Fresh apricots are available now, and as they need a warm climate to thrive, most of the apricots on sale in Britain during the summer come from European countries revelling in hot climates. They are cultivated in many areas worldwide from Asia to Australia, North Africa to the USA. Many of these are sold dried.Apricots are related to peaches, nectarines, plums and cherries and can be substituted for them in many recipes. Their colour ranges from a pale yellow to a deep orange and, when they are ripe, the kernel falls out easily when the fruit is cut in half. The flesh is fragrant and the skin is velvety soft.Dried apricots are used widely in baking, but fresh apricots lend themselves to baking as well. To check if they are ripe, feel the flesh, which should be moderately firm and free of blemishes or wrinkles.Use them in crumbles and tarts; they are very good as a substitute to pears in a Bordaloue tart or used instead of apples in a tarte Normande. Both of these traditonal dishes can be served with vanilla ice cream to bring out the taste of the fruit.Apricots will also work well in pastries and, mixed with cream, as a filling in choux buns. They don’t give off a lot of juice when they are cooked, so small amounts can be added to muffin mixtures, cakes and tray bakes.In Season: June-SeptemberBy Fiona Burrell, co-author of Leith’s Baking Bible, from the world-famous Leiths School of Food and Wine
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U.S. President Donald Trump signalled Thursday that he will raise the issue of two Canadians detained in China when he meets with the Chinese president next week.The two Canadians have been languishing behind bars in China since shortly after Canada arrested high-tech executive Meng Wanzhou late last year at the behest of U.S. authorities.Speaking to reporters as he and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sat in the Oval Office, Trump vowed to do whatever he could in the cases of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig when he meets China’s President Xi Jinping at next week’s G20 leaders’ summit in Japan, if Trudeau – as expected – asks for his help.Canada has been caught in the crossfire after the RCMP arrested Meng last December in Vancouver, where she awaits extradition south of the border to face allegations of fraud in violating Iran sanctions.Trudeau doesn’t have a planned meeting with Xi, unlike Trump. The U.S.-China meeting next week is focused on a trade deal.“We have a meeting set up with President Xi and it’s obviously on the big transaction that we’re talking about and negotiating. Our people are actually speaking now. We’ll see what happens, but anything I can do to help Canada I will be doing,” Trump told reporters in the White House.“I would, at Justin’s request, I will actually bring it up.”Trudeau’s trip to Washington, including his third Oval Office visit since Trump was elected in 2016, is aimed primarily at pushing the new North American trade agreement over the finish line in both countries.Canada has started the ratification process, with legislation making its way through Parliament. Lawmakers in Mexico voted Wednesday in a landslide to ratify the deal, which U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer called “a crucial step forward.”Trump needs to persuade his Democratic opponents in the House of Representatives – in particular Speaker Nancy Pelosi – to allow the actual start of the ratification of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Pelosi and her fellow Democrats want stronger enforcement mechanisms for the deal’s new labour and environmental provisions – and Trudeau’s visit might be just the thing needed to pry loose her support.Trump sounded upbeat in the Oval Office, saying he expected Pelosi and the Democrats would “do the right thing” and back the deal in Congress.“Let’s see what happens, but I really believe that Nancy Pelosi and the House will approve it, I think the Senate will approve it rapidly. It’s going to be very bipartisan,” the president said.“I hope politically they can do what they have to do. Now, the day after the election, it would win with a tremendous support, but we have an election coming up, but I think Nancy Pelosi is going to do the right thing.”Canada, meanwhile, has been building strong support for the new NAFTA and open borders within the U.S. and it has many American business allies in its corner.“It’s an opportunity for us, as you say, to keep talking about how we worked hard to build a great trade deal that’s good for Canadian workers, good for American workers, good for Mexican workers as well. We’re moving forward on the ratification process aligned with you,” Trudeau told Trump.Trudeau met with Pelosi shortly after his White House visit. Speaking on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said she looked forward to a “lively discussion” on global security issues and the economic relationship between the two countries, particularly regarding trade.