All About Beijing Duck

OK so you've climbed the Great Wall, wandered through the Forbidden City, taken photos in the Temple of Heaven, walked through the gardens of the Summer Palace and completely ignored Wangfujin street. Now it is time for you to eat Beijing's most classic dish, the Beijing Duck.

Beijing Duck is famous, has a distinguished history, an exquisite taste and is a culinary icon SO before partaking in this mouth watering dish, pause your chopsticks and first develop a well deserved appreciation of the delicacy you are about to feast on.

History

The origin of roasted duck can be traced back to Northern and Southern Dynasties period (420-589) when these hapless birds where roasted in the Jinling area where modern day Nanjing is located. The Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) were gourmets and took the custom of roast duck with them when they packed their bags and set up house in Beijing.

The Inspector of the Imperial kitchen (what a job!) Hu Sihui listed roast duck among the imperial dishes in the "Complete Recipes for Dishes and Beverages" that he wrote in 1330. This early cookbook even included the cooking process.

Up until the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) ducks were roasted in a conventional convection oven where the duck was hung from the oven ceiling and roasted over burning wood. Duck cooked this was said to be crisp and golden brown with tender and tasty meat. After the Qing came to power they changed the method of duck cooking to hanging the ducks over a flame in an open oven. These two traditional methods of cooking duck are the foundations of the two modern methods of cooking Beijing Duck.

Roast duck was so popular during this period that poets and schools where inspired to roast duck poetry. Personally I think the large quantities of alcohol consumed with the duck were the main inspiration for these wasted poems and bookworms.

Peking duck as it was first called b foreigners taste so good, it is credited with being instrumental in the rapprochement between China and the US in the 70's. All because Henry Kissinger and Richard Nixon kept returning to China for more duck. Just imagine how different history would be if the Havana Cigar had the same effect on US politicians!

In summary, that juicy piece of duck you are about to eat has a royal history of over 1500 years. Chew on that!

How to eat Beijing Duck

Your Beijing Duck will be served with steamed pancakes, sweet bean or plum sauce, cucumber and spring onions.

Place one pancake on the palm of your hand, dip a slice of duck meat in the sauce then place the meat on the pancake, add several pieces of cucumber and spring onion, wrap up the pancake, close your eyes and bite. Control yourself, chew slowly and savor this ancient delicacy.

How to cook

First you need to prepare the ingredients. Here is a list of all the ingredients.

Ingredients

2.0 to 2.5 kilogram of duck

8 liters of water

1 slice of ginger

1 Spring onion

50ml of honey

20ml of white vinegar

20ml of cooking sherry

25ml of corn starch dissolved in 50ml of water

Spring affairs for garnish

Directions

1. Clean duck then wipe it dry and tie a string around its neck.

2. Hang the duck in cool and ideally windy place 4 hours.

3. Fill a large wok with water then bring to boil. Add ginger, spring onion, honey, vinegar, and sherry. Bring to boil again and pour in the dissolved cornstarch. Stir constantly during this step.

4. Place the hung duck in large strainer over a larger bowl then scoop the boiling mixture over the entire duck for about 10 minutes.

5. Hang the duck up again in cool, windy place for 6 hours until it is thoroughly dry.

6. Place the duck breast side up on a greased rack in an oven preheated to 350 degrees.

7- Place a pan filled with 6 centimeters of water in bottom of oven to collect the drippings then roast 30 minutes.

8- Turn duck and roast for 30 more minutes.

9. Turn breast side up again and roast for 10 more minutes.

10. Use a sharp knife to cut off the crispy skin then immediately serve meat and skin on a warm dish

11 Eat and enjoy.

Simferopol, the Capital of Crimea – Simferopol City Guide

Simferopol is known as the capital and biggest city of Crimea. Every year millions of tourists go through this city to the Crimean resorts, such as Yalta, Sevastopol and Evpatoria. Today Crimea belongs to Ukraine and is its most southern region. After the collapse of the USSR in 1991, former Soviet Republics declared their independence, new countries emerged and Ukraine was one of them.

Simferopol is a pretty old, ancient city. Different civilizations occupied the area where the city is now situated over centuries. Finally, the city of Simferopol was founded by Russians in 1885. In old Greek Simferopol means a city of common good, or city-collector. The city was involved in many wars and battles during its long history. During the Second World War the Crimean region was tormented by the Nazi Germany. They took occupation of the city and used it as a strong base to withstand many attacks. Really, the history of this city is so rich! There is a number of historical attractions and artifacts which makes Simferopol a popular tourist destination for many tourists visiting it every year.

At present the total population of Simferopol is reported to be around four hundred thousand people. Administratively, the city is divided into 3 divisions. Due to its central location on the Crimean peninsula, it is a convenient place for many industries and facilities. Food and engineering industries are the two key ones that were developed in the city years ago, in the Soviet time. However more business is being established here today and the economics of the city keeps growing.

