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Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Posted by Angelica on July - 26 - 2012

 Ingredients

Potato Wedges

  • 4 large Potatoes (sliced into wedges of 8)Baked Potatoes
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Crushed Onion paste
  • <Crushed Garlic paste
  • Crushed Green Chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika powder

Directions

  1. Prepare 4 large potatoes (washed and cut into wedges of 8)
  2. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees celcius
  3. Mix the potatoes in a large bowl with salt, pepper, olive oil, and add the crushed onions, garlic & chili paste. Add in the paprika powder and toss well
  4. Prepare a bake pan nicely coated with olive oil and arrange potatoes on the pan
  5. Put the potatoes into the oven and bake for 20 mins, remove and turn the potatoes to the other side and add thinly sliced butter on the potatoes and bake for another 20 mins for crispy and heavenly wedges.

 Ingredients

The perfect Sour Cream Dip

  • 1 cup Sour CreamSour Cream Dip
  • 2 tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 table spoon lime/lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill/chives leaves
  • 5-6 parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Mix 1 cup of sour cream thoroughly with the cream cheese & mayonnaise until smooth texture
  2. Add in lemon juice, salt and pepper
  3. Finally stir in the dill/chives leaves and parsley and mix well. Serve chill with hot from the oven baked potatoes

*Tips/Hints:

– You can make your own sour cream paste at home simply by mixing 1 cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of butter milk

– Dill leaves give a nice texture and smell to sour cream dip while the chives give a sharpness or an onion pungent/fragrant. You can try both and use whichever you like.

– The cream cheese gives the sour cream a nice smooth & creamy texture while the mayonnaise adds sweetness to it. Kids love it!

– Taking out the potatoes from the oven and turning it the other side while adding little butter to it will give it a nice crisp on the outside and soft starchy flakes inside. It’s a great comfort food of all time! J

– Baked potato wedges are a healthy alternative to fried ones. Just the smell of these lovely wedges baking in the oven can satisfy your taste buds for the most comforting food ever.

 

Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Hummus with Pita Bread and Mediterranean Salad

Posted by Angelica on June - 8 - 2012

Ingredients

Hummus

  • 2 cloves of finely crushed garlic Hummus with Pita Bread
  • 3 cups of chickpeas boiled with salt till tender
  • 3 tablespoon of Tahini
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice(1 big lemon)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Directions

  1. Drained the boiled chickpea and process it in a food processor with about ½ cup of water till coarse texture.
  2. Add in the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and process further. While processing, progressively add in the olive oil till it reaches a nice smooth texture that great for dippings.
  3. Serve with freshly baked pita bread and a cooling Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean Salad

  • 1 Cucumber (diced) Mediterranean Salad
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large ripe tomato (diced)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Toss all vegetables in a big bowl
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper while tossing gently
  3. Finally add the feta cheese and leave to chill before serving

*Tips:

– Tahini is a sesame paste which can be found in local Middle Eastern stores. You can also find canned hummus in Middle Eastern stores, but it’s really nice to make your own with fresh ingredients

– Leftover hummus are great as raw vegetable/plain crackers dips and its simple and easy to consume

– Try adding other of your favorite ingredients to your hummus like beetroot, corn, or sugar snaps. It gives a nice various color and adds more nutrients to this wonderful dip

– Chickpea/ Garbanzo beans burst with various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B,E,K riboflavin & niacin. It has low fat content and is very high in fiber. Chickpea is a highly recommended diet for those wanting a nice waistline and glowing skin

Hummus Serving

 

Lose 10 pounds in 8 days!

Posted by Angelica on January - 30 - 2012

Weight Loss Quote of the Day
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. – Carl Sandburg

 

Most of us dream of having the great lifestyle of healthy food, regular exercise and a beautiful body that gets us on our feet’s towards becoming that confident person who gets through any situation in life. Sometimes however, we tend to take a ‘break’ from the healthy us and just feel at ease indulging in some of the best things in life like great food, and indoor activity like sleeping or watching a favorite TV show. Before you know it, the weight piles up within weeks and you’re getting all panicky, and it usually leads to more stress and further cravings toward comfort food. Never to worry however, I found that the best way to lose weight is to kick start the diet with an extreme weight loss to give yourself a boost of confidence to get you back to the star body. This diet is the perfect 1week & a day diet that can get you to lose a whopping 10 pounds or more in a day. Get up on your feet, print out your diet plan and you’re on your way to break that routine of laziness.

