Какво представлява сгъваемият стол за къмпинг?

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

Какво представлява сгъваемият стол за къмпинг? За разлика от обикновените мебели, предназначени за поставяне в дома, сгъваемите маси и столове са изработени от леки материали, което ги прави лесни за пренасяне и подходящи за всякакви дейности на открито, при които човек се нуждае от удобно място за сядане. Тяхната способност да се сгъват и прибират в плоско състояние, заемайки компактни размери, ги превръща в удобно къмпинг оборудване, подходящо за риболов, поход с кола, плаж, излет сред природата или за поставяне в градината или на терасата. Освен за външни, сгъваемите столове се използват и за вътрешни мероприятия, събиращи големи групи от хора – погребения, религиозни служби, спортни събития или състезания. Те идват на помощ винаги, когато човек има нужда от допълнителен стол. Сгъваемият стол намира приложение и в професионалната борба – като оръжие срещу противника. История на сгъваемия стол Сгъваеми столове са се използвали още в Древен Египет, Гърция, Рим, както и от шведските викинги. Рамката на столовете в началото се е правела от дърво, рядко от метал. Дървесината е била инкрустирана с красиви художествени рисунки, била е украсявана и позлатявана допълнително, а понякога като допълнителен материал се е използвала и слонова кост. За разлика от днес, тогава те са служели повече като украса за дома, отколкото като необходима мебел за дома или оборудване за къмпинг. В Северна Европа са открити останките на 18 сгъваеми стола, за които се смята, че датират от Северноевропейската бронзова епоха – един от тях е известният сгъваем стол Daensen. През Средновековието сгъваемите столове са широко разпространени и се вписват с духа на времето като литургична мебел, поставена в църквите. Постепенно и през следващите епохи приложението на сгъваемите столове се разширява – неговата практичност е оценена и те започват да се използват все по-често не просто за украса на дома, но и за семейни събирания и мероприятия на открито. Сгъваемият стол е патентован през 1855 година в Съединените Щати от Джон Хам. Преди това, през 1947 година, Фредерик Арнолд създава първия алуминиев сгъваем стол със седалка и облегалка, изработени от лейкопласт. До 1957 година компанията на Фредерик Арнолд, намираща се в Бруклин, Ню Йорк, е произвеждала над 14 000 стола всеки ден. Малко по-късно при изработката на сгъваеми столове са включени вариации от други материали – твърда пластмаса, метал или дърво. Моделите се разрастват и усъвършенстват, а самите сгъваеми столове стават неразделна част от човешкия бит. Видове сгъваеми столове Дървени сгъваеми столове. Съществуват най-различни по дизайн видове сгъваеми столове, направени от дървен материал – от обикновени столове, подходящи за събития до стандартни градински столове. Неоспорим факт е, че дървеният материал допринася за добрия външен вид на сгъваемия стол – един дървен стол изглежда много по-изискано от пластмасовия си или метален конкурент. Дори се изработват специални дървени сгъваеми столове, предназначени за официални поводи, като сватби, коктейли, партита и най-различни събития, изискващи стилно обзавеждане и декорация. Този тип столове се отличава с по-сложен дизайн, украса на дървения...

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Redcurrant No Bake Cheesecake Recipe for Valentine?s Day

