You Reap What You Sow

The man slowly looked up. This was a woman clearly accustomed to the finer things of life. Her coat was new. She looked like she had never missed a meal in her life. His first thought was that she wanted to make fun of him, like so many others had done before.

"Leave me alone," he growled... To his amazement, the woman continued standing. She was smiling -- her even white teeth displayed in dazzling rows.

"Are you hungry?" she asked.

"No," he answered sarcastically. "I've just come from dining with the president..Now go away."

The woman's smile became even broader.

Suddenly the man felt a gentle hand under his arm. "What are you doing, lady?" the man asked angrily. "I said to leave me alone.

Just then a policeman came up. "Is there any problem, ma'am?" he asked..

"No problem here, officer," the woman answered. "I'm just trying to get this man to his feet. Will you help me?"

The officer scratched his head. "That's old Jack. He's been a fixture around here for a couple of years. What do you want with him?"

"See that cafeteria over there?" she asked. "I'm going to get him something to eat and get him out of the cold for awhile."

"Are you crazy, lady?" the homeless man resisted. "I don't want to go in there!" Then he felt strong hands grab his other arm and lift him up.

"Let me go, officer. I didn't do anything.."

"This is a good deal for you, Jack," the officer answered. "Don't blow it."

Finally, and with some difficulty, the woman and the police officer got Jack into the cafeteria and sat him at a table in a remote corner. It was the middle of the morning, so most of the breakfast crowd had already left and the lunch bunch had not yet arrived.

The manager strode across the cafeteria and stood by his table. "What's going on here, officer?" he asked."What is all this, is this man in trouble?"

"This lady brought this man in here to be fed," the policeman answered.

"Not in here!" the manager replied angrily. "Having a person like that here is bad for business."

Old Jack smiled a toothless grin. "See, lady. I told you so. Now if you'll let me go. I didn't want to come here in the first place"

The woman turned to the cafeteria manager and smiled. "Sir, are you familiar with Eddy and Associates, the banking firm down the street?"

"Of course I am," the manager answered impatiently. "They hold their weekly meetings in one of my banquet rooms."

"And do you make a goodly amount of money providing food at these weekly meetings?"

"What business is that of yours?"

"I, sir, am Penelope Eddy, president and CEO of the company."


The woman smiled again.. "I thought that might make a difference."

She glanced at the cop who was busy stifling a laugh. "Would you like to join us in a cup of coffee and a meal, officer?"

"No thanks, ma'am," the officer replied. "I'm on duty."

"Then, perhaps, a cup of coffee to go?"

"Yes, ma'am. That would be very nice."

The cafeteria manager turned on his heel. "I'll get your coffee for you right away, officer."

The officer watched him walk away. "You certainly put him in his place," he said.

"That was not my intent... Believe it or not, I have a reason for all this."

She sat down at the table across from her amazed dinner guest. She stared at him intently.

"Jack, do you remember me?"

Old Jack searched her face with his old, rheumy eyes. "I think so – I mean you do look familiar."

"I'm a little older perhaps," she said. "Maybe I've even filled out more than in my younger days when you worked here, and I came through that very door, cold and hungry."

"Ma'am?" the officer said questioningly. He couldn't believe that such a magnificently turned out woman could ever have been hungry.

"I was just out of college," the woman began. "I had come to the city looking for a job, but I couldn't find anything. Finally I was down to my last few cents and had been kicked out of my apartment.. I walked the streets for days. It was February and I was cold and nearly starving. I saw this place and walked in on the off chance that I could get something to eat."

Jack lit up with a smile. "Now I remember," he said.. "I was behind the serving counter. You came up and asked me if you could work for something to eat. I said that it was against company policy."

"I know," the woman continued. "Then you made me the biggest roast beef sandwich that I had ever seen, gave me a cup of coffee, and told me to go over to a corner table and enjoy it. I was afraid that you would get into trouble. Then, when I looked over and saw you put the price of my food in the cash register, I knew then that everything would be all right."

"So you started your own business?" Old Jack said.

"I got a job that very afternoon. I worked my way up. Eventually I started my own business that, with the help of God, prospered.." She opened her purse and pulled out a business card. "When you are finished here, I want you to pay a visit to a Mr. Lyons. He's the personnel director of my company. I'll go talk to him now and I'm certain he'll find something for you to do around the office."

She smiled. "I think he might even find the funds to give you a little advance so that you can buy some clothes and get a place to live until you get on your feet. If you ever need anything, my door is always open to you."

There were tears in the old man's eyes. "How can I ever thank you?" he asked.

"Don't thank me," the woman answered. "To God goes the glory. He led me to you."

Outside the cafeteria, the officer and the woman paused at the entrance before going their separate ways.. "Thank you for all your help, officer," she said.

"On the contrary, Ms. Eddy," he answered. "Thank you. I saw a miracle today, something that I will never forget. And..And thank you for the coffee."

Have a Wonderful Day. May God Bless You Always and don't forget that when you "cast your bread upon the waters," you never know how it will be returned to you. God is so big He can cover the whole world with his Love and so small He can curl up inside your heart.

When God leads you to the edge of the cliff, trust Him fully and let go.

Only 1 of 2 things will happen, either He'll catch you when you fall, or He'll teach you how to fly!

The power of one sentence! God is going to shift things around for you today and let things work in your favor. If you believe, send it. If you don't believe, delete it.

God closes doors no man can open & God opens doors no man can close.. If you need God to open some doors for you...send this on.

Have a blessed day and remember to be a blessing..  

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  • Top Six Reasons To Forgive

    No one can change the past, but you do have the power to upgrade how you feel about it, and that makes all the difference. You can take your power back from all those painful memories, and make peace with your past. Forgiveness heals the guilt and the hurt, and does this quietly, privately, and thoroughly. Forgiveness does not mean that you let anyone off the hook, it means that your present happiness is more important than your past suffering. Forgiveness does not mean that you condone the hurtful things done to you, it means that you reclaim your right to run your own life.


    Right now those hurtful things are running your life, and how is that working for you? The people who hurt you may have ruined your yesterdays, but only you are in charge of your tomorrows. And if you feel guilt over people that you have hurt, forgiving yourself will heal you and allow you to move forward with a happier attitude and a healthier body.


    So here are the top six reasons to forgive.


    1 You will feel better and laugh more.

    Resolving all that negative spin from your past allows you to enjoy yourself and have the daily fun you really want.  Your buttons will stop being pushed because they will be gone. You see, guilt and hatred resolve nothing, they just sustain the negativity that continues to stop you from reaching your personal and professional goals. Forgiveness, on the other hand, undoes the stickiness that binds you to all those unhappy yesterdays, and this returns your personal energy to your present life, and you get more done. Forgiveness is excellent for improved prosperity and success in every area of your life.


    2 You will be healthier.

    Carrying negativity appears to cause many physical ills. The body and the mind are the same thing. Just as ice and steam are still basically water, your body and your mind are simply different manifestations of your spirit. Relieve your mental stress and your body will be happier too. Nothing relieves mental stress like forgiveness. Forgiveness heals.


    3 People will like you better.

    You will be a more enjoyable person to be around, and will attract more positive people to your life.

    Humans are imperfect, and we all make mistakes. One trait of positive people is that they take life less personally, and readily forgive mistakes as they happen. On the other hand, perfectionists are often miserable people, having standards way too high to be reached. Would you settle for mere excellence? Then do so, and your relations with others will improve immediately. Happy people are all about smiles. Sure, there are fights worth fighting, but if you live is one long series of fights with other people, the exhaustion must be terrible for you. Forgive and life improves. It really is that simple.


    4 You will stop the constant suffering.

    Forgive others exactly because what happened was not your fault. Ask yourself: What was done to me? How long ago did all that happen? Are those hurtful people still in my life? Why should I keep suffering for what someone else did? Since it was not my fault, why am I still paying for it? Of course you have suffered way too long and way too much already. And those hurtful people have probably been gone from your life for years. So let the suffering stop right now. Forgive them.


    And it may be that complete, one hundred percent may not be possible for you at first, and that is fine. Not to worry, because you can start with a small percentage of forgiveness and work up. How about forgiving them ten percent? Twenty? Eighty? Even five percent forgiveness is an excellent step in the right direction. The more you forgive, the better you will feel.


