COWBELL

2016 Cowbellpedia National Competition Is Here Again!

For those who have been waiting for the next competition, here it is. Cowbell National Secondary Schools competition is here again! This year, in the month of march, who will emerge the winner?

The winners of the Cowbellpedia Secondary Schools Mathematics TV Quiz Show in both Junior and Senior categories will be going home with a whooping sum of N1 Million EACH.

2nd and 3rd place winners will get 750,000 and 500,00 cash prize respectively.

So hurray and register your school at www.cowbellpedia.ng

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Hellofood To Sell Food Online In Kenya

KFC Kenya and South African sea food restaurant, Ocean Basket, have partnered with Hellofood to sell food online. According to Hellofood it will now deliver food bought from the two restaurants on its online platform to customers across Nairobi.

More and more people have realised that they can order for food online from their mobile phones or computers and have it delivered to their office as they work.  According to MD, Hellofood, Duncan Muchangi he said  ”We are happy to partner with KFC and Ocean Basket to continue to offer this convenience.”

In line with the partnership, both food chains will be looking to maximise on sales by tapping into the robust online market fuelled by a young tech savvy generation and a rapidly ballooning middle class in the country.

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Are Airlines Serving Healthy Foods To Passengers? Tips To Help You Improvise

There’s so much to dislike about air travel. There are the long lines and the delays, and of course, there is the bad airplane food. A recent survey  from Charles Platkin, nutrition professor at Hunter College and City University of New York found that airlines have a long way to go in making their meals and snacks nutritious and low in calories.

Talking about healthy food, it isn’t just about keeping the calorie count in check.  We should also take into account the amount of protein, fat and sugar content. The survey says even without looking at the nutritional information is that air plane food in general contains high levels of sodium. It could be the price you pay to get any enjoyment out of your air plane food. “Your taste buds change at high altitudes and you need more salt for the foods to have flavor.

So Here Is A Recommendation

Professor Platkin  encourages travellers to consult his survey, as well as their airline’s website, before their trip. Make a plan before you head to the airport, he said. If you are about to fly an airline that doesn’t have any healthy snack or meal options for you, try to eat a substantial meal before you leave and pack nutritious snacks, such as nuts, fruit and energy bars, Platkin recommended.

You can also usually find a list of airport restaurants online and pick up food to carry on at one of them. The important thing, when it comes to eating in the air, is that you never want to improvise.

Credit: Cnn

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Why Ethiopia Is The Biggest Coffee Producing Nation

In Africa, Ethiopia is regarded as the birth place of coffee. Infact, Ethiopia produces some of the most unique and fascinating coffees in the world.

The country is Africa’s biggest producer and ranks fifth globally. Last year it exported 190,000 tonnes of coffee beans, earning around $700 million, and in 2016 Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa will host the 4th World Coffee Conference, a high-level gathering of global experts.

In Ethiopia, consuming coffee has traditionally been a ceremonial affair with a deep, spiritual meaning, conducted at home. The beans are roasted in an open pan so that their rich aroma draws family, neighbours and other guests to gather.

After they are ground with a mortar and pestle, the coffee is brewed in a jug and poured into small cups from a height, with an up-and-down motion. Cups are filled to the brim, representing a wish for “fullness of life” for the guest, and there are three servings, the last of which is called baraka, or blessing.

Ethiopians are coffee drinkers with a history of drinking and enjoying coffee for over 1,000 years, little wonder why the nation is called a home of coffee.

Photo Credit: Cnn

The Italian Wine and Food Advocates Alfresco Dinner

Alcohol Use During The Holiday Season: What TO Be Aware Of

Everyone right now is in the holiday spirit. Many diners spend the holiday with family and friends, and alcohol is often a part of the celebration. If people get caught up in the excitement, they may consume too much of alcohol. So as you try to enjoy the groove, please drink wisely.

Here Are Some Tips to Enjoy This Festive Season Safely.

  • Eat before drinking
  • Space your drinks
  • Never drink more than what you can handle
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with water
  • Don’t be shy to refuse drinks that come your way.
  • Drink slower

Reasons Why You Need To Drink Moderatly

A study, published in Preventing Chronic Disease, found that excessive alcohol use shortened the lives of those who died by about 30 years. Also, more than 30,700 people in America  died in 2014 from alcohol-related causes, including alcohol poisoning, the Washington Post reports, citing new federal data. Those causes did not include deaths from drunk driving or homicides committed while drunk.

Excessive alcohol use is a leading cause of preventable death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It accounted for about 88,000 deaths each from 2006 to 2010, health officials said.

By not drinking too much and supporting community efforts to encourage others to not do so, you can reduce the risk of harm to yourself and others.

Enjoy the merry mood.

Sharwama

Why You Shouldn’t Indulge In Too Much Of Shawarma Snack

I remember writing about making my first home-made Shawarma on this blog, I was super exited about making it at home each time I crave for it. You can see recipe here.

I notice each time I walk through the vicinity of Lagos and it’s different neighbourhoods, almost every shop in each complex I enter have a Shawarma stand. Unlike few years ago where despite the price only those who could afford it would  have to drive down to the likes of Mr Biggs or a well known eatery to buy shawarma.

But right now, those of us who fall slightly above the low income earners can gladly buy Shawarma whenever we crave for it.

