Dіm Sum: Thе Art of Chіnеѕе Tea Lunсh

Dіm Sum, оnе of thе mоѕt рорulаr Chіnеѕе foods, соmрrіѕеѕ оf аn innumerable assortment оf ѕtеаmеd dishes, dumрlіngѕ, аnd оthеr gооdіеѕ. Many nоn-Chіnеѕе think that dіm sum is juѕt a steamed dumpling wіth mауbе a dірріng ѕаuсе to ассоmраnу іt. Hоwеvеr, аlthоugh that іѕ one tуре оf dіm ѕum, thе term “dim ѕum” does nоt rеfеr to a ѕіnglе rесіре but to a ѕtуlе of serving a vast ѕеlесtіоn of different snack type items.

Lіtеrаllу mеаnіng “to tоuсh уоur hеаrt”, Dim Sum fооdѕ are bеѕt knоwn for thеіr rісh ԛuаlіtу аnd соmреtіtіvе рrісіng, аnd аrе usually еnjоуеd bу people as thеіr fаvоrіtе brunсh. Thе Chіnеѕе trаdіtіоn оf Dіm Sum was іntrоduсеd to thе Western Cоuntrіеѕ in thе 19th сеnturу by thе Chіnеѕе immigrants frоm thе Canton rеgіоn. In fасt, іt іѕ thе Chіnеѕе Dіm Sum thаt is thоught tо hаvе іnѕріrеd thе whоlе іdеа оf ‘brunch’, a lаrgе mіd-mоrnіng meal оftеn lіnkеd wіth drіnkіng tea. Whеthеr at hоmе or іn a restaurant, dim sum саn bе еnjоуеd аnd bесаuѕе оf thе mаnу сhоісеѕ, there іѕ аlwауѕ something fоr everyone. It is mеаnt tо bе ѕоrt оf аn Aѕіаn brunсh thаt іѕ served a lа саrtе.

The fооdѕ thаt are usually ѕеrvеd as a part оf a typical dіm sum lunсh аrе еіthеr deep-fried оr ѕtеаmеd. The dеер-frіеd delicacies include Wu Gоk, a kіnd оf a tаrо turnover, аnd mіnі ѕрrіng rolls оf dіffеrеnt vаrіеtіеѕ. At times, a dіm ѕum lunсh mіght аlѕо include special lір-ѕmасkіng goodies, ѕuсh as the ѕhrіmр dumрlіngѕ wrарреd in ѕеаwееd аnd tорреd with a dоllор оf ѕаlmоn caviar!

Thе ѕtеаmеd delicacies served аѕ a раrt оf thе Chіnеѕе dіm ѕum include a lаrgе variety оf fооdѕ, rаngіng frоm ѕtеаmеd pork ѕраrеrіbѕ аnd Char Siu Bао, steamed buns wіth roast роrk, tо Hаr Gаu, thе vеrу dеlісіоuѕ ѕhrіmр dumрlіngѕ wіth a trаnѕluсеnt ѕkіn. Besides thеѕе ѕtеаmеd оr dеер-frіеd dеlісасіеѕ, a dim ѕum lunch аlѕо іnсludеѕ a dessert аnd green tеа. For dеѕѕеrt, еgg custard tаrtѕ аrе uѕuаllу served, but іf уоu аrе luсkу, уоu mау hаvе a сhоісе bеtwееn a mango аnd аn almond рuddіng.

Thе Chinese Dіm Sum dishes usually vаrу frоm one restaurant tо another. Othеr Chіnеѕе dіѕhеѕ that аrе often included іn a dіm ѕum lunch at ѕоmе Chіnеѕе restaurants іnсludе thе flower ѕсаllіоn rоllѕ, аlѕо called ‘Huа Juаn’, vеgеtаrіаn аnd non-vegetarian роt-ѕtісkеrѕ, ѕеѕаmе ѕееd balls, ѕhrіmр toast, Shu Mai, spareribs, Cаntоnеѕе spring rоllѕ, Taro Crоԛuеttе, аnd steamed Chicken’s fееt.

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Healthy Alternatives To Sweets

It’s a new year and that means a new you! You’ve probably made tons of New Year’s resolutions for the upcoming year and eating healthy is probably at the top of your list given you splurged and went crazy on things you shouldn’t have ate (hello sweets) during the holidays. Don’t fret if that means you have to give up sweet things you love like cookies, ice cream and anything else with loads of sugar since you can still satisfy your sweet tooth with healthy alternatives. So if you’re one of those people that need something sweet then here are some delicious healthy alternatives that you’ll absolutely love without having to sacrifice your New Year’s resolution of eating healthier:

1. Yogurt Parfait
You’ll love the scrumptious flavors that will entice your sweet taste buds when you enjoy a yogurt parfait that’s made with healthier choices like yogurt, nuts, granola and fruit. You can even add a bit of shaved dark chocolate for added sweetness!

