Can aluminum damage our health?

Aluminum is one of the most common metal on Earth.
Accordingly, it is found in small quantities also in the air, water and food.

In terms of food, it is possible to find this metal in some recipients. In addition, aluminum sheets are very used to cook and store foods.

Can these factors damage our health?
We can stay relaxed. The aluminum content of food and medicine is not to be considered a problem because only a small part of this metal is absorbed by our body.
The aluminum content that penetrates into the food we then eat from the leaves and containers depends essentially on some factors such as the temperature (if it is high, aluminum can be easily absorbed), or some ingredients, which can increase the traces of metal.

It’s obvious that an abuse of this metal can bring some damages to our health.
However it is impossible to avoid aluminum completely. At the same time, thanks to some precautions, we can reduce the quantity of aluminum assumed.

For instance:
1. Instead of using aluminum sheets, when it is possible, we can replace them with oven paper.
2. Avoid to cook with high temperatures
3. Reduce the use of aluminum utensils.

M & M’ s world!

M & M’s are sugared almonds that contains chocolate. They are covered with colored icing, imprinted with a letter “m”, produced by Mars, Incorporated.

What is their history?
They were introduced to the market in 1954, although the “M & M’s” brand was already in existence since 1941. There are many variants of the product: for instance,  M & Ms with milk chocolate, peanuts, blossomed rice, liqueur, peanut butter, white chocolate, chocolate with mint, vanilla, dark chocolate, almonds, chocolate with orange, coconut and so on Initially, the colors in which the M & Ms were produced were brown, yellow, orange, red, green and purple: the color blue was added only in 1995.

The letter “m” on each M & M is dye added on the surface of the sugared almonds, which is the symbol of these choco desserts.

Where can you buy them?
They are available in bars, supermarkets and even in special stores.
In fact, there are various M & M’ s store situated in many cities of the world, such as New York and London. Inside the store you will see a colorful and “delicious” world. There are several M & M’s dispensers and gadgets of all type. Visiting their store, you’ll have an unforgettable experience!

In addition, it is important to say that M & M’s have two mascots, built on fixed graphics computers that appear in commercials, usually alongside the “human” turn-key testimonial. The two mascots are the sarcastic “Red”, who is a red M&M’s, and the most naive “Yellow”, who is a yellow M & M’s . In the United States, have also been introduced other characters to promote the variations of the product: for instance, there are “Green” “Blue” and “Orange”.

Did you know? Inside the M & M’s London store, the main characters are reproduced in the style of the famous Abbey Road photo of The Beatles.

Drinking lemon water in the morning is good for health!

A glass of warm water with a half  lemon juice the morning when you are already awake can be very powerful to your health.

This miraculous drink is really simple to prepare: you just have to add a freshly squeezed organic lemon juice to a glass of warm water. If the taste is too sour, you can add a teaspoon of honey to soften it but do not use sugar!
To enjoy all the benefits and properties of this elixir it is essential to consume it with an empty stomach.

Time by time, you will see several benefits for your body and your health.
Don’t you believe it?

Let’s discover the main benefits!

1) It can stimulate the immune system. Rich in vitamin C, lemons are the best ally against colds and respiratory problems. They also help absorb iron from the body.

2) It helps to don’t getting fat. It is clear that lemon has detoxifying and it is an excellent antioxidant. For this reason, it can help to keep your weight regular.

3) It is good for the bones. Thanks to the presence of vitamin C in lemons, this drink can be a very powerful ally to bones and connective tissue.

4) Ensuring hydration. Water and lemon help the body reintegrate the lost liquids. It is not an action to underestimate: if the body is not moisturized enough you may feel tired, weak and unconfined. In fact, it is recommended to drink many glasses of water a day (about 8).

5) It is good for skin and to avoid wrinkles. Lemon juice cleans the face and hands skin and is effective especially for fat skin. It also reduce the risk of the development of wrinkles and stains and acne.

6) This drink can be an ally against the tumor. Water and lemon would eliminate the formation of carcinogenic and free radicals.

7) It helps the digestive system. In fact, lemon juice stimulates the liver to produce bile, necessary for digestion. Mixed with warm water also stimulates the intestines and eliminate toxins, stimulating the production of urine.

8) It can adjust blood pressure. Thanks to the high presence of potassium, pressure and nerve activity are stabilized.

