorporation". Generally speaking this is only the case under the Machinery Directive. For example, a stand-alone machine that requires only a power source to operate would be issued with a Declaration of Conformity; whereas a machine that requires additional systems, attachments, feed conveyors etc, before it can provide its intended function must be issued with a Declaration of Incorporation. In this latter case it is illegal to CE Mark such a machine. This can only be achieved once the machine has been finally installed and all other elements incorporated into the system. A final Risk Assessment is performed to verify compliance of the system and a final Declaration of Conformity is then issued.

According to an article in The Guardian on 23-12-2001, the mark was designed by Arthur Eisenmenger. The various components of the CE marking must have substantially the same vertical dimension, which may not be less than 5 mm.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Flood Frank Attack

It was barely three days before the feast of St. John the Baptist (June 24) and people are all set for their celebrations.Mostly, are schedules for Beach Parties left and right.Not anyone dared to think of a widespread dilemma for all people of City and Province of Iloilo.Only when it happened that everybody was shocked of its devastating effect. It was the visit of "Frank",the typhoon on its 3rd degree on natural powers.A large portion of the City of Iloilo was drowned to flood and rain waters.Water, a lot of it but not a drop to drink.Evacuees clamor for water.There are lots of water around but really there's not a drop to drink.Only then that we can say that water is a precious gift of Nature to Mankind.We'll benefit from it if we use it wisely.So we only crave for enough,not too much.Too much of anything is not good.The presence of too much water on the dawn of the 21st of June was really desirable if only it was for a good intention.Nature provided the rain and goes with it is a Message.Good graces pour like rain,learn how to conserve it.If we ask for more, we shall be provided.Try not to waste it because the Mother Earth has her own intention.It might be a suffering from a Drown or a Drought.So,think it over...

Monday, June 23, 2008

Province and the City of Iloilo:Under the State of Calamity

The Province and the city of Iloilo were declared under the state of calamity as the death toll and reports of damage brought by typhoon "Frank" (international codename: Fengshen) in Western Visayas continued to rise.The officials in these areas have sought relief assistance,
such as ready-to-eat food, potable
water and dry clothes, as evacuees reached hundreds of thousands.

Last Friday, the crisis management monitored the water level at Jaro River reaching 5.8 meters. The critical level was set at 2.5 meters.

The Iloilo provincial disaster coordinating council reported that the flooding displaced over almost 353,000 persons in various towns.There were 797 barangays flooded, 97,491 families affected ,17,915 houses totally damaged while 12,159 are partially damaged both the province and city of Iloilo.

Iloilo Governor Neil Tupas Sr. estimated the damage to infrastructure reaching P500 million.On the other hand, Vice Governor Rolex Suplico estimated the damages on agriculture sector at P1 billion.A dam in the municipality of San Miguel was heavily damaged. Kamandag Elementary School in the municipality of Leon was damaged due to landslide. Many bridges were destroyed and impassable to transportation vehicles like the
Maribong and Misi Bridge of Lambunao, Tigum and Imelda Bridge of Cabatuan, Binanua-an Bridge that connects Guimbal and Tigbauan, Camanggahan Bridge of Guimbal, Presidential Bridge and Gines Malambay Bridge in Alimodian, Buyo Bridge in Sta. Barbara, Parara Bridge in Tigbauan and three major hanging bridges in Maasin.

The Provincial Disaster Coordinating Council reported 135 deaths,117 remain missing and 29 others were injured.

Friday, June 20, 2008

A Magic..???

I got this email from a friend.It's about David Copperfield simple magic.David Copperfield is an American magician and illusionist best known for his combination of illusions and storytelling.Here it goes.....

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Television Addiction

For decades the tiny Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan resisted the lure of modern media.But after many inhabitants complained that they could not watch the 1998 World cup soccer tournament,the government introduced television in 1999.Now people can view 40 channels and are already addicted to Hollywood movies and Indian soap operas, says a report from Bhutan.Instead of sitting together singing and talking as they used to,families gather to watch TV.One woman laments having little time for anything else anymore-including prayer.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Kung Fu Panda

"Yesterday is history..tomorrow is a mystery..but today is a gift..that is why it is called a present"- Ancient Master Oogway (Kung Fu Panda)

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Meaning of Moles on your Face

Found this article at the Asian Fanatics forum and I found it very interesting..check for the meaning of the moles on your face

Position 1 to 3
As a child, you are somewhat rebellious and a free spirit. You have an innate creativity and work best when you are given a free hand. Generally, your superiors like your avante garde approach to life. If you have a mole here, you are far better off in business and being your own boss rather than working for somebody. What is promising is that you have the luck to be your own boss.

