Thursday, 28 March 2013

Holy Thursday

The Last Supper

From left to right.

Bartholomew, James, son of Alphaeus and Andrew.

Judas Iscariot, Peter and John


Thomas, James the Greater and Philip

Matthew, Jude Thaddeus and Simon the Zealot.

Maths - Pythagoras Theorem Explained

This is a nice video explaining the concept of Pythagoras Theorem.

Years ago, a man named Pythagoras found an amazing fact about triangles:

If the triangle had a right angle (90°) ...... and you made a square on each of the three sides, then ...... 
the biggest square had the exact same area as the other two squares put together!


  • c is the longest side of the triangle
  • a and b are the other two sides


The longest side of the triangle is called the "hypotenuse", so the formal definition:
In a right angled triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is equal to the sum of the squares of the other 2 sides.

This video also explains the formula:
(a+b)²= a² + 2ab + b²

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Joke - Beer Talk

Now they tell me !

This indeed is worrying

Beer contains female hormones.
Last month, Sydney University and CSIRO scientists released the results of a recent analysis that revealed the presence of female hormones in beer.

Men should take a concerned look at their beer consumption.

The theory is that beer contains female hormones (hops contain Phytoestrogens) and that by drinking enough beer, men turn into women.

To test the theory, 100 men drank 8 pints of beer each within a 1 hour period.  

It was then observed that 100% of the test subjects 

1) Argued over nothing. 

2) Refused to apologize when obviously wrong

3) Gained weight

4) Talked excessively without making sense

5) Became overly emotional  

6) Couldn't drive

7) Failed to think rationally.

8) Had to sit down while urinating

No further testing was considered necessary.
Send this to the men you know to warn them about drinking too much beer.

Sunday, 24 March 2013

Fruits And Health Benefits

A short 3.5 minute video listing fruits from A to Z and their key health benefits from 101 Healthy Recipes.

Saturday, 23 March 2013

Joke - The Fountain Of Youth

These four older ladies who lived in Italy
Always sat outside together near the church
And chatted about when they were younger.

One month ago they pooled their money together and bought a laptop.

Never having been, but having heard all about Florida, they just happened to click on St. Augustine, FL.

They read about the "Fountain of Youth" claimed by the Spaniards when they arrived there.

They collected up all they had left and sent for four bottles of the water. 
As soon as it arrived, they drank as directed.

The rest of this story will make you a believer, because here they are today................

No.........This is TRUE!  Really!

Would We lie to you?

We have a limited supply of this water available at an incredibly low price of just $1,499.95 a bottle.

Seriously ...


Thursday, 21 March 2013

Blue And Purple Fruits And Vegetables

Chart showing blue fruits and vegetables

→ The blue, purple and indigo foods are great for their anti-aging properties. 
→ These foods have tons of antioxidants, which are called anthocyanins and phenolics.
→ They help improve circulation and prevent blood clots, so they are great and can help prevent heart disease.
→ They are also known to help memory function and urinary tract health and to reduce free radical damage.

Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Dog And Squirrel Story

Kudos to the photographer who captured this.

Dog has baby squirrel pinned down and mom sees
it from above

Mom takes action!

Dog gets it from mom, and baby gets away.

Mother consoles baby and . . .

The look on the dog's face is priceless. He has to be  thinking: "What the hell happened? Did I just get my ass kicked by a squirrel?"

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Red Fruits And Vegetables

Recipe - Chinese Cuisine

This 4 part video showcase a variety of Chinese cuisines from stir fry to steam seafood.

Part 1 - 25 minutes. This video from Food Safari shows how to do some Chinese dishes which are very popular in Australia, like beef stir fry, crispy squid, steam fish with black beans, oyster kai lan and other dishes.

Part 2 - 28 minutes. Ching He Huang shows how to cook stir fry chicken noodles, sweet and sour pork and beef stir fry with oyster sauce.

Part 3 - 30 minutes. Ching He Huang cooks seafood in this video. Recipes include steam seabass with beer, pan fried monk fish, steam scallops with black beans, fish and chips and chilli crab.

Part 4 - 30 minutes, is about Sichuan recipes. Ching He Huang shows how to cook orange beef steak, chilly chicken, chilly bacon, spicy prawns with green beans, spicy eggplant with mince pork and the spicy Sichuan hot pot or fondue.

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Joke - Teaching Maths Over The Years

1. Teaching Math In 1950s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price.

What is his profit ?

2. Teaching Math In 1960s

A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is 4/5 of the price, or $80. 

What is his profit?

3. Teaching Math In 1970s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80.

Did he make a profit?

4. Teaching Math In 1980s
A logger sells a truckload of lumber for $100. His cost of production is $80 and his profit is $20. 

Your assignment: Underline the number 20.

5. Teaching Math In 1990s
A logger cuts down a beautiful forest because he is selfish and inconsiderate and cares nothing for the habitat of animals or the preservation of our woodlands. He does this so he can make a profit of $20.. 

What do you think of this way of making a living?

Topic for class participation after answering the question:

How did the birds and squirrels feel as the logger cuts down their homes?