Of course Sharwama is very  healthy to eat but bear in mind that too much of it isn’t good for your body. Why ? You may ask; In as much as we love this nutritiously packed snack,  it is quite important to note that anyone who indulges excessively in Shawarma consumption stands a chance to become overweight or even obese as the snack is of high calorie based on the ingredients and the average size of one serving. With this high calorie value, it could also spike sugar level.

So how do we enjoy this snack? One of such ways to enjoy the snack without the fear of high calorie is to share with a friend or your siblings. That way, you have avoided consuming about 1000kcal out of the recommended 1900-2000kcal/day for an adult.

Remember, it is meant to be a snack and most likely, you will be consuming other meals that will add to your calorie and eventually increase your weight wish if not properly controlled might result into serious health conditions.

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Reasons Why There Would Be Hike In Food Prices This Christmas Season

The cost of food has increased in the country as Consumers of goods and services would have to pay a little more the Christmas season due to hike of food prices this year.

According to Nigeriabulleting.com, The latest report of a hike in inflation rate for the month suggests a bleak Christmas to most Nigerians, as most of the food items that constitute the staple of most homes during the Yuletide season would cost more. Prices in Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages division as well as Transportation were most affected, according to the report, attributing it to shortages in the supply of petrol.

The quantity of Food imported into Nigeria has continued to drop on a yearly basis, the Federal Government has said. And according to the Minister of Agriculture, Chief Audu Ogbe, This might be as  result of  the nation’s agricultural economy had been killed as a result of illegal importation of rice, frozen foods and other food items through Seme and Cameron borders, a situation he said had destroyed the nation’s capacity of feeding over 60,000,000 Africans.

Also if you recall in the month of November, President Mohammadu Buhari in Paris, France stated that Nigeria is currently suffering from the effects of the climate change which he said have drastically affected food security.

What do you think is the solution to making food available to Nigerians this holiday? Please share your thought.

 

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African Food Delivery App For Nigerians Living Abroad – Ojaexpress .com

A new app for food delivery service that will bring hard-to-find African grocery items like smoked goat, melon seeds and garri right to your door is now available.

Gone are the days of spending hours in traffic just to get to the market and facing the hustle of the crowded market or waiting in long lines for your cultural food. Since I heard about this app in my opinion, I would say it is food stuff shopping made easier.

This new app know as ”OjaExpress” allows users to utilize their time more effectively, and spend time doing things they find more valuable and enjoyable.

It is  available to those who resides outside Nigeria mainly in Chicago area but would son be extended to those in New York .

The co-founder said customers can make special requests and can also use the app to look up the recipe.  While Sobitan said they’re in the process of partnering with local African restaurants.

Anyone with a smartphone can download the free app and create a profile. The operation is similar to Peapod, an online grocery delivery service. Boyede Sobitan, 34, of Bronzeville, and co-founder Fola Dada launched OjaExpress  this last month of November

According to the founder, the app takes away the inconvenience and commute outside of the neighbourhood. There is also same-day delivery, and the service is available throughout Chicago.

Culled from dnainfo.com

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5 Delicious Food You Should Enjoy In This Month Of December

Enjoy the flavor of this sumptuous meals as we bring to you our top 5 delicious meals for the year 2015.

COCONUT RICE

Coconut rice

This Coconut rice delicacy should be on your top list of meal to enjoy this month. See Recipe here

IRIBOTOR

Iribotor Meal

This traditional meal of the Uroboh’s known as “Iribotor” is essentially a lighter version of the Igbos’ Nkwobi and Isi-Ewu recipes. I very sure you would loved every taste of it. See Recipe

GARDEN EGG SAUCE

Garden egg sauce

As a nutritious sauce that is healthy to have with rice or yam because it is a very good source of dietary fiber, potassium, and it’s also rich in antioxidants. Recipe here

UKODO

Plantain,yam pepper soup

Unripe plantain and yam pepper soup is one delicacy you would love to try. I call it the healthiest food in the world because it is rich in Iron and protein. This delicacy, known as ”Ukodo” in Delta state. Recipe here

Irish Potatoes with Catfish

Irish potatoes and fish is another meal that is breaktaking……

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3 Important Tips You Can Apply To Stop Sugar Free Drinks From Damaging Your Teeth, Doctor says

The human teeth is designed to do several things in our body as well add beauty to our smile. But when not given proper care, the countless of Sugar-free drinks produced may be as damaging to your teeth as those that contain the sweet stuff says Medical News Today

“Many people are not aware that while reducing your sugar intake does reduce your risk of dental decay, the chemical mix of acids in some foods and drinks can cause the equally damaging condition of dental erosion,” said Eric Reynolds, a professor at Melbourne Dental School.

According to the medical News Today, Sugar forms a plaque on the tooth surface that bacteria digest and covert to acid. This acid attacks teeth by dissolving outer layers of tooth enamel, it can expose the soft pulp inside the tooth by creating a hole inside the tooth. So to protect tooth decay, The following  3 steps can help to preserve our teeth health:

  •  Look for acidic additives such as cirtric acid and phosphoric acid in the ingredient list of sugar free products
  • After eating or drinking any acidic products, rinse your mouth with water then wait for an hour before brushing
  • Chew sugarless gum after drinking acidic beverages to increase saliva flow to neutralize the acid.