Chocolate love.

Chocolate love.

 

SInce the past two days I have craved chocolates…the darker ones…like crazy! May be my ‘chums’ round the corner were the reason behind this sudden increase in my chocolate-craving. But, chums or no chums, chocolates are a girl’s best friends, don’t you agree, girls? One bite and all your bad mood evaporates and you are left smiling, contentedly! What magic lies hidden in there!

Metanoia is a health and wellness blog, but I do like to have fun here, because, well, what’s life without some fun, right? So, although I don’t have a lot many pictures of these dark brown pieces of heaven, I thought of sharing a few good things about chocolates and how they help our health. Basically, I just wish to find more excuses to eat chocolates, that’s all!

How eating chocolate helps:

Dark chocolate contains minerals like iron, potassium, manganese, zinc and phosphorous.

It is loaded with antioxidants like polyphenols, flavanols, catechins, etc. Antioxidants protect the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals and reduce the signs of ageing.

The flavanols in dark chocolates improve the blood flow and help lower blood pressure.

Dark chocolate (may) increase blood flow to the brain and improve brain function.

Dark chocolate also helps reduce the bad cholesterol (LDL).

And, finally, it helps beat stress and improves your mood, instantly.

I Googled the above information because, well, Google ji is Mr. Know-all! But, the one thing I do know, is anything in moderation is good for our health, chocolates, included. And, the darker the variety, the better, because it has more of cocoa (70% and above) and less of sugar. And, sugar, as you all are well aware, is the number one enemy of our health.

Yes, developing a taste for the bitter chocolates can take time, so all you need to do, is eat more of it, little by little, and soon you will be in love with it! A little practice is all it takes.  And, if it doesn’t appeal to you, then, well, I am here…you can courier it to me. I am very helpful like that, you see!?

Of course, dark chocolates are number one on my list of favourites, but I also love white chocolates, too. The milkiness of these just makes me go weak in the knees. Gosh, I am salivating even as I type these words! And, to share a little secret, my passion for chocolates is such, my lip balm is chocolate flavour as is my body lotion!

How about you? Did you drool while reading it? If you did, we are friends, already! If you did not, you really need to go, have a bite of this heavenly, healthy food and then let me know how you felt.

Until then…

Love,

SHILPA…

HAving a little chocolate will not only keep your taste buds happy, but your heart, too!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mother’s recipe. #FlavoursomeTuesday.

Mother’s recipe. #FlavoursomeTuesday.

Mothers are special. What an understatement, no? But, really, everything they do has a magical quality to it that makes Life beautiful.  Whatever it may be–an outfit gifted by her, or a story narrated  during childhood; a perfume she uses and has gifted it to you, or even a recipe she secretly shared with you–each one of these, and everything else, has her love stamped all over it, the beauty of which stays with you, forever.

Sharing today, for FlavoursomeTuesday, a chutney recipe that has been mum’s speciality. It’s really a very easy one to prepare, doesn’t need a lot of prepping, but adds the necessary flavour to anything you have along with it. Yes, even the simple dal-chawal gets enhanced when you mix this chutney with it.

THE PUMPKIN PEEL, CRISPY CHUTNEY

Each time mum buys pumpkin to prepare the sabji , she prepares this chutney. She has always been against discarding the peel of vegetables.

Everything that nature has gifted us is useful. All you need to do is use your creativity, she says.

So, the next time you bring home the pumpkin, just grate the skin, or slice it off and keep it aside for the chutney.

 

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Ingredients:

Pumpkin peel – grated or sliced off and chopped fine

Dry coconut – grated – a small bowl

Garlic – 3 to 4 cloves, or more, if you love garlic.

Green chillies – 1 or 2, as per taste

White sesame seeds – 1 tsp.

Salt – to taste

Oil – 1 tbsp

 

Method:

After washing the pumpkin, grate to remove the peel, or slice if off and then chop it finely. Place the grated peel on a tissue and leave it to dry thoroughly.