Simferopol has always been a cultural and educational center of the Crimea region. There are several Universities and many more colleges in the city. It is not surprising that Simferopol is called a student city sometimes. This city is also known with its famous theaters, such as the Crimean Academic Russian Drama Theater, Simferopol Puppet Theater and Crimean Ukrainian Music Theater. The city’s main public transport system consists of trolleys and buses that run throughout the city and connect the central area with suburbs. The Simferopol International Airport in the only one in Crimea. Different Ukrainian and international airlines have daily flights to Simferopol from Kiev, Moscow, Istanbul, and in summertime Simferopol is also connected with Germany, Israel, Armenia, Latvia, Uzbekistan and other countries. The majority of tourists get to Simferopol by train through. This transportation remains the most popular one in Ukraine due to affordable prices and a decent level of comfort the trains provide.

Since Simferopol is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, the city is responsible for the administrative duties related to the special administrative status of Crimea within Ukraine. The Parliament of Crimea as well as the Cabinet of Ministers and other administrative institutions of the Crimean Republic are situated in Simferopol. Although Crimea has the status of a republic, the Crimean Parliament is subordinate to the Supreme Parliament of Ukraine which is situated in Kiev, the capital city of Ukraine.

Today Simferopol is a political, administrative, educational and cultural center of Crimea and of the whole Southern region of Ukraine as well as a popular tourist destination.

Strategize Your Advertising with Vinyl Graphics

Marketing and advertising campaigns have taken a new dimension with the technological changes in graphics printing and decals. Adhesives have undergone a major change in the last few years, getting better and safer to use. Earlier the major problem faced by professionals was the high level of chemicals used for application and removal of decals.
New safer, easy to apply vinyl decals have simplified the whole process, that even a layman can apply it.

Vinyl graphics in the form of stickers, banners and decals are in vogue as advertising and marketing tools. Window vinyl graphics is a preferred medium, especially for store windows, car windows and glass fronts. Mainly perforated vinyl graphics are used on glass, as it is safe and does not heat up easily, even on exposure to sunlight.

Another good area which had benefited by using vinyl graphics is the banner advertising sector. Banner graphics are often printed as photo prints with laminations, which have higher chances of curling after multiple uses. The banner stand graphics are easy to set up and transported, but used to get warped fast. With the change over to vinyl graphics, banner stands have started printing on vinyl the same photo prints with amazing results. You get the same vibrant multicolored prints with equal digital quality prints with matt finish on the vinyl, without the fear of curling and warping of the banner.

With banners and decals, vinyl is being use steadily with a rise in advertising features.
The variety available in decals is actually amazing. You have a choice in colors, shapes and sizes giving you the freedom to avail the decal as per your requirement. Decals are cheaper to use than getting wraps on vehicles, making them more popular. Adding to their popularity is the facility of new eco-friendly adhesives which can be applied faster and removed with greater ease, without using heat and chemical applications.

Vinyl decals are here to stay as the cheap effective methods of popular advertisements and an integral part of marketing strategies. You are your own master whether it is applying the decals, removing them, designing them and strategizing your campaign. Although professional auto installers are always there to help you in case needed but the dependence is over. So, market your product and target a wider section of audience with vinyl graphics . Add it to your store window and increase the number of customers or print your trade show banner with it, unlimited choice with better results.

Work and Study

The relationship between work and study should not be underestimated.

It is important that youngsters in general, and teenagers in particular, get real life experience of what it takes to succeed in the ‘real world’, what it takes to make money, and how hard dad or mum have to work to earn those extra few cents.

Recently a dad talked about the problems of getting his son to study; the family is wealthy and the son saw little need to make any effort to revise, do well in his forthcoming exams, and move onto a university and undergraduate subject with prospects of a rewarding career.

He saw his parents, particularly mum, as a ‘soft touch’.

The harder the concerned parents tried, the more obstinate the son became; the inverse law of proportionality seemed to be at work, or perhaps the law of diminishing returns. Necessity was definitely not the mother of invention!

‘Man he is a Lazy B…!’ complained the father.

At school, the youngster seemed to have learnt a lot about his ‘rights’ – but little about responsibility.

He didn’t realise that ‘rights’ and ‘responsibilities’ are the same bedfellows – they both start with the letter ‘r’!

The current situation was inevitable…

Things changed, however, after our recommendation that the son spend time working in the kitchens of one his father’s famous restaurants over the summer holidays (well, what else did he expect given his parents’ gentler efforts?).

Washing plates to earn his pocket-money was no fun; it didn’t take long before the grades started to improve.

Study was clearly a better option than washing plates in the kitchen.

Take Warren Buffet, one of the richest men in the world.

Warren has a wise head on his shoulders and drives the same old car and lives in the same old house as he did at the start of his career; his common sense has to be respected since his actions reflect his words.

He can afford to live in mansions, drive better cars but through his example has made clear that he intends to give most of his wealth to charity.

Warren believes that his children must learn to earn a living, make their own way in the real world.

The last thing he wants is to ‘handicap’ his progeny by handing over his billions.

Some of the smartest students at The University of Oxford in The Business Management School often spent their summer holidays waiting at tables before they got First Class Honours.

They are now CEOs of major companies, earning a very healthy living.

Consider another example from the world of tennis, the William sisters where Venus and Serena dominated the women’s game for many years.

Their early history is one of being introduced to the ‘Bronx’ by their dad where gang bullets were not uncommon whilst they trained.

The William sisters soon realized that working for success in tennis was a better option than living in ghettos.

Where cajoling fails, direct experience often succeeds.

If you want your children to study more effectively, let them work for it!