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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
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
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
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
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A collection of Father-child cooking recipes
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