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how to make HUMMUS

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 8, 2009 by ecofrenfood

Hummus, the Arabic word for “chickpeas,” is a smooth paste that’s a popular food item in many Middle Eastern countries. It’s also a nutritional powerhouse, packing vitamins, iron, dietary fiber, monounsaturated fats, and amino acids. Use the blender or food processs to create a smoother paste.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 16 oz can of chickpeas or garbanzo beans
  • 1/4 cup liquid from can of chickpeas
  • 3-5 tablespoons lemon juice (depending on taste)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation:

Drain chickpeas and set aside liquid from can. Combine remaining ingredients in blender or food processor. Add 1/4 cup of liquid from chickpeas. Blend for 3-5 minutes on low until thoroughly mixed and smooth.

Place in serving bowl, and create a shallow well in the center of the hummus.

Add a small amount (1-2 tablespoons) of olive oil in the well. Garnish with parsley (optional).

Serve immediately with fresh, warm or toasted pita bread, or cover and refrigerate.

Variations

For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.

Storing Hummus

Hummus can be refrigerated for up to 3 days and can be kept in the freezer for up to one month. Add a little olive oil if it appears to be too dry.

By Saad Fayed, About.com

For a spicier hummus, add a sliced red chile or a dash of cayenne pepper.

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Spinach hummus is a delicious variation of  traditional Middle Eastern hummus. This recipe for spinach hummus is super easy and is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1 can garbanzo beans/chickpeas (15 oz), drained
  • 1/2 cup fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 2 tablespoons garlic
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Preparation:

In a food processor, process beans, garlic, spinach and olive oil. Add lemon and salt and blend. If spinach hummus is too thick, add 1 tablespoon water until desired consistency. Hummus should be smooth and creamy.

Spinach hummus can be made up to two days in advance. Store in airtight container in the refrigerator. It can be served hot or cold. Serve with pita bread,pita.

 Camelia says ‘why I share this hummus recipe, I tried in one of restaurants in Kuala Lumpur this year…was very nice smooth taste, I love it. It is so healthy”

Honey for skin care

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by ecofrenfood

honey_bee_cartoon_character_sittinghoney_drop_2Honey is a great natural anti aging skin care product. 

Honey is a popular anti aging skin care ingredient in many commercial moisturizing products including cleansers, creams, shampoos, shower gels, and conditioners.

Honey has been used as a folk medicine for many different purposes: as a laxative, as a batural for diarrhoea and upset stomach, for coughs and sore throats.

Honey often heals  the burns of skin without leaving scars.

Honey is used to treat cuts, burns, insect bites, yeast infections, various skin conditions such as eczeme and psoriasis, and fungal infections from athlete’s foot to ringworm.

Honey has traditionally been used as a natural cure or alternative medicine.

Honey drink – just two glasses of water/tea each time with a tablespoon of honey (about 15ml) each, for breakfast, lunch, at 3pm, dinner, and before bedtime. All these would add up to about 150ml of honey in total for a day.

Honey  has a healthy Glycemic Index (GI), meaning that its sugars can be gradually absorbed into the bloodstream to result in better digestion.

Honey contains natural minerals and vitamins which help the metabolizing of undesirable cholesterol and fatty acid on the organs and tissues into the body system.

 SOURCE: http://www.benefits-of-honey.com/face-mask.html

For Sensitive Skin: Banana and Honey Mask

You will need

1/2 mashed banana

1/4 cup oatmeal, cooked with milk

1 egg

1/2 tablespoon honey

Mix ingredients together. Massage onto face in a slow, circular motion and leave for 15 minutes. Rinse with tepid water. Oatmeal is high in nourishing vitamins and minerals; it gently cleanses and heals skin. Bananas contain vitamin A; eggs contain lecithin, a natural skin emollient; and honey helps to maintain the skin’s natural acid mantle.

