Sunday, 17 March 2019

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Easy Healthy Chinese Braised Pork (红烧肉 Hong Shao Rou)


Ingredients:
1. 1 kg pork neck chops (nakkekoteletter)
2. 8 clove garlic minced
3. 1 inch ginger sliced into thin strips
4. 1 stalk spring onions diced (optional)
5. 1/2 cup Shaoxing rice wine
6. 6 TBS light soy sauce
7. 4 TBS dark soy sauce
8. 1-2 cinnamon sticks
9. 1-2 cloves
10. 1-2 star anise
11. 1-2 dried bay leaves (optional)
12. 1 tsp five spice powder (optional)
13. 2 TBS cooking oil
14. 1 cup boiling water

Directions:
1. Heat wok with cooking oil and fry garlic, ginger and spring onions until fragrant.
2. Add the spices (except powder) and fry until fragrant.
3. Add pork and fry until golden brown on the outside.
4. Add shaoxing rice wine, light soy sauce and dark soy sauce.
5. Add five spice powder stir and mix well.
6. Transfer to a pot and add 1 cup boiling water.
7. Simmer until low heat (no. 2.5 on my stove) for 45-60 minutes.
8. Skim off the layer of fat floating on the surface.
9. If it is still very watery, turn up to high heat to evaporate the liquid, until it reaches the consistency of a sauce. This will take a few minutes.
10. Serve with rice, hard-boiled egg and vegetables.

Additional Information:

If you wish to braise some hard-boiled eggs, you can add it to the simmering, after you have boiled the eggs separately and remove the shell. This is a healthier recipe version that replaces pork belly with pork neck chops, which is the leaner type of meat, but still contains a marble of fat, which gives a similar result of a tender meat. This recipe also eliminates the use of sugar. It is actually not necessary, as it is tasty on its own. However, if you prefer to add sugar, you can add 1-2 tablespoons of sugar while frying the meat. This is also a simpler and quicker recipe, that in my opinion, does not compromise the taste. I couldn't really taste the different.

References:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DTCyaP_7cjQ
https://thewoksoflife.com/2014/04/shanghai-style-braised-pork-belly/
https://thewoksoflife.com/2018/04/red-braised-pork-belly-mao/
https://redhousespice.com/red-cooked-pork-belly/

 Pork belly are extremely fat and unhealthy, but Chinese like it for its fat and belly-like texture that melt in your mouth. I prefer to use pork neck chops instead, as it is a leaner meat, but still retains some fat, so that the end result will still be very tender, without the same amount of fat in every bite.

Cut the pork neck chops into square pieces

 Here are the ingredients clockwise from left: Shaoxing rice wine, dark soy sauce, light soy sauce, pork neck chops cut into squares, bay leave, cinnamon stick, cloves, star anise, ginger, spring onions and garlic

 Heat wok and add 2 TBS cooking oil.

 Fry garlic until golden and fragrant.

 Add ginger and spring onions and fry until fragrant.


 Add in the spices - 2 bay leaves, 2 cloves, 2 star anise and 2 cinnamon sticks and fry until fragrant.

 Add 1 kg pork meat...

 and fry until golden brown.

 Add 1/2 cup of Shaoxing rice wine.

 Add 6 TBS of light soy sauce.

  Add 4 TBS of dark soy sauce.

 Stir and mix well.

 Add 1 tsp of 5 spice powder, stir and mix well.

 Transfer to a pot or cray pot.

 Simmer under low fire (no. 2.5 on my stove) for 30-45 minutes.

 In the meantime, make some hard-boiled eggs to braise in the sauce.

 This is how it looks after 30 mins.

Add in the boiled eggs after peeling the shell and let it braised in the liquid.

 After 45 mins to an hour, when the meat is tender to your taste, skim off the layer of fat floating on the surface.


 This is the amount of fat collected.

 Remove excess liquid into a separate bowl along with the eggs and set aside.

