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Healthy way of stir frying asparagus by THERMOMIX

I read that asparagus has many health benefits so I have decided to add it as a part of my healthy diet.

Here are some of the benefits of asparagus. It can detoxify our system, has anti-aging functions, can protect against cancer, reduces pain and inflammation, can prevent osteoporosis and osteoarthritis, can help prevent birth defects, is considered an aphrodisiac and especially as heart disease is very common now asparagus can help to reduce the risk of heart disease as it has a good source of folate which helps to regulate the amino acid homocysteine, which in high levels can be a strong risk factor in heart disease.

I find that by using THERMOMIX to stir fry my asparagus, it helps to retain the nutrients as the machine does not heat up to more than 110 degree and still stays green and fresh when it is ready to be served.

I would like to share here a very simple and easy to cook asparagus.

300 gm asparagus
50 gm Japanese mushrooms
Small pc of ginger
2 tsp olive oil
1 tsp of miso to taste
1. Place a small pc of ginger into TM bowl and use TURBO speed for 1 sec to chop it up
2. Add in 2 tsp of olive oil and set temperature to 100, time to 5 mins, speed at stir fry and remember to use reverse mode to avoid vege being chopped up
3. After 1 minute, remove measuring cup to add in asparagus without removing the cover.
Replace MC when all asparagus have been added.
4. After 4 minutes remove MC again and add in the mushrooms.
5. At last 30 sec add in a tsp of miso
6. Remove immediately from TM bowl and serve immediately. Notice that vege is still fresh
green in color.



Notice that asparagus still stay freshly green
after frying

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posted on: Wednesday, August 17, 2011 @ 1:52 AM

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Homemade Banana Ice Cream
I had a bunch of bananas and their skin were already turning black. It cannot be kept for another day as they will be dropping off one by one and will go bad. I put the whole bunch in a plastic bag and kept them in the freezer overnight. Next morning I removed them from the freezer and the skin could be peeled off very easily. Cut them into halves and placed in the blender. I did not have to add anything extra and just had to pulverized them from speed 1-10 for one minute and a bowl of extra creamy banana ice-cream is ready as a dessert.
There was a bowl leftover and after one week, I took it out from the freezer and again could easily break them up into a few pieces to be placed in the blender and pulverize from speed 1-10 for half a minute. The taste is even more creamy and delicious.



2nd blending of ice-cream after one week

(more creamy)

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posted on: Sunday, August 14, 2011 @ 1:36 AM

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Homemade Mushroom Soup
I have never attempted to make mushroom soup before as I feel that it is too much of a hassle having to weigh, cook and then to blend. However, today I felt like a very wholesome and chunky bowl of Mushroom soup. There isn't enough kick, even with the "chunky" commercial soup out there, so I decided to make my own using my new machine - Thermomix! The super machine that can weigh, blend and cook all the ingredients in one place.

1 small onion
1 packet of button mushrooms, about 300 gm
1 bay leaf
20 gm soy milk
400 gm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp salt and a dash of pepper to taste
1. Cut onion and mushrooms into thick slices
2. Fry them in olive oil for 2 mins at medium (scale 4) at 100 degrees
3. Add in 400 gm water and cook for 10 minutes at speed 2 at 100 degrees
4. Add in 20 gm soy milk and blend at high (scale 9) slowly increasing it from speed 1 for 2 minutes
5. Add in salt and before serving add a dash of pepper



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posted on: Saturday, August 13, 2011 @ 12:11 AM

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Best Thai Pineapple Fried Rice Ever - only at Yishensu, 1Utama
As you may or may not know, One Utama's old wing is nearing the end of its facelift and is expected to reopen to shoppers soon, with some shops already upgraded and resumed operations. I do not know the exact reopening date, but if you are thinking to visit and get a sneak preview of what's coming but is having trouble finding the motivation to do so, worry not, as here's a good reason for you to visit this very weekend!

Yishensu, the vegetarian connoisseur, serves the BEST pineapple fried rice in town. Do opt for the "special" as you get extra toppings like macadamias, cashews, raisins, mock fish flakes from the ordinary version. It has a "curry" and tangy kick to it, making it a very appetising meal indeed.

Emperor Tofu (RM 16)
I liked the presentation of this dish and it was a perfect dish to go with steaming hot white rice

Fried Oat Prawn (RM 18)
I loved the generous serving of crunchy oats that coated the spongy mock prawn. I don't really fancy mock prawns a lot, and would actually prefer if they used something else instead, like something tofu based.

Then there is the not-so-special Char Kway Teow. I have to admit, nothing beats the Char Kway Teow served at Blue Boy Mansion. Read it here Blue Boy Mansion

Address: 1 Utama Shopping Mall (Old Wing), Lot G207 (Ground Floor), No 1, Lebuh Bandar Utama, 48700 Petaling Jaya
Location: Near TGIF Fridays

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posted on: Friday, August 12, 2011 @ 1:17 AM

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Brooklyn Bridge + takeaway meal while we queue for broadway tickets!
No visit to New York is complete until one visits the famous Brooklyn Bridge, one of the oldest suspension bridges in the US. Brooklyn Bridge spans over the East River, connecting Brooklyn and the ever bustling Manhattan.

The long walk to the first Brooklyn Bridge tower from Manhattan from the east end of center street.

