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2011 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

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A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,800 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 30 trips to carry that many people.

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Wish you very Happy & Prosperous New Year 2012

New Year Greetings -- Madhupriya Rai

Merry Christmas

Christmas is actually around the corner, and there is bound to be some activity with the menus and party planning. We can use fresh fruits to make desserts that are best served warm and are soul satisfying.

Christmas Pudding by Madhupriya


Mix 3-4 tablespoons vanilla custard powder with half a cup of cold milk, mix till smooth and set aside. Heat 2 ½ cups milk with 4 tablespoons sugar and bring to a boil. Stir in the cold custard milk and cook on low heat, stirring continuously, till thick and creamy. Remove from heat, cool and refrigerate to chill. Combine cubes of ½ medium ripe pineapple, ¼ cup dark rum, 2 tbsps unsalted butter, few drops vanilla essence and half a cup of brown sugar in a saucepan and cook on medium heat for eight to ten minutes or till caramelized. Transfer the caramelized pineapple into a greased baking dish. Spoon the prepared custard over the caramelized pineapple evenly. Mix ½ cup brown sugar with 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind and sprinkle over the custard. Cook the pineapple and custard under a hot grill for four to five minutes or until the sugar has melted and caramelized.


Wishing you

Christmas Greeting by Madhupriya


The term Vinegar can be applied to solutions derived from the fermentation of a wide range of bases, including apple juice, other fruit juices, wine, beer, barley and rice. Besides its distilled form, which has acetic acid as its main ingredient, vinegar finds its way into our kitchens in salad dressings, pickles, ketchup and mayonnaise.

Vinegar - Madhupriya Rai Health Tips of the Day

The health benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar are:

• Improves digestion and elimination.
• Enhances skin tone and texture.
• Helps in soothing skin irritation and is a powerful fungal fighter.
• Promotes weight loss. It controls blood sugar levels, breaks down fat and stabilizes appetite. It also reduces sugar cravings.
• Relieves constipation.
• Reduces colds and flu due to its antibacterial and antiviral properties.
• Restores the Alkaline-Acid Balance of your body.

Amla (Indian gooseberry)

Amla also know as amalaki, dhatriphala plus in Sanskrit and Emblica officinalis scientifically, is the most widely second-hand herb in the ayurvedic system of medicine. it maintains equilibrium amongst three Doshas of storm, bile and phelgm (Vayu, Pitta and Cough) and effectively controls digestive evils, strengthens heart, builds up and sustains defense mechanism, improve eye sight, imparts a natural glow to hair and body and a store residence of Vitamin C.

Indian gooseberry, Madhupriya Rai Health Tips

The English name of amla: Indian gooseberry, denote that it is indigenous to India. Though all parts of the tree have medical value, it is the fruit which constitutes the main drug. Charaka has specifically mentioned it as a great rasayana that helps protect people from disease and keeps missing the manifestations of premature ageing.

Amla fruit is acrid, cool, refrigerant, diuretic, laxative, alexeteric, antipyretic, aphrodisiac alterant, tonic and trichogeneous. It is the richest usual source of Vitamin C. 100 gm. of Amla contain about 700 mg. of vitamin C, which is thirty times the amount found in oranges.In adition to Vitamin C, it too contains calcium, iron, protein, garlic and tannic acids, sugar, phosphorus, carbohydrates etc. The juice of unsullied amla fruit is given as tonic, diuretic and anti-bilious remedy. It is also caring in burning sensation, over thirst, dyspepsia and other complaints of digestive organism.

Amla, Indian gooseberry, Madhupriya Rai Health Tips

Amla Health Benefits:

The powder of the dried amla fruit is an efficient remedy of hyperacidity, ulcers and blood impurities. It is also used both inside and externally as a decoction and paste. Some of the common uses of amla fruit are as below:

  1. Amla strengthens the body, oust toxins from the body and improves defense mechanism of the body.
  2. It is an essential vitamin to get better eye sight
  3. Weakness of body, spirit and mind shall be dispelled by taking frsh amla juice in betwen meals.
  4. Massaging the head with amla oil, induce sound sleep and is good for hair.
  5. Wash eyes daily, in the cock-crow with amla water, soaked in water and drink the water to improve the eyesight and take out constipation.
  6. Insert 2-4 amla juice drops into every nostril to cure bleeding for nose.
  7. Regulates Blood Sugar
  8. Very influential anti-inflammatory herb.
  9. A wonderful antioxidant and a usual Source of Vitamin C. Amla helps scavenge free radicals.
  10. Amla is powerful food for the brain.
  11. Studies show that Amla helps inferior cholesterol
  12. Amla also helps uphold the functioning of the liver
  13. Increases Hemoglobin, Red blood cell count up
  14. Useful used for Cough, Bronchitis, Asthma
  15. Amla cleanses the maw, strengthens the teeth
  16. Its decoction is used in hyperacidity and with sugar as an anthelmintic. The presence of Amla resulted in an enhanced cell survival, decrease free radical production and higher antioxidant levels similar to that of manage cells.

Amla, Indian gooseberry, Madhupriya Rai Health Tips

There are various typical ayurvedic preparations, such as chyawanprash in which amla is used as a chief ingredient. It helps get better intelligence and memory power. Triphala and Brahmrasayana are other typical medicine in which amla is being used since time immemorial.

Happy Diwali!!!

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