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CRÈME CARAMEL RECIPE

Ingredients:

1) Eggs: If using extra large: 3 whole eggs + 3 egg yolks only
for regular size: 4 whole eggs + 2 egg yolks only
2) 2 cans (740 ml) evaporated milk + 160 ml of regular milk. For lighter version: 1 can (370 ml) evaporated milk + 530 ml of regular milk
3) Vanila extract: 3 tsp
4) White sugar for custard: ½ cup
5) White sugar for caramel: ¾ cup
6) Ovenproof dish (I use Pyrus 24cm pie dish)

Method:

1) Caramel preparation: Place ¾ cup of white sugar in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then keep stirring with a metal spoon, for another 2-3 minutes until sugar dissolves and turns to a deep caramel colour.
2) Pour caramel into a baking dish and let it flow evenly over base of the dish.
3) Preheat oven to 325◦F.
4) Combine evaporated milk +regular milk+vanilla+sugar(1/2cup) into the same saucepan when making the caramel. Stir over medium heat until hot. Remove from heat.
5) Whisk eggs + egg yolks in a large bowl. Slowly add hot milk mixture, stir constantly.
6) Strain custard into the baking dish.
7) Water bath: Place a tea towel in base of a roasting pan (to stop baking dish base overheating). Place dish on tea towel. Pour boiling water into roasting pan for ½ inch deep.
Bake for 50 min at 325F or until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean.
9) Cool at room temperature. Refrigerate for not less than 6 hours. Run a toothpick around edge of custard and invert onto a plate to serve.

June 12, 2009 Posted by | Recipes | 1 Comment

六四二十週年: 送給天安門毋親

June 5, 2009 Posted by | Current Events, Mood Lifters | Leave a comment

Decode Your Tongue 見脷辨色

Source: Lifescript

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Your tongue is the ultimate multi-tasker, helping you talk, taste, chew and swallow. It even fights germs – and IDs health problems. Dr. Mao, LifeScript’s Natural Health Specialist, shows you how to read its clues to illness. Plus, how much do you know about home remedies?

Most people ignore their hardest-working muscle: the tongue. Sure, you appreciate it when its 9,000 taste buds are wowed by sinfully-rich chocolate or spicy salsa. But did you know it can clue you into what’s happening in your body?

Doctors do. That’s why they ask you to “open up and say, ‘Ahhhh.’” They know the tongue offers a window into your health.

An inflamed tongue may mean you’re lacking vitamin B. A swollen tongue? Possibly hypothyroidism. And, as moms know, tongue ulcers pop up when kids have a fever.

But practitioners of ancient Chinese medicine believe the tongue can tell us even more….

More on this at: http://www.lifescript.com/Health/Everyday-Care/Health%20Basics/Decode%20Your%20Tongue.aspx?utm_campaign=2009-03-29-26184&utm_source=healthy-advantage&utm_medium=email&utm_content=healthy-well-wise_Decode%20Your%20Tongue&FromNL=1&sc_date=20090329T170000

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Science and Health | Leave a comment

IT’S EARTH HOUR NOW. TURN OFF LIGHTS, COMPUTERS, ETC.!!!

March 29, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Wait for your turn, even if you are planning to rob a bank

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Fri Jan 9, 8:21 PM

By The Associated Press

STOW, Ohio – An Ohio man may have tipped off his intentions when he stood in line at a bank wearing a ski mask before staging a holdup.

Police in Stow say Feliks Goldshtein was arrested following a brief car chase. Police say the teller asked the man to take off the mask before being served. The man displayed what turned out to be a toy gun and demanded money from the teller.

He made off with an undisclosed amount.

Police Captain Rick Myers says it’s unusual for a masked robber to wait in line at a bank.

The 24-year-old man was jailed on charges of aggravated robbery and failure to comply with a police order.

January 12, 2009 Posted by | Mood Lifters | 2 Comments

老外翻譯的三字經:

人之初: At the beginning of life,

性本善: Sex is good.

性相近: Basically, all the sexes are the same.

習相遠: But it depends on how you do it.

苟不教: If you do not practice all the time,

性乃遷: Sex will leave you.

教之道: The way of learning it:

貴以專: It is important to make love with only one person.

昔孟母: Once a great mother, Mrs Meng

擇鄰處: Chose her neighbor to avoid bad sex influence.

子不學: If you don’t learn,

斷機杼: Your dick will become useless.

竇燕山: Dou, the Famous,

有義方: Owned a very effective medicinal formula.

教五子: All his five sons took it.

名俱揚: And their sexual prowess were well-known.

養不教: If your children don’t know how to do it,

父之過: It is all your fault.

教不嚴: If they had lots of problems with sex,

師之惰: it must be due to the laziness of the teacher.

子不學: You may refuse to study this,

非所宜: But that is a real mistake.

幼不學: If you don’t learn it in childhood,

老何為: You will lose your ability when you grow old.

玉不琢: If you don’t exercise your dick,

不成器: It won’t become hard and strong.

人不學: If you don’t learn sex,

不知義: You can by no means enjoy its sweetness.

