chinese kale

I had this dish at Shanghai Tang in Xintiandi this past April as part of a large Chinese banquet dinner, and have never been able to forget its taste and texture, both of which blew me away. Easily one of the best things I’ve eaten all year! The problem was, no one was able to tell me what the dish was, not even the restaurant staff. So after six months, just as I’d given up hope on ever identifying the ingredients, my ever-intrepid friend Snowing went back to the restaurant, found the chef and figured out what it was: a seasonal dish of Gorgon fruit from Suzhou (only available fresh for a short period of time) sauteed with diced cuttlefish, kale stems and wood ear mushrooms! I’ve already noted this on my calendar for April 2018 as I want to go back and eat it again.

A list of 250+ POC face claims in varying ages. 

These are almost all off the top of Lia’s head, or from our roleplay’s potential fc list, so this is by no means thorough. We will be updating this as we go, and publishing various FC lists in the future. This is just a severe head shake at those who claim it’s harder to think of POC FCs (only those that use it as an excuse). Representation isn’t hard.

Keep reading

Anyone in melbourne want a pet rabbit?

His name is Kouji. He’s a housetrained, vaccinated, fixed, lovable ball of fluff who needs a home that will love him back. I’ll be moving to Queensland where they don’t allow rabbits as pets. He’s a house bunny, and he loves nothing more than falling asleep on my lap while I write or play videogames. If I lie down in his pen with him, he’ll come over and lick my face before flopping down with me. He loves the occasional trip to the backyard. His favourite foods are dandelions, kale, chinese broccoli, apples, strawberries, and bamboo.

He comes with: a rug for him to run around on (so he doesn’t damage your floor), a split-level cage, litterbox, metal fence (to set up the boundaries of His Space), carrier cage, food bowl, water bottle, leash and harness, brush, nail clippers, towel, food container, kitty litter, bag of hay, and a huge box of spare newspapers and plastic bags (for daily littlebox changes).

I love this guy, and he’s been with me for over 6 years. He still has a lot of life and love left in him, so I don’t want to abandon him to a shelter or have him put down by the government. He’s quiet, clean, soft, cuddly, and I am going to miss him terribly.

Please help if you can! Contact me ASAP, I need to find a home for him in the next 2 weeks!

Sex-Ed with Little 'Uns
  • 12-year-old boy: What's a period like?
  • Me: Do you know what Chinese burns are?
  • 12-year-old boy: Yes.
  • Me: Do you know how much they hurt?
  • 12-year-old boy: Yes.
  • Me: And do you know who Hercules is?
  • 12-year-old boy: Zeus's son?
  • Me: Yeah. Him. The strongest man in the universe. Now, imagine Hercules giving you a Chinese burn.
  • Me: In your stomach.
  • Me: While you're trying to pretend it's not happening.
  • Me: And you have to pretend you think he's awesome and beautiful.
  • Me: Because everyone keeps telling you he's awesome and beautiful.
  • Me: But there's just blood everywhere.
  • Me: And it's apparently natural.
  • Me: But it's fucking Hercules giving you a Chinese burn, unnatural.
  • Me: And all you want is chocolate and deep fried doughnuts.
  • Me: But someone gives you kale.
  • Me: Which is just expensive spinach.
  • Me: And you're not fucking Popeye.
  • Me: And that's your defence when the judge asks you why you snapped the Hipster's neck.

Warm, wonderful lunches: Homemade Shoyu Ramen with Whole Wheat Ramen Noodles

With lean pork, tofu slices, fish balls, lots of bean sprouts and chinese kale.

In fact, one of my first savoury posts on this blog was of Shoyu Ramen, and I’ve been dying to make it with my mother again. So when my sister came back from America and my mother decided to make her favourite homemade ramen as a welcome-home meal, I was overjoyed. This is truly a dish worth coming home to, and very simple to make.

