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  • Productivity burning you out?

    One day we are all about leisure time and the other day we run behind productivity hacks. What we really want is something we do not even know about. Productivity is a concept spoken by many people these days! First of all, what is productivity? Being busy all the time? Or is it completing tasks before deadlines? I will say its neither of these. Want to prove me wrong? Well let me first see if you are rightly productive. Being rightly productive I mean that we are either under performing or over performing in our line of productivity. There are three kinds of people. Ineffective, Productive, Burnt out. Which type are you? Ineffective people are the ones who draw out mere plans and do not execute the plans. They have lot of excuses. Trying to blame other people or elements in our life for their ineffectiveness. We are not ready to invest time or money on ourselves. We are living in a digital era which has succeeded in bringing food to our plate in an order from mobile devices. When things weren't available easily (such as these lock down times) people had better ideas to get things done. We are here at home so that we can get back to our roots. Remind yourself that you are capable of doing great things. We should not be too hard on ourselves and learn to appreciate our body, mind and soul for what it is. Being ineffective is a way we let our brain sleep for a long time and realize only after it is late. The productive person on the other hand does not let time go out of hands like sand. You can be greatly productive when there is lot of planning and performance enablers going inside your plan. For example, if you want to wake up early you must put things away and sleep early. The performance enabler here is avoiding gadgets after it is 10 p.m. Sounds simple? Well, some gadget addicts have proved otherwise. To get many things done in a short period of available time we need well planned automations. Like having a meal plan ready for a whole week or having your blog post calendar ready for a month. Having a standard content strategy for all your contents. Productivity is not an overnight hack. It's an habit. Cultivate it step by step to achieve greatness in it. The Burnt out person, is someone with "perfectionist" mania. Yes, you heard me right. The perfectionism is the worst enemy for productivity. In the name of being perfectionist we tend to while away our time trying to perfect the things almost completed and not get into the next task in hand. Quick hack to be normal and productive: 1. Learn to prioritize your tasks. 2. Create a time table like a school kid. Remember the kid in our class who missed writing the last chunk of notes just because he/she has writing troubles or perfectionism issues? I guess every class had at least one of such kids. We tend to stick on to the time tables like a school kid There is a wise saying that states, "Task fills up the available time" reminding us of the last minute exam preps and home works during break time. 3. Audit your performance every week. Put your performance tracker sheet in your fridge to be viewed by everyone. 4. There you are. There is no fourth point to my list. I just wrote this to remind you to download your planner here. Have fun being quick and wacky.

  • Homemade Pizza - Italian Crust

    Homemade Pizza Crust - Italian style Prep Time: 1 hour Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 1.5 hours Yield: 2 12-inch pizzas Follow these basic instructions for a thick, crisp, and chewy pizza crust at home. The recipe yields enough pizza dough for two 12-inch pizzas and you can freeze half of the dough for later. Ingredients 1 cup warm water (between 100-110°F, 38-43°C) 2 teaspoons instant yeast* 1 Tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar 2 Tablespoons (30ml) olive oil 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 and 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spoon & levelled), plus more for hands and surface sprinkle of cornmeal for dusting the pan Your favourite toppings Prepare the dough: Whisk the warm water, yeast, and granulated sugar together in the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with a dough hook or paddle attachment. Cover and allow to rest for 5 minutes. If you don’t have a stand mixer, simply use a large mixing bowl and mix the dough by hand with a wooden spoon in the next step. Add the olive oil, salt, and flour. Beat on low speed for 2 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. With lightly floured hands, knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. The dough can be a little too heavy for a mixer to knead it, but you can certainly use the mixer on low speed instead. After kneading, the dough should still feel a little soft. Poke it with your finger – if it slowly bounces back, your dough is ready to rise. If not, keep kneading. Lightly grease a large bowl with oil – just use the same bowl you used for the dough. Place the dough in the bowl, turning it to coat all sides in the oil. Cover the bowl with aluminium foil, plastic wrap, or a clean kitchen towel. Allow the dough to rise at room temperature for 60-90 minutes or until double in size. Preheat oven to 200°c. Allow it to heat for at least 15-20 minutes as you shape the pizza. Lightly grease a baking sheet or pizza pan with olive oil. Sprinkle lightly with cornmeal, which gives the crust extra crunch and flavour. Shape the dough: When the dough is ready, punch it down to release any air bubbles. Divide the dough in half. (If not making 2 pizzas, freeze half of the dough for another time– see freezing instructions below). On a lightly floured work surface using lightly floured hands or rolling pin, gently flatten the dough into a disc. Place on prepared pan and, using lightly floured hands, stretch and flatten the disc into a 12-inch circle. Lift the edge of the dough up to create a lip around the edges. I simply pinch the edges up to create the rim. If using a pizza stone, place the dough directly on baker’s peels dusted with cornmeal. Cover dough lightly with plastic wrap or a clean kitchen towel and allow to rest for a few minutes as you prepare your pizza toppings. Top & bake the pizza: To prevent the filling from making your pizza crust soggy, brush the top lightly with olive oil. Using your fingers, push dents into the surface of the dough to prevent bubbling. Top with your favourite toppings and bake for 12-15 minutes. Slice hot pizza and serve immediately. Cover leftover pizza tightly and store in the refrigerator. Reheat as you prefer. Baked pizza slices can be frozen up to 3 months. For the Italian crust: To get a thin crusty pizza bake the thinly rolled pizza for 10 minutes before you add toppings. Sometimes, I bake with all the toppings on for 20 minutes and keep the oven in toast mode for 10 minutes at 200°c. Watch out for it may burn your pizza if you keep in the uppermost rack. Freezing Instructions: This recipe yields two 12-inch pizzas. After the pizza dough rises and you divide the dough in half (step 5), you can freeze one of the balls of dough to make pizza at a later time. Or you can simply freeze both balls of dough separately. Lightly coat all sides of the dough ball(s) with nonstick spray or olive oil. Place the dough ball(s) into individual zipped-top bag(s) and seal tightly, squeezing out all the air. Freeze for up to 3 months. To thaw, place the frozen pizza dough in the refrigerator for about 8 hours or overnight. When ready to make pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and allow to rest for 30 minutes on the counter. Before baking After baking- 1st pizza 3rd pizza from remaining dough PS: 2nd pizza had gone into our tummy before we could remember to click pictures 😂 Special Tools: Dough Scraper, Pizza Pan, Pizza Cutter Yeast: Gold key active dry yeast. The rise time is half an hour. Pictured Pizza: This recipe yields 2 pizzas. For each, top with 1/4 cup pizza sauce, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, sliced mushrooms, onions chopped, half cup paneer cubed. Source: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/homemade-pizza-crust-recipe/

