Baked Goodies · Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

Things You need to Carry for the perfect Day Trip #SuperBloggerChallenge #Instacuppa

Day trips are the best! Everyone will agree. What is there not to like? You don’t have to take leave (plan it on a weekend), it gives the boost that is required to survive in between those treasured vacations, they are not expensive (no hotels to be booked!) and the reasons are endless.

No Day Trip worth its mettle is complete without a list of goodies and must have items that are absolutely mandatory for making the Day Trip reach fabulous levels of perfection. I take making lists very very seriously. Anything I do is initiated with me sitting down with my favourite diary and a pen and jotting down some list or the other. I am absolutely religious about it!

Here I will share some ideas which according to me are a must for any Day Trip.

1.Edible Goodies.

Yummy! No outing is complete without a series of lip smacking munchies which are easy to eat as well as carry. Sorry , no butter cream frostings on your cupcakes for this one!

a. Unfrosted but very very yummy muffins/cupcakes.

Blueberry White Chocolate Muffin

b. Any loaf cake cut into easy to eat slices.

Orange Cranberry Loaf Cake


Lemon Poppy Seed Loaf Cake

c. Cookies-both savoury and sweet and easy to pop into your mouth.

Three Ingredient Cookie


d. Nuts and dry fruits

Nuts and Berries


e. Chocolate/Fudge

Dark Chocolate Fudge


The basic idea is it has to be easy to eat as well as easy to handle!

All the recipes for the above goodies are available on my Home page. Feel free to check them out.

https://deliciousfoodwithginia.wordpress.com

2. Beverage of your choice

The best idea if you are health conscious is to carry green tea of your choice in a Vacuum Insulated Thermos Travel Mug/Thermos or a bottle like this one. You can read more about my thoughts on Green Tea here. https://deliciousfoodwithginia.wordpress.com/2019/02/10/tea-and-me/

https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-thermos-bottle-1000-ml-double-wall-thermos-flask-vacuum-insulated-stainless-steel-retains-hot-and-cold-temperatures
This Thermos Bottle can be used to carry any beverage of your choice be it hot or cold.

You can also try a travel mug like this one from Instacuppa for green tea or coffee. Its great for single use. https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-vacuum-insulated-coffee-tea-travel-mug-470-ml-sipper-lid-with-filter-silicon-grip-black

Instacuppa vacuum insulated Travel Mug

https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-vacuum-insulated-coffee-tea-travel-mug-470-ml-sipper-lid-with-filter-silicon-grip-black
https://www.amazon.in/InstaCuppa-Insulated-Stainless-Infuser-Thermos/dp/B07L5Q98CC/ref=as_li_ss_tl?m=A3CTHNKRKDG7ON&s=merchant-items&ie=UTF8&qid=1549268701&sr=1-1&keywords=travel+mug+with+infuser&linkCode=sl1&tag=eterheal03-21&linkId=79f96e1ebd0e39b7c2e6d160a243a5c8&language=en_IN

3.A small stash of first aid and emergency medicines if you are traveling with children and elderly parents.

4. Sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat if there is any of sun damage to your skin. Lip balm and a compact is also a must for some mild touch up. My favourite sunscreen is a bit expensive but definitely works wonders.

5. A good camera or a phone with a good camera for capturing wonderful moments of your trip. Please don’t forget the phone charger as well as phones these days are notorious for getting discharged at the blink of an eye!

6. Portable Bluetooth speaker to listen to songs of your choice on the way to your destination or at any place you wish.

7. Tissue papers and wet wipes to clean your hands and in to use in any emergency food spills.

8. Hand sanitizer because I absolutely love to have clean hands.

9. I always carry some fennel or some ajwain seeds to keep at bay any sudden bouts of nausea or digestive issues while travelling. So my handbag always has a stash of ajwain and I am happy to distribute it to everyone around me!

I hope you will find these things to be helpful when you are planning your next day trip. Do let me know much fun you had!

This article as a part of SuperBloggerChallenge2019 conducted byHealthwealthbridge.comAllaboutthewoman.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge2019 is not responsible for any kind of infringement caused.

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Healthy Recipes · Savoury

Easy Veggie Stir Fry

I have a full time passion for food together with a full time job. As a result of this my brain is constantly engaged in a whirlwind of thoughts about all the things that I have to get done in a day.

Not only am I a big foodie I love to cook and bake for people who are close to my heart. I am a Bengali and love the local cuisine. Bengali veggie dishes are ridiculously easy and simple to make but fabulously tasty. This is because minimal amount of spices are used in order to let the intrinsic flavour of the fresh vegetables shine through. Another very important part of our cuisine is all the different vegetable dishes have an exclusive spice combination of its own. You just cannot throw in “Curry Powder” (Urggh! I do not even know what that exactly is) in a Bengali vegetable dish.

