Sep 28, 2008

BEEF PIE

I can never resist a good Beef Pot Pie. I've been cooking this for years and it's great when you are just too lazy to cook.

1 medium onion
5 tbsp butter
50gm all purpose flour
half tsp salt
300mls beef broth
300mls cubed beef (stewing), marinate with salt and pepper.
100gm celery (sliced thick)
150gm green peas and carrots (cubed and cooked)
dried parseley
puff pastry
evaporated filled milk

On a pan, saute the beef with some oil till it is sealed. Leave it aside for a while. Saute onions and celery in pan on butter until they are tender. Stir in flour until smooth. Add the broth, let it cook and stir to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Add the beef cubes that had been saute briefly. Sprinkle some parsley and let it cook till the beef is soft and tender. When it is soft, add the cooked vegetable and simmer a while. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary. Pour into a small casserole dish. Roll out your puff pastry over the casserolle and cut some slits. Brush with milk and bake for about less than 30 minutes on medium heat.

If you let yr beef mixture cool slightly, you can portion it up into smaller aluminium dish and place the puff pastry on top. Freeze it and bake when needed.

Sep 26, 2008

GRILL A MUSTARD STEAK

Have you ever tried a steak that has been marinated with mustard? It is just simply delicious. I love beef, everything about beef. Steaks, pies, beef ribs, you name it. A friend shared with me this recipe years back and I would make this when I feel like a good piece of steak. This is how it's done:

30mls olive oil
50mls red wine vinegar
50mls dry red wine
3 cloves garlic, chopped
dried basil
3 tablespoons of dijon mustard
2 tablespoons of ketchup
3 pcs of steak about 1 and half inches thick


Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl that is wide but shallow. Add the steaks into it, rubbing both sides with the mixed marinade. Leave it in the fridge for at least an hour. Grill the pan about 5-6 minutes for a medium rare steak.

Sep 25, 2008

BBQ BEEF RIBS

Ingredients:
2 racks of beef back ribs

Ingredients A
2 tbsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. ground oregano
1 tbsp. paprika
2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground cayenne pepper

Ingredients B
Onions, 1 large and quartered
Carrots
Celery
Chicken Powder

Combine all spices in A. Rub over surface of ribs to coat well. Marinade it overnight leaving it in the fridge. The next day, boil a pot of water enough to cover the ribs, with the ingredients from B. Boil the ribs for about 1 to 2 hours, until the meat is soft. Drain away the water and place the ribs on a pan, brush with your favourite BBQ sauce and bake in the oven for about a hour on 170 deg C. Continue basting with the sauce every 20minutes till it is done. Serve with baked beans and potato wedges.

Sep 23, 2008

SPICY BBQ SAUCE

Everyone loves a good BBQ sauce. And everyone will have their own version of what the ideal BBQ sauce needs to be. Some like it sweet, some prefer it tangy and some like a little smoked flavour in it. I love mine with a little bit spicy.


This is something that I have altered according to my own preference. You may try it and tweak it if you want.


1 Onion, sliced
120mls Ketchup
120mls Water
60mls White Vinegar
60mls Vegetable Oil
2 tbsp Lemon Juice
2 tbsp Lea & Perrins Sauce
2 tbsp Molasses
1 tbsp Tabasco
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 1/2 tsp Liquid Hickory Smoke
1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper


In a medium saucepan, bring to a boil the lemon juice, onion, tabasco, ground black pepper, vinegar, water, molasses, salt, cayenne pepper and vegetable oil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 20 minutes. When it is simmering, stir in ketchup, L&P sauce and liquid smoke. Bring it to boil briefly and remove from the heat. Once cooled, refrigerate or use immediately.

Sep 21, 2008

PRAWNS IN THERMIDOR/WHITE CREAMY CHEESE

I am a lobster fan, and I always love a good lobter thermidor. But you can never eat them all the time. Not that they give you unhealthy levels of cholestral, they are expensive too. Especially if you want to serve them when you invite friends over.

So I've resorted to using Prawns as they are easily accessible and also they do taste yummy too. This recipe was altered slightly from some recipes I used.

