Friday, May 9, 2008

Male Birthstone Wedding Ring, Recent Trends

Few of us have not come across male wedding rings with birthstones. These wedding rings have the birthstone of the man set in them. However, recent trends have added new meaning and dimension to birthstone male wedding rings. The first attempt to enhance the meaning of a male wedding ring was to exchange birthstones in the ring. This meant that, the wife would wear a ring with the birth stone of the husband and vice versa. Such birthstone wedding rings were believed to strengthen the bond between the couple. The true meaning and value of such birthstone wedding rings became more aparent when, the husband or wife had to be far away from each other to attend to their professional duties. A good example of such a situation would be in the case of armed services personnel. At such times wearing an exchanged birthstone wedding ring, replaces the physical distance between the couple by a much deeper spiritual closeness.
Going a step further, you could have a male wedding birth stone ring where the husband and wife wear rings with two birthstones. Each of the rings has a birthstone of the husband and wife. Such birthstone wedding rings need not be similar in design concept, all that is implied is that each wedding ring have the birthstones of the couple. The continued development of wedding rings with birthstones and the variations being seen, reflect the need of modern life. The need for a married couple to stay together through good times and tough times.
A more complete report dealing with male birthstone wedding rings can be seen at this link: Such information is not easy to find as most jewelers are interested in just sales and profits and do not care to spend time or money, doing research on the need and meaning of various jewelry trends.

You can also access one of the most comprehensive resources dedicated to men's wedding rings at this link:

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

What Is Unpolished Rice or What Is Brown Rice?

The above image shows two similar types of rice, the seed on the left is brown because of the bran layer that is still left on the seed. The seed on the right is polished to take away the bran layer. Brown rice is unpolished rice that has the bran layer left on the seed, it is edible and many people eat unpolished rice for various health benefits that it provides. It has been medically proved that unpolished rice provides good fiber content for the body, it is also believed to reduce cholestrol and blood sugar levels. Unpolished rice and polished rice are quicked in a similar way but, the unpolished rice needs one more step to be performed. You should soak the unpolished rice for around 20 to 25 minutes before cooking. This soaking helps to soften the bran layer on the unpolished rice. If you are trying to eat unpolished rice for the first time try mixing 1 portion of polished rice with 1 portion of unpolished rice. The soaking would ideally be done only for the portion of the rice that is unpolished. Gradually reduce the proportion of polished rice and you could soon eat a complete meal with unpolished rice. When you purchase unpolished rice, do not buy too much of it because the rice could go stale. The rancid smell that is got with stale unpolished rice is because of the oils in the bran that go stale. In many countries you will find a few types of unpolished rice, one type is where the rice is partially polished but not fully polished. Such rice would appear a slight creamy white on the seeds.
Get the complete report on unpolished rice at this link:

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Why Are Eggplants Rubbed With Salt Before Cooking?

Many recipes that use eggplants as an ingredient recommend the eggplant pieces or slices to be rubbed with salt before cooking. We would recommend that you do not follow this practise without considering a few things. Firstly, there is no need to rub salt on the eggplant if the recipe does not require the eggplant to be fried. Rubbing salt on the eggplant pieces or slices is supposed to reduce the amount of oil that the eggplant absorbs. So if your eggplant recipe does not require you to fry the eggplant, do not worry about the salting process. Another thing to remember is that fresh and tender eggplants will not absorb much salt when fried, so if you are using such eggplants leave out the salt rubbing process. The salt process is required only if the eggplant is overmatured and stale, such eggplants do absorb a lot of oil when fried. Another very important thing to remember is that, the salt (if used) should be washed off the eggplant just before frying. Retaining the salt could affect your health and also affect the taste and flavour of your eggplant dish. Get more information regarding the eggplant or aubergine (another name) at this link: Also refer to a more complete list of Thai food ingredients at this link: