Category: Beverage

Pansit-pansitan (Peperomia pellucida) Medicinal Herb

Pansit pansit herb, photo by JMorton

Pancit pancit, photo by JMorton

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.

Boricha (Korean Barley Tea)

Boricha (Korean Barley Tea)

Time and again when watching Korean dramas, the characters are often seen drinking water.  Sometimes their drinking vessels are the standard transparent glass.  I noticed that their ‘water’ is often brownish in colour and I thought that is rather colourful for just plain water.

Apparently this ‘water’ is a boricha, much loved by Korean as everyday hydration and thirst quencher.

Boricha is brewed from roasted barley.  Pre-roasted barley is widely available in Korean supermarkets and groceries.  Roasted barley tea-bags are also on sale.

Barley tea, apparently, is caffeine free, it is good for digestion, can control blood sugar and most importantly – it can aid weight loss 🙂

How to make it:

2 litres water

3 tbsp roasted barley

Using a large clean pot or pan 🙂 bring the water to a boil.

Add the roasted barley and continue boiling for another 5 minutes.

Using a sieve, strain the roasted barley tea into a heat-resistant jug,  ewer or pitcher.

Let it cool and then refrigerate until needed.

 

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

Indonesian Ginger Coffee

After having a large glass of cider with my lunch of roast pork, I needed a beverage that would pick me up.  I am afraid the cider went straight to my head and I am now rather soporific, which is not conducive to a day of watching Korean dramas.

I found this coffee recipe, which sounds good and easy to make.

Ingredients:

1 inch cube fresh ginger (or a frozen ready to use chopped ginger)

Coffee enough for a mug/cup or for sharing (filtered is also suitable but takes few minutes of wait:)

Demerara Sugar according to taste.

How to Prepare:

If not using a ready prepared ginger from a supermarket :), peel the ginger and then dice coarsely.

Place the chopped ginger in a milk pan or saucepan with water enough for a cup (or more for sharing).

Bring the water to a boil, then lower down the heat and leave the ginger simmering for 10-15 minutes.

If using instant coffee granules, put a teaspoonful in a cup and top with the ginger broth using a strainer to take out the ginger.

Stir in the sugar and drink this refreshingly aromatic concoction and be happy.

If using a filtered coffee, pour in the ginger broth directly into the cafetiere and let it filter.

Pour into a cup or cups and add  sugar.

Enjoy!

Sober October

Sober October

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Autumn is October and to mark the start of this season, a worthy UK charity  Macmillan (cancer relief) has suggested that we make this month ‘Sober October.’

Instead of buying and imbibing alcoholic drinks, we should take up the challenge of being teetotal and donate the money we would otherwise spend on booze to charity instead.

A worthy cause we hope many will try.

A good friend who likes his lager will give it a go ;).

Drinking Alcoholic beverages  in large amounts can be a cause of cancer.

Alcoholism is a problem

These recent sobering statistics from Alcohol Concern highlight the problem.

Statistics on Alcohol

  • More than 9 million people in England drink more than the recommended daily limits
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • Alcohol is 10% of the UK burden of disease and death, making alcohol one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesit
  • An estimated 7.5 million people are unaware of the damage their drinking could be causing
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • A minimum unit price is one of the most effective strategies of reducing alcohol-related harm. Selling alcohol for no less than 50p a unit would tackle health inequalities, reduce alcohol related crime, hospital admissions, lost productivity days and save lives.
  • Alcohol was 61% more affordable in 2013 than it was in 1980

Alcohol and Health

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • In the UK in 2012-13, there were 1,008,850 hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption where an alcohol-related disease, injury or condition was the primary reason for hospital admission or a secondary diagnosis
  • However, if you include deaths where alcohol was a contributing factor (such as various cancers, falls and hypertensive diseases), the figure increases to 21,512: 13,971 for males and 7,541 for females
  • Males accounted for approximately 65% of all alcohol-related deaths in the UK in 2014
  • Alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5bn per year; equal to £120 for every tax payer
  • The alcohol-related mortality rate of men in the most disadvantaged socio-economic class is 3.5 times higher than for men in the least disadvantaged class, while for women the figure is 5.7 times higher
  • In England and Wales, 63% of all alcohol-related deaths in 2012 were caused by alcoholic liver disease
  • Liver disease is one of the few major causes of premature mortality that is increasing
  • Deaths from liver disease have reached record levels, rising by 20% in a decade
  • The number of older people between the ages of 60 and 74 admitted to hospitals in England with mental and behavioural disorders associated with alcohol use has risen by over 150% in the past ten years, while the figure for 15-59 years old has increased by 94%

We hope as many will take the time to digest the above and reduce digestion of alcohol this month and beyond.

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Apple, Avocado and Spinach

Even Popeye the Sailor Man, must get tired of eating spinach all the time.  I bet he would not have any problem drinking this iron rich concoction. And so will I for that matter. 🙂

bec73fa7-f1a1-45fd-a9ec-e6dea5fbf0b6_apple-avocado-smoothieA great way to boost your fruit and veg intake is by making homemade smoothies. Not just for breakfast, but a healthy and refreshing treat at any time of the day, they’re packed with antioxidants and vitamins and will also quench your thirst and keep you hydrated – by Jo Romero

Apple, Avocado and Spinach

The predominant flavour in this smoothie is apple, but while its texture is soft and creamy, it doesn’t contain any dairy. It’s the avocado that makes the drink pale and smooth. Avocadoes are full of Vitamin E and healthy fats which help keep your skin in tip-top condition. It’s tempting to add more avocado to get the goodness in, but add any more and you’ll taste it. If you’re new to green smoothies, try this one for starters.

one-quarter of an avocado, peeled and the stone removed
200ml fresh apple juice, chilled
small handful washed baby spinach leaves (5-6 leaves)

Blitz all the ingredients together and drink while cold – add an ice cube to the mixture before blending for a cooler drink, if you want to.

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

app& avSpring is definitely on its way and before you know it, it has rolled into summer.  We need to gather all the yummy and healthy smoothies we are going to be enjoying this summer in the sun (we live to hope 😉 LOL).

One of our firm favourites is the apple and avocado smoothie.  You cannot go wrong with its taste and the goodness that you can get from it.

The amount of ingredients indicated below will generously serve 2

Apple & Avocado Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 apple

1/2 ripe avocado

1 cup apple juice

3 ice cubes

3 sprigs mint leaves

juice from half a lime

To make:

Core the apple then cut into quarters.

Using a blender, combine all the ingredients and process for 25 seconds.

Serve in attractive tall glasses.

Enjoy

Cheers

Banana Smoothie

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Banana Smoothie

Banana Smoothie is a great favourite of mine.  The recipe below is just to die for, so delicious.

The amount of the ingredients indicated below is enough for 3 servings.

Ingredients:

55ml or 1/4 cup orange juice

4 ripe bananas

3 scoops of vanilla ice-cream

2 tbsp golden syrup

3 tbsp of plain yoghurt

lemon juice (optional)

sugar (optional)

Method:

Cut the bananas into small pieces and put these in the blender.

Add the rest of the ingredients.

Blend for 20 seconds.

To make the smoothie really interesting, dub lemon juice around the rim of the glasses, then roll the rim of the glasses into some sugar.  The sugar would then stick to the glass.

Pour into the glasses the banana smoothies and enjoy!