 

The Great Cabbage Soup Diet!


The Miracle Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 large spring onions
  • 2 green peppers/bell pepper (cut in small long pieces)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 bunch of celery (diced)
  • 1 head of cabbage (cut it however you like)
  • 1 package soup stock (your choice of flavor- onion, chicken, beef..etc)
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Season with pepper, parsley, paprika powder, garlic powder, lime juice, etc.

Prepare a cooking pot with very little oil and sauté the onions for about 2 minutes. Add in the green peppers, carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes and add in about 3 glasses of water. When it starts to boil, add in the cabbage, tomato, and soup stock, salt and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Finally add the flavoring ingredients of your choice taste it and off the heat immediately. Once cool, store it in the refrigerator. As and when needed, reheat as much of cabbage soup preferred and you’re good for a fulfilling and low calorie meal whenever you feel hungry!

 

cabbage soup diet

 

The 8 Day Plan for a Long term change!

Day 1
 

*insert date here*

 


– Today is a preparation for the 7 days Cabbage Soup Diet 

– Go vegetarian for the day

– Stop the alcohol, coffee, butter, desserts etc.

– Throw away the breads, carbs, potato chips, etc. from your kitchen/fridge

– Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits & and lean meat(chicken/beef)

– At night, prepare your first portion of cabbage soup diet and refrigerate

Day 2
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fruit you want (with the exception of bananas, they are not allowed). Eat only the cabbage
soup and fruit for the first day. You may drink unsweetened tea, cranberry juice and water throughout the day.

Day 3
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Vegetables 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat green, leafy vegetables and avoid starchy vegetables. You may have a baked potato with butter with dinner. Do not eat fruit today.

Day 4
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit and Vegetables 

This is a combination of Days One and Two. You may eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. You may not have starchy vegetables at all (no potato today).

Day 5
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Bananas and Skim Milk 

Eat as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with up to eight bananas and as many glasses of skim milk as you desire.

Day 6
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef And Tomatoes 

Today you can have as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with 10-20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water today. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (the chicken must be skinless).

Day 7
 

*insert date here*

 

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef and Vegetables 

You may have as much beef and vegetables as you want today, along with as much of the cabbage
soup as you like. Stay away from starchy vegetables.

Day 8
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Brown Rice, Vegetables, and Unsweetened Fruit Juices
 

Eat as much of the above as you wish. Do not let yourself get hungry. Eat with as much cabbage
soup as you like.

 

Healthy juices

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Butter Creamed Corn Kernels

Posted by Angelica on September - 20 - 2011

This recipe is great to be enjoyed warm on a rainy day. It’s truly a soul food and completely comforting. Corn is high in fiber and contains essential Vitamin B, which helps in prevention of heart problems and colon cancer. It also contains phytonutrients that promotes the eye & heart health. I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy my fresh corn kernels!

Ingredients

  • Corn Kernels (fresh/frozen/canned) – 2 cupsButter Cream Corn
  • 1 stick of pure salted butter
  • Sweetened condensed milk – ½ can
  • Evaporated milk/cream – 5 tablespoons
  • Castard flour – 2 tablespoons, mixed in water

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a non-stick pan with low heat and add corn kernels in. Lightly stir ingredients for about 2 mins until the corn turns light gold.
  2. Add in the condensed milk and caramelize the mixture in the butter stirring occasionally for about 3 mins.
  3. Once it starts boiling lightly, add in the custard flour that has already dissolved in water.
  4. Finally add in the evaporated milk/cream and cook for another minute. Turn off heat, & serve warm/ chill.

 

* Tips: You could also caramelize condensed milk first before adding to this ingredient. Visit wikihow.com/Make-Caramel-from-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk for more details.

