Christmas Chocolate

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Christmas Tree, Santa Claus and House

Lunch for Kid

Santa Claus Charaben


  • Santa – rice, crabstick, fish sausage and nori
  • Fied shrimp
  • Penne aglio olio e peperoncino
  • Simmered flower-shaped carrot
  • Wiener sausage
  • Fried egg with nori

FDA Warned HCG Diet Products Are Illegal

Anyone who has ever been on a diet—and there are many of us—knows that there are sensible ways to lose weight. These include balanced diets, exercising and realistic goals.

And then there are reckless ways to shed pounds—fads and diet aids that promise rapid weight loss, but often recommend potentially dangerous practices. These include HCG weight-loss products marketed over-the-counter (OTC) that are identified as “homeopathic” and direct users to follow a severely restrictive diet.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising consumers to steer clear of these “homeopathic” human chorionic gonadotropin (HCG) weight-loss products. They are sold in the form of oral drops, pellets and sprays and can be found online and in some retail stores.

HCG is a hormone that is produced by the human placenta during pregnancy.

Products that claim to contain HCG are typically marketed in connection with a very low calorie diet, usually one that limits calories to 500 per day. Many of these popular HCG products claim to “reset your metabolism,” change “abnormal eating patterns,” and shave 20-30 pounds in 30-40 days.

Living on 500 calories a day is not only unhealthy—it’s hazardous, according to FDA experts. Consumers on such restrictive diets are at increased risk for side effects that include gallstone formation, an imbalance of the electrolytes that keep the body’s muscles and nerves functioning properly, and an irregular heartbeat.

FDA advises consumers who have purchased homeopathic HCG for weight loss to stop using it, throw it out, and stop following the dieting instructions.


Tofu with Ground Pork and Mushrooms Sauce


20 g shimeji (Japanese fresh mushroom)
10 g dried black mushroom
50 g ground pork
1 tsp minced ginger
1 tsp minced garlic
1 cake medium-firm tofu


1½ tbsp oyster sauce
1 tsp sugar
1½ tbsp Chinkiang vinegar
2 tsp cornstarch solution
1/2 cup water


  1. Soak dried mushroom in cold water until softened. Rinse and drain. Cut into slices.
  2. Rinse shimeji and drain. Tear into small pieces.
  3. Steam tofu and drain. Put on the serving platter.
  4. Heat some oil in a pan. Sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add mushrooms. Stir-fry briefly. Remove and set aside.
  5. Reheat oil in pot, sauté ground pork until no longer pink. Add sugar and oyster sauce, cook for two more minutes.
  6. Return mushrooms to pan. Toss to combine. Thicken the sauce with cornstarch solution. Mix in vinegar before pouring the meat sauce over tofu. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine