Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Baked Butter Garoupa Fish


Ingredients:

1. 1 thick slice of Garoupa fish fillet (washed and pat dried with kitchen towels)
2. Sea-salt
3. Butter

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1. Heat the oven at 220C.

2. Place the fillet in a baking dish.

3. Season the fillet with sea-salt and butter. Make sure the fillet is seasoned liberally with butter.

4. Bake for about 1/2 hour or until the fillet is golden brown.

5. Serve with hot rice.

Bon appétit!

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Fish Roe Fried Rice


Ingredients:

1. 3 'sacks' of fish roe
2. 200gm of french beans (washed and diced)
3. 3 eggs (beaten)
4. 3 cups of cooked rice
5. Sea-salt
6. Sunflower oil

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1. Cook the fish roe. Click on RECIPE on how to cook the fish roe.

2. Heat a wok on medium high heat.

3. Drizzle some sunflower oil.

4. Add the beaten eggs and fry until cooked. Break up the eggs.

5. Add the french beans and fry until cooked.

6. Add the rice and fish roe.

7. Add sea-salt to taste.

8. Stir fry until everything is mixed thoroughly.

9. Scoop up onto serving dish and serve hot.

Bon appétit!


Sunday, 23 August 2015

Did You Know....

... That recurring depression can shrink the size of your hippocampus?

*The hippocampus in your brain is involved in forming emotions and memory. Our memory is not only about remembering events, people, or even passwords; it developes and maintains who we are. The hippocampus is also directly affected by estrogen.

*click on Brain Tour

So if your sense of self is altered, there is some loss to the emotional and behavioral function.

To find out more, click on Depression Affects Brain Structure.

Click on Depression Makes Your Brain Smaller.

Thursday, 20 August 2015

Stir-Fried Siew Yuk with Potatoes


Ingredients:

1. 1kg of cooked siew yuk (click on LINK on how to cook siew yuk - which is basically roasted pork belly)
2. 10 potatoes (washed, skin removed and cut into chunks)
3. Sea-salt
4. Sunflower oil

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1. Heat a wok on high heat.

2. Drizzle some sunflower oil (not too much as the siew yuk is oily).

3. Add the potatoes and then turn the heat down to medium. Close the lid and allow the potatoes to cook until softened.

4. Add the cooked siew yuk and stir fry to mix everything up.

5. Season to taste with some sea-salt.

6. Scoop up onto serving dish.

7. Serve hot with rice or bread.

Bon appétit!


Monday, 17 August 2015

N is for Nocebo

*The term 'nocebo'was coined in 1961 by Walter Kennedy. 'Nocebo' means 'I shall harm'. It is the opposite of 'placebo'. The term 'placebo' means 'I shall please'.

*taken from HERE

In the medical sense, a 'nocebo reaction' is where a **drug-trial subject's symptoms are made worse by the administration of a placebo. It is entirely due to the subject's pessimistic belief and expectation that the drug that was given would produce harmful, injurious, unpleasant or undesirable consequences.

**taken from HERE

***A 'placebo reaction' or 'placebo effect' on the other hand is a stimulated medically ineffectual treatment for a disease or medical condition.

***taken from HERE

It is interesting to note that despite no 'real' drugs were used, patients do manifest in unpleasant, injurious, undesirable biochemical, physiological, behavioral, emotional and cognitive consequences. The 'nocebo effect' was identified during pharmaceutical trials. ****Subjects were observed to exhibit undesirable effects even though they were not given any medication except a placebo!

****taken from HERE

*****An interesting case to note is "Mr. A" who suffered from depression. His doctor Roy Reeves reported this case in 2007. He swallowed a whole bottle of pills and then regretted his decision on suicide. He rushed to the ER, collapsed at the reception, his BP plunged, and hyperventilated. All blood tests could show no trace of drugs in his system.

Finally, four hours later, another doctor informed Roy Reeves that 'Mr. A' had been in the placebo arms of a drug trial and he had overdosed on SUGAR TABLETS! 'Mr.A' soon recovered upon hearing the 'good news'.

