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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Shraddanjali - Sahasa Simha - Dr.Vishnuvardhan


Dr.Vishnuvardhan, the great actor of Kannada film industry expired today around 3am in the morning due to heart attack.

Tenure on earth: 1950 - 30th Dec 2009

Great actor who lived and will live in most of the kannadigas heart.

Fans are left behind and fabulous man reached heaven.

Let his soul rest in peace.

I started liking kannada movies because of Vishnu and Shankar Nag. Today, i am really very sad because both of them are no more in this world.

Jai Sahasimha!!
Jai Vishnuvardhan.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Half a Century

Thanks to Google and Blogspot. It was a great pleasure for me being here since February 26th 2009. Today, I have successfully posted half a century i.e., 50 posts.


Thanks to all my blog readers and my fans.

Wish you all "PROSPEROUS NEW YEAR 2010"

Zucchini

Zucchini or courgette is a vegetable.
It is yellow or green in colour and has a shape similar to a cucumber.
Peel and cut zucchini into stripes like french fries
Deep fry until crisp.
Sprinkle salt and pepper
Serve with tomato or chilli ketchup.

Z for "Zoo Cookies"

Z for "Zoo Cookies"

Ingredients:
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  • 2 cups flour (maida)
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
Method:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degree Fahreheit (F).
  2. Cream together butter and sugar.
  3. Add egg and vanilla.
  4. Stir in dry ingredients, add slowly to butter mixture.
  5. Roll out half of dough to 1/8" thickness.
  6. Cut animals shapes with cutter.
  7. Do the same for the remaining dough.
  8. Bake for 15 minutes.
  9. Cool and enjoy your zoo cookies.

Yoghurt Recipes

Yummy Yogosicles:
1/4 cup yoghurt (vanilla, banana or plain)
1 tsp. frozen orange juice concentrate
1 tsp. honey

Mix well and pour the mixture in a small plastic cup and freeze.
When the mixture is solid enough to hold up a popsicle stick, put one in and refreeze until firm.
(Have each child measure the following ingredients into a small bowl.)

Snacks Time (esp Xciting)

X'Citing Snacks:

Ingredients:
  • 2/3 cup plain flour
  • 1/3 tsp. soda bi-carbonate
  • 1/3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 cup condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 cup chocolate gems
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla essence and a pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

Method of Preparation:
  • Sieve the flour with the soda bi-carbonate and baking powder and keep aside.
  • Cream the butter and brown sugar till light and fluffy.
  • Add all the other ingredients and mix well.
  • Press this mixture into a greased 150mm X 150 mm (6"X6") baking tray.
  • Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius (or 360 degree Fahrenheit) for 30 to 40 minutes till the crust is golden brown.
  • Cut into rectangles while hot and store when cool.

Wheat as Main Ingredient

"Wheaty Wonders:"
Ingredients:
1 cup maida/all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup oil
4 tsp. baking powder
1 cup whole wheat flour

Preparation:
Have the children help measure and mix the ingredients.
Divide the mixture into 20 parts and have the children knead the dough for about a minute.
Have them press the dough flat to about 1/4 inch thick.
Place butter on a griddle. Place the dough patties on it and fry on each side for about 4 minutes, until brown.
Serve with butter, peanut butter or honey.

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Monday, December 21, 2009

Vegetable Cutlet


Ingredients:
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked instant noodles
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn kernels, cooked and crushed
  • 2 spring onions
  • 3 tbsp. tomato ketchup
  • 1/2 cup grated cheese
  • 1/2 cup dried bread crumbs
  • some dried bread crumbs for coating and oil to fry
  • salt and pepper
Method:
  1. In a bowl, mix the noodles, sweet corn, spring onions, ketchup, cheese, bread crumbs, salt and pepper and mix well.
  2. Divide the mixture into 12 equal parts and shape into cutlets.
  3. Coat the cutlets with dried bread crumbs and fry in oil on both sides.
  4. Serve hot.

V for Vanilla Custard

Vanilla Custard:

Ingredients:

300 ml milk
1 tbsp custard powder
1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp. vanilla essence


Method:
Mix custard powder with 1/4 cup of milk and form into a smooth paste
Boil remaining milk
Add paste to heated milk and stir until thick
Remove from heat
Add vanilla essence
Serve custard alone or pour over cake, fruit etc.



