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Pain, pain stay away

With thunders roaring at the top of their lungs and the clouds crying their hearts out over our heads, it is quite difficult to get out of bed every morning with nature coaxing you otherwise. The body is tuned to a lazy mode and you only wish to find an excuse to skip classes or office. Not to worry! Nature also takes care of that by giving you the perfect excuse for staying in bed: by getting you sick.

No matter how much you may love to stay cuddled up with a cup of steaming tea at home, if you are sick the fun of all that is sucked right away. That is when you realise staying healthy is better than having a nose like Rudolph and littering your room with tissue papers or running to the loo every now and then. Moreover, with all the upcoming weddings lined up, falling into the grasps of the monsters of monsoon will definitely be a killjoy. It is very easy to fall ill during this season. If you do not want to fall behind with work and other enjoyments, precaution has to be your best friend this season.

Monsoon brings with it coughs, headaches and blocked noses with the sudden drop in temperature after the boiling summer. The best thing to do is drink steaming broths, hot tea with ginger to help with the sore throat, lemon tea with a dash of honey and inhaling steam. No matter how much fun it is to get wet in the rain, it will definitely bring about unwanted fever. So try to stay away from the rain and do not ignore fever if it persists for more than two days. Asthma is aggravated due to the humidity. Keep your house ventilated.

Being the street food lovers that we are, we cannot bear the thought of staying away from them. While street food cannot be counted as the most hygienic of foods the scenario worsens during the rain. Waterborne diseases become more lethal, thus it is easy to fall prey to typhoid, diarrhoea and jaundice. Avoid street food at least while the rain lasts.

With stagnated water gathered every where, it is the time for mosquitoes to unleash their off-springs on us. Use mosquitoe nets and apply repellents while going out of the house. If your feet come in contact with road-side water make sure to wash your feet properly as you may be exposed to leptospirosis.

Try not to leave food out and wash vegetables properly unless you are a big fan of eating fungus other than mushrooms.

Apart from these you may get yourself vaccinated as a precaution for influenza, hepatitis, typhoid and cholera.

Lastly, exercise frequently; not only will it keep you healthy it will also give you a feel-good-about-yourself feeling in this gloomy weather.

By Karishma Ameen

Simon Can Cook

Daddy in the kitchen

Quick pasta
Serves 3
1 tbsp olive oil
½ large onion, cut into medium pieces
3 cups ripe cherry tomatoes, cut into halves
A handful of basil leaves, cut into small pieces
Grated cheese (for garnishing)
Dried oregano (for garnishing)
Salt to taste
Chilli powder as per your taste
2 fistfuls long spaghetti
4 cups water

In a saucepan, boil the water. When the water comes to boil, add the spaghetti and let it boil for 2-3 minutes (see that the spaghetti does not get too soft and mushy). Reserve about 1 cup of water and drain the spaghetti. Simultaneously, in a thick bottomed 10-12" frying pan, put the olive oil (it gets heated up very soon) and when the oil heats a bit, add the onion pieces in and saute them for 2-3 minutes on medium-high.

Add the cut cherry tomatoes and saute them for 4-5 minutes. Please don't mash them. If it is dry, you can add about ¼ cup reserved water from spaghetti. Then add the salt and red chilli powder for taste and add the cut basil and fry for a minute or two.

Add the drained spaghetti and mix well. Check for the salt and spice. Transfer into a serving dish and top it with some grated cheese and dried oregano. Hope you like it. It tastes good when served hot.

Fried rice with chicken and vegetable
500 g boneless chicken breast, chopped
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 tsp sesame oil
¼ cup cooking oil
¾ cup chopped onion
300g mixed vegetables (carrot, peas, cucumber, etc)
4 cups cooked white rice
3 eggs
Black pepper

In a medium bowl, mix chicken with soy sauce and sesame oil. Cover and marinate at room temperature for 10 minutes.

