Saturday, 23 August 2014

Duck eggs

duck eggs in a nestDuck eggs have become popular in the past few years and are now readily available to consumers. And while duck eggs are a natural, nutritious food, they do need to be handled and cooked with greater care than quality assured hens’ eggs.
Duck eggs available today are 'free range' or organic and are produced by both small holdings and large producers. However, as a current outbreak of Salmonella food poisoning is associated with eating duck eggs, some sensible precautions are needed in their handling and preparation. Salmonella causes food poisoning with diarrhoea and vomiting. However, more severe cases can go on to develop blood poisoning or meningitis. Whether you buy duck eggs in a supermarket or get them from someone you know, it’s important to remember the following advice on handling, storing and preparing duck eggs safely.

Handling and storing duck eggs

When handling duck eggs, always make sure that hands, surfaces and utensils that come into contact with raw duck eggs or shells are washed thoroughly in warm, soapy water, to prevent any Salmonella present from spreading to other foods. Duck eggs should also be stored in a container or box in the fridge away from ready-to-eat foods.

Cooking with duck eggs

A duck egg is heavier and larger than a hen’s egg and therefore needs more cooking time. Duck eggs are also more suitable for certain recipes than other egg types because they have a richer taste and a higher fat content in the yolk. And while duck eggs can work well in baked products where they are thoroughly cooked, they may have a 'rubbery' texture when hard boiled, scrambled or thoroughly fried. But because duck eggs must be fully cooked so that both the yolk and white are solid (to avoid possible Salmonella infection), it is essential only to use them in dishes that can be thoroughly cooked. And while the temptation is great, don’t taste (or let your children taste) raw baking mixes or lick spoons!
You should not assume that lightly poached or lightly cooked duck eggs are safe to eat. Duck eggs are also not suitable as ingredients for lightly cooked recipes like tiramisu, icing, homemade mayonnaise or hollandaise sauce. What also sets duck eggs apart is that their shells are harder than those of hen’s eggs. Any dirt, 'tint' or staining on the shell could well get into the cooking with the egg, so it’s essential that the finished dish is fully cooked through. And it's just as important to remember that your hands should be thoroughly washed with warm water and soap and dried completely before you touch any other food or utensils.

Thursday, 14 August 2014



Singing is the one talent virtually everybody possesses. Of course, some are more naturally skilled than others, but that can be overcome by dedication, practice, and more practice. Even if you're content to sing in the shower, there are some things you can do to improve your voice. Your golden voice will be ringing out in no time!

Choosing your singing style. The style you want to sing in can vastly change how you sing. understand the demands of your particular style, but realize that learning the techniques of multiple styles can only make you a better singer. This article mainly covers overall technique, but you can get specifics on particular styles like:

Find Your Vocal Range. This is essential, as singing pieces written for the wrong range may strain your voice until you sound like a bear with a cold.

  • Your range is largely determined by the size and shape of your instrument: your voice. The size and shape of your larynx is the primary factor in your vocal range. You may be able to push the boundaries, but your range is largely fixed. Here is a general guideline to help you find your range:
    • Sopraninos: Reaching the highest of the ranges, a Sopranino can sing to D6 and beyond.
    • Sopranos: Sopranos sing from C4 to A5, or even higher.
    • Mezzo-soprano: The mezzo-soprano range extends from about A3 to F5.
    • Alto: The standard range for altos is approximately E3 to E5.
    • Contralto: The lowest female voices are called "contralto," and extend below E3.
    • Countertenors: Males with very high vocal ranges, into the alto and soprano ranges of female vocals, or have a strong, clear falsetto, are called "countertenors."
    • Tenor: This is near the upper end of the male's vocal range. A tenor can comfortably sing between C3 and A4
    • Baritone: A baritone singer ranges between F2 and E4.
    • Bass: The range for a bass singer is around F2 to E4, with a comfort range normally between G2 and A3.
    • Contrabass: If you can sing G1 or lower, you are what's known as a sub-bass, contrabass, or a basso profundo.
  • People will love or hate your voice based on its sound character, not just how many notes you can hit or runs/trills you can do. Your range can be developed with the right training but be sure to use proven techniques that do not strain or wear out your voice.


Get started for free. There are hundreds of vocal training videos on YouTube, filled with everything from amateur tipsters to educated, professional singers. It can be a bit tricky finding a good vocal trainer on the Internet, but think of it this way: It's a great way to find out if you like being taught how to sing, whether you're ready to practice, and most of all, if you're ready to start taking lessons.