Friday, December 18, 2009

Do you know this?


a. Ugli Fruit: Ugli fruit is a citrus fruit grown in Jamaica only. It can be eaten like tangerines (orange). Also called Unique fruit, it is a cross between an orange and grape fruit and it's delicious! It can also be added to fruit salad or yoghurt. Try it as a snack.


b. Plants grown above trees doesn't contain or contains less percentage of cholestrol, plants grown below tree has high percentage of cholestrol.

c. Put lime in hot water before squeezing the juice.


d. Drink atleast 2 litres of water early in the morning it reduces many diseases.


e. Put tamarind into hot water to squeeze, tamarind will become soft just in few minutes. But in cold water it takes atleast 15 minutes to become soft.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

"T" Tiffins

Trial Mix:
  • 3/4 cup cashews
  • 1 cup walnuts
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 3/4 cup peanuts
  • 3/4 cup shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chocolate chips
Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
Store in an airtight container and refrigerator
Treat yourself to the trail mix whenever you want to munch something!
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Tropical Ball of Cheese:
  • 8 oz light cream cheese, softened
  • 4 oz light tropical fruit cocktail (drained)
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
Cut the fruit into smaller pieces.
Mix softened cream cheese, fruit and 1/2 cup walnuts.
Chill well in refrigerator.
Mould into a ball and roll cheese ball in remaining 1/2 cup of nuts.
Serve with carrots or crackers.

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Spinach and Carrot Rice

Ingredients:
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 2 large cloves chopped garlic
  • 2/3 cup grated carrots
  • 2 cups chopped spinach
  • 1 seasoning cube (vegetarian)
  • 2 tbsp. buter
  • salt and pepper to taste
Method:
  • Heat the butter and add the cumin seeds.
  • When they crackle, add the onions and gralic and saute for 2 minutes.
  • Add the carrots and spinach and saute for another minute.
  • Add the rice, seasoning cube, salt, pepper and 1/4 cup of water and mix well.
  • Cook on a low flame for 5 to 7 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Cold Water causes Heart Attacks

Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this??

For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!)

Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting.. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line.. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack . Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms.. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive...

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.

Fruit keeps doctor away

EATING FRUIT...

We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining - every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet etc - actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Graying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter.  If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!

KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.

STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.

ORANGE : Sweetest medicine. Taking 2-4 oranges a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.

WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher.. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene - the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.

GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C. They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Gollbhai

For the first time I am paired with Sara's corner and created a recipe from my partner's blog.

Saraswathi is my cousin and is a housewife. She comes up with one or the other recipe every two days once, i selected one of her dish hallbhai and tweaked a little and prepared it on this saturday, Oct 24th 2009.

Ingredients:
  • Rice - 1 cup
  • Jaggery - 2 cups
  • Cinnamon Powder (Elaichi) - 1/2 tspn
  • Clove - 1
  • Poppy Seeds - 2 tspn
  • Fresh Grated Coconut - 1 1/2 cups
  • Ghee - 1 tsp for greasing & 3 tsps for mixing
  • Milk - 2 tbsp
  • Cashew and Badam - 5 to 6 - (cut into small pieces)
Method:
  • Soak the rice for 4 hours.
  • Add cinnamon powder, clove, poppy seeds with rice and grind for 3 rounds.
  • Add grated coconut to the grinded mixture and finely grind them.
  • Add jaggery to the grinded mixture and grind again.
  • Heat 1 tsp of ghee
  • Fry the cashews and badam till golden brown separately in hot ghee. (Kindly note badam will take more time to get fried than cashews). Keep it aside.
  • Pour the grinded mixture and keep stirring it continuously by adding the milk and ghee without allowing them to form loops in low flamed heat
  • Put the fried cashews and badam
  • Grease a plate with ghee
  • Pour the mixture onto the plate and leave it for half an hour or till it gets cooled
  • Cut the mixture into the desired shape.
I have cut into square and then rolled them into small balls so that it will be more in quantity and I can distribute to many.

Just for a change, I named this as gollbhai (sister of hallbhai). It is also called as "Amruth Palam" in Telugu.

Greatest thing of this dish is it could make my husband remember his childhood days and his grandmother. Infact, my mother-in-law could remember this sweet after 15 to 20 years.

Thanks to Saraswathi and her hallbhai which brought back the sweet memories.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Raisin Muffins

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 tsp. soda bi-carbonate
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1 tbsp. orange squash
  • 1/3 cup cream
  • 1/3 cup castor sugar
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 1 tsp. orange rind, grated (optional)

Method:
  1. Sieve the flour, with the soda and keep aside
  2. Mix the butter, orange squash, orange rind and sugar till smooth
  3. Add the condensed milk, raisins, cream and flour and mix well
  4. Put the mixture into 10 greased and dusted muffin moulds.
  5. Bake in a preheated oven at 180 degree Celsius (or 360 degree Fahrenheit) for 15 to 20 minutes or till muffin comes out clean.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rice Pancakes

Mix two cups cooked rice, some grated carrot, chopped spring onions, cabbage with half cup wheat flour and half cup bengal gram flour.
Add a pinch of asafoetida to this mixture.
Add two tablespoons curds and some coriander.
Add salt and press one portion onto a damp cloth to form a circle.
Turn onto a griddle and cook with some oil till golden brown.
Serve pancakes hot and crisp!

