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Travel Blogger Recreates Outdoor Scenes Using Food Items, See Results

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Erin Sullivan has made a photo-series aimed at recreating scenic outdoors using household food items such as Broccoli, Parsley and Sweet Potato.

Aditi Ahuja  |  Updated: May 22, 2020 16:44 IST

Travel Blogger Recreates Beautiful Outdoor Scenes Using Everyday Food Items, And They Look So Real!

Travel the world with Erin Sullivan’s pictures made with everyday food items.

Highlights

  • Erin Sullivan is also known as @erinoutdoors on Instagram
  • She recreates outdoor setting with everyday food items
  • The miniature photographs are a hit on the social media platform

Lockdown across the world has had both pros and cons. People are learning to go out less often and use time productively while indoors. Travel and leisure activities may have been temporarily suspended, but one travel blogger has used this time to create something interesting. Erin Sullivan, who goes by the username @erinoutdoors on Instagram, has made a photo-series with the hashtag #OurGreatIndoors. The picture series is aimed at recreating scenic outdoors while indoors using household food items. Take a look at some pictures from the series:

Erin Sullivan’s captures are reminiscent of real outdoor places, which we could travel and escape to, but would be difficult to visit due to the current Coronavirus crisis. According to Sullivan, she is simply trying to capture the feeling of being in those places in her own way. “For me, photography has been a way to capture the feeling in a fleeting moment,” she wrote in her Instagram post.

Talking about the inspiration behind the series, Erin agrees that she probably wouldn’t have come up with the idea had she not been in quarantine. “Would I have started this series without being forced to stay home? No way. I was fulfilled by what I was doing as a travel photographer, and I look forward to getting back out into the world one day. Soon I hope. But man, what an opportunity to pivot, to stretch creatively, to try something new,” revealed Erin Sullivan.

Whether it is a snowy sweet potato escape, a moonlit Mushroom grove, floating by in the Parsley oasis or a soak and steam in the Onion springs – they all evoke a feeling of wonder within us. So if you ever want to go hiking in Rosemary forest, or take a trip to go boating in Jello lake or trekking in the great Pancake Canyon; definitely pay the creative travel blogger’s Instagram page a visit.

About Aditi AhujaAditi loves talking to and meeting like-minded foodies (especially the kind who like veg momos). Plus points if you get her bad jokes and sitcom references, or if you recommend a new place to eat at.

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Protein-Rich Diet: Potatoes (Aloo) May Provide High-Quality Proteins For Weight Loss And Muscles

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A team of researchers from McMaster University discovered potato, which has always been primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can prove to be a good source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle strength.

Edited by Neha Grover  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 17:26 IST

Protein-Rich Diet: Potatoes (Aloo) May Provide High-Quality Proteins For Weight Loss And Muscle Strength; Study

Potatoes may prove to be great plant-based source of proteins.

Protein is an important macronutrient that provides strength to the muscles and energy for day-to-day activities. Besides this, protein also helps us feel sated for a long time after meals, and thus, accelerate weight loss process. We all reach for dairy products and animal-based proteins to get our daily protein fix. It’s true that chicken, milk, eggs etc. are great sources of proteins but potatoes, which are always present in our kitchens, are no less. Yes, potatoes or aloo may provide high-quality proteins that can strengthen and maintain muscle power.

A team of researchers from McMaster University discovered potato, which has always been primarily known as a starchy vegetable, can prove to be a good source of high-quality protein that helps to maintain muscle strength. The findings were published in the journal ‘Nutrients’.

Sara Oikawa, a former graduate student in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster and lead author of the research paper. “While the amount of protein found in a potato is small, we grow lots of potatoes and the protein, when isolated, it can provide some measurable benefits.”

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Protein helps in weight loss and muscle building

 

Since, many people are moving away from animal-based proteins and looking for plant-based substitutes, potatoes can be an excellent choice. To prove this, researchers roped in young women in their early twenties who consumed diets containing protein at the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) of 0.8 grams of protein/per kilogram/day. One group of participants consumed additional potato protein, doubling their intake of the RDA to 1.6g/kg/d. Researchers observed that women who consumed the additional potato protein showed increased rate of protein growth in muscles.