9) Natural Energizer. Even the lemon flavor alone has energizing properties and improves mood; Drinking juice gives a great amount of energy to our body. In addition, it struggles with fatigue, stress, appetite and depression, and stimulates creativity. So it could be very good for your brain!

10) It is helpful for your mouth. Lemon refreshes the breath and gives relief from toothache and gingivitis.

11) It can cure some inflammations, which refer to stomach, intestine or the urinary tract.

These are just a few of the main benefits of these drink because both ingredient are miraculous alone!
In fact, the benefits of lemon are known since antiquity. It contains citric acid, calcium, magnesium, vitamin C, bioflavonoids and other substances which stimulate immune defenses and combat infections.
While water ensures good hydration causing many benefits about brain, muscles, digestion, heart, arteries, stomach, bones and so on.

How to cook Vol-au-vent?

The vol-au-vent are a delicious appetizer and snack, in which the main ingredient is the puff pastry.
They have French origins and the term “vol-au vent” comes from the fact that they are so light that they can be taken away from the wind.

Do you want to prepare them?

Let’s bake!

200 g of flour
40 g of butter
2 glasses of water
5 g of salt

Put the flour in a bowl, make a hole in the center and pour cold water, melted butter and salt.
Knead until you form a ball, then make a cross on the surface, wrap it in a film and rest it in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
After the time indicated, take the dough and stretch it on a oven sheet.

Now you can decide the shape of the puff pastry.
If you want to make vol-au vent you can cut the dough in various little shapes, making some “baskets”.
Then, you can fill them as you prefer: with fresh cheese, ham, tomatoes or green olives, salmon, tuna, salami and other flavors.

When you have filled your vol-au vent, lay them on a baking tin and put it in the oven for about 20 minutes.

How to prepare Profiteroles?

The term profiteroles derives from the diminutive of the French word profit (which means profit, gain), and it consists of a preparation of a series of small bignès forming a single chocolate cake.

Let’s bake it!


For the bignés (the choux pastry):
Flour 00 150 g
Butter 100 g
Water 200 ml
Sugar (about 5 g)
Eggs (medium) 4

For the Chantilly Cream:
Fresh liquid cream 500 ml
Iced Sugar (about 2 tablespoons)

For the covering:
Fresh Liquid Cream 500 ml
Dark Chocolate 300 g
Whole Milk 20 ml

Firstly, cut the butter into pieces and put it in a pan. Also add water and sugar. Boil everything.
As soon as it starts to boil, move the mixture from the fire and mix the sifted flour (to avoid lumps).
Then mix all with a whip until the mixture is thickened.
Place the pot on fire and continue mixing it with a wooden ladle, bravely shaking, with the help of a wooden ladle.

In this way you will obtain a soft and consistent compound. Add eggs and continue to mix. Accordingly, you will get a smooth, homogeneous, creamy and non-liquid compound.
Once your “choux pastry” is ready, place it in  a Sac à poche with a smooth nozzle. Use it to form some “balls”.
When you have finished this procedure, cook the buns in preheated static oven for 30 minutes at 200 ° avoiding opening the oven during cooking. Take your bignès out of the oven and allow them to cool down completely.

Once they have been cooked and cold, make a hole on each bignès with something sharp.
Now we can prepare the Chantilly cream that will serve you to make the chocolate profiteroles.

Put in a large bowl 500 ml of fresh liquid cream and mix it with iced sugar. With the cream obtained, fill all the bignès and place them in a refrigerator, closed in a hermetic container or simply cover them.
Meanwhile, prepare the covering of the chocolate profiteroles: put the fresh liquid cream and the milk in a saucepan.
Bring them to the boil and add the dark chocolate.
Stir until the chocolate is completely dissolved and to obtain a perfect compound . Place them in the refrigerator and wait for them to cool down.

Now you can put your bignès into chocolate cream and with the help of two forks fetch them,
When you are doing this procedure, create a pyramid of bignès.
In addition, if already there is chocolate in the bowl, you can pour it over the pyramid, creating a very work of art!

With this recipe, you can bake more than fifty bignès.

You can taste it immediately or you can conserve them in the fridge for one day, laying the composition in a hermetic container.

This delicious dessert, however, is available in many varieties. We have told you the traditional recipe but it can change from a country to another.
And if you are not able to prepare it, don’t worry! You can buy it everywhere: in bars, bakery, restaurants and even in the supermarkets!