Chewing Gum- A Problem????

A couple of days ago I heard an actor of a Turkish drama (dubbed in Urdu) saying “You know, a chewing gum takes 150 years to degrade.” My response was “What?” and then the stupid guilty feeling appeared because I had chewed 3 gums in the morning.  I know, I know. We all like to have a chewing gum once in a while. But see the difference between you and me is that I am becoming an environmentalist and this puts more burden on my shoulders.

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Well, enough of the chit chat. Lets get back to the problem part. (I thought of adding an info-graphic here and  put myself at ease. But I have been doing so for days. It seems kind of unfair to me. So, if you get bored with the sciency stuff, there is an infographic at the end of this post.)

  • According to Canadian research, vinyl acetate, which is used to manufacture the polyvinyl acetate in gum base, is a toxic substance and should not be used in food products.

Chewing gum does however contain other ingredients that you may wish to think twice about before putting in your mouth.

  • One of these is the preservative butylated hydroxyanisol (BHA.) BHA has shown carcinogenicity in animals and is considered as a human carcinogen. 
  • Then there are those artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and acesulfame K. During storage and when heated aspartame quickly breaks down into its component parts, each of which is considered toxic. Aspartame’s two major constituents, phenylalanine and aspartic acid, can cause brain damage at high doses. Even at the low levels permitted in foods, aspartame can be toxic to people with the disease phenylketonuria (PKU), which is why the UK’s Food Standards Agency requires food containing asparteme labeled as ‘contains a source of phenylalanine’.
  • Acesulfame K has been shown to be carcinogenic to animals, which means it may also be a cancer risk in humans.
  • One of the biggest problems is that most chewing gums are non-biodegradable (that is they are not decomposed easily by living organisms.)

But as far as I am searching, I have observed that some gums, which are being manufactured nowadays, are biodegradable and non-toxic. So, good news you don’t have to leave gum. Just check the ingredients before you buy it.

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And here is the infographic you have been waiting for.

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Microwave Oven Baked Delicious Brownies

My friend makes these delicious brownies and she often brings them to university for us. She shared the recipe with us on Facebook a couple of months ago. I tried out this recipe this week. The brownies turned out to be great. My family loved them. I hope if you’ll try making brownies using this recipe, you’ll love them.giphy.gif

I have taken this recipe from here.

Ingredients:

  • Maida or all purpose flour: 1 1/3 cup
  • Baking powder: 1/2 tsp
  • Baking soda: 1/2 tsp
  • Sugar: 1 1/3 cup (Plz grind the sugar into fine powder before use. I know its silly but I always make this mistake)
  • Oil: 1 cup
  • Coco powder: 1/2 cup
  • Milk: 1 cup
  • Eggs: 2

Method: 

1. Firstly, sift the all purpose flour or maida. Mix in the baking powder and the baking soda with the flour in a tray (to allow more air to enter into your flour mix) and set it aside for 30 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, separate the egg yolks and whites. Take the egg whites in a bowl and beat for about 15 minutes(or until the foamy white mixture does not drip off if you turn over the bowl). Then, add in the yolks and beat for another 5 minutes (a total beating of the egg mixture of 20 minutes)
In the egg mixture add the rest of the ingredients; sugar, oil, coco powder, and milk. Keep beating at medium speed.

Then, slowly add in the flour mixture, little by little. Turn off the beater and beat with a fork, to prevent the formation of ‘ghutlian‘ or lumps.

3. Transfer this brownie mixture into a bowl for heating in the microwave. Oil the bowl or dish and pour in the mix. Bake in the microwave for 8-9 minutes.

4. While the brownies are getting done, prepare the topping with a little bit of milk, using chocolate bar or cooking chocolate and nuts or bunties as per your own choice.

5. Dish the brownies out, slicing along the edges your dish with an oiled knife. Dish out and add the topping. Serve!

Additional info:

1 cup = 250 ml
1/3 cup = 5 tbsp + 1tsp

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With Love – Mom

So, a couple of days ago my family went for grocery shopping (while I was preparing for a quiz). They brought home many things. But more importantly, they brought one whole shopper containing noodles. Lots and lots of spicy noodles. Yup, these are the same spicy noodles that inspired me to get over dramatic :-p.

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What was special about these noodles this time? Well, the noodles were packed in cute lunch boxes. Here is an unclear picture of one.

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You must be thinking why I am sharing all this nonsense. So, here goes the explanation. My mother loved these new and free lunch boxes. When I came home yesterday, she told me that she found out a very beautiful thing about them.

“What is it mother?” I asked.

“This lunch box,” she said while handing it on to me so that I could observe, “This lunch box says ‘With Love Mom’ on top of it. After reading this I thought that whatever it says is true. When a mother packs lunch for her child, she is not only fulfilling her duty, but she also does this with love. When I give you lunch, I see to it that what is that you require. I consider that your sister is allergic to eggs. I know that you don’t want an omelette in your lunch today.”

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And I know that she is correct. We leave home at 7 am and she makes lunch such that I get an omelette with onions and green chilies (just the way I like it), while my sister gets a simple omelette (just the way she likes it).

The Versatile Blogger Award

Is this my first award? Yes. Did I just got nominated? Well, no. I was nominated by Lauren in January. Yes, I know I should be ashamed, but at that time I didn’t know how to respond to it. I had this fear and hesitation from answering awards. Well, now that I have observed other bloggers getting and answering awards, this fear has vanished to some extent.