Ways to enjoy corn

Hangover Cure

Posted by Angelica on September - 15 - 2011

Quote of the day

Grease is the only cure for a hangover. Cameron Diaz

 

TGIF. It’s the crazy night out with the girls, or buddies are getting together for some massive party session. You just want to get wasted after a long week. What about the post party syndrome now? The head is aching like some little goblins are hammering it inside, and the neck hurts for the slightest movement after the previous night head banging. I certainly wouldn’t want to go on about the feet, ankles & tummy etc..

 

Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine for a once in a while treat. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to various conditions such as heart & liver failure, high blood pressure, digestive disorder, stomach ulcer, brain damage, reduced fertility, and even death. Drink responsibly!

Liquor Types

Top Hangover Cure

  1. Lots & lots of Water! – This remedy starts as soon as you’re done drinking. Just before you hit the bed. Alcohol really dehydrates your body and it’s important to rehydrate back

    Lots & lots of Water!

     

  2. The big breakfast– try eggs, bacon, & toast. Eggs have been researched to have ‘cysteine’, which has detoxification properties on alcohol intake. Bacon is high in protein which helps the recovery of brain functioning, and carbohydrates in the toast will increase the sugar level while providing the energy you need to function

    The big breakfast

     

     

  3. Banana – this fruit is known for its high content of potassium & magnesium which are essential to be replaced as alcohol drains lots of vitamins and minerals from your body. The natural sugar or fructose in the banana helps to process the alcohol faster

    Banana

     

  4. Electrolyte drink – such as Gatorade or Coconut water will help treat the general loss of electrolytes & help to address the imbalance of potassium & sodium. It would also help in the rehydration process

    Coconut water

     

  5. Orange juice – helps with replacement of Vitamin C & potassium that is lost. Orange juice also takes away the alcohol feel from your mouth

    Orange juice

     

  6. Cheeseburger – this food will really boost your appetite to eat the morning after, plus it contains beef for the protein source, bread for instance energy & pickles to heighten your taste buds

    Cheeseburger

     

  7. Spicy soup or curry – the hotness of chili and other spices will help to incite your system and beat sluggishness. Try it with some carbohydrates such as pita bread or rice to give the instant energy boost

    Spicy soup or curry

     

  8. Vitamins – almost all types of vitamins are lost from alcohol consumption, thus its best to pop in a multivitamin pill the night before sleeping

    Vitamins - Pills for you

     

  9. Painkillers – if you’ve been mixing your drinks or downing up fast enough to give you an instant sting of joy to your head, you’re almost sure of the headache that is to follow. Aspirin works best but be sure to take it after food so it doesn’t hurt your stomach. To be taken the night before and morning after.

    Aspirin

     

  10. Sleep over it – rest is most important as the body needs time to clean up toxins. If you’re drinking on a workday late night, try taking some time-off to sleep through before going back to work

    Sleep over it

     

Tips to reduce health risk when drinking

  • Drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol as it slows alcohol absorption to the body. This way, you can make sure your intake is reasonable and you’ll not be over dehydrated
  • Fill your stomach before drinking to avoid gastrointestinal problems. Alcohol is a high acidity food that can damage your stomach lining
  • Stick to one type of drink. Mixing drinks increases your tendencies to drink more and having a worse hangover the morning after
  • Don’t drink when you’re on medications, antibiotics or other drugs. Alcohol is known to interact with other drugs and can cause serious health problems including death
  • Choose clear liquors such as vodka, gin or white wine over dark ones such as whiskey, brandy or rum. Clear liquors have less congeners(a toxic chemical)
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended to avoid risk of your drinks being spiked
  • To avoid your excess heat in your body, take a cold shower in the morning after your drinking session. This would also help you feel sober faster
  • Get a non-drinking friend to drive or take cab home. Do not think you’d be able to drive when you can’t even walk straight
  • Know your limits of drinking. Stop immediately or take lots of water when you feel you’re not in control of yourself anymore. Moderation is the key to everything

    Be hangover free

Fruit Butter

Posted by Angelica on August - 13 - 2011

Fruit butter is a sweet spread made of fruits like apple, pears, pineapple, strawberries, grapes, plums, mangoes, banana or pumpkin cooked in a low heat to a paste, and lightly sweetened. This is a “kind to the body” substitute to butter, margarine or cream cheese, and tastes awesome. It is created by slow-cooking fruits and then putting the mixture through a sieve or blending it to reach the right consistency. When done well, it has the same texture as butter with a different flavor. This is different from jams/ jelly’s as the ingredients do not incorporate any thickening or preservative agents.

