Foodie Friday: Winter melon tea

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Winter melon tea: sweet tea made with winter melon Sometimes it's nice to have a delicious drink. In Taiwan, we were given a homemade brew of winter melon tea. The winter melon is a common gourd with white flesh inside it. It has a long shelf life and can be stored in a cool place, lasting well through the winter months (thus, its name). The vegetable is often eaten during the summer because of its cooling properties. Winter melon is also supposed to detoxify our bodies. The taste of … [Read more...]

My Top 5 Soup Cures

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"A good bee never takes pollen from a fallen flower." -Chinese proverb We need to fill our bodies with good things, nourishing foods. Sparked by my post on colds and congee, I've been thinking about nutritious soups I've encountered. Here are my top five soup cures: 1. Special Sesame Chicken Soup--provides energy for new mothers In "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," it says, "Water, water everywhere. Nor any drop to drink." This is the opposite of what happens with this chicken soup; … [Read more...]

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