Friday, 23 November 2007

Forex Trading Guide

An excellent guide to the ins and outs, risks and pitfalls of foreign exchange day trading.

Forex Overview

Forex, or the foreign exchange market (also commonly known as FX or simply, “currency”) involves trading one currency for another. Forex is by far and away the largest financial market in the world. Trades are made between large banks, central banks, currency speculators, multinational corporations, governments, and even the other financial markets. According to The Bank for International Settlements (BIS), a world-wide central bank organization, the average daily trade in the global forex and related markets is currently over three trillion US dollars – A DAY. This is several times larger than all the U.S stock markets combined. The trading is done from all round the world, with little or no hard cash changing hands. Read the rest.

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Google Hacks for Dummies

Google is a powerful tool. Most of the time, most users are restricted to using Google as a search engine, and looking at pages on the internet Google has allowed or encouraged you to see, but there is a darker side to Google – “Google Hacks.”

Google hacks are strings of code entered into the search box that will access information that was never intended to be available to the general public. Some enterprising hacker has discovered which particular string of search parameters will provide normally restricted information.

There are many hacking guides, written by hackers. Unfortunately, most of these guides are written for the already initiated and assume a level of knowledge far above the typical user’s. Loosely translated this means they are a, really boring and b, impossible to understand.

The other problem I came across looking for usable hacks is that the hackers are far more comfortable talking to a machine than a person which makes the instructions even more difficult to follow. Here is an example: read the rest.

Saturday, 17 November 2007

Top Ten American Recipes

Mark Knowles' salute to American recipes. A top ten favorite list of USA foods from one of the best food writers in the known universe.

Ten Best American Recipes

Friday, 16 November 2007

The Best Gazpacho Soup Recipe


This is a wonderful summer recipe and is extremely refreshing. It is really important to use fresh vegetables. And by fresh, I mean fresh, grown in season locally. Don’t try and make this in November in New York. The rubbish that the grocery store is selling out of season has been flown half way round the world and will taste of nothing.

This is one of my issues with grocery store chains. It is just not possible to get good tasting vegetables that far out of season. They can get them to look good, I will give them that, but when you smell them or taste them, you know they’re garbage, just imported to tempt you into buying and throwing away. I think the grocery store chains make more money out of getting you to throw food away than the food you actually eat. So, only in-season, summer vegetables and you will have one of the tastiest soups ever. Another simple recipe that just takes a little time. Read the rest.

Wednesday, 14 November 2007

Authentic Indian Baked Spiced Chicken

Authentic Indian cuisine is not hard to make; this recipe calls for crushed whole spices, smells and tastes spectacular and is as close to genuine Indian cooking as you can find. The only thing missing is a clay oven, although if you have a clay oven, this is the recipe to use for it.

If you are unable to find fresh, whole spices, it’s OK to substitute dried, but it’s worth the effort of finding whole spices. While this is an easy recipe, it takes a little time and the chicken needs to be prepared a few hours ahead of time, or preferably overnight. Read the rest.

Tuesday, 13 November 2007

How to make Chicken Noodle Soup


Chicken noodle soup may not be a genuine American recipe but it goes in that category for me because I just can’t think of it as anything else. Genuine hodge podge is about right I think. Perhaps it’s a Jewish recipe, perhaps it’s an Eastern European recipe, who knows? Either way, I give credit to the people of the USA for this one. Accordingly, there are thousands of different ways to make this soup, but here is my own personal favorite. This is a really easy recipe, but it no five minute one. You need at least half a day to do this – but most of the time is spent not doing anything other than watching the pot simmer. Read the rest.

Ultimate Chocolate Brownie recipe



If you are not content with a double shot of espresso to kick start the day, here’s a great recipe to perk up those slow-to-start people among us (myself included). Although, as the saying for beer goes, “Brownies are not just for breakfast.” Read the rest.

Monday, 12 November 2007

The Best Home Made Chili Con Carne

chili con carne

Making your own home made chili is a breeze. Chili con carne means chili with meat. It’s a simple and easy as cooking gets. Everything gets thrown in a pot and left to cook for a while.

Home made chili is a hundred times better than a store bought meal. You know what went into it and you can adjust the heat to suit your families tastes. This particular version is fairly mild, but if you prefer a hotter chili, just increase the amount of chillies and spices. This recipe serves 6 people. A good family meal with some leftovers. That’s another great thing about chili: it makes wonderful leftovers. I prefer to make my own chili powder and use fresh chillies, but if you are using ready-made chili powder, that will work..... Continue reading.

Sunday, 11 November 2007

Making an Omelet

How to make an Omelet.

This had to be one of the simplest recipes ever and is probably the easiest meal to cook. It takes less than ten minutes including the preparation work. For this one I have added cheese and onion, but you can adjust the recipe to your needs. Bacon (cooked) ham, vegetables, olives and feta, smoked salmon, whatever you like. If you are using meat, just be sure to cook it first before adding it to the Omelet.

This is for a one person Omelet, but as a general rule, two or three eggs per person is about right. As far as measurements go, with this recipe it’s not vital to use exact measurements. If your splash of milk is a little bigger or smaller than mine, it makes no difference. If you use four eggs instead of two, that’s OK. This recipe is almost impossible to ruin. Read the rest.


Friday, 9 November 2007

How to generate traffic to your website.

One of my friends over at HubPages has just written a really useful guide on how to generate traffic. It's aimed at Hubpage users, but the same rules apply to any website. Take a look, it is here:

Get Traffic To Your Hubs

Thursday, 8 November 2007

The Best Damn Collection of Italian Recipes Ever

I love to cook. that's probably why my waistline is not what it used to be. It' somewhere north oflglkhj. Hmmm.... I seem to be having trouble writing that. No matter. My favorite recipes are Italian. I love Italian food. I also love to write recipes that I personally have tried, made up, experimented with and generally think are the best damn easy Italian recipes ever. I have chosen HubPages as the venue for my recipes. They have an extremely helpful set of people running the site, and it looks good. So, I have compiled a brief introduction and a collection of my favorites here. Click on a photo or a link to see the entire recipe. Try them out. If you like them as much as I do, I will be happy. If you don't - I offer a full refund. While you are over there, take a look at HubPages. It's kinda like WordPress, but with the opportunity to make some advertising money. Never a bad thing. These are in no particular order, I could never pick one recipe over another; they're all great in their own way.

Home made Pizza Napoletana

Best Lasagne recipe

Spaghetti Bolognese

Ossobucu recipe

Tomato, Basil and Mozzarella salad

Risotto alla Milanese

Home made Pizza with Mozzarella, olives and anchovies (Pizza Romana)

Baked meat and Macaroni pie

Macaroni and cheese

Best spaghetti a la carbonara recipe

Saturday, 3 November 2007

Best Hotels on the French Riviera - Le Beauvallon


Le Beauvallon, situated across the bay from St Tropez, between Grimaud and Ste Maxime, touts itself as “The best kept secret of the Cote D’Azur.” This is not entirely true, and they have a strong looking website that disproves it, but compared to many hotels in the south of France, Le Beauvallon is relatively quiet and for a change, welcomes small children. One of the great things about Le Beauvallon is the fact that they have their own private beach and gardens. I will reiterate the fact that they welcome children, because this is not the case in many up-market hotels on the Riviera. Continue reading.