Archive for January, 2011

Scrummy Meat Dainties

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 25, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Scrummy Meat Dainties (Russia)

Wash the meat thoroughly. Prepare some onions, spices and a bottle of red wine.

We will also need several slices of lard.

Cut the meat into pieces.

Slice the onions.

Lay a slice of lard under the meat, sprinkle with spices.

Add onions on top and put in the oven. Pour everything with wine and wrap with foil.

Stew for 3 hours at 200 degrees.

Find the MAN in the coffee beans

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Doctors have concluded that if you find the man in the coffee beans in 3 seconds, the right half of your brain is better developed than most people. If you find the man between 3 seconds and 1 minute, the right half of the brain is developed normally. If you find the man between 1 minute and 3 minutes, then the right half of your brain is functioning slowly and you need to eat more protein. If you have not found the man after 3 minutes, the advice is to look for more of this type of exercise to make that part of the brain stronger!!!

Healthy nutrition tips

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Here are other healthy nutrition tips.

  • Replace unhealthy products with the healthy ones. For instance, sugar with honey, sausages with meat.
  • Do not eat too much. Do not gorge your stomach with food. Eat only when you feel hungry.
  • Chew your food well; do not gulp down the breakfast, lunch, or dinner within a few minutes.
  • The ideal daily nutrition proportions are: 3/5 of the entire ration should be carbohydrates, 1/5 – fats, and 1/5 – proteins.
  • Consume fruits separately from the meals.
  • Season the salads and main dishes with vegetable oil.
  • Do not use fats when boiling or steaming the food and make sure to watch the cooking time.
  • Cook the food as long as it should be cooked and not even a minute longer.
  • Avoid frying the food, its better to bake it in the stove or to boil (steam).
  • Try not to mix proteins with starch, starch with fats, fats with proteins, and so on.
  • Do not drink when having the meal or right after it.

How to Eat Right to Reduce Stress

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How to Eat Right to Reduce Stress

During times of stress, we often turn to traditional “comfort” foods such as macaroni and cheese, pizza, and ice cream. Ironically, these high-fat foods are usually the worst possible choices because they can make us feel lethargic and less able to deal with stress. Not only that, but stress can drive up our blood pressure and raise serum cholesterol levels, wreaking havoc on our arteries and increasing our risk of heart attack.
The best solution? Low-fat, high-fiber, carbohydrate-rich meals with plenty of fruits and vegetables. They soothe us without sapping our energy and give us the nutrients we need to boost our immune system. Here’s a guide to which foods reduce stress and which foods make it worse:
Foods to Include
High-fiber, carbohydrate-rich foods: Scientists believe carbohydrates cause the brain to produce more serotonin, a hormone that relaxes us. And lots of fiber is helpful in preventing late-night binging. Some examples of healthy comfort food include baked sweet potatoes, minestrone soup, or sautéed vegetables over rice.
Fruits and vegetables: Chronic stress can weaken our ability to fight disease. By upping our intake of antioxidant-rich fruits and vegetables, we can boost our immune system. Acorn squash and carrots, for example, are great sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene. And citrus fruits provide plenty of vitamin C, another stress-busting antioxidant.
Foods to Avoid
High-fat foods: Fatty foods such as meat or cheese dishes and many baked goods thicken our blood which in turn makes us feel tired, even lethargic. This is clearly not a good way to reduce stress! Even just one high-fat meal can increase our risk of a heart attack.
Caffeine: Many of us deal with a stress-induced lack of sleep by turning to coffee, tea, and colas. Unfortunately, caffeine stays in our systems longer than many realize. Cutting back on caffeine can help with both sleeping problems and jitters.
Sugar: As a carbohydrate, sugar tends to calm us. The problem with sugar is that it’s a simple carbohydrate so it enters and leaves the bloodstream rapidly, causing us to, in effect, “crash.” On the other hand, complex carbohydrates?such as pasta, beans, and lentils, the starchy parts of foods?soothe without bringing us down.

Salt Shaker

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

3 Delicious Recipes – Oatmeal

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

3 Delicious Recipes for Oatmeal
By Liz Kennedy

There is nothing like a bowl of oatmeal in the morning to give you the energy to start your day. If I had to choose one breakfast to eat for the rest of my life, oatmeal would be it because the mix-ins and toppings are endless (Bacon would be a close second… but let’s not even go there).

Oatmeal contains fiber and protein, which will keep you fuller, longer and has also been found to reduce cholesterol. While instant oatmeal packets are nutritious and convenient, they usually contain extra sugar and sodium. My suggestion instead is to go with old-fashioned oats — they’re quick and you can add your own toppings to make a signature oatmeal breakfast.
Here are three easy recipes to get you hooked on this healthy and hearty food.
1.PB&J Oatmeal
Who doesn’t love a good peanut butter and jelly sandwich? This oatmeal recipe is the next best thing to the classic, I promise!