Thank you Lauren for nominating me for this Award.

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Note: Lauren’s blog got hacked, so now she writes here.

The rules are as follows:

1. Show the award on your blog.

2. Thank the person who nominated you.

3. Share seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate 15 blogs.

5. Link your nominee’s blogs & let them know.

Ok, now here are some facts about me.

1. I am an open book. My family knows my secrets before I do. Usually, I have all my expressions written on my face.

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Thats me.

2. I love reading novels and books. I have this secret wish to collect all the knowledge in this world.

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3. I am strong lover and believer of moral values. I don’t cheat. I don’t lie. I don’t break a queue. I don’t copy paste (usually) in an assignment. It’s just not in me.

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4.  I am very selective with food. I don’t eat meat, bitter gourd, fried egg…,and so on. My mother really gets annoyed with me on this. She tells me that I should be able to eat all vegetables, as everything has its own benefits. Other than food, I am not picky at all.

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5. I love my religion and I hope to progress in it, InshaAllah.

6. My mother is my bestest friend (yes, I broke a grammer rule for her). I share everything with her.

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7. I am hopelessly extrovert. If I am happy, I have to share it with everyone I love and care about. And when I am sad or worried, well everyone knows that. I am a social butterfly.

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So, here are my nominees.

  1. Natasha at thisisnatadrill
  2. The Hidden Prestige
  3. Hananon Blog
  4. Huma at HumaAq
  5. Shirin at EverShirin
  6. Taaliah at SmallGirlinaBigWorld
  7. Brey at OrdinaryAdventures
  8. Bushra at Ansarallah
  9. TAFMArgerie at TheAmazayssenFabulyousMargerie
  10. Astrid at InfiniteJoy
  11. Damyanti at Daily(w)rite
  12. PaperBackDiscovery
  13. Amy at VogueInfatuation
  14. Stephysweetbakes
  15. K.L Register at TheNinthLife

Can You Trust a Diary?

dear-diaryDear Diary ,

I can share my life’s ups and downs with everyone but you. Yeah, I know you look pretty harmless and can be a collection of all my beautiful memories, but I also know that you are not as harmless as you look. I have heard that many of your friends open up easily to those who they are not meant to open up to. I can trust people but not you. You can betray me easily. You always get into wrong hands. Always….

It’s not like I never wanted to trust you or others like you. I have tried to, but failed. I am always inconsistent in talking to you. I tried many times but I cannot make a friend out of you. I never have fun in having this one way conversation with you. Don’t you understand? I want you to yell at me when I am wrong and  cheer me on when I am right. You do none of these. You just lie down, lifeless. Hearing but not listening.

Whenever any one gifts me a diary, I love it but I don’t know what to do with it. First I started making slam books out of diaries, but then I stopped doing that, because I am not good at keeping slam and autograph books.

Well, now I am using you for useful matters. I am writing all my cooking recipes on you. This way I can get help from you whenever I want and you won’t ever be able to betray me. I wouldn’t have to worry about you. And Yeah, you look cuter this way.

Distrustfully,

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P.S: This post is not written in anger :p. It shouldn’t be offending to anyone, as it’s my personal opinion. Also, plz take this poll and tell me if you trust your diary or not.

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away…Health Benefits of Apple

After the ‘Health Benefits of Lemon‘ post went viral, I have decided to discuss the health effects of other fruits as well. So, today I am going to discuss the health effects of apple. We all have heard that an apple a day keeps the doctor away.

apple-a-day-keeps-the-doctor-away Let’s find out why it is said so.

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Watch me Get Over Dramatic :-p You’ll Enjoy!

I put my hands on the counter with despair. How can I be so easily tempted to something like that? I look at the counter with longing and fear. I know this decision can affect me badly. I have worked so hard for this opportunity to come. I know I should not mess with it. I cough a little to clear my throat. But what more harm can it bring to me? I have been feeling bad for a couple of weeks. I don’t think this make it any worse. Despite all the careful thinking, I want it. I want it very bad.

The more I try to fight this temptation, the more it grows. My mind is losing against my heart. I never make decisions like this, I remind myself. But it’s of no use.

Desperately, I run to my sister and ask her for advice. Her wise answer is the same as of my mind’s. I go back to where I stood first.

My mind has finally lost and my heart has won. I go to the place where the red bucket sits comfortably. I open the lid and take out a packet. A devil in disguise, I think to myself. I take a pot, fill it with some water, and place it on the stove that is breathing angry fire. I tear open the packet and empty it in the pot. The smell is so beautiful or maybe the temptation has amplified it. As soon my work gets done, I take the pot off the stove.

I tell my sister, “What can I do if I like spicy noodles? I know I have to go to university and do community work after a couple of days, but I have been going through this off and on flu thing for weeks. I don’t think spiny noodles can give me a sore throat.”

P.S: I am enjoying my spicy noodles. Yummy!!! Hey,was that dramatic enough?

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Health Benefits of Lemon

I never knew that our bitter lemon fruit has such a long list health benefits. I used to like lemons before (I love the bitter taste of them), but after acknowledging the benefits of lemons, I like them even more.

Lemon has the power to control and cure a wide range of health problems. Not only it can help you to deal with health issues, but also it can amplify your beauty. The following pictures illustrate most of the health benefits of lemon (Citrus × limon).

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