Fruit Basket

Ingredients

  • 4 cups fresh fruits of your choice Fruit Butter YellowFruit Butter Red
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¼ cup of brown sugar
  • 3 tbsp of honey/ maple syrup
  • 1 tsp of citrus zest (orange or lemon)
  • 5 tbsp of lemon or orange juice
  • Very little pinch of salt

 

Directions

  1. Combine fruit, water, sugar, salt & honey/syrup in a stove, slow cooker or oven. Add citrus zest and juice. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to maintain a lively simmer and cook, mashing the fruit and stirring occasionally. It would take about 20 minutes to more than an hour to become very thick depending on the type of fruits you use.
  2. Do a taste test to see if sugar is sufficient. You could add more sugar towards the end of the cooking process. Always start with less sugar. Some fruits are loaded with natural sugar.
  3. To see if it has cooked to perfection, put a spoonful of fruit butter on a plate. If no liquid seeps from the edges, it’s done. Return to a simmer to thicken more if necessary. If you need it to be smoother, puree in a food processor or blender, strain, and let it simmer again for a few minutes before taking our for storing.
  4. Store the butter in nice clean jars with lids. Let it cool at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

 

*Tips:

  1. Play with the texture of the fruit butter based on the type of fruits you use. For fruits like apples, pineapples, pears, & pumpkin, you could remove the skin to get a smoother texture. For fruits with seeds like grapes, berries & kiwis, use strainer upon cooking to remove the fine seeds. In the middle of cooking, you can remove the mixture and blend it with a blender or food processor until you’re comfortable with the consistency. Try to opt for a mixture which is perfect as a spread.
  2. If you would like a creamier taste for fruits like mangoes, pumpkins, pears, or bananas, minimize or do not use the citrus zest or juice to decrease the acidic taste.
  3. Be creative and add your preferred flavors into your fruit butter. Most commonly added are spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, or flavors like vanilla, almond or coconut extract. Blending your fruit butter with yogurt will boost up the Probiotics properties.
  4. You could also use dried fruits such as prunes, raisins, cranberries, apricots, or dates to make your butter.
  5. Mix and match your favorite fruits and flavors to get a wonderful homemade fruit butter!

 

The various great ways to enjoy your fruit butters!

Various great ways to enjoy your fruit butter

  

3 Zest Salsa

Posted by Angelica on August - 5 - 2011

This recipe was discovered by accident when I was trying to come up with a Sunday salad preparation. Turns out, everyone, including me, thought it was incredible I’ve decided to share it. The 3 Zest Salsa is perfect for anyone who wants an instant refreshing zest in your mouth. It’s colorful, revitalizing, taste great and is healthy. Enjoy! Bon Appétit…

 

Ingredients

  • 2 big tomatoes (diced small)

  • Half a pineapple (diced small)

    3 Zest Salsa

  • 1 cucumber (diced small)

  • 15 grapes – Quartered and seed removed

  • 8 mint leaves grated (finely Chopped)

  • Half a red onion (finely Chopped)

  • 3 small green chillies(finely Chopped)

  • 2 tsp of brown sugar

  • 1 lemon – juiced with seeds removed

  • ½ tsp salt

  • A pinch of pepper

 

Directions

  1. Put all the diced & chopped ingredients together in a bowl

  2. Mix in the brown sugar, lemon juice, salt & pepper

  3. Cool in refrigerator and serve chill

 

*Tips: The secret ingredient in this recipe is the mint leaves. It gives a refreshing burst to the salsa and enhances the flavor. This is a great & low calorie TV snack to be served with corn chips/nachos or tortilla bread & cheese.

corn chips/nachos tortilla cheese

 

Top 10 Indoor Couples Activity

Posted by Angelica on July - 27 - 2011

Quote of the day

“Just when a couple is able to afford to go out evenings, they’re too busy babysitting their grandchildren”

 

In a relationship, it’s essential to keep the spark burning by initiating activities together as a couple especially if you’ve been with your loved one for quite some time.