*****taken from HERE

Bottom line is, our mind is a powerful tool/weapon indeed!

Click on Induced Illness to read more on nocebo effect.

Click on Media reports may trigger symptoms of a disease.

Click on The Thought That Could Kill You.


Tuesday, 11 August 2015

Yoghurt with Bananas


Ingredients:

1. 3 tablespoons of organic/natural Greek yoghurt
2. 1 medium sized banana (cut into chunks)

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1. Mix together and enjoy!


Saturday, 8 August 2015

Epi-Pens

First, the good news.

There were still a handful of Epi-Pens at the Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya (some of us still call it SJMC) on Wednesday. The expiry date is June 2016.

Here's the bad news.

They now cost RM400 each.

If you're in need of an Epi-Pen, I suggest you get a prescription and head there ASAP. These needles run out pretty fast.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Home-Made Powder


Ingredients:

1. 10gm of corn flour
2. 10 gm of baking soda

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1. Mix both ingredients and pour into a bottle or container.

2. Use when needed.


Tuesday, 4 August 2015

M is for Microbiome

Whether you like it or not, we humans are home to tens of trillions of microbes.

Microbiota

A microbiota is *"the ecological community of commensal, symbiotic and pathogenic microorganisms that literally share our body space".

*taken from HERE

**Our human body contains over ten times more microbial cells than human cells! 

**taken from HERE

The microbes are made up of bacteria, fungi and protozoa.

The picture below shows the diversity of the microbes that live in and on us!

*picture taken from HERE

Their Function in Our Human Body

The microbes live in our gut, mouth, skin, and other mucosal surfaces of our bodies. Today, scientists have discovered that these microbes benefit us by digesting food, preventing disease-causing-pathogens from invading our body, synthesizing essential nutrients and vitamins and also responsible for sending certain signals to the brain!

Beneficial & Non-Beneficial Foods

Optimizing the gut flora by ingesting fermented food is the best choice one can make. Lassi, kefir, sauerkraut. natto, kimchi, yoghurt and miso are superb fermented foods to have.

Probiotics is another good source to optimizing the gut flora.

Antibiotics, on the other hand will destroy the microbes in our gut. It will not only destroy the bad guys, the good guys will be eradicated too. Consumption of animals that are fed with antibiotics are also known to to destroy the gut flora.

Sugar, as well as processed food are also detrimental to the gut flora. High consumption of sugar can alter the atmosphere of the microbiome by causing a high amount of yeast/fungal.

Human Microbiome Project

The Human Microbiome Project (HMP) was a project by the United States National Institutes of Health. Their goal was to identify and characterise the microorganisms which are found in healthy and diseased bodies.

It is still a very little understood subject.

But there have been some interesting discoveries.

  • Microbes contribute more genes responsible for human survival than human's own genes. It is estimated that bacterial protein-coding genes are 360 times more abundant than human genes.
  • Microbial metabolic activities, such as the digestion of fast are not always provided by the same bacterial species. 
  • Components of the human micro biome changes over time, affected by the patient's diseased state and medication. However, the micro biome eventually returns to a state of equilibrium. The composition of the bacterial types has changed though. ***
***taken from HERE

Click HERE to read more about our microbes.

Also click on The Human Microbiome for more information.


Do take the time to watch the YouTube video about our microbiome.


Saturday, 1 August 2015

Gluten-Free Apple Crumble

Ingredients:

1. 6 Red Delicious apples (skin removed, cored and sliced into thin wedges)
2. 1 1/2 cups of gluten-free flour (I used brown rice flour)
3. 1 cup of finely chopped cashew nuts
4. 6 tablespoons of butter (softened at room temperature)

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1. Place the apple wedges at the bottom of mini single aluminum muffin tins.

2. Then sprinkle the finely chopped cashew nuts on top of the apple wedges.

3. Preheat the oven to 180C.

4. In a mixing bowl, combine the flour and butter. Mix them until they resemble fine bread crumbs.

5. Spread the crumble all over the apple and cashews.

6. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

7. Serve warm. (You can freeze the extras and reheat them in the oven just before you eat.)

Bon appétit!



Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Glorious Heavens - Part 23






'Every day is a good day to be alive,
Whether the sun is shining or not.' - Marty Robbins

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Chayote Pork Bone Broth


Ingredients:

1. 1kg of pork bones
2. 2 medium sized chayote (skin peeled and sliced into half)
3. Filtered water
4. Sea-salt

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1. Fill a large pot with the pork bones and chayote.

2. Fill it up with water until all ingredients are submerged.

3. Bring the water to a boil.

4. Then allow to simmer for two hours.

5. Add sea-salt to taste.

6. Serve hot.

Bon appétit!


Thursday, 23 July 2015

A Pick-Me-Up Meal!


Ingredients:

1. 200gm of brown-rice beehoon
2. 1 1/2 tablespoons of fried garlic and oil
3. 1 poached egg
4. Tamari sauce

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1. Soak the beehoon in water until softened.

2. Drain the water and set the beehoon aside.

3. Fill a saucepan with water and bring it to a boil.

4. Add the beehoon and allow to cook for about one minute.

5. Scoop up the beehoon into a bowl.

6. Add the fried garlic, the oil and the Tamari sauce and mix thoroughly.

7. Add an egg to the boiling water. Scoop it up once it is cooked.

8. Serve immediately.

Bon appétit!

Monday, 20 July 2015

Steamed Tofu with Prawns


Ingredients:

1. 1 box of tofu (about 300gm)
2. 6 medium sized prawns (seasoned with sea-salt)
3. 2 tablespoons of fried garlic and garlic oil
4. Tamari sauce

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1. Place tofu on dish.

2. Arrange the prawns on the top of the tofu.

3. Steam for about 4 minutes or until prawns are thoroughly cooked.

4. Pour the fried garlic, garlic oil and tamari sauce over the tofu and prawns.

5. Serve hot with rice.

Bon appétit!




Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Claypot Bittergourd Chicken


Ingredients:

1. 1 medium-sized bitter gourd (washed thoroughly and cut into small chunks)
2. 1 antibiotic-free/free-range chicken (cut into 10 parts)
3. Sea-salt
4. Sunflower oil
5. 1/2 clove of garlic (outer layer removed)
6. 2 tablespoons of Tamari sauce
7. 1 1/2 cup of chicken broth

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1. Heat a clay pot on medium high.

2. Drizzle some sunflower oil once the clay pot is heated up.

3. Add the garlic and stir-fry until slightly browned and a wonderful garlic aroma wafts through the air.

4. Add the bitter gourd, chicken, chicken broth, Tamari sauce and sea-salt and bring the dish to a boil.

5. Change the heat to low-heat.

6. Simmer for about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.

7. Serve hot with rice.

Bon appétit!


Saturday, 11 July 2015

Chilli Chicken


IMPORTANT NOTE: This dish is very high in salicylates!


Ingredients:

1. 5 red chilli pepper (seeds removed)
2. 1 garlic clove (skin removed)
3. 10 shallots (skin removed)
4. 6 large old potatoes (skin peeled and cut into chunks)
5. 8 drumsticks (with skin) (seasoned with sea-salt)
6. Sea-salt
7. 2 cups of chicken broth
8. Sunflower oil

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1. Blend the red chilli pepper, garlic and shallots together until they form a paste. Set aside.

2. Heat a wok on high heat.

3. Drizzle some sunflower oil.

4. Once the oil is heated up, add the potatoes and cook until browned. Scoop up and set aside.

5. Heat a clay pot on medium heat.

6. Drizzle some sunflower oil.

7. Then add the blended paste and stir it continuously until a fragrant aroma wafts from the mixture and it has turned into a darker shade of colour.

8. Add the drumsticks, cooked potatoes and chicken broth.

9. Turn to low heat and allow to simmer for about an hour.

10. Scoop up onto serving dish and serve hot with rice.

Bon appétit!

PS: I could only take about two spoonful of this dish. This is a major GERD trigger for me. Two spoonful is better than none!