Our daily meal staple usually comprises of rice/roti(whole-wheat flatbreads), dal(lentil soup), fish/chicken in a gravy of choice and a seasonal vegetable dish. There are a thousand and one ways in which our veggies are prepared at home.

I love potatoes even though they are often demonised by weight watchers. But my relationship with them is still going strong. I remember when I was young I used to make a ruckus at meal time if the side dish of veggies did not have potatoes! How I sympathise with my sweet mother now when I think back to those days. That soft corner for potatoes is still there though.

This recipe is super duper easy and requires only a handful of ingredients. Potatoes are easily available and pointed gourds are the loveliest veggies if they are tender. I just hate the big and crunchy ones. So try to use small and tender pointed gourds in this recipe. The star ingredient of this is the poppy seed.

For the full recipe please follow the link

https://thefoodlives.com/2019/03/09/easy-veggie-stir-fry/

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Baked Goodies · Desserts · Healthy Recipes

Healthy whole-wheat Dark Chocolate Cookies

Healthy whole-wheat dark chocolate cookies

Homemade cookies are the best. Everybody will agree.Ever since I have started baking cookies at home I just cannot seem to make myself eat any store bought biscuits or cookies. There is an absolute block in my head regarding this. My entire tin of biscuits filled with the good old Marie biscuit and cream crackers are just sitting and getting stale.

 Nobody even gives them a cursory glance these days during tea time.   Also, there is a lot of pressure on me (most of it self-inflicted) to focus on healthy baking and curtail the use of refined flour and sugars. Keeping this in mind and my sporadic chocolate cravings I came up with the recipe for this chocolaty and scrumptious and healthy cookie made totally from scratch.

It is super easy to make too and requires only 4 to 5 ingredients. These cookies are the result of a crazy midnight baking session which I go through once in a while. They are a bit on the less sweet side because everyone at home like their baked goodies to be lightly sweetened. You can easily alter the amount of sweetness to your liking.  

Preparation time: 15 minutes.

Chilling Time: 30 minutes

Baking Time: 16 to 18 minutes

Ingredients:

  1. 8 heaped tbsp Whole-wheat Flour (60 gm approx.)
  2. 5 heaped tbsp Dark Cocoa powder (40 gm approx.)
  3. Softened Salted Butter 75 gm
  4. Date Palm Jaggery(patali Gur) 4 tbsp
  5. Milk (optional)
  6. Butter Paper
  7. Baking Tray

*White Chocolate Button/ Chocolate Chips (absolutely optional)

Only 4 basic ingredients

Method:

  • Start by keeping all the ingredients on your work counter and all the mixing bowls, spoons, and baking tray ready.
  • Cream the softened butter with a handheld mixer or a whisk until it is fluffy and the colour of the butter changes. It will take you around 7 to 8 minutes at low to medium speed and longer if using a whisk.
Creamed and whipped butter
  • Mix in the jaggery with the creamed butter and keep mixing at low speed.
whipped butter and jaggery
  • In a separate bowl sieve together the whole-wheat flour and the dark cocoa powder
  • Now mix the flour-cocoa mix into the creamed butter jaggery mixture until combined and forms a dough. You may add some milk if required.
flour-cocoa mix and butter…the dough forming process
  • Eventually, use your clean hands to bring it all together and form the chocolate cookie dough
  • Roll the dough into a ball and wrap in cling film or aluminum foil and put it into the fridge to chill for 30 minutes.
cookie dough
  • After 30 minutes take out the cookie dough and form smaller balls from it. Flatten slightly with the palm of your hands and form small disks of about ½ cm thickness.
  • Make designs on the cookies with the help of a fork according to your liking. I was helped by my hubby in the cookie designing bit and they did turn out to be very very pretty. You can use white chocolate chips also if you desire.
  • Pre-heat the oven to 180O C. Arrange the cookies on a paper lined baking tray with at least ½ a cm gap between them as the butter in them tends to make them spread while cooking. Bake for 16 to 18 minutes’ till baked through. The cookies might seem to be a bit soft when you take them out from the oven but they get crispier as they cool down
  • Your easy, yummy, chocolaty, buttery and healthy whole-wheat cookies are ready to be enjoyed with a delicious cup of coffee or with tea or just like that when you are feeling a bit moreish.

