Types of Pasta [Infographic]

Famously, one of the most simple and most delicious ingredients to cook with is pasta. Pasta is versatile, relatively quick to boil and works with a variety of flavors. There are over 300 kinds of pastas, varying in length, thickness, shape, and cut. Pasta shapes are specifically designed to hold sauce in the best way possible. For example, a spaghetti is most commonly paired with a marinara sauce, while pappardelle is best with a bolognese.

In addition to the shape, pasta is also classified as dry or fresh. Dry pasta is firm and goes best with robust sauces, but fresh pasta is delicate and should be paired with light sauces. Another way to categorize pastas is by their length. There are two types: long form pasta and short form pasta. Ribbon pasta is a form of long form pasta, and tubular, shaped, and stuffed pastas are types of short form pasta.

They are each served best with different kinds of ingredients. Before you get your flash cards out to begin memorizing pasta 101, Personal Creations has created an infographic on the different kinds of pasta, the sauces they should be cooked with, and their cook times. If you like cooking with pasta, keep this list on hand and you’ll be a master at it in no time!

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The Ultimate Herbs & Spice Guide [Infographic]

A guaranteed way to add buckets of flavour to your food, a knowledge of herbs and spices is essential for chefs of all levels. This guide is a handy resource which breaks down the best flavour combinations for the most commonly used herbs and spices and provides practical cooking tips to ensure that all your meals pack a punch. The infographic below also outlines the incredible and somewhat surprising health benefits of herbs and spices which can play a key role in fending off high cholesterol, high blood pressure and even cancer!

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Garden Arches and Arbours [Infographic]

Husqvarna have recently worked with Sue Fisher, an expert horticulturalist and author with 35 years’ experience to create an illustrated guide to garden arches. The guide offers inspiration for any size garden, big or small and have also created a climbing flower wheel to help with choosing the right plants for your arch.

Take a look at the infographic below:

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Rooftop Energy Storage [Infographic]

There is a growing demand for renewable energy sources as results of global warming become more evident year on year. While you would struggle to fit a wind farm or tidal hydroelectrical system on your property – rooftop solar energy is available, affordable and on the rise.

The global community is taking steps to ramp up renewable energy programmes. Solar energy is one of the most widely discussed due to its simple implementation. The ready availability and frequent technological advances make it one of the most viable options.

Roof Stores has created this infographic to highlight the emerging trends in rooftop solar energy. Read on to find out how attitudes are changing, and which countries are leading the way.

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Acaí Bowls 101 [Infographic]

Bowls? They’re a big deal in the food world, and the reasons are varied. Sometimes, just one ingredient on its own doesn’t have much appeal but toss some together and suddenly you’ve got a vibrant, varied potpourri that looks (and tastes) delicious.

While many bowls that you might see focus on lunch or dinner type of entrees—noodles plus protein, for example—there are plenty of options to start your day and to have a filling midday meal or snack, too, that don’t involve a starch or a meat. Take, for example, a crazy-good-for-you acai bowl.

Acai is a fruit that’s native to South America; while it’s intense in its dose of antioxidants and other vitamins, it doesn’t store well on shelves, which is why you won’t find it fresh. Instead acai is powdered or pureed, and then added to smoothies, drinks, and, of course, bowls. How can you max out your acai bowl’s healthfulness? This graphic offers some ideas.

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