Sugar Alcohol……

If you’ve been reading labels , you must have come across ‘sugar alcohol’ as one of the ingredients. I wasn’t sure how to react to that. So decided to look up the here’s what I found…..

Sugar alochols are a type of carbohydrates.Sugar alcohol is just a ‘friendly’ marketing term for sugar substitutes which are used as bulking agent as well. It’s chemical structure is nothing like regular ‘get drunk’ alcohol which is basically ethanol.It’s chemical structure is somewhat like sugar and somewhat like alcohol…hence it’s called sugar alcohol.The sugar alcohol is natural, it comes from fruits. It’s low in calories.You’ll find sugar alcohol in so many products labeled ‘sugarfree’. It’s used in combination with other sweetners since it’s not too sweet. It doesn’t caramelize, doesn’t loose sweetness when heated.

It’s used in sugar free gums since it does not cause tooth decay.One of them,Xylitol, inhibits bacterial growth in the mouth. Some of them have cooling effect in the mouth…also used in the cooling chewing gums.

So far…. it sounds like a very great option… doesn’t it?

Usually when you read the words ‘no sugar added’ or ‘sugarfree’ on a product, manufacturers have shown the sugar alcohol count separately on the label. The names of individual sugar alcohol will be in the ingredient list. Most common sugar alcohols are maltitol, sorbitol, isomalt, xylitol,Erythritol,isomalt,lactitol,mannitol, and glycerol (also known as glycerine).

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Spotted the google map car cams !!



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Papad (pappadum) Chutney

One of the easiest chutney ever. No mixer needed.

Papad (pappadum) Chutney
4 papad (fried)
1 medium chopped onion
Salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon chilli powder

Crush the papad in a bowl. Add onion, salt, and chilli pwder. Toss well.
Serve immediately.


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Capital Green

The debate as to how to measure air pollution and what the results posted by governments around the world mean to the public, seems to be continuing.  In the Economist last week there was an article bringing together the issues of different air quality standards and the practical implications of the measured results.

For the uninitiated, the standards relating to particle size PM10, PM2.5, PM1 indicate the size of the particles being measured. PM10 measures the amount of particles of 10 microns and smaller, PM2.5 measures the amount of particles 2.5 microns and smaller etc. Why is this important, well there are several reasons. The smaller the particle the greater the chance that it will not be filtered out by your upper airway and therefore of find its way deep into your lungs. Secondly the smaller particles tend to be related to man-made events, usually from burning carbon based…

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Greenpeace: Fukushima Disaster Caused by Japan’s Nuclear Authorities, Not Tsunami

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Pancakes – No syrup needed !!


I wanted to figure our a way to have homemade pancake breakfast and not being tied up to the table. So I made a few changes to pancake recipe and results are wonderful. Everyone loves it.

Ingredients :
1 1/2 cup flour
4 tbspoon Sugar
1 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Salt
3 tbspoon Butter ( melted)
2 eggs
1 1/3 cup Milk

1.In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, sugar and salt.
2. Break the eggs in a small bowl, beat it with fork until all yellow.
To make the batter, stir eggs in the dry ingredients.
3. Slowly pour in milk while constantly stirring.
4. Add the melted butter.
5. The basic sweet pancake batter I ready. You can add berries, chocolate chips to add a little more flavor.
6. To make the pancakes, pour a little batter over hot pan.
7.Cook the pancake until top is bubbly.
8. Turn it over.
9. Enjoy without the syrup.

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Girl Scout Site Sale

The site sales are back. First site sale of the year for my daughter’s troop. Few changes has been made this year. It’s still so much fun.
It’s sunny outside, so everyone dressed up in light jackets. But wind picked up and it’s getting chilly to be standing outside the shop. Next time, I’m bringing something hot to drink.
Girls are holding up signs, asking people to buy cookies. It’s kinda cool to watch the girls run a little business. We met ex-girl scout member too. She’s been to France with girl scout. She’s enjoyed being a girl scout herself. Our troop is young for that, but it was good dream building for the girls.
Can’t wait till tomorrow. One more site sale.


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Quinoa cutlets

I came up with this recipe while figuring out a way to make something different with quinoa.  My kids love it.

So here it goes……

3/4 cup quinoa
1 and 1/2 cup water
1/3 cup breadcrumbs
1 big potato( boiled and mashed)
1 cup vegetables of your choice
1/2 teaspoon aamchoor pwdr ( mango powder)
1/4 teaspoon cumin powder
1/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/4teaspoon chilli powder
Salt to taste
Breadcrumbs for coating
Boil the water. Add quinoa, lower the heat, and cover. Cook for 15-20 minutes till quinoa soaks up all the water and becomes transparent. Let it cool.
In a mixing bowl, add all the ingredients. Mix it well. Cover and let it sit for 5-10 minutes so that all the flavors will blend well.
To make cutlets, use about 2-3 tbspoonfull mixture and form rounds or ovals. Roll the cutlets in breadcrumbs. Shallow fry it and serve it hot with mint chutney.



Paper beads


Fun project for kids as well as adults

Supplies :
Magazine papers choose the colors that you like
Toothpicks / cotton swabs/ pen refills

Cut paper strips wide at one edge and narrow at another. Paper strips should be 1/2to 3/4 inch wide on the wide side.The edges of your strips is what you will see when you finish making your beads so keep that in mind when cutting the paper.
Put a little bit of glue at the narrow end.
Roll the wide end of strip on the pen refill. Make sure the narrow end sticks firmly.
Slide the bead off the refill. Let it dry.
I use clear top coat to finish the beads which makes the rough edges smooth and makes the beads shiny.
String the beads to make colorful necklace, bracelets or earrings.




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