Wednesday, April 9, 2008

'Xiang Chun' (香椿) with Colorful Vegetable Multi Grain Rice

What to cook today? Simple to try!

[So sorry, no photo available at the moment. I'll upload the photo once I took it!]

One of the favorite recipe by many ie. my family, Yoga buddies, friends, students etc.

Well, this recipe came to my mind because of few reasons. It's long story again!^_^

Mainly, I always want to cook something new and healthy for my hubby. His taste bud is not as 'plain' as mine yet. He use to spend most time eating out for meeting, business...etc. Our refrigerator have no meat since we moved in to our new house 2004. Both of us agreed to cook only vegan meal [only plant foods (fruits, vegetables, beans, grains, seeds, and nut...) and exclude all animal sources of protein including meat, poultry, fish, eggs, milk, cheese, and other dairy products; except we do take honey once a while] at home since then. However, sometimes he does request for 'fried rice'. Hmmm... But, I don't fry! I don't use wok even we do have a new one keeping in the store for many years. One of the rules in my so called 'healing kitchen' (*_^) is 'NO FRYING'! Why?

// Lively Oil
Dr Udo's said NO liquid oil is good for cooking. No oil is suitable for high heat ie. bake, toast, fry etc. It's very toxic and endanger our health.

Pls refer:

However, Virgin Coconut Oil (medium chain fatty acid is not destroyed by heat) is high heat resistant and it does not turn into a trans fat. So, it claim to be safe for cooking. Your choice!

I drink oil ( 2 tbsp Udo Oil & 1-2 tbsp Coconut Oil) everyday. I do shake well together with juices, soya drink,... or put into oat porridge, Santan Free Bubur Cha Cha etc... or just top on the food that are ready to be served. Simple and delicious! Not only hubby love it, even my 8 - 17 yrs old nephews and nieces love it very much.

// 'Healthy Fried Rice'
Oh, back to 'fried rice'... hehe :P I's quite addicted to eat Korea food that time, especially there is one at Amcorp Mall (It's always full! Must try! haha... ) recommended by Hui Ling. The captain and waitress are so so friendly and their services are very good. Whatever we order we want it to be cooked in vegetarian, they keep smiling and says, "ok ok.. we can do that for you or I'll check with the chef!" I really miss the salad, Kim-chi set rice, stone rice.. etc! Yummie yummie...!

Then, my Uni friend, Peh and Pin bought me 2 pairs of 'spoon and chopstick' from Korea on their honeymoon vacation. I just don't know why, I love to use the spoon very very much since then, in every meal. It's just a very simple spoon with little graphic on it. Yeah, there is a turtle. I quite like turtle. For many Chinese, turtles symbolize health and longevity or immortality. Because of the Korea food and Peh's souvenir; One day, I suddenly think of this so called 'healthy fried rice' for my hubby. Like Korean people, they love to mix everything together :-) I myself love this recipe very very much, hubby too.. So, I guess it's good to share 'good food' around! Simple and healthy one, I suppose! hahah :)

[Thanks to Hui Ling and newly wedd Peh & Pin! Thanks to my hubby that make me more creative preparing the meal! So, I cook what is available in the fridge or kitchen!]

To vary flavors and textures, experiment with different kinds of rice available in the organic shop! Herewith 2 types of rice (A & A1) you may want to try out.

Organic Ingredient (A): Simple Multi Grain Rice [serves 6]
* 360g Brown Rice or multi grain (consist of brown rice, millet, barley, wild rice etc)
* Distilled Water (3 cup)

Method (A):
* Rinse, sproat and soak at least 4 hours or overnight at room temperature to reduce its acidity and make the grains more digestible
* Put the rice and water in a stainless steel bowl and steam for about 30 min until all the water is completely absorbed by the rice.
* Otherwise, steam until the rice is cooked.

Organic Ingredient (A1): # Our favourite steam rice: 'nasi lemak'! [serves 4-6]
(a) Wild rice + Gordon Euryale Seed(芡实) + 薏仁 + lotus seed (1/4 cup)
[need to add extra distilled water 1:2 ie. 1/2 cup water)
(b) Brown Rice (1 cup); Red Rice (1/4 cup),
(c) Millet (1/2 cup)

Method (A1):
Steam (a) with 2 1/4 or 2 1/2 cup water till it's quite soft about 30 min. At the same times, add 1-2 tsp cumin seed (jeera) and 2 tbsp of coconut oil and few (6) pandan leave.
Next,add (b) without adding any water and steam for about 20 min.
Finally, add (c) to mix all together. Millet is easy to get soft and sticky.
Steam for another 30 min or till rice is cooked.
Fluff with a fork, and keep warm until ready to serve.

Organic Ingredient (B):
(i) Ginger (minced or shredded)
* I don't eat garlic,scallion/spring onion, shallot and onion, but you can add in if you like.

(ii) Colorful Vegetables:
*you can either lightly steam, but I like it raw! If eating raw, remember to soak with some Apple Cider Vinegar to kill bacteria and germs.

Carrot (shredded)
Sweet corn
Red Capsicum (cut into small piece)
Purple Cabbage (shredded)
Sprout Bean
Alfalfa Sprout
Lettuce (shredded)

// Or any of the following that you like:
Choy Sam (shredded)
Amaranth (shredded)
Spinach (shredded)
Celery (shredded)
Long Bean
Snow Pea
etc... etc...

Seasoning (C):
香椿酱 (Xiang Chun Jiang)
Black Sesame Powder

Bragg's Liquid Amino (Soy Protein)
Sesame oil

Topping (D):
Coriander (chopped)
Pre Balance Powder (raw wheat germ, brewer yeast, lecithin)
Seaweed Floss
Nuts (Almond, Cashew nut, etc)
Seed (pumpkin seed, sunflower seed etc)
Cayenne Pepper (sprinkle some if you like it to be spicy)

In a maxing bowl, combine and mix all the ingredient well, ie rice (A or A1), vegetable (B) and seasoning (C)
Transfer to a servicing plate. Garnish with coriander and top with (D). This is a wholesome complete meal. :)

Bon Appetit!

Om Shanti Shanti Shanti!


Nadine Fawell said...

That looks delicious!
Hope you are well!

~yw said...

Thanks Nadine!

How are you lately? Still in Africa or already migrated to Australia?

Take care

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