Archive for November, 2007

Mom’s Easy Pie Crust Recipe & Yummy Lime Pie

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Dear friends,

No, this is not my mom’s recipe πŸ˜† but I thought this would grab your attention as everyone loves their mom’s cooking, right? I give all credits of this recipe and video to Chef John’s mom, Pauline. Chef John writes for the food section on About.com and he has his own free video recipe blog, which I have listed down for your easy reference in my Blogroll on the right sidebar of this page. πŸ˜‰

Yesterday, the weather in KL was a real scorcher and it was so terribly hot that we were drinking cold teas and eating lots of fruits to cool down. Because I had stocked up on a lot of baking supplies, I was looking for some really easy and interesting baking recipes….and I found this fantastic Key Lime Pie recipe, complete with a detailed video. I really thank Chef John for starting his video blog and teaching us how to cook or bake like a real Chef! πŸ˜†

Here is the video for Pauline’s Key Lime Pie (we can substitute key limes with regular limes) –

Recipe –

Crust: (enough for 2 pies, or one with bottom and top crust)

1 tsp salt
2 cups flour
3/4 cup shortening (or substitute with butter)
5-6 tbsps ice water

Filling –

3 large eggs
3 large juicy limes (1/2 cup of juice)
1 can (14oz or 400gm) Sweetened Condensed Milk
1 drop green food coloring
lime zest for garnish
whipped cream to top pie

Oven Temperature Conversion –

400 degrees Fahrenheit is about 205 degrees Celcius

350 degrees F is about 180 degrees C

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Yummy Juicy Natural Health Drink

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Dear friends, πŸ˜€

Here is a really simple, natural and delicious health drink taught to me by Healer and Feng Shui Β Master Atan :-

Natural Health Drink Recipe

Ingredients

1 orange

1/2 lemon

1 tbsp pure honey (or more if you like it sweeter :wink:)

Method –

1) Combine the juices from the lemon and orange.

2) Stir in the honey.

3) Enjoy health drink immediately. Yummy! πŸ˜€

This easy-to-make delicious health drink portion is meant for 1 person, and it is recommended that we drink this twice a week to build up our body immunity, maintain good health, and it is especially good to have during the flu and sore throat seasons because it packs a lot of Vitamin C and anti-oxidants. πŸ˜‰ Coughs and colds are reputed to be helped as a result.

Below is some good information on honey obtained from an e-zine article :-

Nature’s Energy Booster

The benefits of honey go beyond its great taste. A great natural source of carbohydrates which provide strength and energy to our bodies, honey is known for its effectiveness in instantly boosting the performance, endurance and reduce muscle fatigue of athletes. Its natural fruit sugars, fructose and glucose plays an important role in preventing fatigue during exercise and are quickly absorbed into the bloodstream digested by the body. It is known that honey has also been found to keep levels of blood sugar fairly constant compared to other types of sugar. So, to experience these health benefits of honey, here are a few tips for you:

1. Next time before you go for a workout, take a spoon of honey to enable you to go for the extra mile.

2. If you are feeling low and lethargic in the morning, try honey. Spread it on hot toast or replace the sugar in your tea with it for a refreshing surge of energy.

3. If your kids are finding hard to cope with the physical strain from the buzzing activities at school, prepare them some sandwiches with honey, butter and ham to make sure they have enough energy to sustain through the day. They will appreciate the great health benefits of honey by experiencing them.

Immunity System Builder

Amongst the many health benefits of honey, what is most impressive to me – it can be a powerful immune system booster. Honey’s antioxidant and anti-bacterial properties can help improve digestive system and help you stay healthy and fight disease. Start every brand new day with this cleansing tonic if you want to see this health benefit of honey: before breakfast, mix a spoonful of honey and juice from half a lemon into a cup of hot water and drink it.

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Yoga Technique To Prevent Lower Back Injury

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Hi there, dear friends, πŸ˜€

Since I picked up Yoga 3 weeks ago, I have learned a few techniques that have helped me tremendously (aside from the slimming or toning aspects) in my life – specifically on injuries related to my strenuous house chores, like mopping the floors, picking up heavy things, bending a lot, and so on. I have had a lower back slipped disc injury many years ago and whenever I bend often in my work, I usually end up with lower back pains for days.

