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    吃的快樂 吃的健康~ Happy eating and healthy eating!

    As the weather turns colder, my craving for hearty and comfort food grows excessively. Hmm, waffles, hotpot, beef stew, pasta with ragu sauce all of a sudden all seem so heavenly. Do you by any chance have this craving too?


    Hey but did you know that this is all normal according


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    【美食天堂】Villa Berulia Croatian and Italian Food 正向思考 美食更美(二)

    You must watch the second episode. I just finished watching it. It’s so funny and yet touching. Dan of Off the Great Wall 被我們整了,讓我又笑又哭的,我真的覺得他好可憐呀~ 还记得上一集我们的食伴Dan吗?我们为了考验一下他是不是一个好食伴,特别给他安排了种种的测试。可是让人没想到的是这一位Dan先生,不仅没有生气还完全配合。那这一集的考验将是加强升级版的!这一位好好先生,能不能通过我们的测试呢?

    What People Around the World Eat on Christmas

    Christmas has always been one of my favorite holidays. Living in New York City, as much as I can’t stand the freezing weather, I love the Christmas spirit. The heartwarming Christmas music, the sounds of jingle bells jangling, the Christmas trees with their colorful lights and ornaments, and people gathering around dining tables to enjoy delicious banquets. Christmas is one of those holidays that just seems filled with joy and wonder.



    As a Chinese American, meals at Christmas are essentially traditional Chinese feasts. Every year at Christmas my family cooks eight to ten scrumptious Chinese dishes. I couldn’t help but wonder if this was similar to what everyone else eats on Christmas. As curiosity got the best of me, I did some research and interviewed a number of foodies from different backgrounds to find out what they eat on Christmas.


    Eric Ripert, a French chef, author and television personality, told me, “A traditional French Christmas always includes oysters, turkey stuffed with chestnuts, and a Christmas log; all decadent and playful dishes to help celebrate the holiday. My plan is to spend it with friends and family. I have the privilege of cooking this year and I’m very loyal to the traditional French dishes. I always add a couple of variations to my menu but the turkey and Christmas log are a must!”


    Italians eat several traditional desserts during Christmas, according to Francine Segan, the author of six books, including the Opera Lover’s Cookbook, and both a James Beard and IACP award nominee. “The two most popular [desserts] are: Panettone, a tall dome-shaped sweet yeast cake baked with raisins and candied orange peel, and Pandoro, a tall star-shaped cake with a delicious egg-y brioche-like soft center and a lovely vanilla-butter flavor. Pandoro is often cut in horizontal slices that are restacked to look like a Christmas tree. And just like a gingerbread house, you can decorate it with anything festive including tiny candies, sprinkles or crushed candy canes.”


    According to David Rosengarten, a chef, author and television personality on the Food Network, “I’ve always loved the German tradition of the Christmas goose. Why a goose on Christmas? Most explanations are tied to Advent, which is scrupulously observed by Catholics in southern Germany; if you’re observant, you fast during Advent. The period begins on Nov. 11, St. Martin’s day—and those facing the big fast love to eat rich, indulgent goose just before Advent begins. But when does Advent end? Dec. 24, of course…when people want to break the fast with another goose dinner! A good German Christmas goose dinner features the golden, roasted bird, apples and onions in the stuffing, a brown gravy, dumplings or spaetzle, and a heap of clove-y, sweet-sour red cabbage on the side.”


    Believe it or not, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) is one of the most popular foods to eat at Christmas in Japan. Christmas is the highest grossing day of the year for KFC’s Japan restaurants, as everyone orders buckets of chicken to share with their families and friends. Mie Ocuda, the chef of Momokawa, a Japanese restaurant in Kips Bay, said, “Yes, that’s true. Japanese people are crazy about KFC on Christmas.”


    JoAnn Costanzo the chef at Streecha, a Ukrainian restaurant in East Village, said, “Ukrainians must eat Kutia during Christmas. It’s a wheat-based cereal. It’s loaded with poppy seeds, walnuts, pecans, almonds, raisins and honey. Cereal symbolizes fertility and honey symbolizes the spirit of Jesus Christ.”


    Allahabadi Christmas cake is a traditional Indian rum fruitcake, baked with maida, eggs, butter, sugar, petha, marmalade, nuts, ginger and fennel. It originated in the northern Indian city of Allahabad.


    Twelve meatless dishes, symbolizing the twelve Apostles, are served on Christmas in Lithuania. The tradition of the supper can be traced back to pre-Christian times and is connected with remembering the souls of deceased ancestors.


