Food Health

10 benefits of honey

Lately following my penchant for sweet treats, I’ve been eating quite a bit of honey. To be exact, the manuka kind. The blend of this natural elixir is so sweet that it makes me wonder if I’m doing my waistline any good, whatever is left of it, anyways! When I checked the content of the bottle I am happy to announce that it has 0 fat content. 0!! I’ve never been more ecstatic about this particular number. Further research has converted me to a daily honey consumer. The health benefits of consuming honey is amazing. It is a preventive measure to many different kinds of maladies and I have started feeding Little Man a teaspoon every day ! He loves licking the spoon for afters. And in actual truth, so do I!

honeycombHere are the 10 health benefits of honey:

1. Prevent cancer and heart disease:
Honey contains flavonoids, antioxidants which help reduce the risk of some cancers and heart disease.

2. Reduce ulcers and other gastrointestinal disorders.
Recent research shows that honey treatment may help disorders such as ulcers and bacterial gastroenteritis. This may be related to the 3rd benefit…

3. Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-fungal:
“All honey is antibacterial, because the bees add an enzyme that makes hydrogen peroxide,” said Peter Molan, director of the Honey Research Unit at the University of Waikato in New Zealand.

4. Increase athletic performance.
Ancient Olympic athletes would eat honey and dried figs to enhance their performance. This has now been verified with modern studies, showing that it is superior in maintaining glycogen levels and improving recovery time than other sweeteners.

5. Reduce cough and throat irritation:
Honey helps with coughs, particularly buckwheat honey. In a study of 110 children, a single dose of buckwheat honey was just as effective as a single dose of dextromethorphan in relieving nocturnal cough and allowing proper sleep.

6. Balance the 5 elements:
Honey has been used in ayurvedic medicine in India for at least 4000 years and is considered to affect all three of the body’s primitive material imbalances positively. It is also said to be useful useful in improving eyesight, weight loss, curing impotence and premature ejaculation, urinary tract disorders, bronchial asthma, diarrhea, and nausea.

Honey is referred as “Yogavahi” since it has a quality of penetrating the deepest tissues of the body. When honey is used with other herbal preparations, it enhances the medicinal qualities of those preparations and also helps them to reach the deeper tissues.

7. Blood sugar regulation:
Even though honey contains simple sugars, it is NOT the same as white sugar or artificial sweeteners. Its exact combination of fructose and glucose actually helps the body regulate blood sugar levels. Some honeys have a low hypoglycemic index, so they don’t jolt your blood sugar. (Watch this video Sweetener Comparison where I compare stevia, brown rice syrup, honey, molasses and agave, and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of each.)

8. Heal wounds and burns:
External application of honey has been shown to be as effective as conventional treatment with silver sulfadiazene. It is speculated that the drying effect of the simple sugars and honey’s anti-bacterial nature combine to create this effect.

9. Probiotic:
Some varieties of honey possess large amounts of friendly bacteria. This includes up to 6 species of lactobacilli and 4 species of bifidobacteria. This may explain many of the “mysterious therapeutic properties of honey.”

10. Beautiful skin:
Its anti-bacterial qualities are particularly useful for the skin, and, when used with the other ingredients, can also be moisturizing and nourishing!

So there you go! Have you had your teaspoon today?
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Weekend Specials: french toast with cinnamon & powdered sugar

IMG_2944This breakfast was a true delight in all sense. From rags to riches kinda story. Why, because it was either this or nothing at all. I found the last 2 pieces of bread hiding in the bread basket rather forlornly and decided they paired best with milky eggs and bit of cinnamon powder. Guess what’s even better than that? These 2 pieces of bread fed us 3 in a princely way!

To make this french toast, you’ll need:

2 pieces of bread cut lengthwise, you get about 8-9 strips

2 eggs beat together with some salt and cinnamon powder and soak the breadsticks in it

bit of butter to oil the pan and bring the soaked breadsticks to it til golden brown

sprinkle on some powdered sugar and your weekend treat is done!

After that, you can start thinking of what you will do this weekend. For us, it is the last one before we leave for France for a ski holiday so definitely a busy week of packing, organizing, getting things in order before the long haul flight. We are excited (in more ways than one!) about this trip. So, we’re just taking it easy these two days before the actual packing starts. And since this time round, we will be staying longer, perhaps a month in the french countryside (gasps!), I am sure there’s more to bring that I can even think of! Oh well… i’ll just enjoy the calm before the ensuing madness.

Wishing you a wonderful time with your loved ones! Have a good one everybody!

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Food Travels

Maison Francaise

IMG_2679Any dinner setting with sparkling water on the table is a sign of pure indulgence that is awaiting. Again, while still on a lookout for a perfect eventful dinner in KL, we came across Maison Francaise. A very posh restaurant that used to be a home! It is a spanking villa lookalike with a terrace spotting the sights of the city’s iconic twin towers, no less.IMG_2680IMG_2681IMG_2695For starters, we had an amuse-bouche;IMG_2689A little thin wafer crisp bread, smoked salmon and cream, half a tomato and garnish. Tasted like no other.

Followed by the lobster bisque;IMG_2690Forgive the tad-too-much orange tinge, but the intimate light setting could only produce these shots. This soup is magic. It’s very light and titillating to say the least. And when you bite into the first piece of the succulent lobster, you won’t know what hit you! We loved it!

Now, on to the main courses, the Monsieur and I opted for seafood. Les poissons;IMG_2697 Seabass on a bed of tomato sauce perfumed with orange. Can you imagine the work that goes into that? And the fillet is grilled ever so perfectly. Crisp on the outside, tender and fragrant on the inside. Ahhh…the joys of eating ;) Ok I’ve realised that I actually do not have a picture of the Monsieur’s dish. I was totally occupied with eating mine.

Last but not least, desssert! This part of the meal is usually optional for me as I don’t have much of a sweet tooth but since we dancing to the tune of french cuisine, it seems abit of a misgiving if I missed a step. So here goes;IMG_2701IMG_2698Piece of art? Perhaps. Explosion on the tongue? Very much so. I don’t know what is it about French cuisine that makes explosion on the tongue sounds overrated. To be honest, I get irritated too sometimes when I hear this phrase but I have to tell you, it is true. It’s like you are forcing your tongue up and working all its tastebuds in one spoonful. It is so hard to describe as you take in the taste of each ingredient being carefully prepared and infused into the dish. I’ve never liked the marriage of chocolate and pistachio ice cream so much!

Hats off to the Executive Chef, Thierry Le Baut who is kind enough to take some time to speak with us and even presented Little Man with his very own chef hat;IMG_2706IMG_2703

Maison Francaise is located at No. 5 Changkat Kia Peng 50450, Kuala Lumpur. You can find their website here. I can promise you a delightful dinner, hosted with charm and genuine smiles by their amicable chef and his staff.