Quick Quesidillas

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup plain flour
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup baked beans (canned)
  • 1/4 cup cooking cheese or mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1 tbsp. chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp. chopped coriander
  • butter or oil for cooking
Method:
  1. To make the tortillas, mix all the ingredients to make a soft dough by adding enough water.
  2. Knead and divide into 6 portions.
  3. Roll out into thin rounds.
  4. Cook lightly on a griddle and keep aside.
  5. Now, divide the filling into 3 equal portions.
  6. Spread one portion of the filling on a tortilla.
  7. Cover with another tortilla.
  8. Repeat with the remaining tortillas and filling to make 2 more quesidillas.
  9. Heat griddle and using a little butter, cook the prepared quesidillas on both sides until golden brown in colour.
  10. Serve hot with salsa or tomato ketchup.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Pretzels

Pretzels:

Ingredients:
  • 1 tbsp. yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tbsp. salt

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325degree Fahrenheit (or 165 degree Celsius)
  2. Put the yeast in a small bowl with water and honey.
  3. Stir a little and leave for 5 minutes.
  4. Mix the flour and salt together in a bowl.
  5. After the 5 minutes is up, check on the yeast mixture. It should be bigger than before and a little bubbly.
  6. Add this mixture to the flour.
  7. Stir everything together. Use a spoon to start.
  8. Finish with your hands. The dough is ready when it is still a little crumbly and flaky.
  9. Put the dough on the cutting board and knead it into one big bal.
  10. Break off a piece of dough about the size of a big gumball.
  11. Use your hands to roll it into a skinny snake.
  12. Twist the snake into a medium-size-pretzel shape and put it on a baking sheet.
  13. Do this with all the dough, making 12 pretzels.
  14. Bake your pretzels for 10 minutes.
  15. Let them cool and become ready to serve.

Orange Chill

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup cold orange drink
  • 1/2 cup orange sherbet
  • 3/4 cup cold ginger ale

Method:

  1. Pour 1/4 cup of orange drink into each glass.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the sherbet into each glass.
  3. Add half of the giner ale to each glass.

A drink is ready to enjoy over and over again.

Nut Cake

Ingredients:
  • 350 gms. flour
  • 200 gms. sugar
  • 200 gms. butter
  • 350 gms. chopped dates ad nuts (walnuts)
  • 300 mL apple puree
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp. soda bi-carbonate
  • 200 tbsp milk
  • 1 tbsp. chopped dates, nuts
  • 2 tsp. sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon powder to top

Method:

  1. Put flour into a bowl and rub in butter till it reaches the consistency of breadcrumbs.
  2. Add sugar, dates, nuts and cinnamon
  3. Make a well in the centre and add apple puree
  4. Dissolve soda in milk and add to the mixture mix well.
  5. Pour into a prepared cake tin.
  6. Mix the topping ingredients and sprinkle.
  7. Bake at 375 degree Fahrenheit till done (takes more than 1 hour)

Nachos - Snacks

Nachos:

Ingredients:
  • corn tortilla chips
  • 1 can refried beans
  • small jar mild salsa or taco sauce
  • few olives 6 oz., cheese
Method:
  1. Arange the chips in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  2. Top each chip with 1/2 tsp. of refried beans and then 1/2 tsp. of salsa
  3. Add a small amount of cheese (grated or cut into small chunks) to top of each.
  4. Put the baking sheet in an oven watching carefully, until cheese melts and bubbles.
  5. Serve hot.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Papa's Porridge

This post is written for Cooking for Kids Event.





Ingredients:
2 cups oats
4 cups warm milk
2 tbsp sugar
2 bananas, sliced
8 small pieces of papaya
8 small pieces of watermelon
few pomegrante seeds

Method:
a. Put the oats, 2 cups of milk and sugar in a bowl and mix it well
b. Keep it in oven for 2 mins (alternatively u can also boil for 2 mins on a medium flame)
c. Add remaining milk
d. Put all the fruits and mix it well
e. Serve it to the children

Benefits:
i. Oats reduces cholestrol
ii. Fruits are rich in vitamins (as we all are aware of)
iii. Will be ready in maximum of 10 minutes

Top-Ups:
a. Instead of sugar use jaggery, as jaggery is highly nutritions
b. Add butter (which has a little salt) before serving.
c. Use raisins, almond flakes for more taste.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

56 Reasons Why Most Corporate Innovation Initiatives Fail

Innovation is in these days. The word is on the lips of just about every CEO, CFO, CIO, and anyone else with a three-letter acronym after their name. As a result, many companies are launching all kinds of "innovation initiatives" -- hoping to stir the soup. This is understandable. But it is also, far too often, very disappointing...
Innovation initiatives sound good, but usually don't live up to the expectations. The reasons are many.
What follows are 56 of the most common ones -- organizational obstacles we've observed in the past 22 years that get in the way of a company really raising the bar for innovation.
See which ones are familiar to YOU. Then, sit down with your Senior Team... CEO... innovation committee, or best friend and jump start the process of going beyond these obstacles. Let the games begin...

