Great Links

Great link to the health benefits of Tea


tea cup for web

It’s long been known  that there are many health benefits to drinking tea. I try to have at least a cup or two a day. My favorites are green and black tea. I like to add a small piece of ginger, honey and a slice of lemon. It is so relaxing to have a cup before bedtime. Check out this article/link about the different types and how they can benefit your health!

Do you know about Brunei??

I was born in Taiwan. I have lived in many places since – Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, and the U.S. Although I have great memories of them all, Brunei sticks out in my head. I lived there from age 2 until 10. I remember cooking with all of my family members – from littlest to big, we all had a part to play. I am sure that living there influenced my desire, passion and interest in cooking. What was so special about Brunei, was the different influences on the cuisine. There was Indian, Malay, Chinese and French. The ingredients that stick out in my mind were the bountys of fresh seafood, curry, chiles (spicy), lime and cooking with a lot of fresh fruit…..especially rambutan. I am including a link if you want to learn more about Brunei. I hope to get back there some day soon!

Cooking and Eating Healthy

As many of you know, I am a firm believer in using the freshest and healthiest ingredients in my cooking. It’s not always possible, but I do my best.

Last night I had the honor of teaching an Asian Fusion class at Whole Foods Market in Ann Arbor (through the Ann Arbor parks and rec dept.). For those of you who aren’t fortunate enough to have a Whole Foods in your market, or aren’t familiar with it, it is a state of the art, full service natural foods grocery store. They have everything from an in-house bakery, deli, smokehouse, sushi and noodle bar, certified organic produce & hormone and antibiotic free meats…and much, much more!

Going to Whole Foods is not just a shopping trip, it is an experience. Thank goodness for stores like this that offer us the opportunity to easily access so many healthy ingredients and products! I have provided you with some links below to their website, and my teaching info for future classes through AAReced. Have a healthy cooking weekend!

It’s Earth Day!

We ALL need to do our part for the environment. Big or small, your contribution matters! Plant a tree, recycle those cans or volunteer in your community for a green cause. Here’s a link to the official Earth Day Site.

Local Community Share Garden

We spoke recently with the people at this great local community share garden. Our family (including the kids) will be volunteering here this season. This year they are expanding to 4000 sq ft. Part of the garden is plots that locals can rent to grow their garden. The rest is the volunteer gardens, where they cultivate the crops and donate the produce to those in need. I will document some of our time there and look forward to making a difference in our community! Please check out their website and support this great organization!

Spring Has Sprung – what’s in Season?

Here is a recent post and link from my Facebook:

With a new season, there will be new fruits and vegetables in season. Below is a great website that highlights which produce is best to buy in the springtime. Of course it will vary a bit depending on your climate, but this is a good overall resource. Another great thing is that this produce is usually less expensive at the grocer and at your local Farmer’s Markets! Please let me know if you need any recipe ideas.