Posts Tagged ‘asian cooking’

Fight Off Colds & Flu With Kimchi

 

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Kimchi is the traditional Korean dish of salted and fermented vegetables, a staple in the cuisine of the Korean peninsula since antiquity. This delicious and deceptively simple side dish has crossed over, and is gaining in popularity year after year. And for good reason, especially this season. Kimchi is regularly included in flu & cold fighting listicles. Never underestimate the power of prebiotics, chiles, and cabbage! Continue »



Bitter Melon: Ornamental Vine & Edible Fruit

Bitter melon vine, showing flower.

Bitter melon vine, showing flower.

I came across this beautiful vine covering a chain link fence recently. The fence itself was almost completely obscured, which is a good thing in my books. (Practical as they are, banishing chain link fences would be one of my first orders as Queen of the World)

The vine leaves themselves are exquisite, finely cut in a way that William Morris—the Arts & Craft designer who took his inspiration from nature—would have loved. The leaf veins, vines and tendrils add to the pleasing array of form. Not only is the vine good at beautifully camouflaging an ugly fence, but it has smallish yellow flowers with the sweetest jasmine fragrance—swoonworthy on a summer evening.

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