Modifying Your Recipes, More or Less

Written by Deirdre Jones

You just found that great recipe that you have been trying to find for over year. And now you're dancing around your kitchen in glee!

That's when you notice that it makes enough to feed a small army, but you only need to feed two.

Or perhaps, it only makes enough for two; and that's just not going to cut it for your family of five.

You REALLY want to prepare that recipe for your family and/or friends. So what's a cook to do?

Well, you'll be happy to know that it's a cinch to reduce a recipe or increase a recipe. And most ofrepparttar time you only need to reducerepparttar 105390 ingredients by half for less or doublerepparttar 105391 ingredients for more.

Reducing Recipes to make half a recipe...

It's pretty easy to reduce a recipe by half, you just use half of each ingredient. Ifrepparttar 105392 recipe calls for 2 tablespoons, you would use only 1 tablespoon.

It can get a little tricky with ingredients like eggs though. I mean, it seems kind of hard to come up with half of 1 egg, at first. But here'srepparttar 105393 trick...

Ifrepparttar 105394 reduced recipe calls for less than 1 egg, beat one whole egg. Measure out what you need with a tablespoon to divide. You can userepparttar 105395 egg that is left in scrambled eggs, sauces, or discard (but if you're like me, you hate to waste food).

More Mead M'Lord - Ireland's Medieval Banquets

Written by Kriss Hammond

More Mead M’Lorad – Ireland’s Medieval Banquets Read Jetsetters Magazine at Read this entire feature FREE with photos at:

The Earl of Thomond greets me and my two accompanying wenches — Carol and Mary — atrepparttar gate of Bunratty Castle. He points overhead: “If you misbehave hot oil will scald thee!” The Earl points down: “and you will fall throughrepparttar 105389 trap door never to be heard from again!”

The medieval ages have returned to Ireland asrepparttar 105390 Earl of Thomond guides us up a serpentine stairway tunnel carved inrepparttar 105391 entrails ofrepparttar 105392 limestone fortress, debouching intorepparttar 105393 Great Hall, or clan gathering place inrepparttar 105394 center ofrepparttar 105395 Castle. The Ladies ofrepparttar 105396 Castle await with warm medieval mugs of mead. A fire burns inrepparttar 105397 Great Hall pit. The Great Hall served asrepparttar 105398 gathering place forrepparttar 105399 great Celtic clans for over five hundred years. A harpist and violinist perform traditional Irish ballads asrepparttar 105400 ladies sing in cherubic synchrony. Each lady is replete with period costume, heavy purple, indigo, russet, burgundy, or maroon velvet gowns that move as gracefully as their lithe bodies.

Overhead hangs a huge ancient Great Irish Elk antler, extinct long beforerepparttar 105401 Castle was built in 1425, but found inrepparttar 105402 local peat bogs, preserved because ofrepparttar 105403 bog’s lack of oxygen.

A King and Queen ofrepparttar 105404 medieval banquet are pulled fromrepparttar 105405 visiting tourist crowd (maximum group during each banquet is 140) and they are seated onrepparttar 105406 royal throne. This hails “More Mead M' Lord!”,repparttar 105407 fermented drink of choice, andrepparttar 105408 only fermented drink of choice, ofrepparttar 105409 medieval ages. One ofrepparttar 105410 Ladies ofrepparttar 105411 Castle informs us that mead, made from honey, is served to newlyweds for a month, from one moon torepparttar 105412 next, hencerepparttar 105413 name, “honeymoon!”

The Earl shouts, “More Mead!” The peasants respond: “Yes, More Mead M’ Lord.”

Thus begins a night of medieval debauchery, lecherous behavior, and gluttony.

The Clans gathered inrepparttar 105414 Great Hall.

The Castle Bunratty, often called Bunraite in ancient times, isrepparttar 105415 jewel ofrepparttar 105416 west of Ireland, andrepparttar 105417 26 acres surroundingrepparttar 105418 crenellated rectangular Keep,repparttar 105419 finest of its type in Eire, includes a reconstructed Folk Park village. Such villages sprang up around castles, whererepparttar 105420 merchants, serfs, farmers, and peasants lived and supportedrepparttar 105421 nobility with their wares and labors.

The Castle has two nightly banquets year around, but if you arrive inrepparttar 105422 summer you can take inrepparttar 105423 Ceili or traditional gathering with Irish music ofrepparttar 105424 people that is as old as time. Ceili is a 18th/19th century Gaelic word meaning a gathering, coming together inrepparttar 105425 biggest barn inrepparttar 105426 district to sing, dance, and tell stories. At Bunratty Folk Park a Ceili is held every night from May to October. This is an evening of wild entertainment with a difference, no where else can you experiencerepparttar 105427 fun of whatrepparttar 105428 Irish do best — enjoy themselves.

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