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3 days in Adelboden, Switzerland

Jugnu and I spent 12 days in this heaven known as Switzerland, out of which these 3 days were in Adelboden, very little known small town but has a lot to offer. Our hotel(The Cambrian) had the most amazing views and it was surreal.

Adelboden is a traditional Swiss village, which is a hidden beauty and rarely visited by tourists. We were mesmerised by everything, below is a glimpse of what we added to our Swiss land memories.

Travel time to Adelboden

We arrived at The Cambrian Hotel (a minute walk from the bus station), after a 3 hours journey from Wengen. We changed 3 trains and one bus but it wasn’t hassle at all, every train/bus was well timed and there was least trouble in changing platforms (most of them were the same).

Travel PlacesTransportationTravel Time
Lauterbrunnen-Interlaken Ost116-Y train15 mins
Interlaken Ost-SpeizTrain SBB30 mins
Speiz-FrutigenTrain SBB15 mins
Frutigen-AdelbodenBus35 mins

“All the trains, buses, and most of the cable car transportation were covered in the Swiss pass”

Day 1 at Adelboden – —– Valley/Mountain

Our hotel(The Cambrian) gave us free cable car pass and free bus transportation around the town (although we already had the Swiss pass, but cable car was a gift from the hotel). 5 mins walk from the hotel, we arrived at this cable car station, (it was so empty, no tourists at all), we hopped on one of the cable cars, (three cable cars runs together every 20 mins, I would recommend to sit in the third car to enjoy valley views) we arrived on the top of the mountain in 10 mins.

We enjoyed the Giant Swing, Jugnu got scared from height but it wasn’t that scary😄, it is right on the top of the mountain and the views were thrilling and exciting. It is an amazing ski destination, since we visited in August (Summers), we enjoyed the green valley (the entire valley is covered with snow in winters). We also saw a hiking trail, but it was our first day in Adelboden, so we kept it low, and took the last cable car down at 5:30pm.

We then enjoyed a cup of coffee and I fulfilled my sugar cravings at this great cafe, The Tea Room.

Day 2 at Adelboden – Engstligen waterfall

It is accessible by cable cars and public transportation plus some hike, but Jugnu and I rented an e-bike to go there. It took 1.5 hours (we were super slow and did loads of photography on our way), the last stretch was a bit rocky, but it was thrilling, we walked along the bike a few times, because biking down in steep mountains is scarier than ever.

We then came back and enjoyed some pool time at our hotel, and enjoyed the sunset.

Day 3 at Adelboden – Oeschinen Lake

We took the bus from the bus station, right next to our hotel and arrived at Kandesteg in exactly 1 hour. 10 mins walk later, we took the cable car (got 50% off on our Swiss pass) and arrived on the top of the mountain. After that was the 30 mins hike, there was also an e-shuttle (8 euros per person, runs every hour), if you didn’t wanna walk, but it was quite easy.
Oeschinen Lake is a hidden lake and very less touristy as compared to Blausee (which we saw on our way to Oeschinen (from the bus), Blausee is very much accessible which makes it more touristy.

Just to give you a better idea about this serene place, here’s a video link :

Oeschinen Lake

Lastly some food pics ❤️

I will soon share my 12 days trip in another blog. Switzerland has so much to offer that one blog is just not enough.

Keep Rocking.

Flying Away,
Jugni!

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Matar Mushroom

Matar mushrooms or Mushrooms and peas in a tomato and onion gravy has become our go-to dish, which Jugnu and I enjoy almost every other week. It is easy to prepare, full of flavours, healthy and nutritious.
I remember ordering it in restaurants, and always wondered how do they nullify the strong taste of mushroom and make it so yummy. I know the mantra now, and that indeed is patience :). Let’s quickly check out the ingredients to prepare easy and delicious matar mushrooms.