You will need:
2 tsp of butter
Half medium onion (sliced)
30gms of green bell pepper (diced)
2 cans of condensed cream of potato soup
200mls half and half cream

4 slices of cheddar cheese
3 tsp of lemon juice
dash of ground black pepper
dried tarragon
half tsp of mustard seed
350gms of cooked prawns, unshelled

Parmesan cheese


Saute onions and bell peppers in butter in a pan, until they are tender. Add the soup, cream and using low heat, stir till it is all blended and coming to a boil. Take the pan off the stove, add the cheddar cheese, lemon juice, herbs and cooked prawns. Mix them well and serve it on individual caserrole dish, sprinkle some parmesan cheese and gratinate in over for 5 minutes.

If you have some cooked rice, you can place a layer of cooked rice before you pour the mixture.

Sep 20, 2008

TURKEY BURGER

Meat patties are great. You can grill it for barbeques, grill it at home for a tasty burger or you can make little balls and eat them with spaghettis too.

If you can find some minced turkey, make a nice tasty turkey patty for burgers, turkey meat ball or grill it for a meal. This is what you will need.

2.5 kgs of ground turkey (more lean than fatty, for a healthy patty)
1 whole onions, chopped
2 tsp of kikkoman soya
1 tsp teriyaki seasoning
2 tsp of worcestershire sauce
60 ml tomato ketchup
Pepper
2 tsp lemon juice
120 gm of breadcrumbs (dry plain bread)

In a large mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together and make sure they are all equally mixed. Shape it in a small ball and press it down to form a patty.

On a griller pan, add 2 tbsp of oil for frying the patty. Alternatively, you may broil in the oven, or bbq grill.

Lightly butter buns and serve it with lots of lettuce, onions, tomatoes and some yellow mustard.

TEACHER'S DAY

I used to have a headache when Teacher's Day approaches. My girls get excited over a discussion over what they would like to get for their Teacher's Day present. This year, I decided that I shall browse early for gifts so that when they are near, I shall have no problems getting them. Most of the things I get are online so it would be great to purchase them ahead since delivery may take weeks!

Did you get anything recently on Teacher's Day? Last year, I got a lot of fridge magnets for Teacher's Day. And this year, I didn't know what to get so I got them each a box of chocolates! Each girl has 2 main teacher in a class. And not to forget gifts for piano teacher, ballet teacher and tuition teachers too!



GRILLED HONEY WINGS

Chicken Wings are everyone's favourite food. It is good at home, parties, barbeques or just as finger food. Here is a nice Honey Wings that is a favourite with my family.

2 kg pack chicken wings
4 cloves of garlic, chopped
60 mls oil, preferably olive oil
60 mls rice vinegar
60 mls australian honey
2 tbsp soya sauce
1 heaped tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp of thyme
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp tumeric powder

In a mixing bowl, combine the ingredients together, make sure it is mixed equally well. One way to do it is to place all the ingredients in a small bowl and mix it before it is spread on the wings. Place them in a zipper bag and refrigerate overnight.You can cook the wings in the oven, on the griller or barbeque them. If you intend to barbeque, omit the honey and only add the honey during basting to avoid it being burnt.

MAKE YOUR OWN PINA COLADA

This is a favourite in many drink joints and restaurants. It is very simple to make too. Everyone always ask for the perfect Pina Colada. There are many variations. All you need are:

A cup of ice
3 oz of rum
80mls of coconut cream
50mls of pineapple juice
2tbsp of crushed pineapple
15mls lemon soda

A simple recipe. Place all the above ingredients in a blender. Blend it for about 5 minutes until it becomes all frothy. Serve in a nice tall glass and serve with a pineapple and cherry for garnish. Using half of this recipe and top up wiht 7-up or Sprite makes a great quencher on a hot day by the pool. You can opt out the rum for a non alcoholic beverage, but add 2 tablespoons of any fruit flavoured syrup. Adding a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the non alcohol version is also yummy. Try it!



HOW TO LOOK YOUNGER

Okay I admit it. We all want to look younger than our age. Or at least have the perfect skin. I found this recipe years ago and swears by it. I make these whenever I have fresh bananas in the house. A comb of bananas are usually not finished so I use the remainder to make my own face mask.