1. "Innovation" framed as an initiative, not the normal way of doing business
2. Absence of a clear definition of what "innovation" really means
3. Innovation not linked to company's existing vision or strategy
4. No sense of urgency
5. Workforce is suffering from "initiative fatigue"
6. CEO does not fully embrace the effort
7. No compelling vision or reason to innovate
8. Senior Team not aligned
9. Key players don't have the time to focus on innovation
10.Innovation champions are not empowered
11. Decision making processes are non-existent or fuzzy
12. Lack of trust
13. Risk averse culture
14. Overemphasis on cost cutting or incremental improvement
15. Workforce ruled by past assumptions and old mental models
16. No process in place for funding new projects
17. Not enough pilot programs in motion
18. Senior Team not walking the talk
19. No company-wide process for managing ideas
20. Too many turf wars. Too many silos.

21. Analysis paralysis
22. Reluctance to cannibalize existing products and services
23. NIH (not invented here) syndrome
24. Funky channels of communication
25. No intrinsic motivation to innovate
26. Unclear gates for evaluating progress
27. Mind numbing bureaucracy
28. Unclear idea pitching processes
29. Lack of clearly defined innovation metrics
30. No accountability for results
31. No way to celebrate quick wins
32. Poorly facilitated meetings
33. No training to unleash individual or team creativity
34. Voo doo evaluation of ideas
35. Inadequate sharing of best practices
36. Lack of teamwork and collaboration
37. Unclear strategy for sustaining the effort
38. Innovation Teams meet too infrequently
39. Middle managers not on board
40. Ineffective rollout of the effort to the workforce
41. Lack of tools and techniques to help people generate new ideas
42. Innovation initiative perceived as another "flavor of the month"
43. Individuals don't understand how to be a part of the effort
44. Diverse inputs or conflicting opinions not honored
45. Imbalance of left-brain and right brain thinking
46. Low morale
47. Over-reliance on technology
48. Failure to secure sustained funding
49. Unrealistic timeframes
50. Failure to consider issues associated with scaling up
51. Inability to attract talent to risky new ventures
52. Failure to consider commercialization issues
53. No rewards or recognition program in place
54. No processes in place to get fast feedback
55. No real sense of what your customers really want or need
56. Company hiring process screens out potential innovators
Others we may have missed?

Remedies of a Banana

Dear Viewers,

Never, put your banana in the refrigerator!!!
This is interesting.

After reading this, you'll never look at a banana in the same way again.

Bananas contain three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber. A banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy.

Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes.

But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit.

It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression: According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS: Forget the pills - eat a banana. The vitamin B6 it contains regulates blood glucose levels, which can affect your mood.

Anemia: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure: This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration has just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke.

Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.

Constipation: High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.

Hangovers: One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.

Heartburn: Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.

Morning Sickness: Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.

Mosquito bites: Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected
area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.

Nervous: Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system.

Overweight and at work?
Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at wor k leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers: The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.

Temperature control: Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand , for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD): Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.

Smoking &Tobacco Use: Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6, B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.

Stress: Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.

Strokes: According to research in The New England Journal of Medicine, eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!

Warts: Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape!

So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

PS: Bananas must be the reason monkeys are so happy all the time! I will add one here; want a quick shine on our shoes?? Take the INSIDE of the banana skin, and rub directly on the shoe...polish with dry cloth. Amazing fruit !

Have a banana to keep doctor(s) away!!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Happy Ganesha Chaturthi

Dear Viewers,

Happy Ganesh Chaturthi!

Ganesh Chaturthi falls in the Hindu calendar month of Bhadrapada on Chauthi or Chaturthi. Its a belief that Goddess Gowri (Swarna Gowri)would come to their parents house for Gowri festival and Lord Ganesh would come to take back his mother on Ganesh Chaturthi. Ganesh loves to dance on that day, along with the dancing group(s).

This year (2009) we are celebrating Ganesh Chaturthi on August 23rd on a Sunday. And Gowri Puja is also celebrated on the same day.

