Issue #78 15th March 2005
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- 50 g dark soft brown sugar
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For Short crust Pastry
- 340g plain flour   
- pinch of salt
- 150g. butter chilled and diced

1. Roll out two thirds of the pastry on a lightly floured work
surface and use to line a 23 cm (9 inch) pie dish. Chill in the refrigerator for 30 minutes together with the remaining dough wrapped in cling film.  Meanwhile to make the filling, peel quarter and core the apples. Slice them thickly into a bowl of cold water to which lemon juice has already been added.
 2. Mix the sugar, flour, nutmeg, cinnamon, lemon and orange rinds together and sprinkle a little of this onto  the pastry lining.
 3. Cover the base of the pastry lining with half the sliced apples, then sprinkle with half the sultanas and half the remaining sugar mixture. Repeat using all the apples, sultanas and sugar. Sprinkle the fruit with orange juice and dot with butter.  
4. Roll out the remaining pastry and use it to cover the pie. Sealing the edges well. Slash the top twice to let steam escape.
 5. Cut leaves and berries from the pastry trimmings. Brush the top of the pie with water and position the decorations. Dredge with caster sugar. Bake at 190c (375F) mark 5 for 35-40 minutes until the fruit is tender and the top is golden brown. Serve warm with custard or cream.
For Short crust Pastry
 1) Mix flour and salt together in a bowl. Add the butter to the flour. Using your fingertips, run the fat slightly into the flour until the mixture resembles fine bread crumbs.
2) Add 45-60 ml chilled water sprinkling it evenly over the surface.
3) Stir in with a round bladed knife until the mixture begins to stick together in large lumps. With one hand collect the dough mixture together to form a ball.
4) Knead lightly for a few seconds to give a firm smooth dough. Do not over handle the dough. Wrap in cling film or greaseproof paper and chill in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes.


Store green peas for 2 years
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HEALTH TIPS

Avoid excessive heat.
It can have a severe impact on the health of many elderly persons. Staying indoors in air conditioned settings, not overexerting yourself and drinking plenty of liquids, unless restricted by your doctor, is advisable.
Tell your doctor if your hands always seem to be cold
.
It might be a sign of an underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism). One function of the thyroid gland is to regulate body temperature. When it's not doing its job, the body becomes tired and less tolerant of the cold. The signs of hypothyroidism can be vague, so be sure to mention even mild changes to your doctor.
Make your toothbrush easier to hold
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People with arthritis or other conditions that limit motion may want to attach their toothbrush handle to their hand with a wide elastic band, or enlarge it by strapping it to a sponge, Styrofoam ball or similar object. People with limited shoulder movement may find brushing easier if they lengthen the handle of the brush by attaching a long piece of wood or plastic. Electric toothbrushes are helpful to many.
Improve the circulation of blood to the feet
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Wear comfortable shoes that fit well. Foot width may increase with age. Always have your feet measured before buying shoes. The upper part of the shoes should be made of a soft, flexible material to match the shape of your foot. Shoes made of leather can reduce the possibility of skin irritations. Soles should provide solid footing and not be slippery. Thick soles lessen pressure on hard surfaces. Low-heeled shoes are more comfortable, safer and less damaging than high-heeled shoes.
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Nokia halts mobile fuel cell plan

The firm committed to fuel cells eight months ago but has now said the sector is "not yet mature".
Nokia's Matti Naskali said the firm had not abandoned the technology, saying: "Fuel-cell technology is promising and Nokia continues to follow it closely." A fuel cell can be re-filled like a lighter, rather than charged. A fuel cell would also allow longer talk and standby times and increased power for power-hungry applications such as video. In June 2004, Tero Ojanpera, head of Nokia's research centre, demonstrated a headset that was powered by a small amount of methanol.
The fuel cell combined the methanol with air to produce power.
At that time, Mr Ojanpera said the technology was "reasonably mature" and he predicted that it would take less than two years to bring products to market.
But Mr Naskali, research manager at Nokia Japan, said several issues with the technology had dented the firm's enthusiasm.
Current air transportation rules prohibit the carrying of methanol, which is flammable, on an aircraft without special packaging.
Other firms including Motorola, Toshiba, Fujitsu, NEC and Hitachi are also researching fuel cells for mobile phones and portable computers.
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MIRACLES OF BANANA 

This is interesting. After Reading THIS, you'll NEVER look at a banana in the same way again.
Bananas. Containing three natural sugars - sucrose, fructose and glucose combined with fiber, a banana gives an instant, sustained and substantial boost of energy. Research has proven that just two bananas provide enough energy for a strenuous 90-minute workout. No wonder the banana is the number one fruit with the world's leading athletes. But energy isn't the only way a banana can help us keep fit. It can also help overcome or prevent a substantial number of illnesses and conditions, making it a must to add to our daily diet.

Depression:
According to a recent survey undertaken by MIND amongst people suffering from depression, many felt much better after eating a banana. This is because bananas contain tryptophan, a type of protein that the body converts into serotonin, known to make you relax, improve your mood and generally make you feel happier.
PMS
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Anemia
: High in iron, bananas can stimulate the production of hemoglobin in the blood and so helps in cases of anemia.