You need to store up dairy products in the fridge most of them time. I always have whipping cream in the fridge because I use it for cooking sauces in some of my food and gravy. This face mask is suppose to make you look younger.

You need 60mls of heavy whipping cream
1 medium peeled and ripe banana
a capsule of Vitamin E

I always buy lots of vitamin E soft gels. I get the lower dosage ones as they are not only good for consumption but also helps to take away scar marks when applied directly.

Mash the cream and the banana till it is mushy. Break the capsule of the Vitamin E and pour it into the mixture. Smooth this creamy mixture onto your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Your neck will benefit from it too! Wipe it off and rinse with lukewarm water. Great perk me up before any events!

Sep 18, 2008

STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM FOR OUR FACE

I tried this and it's great! Did you know that Strawberries and Cream not only is it delicious as a healthy snack but it's good on your face too! This is a great homemade recipe for your face and it really makes it glow. Brightens up your skin. Try it once every 10 days. But instead of using cream, which is really expensive, you can substitute it with milk.

You will need about 2 ounces of strawberry for a cup of milk in this homemade recipe. In a small mixing bowl, mash the strawberries and the milk until it is mixed and mushy. Using a fine sieve, strain it till it become a puree. Using cotton ball, pat it on your face and leave it there for about 10 minutes. It is cooling and refreshing. Rinse your face after that. Left overs can be refrigerated for future use.

Sep 17, 2008

DIY HOT OIL TREATMENT

I used to visit hair salons to get my hair steamed as a treatment when I was younger. And when I don't do that, there are many products of hot oil on the shelves in the beauty stores, supermarkets and pharmacy. I've tried many brands and there is not really any in particular that i'd say works any lesser or better. These hot oil treatments also now comes in the shampoo or conditioner products you buy.

However, I also found out that instead of buying them all combined, you can also make your own hot oil treatment for you hair, at home. And it doesn't cost a lot either.

This is what you need:
1 tablespoon of honey and 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

Place your ingredient in a small bag or a small container that can withstand heat. In a cup, fill it with boiling water. Let your oil bag or container sit in it for about few minutes till it is warmed. With this warm oil, apply it on your head working on both the scalp and the tips of your hair that tends to get split, most of the time.

Cover the head with a towel or a cap for about 15 minutes. Wash your hair with the normal shampoo and rinse it well. There, that is a homemade hot oil hair treatment. Cheap and Good!

CREAMY MASHED POTATOES

Everyone loves a good mashed potato. My kids love the commercial ones because of the gravy. I found one mashed potatoes that tastes great and would do well for an outdoor gathering.

You will need:
5 potatoes (large size)
Small Onion, chopped till fine
4-5oz or cream cheese, i use Kraft
100gm sour cream
80-100gm cheddar cheese, grated
1 1/2 tsp salt
dash pepper
3 tbsp butter
Parsley and Paprika

Peel the potatoes, cut them into cubes and boil till tender. On a mixing bowl, beat the potatoes( mash with a fork first before beating), adding cream cheese, sour cream, onions, sour cream, grated cheese, salt and pepper. When it is creamy, scoop it out into a casserole dish. With the butter, gently dot the top part of the potato mixture and sprinkle with parsley and paprika on the top. Leave it in the fridge overnight. It is ready to be baked in the oven at medium heat till the mixture is warm for serving. You can place it in a thermal bag for your outing. Yummy!

MORE COOKING TIPS

Do you know how to make meatballs in an easy way and also one that is almost same in size or weight? Some uses those parisian scoop but what I do is, roll your meatball in to a long roll. Then cut them up into same thickness. When you are done, just roll them into meat ball shape!

Bacon that is rinsed in cold water before frying actually reduces shrinkage by almost 50%. Also it helps you to cut down on the salt content for a more healthier bacon.

Lemon and lime are great way to marinate your meat to make it tender. Vinegar is also a good choice. Such method will take about 2-4 hours of marinating. Is there a faster way of getting a tender piece of meat? Yes! You can try using kiwi. Mash or juice it and substitute it with the lemon, lime or even vinegar. And how long does it take? Only about half and hour! Last choice will be the tenderizer powder though I'd rather use fruits.




