5 Must-Try Edible Flower Recipes

Some flowers aren’t just a source of food for bees and butterflies and items to make into a bouquet. Some of them are edible and make delicious and healthy meals.

Candied Rose Petals

Ingredients: 2 large roses, 1 cup sugar, 1 teaspoon water, and 1 egg white

Preparation: Remove the petals from the rose and arrange them on a parchment-line baking sheet. In a bowl, whisk egg white with water until smooth. Cover the petals with the mixture using a pastry brush and sprinkle with sugar. Dry the petals for 24 hours.

Honey Lavender Ice Cream

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons dried edible lavender, 2/3 cup lavender honey, 2 cups heavy cream, 1 cup half cream/half-and-half, 2 eggs, and 1/8 teaspoon salt

Preparation: In a saucepan over medium heat, boil a mixture of half cream, heavy cream, lavender, and honey. Then, steep while covered for 30 minutes. Strain mixture and discard lavender. Return strained mixture into the pot over low heat. Meanwhile, whisk eggs and salt until combined then add 1 cup of the cream mixture.

When combined, pout this into the rest of the mixture. Keep stirring until the temperature reaches 175°F or thick. Turn off heat after 5 minutes. Pour through a sieve into another bowl and cool. Refrigerate while covered for at least 3 hours before transferring to an ice cream maker. Freeze overnight before serving ice cream.

Smoked Salmon Salad

Ingredients: 150 grams smoked salmon, 100 grams dried black olives, 150 grams mixed salad leaves, 200 grams sweet cherry tomatoes, 100 grams mixed edible flowers, 4 tablespoons yoghurt, 1 teaspoon horseradish sauce, 1 tablespoon dill, lemon juice, and salt

Preparation: To make a salad dressing, mix yoghurt with horseradish sauce, dill, lemon juice, and a pinch of salt in a glass container with a lid. Set aside. Arrange the salad leaves on a plate, then layer with tomato halves. Tear the salmon into small chunks and place on top of the tomatoes. Scatter olives and edible flowers. Drizzle with dressing and serve with bread.

Rose Jam

Ingredients: 2 ounces wild rose petals, 1 ½ cups water, 2 cups cane sugar, 1 teaspoon Pomonas fruit pectin, and 3 tablespoons lemon juice

Preparation: Bring water with rose petals to a boil then simmer for 10 minutes. Stir in 1 ¾ cups of sugar then stir until dissolved. Next, add lemon juice and simmer for 10 minutes before adding the pectin and remaining sugar gradually. Simmer for another 20 minutes. Let cool then refrigerate before serving.

Kesar Lachcha Rabdi

Ingredients: 2 tablespoons edible dried and crushed rose petals, saffron strands, 4 tablespoons sugar, 1.5 liters full-fat fresh milk, and silvered pistachios or almonds

Preparation: Boil milk in a pan, then simmer. When a layer of cream forms on top of the milk, collect it with a spatula. Keep stirring the milk for 3 to 4 hours so wouldn’t burn. When the milk has been reduced to 1/3 of the level, stir in the collected cream, sugar, rose petals, and some saffron. Simmer for 15 minutes over low heat then cool. Garnish with rose petals, saffron and silvered almonds/pistachios then refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Best Saltwater Fish for Beginners

If you have had some experience with freshwater tanks, you should try to set up a saltwater tank to see the difference. It is both challenging and rewarding, especially if you have what it takes to adopt and raise these saltwater fish.

Blenny Fish

They are very peaceful fish and usually just hide in plants and rocks. However, it is best to keep just one blenny fish for one tank to avoid fighting.

Butterfly Fish

They are easy to raise, but you should take note of the specific requirements for the type of butterfly fish you’re adopting.

Chalk Bass

They are known for their resilience and durability, making them ideal for those still learning the ropes when it comes to saltwater aquariums. If you are going to include several of them in a tank, make sure to introduce them all at once to avoid territorial tendencies.

Clownfish

They are easy to raise and feed, plus they are fun to watch because they are usually active.

Chromis

The blue or green chomis are active and easy to care for. Just make sure you include live rocks in your tank.

Dottyback

Make sure you get the biggest tank size you can afford to avoid territorial tendencies. Place plenty of hiding places as well if you want to place more than one dottyback in your aquarium.

Firefish

Not only will you love it for its appearance, but the firefish can get along with almost any tankmate. Make sure to provide plenty of natural hiding places for them.

Flame Hawkfish

These bottom dwellers should not be housed with shrimp, gobies, blennies, and other bottom-dwelling fish.

