Sunday, January 31, 2010

Food Blog Challenge 3-in-1

I really really wanted to participate in these 3 food blog events which already ended. Unfortunately, my life has been super hectic in the past couple weeks, I have been way too behind in almost everything, so I missed the chance to win each event (which I could have won, ha ha!!!). Since I have all the photos ready to be posted so I will go ahead blogging about them my Easy Veggie way!

1) Healthy Cooking Challenge at Vegan Epicurean

Ginger Rice Soup with Tofu and Kale

I made this soup when I was sick with a bad cough and cold a couple weeks ago and
I recalled that my mom always made it for me when I wasn't feeling well. She just added cooked rice in a pot with boiling water and put whatever meat and vegetables she had on hand, then seasoned it with some soy sauce and black pepper. Wait a second!!!, the magic ingredient that I will never ever forget is... "finely chopped fresh ginger"!!!. Yes, it really is such an amazing comfort food for us all in the family and it has given us a quick recovery from illness!

4 cups water
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 package firm tofu, cut into small pieces
1 small bunch of fresh kale, chopped (or any kind of veggies you prefer)
1 small fresh ginger root, peeled and finely chopped
salt and freshly ground black pepper

1) Put water in a pot and bring to a boil.
2) Add cooked brown rice, tofu, and kale; stir gently.
3) Cook for 5-8 minutes, add a pinch of salt and bring to a boil.
4) Lower the heat, and simmer until kale is tender, about 10 minutes.
5) Garnish with fresh finely chopped ginger and freshly ground black pepper.
6) Enjoy!


Raw Garlic
"Know what you eat"... as often said by A2Z Vegetarian Cuisine, I now know what to eat when I have a bad cough and cold. When I was sick a couple weeks ago, Alicia at Vegan Epicurean told me that other than drinking hot tea with lemon and honey, she also takes garlic when she is sick. This is what she suggested:

1) Smash and peel raw garlic and then cut into tiny pieces that you can swallow whole.
2) Allow the garlic to sit for 10 minutes so the allicin can develop.
3) Swallow the garlic with a big glass of water with each meal.
4) Do not try it on an empty stomach as it can give you an upset stomach.

Alicia and her husband have been doing it for over 10 years and it seems to work in a day, they always feel better. For me, after I tried raw garlic with each meal, I was feeling better in a few days. I have to say I pretty much believe in this home remedy because it usually takes me at least a week or so to get over the cough and cold but this time it was gone so fast! Believe it or not, why don't you give it a try when you feel a cold coming on!!!


Oh! Well! I have to confess that this event did really make me laugh like crazy when I read about it. I laughed even more when I saw the Event Round Up because all those stories and photos look and sound similar to what normally happen in my very own kitchen. This is just one out of countless mishaps from my kitchen, lol!

Topless Chocolate Cake
I have wanted to make chocolate cake with a bundt pan for the longest time. I finally did make it last December. I remembered how my old neighbor, Allison showed me how to put chocolate chips in the pan first before pouring in the cake batter.

Oh! No! I forgot to spray the bundt!!! Oopsy!!! I did it again!!!!


  1. Hi Oraphan glad to see you are recovering and back blogging again .Looking forward to more of your posts.

  2. Happy to hear you are feeling better and that the garlic may have helped. It sounds quirky but I swear it seems to work for us.

    talk to you soon,

  3. Hey! good to see you back after so many days...

  4. Lol! Nice one there. Loved all the ideas and ginger in the rice with tofu definitely a winner. Love the story about the flopsy chocolatey still looking awesome cake. If one can be without going near anyone I agree garlic is super powerful .. tried it myself and it does work wonders evern for digestion.

  5. Thanks for sharing this helpful home remedy..but hey, nothing to worry about..Ruchika of Ruchikacooks dot com, will be guest hosting the "Home Remedies Series-2" event from March 1 to March send in your entries.

  6. The ginger rice soup would be just what I'd want if I were sick. I'm glad it helped you get better. Swallowing the garlic pieces is a little scary to me but I'm sure it works well. I'll keep it in mind in case anyone in our house gets sick.

    I laughed out loud when I read about your topless chocolate cake. I hope you enjoyed it anyway!

  7. Oh that soup with tofu and kale looks wonderful!

  8. Funny! Did you at least scrape out the stuck cake and eat it with a spoon? That's what we would've done over here. Yummy. :)

  9. i love soup with rice in it and yours looks so good! that chocolate cake made me laugh too...totally something i would do. i think my stupidest mistake was when i set the oven, had it on for like 30 minutes, then realized that i had never put my cake in the oven. it was just sitting on the counter the whole time!

  10. I love adding greens to soup, so that kale soup sounds fantastic to me! Ginger is also great for when you're sick.

  11. That soup looks so comforting and really very healthy...and thats a nice and quick home remedy for cold and cough...thanks for sharing oraphan

  12. Healthy and perfect soup....

  13. Ginger rice soup sounds so good,perfect for this chilly weather,yummy choco cake

  14. Thanks for the lovely comment Oraphan!
    Good to see you back blogging..topless cake ;) ???

  15. Wow the soup looks enticing,great way to beat cold and cough...Addition of ginger definetly adds tons of flavors....All in all a very healthy entry...

  16. lol...guess the cake tasted great..good to see you back :-) loved the tofu kale combo in soup..Thanks for the info on garlic !

  17. Love the cake..The soup is very comforting..Kale is something that I love in soups!!

  18. I LOVE the sound of this soup! It's got everything I adore individually, all together. Plus, it sounds like the perfect warming dish for someone feeling a bit under the weather.

  19. I'm so glad you are feeling better, Oraphan! Your soup looks so good, I love kale in soup and ginger always makes me feel better too.

  20. Thank you all so much for stopping by and for your kind words, I really appreciate your time:)

  21. Yup, I like experimenting with rice recipes. Whenever I go to a chinese or thai place, hubby says dont bother bringing in a menu card for her to the waitress. Coz I always eat fried rice :)

    I will be hosting the home remedies series-2 event oraphan. How about sending some remedies to that? It starts in March, but give or take you have 60 days to grace my blog with your entry.

  22. Won't tell you which one till I get a entry ;)

  23. Oh, that cake is so funny! I have forgotten to grease the pans more than once. You would think you would never forget after the first time...

    Sorry you've been sick. So many of my friends and family have been sick and I've remained healthy somehow. I haven't tried the garlic remedy, but I always crave ginger when I feel under the weather.

  24. Oh hi
    just stummbled from the other have a nice space and good dishes too...i'll be here again :))

    cheers and do visit me if you can

  25. That's a useful home remedy and thanks for sharing.Soup looks great.

  26. Glad you're feeling better. Ginger and garlic are two staples in my house - they are great immune system boosters.

  27. Thanks for the tip about raw garlic. I get cold all the time, but I've never tried it!

  28. That chocolate cake is making me drool!!!