Chinese Herbal Soup – A Tonic for General Good Health – Uses 10 of the most important Herbs in Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is an intricate and complex medical system used in China.  Practitioners undergo many years of formal and informal eduction to perfect the graft.  There are, however, various herbs and concoctions that are used by the Chinese general population.  Chinese Chicken Herbal Soup is one of those.  Just as chicken soup is … Read more

Trying out Indian Ready to Eat Meals for 99 cents – Dal Makhani – Navratan Korma – Paneer Makhani

During my my last trip to the local Indian market, I picked up several ready to eat Indian meals for 99 cents each.  A quick look at the ingredients list, showed that there was little to any chemicals or preservatives in these (everything was pretty natural), in addition to a good dose of fiber; although … Read more

There is a world of difference between white turmeric and yellow turmeric

Although I’d been using turmeric for a few years now, I had only been using the standard yellow turmeric.  Recently, I picked up some white turmeric to experiment with in some new culinary dishes.  As with anything, fresh is always better than dried.  For the longest time, I had only been using dried turmeric, but … Read more

Devouring a sugar apple (custard apple, cherimoya, anon and zimtapfel)

After doing some additional research, it turns out that sugar apples (sweetsop, anon) and cherimoya (custard apples) are actually  two different (but very closely related species).  The sugar apple comes from Annona squamosa, while the cherimoya is from Annona cherimola. This review is for sugar apples. I am not sure how different the two taste, but … Read more