Black currant jam

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A very easy jam recipe. Black currant will have a nice and tender taste.

1 kilo black currant
1,5 kilo sugar
2 cup water

1. Bring water to a boil, put currant and bring to a boil one more time.
2. Put sugar and let it melt. Bring to a boil, then coddle 20-25 minutes.
3. Remove from fire, let it cool down and pour into jars.

Curd rolls with cinnamon

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Want to bake something new and delicious? Cause joy to your relatives with these curd rolls: tender and sweet curd pastry that melts in the mouth!

Curd rolls with cinnamon½ pound curd
1 cup flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 egg
3 tbsp butter
1 tsp backing powder
1 tbsp cinnamon

1. Melt butter. Combine with flour, curd and backing powder and mix thoroughly.
2. Beat up egg with half sugar, pour into curd mixture and make pastry. Leave it for about 30 minutes.
3. Roll out pastry to form a rectangle, powder with cinnamon and sugar. Roll up pastry and cut it in small rolls. Bake in the oven (180 C/360 F) until ready (about 15 minutes).

Low-cal orange jam

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This low-caloric orange jam isn’t as rich in calories as usual orange jam. Though it has less saturated colour than usual jams have, it’s not less tasty and flavored.

2 pound oranges
1 ½ cup apple juice
3 ¾ cup jam sugar

1. Slice oranges in thin segments and remove seeds. Put orange segments in a big pan with apple juice. Bring to a boil and simmer 30-40 minutes until orange peel is soft.
2. Add sugar and cook stirring on a slow fire until it melts. It takes about 5 minutes. Bring to a boil and cook over a strong heat 4 minutes.
3. Remove from fire, skim scum from the surface. Let it cool for 15 minutes, and then pour into sterile jars.

Wontons with shrimps

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These small crispy wontons resemble Chinese dim sum, but they are baked in the oven. If you think this dish is too expensive, you can easily replace shrimps by chicken breasts or minced meat.

½ pound shrimps, hulled
8 sheet filo pastry
2 clove garlic
2 shallots
1 chili, seeded
1 lime peel
1 inch long fresh ginger piece
2 tbsp fresh coriander

1. Set oven to 200 C (390 F). put garlic, ginger, shallot onions, chili, lime peel and coriander in a blender and mince until you get a paste. Then add shrimps and mince several seconds more.
2. Put one filo pastry sheet on a board and oil it. Then put one more pastry sheet above, oil it as well. Cut the squares 3*3 inches big.
3. Put 1 tsp shrimp paste in the center of each square and make wantons according to the recipe below. Put your wontons on a backing tray and bake about 15 minutes until golden.
4. Serve up shrimp wontons together with small soy sauce dish or sweet chili sauce.

Chinese wontons with pork Dim sum

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Each country has its own name for the dish consisting of small pastry “bags” stuffed with meat. Italians call it ravioli, Russians – pelmene, and Chinese – wontons. Wontons look like small “knots”, which have stuffing “tied up” inside. They are usually served as an appetizer or put in noodle soup.

Wontons with porkl14 oz pork forcemeat
24 wonton envelopes
1 ¾ oz tinned bamboo, sliced
2 leaves spring onion, sliced
1 tbsp light soy sauce
1 egg white, beaten up
4 ½ tbsp starch
2 tbsp sesame oil
1 tbsp dry sherry
2 tbsp sugar

1. Combine in a big bowl pork, bamboo, onion, soy sauce, egg white, sugar, sesame oil and sherry and mix thoroughly. Add starch and mix again.
2. Put 1 tsp filling in the center of each wonton square, moisten its edges with water and join them to form a “knot”.
3. Cook in a steamer 5-7 minutes until ready.

