Why Do I Love SIGG Water Bottles!

My most favourite SIGG Water Bottle!

There aren’t many premium quality water bottle brands out there, that are chemical-free and environmentally friendly at the same time, except for a few. SIGG is one such brand that manufactures excellent quality water bottles with high safety standards. Swiss brand, SIGG water bottle has stood by their tradition, ensuring they are 100% free of chemicals such as BPA, BPF, BPS, Phthalates, PVC or polycarbonates and EA (Estrogenic Activity).


All of the SIGG undergo additional rigorous testing conducted by independent test laboratories to certify that each of the manufactured bottles meets SIGG’s quality standards. With its introduction of SIGG VIVA collection, SIGG quickly rose to fame around the world as an innovator of smart and ecologically sound drinking solutions. VIVA collection is manufactured from high quality, toxin-free and 100% recyclable polypropylene and it lives up to the Switzerland standard of delivering quintessential value, versatility and healthier hydration choices to consumers.


I came across a SIGG water bottles last week at the supermarket, with its diverse range of colours and various editions. That was fun to see that SIGG water bottles did not just come in Stainless Steel but also in Aluminium, Glass and Polypropylene (my most favourite). SIGG has a lively collection of water bottles with a remarkable colour range that you just can’t miss out. I got myself the clear Red SIGG VIVA drinking bottle that I instantly fell in love. It’s vibrant colour, it’s unique style, and high-quality polypropylene made me buy it immediately.


I take my Red SIGG VIVA with me every day; I can attach it to my bicycle, take it with me to work, put it in my sack when I go on a trip. It just fits perfectly with everything. What I love about my SIGG bottle is its intelligent drinking straw system that enables me to quench my thirst quickly without spilling water on myself, not a single drop of water gets wasted.


I love absolutely everything about my SIGG water bottle; it is not just affordable but very attractive, it has added to my swag, whether I am working out or heading to work. SIGG bottles are all about purity, style and simplicity. The SIGG VIVA collection is rigid, BPA-free and built-to-last for a lifetime. VIVA collection comes in various colours, including, Aqua, Orange, Blue, Purple, Green, and Anthracite. They even have exclusive water bottle collection for Star Wars’ fans, carrying the title Star Wars “The Force Awakens” which I instantly bought for my sister who is a big Star Wars fan, she loves the 3-stage cap and full mouth adaptor which makes it the perfect water bottle. For my kids, I got SIGG VIVA Minnie Mouse, Cars and Elsa Thirst-Quencher that my kids just love. The refilling process is easy, and even my 3-year-old can fill up his SIGG bottle before heading out to school. When it comes to the thermos, SIGG gives you the long hour hot coffee or tea. So why not carrying Thermos best travel coffee mugs with you.
SIGG water bottles are ideal for travelling abroad as well, and their thick protective quality polypropylene keeps it safe from all harmful bacteria and impurities and bacteria in the atmosphere. SIGG has recently won the German Design Award for being the best-designed insulated water bottle in the world.


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Decanting wine – Advise how to decant wines

What is wine decanting?

What we call “Wine Decanting” means transferring wine or whisky or wine – red wine or white wine – of a bottle into specified container “wine decanter”. Why do people decanting not drinking wine or whisky directly from a bottle? It sounds like silly that drink liquid from a decanter, which looks like more hassle thing than drink wine from a bottle. However, there is much reason why decanting wine makes wine taste better.


What can we get from proper decanting?

First, separating sediment from wine liquid by slow pouring wine to a decanter (decanting) that is particularly required for older wine. If it left and mixed in the wine, it will impart a noticeable bitter and astringent taste to you. It is important to process primarily for old wine Second,

Mixing wine with oxygen which they call ‘aeration’ that enables to develop wine to real natural and to trigger the release of more aromatic compounds. Aeration is a primarily important process to smoothing the harsher Tannins. So it is an essential process, especially for young wines.


The ways of decanting for best taste of wines

Decanting for young wines

As described above, young wine does not need separating sediment, just pour wine into the decanter and let it be for about 20 to 30 minutes before serving. Pour little wine to your test wine glass for a taste. Give the wine glass a proper Swirl. You can swirl it easily by putting the glass on the table and rotating dozens and sip it with taking a good sniff. You will notice the dramatic changes of fragrance and taste of wine. The younger wine typically needs more decanting time than old wine.