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

Mmmmh. Nom nom nom. Today, we have a DELICIOUS looking Valentine?s Day Treat for you ? No Bake Cheesecake. Ooooh so good. My mouth is watering already! I know that we will have to have a go at making this delicious looking recipe! Chris is joining us once again in this year?s 31 Days of Love series. Celebrating bloggers from around the world and all their fantastic Valentine?s Day Activities, Ideas and Crafts! Over to Chris! Hello! I?m Chris and I blog at Life is Delicious where I share vegetarian recipes as well as crafts and lifestyle ideas. You can find me on Facebook , Twitter and Pinterest and you can see my alter ego over on Thinly Spread. I?m always keen to get children involved in the kitchen and this recipe for a no bake cheesecake is really easy to make, produces delicious results and makes a glorious Valentine?s treat! How To Make Redcurrant No Bake Cheesecake ? Recipe Ingredients 100g digestive biscuits 50g butter 275g cream cheese 225ml double cream 50g icing sugar 1tsp vanilla extract ½ tsp lemon juice 25g redcurrants plus more for decorating You will also need a 20cm, loose bottomed, spring form cake tin or four adjustable heart shaped moulds which will expand and allow you to release your cheesecakes.  Method Lightly grease your tin or moulds with butter whizz the biscuits in a food processor until crumbed (children like putting the biscuits into a plastic bag and bashing them with a rolling pin which does the job just as well and is lots of fun!) Melt the butter in a saucepan and mix thoroughly into the biscuit crumbs Press the biscuit crumbs firmly into your tin or moulds Simmer your redcurrants in a pan until they release their juice and go nice and squishy Pass them though a fine plastic sieve to remove skin and seeds, pressing with a spoon to make sure you have extracted all the juice, allow to cool In a food processor, whisk together the cream cheese, vanilla, lemon juice, redcurrant juice and icing sugar until smooth Whisk the cream until it forms soft peaks and fold into the cream cheese mixture Spoon on top of the biscuit base, smooth the tops and refrigerate overnight Unmould carefully and serve garnished with a sprig of redcurrants or some rose petals for your loved one! More Ideas From Life is Delicious    Strawberries and Cream Cake Homemade Bath Bombs Asparagus Tart Thank you so much for having me here to share my Grown Up Valentine?s Treat ideas! Do visit Life is Delicious for more treats to woo your loved one! You may enjoy these 25 Valentine?s Day Treats! Take a peak or browse the 31 Days of Love posts here! Or check here for a set of NO CANDY Valentine?s Day Gifts to friends. Did you like this? Share it: Tags: 31...

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Chilli hot chocolate, 16p, and a broken foot, priceless.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

This morning I woke up, walked out of the bedroom, skidded down the stairs, and crashed my foot into the wall with the full force of my rapidly-descending body slamming behind it. I spent the rest of the morning in Charing Cross A&E, where despite looking extremely light on staff, I was seen relatively quickly, by a doctor who used to be a psychiatrist and before that lived in the Phillipines (we had a great food chat!) I had my wonky-looking foot X-Rayed by a very kind radiographer, the doctor set it and strapped it up, and I cleared a good deal of my work diary for the immediate future. Walking with a stick on bruises and fractures and sprains is not really conducive to prancing about in a kitchen testing recipes, well, not as early as Monday, anyway. BUT, I made a New Years resolution to cook or make something new every day ? so apologies that today?s may be fairly low level, but I can?t stand unaided right now and I?ve sprained my right shoulder, so chopping and slicing and dicing is temporarily beyond me? However, it?s something I?ve been meaning to get to grips with for a while, so simple it may be, but it?s also delicious, and comforting. Ladies, gentlemen and non-binary readers, I bring to you an oh so simple chilli hot chocolate? Serves two (you?ll probably want both!) 500ml milk (can be made with 4 rounded tbsp skimmed milk powder and 500ml water, 14p*) 50g dark chocolate (or more if you like), 17p* 1/8 teaspoon of dried chilli flakes, 1p 1 teaspoon sugar, optional. Grab a bowl and a small saucepan ? the right sizes so the bowl can rest on top of the pan without falling in or touching the bottom. Now put a few inches of water in the pan, but the water mustn?t touch the bottom of the bowl. Sounds more complicated than it is, I promise. The cooking term for this (for the uninitiated) is a ?Bain Marie?, and a lot of cookbooks dictate that water touching the bowl will burn the chocolate and make it taste bitter. I love a bit of theory, me. Are you all set? Then we?ll begin. Heat your water on a medium heat and break the chocolate into squares. Pop it in the bowl, with the chilli, and stir gently to melt it. When the chocolate is melted and glossy and delicious looking, add a splash of milk to thin it out, stirring well. Add a splash more, stir, splash, stir, until all your milk is incorporated. Sounds like a faff, but I found out the hard way that just slinging it all in a pan and cranking it up impatiently leads to a mug of warm milk with chocolatey lumps floating in it, which just isn?t nice. Unless you like that sort...

