recipe: yang zhou fried rice

yang zhou fried ricewhen i was prepping a little cooking project for k’s country study, i did some research about the history of fried rice. eggs are a big part of the recipe. the measure of “wealth” could be determined in the amount of eggs in the fried rice dish as the color yellow is symbolic of gold. k is allergic to eggs so i did not add it in her class project but i thought it would be fun to try the recipe with eggs as well!

there are also variety on how egg is included in the rice. one way is by cooking the egg first and then adding it to the rice along with all of the other fried rice ingredients. but recently i watched a Taiwanese drama and one scene has a chef making fried rice by pouring the beaten egg into the rice after all the other ingredients were already mixed together. therefore you cook the egg with the fried rice – not before.

cooking the egg into the rice mixture gives it an extra egg flavor.

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what’s on my chopping board? deux

there are many things you see often but every now and then you see something different. i’ve cooked bok choy before. if you’ve prepared bok choy you know that you have to clean well, pulling each leaf off and wash because there’s a lot of dirt between leaves. so today when i was prepping it, i saw something different: a baby bok choy attached to the inside of each leaf! Continue reading what’s on my chopping board? deux

genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food

in addition to the dirty dozen and clean fifteen, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) has a list of foods that are genetically engineered. especially since i’ve been making baby’s food at home, i’ve been more focused on introducing fruits and vegetables in its freshest and purest form possible. but the government and food corporations are not making it easy.

the foods i have heard of being genetically modified are corn and papaya but apparently some zucchini are – although because of improper labeling, it’s hard to know which is which. according to the EWG, the best thing to do is to buy organic for those foods as well as look for the Non GMO Project Verified label. unfortunately that’s not the worst of it – more vegetables and fruits are up for application to be genetically engineered. here is the list: Continue reading “genetically engineered 2014 – yup, we’re talking about food”

dirty dozen 2013

The Environmental Working Group (EWG) new Shopper’s Guide to Pesticide list. Many on the list are repeats, i.e. apples, strawberries, grapes, spinach, sweet bell peppers and potatoes, but there are some new ones including cherry tomatoes and hot peppers. So for those items it is safer to buy organic.

“The National Institute of Environmental Health Services acknowledges that scientists do not have a full understanding of the health risks associated with exposure to pesticide residues through food, soil, water, or air. Still, notes EWG, various U.S. and international government agencies have linked pesticides to a slew of health risks, including cancer, hormone disruption, brain and nervous system toxicity and irritation to the skin, eyes and lungs.”

While it’s hard to weigh the potential health risks of pesticides with the benefits of fruits and vegetables, the EWA notes that “eating conventionally-grown produce is far better than not eating fruits and vegetables at all.”

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why women should lift weights

when i would go to the gym, one of my neighbors who is a fitness instructor would ask what routines i do and mention that it is important to lift weights. since i do lift weights occasionally, around 2x a week, i didn’t probe further as to why.

according to Prevention Magazine, here are nine reasons why women should strength train at least two or three times a week. Continue reading “why women should lift weights”

skip the fat-free option

Sometimes eating fat-free could be risking your health. According to an article from Woman’s Day, you may not want to choose fat free options for these items: Salad Dressing While fat-free dressings are lower in calories than fat-based dressings, they block absorption of fruits’ and veggies’ nutrients, like carotenoids which protect your body’s cells. According to the study, dressings with monounsaturated fats (from canola and olive oil, for instance) boosted the absorption of the veggies’ carotenoids. Dressings made with polyunsaturated fat (from soybean oil) and saturated fat (from plain old butter) helped absorption, too, but it takes more dressing to … Continue reading skip the fat-free option

risks from calcium supplements

the recommended daily intake of calcium per day is 1200mg for healthy bones. to make sure one can reach that goal, calcium supplements help when one doesn’t have enough with food. but a new study links calcium supplements with greater danger of heart attacks, strokes and other cardiovascular issues. the study did not show that calcium supplements were the actual causes of the issues but that those who took it were in the group who has more heart attacks. the result? having too much or too little calcium is not good. consuming ~820mg calcium in one’s diet daily, helps lower … Continue reading risks from calcium supplements

6 foods that fight pain

instead of taking medication, changing one’s diet can help fight pain. Anti-inflammatory herbs and spices: turmeric, garlic, ginger, cinnamon, tart cherry, curry rosemary Non-animal sources of protein: fish (canned salmon, black cod, tuna, sardines, halibut, mackerel, herring, anchovies), legumes, dried beans (lentils, soybeans, black beans), grains (quinoa, millet, spelt), and plant (pumpkin seeds, walnuts, flaxseed) Healthy fats: coconut oil, olive oil, grape-seed oil, avocado, ground flax, nu butters, omega-3 fortified eggs Wide variety of plants: kale, whole grains, beans, lentils; whole rainbow: dark green, red, orange, yellow, blue and purple fruits and vegetables; whites (cauliflower, garlic, onion); blacks (black beans) … Continue reading 6 foods that fight pain

surprising causes of depression

Trauma, grief, financial troubles, and unemployment are a few well-known triggers for depression but there are some other lesser know reasons: Poor sleep habits Smoking Thyroid disease Facebook overload (unrealistic view of the world) End of a project or show (something important comes to an end) Where you live (living in urban settings have 39% higher risk of mood disorder) Too many choices (sheer number of options can be overwhelming) Lack of fish in the diet (low intake of omega-3 fatty acids) Poor sibling relationships Birth control pills (side effects) Rx medications (side effects) Summer weather (body experiences delay in adjusting … Continue reading surprising causes of depression

buy organic corn

as more studies are done on genetically modified foods, more health risks are learned. a natural insecticide, Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), used to genetically modify corn produces a protein that when absorbed by humans results in detectable levels of toxins are found in the blood of pregnant and non-pregnant women. lab research shows that this toxin has toxic effects on human kidney cells. it doesn’t seem like this issue has been raised to an alarming level yet as it is very hard to find organic corn. but there are a few places, i.e trader joe’s frozen section has Organic Super Sweet … Continue reading buy organic corn