Ingredients: 2 packets of Whole Wheat Ramen Noodles/ 1 clove of Garlic/ 1 teaspoon of finely chopped Ginger/ 1 teaspoon of Sesame Oil/ 2 cups of Chicken Soup Stock/ 1 cup of Kombu Dashi Soup Stock/1 tablespoon of Sake/ 1 teaspoon of salt/ 3 teaspoons of soy sauce/ a tiny bit of sugar as needed/ 1 whole head of steamed Chinese Kale, cooked Bean Sprouts, as much meat/fish balls as you would like to put in, pepper to taste

  1. For the soup: In a deep pan, heat sesame oil until it begins to smoke, and then saute the ginger and the garlic in the pan. 
  2. Lower the heat, and add your chicken soup and kombu dashi soup stock and bring these to a boil. Lower the heat, and add your sugar, salt, sake and soy sauce and bring this to a boil again. Run the soup through a strainer, and it’s done!
  3. For the noodles: simply follow the ingredients on the packet (it changes from brand to brand), drain and then serve in the hot soup.
  4. Add toppings and the fresh vegetable last so they retain their colour and freshness! 

anonymous asked:

I just became vegan (2 days ago) and was wondering if you had any advice or anything??

Yes! I have loads of advice actually, since it’s not really as simple as just cutting out meat and dairy from your diet and then BOOM, you’re vegan. (There’s a summarisation at the bottom for those of you who don’t want to read a whole essay.)
🌱 B12. A vegan diet does not provide any vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 does a lot of things for your body. It helps make your DNA and your red blood cells, for examples. Deficiency of vitamin B12 can lead to anemia. Therefore your diet must include vitamin B12-fortified grains, a supplement or B12 injections. Preferably one of the two latter to make sure you get enough.

🌱 Calcium. It’s good for your bones. The daily recommended intake for people between the ages of 9-18 is about 1300mg. Sources of well-absorbed calcium for vegans include calcium-fortified “milk” substitutes and juice, calcium-set tofu, soybeans and soynuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, and okra.

🌱 Omega3. There is evidence that omega-3 fatty acids are useful in the prevention and treatment of heart disease. There is also some evidence that they might be important for cognitive function or useful as a treatment for depression. Good vegan sources are walnuts, flaxseed, canola oil, and chia seeds.

🌱 Vitamin D. If your body doesn’t get enough vitamin D, you’re at risk of developing bone abnormalities such as osteomalacia (soft bones) or osteoporosis (fragile bones). Most Americans get vitamin D through sunshine, fortified milk, and fortified margarine. The only significant, natural sources of vitamin D in foods are fatty fish (e.g. cod liver oil, mackerel, salmon, sardines), eggs (if chickens have been fed vitamin D), and mushrooms (if treated with UV rays). The vegan diet contains little, if any, vitamin D without fortified foods or supplements.

🌱 Vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency symptoms begin with night blindness and if it progresses can lead to the more severe eye problems of corneal ulcers, scarring, and blindness. Pre-formed vitamin A exists only in animal products. However, there are about 50 carotenoids that the body can convert into vitamin A; the most common is beta-carotene. Carrots, butternut squash, sweet potato, pumpkin, spinach, cantaloupe, kale, broccoli, mango, and apricot are good foods to include in your vegan diet to provide enough vitamin A.

🌱 Iron. The majority of iron in the body is involved in energy production. The largest fraction is found in the hemoglobin of red blood cells and is necessary for oxygen transport throughout the body. Broccoli, spinach, kale, collard greens, sweet potato, tempeh, tofu, soymilk , edamame, kidney beans, pinto beans, peas, lentils, peanut butter, tahini, walnuts, almonds, pistachios, sunflower seeds, dried figs, and raisins are plant foods that contain iron.

🌱 Selenium. Selenium is great for the thyroid. It supports the immune system and it’s a powerful antioxidant. Brazil nuts, shiitake, lima beans, chia seeds, flaxseed, all contain high amounts of selenium.

🌱 Zinc. It stabilises cellular components and membranes and it is involved in wound healing and tissue repair among other things. The best, common plant sources of zinc are legumes, nuts, seeds, and oatmeal.

🌱 Protein. Protein is important for maintaining muscle and bone mass, for keeping the immune system strong, and to prevent fatigue. Make sure to eat lots of legumes such as kidney beans, lentils, pinto beans etc, and you will probably not have to worry about protein deficiency.

