CategoryFood & Drink Tips

How to host an Easter egg hunt

No one adores Easter more than the kids. Make the holiday an even more memorable occasion by inviting your friends and their little ones for a fun-filled day.

Baskets ready? The hunt is on!

DIY invitation cards

Cheerful invitations set the tone for a fun-filled family gathering. Make your own invitation cards with the kids as a fun after-school activity. It’ll be a welcome break from homework!

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Prize-filled eggs

Stuff plastic Easter eggs with prizes such as stickers, miniature toys, stationery, and candy bracelets. Make hard-to-find golden eggs an extra special treasure with $1 coins and $2 notes — just remember where you hid them.

Easter decorations

A garland of balloons is a simple yet festive way to decorate any space. And don’t forget to get some inexpensive baskets and attach name tags for the kids to write their names on.

Easter picnic

Refreshing drinks, popsicles, sandwiches and finger foods are great things to serve at an Easter egg hunt. Fill a picnic basket with snacks and Easter goodies. Or try your hand at making these sweet and savoury Easter recipes.

Hunting for Easter Eggs

If you have a large group of children, pair the younger kids with the older ones to keep the game fair and mark a home base for each team. When the hunt starts, one player from each team can take turns to find five eggs before returning to the home base and tagging the next team mate.

When you’re certain that all the eggs have been found, it’s time to tally the results and reward the winners with prizes. Have enough prizes for everyone, because everyone’s a winner at Easter.

Need some help with Easter egg hunt decorations? Our designers at honestbee have produced some egg-stra special Easter-themed drawings just for you. Download and print honestbee Easter illustrations.

tips | how to choose seafood

Do you really know when something smells fishy?

We wanted to find the difference between fresh and suspicious. Learn the essentials as we sit down with celebrity chef and restauranteur, Peter Kuruvita, who was recently at W Singapore‘s Seafood From The Heart event.

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how to pick your root vegetables, part 2

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Sweet Potatoes & Yam

Among the easiest to prepare and palatable roots, sweet potatoes and yams taste great mashed, pureed, roasted made into soup – even baked into pastry. They can be used both in sweet and savory dishes and are very well-matched with coconut milk, honey, maple syrup, oranges, cinnamon, ginger, pecans, cashews, walnuts, raisins, and curry powder.

Choose to buy

✓Firm. Uniformly coloured skin. Smooth and bright for sweet potatoes.

✗ Wormholes, cuts, sunken holes and/or decay.

Nutrition fact

Like carrots, yellow-fleshed sweet potatoes are an excellent source of immune boosting beta-carotene. Yams are a good source of potassium. Both tubers have higher starchy carbohydrate content than potatoes, but a lower glycemic index for increased satiety and hunger control.

Caution

Yams are often confused with sweet potatoes, and although they can be used interchangeably, there is a difference. Yams have a brown or black skin which looks similar to tree bark.

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how to pick your root vegetables, part 1

By Dinesh Sivapragsam

Among the most nutritious of food, root vegetables make for one of the healthiest comfort foods all year round. These crisp, sweet vegetables burst with flavor and should become staples in your kitchen.

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Fresh root vegetables can be intimidating. Most of them have thick, scaly skin and long stems with leaves sprouting out. Some get the impression that root vegetables taste too earthy and bitter. Truth is – if root vegetables taste like the dirt which they grew from, they were not chosen or prepared right.

Treat this two-part guide as inspiration to regain your trust in roots. They not only carry amazing benefits for your health, but are versatile in the kitchen and absolutely delicious when prepared properly. Find out how you can choose beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, squash and pumpkins in the markets. 

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why citrus fruits are so important for Chinese New Year

Tangerines, kumquats and oranges are auspicious Chinese New Year symbols. Some people might think these fruits are just pretty to have around the home during the 14-day period of the Chinese New Year, well, there’s a deeper meaning than that. 

