Archive for March, 2011

My favourite CHOCOLATEs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Cute Food Rings

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7 Colors of Food

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ecofrenfood

How to make Vodka

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Vodka 1 bottle vodka

Glass Type: shot glass


Place bottle of vodka (Slavic vodkas are best) in the freezer and chill for 24 hours. Pour vodka in small glasses, with a little bite of something on the side.

5 “bad” foods you should be eating

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 20, 2011 by ecofrenfood

5 “bad” foods you should be eating
Posted by Nicci Micco-Editor-at-Large

The bad rep: A significant source of dietary cholesterol, egg yolks are off-limits for those concerned about heart health.
The good truth: Medical experts now emphasize that saturated fats and trans fats are bigger culprits in raising blood cholesterol than dietary cholesterol is. Plus, eggs are super-satisfying: in one study, people who ate a scrambled-egg-and-toast breakfast felt more satisfied, and ate less at lunch, than they did when they ate a bagel that had the same number of calories. Egg yolks contain lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds that research links with reduced risk for age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in people over 50.

The bad rep: Beef is full of saturated fat and dietary cholesterol, so people who care about their hearts should avoid it.
The good truth: Lean cuts of beef are a low-fat source of protein and iron, a mineral essential for getting oxygen from the lungs to cells throughout the body—and one many women (of childbearing age) are deficient in. There are many lean cuts of steaks: filet mignon, sirloin, strip steak, flank steak. If you can’t remember the names, pick steaks that are deep red with a relatively small amount of marbling—a fancy name for fat—to find lean cuts.

The bad rep: Chocolate has lots of fat, lots of sugar—and it tastes amazing, so it must be bad for you.
The good news: Dark chocolate contains flavanols, antioxidants that seem to have a blood-thinning effect, which can benefit cardiovascular health. And, recently, researchers in Switzerland reported that eating dark chocolate (1.4 ounces of it) every day for two weeks reduced stress hormones, including cortisol, in highly stressed people. But be sure to account for the calories (1.4 ounces delivers 235)—or you may be stressed to see extra pounds creeping on.

The bad rep: Potatoes rank high on the glycemic index, which measures how quickly different foods raise your blood sugar. Foods with a high GI value tend to cause a higher spike in blood sugar—and in insulin, the hormone that helps glucose get into cells—which can be a problem for some people, particularly those with diabetes.
The good news: Potatoes are a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamin C. And unless you’re eating an absolutely plain potato all by itself, its GI value doesn’t matter. (It’s also worth noting that the glycemic index is an imperfect and controversial scale.) A high-GI potato becomes a low-GI meal if you simply add a little olive oil, because the added fat helps slow the absorption of the potato’s carbohydrates.

Simple tips in the kitchen

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

Simple tips in the kitchen
•Store onions in the refrigerator. Cold onions will keep you from crying.

•To make mashed potatoes fluffy and light, add 1 teaspoon of baking powder.
•Peel garlic cloves quicker by putting in the microwave first for 10 seconds. The garlic will pop out from the skin instantly.
•Never store apples and carrots in the same fridge compartment. The apples will release a gas that will make the carrots bitter.
•Sprinkle a little amount of salt in the frying pan before frying fish. That way the oil will not splatter when frying.
•To add more flavour to fried fish, mash some garlic and add to the oil when frying. It gives more taste and aroma.

Chef Martin Yan breaks down a chicken in 18 seconds

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Chef Martin Yan breaks down a chicken in 18 seconds

Durian everywhere

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Durian pancakes

No Durian Allowed in Hotel

Durian Cream Puff

Durian Cheese Cake

Durian Swiss Roll

Durian Cute Creamy Puff

Durian fruit

Juice Fasting

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 14, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Juice Fasting
It is easier to find a consensus as to what to not eat, as opposed to what you should eat, when it comes to juice fasting. As far as the don’ts – no solid food, no meat, no dairy products, and no grains. Smoking, alcohol, and caffeine are also not recommended. Beyond this there is a range of ideas about what kind of drinks you should actually drink. If you added up all the things juice fasting advocates suggest you could have, the list would include: fresh fruit and vegetable juice, herbal teas, vegetable broth, Barley Green, wheatgrass juice, and frozen juice popsicles. Few would agree with all these options.

Some people fast for extended periods of time (many days or weeks) and drink limited quantities of fruit juice. At the other side of this spectrum are so called juice fasts where all kinds of fruit and vegetable juices are ingested, with no intent of limiting total calorie intake. These types of fasts are often undertaken as a body detoxification diet and, in terms of the regime followed, are perhaps more properly thought of as a diet rather than a fast. Obviously your aims and goals will play a part in what and how much you juice and ingest.

How is Juice Fasting Practiced?
Spiritual or health reasons can be the driving motivation for this type of fasting. The approach one takes as to what they ingest is largely dependant on the purpose of the fast.

As a tool to go on a very restrictive multiple day fast some people will opt to drink some fruit or vegetable juice instead of limiting themselves to water. This can be thought of as a variant of water fasting, as the goal is not so much to benefit from the juice as much as it is to not completely cut oneself off from calories and nutrients. People that undertake longer term fasts and lightly imbibe juice typical practice this kind of fasting for spiritual reasons.

The second reason for practicing a juice fast is to improves one’s health. The main motivation here is typically to stop taking in solid food, give the digestive tract a rest, and allow the body to eliminate toxins in the blood and tissues. Juice fasting in this manner is quite different from a water fast. Rather than deny yourself almost all forms of food and energy most detox juice fasts do not restrict the amount of juice you can have in a day.

