Our weekly roundup of the best things to do during quarantine this week, from making those viral mini pancakes, to joining a junior marine biology program.
Hello, June! As we enter the next phase in the loosening of our emergency decree measures, we’re ready to welcome our dearly-missed restaurants, hotels, and spas. As we tread our way through this “new normal”, we at Prestige continue doing our utmost to provide you with indispensable content, all especially tailored to keep you safe, healthy, and informed from the comforts of your home. Hence, the birth of this new column: Prestige How-To, designed to provide you with all the most exciting recipes, activities, and pampering outlets for you to try throughout the week, on days you choose to stay in. From how to make the mini pancake cereal that’s gone viral, to how to make your own Jamu, we hope these fun tutorials can inspire you to stay creative, positive, and hopeful during your self-isolation.
Try your hand at making your own all-natural Jamu
A traditional Indonesian medicine, Jamu is considered an elixir of health, known for its incredible immune-boosting benefits. All-natural and anti-inflammatory, the concoction is made from natural materials such as roots, bark, and seeds, and is told to have originated back in the Mataram Kingdom era — around 1,300 years ago. Today, the Jamu recipe has been passed down from generation to generation, and Capella Ubud’s resident Healer has shared a special step-by-step guide on how you can recreate this special elixir at home. Try your hand at the recipe by following the video tutorial below.
Make the viral mini pancake cereal at home
Hot on the heels of Dalgona coffee, the latest recipe trend to emerge on the internet is mini pancake cereal. Essentially, what you get are a bunch of adorable mini pancakes, served with milk like cereal. Aesthetics aside, it’s also very straight-forward and easy to make, explaining why the recipe became so popular during quarantine. We’ve summed up the steps for you below, so you can have a go at the viral food trend.
What you need:
Your go-to pancake batter
A squeeze bottle
How to make it:
Begin by making… well, pancakes. Following the instructions on your pancake batter, mix your batter until it is ready. Once you’ve got your batter, transfer it into a squeeze bottle, and gently heat your griddle or non-stick skillet. Squeeze little drops of the batter onto your skillet, and flip them once they turn a nice golden-brown. Once they’re done, transfer your bronzed mini pancakes into a bowl. You can then decide how to enjoy them — either lathe them with milk like cereal, or serve them dry with butter, maple syrup, and toppings of fruit.
Shake up a sweet and sour Almond Passion cocktail
Now that the alcohol ban has been lifted, we’re back to shaking up cocktails in our home bars, while we wait for our favourite spots in the city to reopen. If you’re looking to add a flavourful — and spiked! — twist to your time spent at home, why not try recreating the Almond Passion cocktail from the new Hotel Melia Koh Samui. The team has shared their take on the drink, and we’ve included the recipe for you below.
What you need:
Amaretto (60 ml)
Jim Beam (30 ml)
Lime juice (30 ml)
Fresh ginger (sliced, 30 g)
Sugar syrup (30 ml)
Ginger ale (30 ml)
How to make it:
Mix the Amaretto, Jim Beam, lime juice, fresh ginger, and sugar syrup together, and shake well with ice. Once shaken, pour the concoction into a glass, and top it up with ginger ale. Then sprinkle the top with sliced almonds as a garnish. The drink is best enjoyed with a side of salted peanuts.
Join a Junior Marine Biology Program
To help us stay entertained and informed from home, Six Senses’ team of marine biologists have come together to launch the Junior Marine Biology Program — a series of short videos and demonstrative activities that anyone can try from home. Comprising a ten-week course, the program is open to everyone, with content available for all ages. Each week, participants are introduced to stunning manta rays, corals, turtle, and fish reef through the insightful clips. A perfect activity to do with family, expect to explore seagrass and mangroves, and learn how they make for vital habitats that support a diversity of marine life through a home-schooling system where you have the total freedom to dress however you like, start whenever you want, and share your creations. The worksheets, pictures, and discoveries made during the program can be emailed to the Maldives Underwater Initiative team at email@example.com, for a chance to be featured on the brand’s social media accounts.