 For All Skin Types: Honey and Lavender Facial Mask

You will need:

1 tablespoon raw honey

3 drops lavender essential oil

 Mix the ingredients, dampen your face with warm water, and smooth on the honey and lavender mixture. Leave the mask on for 15 minutes. Then rinse off with warm water.

For Dry Skin: Avocado & Honey Face Mask

You will need:

2 tablespoons of avocado flesh

2 tablespoons honey

1 egg yolk

To form this anti aging skin care face mask, put all the ingredients in a blender, or mash by hand in a bowl. Use your fingers to spread the mask over your face and neck and leave it on for at least 30 minutes, preferably longer, before removing.

For Dry Skin: Honey and Egg Mask

You will need

1 tablespoon honey

1 egg yolk

1/2 teaspoon almond oil

1 tablespoon yogurt

Put all ingredients into a large bowl and stir until it becomes sticky and thick. Apply the mask to your face for 5 minutes and wash face thoroughly with a mild facial soap. Honey stimulates and smoothes, egg and almond oil penetrate and moisturize, and yogurt refines and tightens pores.

For Tired Skin: Almond Yoghurt Honey Mask

You will need:

6oz plain yoghurt

¼oz finely-crushed almonds

2tsp honey

2tsp wheatgerm oil

 Mix all the ingredients into a smooth paste. Apply and massage the mixture into skin. Keep the mask on for 20 minutes.

 For Normal Skin: Apple Honey Mask

You will need

1 Apple, cored & quartered

2 Tablespoons Honey

 Drop the apple pieces into a food processor and chop. Add honey and refrigerate for 10 minutes. Pat the mixture onto your face with a light tapping motion, tapping until the honey feels tacky. Leave it on for 30 minutes and then rinse.

 For Oily Skin: Honey-Papaya Mask

You will need:

1/3-cup cocoa

three teaspoons of heavy cream

1/3-cup ripe papaya

1/4-cup honey and three teaspoons of oatmeal powder

 Mix and apply on your face. After 10 minutes, wash your face with warm water. This anti aging skin care face mask helps heal skin blemishes, nourishes, draws out impurities, balances your skin pH, and will leave your skin radiant and soft.

Chinese Pear & Honey Tonic Drink

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 5, 2009 by ecofrenfood

3Chinese Pear & Honey Tonic Drink

Honey, according to TCM(traditional chinese medicine), is a “neutral” food, that is it’s neither heaty nor cooling (balanced yin and yang). It’s a food suitable for children and people who have a weak body constitution.

This honey pear soup is what my friends would remind me to make for myself when I have a cough. It is good for smoothing the lungs and quenching thirst. An ideal soup for those who have long working hours or tend to feel heaty.

 

Ingredients:

2 Chinese Pears/Japanese Pears

4-6 Red Dates

1/2 Tablespoon gou qi zi (Wolfberry fruit)

10g Soaked White Fungus

1 Tablespoon of Sweet & Bitter Almond

6 Strips of Sha Shen

1 litre of Water

About 2 Tablespoons of Honey

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Instructions:

1. Wash all the herbs.

2. Peel and core pears. Then cut into quarters and put into a double boiler pot.

3. Bring water to boil in another pot and add in all the herbs and white fungus. Let it simmer for about 5 minutes.

4. Pour the herbs ingredients into the pot containing the pears and let it double boil in a slower cooker for about 3 hrs.

5. Switch off the heat, allow to cool slightly and add in the honey before drinking the soup.

This recipe serves 3 persons.


The ingredients used in the above recipe are very common and you can easily find them in most Chinese medical halls.

Sweet & Bitter Almonds(南北杏):

Sweet almond tastes sweet and is of neutral nature, whereas bitter almond tastes bitter and is of warm nature. They both heal coughing and expel sputum.

Sha Shen(沙参):

Sweet and slightly cold, it moisturises the lungs, stops coughing, brings down fever and and increases appetite.

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White Fungus(雪耳):

It tastes slightly sweet and of neutral nature. It benefits the spleen, strengthens the stomach and expel heatiness. It calms the spirit, treats insomnia.