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Flu & Common Cold Home Remedy

LEMON For years my grandmother's remedy to cure flu was the lemon, and so it was the remedy for most of other diseases. And i know now that she was not that far from the real remedy. For the past few years I have tried taking advices from friends, relatives and coworkers on how to fight flu or even prevent it ahead. Though they varied, they all have one thing in common, The Lemon. BUT NOT ALONE Lemon alone could help you beat the flu. It contains high amount of vitamin C, the exact thing that your immune system craves for, especially when sick. Lemon will boost your immune system and help you fight the flu harder. Some even suggest to drink a lemon juice every morning to boost the immune system and to clear the skin. Yup, "clear the skin", it also decreases wrinkles and clears the skin. Lemon is a flu fighter, but to use its flu fighting power to the most, you'll need another secret weapon. GINGER Almost every culture uses ginger as a folk medicine. Its usage varies, but just a quick research shows that most of its use is to treat cold and those not, also treats symptoms that can be found in flu and common cold. In china ginger is used to treat cold, so does in India but in other parts of the world ginger is used to treat headache, sore throat, nose and throat congestion, nausea and more, all of the above are the flu characteristic. HOT WATER Now how to glue these two awesome remedies together? the good old boiling water. Squeeze a lemon in a cup and chop an inch or two of fresh ginger, pour in the steaming hot water, and wait until it cools down. BUT WAIT THERE IS MORE while you're at it, add the magic potion, the green tea. Green tea is full of antioxidants, cancer fighting agents and an immune system booster. Green tea has strong anti-viral and anti-bacterial agents. THAT'S IT! Basically make a nice and hot green tea, add fresh ginger, squeeze a fresh lemon on top, and drink up. Drink it with a full stomach, as both ginger and lemon may give you heart burn while cleaning your stomach for you. You'll feel hungry an hour later as if you've never eaten before.

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Samosa (Sambooseh)

"Potato Sambooseh" Samosa or Sambusa 2 Cups All-Purpose Flour 2 Large Russet Potatoes 2 Tbsp Unsalted Butter 1 Small Onion Vegetable Oil Salt, Turmeric, Ground Chili Pepper, Dried Crushed Mint PREPARATIONS: 1- Dice the onion. 2- Clean/skin and Cut the potatoes in half. DIRECTIONS: 1- Fry the diced onions in 2 tbsp vegetable oil until golden. 2- Place the chopped potatoes in a pot, add boiling water to cover the potatoes, sprinkle few pinches of salt. 3- Cover the pot with a lid and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes or until fully cooked. 4- Take a large bowl, add one tsp of salt and 2 cups of all purpose flour. 5- Add unsalted butter to the bowl. 6- Add 1/2 cup of warm water (water temperate should be around 105 to 115 F or 40 to 46 C). 7- Mix and continue kneading for about 7 minutes. 8- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap or a lid and allow the dough to rest for 30 minutes. 9- Back to onion pot, add turmeric, ground chili pepper and dried crushed mint, stir thoroughly. 10- Transfer the cooked potatoes into a bowl. 11- Mash the potatoes and add to the onion pot and mix well, fry mash potatoes along for few more minutes. 12- Roll out the dough on a working surface. 13- divide the dough into small 7 by 4 inch rectangular shapes. 14- Put more pressure on the rolling pin and flatten the dough down even more, as thin as possible. 15- Take one spoon of the potato mixture and place in on one corner of the flattened dough. 16- Wrap the dough around the potato mixture and seal the edges. 17- Deep fry the sambusas in vegetable oil.

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Estamboli Polo (String Beans With Rice)

(Loubia Polo)

  • 2 Cups Rice
  • 1 Lb (453g) String or Green Beans
  • 1 Lb (453g) Ground Beef
  • 4 Tbsp Oil
  • 1 Small Onion
  • Salt, Turmeric, Ground Chili Pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Tomato Paste
  • 1 Medium Potato

1- Soak the rice with 1 Tsp salt for 1 hour.
2- Slice the string beans.
3- Dice the onion.
4- Slice the potato.
5- Boil 4 to 5 cups water.


1- Put the string beans in a pot and add boiling water to it until it covers them all, cover the lid and simmer for 10 min until the beans are tender.
2- Heat the vegetable oil in a pot, add the diced onions until translucent.
3- Add the ground beef to the onion pot, stir and let fry until the beef becomes brown. Add salt, turmeric and ground chili pepper, add tomato paste, mix thoroughly.
4- Drain the string beans and add it up to the beef pot. Mix well and leave it over low heat for few minutes (while preparing the next steps).
5- Simmer the rice until tender, Drain the rice in a colander.
6- In a large pot, pour 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, lay the sliced potatoes across the pot. Now add the rice and the beef mixture into this pot in layers. Stir the top two layers (last layer of rice and the beef mixture).
7- Add 2 Tbsp vegetable oil, cover the pot with a large napkin and the lid.
8- Cook for 30 minutes over low heat.

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