Beat The Summer Heat With This Fuzzy Ice Cream Recipe

It is commonly believed (and with good reason!) that contrasting flavours add that zing in your food. That was the exact thought that made me put these ingredients together, to make a dessert that perfectly blends with the weather – oscillating between hot and cold. While the cinnamon and mango brings in warmth and fuzz, just like a mink blanket would, the mint and vanilla ice cream give you the much-needed (especially in the Mumbai pre-monsoon heat) brain freeze. Oh, and for bonus, there’s the chocolate syrup drizzle.

To sum up the ingredients:

2-3 scoops vanilla ice cream (I used Havmor, because I like the texture and taste; you can also try making it at home)
1 Alphonso mango
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon powder
1 sprig of mint leaves
Hershey’s chocolate syrup

Method:

Take a dessert bowl. First go the scoops of vanilla ice cream, and then the dices of mango. Sprinkle over it some cinnamon powder. Drizzle some Hershey’s chocolate syrup. Finish it with a sprig of mint leaves.

Bon appetit!

If You Respect Yourself And Your Time, Say Goodbye To Toxic Friendships

Friendships are a blessing, the truest kinds! Forced, fake, and friendships that bring you down, need no place in your life, there’s enough stress around and friends need not add to it. On the contrary, make friends who lift you up, watch out for you, love you, stick around through the highs and lows…not company for gossip, for burning money together, or for other such frivolous things.

After a quarter life filled with being forced to hang out with people who made me feel really bad about myself, I’ve become immune…I’ve stopped caring. I’ve finally realized out of the many things I’ve been doing, this is one big mistake I have been making in my life – sharing my precious time, attention and emotions with people who do not value it. After discussing this with a few more people, I’ve learnt that I’m not alone. Whether you like to hear this or not, a lot of us take ourselves for granted.

At close to 30, I’ve become almost hermit-like. I ask close friends to join in for gigs or for movies, but if they don’t (cannot) show up, I take myself out. I don’t ‘need’ company anymore; I would instead ‘want’ to spend time with certain people or simply be by myself, than waste my time around those who do more harm to me than good. While solo dates started as a rebellious response to forced outings with people I wasn’t exactly comfortable around, they gave me enough time away to realize the importance of my time and the company I kept.

“Gossip is a waste of time”

I’ve suddenly started to respect my time more than ever, now (and shouldn’t we all?). Why waste your life around people who belittle you, or those who open their mouths only to prove a point or to impress you? Why not instead, hang out with those who either introduce you to the genius in you, whom you never recognized before, or help you become the better version of you by giving you honest feedback? People who genuinely want to see you get the best that you are capable of getting, are the nicest kinds, and you deserve (all of us do!) to be around such people. Call me Utopian but, imagine if all of us helped each other reach our full potential in life, we could collectively achieve so much!

“Embrace opinions, not brainless opinion-shooting sprees”

A thinking person will opine, it’s inevitable, but when you hang out with people who constantly shoot out opinions on every little thing, what you’re doing is allowing yourself to remain in a layered environment. No matter how independent a thinker you are, there’s always a chance your views on things may get tainted with perhaps not-as-thought-out views of someone else. So, I put such people too, in the category of toxic friends  – even more so because such people usually try to go beyond just bombarding you with their perspective, they work really hard at getting everyone to agree with them and believe in their ideas, using Geobbel’s technique.

“Say NO to mind games”

One would often get pulled into ‘playing along’ when friends try to manipulate situations. The fakeness in such friendships just keeps increasing and what you’re ending up doing is spending a lot of your time planning a good defense strategy  – against…a friend? Such people can’t be called friends  – shouldn’t a friend be someone you could lock your partner up with, in a closed room and rest assured nothing’s going to happen there? Of course, such people are rare to find, today, but they do exist, and because they’re rare, does not mean you need to settle for fake friends, which brings me to…

“Do not settle for less”

We’ve always been advised  – fewer friends are better to have than a million people you call friends and don’t even mean it. Having fewer people to fall back on is safer than having people who are looking for opportunities to see you fall. Do not settle for friends just because you cannot find better ones, instead, make your books, music, art supplies…even your ideas, your friends…at least they’ll lift you up, creatively or intellectually. It’s better to not have a friend than have the kind who could ruin you.

So, I hope you have (and find more) kind, happy, warm, trusting, loving, caring souls for friends. To truer friendships!

 

Feature Image Source: Nha Le Hoan via Wikimedia.org

Foodie’s Guide To Surviving Diwali (And Other Social Festivals)

Festivals are awesome. Especially because of all that gorgeous and gorge-worthy khaana-peena. But, even we foodies understand, that somewhere along, we’ll need to stop, or else, guilt is going to sink in sooner or later. Quite frankly, I wish I could just keep eating and there would be no repercussions – I don’t really care about what it would do to my figure because a) I exercise enough to handle that, and b) Even if I didn’t, I wouldn’t have any body image issues. But then…yes, there’s a “but” – I do realize the importance of being mindful to at least some sane extent, when opening your mouth to put something in. Because, health.

So, just a few things to follow, and you’re good to glide through the festivities, enjoying all those yummilicious sweets, without feeling guilty later!

1. Never Say No

Yes, because you’d say “no” to the first laddoo, the second jalebi…by the seventh time you’re asked, you’re going to give in and how! So instead, embrace the foodie in you, and eat what you’re offered.

2. Practise Moderation

Eat what you’re offered, but in moderation. Half a laddoo, or one rasgulla instead of two, and you get to enjoy everything, yet not feel stuffed at the end of it all.