young old wine

Decanting for old wines

If you’ve just bought or received from a friend a bottle of old wine, and you are planning to drink it soon, leave it standing on any dark place or in the wine cellar for several days — to allow the sediment ultimately to sit to the bottom and for the wine to regain its equilibrium. If you are not planning to drink soon, keep it lying in a wine cellar or wine fridge. After checking if the sediment is fully settled down at the bottom by visually looking against shining a small high-intensity flashlight through the bottle. If the wine in the bottle shows clarity, it is now ready for decanting. Decanting older wine (wine with sediment) is essential as it enables you to pour off only the clear wine leaving the sediment at the bottom of the wine bottle. Decanting old wine needs a skill but basically; hold a neck of the bottle lightly, gently pour the wine into the decanter while watching wine flow over the neck, and stop when the sediment flows through the cylinder. Remember that primary purpose of decanting for old wine is to separate the sediment from the real wine. Some wine lover claims that burgundy, for example, does not need oxidization or aeration for too long so it better off serving the wine immediately without decanting. However, in general, most of the old wines is required decanting.

Reasons to avoid toxic scented candles

Research on Toxic Scented Candles

Toxic scented candles are one of the easiest and most efficient to mask unpleasant odours in your home ways. They are go-to when you create a relaxing atmosphere to unwind after a long day at work or while taking a hot bubble bath. But one of the biggest problems with scented candles is the odour itself. According to Anne Steinemann an environmental pollutants expert who is a professor of civil engineering and chair of sustainable cities at the University of Melbourne, certain candles can emit numerous types of potentially hazardous materials, such as benzene and toluene chemicals. They can cause damage to the brain, lungs and central nervous system and difficulties in the development cause.

I have heard of many people who suffer from asthma who can not even enter a store if the warehouse sells scented candles, even if not burned, “said Steinemann.” They give so much fragrance that can trigger asthma attacks and even migraines. ”

Researchers at the State University of South Carolina tested two wax candles paraffin-based oil and vegetable-based candles that were unscented, non-pigmented and dye free. Its 2009 report concluded that while the vegetable-based candles produced no potentially harmful contaminants, paraffin candles “liberated unwanted chemicals in the air,” said chemistry professor Ruhullah Massoudi in a statement.

“For a person who lights a candle every day for years or just use them often inhaling this dangerous drift in air pollutants may contribute to the development of health risks such as cancer, common allergies, and even asthma, “Massoudi said.


The National Candle Association refutes these claims, saying in a commentary in The Huffington Post. “Decades of research backs the safety of toxic scented candles, testing fragrance and a history of safe use The approved fragrances for use candle is synthesised or “natural not release toxic chemicals. They have conducted studies of health and safety for the fragrance materials used in candles, including toxicological and dermatological tests.


It can be tough to think that your favourite candles could potentially be bad for you, and compounded by the added fragrances. Steinemann said for some people, the effects are “immediate, acute and severe,” while others may not realise that being done gradually until health problems develop. Scientists have found that some scented products in the home can create unhealthy levels of formaldehyde. The study, which does not mention any specific brands, according to some scented candles containing chemical limonene, which could lead to high levels of formaldehyde in the home.


When candles burn what’s in the wax in the air, we breathe burns. If you are burning candles that are full of petroleum products, chemicals, and waste products, then you are breathing in this and causing more than a state of internal toxicity in the body. Not only that but a candle that is made of environmentally friendly materials, such as beeswax allows a sustainable method to continue to create candles without damaging the environment. BeE to produce wax and it would be better to use that to cultivate chemicals that cause environmental and health problems.


Some chemicals used commonly used in candles are paraffin; paraffin oil is a byproduct and known carcinogen. They are also often used in many different cosmetic products. You do not want to use products that contain this if you are using on your skin or breathing in the scent of candles while it is burning. Although the risk that may be small, there are alternatives. Steinemann suggests going unscented route, avoiding “even those with essential oils because they can potentially have dangerous chemicals.


Five best candle suppliers 100% free from Toxic

Here are five recommendable non-toxic candles brands as an alternatively safer not made of paraffin, petroleum by-products. These brands are using organic beeswax, coconut with natural cotton wicks and some safe oils for fragrance.

1) Voluspa candles

2) Honey Candles

3) Ava

4) Soylar Candles

5) Emz Blendz


1) Voluspa candles

The Voluspa candles are excellent in fragrance and candle light, which add to the romantic senses everyday life. In ancient mythology, Voluspa means “goddess of wisdom and experience.” In products, Voluspa is known to have waxes and aromas of quality. Burning these candles, it will lead to a world of luxury fragrances that will delight all the senses. In this article, I will give a general introduction to this type of sailing. Voluspa candle products are likely a work of arts, and the invention of such candle is the combination of love. Voluspa founders, Troy, and Traci in a company essential elements in 1999. Then they both left their businesses, and businesses started their scented candles. As Troy has the technical engineering background, and Traci has a knowledge of botany, combining the strengths to start the Voluspa candle business. Now, Troy and Traci married, and the fragrance became her child.

voluspa scented candles

scented candles

Scented candles are the most popular type of candle purchased today. These candles can influence your mood and provide lighting. In home improvement, candles can elevate the look and aesthetics of any room that is notably very well designed. All love this type of candle. Even people who are sensitive to perfumes or fragrances spray can enjoy candles with a scent. They are great to have on hand because it gives you like a last minute gift that anyone can enjoy.

