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Rock Melon Splash

Rock Melon Splash

Rock Melon Splash
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Rock Melon Splash

Ingredients:

-          Half a rock melon (cut in to small cubes)

-          1 cup pear jam

-          ½ cup rosewater

-          2 Cups water

-          2 raspberries (for decoration)

-          1 scoop vanilla ice-cream

 

Method:

  1. Combine water, pear jam and rock melons .
  2. Blend until processed.
  3. Add rosewater and blend.
  4. Pour the rock melon mixture into a glass and chill in the fridge.
  5. Add a scoop of vanilla ice-cream to the rock melon juice.
  6. Garnish with raspberries.

Rock Melon Splash
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Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney

Tomato Chutney

Ingredients:

-8 medium sized tomatoes

-4 medium sized onions

-4 teaspoons crushed garlic

-4 teaspoons crushed ginger

-2 teaspoons crushed chilli

-2 tablespoons sugar

-¼ cup oil

-¼ chopped coriander

Directions:

1. Cut tomatoes and onions length wise into thin slices.

2. Fry garlic, ginger and chillies in oil until lightly browned.

3. Add onions to this and fry until onions have softened and are lightly browned.

4. Add the tomatoes and sugar.

5. Cook until the tomatoes soften and there is no excess water.

6. Then puree the mixture with a blender and garnish with chopped coriander.

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Ginger Pickle

Ginger Pickle

 

Ginger Pickle

 

Ingredients:

-Semi-Ripe Ginger

-Salt

-Water

-Lemon or Lime juice

Directions:

1. Cut ginger into small thin pieces.

2. Add enough water to soak the ginger completely.

3. For every cup of water add two tablespoons of salt.

4. Leave this mixture to marinate for 2 to 3 hours.

5. Once the ginger has marinated, drain all the water.

6. Then add enough lemon or lime juice to cover the ginger.

7. Leave in the fridge so the flavours become enhanced.

Note:  To prevent the ginger pickle turning reddish you can add some tumeric to the mixture but some might not like the tumeric taste.

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Banana Cake with Ice-cream

Banana Cake with Ice-cream

 

Banana Cake with Ice-cream

 

Ingredients

-1 small banana

-½ cup crushed canned pineapples

-2 medium sized eggs

-1 cup sugar

-150 grams butter (melted)

-½ cup walnuts

-2 cups self-raising flour

-Mango Pulp

-Strawberry Jam

-Ice Cream

Banana Cake

1. Add sugar, melted butter and eggs in a bowl and beat until all the ingredients are combined and the mixture is creamy.

2. Add the banana and pineapples to the mixture and blend until they are combined.

3. Add flour and mix in with a spoon.

4. Add walnuts to the mixture.

5. The mixture is ready. Pour the cake mixture into a baking tray and bake on 180 degrees Celsius for 20 minutes or until the mixture is cooked thoroughly.

Preparation

1. Once the cake is cooled, cut into small squares.

2. Place your favourite flavoured Ice Cream on or next to the cake square.

3. Pour mango pulp and strawberry jam on the Ice Cream and Cake.

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Eczema

Eczema

By: Dr Ameneh Khatami

Eczema is a common condition that causes itching, dryness and inflammation of the skin. It is more common in childhood and often starts in the first few months of life. The underlying problem is dryness, which causes the skin to itch. Scratching leads to inflammation of the skin and if the skin is broken, it can also become infected.

Treatment

Moisturisers

The key to controlling eczema is to keep the skin moisturised. Emollients and creams should be used regularly (at least twice daily), particularly after baths when the skin is most prone to drying. Oils can be added to the bath water, or running the tap through oats will help to moisturise the skin while bathing. Soap can dry the skin, so soap substitutes should be used in the bath and to wash hair. Irritants should be avoided, in particular caustic cleaning products and perfumes/fragrances in moisturisers or soaps.

Dryness of the skin causes the skin to feel itchy, and scratching the skin causes it to become inflamed.

Topical Steroids

If the skin can be kept well moisturised at all times, further complications are less likely. If however the skin becomes inflamed at any point, then topical steroids may need to be used. Regular moisturisers should be continued on all dry areas of skin and topical steroids used only on the inflamed areas. The most common steroid used is hydrocortisone and mild versions of this can be used on the face. Stronger topical steroids should not be used on the face. These are used twice a day, and applied thinly to the inflamed areas of skin. All topical steroids should only be used as prescribed by a doctor, and should not be used continuously (ie should have some “steroid free days”).

Topical Antibiotics or Antifungals

Occasionally, areas of skin that have broken from scratching and dryness can become infected with bacteria or fungi. If the infection is mild, this can be treated with a topical antibiotic or antifungal which should be prescribed by a doctor. Mixtures of antibiotic plus topical steroid, or antifungal plus topical steroid can be used, but these should be reserved for when there is evidence of infection. If there is only inflammation, just the topical steroid should be used to prevent breeding antibiotic resistant organisms.

It is important to prevent infections because this can trigger more inflammation of the skin.

Oral or Intravenous Antibiotics

Very occasionally, infected eczema can cause a larger area of skin infection, or a deeper infection under the skin, or in younger children a bloodstream infection. In such cases, oral or intravenous antibiotics may need to be used in hospital, or under guidance of a doctor.

Other treatments

In very young children, to prevent scratching at times when there is very inflamed skin, gloves can be used to cover the hands. Anti-histamines that cause drowsiness can also be used and may help the itch, but generally just help the child to sleep if the skin is very irritated. It is also important to always keep nails trimmed short and clean to prevent infections being introduced to skin through scratching.

For a small number of people, certain foods that they eat can make their eczema worse. Usually this occurs several hours or days after eating the food (it is not an immediate “allergic” reaction), but if a pattern becomes clear, then avoiding those food items can help to prevent flare-ups of eczema.

Long-Term

For most people, eczema improves with age. For those with severe eczema, repeated episodes of skin inflammation causes the skin to become thickened and scarred. Regular moisturising and prompt treatment of inflammation and infections can help to prevent scarring.

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