Noodles have become a staple for home-cooking. This east Asian staple comes in various shapes and sizes. As a reference the following are some of the types of noodle which are widely available in supermarkets:
Know your noodles
Just remember that noodles dishes can sometimes contain a lot of oil to keep the strands from sticking together.
This type of noodles are available fresh or dried. Egg Noodle usually has a distinct yellow colour. Ideal for stir-frying.
This noodle is very thin and needs to be soaked in hot water before use. This is also called vermicelli noodles or affectionately as stick noodles. 🙂
Glass noodles are also call cellophane noodles or bean vermicelli. They are made from mung beans and are good in salad. This is my favourite noodles which is called sotanghon in the Philippines.
These are good in soup. The noodles are made from whole wheat and can be available dried or fresh.
Flat rice noodles or Ho fun
This is a white noodle which is available fresh or dried and in different widths.
This noodle is particularly popular in Vietnamese cooking but it originated in China.
Below is a recipe for a handmade noodles. If you have time, it is rather self-satisfying to roll your own.
Handmade Noodles Recipe
125 g plain flour or all purpose flour
2 tbsp cornflour (cornstarch)
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tsp vegetable oil
Method of Preparation:
Sift the flour, cornflour and salt into a mixing bowl.
Make a well in the middle of the flour mix.
Add the boiling water and 1 tsp of oil.
Use a wooden spatula the mix until it turns into a soft dough.
Cover the mixing bowl with cling film and leave for 5 to 6 minutes.
Now make the noodles by hand. Take a small ball of dough and roll it into a flat surface with your palm until the ball elongates into long strips, i.e. noodle.
Repeat until all the dough has been industriously turned into noodles. 🙂
Singkamas, photo by JMorton taken at Pritil Market
Jicama, or Singkamas in Tagalog, is a native of Mexico and South America. It is a white tuber which is also sometimes called as Mexican Potato and in some cases, Mexican turnip.
I love singkamas. I like it served peeled and sliced thinly and then left in vinegar for a few minutes for it to soaked in the acidity of the marinade, then sprinkled with plenty of rock salt. It is so crunchy and absolutely deliciously fresh tasting.
Singkamas is also a good ingredients in salad, it is like carrot in texture but a good source of water.
Jícama is high in carbohydrates in the form of dietary fiber. It is composed of 86–90% water; it contains only trace amounts of protein and lipids. Its sweet flavor comes from the oligofructoseinulin (also called fructo-oligosaccharide) which is a prebiotic. Jícama is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. It is also a good source of potassium and Vitamin C (Wikipedia).
They have in Turkey a drink called coffee… as Black as Soot, and of a Strong Scent… which they take, beaten into Powder, in Water, as Hot as they can Drink it; and they take it, and sit at it is their Coffee Houses, which are like our Taverns.
– Francis Bacon
Cuppa coffee Photo by PH Morton
Scientist in the Netherlands found that a cup of coffee contains enough caffeine needed to combat the risk of nodding off on long haul journeys.
This means that drivers do not have to guzzle gallons of coffee on the motorway to keep awake and the even better news that the risk of toilet time-outs is minimised!!!
Did you know?
The caffeine in coffee is a stimulant. Contrary to past eras’ belief that caffeine in coffee renders a man impotent by depriving the body of semen, it has now been found out that sperms exposed to caffeine makes them friskier and thus swim faster. (Does this mean that a potential daddy who is biologically on the boil needs to consume copious cups of coffees before performing to get those sperms to go crazy?!!!) 😉
Did you know? 40 per cent of coffee is produced in Columbia and Brazil.
Did you know that the first coffee was made from boiling leaves (not sure whether it was the leaves from coffee bean tree, though)? It was an Islamic hermit named ad-Shadhili, who lived in 1200AD in North Africa that first had coffee made from the beans.
Did you know, the name cappuccino comes from its resemblance to the clothing worn by the Capuchin monks.
Did you know, coffee is the first food to be freeze dried.
Did you know?
In Italian, the word espresso literally means “when something is forced out.”
Did you know, there is a superstition in Brazil that putting the sugar first into your cup before the coffee will make you rich!
Did you know? A cup of strong black, unsweetened coffee has the added benefit of cleaning your teeth. A study has found that coffee breaks down the bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Ensure not to cancel out the benefit of a strong black coffee to your molars by adding milk and sugar to your cuppa.
Did you know that coffee contains more caffeine than any other drink.
Did you know, that in Constantinople in Turkey, denying a wife her coffee gives her grounds for divorce.
Did you know?