Mollies

They are the most popular choice for beginner saltwater aquariums, because they can adapt to different water conditions. However, you should monitor the water salinity closely because they can influence it.

Pajama Cardinalfish

Its black band around the middle of its body makes it unique. A minimum of a 30-gallon tank is required for a school of cardinalfish. They are also active at night and love to hide during daytime.

Wrasse

If you want to introduce any type of wrasse in your tank, make sure that there are a lot of hiding places. However, they are only ideal for large tanks because they can be messy.

Royal Gramma Basslet

Their colorful bodies make them a great addition to an aquarium, but you should include rocks as hiding places for these fish.

Talbot’s Damsel

They can help you control algae growth in the tank, plus they are not picky with food and are tolerant with most water conditions. What’s not to love?

Tangs

These brightly-colored fish are not only pretty to look at, but they are hardy fish, too. Tangs are relatively peaceful although they fight amongst themselves. They come in different colors such as blue and yellow.

Watchman Goby

Keep only one type of goby for your saltwater tank to avoid conflicts with other gobies. Other than that, they are friendly and not difficult to feed.

The Art of Drinking Schnapps

The name schnapps or schnaps not only refers to one type of drink, but several varieties based on infusions, distillation process, flavorings, and spices. To impress your friends next time you’re at a bar in Singapore, let’s break down the differences of schnapps and how best to enjoy them.

How schnapps is made

Most schnapps are made from a base of fruit brandy, liqueur infusion, and neutral grain spirit, where its name probably comes from. To distinguish between them think of one type as a flavored fruit brandy and the other as a sweet fruit-flavored liqueur.

The fruit brandy types are made primarily from fermented fruit juices with the base liquor, while the second type is made by steeping fruits in the alcohol after the fermentation and distillation processes.

Liquor versus liqueur

If you are new to alcoholic beverages you might also be wondering why the term liqueur is used for schnapps instead of liquor. Liquor refers to distilled drinks, while liqueur is liquor with added flavorings, like schnapps.

European schnapps

European schnapps are made with either fruits or herbs. The fruits most commonly used are pears, apricots, apples, cherries, raspberries, and plums. Herbal schnapps are usually called Krauterlikor

American schnapps

Most American schnapps are much sweeter than the European varieties. They are made with fruit spices, syrups and flavorings mixed with neutral grain spirits or rectified alcohol.

Schnapps and food pairings

Generally, schnapps can be paired with food the way you would pair brandy and spirits. For schnapps, the fruit flavors and silky texture are complemented with slightly bitter and sweet food. Avoid pairing schnapps with very sweet desserts because they might overpower the flavors.

Schnapps cocktails to try

Schnapps is best enjoyed as a cocktail with these essential recipes:

  • Fuzzy Bellini: .75 ounce peach schnapps, .25 ounce orgeat, 2 dashes orange bitters, and prosecco
  • Woo Woo: 1.5 ounces peach schnapps, 1.5 ounces vodka, 3.5 ounces cranberry juice, and ice cubes
  • White Chocolate Grasshopper: 1 ounce peppermint schnapps, 1 ounce heavy cream, 1 ounce white chocolate liqueur, and ice
  • Alien Urine: .5 ounce peach schnapps, .5 ounce melon liqueur, 1 ounce coconut rum, .5 ounce blue curacao, 1.75 ounces sweet and sour mix, and a splash of club soda
  • Peaches and Tea Punch: 1 ounce peach schnapps, 2 ounces vodka, iced tea, peach slice, and 2 lemon slices for garnish
  • Christmas Blossoms: 1.5 ounces peach schnapps, 1.75 ounces vodka, 2 tablespoons sugar, 2 cups peach slices, and ice cubes
  • Apres Ski: .75 ounce peppermint schnapps, 6 ounces whole milk, .75 ounce green chartreuse, 2 tablespoons hot chocolate, and marshmallows and candy cane for garnish
  • En la Playa: .5 ounce peach schnapps, 1.5 ounces tequila, .75 ounce pineapple juice, .75 ounce orange juice, .5 ounce agua de Jamaica, ice, and pineapple slice for garnish
  • Apple Pie Shot: .25 ounce butterscotch schnapps, 1 ounce fireball, .5 ounce apple cider, .25 ounce lemon juice, ice, and cinnamon sugar

What to Do When You Have Gastroenteritis

Did you wake up in the middle of the night feeling like you’re about to puke and poop your guts out? That could be a symptom of gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu. While the nasty symptoms usually go away within a day, most people do not need medications to feel better.

