Bucatini Pasta With Pine Nuts and Lemon Sauce

What I made for vespers..Using the pasta that I got from Italy! :)
Brief notes to jot down what I did:
Boil the Bucatini pasta until al dente.
In another saucepan, add equal parts of oil and cream. 
Using a whisk, stir the mixture until it comes to a boil. 
Add in lemon zest and juice. Remove from heat. 
Toss the sauce together with the pasta.
Add in chopped garlic, onions, pepper, salt, fresh and dried basil, and toasted pine nuts. Done! 
This is one recipe that I'll use again...its so simple! :)


We had our usual County Health Inspection at LLUBMC...and guess what we got? 
A...with 100 points! 
Getting an A is expected, but 100% is uncommon. Usually inspectors will try to find something to dock off points for.He could not find anything, and said everything looks great! :) Hospitals are categorized under "4" which means that it has the strictest regulations regarding food safety. Let me give you an idea of what actually happens: observations of hand washing; all ( Food handler's/ Servsafe)certifications of every employees are current; all equipments, including every refrigerators and freezer are working; temperature logs are filled out; FIFO ( first in first out) for all products, including milk, dairy, produce, frozen products; cleaning sign-out list for all positions, all areas are clean, including hoods, storage rooms, drawers; temperature of dish machine, and employees have to be able to answer to the process of using the three compartment sinks ( 60 seconds rule, and 110F in first compartment sink); dumpster/ the way trash are disposed; all trash bins have lids; dating and labeling of ALL products; expiration of products like breads; no dented cans on site; can openers must not have a speck of dirt; temperature of water at hand washing sinks in the Kitchen and nearest bathrooms; sanitizer concentration on work stations; holding time of all food...etc....and the list goes on...............but you get the idea of how easy it is to find one thing to deduct a point....(If an employee is observed to not wash  their hands after changing their gloves, that alone is 4 points!)
So, this calls for a Celebration!! Every food service employee received a certificate to recognize their hard work, and teamwork to achieve this! :)Papa Jones pizza, cakes, chocolate gifts, lemonade..
Ecclesiastes 9:10 
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.


Healthy Asian Cooking Demo @ Loma Linda Chinese Church

If you are in Loma Linda on April 3, 2011.....come and join us for a Healthy Asian Cooking Demo by Esther Choo! & a health talk by yours truly :)

 The cost is $5, including handouts if RSVP. 

Please RSVP by calling 909-370-1609 or emailing:cookingdemollcc@gmail.com 

Location of Loma Linda Chinese Church is :25665 Van Leuven St, Loma Linda, CA 92354....


Vietnamnese Summer Rolls

This is the other thing I made this weekend. :) Felt like eating something light, and simple, with lots of veggies.
For the Rolls:
Soft lettuce (Romaine/red leaf/butter/not the regular salad type)
Green onion
Dry rice noodles (bun/ bee hoon)
Tofu, firm
Rice paper (about 8" diameter)
Chopped peanuts or sesame seeds
For the Sauce:
Gado Gado sauce ( package bought from Oriental market. If cannot find, use Peanut butter, add garlic, onion, salt, lime juice)
Hoisin sauce
Hot sauce if desired

Shred the lettuce. Slice the carrots, cucumber and tofu into strips. Cook the eggs and slice into strips. Cook the rice noodles.Chop the green onions. Remove the mint leaves from the stems.
To assemble, add all the ingredients into the rice paper. Dip the rice paper into water until damp before placing the ingredients. Sprinkle sesame seeds or peanuts. Roll it up.

Sauce. Place the gado gado sauce into a pan with some water. Once the block becomes liquid, add in hoisin sauce and chili sauce.

An alternative to making summer rolls with these ingredients- "Asian haystacks!" :)
Assemble all these ingredients into a bowl, but use a different sauce. I mixed lemon juice, brown sugar, soy sauce, sweet black soy sauce ( Kecap Manis), pepper, mushroom seasoning, sesame oik and siracha sauce.