NURSES ARE ADMIRABLE



To be a nurse is not easy. You are at the beck and call of the patient and most of the time because they are not feeling well, nurses bear the brunt of abuse or complaints. Albeit all these, they pick themselves up, cheer themselves up and tends to another sick patient till the day or night of their shift work.

Dealing with patients involve a lot of patience and understanding. Some countries are short of nurses in the care industry. Nurses play a bigger role in the care of the patient and they are the first ones in the hospital or clinics that provide the image for the organisation. An impatient one will only turn their patients away.

Sep 14, 2008

WHAT IS YOUR COMFORT FOOD

Comfort food is something that you turn habitually. And you always feel good after eating it. Usually this is associated to a need during high stress situations. Some individuals travel far and wide and couldn't get used to the different types of food and longs for some familiar food. When they are back to their country, they usually will look for their favourite comfort food.

Majority of comfort foods comprised mainly those with high carbohydrate, high sugar, starch base nature. Some of these comfort food that are popular with many are: Bread, Apple Pie, Chicken Pie, Biscuits, Brownies, Chocolate, French Fries, Fried Chicken, Cheese, Ice Cream, Lasagne, Macaroni and Cheese, Pancakes, Rice, Roast Beef, Potato Chips, Beer, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, Milk and Tea.

Some of those who ate these feel calm especially during stress, depression and anxiety.

Sep 13, 2008

WHAT ARE THE FIVE SPICES IN FIVE SPICE POWDER

Have you ever wondered what are the spices in five spice powder? Here is a recipe for it. You can make your own and alternatively you can reduce a single ingredient lesser if you don't like it or add if you like a more of certain herb. A teaspoon of each. The spices are Ground cinnamon, ground cloves, fennel seed, peppercorns and star anise. Simple and easy to make your own five spice powder.

How about what is in the Italian seasoning that you get off the shelves? As usual, a teaspoon of each. They are made up of Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Basil, Marjoram and Sage.

BENTO MEALS GETTING POPULAR

These days, there seem to be a lot of Bentos going around in blogs. Everyone is enjoying packing lunch in box the Bento way. Bentos come from the Japanese word Obento or what they call as packed meal very much like many cultures do. It's basically lunch in a lunchbox. Japanese revolutionize bento in a special way. Their meals are well balanced and appealing.

Bento lunches are now very popular in America and other parts of the world. The joy of creating a nice composition of a packed lunch followed by admiration from the peers during lunch time made Bento meals even more promising and gives lots of encouragement.

Some follow a general rule of Bento 321. This number is refered to 3 parts of carbohydrate, 2 parts of vege, 1 part of protein. Sometimes it is alternate as a 4321 with 1 part being a sweet dessert, for kids.

Bento meals are packed without gaps and packed as tight as possible to prevent the food from sliding around and getting all mixed up. Usually little cherries or fruits like grapes are filled into the gaps.

You'll be surprised when you see many people doing Bento artfully. Some Bentos are done in such a creative way that has a theme or picture of animals, cartoon characters and more. Pick up Bento now.

KIDS' MEAT BALL

If you kids are bored with nothing to do, get them to pick up some cooking tips. Here is a simple recipe for a child. It is so simple and tastes great too. This can be served as an appetizer for parties.

2 kilos of raw sausage, preferably pork
70gm of all purpose baking mix
70gm Grated cheddar cheese
Quarter onion chopped

With a large fork, combine these four ingredients till they are mixed well. Using a spoon, scoop it up and roll it into a ball of the same size. Place these balls on a greased pan or lined with grease proof paper. Bake it at medium heat or about 150 deg C until cooked. You can take one ball out, cut it open to see if it is cooked.

What is All Purpose Mix? It is basically a mixture of these ingredients, flour, baking powder, salt and vegetable shortening. You can buy them readily mixed for convenience or you can create your own. Here is a recipe I have.


6 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons baking powder
1 tablespoon salt
1 1/4 cups vegetable shortening

Combine the flour, baking powder, and salt in a large mixing bowl. With a pastry blender, cut in the shortening until it looks like coarse crumbs. Store this in a container and use when necessary.

BAKED CHICKEN, BACON, MUSHROOMS AND WHITE SAUCE

Another easy dish for kids and adults. This one has Bacon, Mushroom and Chicken and is absolutely yummy! It is very high in calorie so you can always serve this in a smaller portion with lots of vegetable.