  • Soft Mawa Cake (Parsi Style)

    Ingredients required: 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup tightly packed crumbled mawa (khoya or evaporated milk solids) I used a pack that said 200 grams. 1 cup whole milk 3 tablespoon cream - medium-fat 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon baking soda 140 to 150 grams unsalted white butter or unsalted yellow butter - at room temperature 1 cup finely powdered sugar 1 teaspoon cardamom powder or 8 to 10 green cardamoms crushed finely in a mortar-pestle Method: - Grease a 7 to 8 inches round / square pan with butter. Dust some flour on it. Shake and tap the pan so that the flour spreads evenly. - You can also line the cake pan with butter paper or parchment paper. - Preheat oven to 180 degrees celsius. - Grease some butter on the butter paper or parchment paper. I use aluminium foil to line my baking trays and cake tins as it doesn't stick to the cake. - Crumble or grate the mawa and keep aside. (if your mawa is from the refrigerator, keep it out to bring it to the room temperature so that it crumbles into tiny granules) - Take butter and sugar in a bowl or pan. Cream them till light and fluffy. You can use a stand mixer, food processor or an electric beater to cream the butter and sugar. - Add the crumbled mawa and mix very well. - Then add the flour sieved with baking soda and baking powder directly into the cake mixture. - Sprinkle the cardamom powder. pour the milk and cream. Fold everything till the flour, milk and cream are incorporated well in the cake batter. - Pour the cake batter in the prepared cake pan. - Place the pan in the preheated oven at 180 degrees Celcius and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, till the top is browned and a toothpick inserted in the cake comes out clean. - If baking cupcakes, then just bake for 20 to 25 minutes or till the tops are browned. - Allow the cake to cool before you topple it onto a plate or a tray. - Serve with Masala Tea.

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    Is your money your friend? We must learn to befriend money. With wide misconceptions, we end up making our money sleep rather than making money work for us. What comes into your mind when you think of the word Money? Well, Money being the most important and the most basic thing of everyone's lives, should have become our closest friend. Right? But is everyone successful in managing your so-called "Finances"? Apparently not! The study says that many people run out of their money they get as salary in the first quarter of the month! This is flabbergasting! When there are virtually hundreds of trainers training people to manage their personal finances, there is still a large chunk of people who are either very ignorant or being less aware of the money behaviours and the repercussions on mismanagement of their finances. Now you would be wondering whether I am talking something gibberish. The widespread notion that we should not speak about salary to our friends and relatives is actually a big reason behind the slump in the learning curve about the money management of a normal non-finance person. Of course, we have been handed over the recipes of home management in a frugal manner by our favourite women on earth "Mother" or "In-laws" (in the case of Indian families). But, is frugal living alone a solution to all the money problems? Unnecessary consumerism can be cut through frugal living and minimalism concepts but still you wouldn't hit the jackpot of "Befriending Money". So, what exactly should you do? Read on to know more about money management for normal people like you and me! Posts Are Coming Soon Stay tuned...

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