Saturday, 24 January 2015

Spring Onions And Health Benefits.

Health Benefits of Spring Onions:

Spring onions have vitamins and minerals which promotes health.

1. Spring onions are good for cardiovascular health. They lower the oxidation of cholesterol and reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.

2. Sulfur compounds in this vegetable help in reducing and controlling blood pressure levels.

3. Spring onions help to reduce cholesterol levels as well.

4. The chromium content in spring onions provides health benefits of diabetics. It controls the blood sugar levels and improves glucose tolerance. Allyl propyl disulphide is also very helpful in lowering blood sugar levels.

5. Anti-bacterial properties in it help to fight against cold and flu.

6. Anti-bacterial properties also provide relief from digestive discomforts.

7. Vitamin C in this vegetable boosts the immunity.

8. Pectin (water-soluble colloidal carbohydrate) in spring onions reduces the chances of developing cancers especially colon cancer.

9. Quercetin in spring onions provides anti-inflammatory and anti-histamine benefits. It’s a good vegetable for treating arthritis and asthma.

10. It is a good food for regulating metabolism and keeping macronutrients.

11. Spring onions are good against eye disease and eye problems.

12. Allicin in this vegetable is good for the skin as it protects from skin wrinkling.
Besides all of the above health benefits, spring onions are also good for speeding up blood circulation. They provide protection against fungal infections and works as an appetizer as well. Regular intake of spring onions is extremely good for the health as these can protect us from many health problems and diseases.

Monday, 19 January 2015

Recipe - Twice Cooked Pork Belly (Huí Guō Ròu)

Twice cooked pork belly (Huí Guō Ròu) is essentially a stir fried dish using slices of pork belly that have already been boiled for about 30 minutes. The dish has its roots in Sichuan, China known for spicy food. The dish is sweet and spicy but it is really up to you to choose what spices to add.

The pork belly is first boiled for 30 minutes to get rid of some fat and to tenderize the meat before they are sliced thinly.  The thinner the slices the nicer they taste.

Slices of spring onions and ginger are added to flavour the dish. Vegetables can be added for colour and health.

500 grams of pork belly (serves 5)

1 tablespoon chilli bean paste
1 teaspoon Sichuan peppercorn
chilli bean paste
1 tablespoon dark soy
1 teaspoon sugar
(hoisin sauce can substitute for sugar or sweet bean paste)

1 tablespoon oil for frying
1 teaspoon of slice ginger
2 sprigs of spring onion cut into inch length.


(A)Bring a pot of water to the boil, add in the pork belly.
Lower the heat to medium low and let the pork belly simmer for about 30 minutes.

Let the pork cool and cut into thin slices.
(Note: It is easier to cut the pork belly if it is chilled for about an hour)

(B) Heat the oil in a wok or pan till hot
Toss in the sliced pork and fry for a minute.
Drain any excess oil.

(C) Add the chilli bean paste, dark soy and sugar.
Stir fry for another minute and serve.



Some videos on twice cook pork belly.

This dish is also a Taiwanese favourite.

Tom Lin uses lean pork and lots of vegetables.

Chef Eric adds long beans and leek to the pork belly.

Monday, 12 January 2015

Joke - Different Names Of Money

Different Names Of Money

In temple or church, it is called donation.

In school, it is a fee.

In marriage, it's called dowry.

In divorce, alimony.

When you owe someone, it is debt.

When you pay the government, it is tax.

In court, it is fine.

Civil servant retirees, it's pension.

Employers to workers, it is salary.

Master to subordinates, it is wages.

Parents to children, it is allowance.

When you borrow from a bank, it's a loan.

When you offer after good service, it's tips.

To kidnappers, it's ransom.

Illegally received in the name of service, it's a bribe.

Question is "when a husband gives it to his wife, what do we call it ?".

ANSWER: Money given to your wife is called DUTY and every man has to do his duty because wives are not DUTY FREE!.

