Scallops with Carrot Spirals & Yellow Pepper Slivers

Skillet Scallops with veggie spirals

Skillet Scallops with veggie spirals

Here is recipe for a simple pan-fry preparation of scallops. This is a serving for ONE!

  • 5-8 scallops – fresh/defrosted on a bed of paper towel in the fridge overnight
  • 1 tsp of coconut oil
  • 1/2 carrot spiralled (I find you can do a whole carrot and when it is spiraled it is so easy to eat-up)
  • 1/4 yellow pepper (thinly sliced)
  • sprinkiing of pink himalayan sal
  • 2 Tsp thinly chopped green onions
  • Red onions for colour

Heat pan to medium low temperature. Add the coconut oil to the pan. Allow pan to heat up and place the scallops in the oil. Brown the scallops on each side for a few seconds.

Leave the scallops to cook for only a few minutes (the colour will change from translucent to white). While the scallops cook on one side of the pan; add the spiraled carrots (these need only a few minutes to soften. I like my peppers with some texture, so when the carrots are tender, take the peppers out of the pan as well. Place veggies on your plate & gently arrange the scallops on top. Sprinkle the onions on top for texture & colour.

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Zucchini Bread for Obama

Tasty & inviting on the outside but still nutritious & healthy.

This bread was baked in honour of Obama’s Election today. Chocolate Zucchini bread is brown on the outside and green on the inside!

So tasty and inviting; yet nutritious and healthy at the same time! Eat it for breakfast; but don’t forget to call it chocolate cake with your children…

– kids freak when you hide veggies in anything!

This recipe was slightly influenced by the fact that my pantry was missing a few things (i.e., oil).

However, one thing that was very present, was a delicious Zucchini from Homegrown Foods in Hong Kong!

zucchini from the gardens of Hong Kong @ Homegrown Foods

Preheat Oven to 350/180

Mix wet ingredients together:

2 cups grated zucchini (one large zucchini!)

3 eggs

1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil

add enough yoghurt to make 1 cup

1 tsp vanilla extract

3 Tbsp honey

2 Tbsp molasses

Whisk dry ingredients together thoroughly:

1 cup sugar

2  cups white flour

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

sift together first & add:

1/2 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp sea salt

½  tsp cinnamon

dash of cayenne

Gently mix wet with dry until JUST mixed.

Finally, fold in 1/3 cup chocolate chips

Add to a pre-buttered loaf pan

Bake until a knife/toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Cool for 10 minutes in the pan; invert and cool completely. We couldn’t wait and it was crumbly after only five minutes. Cool it and it slices so fine!

My Cantonese Class enjoyed some slices = “Ceoi juk gwaa” gou

modified from The Frugal Girl

Baked Veggie Samosa Triangles

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Last weekend we celebrated Eid with some semi-traditional food. The menu included daal, hummus and samosa. The kids gobbled up the entire tray of samosa – just the right size for a delectable, pop-in-the-mouth treat!

Here is my simple, yet delectable, samosa recipe:

Ingredients

Two (2) medium baking potatoes – peeled, cubed and boiled & cooled
Package of wonton wrappers

1 tsp Olive Oil
Spices
1/2 tsp Tumeric
1/2 tsp Cumin
1/2 tsp Cumin Seed
1/4 tsp dried Ginger
Dash of Cayenne powder

1 tsp Salt
1/2 cup frozen Peas

Small bowl of cold water
Damp kitchen towel
Chopping block/working surface
Oiled baking tray for completed samosa triangles

Prepare Ingredients
1. Open wrappers and cut into three narrow strips. Cover remaining wrappers with a damp towel.
2. Chop and boil potatoes, allow to cool while preparing spices.

Prepare Filling
3. Heat oil in frying pan and add spices including cumin seeds to the oil. Soon the cumin seeds will begin to pop add the onions and fry until softened.
This will only take a few seconds so stay close by!
4. Chop cooled potatoes into smaller three centimeter cubes.
5. Add all other ingredients (potatoes, salt, and peas) to pan and heat until warmed through.

