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Friday, November 28, 2008

how yummy this ice cream was!
it was a hot day so my daughter and I decided to make a cold treat for ourselves.
Though it was sweetened only with dried fruits and a dash of agave nectar, this soft set icecream gives you the creamiest, and the most heavenly ice cream!
not only that it has a good amount of omega3 in it as well.
I can't wait for another hot day...... (so I have an excuse to make more of this)

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

thoughts on soy products

I have been asked by a few different people what I think about soy products. soya bean is considered to have one of the highest amino acid profiles. The estrogens are said to prevent cancer, lower cholestrol, relieves menopausal symptoms. However there are many people concern that soy products have negative impact on the body.
Personally I could not live without soy products! Tofu, Tempeh, miso, soy sauce, natto..... they appear so frequently in my dishes. I believe too much of anything is not good and also less refined the better. I hardly drink soy milk as a substitute to dairy milk. ( though I still use soy milk in cooking or baking etc.) fermentation is important too. And make sure the soy products you consume are organic and not genetically modified.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

kurogoma cookie

these are so- good- for -you cookies! made with black sesame paste, buckwheat flour, whole soy bean flour and hazel and brazil nut chunks, sweetened with rice syrup.
they look a bit evil (?) but they taste great. the paste really make these cookies light but satisfying. Black sesame has been associated with the Kidney and Liver meridians and they are an extremely good source of calcium.
How good to be able to say to my daughter 'Yes, you can have a couple more.'

Monday, October 27, 2008

veges in the garden

The weather is getting warmer...
I have been planting some vegetables in the garden and you know how much I love my veges in my tummy!
Now we have daikons, syungiku (japanese leafy vegetable), gobou (burdock), cucumbers, bok choi, green beans, baby carrots, onions, leeks, basil.....
It is so rewarding and exciting to see the plants grow. and the best part is to pick whatever is ready for your next meal....
hope more rain will come our way. get water tanks everyone!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

new spring menu

someone said ' you are looking happier everytime I see you'
well, what a compliment! but how could you not be happy with this beautiful spring weather.
like removing a layer or two of your clothing according to the climate, you'll need to adjust your eating habits. I have noticed my body more accepting more yin properties, like a bit more fruits, sour tasting food etc. However still be careful not to overdo it. The change of the seasons like this is when you really need to slow down and take care of yourself.

Sunday, September 14, 2008

my little girl's birthday party

my daughter's 5th birthday party!
I made this chocolate strawberry short cake. Lucky she was born in spring and i can get these sweet organic strawberries for her birthday cakes. strawberries are one of the 10 most pesticide-ridden produce so i make sure they are organic when i get them.
The chocolate sauce and sliced strawberries are sandwiched between the two moist chocolate sponges with added tofu.
The sauce is made with soy milk, kuzu, agar agar, sweetened with rice and maple syrup.
chocolate is still very yin. so even though this is so much more kind to your body compare to sugar filled dairy chocolate cake, be sensible!!! well my daughter wasn't listening to my advise....
we also had fairy oatmeal buscuits, kanten jellies and raisin bliss balls with carob.
I really believe that a kids' party food doesn't have to be unhealthy to be enjoyed. And it proved it right today.
happy birthday, my little princess!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

lunch one day

just posting what we had for lunch...

making every meals fresh would be ideal but sometimes it is just not possible.

great to have some leftovers to make a new excting dish!

I madea quick stir fry with leftover brown rice from the night before. mixed with rocket, steamed pumpkin, arame and walnuts.
add a drizzle of flexseed oil before serving.
extra grain is handy to have in the fridge for a quick nutritious meal. make sure to put it in the fridge as the cooked grains do not last as long as some may think.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

shopping at ceres

just came back from ceres wednesday market. look at these beautiful greens!!!
it has been such a warm spring day today and that's proberbly why I am attracted to more towards leafy vegetables.
they have light upward energy that's perfect for this weather.
now that it is getting warmer, it's time to adjust your cooking method for your meals too. lighter seasonings and quicker, lighter cooking style is more appripriate.
Mmmmmm.... what shall I make for lunch today.. stir fry greens with sticky garlic tamari sauce... or maybe tahini tamari sauce... yum!!!
Oh, when you buy root vegetables with leaves attached, make sure to separate them before storing to prolong their freshness.

Monday, September 1, 2008

1st day of spring

Today is officially the first day of spring! However it still feels a bit cold.
have a look around though. there are so many delightful signs that the spring has been here for a while. cherry blossoms, scent of fresh jasmine, my apricot tree blossoms....... desire to eat lighter greens and a bit more fresh fruits always tells me the transitional time from winter to spring.
it is also a fregile time for the body.
look after yourself.