I don’t know what to say…..

Just because someone is non vegetarian and condemning the act of Elephant brutality which happened few days back does not mean the non vegetarian people are hypocrites and showing off.Many people are posting these things that non vegetarian people should not speak about animal brutality. Why??? I am a non vegetarian but I have never harmed animals other than my food. And to be specific only mosquitoes and cockroaches died because of me coz they are a threat. Eating non vegetarian is an ethical issue and would require discussions on how the animals are treated before it gets killed and how much pain it feels. I know I am wrong while eating non vegetarian food because many of our homes we are practiced to it from thousands of years. You just can’t quit in a single day. And eating non vegetarian food does not mean you can’t have empathy for an elephant,tiger,lion etc who are killed because of their tusks, nails etc. Eating non veg is not a crime. If government passes an order for banning non veg food I would have no issue. But some of the lovely vegetarians who are demeaning non vegetarians for eating non veg and blaming us for having selective outrage or saying that we are hypocrites.

I do have some questions which are as follows: (1) If vegetarians are so pure and pious why do pest control at your houses, if the condition is all lives matter? (2) While growing agriculture such large acres of lands are cut down which were also the habitat of wild animals. (3) Don’t even eat vegetables which were sprayed with pesticides.As many of the insects were killed. (4) And most importantly don’t even have milk coz it contains Red Blood Cells of the cow…. because the calf is separated soon after the birth from the mother. Not in village areas but industrial areas. And most of the cows live in horrible conditions just because we want milk from them. (5) And the 2-3 Bhk homes where most of us live was once a forest area. So, no animals were harmed then.

Spinach- The Super Food

“Popeye the sailor man” animated cartoon series helped a lot in the increased consumption of Spinach.As it was very difficult for the younger children to eat due to the not so great taste of Spinach. The character of Popeye eats a can full of ‘Green spinach’ and gives a good fight to the villian. Which made children lean towards the not so great tasting food.

For me personally it tasted great. ‘Palak Paneer’ and ‘Palak Chicken’ are my favourite spinach recepies.

Adding ginger, garlic and tomatoes makes it taste better

Spinach contains many vitamins and minerals like Vitamin A, vitamin C, Iron, potasium, magnesium and calcium.

Spinach have great benefit for skin, hair and bone health. It increases immunity. As it helps in diabetic management, lowers blood pressure etc.

High amounts of antioxidants prevents ageing and dull skin.

Palak paneer recepie:

The ingredients required are as follows- 1) Washed spinach 2) Tomato -1 chopped 3) Ginger garlic paste – 1 tablespoon 4) Onion-1 chopped 5)Blocks of tofu/ paneer 6)1-2 chilli 7) Turmeric powder- 1 tablespoon 8) garam masala, salt- As per taste Procedure: Step1- Boil the spinach leaves and let it cool down and then make a paste using mixer grinder. Step2- Heat Oil in a pan and then add Ginger garlic paste, onions, tomatoes and chillies. Step3- Add salt , Turmeric and Garam masala and cook for 2-3 minutes till the tomatoes have melted Step 4- Add the spinach paste and blocks of paneer and cook for 15 minutes. Step 5- Serve hot with rice or chapati

Since many people are going vegetarian or vegan now a days it’s important to have some good vegetarian recipes. And an additional food for non vegetarians which can be added to their diet.

Food Prawns…..

This lockdown I missed eating the free barbecue Prawns from the office parties in particular. Adding few images which might act as an eye candyπŸ˜‹πŸ˜›πŸ™‚πŸ˜‰πŸ€€πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦πŸ¦ nom nom nom nom nom to infinity and beyond!!!!!

Absolute Barbecue Pune
Prawns with squid rings- IπŸ’“Amsterdam, Pune
And this is my laziness to cook- Location Deep Freezer
And you too darling fish filletsπŸ€€πŸ€€πŸ˜”πŸ˜”

I guess you guys also miss free office parties like me.

Parasitic Migration- Red Alert for Farmers

Desert Locusts have moved from the “Horn of Africa” after destroying the crops of Poor countries like Somalia they reached to the Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia,Yemen. Then moved to Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan.Finally they have moved to India in Rajasthan via Pakistan.

United Nations- Food and Agriculture Organisation department (FAO) warns India and Pakistan for Twin Invasion of Desert Locusts.

Desert Locusts have the following traits:

1. They can fly also 150 km per day. 2. They almost eat food equal to their own weight. 3. Change behaviour easily (greagarize). 4.Single swam almost consists of 250 billion locusts. 5. Life Span- 10 weeks approx. 6. Higher rate of Reproduction. 7. Very difficult to kill

How can the Desert Locusts be stopped to cause Agricultural damages?

According to the Agricultural ministries under Government of India , they can be stopped by spraying chemicals like Organophosphates by using Drones, Sprinkler etc while they halt at their journey for reproduction.

**Countries dependent on Agriculture will be impacted a lot. As the Desert Locusts eat the crops which could feed thousands of people in a single day. And that could lead to severe Food Shortage at the area attacked.

The main reason for the sudden rise in population of the Locust swarm is said to be the climate change. As the gulf regions and the Horn of Africa which is somewhat a desert area are experiencing cyclones which leads to humidity. Which supports the high increase in population of Locusts compared to the previous years.

Food Experiment gone wrong πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

What happens when a noob like person tries to be Gordon Ramsay, Walter White or the crazy Walter Bishop……..they screw up bad. Although I had cooked few times at my sister’s place so I had the basic idea of cooking.

We were three roomates me, Richa and Rachana. Occasionally during Saturday’s or Sundays one of my roommate Rachana would cook fish for us.

Then one fine day I planned to cook mushroom curry. We got onions, tomatoes and potatoes from hostel mess and mushrooms from an online delivery app.

We had all the raw materials apart from spices and induction. So we went to a senior’s room at 5pm when she was deep asleep. Irritatedly she opened the door and asked what do you need we said induction and some spices for cooking and she gave it to us. Once we came back to our room and started cooking we realized that few more things were missing 😣. Yeah that’s where we screwed up…..it’s not good to wake up someone who is deep asleep as warth from God falls upon usπŸ₯Ί.

Little we knew what was coming for us. The second time it was just me who went to her room…..and knocked the door. This time she furious opened the door and she was like take everything….that was quite funny actually…..she was like take this take that take garam masala , take salt.

Being in a shock I went to my room with the remaining ingredients. Every thing went well till now, our food looked good with great aroma till it was time for the last chemical to be added which was “NaCl”. While adding the salt it looked kind of different from the regular salt consistency. We just neglected the fact and added it. And then all of a sudden the unexpected happened.

Me and my roommates trying to figure out what just happened

Turned out it wasn’t the NaCl but NaHCO3 in common man’s language known as Baking powder which gave us the memorable day. The expected curry turned out to be a cake. The gravy turned into a active volcanic eruption and everything overflowed out like lava. We tried to wash it repair it again πŸ˜’ but the taste so overwhelming 😩 for us we had to discard the entire experiment πŸ˜‚. My Heart got scattered….. devastated and sad I was. Even that was not enough our neighbors Anjani and Tanu came to mock for fun. Typical “Virgo’s”. 🧐🧐

Although it was a failure at that time but an extremely memorable experience and an error story which I could tell my future friends.