Monday, October 03, 2016

Spicy Salted Eggs/Sambal Telur Masin

This is another dish that I learned from Shereen. She is so amazing that she even brined her own salted duck eggs. I enjoyed eating this simple ‘kampung’ (village) dish with rice.


3 Salted eggs, hard - boiled and cut into wedges ( remove the shell )
1 Onion, thinly sliced
Salt to taste / if necessary

What exactly are all natural ingredients and how easy is it to eat natural products?

There is no doubt that the interest in eating natural products continues to increase. There is a general distrust of genetically modified foods and synthetically produced foodstuffs. The general public has become more aware of the effect eating habits can have on health and well-being and people are making more informed choices when it comes to their diet.

It’s not just when buying food for the home that people have become more conscious of what they spend their money on; it’s also when eating out at a restaurant. You can click here for an example of local fresh products being used in restaurant meals. This is something that people are now finding more important when they decide where to eat out. We are going to take a look at what it means when products are labelled as all natural and how knowing the source of products can make eating naturally easier.
What does an all-natural ingredients food label actually mean?
It may interest you to know that there is no legal general definition for what an all-natural ingredients label actually means. That being said, the FDA defines such products as being those that are obtained directly from plants or animals without the use of synthetic materials or additives. This is not the same thing as saying a product is entirely natural.

You can buy chicken nuggets that are labelled as all-natural but they obviously do not occur in nature as they are. The USDA does have a definition in place for natural but the definition only applies to meat and poultry. This definition is “A product containing no artificial ingredient or added color and is only minimally processed. Minimal processing means that the product was processed in a manner that does not fundamentally alter the product. ”

Whichever way you look at it there is a good chance that a food product marked as all-natural may not be a product that has come from nature exactly as it is. You do have the comfort of knowing that foods labelled in this way should not have been exposed to petrochemicals and harmful additive.

How knowing the source of your food can help
One of the best ways of knowing exactly how natural the food you are eating is to know where it has come from . If you know that the eggs you buy have come from a local producer then you can research exactly how that producer works and what the environment is like.

Many restaurants use local sourcing so that they know exactly what quality of produce they are using and how it was grown or obtained. They also know that they are able to obtain fresh produce which makes it easier for them to produce dishes that keep diners satisfied.

You can see that just because a product is labelled as all-natural this does not necessarily mean it is a product that occurs completely naturally, although it is not synthetically produced. One of the best ways of being sure of exactly what you are eating is to know where your food is sourced from.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Prune and Walnut Butter Cake

It has been awhile since I post a recipe for cakes. I baked this cake a few months ago to take it with me to a gathering. The brown sugar and chopped prunes gave this cake a very nice caramel fragrant.
It goes really well with a cup of coffee or tea.

The Beautiful Influence of Coloring and Drawing in the Creativity of the Child

A young mind could not develop more in his childhood than while he draws and colors, while he brings to a piece of paper the realm of creativity and imagination, the infinite in color and joy, spread through a simple line, a simple splash of paint. Numerous studies have repeatedly proven that the coloring and drawing has a great impact on the development of a kid as it improves physical and cognitive evolution, while at the same time encourages creativity, confidence, autonomy and social interaction.Simple things to draw from time to time can form the children today for tomorrow, sculpt a personality, nurture a mature, capable yet creative mind.

Artistic Action in Child Development
The public opinion often expressed states that drawing and coloring are beneficial for the child`s imagination and while that is true there is much more to it, follow the article and share this article with a fellow parent.

Motor Skills Progress
Scribbling and similar artistic endeavors encourage the dreams of the little ones, nurture imagination, create social interaction and in the middle of the act the suite of actions that require motion fine tunes the coordination between tool and mind, with every paint brush and every pencil line the child is closer to reaching full control, body and mind coordination.

Language Skills Fundamentation
One`s expression through drawing can be read from an early age, the colors used the stroke intensity and the gesture that comes along the act can be interpreted. Moreover, while drawing the child attempts to explain itself, to communicate and share the story on paper with the loved ones surrounding him. A parent by his child in these dear moments is crucial, ties are being tied, the connections for a lifetime.

Making Decisions Early Art is powerful and beautiful but in no way is it easy to grasp, regardless of age. A question that artists of all ages get stuck on at a certain point is “What color should I use? “; this very questions is often troubling for the little one and as he progresses in his artistic endeavors he makes decision, he creates association between needs and possibilities and progresses in the decision making skill early, sculpting it early, one that will become extremely important further on in life.

Conceptualization and Shapes
The child will start resembling the reality from an early age in his drawings, he will try to draw his family with simple lines and circles, conceptualize, the most common fridge heirloom that every parent adores. This small action ought to capture the attention of the natural mind, ought to receive encouragement as this can become the seed point of a very important life skill: conceptualization. At the start of each week the parent envisions his entire schedule in a matter of seconds or minutes, he conceptualizes at a larger scale his needs and program, simple and efficient.

Encourage Your Child to Draw and Color
To encourage the little one to pursue his artistic endeavors and beautifully naturally develop, a few tips and tricks have been put together, cast a glance.
• No space for critic, no errors ought to be pointed out. The imagination and creativity of the little one can be easily shattered, communication is key, discuss with the little one, ask him to explain his drawing and you`ll notice he would be thrilled to talk about it.
• Boost confidence through encouragement. No artistic act is too small, no act in this realm should go unnoticed.
• Always be ready for drawing and coloring. The little one need to draw when they need to draw and whether it`s during dinner time or a long trip, you need to be ready. A parent should always have his color set by him, ready for coloring and drawing.
• Be prepared to have the furniture painted if there is no drawing wall designated. Have patience and create art mediums to avoid surprises, children get bored easily and having a huge chalkboard wall on your household can help a whole lot.

Photo courtesy to Homesthetics