But since I have been applying this Yoga method whenever I have to exert myself or bend over too much, I am very happy to say that now I no longer have lower backaches! πŸ˜€

This Yoga technique is called a Mula Bandha or a Root Lock, one of the three Bandhas (Locks) that were taught by my Yoga instructor. (I will describe the other equally good Bandhas later on.) Basically, we apply this interior lock whenever we have to bend over to lift something heavy, do strenuous activities, or like in my case, having to put my whole weight on my mop to wring it dry. In addition to protecting our spine, this Mula Bandha also have other good health benefits.

Benefits

1) Increases flexibility of our spine and stimulates heat (good for those of you who feel cold during winter?)

2) Helps to prevent back injury by guiding us to move from our centre of body – when we have this lock in our lower spine, our back is stronger.

3) Ovaries in the female and the prostate gland in the male receive an increased flow of blood circulation. For ladies, this will benefit those with irregular mentrual periods.

4) Helps to prevent haemorrhoids.

5) Beneficial for toning up the kidneys and bladders.

6) Good for those with incontinence problems that most ladies would often get when they reach middle age.

Method

Mula Bandha focuses on those muscles that form a sling in our pelvis, from the pubis in front to the coccyx at the back. These muscles support the upper part of our vagina, the uterus, the rectum, the bladder and the prostate. We ladies usually know this technique as Kegels’ Exercises, which is often prescribed by gynaecologists after childbirth. For men, the area of these muscles can be identified by imagining that you are urinating and that you must stop the flow of urine by using (or contracting) these muscles.

When the Mula Bandha is engaged, we prevent prana (chi or lifeforce) from escaping from our lower body and prana flow is directed in the body. That is why heat is generated internally when prana or chi is flowing well in us. This lock is also used during Yoga asanas (postures) to prevent injury.

1) Sit comfortably on the floor or on a chair, or stand up in a relaxed manner.

2) Take a few breaths slowly, counting 1 to 4 for each inhalation and exhalation.

3) After you have exhaled completely, hold your breath and start contracting your pelvis muscles, as if you are stopping the flow of urine during a pee. For beginners, this will take a short time for you to get used to this step. Contract the muscles as much as you can …..and then, LOCK them in place.

4) With the Mula Bandha or LOCK engaged, continue to breathe in slowly and do normal breathing a few times.

5) Release the Mula Bandha or Root Lock, and repeat steps 3 and 4 again. Do this about 5 times or more if you wish or are able to.

This really beneficial Yoga technique can be done a few times a day…for me, I often have to engage the Mula Bandha when I am mopping the floor, when I reach down to pick up things, and even when I am sitting in front of the PC. It helps my spine to be firm and strong.

Note – DO NOT do the Mula Bandha if you are pregnant, having your menses, or right after a meal (best is 2 to 3 hours after a meal).

For those of you that often get lower back pains like me, I hope you will try to do this Yoga Technique and later say “Bye Bye” to your backaches! πŸ˜‰

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Simple Herbal Drink For Blood Cleansing & Detoxification – Hung Teen Wu Plants

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“Hung Teen Wu” plants & Dried Honey Dates (Mutt Joe)

 

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Dear friends,

The above herbal drink was taught to me by my healer lady last year and I make this drink very frequently for my family to detoxify as well as to cleanse our blood circulation. I have no idea what is the name of this plant in English or its scientific name but its Malay name is “Daun Kurma Merah” and it is known as “Hung Teen Wu” in Cantonese.

Added on 30 August, 2010 –

Blog visitor “Fern/Sau Chun” from Singapore was very helpful in letting me know the scientific name of this herbal plant (see comments below) ===> Sessile Joyweed

This herbal drink became very popular last year and the plants are sold in bunches costing US 60 cents or so each (RM2 in wet markets/pasar, RM6 per kg in Tesco), and is easy available here in KL.

