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Rum Lovers! You Got To Try These Cocktails

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“Time Flies When You’re Having RUM” – Erik Voskamp

Rum is an incredibly versatile and affordable liquor that also doubles up as the perfect base spirit. This drink is cheap and inexpensive but it is certainly not boring if you blend it with cocktails. Rum is a distilled alcoholic drink made from sugarcane byproducts, such as molasses, or directly from sugarcane juice, through a process of fermentation and distillation. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels. From piping hot winter cocktails to tall fruity drinks, just a hint of rum can make a huge difference.

Here are five alcoholic beverages you can make with this liquor. 

 

1. Piña Colada

The piña colada is a sweet cocktail made with rum, cream of coconut or coconut milk, and pineapple juice, usually served either blended or shaken with ice. It may be garnished with either a pineapple wedge, maraschino cherry, or both.

 

2. Cafe Caribbean

Give your average cup of coffee a boozy twist by adding some rum to it. Just add a shot of rum, half a shot of amaretto and a topping of whipped cream for the perfect blend.

3. Dark ‘n’ Stormy

Sweet-and-spicy dark rum, mixed with ginger beer and lime goes well with BBQ’s on sunny afternoons because the refreshing taste of this cocktail will hit you in all the right spots. This adult soda beverage is capable of creating a ‘storm’ in your head. Take my word for it.

 

4. Grand Rum Toddy

Rum is the base for this popular hot toddy that has a warm, comforting sweetness to it. The hint of orange liqueur and lime adds an extra zing to this hot beverage that has a soothing effect.

5. Cuba Libre

Rum and Coke, or the Cuba Libre, is a highball cocktail consisting of cola, rum, and in many recipes lime juice on ice. Traditionally, the cola ingredient is Coca-Cola, and the alcohol is a light rum such as Bacardi.

 

6. Dulce de Leche

Who knew that rum could also be used to create scrumptious dessert-worthy cocktails! Just combine a good dark chocolate liqueur with condensed milk and a pinch of cinnamon to prepare this cocktail in a jiffy and get ready to taste bliss.

7. Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri is basically a nutritious smoothie but you can add some rum (non-spicy) to it if you wish to give it a boozy twist. In short, this concoction tastes like a boozy popsicle that is refreshing and worth trying out, at least once.

8. Belladonna

Belladonna is a tall, fruity, exhilarating rum drink that is very refreshing and incredibly easy to make. For the ideal fruity mix, just add orange, cranberry and pineapple juices to it.

9. El Presidente

This tropical cocktail might look fancy but it is actually quite simple to prepare. It is light and it has a delicate sweetness to it so all you need is, rum, orange curacao and dry vermouth.

10. Gombo

If you like a vodka screwdriver, you’ll definitely dig this recipe that just takes 5 minutes to prepare. Lay back and enjoy the sweet, refreshing flavour of sparkling citrus that this tasty cocktail has to offer.

Cheers!

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Chefs On Instagram You Should Follow

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Most people vile away their time doing online shopping or binge-watching a new Netflix series. However foodaholics explore chefs on social media to find the next tempting dish!

If you think you are a foodaholic who is obsessed with good food, then you have reached the right place. So, we bring to you a list of 8 Indian Chefs on Instagram who have slowly and steadily conquered our Instagram Feed!

Ranveer Brar, @ranveer.brar

Ranveer Brar is a very famous Indian chefs in the culinary space. This charming chef-runs successful food shows on TV. Also he was one of the judges on Masterchef India. Ranveer’s specialty lies in re-inventing popular Indian dishes. Thus he picks up age-old recipes and gives them a quirky twist.

