Monthly Archives: April 2013

Recycling and reusing in Nepal

This article was published in +977 (a Nepalese Lifestyle Magazine in Australia) in April 2013 issue.

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My recent visit to Nepal has given me inside to many things and one of them is recycling and using anything and everything possible.

Recycling is very important, but even better is reusing. I was really impressed on reusing skill on people from Nepal. From old metal cans, plastic bags, old newspapers, packing containers and old clothes, Nepali housewives especially found ways to give second life for simple items around their home by reusing them.

I really think people living in west are spoiled and they really need to learn how to reuse and recycle than buying things that are use and throw. I have to admit, even though I am conscious about recycling and reusing, I have a long way to go to be anywhere near these housewives. I am going to remember from now on that not everything is destined for the rubbish bin. I need to think before I throw.

No matter how rich or how poor people are, most Nepali people reuse lots of thing and this is what I observe.

  • Plastic grocery bags used as small trash can bags.
  • Ziplock bags washed and reused.
  • Worn out clothes used as rags to clean floors and windows.
  • Margarine and butter tubs used as takeaway containers.
  • Everyone unwrap their gifts very careful so they can reuse the wrapping paper.
  • Shoe boxes used as storage containers for small items.
  • Old toothbrush used to clean hard to reach areas like around the sink, your drains, faucets and grout.
  • Newspaper used for cleaning windows and mirrors. Also it is used to clean up after pets.
  • Old glass bottles from tomato sauce or honey used as storage container for herbs and spices in the kitchen.It can be also be used as a stationary organiser.

  • Small jars from jams used as candle holders.
  • Old saucers used as soap dishes.
  • Mugs are used as utensil holders.

  •  Leftovers are put in freeze and used in fried rice the next day.
  • Any kind of boxes used as storage containers or organisers.
  •  Plastic milk jugs, juice containers, big coke bottles used to store water.
  •  Small plastic water or soda bottles used to take water with you while out and about.

If you are interested in any of the ideas, please Google and you will find heaps of ideas on how to turn your trash into treasure and you will be surprised how good they look. Also it will help you save some money and you are doing your bit to save the environment.

Do you recycle?

Till next post, take care.

M from nepaliaustralia


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Seviya kheer (vermicelli kheer)

Yesterday AS felt like having Seviya kheer out of the blue so I decided to make one. Seviya is fried vermicelli noodles. I bought a packet of fried Seviya from an Asian grocery store. This was the first time I tried it and I have to admit, it was very easy.

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  • 200gm vermicelli
  • 800 ml milk
  • 3 tablespoons sugar (add more or less according to your taste)
  • 2 tablespoons ghee/clarified butter
  • 7-8 roasted or fried unsalted almonds, chopped


  • Heat ghee in a pan and when it is melted add vermicelli and fry till they become golden brown.

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  • Pour the milk and let it come to a boil.

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  • Add sugar and mix well.
  • Lower the flame and let the milk simmer for 5-7 minutes till the vermicelli gets cooked.

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  • Add chopped almonds.
  • Serve the kheer hot, warm or cold.

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  • I prefer mine cold :). Enjoy!

Benefits of wheat grass Juice

Wheatgrass Nepal

Please call on 5534288 if you are looking for wheatgrass in Kathmandu.

Address is Kumaripati, Lalitpur.

I have talked about wheatgrass juice before. Please click my post here to know details.

Today I am writing more about the benefits of wheatgrass juice.

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Wheatgrass Nutrition Facts


Wheatgrass contains high amounts of vitamins A, E and B. It also contains many minerals and trace elements: Calcium, Phosphorus, Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and Zinc.

Amino Acids

Wheatgrass also contains twelve amino acids including the eight essential amino acids: phenylalanine, valine, threonine, tryptophan, isoleucine, methionine, leucine, and lysine. Essential amino acids are those that the body cannot create, they must be obtained through one’s diet.

Predigested Food

Wheatgrass juice is considered a predigested food. It does not require enzymes for breaking down proteins. Wheatgrass juice contains both amino acids and glucose therefore it is readily assimilated in the body.


Wheatgrass juice is rich in Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll has a molecular structure almost identical to the hemoglobin molecule of human blood. Chlorophyll in the wheatgrass juice helps the blood carry Oxygen to all the cells.

Chlorophyll cleanses the liver, tissues and cells and purifies the blood. Wheatgrass juice helps remove toxic heavy metals such as lead, mercury, aluminum, that have become stored in the tissues of the body.Wheatgrass juice aids in detoxification by breaking up impacted matter in the colon. It also helps fight infection therefore aiding the body’s natural self-healing process.

Wheatgrass Nutrient Analysis

The following information is from the publication entitled: Wheatgrass Nutritional Analaysis Report by The Optimum Healht Institute of San Diego. Test results were provided by Irvine Analyticial Laboratories, Inc., Irvine CA.

The results are listed per 100 grams of wheatgrass juice which is approximately 2.8 ounces.

