365 Secrets

Chinese Food Reactivity #4: Chicken and Cauliflower

Welcome to the fourth article based on the Xiangsheng Xiangke food chart that I posted in the “Foods that React to Each other“. Today we continue to cover combinations of food that are naturally healthy on their own, but Chinese traditions (and TCM) suggest they react to each other in various...Read More »


Chinese Food Reactivity #3: Mushrooms and Toufu

Welcome to the third article based on the Xiangsheng Xiangke food chart that I posted in the “Foods that React to Each other“. Today we continue to cover combinations of food that are naturally healthy on their own, but Chinese traditions (and TCM) suggest they react to each other in various...Read More »


Food Reactivity through a Chinese Lens #2

Welcome to the second article based on the Xiangsheng Xiangke food chart that I posted in the “Foods that React to Each other“. Today we continue to cover combinations of food that are naturally healthy on their own, but Chinese traditions (and TCM) suggest they react to each other in various...Read More »


Food Reactivity through a Chinese Lens #1

I’m finally getting around to a dissection of the Xiangsheng Xiangke food chart that I posted in the “Foods that React to Each other“. Thank you to family and friends who have asked about them and are looking for more information. Let’s start with this first set of food...Read More »


Asian Secret #25 Making Vegetables Taste Good

Cauli-sausage! Yum!

Boiled peas and carrot cubes might be easy to make, but they taste like wet socks to kids and not much better to adults. If you have children there’s a way to get them addicted to vegetables and I...Read More »


Asian Secret #24 Visit Farmer's Markets

Meet your Farmer

Last week I visited Hengshan and found a big open-air market that had everything from bai cai, to toufu, to peppers and countless spices, to slaughtered animals, and many other natural products you could expect in a Chinese farmer’s market. 

Although cartoons seem childish, they are very popular across Asia. Not only are superheros enjoyed by all, but also kids cartoons.  Avatars (virtual images of ourselves) and funny cartoons are not just for children and can also be part of every adults personality online and off-line.

Here’s a funny drawing a...Read More »


Asian Secret #22 A Date a Day...

Plump Jujubes

Also called Jujubes or Chinese Dates, the health benefits of eating dates regularly are common knowledge across greater Asia. Making conributions to heart health by increasing red cell counts and improving blood circulation, its not hard to understand why dates have been eaten...Read More »


Asian Secret #21 Tea Leaves on the Eyes

Loose-leaf Green Tea

Drinking quality loose-leaf green tea can do wonders for your health, but the used up leaves don’t have to go to waste. Before they get tossed into the compost with the coffee grinds, take a moment for yourself and lay the damp...Read More »


Asian Secret #20 Call your Mother, Grandmother, or Auntie

You'll be surprised what she knows

When was the last time you called home? Perhaps it wasn’t long ago. Even so, call a loved one from a previous generation and ask her a few questions about her childhood. Ask her what constituted a “snack” in...Read More »


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