Ingredients for Matar Mushroom

  • 250 gms white mushrooms (cut into pieces)
  • 1 cup matar (peas) – I took the frozen ones
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
  • 1/2 tbsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp cumin powder
  • 1 tbsp turmeric
  • 1.5 tbsp coriander powder
  • 1/2 tbsp chilli powder (Jugni’s Tip – To keep it healthy, I add green chillies instead)
  • Salt as per taste (I added 1tbsp)
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 1.5 tbsp tomato paste (I was out of fresh tomatoes, you can add 2 medium tomatoes puree)
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 tsp – garam masala (optional)
  • NO BUTTER NO CREAM
Matar Mushroom

Preparation for Matar Mushrooms

  1. Heat 2 pans. Add water and frozen peas (matar) in one of the pans, let it boil for about 10 minutes.
  2. In the mean time, add oil to the second pan (deep one).
  3. Add chopped onion and let it cook until brown (around 4 minutes), then add cumin seeds and ginger garlic paste.
  4. Let it cook for a minute, and then add cumin powder, coriander powder, turmeric and chilli powder. (keep stirring).
    JUGNI’s TIP – while adding masalas (step 4), put the flame to the lowest so that the masalas don’t get burned out, also splash some water if needed.
  5. After a minute, add tomato paste and give a quick stir, since its a paste, the mixture would look a lil dry, so add 1/2 cup of milk immediately and put the gas on medium flame, wait for it come to a boil.
  6. When boiling, add boiled peas(from step 1), put the gas on the lowest flame, cover it with the lid (add 1/2 glass water if milk thickens out) and let it cook for good 10 minutes. Keep stirring in between.
  7. The water/milk will reduced to half or less than that, in the gravy, then add the mushrooms. Put the flame on medium and stir it for a minute. The mushrooms would leave some water.
  8. After a minute of stirring mushrooms in the curry, check consistency and add rest of the milk (1/2 cup or more as per your liking).
  9. Put the gas on low flame and let the curry cook in the covered pan for another 8-10 minutes. (The mushrooms will reduce in size – the indication that it has been cooked).
  10. Turn the gas off, add garam masala (optional) and garnish with coriander leaves.
    JUGNI’s TIP – Coriander leaves when blend with the curry/gravy of mushroom, gives an amazing flavour and tastes great, so it is highly recommended.
    Jugnu is a big fan of coriander leaves, and makes sure to garnish his bowl with a few of these.

Matar mushrooms can be enjoyed with Indian roti / naan, bread, tortillas , or with steamed or cumin rice. You can make the gravy richer, by adding cashew paste or cream.
I am gonna enjoy this in lunch today with some tortillas, let me know if you would like to give it a try. 🙂

If you like my recipe, give a thumbs up or share it on social media. 🙂

Flying away
Jugni

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Thai Chicken Green Curry

During this lockdown when Jugnu and I were craving for some rich, restaurant style food, especially Thai cuisine, we thought of trying it on our own. And without any exaggeration, this Thai Chicken Green Curry has become one of my most wonderful creations (haha I like to pat myself on the back for all the effort I’ve been putting in cooking).

One of the most popular Asian dish, Thai Chicken Green Curry is amazingly delicious and easy to prepare. Thanks to the readymade curry pastes available in the grocery stores, it has become so easy to relish different types of cuisines these days. I now stock my fridge with Yellow Thai Curry paste, Red curry paste, Panang curry paste and Massaman curry paste, at all times.

Ingredients for Thai Chicken Green Curry

  • Koh Thai green paste – 1.5 tbsp
  • 1 tbsp olive oil and coconut oil
  • a few cloves of garlic (not mandatory)
  • 1 sliced onion
  • 1 sliced bell pepper
  • 100 gms sliced mushrooms
  • 250 gms chicken cubes
  • Salt and pepper as per taste
  • 2 whole green onions (white and green)
  • 150 ml coconut milk
  • peanuts / cashews (not mandatory)

Preparation of Thai Chicken Green Curry

  1. Take a pan and saute chicken cubes (for 5 minutes on medium flame) with some salt and pepper and a few drops of olive oil. Place them aside.
  2. Take another deep pan and add coconut oil. Put the gas on medium flame and let the oil melt (if it’s hard).
  3. Add Koh Thai paste and sautée it for 30 seconds.
  4. Add all the veggies (except green onion) & chicken, and saute it for 5 minutes on low medium flame. Cover the lid and keep stirring in between.
    JUGNI’s tip – you can add chilli paste or garlic pepper at this point if you want the curry to be spicy. 🔥
  5. Then add coconut milk, keep it on low medium flame, and let the veggies and chicken soak in the milk.
  6. Add chopped white part of green onion to the pan, cover with lid, and let it cook with the rest for 8-9 minutes.
  7. After that garnish the curry with the green part of the green onion and switch the gas off.
  8. Cover the pan with lid and let it stay for another 10 minutes.
  9. Enjoy with steamed white or cumin rice.

