Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Happy New Year

“Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.”

Thursday, December 25, 2014

The World's Healthiest Energy Drink


Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe

Christmas Fruit Cake Recipe
Makes one 6" cake
Recipe adapted from Omana Paul

Ingredients:
1 cup plain flour
1/2 cup chopped cashew nuts
1/4 cup black raisins
1/2 cup mixed dry fruits (dates, cherries, orange peels)
1 + .5 cups white sugar
2/3 cup butter, at room temperature
3 eggs
1 clove + 1 cardamom pod + small piece of cinnamon + a pinch nutmeg (pound together to powder)
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
A pinch of salt

Instructions:

1. Christmas fruit cake requires you to caramelize sugar. Don't be like me and worry about it, it's really not that hard, you just need to be careful while doing it. In a pan on medium heat, melt 1/2 cup sugar slowly. It will first melt and then turn into a dark brown goop. Keep stirring and let it turn a deep dark caramel colour. Don't let it burn. Turn off heat and add about 1/4 cup water. The sugar will harden. Turn the heat back on and slowly heat the mixture until the sugar crystals dissolve. This will take around 10 mins. Let this cool and set aside.

Pre-heat oven to 350F / 180C.

2. Add 3 tbsp flour to the dry fruits and nuts and dredge completely to coat it. This is so that they don't sink to the bottom of the batter while baking. Set aside.

3. Mix the remaining flour and baking powder, spices, and salt until well combined.

4. Beat the butter and 1 cup sugar until fluffy - about 10 mins by hand, 3-4 mins with an electric beater. Add vanilla and mix until combined. Next, add 1 egg and beat. Then add a bit of the flour mixture and fold. Likewise, alternate between the eggs and flour mixture until they are used up.

5. Add the cooled caramel and dredged fruits and gently fold in. Pour batter into a greased cake pan and smooth the top.

6. Bake for 50-55 mins until the top turns a dark brown and when a skewer inserted into the cake comes out with dry crumbs. You can start checking from 45 mins but usually in our oven, it takes up to 55 mins. The top will look like it's overdone but don't worry, make sure the inside is also completely cooked.

7. Dust with icing sugar when the cake is completely. cooled (you can also hide any cracks on top with this ;)

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

15 Foods that Improve Your Mood

Saffron: Researchers believe this spice has the same effect on a person’s mood as Prozac by allowing the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin to be more prevalent in the brain. It also helps relieve women’s PMS symptoms, such as mood swings and depression.
Coconut: Simply smelling coconut can reduce the body’s natural “flight or flight” response and reduce heart rate and blood pressure in times of stress.
Chocolate: Who knew a decadent treat could be good for your health? Eating 1.4 ounces of this deliciousness daily for two weeks reduces stress hormones, such as cortisol. Just don’t forget to account for the calories when you are indulging in this treat! 
Oily Fish: Fatty fish such as salmon, tuna, mussels and sardines are rich with omega-3s. Adding fatty fish to your daily diet will fill your body with mood-boosting nutrients. Omega-3s positively affect dopamine and serotonin in the brain which are directly linked with our moods. 
Tea: To become more focused and clear your head, drink 5-6 cups of caffeinated black, green or oolong tea a day. An amino acid in these teas works with caffeine to improve your attention and alertness.
Leafy Greens: Vegetables such as spinach, asparagus and brussels sprouts are filled with a B vitamin called folate, which is known to reduce symptoms of depression. These greens boost the levels of norepinephrine, serotonin and dopamine in the brain and increase happy moods!
Carbs: Healthy carbohydrates can be a helpful aide in producing serotonin. Simple carbs are known to boost mood instantly, while complex carbs take a longer time to digest and a longer time to boost mood.
Oranges:  In addition to the sweet and tangy scent known to spark up your senses, oranges are high in vitamin B6 and folic acid; vitamins that have been shown to be lacking in patients with depression.

Monday, October 20, 2014

8 Ways To Detox Your Body

1. Oils
2. Dairy
3. Sugar
4. Movements
6. Water
7. Sweet Potato
8. Green Leafy vegetables

Friday, October 17, 2014

Do you know about CHIA SEEDS & its Health Benefits

Chia seeds have been around long before they became famous as part of the Chia Pet craze (ch-ch-ch-chia). The seeds were believed to have been a staple in ancient Aztec and Mayan diets; supposedly, they’d fill up on chia seeds before heading into battle. But how is this superfood relevant today, when you're not exactly preparing to do battle? (Unless you count the commute to work, which sometimes feels like going into war.) We've got some reasons—including glowy skin and weight loss—why you need to start eating chia seeds. 

1. They Can Help You Drop Pounds

2. They're Powerful Stress-Busters

3. Get Glowy, Sans a Facial

4. They've Got More Calcium Than Milk

 

 



Sunday, October 12, 2014

WORLD HOSPICE & PALLIATIVE CARE DAY , 11th Oct

'Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Who cares? We do!'

About World Hospice and Palliative Care Day


What is World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is a unified day of action to celebrate and support hospice and palliative care around the world. Voices for Hospices is a mexican wave of concerts taking place on World Hospice and Palliative Care Day every two years.
The theme for World Hospice and Palliative Care Day which will take place on October 11 is 

'Achieving universal coverage of palliative care: Who cares? We do!' 

When does World Hospice and Palliative Care Day take place?

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day takes place on the second Saturday of October every year and Voices for Hospices takes place on the same date every two years.
Future dates are:
October 11 2014 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day
October 10 2015 - World Hospice and Palliative Care Day with Voices for Hospices

What are the aims of World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

  • To share our vision to increase the availability of hospice and palliative care throughout the world by creating opportunities to speak out about the issues
  • To raise awareness and understanding of the needs – medical, social, practical, spiritual – of people living with a life limiting illness and their families
  • To raise funds to support and develop hospice and palliative care services around the world


Who organises World Hospice and Palliative Care Day?

World Hospice and Palliative Care Day is organised by a committee of the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance, a network of hospice and palliative care national and regional organisations that support the development of hospice and palliative care worldwide