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Author: Shinta Simon

Mulled Apple Drink – A kid-friendly version

It is the time of year for all things festive – especially food and drink. This simple mulled apple juice recipe is one that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike. Mulled drinks are drinks that are simmered in a concoction of mulling spices, such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cardamom, etc. Sipping on a hot mulled drink is the ideal way to stay warm during the colder months. This recipe is a non-alcoholic version of a medieval English drink, known as ‘Wassail’. This drink was originally made from beer or mead, spiced and served hot. A more modern version...

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Easy Diwali Sweets

Celebrate this festive season with ‘mithai’ that can be made with locally available ingredients and take very little effort and time. Diwali is the one time in the year that we can excuse ourselves for over-indulging in sweets and ghee-enriched goodies. Traditional ‘mithai’ is time-consuming to make and can be an inconvenience, especially if you have plenty to take care of this festive season. However, with the help of a few easily-available supermarket ingredients, you could make sweets in under 30 minutes. Sure, nothing can replace the taste of sweets made by traditional ‘halwai’, but more time saved means...

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Brown butter pumpkin cupcakes with salted caramel topping

Want to get into the spirit of fall? There’s nothing quite like the humble yet versatile pumpkin that puts you right in the mood to welcome autumn. The aroma of a freshly baked pumpkin cupcake that is redolent with warm spices makes for the perfect segue into the colder months. Pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient to bake with. The local ‘red kurbis’ variety of pumpkin is mildly sweet and is well suited for desserts. Most recipes call for pumpkin puree, which is easy to make at home. There are two hassle-free ways to make a pumpkin puree: In the...

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Blending the classical with the contemporary

Classical dance that transcends conventional norms, and becomes relevant to audiences of our times. That’s how Sowgandhika Krishnan & Ensemble blend together the classical with the contemporary in their dance drama productions. The ISKCON* temple was festooned and decorated with flowers on the occasion of ‘Janmashtami’. There was a steady stream of devotees visiting the temple through the day. Among several events for the day, was a performance by artist Sowgandhika Krishnan and Ensemble. We took our seats together with the rest of the audience in the temple hall to watch the dance ensemble make their Zurich debut of...

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Baking with Summer’s Bounty

  One of the best experiences of summer can be found right in your local supermarket. Aisle upon aisle of berries and stone fruit, fresh from the farm waiting to be carted home. Dark red cherries, ready to burst with its sweet juices, plump and delectable blackberries, the bounty of summer beckons out to you from nearly every shelf! The best way to enjoy summer’s largesse is to enjoy it fresh, of course. But if you are in the mood for an extra special treat, you could bake up a batch of blueberry muffins or incorporate some cherries into...

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Matter-of-fact

  • Matter-of-Fact of the week #45:

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger

    Jacques Edwin Brandenberger was a Swiss chemist and textile engineer who in 1908 invented cellophane. Jacques saw a wine spill on a restaurant tablecloth and was inspired to create a cloth that would repel liquids instead of absorbing them. He created a film using cellulose that was transparent as well as water resistant. He sold the US rights to DuPont in 1923.

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