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

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: reduce arthritic pain has cholesterol reducing properties may be good to thin the blood helpful in treating or preventing heart ailments could aid in reducing anxiety possibly prevent diabetic induced cataract could prevent entererotoxigenic Escherichia coli heat-labile enterotoxin induced diarrhea  could help prevent seamotion sickness, morning sickness in pregnant women and nausea after  chemotherapy ginger oil could possibly  help prevent skin cancer possess sialogogue properties which makes swallowing action easier could help prevent dyspepsia, constipation, colic, colds, sore throat with palm tree juice can possibly prevent flu can be prepared with scram

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!

Of Nephews and the future

It was the baptism of my nephew's daughter Dana,  last Sunday. He and his girlfriend Rachel,  had a baby daughter seven months ago.  As we waited at the church courtyard  for their arrival, I thought how fast time flew. Wasn't it just yesterday that they were studying to become Nurses and were visiting us at home in their sleek looking white school uniforms . Typical of today's young, they had grand plans:  finish their studies, get their diplomas, go abroad, earn good money, send some back home and visit places they only dreamt of.  Looks like all that's gone now. The dreams will just remain that because,  in the heat of the moment, the young forget.  It appears that  all these plans will go down the drain. Both have thrown  caution to the wind as they say, unmindful  that  there is the whole future ahead,  waiting for them. There was no need to hurry.  When my nephew learned that girlfriend was pregnant, he stopped going to school.  He had to. He must get a job to

It's Been Awhile

How do I get the motivation to post again.. about food.. or food safety..ahhh,  anything, as long as it is about food? There are countless food site that I have seen. I ask myself, what else can I add? I think everything has already been written about this wonderful topic.  What more can I add that hasn't been said before? Whattttt?

Orange Juice and Fast Food A healthy Combination?

I read somewhere that taking orange juice with meals ala fast food may deter the development of  heart related ailments. This is because, according to the study orange juice contains flavonoids; specifically, naringenin and hesperidin. According to one study:  “Data show, for the first time to our knowledge, that drinking orange juice with a meal high in fat and carbohydrates prevented the marked increases in reactive oxygen species and other inflammatory agents,” said the first author of the study, Husam Ghanim, PhD. “This did not happen when participants drank water or a sugary drink with the meal,” he added. “These issues of inflammation following a meal are important because the resultant high glucose and high triglycerides are known to be related to the development of cardiovascular events.”  Furthermore:  "Previous studies have reported that naringenin may prevent cholesterol increases, and changes in insulin sensitivity and glucose metabolism linked to metabolic synd

Pancit Canton with Chinese Sausage and Olive Oil

This is one breakfast and dinner dish I prepared recently. This is my own version of a pancit canton recipe which I have cooked and concocted in countless ways based on what ingredients are available at the time of cooking. I used chinese sausage as flavor enhancer since I didn't have anything in the fridge; no chicken, no pork, no seafood. It turned out okey, according to my partner. He normally eats a hearty breakfast. For awhile back, during younger days,  his breakfast was a cup of black coffee. That's it. Over the years, I convinced him that breakfast was the most important meal of the day. It doesn't matter if you just eat  fruits for lunch. But it is a MUST to eat a nutritious breakfast. My version of pancit canton was complete in terms of balance. Look here: 250 gms pancit canton package 3 pcs chinese sausage, diced 2 cups diced cabbage 1 cup diced carrots 1/4 cup kinchay 1/2 cup onions 1/2 cup green onions for garnish 5 cloves of garlic, crushed 1/2