For my large family of 6, I would need 3 bunches of “Hung Teen Wu”, weighing about 700gms and I boil these with 12 large honey dates (mutt joe) in a large pot containing 15 litres of water. This drink is to be simmered for at least 4 hours over a small fire, and then poured into bottles or jugs to be drank in place of water during the whole day (that’s why no sugar is added but the honey dates do provide some natural sweetness there.) Keep in the fridge when cooled. πŸ˜‰

There are many benefits of this herbal drink and I myself have heard first hand accounts from people who had this drink. There is this butcher in his 50’s who went for a medical checkup and was told by his doctor that he has three main arteries blocked, and he was scheduled to go for a bypass surgery in a few weeks’ time. He told me he got frantic and went looking for alternative medicine to help him. He was recommended this Hung Teen Wu plant which he boiled with honey dates, and drank this in place of water everyday for 2 weeks.

When he went back to his doctor, amazingly, his angiogram results showed that his arteries were no longer blocked and he need not have to go for the bypass surgery anymore. Wow! 😯 These days, he drinks this for health maintenance.

For my healer lady, she said this drink is very good for removing blood impurities, “heatiness” in our body and body cleansing in general. This is a very gentle herbal remedy and is not known to have any side effects as it was actually an old Chinese herbal recipe. It is so safe that we can even make this drink twice a week, which was what I did last year when I started my family on this. For 2 months, we would drink this twice weekly and because my husband is a heavy smoker and is often stressed from work, he drinks about 3 litres of this a day, to detoxify. My children would drink 500 ml. only. Sometimes I have jugs of this herbal drink in the fridge and it can be drank for the next day (I usually give my husband a litre of it to bring with him to work, too). These days, I will make this herbal drink like once every one or two weeks, just for blood cleansing maintenance. πŸ˜‰

For those of you in this part of the world, I hope you can find this type of plants/herbs in your markets and do try this herbal remedy for blood detoxification. After all, it is a cheap and natural remedy. In the Klang Valley here in KL, this drink is now a household favourite….as evidenced by the sale of Hung Teen Wu plants even in the Tesco hypermarkets! πŸ˜†

Have a blessed and relaxing weekend! πŸ˜€

Note – I am not suggesting that those with blocked arteries drink this in place of their recommended surgery….but to use this simple, herbal remedy for maintenance of good health.

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Sticky Lemon Chicken Recipe

Dear friends,

Phew! It has been a very hectic week for me thus far and I was not able to post anything on my blog – my husband’s car is in the workshop because it got very badly damaged in a car accident, and I have to send him to work also in addition to my daily schedule of things to do.

Today, after spending most of the day running some errants and shopping in a Tesco hypermarket for groceries, I had very little time to prepare dinner for my family when I reached home. πŸ™„

Then, I remembered Gordon Ramsay’s Easy Yummy Lemon Chicken recipe and as I had bought some chicken thighs from Tesco, I decided to try out his recipe as it looked so simple to cook this as seen on his video. Wow, all it took was just about 25 minutes to get this dish ready. Easy!

Best is, this dish turned out so delicious as the tangy, lemony and sweet flavours just whet our appetites and it was very hard for me to stick to my 2 tablespoons of rice (yes, I am still on my yoga exercise and diet regime πŸ˜† ), and my family loved this dish, too. The sauce was thick enough and the butter that I had added while browning the chicken gave it a richer flavour. πŸ˜‰

Also, the rinds of the lemon slices can be eaten and they tasted like pickled lemons (there was no bitter taste to the rind) and was very yummy as well! I didn’t serve this dish with champ as per Gordon Ramsay’s recipe but it went very well with white rice, too.

I read in a magazine just this week that we can eat fresh lemon rind to get rid of our cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, soda pops, etc. πŸ˜‰

For Gordon Ramsay’s Sticky Lemon Chicken Recipe and Video, please CLICK HERE

Good night and sweet dreams….I will be back later with a few nutritious recipes that I had cooked these few days, complete with some pictures that I had taken. So, stay tuned, dear friends! πŸ˜€

Much peace and joy to all,

choesf 8)

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Let’s do “The Hustle”! Simple, Fun Exercise!

Hehe, I was enjoying listening to and watching some 70’s songs and videos on YouTube for a few hours when I just came across this old song called “The Hustle”, which will bring back many fond memories to those of you who are around my age. πŸ˜† What is good about this video is that there is a guy there who is teaching us how to do “The Hustle” and I thought it was a pretty good and fun way for us to exercise and burn some calories at the same time! This can be turned into a line dancing and I am going to get my daughter to do this with me tomorrow! πŸ˜‰ So, come on, ladies (and guys), let’s do “The Hustle”….and enjoy ourselves! πŸ˜†

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Time For Rewards In Dieting/Slimming

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Good Day to all, πŸ˜€

Hehe, after nearly 2 weeks of healthy eating, yoga exercises and cut down in calories…..ah, it is time for a little reward for myself today! πŸ˜† Usually on weekends, I would cook a special dinner for my family (none of our usual Chinese rice and soup and stuff) and tonight, we are having Lamb Chops, Coleslaw, Crinkled Cut Fries and Potato Wedges. When it comes to this type of meal, any dieting has to be thrown out of the window! πŸ™„ If you see the mouth watering picture of lamb chops (which I have marinating in my fridge since last night….mmmmm) below, you will know what I mean …..

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In case you want the recipe for my lamb chops, please CLICK HERE

So, tonight, I shall give myself a little treat by enjoying this meal together with my family, except that I am going to have a much smaller portion than them, and I will be sure to drink lots of Green Tea after that to wash away those fat in the lamp chops and fries. πŸ˜‰

For the past 2 weeks, I was having mainly vegetables and soups, no oily and fried stuff, no sweets/desserts/soda pops, and my rice intake was reduced to only 2 tablespoons’ full per meal, instead of the usual 1 1/2 cups for a Chinese. Bread was cut down to 1 slice, instead of 2. But in between, there would be some healthy snacking like an apple, a banana, an orange or a cup of hot brown rice cereal beverage. We must not skip any meals but instead eat more frequently daily, but in really small portions to keep our metabolism rate going high, instead of the rate dropping. Later I will post here a Yoga technique to increase our metabolism.

By eating lesser food and eating less meat, we are also giving our digestion system a break. Best is to drink lots of water (at least 2 – 3 litres daily) to flush our system and remove some toxins as well.

Initially, my energy levels were low due to my lower intake of daily calories, and it was a bit tough for me because I usually do a lot of energetic house work daily like walking up and down the stairs of my 3-storey home (I counted that I take up to 300 steps a day on the stairs) , mopping the house, etc……but by doing some Yoga breathing exercises a few times daily and energising my body with oxygen at cellular levels, my energy levels got better actually and my mind was crisp and alert! πŸ˜€

Oh, another thing that I forgot to mention in my breathing technique posts earlier – my skin and facial complexion actually got better with the breathing exercises! πŸ˜‰ So, do more deep and slow breathing exercises if you want good, healthy looking complexion and skin! No need to buy those expensive face moisturisers that contain oxygenated stuff in them! Hahaha! πŸ˜†

My husband and I always believe in giving ourselves a little reward now and then if we had worked hard at something. By doing this, we are motivating ourselves to continue with whatever we were doing that was tough for us to undertake. On this food reward, I will actually be stopping the cravings that I face occasionally during my dieting. πŸ˜† The important thing to remember is not to indulge too much in the yummy but highly caloric meals, and then end up failing in our dieting/slimming attempt.

Talking about cravings, the other day I read in a magazine that if we have strong cravings for sweet stuff like cakes, candies, chocolates, etc….if we eat a bit of lemon skin, this will remove or cut down our cravings for sweets. I didn’t have a chance to try this as I didn’t have strong cravings for sweet stuff but will try to eat some lemon skin if the opportunity arises. So, for some of you out there who will try this lemon tip here, I hope you will give us some feedback. I’m sure many of us are very interested to know if this lemon skin will work in stopping our cravings for cakes! πŸ˜‰

Hmmm…perhaps next week I wll reward myself by baking an Apple Pie or a Banana Orange Cake!! πŸ˜†

Have a wonderful and relaxing weekend! πŸ˜€

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