“Canada is our trusted neighbour, our relationship is a warm one and it is an honour again to have the prime minister visit,” she said.A planned meeting between Trudeau and Mitch McConnell, the U.S. Senate majority leader, has been postponed. Trump invited congressional leaders, including McConnell and Pelosi, to a White House briefing on Iran scheduled for the same time Trudeau was to meet McConnell.The prime minister’s day could prove to be a pivotal visit to the U.S. capital not only for North American trade and Canada’s strained relationship with China, but for the campaign-bound prime minister himself. An earnest end to the tensions between Trudeau and Trump, which erupted into full view following last year’s G7 summit in Quebec, could prove useful to the governing Liberals when Canadians head to the polls this fall.Trudeau called the meeting with Trump “a really great opportunity” for the two countries “to build on the closest alliance in the world.”“Obviously today as well, on top of the great news in the Canadian and American economies, we’re continuing the work on a broad range of global issues,” the prime minister added.The two leaders said they will discuss the situation with Iran, whose Revolutionary Guard shot down a U.S. surveillance drone on Thursday morning. The move sparked competing and unverifiable accounts over where the downing occurred and deepened a conflict between the U.S. and Iran. The Guard said the drone was over Iranian airspace and U.S. said it was over the international Strait of Hormuz.“Iran made a big mistake. This drone was in international waters, clearly, we have it all documented, it’s documented scientifically, not just words, and they made a very bad mistake,” Trump said.Trump later said he believed that it might have been a rogue commander who made an error by shooting the down the unarmed, unmanned drone. Asked how the United States would respond, Trump said, “let’s just see what happens. … It’s all going to work out.”Canadian soldiers are in nearby Iraq as part of a NATO effort to train Iraqi military forces.“Obviously, we’re very concerned about the escalation by Iran recently,” Trudeau said.“We look forward to discussing with our closest ally their perspectives on this and how we can move forward as an international community.”
Recommended for you Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Mar 2015 – Surprise, surprise; today from noon Grand Turk launches its own version of Island Fish Fry. The announcement came late yesterday from the Ministry of Tourism which explained, the time of day for the Island Fish Fry in the Capital will be different as it will cater to the thousands of cruise ship passengers in GT. The Island Fish Fry in Grand Turk will be a twice monthly event and opens today at the historic Victoria Public Library, with native show and live performance by the Mega Force Band. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Fish fry, grand turk Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay
What’s on TONIGHT in Providenciales Related Items:race for the conch, Ricky’s Flamingo Cafe, rowdy gaines Water Fun Weekend with Windvibes, Billfish Release Tourney and Race for the Conch Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rugby on the Beach Saturday at Ricky’s Flamingo Café Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – An uncommon swim is how most of the visiting participants in this year’s Race for the Conch Eco Sea Swim described their experience in the waters of the World’s #1 beach. Over 200 swimmers were signed up including Rowdy Gaines, American three time Olympic gold medalist who after the swim race talked about picking up a starfish, playing with a stingray and spotting fish in the course of the crystal clear turquoise waters just off Ricky’s Flamingo Café. Seventeen junior swimmers from Barbados were also in country; they too said they found the underwater sea life captivating and said the swim was a challenge. Chloe Zimmerman, co-founder of the Race for the Conch said the event has grown rapidly; she was thankful to sponsors and government including the TCI Tourist Board for support of the summer swim meet. This week, we post highlights from the fun which also goes to One Caribbean Television, seen in 24 Caribbean countries and US cities.
Former Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, gave new hope to women who are in no rush to becoming mothers when she gave birth to her first child born out of her egg that she froze eight years ago. But while young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilisation process, say medical experts. Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother’s Lap IVF Centre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India,” said Gupta. Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF expert at Shantah IVF Centre, said that “egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don’t need any family member’s approval, you can definitely go for this”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe procedure, however, has caught people’s attention here in the past two to three years. Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees. “They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers,” said Singh. Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example. Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners? “Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people,” Gupta said. The costs of preserving eggs is very high. In India, freezing embryos costs Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs 100,000 to Rs 200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process – and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman’s womb. Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added. “Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing),” she said. But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn’t a sureshot guarantee of pregnancy.