Basic Nutrients in Wheatgrass

Calories 21.0 Cal
Water 95g
Fat 0.06g
Carbohydrates 2.0g
Dietary Fiber <0.1g
Chlorophyll 42.2mg
Choline 92.4mg
Glucose 0.80g

Minerals in Wheatgrass

Iron 0.61mg
Magnesium 24mg
Potassium 147mg
Phosphorous 75.2mg
Zinc 0.33mg
Calcium 24.2mg
Sodium 10.3mg
Selenium <1ppm

Vitamins in Wheatgrass

Vitamin C 3.64mg
Vitamin A 427 IU
Vitamin B1 0.08mg
Vitamin B2 0.13mg
Vitamin B3 0.11mg
Vitamin B5 6.0mg
Vitamin B6 0.2mg
Vitamin B12 <1mcg
Vitamin E 15.2IU
Folic Acid 29mcg

15 Uses of Wheatgrass

Besides drinking wheatgrass and giving your body the nutritional benefits of wheatgrass there are many more uses.

1. To eliminate itching apply wheatgrass to the skin.

2. Wheatgrass will soothe sunburned skin

3. Wheatgrass can be used as a disinfectant

4.Wheatgrass can be used a beauty treatment, it will help tighten loose and sagging skin

5. Rub wheatgrass into the scalp before shampooing to help mend damaged hair and alleviate itchy scalp

6.Wheatgrass can be used for soothing and healing cuts, burns, scrapes, rashes, poison ivy, athlete’s foot, insect bites, boils, sores, open ulcers and tumors

7.Use wheatgrass in your bath water to enjoy all the external benefits

8.As a sleep aid, place a tray of wheatgrass near the head of your bed. It will enhance the oxygen in the air

9. Gargle with wheatgrass to relieve soar throats

10. Wheatgrass helps overcome dandruff. Rub the juice into the scalp, rinse and shampoo.

11. Hold wheatgrass juice in the mouth for 5 minutes to relieve toothaches

12. Use wheatgrass as a mouthwash since it draws out toxins from the gums and teeth

13.Bundles of wheatgrass suspended in aquarium water purifies and disinfects the water and can heal sick fish

14.Wash eyes with finely strained wheatgrass juice to improve your vision, as well as relief of eyestrain and itchiness.

15.If you have a cold, insert wheatgrass juice into nasal passages and inhale to cleanse and open sinuses

20 Benefits of Wheatgrass

1. Wheatgrass lowers blood pressure

2. Wheatgrass helps the digestive system by flushing toxins from the system

3. Wheatgrass slows the graying of hair and removes dandruff

4. Wheatgrass suppresses appetite, curves cravings, and stimulates metabolism and circulation

5. Wheatgrass protects the body from outside pollutants by building up the white blood cells

6.  Wheatgrass has anti-inflammatory effects on arthritis, ulcers and insect bites

7. Wheatgrass builds blood by building red blood cells quickly

8. Wheatgrass energizes and reduces fatigue

9. Wheatgrass promotes regularity and helps fight constipation

10. Wheatgrass reduces or eliminates offensive body and breath odors

11. Wheatgrass’ antibacterial properties reduce symptoms of a sore throat when used to gargle

12.   Wheatgrass topical antibacterial use for skin wounds (burns and sunburns)

13.  Wheatgrass aids in stopping tooth decay

14. Chewing of wheatgrass may banish sleepiness and bring a new alertness

15. Wheatgrass juice helps cleanse the liver

16. Wheatgrass calms the nervous system

17. Presence of chlorophyll in wheatgrass stabilizes blood sugar levels

18. Wheatgrass reduces fever & irritability in children

19. Wheatgrass applied regularly onto the skin will eventually fade blemishes and sunspots by stimulating the growth of healthy new skin and “tightening” older skin

20.When inhaled through the nose, wheatgrass is effective in clearing sinus congestion

How Much Wheatgrass Should I Drink?

During your detoxification phase you should drink 60 ml (2 ounces) of wheatgrass juice twice a day.

If it is the first time drinking it, you should start slow. 15ml or 30ml (½ ounce or 1 ounce) of wheatgrass juice is a good start. You should slowly build up to 60 ml (2 ounces). Listen to your body, no need to rush it. Also, there are no real additional benefits of drinking more than 60 ml (2 ounces). Your body could only handle a small amount of wheatgrass each time.

Please call on 5534288 if you are looking for wheatgrass in Kathmandu.

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Sautéed Brussels sprouts with Bacon & Onions

I know many people don’t like Brussels sprouts but every time I read any healthy recipes, it seems to be on the menu so I decided to find a good way to eat it. I know if Brussels sprouts is not done right, it won’t taste good but sautéing with bacon and onion seemed to do the trick. Even AS was happy to eat it and told me he didn’t mind eating it again.

So here is a simple way to enjoy Brussels sprouts.


  • 200 gm Brussels sprouts cleaned and trimmed
  • 4 slices bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper  to taste
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice (optional)


  • Cut the cleaned and trimmed Brussels sprouts into halves. Make sure the sprouts are similar in size so some don’t overcook and some under cook.

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  • Boil water in a big pot and when it starts boiling add the sprouts.

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  • Boil the sprouts for around 3-5 minutes making sure it is tender and not over cooked.
  • Drain the sprouts

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  • In a pan, cook bacon over medium heat until it is crisp. And put aside.

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  • Now cook the chopped onion in the pan and cook until golden brown.

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  • Increase heat to medium-high, add the Brussels sprouts, and cook stirring occasionally, until tender and warmed through. It should be around 3 minutes.

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  • Add the bacon and lemon juice(optional).
  • Season with salt and pepper or chilli.

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  • Rest it for a while and it is ready to be served.

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  • We had ours with grilled lamb.

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