Like photo frames, personalised mugs and ties, you can never go wrong with giving someone a candle. The best thing is you can even tailor the gift to the person by choosing a scent they like. Another excellent idea and a good idea if you do not know the person favourite perfume is to choose a scent that befits the occasion. Pick apples with spices and cinnamon, ginger, or odours pine for Christmas gifts.

Aromas of chocolate or rose scents make good gifts for Valentine’s Day. Especially if the person you are buying for is watching your weight. Another cute idea is a scented candle birthday cake as a birthday present. Today, you can find almost any scent in a candle form. The most common odours that you can find in stores are cucumber melon, coffee, apples and cinnamon, white linen, fresh rain, lavender, vanilla, and cookies. However, there are many curiously scented candles available on the market for purchase too. Think fresh cut grass, new car smell, or doughnuts. My suggestion is to try as many as possible. You’d be surprised what the most enjoyable for you. Some may even bring some nostalgia. We get in contact smells a surprising amount of our life experiences.

Thakkali Sadam (tomato rice) – Pressure cooker recipes

Jazzed up Thakkali Sadam – Popular Indian Rice

Thakkali Sadam, hot spiced flavour rice from South Indian, hot and tasty rice, the name originated from Tamil Language meaning “tomato rice”, is commonly served at lunch tables across India but become more prevalent in other words as it can be prepared quick and easy. The tomato flavour gives you freshness inside your mouth. You can save a lot of cooking time by using pressure cookers while preserving the aroma and taste much sticky rice by the help of high pressure provided by high-pressure cookers.

Preparation (Ingredients)

Two onions finely diced

Four to five tomatoes finely diced

Five green chillies

One tbsp ginger garlic paste

One small bowl of peas

Two potatoes cut into quarters or smaller

One tsp chilli powder

1/2 tsp Turmeric powder

1/4 tsp coriander powder

One n half tsp of salt (or to taste)

One and a half cups (240ml measuring cup) of rice

Oil – 2 tbsp

Ghee – 1 tbsp



Wash rice and keep aside after draining off the water.

Heat oil and ghee in a pressure cooker

Sauté onions till they are caramelised. Add ginger garlic paste, sauté. Add tomatoes, masalas, salt and sauté. When oil separates out, add the vegetables and fry, add rice and fry. Add double the quantity of water, mix, check seasoning. Close the lid. After one whistle, turn off the gas. Wait till the pressure subsides and then open the lid. Serve with raita, papad or fried meat or kheema.

Thakali Sadam

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DAL SHORBA – Pressure cooker recipes

DAL SHORBA – Indian Soup Yellow Healthy and Delicious

Shorba, Indian healthy and tasty soup, the name originated from the Arabic word “Chorba”, is commonly served to many dining tables across the globe- Romania, Russia and some parts of Central Europe and Asia. When it comes to Vegetable, it makes the best healthy food other than that of beef or meat Shorba. You can save a lot of cooking time by using pressure cookers while preserving the aroma and taste the same like without pressure cooker.

Preparation (Ingredients)

Yellow split gramme dal: 1/2 cup soaked for 20 mins

Onion: 1 small finely chopped

Ginger: 2″ finely chopped

Garlic: 5 cloves finely chopped

Green chilli: 1 finely chopped

Turmeric powder: 1/2 tsp

Peppercorns: 7, coarsely grounded

Olive oil: 2 tbsp

Cumin seeds: 1/2 tsp

Lemon juice: 2 tbsp

Rosemary: 1/2 tsp

Fresh basil leaves: 10

Handful of coriander leaves, chopped

Mozzarella: 1 tbsp

Salt as per taste



Heat oil in a pressure cooker, add cumin seeds. When it crackles, add ginger garlic and chillies. Sauté till garlic gets brown. Now add onions n sauté until translucent. Put soaked dal, salt and turmeric powder and roast the dal for five mins. Add basil leaves and water. Pressure cook till three whistles.

Sieve it. Reserve the stock. Add mozzarella to the Dal and puree it. Add the puréed Dal to the stock back in the cooker. Bring it to a boil then lower the flame. Add pepper and rosemary.