    5 You have punished yourself long enough.

    Self forgiveness stops the overwhelming feelings of guilt that obstruct your happiness. Ask yourself: What was my crime? How long ago did that happen? Am I still doing stuff like that? If I had been imprisoned for it, would I be out by now? You have likely already punished yourself way too much, and it is time to grant yourself a full pardon. Forgive does not mean forget, it means accepting responsibility, and moving on with your life in positive ways, having learned your lessons. You can stop spinning over how you used to be and get on with creating the good life you have always deserved. So forgive yourself. Today. Right now. Since you cannot undo what you did, you must do the next best thing, and that is to face what happened, and then let the blame go.


    6 No one needs to know.

    Forgiveness happens privately. You do not need to call anyone up or write any letters. Forgiveness is an internal healing, and it is all about you. Other people will have to forgive themselves for what they did. Your concern is you. You evolve all the time anyway, so why not evolve for the better?


    And here is how do forgiveness. As you remember past events and the people involved, feel forgiveness flow from your heart out to them and back to yourself. Visualize what happened and who was there, forgiving everything and everyone involved. If you are not particularly visual, that is not a problem at all, since you can just sense and feel what happened, and process from there. Sensing and feeling work just as well as visualizing.


    If anger arises when you think of some people, then in the privacy of your own thoughts, confront them. Tell them how you feel about what happened, and spend all of that anger you feel toward them. Tell them all the things you would never say to their face, but need to express. And then forgive them.


    You may need to feel forgiven by your higher power. Please know that God forgives you the first time you ask, so only ask once. If you have to ask twice, then it is you who is not forgiving you. Forgive yourself fully knowing that God never needs to be asked twice.


    Author: Michelle Beaudry......


    Contributed by: i_asianwoman @ yahoo.com


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    25 Health Benefits of Lemons

    Lemon is one of those super foods with a myriad health and cosmetic benefits.  There are a few persons for whom it is an allergen, so make sure you are not allergic to this natural product, before you start enjoying the many benefits.

    1. Lemon being a citrus fruit , fights against infection. It helps in production of WBC's and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.

    2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.

    3. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good cholesterol) .

    4. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lower the rates of colon, prostate, and breast cancer. They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell, which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the formation of nitrosamines in the gut.

    5. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin.

    6. A few drops of lemon juice in hot water are believed to clear the digestive system and purify liver as well.

    7. The  skin  of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder  can  be  applied  to  the  hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves head ache and cools the body.

    8. Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents from getting more.

    9. Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightner and skin bleach which reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.

    10. Lemon juice is given to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and inflammation of the tongue.

    11. Lemon juice is given to prevent common cold.

    12. Lemon juice is given to prevent or treat urinary tract infection and gonorrhea.

    13. Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain insects to relieve its poison and pain.

    14. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems .

    15. Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin .

    16. Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal tract infections.

    17. Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.

    18. Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case of diarrhea.

    19. Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens the teeth and strengthens the enamel.

    20. A table spoon on thick lemon syrup everyday relieves asthma.

    21. Lemon juice relieves chilblains and itchy skin.

    22. Gargling lemon juice relieves throat infection and also used as a treatment for diphtheria .

    23. Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair .

    24. Lemon applied over the face removes wrinkles and keeps you young.

    25. Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis.

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  • The Chicken

    Once upon a time, there was a large mountainside, where an eagle's nest rested. The eagle's nest contained four large eagle eggs. One day an earthquake rocked the mountain causing one of the eggs to roll down the mountain, to a chicken farm, located in the valley below. The chickens knew that they must protect and care for the eagle's egg, so an old hen volunteered to nurture and raise the large egg.

    One day, the egg hatched and a beautiful eagle was born. Sadly, however, the eagle was raised to be a chicken. Soon, the eagle believed he was nothing more than a chicken. The eagle loved his home and family, but his spirit cried out for more. While playing a game on the farm one day, the eagle looked to the skies above and noticed a group of mighty eagles soaring in the skies. "Oh," the eagle cried, "I wish I could soar like those birds." The chickens roared with laughter, "You cannot soar with those birds. You are a chicken and chickens do not soar."

