7 movies on fish your kids will enjoy

Kids love the magic of the underwater world. And with summer holidays approaching, there can’t be a better time for kids to enjoy some ocean themed movies that are entertaining, imaginative and informative. Pick the perfect one for your kids to watch.

The Little Mermaid – The rite of passage for childhood is watching the Little Mermaid, a Disney Movie based on the 1959 fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen. This wistful story is about a mermaid, Ariel who falls in love with a fish-eating human. The rebellious redhead’s fascination with humans infuriates her father, Triton, the king of the sea.  Watch as Ariel saves her prince from a sinking ship, triumphs over the villain Ursula and has adventures with her adorable sea-mates, Flounder the guppy and Sebastian the crab.

Ponyo – Yet another imaginative story by Anderson, Ponyo is a musical that introduces us to a little fish-like creature who doesn’t want to stay in the water. Sosuke, a young boy on the beach finds and rescues Ponyo and they form a wonderful bond. Ponyo turns into a little girl and together, the duo have grand adventures before fate takes a dramatic turn.

Finding Nemo – A movie that will have your kids on the edge of their seat, Finding Nemo is a hit movie about a young clownfish who gets separated from his father and his father’s attempt to find and rescue him. Kids will love watching the abundance of creatures from sharks to jellyfish and root for Nemo as he finds his way from his tank in the dentist’s office to the ocean again.

Finding Dory – A sequel to Finding Nemo, Dory, the cute blue Tang fish with a short-term memory, has her own adventures after helping Nemo’s dad, Marvin find Nemo. With help from the two clownfish she helped, she sets out to find her family and lands up at the Marine Life Institute, home to diverse sea creatures. While Dory tries to save her mom and dad, everyone learns the true meaning of family along the way.

Free Willy – Willy is a killer whale that has been trapped by fishermen and sent to an amusement park while Jesse, a 12 year old orphan boy is caught by police for stealing food and vandalizing the theme park. The two form an unbreakable bond when Jesse is sent to clean up graffiti at the park as punishment. The villainous park owners first want to exploit the relationship between boy and whale, and then kill Willy for insurance money. Find out what happens next!

Dolphin Tale – Like Free Willy, Dolphin Tale is about a boy, Sawyer who finds a dolphin tangled in a fishing net. The dolphin, named Winter has lost her tail but miraculously survived. Sawyer, with the help of a doctor embarks on an ambitious project to give Winter a prosthetic tail. The story is a source of hope for many.

Deep Sea 3D – A movie unlike most, Deep Sea 3D gives us a glimpse into the rarely seen, exotic underwater ecosystem that thrives in the deepest parts of the ocean. From turtles gathering algae to clean their shells to giant squids rapidly changing colour, this fascinating movie will show kids the wonders of the ocean and ways in which the creatures of the deep water are dependent on each other.

These must-see fish films will definitely grab your child’s attention, educate and inspire him!

Summer Tango with seafood and mango

It is that time of the year when the fruit markets are flooded with sweet smelling mangoes. Green, yellow and orange, mangoes come in all colours, shapes and sizes to tease our vulnerable palate. While a mango is a treat in itself, when paired with certain foods, it tastes divine. The sweet-tangy juiciness of this exotic fruit pairs wonderfully with seafood and adds a touch of tropical- excitement to your meals.

It is that time of the year when the fruit markets are flooded with sweet smelling mangoes. Green, yellow and orange, mangoes come in all colours, shapes and sizes to tease our vulnerable palate. While a mango is a treat in itself, when paired with certain foods, it tastes divine. The sweet-tangy juiciness of this exotic fruit pairs wonderfully with seafood and adds a touch of tropical- excitement to your meals.

Enjoy these delicious seafood recipes that you can make in a breeze. From delicious ripe mangoes to tangy raw ones, you’ll have all kinds of flavours to tease your taste buds.

Mango Fish Filets

A tasty and quick way to prepare fish for dinner, this simple weeknight meal using fish and mango is a match made in heaven.