The most expensive coffee in the world which retail at $600 per pound is called Kopi Luwak, which are coffee beans that are swallowed and goes through the intestine and then excreted by the Sumatran wild cat.
On Friday 5th Oct 2012 , my Lovely wife and I visited the National Portrait Gallery in London followed by us perambulating around nearby Chinatown
The nearest Tube(Underground train) station being Leicester Square. It was fine sunny early autumnal day, however late afternoon light rain showers prevailed. Despite the wet weather the place was crowded.
The original Chinatown was situated in the East End of London at the start of the 20th Century. The Limehouse and dockland district where there were opium dens. Some Sherlock Holmes stories mention the dens and area. After the Second World War Chinese restaurants and increasing number of Chinese Hong Kong migrants moved nearer to the centre of London where Chinatown is now located. We enjoyed an excellent meal at a dim sum restaurant and the meal consisted of crispy aromatic duck with crepes hot and sour soup, sweet and sour pork, sizzling beef,vegetables pak choi etc, washed own with jasmine tea and Chinese beer.. yummy!
We then looked around some of the various supermarkets offering a dazzling variety of SE Asian vegetables, fruit and foodstuffs not only from China but the Philippines Korea et al. We bought some delicious colourful cakes. We will certainly return as regular visitors to this bustling part of London.
He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.
– Jonathan Swift
I am so looking forward to going back home to the Philippines this December. I plan to eat lots of oysters as I have developed a taste for them here in the UK. Oysters with a spritz of lemon and drink of Champagne is the best there is.
Oysters are bivalved mollusks that can be eaten in a lot of ways; it can be eaten raw, baked, smoked, grilled, sauteed or added into soups and sauces.
Oysters (Talaba) Recipe
I remember eating oysters or “talaba” when I was young. I did not like it much as I found the consistency so much like phlegm. LOL
The way they served the oysters in the Philippines was:
1. The Oysters still in the shells were washed down with boiling water.
2. The oysters then were taken out of the shell.
3. Then vinegar, salt and ground black pepper were added.
4. Finally add shallots which have been cut thinly.
Thinking about this now make my mouth water.
I just can’t wait to eat oysters again.
By the way oysters like many seafood are a good source of calcium, protein and iodine.
I will not eat oysters. I want my food dead – not sick, not wounded – dead.
– Woody Allen
Oyster is known for its aphrodisiac property. Apparently oyster contains amino acid which triggers the production of sex hormones.
Oysters are high in zinc.
OYSTERS ON THE HALF SHELL
3 dozen oysters.
2 lemons cut in quarters.
Salt, pepper, Tobasco, horseradish and Tomato catsup.
Clean the oysters thoroughly, remove all the gunk in every nook and cranny of the corrugated limey shell.
Open, loosen, and leave them on the lower shell.
Fill soup plates with shaved ice and arrange shell on ice having the small end of shells point toward center of the plate.
Wash lemons, cut in quarters, remove seeds and serve one-quarter in center of each plate.
Garnish with sprays of parsley arranged between the shells.
Pass remaining ingredients on a small silver tray, or a cocktail dressing may be made and served in a small glass dish and passed to each guest.
Old recipe from 52 Sunday Dinners, a book of recipe by MRS. ELIZABETH O. HILLER
Lemon is very high in vitamin C and therefore they are vital in preservation of healthy skin and gum.`
Nutrients contained in lemons are vitamin C, folic acid, potassium, limonene and fibre.
This brightly yellow citrus fruit is so versatile, it can be used for cooking, preserving, dyeing, cleaning as well as a beauty product amongst other things.
Jason Donovan, the Australian actor, has admitted to rubbing lemon into his hair and then sitting under the sun to highlight and lighten his threshes, it seemed it worked too; this was in the 80s or early 90s.
Apparently to get as much juice from your lemon, a good tip is to heat it up in the microwave for 30 second before squeezing every drop from it. If you do not have a microwave just remember that a lemon in a room temperature yields more juice than one that came out straight from the fridge. Do not throw the lemon shells but you can freeze them for upto 6 months. You can use the shells to stuff cavities of chicken to roast for extra zingy flavour. You could also use the shell for stews and casseroles.
……………….. Medicines made of Lemmons.
To take away the Spots, or red Pimpels of the face.
Take halfe a pint of raine water, and halfe a pint of good Verjuice, seeth it till it be halfe consumed, then whilst it boils fill it up againe with juyce of Lemmon, and so let it seeth a pretty while; then take it from the fire, and when it is cold put to it the whites of four new laid Eggs, well beaten, and with this water annoynt the place often.