    The eagle continued staring, at his real family up above, dreaming that he could be with them. Each time the eagle would let his dreams be known, he was told it couldn't be done. That is what the eagle learned to believe. The eagle, after time, stopped dreaming and continued to live his life like a chicken. Finally, after a long life as a chicken, the eagle passed away.

    The moral of the story: You become what you believe you are; so if you ever dream to become an eagle follow your dreams, not the words of a chicken.

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  • The Mental Chain

    Most people are like the circus elephant. Have you ever seen a giant elephant in an indoor arena tied to a little wooden stake. That huge creature can pick up two thousand pounds with its trunk, yet it calmly stays tied. Why?

    When that elephant was just a baby, and not very strong, it was tied by a huge chain to an iron stake that could not be moved. Regardless of how hard it tried, it could not break the chain and run free. After it a while it just gave up. Later, when it is strong, it never attempts to break free. The "imprint" is permanent. "I can't! I can't!' it says.

    There are millions of people who behave like this creature of the circus. They have been bound, tied and told "You'll never make it," so many times they finally call it quits. The may have dreams, but the "imprinting" keeps pulling them back.

    Today, eliminate the source of your limitations. When you mentally break free, the boundaries will be removed from your future..

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    1. When you face a setback, think of it as a defining moment that will lead to a future accomplishment.


    2. When you encounter adversity, remember, the best don't just face adversity; they embrace it, knowing it's not a dead end but a detour to something greater and better.


    3. When you face negative people, know that the key to life is to stay positive in the face of negativity, not in the absence of it. After all, everyone will have to overcome negativity to define themselves and create their success.


    4. When you face the naysayer's, remember the people who believed in you and spoke positive words to you.


    5. When you face critics, remember to tune them out and focus only on being the best you can be.


    6. When you wake up in the morning, take a morning walk of gratitude and prayer. It will create a fertile mind ready for success.


    7. When you fear, trust. Let your faith be greater than your doubt.


    8. When you fail, find the lesson in it, and then recall a time when you have succeeded.


    9. When you head into battle, visualize success.


    10. When you are thinking about the past or worrying about the future, instead focus your energy on the present moment. The now is where your power is the greatest.


    11. When you want to complain, instead identify a solution.


    12. When your own self-doubt crowds your mind, weed it and replace it with positive thoughts and positive self-talk.


    13. When you feel distracted, focus on your breathing, observe your surroundings, clear your mind, and get into The Zone. The Zone is not a random event. It can be created.


    14. When you feel all is impossible, know that with God all things are possible.


    15. When you feel alone, think of all the people who have helped you along the way and who love and support you now.


    16. When you feel lost, pray for guidance.


    17. When you are tired and drained, remember to never, never, never give up. Finish Strong in everything you do.


    18. When you feel like you can't do it, know that you can do all things through Him who gives you strength.


    19. When you feel like your situation is beyond your control, pray and surrender. Focus on what you can control and let go of what you can't.


    20. When you're in a high-pressure situation and the game is on the line, and everyone is watching you, remember to smile, have fun, and enjoy it. Life is short; you only live once. You have nothing to lose. Seize the moment.


    If you think you can, you can........


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  • Why Brainstorming Is Ineffective & How To Fix It.

    Brainstorming was once thought a fantastic way for groups to generate new ideas. Although not as fashionable as it once was, brainstorming is still frequently used in business and, often inadvertently, for all sorts of personal decisions; people happily brainstorm for holiday destinations, restaurants and even new careers.


    Brainstorming certainly looks like a great way of dealing with some of the problems associated with decision-making and creativity in groups, such as groupthink and people's failure to share information effectively. By suspending evaluation, encouraging a relaxed atmosphere and quantity over quality, the brainstorming session is supposed to foster creativity.


    But now we know that brainstorming doesn't actually work that well. Experiment after experiment has shown that people in brainstorming sessions produce fewer and lower quality ideas than those working alone (Furnham, 2000). Here's why:


    Social loafing: people slack off to a frightening degree in certain types of group situations like brainstorming.

    Evaluation apprehension: although evaluation isn't allowed in a traditional brainstorming session, everyone knows others are scrutinizing their input.

    Production blocking: while one person is talking the others have to wait. They then forget or dismiss their ideas, which consequently never see the light of day.