Cooking Time – 20 minutes | Serves – 2 l Difficulty Level – Easy

  • Preheat the oven at 220 degrees Celsius and coat a 13 inch baking tray with cooking spray or oil.
  • In a medium bowl, mix together 1 ½ cups of finely chopped ripe mango of your choice, ½ a cup of bell pepper, 1/3 cup finely chopped purple onion, ¼ cup cilantro, 2 tablespoons of fresh lime juice and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. Toss well and set aside or chill if desired.
  • Take 4 large fish filets and sprinkle over evenly with cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp of salt.
  • Place in the baking dish and bake for 20 minutes or until it flakes easily. Serve with salsa and herbed rice.

Shrimp with Mango and Basil 

This simple, one-pan stir-fry is an explosion of flavours – salty prawns, sweet and perfumed mangoes and spicy basil.

Cooking Time – 40 minutes | Serves – 4 l Difficulty Level – Easy

  • In a bowl, toss half a kg of raw, peeled and deveined shrimp with ¼ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of cayenne pepper and ¼ tsp of ground turmeric. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick pan over medium heat and place the shrimp in a single layer. Cook until they turn salmon pink and flip after 1 minute, cooking for another minute on the other side.
  • Peel and cut 1 ripe mango into ½ inch cubes into the pan. To this, add a bunch of scallions (green onions) and ¼ cup of fresh, finely chopped basil.
  • Keep stirring until the shrimp is cooked and starts to curl.
  • Serve with jasmine rice to balance out the heat in this dish.

Nellore Fish Curry with Mango

Try this rustic, tangy fish curry from Andhra Pradesh.

Cooking Time – 30 minutes | Serves – 2 l Difficulty Level – Easy

  • Take 1 kg of fish (you may use Rohu/Carpe) and rub it with some sea salt and wash thoroughly.
  • Place your cooking vessel over medium heat and pour in 10-12 tsp of oil. When hot, add 2 tsp of mustard seeds, 1 tsp of fenugreek seeds and some curry leaves.
  • Once the mustard seeds start spluttering, add 1 large, finely chopped onions and 2 chopped tomatoes. Sauté for two minutes.
  • Add 5 slit green chillies, ½ tsp turmeric powder, 4-5 tsp red chili powder and salt to taste.
  • Next, add 1 ½ cups of thick tamarind juice. This can be made by soaking 150 gms of tamarind in water and making it into a paste like consistency.
  • Mix well and put the lid on the vessel to allow it to boil for a minute.
  • To this, add fresh pieces of fish and allow it to boil. Be careful not to stir the mixture as you do not want to break the delicate flesh.
  • Add 1 raw mango cut into medium-sized slices and cook for 15-20 minutes on medium heat. When the curry thickens, sprinkle coriander leaves.
  • Serve with rice.

Mango is a versatile ingredient that can be paired with fish in just about any way.

Putting The Fresh In The Frozen

Battling the common misconception on Frozen food, we share how freezing seafood keeps it’s nutrients intact, so you can enjoy your favourite dishes any time you want!

You insist on buying your vegetables and fruits from the green grocer every day. Because you believe in eating fresh. That’s a very nice sentiment. However, most fresh food has a nutritional lifespan of up to 5 days. And the vegetables and fruits that you buy thinking they are fresh, even they are days old. They take days to reach the fresh produce markets and then sit for days on the supermarket shelves before they reach your kitchen.

On the other hand, what would you call those peas that you painstakingly shell every winter and freeze them so they can be used the whole year? Or the pulp you make from your favourite Alphonso mangoes so you can savour chilled mango milkshake in the middle of winter? Or when you freeze tomato, mint chutney or lemonade cubes? Or those luscious prawns you got hold of at an unbelievable price at the market and you froze them so that you could enjoy them later.

Are they fresh or frozen?

You would say fresh and frozen. You had frozen fresh foods thus stopping the growth of bacteria that ages and spoils food. In the same manner, seafood is frozen. And, due to better infrastructure, the nutrition of the food is kept intact.

So, on a weeknight, when you are too exhausted to rustle up something from scratch for yourself, this freshly frozen seafood comes to your rescue and you can have gourmet meal in a matter of minutes. And enjoy a variety of frozen seafood in any season, at any time. And, all nutritious!

So, the next time you see a packet of frozen seafood at the supermarket or call for home delivery from Cambay Tiger’s frozen seafood section, do not hesitate, just pick it up and relish a fresh and delicious meal anytime you want.

