Video: Chrysanthemum Tofu – Cheap Chinese Staple Gets Upgrade into Top-tier Treat

Chinese cuisine chef Junno Li Zhenlong puts his mastery of intricate knife skills to good use with a series of dishes he has created at The Chinese Library restaurant.

Watch video at You Tube (3:57 minutes) . . . . .

Mixed Vegetable Gumbo


1/3 cup olive oil, plus extra if needed
2 large onions, chopped
1 red and 1 green bell pepper, cored, seeded, and cut into 1/2-inch squares
1 hot chili, seeded and finely sliced
2 garlic cloves, finely sliced
1 lb okra, cut into 1/2-inch slices
2 cups canned chopped tomatoes
2 Tbsp margarine
3 Tbsp flour
2 tsp chili powder
1 tsp ground cumin
3-1/2 cups vegetable broth
4-5 sprigs fresh thyme
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 eggplant, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 long, thin eggplant, sliced


  1. Heat 3 tablespoons of oil in a large pan. Add the onion and cook gently until softened but not browned.
  2. Add the bell peppers, hot chili, garlic, and okra. Cook for 5 minutes over a very low heat, then add the tomatoes. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Melt the butter in a large flameproof casserole, then add the flour and spices and cook over a low heat until bubbling gently.
  4. Remove from the heat and gradually add the broth, then the thyme. Return to the heat and bring slowly to a boil. Simmer the sauce for 1-2 minutes. It should be quite thin, even after boiling. Season well, then add the vegetable mixture. Cover and cook slowly for 30 minutes.
  5. Heat the remaining oil in a large skillet, add the chopped eggplant and fry until browned, stirring the pieces gently so that they do not break up in the skillet.
  6. Transfer to the gumbo and simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  7. Add the eggplant slices to the skillet and cook on both sides until tender.
  8. Season the gumbo and serve garnished with fried eggplant.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Garlic

Vegan Egg Whites Made from Beer Waste

Anna Starostinetskaya wrote . . . . . . . . .

Dutch startup FUMI recently developed a vegan egg-white replacer using spent brewer’s yeast, a waste product of the beer industry.

FUMI founders Corjan van de Berg and Edgar Suarez Garcia developed the new product during a four-year research project at Wageningen University in the Netherlands wherein they sought to create new vegan ingredients using microalgae.

During the project, the duo discovered processes that it applied to yeast that would create an ingredient that functioned similarly to egg whites in terms of emulsification, foaming, and binding properties.

“It was amazing,” said van den Berg. “We could make meringues out of proteins made from brewer’s spent yeast.”

The founders choose to use brewer’s yeast to formulate their vegan egg whites because it was both cheap and environmentally friendly—representing a 95-percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions when compared to traditional chicken egg whites.

“Actually, we believe that if we go down the spent yeast route, we could perhaps undercut egg white prices on an industrial scale,” van den Berg said.

The company is already in discussions with more than half of Dutch companies that produce meat replacements. FUMI has secured initial funding to run a pilot production program this summer with plans to open an investment round to fund a facility that has the capacity to produce 200 metric tons annually.

Source: VegNews

Eat More Blueberries for Healthy Aging

Darwin Malicdem wrote . . . . . . . . .

A review of new studies shows that the health benefits of blueberries could help promote healthy aging. Researchers found evidence supporting previous claims that the fruit can be a superfood for many people.

The studies, published in the Journals of Gerontology, show that blueberry consumption has been growing over the past years. Various groups of researchers considered the fruit as a great source of antioxidants compared to other fruits.

“Since the 1990s, research on the health benefits of blueberries has grown exponentially,” Donald Ingram, editor of one of the studies, said in a statement. “Studies have documented that this fruit ranks highest in antioxidant activity compared to many other popular fruits.”

One study suggested that eating at least 200 grams of blueberries each day could help enhance blood vessel function. The same amount may also reduce systolic blood pressure.

Blueberries contain anthocyanins that have been linked to improved health in people. These phytochemicals also give the berries the dark color.

Ingram said recent research also highlighted the anti-inflammatory properties that contribute to the health benefits of blueberries. Chronic inflammation is known for damaging the body that increases an individual’s risk of cancer, heart disease, diabetes and asthma.

Aside from reducing the risk of having diseases, eating blueberries may also promote better mental health. It contains high amounts of polyphenols, the micronutrients linked to improved memory in older adults.

Another study also suggested blueberries offer the same brain benefits to children.

How To Add Blueberries To Your Daily Diet

Breakfast With Blueberries

Start your day with a superfood. Blueberries can be added to your breakfast as healthy spreads or toppings. A mashed-up berries should work as a quick and healthy spread for you.

Blueberry Smoothie

It is easy to make. You can use blueberries as a new ingredient in any kind of smoothies. The flavor of this fruit can easily blend with other fruits and vegetables.

Blueberries In Your Salad

Blueberries not only provide health benefits but also an extra flavor to your favorite salad. Fresh blueberries can be combined with different vegetables and fruits. Feel free to experiment until you get the best taste.

Source: msn

The Effects of Skin Aging Vary Depending on Ethnicity

The population in the United States is expected to become increasingly older, with estimates indicating that by the year 2030, nearly 40 percent of Americans will be over the age of 65.

As people are living longer, their skin is not only chronologically, or biologically aging, but it is also being exposed to environmental factors, such as sunlight, which can cause age-related damage to the skin.

Neelam Vashi, MD, director of the Center for Ethnic Skin at Boston Medical Center, has published a review paper in Clinics in Dermatology that discusses how aging presents in patients, and the differences that are attributed to skin type, exposures and genetic factors.

For the review, the researchers examined 41 peer-reviewed published articles between 1970 and 2018 that focused on aging in ethnic skin through PubMed. The data included in the articles demonstrate that all skin types will show signs of damage from exposure to Ultraviolet rays from the sun, which include skin discoloration, loss of collagen and/or skin cancer.

Here are some key findings from the review:

  • Melanin is a key difference in those of light and dark skin types
  • Patients of color are more likely to experience changes in pigmentation (dyschromia)
  • Key differences in fibroblasts (cells that promote wound healing and collagen production) account for increased skin thickness of African-American patients, resulting in wrinkles that appear several years later than white counterparts
  • Patients of East Asian descent have a higher likelihood of experiencing hyperpigmentation, but wrinkles don’t form as early in the aging process
  • Patients of Hispanic descent also experience fewer wrinkles earlier in the aging process
  • Patients of Caucasian descent (European, North African, Southwest Asian ancestry) more commonly have thinner skin and experience wrinkles, loss of skin elasticity, and reduced lip volume

“Aging is inevitable, and each person will have a unique experience with how their skin changes as it ages,” said Vashi, who is also an associate professor of dermatology at Boston University School of Medicine.

As a dermatologist, Vashi treats a large number of patients for a variety of skin conditions related to aging. The one treatment she always recommends is UV protection, which helps shield all skin types from the sun’s harmful rays. “Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US, and using sunscreen is an extremely important practice to protect your skin,” added Vashi.

Some of the other available treatments for skin aging include:

  • Topical agents, antioxidants, chemical peels and lasers can be effective to treat dyschromia
  • Botulinum and toxin and soft-tissue fillers can help treat wrinkles and sagging skin

Source: EurekAlert!

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