    So if groups need to generate new ideas, new connections between old ideas and new ways of seeing the world, how should they proceed? The answer is that brainstorming needs a tweak.


    Brainstorming Reloaded


    Inspiration for ways to get around these problems comes from the research on electronic brainstorming. Gallupe and Cooper (1993) found that electronically mediated brainstormers generated more high quality ideas than face-to-face brainstomers.


    In this research brainstormers typed in their ideas to a computer which also displayed other people's ideas at the same time. This rather neatly gets around the social loafing and production blocking problems.


    These ideas can be used to motivate face-to-face brainstormers to produce better results (from Furnham, 2000):


    People should be encouraged to list ideas before coming to brainstorming sessions.

    The number of ideas produced by each person should be monitored.

    Problems should be broken down and group members should brainstorm components.

    Groups should take breaks from each other.

    High standards should be set for the number of ideas.

    But why bother to try and 'fix' brainstorming at all? Why not just send people off individually to generate ideas if this is more efficient? The answer is because of its ability to build consensus by giving participants the feeling of involvement in the process. People who have participated in the creative stage are likely to be more motivated to carry out the group's decision.


    Also it emerges that groups do have a natural talent, which is the evaluation of ideas, rather than their creation. The conclusion of the psychological literature, therefore, is that people should be encouraged to generate ideas on their own and meetings should be used to evaluate these ideas. The same rule applies in business as in your personal life. Generating ideas about where to go on holiday, what to write that new sitcom about, what question your research should address, and so on, are best done alone.


    Groups aren't where ideas are born, but where they come to sink or swim.


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  • The Ten Things in Life That YOU Control

    Are you controlling them or vice-versa?  We humans spend much of our time trying to control every aspect of our lives.  Unfortunately, too often we try and control things that are simply beyond our control. The list of what we can control is quite short, but once you know these 10 things you will be able to take control of your own life.

    1. What you do:

    Your actions are yours alone.

    You choose to make them or not make them and you are responsible for the effects of those actions.

     2. What you say:

    Likewise, the words you speak (or write) are also consciously chosen.

    Like actions, they have an impact on your life and the lives of those you contact.

    3. What you think:

    Yes, there are some subconscious thoughts that you can't control.

    But the things that you really think about, your beliefs, your ideals, etc. are concepts you have chosen to accept and believe in.

    4. Your work:

    Many people like to overlook this one, it being much easier to say, "Oh, I'm! trapped in my job because I don't have a degree, experience, etc."

    That's simple a way of denying one's responsibility in having chosen the job in the first place.

    It's your job and you chose it.

    If you stay (or go), that's a choice as well.

    5. The people you associate with:

    There's a famous T-shirt that states: "It's hard to soar like an eagle when you're surrounded by turkeys."

    Colloquial is very often correct!

    Your friends can either lift you up or bring you down.

    You make the decision which type of friends you wish to have.

    6. Your basic physical health.

    Much about our health is a factor of genetics, environment, and exposure.

    Much more of our health is simply a matter of the decisions we make about our health, such as: diet, exercise, drugs, sleep, routine physicals, check-ups, etc.

    7. The environment you live in:

    Your house, the condition of your home, the town you live in, the amenities available to you are all things you can control, although some to a lesser degree (i.e., you decide to tolerate them or move someplace else).

    8. Your fiscal situation:

    Having or not having enough money is a factor of what you make versus what you spend.

    9. Your time:

    You choose how to "spend" your time and how much of your time to give to various activities.

    You'll never get more time than the 24 hours your given each day.

    10. Your legacy:

    All your actions, words, and knowledge that you share while you are living become the gift that you leave when you are gone.

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  • 14 Skin Care Tips

    Healthy skin is a part of the happy life one is leading. Everybody loves to have glowing, pinkish and healthier looking skin. It is not true that you have to spend a lot of money on skin care products. You are natural and what suits you the best for your skin is natural remedies plus a few skin care products. I have mentioned some of the skin care tips I follow in order to maintain my skin. I used to spend a lot of money on skin care products, but now these simple steps are more than enough to achieve a healthy looking skin.

