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Home Appliances Review: Preethi Blue Leaf vs Kenwood multione

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Preethi Blue Leaf blender is excellent for Indian cooking especially for wet grinding, dry grinding and extracting coconut milk. I occasionally prepared wet ingredients for cake batter using the big jar but was careless in handling the blender jars and over time the jars got damaged, incidentally experimented mincing cold cut meats in the jars to prepare kebabs,thus damaging the blades,yes, I damaged two jars in one day.

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So the next time we went shopping for a blender, I decided to look into food processors with extra attachments.We bought Kenwood multione Kitchen machine. The salesman was confident that a 1000w machine will generate better dosa batter than a 750w blender,so I looked no further and bought it right away.He was wrong. Definitely the Kenwood multione is a life saver when it comes to preparing dough for any recipe that calls for the use of flour. I can extract juice using Kenwood multione, citrus juicing, slicing,grating, meat grinding and any type of whipping, creaming etc is possible. But Preethi is still the best for dry and wet grinding. I have to dedicate a whole work surface for storing and using Kenwood Kitchen machine. But when everything is organized and proper workflow is achieved,then I would definitely recommend Kenwood multione for all kinds of cooking except dry,wet grinding and extracting coconut milk.

Food lifestyle changes

Sometimes I suffer from gluten problems. My body do not accept rice very well either, although I can tolerate fermented foods occasionally. Till recently I was down on bed almost all day with moodiness, headaches and tiredness for a whole two weeks. Then I googled to find out where am I going wrong with my food. I would feel better when I take calcium and Vitamin D supplements. But the good effects dont last for more than a day.

My searches landed me to an ayurvedic practitioner’s videos in youtube. Mohanan vaidyar explains why our foods are not healthy anymore.

I was very disturbed after learning that iodized table salt and vegetable oils are harmful for our health. It increases appetite and diabetes, cancer, infertility, and major other diseases. Now I switched to sea salt and increased usage of olive oil and coconut oil. Planning on incorporating rock salt in my diet as well. Less processed, the better. But that two changes dramatically improved my health. It cleared my head and I feel energetic.

There are a few links below to know more about the pros and cons of table salt and vegetable oils.

http://wellnessmama.com/2193/never-eat-vegetable-oil/

http://www.globalhealingcenter.com/natural-health/dangers-of-salt/

I am hooked onto coffee a lot, which is like wise dangerous in the long run and am currently trying to switch to healthy alternatives. Recently I roasted barley seeds and ground them up and brewed a light colored barley tea. I also plan to roast date fruit seeds and grind them up, then brew a nice cup of date seed coffee.

I have a plan to include the following flours in my family’s diet:

Oat flour, barley flour, coconut flour, almond flour, moong dal flour, sunflower seed powder and chickpea flour. My dad got me a good bulk of little millet grains from Kerala (chama ari). It stabilizes blood sugar and excellent for idli/dosa recipes.

Usually I give my son gluten sandwiches for school breakfast and mid break. It would be good if I reduce gluten in my children’s diets and balance it with fermented foods made from whole grains and different varieties of rice grains and dals.

I want to reduce non vegetarian foods and increase vegetarian meals, and include organic produce as much as possible. So basically this is my plan for now. And I hope to come back to this post in another year (if possible) and see if I reached my goal.

New products in my kitchen pantry

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Bought a few organic and some gluten free products from Organic Foods and Cafe at Jumeirah and from Hyper Panda at Dubai Festival Centre. I have yet to learn how to incorporate gluten free flour into cooking and baking foods. Meanwhile here’s a chocolate cookie dough I made today with leftover chocolate tart. Baked a few cookies and set aside rest of the dough in the freezer for later.

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Crochet Dress for my daughter

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My mother in law made this beautiful crochet dress for my daughter some time back. I plan on starting a crochet site for her soon and then post a picture of the front view of this beautiful crochet dress.

(I was a little bit lazy to snap a better picture but I hope the back view is still not bad).

Going Organic – for the family’s well being

Heinz Organic Ketchup and Non GMO organic whole grain cereals

Heinz Organic Ketchup and Non GMO organic whole grain cereals

I got these last week in an effort to get my family to eat organic and non GMO foods.After viewing one of the latest episodes of Dr Oz show, my shopping trolley had an inclusion of organic cucumbers and left out the local strawberries.

For those of you who are interested to see what other super foods I’m regularly purchasing now, check out my previous post here.

Towards a Healthy Future

Its been some time now that I’m thinking of switching to healthy foods and I’m in the gradual process of clearing my kitchen pantries and refrigerator from unhealthy carbs and processed foods and replacing it with organic eggs, whole grains, gluten free flours and brown rice products.Not so long ago, I would feed my husband and kids with processed foods daily like frozen burgers, sausages, seasoned noodles, breaded nuggets, french fries, doughnuts, cornflakes, biscuits,canned foods, white rice, white flour products like bread, bun, long rolls, puri, etc. I’m also worried about genetically modified foods (GMO) and each time myself or any family member suffers from gut problems, I feel like I’m responsible too.

quinoa, oat bran and brown rice spaghetti

quinoa, oat bran and brown rice spaghetti

These are a few varieties of gluten free foods I’ve purchased lately.I’ve also got ‘milled flax seeds’ and its good with smoothies. Also I want to include fingermillet (ragi) in my diet.

You can find quite a few good documentaries on youtube about gmo,corn,and processed foods.I personally suffered some time from gluten foods and dairy. Quitting these foods and replacing them with healthier alternatives helped my gut to be healthy and I was energised and active, unlike earlier when I’d be very tired and sleepy, with achy joints, hair loss.

In my effort to replace white sugar, I tried alternatives like aspartame, stevia, xylitol and german rock sugar. I like the taste of xylitol and german rock sugar.Again, avoiding them is still better.

Another thing that worries me is the drinking water quality. We switched to bottled water for couple of years now,but I’m reading about the problems due to plastic bottles and its not nice.We plan to purchase a good water filter.Meanwhile we are buying ‘low sodium’ bottled water.

The struggle to live healthy and eat smartly is still going on.

Have a wonderful day!

Herbal Soap Bars

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Herbal Soap Bars from (Khan Al Saboun) Bader Hassoun and Sons

Bought these Organic soap bars for my kids. Ingredients are Palm oil, Olive Oil, Coconut oil, almond oil, multiple herbs and oils including Chamomile flower and Chamomile Oil.