Juice Fasting for Health Reasons
Juice fasting will have real and noticeable effects on your body but individual experiences do vary. We are all different and enter into a fast with our unique dietary habitats that have preceded the fast itself. If you drink coffee everyday and stop when you are fasting, for example, you may have headaches as a result of caffeine withdrawal. On the other hand you might not get headaches at all and have periods when you feel you are experiencing heightened mental acuity.

The amount of time one spends fasting will make a large difference in how different effects actually influence how you feel. A fast of a few days may create a lot of unpleasant side effects like bad breath, a coated tongue, and other problems (see below). People that fast for longer, many days or even weeks, say that many early to arise problems do go away and give way to beneficial effects.

What are some Benefits of Juice Fasting?

Some argue that juice fasting is more beneficial, from the perspective of your body being able to cleanse itself, than a water only fast. It is true that the juices of fruits and vegetables provide relatively pure nutrients and, when juiced, are being ingested without the need for your body to digest solid food. How this actually influences the physiological effects of fasting is debated by doctors and fasting advocates. Authors of some juice fasting books claim, sometimes dubiously, that juice fasting delivers a amazing range of health benefits.

Here are a few of the benefits that some people do experience:

the elimination of toxins
reduced allergy symptoms
healing and cleaning of the digestive system
increased energy
mental acuity improvements
improvements in skin tone

Will there be any fasting side effects?
There are numerous minor discomforts you may notice during juice fasting. These include:

feeling cold
light headedness/dizziness
bad breath
body odor
constipation or diarrhea
stomach ache
acne or other skin eruptions
increased dreaming
changes in sleep patterns
aches and pains
frequent urination
coated tongue – a result of your body shedding toxins and cleansing itself
headaches – possibly the result of withdrawal from caffeine or a reduction in salt or sugar consumption

If any of these symptoms rise above the level of a minor problem or occasional discomfort, you may need to seek medical attention and/or end your fast.

General Juice Fasting Tips
The first point applies to juice fasting for detoxification. The other points relate to either calorie restricted or juice detoxification plans.

Drink a reasonable amount of Juice.
How much should you drink? A gallon of juice may seem like a lot but it is not when you think about it as your food for a day. Some folks will limit themselves to not much more than this for a day. This is fine and, if fasting is what you are after, is probably not a bad goal. If you are fasting over many days your hunger will wax and wane through the course of different days so you may drink more juice on some days and less on others. Try to moderate how much you drink if you have a tendency to eat to make yourself feel good or simply to change your mood.

Do still drink some water during your juice fasting.

Drink Fresh Juice
Bottled, canned, and “fresh” packaged juices are almost all treated (pasteurized) or added to ( sugars, salts, flavorings, etc) in one way or another. Fresh juice is best. Large metropolitan areas may have juice bars or food stores that make fresh fruit and vegetables juices. If you do need to use some form of prepared juice try to use the closest to fresh as possible. There are some juices you can buy in cartons that are pure juice. Frozen fresh, pure juices are also good as they typically retain more of their nutrients than with other packaging methods. Juice drinks, like V8, might seem appealing but can contain a lot of salt or other additives (i.e. ingredients added to the juice).

Acidic Juices may cause discomfort.
Acidic juices (grapefruit, orange, tomato) may bother your digestive system during a fast, causing you stomach aches or other minor discomfort. Some people though do not experience any trouble with such juices.

Benefits of cashew nuts

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 6, 2011 by ecofrenfood

Cashew is a bean shaped nut that grows on a tropical evergreen tree. The casher tree is related to poison ivy and the shell of the cashew nuts contains an irritating poison. People who touch the shell sometimes develop skin rashes/blisters; this is the reason why cashew nuts are always sold shelled and dried. Even the so-called “raw” cashews have actually been roasted to remove all the poison/toxic resin from the nuts. Cashew nuts has a high content of monounsaturated fats, copper and magnesium

Nutritional Content: Per 100 gms.

Thiamine: .63 mg.
Riboflavin: .19 mg.
Niacin: 2.1 mg.
Calcium: 46 mg.
Phosphorus: 428 mg.
Fat: 48.2 gm.
Carbohydrates: 27 gm.
Protein: 18.5 gm.
Calories: 578

Health Benefits:

Good body builder
Cashew has no cholesterol.
Cashew helps maintain healthy gums and teeth.
Cashew is an energizing food.
Cashew contains healthy monounsaturated fat that promotes good cardiovascular health, because monounsaturated fats reduce high triglyceride levels which are associated with increased risk for heart disease.
Cashew is rich in antioxidants that help in the elimination of free radicals that may cause some cancer.
Cashew is a good source of magnesium; this mineral works with calcium to support healthy muscles and bones in the body. It also helps promote normal sleep patterns in menopausal women.
Cashew nuts have a high energy density and high amount of dietary fiber, both have been attributed to a beneficial effect on weight management, but only when eaten in moderation
Cashew’s has high copper content is vital in energy production, greater flexibility in blood vessels, bones and joints.
Cashew nut consumption helps the body utilize iron, eliminate free radicals, develop bone and connective tissue, and produce the skin and hair pigment melanin.

Storage tips: Cashews spoil quickly at room temperature and should be refrigerated. If refrigerated in a tightly sealed container, they will keep for six months or up to a year if frozen.