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After dinner spice/herb mix at Indian restaurant - what is it called?

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

I took a photo last week and want to identify the various spices etc included in the mix:

After dinner spices for settling stomach and helping digestion, as well as mouth freshener. Some names mentioned in one website

In this photo, I'm fairly sure the long striped spice (or herb?) is either fennel or fenugreek. I get those two mixed up. (Yep - Fennel seed, called Saunf.)

The white teardrop seed is sesame seed.

The red balls are crunchy and sweet or possibly minty or anise candy?

I'm not sure about the long white shreds - I don't remember tasting coconut but these kinda look like it.

I'm also not sure what the smooth orangy round things are - almost want to say lentils or split peas/"dal" but these are smaller than lentils. Maybe it's the other fennel/fenugreek that the first was not? (Later - yep, the orangy smooth ones are fenugreek.

Another cool website of spice photos -

Brown rope looking things? Maybe shredded cinnamon?

In any case - I want to mix up something similar to have on hand for bad meal days...

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KRZYKAT3 1/12/2014 4:45PM

    wow! very cool idea. My husband loves to mix up his own spices after buying a combination spice he likes. going off to check out the web site you posted!

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1CRAZYDOG 1/8/2014 11:32AM

    Can't tell from the picture, but I know coriander, cumin and fennel seeds steeped as a tea are wonderful for digestion.

And fennel is used as a remedy for baby's colic.

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ECOAGE 1/8/2014 9:40AM

    I like that anise seed mix too. Your question encouraged me to get an answer. It is called Mukhwas. Not surprisingly there are many recipes for the mixture. I'm going to spend some time looking at recipes to see which one I may try ... or maybe I'll simply buy a pre-made mix at the local Indian grocery.

Here's a link to get you started!

Comment edited on: 1/8/2014 9:47:41 AM

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123ELAINE456 1/8/2014 2:33AM

  I like the post that showed the pictures and names of the Spices. It was very interesting. Keep Sparking!!!

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HEALTHYPRIYA 1/8/2014 1:26AM

    its called Saunf, it comes in a lot of variety and taste, i still need to check the link you shared

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Eight Surprising Side Effects of Weight Loss - online article

Thursday, January 02, 2014

Remember yesterday's blog? Same issue if the paper had ANOTHER fascinating article! (Or else I am easily amused and/or distracted. I think both. Anything to avoid the pain of exercise...).

This article came from the website - which I hadn't heard of, until today. I cut the newspaper version out, but think I will capture the article off the website later on, and print it off on inspirational paper... And incorporated some of these "side effects" as actual goals!!

Here is the link:

I may add more later but will edit this when I do. Or not???

(Hey thanks for pointing out link was not working! Think I got it fixed now!)


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MJ7DM33 1/2/2014 8:38PM


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1CRAZYDOG 1/2/2014 1:56PM

    Really nice link! Thanks. HUGS

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GBSLIM 1/2/2014 9:31AM

    Thanx for sharing the link. Wow, who knew.

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    Yeah, just need to add the last "s" to the link in your browser. I know my skin was much clearer and I slept better when I was losing weight and eating/drinking healthy.

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    The link was missing the last 's' for loss...

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MICKEYH 1/2/2014 6:31AM

    Page not founded on my iPad. But interesting topic....

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CINDYLYNN19 1/2/2014 4:36AM

    Page not found, but i was interested in the title of the article since I have lost twenty pounds and have had some wonderful surprises! I am not as in as much pain anymore! My knees are already thanking me and I have a lot less back pain, nice surprises to be sure!

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123ELAINE456 1/2/2014 3:30AM

  Page not found on my Computer. The healthier your body is the better of you are. Keep Sparking. This is the WTG!!!

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KAB7801 1/2/2014 2:49AM

    A smaller dress size and a healthier body would be great!

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Do Yoga With Me?

