Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Congee in Autumn

Autumn is a season of cool dry weather. Flu, allergy, constipation, dry skin and nose are common. It's time to nourish the organs and keep them moist. Congee is the ideal food for that. Experts in traditional Chinese medicine suggest congee cooked with various ingredients, from chrysanthemum to chestnuts.

Congee, a rice porridge or gruel made with lots of water, reinforces the digestive system and nourishes other organs. Traditioanally, it's made with white rice that has been milled. Nowadays, however,  brown rice is more popular and more nutritious. As it converts to energy more slowly,  it's more suitable for people with diabetes without spikes in sugar levels.
Eating low-calorie congee regularly can decrease the risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease and other cardiovascular problems. Writing this, I remember in my hometown in the past, common people used to have two congee meals and one more solid meal everyday to save money. It turns out that people lived longer and healthier then.

Ingredients commonly added in the fall include pears, turnips, black sesame, white woodears ( a kind of fungus), lily root and chrysanthemum; all are cooling (containing yin, or cold energy) and moistening. You can get creative by adding other nutritial ingredients such as walnuts, red jujubes, adzuki beans, mung beans, and different grains. It can be flavored with brown sugar. It can also be eaten with a pinch of salt and pepper, if you have diced ham in it.

Note: To have any medicinal effect, it must be eaten regularly. That said, it's still a kind of food to keep you healthy. It shouldn't be used as prescribed medicine.  It's not advised to eat congee three times daily, since it contains less energy than rice of the same weight.

Diabetics shouldn't eat too much white rice congee since it quickly raises the blood sugar.

Sweet cold congee, though tasty, is not recommended for the elderly, children and those suffering "pathogenic cold" (yin energy) problems. Too much cold congee undermines the digestive system. 

Adapted from Cultural

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Duibuqi, wodezhongwen buhao

The Lyrics of the Song

**对不起, 我的中文不好。
对不起, 对不起,
对不起, 我的中文不好。
对不起, 对不起,
我只想跟你当朋友(dang1peng2you: to make friends)

Hello, 你好吗?
你会了解(liao3jie3: to understand)我。
欢迎光临(guang1lin2:to patronize),请里面坐。
先生, 你要吃什么?
我不累, 我肚子很饿!
没关系(mei2guan1xi:it doesnt matter), 我的中文进步了。
没关系, 没关系,


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

36 Chinese Characters (ZT)

This is a great video from Youtube.  Very good for listening as well as writing.

Monday, March 18, 2013

如果我是一片雪花 If I'm a Snowflake

By 金波
if I am a snow flake,

()(huì)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)什么(shénme)地方(dìfāng)()(ne)Guess where I will fall

()(yuàn)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)小河(xiǎohé)()I’d like to fall into the river,

变成(biànchéng)()滴水(dīshuǐ)and chang to a drop of water

()(xiǎo)()(xiǎo)(xiā)游戏(yóuxì)To play games with fish and shrimps

()(yuàn)飘落(piāoluò)(dào)广场(guǎngchǎng)(shàng)I’d like to fall onto the square

(duī)()(pàng)雪人(xuěrén)and be piled into a fat snowman,

(wàng)(zhe)()笑眯眯(xiàomīmī)Smiling at you.

我喜欢你,狐狸 I Like You, Fox


you’re a little fox

mart and cunning

trie s to get the meat from a crow’ mouth by tricks

(duō)(me)()(ài)(de)(zhǔ)()What a lovely idea!


活该(huógāi)(shuí)(jiào)乌鸦(wūyā)(ài)唱歌(chànggē)it serves the crow right. Why does the crow likes to sing

呱呱(gūgū)(guā)自我吹嘘(zìwǒchuīxū)in such a boastful way.

再说(zàishuō)(ròu)(shì)()(tōu)(de)besides, he stole the meat,anyway.

()(chī)()(chī)(dōu)可以(kěyǐ)Anybody can eat it.