Thursday, 27 November 2014

New thyme sprigs are generally used to

New thyme sprigs are generally used to flavor soups, stews, stuffings and meats dishes. Amid winter months when crisp, by regional standards developed thyme may not be promptly accessible, dried thyme can be substituted for new thyme in many formulas. In any case, that does not imply that you can simply supplant the crisp thyme your formula calls for with an equivalent measure of the dried item. Why? Since the drying out procedure hauls water out of herbs, diminishing their volume. It is fundamental to remember this when changing over new and dried thyme. 

In this way, how would you change over crisp thyme to dried thyme? You utilize a change degree! Dissimilar to some other regular herbs, thyme holds much of its flavor and fragrance when dried. Thusly, prescribes the accompanying transformation proportion for substituting dried thyme for crisp thyme: 

6 new thyme sprigs = 3/4 teaspoon ground dried thyme 

In the event that your formula calls for tablespoons of crisp thyme rather than sprigs, you can utilize the proportion 1 tablespoon of new thyme levels with around 3/4 teaspoon of dried thyme. 

Substituting dried for new thymedried thyme can be substituted for crisp thyme in many formulas. 

At the point when changing over new thyme to dried thyme in formulas, it is paramount to remember that the transformation recipes ought to just be utilized as an issue rule. The perfect substitution sums can fluctuate definitely relying upon how old your dried thyme is and to what extent the parcel has been open. Besides, there are frequently huge contrasts between distinctive brands. 

Accordingly, it is paramount to taste the dish as it cooks and include little measures of the herb if the formula needs extra flavor. 

The above change proportion is useful in the event that you are in a circumstance where you are out of new thyme however have dried thyme. Nonetheless, it may happen that you have not crisp or dried thyme at home; yet, your formula requires this sweet-smelling herb. In such a circumstance, you may be cheerful to discover that there are a few herbs that can be substituted for thyme in numerous formulas. The absolute most normal substitutes incorporate oregano, flavorful and marjoram. These herbs work especially well in formulas that utilize new thyme sprigs as an issue. Additionally mixes that contain thyme, (for example, herbes de Provence or Italian flavoring) can frequently be utilized as an issue for ground dried thyme.

Wednesday, 13 March 2013


Thyme is any of several species of culinary and medicinal herbs of the genus Thymus, most commonly Thymus vulgaris. Ancient Egyptians used thyme for embalming. The ancient Greeks used it in their baths and burnt it as incense in their temples, believing it was a source of courage. The spread of thyme throughout Europe was thought to be due to the Romans, as they used it to purify their rooms and to "give an aromatic flavour to cheese and liqueurs".

In the European Middle Ages, the herb was placed beneath pillows to aid sleep and ward off nightmares. In this period, women would also often give knights and warriors gifts that included thyme leaves, as it was believed to bring courage to the bearer. Thyme was also used as incense and placed on coffins during funerals, as it was supposed to assure passage into the next life.

Thursday, 3 May 2012


Turtles are reptiles of the order Testudines (the crown group of the superorder Chelonia), characterised by a special bony or cartilaginous shell developed from their ribs that acts as a shield. "Turtle" may either refer to the Testudines as a whole, or to particular Testudines which make up a form taxon that is not monophyletic.

The order Testudines includes both extant (living) and extinct species. The earliest known turtles date from 215 million years ago, making turtles one of the oldest reptile groups and a more ancient group than lizards, snakes and crocodiles. Of the many species alive today, some are highly endangered.

Like other reptiles, turtles are ectotherms—their internal temperature varies according to the ambient environment, commonly called cold-blooded. However, leatherback sea turtles have noticeably higher body temperature than surrounding water because of their high metabolic rate.

Like other amniotes (reptiles, dinosaurs, birds, and mammals), they breathe air and do not lay eggs underwater, although many species live in or around water. The largest turtles are aquatic.

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Black-throated Sparrow

The Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) is a small sparrow primarily found in the southwestern United States and Mexico. It is sometimes referred to as the Desert Sparrow, due to its preferred habitat of arid desert hillsides and scrub. This name usually refers to the Desert Sparrow of Africa and Asia.

The Black-throated Sparrow reaches a length of about 4.5-5.5 inches, and is pale gray above, with a distinctive black and white head pattern.Immature are similar but lacks a black throat. Its call is high and bell-like, and its song is a fairly simple, mechanical tinkling. It feeds primarily on insects and seeds, and travels in small groups, though larger groups may accumulate around sources of water in the desert.

It has a loose nest of grass twigs and plant fibers carefully hidden in brush 6-18 inches above the ground. 3-4 white or pale blue eggs are laid