P.S

1. Patali Gur or Date Palm jaggery holds a very special place in my heart and it is one of the winter delicacies that I absolutely adore. It has a wonderfully rich and smoky flavour which can easily be used as a sugar substitute. I love to use it in my desserts but if you find it difficult to get your hands on you can easily use raw unfiltered honey or any other sweetener of your choice.

2. Creaming the butter until soft and buttery is an extremely important step as that gives these cookies the perfect texture.

3. If you do not have a cookie tray/ baking tray please do not worry. Neither do I! The hack that I use is I just cut my butter/baking paper into a round shape and place it directly on the microwave ovens turntable. Voila! Your baking tray is ready to be used.

Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

First Flush Green Tea and How to make it.. #superbloggerchallenge # instacuppa

First flush green tea
( Image courtesy Google)


Tea as a drink has a constant presence in my life from as far back as I can remember. In my family there was never any negative connotation attached to tea drinking even though there are some dangers of caffeine addiction associated with excessive caffeine consumption.

I am extremely against addiction of any type. I can remember very clearly that in my curated teen years list of “Things that I want in a partner” the no drinking or smoking clause featured near the top. By God’s grace I was able to stick to this clause of mine and my partner is an even bigger stickler for the no-addiction rule.
But somehow in case of tea I never ever had this feeling and always feel a surge of positivity and happiness at the thought of my next cup of tea. Wherever I have gone I have changed people around me from non-tea drinkers to big tea fans. This is because of the plethora of health benefits that tea has to offer.

Young Green Tea leaves
(Image courtesy Google)


I am no big tea connoisseur but like to stay updated. So every time I go to the tea shop or explore for new varieties of tea I am amazed by the wide varieties of tea available. I will share with you a few nuggets of knowledge that I have acquired in my quest for the perfect cup of mood elevating flavourful tea.
In many of the tea varieties you will see the words ‘first flush’, ‘second flush’ followed by some name or the other. Flush refers to the harvesting or picking season of the tea leaves.
First flush tea is actually the first new tea leaves that grow on the tea plant after the cold winter month when spring knocks at the door. Throughout the winter season the tea plant seems to be dormant but is actually busy assimilating nutrients and yummy flavour enhancing components from the soil.

First Flush Darjeeling green tea
(Image courtesy Google )

When the warmer spring months set in, the bright green young and energetic tea leaves that pop out from the now awaken tea plants are full of flavour and nutritional benefits that all tea lovers crave. These young, flavourful and tasty leaves are called first flush and are usually unfermented and less oxidised and hence are served as green tea. This green tea has a very mild and light flavour unlike fermented/oxidised black teas and maintain the delicateness of their taste.


Second Flush teas are those leaves which are harvested after the monsoon when the tea leaves have matured and they result in a darker and richer tea liquor.
There is a specific way in which the first flush green teas have to be prepared.
Many people complain that their green tea is bitter and drinking it is like gulping down a bitter medicine. I will share my method of green tea making for the perfect cuppa!
The best way to make green tea for the health conscious is to use this awesome green tea detox bottle from Instacuppa.

Green tea detox bottle with steel infuser
https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-green-tea-detox-bottle-glass-with-steel-infuser


The trick lies in the just right temperature of water. Green tea leaves or tea bags should never be added to boiling hot water. If too hot water is used, it brings out the tannins in the tea lives which results in a very bitter and unpalatable cuppa. After the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add the first flush green tea leaves in the steel diffuser unit. When the bubbles of the boiling water have subsided, it is the right time to add the water into the Instacuppa glass bottle.
Alternatively you can use this french press coffee filter from Instacuppa also know an ‘Uphetta’ which is great for loose leaf green tea steeping.

Uphetta or French Press Coffee maker
https://instacuppastore.com/collections/french-press-coffee-makers/products/instacuppa-french-press-coffee-maker-600-ml-4-part-superior-filtration-system-heat-resistant-borosilicate-carafe-with-measurement-markings


Now comes the tricky part. The perfect timing for which you have to wait to bring out the mild and delicate flavour of the first flush tea leaves can be determined with the help of this cute as a button tea-timer.

Perfect Tea Timer

We came across this during one of our mandatory tea dates at a nearby tea shop and absolutely loved it. It is perfect for knowing how long the tea leaves have to be stepped to bring out their flavour. For first flush teas 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal time. Then you can remove the steel infuser if you are using detox bottle or you can press down the handle of the uphetta and you are good to go. The health conscious person inside you is happy and so is the tea connoisseur.