Most young couples these days are too busy with work & other chores that being there for each other and spending quality time with each other is simply taken for granted. By the time you realize the lost of bond, it might just be too late to get the chemistry back or to repair the connection. Even worst, your other half might have found someone else who’s keeping them busy and happier.

My tiny winy advice, you’ve found your soul mate, retain them! It takes time, effort & money. But the reward is priceless satisfaction.

 

  1. Make love… Again & again & again

    It costs no money, most pleasurable & highly satisfying. Never use excuses such as being tired, busy or having no time get in the way of your pleasure time with a loved one. The benefits of love making are endless. To spice things up, try candles, aromatherapy oils, massage oils, sexy lingerie, toys & other stuff. If you’re too shy to shop in a mall, try websites like Youumi or AdultToys.

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  3. Cook together & have a romantic candlelight dinner at home

    This highly involves both partners to contribute to preparing for this special night at home. The guy sets up the table for a nice candlelight dinner with champagne or wine. Put on some light jazz music to get the ambiences rising. The lady can prepare the dinner with the help of online recipes from Delish.com or Food.com. Don’t worry to swap task if the either one is a better cook. 😉

    Candle light dinner

  4. Movie marathon

    Get some nice DVD’s and just put on your PJ’s and get all comfortable in your sofa for a long list of your favorite movies. Prepare popcorns or other snacks to munch. The great thing about watching movie at home is you get to choose the sound, laugh or cry as loud as you like, & pause for toilet breaks whenever needed. Don’t forget to cuddle each other.

    Couples activity

     

  5. Create art together

    Being creative as a couple is a great way to enhance the relationship. Get a huge cardboard, paints, paintbrushes, and start a painting together. Be open to each other’s ideas and don’t forget to compliment the other person when he/she comes up with something nice. You’ll be surprised to see the end results of you co-joined work. If it turns out awesome, frame it, if not just laugh your guts out together and take a different hobby next time.

    Modern abstract art

  6. Have shower together

    Undress each other and hit the showers for a nice warm aromatherapy bath. Shampoo each other’s heads and scrub each other’s back. Light up some nice aromatherapy candles in the bathroom to have a more relaxed ambience. Rub oil/ lotion on each other after shower.

     

  7. Indoor couples exercise

    Try yoga or meditating together. Go to GaiamLife for some tips on couples yoga. Put on some relaxing music, and try to meditate in a quiet room. You could also try sit ups, waist bend, stretching, or dancing as couples.

     

  8. Board games/ Card games

    When was the last time you played a board game? Probably as a child. Try to re-kindle the innocents all over again. Try games like Jengga Blocks, Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, pick-up-sticks, bingo, blackjack, and many others.

    Monopoly Board Game

  9. Home makeover

    Give your home a makeover by taking portions of the house for each other’s ideas & creativity. You might want to do the bedroom together though. Repaint the dining hall, change lightings in the bedroom, fix new wallpapers in the bathroom or change the curtains. A little change in the house will be a good way to revive the relationship as well. Get more ideas from Housebeautiful.com.

     

  10. Exchange love letters

    With the rise on internet, e-mail & hand phones, no one nowadays takes the time to write a love letter anymore. Sit in a quiet space as a couple and write down your feelings towards each other in a letter and exchange it with “yours truly”. Your other half will always have the memory of your handwriting instead of a Microsoft Word font. Keep the letters in a safe place & frequently re-visit to always reawaken the feeling you once had.

     

  11. Adopt a pet/plant

    So you’re not ready for kids. But it’s always good to train your relationship with a pet. A pet brings 2 people together. An animal love is endless and makes us think how small of a being we are in the universe. Make sure to take proper care of it, feeding it on time, maintaining its hygiene & shower it with love. If you’re not an animal person, try getting a “love plant” as a sign of your relationship. The happier the pet/ plant is, the happier your relationship would be!