You can start the curry preparation by roasting garlic. I didn’t use in my recipe because I enjoy the flavours from the paste. But if you are a fan of garlic, add some of it.

Also, you can add peanuts (chopped or raw) when you add green onions, to enhance the flavour, but it can be avoided.

Jugni’s Tips –

1. Add as many veggies as you like, carrots, peas, beans, zuchini, squash, bok choy, broccoli, spinach etc.
2. Add water to adjust the consistency as per your liking.
3. Make sure you cook the curry on low medium heat, as the milk can get curdled.
4. Add a few drops of lime on the final dish to add a tangy flavour.
5. If you like a combination of coconut milk and coriander, this is heaven for you, just add coriander leaves on the final product. I don’t mix both because of my silly taste buds. 🙂
6. You can also add lemon grass if you like.

I came a few querries which I though could be useful for you guys as well:

  1. Can you cook and store Green curry in advance?
    – Well, I would recommend to prepare it fresh everytime, as it is so easy to prepare, or you can refrigerate it for 2 days.
  2. Is the Thai Chicken Green curry sweet in taste?
    – Yes, according to my taste buds, it is kind of sweet due to coconut milk. You can add chilli paste to make it spicy.
  3. Only steamed rice goes with Thai Chicken Green curry?
    – NO, NO, NO. Its totally depends on your taste and likings. It is surely preferred with steamed sticky rice, but you can also enjoy it noodles, cumin rice or even Indian naan (or tortilla). Jugnu loves it with Naan.

I never knew coconut milk could do wonders with the food, I was never a big fan of coconut, but now I love it.
Let me know by hitting the thumbs up button if you like the recipe and do share it with your friends.

Flying (with my chicken wings) Away
Jugni

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Healthy drinks and Healthy Lifestyle

As much as healthy food and diet are necessary to maintain a healthy lifestyle; healthy drinks play an equally vital role. Plain or still water is always the best option for hydration, but, is also not that exciting for many of us. 🙂 I talked to 5 friends of mine, 3 out of them drink just one glass of water a day (including the water intake with their medicine tablets or capsules), rest is just tea/coffee/sodas/juices throughout the day, which might not always be the best option. So this blogpost is for them (haha) and for all of us who want to stay hydrated, and want to cross the plain water barrier :).

Sparkling Water – I know what comes to your mind when I say, water with some fizz, but no its not soda or tonic water (which is a very unhealthy option) and has sodium and sugar. A simple option to stay hydrated in a fancy way is to drink sparkling water, or maybe add some lemon to it to make it a side drink with your dinner or lunch.
The consumption of water has increased to almost double for both, myself and Jugnu when we started sparkling water intake. We do drink normal water as well, we generally keep a bottle on our desk or couch for some extra hydration.
AH (Albert Heijn) sells it at 1.68 euros for 12 bottles (300ml each) and it covers a week for us.

Orange Water – Yep…I mentioned Orange ‘water’ not orange juice :), although the juice could also a better option but you also have a sugar intake with that. And if that’s available in cans in your grocery store, big no no to that because its just sugar.
Infused water is in now a days. I spent almost 2 years at Google headquarters in Mountain View and I got used to such amazing and healthy bites and drinks, and infused water was one of them. Just put slices of orange in cold water (Bottle or Jar) and hydrate yourself for the rest of the day with some tasty and healthy drink.
You could also infuse water with Lemon slices or Mint leaves or cucumber or any fruits. I will write a post about the different flavours of Infused Water.