Monday, 5 January 2015

Cutthroat Kitchen Season 6 Episode 1 And 2

Cutthroat Kitchen is a reality cooking television show hosted by Alton Brown that premiered on August 11, 2013 on Food Network. It features four chefs competing in a three-round elimination cooking competition. However, the contestants face auctions in which they can purchase opportunities to sabotage each other or benefit themselves. Each chef is given $25,000 at the start of the show; the winner keeps whatever money he/she has not spent in the auctions. 

Episode 1 - Theme is Italian

Episode 2 - Theme is Turkey

Sunday, 4 January 2015

3900 Saturdays - Inspirational Story

             3900 Saturdays

The older I get, The more I enjoy Saturday mornings.
Perhaps it is the quiet solitude that comes with being the first to rise, or maybe it is the unbounded joy of not having to be at work.

Either way, the first few hours of Saturday morning are most enjoyable.

A few weeks ago, I was shuffling toward the garage with a steaming cup of coffee in one hand and the morning paper in the other.

What began as a typical Saturday morning, turned into a lesson that life seems to hand you from time to time. Let me tell you about it.

I turned the dial up on the phone portion of my ham radio in order to listen to a Saturday morning swap net.

I came across an older sounding chap, with a tremendous signal and a golden voice. You know the kind, he should be in the broadcasting service.

He was telling whom-ever he was talking with something about "a thousand marbles".

I was intrigued and stopped to listen to what he had to say.

"Well, Tom it sounds like you're busy with your job. I am sure they pay you well but it's a shame you have to be away from home and and your family so much. Hard to believe a young fellow have to work sixty or seventy hours a week to make ends meet.

It's too bad you missed you daughter's 'dance recital' he continued.

'Let me tell something that has help me to keep my own priorities.'

And that's when he began to explain his theory of 'a thousand marbles'.

'You see, I sat down one day and did a little arithmetic.

The average person lives about 75 years. I know, some live more and some live less, but on average, folks live about 75 years.

Now then, I multiplied 75 times 52 and I came up with 3900, which is the number of Saturdays an average person has in their entire lifetime.

Now stick with me, Tom, I am getting to the important part.

It took me until I was fifty-five years old to think about all this in any detail' he went on 'and by that time I had lived through twenty eight hundred Saturdays.'

'I got to thinking that if I lived to be seventy-five, I only had about a thousand of them left to enjoy. So I went to a toy store to buy every single marble they had.

I ended up having to visit three toy stores  to round up 1,000 marbles. I took them home and put them in large, clear plastic container right here in the shack right next to my gear'.

'Every Saturday since then, I have taken one out and threw it away. I found that by watching the marbles diminish, I focused more  on the really important things in life.

There is nothing like watching your time here on this earth run out to help get your priorities straight'.

'Now let me tell you one last thing before I sign-off with you and take my lovely wife  out for breakfast.

This morning I took the last marble out of the container.

I figure that if I make it until next Saturday, then I have been given a little extra time. And the one thing we can all use is a little more time.'

'It was nice to meet you Tom, I hope you spend more time with your family. I hope to meet you here on the band. This is a seventy-five year old man, KN9ZQ clear and going QRT, good morning!'

You could have heard a pin drop on the band when this fellow signed off. I guess he gave us all a lot to think about. I had planned to work on the antenna this morning, and then I was going to meet up with a few hams to work on the next club newsletter.

Instead, I went upstairs to wake my wife up with a kiss. 'C'mon honey, I am taking you and the kids to breakfast'.

'What brought this on ?' she asked with a smile.

'Oh, nothing special, it's just been a long time since we spent a Saturday morning with the kids. And hey, can we stop at a toy store while we are out ? I need to buy some marbles.'

A friend sent this to me, so I send this to you.

And so as one smart bear once said....
"If you live to be a hundred, I want to live to be hundred minus one day, so I never have to live without you". - Winnie The Pooh

Pass this on to your friends.

And if you received this email from many different people, it means you have many FRIENDS.

And if you get but once do not be discouraged for you will know that you have at least a good friend.

And that would be ME.

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