Assemble Samosa Triangles
6. Lightly dampen one wonton strip. Fold up one corner of the rectangular strip into a triangle shape and hold in place with finger.
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7. Places a small (tsp) amount of samosa filling on top of the triangle and fold into a second triangle shape.
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8. Be sure all the stuffing is within the boundaries of the samosa wrap edge. This will make a cleaner line and tighter wrap.
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9. Continue with a third triangle fold and end seal samosa by dampening end of rectangle and pressing against samosa body.
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10. Place on prepared oiled cookie tray. Flip to oil each side. Bake 350/180 for 15 minutes.

Enjoy with coriander yogurt dip!

Hiding Pain & Mistakes Weakens our Souls

It is fascinating how a pain can start in one part of your body and result in referred pains and distress somewhere completely different. A weakness in my left leg resulted in pain in my right ribs. My talented Osteopath, Philip Clarke, at Balance Health www.balancehealth.com.hk found the source of the pain in my left leg. By compensating for the weakness of the calf, my body became a series of aches: right ribs, hips, knees, ankles. The rest of body was taking on the responsibility of the leg, to reduce the pain and support the weakened leg.

Other non-physical pains, such as emotional traumas or personal “secrets” can create similar EMOTIONAL pains in our relationships with others and with ourselves. As I have learned in my sessions with my own healers (Naturopathic, Energetic, Osteopathic, etc) holding on to a “secret” or hiding the proverbial skeleton in a closet [And you’d better have some sort of mould control if you live here in Hong Kong!] will result in holding ones self back from experiencing the fullness life has to offer.

We need to be who we are completely: all faults and tasty flavours included. Being someone whom we think we should be and hiding our mistakes will force the rest of our being to compensate. Instead of using the body to hide your pains (both physical & emotional), take yourself to a Naturopath or a Wholistic Health practitioner who can read the messages from the body and find the source of your problems. Simply become aware of where you are holding yourself back and ask for help. We don’t need pain referrals, and as my friends at BNI http://www.bni.hk/index.php would agree, the only type of “referrals” we want are from our wonderful friends & clients telling other people what honest, sincere and natural SOULS we are. Refer the love!

Happiness is Catchy (or Contagious) & Mirror Neurons

Recently I have read several articles talking about how depression & happiness are “catchy”, by that I mean contagious. Merely by hanging around people in a certain mood, one can begin to feel the same way.  In this recently published study http://rspb.royalsocietypublishing.org/cgi/content/long/rspb.2010.1217v1 the researchers found that content and discontent are contagious. We are affected by the size of our social network and we are infected by contact with “content” and “discontent” people.

When we are in a neutral state, we are susceptible to either content or discontent. Yet, is it possible to build up our immune system against discontent. In fact, people who have felt discontent are more likely to return to a state of discontent, we do not develop and immunity against discontent. Why not try to increase the probability of “content” contacts? The study showed that contacts greater than 2 km away (good bye New York), had less of an impact. So, let us surround ourselves with positivity. And when the “discontent” exposure is risky – i.e., visiting a sick friend, attending a funeral, tenting with a frightened friend, living in a depressed city, or an otherwise “saddening” experience – it is important to develop rituals to leave the emotions of the discontent experience behind. These emotions are contagious; emotional dis-ease will lead to physical disease and that is difficult to recover from, maybe even years.

Colleagues of mine from BTB Feng Shui http://www.btbfengshui.com/ alerted me to the studies on mirror neurons. Understood at first to be something possessed by non-human primates, i.e., “monkey see monkey do” – mirror neurons explain how primates learn from and actually experience the emotions of other primates, simply by watching.  Now this one is really bizarre and I am having trouble even explaining how it works! But, the way I understand the research, we can feel the sensations on another person’s body as if it were our own body. This was tested by numbing a subject’s arm and then showing that same subject another person’s arm being scratched. That scratching on the “OTHER” arm was perceived as being on the subject’s OWN body.

So, there really is no difference between you and me. So why not smile at yourself? Why not be polite? Why not hug yourself? Let’s commit NOW to smiling at people on the street. And making a few jokes. Geesh I’ve made myself happy with this blog!