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𝗔 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝗼𝗿𝘆 𝗢𝗳 𝗗𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝗛𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵𝘆 Creativity, art and food go hand in hand. Crazy, borderless thinking & stretching the limits of the known is the key to all things creative. But even before you seek to create anything, you need to understand your medium. For me this is food. Maslow's Hierarchy of needs has always fascinated me. And inspired by it, over the years I have built what I call 𝗥𝗮𝗻𝘃𝗲𝗲𝗿’𝘀 𝗵𝗶𝗲𝗿𝗮𝗿𝗰𝗵𝘆 𝗼𝗳 𝗱𝗶𝘀𝗵 𝘀𝘁𝗿𝘂𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲. There's a whole chapter dedicated to this hierarchy in my book "𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙚 𝙄𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙈𝙮 𝙆𝙞𝙩𝙘𝙝𝙚𝙣", but let's briefly touch upon it here. I strongly believe that all great artists, regardless of their medium, including chefs, arrive at a basic set of practices over their career that they apply in creating their masterpieces – The canvas, the medium, the framework, the subject, the colour combinations. And then there are the less tangible things – an overall sense of balance & harmony & most importantly, the soul of the artist himself, a piece of which gets left behind in every creation by him/her. To get creative with food, we first need to understand what happens when we eat. All reactions to food are based on the human senses of sight, sound, smell, touch & taste. The saying “when we eat, we eat with our eyes first…” is true. How food looks determines the first reaction to it. Then as one gets closer to it, the aromas come into play. When food comes in contact with the mouth, the palate comes into action bringing along with it the brain & a gamut of intangible reactions like perception & taste memory. So, approaching it holistically, when creating a dish, it's important to construct it foundation outwards (taste is the first accomplishment and presentation the last), but the eating experience of the diner is visually inwards (they encounter presentation first). It’s in our nature to look for balance in all aspects of life, seeking balance is human. When you are cooking, look for that fine balance for a masterpiece. This balance will come from the creator, You. Your cooking is your expression. #FoodFables . 📸: @rt_studioz #FoodFacts #ranveerbrar #sundaythoughts

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Pooja Dhingra, @poojadhingra

If you love macaroons, you cannot help but follow Pooja Dhingra on Instagram. This pastry chef runs India’s first macaroon store! In addition to being the proud owner of Le15 Patisserie, she is also a celebrated author. So, follow her to satisfy your inner sweet tooth with a dose of colorful, beautiful macaroon pics.

Anahita Dhondy, @anahitadhondy

Anahita Dhondy has the tag of being the youngest head chef of a leading chain of restaurants. Soda Bottle Opener Wala– in fact, she was only 23 when she accomplished this feat. Known for experimenting with different ingredients, over 61k followers on Instagram have been witnessing her inspiring journey to create one great dish after the other. What’s nice about her Insta feed is that it consists of a balanced mix of professional and personal highlights.

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Day 3 at @ciaatcopia #Marketplace 🇮🇳🧅🥔🍠☘️ We've got marketplace for 250 people lots of prep and lots of food! I made 500 pieces of cutlets, and lots of Chaat. The reason I chose to make an 'upcycle potato skin Chaat' a. I'm a Chaat freak b. I wanted to showcase how we can use diverse Ingredients and yet saving skins can make you your own Chaat masala – I made onion skin salt and ginger skin salt which was used in the Chaat. A Raita, from scratch saunth chutney (tamarind and jaggery) and a fresh coriander chutney. The dish was made with fresh Kanda Bhajiya, Aloo Bhajiya, sweet potato skins, coriander chutney, saunth chutney, sev, or bhujiya, fresh coriander, onion skin salt, ginger salt, Chaat masala and coriander. It was a layered dish! Capturing what we do @sbowindia @chefsmanifesto #RepresentingIndia foodforever2020 #biodiversity #local #regional #seasonal and #zerowaste are key! P.S. being a total #saltbae while @arush_bhandari takes care of the stall 👩‍🍳❤️ #ciawof #inthekitchen #womeninculinary #lovewhatido #cooking #chefslife #chefs #chefanahita #upcycle #chaat #sodabottleopenerwala #RepresentingIndia #culinarystudents #culinaryinstituteofamerica

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Saransh Goila, @saranshgoila

If you love butter chicken, chances are you’ve already heard of Saransh Goila. He owns a popular restaurant in Mumbai called “Goila Butter Chicken,”. He was even invited as a guest judge on MasterChef Australia’s 10th season where contestants prepared his famous butter chicken recipe. Over 165,000 people are following on Instagram to relish his drool-worthy butter chicken recipes.

