Getting Ready for the Big Celebration (Part 2)

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Getting Ready for the Big Celebration Part 2

Last week we talked about how sparkling water can make you and your house look flawless for Hari Raya. Today we will explore more on how we can use sparkling water in our cooking.

3. Cooking and Baking

During Hari Raya, we want to serve food that is delicious, fluffy, juicy and pretty for our loved ones. Bihun Soup is a must have during Hari raya which is usually served with side dished such as shredded chicken breast, various boiled vegetables and sambal. When it comes to cooking vegetables, sparkling water has proven to be effective in decreasing oxidation and the denaturing of chlorophyll and carotenoid pigments, helping to preserve the vegetables’ color. What’s more, sparkling water also appears to soften vegetables. Cooking times can be decreased, allowing you to better preserve more of the vegetables’ vitamin content.

Other than that, sparkling water can also be used in baking. The carbon dioxide in sparkling water helps to rise the dough which makes it fluffy. The lightening effect of sparkling water in dough happen when the bubbles create pockets of air (trapping water droplets in the process) that expand under heat, giving the final product a lighter texture.

4. Make Drinks

Last but not least, sparkling water can be used to make various fun and delicious drinks to serve your guests during Hari Raya. After all that eating actions jumping from house to house, your guest might need a refreshing drinks. It is said that drinking sparkling water will settle the issue of indigestion and constipation. Here are a few recipes that are simple and taste as good.

Fizzy Ribena

 

 

Pour Ribena syrup in a cup/jug. Add in sparkling water and ice and it is ready to be serve. You can replace the syrup with any flavor of your liking.

 

 

 

 

Bandung Soda

Simply mix rose syrup with water, then stir in evaporated milk, mixing well. Add sparkling water and stir to combine. Pour into glasses over ice cubes and serve. You can make it more interesting by adding ice cream or grass jelly.

Sparkling Fruit Juice

 Add a twist to your normal, dull fruit juice by adding some sparkling fun and that way you can surprise your guests. Simply add sparkling water to your fruit juice by 1:1 ratio and add some ice cubes.

 SodaXpress wishes you a

Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri Maaf Zahir dan Batin !

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http://waterstories.nestle-waters.com/health/cooking-recipes-with-sparklingwater/

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2003-01-08/entertainment/0301080031_1_dough-sparkling-carbon-dioxide

 

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Planning to Drink an Entire Liter of Water During Iftar? Better Don't.

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Thirst is something that almost everyone experiences while fasting. Although we try to hydrate ourselves during sahoor, it is usually of no avail come midday. And as the hot weather persist, so do perspiration and need for water. But going without such a vital element of our lives for an entire month can take a toll on our bodies.

Since the body continuously loses water during digestion, breathing, perspiration and the likes, it is highly important to have a steady intake of fresh water in your body to keep your organs normal.

Dr Mashraib Jillani, a general physician at Al-Atta Clinic, spoke on an important issue, which pertains to something that we all do while breaking our fast – that is, drinking too much water at once.

When you drink a lot of water, the sodium levels in your blood drop; sodium is supposed to keep the fluids in your body balanced. But when the water level in the blood increases rapidly, the sodium goes inside the cell from the blood and causes your cells to swell up. While this swelling is generally very harmful, however, if it occurs inside the brain cells, it can be fatal. The condition in which this happens is called hyponateremia. Symptoms include confusion, headaches, nausea and bloating – these symptoms are often confused with dehydration. In serious cases, hyponatremia can prompt seizures, organ disappointment and even demise.

Drinking too much water will also cause you to urinate a lot. In this case your body will not absorb as much water as it will excrete. The body has a natural mechanism when it comes to excessive water intake; the kidneys expel all the extra water that is not needed at that time, which leads to your body having less water even after you have drank a lot.

It is advised to take two glasses of water at once and then continue after eating and praying. Water should be taken regularly in the time between iftar and sahoor so that it is stored in your body for the next day.

Here are some drinks to beat dehydration during Ramadan

1. Dates & Milk

Dates & milk are traditionally eaten right after the sunset call to prayer, when Muslims break the fast. Muslims begin their Iftar by consuming the dried dates, which are put in milk overnight, in adherence to the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed, who also broke his fast this way.

2. Karkadeh

Refreshing hot or cold with a color that is as intense as the flavor, Karkadeh is a sweet infusion made from hibiscus flower. With a hearty Iftar meal the cold version is preferred.

3. Tamarind or Tamer Hindi

Tamarind also known in Arabic as “Tamr Hendi”, or Indian date is very popular in Arabic countries. Tamer Hindi is a very sour drink that is considered as the twin of Hibiscus as it is made almost in the same way. It is made of tamarind fruit mixed with sugar and water.

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