To summarise:
🌱 Take B12 supplements!
🌱 Drink calcium fortified non-dairy milk, eat green leafy vegetables!
🌱 Make sure your diet consists mainly of LEGUMES and plant foods!
🌱 Eat nuts and seeds such as brazil nuts, walnuts, flaxseed and chia seeds!

Keep in mind that I’m not a nutritionist nor a doctor.

For more information I recommend the website

and the youtuber unnaturalvegan

Good luck! 🌱❤️🌻 (just ask if you want me to make a post about activism/anti-fur stuff etc, or want me to explain anything I’ve said in this post.)

anonymous asked:

Hey! I'm curious as to how you get some of the nutrients the body needs from things like dairy & meat when you're on a vegan diet. I don't know very much about the whole vegan thing, & that was something I always wondered. Thank you! You're amazing & I hope you have an absolutely lovely day :)

Hi! i hope you’re having a wonderful day, too! Here’s some vegan sources of all the vital vitamins/minerals :)

B1 - cereals, breads, nuts, pulses, legumes, potatoes
B12 - fortified ‘milks’ (koko dairy free is brill), fortified cereals, or supplements
B2 - mushrooms, spinach, almonds, sun-dried tomatoes, soybeans
B3 - peanuts, mushrooms, green peas, sunflower seeds, avocado
B5 - mushrooms, avocados, sunflower seeds, sweet pot ato, corn, sun-dried tomato, broccoli, cauliflower
B6 - sunflower seeds, pistachios, prunes, bananas, avocado, spinach, durian, cereals, oatmeal, beans, lentils
Folate - asparagus, broccoli, citrus fruits, beans, peas, lentils, avocado, sprouts, seeds, nuts, beets, celery, carrots, squash
A - sweet potatoes, carrots, leafy greens, squash, lettuce, apricots, cantaloupe, bell peppers, loads of fruits (tropical)
C - peppers, leafy greens, kiwis, broccoli, berries, citrus fruits, tomatoes, peas, papayas
D - the sunlight (hehe), mushrooms, fortified ‘milks’, fortified juices and cereals, supplements
K - broccoli, kale, spinach, collards, romaine lettuce, swiss chard
- safflower/vegetable oils, sunflower seeds, raw wheat germ, nuts, peanuts, green leafy vegetables, whole wheat flour, whole grains, spinach
Calcium - blackberries, oranges, apricots, figs, dates, soybeans, almond butter, soynuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens, fortified ‘milks’
Copper - kale, mushrooms, seeds, nuts, pulses, prunes, avocados, fermented soy products
Iron - beans, leafy greens, lentils, spinach, tofu, potato, quinoa, chickpeas, watermelon, cashews, kale, sprouts, almonds, tomato, raisins, bulgur wheat, peas
Magnesium - leafy greens, nuts and seeds, beans, lentils, whole grains, avocados, bananas, figs, dark chocolate
Manganese - nuts, seeds, bread, tofu, beans, spinach, kale, black tea
Phosphorus - beans, lentils, seeds, cereal, falafel, peas, pasta, popcorn, nuts
Potassium - bananas, sweet potatoes, beans, leafy greens, spinach, lentils, edamame, peanut butter, oats, brown rice, quinoa, barley, orange juice
Selenium - brazil nuts, mushrooms, beans, chia seeds, brown rice, seeds, broccoli, cabbage, spinach
Sodium - salt, canned stuff (although sodium isnt something you should go looking for to consume lots of haha)
Zinc - beans, lentils, almonds, walnuts, peanut butter, pistachios, chia seeds, peas, oatmeal, cashews, broccoli, miso, corn

wow, that took longer than i thought it would haha, but there you go!!! I pretty much think that a plant based vegan would get wayyyyy more nutrients than your average meat eater, just because of the volume of plants that we eat :)

Things Benjamin Franklin has done (just to name a few)

Invented the lightning rod

The US Constitutional Convention

Declaration of Independence

Had sex with a lot of women

Invented a musical instrument which Mozart liked so much he wrote concertos for it (Glass Armonica).

Created a trust fund which has helped educate poor and underprivileged students for over 200 years.