This article is written as a part of SuperBloggerChallenge conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com https://healthwealthbridge.com/health/ ,  Allaboutthewoman.com https://allaboutthewoman.com/woman-health/and powered by Instacuppa https://instacuppastore.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge is not responsible for any infringement caused.”

Drinks and Beverages · Random Thoughts

First Flush Green Tea and How to make it.. #superbloggerchallenge # instacuppa

First flush green tea
( Image courtesy Google)


Tea as a drink has a constant presence in my life from as far back as I can remember. In my family there was never any negative connotation attached to tea drinking even though there are some dangers of caffeine addiction associated with excessive caffeine consumption.

I am extremely against addiction of any type. I can remember very clearly that in my curated teen years list of “Things that I want in a partner” the no drinking or smoking clause featured near the top. By God’s grace I was able to stick to this clause of mine and my partner is an even bigger stickler for the no-addiction rule.
But somehow in case of tea I never ever had this feeling and always feel a surge of positivity and happiness at the thought of my next cup of tea. Wherever I have gone I have changed people around me from non-tea drinkers to big tea fans. This is because of the plethora of health benefits that tea has to offer.

Young Green Tea leaves
(Image courtesy Google)


I am no big tea connoisseur but like to stay updated. So every time I go to the tea shop or explore for new varieties of tea I am amazed by the wide varieties of tea available. I will share with you a few nuggets of knowledge that I have acquired in my quest for the perfect cup of mood elevating flavourful tea.
In many of the tea varieties you will see the words ‘first flush’, ‘second flush’ followed by some name or the other. Flush refers to the harvesting or picking season of the tea leaves.
First flush tea is actually the first new tea leaves that grow on the tea plant after the cold winter month when spring knocks at the door. Throughout the winter season the tea plant seems to be dormant but is actually busy assimilating nutrients and yummy flavour enhancing components from the soil.

First Flush Darjeeling green tea
(Image courtesy Google )

When the warmer spring months set in, the bright green young and energetic tea leaves that pop out from the now awaken tea plants are full of flavour and nutritional benefits that all tea lovers crave. These young, flavourful and tasty leaves are called first flush and are usually unfermented and less oxidised and hence are served as green tea. This green tea has a very mild and light flavour unlike fermented/oxidised black teas and maintain the delicateness of their taste.


Second Flush teas are those leaves which are harvested after the monsoon when the tea leaves have matured and they result in a darker and richer tea liquor.
There is a specific way in which the first flush green teas have to be prepared.
Many people complain that their green tea is bitter and drinking it is like gulping down a bitter medicine. I will share my method of green tea making for the perfect cuppa!
The best way to make green tea for the health conscious is to use this awesome green tea detox bottle from Instacuppa.

Green tea detox bottle with steel infuser
https://instacuppastore.com/products/instacuppa-green-tea-detox-bottle-glass-with-steel-infuser

https://amzn.to/2HT4BTU


The trick lies in the just right temperature of water. Green tea leaves or tea bags should never be added to boiling hot water. If too hot water is used, it brings out the tannins in the tea lives which results in a very bitter and unpalatable cuppa. After the water has boiled, turn off the heat and add the first flush green tea leaves in the steel diffuser unit. When the bubbles of the boiling water have subsided, it is the right time to add the water into the Instacuppa glass bottle.
Alternatively you can use this french press coffee filter from Instacuppa also know an ‘Uphetta’ which is great for loose leaf green tea steeping.

Uphetta or French Press Coffee maker
https://instacuppastore.com/collections/french-press-coffee-makers/products/instacuppa-french-press-coffee-maker-600-ml-4-part-superior-filtration-system-heat-resistant-borosilicate-carafe-with-measurement-markings


Now comes the tricky part. The perfect timing for which you have to wait to bring out the mild and delicate flavour of the first flush tea leaves can be determined with the help of this cute as a button tea-timer.

Perfect Tea Timer

We came across this during one of our mandatory tea dates at a nearby tea shop and absolutely loved it. It is perfect for knowing how long the tea leaves have to be stepped to bring out their flavour. For first flush teas 2 to 3 minutes is the ideal time. Then you can remove the steel infuser if you are using detox bottle or you can press down the handle of the uphetta and you are good to go. The health conscious person inside you is happy and so is the tea connoisseur.

This article is written as a part of SuperBloggerChallenge conducted by Healthwealthbridge.com https://healthwealthbridge.com/health/ ,  Allaboutthewoman.com https://allaboutthewoman.com/woman-health/and powered by Instacuppa https://instacuppastore.com and should not be repurposed, republished or used otherwise. The content herein is owned by the blogger. SuperBloggerChallenge is not responsible for any infringement caused.”