Friday, 5 October 2012

Homemade Peach Jam


We like homemade jams and all the jams that I made, seemed to 'disappear' quite fast!  This time I made Peach Jam.  The peaches my hubby bought were very sweet and ripe.



Ingredients :
- 8 peaches (washed thoroughly, removed seeds and cut into small chunks)
- 1 lemon - (juiced)
- 1 tablespoon of grated lemon peels
- 3 cups of granulated sugar

Method :

1) Blend peaches in the blender.
2) Transfer the puree to a medium sized pot.
3) Add sugar and grated lemon peel.
4) Cook the puree on medium heat. Half way through, add lemon juice. Continue to cook on medium low heat for about an hour or when it begins to thicken.
5) Let it cool completely before transfer to an airtight container.
8) Refrigerate it.
 

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Beet + Parsley + Strawberry = Cleansing Juice


Coriander leaves, Chinese parsley, cilantro or daun ketumbar is known as the best cleansing treatment for kidneys and it is natural! Besides it is very rich in vitamin K, vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, iron and folate.


Health Benefits of Parsley :


1) Parsley is good for the heart.

2) Good for strengthening the urinary bladder and preventing kidney stones.

3) Cleansing of blood vessels.

4) Prevent the occurrence of osteoarthritis and inflammatory polyarthritis; a type of rheumatoid arthritis.

5) Used for treating menstrual problems.

6) Treat digestive problems, anemia, diarrhea, gallstones, gout, insect bites, liver congestion.

7) Strengthening teeth.

8) Weight loss.

Source : E-mail received from a friend

Here is a healthy juice using parsley, beet and strawberry.
Beet (click for more info) has a lot of benefits too. Take note that there is no exact measurement and you can add any veggie or fruits that you like.

Put everything into a blender. Add water. Then blend. I like to use blender as I like my juice with fiber. You can use juice extractor too. Add honey should you prefer it sweet. As for me, I did not add honey for this juice.

In order to have maximum benefits of any juice, I usually take it early in the morning; 1 hour before breakfast.





Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Watercress Soup


Watercress soup is believed to be very effective in lungs cleansing.  Besides, it has cooling properties and is suitable for heaty body. 

I used to cook watercress soup using meat or just a sweet version; vegetarian soup. 

Ingredients :-
 
- 1 kg of watercress, use stems and leaves - washed
- a handful of  dried red dates
- 4 kurma (hahaha... I supposed to use honey dates but didn't realise that I have run out of stock.  So, I used kurma instead as it was available then).
- Ginger (washed and crushed)
- 3 litres of water

Method:-

1)  Put all ingredients in a pot, bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer the soup for about 2 to 4 hours. (I simmered for 2 hours only).

2) Serve hot.