Puso Ng Saging (Banana Heart)
I love puso ng saging or literally means banana heart in English.
There are plenty of recipes making use of banana heart, like ginataang puso ng saging, kilawing puso ng saging or even in kare-kare.
Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb
This was the herb given to us by the Lady of Necodemos, the manghihilot (healing massager) when we consulted her for stomach aches which seems to have afflicted our whole family in the Philippines after going for an overnight swim at Club Manila East.
She said to make a drink of tea from this herb.
She gave the following instruction:
Chop the herb and then boil in plenty of water. Leave to simmer for at least 10 to 15 minutes with the pan uncovered.
Turn of the stove and leave this herbal tea to steep for at least 10-15 minutes.
Strain and drink half a cup every four hours.
This herb will settle your stomach and digestive system.
Remaining tea can be stored over a couple of days in a clean jar in the fridge.
Rise of Parakeets
More and more wild parakeets are seen freely flying and nesting all around London. I first saw parakeets on top of a tree at Hyde Park four years ago. I thought they were not really a natural bird for cold UK.
As much as they are so lovely to look at, there are some negative implications to our local birds.
Forest Bathing @ Hampstead Heath
Forest bathing has become an accepted form of relaxation and stress management in Japan. It was started in the mid-80s.
But what is forest bathing?
It involves going into a woody land or forest, a green space, and hike leisurely; relax and breathe in all the freshness and negative ions, the so-called air-borned vitamins’, given off by the surrounding trees and plants.
Let all the stress of the day melt in the comparative embraces of the forest.
In London, there is a woodland called Hampstead Heath, a 320 hectares of open, green space perfect for forest bathing, among other things. It is a place for a great family bonding. There are numbers of ponds, there is even a ‘secret garden’ which is architecturally excellent. It also covers a natural swimming pool for ladies and also for men, there are the Parliament Hill, the Kenwood House, Highgate pond, etc.
Be astounded at how great Hampstead Heath is, when it is just 6 kilometres away from the very busy bustling city centre of London, the Trafalgar Square.
It is a place for biodiversity: human meets natures and wildlife in a capsule of forested heath.
So Londoners, now the weather outside is no longer frightful, put on your walking shoes and have a forest bath!
First Day of Spring – Spring Gathering
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Dill is widely used in making pickles as well as in soup and fish dishes.
One medicinal property of dill is it forces out excess gas from inside the body in the form of flatulence! 🙂
Dill belongs to the celery family.
Malunggay, Leafy Superfood
There have been a lot of studies and testimonials regarding the health benefit of Malunggay or its scientific name of Moringa Oleifera.
Studies have found that malunggay (Filipino/Tagalog name) has a very high nutritional value. This may be true as a young child in Marag, our diet often included marunggay (Ilocano name for the malunngay). The tree grow almost everywhere in Marag, thus providing us a microbiotic diet which complements most soupy viands in an almost vegetarian existence. I supposed as children, we did not get sick, except for malaria, brought about by mosquitoes, which is another story. 🙂
Malunggay is a superfood as well as super-herbal-medicine.
Lactating women are advised to make malunggay soup as part of their diet to produce more milk.
Apparently 1 cup of mallunggay, in terms of nutrients, is equivalent to 10 cups of broccoli.