Sunday, 15 November 2009

chinese tonic soup

"only the pure in heart can make a good soup."
- ludwig van beethoven

chinese wild yam -
promotes muscle growth and repairs worn-out tissue

lotus seed -
can stop sweating, palpitations, anxiety and insomnia

wolfberries - 杞子 ("gei zi")
natural supplement for improving eyesight and liver

fox nuts - ("chi sut")
beneficial to the kidneys and enhances sperm production

as the weather cools, the only thing that can warm right to the freezing core seems to be a hot bowl of chinese tonic soup. one of my all time favourites is "wai san, lien zi, chi sut" with lean pork shin.

1. rinse a handful of wai san, a quarter of a handful of lien zi, half a handful of gei zi (i use double this as i LOVE gei zi), half a handful of chi sut and six pieces of dried conch meat in cold water. set aside.

2. place the pork shin in a pot of cold water. turn the cooker on. watch the water come to a boil. switch off the cooker. strain away the water and quickly rinse the meat. repeat this process two more times. it is important the water in the pot is cold to start with so that the impurities (blood residue) is forced out of the meat - hot water to start with will not achieve this.

3. place all of the above ingredients into a large (the largest you have) pot of boiling water. boil for two hours on low heat then leave to seep for two hours. reboil before serving.

black story

"the world goes up and the world goes down, the sunshine follows the rain; and yesterday's sneer and yesterday's frown can never come over again."
- charles kingsley

miss juliette nuit

miss juliette bracelet

miss juliette croc

miss juliette satin

forget your hunters - it's time to invest in a pair of aigle's black story limited edition miss juliette functional rain boots. get to festival walk or times square fast (they are only available at these stores). how great would these look in the snow!!

nic's dress

"what's the point of doing something good if nobody's watching?"
- nicole kidman

contrary to many bloggers' comments, i do not think this l'wren scott dress flatters nicole kidman. l'wren scott often dresses her in beautiful columns but this one just doesn't fit properly up top.
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