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Friday, January 27, 2017

Foodie Friday : Chinese New Year Recipes and Dishes

The food-related topic of choice for this week's foodie Friday should be obvious.

Chinese New Year!


At our partner blog, My Blog Stop!, two posts were published discussing this wonderful holiday celebration with its traditions.


  • MBS Post 1:  " ... Flowers are an important part of the decorations for the Chinese New Year celebration. ..." read more.


  • MBS Post 2:  "... symbols of prosperity ... Tangerines and oranges to be specific.

"The bright orange color of the fruits also symbolizes 'gold'; hence it has an auspicious meaning to bring in good luck and wealth." ..." read more.



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People all around the world are celebrating. One of my favorite Asian TV chefs, Ching-He Huang, was a guest on the TODAY show and she briefly shared her good luck recipes to begin the new year. Her recipe for the main dish was Golden Chinese Five Spice Orange Roast Chicken. So many others are sharing their recipes and favorite dishes all around the web. There are so many to choose from. Clearly can't share them all, but hope to do like my selections. 

Happy New Year!!


10 Dishes To Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017: Year Of The Rooster


10 Dishes To Celebrate Chinese New Year 2017: Year Of The Rooster

Happy Spring Festival! Whether or not you have Chinese roots, more and more people the world over are celebrating Chinese Lunar New Year. Falling on Jan. 28 this year, traditionally, it is a time for families to get together and have an annual dinner, as well as sweep the house to make way for good [...]



TV chef Ching-He Huang's top tips for authentic cooking for Chinese New Year

TV chef Ching-He Huang's top tips for authentic cooking for Chinese New Year

It's Chinese New Year and millions of people around the world are getting ready to welcome in the Year of the Rooster. If you're one of them make and you're planning on celebrating, there's no doubt your favourite Chinese dishes will be making an appearance.



Chinese New Year Recipes | BBC The GoodFood



Ginger Orange Pound Cake Recipe

Ginger Orange Pound Cake Recipe

There is one classic dessert my husband and I can't resist - nothing fancy or over the top, just the simple, sweet and soft yumminess of pound cake with a good cup of tea! Over the years I've experimented with many flavours in this simple recipe, from the good old plain vanilla to cardamom spiced and, of course, the chocolate version.



Nian Gao - Chinese Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - The Schizo Chef

Nian Gao - Chinese Coconut Sticky Rice Cake - The Schizo Chef

This week I am presenting some foods that are traditional for different global festivals. Chinese New Year is a holiday that is celebrated in many countries around the world, due to global Chinese migration. Almost every country in the world has a Chinese population and this is the most celebrated holiday that is always acknowledged ...



Traditional Chinese New Year recipes to cook at home

Traditional Chinese New Year recipes to cook at home

Shiitake chive dumplings by Jeremy Pang Want to have a go at making your own Chinese dim sum? Jeremy's recipe includes a useful guide to making these wonderfully crispy shiitake and chive dumplings, with tips on how to perfectly wrap and shape them.




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Yee Sang (Prosperity Toss Salad) | Malaysian Chinese Kitchen

Yee Sang (Prosperity Toss Salad) | Malaysian Chinese Kitchen

Happy New Year!!


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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Food Blog Spotlight: Tofu is the New Black on Tumblr

So glad such a thing as a spotlight was invented. The concept or idea of shining a light on something or someone worthy of being noticed comes in handy when you find a fantabulous food blog like “Tofu is the New Black”. 

My foodie adventures around the web often either begin here at this blog or at my complementary Tumblrmicro-blog. Was scanning the posts stream and came across this amazing blog. Fortunately the publisher, “Irene”, introduces herself in both Italian and English. (No problem if she didn't. I keep my Google translator at the ready! 🙂 ) 



Irene is a vegan and not only does she share great vegan recipes but the food images at her blog show off some of the prettiest food I've ever seen!  She scours the web and recycles recipes, cooking tips, healthcare tips, charts displaying food alternatives or substitutes, infographics, and other food finds.  She is PRO-Green and extremely environmentally conscious (as we all should be).  Her posts date back to August 2015. Got so excited just browsing January 2017, decided her food / foodie adventures needed to be shared with others. 



Pretty food!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333234655/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Healthcare Tips!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135333574570/httphappy-tofutumblrcom



Cheese Lovers!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/135134167665/lemon-cranberry-pistachio-cashew-cheese-ball



Healthy Ways to Satisfy the Munchies!
http://happy-tofu.tumblr.com/post/125921885985/10-vegan-snacks-for-your-desk



Saturday, January 14, 2017

Health and Wellness : Where to Find Advice on Healthy Eating and More!

