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Challenge J&J #12 & Dirty Talk

#1 I finished writing the first draft of my paper!!! ๐Ÿ˜† If I had to spend one more day on that, I’m going crazy! Obviously, I’ll have to spend few more hours on editing and making it more readable, but that’s going to be easy ๐Ÿ˜‰

#2 Last week’s TCM series touched a dirty topic, but why not? why we don’t talk about it? It’s soooo important to you! If you go to a TCM doctor, he’ll ask you about it in <5 sentences. “do you sleep well? how’s your appetite? are your bowels moving? what’s the consistency?” At first you might be shocked that he’s asking you that, but then after he explains you the importance of it to your overall health, you’ll get used to it. In your second visit, you’ll be talking about “it” with details and all! So, let’s talk.

Q1: How often do you go to bathroom?

I used to be very constipated, like once every 3-4 days. Nowadays, once-twice everyday.

Q2: What’s your trick to make things moving?

I’ve tried tons of methods in old days. These are some that worked for me:

1. soak flaxseed (1-2 tbsp) with 1 cup of water overnight and drink the whole thing first thing in the morning

2. soak dry prune (4-5) ย with 1 cup of water overnight and drink the liquid and eat prunes first thing in the morning

3. whenever things gets really bad. I’ll do a mini detox with consists eat only oatmeal cooked with white fungus for a day.

4. coffee helps a lot.

5. EAT! if you eat like chicken, you’ll poo like such.


J&J #12 @Eat Clean Cookbook:ย Black bean with Rice



  • brown rice
  • black bean
  • celery
  • onion
  • olive oil
  • S+P



  • cumin
  • diced tomato


Method: add everything and cook for 1 hours. Done!

It doesn’t look like the picture because brown rice is sticky and the original recipe calls for basmati.


it doesn’t look pretty but it’s really tasty and nutritious!! ๐Ÿ˜‰


accompanied by tofu stir-fry


and asparagus



look what was the helper for paper-writing anxiety? ย 1 lb of fresh strawberries!!! ๐Ÿ˜€


It’s soooooo sweet! I love it! But after I finished it, I had a stomach pain! Too much a anything is bad ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Giveaway alert:

Nature path granola bar by Krista


Filed under breakfast, lunch

J&J #8, groceries load & a book review

J&J #8 @Eat Clean Cookbook: tagine beef stew


I was hesitant to make a soup like meal in an almost summer day that we’ve been having last week. So I had the beef unfreeze for a couple ways unwilling to make it. Fortunately yesterday was a rainy and cold day. I had a very productive morning writing the first draft of my paper. The day before I was impatient and anxiety wanting to have it all at once and I got nothing done. Yesterday I changed my strategy. I set the goal of just laying down the main parts,one or two sentence for each part and if I was lucky I can finish one of them by the end of the day. Sometimes setting modest goals give you bigger rewards. I not only finished the goal but more, I finished two parts and half way through to the third one ๐Ÿ˜† Love the feeling of accomplishment!

To take the advantage of the writing momentum, lunch came late but it was good. The original recipe calls for more ingredients. But here’s my version

  • 4 oz. of beef
  • celery
  • 1/2 cup diced tomato
  • 1/2 cup frozen peas
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • S+P
  • saffron




  1. Heat the oil, add beef and onions, cook 5 min until brown
  2. add 2 cups of water (or stock) and saffron, bring to boil and simmer covered for about an hour
  3. add celery, tomato and peas and cook for another 10 min uncovered
  4. S+P



It was good but the flavor of saffron wasn’t strong enough, I think I’ll add more next time! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Then I went to Costco for this week’s groceries and few things I need for today’s bread-party!


A whole box of tomato just for ME :shock:, 4 lbs of strawberries ;), romaine, spring mix, mushrooms, broccoli, asparagus, tilapia


and 15 lbs of grapefruit ๐Ÿ˜†


2 lbs of Active Yeast! Yeah~ I think I’ll have to make a lot of bread! ;), Almond Butter (<6 for the big bottle! I love you Costco) and roasted peppers


for today’s bread-party, I bought cheese, prosciutto and roasted beef. Look, I started the bread making last night ๐Ÿ˜‰


I just finished this book (5AM :shock:) and strongly recommend anyone who wants a leisure reading, have some laugh and learn something about french cuisine.


Lunch in Paris by Elizabeth Bard is the story of how the author, an American student living in London, fell in love with her French husband and his country’s cuisine. While she writes a good bit about her experiences with food, there are plenty of life’s other aspects. Love, in-laws, the health care system, making friends, and politics are among the topics Bard covers in her memoir. If you enjoy food and have either been to Paris or fantasize what it’s like, this is a book for you. She presents a practical, engaging look at the differences between American and French culture. It was interesting for me, a non-american in America to learn about American culture.


Filed under book, challenge, lunch, recipe

Challenge J&J 7 & Going Nuts!

J&J #7 @Eat Clean Cookbook:ย summer roasted veggies


this recipe is so easy and so versatile. I think you can use whatever veggie you have. I had eggplant, zucchini, leek, onion and tomato


seasoning: olive oil + sea salt + italian seasoning + black pepper. The original recipe called for fresh herbs.


cut the veggies in similar form and size, toast with seasoning.


bake at 400F 20 min, turn it once and another 20 min.


It was DELICIOUS!!!! Tender, soft, the strong olive oil flavor perfectly combined with italian seasoning! ๐Ÿ˜† Another Score! ๐Ÿ™‚


served with a tofu, egg white and LC scramble ย and a toast.


Few days ago I was contacted by the generous people atย NutsOnline promoting their version of March Madnessย calledย MUNCH MADNESS!

NutsOnline has created 8 sampler packages which will be represented as teams in a bracket-style format. Voters will log onto the Web site to back their favorite team, and the team with the most votes in each bracket will advance to the next round.

At the end of each round (which will coincide with the March Madness basketball tournament),ย NutsOnline will select one voter and one blogger from the winning team to receive a prize package that includes all the specialty items we think they will enjoy.

NutsOnline sent me a sampler package forย Team Foodie:




I’ve used these for the chicken picadillo



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ALL of my favorites nuts and new fun foodie kind of dry fruits! ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks NutsOnline!!!

My favorite nut used to be almond, but I think I might have converted to be a pistacho fan!!! ๐Ÿ˜†


Q1: What’s your favorite nuts to eat directly (no in form of nut butter)?

Q2: Do you use tweeter? How many times do you tweet per day?

Giveaway alerts:

Celestial Seasonings




Filed under challenge, lunch