The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality


  Black Sesame Seed / Hei Zhi Ma,  Image credit The Legend of the Sesame Seed and Immortality There is an ancient Chinese legend from the Qing dynasty that pays tribute to the importance of sesame seeds in one’s diet. It is said that during this time, a governor was sent to Yin Tai, a…

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Rice Congee to the Rescue


What is rice congee, you ask? Also known as Shi Fan (water rice), in mandarin, rice congee is a porridge that is typically eaten in the morning but can be taken throughout the day in replacement to other meals. It is especially useful to prepare for babies starting solids, the elderly, those recovering from a brief illness, delivery or surgery,…

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Leapin’ Leap Frogs! It’s a Leap Year!


There’s something special about a day that only comes once every four years… My mother’s birthday falls on March 1…so that means every four years, she has to wait one extra day to see her special day arrive. And since this year marks a special entry into a new decade for her, this means that…

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