    Puerto Rico
    Roast pig is one of Puerto Rico’s national dishes. It is usually eaten during celebrations and especially at Christmas. The whole pig is roasted over a large charcoal grill.


    Rice and peas is part of the Christmas dinner in Jamaica. It’s usually cooked with fresh gungo peas, instead of dried kidney beans or other dried legumes.


    Vitello Tonnato, a sliced veal dish covered with a creamy sauce, is considered a traditional Christmas dish in Argentina. It’s served cold.


    Cougnon, a type of sweet bread known in Belgium as the bread of Jesus, is baked during Christmas. It’s made with flour, eggs, milk, yeast, raisins, and sugar.


    In Chile, people like to drink Ponche a la romana at Christmas. It’s an drink akin to eggnog made with champagne and pineapple ice cream.


    Of course, this list isn’t a complete summary of what everyone likes to eat on Christmas. So please feel free to comment below. Let me know what you eat on Christmas and which part of the globe you are from.


    I see a lot of similarities and also a lot of differences in our food cultures. Here’s my take on it, food is a language that everyone can understand, and it unites us on so many different levels—emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical. And Christmas is a holiday that brings joy and family gatherings.


    Lastly, I’d like to thank every foodie who helped me with this research, as well as my co-producer Victoria Prima, the Epoch Times writer Sarah Matheson, and all my social media friends who answered my questions. May this Christmas be a bright and cheerful one and may the New Year begin on a prosperous note!

    Chinese Stir Fry Beef with Scallions Recipe 蔥爆牛肉 by CiCi Li

    Today we are going cook stir fry beef with scallions. It’s called 蔥爆牛肉 in Chinese. Scallion is a very healthy ingredient. It helps with your digestion. And it’s perfect for this cold weather. 因爲它可以散寒通陽。Chef Luo is ready to teach us. Let’s do this.

    1 lbs of beef, sliced
    6 scallions, chopped into 3 inch pieces


    A pinch of salt and sugar
    1 /2 of an egg white
    1 /2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
    1 teaspoon of vegetable oil


    2 tablespoons of light soy sauce
    1 tablespoon of dark soy sauce
    2 tablespoon of Shao Xing wine
    1/3 teaspoon of sugar
    1/4 teaspoon of salt
    A pinch of white pepper
    A dash of sesame oil
    1 teaspoon of corn starch with 1 table spoon of water


    1. Add 3 cups of oil in a wok, in high heat add beef slices, spread them thoroughly, and cook till medium. Take them out and drain all the excess of oil.


    2. With the excess of oil left in the wok, add the roots of scallions and cook till the fragrant comes out. Add the cooked beef slices. Add sauce and 2 tablespoons of water. And lastly put all the green scallions in and stir everything thoroughly.

    Stir Fry Singapore Noodles Recipe with Shrimps and BBQ Porks 新洲炒米粉

    Today we are going cook something very special. It’s stir fry Singapore Rice Noodles. It’s so savory and has a taste of curry. Chef Luo is right here and ready to teach us. Let’s get started.

    8 oz of thin rice noodles or angel hair, boiled in hot water
    2 eggs, beaten
    1/4 red bell pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
    1/4 green pepper, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
    1/5 onion, sliced into 1/2 inch strips
    1/2 cup of BBQ meat, sliced
    1/3 cup of shrimps
    A bit of carrots
    A bit of scallions
    A bit of scallions
    A bit sesame


    1 1/2 tablespoon of curry sauce
    1 tablespoon of light soy sauce
    1/2 teaspoon of salt
    1/3 teaspoon of sugar
    1/3 teaspoon of sesame oil


    1. Put rice noodles into hot boiling water for about 5 minutes. Then put the noodles in a bowl and mix with 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil to prevent everything sticks together.


    2. Add a teaspoon of oil in a wok, slowly add one beaten egg in it till it becomes a thin pancake. Carefully take it out, place it in a flat surface, then slice it into thin strips. Put aside.


    3. Dry stir fry sesame in a wok without oil till the aroma comes out. By doing this, we are making the sesame more tastier.


    4. Add a bit of oil then quick stir fry the BBQ and shrimps for about 30 second. Put aside


    5. Add oil, red pepper, green pepper, and onions till the aroma comes out, add a dash of salt. Now add the rest of the egg and stir it slowly. Then add the boiled noodles, BBQ pork, shrimps, scallions, cilantro. Add all the sauce and stir everything thoroughly and till the aroma comes out.


