In December, Switzerland comes alive with Christmas markets in every city and town. There’s nothing more festive than strolling through a Christmas market, shopping for presents for your loved ones, taking in the spirit of Christmas and sipping on a hot beverage to keep your hands warm. My favourite Christmas market drink is Glühwein and my advent market visit is never complete without a glug of this spicy, zesty warm wine. To celebrate a wintery Swiss Christmas I’m sharing with you a recipe to warm you to your bones on a cold day. The secret to mulling a good...Read More
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 This drink was originally made from beer or mead, spiced and served hot.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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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In 2003, Darjeeling tea became the first Indian product to receive a GI tag. GI stands for Geographical Indication, used on products or goods corresponding to a specific geographical location.
112 - International emergency call
117 - Police emergency call
118 - Fire Station
140 - Breakdown service
143 - Crisis line
144 - Emergency Rescue
145 - Toxin information
147 - Children emergency call
163 - Road condition