Here are tips to survive an embarrassing day of nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

First Aid

While it’s important to get food in your tummy, it might not be a good idea to have a full meal if you have gastroenteritis. Stop eating for a few hours so you don’t have to keep going to the bathroom. Instead, drink more fluids to prevent dehydration. Sip water or sports drink over several hours, but avoid drinking too much all at once, you will just throw up again.

If you’re drinking enough fluids, you will have to monitor how much you urinate and what the urine looks like. Dark urine can be a sign of dehydration. Once your stomach has settled a bit, eat small amounts of food that are easy to digest. You will know if you are hungry if you’re feeling nauseous.

Diet

You should only eat bland food such as rice, chicken, banana, soda crackers, eggs, low-fat cheese, cereals, cooked vegetables, fresh fruits, low-fat fish, pasta, low-fat yogurt, and bread once you have stopped vomiting every time you put food in your mouth.

However, you need to avoid milk, any dairy product, coffee, chocolate, tea, alcoholic beverages, fatty food, seasoned food, spicy food, fruit juices, sugary food and drinks, carbonated or soft drinks, canned or packaged food, broths, fried food, dried and canned fruits, candies, ice cream, and sweet cereals. But remember that some people can tolerate broth and ginger or peppermint tea. If you do not throw it up or make your diarrhea worse, you can eat it in small amounts.

Activities

Get plenty of rest if you have a stomach flu because your body is trying to fight back whatever has caused it. The inflammation in your stomach and intestines are signs that your immune system is getting rid f the virus, parasite, or bacteria. Besides, the constant throwing up and diarrhea can leave you weak.

You need to go to a hospital if you see a bloody stool and your diarrhea and vomiting has persisted for more than two days. Monitor your fever, too, as well as the intensity of the abdominal pain and cramps. Dehydration is also considered an emergency, but most children with gastroenteritis can’t tell you that. Look for the following signs: dry skin, dry mouth, sunken eyes, and unusual thirst.

Lastly, don’t just take any medication without a doctor’s prescription. Acetaminophen is the safest relief for body pain and fever, but if you need to take medication for diarrhea or vomiting, you should consult a doctor.

How to Identify and Care for Your Dog’s Coat

It’s quite easy to tell the differences and remember which items to use for your dog’s specific type of coat, which can be classified based on the texture and the length.

Curly or Wooly Hair

This type of coat is thick, curly, and heavy and requires a lot of grooming and maintenance daily. Conditioner after shampoo is not required, but dematting sprays are needed before brushing to avoid damage. Use a pin brush or curved slicker when brushing and then a finishing comb to remove the tangles.

Wiry Hair

Wiry hair is characterized by bristly and rough hair, as if the strands look broken. However, this type of coat sheds minimally although it’s high-maintenance. For this dog, regular trips to the groomer is required because it’s tricky to perform stripping as early as puppyhood. Conditioner is not required, and daily brushing requires a slicker brush, while a bronze pin brush can remove dirt.

Corded Hair

A perfect example of a dog with mop-like hair is the Komondor. The hair looks like dreadlocks and require heavy grooming with a professional. You must have enough patience to remove tangles and knots daily and to massage the skin after grooming.

Silky Coat

The hair long, flowing, and soft to tough. Daily brushing is required, but it should be done gently to avoid pulling out more hair.

Smooth Coat

The hair is short and lies flat against the dog’s skin. This type of coat requires minimal grooming and will not require a conditioner but a regular shampoo. Brushing is not required daily but if you need to brush, use a pin brush to keep it shiny.

Long Coat

This type of hair is high-maintenance because it requires regular brushing daily to avoid matting and tangles. Long coats can either be silky or coarse, so you should also take the texture into account. Both shampoo and conditioner are required, as well as anti-static grooming spray, shine spray, and the use of wooden pin brush, curved slicker, finishing comb, and ionic brush. Besides brushing, ear-cleaning should also be regular.

Medium-Length Coat

This requires moderate brushing every other day to avoid matting using a pin or bristle brush.

Short-Length Coat

Short-coated dogs actually have two layers of hair despite the length of not more than 3 cm. Short coats have textures which means it can hold water, dirt, oil, and scent. The dog isn’t high maintenance, but the coat can stink if not taken care of properly. Conditioner is not needed, but you can use shine sprays. Brushing is not needed everyday, but you can use a bonze pin brush to make the coat shiny.

Hairless

You might think a hairless dog does not need maintenance, but bathing is also essential. Apply a sunblock made for dogs with at least SPF 15 even if you’re not going out.

Combination or Double Coat

Most mixed breeds can have combination coats, which means they have both short and long coats in different areas of the body. Smoothing shampoo is required and a conditioner for areas with long coats. Anti-static spray might be needed when using a curved slicker, wooden pin, or ionic brush.