Shivesh, @shivesh17

Shivesh, 22, is a baking sensation on Instagram. This self-taught baker is religiously followed by over 170,000 people who wait for his picture-perfect baking shots and delicious recipes. He has a YouTube channel, as well, and loves spreading joy through his sweet cooking. So, if you are a baking enthusiast, follow Shivesh because you never know what you might learn!

Archanaskitchen, @archanaskitchen

Archana’s Kitchen started off as a personal blog but soon gathered 182,000 followers on Instagram, all due to the easy-to-follow, healthy recipes being shared by Archana herself. If you are looking to get some zest in your everyday cooking, then @Archanaskitchen on Instagram is a good place to find your daily dose of inspiration. The food pics are simply irresistible and eclectic!

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Beetroot dip is a delicious dish made from roasted beets, combined with ginger, basil, and sour cream, giving it perfect taste to the palate. It is also packed with all the nutrition from beetroot, making this a healthy party appetizer as well. You can serve Beetroot Dip Recipe With Crackers, or fill the dip in your sandwiches along with veggies or enjoy with nachos. Recipe available on the website www.archanaskitchen.com or search for "Beetroot Dip" on the Archana's Kitchen app (iOS and Android) #recipes #easyrecipes #archanaskitchen #healthyeating #homemadefood #eatfit #cooking #food #healthyrecipes #foodphotography #recipeoftheday #comfortfood #deliciousfood #delicious #instayum #food

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Hebbar’s Kitchen, @hebbars.kitchen

If you’re vegetarian, Hebbar’s Kitchen is a savior. Especially if you’re a non-cook who wants to brew a nice dish, but has no clue where to begin. Hence, with over 830,000 followers, Hebbar’s Kitchen has an unending list of easy-to-make recipes ranging from curries and starters to breakfast options and desserts.

We hope these tasty Instagram accounts run by famous indian chefs offer you all the food-inspiration.  Bon appétit! And lastly, for food related articles check out- https://littleletterslinked.com/category/food/

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Camouflage Bad Breath With These Food Items

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Whether you’ve got a first date or a big job interview, bad breath can make quite a bad impression. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to use your diet to make your bright smile smell better. 

 

Good dental hygiene is the best way to prevent bad breath, but the food you eat can also make a major impact. We all know onions or garlic are a no-no if you’re looking to kick halitosis to the curb, but what causes bad breath goes deeper than stinky foods. The bacteria in your mouth, rather than the odors in the food itself, produce sulfur compounds responsible for bad breath as they break down leftover food particles and dead cells. With these simple bad-breath remedies, you can help clear out those bacteria and be fully prepared to dazzle your date, that job interviewer or anyone else who happens to catch a whiff.

 

8. Raw Fruits And Veggies

Crunchy fresh fruits and veggies, including apples, pears, carrots and celery, help produce saliva, which cleans out the odor-producing bacteria in your mouth. Plus, they’re rich in fiber, so they act as natural toothbrushes as you eat. If you opt for apples, you’ll get a triple dose of bad-breath prevention: A study in the Journal of Food Science found that apples help neutralize the bad-breath odors caused by raw garlic. So next time snack on some healthy fruits and veggies.

 

7. Sugarless Gum

Chewing gum helps to loosen and remove both food and dead cells from your teeth, which are what bacteria need to create bad breath. Sugar-sweetened gum, though, can promote further dental decay so try gum sweetened with the natural alternative xylitol. Skip after-dinner mints and chew gum instead. The bacteria in your mouth love sugar. Chew sugarless gum instead. Gum stimulates saliva, which is the mouth’s natural defense mechanism against plaque acids, which cause tooth decay and bad breath. 

 

6. Ginger

Ginger contains a compound called 6-gingerol, which stimulates an enzyme in our saliva that helps to break down sulfur compounds in the mouth. Try combining pressed ginger, lemon juice and warm water for an easy, at-home mouth rinse. Ginger has long been used as a natural remedy for upset stomachs, it is often used for knocking out halitosis. To make a homemade ginger rinse, dice fresh ginger and mix with lemon and hot water.

 

5. Fennel seeds

Fennel seeds have been appreciated by many cultures as a digestive aid. Both the flavorful, crunchy bulb and aromatic seeds of the fennel plant are highly nutritious and may offer impressive health effects. They are similarly employed as a remedy for bad breath because they help neutralize unpleasant odors. Like crunchy foods, they encourage the production of saliva, which helps rinse bacteria way. The oil from fennel seeds also has antibacterial properties that can help fight odor-generating germs.

