Double-boiling is a cooking technique popular in both hemispheres of the world for different types of food.
Archive for January, 2013
The Reunion dinner is one of the most important meals in the year for those celebrating the Lunar New Year. It gets its name from the long established practice where all members of a family return home to have dinner together on the eve of the festival.
Moving to a new home can be a huge undertaking, not the least of which are the logistics of moving large pieces of furniture and appliances. The latter requires particular care, as their bulky size hides many delicate electrical components.
With the Lunar New Year around the corner, it’s time again to get organized for the yearly reunion dinner with the family. And it’s hard to go wrong with a hot pot or steamboat, as it’s called in Singapore and Malaysia.
For those celebrating the Lunar New Year, each meal can be quite the symbolic affair. Much of the foods consumed during this festive period are not just daily staples. They are in fact usually eaten to get the new year off to as good a start as possible.
So it’s probably fortunate that these foods also tend to be delicious. Here are some tasty foods that are said to bring good luck when eaten during the Lunar New Year.
Shark’s fin soup is a delicacy served in many restaurants across Asia, and usually features on menus for special occasions such as Lunar New Year or at Chinese weddings.
But the demand for a shark’s fins, coupled with its low reproduction rate, has rendered the species endangered. So how does one enjoy the same delicacy without doing any harm to these magnificent creatures? Chefs around the world have been found the answer in finless variants of this popular soup, and it’s nothing that can’t be recreated at home.
With good design we can live large, even as our urban homes grow more compact.
The global Electrolux Design Lab (EDL) competition is back in 2013, with its most expansive theme yet. This year, the prestigious contest for design students seeks concepts for Inspired Urban Living. With increasing numbers of people moving to urbanised areas, lifestyles and living spaces have become busier and a more compact affair. The modern home is not just the epicentre of our lives; it is also a refuge from the hustle and bustle of city life.
As such, the modern city dweller requires better tools that can adapt to contemporary living. Aside from the main theme, participants for this year’s competition will also be able to focus their ideas on one of three areas:
The year of the snake falls on 10 February, and brings with it a host of customary celebrations and festivities. The Lunar New Year is one of the most important dates in many Asian countries, with many families attaching similar importance and traditions to the occasion. These countries include China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Korea, Singapore and Vietnam, where the first day of the Lunar New Year is a public holiday.
Current cooking trends extol the virtues of fresh, organic ingredients over their frozen and canned counterparts. But do fresh veggies really have the upper hand in healthy eating?
Thinking of a do-over for your kitchen in 2013? The ancient art of Feng Shui might come in handy in planning for a new living environment. The principles of Feng Shui have affected the designs of many Asian homes. Many believe it bestows the benefits of better luck, health and wealth, while others simply find that utilising a basic knowledge of Feng Shui provides a positive psychological boost.