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Eight Auspicious Dishes for Chinese New Year

Food is an essential element of Chinese New Year, with many families investing great time and effort to prepare and serve traditional dishes. The New Year is meant to mark new beginnings, so it’s important to many Chinese that they eat foods considered to be auspicious. From meat and sweet treats to salads and fruit, these are some of the foods widely believed to bring prosperity, wealth, good luck and longevity. Yusheng Yee sang is a uniquely Malaysian-Singaporean salad served cold …

Eat Like The King: The Elvis Diet!

Elvis Presley would have been 84 this week, but what’s the King of Rock and Roll doing on a home cooking blog? Well, Elvis wasn’t just famous for his music and swagger; he also had a tremendous appetite and a whole menu of favourite dishes from the butter and gravy-soaked American south. From BBQ bologna to coconut cake, these dishes are as delicious as they are iconic, but be warned: enjoying Elvis’s diet more than once per year might also …

Water: How Much is REALLY Enough?

According to common wisdom – and lots of A-list celebrities – the answer is “a whole lot”. Water regimens (eight glasses a day, or six, or three before lunch and five before bed, etc) have been credited for everything from weight loss to perfect skin. Fortunately for those of us losing sleep over our hydration, modern water lore is based mostly on hearsay and pseudo-science. So what are the facts on H2O? And how much do you really need? Disclaimer: Hydration is extremely …

Eight Food Myths You Probably Believe

Let’s face it: you can’t believe everything you hear, even if everyone is saying it. It’s the same when it comes to food. These are some of the more common pieces of food wisdom that belong on the compost pile. 1. The food pyramid As it turns out, that classic “food pyramid” diagram, the one with bread and cereal on the big bottom layer and bacon and eggs sequestered to tiny pockets at the top, is mostly bogus. Although fat …

Debunking Detox: Why Cleanse Diets Don’t Hold Water

It’s easy to toss the word “detox” or “cleansing” into a health ad. Whether it’s Dr Oz describing the “cleansing” effects of his 10-day detox diets, health spas that claim their aromatherapies trigger the body’s “detox mode” or even dive shops espousing the “detoxifying” effects of salt water, it can be hard to avoid the terms. But what do those words mean, exactly? What toxins are cleanse diets supposedly detoxing? And are these approaches actually healthy? The short answers to …

A Bluffer’s Guide to Beer

Feel lost and awkward when you hear your beer-loving friends talking about their Belgian blondes and chocolate stouts? Don’t feel bad: In our book, it’s better to be an ordinary schlub who likes to drink a cold brew from the supermarket than an insufferable snob of the suds. Still, a little knowledge of beer terms and types can’t hurt, so here goes… What is beer? Beer has four basic ingredients: Water: makes up most of the beer’s volume Grain: the …