If an emergency situation developed quickly, would you know what to do? In the event of flooding, a natural disaster, or an earthquake, it’s important to be prepared. Experts agree that you need to be prepared to survive for 72 hours with the possibility of having no water or power.
Water – estimate four litres per person per day for drinking and sanitation.
Food – gather food that won’t spoil such as canned goods, protein energy bars, dried fruits, and meal replacement beverages. Don’t forget to pack the can opener. Include hard candies, chocolate, and gum in your kit as a lift for your senses.
For many, fall is a popular season. Cozy nights in front of the fireplace, a cup of steaming coffee on a rainy morning, wool socks and warm toques – what more could you ask for? Dessert, of course. Keep these universally pleasing fall dessert recipes in your repertoire to ensure your holiday weekends and chilly evenings are just as sweet.
Fall would be incomplete without a pumpkin-based dessert. Even though it may be best known as the finale for Thanksgiving dinner, this delicious no-bake pumpkin pie recipe can stand alone. With a modern twist using ginger snaps instead of graham crackers, you can save on time by substituting pre-made vanilla pudding for the packaged mix.
What was—or is—your all-time favourite Halloween treat?
You might be able to tell simply by paying attention to what you buy this year, since a good portion of adults actually choose the treats they hand out based on their personal favourites. (We don’t, after all, want to be left eating treats we don’t like, should the little ones not show up, right?)
Or check out our list below to jog your memory. And if we haven’t included one of your all-time faves, just let us know!
Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a huge job – not only does it take a lot of planning and organization, it can also be fairly costly. If you’re not hosting this year, it’s worth thinking about how to help. Always ask the host what you can bring – that way, they can choose something specific if they want to. However, if they don’t have a preference, we’ve got some great suggestions for both dishes and hostess gifts. Read on!
Slow Cooker Mashed Potatoes
You know how it goes. Thanksgiving arrives, and the oven is overfilled with a turkey and roasting vegetables and the stovetop has cranberry sauce, gravy, and stuffing. So why not offer to handle the mashed potatoes? You can prep them in advance and then bring the whole slow cooker with you – that way, no oven space is needed to reheat your dish, but no one will have to bear cold mashed potatoes. Check out this recipe, which features milk, cream, and butter, and then let us know what your favourite mashed potato toppings are. We especially like cream cheese and sour cream.
We all want to impress our friends this season by throwing the best barbeque on the block. Are you looking to show off the latest grill in your backyard, host a friendly competition of lawn bowling between pals, or judge a BBQ sauce showdown at your summer staff party? We can help!
Thankfully, these tips will not only offer easy grill cleaning hacks and last minute party planning solutions, but will solidify your status as grill master and foolproof barbecue planner.
Master the art of BBQ sauce
Sure, buying pre-made BBQ sauces works in a pinch (Newman’s Own is a trusty favourite – your secret is safe with us), but if you really want to impress your guests, we suggest making your own. READ MORE
Each year, we celebrate some of our favourite legacy foods from across Europe with Foods of Europe. This year, we bring to you a bit of history about each of this year’s featured products – Lindt, St. Dalfour, Robertson’s, McVitie’s, Walkers, Haribo, and S.Pellegrino.
In 1879, Rodolphe Lindt revolutionized chocolate-making with an invention named The Conche. Conching, a process still used today to create the silky smooth Lindt chocolate texture, involves mixing heated liquid chocolate for hours, until a perfectly smooth, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate is achieved. See Lindt’s Conche machine in action, below.
Cold and flu season is upon us again. Need help finding the foods and drinks that’ll speed your recovery and get you back on your feet? We take care of that.
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The 5 Best Foods For Fighting a Cold
Popsicles help you take in fluids—important—and help numb down a sore throat.
Doing battle with a cold means taking in plenty of fluids and as many phlegm-fighting foods as you can. Here are some of the best choices.
Popsicles The name of the game is hydration. While you’re usually better to eat your fruit than drink it, popsicles provide convenient relief when you’re sore and congested. Buy the ones made from 100-percent whole fruit—or, better yet, make your own.
Broth-based soups At Vancouver’s popular Solly’s Deli, chicken soup’s nom de guerre is “Jewish penicillin.” Small wonder: Chicken contains an amino acid called cysteine, which thins mucus in the lungs. And hot broth fights throat inflammation and keeps nasal passages moist.
Citrus fruits While vitamin C isn’t a magic bullet, it aids in reducing the length and strength of colds. An added benefit: lemons and limes, oranges and grapefruits contain flavonoids, which improve immune system function.
Hot tea Take advantage of the natural anti-bacterial properties of tea. We’re fond of a green tea or hot water with lemon—besides soothing the throat, they keep you hydrated when you’re down for the count.
Spicy foods Hot foods can make our noses run and our eyes water, which is why they’re effective decongestants. Eating chili peppers, wasabi, and horseradish—not all at once!—can light a fire under the body’s natural clearing-out process.
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The 3 Best Foods For a Stomach Flu
Bland and dense with nutrients, bananas are a boon to the sick.
Bananas Sweating, vomiting, or diarrhea visit the stricken, and all deplete your stores of potassium. Bananas replace it. They’re easy to digest, and replenish lost electrolytes.
Ginger Ginger is a great help in preventing and soothing nausea. Ginger tea or ginger ale—served flat to avoid bubble trouble (i.e., carbonation discomfort)—will keep you hydrated and on an even keel.
Dry toast, crackers Plain, unsalted, or lightly salted crackers and toast are simple, bland foods that go easy on the stomach, promoting digestion and recovery when a flu has you in its grips.
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The 4 Worst Foods for a Stomach Flu
Pickled jalapenos—yikes. Avoid the acid and spice until you’re feeling better..
Acidic & spicy foods While spicy foods are great decongestants, they can be hard on the stomach. Same goes for fruit from the citrus family, which can irritate sensitive stomachs. See “bananas,” above.
Sweet snacks Sugary foods can suppress the immune system and cause inflammation. Though it’s tempting to treat yourself when you’re feeling low, leave the milkshake or chocolate sundae until you’re feeling better.
Fatty foods Don’t make your gut do double duty. Forgo the burgers and fries in favour of foods that are easier to digest, like simple carbohydrates and proteins.
Dairy products Whether dairy causes greater congestion or simply mimics the sensation is open to debate. Perhaps, though, the point is moot. If the feeling thicker mucus bothers you, it can’t hurt to avoid milk products while you’re sick.
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