Let’s have a soup night this week

I love soup nights! They don’t come very often these days. There was a time when once a week we used to have soup night at home and then slowly we reverted back to the heavy dinners. Yesterday my neighbour was not feeling well. We have some kind of a virus going around and quite a few of us have been down with cold, cough and fever. So I thought of making some soup for her and decided to make it a soup night for us as well. I have…

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A taste of Italy up in Shimla hills

The Himachal Pradesh capital is now offering a platter of authentic taste of Italy — an Italian thin crust, hand-rolled wood-fired pizzas laced with an assortment of organic herbs grown in its kitchen garden. The pizza will also have Italian tomatoes or pomodoros imported from Italy. Even the cheese is being imported from Italy. “We are different from others as our thin crust pizza base is one of its kind as it is smoked in the mango wood oven. Others have electrical ovens which don’t give it a smoky flavour,”…

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No oven? ‘Bake’ your cake in a pressure cooker

Electricity going off when your cake is sitting in the oven and is only half-way through can be one of the worst kitchen nightmares. I was in a similar situation last weekend and did panic initially. But I managed to avert a disaster with my good old pressure cooker coming to the rescue. It was, in fact, a pressure cooker in which cake was baked for the first time almost three decades ago in my humble small-town home with no electric oven. It had been a little burnt from the…

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Manish Sisodia calls for CAG audit of 28 colleges: Cannot turn a blind eye to malpractices

“The government cannot turn a blind eye to… malpractices and irregularities potentially taking place in the 28 Delhi University colleges funded by it”, said Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister Manish Sisodia in a letter to Shashi Kant Sharma, the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, while requesting a “comprehensive audit of these colleges”. In the letter, Sisodia requested that the audit look at “all expenditure made by these colleges in the financial years 2016-17 and 2017-18”, “procedure of regular and ad-hoc appointments” and “regulatory and administrative action taken by…

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From a flying insect to robotics: Here’s what you should know about biofluid mechanics

What do the flapping wings of a bird and a swimmer’s flexible movement in the water have in common? The answer is biofluid mechanics. Though it’s generally not a topic of conversation amongst most people biofluid mechanics is everywhere in our daily lives, from the air we breathe or the flow of blood in our body, to the swimming of fish or plant circulation. A special subject of fluid mechanics – biofluid mechanics describes the motions and forces of fluids in a range of biological systems: from cells in complex…

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Ladies, having a baby in your 30s may ensure a long life for you

Looks like people, who are planning their family late, may breathe a sigh of relief. Earlier research said, conceiving after 30 may leave a first-time mother childless. But a new study, not only denies the fact, but also brings a good news for the older moms. The study, by scientists at Portugal’s Coimbra University, said that women who became mothers later in life were more likely to live longer than those who gave birth in their teens and 20s, reports the Independent. “The most relevant result shows that women tend…

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The desi version of a healthy soup

Kanji or kanji water made of different rice varieties offers not just nutrition but also a lot of comfort Now that the rains are making their reluctant appearance, I long for kanji (rice gruel). It evokes memories of our annual childhood holiday in a small village on the banks of the Periyar river in Kerala. We were 18 grandchildren and, almost every year, at least a dozen would gather to spend time with our grandparents. So kanji for dinner was the only feasible option. At 7.30 pm, we would line up on a mat…

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11 Healthier Pasta Salad Recipes to Bring to a BBQ

Like so many other summertime food favorites, pasta salad isn’t always super healthy. Often, it’s so heavily doused in thick, overwhelming ingredients like mayonnaise that just one serving can leave you feeling kind of bogged down. Not to mention, a lot of the pasta salads you see at barbecues and cookouts are made with white flour pasta, which, unlike whole grain pasta, is usually pretty low in important nutrients like fiber and protein. That’s not to say you shouldn’t be eating pasta salad during the summer. When you want some noodles but it’s 100 degrees outside, cold pasta salad…

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HOW TO GET PERFECT LOBSTER ROLLS WITHOUT THE DRIVE TO A SEAFOOD SHACK

While you certainly can trek out to a remote corner of the East Coast and pay upwards of $20 to devour a delicious, iconic lobster roll off a plastic patio chair with the warm ocean breeze in your hair, remember this: Anyone can make a truly perfect, succulent lobster roll at home—for about half the price. The quintessence of summer dining, lobster rolls ought to be made with fresh, live lobster and, usually are served in one of two styles: Maine-style, which come chilled and dressed in mayonnaise and usually…

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THESE GORGEOUS COOKIES TELL A NATION’S HISTORY WITH A PIPING BAG

Mezeskalacs. (May-zesh-koh-lotch.) Traditional Hungarian gingerbread cookies painstakingly decorated as artwork. With a silver-tipped piping bag, Aniko dots icing into intricate lace embroidery and paints floral designs that mimic the colorful patterns on folk dresses. Whorls of white surround a small square mirror set into a red heart-shaped cookie. “You give it to someone,” she says, “to show they’re in the middle of your heart.” Aniko is one of the few bakers in America that practice the centuries-old art, one that draws on German and Russian influences but over the decades…

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