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Chinese Almond Cookies


10 oz – All-purpose flour
1 oz – Ground flaxseed
1½ oz – Ground almond
3/4 tsp – Baking soda
5 oz – White granulated sugar
1 – Large egg
4½ oz – Lard
1 Tbsp – Water
1 tsp – Almond essence
1 – Extra beaten egg for brushing
32 pieces – Blanched whole almond


  1. Roast almond at 325ºF for 10 minutes.
  2. Mix all-purpose flour, ground flaxseed and ground almond. Add in sifted baking soda. Set aside.
  3. Beat sugar and lard until creamy. Add egg and beat well. Add almond essence and beat again. Add flour mixture. Beat at low speed until mixture leaves sides of bowl. Add water to form a smooth dough.
  4. Preheat oven to 335ºF.
  5. Divide dough into 4 equal portions. Roll each portion into a log. Divide each log into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place on greased cookie sheet. Make an indentation in the centre, then brush with beaten egg and put an almond on top. Repeat with remaining logs.
  6. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove cookies from baking sheet and cool on racks.

This recipe yields 32 cookies.

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Leave the Bowl Full of Jelly to Santa This Holiday Season

Just because Santa’s belly shakes like a bowl full of jelly doesn’t mean yours has to this holiday season. Staying on track with your fitness program, even while traveling, will give you extra energy and start you out right for a healthful new year.

“Whether you’re at home for the holidays or traveling, it is important to stay on your path to fitness during the holidays. Maintaining your workout routine will help you resist overindulging at holiday meals and parties,” said Kara Smith, fitness trainer and special programs coordinator at the Loyola Center for Fitness.

Here are a few helpful tips:

  • Pack healthy snacks such as trail mix, apples and oranges. This will not only save you calories, but money as well.
  • When packing, include a small Thera-Band® or resistance tubing so you can perform your favorite strength-training exercises when not at the gym.
  • Consider purchasing a new fitness DVD for your trip. It’s always fun to try something new.
  • Get the whole family involved in a fitness activity. A pick-up football game, family walk or building a snowman are all great ways to get in some exercise while enjoying holiday fun.
  • If staying at a hotel, check to see if it has a fitness center. If so, bring exercise clothes and take advantage of it.
  • If traveling by car, plan for frequent stops to walk and stretch. During the breaks make circles with your shoulders and wrists to encourage blood flow in your arms.
  • Eating a sensible meal before going to a holiday party will help you resist temptation.
  • Limit yourself to one trip to the buffet table and don’t overload your plate.
  • Decide ahead of time what specific foods mean the most to you during the holidays. Enjoy a small portion of those and skip the other high-calorie and fat-filled items.
  • Sit down to eat your meal at a party. Taking the time to sit down will help you to recognize when you are starting to feel full.
  • Alcoholic beverages add calories and affect our decisions about eating healthy. Limit alcoholic beverages over the holidays and separate drinks with glasses of water.

“You can still enjoy the holidays without wrecking your fitness plan. The holidays are about spending time together. So enjoy the conversation and company and limit the cookies,” Smith said.

Source: Loyola Medicine

Rainbow Trout with Cheese and Berries


4 x 6-oz trout fillets, skin on
1 tsp brown sugar (to taste)
1/4 cup lemon pepper
2 oz Grand Marnier
2 cubes frozen garlic cubes
1/2 lb Canadian Brie sliced lengthwise 1/8 thickness
salt and pepper to taste
2 tbsp olive oil
1-1/4 cup flour
1 pint blueberries
1 pint raspberries
1 lemon


  1. Finely chop onion and garlic.
  2. Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a large skillet; add onion and garlic. Saute for five minutes or until lightly golden. Add Grand Marnier, blueberries, sugar, salt and pepper. Simmer for 10 minutes to reduce and thicken sauce.
  3. Add raspberries, cover skillet and reduce heat to minimum.
  4. Combine flour and lemon pepper. Coat fillets with flour mixture.
  5. Preheat barbecue grill to medium high. Brush surface of grill with oil to prevent fillets from sticking. Place fillets skin side down and cook for five minutes. Turn fillets and peel off skin.
  6. Cover fillets with Brie slices and cook for another two to three minutes until cheese begins to melt.
  7. Place trout fillets on dinner plates; spoon berry sauce over them. Serve with grilled vegetables and wild rice pilaf.


  1. Cooking time for fish is measured at seven to 10 minutes per one-inch thickness (measuring at the thickest part of the fillet).
  2. Cook fish just until the flesh flakes with a fork. Fish cooks very quickly and will become dry and chewy if overcooked.
  3. Salmon or any other firm fillet of fish makes a wonderful replacement if rainbow or lake trout are not available.

Source: Style Manitoba