    1. Wash your face with a good cleanser in every morning and night.

    2. Scrub your skin with a natural scrub at least once a week.

    3. Apply honey on skin two times a week in the morning or night. Massage for five minutes in circular motions and rinse off with warm water.

    4. If you have acne on your back, the most probable reason for that is not cleansing the leftovers of shampoo on skin after bathing. Thus, always wash your back with soap after having a bath.

    5. If you have blemishes, dark spots on skin, apply some olive oil and massage before going to bed. This remedy is not recommended for facial skin since olive oil speeds up hair growth on skin.

    6. If you are suffering from facial acne choose a good cleanser specially created for acne prone skin.

    7. Make it a habit to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. Water performs wonders on your skin.

    8. Have a separate towel for yourself to wipe face and body..

    9. If you have dry skin, apply Vaseline on skin and massage for a few minutes before going to bed. You will see an amazing difference in the morning when you wake up.

    10. Once a week apply tomato juice mixed with a few drops of lime juice on your face and neck. Leave for 20 minutes and rinse off. This remedy is recommended for those who have oily skin with blemishes.

    11. A natural scrub for skin: get one cup of white sugar and mix it with a half cup of lime juice. Then you can use it to scrub your body as well as your face.

    12. Learn to do a few selected yoga exercises.

    13. Drink natural fruit juices made of papaya, pineapple, lemon or oranges. These fruits contain vitamins necessary for a healthy skin.

    14. Eat a healthy, balanced meal and avoid fast food.

    Disclaimer : The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions of this article. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the Writer/Sender.

    The service is provided as general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

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  • Nuts

    Nuts can be used in many ways. Whole, flaked and ground nuts and nut butters are widely available. A classic vegetarian savoury is nut roast and many vegetarian cook books give a recipe for one, which can be endlessly varied with different herbs and flavourings and different combinations of nuts and cereals. Nuts can be added to sweet dishes, cakes and biscuits, and nut butters can be added to soups and stews to thicken them.


    Nuts in general are very nutritious, providing protein and many essential vitamins, such as A and E, minerals, such as phosphorous and potassium, and fibre. Nuts are also high in carbohydrate and oils, so shouldn't be eaten in excess.

    Whereas pulses all belong to the legume group of plants, nuts come from a variety of different plant groups, so the nutritional content is more varied too. A brief description of individual varieties is given below, together with the main nutrients they contain.


    Nuts should be stored in cool, dry conditions in airtight containers away from the light. Because of their high fat content, many of them benefit from storage in the fridge or freezer to deter rancidity.



    Probably originated in the Near East but now grows in Southern Europe, Western Asia, California, South Australia and South Africa. Almond oil is used for flavouring and for skin care preparations and is extracted from the kernel of the Bitter Almond. The Sweet Almond is grown for nuts for eating and have the largest share of the nut trade world-wide. Almond flour is available and it is possible to make a nutritious nut milk from almonds. Almonds are particularly nutritious, 100g contain 16.9g protein, 4.2mg iron, 250mg calcium, 20mg vitamin E, 3.1mg zinc and 0.92mg vitamin B2.


    A native of South America. The nuts grow inside a hard, woody fruit rather like a coconut shell which has to be broken open to expose the 12-24 nuts inside. Brazils are high in fat, which causes them to go rancid very quickly, and protein. 100g of brazils contain 12g protein, 61g fat, 2.8mg iron, 180mg calcium, 4.2mg zinc.


    Native to America but now grown extensively in India and East Africa. It will withstand rather drier conditions than most other nuts. The nut grows in a curious way on the tree, hanging below a fleshy, apple-like fruit. It is related to the mango, pistachio and poison ivy. High in protein and carbohydrate, 100g cashews contain 17.2g protein, 60 micrograms vitamin A, 3.8mg iron.


    The sweet chestnut is a native of South Europe but is planted elsewhere extensively for both nuts and timber. The nuts can be used in soups, fritters, porridges, stuffings and stews, as well as being roasted or boiled whole. Available fresh (in autumn), dried, canned - whole or pureed, or ground into flour. Dried chestnuts need soaking for at least 1-2 hours and boiling for 45-60 minutes, fresh need boiling for 40 minutes before being peeled. Preserved in syrup they become the famous delicacy, Marron-glace. High in starch, but low in protein and fat, 100g chestnuts contain 36.6g carbohydrate, only 2g protein (the lowest of all nuts) and 2.7g fat.


