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Steamed Eggplant

I really like eggplant and my mother recently told me about this quick 10 minute recipe for a healthy meal.


  • 4 Asian eggplants

  • 2 tablespoons red rice vinegar (note: not red wine vinegar)

  • 2 tablespoons light soy sauce

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil, such as canola

  • 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar


  1. Remove the stalk from the eggplants. Cut in the middle and then cut each half lengthwise so that you have 4 equal pieces

  2. Steam the eggplant over high heat until softened (about 5 minutes). Remove from the heat and cool

  3. Whisk together the remaining ingredients. Pour over the eggplant and serve.



Perks of Water

Water: How Much Should You Drink Every Day?
We have all heard it before, you should drink at least 8 cups of water each day. Then to our confusion, we now hear all these other alternatives as to how much water to drink. Tired of not knowing exactly how much H20 you should drink each day? Well look no further, your water questions are answered here and now!

Health benefits of Water
Water is your body’s principal chemical component and makes up about 60 percent of your body weight. Every system in your body depends on water. For example, water flushes toxins out of vital organs, carries nutrients to your cells and provides a moist environment for ear, nose and throat tissues.
Lack of water can lead to dehydration, a condition that occurs when you don’t have enough water in your body to carry out normal functions. Even mild dehydration can drain your energy and make you tired.

How Much Water Do You Need?

Every day you lose water through your breath, perspiration, urine and bowel movements. For your body to function properly, you must replenish its water supply by consuming beverages and foods that contain water.

So how much fluid does the average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate need? The Institute of Medicine determined that an adequate intake (AI) for men is roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of total beverages a day. The AI for women is 2.2 liters (about 9 cups) of total beverages a day.

What about the advice to drink eight glasses a day?

Everyone has heard the advice, “drink eight 8-ounce glasses of water a day.” That’s about 1.9 liters, which isn’t that different from the Institute of Medicine’s recommendation. Although the ‘8 by 8″ rule isn’t supported by hard evidence, it remains popular because it’s easy to remember. Just be sure to keep in mind that the rule should be reframed as, “Drink at least eight 8 ounce glasses of water a day,” because all fluids count towards the daily total.


Healthy Alcoholic Drinks

Ever worry about how many calories you are consuming while enjoying an alcoholic beverage? Well no need to worry too much with these drinks that are easy to make and easier to enjoy.

Cranberry Vodka Tonic

  • To prepare this drink, you need 1.5 shot of vodka, diet cranberry juice and ice.
  • In a glass, add ice first and pour vodka and cranberry juice in.
  • Mix properly and serve. You can even use flavored vodka for this recipe.
  • Calories – 98

Merlot Spritzer

  • In this spritzer, we will require about 5 fl. oz. Merlot and 2 fl. oz. sparkling water.
  • In a wine glass, mix both ingredients together. Drink up!
  • Calories – 122

Moscow Mule

  • In a shaker, mix 1 fl. oz. vodka, 3 fl. oz. diet ginger ale and splash of lime juice.
  • Add ice cubes, as many as you like, close the lid and shake vigorously.
  • Pour the drink in a cocktail glass and serve with a lemon wedge.
  • Calories – 80


  • Take a glass and fill it with ice cubes.
  • Empty an Splenda packet in and pour 1 fl. oz. white rum in.
  • Top it off with fresh lime juice, mix well, and serve.
  • Calories – 100

Island Lemonade

  • First you need to mix ½ cup sugar in 3 cups boiling water.
  • When the sugar dissolves, add 1 ¼ cups lime juice in.
  • Pour this mixture in 4 different glasses and add 1 fl. oz. white rum in each glass.
  • Mix well and serve. You can even use no calorie sweetener for even less calories.
  • Calories – 180

Whiskey Highball

  • To make this whiskey drink, get 2 fl. oz. whiskey, 4 fl. oz. diet ginger ale and lots of ice.
  • In a tall glass, add ice in the bottom and then pour whiskey on top.
  • Add diet ginger ale, mix the ingredients properly and take a sip.
  • Calories – 128

And never be afraid to create your own healthy cocktail!


Indonesian Cuisine – Soto Betawi

Now this creamy and beefy soup dish is neither healthy nor simple but don’t let that discourage you from making this delicious dish (It’s my absolutely favorite Indonesian meal)…and after a long case of the Monday’s who couldn’t use with some extra spice to finish off the day? Also if you have a tendency towards lactose intolerance please be cautious with the coconut milk as you might find yourself sitting on the jon a little longer than expected =).

Soto Betawi – Recipe

Beef stock

  • 1 lb beef (I used brisket, you can use other parts of beef with some offals)
  • 1 galangal, crushed
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, crushed
  • 3 salam leaves (Indonesian bay leaves)
  • Water
  1. Boil beef with galangal, lemongrass and salam leaves until tender. I used a pressure cooker, so this only took 30 minutes, if you are not using pressure cooker, bring to boil and simmer for at least 1.5 hours. Since I wanted to get rid of the fat from the brisket, I prepared this one night ahead, cool it down and keep it in the fridge. The next day, the fat has hardened and I could take it out easily. If you are using leaner meat, you can skip the fat removing process.
  2. If you don’t eat beef, replace it with other kinds of meat.