Yogurt Parfait

 

2. Fruit
Nothing is healthier than fresh fruit and you’ll get enough natural sugar to curb your sweet tooth cravings. Plus they’re loaded with nutrients and fiber that your body needs!

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3. Dark Chocolate
Even though you’re trying to cut back on your sugar, you can still indulge in dark chocolate since it’s not made with any added fat or sugar that’s added to milk chocolate. Plus it’s packed with antioxidants that are good for your body.

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4. Smoothie
Easy to make and easy on the sugar, a healthy smoothie for breakfast or a snack is all you need for any of your sugar cravings. You can easily find a ton of smoothie recipes online or create your own using your favorite fruits and ingredients.

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5. Fruit Popsicle
When the weather gets warm outside, you’ll need a cool treat and a fruit popsicle will do the trick! All you do is puree your favorite fruits, add some lime juice, freeze and then enjoy. You can mix up the ingredients and create your favorite fruit popsicles!

Fruit Popsicle

3 St Patrick’s Day Foods To Increase Your Luck

St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and the centuries old holiday is celebrated every year on March 17th, honoring the Irish patron saint St. Patrick. There are many celebrations and traditions associated with St. Patty’s day (as many like to call it), including wearing green, parades and drinking. But no holiday would be complete with its own delicious foods and St. Patty’s day is no different! Here are a few traditional Irish-inspired St. Patrick’s Day foods associated with the holiday:

1. Corned Beef and Cabbage
This favorite is delicious and worth all the time spent in preparing it, so if you’re looking to eat it as your St. Patty’s day feast, you need to start cooking well ahead of your festivities! When cooked right, the corned beef is super tender and full of flavor, in addition to being very hearty with the vegetables added, including carrots, cabbage, celery and onion.

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2. Irish Soda Bread
Fairly simple to make (you just need flour, baking soda, salt, buttermilk and caraway seeds), Irish Soda Bread is a traditional product of a poor country, which is why it’s made with basic ingredients. To carry on traditions, before baking it, cut a cross on the top with a knife to ward off the devil and protect the household from evil.

Irish Soda Bread

3. Shepherd’s Pie
Considered to be hearty comfort food, shepherd’s pie is a classic Irish dish that’s actually a casserole of cooked ground meat and vegetables topped off with mashed potatoes. It’s easy to make and doesn’t require a lot of work, making it perfect to make for your St. Patty’s festivities! Read on below for the recipe!

Shepherd’s Pie

 

Shepherd’s Pie

Ingredients
• 1 pound of ground beef chuck
• 1 garlic clove that’s minced
• 1 medium onion that’s chopped
• 2 tablespoons of ketchup
• ¼ teaspoon of dried thyme
• 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour
• 1 box of frozen mixed vegetables
• Coarse salt and ground pepper
• 3 cups mashed potatoes
Directions
1. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Cook the beef in a large pot on high. Make sure to break up the meat with a spoon and cook until it’s no longer pink. Then add in the garlic and onion and cook until it’s softened.
2. Add in the flour, ketchup and thyme and stir until it’s all combined. Add in ½ cup of water and the vegetables, cooking until the vegetable are warmed through and the liquid has thickened. Season with salt and pepper.
3. Spoon the beef mixture into a 2-quart baking dish and then spread the potatoes evenly over the beef. You can use a fork to decorate the potatoes with peaks and lines. Place the dish on a rimmed baking sheet and bake until the potatoes are lightly brown (usually 10 to 15 minutes).

4 Traditional Easter Dishes

With Easter just around the corner, you’re probably planning on having family and friends over and are trying to decide on what to cook.

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Although there’s no set Easter menu you should follow, here are a few traditional Easter dishes you might want to consider serving for your guests:

  1. Hard-Boiled Eggs

Not only will you be dying dozens of hard-boiled eggs and hiding them for the kids to find, you’ll also be able to use those Easter eggs for your Easter feast! You can make decorative and colored deviled eggs to serve as appetizers for your guests before the Easter main dishes.

  1. Hot Cross Buns

Many cultures around the world feature hot cross buns during their Easter celebrations, which is actually a tradition that comes from ancient Anglo-Saxons, who were the first to bake small wheat cakes that were in honor of the springtime goddess Eostre. Then when they converted to Christianity, the church used these cakes to serve aster Easter mass.