Position 4
You are an impulsive person, often acting with a flamboyance that gives you charisma and a sparkling personality, but you can be difficult when there are too many opinions. You tend to be rather argumentative, but never to the point of holding grudges. This mole tends to give you an explosive temper and should you decide to remove it, you will find yourself becoming calmer and more at peace with the world.

Position 5
A mole above the eyebrow indicates that there is wealth luck in your life, but you will need to earn it and work harder than most people. All the income you make must be carefully kept as there are people who are jealous of you who might attempt to sweet talk you into parting with your wealth. Be wary of those who try to interest you in get-rich-quick schemes. If you have a mole here, it is advisable not to be too trusting of others. Follow your instincts and be cautious. And never allow other people to control your finances.

Position 6
A mole here indicates intelligence, creativity and skill as an artist. Your artistic talent can bring you wealth, fame and success. It also indicates wealth luck, but this can only be fully realized if you follow your heart rather than stick to conventional means of making a living. Success will come if you are brave.

Position 7
Moles under the eyebrows indicate arguments within the extended family that cause you grief and unhappiness. This will affect your work and livelihood. It is advisable to settle any differences you have with your relatives if you want peace of mind to move ahead.

Position 8
This is not a very good position for a mole. Your financial position will constantly be under strain because of a tendency to overspend. You also have a penchant for gambling. The only thing is you must know when to stop. Meanwhile, someone with a mole here has a tendency to flirt with members of the opposite sex as well as with the same sex. Better be a little discerning where you exert your charms, or you might get into trouble.

Position 9
This mole position suggests sexual and other problems. It is an unfortunate mole and you are well advised to get rid of it. It brings a litany of woes and a parade of problems.

Position 10
A mole here just under the nose indicates excellent descendants luck. You are surrounded by family at all times and will have many children and grandchildren. You have the support of those close to you and will be both materially and emotionally fulfilled.

Position 11
Moles here suggest a tendency to succumb to illness. It is a good idea to have this mole removed especially if it is a large, dark-coloured mole. Otherwise use lots of foundation to cover it.

Position 12
A mole here foretells a successful but also a very balanced life. You are likely to be not just rich, but famous as well. But although you have every opportunity to live the high life, you will have a satisfying home and family life as well. Women with moles here are particularly lucky and tend to be beautiful and glamourous as well.

Position 13
Your children will be a big worry in your life. Your relationship with them is not good. There is nothing much you can do about this except to learn some tolerance.

Position 14
A mole here suggests a vulnerability to food which can be a big problem in your life. You may have allergies against certain foods or you may simply be eating too much.

Position 15
You are a person always on the move and constantly renovating and redesigning your house. You like to be introduced to new things and see new places. You are not happy if you remain in one place for long. You enjoy travel and adventure, and have a very observant eye.

Position 16
You need to be careful when it comes to eating, and also when it comes to your sex life. These are your two biggest problems. You tend to have weight issues which can make you depressed. You enjoy romance, sometimes with more than one person, but because you are a person with some morality, you will feel guilty about it and this will cause you much stress.

Position 17
You will be someone of great social prominence. You are active on the social scene and an excellent conversationalist. There is a tendency to become bigheaded about your success, which could lose you your good name. This will affect you deeply because you draw your confidence and self worth from what others think of you.

Position 18
You are a person always on the move. There is a great deal of overseas travel in your life, but you should take extra care each time you cross the great waters, as your mole prefers you to stay at home.

Position 19
You have money luck and many good friends, so this is a good mole to have. Your weakness is that you tend to succumb to the charms of the opposite sex. In your life, it is this that could get you into hot water, so do cool your ardour!

Position 20
A mole here can be very lucky or very unlucky. If you have a mole here, you are destined either for extreme fame or infamy. You have great flair for creativity and are also highly intelligent, but your talents can be used for both good and bad. You are not a person to be trifled with for you are no pushover and do not forgive and forget easily. This mole is a mark of someone who will go down in history either as a great or as a tyrant.

Position 21
This is a good mole, as it suggests plenty to eat and drink throughout your life. This mole also brings fame and recognition.

Position 22
Your life is always happy and things go smoothly for you. You could well become a sports superstar if you have the passion for it. Moles at the end of eyebrows also suggest a person of authority and power, so if you are the CEO of a company, you will do very well.

Position 23
You have a high IQ, and you are both brain smart and street smart. You have a highly-developed survival instinct and will lead a meaningful and long life. You will be active until a very old age and will have friends and family around you till the very end.

Position 24
You will achieve fame and fortune in your young age and you are advised to use this period to safeguard your old age, as people with moles here tend to have a harderlife as they get older.

Position 25
You will enjoy good prosperity and recognition luck, but do be careful of excesses. Stay traditional in your attitudes and you will have a long and fruitful life.