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WEDNESDAY, 25 MAY 2016

Good Heart Health Tenderstem® Salad

 
I promised you another delicious Tenderstem recipe this week and here it is  - Good Heart Health Tenderstem® Salad.  My grilled sweet & sour chicken with apple, beetroot and leaf salad served with a hot & sour dressing, is a great dish for healthy summer entertaining and perfect for lunch or dinner. On the BBQ or cooked indoors in a griddle pan, it is an easy, healthy take on Chinese-inspired flavour combinations. It is low in total fat, great for heart health and is high in both potassium and thiamin (vitamin B1), which helps to control blood pressure and contributes to healthy heart function.
 
Full recipe here or for more inspiration go to the Tenderstem website www.tenderstem.co.uk
 
Let me know what you think!
 
Love, Ching x
TUESDAY, 24 MAY 2016

Steamed Chinese sesame chicken with supergreen salad

Chicken
 
Sometimes it is just simple changes to the way we cook that makes all the difference.  I really love to steam chicken to make it lovely and succulent and extremely healthy too.  I was really keen to include a steaming rack with my Lotus Wok so people could try this technique. 
 
Simply put the chicken or vegetables on a heatproof plate on to the rack and pop on the glass lid to let them steam.  It’s quick and easy and retains all the juices and flavours.  With my Steamed Chinese sesame chicken with supergreen salad, you add toasted sesame oil and Chinese five spice powder to the chicken which leaves a delicious, juicy dressing for the dish. No more dry chicken!
 
 
Love, Ching x
FRIDAY, 20 MAY 2016

Tenderstem®

 
Photograph: Laura Fields
 

I have always enjoyed using Tenderstem® in my recipes and have been a fan for many years. When I was asked to develop some recipes using Tenderstem® it took very little convincing to get me on board! It is such a wonderful product; highly nutritious, very sweet and tender and such a versatile ingredient. It is the perfect green vegetable accompaniment to any dish and can be used in so many ways to create delicious recipes.

 
If you are looking for a weekend treat, how about my Nourishing Teriyaki Tenderstem®& Shitake mushroom, Smoked Mackerel, red rice congee? Chinese congee is warming, perfect and comforting, especially nourishing. It is a Chinese ‘soul’ food. I’ve combined wok fried Japanese teriyaki style shitake mushrooms as the base for this dish. This makes a comforting lunch or dinner dish that delivers sustained energy from the red/brown rice.
 
For more recipes and information on Tenderstem®, go to their website www.tenderstem.co.uk
 
Another recipe to follow soon.  Watch this space!
 
Love, Ching x
THURSDAY, 19 MAY 2016

National Vegetarian Week

 
 
Can this week get any better?  Not only British Tomato Week but also National Vegetarian Week!  Think you can’t live without meat?  Think again!  There are so many amazing veggie dishes out there to inspire even the most dedicated carnivore.  The perfect week to give it a try.  As regular readers know, I am also supporting Friends of the Earth Meat Free May & dishing up some veggie and vegan recipes throughout the month.  This week it’s my Spicy Chickpea Salad, a simple and healthy recipe to inspire you.
 
Enjoy!
 
Love, Ching x
WEDNESDAY, 18 MAY 2016

British Tomato Week

 
 
They come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours and are rich in vitamin A, C and K, folate and potassium.  The tomato is the juicy jewel of many a dish and with their acidic tang they bring lots of flavour.  Keep them fresh by buying locally and store out of the fridge to keep their delicious flavour.  Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health, has plenty of recipes to choose from but one of my favourites is my Indian-style kachumber pickle with its Indian influences and layers of flavour. 
 
Make every week a tomato week!
 
Love, Ching x