1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water or milk (I use milk for the extra calcium and creaminess)
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1 tablespoon jelly or jam
Pinch of salt
Drizzle of honey
Combine oats and liquid in microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir and add more liquid if necessary. Then, while oats are still hot, stir in peanut butter and jelly. Add a drizzle of honey on top for extra sweetness.

2. Banana Bread Oatmeal
Just like Grandma used to make… but in a healthier form. If this doesn’t warm you up, I don’t know what will.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1 cup water or milk (I use milk for the extra calcium and creaminess)
3/4 tablespoon brown sugar
1 large, ripe banana mashed
Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
Sprinkle of ground nutmeg
Pinch of salt
Low-fat vanilla yogurt
Pecan halves
Banana slices
Combine oats, liquid, and spices in microwaveable bowl. Microwave for 2-3 minutes, stir and add more liquid if necessary. Then, while oats are still hot, stir in mashed banana. Top with a dollop of low-fat vanilla yogurt, banana slices, pecans, and extra spices if desired.
Plus: Oatmeal-Peanut Butter Trail Bars Recipe

3. Strawberry-Vanilla Overnight Oatmeal
This light and fruity oatmeal is served cold and perfect for any day of the week, but is especially delicious in the summer months when the weather is hot and strawberries are ripe. This oatmeal should be made the night before so the oats have time to soak up the yogurt.
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
1/2 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt (use Greek yogurt for extra thickness and protein)
1/4 cup strawberries (or your choice of fruit)

Pinch of salt
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Chopped nuts
Mix oats, yogurt, and fruit in bowl then cover and refrigerate overnight. Serve cold with as sprinkle of cinnamon and chopped nuts if desired. Note: If this oatmeal is too thick for you, add some extra milk to it in the morning.

Pig Leg Vinegar

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Pig Leg Vinegar

Category: Soups & Stews
Style: Chinese
Servings: Portion for 5 persons

This dish has always been my favorite but ever since my mum started cooking this dish at home, I take none other than my mum’s cooking this dish. Ever since, I had always asked her how to cook this dish and yet, every time she cooks this, I will always asked her the same old question: How did you do it ? Reason being, I kept forgetting and today, I am going to pen this down.

1 whole pig hand (replacing pig leg as the leg part doesn’t contain meat)
1 soup bowl of smashed ginger
Cooking Oil
500 ml of sour vinegar (Buatan Malaysia)
500 ml of sweet vinegar (Made in China)

Step 1:
Heat wok to pan fried the smashed ginger. This is to dry up excess water contain in the ginger. When it is dry, remove from pan.

Step 2:
Heat wok again and pour in some cooking oil. Pan fried garlic and pig hand to half cooked. Remove from pan. This is to remove any stinking smells (or aroma, whatever you name it) from the pig hand.

Step 3:
Prepare a soup pot. Heat the soup pot with the sweet and sour vinegar and ginger. Bring to boil.

Step 4:
Put the pig hand into the boiling soup pot. Bring to boil again until the meat is fully cooked.

Voila, Pig Leg Vinegar !

Note: If you are unable to find the sweet vinegar, it can be replaced with rock sugar. Deepest apology that I am unable to specify the exact measurement of the ingredients as we usually cook our dishes based on instincts.


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Bulgur is wheat that has been parboiled, dried, and cracked. This process decreases the time that is required when cooking bulgur. When cooked, bulgur has a chewy texture and a delicious nutty flavor. Bulgur produced from hard red wheat is darker in color and has a richer flavor than bulgur produced from soft white wheat. Bulgur is a traditional ingredient in Middle Eastern cooking and can be used in salads, soups, stews, casseroles, or stuffings, and it can also be added as an extender to some meat products, such as hamburgers.

Help me!! not everyone who show up….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Sometimes, we try too hard to get to the greener grass.
In the process, we end up in trouble….. …

And when you find yourself in trouble and you’re stuck in a situation that you can’t get out of, there is one thing you should always remember…. ….

Not everyone who shows up…….
Is there to help you!!!!

Eating insects for food

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Eating insects for food
By allfromweb
December 02, 2010

Experts from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN agreed with the opinion of scientists that should convince people to eat insects instead of meat. Firstly, in cricket and grasshoppers as much protein as a piece of meat for the steak. Secondly, their growth is much cheaper and requires less space. Experts say that edible for humans are about 1400 species of insects. They are eaten in 36 African, 29 Asian and 23 countries in North and South America. And in some states of insects is considered a delicacy in others – the insects are part of the daily diet.

Many people in various parts of the world consider this locust plague. But do not mexicans. In Mexico, especially in its southern regions, in addition to all kinds of tortillas, and you’ll find fried grasshoppers, wrapped in fresh tortillas.