4 oz of chicken breasts
4 tbsp of melted butter
2 tsp of chopped garlic
5 slices of bacon
5 nos mushrooms, sliced
40gm heavy cream
Cheddar cheese

Saute the garlic in the melted butter from the casserole dish from inside of the oven. Take the dish out and start layearing the bacon, two slices of it, and a slice of chicken and line some mushrooms on it. Layer these ingredients till they are used up. Then bake it in the oven until the juices of the chicken is clear and no longer pink. Put the cheddar cheese on the top and bake it for about 5 minutes till the cheese is melted.

Once cooked, scoop it out to a serving platter, but keep the juice from this casserole. In a saucepan, mix the juice with the heavy cream, whisking together till they are creamy and thickened. Pour this white sauce over the platter of baked chicken.

Sep 12, 2008

BAKED CHICKEN CHEESE CASSEROLE

On a busy day, sometimes we do not have the time to cook. We either eat out or order a take away. Why not try this recipe that is yummy and can be stored in the fridge in advance for that emergency busy day. It goes down well with your children too.

You will need:
4 boneless chicken breasts ( you can use leg or thighs but breasts are healthy!)
5 slices of swiss cheese
half a can of condensed soup (i use cream of chicken)
a little chicken broth (maybe 2 or 3 tbsp is enough)
half a cup of stuffing mix (you can buy this from the supermarket)
quarter cup of melted butter ( or about 30gms is also good)

Saute the chicken on a pan till to brown it slightly. Arrange it in a lightly greased baking dish. For each piece of chicken, you top it with a slice of cheese. in a small saucepan, mix the chicken soup with the broth, mix well and simmer it slightly. Pour it on the casserole dish. Next in a separate mixing bowl, mix the stuffing and the butter together. Place this mixture on the top most of your casserole dish. Bake this for about 45 to less than an hour in moderate heat.

Prior to baking, you can keep this in the fridge for about 2 days and bake it when you need to.

Optional: some prefer to use a puff pastry to get a creamy chicken pie effect. I normally prefer to cook my vegetables separate as the nutrition for freshly poached or boiled vege is much higher than a baked one. Unless you are just going to gratinate the top later and your chicken is fully cooked below, then vegetables in your casserole is alright. This way you can bake your dish according to the minimum cooking time that is just right for vegetables. Remember: meat and vegetable cooking time is different, you veg cooks faster so if you cook them together, you might end up with less or no nutrition from your vegetables.

THE NEED TO BRUSH OUR TEETH

Brushing our teeth takes care of the plaque that is a film that sticks to our teeth. This attracts bacteria and sugar. Bacteria loves anything sweet, of course. They feed on the sugar that is stuck in our teeth. It releases an acid that will eat the protective layer of our teeth. This layer is called enamel. When the enamel is broken down, our teeth will have holes that we call cavity. If this is not cleaned and patched up, it will then attact the gums and cause gingivitis.

The first thing we should take care is to clean the teeth and protect the enamel. Brushing your teeth regularly after meals takes care of it and reduce the bacteria on our teeth. Our teeth can last till our old age and we need it badly for cutting our food, chewing and managing food during consumption. If we lose our teeth, it would be stressful to eat and we may be stuck with soft diet that requires no chewing and biting.

Visit your dentist twice a year, preferably to make sure our teeth is in good condition and any treatment can be done before we lose our teeth.

DURIAN IS COMFORT FOOD

Durian is the king of fruit. It looks very intimidating with the spikes and the size. Many who live where durians are grown have two reactions to it. It is, either you love it or you hate it. Durian contains tryptophan, a chemical that raise the serotonin level in our brain. Serotonin is responsible for Euphoric feeling. Tryptophan is something that is good for those who are anxious and depressed and also insomniacs.

Thus, Durian is actually a comfort food. Many people cannot resist their urge to eat durian when they have developed an acquired taste for it.

More about Durian in posts to come.

