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Decorating Easter eggs
Many countries around the world decorate eggs during Easter.    Eggs first became associated with Easter in Medieval Europe. The Church forbade people to consume eggs during Lent and as such, the eggs laid during the 40 days would be preserved and stored. With an abundance of eggs, they would be consumed on Easter. Orthodox Christians in Greece and the Middle Easter dye their eggs red to represent the blood of Christ shed at his crucifixion. Germany first made chocolate eggs for Easter in the 19th century. The Easter egg is symbolic of rebirth, but using eggs to celebrate is a tradition that dates back to the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Romans and the Zoroastrians in Persia who dyed eggs to celebrate…
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Tea Party anyone?
When thinking about tea parties, you find yourself overwhelmed with thoughts of the British gentry, scenes from Alice in Wonderland, Victorian decor, blue haired ladies and pinky fingers stuck up in the air? However, the High Tea has come a long way since those days, with it becoming the latest trend and latest way to catch up with friends.  But you don't have to go out to the most expensive hotels (which can often end up costing you more than dinner) to enjoy an afternoon of High Tea.  You can host a gorgeous High Tea at home, and it definitely be an afternoon that your guests will remember.   First of all, decide who you are going to invite and…
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Greek Walnut Cake
Perfect cake to accompany an afternoon coffee or tea! Ingredients: Cake   - 1 1/4 cups coarsely chopped walnuts, divided- 2 cups flour- 2 teaspoons baking powder- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon- 3/4 teaspoon ground cloves- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg- 1/4 teaspoon salt- 2 large eggs- 3/4 cup brown sugar- 2/3 cup low-fat Greek yogurt- 2 teaspoons freshly grated orange zest- 1/2 cup orange juice- 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil   Syrup   - 1/3 cup orange juice- 1/4 cup brown sugar- 1 small strip orange zest - 2 whole cloves Method: - Coat an 8-inch-square glass baking dish with cooking spray and dust it with flour, shaking out the excess. - Spread walnuts on a baking…
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Flounder with tomatoes
Need a quick, healthy mid-week recipe?  Check out this delicious Baked Flounder Recipes.   Ingredients: - 500g very ripe tomatoes, cored, and halved - 4 garlic cloves, minced - 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil - 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice - 2 tablespoons thinly sliced fresh basil - Salt, freshly ground pepper - 4 boneless flounder fillets   Method: -  Toss tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, lemon juice and basil in a baking dish. Season with salt and pepper.  - Bake tomato mixture for 5 minutes. - Season fish with salt and pepper. - Arrange fish in a single layer over tomato mixture. Roast fish with tomato mixture until fish just begins to flake, about 10 minutes.
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