Cook for 7 to 8 mins. Just before serving add lemon juice and coriander leaves. Cover for couple of mins and serve to pipe hot

Served this soup with garlic butter bread and bread sticks.


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Haleem – Pressure cooker recipes

As one of the Pakistani cuisines, this recipe for Haleem is the extremely slow-cooked one. It’s the unique favourite with full of gentle spices and warm comfort. Haleem provides you with a lovely taste with its sticky consistency by way of long and constant stirring. Find yourself up to the hypnotic recipe and enjoy the various aromas via chosen ingredients as you wish. You can save a lot of cooking time by using pressure cookers while preserving the aroma and taste the same like without pressure cooker.

Preparation (Ingredients)

Dalia (Porridge) – 1/2 cup (soak in warm water for 2-3 hrs)

Moong dal (Green Gram Dal) – 1 tbsp

Urad dal split (Black gramme split) – 1tbsp

Chana dal (Bengal Gram split) – 1tbsp

Soak the above Dals before using.

Mutton boneless – 250gms

Two medium size onions – sliced & deep fry

Mint leaves – a few sprigs (chopped)

Ginger, garlic, chilly paste – 3tsp

Garam masala (a mixture of ground spices, such as cumin, coriander, and cardamom) – 2tsp

Ghee – 4-5tbsp

Turmeric powder – 1tsp

Few peppercorns

Shahi Jeera (Black Cumin) – 2tsp

Salt to taste

Yoghurt – 2 – 3 tbsp


1) Marinated Mutton with Yoghurt & salt for 30mins

2) In a cooker, add the soaked Dalia (Porridge), dal, Mutton, Jeera (Cumin) & peppercorns. Mix well. Add Mutton stock around 2 -3 cups. Add the rest of the ingredients like chopped mint leaves, fried onions, ginger garlic chilly paste, DALAD (Terminalia Chebula), garam masala. Close the lid and slow cook for around 45-50mins.

3) Open the cooker and check if the Mutton is done.

4) Take a hand mixer and give a slight blitz to the cooked pulses & Mutton. Add a bit of water to maintain the consistency.

4) In another pan, heat the Ghee & then insert the peak pulses – Mutton and give it boil.

5) Serve hot garnished with fried onions, ginger julienne & chopped chilly and lemon juice or wedges.

6) Enjoy Haleem – Homemade Recipe


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Portmeirion Botanic Garden – The True British Pottery

“Portmeirion Botanic Garden”

Ceramic tools in houses increase the beauty and attraction of a house especially pottery tools. These devices can be used in designing the homes, and they are useful daily use, for example, for breakfast, lunch, dinner and tea time, etc. Sometimes these households make an event special. There are a lot of companies which are making these products with various designs with paintings. Everyone tries to make their product attractive through different techniques. Portmeirion Botanic Garden is one of the best company who produces pottery products.

They make their products, beautifully by using a different kind of designs and techniques. Their unique designs of flowers make their product more attractive. Every piece of product in this company passes through 22 pairs of hands, and those hands make these pieces with love, care and attention. Due to this hard work and loyalty, Portmeirion Botanic Garden always produced excellent collections of households which add an extra bit of joy in our busy life. The central theme and design of this company are flowers. They make different kind and types of flowers on their products with different colours and styles to make the product attractive. This creativity has made the Portmeirion Botanic Garden a successful company in the market.

Once we go into the past of Portmeirion, we will come to know that in early 1970’s, the founder of this group named “Susan Williams” searched for some decorative pieces in a shop. She found a book in which different design of flowers was introduced to various decoration pieces and pottery. That book inspired Susan to go ahead to transfer the concept to tableware. Susan also decided to add a variety of flower patterns in addition to the first idea from the book. She came back and thought about the different designs. Then Susan found another book in where Susan obtained another idea about 40 details and poems. These details and poetries brought out the hidden talent of Susan, and she decided to make different designs. Susan also added butterflies and some other little beautiful insects in her designs to make her designs more attractive. She also put an important addition which is the triple-leaf border that has become Portmeirion identity icon up untill now.


portmeirion ceramic factory

The name ‘Botanic Garden’ was given after 18th century by the poem of a poet named “Erasmus Darwin”. He was the writer of “Botanic Garden” and a legendary poet and the grandfather of ‘Charles Darwin’. This name was perfect for Susan’s design on her pottery. Botanic Garden Dinner sets look elegant and are harmony when someone is preparing dinner in the garden. The greenery of garden and beautiful designs of flowers on the plates add an extra pleasure and joy for dinner.

Portmeirion Botanic Garden brand launched in 1972. Today, the group is known for its unique designs all over the world. With the traditional patterns and floral designs, people still keep buying them for dinner sets as well as for decoration home.