3. Indulge in Antidotes

If you’ve had too much of spicy food that could upset your stomach, consume something cooling through the day to balance it out. If you’ve had too much sweet, make sure to include greens in your meals.

4. Precaution Is Better Than Caution

If you know you’re going to indulge anyway, then indulge just as much at preparing yourself as you start your day – gulp down a glass full of unsweetened green juice, and exercise enough. That way your required calorie intake would shoot up more than usual, and all that you eat would be justified to some extent.

5. Drink Lots of Water

Just to neutralize your taste buds. Else you’re going to feel pukish by the end of it all. Also, gargle each time you have something sweet. This will help your teeth remain clean and save them from tartar buildup (my dentist sister must be flashing her sparkly 32, while reading this! :P)

6. Follow the 4 pm Rule

Imagine you’re Cinderella. Only, your deadline is 4 pm. And no, you do not have to run back home, but instead shoo off your sweet cravings. Eat all you want without guilt, up until the clock ticks four, and you’ll be just fine. In fact, avoid grains and starchy carbs post 4. I usually eat a lot of sweets, so this rule at least helps me control the ‘when’. As you get closer to sundown, start switching to lean protein, fat (not too much), and non-starchy foods.

7. Back up with Basics

By basics, I really mean alkalizing foods, since not all basics are alkali. Refined sugar – a key ingredient in most festive sweets, is acidic in nature. We often don’t break down our food into nutrients or try to understand what each food does to the body. But, if we did, it would really help. As a general rule, when I notice I am consuming a lot of acidic foods, I increase my iron intake by adding a lot of greens into everything I eat. It always helps me balance out.

8. Use a Calorie Counter App

It’ll help you keep tab. Then, you can change your lifestyle for the day based on your calorie intake. 😉
My suggestions – MyFitnessPal (Android, Apple), and Fooducate (Android, Apple).

9. Stay Better Prepared

If you’re otherwise leading a healthy lifestyle, 5 days of sindulgence aren’t going to hurt as much as they’d otherwise have!

Now go, enjoy! Wish y’all a very happy festive season! 
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LeEco Le 2 Review: Loaded With Good Features, Light On The Pocket!

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If you’ve been following me on Instagram,  you’re already clued in on how I’ve been using (and loving!) the new LeEco (earlier known as Letv) phone, Le 2, for over a week now. Almost two, really. You’d also know how much I am in love with the camera.

Here’s how Le 2 helped me capture some Ganesh Chaturthi moments:

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And then, some more:

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I’ve been enjoying playing around with the camera – the quick focus especially – and loving how I can change shoot settings (lighting) with a single touch.

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Ok, so let’s get down to froth vs. beer:

What LeEco Le 2 Promises What LeEco Le 2 Delivers
Battery – Quick Charging: 50% in 30 mins 50% in 30 mins, as promised.
Quick focus in camera Yes, in stills as well as video.
3 GB RAM + Octacore Snapdragon 652 Processor As promised. Multitasking like a pro. Just what a blogger needs!
8 MP front camera + 16 MP rear, PDAF and 0.09 sec focus time It has already been established, how I am a fan! It delivers what it promises!
World’s first CDLA earphones That’s Continual Digital Lossless Audio – and it does deliver true immersive, almost cinema-like sound!
Brightness of 500 nits That’s good enough backlight to use the phone outside. If only the screen was matt though. But then, a matt screen protector could be a fix.

My only complain – why is there no Micro USB slot? Sure 32 GB is good enough memory, but on a phone that has a great camera and boasts of superior quality of graphics, we’re sure to click more pictures and download more games.

And for those who go by the specs:

Body, Screen and Display:

  • 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • Full HD IPS in-cell display
  • 500 nits brightness, 80% NTSC color gamut
  • Dimensions: 151.1 × 74.2 × 7.5 mm
  • Weight: 153 g

Camera:

  • Rear – 16 MP with dual-tone LED flash, f/2.0 aperture, PDAF
  • Front – 8 MP with f/2.2 aperture, 1.4 μm pixel size, 76.5-degree wide-angle lens

Storage, Performance and Other Features:

  • 3 GB LPDDR3 RAM
  • 32 GB (eMMC5.1) internal storage
  • Octacore Snapdragon 652 processor (Quad 1.8 GHz ARM Cortex A72 + Quad 1.2 GHz A53 CPUs) with Adreno 510 GPU
  • Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) with EUI 5.8
  • Dual SIM (both, nano)
  • 4G LTE with VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 ac/a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz)
  • Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, USB Type C
  • 3,000 mAh battery with fast charging
  • Fingerprint sensor, infrared sensor
  • CDLA loss-less audio, Dolby Atmos

My verdict? The price it’s available at, I think it’s totally worth it! Beer wins, yea?

DeeTeafulQuotes: On Kindness

Black Waters

Invoking pain, as you mourn,
the reaper sings you one last song,
as his voice fades away, you’ll slowly transcend
to a world of vengeance, a world you deserve.

Your incantations impress you alone,
unjust it may seem, but hapless you were born…
all ears evade your lament,
escapism’s chimerical…come what may, you’ll face a descent.

Forging armies of death come to call you,
You choose a path but all in vain,
They shall have you either way, up here,
Or you meet under the black waters.

In your world, my child you see,
‘safe’ is satire…grins destiny.
He who comes to your rescue,
sees his fate without a premonition.

As you lay, your corpse shall soon be mine,
As for your soul, it’s torment shall be clandestine
We will have you either way, see you up here
Or we someday meet under the black waters.

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