 

10 ways you and your child can reconnect with nature

Now that the summer holidays are underway, you’re probably thinking of ways to keep your little ones occupied. Rather than spending time with technology, here are some ways to get your children connected with the great outdoors. They’re simple, will

Make a bee bath – The number of bees are falling at a rapid rate, which is alarming considering they are vital to the ecosystem’s survival. Teach your kids about the importance of bees and make them a bee bath so they can drink water. Since they are awkward crash landers and are susceptible to drowning in large bodies of water, make a safe, shallow watering hole where they won’t drown or be eaten by fish.

Build a fish viewer – Remove both ends of a plastic tube and stretch clear plastic wrap on one end, securing in place with duct tape or elastic bands. Go to your nearest lake or pond and place the plastic covered end in under the surface of the water. Your child can peep through the open end for a clear view of fascinating underwater fish.

Make art from nature – Go on a walk and collect wildflowers or leaves. With this, make some art by either crushing flower petals with a little water for organic paint, pressing fresh flowers between sheets of paper and leaving them to dry for a few weeks, making sponge leaf prints, etc.

Observe the night sky – We can barely see the stars thanks to the brightly lit city lights. Take a trip to the outskirts and admire the bright stars in the sky with your little ones. You can even teach them about constellations, different phases of the moon and the Milky Way.

Build a fort or tee-pee – Children love building a space of their own. Using long sticks and sheets, make a tee-pee tent. Get creative and use feathers, brooms, etc. Your child’s imagination will start running wild once he begins playing in his tent.

Watch the clouds – Set out on a picnic with your child or simply have breakfast or tea in the garden and watch the clouds go by. Your child can pick out shapes and will get creative ideas about what all those fluffy marshmallows look like.

Plant a garden – Children are natural gardeners and they also love playing in the mud. Gardening is a great way to teach your children about life, pollination, the insect kingdom in the garden and different kinds of fruits and veggies. Kids can take on a little responsibility too, and regularly water a new sapling you plant together.

Go to the beach – Let your children splash among the waves, collect shells and marvel at baby crabs on the seashore. The beach is full of new experiences that every child loves! If you can’t go to the beach, create a sandpit in your garden for your children to dig and build sandcastles in.

Go bird watching – Get your children a pair of binoculars and head off on a bird-watching expedition. They will love listening to the different calls and twitters that birds make. You can help them spot birds among the trees, name them and collect feathers. You can even build a bird bath in your garden and watch the birds come to you, instead.

Go on a camping trip – A trek in the woods has ample opportunities to connect with nature. From collecting pine cones and acorns to lunching by little streams and lighting a campfire, you can bet this is one memory your children will remember for a long time.

Children need time outside to build their immunity, grow stronger and be creative. Hope these ideas help create lasting memories.

 

10 superfoods for super health

Eating healthy is important because what we eat impacts our bodies. Your diet should comprise of nutrient-rich food that have ‘superpowers’. These super foods purify your blood, boost your metabolism, make you age slower, make your bones stronger and provide unlimited benefits.

Eating healthy is important because what we eat impacts our bodies. Your diet should comprise of nutrient-rich food that have ‘superpowers’. These super foods purify your blood, boost your metabolism, make you age slower, make your bones stronger and provide unlimited benefits.