Sep 11, 2008

RUB PAPAYA ALL OVER YOUR BODY

My grandmother plants papaya trees all over her garden. She loves the fruit and is rich in vitamins. It helps to rid of constipation blues for many. They can be bought at a very cheap price. This fruit has natural enzymes good for cleansing your skin. After slicing that papaya for a meal, keep the leftover skin with the remaining papaya and spread about 2 teaspoons of Aloe Vera Gel on the fruit part. Then, like a cloth, rub it all over your skin, and especially on your knee, elbows and where the rough spots are. You'll be surprised how smooth your skin will be.

So remember not to throw out the papaya skin. Leave a thin layer of the fruit for your beauty regimen each time you have a papaya.

BANANAS FOR YOUR HAIR

Bananas are good source of energy when I have a long day. Many gym fanatics love it. If you have dry hair or skin, you can use a banana mixture to moisturize your skin and hair. It contains protein and can be used for all types of skin. Lets make an easy facemask. All you need is to mash a ripe banana and apply it to yoru face.. EASY? Leave it on for about 15 minutes is good enough. If you add in a teaspoon of honey, you can use it for a hair conditioner for your hair. So don't worry if you are out in a faraway jungle with no cosmetics for face and hair. The fruits will serve you well. These are pure products and has not preservatives nor colour and smells great!

STRAWBERRIES FOR TROUBLED SKIN

In the previous healthy food and skin regimen, I have some fruits and how we can use it as a natural remedy.

Strawberry are sweet and tastes heavenly with cream or dipped in chocolate fondue. But did you know that it can be good for it's conditioning and skin toning treatment? It is rich in salicylic acid that many commercial acne creams actually puts in. If you have a trouble skin, try this method.

Mix half a cup of strawberries with a tablespoon of sour cream (oh yummy) and use it like a facial mask. Fresh berries help to whiten our teeth and keep our breath fresh too. But remember, fruit acids do cause teeth corrosion so remember to give it a good brush after meals and snacks!

Sep 10, 2008

LEFTOVER FOOD

Sometimes after a party, we have too much food. When the guests leave, we have so much leftovers. What should one do with it then. Most foods can be kept to a maximum of three to four days. To lengthen these time, the best thing to do is to pack them into clean dry containers and freeze them straight away. Smaller portions means you do not have to take out so much for each setting and throw them away because defrosted cooked food can cause food poisoning.

Always check for any spoilage. Sourish smell indicates the food is good to be thrown away. Keep the mean leftovers in portions so that it can be used as part of a salad meal, just add fresh lettuce and other vegetables.

Otherwise you can also take them out, thaw it and give it a good stir fry. Chinese love to put all the leftovers and boil them into a pot filled with lots of Salted mustard and boil it for a while. They call it Chop Suey.

OF CHEESES AND EGGS

I always have this problem with my cheeses. When the kids open the whole cheese, they usually leave some part of it opened and it leaves a hard edge forming at the sides. When it happens, those hard part gets thrown away and waste of a good chunk of cheese. Here is a handy tip that I learnt from a friend. You can actually rub the cheese with a little butter before storing and it prevents this hard edge forming.

Also I love to shred them from a large chunk instead of buying the pre shredded ones. To do it easily, I usually let it sit in the freezer for about 40 minutes. This way, it also doesn't stick on my grater and easier to wash too.

Eggs
A very common question about testing the freshness of the egg. How do you know if it is fresh? In fruits, we look for shiny and smooth. But in eggs, it is the total opposite! Smooth and shiney eggs are not fresh but the rough and chalky ones are. So remember to look for the ugly looking ones to ensure it is fresh!

The other way to test freshness is the place it in a cold salted water. If it sinks it is definitely fresh. Old eggs floats up.

Cooked eggs in it's shell will not wobble when spinned. It will be turning a smooth spin.

A PERFECT NOSE

Having a right image is something that is important to most individuals. Some of us are not satisfied with the way we look or certain parts of the anatomy. As medical science improves with technology, we begin to find ways to make ourselves look better or feel better. Medical science had made possible for many who seek to redefine their nose features for many reasons. This form of surgery is called Rhinoplasty.