(This was from Book of Fruits & Flowers published in 1653)
Soothe cough and cold with lemon or lime juice mixed with hot water and sweetened with honey.
Hot lemon juice with honey
To get rid of any lingering smell from your hands after preparing food especially fish and garlic, rub your hands with salt and lemon juice.
Lemon can be used to clean watermarks on stainless steel sinks and taps.
Sometimes lemons are left in the fridge for ages until it looks like all wrinkled and old. Don’t throw it at once. Cut it and juice it, then pour the juice in a ice cube tray and freeze, when turned into cubes, transfer into freezer bag. Just defrost when needed for later.
More uses of lemons:
45 USES FOR LEMON
Most people are familiar with the traditional uses for lemons to soothe sore throats and add some citrus flavour to our foods.
However the diversity of applications for lemons far exceeds general knowledge and once you read the following list, you’ll likely want to stock at least a few lemons in your kitchen 24-7.
1. Freshen the Fridge
Remove refrigerator odours with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
6. Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favourite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lemon and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavour of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble
You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well.
26. Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less, the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene
Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odour throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lemon juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics
Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew
Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odour
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odour
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odours or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odour but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odour from returning.
45. Reduce Asthma Symptoms
In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.
* If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure.
Here are more useful functions of Lemons:
How To Get Three Times More Juice From Your Lemon, And 17 Life Hacks You Can Do With It
If you play your lemon right, you can get three times as much juice out of it than usual, and there is SO MUCH you can do with it
By Kim Hookem-Smith | Yahoo Lifestyle
There’s so much you can do with the humble lemon. And once you know, you’ll be keener than ever to ensure you’re getting as much juice as possible out of every single one.
So we have a brilliant tip for you that could see you getting as much as THREE TIMES the juice from each lemon you squeeze.
You have two options. Either roll your lemon on a hard surface and push down to burst the tiny juice-filled cells, or blast it in the microwave for 20 seconds. Either way, cut it lengthways rather than across the middle and you should get around three tablespoons of juice out.
Then use it in one of the following awesome ways:
1. Stop your food going brown
A few drops of lemon juice on your guacamole will keep it fresh and green, your apple slices will remain white and your cauliflower will stay that delicious off-white colour we all drool over.
2. Wake yourself up
At that mid-afternoon slump, instead of reaching for something sweet, go for something super-sour instead. A bite of a lemon or a quick squirt of lemon juice in the mouth is an instant pick-me-up.
3. Lighten age spots
Don’t buy an expensive lightening cream for your imperfections and sun spots. Instead, put lemon juice on them directly and leave for 15 minutes to naturally and safely lighten.
4. Beat nausea
Lemon juice contains potassium, which helps prevent sickness. Add a few tablespoons to water and sip to beat nausea.
5. Give yourself golden highlights
Who needs hairdressers when you’ve got lemons? Mix lemon juice with water (1/4 water to 3/4 lemon juice) and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then sit in the sun until it dries. For best results, use once a week.
6. Make invisible ink
Write with lemon juice – it’s invisible when it dries and can be made visible with a little heat from a hairdryer.
Lemon juice is a powerful antioxidant which helps prevent free radicals and protects the skin, keeping you looking younger. Squeeze it into water for a health tonic every day.
8. Use as shoe polish
Mix a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice with one of olive oil and rub on shoes for a serious shine.
9. Beat breakouts
Wash your face with lemon juice to naturally exfoliate and cleanse. And dab a little on spots to dry them out.
10. Clean limescale
No need for harsh chemicals, all you need to clean your taps is to run half a lemon over them. It really works.
11. Whiten nails
If you can clean your taps, you can also clean your nails. Squeeze on a little juice to whiten the tips but beware of any cuts or nail-biting as it will sting.
12. Treat dandruff
Stir one tablespoon of lemon juice into water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat over a few days until the dandruff is gone.
13. Knock out a hangover
Rather than painkillers, some swear by a few tablespoons of lemon juice in hot water to make a soothing tea that magics away hangover headaches.
14. Cleaner clothes
Add a small glass of lemon juice to your wash to give your detergent a boost. The natural whitening action will help lift stains and make whites whiter.
15. Stop rice clumping
Fed up of ending up with a sticky mass of rice when you cook? Add a tablespoon of lemon juice to keep the grains from attaching themself to each other.
16. Freshen the Fridge
Soak a cotton ball in lemon juice and leave it in the fridge to draw in odours of other smelly foods. It’s life-changing.
17. Beat sunburn
It may feel counter-intuitive, but rubbing half a lemon on sunburn will really soothe the soreness and heat.