Take lessons. Find a vocal coach or qualified voice teacher who can help you become a good singer. Check with your local music store or your school music teacher.
  • If you're serious about becoming a singer, taking lessons sooner rather than later is the way to go: Poor performance techniques can ruin your singing voice for good!
  • If you cannot afford a teacher, or do not want the dedication that comes with hiring a professional voice coach, consider joining a local choir.
  • There are also a few learn-at-home vocal training courses out there such asSinging SuccessSing and SeeSingoramaSinging for the Stars and Vocal Release, but be sure to do your research to see which ones have really worked for other singers.
Get to know your singing tools. The more familiar you are with how everything is supposed to move and feel, the more attuned to your voice you will be.
  • Touch the top of your collar bone. About a half of an inch below your finger is the top of your lungs.
  • Examine your ribs. They move like bucket handles attached to your spine and your sternum. When you breathe in, they move upward as your chest expands. When you breathe out, they move downward as the air in your lungs is exhaled.
  • Find your chest line. This is the place where your lungs expand the largest. Place your hands about halfway down your torso, towards the bottom of your sternum. Take a deep breath, and move your hand till you find the point of maximum extension of the ribs.
  • The bottom of your lungs is right below your sternum, where your rib cages meet. This is the bottom of your lungs and the housing of your diaphragm. The reason your stomach may pooch out when you breathe deeply is because your diaphragm is pushing down on everything below your rib cage, not because your lungs are in your stomach.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

          Kittens: All About Behavior, Care and Fun

See what you need to know about kittens with information on kitten health, kitten behavior and what to do with your kitten to socialize her in your home.