Fruit Smoothies – Spending all the time at home crave us to cook more, eat more and gain more calories, which is a very serious concern. Of course, we feel hungry, specially Jugnu working from home has become a challenge for me, to feed him healthy food. But, I found this trick which works great keeping in mind essential nutrients needed during the day, his hunger thunder, and easy / stress-free cooking for me.
Fruit smoothies is a blend of any fruit, with fat free yogurt / skimmed milk / almond milk/soy milk/oatley (which has become famous recently). Our favourite is strawberry+blueberry+almond milk with no sweeteners, Spinach+Mango+Cucumber is our second favourite. Pick your favourite mix and stay healthy.

Milk – An excellent source of protein, calcium and vitamins, always resting in your fridge. I understand, a lot of us can’t handle or digest milk, go for skimmed milk or soy milk/almond milk/oatley. Jugnu and I go traditional when it comes to milk – add a cardamom, some nuts to low fat milk, and that is our post dinner meal / dessert when we can’t handle our cravings. It can be served both hot and cold.

Hot Chocolate – I know you must be wondering how’s that on the healthy list, but yes if you don’t go for the packaged powder (which are high in sugar content) and make your own at home, it could be your best friend.
Jugnu has a special way of making it, he melts the dark chocolate in the boiling milk (or your favourite low fat or non dairy milk) and after pouring it in the glass, he adds a pinch of cinnamon for some extra flavour. Also, it is my favourite drink during my menstrual days.

There are a lot more smoothies and flavoured drinks which could be substitutes to the high sugar ones, like coconut water, ginger tea, mint tea, cranberry juice etc. You and I just need to put in some extra efforts during these quarantine days to stay healthy and settle those cravings right.
I am writing this blogpost holding a bottle of sparkling water and the fizz is giving me a boost to spend my week ahead with my Jugnu and Snickey. 🙂

Stay Healthy
Flying Away
Jugni

Source : webmd.com, bustle.com,

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Home remedies for Skincare

We all know that a great sign of healthy skin is the ‘glow’ oozing out of your face(skin). As the skin is the most important sense organ and covers the whole body, it demands a lot of attention and care.

I will surely talk about the products I have been using for my skincare routine, in my next post. For now, as we all are locked down and have plenty of time to give attention to our skin, why not try some home remedies.

Disclaimer – The opinion expressed in my blogpost are personal suggestions, about natural remedies for skin; some sensitive skin might get some rashes and acne, so please do a patch test before applying it all on your face. If any skin reaction occurs, please discontinue using it and contact your physician. If you are under a medicated treatment, please consult your doctor before using any.

1. Milk – Raw milk or full fat milk is great for almost every skin type. It has ingredients like saturated proteins, fats, calcium and vitamin C, which will soften and moisturise your skin, and also helps in de-tanning.

How to use – Wipe your skin(face) with soft hands, everyday with milk. Use a paper-towel or a soft cloth, dip it in milk and do the magic.

2. Potatoes – Potatoes are a rich source of carbohydrates and have natural bleaching properties which protects skin from harmful UV rays. Potatoes works like wonder in removing dark spots and retaining glow to the skin.


How to use – Peel and grate a potato, squeeze out the magical juice and apply it on your face for 10 minutes. Then rinse with cold water. You can also add few drops of honey and rose water to make a paste out of it. Practice this at-least 2-3 times a week for remarkable results.

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3. Banana – Bananas are rich in minerals like potassium and vitamins like A, B, C and E. They nourish the skin by providing hydration and moisture, and hence make it softer and glowy. The natural anti-oxidant properties makes the skin look fresh and also works on blemishes.


How to use – Just mash a banana (preferably ripe one) and massage your skin. Rinse with cold water after 5-7 minutes.

4. Papaya – Are you tired of dead skin cells? If yes, Papaya is your best friend. The papain enzyme and vitamin A, present in it acts as gentle exfoliator and rejuvenates the skin by removing inactive proteins/dead cells.


How to use – Either use it alone, mash the papaya and massage face and neck with pulp for 5 minutes and rinse with milk and water, or, mix the pulp with mashed banana pulp, with some cream and drops of lemon, make a paste/pack. Apply it for 20 minutes and rinse with water.

5. Turmeric (Haldi) and Chick Pea Flour – Most of us might be aware of this combo, as many of the Indian weddings are incomplete without “Haldi” ritual, which exactly is my 5th remedy. Turmeric has antiseptic and skin lightening properties. It produces collagen which improves your skin and fights toxic radicals.

