TABLE ETIQUETTE 🍴🍽🍵🍷

Hi lovelies,

I stumbled upon a very interesting website recently and decided to make a post with excerpts from the site. After going through series of their write ups on dinner etiquette and its likes, I just kept laughing at myself 😂😂😂…. I still have a long way to go in figuring these things out, let’s learn more together. We can put our spoons to rest.

Do visit them, they have a whole lot of articles on etiquette.

Below is a brief write up copied from the website.

  


NAPKINS 
*Placing the Napkin in Your Lap. Place the napkin in your lap immediately upon seating. If there is a host or hostess, wait for him or her to take their napkin off the table and place it in his or her lap. (An exception to this rule is buffet-style meals, where you should unfold your napkin when you start eating.)

*Unfold your napkin in one smooth motion without “snapping” or “Shaking” it open.

*Don’t Tuck the Napkin. Don’t tuck a napkin into your collar, between the buttons of your shirt, or in your belt.
*Using the Napkin. Use your napkin frequently during the meal to blot or pat, not wipe, your lips. Blot your lips before taking adrink of your beverage.

~Temporarily Leaving the Table : When leaving the table temporarily, put your napkin on your chair. If the chair is upholstered, place the napkin soiled side up.
~Placing the Napkin at the End of the Meal :At the meal’s end: The napkin is loosely folded at the end of the meal.If a plate is in the center of your place setting, when leaving the table lay the napkin to the left of the plate.


WINE TASTING ETIQUETTE

Once it is poured into the proper glass, it’s time to evaluate and enjoy the wine. Evaluating wine involves four basic steps – looking, swirling, smelling, and tasting.

Step #1 – Look. Holding the wine glass up against a white background, such as a napkin or table cloth, to evaluate its color and clarity. Red wines should range in color from deep purple to brick red. White wines should range in color from lemon gold to golden amber.
Step #2 – Swirl. Swirl the wine in your glass to aerate it.
Step #3 – Smell. Put your nose in the glass and take a deep breath. Older wines should have subtler aromas than younger ones.
Step #4 – Taste. To taste the wine, fill your mouth about ½ full and subtly swish the wine around.


WHEN TO START EATING

At a small table of only two to four people, wait until everyone else has been served before starting to eat. At a formal or business meal, you should either wait until everyone is served to start or begin when the host asks you to.

  

HANDLING UTENSILS

The continental table manners style prevails at all meals, formal and informal, because it is a natural, non-disruptive way to eat.
Hold your fork in your left hand, tines downward.

Hold your knife in your right hand, an inch or two above the plate. 

Extend your index finger along the top of the blade.

Use your fork to spear and lift food to your mouth.

If your knife is not needed, it remains on the table.


PASSING THE FOOD

Pass to the right. One diner either holds the dish as the next diner takes some food, or he hands it to the person, who then serves herself. Any heavy or awkward dishes are put on the table with each pass. Special rules apply to passing salt and pepper and passing bread and butter.


RESTING UTENSILS

When you pause to take a sip of your beverage or to speak with someone, rest your utensils by placing your knife and fork on your plate near the center, slightly angled in an inverted V and with the tips of the knife and fork pointing toward each other.


TOASTING ETIQUETTE

The first toast given during a dinner is normally offered at the beginning of the meal.
Traditionally, the first toast is offered by the host as a welcome to guests.
Toasts offered by others start during the dessert course.
Remember, good etiquette is simply good manners.

Toodles

Hotchocolate❤️

“Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.”     Rita Mae Brown

Culled from etiquettescholars.com

 

Bananas for you 🍌😊

Hey guys!

Let’s talk bananas, following I’m one of those always trying to hold on to a diet (but almost always failing at it😭😭😭😭) I have a thing for making research on the kind of fruits I’m drawn to. In future posts, I’ll concentrate on others like watermelon, pineapples😍, apples, oranges (you can tell I have a sweet tooth). 

