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Monday, 28 March 2016

LEG CRAMP



Leg Cramp

is indeed very painful





Very often 
when it strikes
you will curl up your legs and 
pressing at the painful part

After awhile
 it will release 
but the after effect pain can still be there

This method release you of the pain almost immediately
and no after effect 



Method:
1) relax!  slowly straighten both legs
2) let the cramped leg remain on the bed
3) rest the other leg on top of the big toe, bending it as shown
4) after awhile, the cramp will be released

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

GOD IS FAITHFUL



"There are so many people praying, asking God for help.
Can God really hear us?
Can He remember what I asked for?
Will He attend to my requests?"

Indeed, there are thousands of people praying
We are all like sand pebbles on the un-ending beach
unattractive and not outstanding
How can He be aware that we are around?

Remember that our God promised to be with us always
He will never leave us nor forsake us
Be assured that God can surely hear everyone of us
and He always answers our prayers, in His time

Why? Because He loves us abundantly
God calls us His own.  How can He forget His own children?
God our father is both anxious and delighted to hear us
His outstretched arms are there waiting for us to run to Him

The cross demonstrates His great love for us
He gave His only son, the sinless, to die for us, the sinful ones
So that we can be reconciled back to Him
Penalty of sin has been fully paid on the cross

He cleanse us of all wrong with His precious blood
So that we can come to Him righteous
as sons of God and be accepted into the Kingdom of God
Nothing we need to do, but through the Grace of God, amen





Friday, 18 March 2016

CONFINEMENT MONTH


What is Confinement?

The period of 4 weeks after delivery of a baby is fondly called Confinement Month. According to the Chinese, a woman's body is the weakest and most vulnerable to future ailments after childbirth. Care should be taken to ensure fast recovery and long term health. Traditionally, this is a time when a new mother is pampered to health with plenty of rest and good food.

In modern days, many of the practices in the Confinement Month are considered irrelevant, and demand an explanation.  However, many Chinese families, especially those with elders at home, the young mother still obliged, for the benefit of doubt and comfort of the elders.

Nevertheless, there are still guidelines that need to follow in bringing the new mother back to the brink of health after delivery.

1) 1st Week
During child birth the mother has lost a lot of blood and thus cause her body to be 'cold'. First step is to cleanse her womb of any remnants of blood clots and dispel 'wind' from her body

2) 2nd week to 4th week
To replenish the loss of blood and strengthen the function of her body with herbs

The following are 3 commonly used herbs:

1) Old ginger 
     works wonder, especially during this confinement month. It
     a) expels 'wind' and restore body heat, thereby soothes joint aches &
         relieves inflammation and pain
     b) helps in digestion by neutralizing & stimulating digestive enzymes
     c) prevents blood clots
     
     It is used throughout the 4 weeks.

2) Dates
Red dates, Black dates and Nan dates are used to make drink or soup to help in restoring the loss of blood during delivery

3) Black Fungus
cooked with chicken or make soup to remove any remnants of blood left in the womb

Others like Dang Shen, sesame seed oil, peppercorns, longan, dang Gui, and shou wu are also used in soups.

Drinking of plain or cold water is strictly prohibited, as many believe it will bring in 'wind', that will lead to severe body ache and future ailment. However, the body needs to be cleansed and flushed out of impurities & toxin.  Ginger tea, rice tea or 3 dates tea have been introduced to take the place of plain water. Of course, some add Dang Shen, wolfberry or longan for a change in taste & their medicinal value.  It is quite flexible and can be adjusted to own liking.

When a new mother is advised not to wash her hands in cold running water, she definitely must not shower or wash her hair under running water!  A special herb, da feng ai is to be boiled & cooled down for bathing.  It helps to dispel 'wind' and 'coolness' from the body, improve blood circulation and ease joint pain.  We used to buy big bundles in plastic bags, with leaves and sticks sticking out everywhere.  Now, it has been packed neatly into sachets, don't need to be strained after boiling!





DANG SHEN TEA




Dang Shen 
党参
stimulates appetite
improves blood circulation
boost immunity by increasing white blood cells

It is 
also used to treat 
shortness of breath & cough

A note of caution:

Dang Shen 
should be avoided prior to surgery
as it may interfere with blood clotting

Knowing the benefits of Dang Shen
it is time to prepare 
Dang Shen Tea

Dang Shen Tea 
is a combination of Dang Shan, red dates, dried longan & wolfberries

 
This is particularly beneficial 
to new mothers 
as
it helps to replenish Qi, and promotes blood circulation



Ingredients:
200g dang shen
some dried logan
some red dates
some wolfberries (optional)
1.5L water

1) rinse all ingredients & add water to boil for 15min
2) lower heat & simmer for 2 hours
3) strain & keep warm in the flask to drink the whole day



RED BEAN LONGAN SOUP



.


