Monthly Archives: October 2015

Story of Old Kitchen

Week 44/52

Kitchens in China are called (厨房, 膳所). More than 3000 years ago, the ancient Chinese used (ding 鼎) for cooking food. The ding was developed into the wok and pot used today. The earthenware pot, which was commonly used by most people, (砂锅) sand pot is still used in all kinds of cooking or medicine brewing. Many Chinese people believe that there is a kitchen god (灶神) who watches over the kitchen for the family. The kitchen god returns to heaven to give a report to the Jade Emperor (玉皇大帝) annually about this family behavior. Every Chinese New Year Eve, families will gather together to pray for the kitchen god to give a good report to heaven and wish him to bring back good news on the fifth day of the New Year. The most common cooking equipment in Chinese family kitchens and restaurant kitchens are woks, steamer basket, and pots. The fuel or heating resource was also important technique to practice the cooking skills. Traditionally Chinese were using wood or straw as the fuel to cook food. A Chinese chef had to master flaming and heat radiation to reliably prepare traditional recipes. Chinese cooking will use a pot or wok for pan frying, stir frying, deep frying or boiling.

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Project #44

Colorful City in My World

Week 43/52

Brisbane city is one of my favorite and colorful city and it is more affectionately known as “Bris-Vegas” due to its cosmopolitan lifestyle. The indigenous name for Brisbane is “Mian-Jin” meaning “Place shaped as a spike”. The Downtown Brisbane was recognized as the world’s best downtown precinct by the International Downtown Association beating some of the most glamorous cities of the world in the year 2003. The Queen Street Mall, one of the best pedestrian shopping to me and it was built to deliver the ultimate shopping experience. This mall extends approximately 500m and has more than 700 retailers over 40,000sqm of retail space which houses six major shopping centres. Recently I had read a spooky article about the “Haunted Brisbane Arcade” and the story was saying that the Wide-eyed shop-keepers and awe-struck shoppers have reported ghost sightings in the elegant Brisbane Arcade. These stories even made their way to the media where stunned witnesses relayed their ghost sightings in front of millions of viewers. Even security guards stationed at the Arcade have substantiated these sightings with their own accounts of catching glimpses of a mystical beauty walking along the gallery level and mysterious footsteps being heard after dark in the staff-only quarters. Some argue it is the ghost of a former shopkeeper who continues to maintain vigilance at the arcade after her death. While others opine that it is the ghost of Mary McIntosh, wife of the notorious Patrick Mayne, eternally walking the building as punishment for her family’s sins. Whatever the truth may be, these stories only add to the allure of the Brisbane Arcade. So next time you step into the arcade, keep an eye out for a mysterious female figure in black lurking in the dark corners trying to stave off any unwanted attention.

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Project #43

“DIRECTION” Does It Help To Make Life a Success Story?

Week 42/52

Hmm… maybe “Yes” and maybe “No”, what do you think? I personally feel that, to make life a success story, you should go confidently in the direction of your aim and live up to expectation what you desired and what you planned. Never be afraid how to start it, go with all your determination and confidence. The last laugh will be yours. Why people afraid of making decision on what kind of direction that they should aim? Is it because afraid of failure? If failure are the reason of it, what I can say is, we do really need to forget about the consequences of failure. Failure is only a temporary change in direction to set you straight for your next success and never regret failure, every failure has a message to be more committed, more focused and if necessary change the direction for the endeavor. Failure is a natural process of any endeavor, if there is some deviation knowingly or unknowingly from right course of action. Failure is not to dishearten, Failure is there to make you stronger in attitude and approach. Be focused and be committed and enjoy eventful life. The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction not a destination. Life isn’t about where you stand necessarily in the moment, but it is instead more about the direction that you are headed into. How to make your life a success story? To me, you need a direction, but you can’t get there without Inspiration. So what is in your mind? Do you agree or disagree? Feel free to share.

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Project #42

Red Dragon Fruit… Yummy…

Week 41/52

Dragon fruits are widely consumed in Asian countries like Taiwan, Vietnam, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Malaysia. They are also popular in Mexico and in central and South America. The other name for this fruit is Pitaya or Pitahaya. The fruit is obtained from several cactus species, but the most important is the one obtained from the genus Hylocereus (sweet pitayas). Hylocereus or sweet pitayas come with a creamy pulp and a delicate aroma. Dragon fruits are rich in antioxidants. They help prevent the formation of carcinogenic free-radicals. They (especially red-skinned pitayas) are packed with vitamin C. Vitamin C ensures fast healing of bruises and cuts and helps improve the function of the immune system. Vitamin B2 acts as a multivitamin and helps improve your appetite. Vitamin B1 plays an important role in the production of energy as it promotes metabolism of carbohydrates. Vitamin B3 lowers bad cholesterol level and enhances the appearance of the skin by making it moist and smooth. The seeds of the fruit contain high polyunsaturated fatty acids. The fruits help get rid of heavy metal toxins from the body. They help lower cholesterol and high blood pressure. They work great for asthma and cough. Carotene obtained from the fruits helps maintain and improve the health of the eyes. Proteins from the fruit help enhance metabolic processes in the body. The fruit serves as a food substitute for rice, especially for the diabetics. It can be used as cosmetic and health material, as it improves eyesight and prevents hypertension. It is a good material for beverages, delicious vegetable dishes, as it comes with high nutrition, low heat and vitamin C. The fruits are rich in minerals, especially calcium and phosphorus. Calcium reinforces bones and helps in the formation of healthy teeth. Phosphorus aids in tissue formation. These fruits are low in calories and high in fiber. They help avoid constipation by acting as natural laxatives. They help improve the overall digestive health of a person. Fiber from the fruits enhances the process of digestion and helps control accumulation of fats. Regular consumption of fresh or dried dragon fruit helps maintain the health. The fruit comes in three varieties – red skin with red flesh (widely considered to be the best-tasting), red skin with white flesh and yellow skin with white flesh. Dragon fruit plant has strong roots and is good at water conserving. It can be cultivated easily. It is also good at heat and drought resisting. So growing these fruits is quite easy and economical. The fruits have a leathery, leafy red skin. One dragon fruit can weigh from 150-600 grams. It can be described as mildly sweet and is best served cold. To eat it, you should simply cut it in half, and then, scoop out the flesh with a spoon. The skin may not be eaten. The little black seeds can be eaten along with the flesh, just like a kiwi fruit. The middle of the fruit is the sweetest part of the fruit.

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Project #41

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