(There are no wrong answers, and if you feel like crying, it's ok. )

6. Teaching Math In 2013

Who cares, just steal the lumber from your rich neighbor's property. He won't have a gun to stop you, and the President says it's OK anyway cuz it's redistributing the wealth and he does it every day.


Monday, 11 March 2013

How To make Pickled Ginger

After 5 days
Ginger is a tasty and aromatic spice used very often in Asian cuisines. It is best known for preventing   inflammation and arthritis. More on health benefits of ginger.

Pickled ginger is usually served with the Japanese sashimi and sushi and is called gari in Japanese. It is used for cleansing the palate so that you can enjoy the next piece of sushi or sashimi. Pickled ginger can also be used in salad to give the dish a sweet and sour taste.

To make pickled ginger, thin slices of ginger are lightly cooked with rice vinegar and sugar to give it a sweet and sour taste. It is best to use young ginger because the young ginger is less fibrous.

I made a small bottle of pickled ginger, about 100 grams. To make the pickle, add 1 part of sugar to 2 parts of vinegar. Boil the vinegar and sugar to dissolve the sugar. Pour the liquid mixture over the slice ginger in a container. Add a bit of salt for taste.


day 1
1 young ginger
50 ml of rice vinegar
25 grams of sugar
a pinch of salt


You need a small bottle with cap.
Peel the young ginger and slice the ginger thinly with a slicer.
Sprinkle a little salt over the sliced ginger.
Put the ginger in a container.

Mix the rice vinegar and sugar in a pan and bring to a boil.
Pour the hot mixture of vinegar and sugar over the ginger slices.
Let it cool.
Pickled ginger changes its colour to light pink.
Cover the bottle and and store in the refrigerator.

It can keep for 6 months.



This 2 minute video shows how to make pickled ginger by boiling the vinegar and sugar before adding to the ginger slices.

This 4 minute video shows how to make pickled ginger without boiling the vinegar and sugar.

Sunday, 10 March 2013

Star Fruits (Carambola) And Health Benefits

Originated from the Moluccas and Sri Lanka, and grown in Malaysia and Southeast Asia for several centuries, the star fruit has got several other names including: belimbingbilimbiChinese star fruit, the star apple and five-angled fruit.

  • The star fruit is an excellent source of ascorbic acid, which is important to the fitness of your body, as it assists in maintaining bones, teeth, mucus membranes, skin and improves the immune system. Based on Nutrition Data, which is responsible to make reports on nutritional facts for Department of Agriculture in the United States, a single cup of sliced carambola has 37.2 mg of vitamin C.
  • The star fruit provides little amounts of the B vitamins such as vitamin B5 or pantothenic acid, and the derivatives may help lower cholesterol and speed up wound recovery. In addition, it contains folate or vitamin B9 that is essential for preventing birth defects as well as for reducing the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
  • The fruit has beta-carotene, which can be converted into retinol or vitamin A in your body for good vision and appetite.
  • The star fruit contains both antimicrobial and antioxidant activities. Extracts of the fruit proved antimicrobial activity against Bacillus cereusE. coliSalmonella typhi and Staphylococcus aureus.
  • The fruit contains small quantities of potassium, which regulate blood pressure level; iron for balanced red blood cells; as well as calcium and magnesium, which function together to help fortify bones.
  • The star fruit is rich in soluble fiber, which can be useful to reduce cholesterol levels and keep your bowels healthy. 

Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Recipe - Steam Pork With Sha Cha Sauce (BBQ Sauce)

This steam pork with sha cha sauce (or barbeque sauce) is for people on the go. It is a quick and easy dish. It is also a delicious and nutritious dish.

The sha cha sauce is a condiment commonly used in Taiwanese cuisine. Sha cha sauce is made from soya bean oil, shallots, flat fish, and dried shrimps to give it a spicy and savoury taste. It is not hot. The taste reminds me of the sauce used for the Singapore satay bee hoon, minus the peanuts flavour.

Lee Kum Kee has a version of this sauce but I was not able to find it in the local supermarket.
Lee Kum Kee Sha Cha sauce

I got the frozen lean pork from the supermarket and they already come conveniently sliced. Just defrost and marinate with the sha cha sauce.

250 grams sliced lean pork
50 grams black fungus
2 slices ginger, julienned
2 cloves garlic, finely minced

1 tbs light soy
1 tbs rice wine
1 tsp rice wine
Taiwanese sha cha sauce
1.5 tbs sha cha sauce ((沙茶酱))

Rinse the fresh black fungus, cut into bite size and blanch in boiling water for 30 seconds. Remove, drained and set aside. 

Marinate pork fillet with shredded ginger, minced garlic and seasoning for 30 minutes before adding the Sha Cha Sauce and give it a quick stir till combined.

Arrange blanched black fungus in a steaming plate, lay the marinated pork on top.

Steam it over medium 
high heat for about 10 minutes or until the meat is cooked. 


A short 3 minute video on how to steam pork with Chinese sausage, mushrooms and radish.

A short video on how to steam spare ribs. My view is that it will take a lot longer, like 1 hour to make the spare ribs softer. I like the meat to fall off the bones, so I like the ribs to be softer. Very nice.