As a nation, we find a lot of things to complain about; the weather, ‘chav’ culture, unemployment….the list goes on. But one thing we should all be proud of and thankful for is our fantastic health care service.
The National Health Service or NHS, was created in 1948. It entitles each citizen to free, high quality healthcare, something that our cousins across the pond don’t have the privilege of.
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Greek cuisine is known for its diversity, offering individuals a range of fantastic dishes. With meat based and vegetarian meals both readily available across the region, all utilising a vast range of ingredients and spices, there is plenty of choice when it comes to cooking Greek dishes.
Of course, whilst a range of ingredients are used in these meals, there are a number of items which are frequently used in Greek recipes.
So what are five of these key ingredients? And what sort of recipes are they used in?
1. Filo pastry
This layers thin sheets of pastry together to provide a unique texture and taste. The multiple layers help to strengthen the pastry, making it the perfect ingredient for a variety of purposes. Filo pastry can be made from scratch or purchased pre-made. It can dry out quickly and it is, therefore, essential that anyone using this ingredient works quickly or keeps the pastry covered in cling film or a damp cloth when they are not handling it.
The pastry is commonly used to create ‘parcels’ of food, especially within Greek cuisine. One example of this is a dish known as spanakopita, which are small triangular shaped parcels containing spinach and cheese.
Life cannot exist without air. Pure air is essential for healthy life and the purity of the atmosphere has direct impact on the relation between health and diseases. The uncomfortable feeling in a place is mainly due to the high temperature, excess of water-vapor and lack of air, movement which cause beat stagnation.
Of the two most essential elements that sustain life, air is of greater importance than water, as life cannot be sustain without air (oxygen) for more than 3 minutes, but one can survive for a few days without water. For maintenance of healthy life pure air is necessary, because it purifies the blood by interchange of O2 with CO2 in the lungs. It also regulates the body temperature and promotes digestion and assimilation. Air strengthens the body and nerves, improves metabolism, increases resistance against disease, etc.
Air is a mechanical mixture and not a chemical compound and the composition of air is more or less constant. Water vapor varies with temperature. Traces of ammonia, organic matter, salts of sodium, ozone, dust and other mineral substances are also present in a variable quantity.
We have all experienced at least once the bad effects of overcrowding in a cinema, bar or in a theater. This happens due to physical factors as there is no evaporation of heat from the surface of skin. The prevention of heat loss by radiation causes heat stagnation and people suffer from drowsiness, headache, lassitude, nausea, vomiting which may lead to unconsciousness or death. In the past, it was believed that these symptoms were caused entirely by the changes in the air by respiration. However, it is proved that the increase of carbon dioxide and organic poisons from the expired air as well as the decrease of oxygen are not sufficient by themselves or even in combination to produce these symptoms unless other conditions, such as the stagnation of air, increased humidity and rise of temperature which are present in the overcrowded room.
Natural sources of ventilation are not possible, where a large number of people are congregated for a considerable long period and where climatic conditions do not permit free use of open doors and windows. Therefore, artificial ventilation is largely resorted to in these places and the mechanical means are used to facilitate the renewal of air.