A dessert
good as the afternoon Tea Break

Red beans 
need long hours of cooking 
and
Slow Cooker best serve the purpose




1 cup red bean, washed
1/4 cup dried lotus seeds, washed (optional)
1L hot water
1/4 cup longan, rinsed
sugar to taste

1) cook red beans & water in slow cooker until soft
2) add longan & continue cooking until longan opens
3) add sugar to taste

TRIPLE DATES DRINK




3 types of dates:
red dates 
black dates &
nan (blue) dates

3 to combine to give the best nourishing results



50 pcs red dates (seeded)
8 pcs black dates (snipped)
8 pcs lan dates (blue) snipped
1.5L water

1) rinse dates & boil in 1.5L of water for 2.5 hours
2) store in flask & drink the whole day

FRIED GINGER EGG





Fry ginger slices in sesame seed oil until fragrant
add beaten eggs

This is what you get!

Simple as that!

SESAME GINGER CHICKEN




A dish that is commonly sold in
'chu chow'
i.e. Chinese cooking stall


1/2 chicken, chopped into bite size
old ginger, sliced thinly
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
1 tsp black sauce
salt, pepper, sugar & soya sauce to taste
some water

1) heat kuali, fry ginger until fragrant
2) add chicken pieces & fry until meat shrinks
3) add water & seasoning
4) cook until meat is tender




GINGER KUNYIT CHICKEN



Kunyit chicken
taste good if it is dry and crispy

It tastes even better 
if fresh kunyit is used
when you do not mind your fingers, knife & chopping board turn yellow


1/2 chicken, cut into bite size
1 tsp kunyit powder, can be more for darker colour
2 Tbsp ginger juice
sugar, soya sauce & salt to taste

3 Tbsp sesame seed oil

1) marinate chicken with the rest of the ingredients
2) heat sesame seed oil & fry chicken until dry

STEAMED GINGER EGG





If you like steamed egg
you can have this for a change
during the confinement month


(A) 1 egg, beaten
      1 Tbsp ginger, shredded
      1 Tbsp sesame seed oil

(B) 1 egg, beaten
      1/3 cup water
      salt & pepper to taste

1) heat sesame seed oil & fry ginger until fragrant
2) add beaten egg & stir fry, switch off fire
3) dish into a steaming bowl
4) add ingredients B & steam for 7min until set


FRIED PORK SLICES





A simple dish
but can be tender and nice
if the meat chosen is right 
cut across the grain


Ingredients
1 pc lean meat, sliced
2 Tbsp ginger, shredded
1 Tbsp sesame seed oil

Mariate to taste
soya sauce, pepper, sugar
black sauce (optional)
1 tsp corn starch, added last 

1) marinate pork slices & leave aside for 1/2 hour
2) heat oil & fry ginger until fragrant
3) add marinated meat & fry over high heat
4) serve 

GINGER RICE TEA





My Mom told me 
to keep her body warm throughout the confinement month
she only drank 
 Ginger Rice Tea

She said that my Tea has more ginger than hers
in fact, need a lot more rice !

Today
TCM encourage all new mothers
to drink red dates drink 

I feel that this Ginger Rice Tea is good for a change
maybe once or twice in a week
to break the monotony


1 cup rice
1 cup old ginger, shredded with skin 

1) fry shredded ginger in a clean kuali until dry
2) briefly rinse rice under running water, drain & add to ginger
3) fry until the rice changes colour, slightly brownish, about 2 hours
4) let cool & store in a bottle

To serve
1) scoop 3 Tbsp of the rice & ginger into a flask
2) pour boiling water into the flask, cover & leave to steep
3) strain & serve after 1/2 hour 



GINGER KIDNEY SLICES




These kidney pieces are so tender
and when blended in the ginger sauce
they simply taste good


My daughter could still remember its taste
even though she tasted only ONCE

It takes a bit of patience to prepare:

First, cut open the kidney
Next, using a sharp knife
remove the white ducts from the inside of the kidney,
clean well &
score the front side of the kidney
Then, 
soak in clean water to remove any smell
and you are ready to cook


2 pig kidney, prepared as above
2 Tbsp old ginger, shredded
1 Tbsp sesame seed oil
thickener (1 Tbsp corn starch + 2 Tbsp water)
salt, soya sauce & sugar to taste

1) heat oil & fry ginger until fragrant
2) add prepared kidney & fry briefly
3) add some water, flavor to taste
4) add thickener & serve hot

FOOCHOW ANG CHOW CHICKEN





A dish 
that is well loved by many Foochow people

Simple ingredients
but great taste
only the Foochow rice wine able to produce!