Heat a large nonstick sauce pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and marinade and stir-fry until chicken is cooked through, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate; set aside. Add cooking oil to saucepan and heat over medium heat.

Add onion and cook for 3 minutes. Stir in vegetables and cook for 1 minute. Increase heat to medium-high, stir in rice until incorporated and cooked through for 3 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, form a well in mixture. Add eggs and scramble within well just until soft. Then break apart and mix into rice; season with salt and pepper. Let cook undisturbed until a golden crust forms for about 1 minute. Turn rice with a spatula and cook other side. Repeat 2 or 3 times until rice is uniformly golden. Add chicken and stir to combine. Serve warm.

Tender chicken nuggets recipe
Serves 4
½ cup seasoned bread crumbs
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
1 egg white
1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes

In a large re-sealable plastic bag, combine bread crumbs and cheese. In a shallow bowl, beat the egg white. Dip chicken pieces in egg white, then place in bag and shake to coat.

Place in a 15x10x1 (inches) baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake uncovered at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until no longer pink, turning once.

Chicken noodle soup
1 cup (¼ inch thick) sliced carrot
¾ cup chopped onion
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 cup (¼ inch thick) sliced celery
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp freshly ground black pepper
6 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
2 cups (3 ounces) uncooked egg noodles
1 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
2 cups shredded chicken
Ground black pepper (optional)

Heat a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking oil. Add carrot, onions, and garlic; stir-fry 5 minutes or until onion is lightly browned. Add celery, salt and ¼ tsp pepper; stir-fry for another 3 minutes. Add broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes. Add shredded chicken; cook for 3 minutes. Sprinkle with coarsely ground black pepper, if desired.

Shop talk

As part of Star Lifestyle's expansion to a 20-page publication, we have re-introduced our shopping column, Shoptalk, in a new guise. It will now focus on highlighting specific products and to this effect businesspersons, retailers and product manufacturers are requested to send products and product information (except clothes)that they would like to promote. All product suggestions should be emailed to lifestyleds@yahoo.com or raffat@thedailystar.net.

The world will celebrate Father's Day this June 17, 2012. To honour that indispensable role fathers have played in your lives, we present you with some gift ideas that might give your annual arrangement a fine twist.

Father-child photoframe
This goes out to all daughters out there. A photo frame sounds mundane. But brighten it up with one of your favourite shots of you and your Dad. If you prefer, opt for the metallic print, which provides a metallic look on paper and can freeze any moment in time with a lot of glitz and warmth.


Greeting card
Generic cards available at stores voice indifference; they seem cold -- a feeling that you surely don't want to convey on Father's Day. Think out of the box! You don't have to master the art of art to pass on the feeling of love. All it needs is a little effort.


Hand-painted mugs

If you are indeed bestowed with a gift for art, just get any mug of your choice and use acrylic paint. You can put in your favourite quote or just colour it up.


A notebook
As there is no time to save up for the big occasion, plan your monthly expenditure wisely for the coming months and squeeze in this precious notebook in your shopping list. Think of the endless hours you can spend, teaching him the basics of computers. Truly, there are things money can't buy!


Love talkies

Don't just get the obvious; stretch you imagination as you select DVDs for your old man. Surely there should be a selection of his personal favourites but this can also be your way of saying how his tastes have made a lasting impression on your life.


Let the game begin

Mark a date with your dad for a late night football session; cheer for your favourite team. A goodie bag with his favourite munchies may just be the gift of the season.





A collection of Father-child cooking recipes
Daunted by Jr. Master Chef Australia? Well, here is your chance to hone the skill for the conquest of the kitchen along with your father. Just to be on the safe side: keep it simple.



A multipurpose bag
If you want to stick to tradition, one can never go wrong with a multi-purpose bag. This can be used to carry stuff for a weekend trip; or even for taking the extra load of work to the office.



All these products are
available at stores around Dhaka.
-- LS Desk


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