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I’m off to Europe today and very excited about it! It’s quite an unexpected trip but I’m glad I have the chance to meet my family and friends again. I’m also hoping to get a glimpse of some beautiful autumn scenery.

While I’m away do stayed tuned as I have asked some of my dear blog friends to guest post! (Very Happy)

“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf’s a flower” Albert Camus

 

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The old saying “to eat an apple going to bed, will make the doctor beg his bread” has been justified by its many health-rich properties. A member of the rose family, fossil remains have shown that apples were gathered and stored 5,000 years ago and it’s likely that they were already cultivated during the Neolithic times.

Health benefits of apple

1. Apples are low in calories; contain no saturated fats or cholesterol, but rich in dietary fiber which helps prevent absorption of dietary LDL cholesterol in the gut. The dietary fibers also help protect the mucous membrane of the colon from exposure to toxic substances by binding to cancer causing chemicals in the colon.

2. Apple fruit contains good quantities of vitamin-C and beta carotene. Vitamin C is a powerful natural antioxidant. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

3. Apples are rich in antioxidant phyto-nutrients flavonoids and polyphenols. The important flavonoids in apples are quercetin, epicatechin, and procyanidin B2. Apples are also good in tartaric acid that gives tart flavor to them. These compounds help body protect from deleterious effects of free radicals.

4. The fruit is a good source of B-complex vitamins such as riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6).

5. Apple also contains small amount of minerals like potassium and calcium. Potassium in an important component of cell and body fluids helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure; thus counters the bad influences of sodium.

The use:

1. For people who suffer from gout and rheumatism, eat apple regularly because it will aid healing

2. Eating 2 apples a day will reduce your cholesterol level up to 10 %

3. Drinking an apple juice, 3 times a day, is said to prevent virus from settling in the body.

4. If you have problems with indigestion, eat apples before meals.

5. Grated apple, when mixed with live yogurt may be helpful in cases of diarrhoea

Grandma’s Apple Pie

 Ingredients

1 recipe pastry for a 9 inch double crust pie

1/2 cup unsalted butter

3 tablespoons all-purpose flour

1/4 cup water

1/2 cup white sugar

1/2 cup packed brown sugar

8 apples – peeled, cored and sliced 

Directions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Melt the butter in a saucepan. Stir in flour to form a paste. Add water, white sugar and brown sugar, and bring to a boil. Reduce temperature and let simmer.

Place the bottom crust in your pan. Fill with apples, mounded slightly. Cover with a lattice work of crust. Gently pour the sugar and butter liquid over the crust. Pour slowly so that it does not run off.

Bake 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Continue baking for 35 to 45 minutes, until apples are soft.

Serve with vanilla ice cream or hot vanilla sauce – yummy!

  

 

My ‘Just around the corner’ holiday series begins with Halloween. Today spooky, creepy but rather very cute at the same time, Halloween party decorations by some of my favourite sites out there.

                                                        TomKat Studio

                                             The Paper Cupcake

                                                  Martha Stewart

 

                                              via Toast and Tables

 

 

Ok finally a moment to get the recipe from my book for you. I don’t normally use the exact amount of  ingredients in this dish. You should see for yourself how many rolls you need. It’s so easy to do and you can experiment as well with the filling, I for example like to add more peanut sauce and lettuce, for my husband I need to remove coriander.

Ingredients and method:

Chopped prawns fry with chopped garlic, shallots, chinese turnip, add salt, sherry, fish sauce, sesame oil.

Rice paper dip in lukewarm water and place on a wet cloth.

Lay one piece of lettuce, peanut sauce*, coriander and a spoon of fried mixture and roll.

Important – keep the ready rolls on wet cloth and covered (the rice paper dries fast)!

Peanut Sauce*

Heat oil add garlic, 1 tbsp of tomato paste, hoisin sauce = sweet plum sauce, sugar, freshly chopped chilli, water.

Cook for 3 min and add chopped/crushed peanuts or chunky peanut butter.

ENJOY!

 If you have any questions please let me know, I’ll be happy to help. 

 

A warm hello to All! Hope your weekend has been a good one. For me was so so – my hubby away on business for 2 weeks, my son stuck at home with the flu, and all there is for me to enjoy tonight is F1 Singapore in front of the telly, a glass of French wine and homemade Vietnamese Rolls. Yummy! (recipe sooon I promise).

Mid-Autumn is a popular harvest festival. It is also called as Moon or Lantern or Mooncake Festival and we are celebrating it at the moment here in Singapore. The Lantern Day is one of the most important traditional events for the Chinese. The Mid-Autumn Festival is held on the 15th day of the eighth month in the Chinese calendar, which was yesterday. The traditional food of this festival is the mooncake, which a round cookie filled with lotus seeds paste and egg yolk. Family members and friends will gather to admire the bright mid-autumn harvest moon, and eat mooncake’s and pomeloes and sing moon poems together.

Children of all nations love it a lot, especially for the walks in the dark with their colourful lanterns. We have been celebrating all week already and will continue till the weekend. It’s so much fun and beautiful.

Photos: 1. Alexandra Grablewski, 2. Eva Lindh, 3. Countryliving 4. chictopia, A Cup Of Joe