Cat & Kitten Adoption - How to Rescue Feral Kittens
With patience and persistence, you can tame a wild kitten and transform her into a loving pet.
Cat Rescue - How to Raise Orphaned Kittens
Mom's gone, and you're taking care of her orphaned kittens. Here's what to do.
Cat Spay or Neuter - The Basics of Neutering
Castration prevents mating and can help prevent unwanted behavior, such as spraying urine, in male cats.
Cat Care - Top 10 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat
Spay or neuter surgeries can benefit both you and your pet.
Cat Spay or Neuter - Neuter Surgery Start to Finish
Everything you wanted to know about neutering your cat and more.
Halloween Cat Adoption Specials
Are pet promotions at dog and cat shelters around Halloween a good idea? Alley Cat Allies president Becky Robinson shares her thoughts.
Smitten With Kittens
A litter of stray kittens visits the office, and all work stops.
Kitten Costumes to Boost Adoptions
See how Texas photographer Wendy McKee turns kittens into hobbits, Whovians and Skywalkers to amp up their adorability and chances at finding homes.
Kittens Shipped Across California on Accident
Two kittens mysteriously arrive in an otherwise routine package. Hear how they managed to become part of the parcel.
World's Ugliest Kitten
Judge for yourself: With more than 15,000 Instagram followers, Devon Rex kitten, Stitch, is the cutest ugliest kitten in England.
Quiz: Cat Sleep
Cats and kittens love to sleep. See how you can give them a proper night's (or day's) rest.
Cat Experts - Why Does My Kitten Attack Her Tail?
Our vet expert explains what Feline Hyperesthesia Syndrome is and how it affects cats.
Does My New Kitten Have Fleas?
CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, gives tips on how to evaluate your kitty, with a vet's help.
My Kitten Has Ear Mites
CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, discusses ear mites and methods for getting rid of them.
What Vaccines Should My Kitten Have?
CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, discusses pediatric vaccination series for cats.
When Can I Get My Kitten Tested for FIV, FeLV?
CatChannel veterinary expert Arnold Plotnick, DVM, advises when kitten can be tested, and whether it should be separated from older cats.
Kittens - How Cats Breed
An experienced veterinary expert explains cat sex.
4 Ways to Calm a Hyper Kitten
Have a hyper kitten? Of course you do! Kittens have lots of energy to burn. Use the power of adjusted 80s song titles to find out how help your cat calm down.
How Can I Integrate Deaf Kitten Into Household?
CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger gives guidelines to make kitten comfortable and gain acceptance from resident cats.
My Kitten Goes Crazy in the Evenings
CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger discusses ways to help kittens burn up all that extra energy.
Our Kitten Is Harassing Our Resident Cat
CatChannel behavior expert Marilyn Krieger tells how to help kitten burn up energy while reassuring older cat.
Cat & Kitten Behavior - Social Sweeties: Early, Positive Experiences
Kittens benefit from positive socialization experiences in the early weeks of their lives.
Can Kittens Spray?
A feline behaviorist explains why female kittens may spray.
Take Introductions Slowly
A kitten needs to regain his sense of security before meeting the resident cats.
Selecting a Scratching Post
A feline behavior expert offers advice on finding the proper scratching post for your cat.
Scratching Post Placement
Watch your cat's scratching behavior to determine where to place his scratching post.
The Importance of Scratching
A feline behaviorist explains why cats need to scratch.
The Art of Holding Your Cat
A feline behavior expert explains the appropriate way to hold your cat.
Preferred Scratching Surfaces
Do cats prefer certain scratching surfaces over others? A feline behaviorist explains.
Carefully Consider Kittens as Gifts
A feline behavior expert urges thorough planning and follow-through when giving a kitten as a gift.
Bonding With a Sick Kitten
Long-term medical care seems to interfere with a kitten's ability to bond with her owner. A feline behavior expert offers some advice.
Playtime for Kittens and Kids
Follow these expert tips for developing playtime routines with children and kittens.
Benefits of Interactive Play
A feline behavior expert explains why you should make time to play with your new kitten.
Mr. Personality
With patience and gentle coaxing, you can help your kitten overcome a shy personality.
The Altered Cat
Learn what you can and cannot expect from spaying or neutering your cat.
Resources for New Kitten Owners
The internet can provide a wealth of information about kitten care. Set out on a voyage of discovery.
Cats and Kittens Pictures
See cute cat pictures and hillarious kitten pictures shared by CAT FANCY readers.
Kittens - Everything You Need to Know to Care for Your New Kitten
The CatChannel guide on how to acquire and care for a new kitten.
Kittens Evaluation - Where Do Kittens Come From?
An experienced veterinarian describes and explains the courtship, mating rituals and pregnancy cycle of cats.
Kittens Evaluation - It's a Matter of Class with Pedigreed Cats
Do you think a pedigreed cat is out of your price range? Think again.
Kittens Evaluation - Crazy Kitten Syndrome
Are the symptoms of Crazy Kitten Syndrome (CKS) happening in your home? Read on to find out.
Kitten Health and Care - Kitten Care: The Easy Way
With preparation and information, bringing up baby is a breeze.
Kittens Evaluation - Kitten Care Checklist
Get the 10 things necessary to welcome your new kitten home.
Kittens Evaluation - Introduce New Kittens Slow and Easy
Resident cats can accept new kittens if introductions are made slowly and carefully.
Kittens Evaluation - Quick Tips: Increase Your Cat's Sociability
Use daily play sessions to increase your cat's tolerance of people and other pets.
Kittens Evaluation - Litterbox Training
Before you introduce your kitten to litterbox training, review this list of do's and don'ts.
Kittens Evaluation - Litterbox Training Orphan Kittens
Orphaned kittens require extra help in many ways. Find out how to help your young charge learn to use the litterbox.
Kittens Evaluation - Four Tips to Kitten-Proof Your Home
Think like a cat when preparing your home for a new arrival. Look for potential hazards, then remove them from your new cat's reach.
Kittens Evaluation - Your Kitten's Layette
Understanding your kitten's needs will help make his homecoming a quick and easy transition. Learn which supplies you should have on-hand.
Kittens Evaluation - A Scratching Outlet
Giving your cat a place to scratch early on may help prevent household damage. Learn about the different types of scratching objects.

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    Sunday, 20 July 2014

    4 Tips To Make Your Internet Really Fast

    This topic is about improving internet speed for those who had nice speed before, If you are looking for How to Increase the Speed of Your Internet , then you are at wrong place.

    To improve you internet speed, follow the steps given below:

    1) Delete Temporary Internet Files

    Deleting 'temporary internet files' or 'temp files' makes your connection speed more better.
    Here is the instructions,

    1. Open Run dialogue by searching Run.exe or Press Win+R
    2. type ' %temp% ' without quotes.
    3. Now delete all the files in that folder.
    Cool, you're done with this.

    2) Use Any Internet Speed Optimizer 

    It is good to use any internet optimizing software to optimize your connection settings or boost,extend bandwidth .There are many apps like Max Internet Optimizer,TCP Optimizer,FoxFire3 etc..
    (I prefer Max Internet Optimizer , it has a nice UI)

    3) Use Internet Download Manager As Your Default Downloader

    Everyone knows that IDM is very fast downloader.It supports proxy servers,ftp,http protocols etc.It also allows you to use as schedule download.
    Grab it from here 

    4) Use Ad Blocker To Block Advertisements

    Nowadays advertisement have increased to the core level and you will find nothing on websites other than ads.
    Ads like Flash content or Animated content eats your bandwidth, to prevent this you have to get an app that blocks advertisement.
    You can download it from here

    Re-connect your connection and see the changes!!