 

4. Yogurt

A daily serving of yogurt has been shown to reduce the level of odor-causing hydrogen sulfide in the mouth, as well as diminishing unhealthy bacteria; one study showed a reduction in plaque and gum disease in yogurt eaters as well. The American Dietetic Association confirms this by recommending vitamin D from yogurt, cheese and milk for fighting bad breath because it creates an unpleasant environment for bacteria growth.

 

3. Water

Yet another reason to get your daily H2O. In general, water acts as a cleanser and encourages saliva production; swishing water helps rid the mouth of food that bacteria feasts upon. This one is easy but crucial. By keeping well-hydrated, you’ll naturally rinse away food particles and dead cells and make your mouth a less hospitable breeding ground for breath-causing bacteria. Stay hydrated and you’ll end up getting added benefits to a good health.

 

2. Peppers And Papayas 

Bad-breath producing bacteria does not get along well with vitamin C, which is an important dietary component for preventing gum disease and gingivitis. While many people take vitamin C supplements, they can cause gastrointestinal problems that can further add to bad breath. Oranges have a good reputation for their remarkable levels of vitamin C, but other foods like bell peppers, papayas and strawberries have even more.

 

1. Cherries

Cherries are a great source of vitamin C. Vitamin C is known to be a potent antioxidant which can ward off oral nasty bacteria which are capable of producing methyl mercaptan (which can again lead to a foul smelling mouth). It makes the environment unfit for the growth of smelly bacteria. Thereby, leading to a lovely and fragrant mouth.So eat foods which are breath friendly to avoid bad breath.Have it as a snack or before an important meeting and stay assured that your mouth would smell of some lovely berries rather than garlic or onion.

 

 

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Best Combos To Blend For Delicious Smoothies

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Smoothies are a great breakfast option for healthy living, however, making one can be a task. Though it is a 5-minute recipe, that hardly takes many ingredients, it is the combination that confuses most people. Thus, today we have brought you delicious combos to blend together for delicious and healthy smoothies ready on your breakfast table.

Here are some great combinations to blend together for a smoothie:

1. Apple Ginger Smoothie

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Apple with ginger is a great combination for a healthy smoothie and you can even add kale and a pinch of lemon to the drink for added health benefits and a special taste, making your mornings active. It is a great option for vegan!

2. Banana Orange Smoothie

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Packed with Vitamin C and magnesium, this combo is a great boost for a morning healthy breakfast on the table for the toddlers to the adults. Add little flax seeds and see the richness that comes pouring along in the drink!

3. Spinach Orange Smoothie

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This is the best option for a detox smoothie, especially in the winter season. When you feel you have had too much hot chocolate and marsh mallows, then a spinach and orange smoothie in the morning is the best answer!

4. Banana Pear Smoothie

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A delightful breakfast drink is just around the corner with a combo of banana and pear. To add more flavor, add a pinch of cinnamon and lots of ice as this drink tastes best when it is chilled. Rest, honey, yogurt, fruits, and well, you know the drill!

5. Beetroot Carrot Smoothie

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Full of iron, magnesium and fiber, this healthilicious combo is a great cure for purifying the blood, keeping the skin glowy and clear the liver. Hence, this drink is an all in one package for a healthy and delicious drink to stay fit and beautiful!

6. Coconut Pineapple Smoothie

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The tangy pineapple, when mixed with coconut water, is the best combo for a refreshing experience, especially when you are feeling too dehydrated. It is full of minerals and nutrients and will make you feel active and fit, ready to take up tough challenges.

7. Apricot Mango Smoothie

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If you are looking for a filling option, then an apricot and mango smoothie is the answer for you! You can also add some orange for a refreshing taste. The smoothie is full of vitamins and is also naturally vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free.

8. Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie

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Take out your mixer grinder, put in the oats and of course, pulse a few times until the oats are finer. Then, add the milk, banana, strawberries, and honey, and here, your breakfast is ready within minutes and tastes great and is soo filling!

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