Chinese Chicken Dishes V

Below are the three dishes I’ll teach in the cooking class this evening.

Stir-fried Chicken with Preserved Olive and Sugar Snap Peas

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 183, Fat 12.4 g, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 2 g, Cholesterol 27 mg, Sodium 445 mg, Protein 10 g.

Braised Drumstick with Chee Hou Sauce

Nutrition value for 1 drumstick:

Calorie 137, Fat 8.7 g, Carbohydrate 5 g, Fibre 1 g, 3 g, Cholesterol 36 mg, Sodium 406 mg, Protein 9 g.

Steamed Chicken with Bok Choy

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 216, Fat 12.4 g, Carbohydrate 3 g, Fibre 1 g, Sugar 0 g, Cholesterol 67 mg, Sodium 702 mg, Protein 22 g.

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A great deal of research has previously suggested that higher levels of “good” HDL cholesterol reduce your risk coronary heart disease, while higher levels of “bad” LDL cholesterol increase your risk of a heart attack. However, it has been hard to tell whether HDL cholesterol directly reduces coronary heart disease risk as other medical, biological or lifestyle factors could be involved. To get round this, researchers conducted a complex study to identify genes that raise levels of HDL cholesterol, then looked at whether carrying these genes influenced heart disease risk.

Researchers first identified genetic variants associated with high HDL levels and tested for them in several thousand people, including some who had had a heart attack. They found that carrying these “HDL cholesterol genes” had no effect on the risk of a heart attack. From this, the researchers concluded that there is no direct relationship between HDL cholesterol and coronary heart disease and, therefore, that other factors must be involved.

This complex study challenges the commonly held belief that having higher HDL cholesterol will reduce heart attack risk. However, as it only looked at a particular set of genetic variations, it cannot provide the whole answer and tell us whether HDL cholesterol does or does not affect coronary heart disease, and how this effect might come about. An important question is whether things that increase HDL cholesterol levels during our lifetime (i.e. after our genetics are determined), such as exercise and certain medications, can then improve our heart disease risk.


Baked Creamy Potatoes


1 tbsp cornstarch
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
pinch paprika
5 medium-size Yukon Gold potatoes
3 stalks green onions
1/2 cup chopped fresh dill
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup whipping cream
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup grated Swiss cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 325ºF. Generously butter a 9×5-inch (2-L) baking dish. Lightly butter one side of a piece of foil large enough to cover baking dish. In a small bowl, stir cornstarch with salt, nutmeg and paprika until blended. Peel potatoes and cut into 1/4-inch thick slices. Place in a large bowl and stir with cornstarch mixture until evenly distributed. Thinly slice onions on the diagonal. Stir with potatoes along with dill and Parmesan.
  2. In a large measuring cup or bowl, stir cream with milk.
  3. Layer half of potatoes in baking dish, making sure onions, dill and Parmesan are evenly distributed. Gradually pour half of cream mixture evenly overtop. Layer remaining potatoes in dish. Gradually pour remaining cream mixture overtop. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese. Place foil, butter-side down, over dish.
  4. Bake in centre of 325ºF oven. After 45 minutes, uncover and continue baking until potatoes are very tender and top is golden, from 20 to 30 more minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

Source: Chatelaine

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What’s for Breakfast?

Home-cooked Chinese Breakfast

The Menu

  • Steamed Chicken Buns
  • Plain Congee
  • Pickled Vegetable