Several years back, created a member profile on blackhistory.com. FYI. You don't have to be an African-American to join. Because my work-at-home projects are time consuming, my activity at this site fell by the wayside. My public profile is still available to view. The site has a blogging platform and you can also share links to your websites and blogs. Entrepreneurship is encouraged. This site also has a partner site, HBCU Connect. If you share a link or post content at one site, you can also publish it via the other site.


At this point you're probably thinking: “Uummm … How is this is food-related?”


OK. Thank you for your patience. Getting to the connection. As you know many African-Americans suffer from hypertension and diabetes; ailments that they need not suffer from if they would just change their diet! Understanding this, the site owners provide a link to a Health and Wellness Channel Sponsored by MerckEngage, a well-known leader in global healthcare. The channel is loaded with informative food-related health articles, free healthy recipe cookbooks (low sodium, low sugar, low calories, and low fat), and other health information. 



Actually, the article that caught my eye wasn't about diabetes or high blood pressure. It was about my “weakness”: Chinese food! My husband and I love to eat out at Chinese restaurants. 
The article was about choosing healthier options from the menu and had a handy chart of “Instead of” eating this, “Try” this. Below is link to that article and a sampling of other content you can find via this channel.




Healthy Chinese Food Options


Going out for Chinese food? You don't have to know how to eat with chopsticks to know how to eat smart.  Whether you decide on Szechuan, Cantonese, or Hunan style, there are ways to translate your meal into something healthy. ...


Choosing healthy foods can seem like a chore, but by keeping a few simple staples on hand you’ll have the makings of several no-fuss meals and snacks. These 7 foods made our list because, even in small amounts, they provide a good range of nutrients. ...
http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/custom/merck.cgi?read=301163
  

http://hbcuconnect.com/cgi-bin/custom/merck.cgi?read=271342
  



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Monday, January 9, 2017

Eat Your Greens! Drink Your Carrots!

Growing up, people used to always say to me: “Eat carrots! They're good for your eyes.” I believed what they said. Not dissing carrots, but they were and are not my favorite veggie. So coming up with creative ways to enjoy them to receive the health benefit was always a challenge.   What's the best way to respond to a food challenge?  COMPROMISE!  😋



Now in my adulthood, come to find out that according to experts in diet and nutrition, zeaxanthin and lutein, which are the forms of beta-carotene that boost eye health are found in high levels in green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, romaine lettuce, and Swiss chard. That's fantastic! Because for me, greens are the best veggies!! Although, in defense of carrots, the juice mixes well with various other fruits and makes for a delicious healthy drink!

Greens Glorious Greens!: More than 140 Ways to Prepare All Those Great-Tasting, Super-Healthy, Beautiful Leafy Greens



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7 Creative Carrot Juice Recipes


7 Creative Carrot Juice Recipes

When was the last time you ate five large carrots in one sitting? Probably never unless you're a juicer! Carrots are packed with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients. They also are a good source of fiber, starch and natural sugars which make them great for boosting your energy, so be sure to include them in ...

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Carrot Juice Recipes | Juicing Carrots


Carrot Juice Recipes | Juicing Carrots

Carrot juice recipes are simply wonderful. If you've never had it before, you'll be surprised how sweet it is. It tastes NOTHING like you think it will taste. Its sweet, creamy and delicious. It has a milky texture and has no bitterness.



Pork Lo Mein - Make Takeout at Home | The Desert Cook (Reblog)

Fellow food blogger Candy Dorsey publishes her own blog and also food-related Wizzley pages (see widget below). Reblogging / sharing the link to her post about pork lo mein. Not only is the dish delicious and easy to make but did you know that for the Chinese people, noodles are a “symbol of longevity”.  For those who celebrate, Chinese New Year, for 2017 it occurs on January 28th.  Candy also has a recipe for Chinese New Year Balls, which I'm sharing as well.

Wishing you peace, prosperity, good health and a long and wonderful life!



Pork Lo Mein - Make Takeout at Home |
The Desert Cook




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Chinese New Year Balls


Chinese New Year Balls

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour 1/4 cup sugar 2 tsp. baking powder dash of salt Combine all dry ingredients in a large bowl. In a separate bowl stir together all wet ingredients. Add to flour mixture all at once and stir just till moistened. Heat about 2" of cooking oil in a deep pot.



Candy's Recipes on Wizzley!






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