But the sculpturers would start making sculptures of Gowri and Ganesh from June only. You can see different kinds of sculptures and here is just one image of Ganesh in which there are 6 ganeshas along with the main one. There will be traditional Ganeshas and also fancy Ganesh.

This puja will extend from 1 day to 1 month. In houses it would be kept for maximum of 1 to 3 days. While on streets, near shopping malls, it might go from 5 days to 1 month.

I remember, when i was at Chintamani a big Ganesh would be kept for 3 days and 4th day they would leave it back in water. It means that Ganesh is taking his mother Gowri and then returning back to his home. There used to be competitions viz., painting, essay, dancing, skits, thol-mol-ke-bhol (means one gift article or something like that would be shown and we have to guess the price of it) and all the people who used to stay on this road will become so close to each other and it looks as if they are all in one family. Prasadams would be done atleast by one house per day and distributed to the people who come to visit Lord Ganesha. There would be neatly decorated mantap with shamiyana on the road with serial lights and music. Few shops would sponsor per day for prizes. There will be excited crowd to address all these things all the 3 days. And on the fourth day they will book a tempot to carry the Ganesha all the people will go and drop the Ganesha into the lake by telling "ganesha banda kayi kadabu tinda hote mele banda chikka kerele bida dodda kerele yeda" [kannada line] which means - Lord Ganesha has come and ate the sweet (kadabu) he was carried on our stomachs he fall into small lake and got up from big lake. These moments is really eternal in my entire life.

Remember, on this day better not to see the moon. If you couldn't avoid then read the story of Lord Ganesha or see the moon on bedege, second day after the amavasya.

Once again, wish you all Happy Gowri festival and Ganesha Chaturthi.
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Friday, June 19, 2009

Mushroom Magic

Mushroom Magic Recipe:
  • 300 gms. mushrooms, cut into halves,
  • 1/2 cup low fat milk
  • 1/2 tsp. cornflour
  • 1 tsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 tsp. dried fenugreek leaves
To be ground into a paste:
  • 4 large cloves of garlic
  • a piece of ginger
  • 2 tsp. coriander-cumin seed powder
  1. Wash the mushrooms, drain and keep aside
  2. Dissolve the cornflour in the milk and keep aside.
  3. Heat the oil, add the prepared chilli garlic paste, fenugreek and saute the mixture
  4. Add the mushrooms, cornflour milk mixture and salt and saute till the mixture coats the mushrooms. Serve hot.

Mango Nut Muffins

Mango Nut Muffins
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup bananas mashed
  • 1 cup mango pulp
  • 1/2 cup cooking oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degree Fahrenheit. Stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.
  2. Mix in oil, mango pulp and banana. Add nuts.
  3. Grease muffin cups or put muffin paper cups in muffin pan.
  4. Pour and bake for 18-20 mins till golden Cool and serve.

Lemon Recipes

Lemon Lollipops:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp. yellow food coloring
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 tbsp. lemon extract
  • 1/2 cup water
Mix sugar, corn syrup and water in a pan.
Bake to 300 degree Fahrenheit or cook until mixture spins a thread.
Turn off head, add color and flavoring.
Pour the mixture in small aluminum moulds and insert popsickle sticks in them.
Allow them to set and become hard.
Your lick able lollipops are ready!

Lemon Cooler
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 bottle (200 ml) lemonade
  • 2 tbsp. chopped cucumber
  • 2 tbsp. chopped apple
  • 1 tsp. chopped mint leaves
  • 1 tsp. honey
Chill the juices. Mix all the ingredients, pour into 2 glasses and serve immediately.


Coconut Roughs

Recipe for Coconut Roughs:

  • 1/2 cup mashed potato
  • 40 gms. butter
  • 1 1/2 cups icing sugar
  • 2 tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 cups coconut desiccated
  • 1 tsp. vanilla essence
  1. Place butter and mashed potato in a large bowl and beat well.
  2. Gradually beat in the icing sugar and cocoa.
  3. Add coconut and vanilla essence.
  4. Place small spoonfuls of mixture on over proof paper.
  5. Refrigerate coconut roughts until set.