 Turn up the heat and let the liquid boil off and evaporate into a sauce.

  


  

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Homemade Healthy Strawberry Soda


Makes 1 500 ml bottle

Ingredients:
1. 3 large strawberries
2. 500 ml sparkling water
3. 4 TBS honey

Directions:
1. Blend strawberries and strain off the pulp to get the juice.
2. Microwave the honey to melt and liquidify it.
3. Add strawberry juice into a bottle.
4. Add sparkling water.
5. Add honey for sweetening.

Video Demonstration:


Personal Journal:
Little FECS requested for this. He wanted to make for his class combined birthday party in March. So we watched a Youtube video and tried it out today. He was very excited and happy for it.

References:
https://www.asweetpeachef.com/homemade-soda/

 Blend, strain off pulp and pour strawberry juice into a glass bottle

Add sparkling water

Add honey syrup to taste

Sunday, 10 March 2019

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Healthy Muffins with Apples


Makes 10 muffins

Ingredients:
1. 3 dl grove rolled oats
2. 1 3/4 dl fresh skimmed milk
3. 1 egg
4. 2 apples cored and grated
5. 3/4 tsp baking powder
5. 1.5 vanilla powder
6. 1 TBS honey
7. Dash (0.1 tsk) of salt
8. 1/2 dl chopped almonds

Directions:
1. Pre-heat oven to 190 degree celsius
2. Add milk and oats into a mixing bowl, mix and let it stand for 5-10 minutes to soften the oats.
3. Add egg and blend it with a stick blender.
4. Add grated apples, vanilla powder, baking powder, honey and salt into the mixture and mix well.
5. Add chopped almonds.
6. Transfer to muffin forms and bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden.

Storage:
Keeps well in the fridge for 2-3 days, but you can also freeze them.

Personal Journal:
Our Little FECS found this recipe today and made these muffins for us this morning for breakfast. Baby FECS loved it.

References:
https://www.webopskrifter.dk/opskrifter/sunde-havregrynsmuffins-med-aeble-23131/?fbclid=IwAR1I3DwTvC_0s6CSpuve274OSRUI_x0Uj0O2WMX3f-QyMDH2eZ32_X8VnA0

Saturday, 9 March 2019

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Mixed Berries Spinach Smoothie


Serves 2

Ingredients:
1. 1 cup (205 ml) fresh skimmed milk
2. 1/3 cup low fat natural yogurt
3. 1 tsp flax seeds ground
4. 1 cup spinach leaves
5. 1 large ripe banana
6. 1 cup mixed frozen berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, blackcurrant, redcurrants and raspberries)

Directions:
Add all ingredients in the order listed above into a blender and blend until smooth.

Additional Information:
This smoothie is high in anti-oxidants from the berries. Blackcurrants and redcurrants have the highest vitamins among berries, at least according to my research.

Personal Journal:
The kids like it and Daddy FECS likes it too. So I will continue to make this.

References:
http://www.alaskafromscratch.com/2013/05/29/blueberry-spinach-smoothie/?utm_content=buffer76b54&utm_medium=social&utm_source=facebook.com&utm_campaign=buffer&fbclid=IwAR2dIFAGELjo38-h5AJAvSblkgrFXz9N22nitS35seB1cUs4eL_ukrF_4Yk


Friday, 8 March 2019

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Healthy Mixed Berries Sorbet Ice-cream



Makes 4 scoops

Ingredients:
1. 200 g frozen mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blue berries, black berries, red currants and black currants)
2. 1 frozen banana sliced
3. 1/2 avocado

Directions:
Blend until smooth, creamy and firm

Additional Information:

This is rich in anti-antioxidants and full of vitamins. It is rich in potassium from the banana, which is beneficial for reducing blood pressure. 

Personal Journal:
It's Friday today and I made this mixed berry sorbet after fetching Baby FECS back from the nursery. Baby FECS loved it and ate 2 scoops. Little FECS liked it too. I sprinkled it with some chopped almonds.







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