For two years now I have been living in Singapore, and although the life of expats here is quite isolated, you can learn a lot about the local traditions, culture and cuisine if you wish. As you can imagine, it is the food that I study with particular zeal, and today I decided to talk about such a category of plants as green leafy vegetables.
Chinese leafy vegetables are not only very rich in nutrients, but also able to diversify your diet and taste experience. Some of them can be found in most supermarkets and cooked by yourself, others are easier to order in Asian restaurants. These simple rules will help you choose and cook Chinese leafy vegetables:
Buy only fresh greens of bright color without yellow and limp leaves and dark spots.
Cut off the ends of the stems and cut off the damaged or yellowed leaves.
Wash, wash and wash again! So you remove the remaining fertilizer. Continue reading
Many are sure that the salad is just the decoration of the main dish. In fact, it is itself a full-fledged dish, and not just a handful of leaves on a plate with steak or in a bowl with pasta. Leafy green vegetables are well known as functional alkaline products: they restore the acid-base balance in the body, which, due to our lifestyle, constantly strives to shift to the “acid” side, which causes inflammation. Salads also act as prebiotics in the intestines. Prebiotics are non-digestible, high-fiber foods that stimulate the growth of probiotic bacteria. This is very important because probiotics in the gut strengthen the immune system and optimize the absorption of nutrients from food. But the benefits of leafy vegetables are not limited to this (which I never tire of writing about).
In general, I urge you to eat as many salads as possible! Take them as a complete dish, and my application with recipes Live up! for iOS and Android will help you cook different salads every day, so it won’t be boring!
Here are ten tips for a perfect salad. Continue reading
Legumes – beans, peas, chickpeas, lentils – the cornerstone of any healthy diet. They have unique properties, such as anti-cancer (for more information about the benefits of beans, I talk here).
In this article, I want to share some interesting facts about which McGreevey, the head of the American Pulse Association, spoke about.
Beans, peas and lentils are one of the most affordable sources of protein: more than 20 grams per 100 grams of product. The same amount is in chicken, a little more in beef. Now look at how much these products cost at the nearest supermarket or market, and compare the price of one gram of protein from legumes and meat. Continue reading
Beetroot for us – so familiar, so “own”. In fact, several millennia before us, its healing properties and taste (especially beet tops!) Were the first to be appreciated by the Persians and the ancient Romans. Beet “sailed” to the Principality of Kiev from Byzantium in about the X-XI centuries, and then spread to the north, in the lands of Vladimir, Suzdal, Novgorod. For four centuries, by the XIV century, it gained popularity among our ancestors: numerous records speak about this, for example, in shop books and receipts and consumables of monasteries. What did you do with beets? It was baked in an oven and served for tea. They ate, sliced in circles with ginger, before dinner, and the tops were added to soups. And, of course, cooked borscht, references to which date back to the 16th century. And already in the 20th century, beets became space food: in 1975, during the Apollo Soyuz test project, Soviet cosmonauts treated American astronauts in orbit with beetroot soup made of tubes.
For me, beets are truly “cosmic” food due to its amazing beneficial properties!
I love beets since childhood, especially as part of the borscht that my grandmother cooked, and vinaigrette – the only Soviet salad that I could eat, since everyone else was generously seasoned with my hateful mayonnaise. Both recipes (borsch and vinaigrette) are in the Live up! recipes. Continue reading
I have a friend and colleague, tea expert Denis Bolvinov, who, together with his team, is conducting an interesting project – Heavenly Tea (skytea.ru). This is an online store of organic Chinese tea, and also a whole site with a huge amount of useful information about this popular drink. Denis has been engaged in tea and tea ceremony since 2004 and periodically conducts courses on the tea ceremony. I asked Denis to tell my readers what you need to know about tea before drinking it.
Tea Making Rules
Use soft, sweet water, free of minerals and odorless. Bring it to a boil, but do not boil it.
There are two ways to make tea. The first way: brewing.
Choose a teapot that matches the number of participants in the tea party. Continue reading