25-11-11

Ginseng *yin yang* food SP QI Xu

So I finished module 1 @ OTCG. yiihaaaaa

We learned about the basics of traditional chinese medicine and already got familiar with some basic pathology.

The fun thing 'bout it is that you get to know your own pathology and I guess I have Spleen Qi deficiëncy: Sp Qi Xu. Spleen has a major role in the digestive system in traditional chinese medicine. It distils Qi from food and drink, provides the basic for the production of blood (xue).

And Spleen sends Qi upwards while stomach sends qi downwards. When Spleen Qi is deficient your energy goes down and you get less energy, heavy legs, diarrhea,...

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Ginseng, ginger, cinnamon and liquorice are all herbs with a positive impact on spleen qi.

Liquorice strenghtens Spleen and augments Qi.

Ginseng is a Qi tonic herb which reinforces the spleen.

So since a few days I drink ginseng green tea from the brand Qi and liquorice tea from the brand piramide, both fairtrade. As in fairtrade you know you have the mentioned ingredient in your product and no synthetic flavors and fragrances. Result: symtoms stopped at once.

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Anyway, the reason why I want to talk about this ginseng thing is for something so very much kawaii!

Remember the movie pan's labyrinth? Harry Potter and the chamber of secrets? Ow yeah, you know where I'm going to (o; they both have little ginseng roots babies where they need to take care of. They are so kawaii I do want a tamagotchi ginseng root baby as well (o;

Look how adorable they (both) are:

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24-11-11

Stevia

Euh Stevia whaaat??

Yes, Stevia [stevia rebaudiana] is the oh so sweet stepson of worlds largest suger leaders.

It has been a dirty rat race between world economy and nature itself. But thanks to people like Professor J. Geuns from K.U.Leuven stevia will soon be available on the market. It's actually available in organic shops where I bought mine yesterday in liquid form.

I have a very bad habbit, doing hours on drinking a cup of coffee or tea. So each time I drink my tooth emeal is under attack. Resulting in loads of dental caries. So I switched to saccharin. But for some reason I didn't feel quite comfortable with that product either.

So will stevia be the solution?

This most remarkable little plant is a very strong sweetener.

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But not only that! Unlike all other sugers and don't only think about sugercubes and pure suger products, but also  additive sugars in food, stevia has no side effects like obesity, cancer, hypertension,...

Imagine you can buy this plant like you buy the mint or coriander plant today in supermarkets. All you need to do is boil 1 amount of water and add 1/8 amount of leaves. Leave it resting for about 10 minutes and remove the leaves. You can keep this in the regrigirator for 2 weeks.

I'm sure you will certainly here about this little miracle very soon.

 

One more thing I want to share: The founder of Western medicine Hippocrates considered food as medicine. He said, "Your food will be your medicine", like in chinese medicine. But Western medicine has forgotten this completely. "It's even worse, Western experts turned our food into disease-makers and only by desire for $$$.

 

Stevia is a Yang characteristic which stimulates heat and Qi.

 

Source: http://dagkrant.kuleuven.be/?q=node/10295

Wanna read more about it?: http://www.eustas.org/

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16-11-11

R2-D2 cake for my Bday

Do u know Star Wars? Of course you do!

Well, we grew up with movies like E.T., Star Wars, The neverending story, The goonies, The Dark Crystal,...

I decided to make an R2-D2 cake for my colleagues to celebrate my Bday.

How much more can you make IT-folks happy but making a star wars cake? (o;

So here it is:

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Do you remember this? It is my favorite character of my childhood movies:

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Daan Miles B-day cake

Daan Miles' Bday was on October 28.

He is already 4 !! Wooow!! It felt like yesterday we saw him for the first time. Now we are buddy-buddy. I luv him so much and I can't wait to show him the world.

In school Juf Sonja is teaching the kids about halloween. So Daan Miles and I decided to make a cake in that theme. He just loved it. The day before they made pumpkin soup with spiders in school so we made a pumpkin soup with frog eyes hihihhii spooky adorable!

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14-11-11

Rhodes across China

Have you seen this on tv? Well I did on njam. I'm actually not a big fan of all these cooking programs as trop est simplement trop. But I luved this one!! Truly! There's a chef (there's always a chef) with 2 pupils, a blonde one who speaks Chinese and a Chinese one who doesn't speak Chinese HA! And they cross the country looking for traditional recipes. And they certainly found some. Some are dating back from the forbidden city.

Looking at it, it made me wondering where in Belgium one can eat traditional Chinese food. So I googled a bit and found oriental delight in China town Antwerp. They've also been nominated by Gault-Millau with a 14/20. So for my birthday I took the family to Antwerp.

We started with dimsum. And those were really tasteful!! Yummie. For the main courses we took Peking duck, seafood and tofu in a clay pot, chicken with veggies, noodles chicken for the little one,...

The food was ok and a lot. We took a doggie-bag home for another meal or 2. (o; And it was around 170€ (oh my dog!)

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But not like Thai or Indian or Malaysian food I'm not really fond of the Chinese cuisine apparently. There's something 'heavy' 'bout it. I don't know.

But I'll keep on trying as I believe in the traditional Chinese cuisine to prevent diseases or to heal from small inconveniences such as colds, diarrhea, fatigue, ...

xxx