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TUESDAY, 20 SEPTEMBER 2016

Wok-Fried Five Spice Duck Salad


It was lovely to see a clip from Exploring China on Saturday Kitchen at the weekend.  Ken Hom’s Peking Duck is utterly delicious and I still love to watch him in action.  Probably one of the most famous Chinese dishes, it is a rich and indulgent and involves a lot of preparation.  If you love duck but fancy a quick, healthier, mid-week alternative, my Wok-Fried five-spiced duck breast with orange and pomegranate wild rice salad is definitely for you.  This will provide nutrients and fuel for an active day.  Duck is full of protein and the wild rice grains contain fibre and rich in antioxidants.  The duck just needs a quick toss in the Lotus Wok and then add to the salad.  Simple.

 
Check out my video for the full recipe https://youtu.be/ha_yRmcl9gg
 
 
Happy wokking!
 
Love, Ching x
TUESDAY, 13 SEPTEMBER 2016

Smoked organic salmon, watercress, hijiki seaweed & miso dressing

 
Heatwave!! When the sun is shining, my whole energy is lifted. I shall be making the most of this late summer weather and storing up all the extra strength that it gives me.  I thought that I would recommend a light and refreshing dish, great for a warm day.  My Smoked organic salmon, watercress, hijiki seaweed with a miso dressing is rich in protein and full of nutrients - all the better for heart health, joint mobility and general wellbeing.  If you have some smoked salmon in the fridge, this is a great, lean recipe which will make a tasty change.  I love smoked salmon, it has plenty of omega-3 fats and high in vitamin D.  Try and get hold of some hijiki seaweed, if you can; it’s worth the extra effort as it really adds to the dish.  The miso dressing is brimming with flavour and health benefits and tastes delicious!  
 
Full recipe is in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook
 
Have a great day!
 
Love, Ching x
THURSDAY, 08 SEPTEMBER 2016

Zero Waste Week

 

 

As a chef, I am often testing recipes and trying new ingredients.  I try to be responsible about the amount of food that I consume and make sure I use up leftovers.  With so much waste ending up in landfill, incinerators or at the bottom of the sea, it is important that we are aware of the environmental impact and find ways to empower us all to reduce our waste. 

 

Zero Waste Week (5th-9th Sept) is an annual awareness campaign for reducing landfill.  If you sign up, you will receive newsletters and blogs and have access to an online community who will give us all great ideas and tips on reducing our waste.  Check out their website http://www.zerowasteweek.co.uk 

 

Before I pop anything in the bin I try to think, can I reuse? recycle? repurpose?  Any of you got clever tips on how to avoid waste?  I would love to hear them.

 

Love, Ching x

TUESDAY, 06 SEPTEMBER 2016

British Apple Season is here!


It may be September but there is still a lovely warmth in the air and it feels like we are still hanging on to the last of the summer.  There are some great seasonal ingredients just coming in including fresh cranberries, pears, damson plums, leeks and sweetcorn.  It’s also the start of the British apple season and whether you pick them from your own apple tree or have an orchard nearby, there is plenty to go around.
 
The humble apple is brimming with high-quality nutrients and provides a good source of vitamin C and pectin. Their low glycemic index rating means they will release energy slowly over the day.  I love apple added to a salad and my Lotus Wok-fried sweet and sour chicken with apple and orange salad is definitely worth a try.  This is a healthy version of the classic dish coupled with a fresh clean salad.  Use organic chicken to get the very best flavour from the dish.  Full recipe in Eat Clean: Wok Yourself to Health http://bit.ly/eatcleanbook 

Happy munching!

Love, Ching x
TUESDAY, 30 AUGUST 2016

Time for tea...


As a long time tea lover, I like to create new recipes that incorporate tea leaves or fruit and herbs - another great way to take on antioxidants, vitamins and minerals.  Many of the ingredients you probably already have in your store cupboard.  

 

There are lots of ideas in Eat Clean:Wok Yourself to Health but one of my favourite is actually from Chinese Food Made Easy and is my Cinnamon, rambutan, honey and rose bud tea. You can buy the dried rose buds in Traditional Chinese Medicine shops, or order online from specialists. It is a sophisticated and lightly spiced tea that make a perfect accompaniment to sweet desserts, or you can drink it on its own.  Either as an iced tea on a warm day or a warm cup on a cold day, there is something for everyone, minus the caffeine!


What's your cuppa?

Love Ching x