The Science Behind Baking the Most Delicious Cookie Ever

Featured Image -- 1343

MyTravelai:

Tricks for baking your own perfect chocolate chip cookies :)

Originally posted on TIME:

This post originally appeared on Ozy.com.

You like soft and chewy. He likes thin and crispy. If only there were a chocolate chip cookie recipe that pleased everyone…

There is! And, no, it’s not Martha Stewart’s. It’s science.

We’ve taken our cues from a few spots: a bioengineering grad student named Kendra Nyberg, who co-taught a class at UCLA called Science and Food, and chef and cookbook author Tessa Arias, who writes about cookie science on her site, Handle the Heat.

There’s also an illuminating Ted Talk animation on cookie science. And if you really want to go nuts (or no nuts, your call), Serious Eats offers 21 painstakingly tested steps for the Perfect Cookie, including kneading times and chocolate prep techniques.

“Even though I can describe what I like,” says Nyberg, “I didn’t know the role of each ingredient in the texture and shape of cookies.” So…

View original 260 more words

A Prayer for the Philippine Independence Day…

Flag

A Prayer for Philippine Independence Day…

May The Lord Grant my fellow Filipinos the Independence they have fought for,

the Independence they truly deserves.

Free from all the Inhuman, Greedy and Corrupt officials,

that are still and will be occupying positions in our government.

Free from all oppressors

that are trying to manipulate our Country’s resources,

and claiming it as their own.

Free from all the mockery and bullying

that makes us believe in ourselves less.

That we may be free from poverty

And work hand in hand to climb the ladder of Greatness.

May we know in our hearts that where ever part of the world we may be,

our Filipino blood will always shine through.

And may we continue to help, inspire, love and support each other

For our Country and for our people.

Amen.

Love Month ♥♥♥

February is the second month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars. It is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. The month has 28 days in common years or 29 days in leap years.

February is the third month of meteorological winter in the Northern Hemisphere. In the Southern Hemisphere, February is the seasonal equivalent of August in the Northern Hemisphere (which is the third month of summer), in meteorological reckoning.

February starts on the same day of the week as March and November in common years, and on the same day of the week as August in leap years. February ends on the same day of the week as October every year and on the same day of the week as January in common years only. In leap years, it is the only month that ends on the same weekday it begins.

Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/February

As for me:

Love month as they call it, February seems to awaken people’s yearning  for “LOVE”. People feel obligated to have a special someone, to buy expensive flowers and chocolates and to go out on a date which results to a tremendous and horrifying  traffic. I’m not being cynical about the Love month but I don’t get it! Why do you need to wait for February just to give your girl a bunch of flowers that is already 3x pricey. And if you are single, why force yourself to go out with someone you don’t really like just for the sake of showing people you’re with someone.

Love should be celebrated everyday! Love should be spontaneous and consistent. You don’t need to wait for February to show someone they are special. You can do it everyday. A simple kiss on the cheek, a hug before you leave, a stroke on her hair, cooking his favorite meal and a tight embrace before you go to sleep are just things you can do to make her/him feel special.

Flowers dry up, Chocolates melt and expensive meals get flushed on the toilet. Small gestures of love are lasting memories that will be treasured for life. I choose to give and receive the gestures. Be ready for a million hugs from me :) Happy Valentines!

hug