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From its base in Cambridge, the company has created recipes for an assortment of stunning cheeses including the mature, vintage cheddar cheese truckle , an award winning Blue Stilton and the innovative Revelation Cheddar, which carefully blends delicious mature cheddar with the indulgence of dark chocolate curls. I chose to review The Truckle Cheese Co. English Mature, Vintage Cheddar, and the Blue Shopshire Cheese and Pear and Vanilla Chutney.
The Mature Vintage Cheddar is very smooth, cuts well and has a very pleasant tangy flavour without being harsh. This is definitely a 'cheeseboard' cheese, I felt it would be wrong to cook with it as it was simply too good. But I think it would be perfect in a cheese sauce for haddock mornay, mac n cheese or cauliflower cheese, it has the depth of flavour to really enhance those dishes.
While I really enjoyed the Cheddar it was the Blue Shopshire Cheese Truckle that was the real star for me. A softer texture than the cheddar, with the slightly musty and acidic edge that only a blue cheese can deliver, it doesn't take much of this cheese to provide a huge flavour hit. An oatcake was all that was required as a foil to the full flavour of the cheese.
A glass of malt whisky would be good too ;-) I had asked to review the Pear and Vanilla Chutney as I was intrigued at the thought of vanilla in chutney. The texture of this relish is soft, almost like a pear puree although there are pieces of fruit through it too. The flavour is very soft and delicate, I tried it with the cheddar, but found it became a little lost against the strong flavoured cheese.
It is, however, perfect with cold meats like ham or cooked chicken where the sweeetness and low acidity works very well. These products and more are available mail order from The Truckle Cheese Co.English Mature, Vintage Cheddar 400g - 7.95Blue Shopshire Cheese 300g - 8.95Pear and Vanilla Chutney 0.31kg - 3.95 I was supplied with the cheeses and chutney by The Truckle Cheese Co . I was not paid for this post and all opinions are my own.
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The menu had a simple, clever mix & match appeal, ideal for people (like me!) short on time and rapidly losing interest / confidence in cooking! With a minimum of ingredients, the unfussy ingredients list was a tonic. Even so, taken as a whole, the menu would indeed be impressive for a dinner party.
But each dish can handily also be prepared on its own to jazz up, say, a simple piece of steamed salmon, or some stir-fried vegetables for a homely weekday supper. Easy peasy. The Menu: Marinated Pork with Miso Green Beans with Black Sesame Sauce Roasted Aubergine with Chicken Hatcho Miso Sauce Wakame and Egg Drop Soup Shiitake Mushroom Rice Yuki s friendly banter and detailed explanations kept the small class hooked as she demonstrated the techniques for preparing and cooking at a cooking station at the front of the classroom.
We relaxed around the table, drank tea and took notes. She offered us a sniff and taste of key ingredients, such as the miso, as appropriate and suggested alternatives to make the simple, hearty home-style Japanese menu even more adaptable to what you might have in the fridge! Lamb, for example, can be used as a tasty substitute in the pork recipe (a favourite of Yuki s former employer, Miriam Stoppard, apparently!).
We were tickled to learn that egg is best added to egg drop soup through a sieve (who knew?) and that a simple, healthy dashi for cooking rice can be made by simply soaking dried shiitake mushrooms in cold water overnight. Overall: a practical, fun and delicious way to spend a few hours highly recommended. Visit Yuki s Kitchen website for detailed information about all her classes, as well as interesting blog articles such as this one Crave School Dinners?
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You can see a video of Yuki explaining how to make Temari Sushi here.
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The launch for this season is Wickedly Beautiful, meaning it s princesses vs. villains, brights and pastels vs. darks and glitters.
The pairs are Ariel and Ursula, Cinderella and Lady Tremaine, Snow White and the Evil Queen, and Aurora and Maleficent. The display has the princess products on one side and the villain products on the other (as it should be). There are two eyeshadow quads one of natural princess-type colors and one of smoky villainous-type colors and a lip gloss and nail polish for each character.
The nail polish is of solid quality and probably has the best value out of all of the products. The princess nail polish colors make sense: shiny green for Ariel, creamy magenta pink for Aurora (although there was definitely a missed opportunity to do a blue that reflected pink. I m just saying.), pale blue for Cinderella, and a bright apple red for Snow White.
The colors for the villains don t make as much sense. For one, the color for the Evil Queen, a sheer black with magenta glitter, is confusing. That is one queen who would ve never worn glitter.
They should ve done the lime green of the poison she dips the apple in (and they could ve called it Have a Bite ! Gah!). If you re gonna go with iconic colors for the princesses, the same should ve been done with the villains, for continuity s sake and for the sake of the hardcore Disney fans who will spend way too much time trying to figure why those colors were chosen.
My biggest problem with Beautifully Disney is the price point. When it comes to Disney, you already go in with high price expectations (I think a soda at Disneyland is like $5.00 plus your firstborn now), but $27.95 for an eyeshadow quad is pretty ridiculous, especially considering they don t have testers or a return policy for the products! I was pretty outraged when I found this out.
Like a Maleficent-turning-into-a- dragon and the-Evil-Queen-finding-out- Snow-White-was-still-alive rage. I m pretty beauty product obsessed, but spending $30 on a product I can t even swatch is laughable. The quality is just not worth the price, and that goes for both packaging and the actual make-up.