  1. Roast Lamb Dinner

Many like to indulge in a roast lamb dinner on Easter Sunday that goes all the way back to the first Passover, which had a sacrificial lamb that was roasted and eaten, along with unleavened bread and bitter herbs, which is still used in Passover Seder, in hopes that no harm would come to their household.

  1. Honey Ham

In the States, a honey ham is a traditional Easter item. Back when there was no refrigeration, meat was slaughtered in the fall and the fresh pork that wasn’t eaten in winter was cured for spring. Since this process took quite a while, the first hams were ready in time for Easter.

 

Easter Classic Glazed Ham Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 9 to 10 pound bone-in fully coked smoked ham, either butt or shank half
  • 2 tablespoons of whole cloves
  • 1 ½ cups of glaze

Directions

  1. Remove the ham from the fridge and let stand at room temperature fo about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 325. Trim any skin on the ham, using a sharp pairing knife to go trough the fat in a diagonal crosshatch pattern through the meat.
  3. Insert the cloves and place them at the intersections of the cuts.
  4. Get a roasting pan out and place the ham flat-side down on it.
  5. Pour 1/4 “ of water at the bottom of the pan and transfer to the oven.
  6. Roast until a thermometer registers at 130 degrees, which should be about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

The Awesomeness Of Microwave Popcorn

When you go to the movie theater, the first thing you probably do after walking inside is to hit the concession stand to get your popcorn fix! A movie night is nothing without a bag of popcorn smothered in butter, right? We love how it’s the perfect snack to eat while enjoying your movie and the fact that you can opt to buy regular or add some flavor to it with some seasoning, which many theaters are now providing as a delicious option.

 

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And just as you’d buy a bag of popcorn when you’re seeing a new release in theaters, a movie night at home is nothing if you don’t have some microwave popcorn to accompany a relaxing night in. Microwave popcorn has come a long way with various options on your grocery shelves like extra butter, no salt, low-fat and so much more. It’s an easy snack to make and literally is ready in a matter of minutes. But the key to really making delicious popcorn and for getting the whole bag to pop is using your microwave’s “Popcorn” setting instead of punching in the time yourself. When you follow directions on the package, you usually either get burned popcorn, which leaves a nasty smell in your home, or popcorn with lots of un-popped kennels at the bottom of the bag.

A great way to add more flavor to your popcorn is by adding seasoning on top. You can either buy them already packaged or simply use a bit of garlic salt and Parmesan cheese for some added kick!

Here’s a delicious recipe for rosemary, garlic and pecorino popcorn:

Ingredients:

  • Bag of microwave popcorn
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary, minced
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 4 tablespoons of butter
  • ½ freshly grated Pecorino Romano cheese (or simply use Parmesan)

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a small pan over medium-low heat and then add the garlic and rosemary and cook for about 2 minutes until the garlic is slightly brown. Remove from hat.
  2. Pop the bag of popcorn in the microwave
  3. Pour the butter, garlic and rosemary mix over the popcorn and toss gently.
  4. Add the cheese to the warm popcorn and enjoy!

The Perfect Dinner

Whether you are planning a perfect casual dinner out with a friend or loved one, or just a luxurious time at home in the evening to spoil your spouse or family at large, choosing the right recipe is essential. Preparing chicken with tomatoes and prosciutto served with polenta will not just add a romantic touch to your dinner, but also leave you salivating for more.

 

Recipe for Chicken Cooked with Tomatoes & Prosciutto over Polenta Serving

Chicken thighs or wings are lightly covered with bread cramps and seasoned using white wine and sage. It is served with a tomato mixture topping and served over well-prepared polenta. The savory sauce made up of tomato-prosciutto mixture and the seasoning gives the dish a rich flavor with an aromatic touch.

You can save time when preparing this one-dish meal by preparing the polenta whilst the chicken cooks.

Serving:

For 2 (2 chicken thighs or wings; ½ cup of sauce; and ½ cup of polenta)

Ingredients:

  • 6 ounces or 4 pieces of skinned chicken thighs or wings
  • 1 teaspoon of rubbed and dried sage or 1 tablespoon of fresh sage (chopped)
  • ¼ teaspoon of divided salt
  • ¼ teaspoon of black pepper (freshly ground)
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 2/3 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • ½ cup of wheat flour (all-purpose)
  • ½ cup of dry wine (white)
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice (freshly squeezed)
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1 cup of seeded tomato (peeled and chopped)
  • 21/4 cup of ham or prosciutto (cut into thin strips or slices respectively)
  • Sage sprigs (if desired)

