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The term cake has a long history. The word itself is of Viking origin from the Old Norse word “Kaka”.
Cakes are broadly divided into several categories, based primarily on ingredients and cooking techniques.
The first category is the yeast cakes and is one of the oldest.
Then there is the cheese cakes which aren’t really cakes rather, custard pies with a filling made mostly of some form of cheese. They have very little flour added to them.
The third category is the sponge cakes which are thought to be the first of the non yeast based cakes and rely primarily on trapped air in a protein matrix to provide leavening.Then Butter cakes rely on the combination of butter, eggs and sometimes baking powder.
So, there you have it! What will be your take?

Wednesday

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Blackout

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We all have had that perfect moment, it is an evening, you have special guests in the house, the music is in the air, the kids are playing video games or watching cartoons in the living room…..and then all over sudden, a black out! Then everyone is running around trying to find a candle or a torch! It is quite a laughable situation if you think about it; but at that moment one is usually vexed. Having a repeat of the same would only prove a bad learning curve on your end. Since that bit is settled, our latest range of solar products will ensure that such an event ends up pretty neat; fact is, the guests will be more impressed at you than disappointed. These products will save your face at such a moment so why not give it a try?

Wednesday

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Saving Energy?

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In the spirit of saving energy and efficiency; I will state with a 50% certainty that we all got someone living in less urbanized regions and still use traditional methods to cook and warm food in the house.It could be your mum, aunt, sister or grandmother. ( Not saying that men don’t cook!) Look no further as mamamikes is offering you the new Jiko poa! Saves up to 50% energy; something that you want to have a look into!!!!

Tuesday

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Associations and Meaning

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New beginnings are always difficult to adjust to; they could be change of geographical locations, new work places, new homes and new relationships. Transitions are hard because one is like a man at a crossing, where he can see where he is coming from and where he is heading to. Thus he stands at a position of neutrality.
That being said then we begin to realize that change is something we should always embrace as nothing ever remains the same. Nature is constantly configuring matter both animate and inanimate into new forms. January is a frustrating month for most of us as it deals with a lot of responsibilities for change either in form or ideals. Fresh off the new year’s resolutions, expectations are high.
January is named after Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions; the name has its source in Roman mythology coming from the Latin word for door. He is the two faced god who is able to see both the past and the future. In religious context, the first of January is the feast of the circumcision of Christ; being the seventh day after the 25th of December according to Jewish tradition. There are many other associations, holidays and events that would coincide with this time but the important thing to note is the meaning.
Meaning is what creates perception and in turn perception dictates how you understand reality. This January the opportunity to change and turn it into a joyful season is possible. The fact that we can’t wait for a holiday like Christmas or Mother’s day is only so because of the meaning you associate it with. So why not change the meaning of this month and make it what you would like to see and have?
Enjoy the rest of the month!!

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Pre-Valentines

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For all lovers, the broken hearts and those aspiring to be loved your favorite day is around the corner! Feeling loved is the fondest of human emotions and for that we will pay anything to have it forever. But I suppose those desires are constantly met with challenges that will either reinforce the love or break it down. To be able to control or predict this endeavor is for lack of a better expression, impossible.
Dealing with the emotions is one thing, seeing the symbol of the emotion another and to understand the meaning of the symbol is even more critical. The symbol I have in mind is Valentines; the day and what the supposed meaning is. The big red heart finds its most use during this season. But one must wonder why the heart had to be in such a shape and not any other shape; I mean, a circle looks subtle and nice…well maybe a bit too perfect. You must wonder where I am going with this!
The combination of the heart shape and its use within the heart metaphor developed at the end of the middle ages. The geometric shape itself is found in much earlier sources but in such instances does not depict the heart but typical foliage in examples of antiquity fig leaves. The scalloped shape of the now familiar heart symbol with a dent in its base first arises in the early 14 century. Various hypotheses attempted to connect the heart shape as it evolved in the late medieval period with instances of the geometric shape in antiquity but that is as far as the shape is concerned.
The other interesting bit to explore is the name Valentines rather the figure behind the name. The name Valentines is derived from Valens which means worthy,strong or powerful. A widely recognized third century Roman Saint; not much is known of the figure apart from the idea that he was imprisoned for performing weddings for soldiers who were forbidden to marry.
That is as far as I will go as the general history of the day but remain wondering how much impact such a day has created in the society for the centuries that it has been celebrated. Somehow it feels that human being are not independent of seasons and have constantly to be reminded to carry out important duties; well, such as loving and appreciating a lover! If that is so and the season is due, well, here is the once in a year opportunity to do so. If however you are going for something more permanent, well, the derivation from which valentines came from is a good start to know what is important; Valens; something strong, worthy and powerful; then the day will be short of another day that you get to practice the art of appreciating your lover the whole year;perennially; through all seasons, for a life time.

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