    The coconut palm is common in tropical regions all over the world. The nut is covered in a fibrous outer coating on the tree and all parts of the tree are useful, the trunks for timber, the leaves for thatch, the fibrous husk produces coir - the starting material for ropes and coconut matting - and the nuts are used for food. Unripe nuts contain coconut milk. The nutmeat can be eaten fresh or dried (desiccated or flaked coconut) and is also available in blocks of creamed coconut. A valuable oil is also extracted from the nut meat and used for cooking (although it is very high in saturated fat), margarines, soaps and detergents. 100g fresh coconut contain 3.2g protein and 36g fat, dessicated contain 5.6g protein and 62g fat.


    Hazel, also called Cob, is a common wild tree in Europe and Asia and its nuts have been eaten by humans since earliest times. The cultivated varieties are bigger and the filbert is a similar but bigger species from SE Europe. Used in sweet and savoury dishes, they are available whole, ground and flaked, or made into oil and nut butter. 100g hazel nuts contain 7.6g protein, and they are lower in fat than most other nuts.

    Macadamia Nuts

    A native of NE Australia now also grown commercially in Hawaii. Notoriously difficult to extract from their shells, they are expensive but have a delicious creamy flavour and crunchy texture. Low in carbohydrate, but quite high in fat, 100g Macadamia nuts contain 7g protein and 40mg calcium.


    Also known as groundnuts or monkey nuts, peanuts are actually legumes. Of South American origin, it's now an important crop all over the tropics and southern USA. It gets its name groundnut because as the pods ripen, they are actually forced underground. Peanuts are high in protein and contain 40-50% oil. The oil is used in cooking, as salad oil, in margarines and the residue is fed to animals. Whole peanuts can be eaten raw or roasted or made into peanut butter (look out for brands which do not contain hydrogenated oils, which are highly saturated). As they are usually inexpensive, they can be mixed with other kinds of nuts to bring down the cost, while still maintaining flavour and good nutrition. 100g peanuts contain 24.3g protein, 2mg iron and 3mg zinc.


    A native of N America where it is used extensively in ice cream, cakes, nut bread and confectionery. The flavour is rather like a mild, sweet walnut. 100g pecans contain 9.2g protein, a very high fat content of 71.2g, 130 micrograms vitamin A (also very high), 2.4mg iron and 73mg calcium.

    Pine Nuts

    These are the seeds of the Stone Pine, a native of the Mediterranean region, but the seeds of various other pines are eaten in various parts of the world including the seeds of the Korean Pine or North American pinon tree. They are very difficult to harvest, hence their cost. They are vital for pesto sauce, and are delicious lightly toasted. They become rancid very easily and should be stored in the fridge or freezer. 100g pine nuts contain 14g protein.


    Native to the Near East and Central Asia but has long been cultivated in the Mediterranean region and more recently in the Southern US. The kernels are green and are prized as much for their ornamental colour as for their flavour. Also sold roasted and salted in their shells. They are more expensive than most other nuts. 100g pistachios contain 19.3g protein, 14mg iron, 140mg calcium.


    The walnut is native to SE Europe and West & Central Asia but is now grown in the UK, California and China as well. It is grown for timber as well as its nuts. Walnut oil has been used for centuries in the preparation of artists paints. The black walnut is a native of North America, introduced into Britain in the 17th century. The butternut is also from North America. These two have much thicker shells than European walnuts. High in fat, they go rancid very quickly and should be stored in the fridge or freezer. 100g walnuts contain 10.6g protein and 2.4mg iron.

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  • Sixty Uses For Salt

    Although you may not realize it, simple table salt has a great number of uses other than simply seasoning your food. The following list will give you sixty uses of salt, many of which you probably didn't realize:

    ·         Soak stained hankies in salt water before washing.

    ·         Sprinkle salt on your shelves to keep ants away.

    ·         Soak fish in salt water before descaling; the scales will come off easier.

    ·         Put a few grains of rice in your salt shaker for easier pouring.

    ·         Add salt to green salads to prevent wilting..