How to use – Mix 1 tsp of turmeric with 4 tsp of chick pea flour. Add water/milk/rose water and make a paste. Apply it to your face and neck, let it dry completely. Finally wash with cold water.

JUGNI’s TIP – After rinsing your face with water, always tap dry it with a towel, NEVER rub it. 🙂

TAKEAWAY
Using natural remedies might not have immediate results, but they surely nourish your skin. Although I recommend doing the CTTMP routine on a regular basis, adding a few home remedies can get you some fruitful results too.

Lastly, speak with your dermatologist if you are having major issues. 🙂

Flying Away
Jugni!

Sources : Stylecraze, fitnesshealthforever, freebeautyguide, ndtv, nykaa.
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Glenmark, Cipla receive approval to test experimental coronavirus vaccine

Mumbai based pharmaceutical company, Cipla got approval from the Indian regulators to experiment medicine, Favipiravir for COVID-19 in India.

coronavirus

Around the globe, a lot of drugs are under clinical trials phases on corona virus patients, in order to develop some success against COVID-19. CSIR (Council of Scientific and Industrial Research) has identified top 25 drugs for repurposing. From these 25 drugs, Favipiravir has the most promising outcomes or results.

Favipiravir is a broad spectrum inhibitor, an anti viral drug which was also used to treat influenza virus in Japan in 2014. In relation to COVID-19, Favipiravir has shown results against RNA viruses for which we don’t have a treatment yet.

Latest new on Pharmaceutical Companies in India
DCGI (Drug Controller General of India) has given permissions to Mumbai-based Glenmark Pharmaceuticals to perform trials with Favipiravir on mild to moderate patients suffering from COVID-19.
Cipla had also applied for the approval and finally got a green signal to conduct trials.
According to the recent news, Glenmark will administer Favipiravir in 150 COVID-19 patients and will do the comparison with the patients undergoing regular and standard treatment.
Another development which was seen recently, on Wednesday was, Strides Pharma Science Ltd had developed Favipiravir antiviral tablets and had applied to the authorities to begin trials.

I hope this Favipiravir drug works like wonders and help come over corona phase.
I’ll keep you guys updated.


Sources :
firstpost.com
livemint.com
pharmatutor.com

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Jugni!

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Oxford developed experimental Coronavirus vaccine ‘looks like’ working on Monkeys, now being tested in humans

The spread of coronavirus started in December 2019 and has been diagnosed in 3.3 million people worldwide. More than 225,000 have died of it; still, there is no approved medicine or vaccination available as per today and the governments all around the world are working day and night to conquer this pandemic.

According to the recent news from Oxford University, there are high hopes for the vaccine to be developed sooner than we expected. AstraZeneca (a British Pharmaceutical Company) has joined hands with the University of Oxford to come up with the coronavirus vaccine.

AstraZeneca Chief Executive, Pascol Soriot said,”Our hope is that, by joining forces, we can accelerate the globalisation of a vaccine to combat the virus and protect people from the deadliest pandemic in a generation”.

The Jenner Institute of Oxford University is running the coronavirus vaccine project, will receive a further funding of 20 million pounds from the government, almost all of that will be spent on the clinical trial development.

It is hopeful that coronavirus vaccine developing in the UK could be ready by September, if it works. The scientists started clinical trials on Rhesus Monkeys and the results have been promising, as per the news today. They gave vaccine to 6 rhesus monkeys, then exposed them to high amounts of coronavirus. 28 days later, the result were favorable and all the 6 monkeys showed no signs of infection.

Human trials of corona virus have already entered phase one testing, this happened last week where people in southern England, aged between 18-55 volunteered for the same.
The death number in the UK crossed 26,000.

According to the WHO, around 70 vaccines are under the development stage worldwide. Science is science and results might work or might not. Keeping fingers crossed for a better future and hoping for a victory over corona, the battle is still going on and we all are the warriors. Let’s play our role of staying in our homes, maintaining social/physical distance, and save the world.

Source :
1. The Newyork Times
2. The Scotsman
3. Nasdaq.com
4. The Telegraph
5. France 24
6. Livescience.com
7. Marketwatch.com