Method of Preparation

  1. Mix the pepper, sage and 1/8 teaspoon of salt. Sprinkle the mixture over your chicken thighs or wings.
  2. Add the wheat flour in a shallow dish and dredge your chicken in it.
  3. Place a non-stick skillet or pan over medium to high heat and add the olive oil.
  4. Let the oil heat up for a couple of minutes and add your chicken in the skillet. Allow the chicken to fry for about 4 minutes before turning them so that the other side can also cook.
  5. Add white wine over your cooking chicken for seasoning purposes and cover the skillet. Reduce the amount of heat and let it simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Get a 1-quart casserole, add an eighth of teaspoon salt and the yellow cornmeal in it. Add water gradually into the container as you stir the mixture to blend.
  7. Set your microwave high and place the mixture in it for 12 minutes and keep stirring after every 3 minutes. Cover the mixture and put it aside for about 5 minutes.
  8. Your chicken should be ready by now. Remove it from the skillet and add the tomato mixture in the pan to cook for one minute.
  9. Add the prosciutto and lemon juice in the same container and stir. Serve polenta on plates and place your cooked chicken on top. Add the sauce as topping and if you desire, add the sage sprigs as garnish.
  10. Serve your dish and enjoy the perfect dinner.

10 Unique Infusers to Make Your Tea Time Better

The day for instant tea in bags is over with the emergence of infusers. Tea infusers aren’t a new concept in the world of tea; there are different kinds that were used in the past by tea drinkers and lovers alike. The most common are tea balls, tea baskets, tea tongs, tea sticks, teaspoons, and more.

Although they are still being used today, there are new types of infusers with a more creative and unique design. Here’s a list of the coolest-looking tea infusers that’ll surely add more fun to your tea time.

 

1.     Floating Duck Tea Infuser

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This duck infuser is made of silicone rubber and stainless steel mesh. This cute rubber ducky is easy to use: unscrew the stainless steel mesh below and put a teaspoon of your preferred loose tea leaves. Screw it back together and voila! You can let your little ducky float. Who says this cute little one only belongs to the bathtub?

2.     Deep Tea Diver Infuser

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How deep can this little man go? Well, as deep as your cup will allow. This deep tea diver is complete with a body, an oxygen tank and a belt. It is made from food grade silicone and is available in different colors. Just put in your favorite loose tea leaves and let the tea diving begin.

3.     Titanic Tea Infuser

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Designed after the “unsinkable” ship Titanic, this tea infuser is both clever and majestic. It’s a tea bag holder made from stainless steel. It recreates the sinking of the famous ship whenever you dip it in your cup.

 

4.     T-Rex Tea Infuser

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 If you want to go wild and fierce, then you may want to get this T-Rex infuser. It’s a food grade silicone shaped like a miniature dinosaur in color green with a chain for hanging. It is easy to use; just lift the head, pour your loose tea leaves, and you’re now ready for steeping.

 

5.     Goldfish Tea Infuser

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There are many fish in the ocean, but this goldfish can be found on your teapot! This cute little fish is made of silicone that is attached with a chain for hanging.

 

6.     Teatube Test Tube Infuser

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 If you have enjoyed your laboratory work during Science class, then you’ll also love this test tube-designed tea infuser. You can now concoct more ways to steep your tea leaves with this easy to use accessory.

 

7.     Rocket Tea Infuser

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You can have an out of this world feel when using this rocket shaped tea infuser. It’s made of stainless steel and is complete with chain for hanging and dip tray after steeping.

 

8.     Tea to my Heart Tea Infuser

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This food grade silicone tea infuser might be the way to your heart. It is designed like a heart with an arrow pierced through it. It may be small, but it can perfectly hold your loose tea leaves while steeping.

 

9.     Mr. Tea Infuser

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This silicone tea infuser is designed by Fred & Friends. It’s perfect to accompany you during lazy times when all you want to do is lounge around and savor your tea.

 

10.  Teapot Tea Infuser 

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This tea ball is designed like a teapot that you can fill with your favorite loose tea leaves. Dip it in a cup of hot water and just relax while waiting for the tea to seep in.

Tea infusers may come in different shapes, sizes, designs and colors. However, all of it will be nothing without the tea leaves you will use. You can choose from any of the infusers out on the market, but you can also be creative in your own way. You can try this Do-it-yourself Tea Infuser.

Any more ideas? Feel free to comment below.

 

 

Household Storage For Your Home

In the current economic climate it is becoming increasingly difficult to sell your property quickly whilst achieving the highest price possible.

Therefore homeowners are realising the need to make their property more appealing to a larger market, what appeals to you may not to prospective buyers. Recent television makeover programmes all refer to the negative effect of clutter in the home and its impact on a house sale. Staging your home is become an important factor in activating a property sale.