Grate dried coconut, finely chop the garlic and the chillies.

In a pan, add a spoonful of oil and roast the sesame seeds till light brown. Then, add the chopped garlic and roast till brown. Add the finely chopped green chillies, grated pumpkin peel, and grated dried coconut. Roast all on low flame till it’s nice and brown.

Add salt to taste.

Take it off the gas. Once cool, store it in an air-tight jar. It stays well at room temperature for a few days. Actually, it won’t last for more than a day–the taste is that heavenly!

You can enjoy it with dal and rice, or anything that feels bland. The flavour of the garlic and the chillies grandly arouses the taste buds, so, most of the time it gets devoured straight from the jar!

So, wasn’t that an easy-peasy recipe? I like sharing as well as preparing such easy recipes that hardly require any time or effort. Well, I like things simple!

Do try out this chutney and let me know how you like it.

Love,

SHILPA..

 

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Pumpkin peel, crispy chutney

 

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What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

What’s your ‘poison’ ? #FlavoursomeTuesdays

Hello, people, and welcome to FlavoursomeTuesdays!

May just flew by, didn’t it? The heat, the humidity, the vacations, and oh, the mangoes, too — all of these making an exit, for the monsoon is here! But, that’s Life…days and months passing by, in the blink of an eye.

So, let’s get on with our foodie talks, shall we?

As I asked in the title above, what is your poison?

Okay, poison here means what is it that you like to drink…IN THE MORNING!? As in TEA or COFFEE? What did you think was I asking? What alcoholic drink is your preference? Oh, come on! This is a health and wellness blog, guys! 😛 And, I am a good girl. Well, sometimes!!! *wink wink*

Okay, so, about that poison I asked.

Mine is COFFEE…always has been, except on the rare occasion when I feel like having a minor change in my daily schedule and I reach for TEA.

Hubby gets the Davidoff coffee for me (lucky me!) which is simply out of this world! The moment I open the jar, the aroma hits me and transports me to a Wonderland, or should I say, Coffeeland!? Have you tried this brand? Do try…it’s awesome!

There is something about coffee–the aroma, the taste and the sound of the word ‘coffee’– that arouses in me a feeling of happiness not many things do. My day doesn’t begin with coffee, as such, but my breakfast does end with a mugful of chilled, sweetish coffee. I like two spoonfuls of sugar to one of coffee, and some cream, too, to make it nice and frothy! Calories be damned!

Every sip of this heavenly brew mesmerises me and I find myself feeling buoyant and energised as it enters my system. I so wish the mug was a tad bigger in size, with a larger holding capacity–like, maybe, a litre, at least!

However, there are some rare moments, like the chilly winters (a rarity in Mumbai) when I reach for a cup of warm tea to soothe my sore throat, or maybe, just for a change of taste. Of course, such occasions are really really rare, for I am so not a tea person. I am too much in love with my coffee!

I prefer the light Twinnings Earl Grey tea, which I prepare without milk or sugar. Just dip- dip a tea bag in a cup of hot water and my tea is ready! The commonly preferred ginger tea, or adrak wali chai with loads of milk, sugar and extra tea leaves isn’t, ahem, my cup of chai! My family, though, is full of tea people. And, I learned the art of preparing the perfect cuppa from mum, the taste of which I know not, to date. I never drink the tea I prepare for others. 😛

So, how about you? What do you prefer?

Chai, or coffee?

Oh, and I almost forgot to add…I love having a few banana chips after my coffee, because as much as I love the taste of coffee, the aftertaste feels, mmm…not very pleasant. So, this is my favorite combo, in case you invite me to your place some afternoon for coffee. Chilled coffee and banana chips. That’s all. I don’t need any biscuits, or cakes, or any other accompaniment for my coffee.

Just a heart to heart conversation with you along with the coffee, and you will have made my day!

Do share with me about your ‘poison’, will you? Would love to know, and also make notes, just in case you drop by at my place, someday. Would love to have you over!

Love,

SHILPA…

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