Jam Tarts

Recipe for Jam Tarts:
  • 100 gms. plain flour
  • 50 gms. butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • cold water
  • jam
  1. Preheat oven to 180 degree Calories.
  2. Grease patty cake tins.
  3. Sieve flour and salt together into a large bowl.
  4. Rub butter into mix.
  5. Gradually add enough water to make a soft dough.
  6. Flour board and rolling pin.
  7. Roll mixture until 1/2 cm. thick.
  8. Cut into circles using cookie cutter, egg ring, cups, etc.
  9. Place cut pastry into patty tins.
  10. Add jam (not too much).
  11. Bake for 15 minutes or until pastry is cooked.
  12. Allow to cool before eating!
Children Activity: (Make your naughty children do something interesting)
Give each child half of an English Muffin.
Spread Pizza sauce on it.
Let children break cheese slices into shapes for eys, nose and mouth.
Bake at 400 degree Fahreheit until cheese melts slightly

Friday, June 12, 2009

Interesting Puffed Cakes (Idlis)

  • 1 1/4 cups semolina
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/4 cup chopped, boiled vegetables (carrots, french beans, peas, corn, etc)
  • 2 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 1/2 tsp. Eno's fruit salt
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • salt to taste
  • oil for greasing
For Seasoning
  • 1 tsp. mustard seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame seeds
  • a pinch asafoetida
  • some oil
  1. Mix the semolina, buttermilk, vegetables, ginger paste, oil and salt in a bowl to make a smooth batter. Keep aside for half an hour.
  2. Add the fruit salt, mix well and pour the batter into a greased (idli) pancake mould. Steam for 8 to 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare the seasoning by heating the oil, adding the mustard seeds, sesame seeds and asafoetida and frying until the seeds crackle.
  4. Pour over the prepared pancakes.
  5. Cut into pieces and serve hot.

Ginger Punch

Ginger Punch
  • 1 cup sliced ginger
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 bottle club soda
Bring the first 3 ingredients to a boil and cook for 15 minutes. Let them cool. When cool, pour in a punch bowl and stir in the fruit juices. Add the club soda and ice cubes and serve in punch cups.
Green Flat Cakes (Dosas)
  • 1 cup soaked/sprouted green gram
  • 1 piece ginger
  • coriander leaves
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp. rice or plain flour
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped tomatoes without seeds
  1. Grind green gram, ginger, cumin seeds, salt and coriander leaves to a fine paste by adding water.
  2. Add rice flour to make thin flat cakes (dosas) on a griddle.
  3. Add a teaspoon of grated carrot, chopped onions and tomatoes in the centre.
  4. Fold into half and make a tight roll and serve hot.

EGG BOATS

Children Activity:
  1. Hard-boil one egg for every two children
  2. Have the children work in pairs to peel the shell from the egg.
  3. Slice the egg in half and carefully scoop out the yolk and put it into a small paper cup
  4. Have each pair mix the yolk with
    1-tsp, mayonnaise
    1/2 tsp. mustard and
    a dash of salt and pepper.
  5. Stuff this mixture back into the hollows of the white.
  6. Have each child make a sail for the boat with a toothpick and a paper flag with teh letter E on it.
  7. Don't forgot to stick the sail into their "boats" before they eat!!!

Friday, June 5, 2009

Love in Friendship Enemity is LIFE.

"Love In Friendship Enemity", in this line put the first letters, join them and read it is Life.

First of all, listen and analyze whatever your opposite person tells you, wait for a moment think and then answer them. You have built a relationship with them. That person would feel you are good.

Person can be anybody - your parents, in-laws, team mates, managers, children, strangers and so on.

Give up anger and wear a smile, this is the best thing to taste the sweetness of life.

When you wanted to tell something and impress others in a group, first understand their mood bring their attention towards you and reveal it. Definitely you have won the hearts of the crowd atleast 80%.

When you are angry on somebody don't show them be in an immense silence, that would make others understand.

This is how I have learnt tasting the sweetness of life.

Cheers.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Today's dressing is incomplete without a perfume

Dressing sense is very important right from the house till office. For any/all kinds of occassion viz., birthdays, anniversaries, and so on, for festivals, for interviews.

Different kind of dresses include Saree, cashmere, evening gowns, party dresses, salwar-kameez, pyajamas, night dresses, western formals, casuals, minis, sequins, long skirts, and so on. For any kind of dresses a little perfume (strong or mild) will be the most significant thing to attract attention towards you. And at times it makes you to feel that you are very fresh enough.

Today you have many kind of perfumes but the most fragrance ones which can be used lies in the branded perfumes.

Calvin Klein is a famous women perfume which comes in two varieties Floral & Fresh and White Flower based on these names its easy to understand that they are made up of Flowers and the fragrance lasts for a longer time.


Anna Sui is one more brand which is for women and comes in various shapes viz., butterfly, hand bag, and so on. It doesn't only keep you fresh for a longer time and is a perfect combination with your formals. It contains bergamot, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, tangeriene, vanilla, anise and peach. Its known for its fantasy.


Apart from this daily things, it would be necessary to massage our oils once in a week, Maitresse is one of those which is rich to use for your scalps and keeps you cool.


Fragrance online is a shop which provides with wide varieties of perfumes, aftershave, miniature perfumes for gifts, skin cares at a very discounted price.

