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Szechuan Egg Foo Yung with Pork


6 large egg
5 oz lean ground pork
1/3 cup dried shredded black fungus (woodear)
1/2 of 227 ml can sliced water chestnut (drained and chopped)
1 oz red or orange bell pepper (finely diced)
2 tsp ginger (minced)
1½ tsp garlic (minced)
2 Tbsp green onion (chopped)
1½ Tbsp chili soybean 辣豆瓣

Pork Marinade:

1 tsp light soy sauce
dash Szechuan ground pepper
1/4 tsp cornstarch
1 tsp oil


2 tsp dark soy sauce
3/4 tsp sugar
2 tsp white vinegar
1 Tbsp cooking wine
1/2 tsp chicken broth mix
7 Tbsp water
1½ tsp cornstarch


  1. Soak dried fungus in hot water for about 30 minutes. Rinse and drain. Coarse chop and set aside.
  2. Add marinade to pork. Set aside for about 15 minutes.
  3. Beat egg with 1/4 + 1/8 tsp salt.
  4. Mix sauce ingredients.
  5. Heat non-stick skillet or sauté pan. Cook beaten egg in 2 batches to form 2 round omelets using 2 tsp oil for each batch until both sides are golden. Remove to a serving platter. Cut omelet into 3/4-inch wide long strips.
  6. Heat wok and add 1 Tbsp oil. Stir-fry black fungus for about 1 minute. Add bell pepper and water chestnut, toss for 30 seconds. Remove.
  7. Reheat wok and add 1½ Tbsp oil. Sauté ginger and garlic until fragrant. Add pork, stir-fry until no longer pink. Add chili soybean, toss to combine. Return vegetables in Step 6 to wok. Add sauce ingredients. Keep tossing until sauce thickens. Add green onion and toss briefly. Top egg strips with pork mixture. Serve hot.

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 235, Fat 18.3 g, Carbohydrate 8 g, Fibre 0 g, Sugar 1 g, Cholesterol 211 mg, Sodium 640 mg, Protein 12 g.

Afternoon Tea for Two

Enjoy Parma Ham and Cantaloupe, Salmon Mousse Puff, Fruit Tarts and Butterly Pastries!

Traditional Chinese Medicines Stall Progression Of Diabetes

Traditional Chinese herbal medicines hold promise for slowing the progression from prediabetes to an official diabetes diagnosis, according to new research accepted for publication in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism (JCEM).

Prediabetes is diagnosed an individual has developed elevated blood sugar levels, but glucose levels have not yet risen to the point of developing type 2 diabetes. People who are prediabetic face a heightened risk of developing type 2 diabetes as well as heart disease and stroke. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 79 million American adults age 20 years or older have prediabetes.

“With diabetes evolving into a serious public health burden worldwide, it is crucial to take steps to stem the flood of cases,” said one of the study’s authors, Chun-Su Yuan, MD, PhD, of the University of Chicago. “Patients often struggle to make the necessary lifestyle changes to control blood sugar levels, and current medications have limitations and can have adverse gastrointestinal side effects. Traditional Chinese herbs may offer a new option for managing blood sugar levels, either alone or in combination with other treatments.”

During the double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial, 389 participants at 11 research sites in China were randomly assigned to take either a capsule containing a mixture of 10 Chinese herbal medicines or a placebo. For a year, subjects took capsules of either the Chinese herb mixture, called Tianqi, or the placebo three times a day before meals. All participants received a month of lifestyle education at the outset of the trial and met with nutritionists several times during the course of the study. Subjects’ glucose tolerance was measured on a quarterly basis.

At the end of the trial, 36 participants in the Tianqi group and 56 in the placebo group had developed diabetes. The analysis found taking Tianqi reduced the risk of diabetes by 32.1 percent compared with the placebo, after adjusting for age and gender. The overall reduction in risk was comparable to that found in studies of diabetes medications acarbose and metformin, and study participants reported few side effects from the Tianqi herbs. Tianqi includes several herbs that have been shown to lower blood glucose levels and improve control of blood glucose levels after meals.

“Few controlled clinical trials have examined traditional Chinese medicine’s impact on diabetes, and the findings from our study showed this approach can be very useful in slowing the disease’s progression,” said one of the study’s lead authors, Xiaolin Tong, MD, PhD, of Guang’anmen Hospital in Beijing, China, said. “More research is needed to evaluate the role Chinese herbal medicine can play in preventing and controlling diabetes.”

Source: EurekAlert!

Moroccan Chicken Appetizer


1 lb skinless boneless chicken breast


3 tbsp olive oil
juice of 1 lemon
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1½ tsp ground cumin
1 tsp ground coriander
1 tsp smoked paprika
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp dried oregano


  1. Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Mix marinade ingredients in a bowl. Add chicken to marinade and toss until well coated. Cover and refrigerate for 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Soak toothpicks in cold water for about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Remove chicken from marinade and thread an equal quantity onto each toothpick. Reserve the remaining marinade.
  4. Brush broiler rack with oil. Add kabobs and cook, turning frequently and brushing with the reserved marinade halfway through cooking, for 15 minutes, or until browned on all sides, tender and cooked through. Serve hot.

Source: Tapas

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