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

I was one of the "victims" of the Spark Deal of a "lifetime" subscription to the New Element Yoga website a few years ago. Never could get videos to load up on my phone or iPad, and some of the videos wouldn't even play on my computer. Many had poor acoustics, so I couldn't understand the teachers. Website kept locking me out even when I carefully typed in my password. Other days I got in just fine but a video wouldn't work. Tried again a few weeks ago and there is no website - "domain name for sale" and I could find no online info as to where the people went...

Yesterday's newspaper, near the "Ask Dr Oz" column, there was a little article about a new website for yoga! (Tuesdays paper always has the health and fitness segment in it.).

This one is called "DoYogaWithMe" -

And wow, it's free, it's right there - can select a work out based on length of workout time, level of experience (yours - beginner, intermediate, advanced, guru etc); type of yoga - the various Sanskrit names like Hatha, etc as well as things like Yoga for Runners, Yoga for Seniors, even a Pilates channel. There is also a selector for a specific teacher.

It's free - supported by DVD sales, and donations.

I did one of the shorter ones for Seniors and it turned out to be a seated workout opening up shoulders and thoracic region of the back. I enjoyed it.

Now, fun as the blog is, I need to get dog outside and pick a workout!!

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SANDLADY48 1/5/2014 7:43PM

    Thanks!! emoticon Namaste!

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    I'll be checking it out later. I've been interested in beginning yoga and a such a great site will be helpful. THANKS!
~ Teresa

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LOFLLAMA 1/2/2014 1:13AM

    Thank you for sharing! This is EXACTLY what I am looking for!

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123ELAINE456 1/2/2014 12:20AM

  Awesome Blog!!! Thanks for sharing this information with us. Seems to be a very good site for Yoga. Will be checking it out a lot more. Keep Sparking!!! This Is The WTG!!!

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MICKEYH 1/1/2014 10:22PM

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JANNEPERRY 1/1/2014 7:49PM

    Thanks for the link Julia! I'm getting ready to try it right now!

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ANNAKAYAN 1/1/2014 6:50PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I am going to go and check out the site.

Have a Happy New Year's Day!

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JERSEYGIRL24 1/1/2014 3:06PM

    Thanks for sharing this. This seems to hold a lot of promise.

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SUPER_CIARA 1/1/2014 11:48AM

    Looks really interesting! Thanks for posting emoticon

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MEGMCDO 1/1/2014 11:36AM

    Thank you so much for posting this info--it's exactly what I'm looking for!

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ETTEZEUS 1/1/2014 11:24AM

    Thank you for that link and site!
Looks like a very good one!

Happy New Year!

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In today's Dear Abby column

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

I get the daily "Dear Abby" in my email, and so just had to share this (to save for me!):

DEAR ABBY: I thought I'd share my own New Year's resolution with you.
For the past 25 years I have made the following resolution: Each day I
will ask myself, "What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or
do at this particular moment?" I invite your readers to consider this.

DEAR WAYNE: I consider it a refreshingly positive way to start a day,
and I'm sure others will agree and add it to their list of New Year's
resolutions. Thank you for sharing it.

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MICKEYH 12/31/2013 5:41PM


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JILLYBEAN25 12/31/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon emoticon Perfect Resolution!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/31/2013 3:24PM

    Definitely a great way to start the day!!!

(`v) Just stopping by to say hello
``.. ♥..+***+...♥...+***+..&
(`v) Wishing you all the best for 2014`
. (`v) ♥...+***+...♥
(`v) . health, happiness.....
blessings and hugs.......... Barb
``.. ♥...+***+...♥

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BOSS61 12/31/2013 12:12PM

    "What is the kindest, most loving thing I can say or
do at this particular moment?" - Julia, why in the world are you here? You need not be!

Happy New Year!

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123ELAINE456 12/31/2013 11:17AM

  Well Said!!! Thank You for Sharing!!!

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CONTUSIONS2014 12/31/2013 9:17AM

    Thanks for sharing! That's a great idea! emoticon

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LJCANNON 12/31/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon emoticon That is one Resolution that I could embrace, even though I usually don't make Resolutions.

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