Thanks for going through this post.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Nice Quotes put a smile on your face

Source for these pictures was a forwarded mail.

I liked the wordings in them so made a simple blog.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Rare but Nice Pictures

"No matter what our achievements might be, we think well of ourselves only in rare moments." this saying was written by Eric Hoffer.


It is a rare and difficult attainment to grow old gracefully and happily - Christopher Guest.


Similarly, the flash file I have put contains rare pictures.



Thursday, April 30, 2009

Inspired by this couple, Must see

Hi Blog Readers,

I was very much inspired by seeing this video. How a couple can do a wonderful dance, when both of them are handicapped, too?

A big applause from my end. Let God make them successful.

Thanks for watching this worth watching video.

Hema.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Fruit Critter Salad

10 pieces lettuce
20 raisins
10 cherries
10 canned peach or pear halves
1 tray
toothpicks

Take the tray and the lettuce. Put lettuce in rows. Take peaches or pears and put on each piece of lettuce, round side up. Take raisins and toothpicks and put the raisins on the toothpicks. Put the raisins on the peach so it looks like 2 eyes. Take the cherries and the toothpicks and put the cherries on the toothpicks. Stick on the peach or pear so that it looks like a nose. Then you have fruit critter salads.!

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Delightful Doughnuts

To be mixed into a filling
1 slice chopped pineapple
2 tbsp. grated coconut
2 tbsp. sultanas
2 tbsp. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon powder
oil to deep fry

For the dough:
1 1/2 cups plain flour
2 tbsp. fresh yeast, crumbled
3 tbsp. sugar
2 tbsp. cream
1 tsp. oil
a pinch of salt

1. Mix all the ingredients except the oil in a bowl and make a soft dough using water.
2. Add the oil and knead again.
3. Cover with a damp cloth and leave for 15 to 20 minutes
4. Press teh dough with your palms
5. Roll out the dough into a 5 mm thick sheet
6. Using cookie cutter, cut out 10 circles
7. Place a spoonful of the filling mixture on each of the 5 dough circles
8. Place the other 5 dough circles on top of the filling mixture and seal the edges tightly
9. Deep fry these doughnuts in hot oil over a medium flame till golden brown on both sides.
10. Serve hot.

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Snacks from Banana

BANANA SPLITS:
Let the children cut their own bananas with a plastic knife. Put these banana slices into ice cream (preferably vanilla) to make Banana Split Ice Cream.



BEAN SALAD:
Point out that beans are a vegetable. Make bean salad by mixing green beans and kidney beans. Top them with Italian dressing mixed with a little sugar. Serve.


BANANA PANCAKES:
1 cup plain flour
¾ cup milk
2 ripe bananas, mashed
¼ cup chopped walnuts
4 tsp. castor sugar
½ tsp. vanilla essence
¾ tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. melted butter
some butter and honey or jam to serve

Mix all the ingredients in a bowl to make a smooth batter, making sure that no lumps remain.
Heat a non-stick pan, spread about 3 to 4 tbsp. (¼ cup) of the batter to make a thick pancake.
Cook the pancake over medium heat, using a little butter to cook both sides until golden brown.
Serve hot with honey or jam.


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Children Snacks Time with "Apple Chop and Apple Crumble"

APPLE CHOP:Chop apples, bananas and mangoes into bite-size pieces. Mix them in a bowl with grapes and a little bit of lemon juice. Sprinkle salt and black pepper over them. Serve cold.

APPLE CRUMBLE:
Ingredients:
400 gm tin of cooked apples
60 gm melted butter
½ cup rolled oats
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup desiccated coconut
pinch of cinnamon
ice cream or custard (optional)

Method:
Open the tin of apples and spread apple in a shallow microwave proof pie dish.
Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl.
Melt butter and add to dry ingredients
Spread evenly on top of apples
Microwave for approximately 5 minutes
Cool and serve it as it is or with ice cream or custard

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Seal - Extinct

A Baby Seal requests..

"Norway and Canada have a new kind of tourism. Killing baby seals!!!! They call it 'hunting' and it's a sport. You want to call this sport ?? Can they be called as sportsman??? Why should they kill us?

You're our only hope !!! Please let it stop. This barbarism shouldn't be possible in our society.

Don't turn your back on us, we are so defenseless, we have no guns, please help us..!!!

I know these images seem painful for you, but we feel the pain...!! We are being slaughtered by ruthless people and it's going on RIGHT NOW...!!!

What gives him the right to kill us. Who is he to decide about life and death

What kind of sport is this..?? I didn't harm anyone..!! I was just swimming around doing nothing, now I'm dead...!!

Please help me and my friends...!!!

You can't just ignore these images..?? Keep silent and doing nothing makes you guilty...!!

Please help us...!!