    ———————–HamsterHaving a plant


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Mashed Potato with Goat Cheese & Chives

Posted by Angelica on July - 21 - 2011

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoesMashed Potato with Chives
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 5 dices of good butter
  • 5 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ cup of goat cheese
  • A handful of chives – chopped finely

 

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes in a closed lid saucepan for about 3mins, reduce heat & simmer for another 15mins. Test with a fork by piercing through the potatoes to see if it’s cooked.
  2. Drain water from potatoes till it’s dry; place them in a large bowl. In a small bowl, melt butter until browned and add this to the potatoes.
  3. Add in pepper, salt, & milk and start mashing (top, down motion) with a big fork.
  4. When satisfied with the texture of the mash, add in goat cheese & chives, stirring gently for consistency.
  5. Use shrink wraps to cover the bowl until ready to serve. This will retain the moisture for a long time.

 

 

Tips for great textured mashed potatoes:

  1. Mashing should always be with a fork, top, down motion. Avoid blending or food processor as you’ll end up with a gluey texture.
  2. For great texture, the boiled potatoes need to be dried out before mashing. One way for this is to let the drained potatoes sit in the dry pan till all the water is absolutely absorbed in heat.

 

Tips for leftover mashed potatoes:

  1. Leftover mashed potatoes can be made into “potato patties” by coating them with bread crumbs and frying in a non-stick pan with butter.
  2. Extra mashed potatoes can also be used in stews/soups as a thickening agent.

 

 


Flourless Chocolate Cake

Posted by Angelica on July - 20 - 2011

Chocolate lovers galore

Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for cake

  • 3/4 cup semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for chocolate glaze

  • 1 cup dark chocolate bits
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 dices of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons of castor sugar

     

Directions for cake

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch round cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. In the top of a double boiler over lightly simmering water, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out to a cake plate. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.

     

Directions for chocolate glaze

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat dark chocolate bits, whipping cream, butter & sugar stirring constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in vanilla.

 

Tips:

Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate as healthier option. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which are good for your heart. It also stimulates endorphin production, which increases pleasure & contains serotonin which acts as a natural anti-depressant.

 

Quick Pancake

Posted by Angelica on July - 19 - 2011
  • You can’t go wrong with this tried and true basic pancake recipe. It is very easy to make, as long as you follow the instructions correctly. You can also serve them with a variety of toppings or just simple butter and syrup.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Maple Syrup on Pancakes

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, vanilla powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

 

Tips:

  • This is one of the quickest breakfasts you can have. Serve with options of cream, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, honey and butter, fresh fruits like mangoes, peaches, berries or your favorite choice ice creams.
  • For healthier choice, try blending in some oats/ chopped nuts into the batter.

     

     

     

     


    Cream of Spinach Soup

    Posted by Angelica on July - 17 - 2011

    *Tips: always cook vegetables in low heat as this would retain the vitamins and goodness which are essential for the body.

     

    Cream of Spinach

    Ingredients

    • 1 bowl of spinach leafs
    • 1 tablespoon of butter
    • 1 medium sized onion
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1 cup of milk
    • 1 cups of water
    • A pinch of salt & pepper
    • Heavy cream

    Directions

    1. In a dry pan, put in the butter and sauté the onion & garlic until fragrant in very low heat. Make sure to not let it burn as it will spoil the color of the soup.
    2. When it turns light golden brown, add in water & ½ cup of milk. Add in the spinach leaves & cover the pan with a lid. Once spinach is added, it should only take about 3-5 mins to start boiling and it’s essential to turn off the heat when the boiling starts.
    3. Let it sit in the pan for another 3 mins before putting it into the blender and grinding it until it becomes smooth in texture.
    4. Put the mixture into the pan again and cook it for another 2 mins with the remaining ½ cup of milk.
    5. Garnish with a little heavy cream and serve hot.

     

    Easy Walnut Cake

    Posted by Angelica on July - 14 - 2011

    Ingredients

    • ¾ cup butterWalnut Cake
    • 1¾ cups flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
    • Pinch of salt(sieved)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence(optional)
    • Yolks of 3 eggs
    • Whites of 2 eggs
    • ½ cup milk
    • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
    • ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips(optional)
    • Pinch of salt

    Beat butter until slightly fluffy, and add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla & almond essence. Mix it with a spoon until you get a nice texture of coarse floury mixture. Don’t worry that it doesn’t look thin enough for a cake recipe. When you’re happy to have mixed the moderately dry ingredients, add the eggs & milk and proceed mixing with a beater until the blend is well. By now the batter will have a cake mixture look and you can add the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix well, pour into the baking pan.