To help prospective buyers visualise your house as their home the use of household self storage units can provide a clean, safe and secure temporary home for your larger non-essential belongings to create the feeling of space in a balanced and harmonious home. With the flexibility of household storage items can be manoeuvred around the house sale / purchase process i.e. prior to selling self storage units can be used to declutter, after the sale other items can be added in conjunction with the removal. Once settled in your new home items can be taken out at your leisure. The size of your unit can be reduced at anytime during the process also reducing the costs.

Where just decluttering and using a self storage unit is the answer, some cases may require more aesthetical work such as decorating or full / part renovation. Once again household self storage rooms can house your belongings whilst the work is undertaken keeping them safe and clean out of harms way. Money spent wisely on redecorating, renovating and storage very often results in an increase in the market value of the property, which vastly out weighs the costs incurred. By achieving the optimum price for your well presented home, and maybe negotiating a reduced purchase price on a poorly presented house can maximise the benefit, making all your work and planning worth while and cost effective.

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4 Ways to Prepare Hot Dogs

Hot dogs are always a favorite and can be used at a variety of different occasions – birthdays, BBQs and so much more.

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And everyone has their own favorite way to make hot dogs. If you need some inspiration cooking one of your favorite meals, here are some different ways to prepare hot dogs:

  1. Grilling

This has to the No. 1 way to prepare hot dogs, especially if they’re the main dish at a birthday party or a summer BBQ. Nothing beats the delicious taste of a grilled hot dog on a grilled bun fresh from the grill! Hot dogs that have been grilled provide a succulent smoky taste that will delight all. And they’re super easy to make – just fire up your gas or charcoal grill (even a wood-fired grill will work) and lay the hot dogs out on their sides. Just keep turning them over until they’re fully cooked and serve for your guests.

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2. Boiling

When you can’t fire up the grill, you can easily opt to boil your hot dogs on top of the stove. Hot dogs done this way are still delicious and make for a quick meal when you don’t have a lot of time to cook. Just fill a pot with enough water to cover the hot dogs and then bring to a boil. If you like moister hot dogs, cook for about 4 minutes, but if you like crispier hot dogs, leave it for about 6 minutes.

3. Microwave

When you have zero time to boil or grill hot dogs, you can easily place them in the microwave. Just use a microwave-safe bowl, fill it with some water and cook on high for 2 to 3 minutes. Then just drain the water from and serve!

4. Oven-Roasting

If you love juicy, blackened hot dogs, you should try oven-roasting them for a great taste. It’s as close to a grilled hot dog as you can get without the need for a grill. Preheat the 400-degrees F and slice the hot dogs down the middle with a knife and place on a baking try.

Cook them in the oven for about 15 minutes and then enjoy!

 

2 Delicious Vegetables Appetizers

If you’re hosting a party soon or any type of function that requires delicious appetizers, we’ve got you covered! These scrumptious veggie appetizers are amazing and are a healthy treat for all your guests. You’ll want to even make them for yourself for no particular reason!

  1. Tomato Avocado Toasts

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Whether you’re hosting a few pals over or having a summer BBQ, these scrumptious appetizers are super easy to make and will delight your guests.

All you need is one small baguette, two tablespoons of olive oil, one ripe avocado, one teaspoon of fresh lemon juice, coarse salt and ground pepper and one pint of grape tomatoes cut in quarters.

To start, preheat your oven to 350 degrees then slice the baguette diagonally and try to make them ½ thick. You should be able to get 16 slices. Then brush both sides with some olive oil and bake on a baking sheet for about 8 minutes until they are golden. Halve the avocado and remove the pit, then scoop the flesh into a bowl. Mash it up with lemon juice, mix in coarse salt and ground pepper and then spread on toasted bread and place the grape tomatoes on top.

 

2. Artichoke Dip

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Everybody loves artichoke dip and this recipe is even healthier since it uses light mayo mixed with Parmesan cheese!

You’ll need two cans of artichoke hearts in water, but rinse and drain them then coarsely chop them into pieces, ½ cup light mayo, ¼ cup plus one tablespoon of grated Parmesan cheese, one tablespoon of fresh lemon juice, one garlic clove that has been coarsely chopped, one scallion that has been minced and crudités or whole-wheat pita chips for dipping.

To make, preheat the oven to 425 degrees then get a food processor and place half the artichokes, cup of Parmesan, mayo, garlic and lemon juice in it and then process it until it’s smooth. When it’s done, add the scallion and what’s left of the artichokes. Transfer the mix to a one-quart baking dish and then top it with the left over cheese and bake for 30 to 35 minutes until it is golden and bubbling. Then garnish with scallion and serve with the chips or crudités!