Rhinoplasty is basically a nose job and can be sub-divided into Primary Rhinoplasty, Revision Rhinoplasty, Ethnic Rhinoplasty and more. In Primary Rhinoplasty, it is done to improve the appearance of the nose, that is symmetrical. Those who goes for these surgery include those who may have a bump on the nose, a large nose, an offset nose or if the tip of the nose is pointed downwards. These nose jobs are typically done within a day. There will be some swelling after surgery and my take months before the new nose takes it's optimum shape.

Revision Rhinoplasty is usually done when the person has had many procedures being done on his or her nose prior to this to achieve a better result. For patients opting for this, an in-depth evaluation is neccessary to determine the cause for his or her unsatisfactory results. While there are some who undergo Rhinoplasty surgery to achieve a pleasant looking nose, enhancing their looks, there are also some who may opt for Ethnic Rhinoplasty jobs instead. Ethnic Rhinoplasty is usually applied to patients who want to improve their nose appearance without sacrificing what is ethnic looking or characteristics that are unique to his or her race.

There are more information about various nose jobs at The Institute for Rhinoplasty and Nasal Reconstruction which is based in Beverly Hills, California.

Sep 9, 2008

FRUITS GIVE YOUR A HEALTHY SKIN

Is there any secret lotion to get perfect beautiful skin? This is something that leaves alot to be desired. I have read many books and skin care and I can only gather that the best solution is to control what you put into your mouth. Not only if you control your diet, then you get a beautiful glowing skin, your health and figure definitely improves too. Nutritions like vitamin are what keeps our body healthy and if you do not pop foods that are good for the body, how can we have a healthy skin and a healthy body.

Fruits are one of the best solutions for a healthy body and skin. The vitamins, the fibre, natural sugars, and all the properties that help you cleanse your system or detoxify it. It is the most natural foods and untainted by preservatives and seasoning like meats and processed foods.

Think about it. To look healthy, eat healthy. You are what you eat, as the saying goes.

ALFREDO SAUCE OVER MUSHROOMS AND PASTA

Alfredo sauce is my favourite. Goes well with mushrooms, crab, over pasta. This recipe is using alfredo sauce over fresh crab meat.

Half cup of butter
2 tbsp cream cheese
1 pint half and half cream
Half cup of Parmesan cheese
1 tsp of garlic powder
Salt and pepper

Onion
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh crab meat
Pasta

In a saucepan, melt the butter and stir in the cream cheese until soft. Add the half and half cream, the parmesan cheese, garlic, and seasoning. Let it simmer over low heat for about 15 minutes, taking care it doesn't boil. In a separate pan, saute your crab meat and mushroom in onions. Cook your pasta accordingly to the packet instrutions.

Serve your pasta with mushroom and crab meat on the top. Pour the Alfredo sauce over it and serve with extra cheese, if desired.

Sep 5, 2008

OATMEAL MASK FOR BLEMISHED SKIN

If you find most of the moisturizers too oily for your skin, how about a mask to freshen up skin that is blemished with spots. You will feel refreshed after this and the best thing is that it is natural and no chemicals nor any preservative, fragrance.

Ingredients:
1 tomato
1 tbsp instant oatmeal
1 tsp lemon juice

Chop the tomato and blend it with the rest of the ingredients. The mixture should be thick. Apply it on your cheek, forehead, chin and blemished areas. If it is too watery, you may add more instant oatmeal. Leave the mixture on for about 10 minutes. Using a clean washcloth dipped in warm water, scrub of the paste off your face and rinse it clean with warm water. It works great for blemished skin.

Sep 4, 2008

BANANA YOGHURT MASK FOR DRY SKIN

Each time when I get a comb of bananas, the family eats only half of them. The other half is usually thrown away. It gets overly ripe too fast in tropical hot weather. In fact I have found a great way to use up the bananas that are ripe and no one wants to eat them. I use it as a mask for my dry skin.


Here is what you need:

1/4 cup of plain yoghurt
2 tbsp of honey
1 medium banana

Simple method
Mash the ingredients together with a fork. Yes, it tastes yummy too.. Smooth them onto your face generously and some on your neck for extra moisture.

Leave it on for about 10 minutes and rinse it off.

