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Fried Rice with Pork Chop


2 pork chop
1/2 onion
2 tomatoes
10 canned mushrooms (sliced)
3 cups cooked rice
1 egg (beaten)
1 tbsp all-purpose flour
1 tbsp green peas
1 tbsp diced carrot
2 cloves garlic (mashed)


1 tsp soy
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp sugar
1 tsp Worcester sauce
dash of wine
1 tbsp egg white
pinch ground white pepper


1 cup chicken stock
2 tbsp tomato ketchup
1 tsp soy sauce
1 tbsp Worcester sauce
1/2 tbsp sugar


  1. Rinse pork chop, wipe dry. Press with back of chopper. Add marinade. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Rinse onion, mushrooms and , and cut into slices. Blanch green peas and mushroom in boiling water for a while. Remove and drain.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil add beaten egg. Fry until half done. Add rice and stir-fry until heated through. Remove to serving dish.
  4. Coat pork chop with some flour. Fry with some oil until slightly brown and done. Put on fried rice.
  5. Heat 2 tbsp oil and fry onion, tomato. Add sauce ingredients, mushroom and green peas. Bring to a boil. Pour over pork chop and serve hot.

Source: Chinese Congee, Noodles and Rice

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Why You Need Flexibility Exercises

Some joints lose up to half their motion with age, expert says.

Flexibility exercises should be part of your regular workouts, an expert says.

Effective fitness programs should include cardiovascular training, strength building and flexibility exercises, but the flexibility component is often overlooked, according to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

“Increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily,” orthopedic surgeon Dr. Raymond Rocco Monto, of Nantucket, Mass., said in an academy news release.

“Some joints lose up to 50 percent of motion as we age. There are many ways to improve your joint flexibility, including controlled stretches held for 10-30 seconds, stretches that rely on reflexes to produce deeper flexibility, as well as yoga and pilates,” explained Monto.

Including flexibility exercises in your workouts helps reduce back and joint pain, increases circulation, improves joint motion, boosts athletic performance and improves muscle health, he added.

To get the most out of flexibility training, always warm up before you stretch, Monto said. Stretching cold muscles can lead to injuries.

He advises stretching slowly and gently, and breathing into your stretch to avoid muscle tension. Relax and hold each stretch for 10 to 30 seconds.

Don’t bounce while stretching because doing so can cause injuries. Also, stretching should not hurt, Monto said. If you feel pain, go easier on the stretch, breathe deeply and relax into it.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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