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Old things sweet and beautiful

It was an old mobile phone, one of the smallest, a friend said. “It was gifted to me by a close friend,” she said as she dished out the long cherished possession from her bag. I smiled back with glee at seeing a once prized treasure which now is outdated. But the tiny phone has a long story, inspiring and healing… It has come a long way… crossed many borders, sailed many seas and passed many years. The phone worked as more than a mere virtual connection between the two…

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The sweet healing fragrance

Pressure at work or stress at workplace can pull you down and your productivity. Prolonged stress can trigger many ailments and diseases. The constant exposure to different uncomfortable situations and environment at work place can harm an employee not only physically, but also mentally and emotionally. Use of aromatherapy can be a good stress buster. The sweet fragrance of essential oils can work wonders to your weary body and mind. Symptoms of stress at workplace include headaches, lethargy, mood and sleep disturbances, upset stomach, loss of sense of humour, irritability, depression…

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Boondi: The Rajasthani Drop-sized Gram Flour Balls Perfect for Both Sweet and Savoury Delicacies

Come Tuesday and our hearts can’t stop craving for the sweet boondis and boondi ke laddoo, especially the ones given as part of temple offerings. Said to have originated in Rajasthan, boondis are deep fried chickpea or gram flour droplets (boondi in Hindi means droplet), sweetened with syrup, and are an essential part of several auspicious occasions in many parts of northern India. Chef Sadaf Hussain, contestant of MasterChef India 2016 says, “The origin  can be traced to cities of Rajasthan where the locals used fried chickpea flour, and added sugar, to make it…

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Why do sweet things stop tasting so after we eat anything sugary

You had a doughnut and topped it with a cup of cappuccino, which suddenly tasted plain despite two sachets of sugar. This has sometime happened with all of us when something sweet ceases to taste sweet when had after something sugary. Here we decode why this happens. First let us understand how our brain functions. Our sensory organs receive sensory information from the brain and the body acts on these messages. Once your brain becomes accustomed to a constant signal, it tends to ignore it, and focuses on looking for…

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New weight-loss aid: sweet potato wastewater?

The skinny on sweet potatoes is “promising.”  (AP Photo/Matthew Mead) Tired of Thanksgiving weight gain? Next year you might want to pass on the sweet potato pie and drink a tall glass of sweet potato wastewater instead. That’s what a new study in the Heliyon journal hints at with what Modern Farmer says “might be the weirdest weight-loss discovery of the year.” Scientists in Japan had been brainstorming on what to do with all of the wastewater left over after people had boiled or steamed their sweet potatoes. They fed…

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A Healthy Sweet Potato Casserole So Good You Won’t Miss the Marshmallows

Photo: Beth Lipton There’s nothing wrong with indulging a bit during the holidays. Stuffing, cranberry sauce, pies—there are so many treats to savor. But we’ve never fully understood the sweet potato casserole thing. Sweet potatoes on their own are, well, sweet. Why the need for sticky marshmallows, or tons of added sugar? Plus, it makes the pumpkin pie feel a little redundant. (And we love pumpkin pie.) So we set out to create a sweet potato casserole that’s satisfying and luscious, but with healthier ingredients and a bit more balance. This one…

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