    6. Add the sliced egg lastly on the plate with the toasted sesame.
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    Chinese Stir Fry Shrimps Recipes with Mushrooms 油爆蝦仁

    Today let’s cook stir fry shrimps with mushrooms. In Chinese it’s called 油爆蝦仁. It’s a traditional Cantonese dish. I’m sure you are going love it. Because the shrimps are going to be so bouncy and succulent!

    1 lb of shrimps
    A bit of scallions, ½ inch pieces
    A bit of gingers, sliced
    1 fl oz of carrots, sliced
    1 fl oz of Chinese mushrooms, sliced


    A dash of salt and sugar
    1 /2 of an egg white
    1 /2 teaspoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water
    1 teaspoon of vegetable oil


    1/4 teaspoon of salt
    1/4 teaspoon of sugar
    A pinch of white pepper
    A dash of sesame oil
    1 teaspoon of corn starch with 1 table spoon of water


    1. Marinate the shrimps with the above ingredients for about 30 minutes.
    2. In a bowl make sauce: add salt, sugar, pepper, sesame oil, oil, corn starch water
    3. We are going to blanch the mushrooms for about 30 second. By doing this, we shorten the stir fry time frame later on. Then put it aside.
    4. Add 2 cups of oil in high heat and quickly fried the shrimps for about 30 second until they turn pinkish color. By doing this, we are making the texture of the shrimps crispier. Then put aside.
    5. Add oil and stir fried scallions, gingers, mushrooms, and add 2 tablespoons of stock.
    6. Add shrimps, and the sauce slowing while stirring, lastly add a bit of oil to make the color more vibrant.

    How to Make Food Weight Loss and Diabetes Friendly Without Utilizing Artificial Substitutes?

    CiCi and Mie


    Did you know tofu is a great substitute for butter? You can actually enjoy delicious brownies, that taste smooth & chocolate reach yet still diabetes friendly and for a fraction of the calories. New eCookbook, ‘Thinking of You’, contains Asian spin on cooking light recipes for your well being as well as weight management and includes hit dishes from Michelin rated Momokawa restaurant’s chef Mie Okuda, NYC. The recipes are diabetes, pancreatitis and high blood pressure friendly and utilize combination of healthy ingredients to substitute commonly used fatty and high glucose ingredients. What’s more, 100% (!) of all sales from this eCookbook in Dec will be donated to support stopping human rights abuse initiatives.


    We’d like to reveal a story that you might not know about actress, producer, director and TV host, CiCi Li. As a child CiCi went through a traumatic experience of human rights abuse in China. An exemplary student was kicked out from school because of her believe in Truthfulness-Compassion-Forbearance, the guiding principle of the traditional Chinese self-cultivation practice Falun Gong. She recalls her classmates and teachers in tears on the day she was forced to leave. It didn’t end there. Soon CiCi and her family had to flee China, country they called home. Still just a child CiCi was thrust into upheaval. At the age of 12, CiCi arrived in the U.S. as a political refugee.


    Even though it’s just one story, it is, unfortunately, representative for over 100 mil people in China and for more people worldwide.


    CiCi is convinced, ‘Food truly has no boundaries. Great food unites people; it makes people happy regardless of their color, age or religion. It doesn’t matter if you eat it with fork or chopsticks and the ultimate goal of food is to bring people happiness and joy.’ CiCi Li has teamed up with Master Chef and philanthropist Mie Okuda. They join efforts to raise $30,000 to help stop human rights abuse.


    Chef Mie has been studying nutrition for the past 30 years. Mie’s first motivation to explore the world of food and its relation to our health came from a painful experience of seeing her mom being hospitalized due to diabetes complications. In order to assist her mother in preparing appropriate for the condition meals, Mie studied all available at that time books & articles on nutrition with aim to understand why her mother got ill in the first place, how she could help and what it really means to “eat healthy”.


    Chef Mie’s most recent eCookbook  ‘Thinking of You’ contains 44 creative recipes for healthy living are steeped in the idea of giving, as they utilize combination of healthy ingredients to substitute commonly used fatty and high glucose ingredients. Did you know that in order to minimize the oil use in the dough it is very important to whip an egg and fold the dough 5-6 times to make the biscuit flaky? Now you can cook delicious ‘no-no’ dishes safely for your friends and family members who suffer from diabetes, high blood pressure, and/or are on a weight loss diet.


    Mie Okuda’s ‘Thinking of You’ is like Cooking Light with a unique Asian flare and is only $9.99!


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