Consumer groups urge labeling of mechanically tenderized meat products | barfblog

Oh my and this beef story  happened in the United States.. just wonderin', have the food authorities  truly done something about this?
"On Christmas Eve, 2009, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced some 248,000 pounds of tenderized beef were being recalled and was eventually linked to 21 E. coli O157:H7 infections in 16 states.
Needle or blade tenderized beef is typically used on tougher cuts of beef or pork to break down muscle fibers or to inject marinade into meat. About 50 million pounds of needle- or blade-tenderized meat is produced in the U.S. each month, according to a federal study, but it’s not required to be labeled.
All hamburger should be cooked to a thermometer-verified 160F because it’s all ground up – the outside, which can be laden with poop, is on the inside. With steaks, the thought has been that searing on the outside will take care of any poop bugs like E. coli and the inside is clean. But what if needles pushed the E. coli on the outside of the steak to the inside?"

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Organic Sabah Tea

An awesome tea from Malaysia given by my son who did some mountaineering there.

This tea has the freshness that is so unique, i have never tasted anything commercial like this before.

Packaged cleverly because it comes in a  re-usable box that's neat, but the  real package is made of  foil which i think is non biodegradable.. ooops..

"Sabah tea is cultivated in the pristine foothills of Mount Kinabalu, Malaysia,  first ever world heritage site, where nature offer the most conducive natural environment for tea growing. Only choice tender leaves from quality 'camellia sinensis (black tea) plants are selected and used in Sabah Tea. Grown naturally and pesticide free and excellent source of flavonoids."

For more information on sabah tea look here .


Car brand sounding chocolates

A delicious brand of chocolate, (from my daughter who's on work break) that's creamy, somehow sweet, and almost and yes actually melts in your mouth. My daughter says this has a bitter version which I told her was perhaps healthier (dark chocos are said to be).

The packaging though not environment friendly is awesome because it comes in what I think is called thermo-protected (the box was with an small square ice like thing that allows coldness to be retained for the chocolate to remain firm).

Too bad i think it is not yet available locally.

More info about this  chocolate brand  here


A Dangerous Herb

Beware of this type of herb. Pls read the full details here.

The lowly but healthy alugbati

I am continuously growing this "for enchilada" type of veggie called alugbati which is so endemic in the Philippines. Studies revealed the isolating of "Basellasaponins A, B, C, and D, oleanane-type triterpenes oligoglycosides, together with betavulgaroside 1, spinacoside C, and momordins IIb and IIc, from fresh aerial parts". The alugbati leaves yield saponin, vitamin A and B while its fruit are known to containe mucilage and iron. These two pots have already yielded a small salad bowl of veggie eats made more delicious and healthful with the addition of olive oil, tomatoes, freshly milled black pepper and apple cider vinegar.. oohh ahhh nice!


Health Benefits of Honey and Ginger

I am now taking my ginger brew (salabat) with honey. Here's why. Read the Health Benefits of Honey and Ginger

Factors Governing the Benefits of Honey

Factors Governing the Benefits of Honey


Potato Salad as Prelude to a Typhoon

Got our laundry early from a shop at the Riverbanks and then went to the supermarket to buy something for potato salad. We have a couple of potatoes on standby so I thought might as well do something before it rots, sayang naman.

Got a piece of sugar beet and three packs of mayonnaise, plus a small bunch of celery. I forgot to get some pineapple tidbits - i realized as soon as i rode the tricycle.. oh well..

As soon as we finished breakfast I started the preparations for the potato salad -- boiled the potatoes and sugar beet.. began dicing the celery stalks and red onions.. as soon as the potatoes were done, started peeling the skin off.. had to endure the heat of the potatoes.. it's important that the mixture gets on the way while the potatoes are hot to get the mayonnaise thoroughly mixed with the the potatoes and the rest of the ingredients..

I thought this is going to be a bland potato salad for lack of the the pineapple tidbit component.. what the heck partner mentioned the availability of raisins we have in the cupboard.. oh great!

The result - one great tasting potato salad, according to partner.. hehehe

But before I remembered to take a photo of the finished product, the salad's all GONE!


I have been a friend of Ginger for a long time now

With my hypertensive condition, I take every wellness advice I get from friends and relatives to heart. For one, my mother told me that ginger could be a powerful health food. This root crop grown in most Asian countries could possibly in the following instances:

  1. reduce arthritic pain
  2. has cholesterol reducing properties
  3. may be good to thin the blood helpful in treating or preventing heart ailments
  4. could aid in reducing anxiety
  5. possibly prevent diabetic induced cataract
  6. could prevent entererotoxigenic Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin induced diarrhea
  7.  could help prevent seamotion sickness, morning sickness in pregnant women and nausea after  chemotherapy
  8. ginger oil could possibly  help prevent skin cancer
  9. possess sialogogue properties which makes swallowing action easier
  10. could help prevent dyspepsia, constipation, colic, colds, sore throat
  11. with palm tree juice can possibly prevent flu
  12. can be prepared with scrambled eggs (thin strips) and could help reduce coughing
  13. as a paste can possibly prevent headaches when applied to temple
  14. can help reduce fatigue, rheumatism
  15. can prevent heat cramps as ginger water

I take ginger as tea in the morning. It is always my first drink and also my last. I use it in green salads; as an additional ingredient in preparing adobo, in fish dishes, whenever I steam fish.. and it has been nothing but healthful eversince.


Hydration for any old hot and humid day

The weather seems to prove 'hell'. Especially to mature and elderly citizens, a human grouping I belong to. No matter what we do, the humid and hot tropical climate is here to stay perhaps,  at least for another month or so. So what can we do aside from closetting  ourselves in an air conditioned room (energy costs can kill you know)..

Drink, drink, drink.

Drink something cold. Fruit juice especially those prepared from what's in season,  like melon. Coconut (buko, in our native dialect) juice with the customary strips of young coconut would be nice to have in a decadent climate as what we are having this afternoon.

Why not iced tea? Or simply iced water.

As long as there's hydration it shall be good!