    Bake at 75 degree Celsius for 45 mins. Let it cool, and enjoy your cake with a nice cup of latte or hot tea!

    *tips:

    1. Get all your ingredients ready before starting the mixture as you want minimal time mixing and try and get it into the oven immediately after done as this will give a nice fluffy cake.
    2. Almond essence gives a great fragrance to your cake especially when it has nuts. 3) Serve it with whipped cream/ crème cheese to enhance its taste. Happy baking!

    Vanilla Pudding

    Posted by Angelica on July - 13 - 2011

    This is a great snack for those with sensitive stomach or those having a sore throat. Also great as a substitute for the high calorie desserts while still being able to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    Vanilla Pudding

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • A pinch of salt
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

    2. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.

    3. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla.

    4. Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Color your plate

    Posted by Angelica on July - 12 - 2011

    “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

    – Jim Davis

    Eat a rainbow of Vegetables & Fruits

    If you thought that green cabbages & purple cabbages were the same with differences only in price, you’ll probably need to think again & change your mindset completely. The vegetables & fruits you eat everyday apparently has got nothing to which family it belongs to but of the colors they are!

    It has been researched and proven that vegetables & fruits of different colors have different kind of nutrients that help to protect the body against illness.

    This is going to make your groceries shopping adventure more exciting that you thought it is…. J

     

    Red Group
     

    Antioxidants & reduce cancer risk,

    Yellow/Orange

    Reduce Heart Disease, cancer, good for eyes, improve immune. High in Vitamin A, C, B & folate, and beta carotene

    Green

    Contains chlorophyll, prevents cancer, prevent cataract/blindness in old age, reduce risk of birth defect. Rich in Vitamins

    Blue/Purple

    Antioxidants, protects cell from damages, reduce cancer, stroke & heart disease. Improve memory & age healthy

    White/Beige

    Health Promoting Chemicals, lower cholesterol & blood pressure. Reduce risk of stomach cancer. Good source of mineral & potassium

    Red apples

    Yellow apples

    Green apples

    Blackberries

    Bananas

    Beets

    Apricots

    Artichokes

    Blueberries

    Cauliflower

    Red cabbage

    Butternut squash

    Asparagus

    Eggplant

    Garlic

    Cherries

    Cantaloupe

    Avocados

    Figs

    Ginger

    Cranberries

    Carrots

    Green beans

    Juneberries

    Jicamas

    Pink grapefruit

    Grapefruit

    Broccoli

    Plums

    Mushrooms

    Red grapes

    Lemons

    Brussels sprouts

    Prunes

    Onions

    Red peppers

    Mangoes

    Green cabbage

    Purple grapes

    Parsnips

    Pomegranates

    Nectarines

    Cucumbers

    Raisins

    Potatoes

    Red potatoes

    Oranges

    Green grapes

    Purple Cabbage

    Turnips

    Radishes

    Papayas

    Honeydew melon

    Blackcurrants

    White Peach

    Raspberries

    Peaches

    Kiwi

    Purple Figs

    Pears

    Rhubarb

    Pears

    Lettuce

    Elderberries

    Rambutans

    Strawberries

    Yellow peppers

    Limes

    Black Olives

    Lychees

    Tomatoes (best when cooked)

    Persimmons

    Green onions

    Purple Potatoes

    Watermelon

    Pineapple

    Peas

    Purple Asparagus

    Red Onions

    Pumpkin

    Green pepper

    Purple Yam

    Blood Oranges

    Rutabagas

    Spinach

    Mangosteen

    Yellow winter squash

    Zucchini

    Pink Dragon Fruit

    Sweet corn

    Green Peas

    Red Plums

    Sweet potatoes

    Leeks

    Nectarines

    Tangerines

    Okra

    Yellow tomatoes

    Butterhead

    Yellow watermelon

    Long Bean

     

     

     

    RED VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Red Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    YELLOW/ORANGE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Yellow / Orange Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GREEN VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Green VegetablesGreen Vegetables

    BLUE/PURPLE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Blue / Purple Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WHITE/BEIGE VEGETABLES &

    FRUITS

    White / Beige Vegetable

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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