Governor of Pennsylvania

Drank lots of beer

Wrote a scientific treatise on flatulence (Fart Proudly)

Published the Pennsylvania Gazette, Pennsylvania Chronicle, and Poor Richards Almanac

Invented the decisional balance sheet

Founded the first hospital in America

Made his own beer

Created a thesaurus containing nothing but synonyms of the word “Drunk”.

Attempted to cure paralysis using electricity

Convinced the French to ally with the United States during the Revolutionary War

Founded the Pennsylvania Militia

Invented an arm to grab things from high places

First charted the Gulf Stream

Invented Bifocals

Expert swimmer

Hosted orgies (in his younger days)

One of the founding fathers of the study of Demographics

Spoke English, French, German, Italian, and Latin

Invented a phonetic alphabet with six less letters

Published the first Masonic book in America

Invented a electrically powered game similar to “Operation”.

Ate lots of good food

Founded the first firefighting company in America

Wrote a treatise on dating including sex advice

Invented a more efficient wood stove

Practiced nudism

Introduced Scottish Kales, Chinese Rhubarb, and other vegetables to the United States.

Invented swimming flippers

First American Postmaster General

Ambassador to the United Kingdom

World renowned chess master

Philadelphia Justice of the Peace

Wrote a treatise about Cooling and Evaporation

Founded the American Philosophical Society

Cooked a turkey with an electric stove which he invented, nearly electrocuted himself.

Wrote economic treaties criticizing government mercantilism

Distilled his own booze

Invented a soup bowl for sailors that remained stable in stormy weather.

Performed anatomical dissections of cadavers

Founded the first public library in America

US Ambassador to France

Suffered from gout

Proved that lightning is electricity

Drew a political cartoon which united a nation

Invented a way to tell the direction of prevailing winds

Debunked famous quack doctors with the help of famous scientist Antoine Lavoisier

Invented a flexible urinary catheter

First used the terms positive and negative when describing electricity 

Invented a better street lamp

Drank lots of wine

Formed the first American abolitionist society

Invented a three wheel clock

Supported Christiaan Huygens’ theory of light when no one else would (turns out Huygens was right).

Invented an odometer

Published the first foreign language newspaper in the United States

anonymous asked:

What to say when my parents say "animal products have 'things' that plants can't give you"?? Pls help

Ask them which vitamin/mineral they are talking about and target that!

B12 is a bacteria found in soul. B12 sources: soy, nutritional yeast, fortified b12 cereals and products. I personally supplement B12 and I don’t see anything wrong with that: nowadays even animals are injected b12 because our soul is so poor.

Vitamin D sources: sunlight, seaweed, fortified soy milk/orange juice, mushrooms.

Iron: veggies actually have MORE iron per calorie than meat or animal products. There is iron in every plantbased foods, but especially greens and grains. Kale, spinach, watercress, celery, rice, quinoa, buckwheat.

Calcium: sources of well-absorbed calcium include soy milk, tofu, soybeans and soynuts, bok choy, broccoli, collards, Chinese cabbage, kale, mustard greens. In saying that, every fruit, veggies and grain contain calcium.

If you eat enough, you won’t have any trouble getting the amount of nutrients, vitamins and minerals from plants.

Hope this helped :)

The cutest, healthiest lunchbox ever: Japanese-inspired Baked brown rice with chestnut, taro and string beans topped with sliced chilli, and a vegetable soup of mushroom, carrot, tofu, chinese kale and daikon radish

Nothing tastes better than motherly love. Except maybe baked chestnut. But seriously, to see the cute little “Nice day!” sign when I opened my lunchbox almost made me cry with how nice it felt, not only to have a home-cooked meal but one cooked with the obvious intention of making your heart as happy as your stomach. 

Everything in the lunchbox is simple and easy to make, with a stronger emphasis on the sweetness of the vegetables themselves. 

  • Baked rice: Simply put brown rice in with water into a rice cooker, and add diced chestnut, taro and chopped string beans, and season with lime and chilli pepper!
  • Vegetable soup: Throw vegetable stock in a pot with tofu, mushrooms, white radish (it doesn’t have to be daikon) and carrots and heat the liquid on low until the vegetables all soften, and then add the greens (whether it be chinese kale, or just kale in general).