  1. Flaxseeds – Flaxseeds are packed with fibre and are best eaten when sprinkled over salads, fish, meat or as a snack. A single teaspoon has 2.3 grams of fibre and also contains essential fatty acid, omega 3 fats and antioxidants that reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and Type 2 diabetes.
  2. Beans – Beans soak up cholesterol and allow your body to dispose it off before it gets stuck to your arterial walls. They are a good plant-based source of iron. Kidney beans, black beans, peas, lentils, pinto beans and others are a good source of soluble fibre, so add them in as many dishes as you can. They are all good for your heart and boost brain power.
  3. Berries – Blueberries are loaded with antioxidants while strawberries and raspberries are a good source of fibre. Consider mixing it with yogurt for an easy fruit salad. Blueberries prevent urinary tract infections and soften dry skin due to their high antioxidant properties. Berries also help in weight loss and contain ellagic acid, a compound with anti-cancer properties.
  4. Yogurt – Just one serving of yogurt can almost fulfil your dairy requirement for the day. They provide your body with probiotics that help protect your gut and stomach from infections against harmful bacteria. Research shows that yogurt also prevents medical conditions like asthma and cancer due to the beneficial lactic acid within. Additionally, it is rich in calcium which helps ward off osteoporosis.
  5. Oats – Oats lower cholesterol and blood pressure. They provide enough beta-gluten to lower blood cholesterol by about 5% and heart attacks by about 10%.
  6. Eggs – Eggs provide the body with high quality protein. They fill you up and keep you from reaching for snacks throughout the day. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeacanthin – two antioxidants that keep your eyes healthy. They also provide almost every vitamin and nutrient there is. Just one egg will give you Vitamins D, A, K, B1, B2, B6, folate, calcium, zinc, phosphorous and essential fatty acids, plus protect your skin from UV damage. With all the nutrients eggs possess, it’s no wonder they make it to the list of superfoods!
  7. Spinach – Spinach boasts of innumerable health benefits too! It is a great source of Vitamins A, C, K and also has a healthy dose of fibre, iron, potassium, folate, magnesium and vitamin E. It helps produce DBA and form healthy cells, making it especially important for expecting mothers. Eat it raw, in salads or cook some alongside a chicken breast. You can even blend it into a smoothie mixed with fruits to mask the taste.
  8. Mixed Nuts – Snack on a handful of mixed nuts through the day. They are a great source of heart-healthy, unsaturated fats. Studies even suggest that those who eat nuts live two years longer than those who don’t. Walnuts and almonds are among the best options, but you should also remember peanuts, cashew nuts and pistachios.
  9. Tomatoes – Red tomatoes are packed with an antioxidant called lycopene. Diets rich in it decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, skin and stomach cancers as well as reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.
  10. Trout or Salmon – Just one filet alone has 22 grams of protein for a mere 160 calories. The proteins from fish are easily digestible and absorbed into the body, but they don’t have carcinogenic compounds like meat. They contain a healthy dose of omega-3 fatty acids which help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. But apart from protecting the heart, it also acts as sun protection, boosts brain power and has been linked to increased cognitive functions. Eating fish helps prevent eye degeneration and eye fatigue, boosts metabolism, increases insulin that lowers blood sugar and reduces inflammation of the arteries and digestive system, among other things.

Include these items in your diet for an all-round good health!

Shrimp Linguine recipe

Shrimp Linguine is a fairly simple dish with a dash of red pepper for extra heat. It’s a classic dinner entré and takes barely any effort to prepare. You can choose to add ingredients that you wish as per your taste, for example, a touch of white wine to enhance the flavour. You can also also add more proteins like chicken or mushrooms for a more complex and fortified taste.

Shrimp Linguine is a fairly simple dish with a dash of red pepper for extra heat. It’s a classic dinner entré and takes barely any effort to prepare. You can choose to add ingredients that you wish as per your taste, for example, a touch of white wine to enhance the flavour. You can also also add more proteins like chicken or mushrooms for a more complex and fortified taste.

RECIPE 

Serves – 3   |    Cooking Time – 30 minutes l Difficulty Level – Easy

  • Drizzle some vegetable oil in a large pot of boiling water. Add 1 table spoon of salt and add the linguine. Cook for 7-10 minutes or as per the directions on the packet.
  • In another large, heavy, bottomed pan, melt 3 tablespoons of unsalted butter and 2 ½ tablespoons of high quality olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add 1 ½ tablespoons of minced garlic and saute briefly.
  • Add around 600 gms of peeled and deveined shrimp, 1 ½ tsp of salt, ¼ tsp of pepper and saute until shrimp have just about turned pink.
  • Remove from the heat and add 1/3 cups of fresh parsley, ½ lemon zest grated, ¼ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice and ¼ cup lemon, thinly sliced into half rounds. Also add 1/8 tsp of red hot pepper flakes.
  • Once the pasta is done, drain the water out and put the pot back on the heat.
  • Immediately add the shrimp and sauce, toss well and serve. You could also garnish with a little grated cheese for some added indulgence.

With everything cooking together in one pot, it releases a beautiful melody of flavours and aromas that get one’s stomach growling with hunger. No wonder that a fresh, light dish like this one is enjoyed by kids and adults alike.