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don’t clam up on clams

When most people think of clams, they think of their steep prices served at Italian restaurants – the Vongole dish. In actuality, clams are very wallet friendly and their current pervasiveness in supermarkets cannot go unnoticed. But clams in general aren’t popular with many households only because some people are too lazy to clean them while others don’t know how to select good ones. So when it comes to clams, these bivalves are overlooked and undervalued. When you speak to chefs or seasoned cooks, they will tell you that clams are the easiest to prepare. Today’s variety of clams include the flower clams, the manila clams or the local white variety which can be picked up on our shores.

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eat some colors

Blue foods are a freak of nature to some people. While we are comfortable with eating blueberries, there are other types of blue foods that people still avoid. Blue potatoes and blue corn may not find their place in Asian cuisine but if you’re serious about your health, it’s advisable to eat all colours of foods (i.e orange, red, purple, yellow, blue) to enjoy a balanced and nutrient-rich diet.

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crazy about cruciferous

The adage “Eat Your Vegetables” holds true as the world succumbs to an exponential increase in cancer related diseases. Doctors and experts cite processed foods laden with chemicals, the high consumption of red meats and eating charred foods as some of the leading causes to cancer.

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the sweet side of bitter

The sweet side of bitter
To westerners, it is called the bitter melon, but in Asia, it is called bitter gourd. It comes in many varieties but the commonly sold variety is elongated with gnarled skin and unsightly bumps. Don’t let its appearance deter you. Ranging from off white to deep green, the bitter gourd which normally measure 30cm or more and is packed with so many healthful benefits.

In Asia’s hotter and humid climes, the plant thrives well and in general it is not well liked by many. But for those who have a stickler for all things salubrious, the bitter gourd is right up their alley. The vegetable is extremely low in calorie but contains a cocktail of precious nutrients such as folate, zinc, phosphorus, manganese, vitamins B1, B2, B3 and C. It is also abundant in iron and offers twice the beta-carotene of broccoli and twice the calcium of regular spinach. Its potassium count is twice that of a banana too.

But the bitter gourd’s unique phyto-constituent has been confirmed by scientists to have a hypoglycemic effect called charatin. The vegetable contains an insulin-like compound known as “polypepetide P” which serves as an insulin replacement in some diabetic patients.

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Bitter gourd is renowned for treating certain blood disorders and helps to lower sugar levels in blood and urine which bodes well for diabetics. Regular consumption promotes energy and stamina, while improving sleep. It is also great as a liver cleanser and can relieve gout pain at the same time. When you consume the juice, it builds stronger immunity and helps increase your body’s resistance against infections. For those with skin problems such as psoriasis, the juice is said to fight it and also avert fungal infections like athlete’s feet and ring worm. When suffering from respiratory disorders, it is advisable to take fresh bitter gourd juice and mix with honey and water. Drunk daily, it can avert pharyngitis, bronchitis and asthma. The bitter gourd is definitely a acquired taste for some people but once you understand how you can benefit from its amazing nutrients, you’ll understand how important it can be in your diet and living better. 

Bittergourd-juice

So are you already convinced by the heap of health benefits of consuming bitter gourd? Well, it’s also handy to know how to select the best bitter gourds when you’re out shopping.

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  1. Pick gourds that have a consistent green colour.
  2. Avoid those that have soft bruises.
  3. The right way to store bitter gourds are in the vegetable compartment of your refrigerator.
  4. To reduce its bitterness you can soak sliced bitter gourd in salt and water.
  5. Ripe, orange-coloured bitter gourds are bitterer, so avoid buying those.
  6. For a healthy snack, you can thinly slice the gourd and drizzle some honey.
  7. Chinese cuisine would normally slice them thin, stir fry them in garlic, salted egg and dried prawns for a very satisfying meal paired with rice. 

fish maw for Chinese New Year

While Chinese take pride in serving and eating a whole fish with tail in tact for Chinese New Year period, one part of the fish – which is a delicacy – is always a must-have especially during the Chinese Lunar New Year period. Known as “hee peow” in Hokkien, or fish bladder, this organ of the fish is actually an air bladder that is a gas filled to allow the fish to stay afloat. While we think fins help the fish to float, the fish bladder is vital to keep the fish buoyant, allowing it to save energy.

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