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How to clean clams the right way

How to clean clams the right way

At a dinner party, I made heaps of food including a huge pot of lala soup. The pot of soup was suppose to be something fast and easy to make, amongst other food that took more time e.g fried chicken. While cooking it took me […]

Why you should soak grains (like rice) before cooking?

Why you should soak grains (like rice) before cooking?

Q: Why you should soak grains (like rice) before cooking? Answer: Soaking grains making the grains more mineral-available and improve digestibility. I love eating healthy, carbs and all. As I believe in eating a balance meal, I watches the ‘gluten-free’ and ‘no carbs’ trend with […]

How your gut bacteria might be making you fat & how to improve your gut flora

How your gut bacteria might be making you fat & how to improve your gut flora

Q: How your gut bacteria might be making you fat & how to improve your gut flora In the recent years, while poring through articles and books on health, one topic keeps cropping up: gut health. Even in JewelPie’s last interview with Sara Ding, a […]

What kind of cooking oil is the healthiest & what do you normally use?

What kind of cooking oil is the healthiest & what do you normally use?

Q: What kind of cooking oil is the healthiest, and what do you normally use? Answer: The healthiest cooking oil is unrefined, and contain little toxic ‘trans-fatty acid’. Monounsaturated oil is healthier. Unlike saturated fats, it does not cause cholesterol to accumulate. Mediterranean people consume abundance […]

How is sea salt different from regular table salt?

How is sea salt different from regular table salt?

Q: How is sea salt different from regular salt? Why does celebrity Chef like Jamie Oliver always recommends sea salt? Answer: Many chef values quality ingredients and is discerning in the produce that they use. Table salt is not recommended as has chemical aftertaste, and […]

What fish is most nutritious & less contaminated with mercury?

What fish is most nutritious & less contaminated with mercury?

Huge tuna at the Tsukiji Fish Market. Large predatory fishes at the top of the food chain are likely to accumulate more toxins. Q: What fish is most nutritious and less contaminated with mercury? I’ve recently returned from a trip to Penang, an island famous for […]

How bone broth keeps us looking young?

How bone broth keeps us looking young?

I was on the plane, sitting next to a Malaysian who just graduated from university and Australian lady who in her sixties is already a great-grandmother. As we spoke about myriad of things, our situations naturally reveal our age. When they found out that I […]

DIY Fruit & Vegetable Pesticide Wash

DIY Fruit & Vegetable Pesticide Wash

I’ve been making cold-pressed juices a few times a week. Somehow, drinking fresh juice made me think about the cleanliness and safety of them in a way that I never do in cooked food. As I have not decided to buy organic produce, I’m concern […]

Is MSG really bad for you? 5 things to know

Is MSG really bad for you? 5 things to know

Q: Is MSG really bad for you? Answer: Monosodium glutamate, or MSG, has receive a bad reputation over the years. Is it really bad for you? Yes and no. In my quest of eating healthy led me to read and research more on the controversial […]

How to carve a rose from a tomato – 3 min

How to carve a rose from a tomato – 3 min

You may not realise that we eat with our eyes as much as we eat with our tongues. The word ‘flavour’ takes into account not only what taste our tastebuds can detect; but also the smell, the texture, and the presentation of our food. Beautiful […]

Ikan Bilis Powder – DIY Savoury Seasoning

Ikan Bilis Powder – DIY Savoury Seasoning

My sister, during her growing years, made many trips to the dentist to get her baby teeth pull off. No, they were not loose or rotten. In fact, her teeth were too strong that the dentist had to extract them to accommodate her new, sprouting […]

How to separate egg white & yolk easily?

How to separate egg white & yolk easily?

While there are ingenious ways to separate the white from the yolk (e.g using a bottle or fancy equipments), we find the easiest and most convenient way is using a fork. 1. POKE Using one of the hands of a fork, lightly poke a small […]

How to eat a mango without peeling it?

How to eat a mango without peeling it?

I like the smartest and fastest method of doing everything at home (and in life). Yes, that includes eating a mango. Forget about peeling the skin and then cutting the flesh into bite-size pieces. Let me show you the no-peel method of eating a mango. It […]

Easy Way To Peel Mandarin Oranges

Easy Way To Peel Mandarin Oranges

A week before Chinese New Year, families who celebrate this festival will be flocking to the market to buy crates of mandarin oranges amongst other things. Here in Malaysia, we call it kum in Cantonese which sounds like ‘gold’ or ‘wealth’. We like filling our […]

Instant Green Smoothie In Freezer Bags

Instant Green Smoothie In Freezer Bags

My ambition to eat healthy and be fit is often met with road blocks. How to do it? Do I have time for it? Can I sustain myself in a new diet that my body is not used to? Then, I get demotivated because living a […]