Why We Need A Little Fat

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Fat serves several purposes in the body. These functions are performed by the fact that fats and water do not mix, so the fatty tissue of the body can store and transport other substances like fat soluble vitamins which otherwise would not be carried by the blood. This also means the (at cannot be dissolved by body fluids — so it is an excellent energy reserve. Fat within the body is used for fuel; upon digesting it, it produces twice as much energy as the equal weight of carbohydrate or protein. On eating a good diet the energy reserve should be continually used and replaced. This is governed by the correct calorific intake, thus bringing about no weight gain. The balance is essential to good health.

It is well known that over-consumption of fat causes cardiovascular disease, of which heart attack and stroke are examples. Research consistently points to the risk factors of fat-like substances in the blood called cholesterol, and high blood-pressure coupled with too little exercise, a diet too rich in saturated fat, diabetes and ‘hurry sickness’. In any combination of two or three factors all of these things aggravate each other.

However a little fat in the diet is necessary because it contains an essential nutrient which is a polyunsaturated acid called linoleic acid. Other fatty acids can be synthesized by the body if linoleic acid is present, but we cannot synthesize linoleic acid. Only 1.2 per cent of our total calorific requirement is linoleic acid — this is approximately one tablespoonful per day.

Every cook can appreciate the qualities of fat in cooking; it has the ability to absorb flavour — this is why people on a low-fat diet and who want to lose weight should beware of convenience foods. Make sure that the food has not been coated with margarine, this automatically makes the food satisfying, but because of the high proportion of calories, the foods take longer to digest and the stomach stays fuller longer.

Watermelon pattered

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We used to it watermelon fresh, but Chinese cuisine offers you an easy and unusual recipe – fried watermelon with icing sugar.

Watermelon pattered¾ pound fresh watermelon with rind
2 oz wheat flour
1 egg
2 oz corn starch
2 oz sugar
2 oz ice crumbs
1/3 oz powdered sugar

1. Combine flour, egg, starch and sugar in a bowl and stir. Add ice and some water if needed and stir again.
2. Slice watermelon pulp in triangle pieces and roll in batter. Fry in a deep-fryer and lay out on a paper napkin to let the excess oil soak into it.

3. Serve up with powdered sugar.

Beef skewers with sesame glaze

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Small beef pieces and sweet peppers, rolled up in sesame glaze… What can suit better for a picnic at your lawn in a warm spring day?

1 pound beef stake 1 ½ inches thick
2 red and 2 yellow peppers, sliced
lime segments
sweet chili sauce

for glaze

2 cloves garlic
1 tsp honey
1 tsp sunflower-seed oil
1 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp piquant chili sauce
1 tbsp light soy sauce

1. Cut beef stake in 1 inch slices. Roll beef and pepper cuts in glaze and grill each side 2-4 minutes, pouring with glaze.
2. Make skewers, each consisting of a beef slice and 2 pepper slices. Serve up with lime and sweet chili sauce.

Sour-sweet duck salad

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This citrus duck salad is a perfect cold collation or a light main dish for supper.

2 cabbage lettuce
2 duck breasts, skin removed, chopped
7 oz water chestnuts, sliced
2 shallots, sliced
2 inches long cucumber piece, sliced in lines
4 spring onions leaves, sliced
1 stick celery, cut into thin lines
4 ½ oz bean sprouts
orange segments for decoration

 for seasoning

 3 tbsp fish sauce
1 tbsp brown sugar
1 ½ tbsp lime juice
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 red chili pepper, sliced
1 green chili pepper, sliced

1. Combine shallots, sprind onions, celery, cucumber, bean sprouts and water chestnuts in a big bowl. Mix thoroughly.
2. Put cabbage lettuce leaves in a dish, lay out salad and put duck pieces on top.
3. Put seasoning ingredients in a pan, heat up about3-5 minutes. Sprinkle salad with seasoning and decorate with orange segments.

Grapefruit milk-shake

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This dewy milk-shake will help keeping your gastric acidity balanced.

2/3 cup yogurt or milk
2 grapefruits
soda water

1. Peel grapefruits and make juice with a squeezer.
2. Combine juice and yogurt and blend it. You can dilute milk-shake with soda water.

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