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Kale, Barley and Cumin Soup, 37p

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

Barley is one of the cheapest grains currently available in shops and supermarkets, and my mum made pearl barley soup for us when I was a child, loaded with tiny chopped spring vegetables, carrots, spring greens and nutty pearl barley. I?ve taken her Northern Irish heritage and added some of my favourite spices for a warming, wholesome soup. Soaking your barley overnight isn?t essential, but it softens it a little, which shortens the cooking time needed. If you forget to soak it, or decide to cook this off the cuff, just add half an hour to the cooking time from when you add the barley. Ingredients (Serves 4 generously and costs 37p per person, see below for how I worked that out!) 200g pearl barley, rinsed and soaked for an hour, 22p 3 small onions, red or white (300g), 19p 6 fat cloves of garlic, 11p 2 tbsp oil for frying, 4p one teaspoon cumin (2.5g), 5p two large carrots, grated (300g), 17p 1.5l good vegetable stock (or chicken, if you prefer), 4p one tablespoon sugar (13g), 1p half teaspoon turmeric (1.5g), 3p one tablespoon red or white wine vinegar, 3p zest and juice of a lemon, 22p 100g natural yoghurt, 10p a good handful of kale (50g), 25p First, rinse your barley, then cover with cold water and leave to soak for an hour or so, ideally overnight. When soaked, drain and rinse it, and set to one side.Then grate your lemon zest ? it?s easier to do it with a whole lemon than one that?s been halved and squeezed, so do it now and set to one side ? you?ll need it later. Finely slice two of your onions, peel and chop your garlic, and toss into a saucepan with the oil or butter, cumin, and a pinch of salt. Cook on a very low heat for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally to cook evenly. When the onion and garlic are softened, grate one of your carrots and add to the onions and garlic, and stir. Add the barley, pour over the stock, squeeze in the lemon juice, and bring to the boil. Cover the pan and reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes, checking every now and again that there is enough liquid ? if the soup starts to dry out, add a cup of water and stir well. After half an hour, start to prepare your garnish for the top. Finely slice your last onion and grate your carrot, and pop into a frying pan with a little oil. Fry on a medium heat until soft. Add the sugar, cumin and vinegar and crank the heat up high to caramelise, stirring all the time to stop it sticking and burning. To serve, chop the kale and stir through. Ladle into bowls, and top with sour cream, spiced carrots and onions, and a pinch of lemon zest....

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Blog Giveaways Round-Up: Is it your lucky day?

Posted on Jan 24, 2015

This month we are all preparing for the madness that the Danceathon from TeamHonk will bring. If you haven?t signed up yet, why on earth not? Get your dancing shoes on. With this in mind, I am picking a few blog giveaways from this month that might help you out either with a bit of pampering before the big day, or perhaps giving you a little bit of a chance to get some training in while the wee kiddies are entertained! First of all there is a giveaway on KiddyCharts (29/01), but this one also has the added wee twist that you get to give 50p to The Kids Company for every entry, and all you need to do is share a picture of your kids at play with the #KiddyPlay hashtag and you can win scooters from Microscooters for the whole family. A scooter would help you train for the Danceathon now, wouldn?t it? Over on Ghost Writer Mummy (05/02), you could get the baby bouncing at the same time as you?re training, with a lovely giveaway for a 2-in-1 Fisher-Price Sensory Stages bouncer. Now, did you know that you could eat chocolate as part of a balanced diet ? nope ? well over on Honest Mum (07/02), the lovely Vicki is giving away a sports performance chocolate gift pack. You may have thought that chocolate and performance weren?t words that would go hand in hand, but do check out the post and the giveaway; you may well be surprised! Once you have done a bit of training, perhaps you will need to relax; well the latest craze seems to be in adult colouring, so why not join the kids with the In the Playroom (09/02) giveaway for some amazing adult colouring books? That should chill you out after some hard boogie-ing, right? If you are looking for something to entertain the kids while you get down and get dirty dancing, then why not nip over to Bizzimummy?s World (05/02), where they are giving away an awesome DvD bundle for the kids. Perhaps you can pop it on while you tackle the rowing machine? *not advocating use of the TV as a babysitter, obvs* We all need a bit of comfort when we are exercising in the house ? it can?t be too hot, or too cold. Red Ted Art can help you out here by helping you to take control of your heating with Home with Hive. A lovely bit of kit for free that normally costs c. £199. What the Readhead said (06/02) has been exploring the gifts available at Ivy Cabin and is offering an item up to £30 in value for you to get from their site; and I am afraid that the Lego Crayons that she reviewed would have to be top of my list. They will entertain, but also, they look mighty fine too. May not actually be able to bring yourself...

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