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Microgreens

Have you been to a restaurant and ordered salads or starters and noticed mini colourful leaves mixed in or used as garnishes? They are microgreens. I came across this term earlier this year and started reading about it and then tried growing them in my home. Wikipedia defines Microgreens as ‘young vegetable green’ or more like tender shoots of plants before the first set of proper leaves have developed. Microgreens are nutrient rich and flavour-packed mini versions of full grown vegetables/salads. Microgreens have a wide amount of flavour profile. Some are fruity, sweet, earthy and spicy. This depends upon...

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Spooky or friendly – meet the Ghost!

Bring out the artist in you – good, bad or ugly – this Halloween. Halloween is just around the corner. There’s much to do: Pumpkin carving, setting up that eerie Autumn look about your house to attract the little ones who come along with their “trick-or-treat” shouts and bags for their exciting loot to be collected. Costumes? Well, if you haven’t had the time to get or make one, here’s a  quick self-made costume that comes to your rescue and adds that special smile to your child this Halloween. In fact, you can do it along with your child!...

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Dress up your string lights this Diwali!

String lights are part of most of our festive decorations. Make them look more colourful and unique with some super easy DIYs that you can create with things lying around at home. Here are three easy ways to add colour and design to your lights and make them all the more festive. Materials needed Ribbons – I used yellow and pink Scissors Craft glue for ribbons   Method Step 1: Take a thin ribbon and cut it into 6 strips of approximately 7 cm each. Step 2: Cut two more strips of 4 cm each and glue the long...

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DIY ‘Diya’ and ‘Agarbatti’ Holder for Diwali

Make your own ‘diya’ and ‘agarbatti’ holder this Diwali. Sriprabha Kasthuri tells you how. With Diwali around the corner, it’s time to decorate the house with flowers, ‘diyas’ and ‘rangolis’. The excitement of Diwali has set in and so it’s time to start work on handmade clay ‘diyas’ and ‘agarbatti’ (incense stick) holders. Time required: 2-3 hours Materials required: Clay –  Air-dry clay that is easily available at Migros Do it Garden / Coop Bau und Hobby or any other craft shop. The air-dry clay is available in white or terracotta colours. Instead of air-dry clay, polymer clay can...

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Summer Themed Preschool Activities

Looking for ways to keep your preschooler occupied while indoors? Here are some fun activities that engage curious minds, and keep boredom at bay!   Summer is finally here, after a longer-than-usual wait.  It’s finally time to head to the local badi, to kick a ball out in the spielplatz, to discover a new hiking trail, or to simply lie on a picnic blanket and gaze at the lake! the opportunities that the Swiss summer provides are pretty much endless. While there is no dearth of options for outdoor fun during the summer, keeping kids entertained indoors can be...

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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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