  • 5 shallot
  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cm ginger
  • 1 tbsp ground corriander seeds
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • white pepper, salt, olive oil
  1. I threw everything into my food processor and pulsed until it forms a fine paste. In Indonesia, we normally use mortar and pestle.


  • 400ml coconut milk
  1. To finish the soup, bring beef and stock to boil, add spices, and add coconut milk. Adjust seasonings and spices according to your taste. The soup is done.

Other Ingredients

  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and sliced into 8-12 sections each
  • 2 tomatoes, sliced into 8-12 sections each
  1. I pan fried the potato slices on a non stick pan with minimal amount of olive oil (only about 1 tbsp), pan fry slowly on medium heat until softened, crank up the heat afterwards to brown the surface. Alternatively, you can soften the potatoes by baking or microwaving them.
  2. The tomatoes do not need to be cooked.


  • spring onion, thinly sliced
  • crispy shallot
  • red chillies, sliced thinly
  • Indonesian sweet soy sauce (kecap manis)
  • Emping (belinjo crackers) or prawn crackers (optional)
  • lime (quartered)
  1. To serve, place potatoes and tomatoes in a bowl, scoop some beef, pour soup over it, sprinkle some crackers, crispy shallot and spring onion. Serve with kecap manis, chilli and lime slices on the side as condiments.

Have fun with this one and most importantly enjoy!


Brown Sugar Hand Softener

I don’t know about you, but having rough hands makes me self-conscious, especially when I have to shake hands with strangers everyday. So let’s try and avoid that situation all together ! I found this recipe – it makes for one treatment but it’s very convenient as you can find these ingredients in around your house!


  • 1/4 cup course brown sugar
  • Baby oil to make into a paste


  1. Mix together.
  2. Using a hand washing motion apply the mixture to the hands.
  3. Continue the washing motion for a minute then rinse off with warm water and pat dry.


French Quiche

A French quiche is one of the simplest dishes you can make and good results are nearly guaranteed… Quiche is a savory baked tart or custard filled with meats, cheese, and vegetables, and thickened with eggs. It is always served open face and baked in a pastry crust, and is regarded as the savory equivalent of a custard tart or pie.


  1. 1 9-inch refrigerated pie crust
  2. 2 tablespoons olive oil
  3. 2 medium onions, chopped
  4. Kosher salt and black pepper
  5. 1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  6. 4 large eggs
  7. 3/4 cup half-and-half
  8. 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  9. 8 ounces Gruyere, grated
  10. 4 cups mixed greens


  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Fit the crust into a 9-inch pie plate. Place on a baking sheet.
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onions and ½ teaspoon each of salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir in the parsley.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, half-and-half, nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Stir in the onion mixture and the Gruyère.
  4. Pour the egg mixture into the crust. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Let sit for 5 minutes. Drizzle the greens with the remaining tablespoon of oil and sprinkle with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Serve with the quiche.


Bing Cherries and Arthritis

It’s a fact that Arthritis is a surfacing  health issue that comes with age. Here is a fruit that poses as an aid for this reoccurring epidemic. Arthritis is a painful and somewhat debilitating condition marked by inflammation, pain and weakness of the joints. While this disease is not reversible, there are steps you can take toward improving the symptoms of arthritis. Simple dietary changes, such as eating more Bing Cherries, may help.

Types of Arthritis
Arthritis is a term used to describe inflammation in the joints, and it can include osteo or rheumatoid arthritis and gout. For osteoarthritis, inflammation occurs as a result of the degeneration of the joint. However, rheumatoid arthritis occurs when your body attacks your own joints; it is an auto-immune disorder. Gout is another type of arthritis triggered by too much uric acid inside your joint.
Blood Markers of Arthritis
Arthritis is a diagnosable condition. If you suspect you have osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis or gout, your physician can take a blood sample to look for substances in your blood that indicate an inflammatory response. Uric acid, c-reactive protein and nitric oxide can signify that your body is working to attack inflammation.
Bing Cherries and Arthritis
Bing cherries may be effective in reducing the markers of inflammation associated with the different types of arthritis. A study by the USDA Agriculture Research Service in 2004 analyzed the effects of bing cherries on arthritic inflammation. Ten women were recruited and told to abstain from berries, wine, fruits and vegetables for two days before the study, as these contain antioxidants and contain the potential to alter the result of the study. The day of the study, the subjects were fed a bowl of cherries for breakfast. Then, blood markers of inflammation associated with arthritis were analyzed. The most significant change was in the urate levels, a distinct marker of gout, which decreased significantly throughout the day. Other markers of inflammation, including c-reactive protein and nitric oxide, also were monitored, and also decreased following bing cherry consumption.
Bing cherries seem to reduce inflammation through the work of their antioxidants. These are molecules that neutralize free radicals or other molecules that have become oxidized and damage cells and DNA. Following a diet high in antioxidant-rich foods like cherries, other fruits, vegetables, nuts and tea can ease symptoms of arthritis by reducing inflammation