A thought from Ellen G White in her book God's Nutritionist from Ministry of Healing, 1905, states, "In order to have good health, we must have good blood, for the blood is the current of life. It repairs waste, and nourishes the body. When supplied with the proper food elements, and when cleansed and vitalized by contact with pure air, it carries life and vigor to every part of the system. The more perfect the circulation, the better will this work be accomplished."

Have a great week! Love, Cherry :)

Mango, Papaya, Pineapple Salsa

This weekend has been a restful one so far. On my To-Do list: Laundry. Check :)   Vacuum the carpet. Check :) Clean the bathroom. Check :) Read book. Check :) Exercise. Check.  Ahhh.. that feels good. :)

This is one of the things I made this weekend. :) There isn't really a recipe for this mango papaya pineapple salsa. All the ingredients are mixed together..to get this concoction. I used up all the mangoes, pineapple and mangoes to prevent wastage.

It is really simple to make....and the only time consuming act is dicing all these fruits up. ( Just in case you don't know, tomato is considered a fruit). 
Dice tomatoes, pineapples, papaya, mangoes. Chop the cilantro. Mince and de-seed the Jalapeno. Add in lemon and lime juice. Sprinkle salt and pepper to taste. Mix all these ingredients together.

Serve with chips, or on grilled salmon.


Chinese Veggie Burger

What I had for dinner:

I don't bother to post up simple things that I eat.:) But sometimes it is the simple things that matter in life..... :)

Ingredients: Chinese burger bun ( that can be bought from any Asian market), peanut powder (opt.), cilantro, veggie ham, lettuce, hoisin sauce, chili (Tomato would give a nice color and texture but I didn't have it in my fridge. )

Steam the Chinese burger bun over high heat for 5 minutes, or wrap it in a moist paper towel and microwave for 1 minute. Microwave the sliced veggie ham for 2 minutes. Wrap veggie ham slice, lettuce, cilantro, hoisin sauce, chili, and sprinkle peanut powder. Enjoy :)


This week thus far

has been a busy one! On Monday, I was at the Annual Post Graduate Conference (APC), Loma Linda, followed by an interview on the "Heart to Heart" with Marie Char at Loma Linda Broadcasting Network( LLBN). We talked about God's leading in my life. God is good and I am so blessed to be enjoying what I do. When I get the chance I will draft that on paper to share :)

APC was great.:) The topics covered were on Nutrition, Lifestyle and chronic disease. Each Presentation topics were an hour long:
Update on Adventist Health Study 2,
Risk Assessment Drives Treatment Option in Obesity,
Nutritional Management after Bariatric surgery,
Plant Based Diet and Childhood obesity prevention,
Vitamin D and Chronic Disease,
Diet and Colorectal cancer.
Waiting for the premier of the movie " Forks Over Knives" at the Loma Linda University Church.
FORKS OVER KNIVES examines the profound claim that most, if not all, of the so-called “diseases of affluence” that afflict us can be controlled, or even reversed, by rejecting our present menu of animal-based and processed foods. The major storyline in the film traces the personal journeys of a pair of pioneering yet under-appreciated researchers, Dr. T. Colin Campbell and Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn. It will be shown in theaters on May 9. Apparently Oprah and her crew went vegan for a week after watching this movie.

This movie was held in conjunction with the HEALTHY  PEOPLE conference.  

 It was said that the recordings from this conference will be posted on the Healthy People website in the next few weeks. They had booths from the local vegan/vegetarian restaurants display their food..this is one vegan dessert booth. :)
This picture shows speaker Jeffrey Smith talking about Genetically Modified Foods ( GMF), with the screen showing the stomach lining of rats who ate GMF and Non-GMF.
Of all the topics presented, I personally enjoyed Caldwell Esselstyn, MD, FACS who talked about "Ending the Coronary Artery Disease Epidemic-making yourself heart attack proof". He showed ways to reverse coronary heart disease with lower LDL the natural way without pills. Going on a plant-based diet, persist and never give up are some key traits to success. :)
I bought several books and DVDs, and will be spending my upcoming weekend doing some reading on all these awesome books! :) Cheers to good health! :)
Disclaimer: All the recipes posted are for my personal references and/or adapted from mentioned instructors or books. They/I reserve the rights to it. Please remember to cite your sources! Thank you.