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.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

新年快乐 Happy New Year!

Lyrics by 徐天 Music composed by 沈丹


忙忙碌碌的你我他        mang2mang2lu4lu4de  ni3wo3ta1
我们可以歇歇了         wo3men ke3yi3  xie1xie1 la,
快乐的新年终于来到     kuai4le4de xin1nian2 zhong1yu2  lai2dao4 (新年快乐)           (xin1nian2 kuai4le4)

这些年 你好吗          zhe4xie1nian2, ni3hao3ma?
谢谢各位都辛苦了       xie4xie  ge4wei4 dou1 xin1ku4le
我给大家拜年了         wo3  gei3  da4jia1 bai4nian2le
我们一起许一个           wo3men yi1qi3 xu3 yi1ge4
美丽的愿望             mei3li4de yuan4wang4
*无论在哪里             wu2lun4 zai4 na3li3
 wo3men tian1tian1 dou1 hui4 xin1xiang3shi4cheng2
无论在哪里             wu2lun4 zai4 na3li3     
  hao3yun4 zong3hui4 chu1xian4 zai4 ni3de shen1bian1
亲爱的爸爸妈妈         qin1ai4de ba4ba ma1ma
亲爱的姐妹兄长         qin1ai4de jie3mei4 xiong1zhang3
我祝你们幸福快乐       wo3 zhu4 ni3men xing4fu2  kuai4le4
祝愿我们永远健康       zhu4yuan4 wo3men yong3yuan3 jian4kang1

我们天天都会心想事成   (repeat)


Busy you and busy me,

We can take a break now

The happy new year has finally come

(Happy New Year!)

How are you all these years?
I’m wishing you a happy new year
Let’s together make
Beautiful wish
*No matter where
Our wishes will come true every day.
No matter where
Good luck will always appear by your side.
Dear mom and dad,
Dear sisters and brothers,
I wish you happy,
Wish us healthy forever
无论在哪里             (repeat *)
啦啦~~啦啦~            la1la1...