Blood Pressure:
This unique tropical fruit is extremely high in potassium yet low in salt, making it the perfect to beat blood pressure. So much so, the US Food and Drug Administration have just allowed the banana industry to make official claims for the fruit's ability to reduce the risk of blood pressure and stroke. Brain Power: 200 students at a Twickenham (Middlesex) school were helped through their exams this year by eating bananas at breakfast, break, and lunch in a bid to boost their brain power. Research has shown that the potassium-packed fruit can assist learning by making pupils more alert.
Constipation:
High in fiber, including bananas in the diet can help restore normal bowel action, helping to overcome the problem without resorting to laxatives.
Hangovers:
One of the quickest ways of curing a hangover is to make a banana milkshake, sweetened with honey. The banana calms the stomach and, with the help of the honey, builds up depleted blood sugar levels, while the milk soothes and re-hydrates your system.
Heartburn:
Bananas have a natural antacid effect in the body, so if you suffer from heartburn, try eating a banana for soothing relief.
Morning Sickness:
Snacking on bananas between meals helps to keep blood sugar levels up and avoid morning sickness.
Mosquito bites:
Before reaching for the insect bite cream, try rubbing the affected area with the inside of a banana skin. Many people find it amazingly successful at reducing swelling and irritation.
Nerves:
Bananas are high in B vitamins that help calm the nervous system. Overweight and at work? Studies at the Institute of Psychology in Austria found pressure at work leads to gorging on comfort food like chocolate and crisps. Looking at 5,000 hospital patients, researchers found the most obese were more likely to be in high-pressure jobs. The report concluded that, to avoid panic-induced food cravings, we need to control our blood sugar levels by snacking on high carbohydrate foods every two hours to keep levels steady.
Ulcers:
The banana is used as the dietary food against intestinal disorders because of its soft texture and smoothness. It is the only raw fruit that can be eaten without distress in over-chronicler cases. It also neutralizes over-acidity and reduces irritation by coating the lining of the stomach.
Temperature control:
Many other cultures see bananas as a "cooling" fruit that can lower both the physical and emotional temperature of expectant mothers. In Thailand, for example, pregnant women eat bananas to ensure their baby is born with a cool temperature.
Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD):
Bananas can help SAD sufferers because they contain the natural mood enhancer tryptophan.
Smoking:
Bananas can also help people trying to give up smoking. The B6 and B12 they contain, as well as the potassium and magnesium found in them, help the body recover from the effects of nicotine withdrawal.
Stress:
Potassium is a vital mineral, which helps normalize the heartbeat, sends oxygen to the brain and regulates your body's water balance. When we are stressed, our metabolic rate rises, thereby reducing our potassium levels. These can be rebalanced with the help of a high-potassium banana snack.
Strokes:
According to research in "The New England Journal of Medicine,” eating bananas as part of a regular diet can cut the risk of death by strokes by as much as 40%!
Warts:
Those keen on natural alternatives swear that if you want to kill off a wart, take a piece of banana skin and place it on the wart, with the yellow side out. Carefully hold the skin in place with a plaster or surgical tape! So, a banana really is a natural remedy for many ills. When you compare it to an apple, it has four times the protein, twice the carbohydrate, three times the phosphorus, five times the vitamin A and iron, and twice the other vitamins and minerals. It is also rich in potassium and is one of the best value foods around. So maybe its time to change that well-known phrase so that we say, "A banana a day keeps the doctor away!"

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 Preserving Our Identity 
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Young ones how are you? Enjoying the spring season? It is indeed the most favorite season because of the floral aromas all around and the colorful stretches of flowers adoring the gardens. The scenic beauty bewitches us. Isn’t it? Subhan-Allah!
About a week more to go before 23rd March 2005.23rd March is celebrated as Yum-e-Pakistan. The day is celebrated each year to remind us of ideology of
Pakistan – two nation theory, the moving force behind the struggle for our dear homeland, Pakistan. Muslims were a minority as compared to Hindus in the Indo-Pak Subcontinent. Hindus, whenever got a chance, would try by all means to bring harm to the Muslims. The rights of Muslims were violated. A look on history before partition shows this. When British rulers divided the province of Bengal, in early 1900s, the thus formed Eastern Bengal had clear Muslim majority which gave Muslims a chance to establish their government in the province and hence improve their falling economical, social and educational conditions. This was an intolerable sight for Hindus and due to their strong opposition, British rulers, inspite of all the administration ease that they were having with divided Bengal, had to call it off. Many such incidents as these served as eye openers for the Muslims of subcontinent.  They voiced for their rights from the platform of All India Muslim league. It was the 1937 elections and resulting congress rule that showed Muslims a foretaste of what could come about if they were left to Hindu's mercy after Britishers' departure. And then our leaders and people together demanded for Pakistan. It was in the annual meeting of Muslim league, held in famous Iqbal Park, Lahore, on 23 March 1940 that a resolution was passed to get a free homeland for Muslims. The able Muslim leadership helped Muslims realize that they were not just a minority but a nation because of their religious, cultural and political identity, and had as much right to a homeland in the subcontinent as the Hindus. Hence after a long, hard struggle, finally Pakistan came into being in 1947, seven years after passing of Pakistan resolution.
Since independence,
Pakistan and India have been draggers drawn with each other. Both the countries have fought many wars over the past years. It is hearting to see the cordial relations developing between the two countries now. Both the neighbors have suffered enough loss because of the tense relations. The resources that could have been spent on the betterment of the social, economical, educational conditions of the citizens have been consumed up in security issue which the two countries face because of their unfriendly relations. Now to promote the friendly relations, many delegations and star personalities have been going across the great divide. However, it is also important that we do not forget the two-nation theory. We must always bear it in our mind that we are a separate nation, with our own rich culture, heritage and religion. We should never forget the realities that were involved in creation of Pakistan. We shall allow no attack, or compromise for anything, that hits directly at the very base of Pakistan ideology. We are a peace loving nation that likes to be friend with all countries in general and its neighbors in special. Let us make it clear, for once and all, that Pakistani nation hope and look forward to all relations that regard and respect our separate identity- which was the prime reason for the Pakistan struggle.
May Allah safeguard our country and enable us to value our freedom. Ameen!

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