   
   

Bananas are my go to fruit, very filling, good when you feel constipated, and the best addition to make my smoothies. Here’s one very helpful article I stumbled upon.

Read on…Bananas are good for constipation, skin problems, heart, nervous system, PMS, anemia, kidneys, bones, stomach ulcers, indigestion, emotional state, blood circulation, hangovers, rheumatic aches and pains, blood pressure, morning sickness, and muscular regeneration.

When you compare a banana to an apple, bananas have four times the protein, twice the carbohydrates, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A, five times the iron, and two times the vitamins and minerals.

And, of course bananas are well known for being rich in potassium. Nutritionally, bananas are one of the best value foods available.

Bananas contain lots of manganese, vitamin B6 and vitamin C. Bananas also contain health-promoting flavonoids, polyphenolics, such as lutein, zeaxanthin, beta, and alpha carotenes (acting as free radical-gobbling antioxidants).

Bananas are well known for their potassium. Just one banana contains 422 mg of potassium (depending on its size), which is important for controlling your heart rate and blood pressure, as well as a host of other functions.


Nutrition Facts for One Medium Sized, Raw, Typically Ripe Banana, 120g

Calories: 105 3 calories from fat

Total Fat: 0g 1%

  Saturated Fat: 0g 1%

   Trans Fat: 0g 

Cholesterol: 0mg 0%

Sodium: 1mg 0%

Total Carbohydrate: 27g 12%

  Dietary Fiber: 6g 23%

  Sugars: 14.4g (varies with ripeness)

  Starch: 6.3g (varies with ripeness)

Protein: 1.3g 3%

Vitamins

Vitamin A 75.5 IU 2%

Vitamin C 10.3 mg 17%

Vitamin D 0 0%

Vitamin E 0.1 mg 1%

Vitamin K 0.6 mcg 1%

Thiamin 0.0 mg 2%

Riboflavin 0.1 mg 5%

Niacin 0.8 mg 4%

Vitamin B6 0.4 mg 22%

Folate 23.6 mcg 6%

Vitamin B12 0 mcg 0%

Pantothenic Acid 0.4 mg 4%

Choline 11.6 mg 

Betaine 0.1 mg 

Minerals

Calcium 5.9mg 1%
Iron 0.3 mg 2%

Magnesium 31.9mg 8%

Phosphorus 31.9 mg 8%

Potassium 422 mg 12%

Sodium 1.2 mg 0%

Zinc 0.2 mg 1%

Copper 0.1 mg 5%

Manganese 0.3 mg 16%

Selenium 1.2 mcg 2%

Fluoride 2.6 mcg 

Glycemic

Index
(glucose = 100)

50

(30-70 depending on ripeness)


Natural Remedies and Prevention With Bananas

Bananas help overcome depression, relieve seasonal effective disorder, and are great for elevating mood, reducing PMS symptoms, and reducing stress due to high levels of vitamin B6 and tryptophan and its ability to regulate blood sugar levels.
A study conducted by the Imperial College of London found that children who ate a banana every day had a 34% less chance of developing asthma.
Bananas help protect against muscle cramps during workouts and nighttime leg cramps. The high fiber in bananas can help normalize bowel motility (constipation relief). But if you have the runs, bananas can soothe and help normalize the digestive tract. Bananas also restore electrolytes that are lost from diarrhea. Green bananas are known to reduce or eliminate diarrhea.
Bananas alleviate heartburn (acid reflux). They are a natural antacid. Some people with stomach ulcers have problems with other raw produce, but bananas are the only raw fruit that can almost always be consumed without distress from ulcers because they coat the lining of the stomach against corrosive acids. Bananas, along with the right diet, can help heal stomach ulcers.
Eating bananas will help prevent kidney cancer, protect the eyes against macular degeneration, and increase calcium absorption. Eating bananas between meals helps to stabilize blood sugar and reduces nausea due to morning sickness.
Bananas can help reduce binge eating, as they help stabilize blood sugar.
Banana Peel Uses and Remedies
Banana peels can remove warts. Put a piece of banana peel against the wart (inside of peel against skin) and tape it in place. Rub the inside of a banana peel on bug bite or hives to relieve itching and irritation. With its healing and regenerative properties, banana peel can speed up the healing of bruises, scraps, scratches, and other injuries.
Rub the inside of a banana peel on leather (like shoes or a handbag) to polish; follow with a dry cloth for a quick shine.
Rub the inside of a banana peel on your teeth for a couple of minutes every other day for whiter teeth.