I can literally peel off the Ariel sticker on my lip gloss, and then it turns back into a pumpkin: an ordinary lip gloss. MAC partnered with Disney about two years ago for a villains collection, so the comparison to MAC products is inevitable. From what I was able to purchase, the lip glosses are basic and nonsticky, but they don t have the lasting power of MAC glosses.
And, from what I ve heard, the eyeshadows don t have staying power too. Either the price needs to be lowered, or the quality needs to be improved, stat. There is so much potential for greatness here, so hopefully there will be some changes, at least in return policy, by the time the next line of products comes out.
The next launch is for the 2013 spring/summer season and is called Unlock the Spell, the advertising for which has a silhouette of Belle.
The launch for the 2013 fall/winter season is called Fiery Spirit and will feature Pocahontas, among other Disney ladies who ve yet to be represented.
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Price: Rs. 1800 for 100 ml, but you can find it on discount on the online sites. Fragrance Notes: Top notes- Bergamot, Orange, Green Apple and Blackcurrant.Heart note- Lotus, Hawthorn, Freesia, Sunflower.Base note- Musk, Sandalwood, Cedar, Tonka Bean, Vanilla and Caramel.
My Experience with Police Passion Eau De Toilette: It comes in a pinkish maroon tinted transparent round bottle with a classy cap. The appearance is quite girly. It is a nice floral fragrance.
I can call it as a sweet fragrance. Although, I am not too fond sweet fragrances, I actually like sensuous kind of fragrances, but this one works quite well too. Two sprays are enough for the fragrance to show fully (that means the bottle will last longer).
It stays on for around 6-8 hours. I can sniff it faintly on the clothes, the next time I pick them up. It is a heavy bottle, so it is not travel friendly.
Overall it is a good fragrance and will definitely add a charm to your vanity. Pros of Police Passion Eau De Toilette: Quite a sweet floral fragrance. Cute and classy bottle.
Stays on for quite a long time. Fairly priced. Cons of Police Passion Eau De Toilette: Do I Recommend/Will I Repurchase Police Passion Eau De Toilette?
Yes, I do recommend this perfume. Though it is not my favourite, but I still like it quite well. I would not repurchase this because I have Hugo Boss fragrance on my next buy list.
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High healthcare costs are spawned by a powerful ethic in American medicine that is too often nurtured by the press, an ethic that dictates that the medicine men doctors, hospitals, and drug companies sit at the right hand of God and deserve all they can get. Brill s article crashes right through that fence, in fact, and provides the stuff for further productive reporting. When we debate health care policy, he writes, we seem to jump right to the issue of who should pay the bills, blowing past what should be the first question: Why exactly are the bills so high?
Precisely. Brill gives us some answers, too, not based on quotes from the self-serving players we hear from so often in this dreary debate, but based on serious investigation. The waste at nonprofit hospitals: Waste in the US system is the recurring theme throughout Brill s piece.
The sacred cows he slaughters are the country s nonprofit hospitals, which he holds largely responsible for much of the overspending. When McKinsey, the consulting firm, examined hospital financial reports with the help of a Bank of America survey, it found, as Brill put it: The 2,900 nonprofit hospitals across the country, which are exempt from income taxes, actually end up averaging higher operating profit margins than the 1,000 for-profit hospitals after the for-profits income-tax obligations are deducted. In health care being nonprofit produces more profit.
Brill dissects some of these nonprofit places of healing from the world-famous MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to less well known facilities, such as Stamford Hospital in Stamford CT by showing, with real live bills from patients, the absurdity of some of their charges. For example: a $77 charge for one box of sterile gauze pads. Or consider this: $18 for a single diabetic test strip.
Amazon sells a box of 50 for $27.85, about 55 cents a strip. In hundreds of small and midsize cities across the country the American health care market has transformed tax-exempt nonprofit hospitals into the towns most profitable business and largest employers, Brill reports. (Indeed, that latter point often makes it tough for local reporters to tackle these institutions.) But Brill goes beyond the obviously absurd charges and examines where they come from the chargemaster, an uber-list of prices each hospital keeps for every possible treatment and service. It governs what patients are actually charged and what payers actually pay.
The chargemaster is phony and utterly flexible; it bends according to the negotiating leverage of hospitals and insurance companies when they joust for the final prices. Brill describes the elaborate games that hospitals and payers play in determining who gets what discounts from the chargemaster, which result in an inequitable patchwork payment system. The leverage of the biggest of the big hospitals and insurers determines which patients are charged more or less depending on their carrier s negotiating skill.
As Brill demonstrates, that leaves plenty of room for hugely inflated prices, which in turn make it possible to pay over-the-top salaries to hospital executives. Few patients know about the chargemaster and its amazing flexibility. Even hospital execs profess ignorance.
When Brill asked for a chat with the CEO of Stamford Hospital to find out more about a patient s bill, a spokesman replied that he doubted the CEO has even seen the list in years. So I m not sure why you care. Most top hospital execs refused to talk when Brill inquired about their charges.
Instead he got blah-blah comments from communications operatives. Trudy Lieberman is a fellow at the Center for Advancing Health, and a longtime contributing editor to the Columbia Journalism Review . A complete archive of her Campaign Desk articles can be found here.
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Fragrance: Mild. Upon application, skin feels nicely refreshed, moisturised and hydrated. Next morning, nice and fresh glow observed. *happydance* Suitable for normal and combination skin types wanting moisture, hydration and an even skin tone.
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