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Snow Fungus Soup

Snow Fungus Soup

The season of dryness is back. Do you have any strategies to fight dry skin? What about Snow Fungus Soup?Snow Fungus Soup

In this traditional Snow Fungus Soup recipe I am going to share the ancient Chinese secret that can nourish your dry skin. In fact, Yang Kwei-fei (AD713 to AD756) who was an imperial Tang dynasty concubine, and one of the four great ancient Chinese beauties, is said to have credited the snow mushroom with maintaining her youthful appearance.

What is Snow fungus? Snow fungus has many names, such as white wood ear, silver ear fungus and white fungus. It has no flavour and is delightfully crunchy.

Snow fungus is a type of mushroom that is commonly used in Chinese cuisine. This is a sweet style of soup made with snow fungus, red dates, lotus seeds and goji berries. these ingredients can be found in an Asian store or market.

According to Chinese Medicine snow fungus strengthens the Lung function and due to the gelatinous structure and high concentration of polysaccharide, it boosts skin hydration. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. The lotus seeds are good for spleen and kidney function, while the red dates assist with digestion.

Chia Seed Puddings

Chia Seed Puddings

Quick easy chia seed puddings by Alice Louey

These chia seed puddings are one of my favorite things to make up at the start of the work week. They are great for breakfast, or as a snack during the work day or as a healthy dessert. It’s so easy to make up a batch, and quite forgiving in terms of the quantities used. It’s easy to change it to different flavour profiles. You can top it with freshly chopped fruit and berries, or muesli for the crunch factor, or for a dessert add cacao powder plus some grated chocolate and top with yoghurt and/or berries.

Chia seeds are high in omega 3, iron, calcium, protein and antioxidants. They are a great source of insoluble fibre, and naturally low in carbohydrates. Chia seeds have an amazing ability to absorb fluids and gel, this is why they can be used as an egg replacement in some vegan recipes.

According to Chinese Medicine, these chia seed puddings are cooling thanks to the coconut milk and chia seeds.


Konjac Noodles Salad

Konjac Noodles Salad

KONJAC NOODLES

Konjac noodles (sometimes called Shirataki noodles) are translucent, thin, long, white, gelatinous noodles made from the root of the Kojac plant that grows in Japan and China, and are common in Asian Cuisine. The noodle contains lots of soluble fibre, called glucomannan and water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% soluble fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan can absorb up to fifty times its weight in water.

Can help you to lose weight…

Because they are extremely low in carbohydrates, calories and fat, it is the perfect option for people who want to lose weight and aid their new year’s resolution. They are very easy to prepare and gluten free.

Konjac noodles are very filling, and their soluble fibre slows down the stomach emptying, so you stay full for a longer time on low calories. The noodles are generally tasteless and absorb the flavours of what they are cooked with.

However, they are “cooling” from a Chinese medicine point of view. Therefore, for people who have “cold stomach” or “weak spleen”  Konjac noodles can make their digestion weaker. For these people to eat Konjac noodles, simply add some minced ginger, which is warming and helps to improve the digestive function by neutralising the coldness.


Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This recipe full of nutrient-rich colorful ingredients such as red kidney beans, carrots, capsicums and peas will help you strengthen your spleen energy and maintain your body strong and healthy.