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While you’re at it, if you suffer from acne, try rubbing a peel over acne every night. The inside of banana peel can soothe the inflammation and irritation of acne and help prevent future outbreaks. You should see results in a few days.

Other skin issues that benefit from the inside of a banana peel include sunburn, psoriasis, poison ivy rash, and other rashes that are not Candida related. Rubbing the peel ob the forehead, face and cheeks can tighten the skin, shrink pores, and reduce wrinkles
The enzymes in banana peels can help dislodge a splinter. Try taping a piece of the peel (inside to skin) over a splinter for two hours.
Banana peels are great for compost.


Eating Fully Ripe Bananas

Ripe bananas with brown spots or peels can act as an anti-cancer agent by stimulating the production of white blood cells in the human cell line. On the other hand, when bananas fully ripen and develop dark spots on the skin, the starch content changes to simple sugars which can raise the blood glucose levels quickly and feed Candida or infection. As bananas ripen, some of the micro-nutrients decrease as well.


Eating Raw Unripe Bananas

Most of the carbohydrates in our diet are starches found in grains, potatoes, and various other foods. But not all of the starch we eat gets digested. There is starch called “resistant starch,” found in raw potatoes and unripe bananas which functions in a similar manner as soluble fiber. This starch has significant health benefits including appetite reduction, improved insulin sensitivity, stabilization of blood sugar levels, and various other benefits that aid indigestion.

Things You Didn’t Know About Bananas
1 To quickly ripen a banana, place it in a paper sack with a tomato or an apple.

2 Bananas are 75% water.(This doesn’t mean you should substitute your water intake for bananas 🙄)

3 Even though bananas are very sweet when ripe, bananas have a relatively low glycemic index rating.

4 One banana supplies enough copper to keep the body properly producing red blood cells.(now that’s interesting)

5As they ripen, bananas produce an enzyme called “pectinase.” This enzyme helps break down plant materials in our body.

6 A banana has as much starch as a potato.( I’m as surprised as you are😧😧😧😧😧😧

7 The fruit isn’t the only part of the banana you can eat. The flowers, leaves and trunk of the plant are edible as well. (Really? I’ll just leave the banana fruit and eat the leaves instead 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂)


How To Store Bananas So They Last Longer

If you’re one of those people who generally eats bananas quickly enough not to lose them to spoiling, you’ll benefit from a banana hanger (if you don’t already have one). If you need your bananas to last as long as possible, separate them and wrap each individual stem with plastic cling wrap. Lay them on padding such as a towel. Once bananas are at the desired ripeness, you can put them in the refrigerator. The banana skins will brown and eventually turn black in the fridge, but bananas are fine to eat.
Many people also peel bananas once they are ripe, put them in a plastic freezer bag, and then put them in the freezer for smoothies later.


How To Pick Good Bananas

It all depends on how ripe your bananas should be when they are ready to eat. Ripe bananas, unripe bananas, and all varying ripeness of bananas in between have their own unique benefits. So the question is, how soon do you want to eat them? The greener the banana the longer it will take to ripen. The more brown there is the more ripe the banana is.

Always look for organic bananas or fair trade bananas. They typically taste better in our opinion, and there is much less environmental degradation and no human rights abuses with these labels.

Article from : EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BANANAS by Michael Edwards( credit organiclifestylemagazine.com)

   

Here’s one more reason why I love my bananas 🍌😊

Toodles

Hotchocolate❤️

“Every time you eat or drink, you are either feeding a disease or  fighting it” ~ Heather Morgan, MS, NLC

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