eat seasonal

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What I want to have a dinner or What I can cook for a dinner with seasonal ingredients? Whichever I make a decision, it makes a huge different in my shopping basket, and in my wallet. Long winter, most of vegetable are still pricey in our grocery store. Compare the cost of $3 per a Tomato, one head of Napa Cabbage is pretty reasonable price. I believe there are many reasons for eat Seasonal Vegetable. 1 taste is good, 2 higher nutrients, 3 save gas, 4 easy on the wallet, etc. Why don’t we eat seasonal vegetable then. I bought Asian radish (dikon) and made Kimchi. Now I understand better what Korean seasonal food culture tells. It spices up the spring appetite. (ingredients: radish, salt, red pepper, vinegar, garlic and  honey)

Between Umami and MSG

20150427_200558Is the meaning of the word Umami and in its connection with MSG being used correctly?  American chefs have started to use the word “Umami” for few years and now it is getting trendy. This has confused me. Here is an article about Umami & MSG. I attended at a lecture last week presented by the one of the largest companies that produces Umami spice (MSG). I was a generation who grew up with MSG. It has been used small portions in food like other spices. We consumed it occasionally in home meals or while dining out. I would prefer not to use MSG since I have have gained more knowledge. However, I am more fearful of sodas which has tremendous amount of sugar and has no GMO labeling available.

 

 

kale slaw with tofu

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Kale meets tofu, I will call it is a megafood. Kale provides high levels of a number of essential nutrients and may help to lower your blood pressure. Raw kale contains the higher amount of antioxidants and zinc than cooked kale. Tofu is an excellent source of protein, iron, and calcium. Let’s mix them up and eat raw- You will need only kale, tofu, ginger, salt, sesame oil and sesame seeds (option).

steamed matcha cupcake

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Steamed Matcha (green tea powder) cupcakes serve my busy morning. Plenty of moisture helps me with the early morning digesting.  Matcha adds my morning caffeine. Great things No sugar, No butter, No baking-

Served 4 small cupcakes
1 egg
1 Tbsp coconut oil
2 Tbsp honey
3 Tbsp plain yogurt
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp green tea powder (Matcha)

* I used 4 holder foil muffin pan as a steaming tool. I float it on a small amount of boiling water in the cooking pot and cover with a paper tower between the pot and the lid. justonecookbook.com has detailed photos, but I found this is easy and quick (steam 4-5mins). Thank you for the recipe-
* Depending upon the price of green tea powder, the final color could change. I learned that inexpensive green tea powder is a dull green or yellowish green color which has lost prime nutrition or contains stems and/or branches.