    ·         Test the freshness of eggs in a cup of salt water; fresh eggs sink; bad ones float.

    ·         Add a little salt to your boiling water when cooking eggs; a cracked egg will stay in its shell this way.

    ·         A tiny pinch of salt with egg whites makes them beat up fluffier.

    ·         Soak wrinkled apples in a mildly salted water solution to perk them up.

    ·         Rub salt on your pancake griddle and your flapjacks won't stick.

    ·         Soak toothbrushes in salt water before you first use them; they will last longer.

    ·         Use salt to clean your discolored coffee pot.

    ·         Mix salt with turpentine to whiten you bathtub and toilet bowl.

    ·         Soak your nuts in salt brine overnight and they will crack out of their shells whole. Just tap the end of the shell with a hammer to break it open easily.

    ·         Boil clothespins in salt water before using them and they will last longer.

    ·         Clean brass, copper and pewter with paste made of salt and vinegar, thickened with flour

    ·         Add a little salt to the water your cut flowers will stand in for a longer life.

    ·         Pour a mound of salt on an ink spot on your carpet; let the salt soak up the stain.

    ·         Clean your iron by rubbing some salt on the damp cloth on the ironing surface.

    ·         Adding a little salt to the water when cooking foods in a double boiler will make the food cook faster.

    ·         Use a mixture of salt and lemon juice to clean piano keys.

    ·         To fill plaster holes in your walls, use equal parts of salt and starch, with just enough water to make a stiff putty.

    ·         Rinse a sore eye with a little salt water.

    ·         Mildly salted water makes an effective mouthwash. Use it hot for a sore throat gargle.

    ·         Dry salt sprinkled on your toothbrush makes a good tooth polisher.

    ·         Use salt for killing weeds in your lawn.

    ·         Eliminate excess suds with a sprinkle of salt.

    ·         A dash of salt in warm milk makes a more relaxing beverage.

    ·         Before using new glasses, soak them in warm salty water for awhile.

    ·         A dash of salt enhances the taste of tea. ?

    ·         Salt improves the taste of cooking apples.

    ·         Soak your clothes line in salt water to prevent your clothes from freezing to the line; likewise, use salt in your final rinse to prevent the clothes from freezing.

    ·         Rub any wicker furniture you may have with salt water to prevent yellowing.

    ·         Freshen sponges by soaking them in salt water.

    ·         Add raw potatoes to stews and soups that are too salty.

    ·         Soak enamel pans in salt water overnight and boil salt water in them next day to remove burned-on stains.

    ·         Clean your greens in salt water for easier removal of dirt.

    ·         Gelatin sets more quickly when a dash of salt is added.

    ·         Fruits put in mildly salted water after peeling will not discolor.

    ·         Fabric colors hold fast in salty water wash..

    ·         Milk stays fresh longer when a little salt is added.

    ·         Use equal parts of salt and soda for brushing your teeth.

    ·         Sprinkle salt in your oven before scrubbing clean.

    ·         Soaked discolored glass in a salt and vinegar solution to remove stains..

    ·         Clean greasy pans with a paper towel and salt.

    ·         Salty water boils faster when cooking eggs.

    ·         Add a pinch of salt to whipping cream to make it whip more quickly.

    ·         Sprinkle salt in milk-scorched pans to remove odor.

    ·         A dash of salt improves the taste of coffee..

    ·         Boil mismatched hose in salty water and they will come out matched.

    ·         Salt and soda will sweeten the odor of your refrigerator.

    ·         Cover wine-stained fabric with salt; rinse in cool water later.

    ·         Remove offensive odors from stove with salt and cinnamon.

    ·         A pinch of salt improves the flavor of cocoa.

    ·         To remove grease stains in clothing, mix one part salt to four parts alcohol.

    ·         Salt and lemon juice? Removes mildew.

    ·         Sprinkle salt between sidewalk bricks where you don't want grass growing.

    ·         Polish your old kerosene lamp with salt for a better look.

    ·         Remove odors from sink drainpipes with a strong, hot solution of salt water.

    ·         If a pie bubbles over in your oven, put a handful of salt on top of the spilled juice. The mess won't smell and will bake into a dry, light crust which will wipe off easily when the oven has cooled.

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