“This was an interesting finding that we did not expect,” says Oikawa. “But it is one that shows the recommended daily allowance is inadequate to support maintenance of muscle in these young women. This study provides evidence that the quality of proteins from plants can support muscle,” said Oikawa. 

 

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Lockdown Cooking: Amp Up A Simple Egg Curry With This DHABA Restaurant Special Recipe

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There are several ways to make an egg curry. This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef. This egg curry recipe is a solution to that!

Somdatta Saha  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 16:16 IST

Lockdown Cooking: Amp Up A Simple Egg Curry With This DHABA Restaurant Special Recipe

Highlights

  • There are several ways to make an egg curry.
  • This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef.
  • Egg curry recipe by Dhaba restaurant can be a tasty solution to it.

There’s no doubt about the fact that a simple egg curry can save the day and make your meal appetising when you are almost running out of groceries. It is tasty, quick and easy to prepare. But how will you feel if we share some secrets that can make it taste like a restaurant food? Yes, here we bring you the egg curry recipe by North Indian-Special restaurant Dhaba that can spruce up the dish. Let’s find out what Chef Ravi Saxena has to share.

Here’s The Recipe Video For Dhaba-Style Egg Curry:

There are several ways to make an egg curry. Some people add tomatoes to the gravy, some people add yogurt, while several other people add just onions to it. This might be confusing for you, especially if you are a novice chef. This egg curry recipe is a solution to that! Try this Dhaba special recipe out and let us know your feedback.

Here’s The Writter Recipe Of Dhaba-Style Egg Curry:

Ginger-garlic paste- 1 tbsp

Green chilies- 4 (chopped)

Coriander- 1 tbsp (chopped)

In a pan, shallow fry 3 boiled eggs with little oil, turmeric and red chili powder.

Separately, heat oil in another pan. Add ginger garlic paste, green chilies and tomato puree to it. Cook it well till oil separates.

Now, add turmeric powder, red chili powder, coriander powder and cumin powder to it. Pour some water and mix it well.

To this, add yogurt and chopped coriander. Cook it for few minutes.

Now, add the eggs to this gravy and simmer it for 3-5 minutes.

Garnish the dish with some chopped coriander and slices of tomato and ginger.

Serve with steamed rice and enjoy!

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Five Spice Powder: How To Make The Sweet-And-Spicy Seasoning For An Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices, mixed in the right proportion.

Somdatta Saha  |  Updated: May 29, 2020 16:09 IST

Five Spice Powder: How To Make The Sweet-And-Spicy Seasoning For An Authentic Chinese Cuisine

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  • Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices
  • Other than Chinese, this spice is also used in Vietnamese cuisine
  • Prepare this five-spice powder and keep in store.

Let’s admit it, we drool on a plate of spicy Szechuan chicken and hakka noodles. Chinese cuisine is one of the most popular cuisines in India. From a road-side vendor to the fine-dining restaurants, Chinese food is undoubtedly the best-seller! But have you ever thought, what is the secret behind the amazing flavours and taste of the food? It’s the sweet and spicy Chinese five-spice powder; it adds the fresh authentic flavour to the dish.

Chinese five-spice powder is basically a blend some common kitchen spices, mixed in the right proportion. As per food experts, the reason for using this spice mix in a recipe is to incorporate the five main flavours to a dish – sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent. However, it tastes best when used in moderation. A traditional five-spice powder is made of ground fennel seeds (saunf), cloves (laung), cinnamon (dal chini), star anise and Szechuan pepper. You can easily prepare this spice mix at home. Here’s the recipe for homemade five-spice powder. Other than the traditional spices that are used in this powder, some people like adding ginger roots, nutmeg, orange peel and galangal to the mix to add a different flavour profile to the recipe.

Other than Chinese, this spice is also used in Vietnamese cuisine and some particular dishes in other Asian cuisines. Five-spice powder is generally used to season fried foods and appetisers, marinade meat and chicken for various recipes and spice-rub for roasting foods. Due to its rich aroma, this powder is also used in few desserts and savoury recipes. It is also said, some of the Hawaiian restaurants use five-spice powder to season the salt they keep on the patron’s table. They dry roast the traditional five-spice powder with common salt in low flame until the spice and salt are well mixed.

So if you too are planning to make Chinese food at home, make sure to prepare this five-spice powder and keep in store (obviously in air tight jar). Happy cooking!

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