These days
one can easily buy the rice wine & wine residue
instead of going through the process of making them at home




1/2 chicken, chopped into bite size
1 Tbsp rice wine residue
2 Tbsp old ginger, chopped
1 black fungus, soaked & cut into bite size
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
1 cup water
salt & sugar to taste

1) heat up sesame seed oil & fry ginger until fragrant
2) add chicken pieces & fry until meat shrinks
3) add rice residue, taking care not to burn it
4) add water, black fungus
5) let boil until chicken is tender
6) add salt and sugar to taste



Thursday, 17 March 2016

GINGER LIVER SLICES




Liver
 is good for the new mother

but it is not easy to cook
it will be red and raw if undercooked
hard like leather if overcooked

Last time we used to cut it very thinly &
poured hot boiling ginger water over it
& served

Nowadays,
 not many people will dare to eat this way




100g pig's liver, sliced
2 Tbsp sliced old ginger
salt & pepper to taste
soya sauce
dark soya sauce
sugar
1 Tbsp sesame seed oil


To prepare:
1) heat 1 Tbsp sesame seed oil & fry ginger until fragrant
2) add sliced liver pieces & toss & turn quickly 
3) add seasoning & stir fry until cooked
4) serve hot


FOOCHOW ANG CHOW CHICKEN SOUP





Foochow people love this soup dish

It is usually prepared for ocassions like:
1) Birthdays
2) Festivals like Chinese New Year &
3) Celebration of a new born

In Sitiawan, 
during the olden days, at least @ my mother's time,
the new mother ate this for 30 days!!!

This is prepared every morning
in one big pot
both for the new mother &
guests when they come bearing gifts

It is a way of saying
'thank you'
 and 
'peace be with you'
to the guests

Of course,
mian sian and hard boiled eggs
are often added 
to complete the meal!



1/2 chicken, chopped into bite size
1 large piece ginger, shredded thinly or chopped
few pieces black fungus, soaked & cut
1 Tbsp rice wine residue
3 Tbsp rice wine
2 Tbsp sesame seed oil
2 large bowls of water
salt (optional)

1) heat up sesame seed oil & fry ginger until fragrant
2) add chicken pieces & fry until chicken meat shrink
3) add rice wine residue & fry quickly before adding water
    take care not to burn the rice wine residue
4) add black fungus pieces
5) when the soup boils & the chicken is tender, add rice wine & dish out 
6) serve hot



CHICKEN ESSENCE




Chicken Essence 
is usually prepared for the weak and sickly

It is also prepared for those in Confinement Month
because
1) it is nutriceous
2) can be prepared using the unpaletable parts  e.g. breast meat
& 3) it is easy to prepare 


As this is steamed for long hours,
about 4 hours,
the broth or essence is usually clear and tasty 

A dash of pepper
or ginger powder will give a different taste
but
on its own
I simply love it!


To prepare:
1) get some pieces of chicken meat, can be any part that we dislike 
2) slice thinly or simply chop it with the back of the chopper
3) over-turn a bowl & put it at the base of the steamer or small pot
4) arrange the chicken pieces around as shown
5) add some water (about 1/4 bowl)
6) steam for 4 hours
7) let it cool down for the essence to subside to the bottom
8) remove the chicken pieces which are hard & dry
9) remove the bowl & pour out the essence
10) reheat to serve hot

OLD FASHION ONE BOWL BUTTER CAKE

An Old Fashion 
One Bowl Butter Cake

which I learned from my father's friend
Tan Kim Yew, whom we fondly called 'Big Person' 大人


He would come on a motorbike
 with his wife riding behind
balancing a big clay tub on her lap
inside which held a 'baseball bat'


He creamed the butter and sugar together 
with the baseball bat in the clay tub, 
until light and fluffy

Vanilla Essence was added at this stage
(Sometimes forgot & not added)


Eggs were added one by one 
with each one well mixed into the butter cream

Flour was first sifted

added to the mixture alternating with the eggs

Milk was only added
if the batter was too thick
and could not drop at the count of 3


Just these few simple steps 

and the cake would be ready after baking 
in preheated oven of 160'C-170'C for about an hour!

Simple
Not many things to wash
so
I made this butter cake, again and again




This is his recipe :

Ingredients:

250g butter, at room temperature
180g caster sugar
230g self raising flour, sifted (or plain flour+2 tsp baking powder)
1 tsp vanilla essence
4 AA eggs
1/4 cup milk, to adjust batter to dropping consistency









Sometimes
he would impress us with 
chocolate flavor as follows:

He would take out some of the plain batter
sifted in some cocoa powder
mix well
adding more if necessary
until the required chocolate colour is reached

And 
all of us would be so happy
 to have a chocolate marble cake!



Method:
1) cream butter & sugar until light & fluffy
2) while creaming the butter, beat eggs with a hand beater until foamy
3) add vanilla essence to creamed butter
4) add 1/3 egg to creamed butter, mix well, fold in 1/3 flour
5) alternate with 1/3 eggs & flour, mix well after each addition
6) when all ingredients have been added, check consistency
7) scoop & drop batter at the count of 3
8) if batter does not drop down at the count of 3, add milk by the Tbsps
9) bake @ bottom rack in preheated oven 170'C for 40-60min

Note:
1) Batter is enough for 2 small bread tin
2) If batter is over mixed, the cake will have a doomed top
3) do not use black baking pan, over browning of cake at sides & bottom
4) for a moist cake, have a small tray of water @ bottom of oven