Written by SheR. @ 3:00 pm
It's the most festive time of the year for us, Chinese again. And without fail, I will start my cookies baking session. This year I have created additional three new flavours to my collection of Chinese New Year shortbread cookies namely: Hibiscus & Black Sesame (see picture above), Earl Grey & Vanilla (a personal favourite using only vanilla beans instead of extract) and Rose & Pistachio (pretty little biscuits).
Let me introduce this new member of my cookie creations: Hibiscus & Black Sesame. When I first chanced upon the purple-hued cookies, I was skeptical about how the cookies were coloured. But once I discovered that Hibiscus Tea lends a gorgeous red colour to the butter before baking. I'd immediately fell in love with the notion of Hibiscus Tea cookies.
Why Hibiscus? Before we talked about the taste of these unique cookies, let's read about the natural health benefits of Hibiscus Tea. First of all, it is a rich source of Vitamin C.Not to mention its anti-inflammatory properties and helps to lower cholesterol too! You may read more about the miracle flower in this article.
In case you haven't heard, we Chinese love our Black Sesame seeds. Its anti-ageing property is a well guarded secret. Check out this article to learn more about these humble seeds.
Therefore, we should be enjoying more of the New Year celebration with these goodies. Not only is Hibiscus & Black Sesame a potent combination for health. Its exquisite sourish taste is one that is seldom found in other cookies flavours.
If you are interested to try the different cookies, take a peek at my facebook page. In the meantime, I'm back to my kitchen to bake more delights. Last but not least, don't forget that these creations are made with only ORGANIC Raw Sugar, Unbleached flour and French Butter.
Apologies for any persons who happen to hope for some new material on this blog. I've been keeping myself busy by hosting Tea Parties at my place. The idea is simple. Friends bring friends and ultimately everyone becomes friends. Voila! The world gets smaller (quoting my dear friend Lin)!
Besides making more friends, we also share knowledge about healthy eating with our guests. Occasionally, we will have themed parties. Just last month, we hosted a successful Cheese Party. Our friend has requested for Cheese parties to be held quarterly. From such events, we all learnt how the various speciality cheeses differ and appreciate everything we eat a little bit more.
If you are tempted check out uR Resident Chef's facebook page link for the past tea parties or join us for future parties to make more friends!
Apple Pie Cake, anyone?
"An Apple a day keeps the doctor away." This is an age old wisdom that every child would have learnt in his school. However, do you know the many health benefits behind this modest fruit besides knowing it tastes sweet and crunchy?
According to research study, consuming one to two apples a day will reduce the risk of heart disease. This study shows that daily apple consumption may help to lower cholesterol levels and two markers associated with plaques and inflammation in artery walls. If you are interested to read more about this, you may visit this site.
Not only does eating an apple reaps tons of health benefits, the scent of green apples was found to relieve migraines too. Read about the research through this link.
Apple contains Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B9 and C. It also contains Fibre, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorous, Potassium and Zinc. To learn more about the good stuff found in an apple, visit this site.
For those into traditional chinese medicine, the apple helps to balance the lungs and intestines. It will also aid in detoxing your livers after a night of drinking.
The humble Apple was also on the recent news due to its involvement with the "Dirty Dozen". Nope, I'm not referring to any fruits hooligans. The Dirty Dozen refers to a group of fruits and vegetables most contaminated by pesticide use. More information is available on this site. Therefore, to avoid introducing excessive pesticides into your diet while continuing to enjoy your apples, you are advised to purchase organic apples.
Hope you enjoyed my little post about Apples. Eat wisely, live healthy!
My Vitamin C tablets.
Does this statement sound familiar to you? Recently I had to collect my monthly drug dosage of vitamins from the pharmacy and I was advised by the pharmacist to store my drugs in a Cool, Dry place. I was quick to inform her that I have been storing them in the refrigerator for the longest time. First she greeted my ignorance with extreme shock (imagine the emoticon :O) then she continued to remind me to store the vitamin C tablets in a cool, dry place. All right, I'm not trying to be funny. Could someone please advise me if such a place exists in Singapore with average temperature of 30 degrees Celsius around the year and a relative humidity that will only make my bread doughs very, very happy?
Doubting the pharmacist, I went on to do a little Googling on my own as it takes more than just an advice from a professional to convince me to stop storing my ascorbic acid in a Cool but not Dry place. Well, it's not hard to find the information if every single site repeats the same mantra of "Store in a cool, dry place". Why is there a need to do so? Vitamins degrade and lose their effectiveness if they are stored properly. At the end of the day, I will simply be popping little orange pills that taste sour. Heat and moisture are not best friends of drugs. According to this site, storing my vitamins in the refrigerator means allowing condensation to enter the packaging each time I open it. This will lead to vitamin deterioration.