The Most Massive Video Games in History

Are you tired of the multiplayer games that have the same objectives again and again? Do you feel that some single-player games are too short and confine you in a small world? Well, here are massive games that will eat up weeks of your free time. Just make sure to get some sunshine occasionally.

Divinity: Original Sin II (2017)

What makes most RPGs like this massive are not only the extra content but the complex worldbuilding and lore. Add to that its local and online multiplayer mode in addition to the single-player content.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (2002)

Nearly all the Elder Scrolls games are massive. Some people say that this is even more massive than Skyrim. Set on Vvardenfell island on the Tamriel continent, the main story focuses on the conflict between a god with his cult and a triumvirate called the Tribunal.

Baldur’s Gate II: Shadows of Amn (2000)

If you include the expansion, you’ll be spending hours on this well-crafted RPG which is set in the Forgotten Realms. Everything you love about the fantasy genre is here.

Xenoblade Chronicles X (2015)

If you haven’t played the first game in the series, don’t worry because this covers a different story. The previous installment was massive but this one has more content because you’ll be exploring five continents. Yes, five.

Monster Hunter Freedom Unite (2008)

Most of the Monster Hunter titles can take a lot of time to complete but this (or Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate) takes the cake because it is an expansion of the Monster Hunter Freedom 2 game.

Persona 5 (2016)

How about game that aren’t set in a fantasy world? Not only does Persona 5 have a dungeon crawling and RPG elements, but social simulation can also eat up hours of your play time. If that isn’t impressive, then think about how the Persona series is just part of an even bigger series with several sub-series and spinoffs.

Fallout 4 (2015)

For fans of the post-apocalyptic RPG series, there are still a lot of surprises in store in this installment. It features more customizations, weapon modifications, lots of side quests, and even building construction.

Grand Theft Auto V (2013)

The previous GTA titles were also massive but this games has certainly more content to explore because areas are accessible from the beginning. You also control three protagonists and can enjoy various activities.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (2011)

The main quest involves the task of defeating a dragon prophesied to destroy the world, but with a massive world like Skyrim, why do the main quest at all. There are a lot of NPCs to meet, items to collect, and areas to explore. You haven’t played Skyrim if you don’t just wander around for hours aimlessly.

AdVenture Capitalist (2014)

You start off with a single investment and make it grow to earn more. As you get richer, you also get to invest in two other areas besides Earth. If a game lets you play on more than one planet, then expect it to be massive.

The Witcher III: Wild Hunt (2015)

As Geralt’s last adventure, expect this to be massive. It is even said that the DLCs alone are huge, let alone the main game.

How to Distinguish Between Flirting and Just Being Friendly

How many times have you asked yourself, “wait, did he/she just flirt with me?” Distinguishing between flirting and friendliness can be a challenge most of the time. Especially because there are many factors at play and we really just don’t know what each person is thinking. If you assume that someone is flirting when they’re actually not, it could lead to some embarrassing moments or even heartbreak! So, here are some ways for you to distinguish the characteristics of the two better.

When it comes to eye contact…

An all-too-common scenario is when you look at the person and find him/her already looking at you, then they suddenly look away. If this happens often, it’s a small sign that this person might probably like you. Otherwise, you might just be looking at each other because of timing. A better sign to look at would be if they hold eye contact for longer. If you’re near each other you can also try to notice if their pupils dilate. This is because our pupils generally dilate when we’re looking at something, or in this case, someone we like.

When it comes to physical contact…

The flirty type of physical contact is usually more obvious. A person who likes you will usually look for reasons to make physical contact like tapping your shoulder, lightly brushing his/her with yours. etc. Of course, this won’t always apply to the same people. There are some who are naturally touchy but have no intentions of flirting at all. They like to make physical contact with all of their friends regardless if it’s romantic or not. So, don’t immediately assume and look towards other signs so that you distinguish better.

They always give compliments

When someone often gives compliments to one specific person, it’s quite an obvious sign of flirting. The reality is, our close friends almost always compliment us while joking around or they don’t compliment us at all because they’re already used to being us. But if a person was interested in you, he/she will take the time to compliment you both in private and in public.  Some even give a compliment at the most random time and will usually take you by surprise.

They also ask in-depth questions often

The most obvious distinguishing characteristic is that friendly conversations are usually more casual and topics can change on a whim. On the other hand, a conversation with someone flirting will usually be more in-depth. That means, this person asks about your interests in order to get to know you better. If the person asks if you’re single, for example, that’s already a pretty clear sign.