Heavy traffic headed to Manhattan

View of Manhattan from Brooklyn Bridge's first tower

New York has many delis spread all around Manhattan that offers similar variety of fresh / pickled food. All you have to do is to pack your food into the containers and they weigh it. I don't like the concept, as I often end up with a "heart attack" when I see the amount I'm charged.

Looks darn tasty isn't it??? Beetroots, Brussel Sprouts, Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Cous-cous etc.

Fresh mangoes+ grilled asparagus, a weird but tasty combination!

It's hard work to get discounted broadway tix.... look at the loooooooong queue.

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posted on: Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 5:19 PM

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Pret A Manger - one of New York's deli chain
For 25 years Pret's been creating handmade natural food, without the hidden chemicals, additives and preservatives. New York is practically a haven for health concious peeps like me as there are countless delis, cafes and restaurants that offer wholesome and healthy options. We stopped by Pret A Manger for our first breakfast in New York and were absolutely delighted with the variety of fresh choices available. It took us 10 minutes, before we were able to finally decide what to have that morning.

I went for the Red pepper tapenade and soft cheese sandwich. Pret's red pepper tapenade is made with blended roasted red peppers, olive oil and tomatoes which is then added to the sandwich together with with creamy soft cheese, freshly sliced tomatoes, red peppers, toasted flaked almonds and wild rocket. Ah, I could really have this every morning!

For my wakeup drink, I decided on a flat white, a strong, creamy milk, with a Pret Base (full shot of espresso). Pret shared their secret to making their Flat White on their website. They revealed that the secret is all in the milk, stemming from the idea of mixing a latte and Cappuccino together. Mixing the two milk styles is called stretching, it creates a fantastic mix; creamy and thick without being too light or foamy. Because it has the same size Pret base but made in a smaller cup it means you can drink more of our Flat Whites through the day with the same kick as our other espresso based coffees. Perfect wakeup drink.

Actually, the Pret store that we visited was really near the world trade center, which is currently under construction. I will leave that for another post, so stay tuned for that!

After breakfast, we continued our New York walking tour, making the World Financial Center our second stop.

Winter Garden

View from the outside: World Financial Center + Winter Garden

view of the statue of liberty from the world financial center
so tiny right!

harbour view from the world financial center

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posted on: Wednesday, August 10, 2011 @ 8:05 PM

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MG's Cafe Takeaway - one of the best grab and go service!
For working Malaysians, our busy and hectic lifestyle tends to eat into our lunch time, making it seem impossible to sit and dine in a proper restaurant. I tend not to mix my lunch time with my work, but I had to succumb to the negative forces that took away my lunch privilege. So, I decided to go for MG Cafe's takeaway as I really like the love put into their takeaway meals. You really have to try it once to really get what I mean!

Sambal Onigiri - perfect grab and go that's readily available at the counter

Tiramisu - made with yoghurt, cream cheese, coffee, etc

Rendang donburi - looks like something from a japanese restaurant isn't it?

The best would be the assam laksa. You would never think of taking away a soup-based noodle from a restaurant, but MG makes it a perfect takeaway. They generously seperate the noodle from the soup using two paper bowls. I really like this concept as it is never a good idea to put boiling hot soup into a plastic bag, depending on its quality and whether it is able to withstand the heat. MG eliminates all my worries!

A yummy meal indeed!!! This is where I start craving for my 2nd bowl but the unfortunate thing about takeaways is that you can never have seconds unless you plan ahead!

MG's Cafe Hartamas
TEL: 6-03-2300 3118
FAX: 6-03-2300 3228

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posted on: 3:20 AM

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Balthazar - French food in the very heart of New York City
Located in the very heart of Manhattan's Soho district, Balthazar offers a French menu prepared by chefs de cuisine Riad Nasr and Lee Hanson. Opened by Keith McNally in the spring of 1997, Balthazar has been a popular dining bistro for both New Yorkers and tourists.

The building which Balthazar is currently operating in was converted from a leather wholesaler's warehouse to an airy space that can accommodate over 200 people in the dining room and at the zinc bar.

Cotton soft bread as our complementary appetizer

French cuisine, in my opinion, is one of the healthiest option. I really hope that more french restaurants will open up in Malaysia!

something from the Les Sandwich section
Roasted eggplant sandwich
with peperonata, arugula and shaved Parmesan on rosemary ciabatta bread
This is one of the most satisfying meal I have had in ages. The crispy and flavorful rocket definitely gave the sandwich an extra kick.

San Pellegrino on the side

Mon to Fri: 7:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Sat & Sun: 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
(continental only)

Sat & Sun: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Mon to Fri: 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Mon to Thu: 6:00 PM - 12:00 AM
Fri & Sat: 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Sun: 5:30 PM - 12:00 AM

Address: 80, Spring Street, New York, NY

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posted on: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 @ 7:18 PM

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Delicious - Jalan Ampang
After a busy work day, a good place to unwind is Delicious at Jalan Ampang. Apart from the delicious and wholesome food, the cozy and relaxing ambiance provides the best opportunity to sit back and reflect on our day.

Tuni Eggplant - RM 18.90

Hot Honey Lemon - RM5.90
Name: Delicious
Address: Apt.211, Jalan Tun Razak, Dua Residency, 50400 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 603- 2166 2066

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posted on: Monday, August 8, 2011 @ 6:26 AM

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