Please don't leave us alone...!!"


If this goes on like this, even seals will get extincted.

Make a statement "STOP THE KILLING OF SEALS" by forwarding this blog link to as many people as you can.

Let us save them from now on.

Your action is much appreciated. Thanks!!!

Save Life - Beware of Ants

Please read this and advise your friends and family! You may save others' lives!

Incident One: A little boy died because surgeons found ants in his brain! Apparently this boy fell asleep with some sweets in his mouth or with some sweet stuff beside him.

Ants soon got to him and some ants in fact crawled into his ear which somehow managed to go to his brain. When he woke up, he did not realize that ants had gone to his head.

After that, he constantly complained about itchiness around his face. His mother brought him to a doctor, but the doctor could not figure out what was wrong with him. He took an X-ray of the boy and to his horror; he found a group of live ants in his skull. Since the ants were still alive, the doctor could not operate on him because the ants were constantly moving around. The boy finally died. So please be careful when leaving food stuff near your bed or when eating in bed. This might attract ants. Most importantly,

NEVER you or your child eat sweets before going to bed. You or your child might attract ants while you are asleep.

Incident Two: Another similar incident happened in a hospital in Taiwan . This man was warded in the hospital and was constantly warned by the nurses not to leave food stuff by his bedside because there were ants about. He did not heed their advice. Ants finally got to him. His family members said that the man constantly complained about headaches. He died and a postmortem or autopsy was done on him. Doctors found a group of live ants in his head. Apparently, the ants had been eating bits of his brain. So friends, better be safe than sorry. Never leave food stuff beside your bed you when you go to sleep.

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Monday, March 9, 2009

M.V.Kamath, Journalist

A photo taken in "The Cosmos Cafe", which is a 3 Star Hotel in Manipal. The 60+ yrs old man, whom u can see in this photo is Mr.M.V.Kamath, who was the greatest journalist during the freedom fighters time (1940's).

It happened so that I went to a trip from my office (NDS) and stopped at Manipal, near Mangalore for a dinner around 7pm.

We found 3 sofas and ran to catch them to give a pose for photo. Next to us, Hotel Manager of that hotel was speaking to a man.

During that time, manager introduced us to this great man as "Do you know who he is? He is Mr.M.V.Kamath, journalist during the time of freedom fighters".

Mr. M.V.Kamath is a very simple man and soft in his speech. I found him as a very friendly person too.

This post is just a small gift for him.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Advantage of being in one school for 10 to 12 years

Might be, you would have been surprised by seeing this title.

I am a live example for a student studying in different schools at different places but in same city.

I did my lower and upper kintergarden, and primary classes in Assumption English Primary School, near Rajajinagar opposite to ESI Hospital. We were staying in Prakashnagar during this time. Mom was a house wife.

In 1986, my mother got into a school named Krishi Bharathi English School which was part of Adarsha Educational Trust. Then we moved to Hebbal in 1987, an outskirt of Bangalore during that time. Hence, I lost contact with all my friends, whom i am still searching but in vain. I lost the good teachers I had around me. My favourite teacher was Nirmala, Carona Joseph. But couldn't find them again till today. Lost a physical contact with six cousins who were with us in Rajajinagar, because everyone would be busy with their own school, college.

From 1987 to 1991, I did my higher secondary primary and high school classes (5th to 8th) at the same school where mom worked then joined a different school. Again lost the contacts between good teachers, and friends.

1992 and 1993 did my high school classes (9th and 10th or SSLC) in Sharada Vidya Niketan,
Malleswaram. New teachers, travel distance (from hebbal to malleswaram - 12 kms) all were factors which made me weak in my studies. Completed my school in 1993 and joined the same junior college but at Vijayanagar. Again the contact between friends got lost.

After completing my junior college in 1995 joined Degree College in R.T.Nagar, again lost the contacts between friends.

Thus, inspite of having desire to keep in touch with friends and teachers I could not succeed.

May I, its advantageous to study in one school from kindergarden till SSLC or junior college due to following reasons:

  • Teachers are second parent so they understand us better and communicate among other teachers. This would be helpful for our studies and adds value for our identity.
  • Friends for ever, yes friends will be in touch for ever.
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Monday, February 23, 2009

Childhood

Hi All,

Childhood is a first episode of life. From our age 0 to 12 years. Which is followed by the sweet teenage, then the adolescence and finally the old age, which can also be termed as retirement age.

Many of us, feel that we have lost our childhood. Days which gave us the sweetest memories for the entire life. I too fall in this category, when I see my son the Little Master, Aditya who is going to be 5 years old on May 5th 2009. But sometimes I feel, the childishness is still hidden in us, and at times it gives us immense pleasure when experienced.

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