Sep 3, 2008

COFFEE REDUCES UTERINE CANCER

In a recent study in Japanese recently, it was found that women who drink alot of coffee may have less of a risk of developing womb cancer. This study was studied and monitored based on as many as 54,000 women from the age of 40 to the age of 69 in a life span of over 15 years of study. During this time 117 women developed cancer in the womb. in the study, the group of women who drank more than 3 cups of coffee everyday were 60% less likely to develop womb cancer of the uterine. It was compared with the other group who had coffee fewer than two times a week. According to the study, the possibility of coffee lowering insulin levels and curbing risk of cancer may be in effect when coffee is drank.

Uterine cancer is the forth most common cancer in women according to US Centers for Disease Control.

LOBSTER THERMIDOR

I never get bored eating lobsters! It's my favourite among so many seafood and probably because they are not cheap and not something you can gorge everyday. In a restaurant, the Lobster Thermidor is an expensive meal but it is actually quite simple to make.

You will need:
1 Lobster about 2 lbs
salt
black pepper
2/3 cup of olive oil
2/3 white wine
2/3 cup of fish or meat stock
1 tablespoon chopped onions
1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
1 cup of bechamel sauce
3/4 cup of heavy cream, mixed it with 2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon dry mustard
Grated Parmesan Cheese
Melted Butter

Live lobster need to be split into half. Make sure you clean it well. Sprinkle it with salt, pepper and brush a light layer of olive oil.

In an oven bake it for about 18minutes in moderate heat. During this time baste it in additional olive oil.

When the lobster is cooled slightly, remove the meat from teh body and chop it coarsely.


To make the sauce.
Combine wine, stock, shallots and tarrogon. Cook it in a shallow pan until it becomes a glaze. Add this to the bechamel sauce and stir in the cream that is mixed with the yolks. Add in the mustard(optional) and taste for seasoning. Stir it till it thickens. Add the lobster meat that had been chopped and heat it.

Add this mixture back into the lobster, sprinkle grated parmesan cheese, brush with some butter and brown it in a low to moderate oven.

Sep 2, 2008

LIFESPAN FOR APPLIANCES AT HOME

In the posts of life expectancies, I posted information about floorings mostly. Here are some information for electrical appliances that you see in a normal household. If you are looking for a long term usage, quality is very important. Stretching the cost of the item over a certain no of years will let you gage how much your appliances will cost, per year.

A clothes dryer can last up to 14 years if it is being maintained regularly. Your washing machine is usually used often and will be good if it can last till it reaches 12 years of age. However these days, some do not even last more than 7 years, due to abuse and overloading. If you use a microwave oven, it might last you about 10 years. My National microwave machine is with me for 15 years now! I used it often especially in the last 8 years because I sterilised baby's bottle in a microwavable sterilizer. And I'm not complaining, yet.

A dishwasher should not really be used that much, actually. I'm more for green living.. it uses up lots of water and electricity. It can take you through about 10 years, well maintained.

FRESHEN YOUR CABINETS/WARDROBES

Do you wardrobe smell stale if you keep them closed all the time? I have a cabinet that I store my tennis racquets, balls, old shoes in. They don't smell good and I used to hang moth balls in them and they do smell awful!

I love the smell of soap bars! I discovered that storing your soap bars in your wardrobe/cabinet actually gives your wardrobe and clothes smelling great! And when you're in need of soap, you can always use them and replace new ones in your wardrobe. I also do the same for my drawers, and my shoe cabinet! I use the antibacterial Dettol soap bars for the shoe cabinets.

If you would like to really use it as a room freshener, you may also scrape them and place it your bowl of potpourri with some nice looking dry flowers. They smell great like a fresh out of the shower fragrance!

Sep 1, 2008

FOGGY MIRRORS AND GREASE STAINS

Do you know a trick to get rid of foggy mirrors? This is something I picked up and has been helpful. You will need shaving cream. Use the frothing ones. Spray them on your mirrors and rub them with a soft clean cloth. When the streaks are gone, it works like magic. Unless you clean your mirrors, you can reapply this method after the cleaning.

Grease on your Clothings.
If you have grease stains on your blouse, you can actually sprinkle some baby powder on it. I always keep some baby powder in my handbag because I can freshen up anytime. When you sprinkle these powder, the grease actually gets absorbs into the tiny molecules of powder. When you brush the powder off, the grease will go off too. Try it.