December 18, 2008 Posted by | Jokes | Leave a comment

支持 《零八憲章》, 支持釋放劉曉波

支持《零八憲章》 立即釋放劉曉波 停止迫害憲章聯署人士http://www.chrlcg-hk.org/?p=350

「國際人權日」前夕,國內三百多位學者、作家、律師、維權人士、基層人士等等,聯署了《零八憲章》,提出對中國在民主、人權、法治、憲政發展上的渴求及建議。這份憲章道出了不少中國人民,以及世界上分享著民主、自由、人權這些普世價值的人士的心聲。我們支持這份憲章,與憲章的聯署者分享對中國的同一期盼。

我們強烈抗議中國政府對《零八憲章》聯署者進行拘捕、抄家及騷擾迫害的一系列行動。這些迫害行動包括:以「煽動顛覆國家政權」莫須有的罪名,刑事拘留北京作家劉曉波、一度拘禁北京憲政學者張祖樺和進行抄家、包圍余杰的家、帶走北京學者江棋生、海南學者秦耕被海口市公安局傳喚、上海維權律師鄭恩寵被上海公安傳喚約6小時、杭州學者溫克堅被公安詢問、北京異見人士劉荻被當局警告要立即收手,否則對她不利等等。

《零八憲章》以和平、理性的態度,提出對國家的改革的建議,完全是出於對社會及人民的關懷之情。中國作為聯合國安理會的一員,不去正視人民提出的訴求,不落實對公民基本權利的保障,不藉著改革開放三十年之機,啟動憲政改革,反而在「國際人權日」前夕,對《零八憲章》聯署者進行無理迫害,甚至以言入罪,無理拘留劉曉波,此等行為嚴重侵犯了國際人權公約及中國《憲法》,亦讓世界看到中國政府在標榜人權、和諧、法治背後的虛偽。

我們在此促請中國政府:
1. 保障劉曉波的人身安全,立即無條件釋放劉曉波;
2. 停止繼續騷擾、傳喚、迫害《零八憲章》的聯署者,立即歸還對張祖樺等人所沒收的財物,並作出道歉;
3. 落實國際人權公約及中國《憲法》所賦予的公民基本權利,尊重言論、思想、新聞資訊自由,讓國內民眾可以自由及公開地討論、交流對《零八憲章》的意見;
4. 對《零八憲章》所提出的建議,作出公開的回應。

中國維權律師關注組
香港天主教正義和平委員會
香港市民支援愛國民主運動聯合會

2008年12月14日

December 16, 2008 Posted by | Current Events | Leave a comment

小心呀! 以形補形, 血凝心停 – You Are What You Eat!

Source: Unknown author from a chain-mail

這八種東西吃多了會”死”人的  …!

(1) 皮蛋 :

一般製造商在製作皮蛋時,常添加定量的鉛,
我們若經常食用,會引起鉛中毒。
同時,還會造成身體內鈣質的流失。

(2) 臭豆腐 :

臭豆腐在發酵過程中,極易被微生物汙染,
同時又會揮發大量鹽基氮, 以及硫化氫等;
這些都是蛋白質分解的腐敗物質,對人體有害。

(3) 味精 :

每人每日對味精的攝取量,
以不超過六公克為原則,多則有害無益。

(4) 菠菜 :

菠菜營養豐富,但因含有草酸,致食物中寶貴的元素鋅與鈣之結合,
而被排出體外,而引起人體鋅與鈣的缺乏。
《男人缺鋅,會無法抬頭作人》

(5) 豬肝 :

一公斤 的豬肝,其含膽固醇高達四百毫克以上,
而一個人若攝入過多的膽固醇, 會導致動脈硬化。

(6) 烤肉 :

由於烤肉在燻烤過程中,
會產生如 「苯」 等有害物質,是誘發癌的因子。

(7) 醃菜 :

醃菜若製作不得法,含致癌物,並含硝酸胺,久吃因而致病。

(8) 油條 ︰

油條中的明礬,是含鋁的無機物,不可經常食用。

(9) 正露丸 ︰

另外, 臭藥丸 … 請告訴家中長輩及親友別再吃了!
日本人,真的很壞!

我上次去日本時,正好在書店看到當時轟動全日本的暢銷書”
什麼東西不能買”裡面就提到許多臺灣人喜愛的東西。

據領隊解釋:正露丸原名為征路丸,
是第二次世界大戰時提供給在南洋作戰的士兵服用,
為了達到立即見效的效,其配方內含非常強力的消毒成份,
簡直就和醫院用的消毒藥水沒什麼兩樣,
因為它把你肚子裡的東西全部殺光不分好壞,難怪有效。
其實類似的情形也層出不窮,如臺灣主婦最愛用的濃縮洗衣粉,
當時日本發明時並不敢上市,因為到底會對環境造成多大的傷害,
無法評估;最後送來臺灣上市,還找來名主持人代言,
並派遣研究人員到臺灣各大河川,進行採樣分析,
並依分析結果修改配方,經過兩年不斷的實驗,
終於才敢在日本上市,臺灣當了兩年的 『白老鼠』 而不自知。
我這趟日本之旅有件重要的事要告訴大家,那就是∼征露丸別再吃了!
因為當地導遊說這個藥日本已經禁賣很久了,
原因是此藥會導致 『直腸癌』 ,所以日本境內大量回收也不賣了,
但是卻大量銷售到台灣

November 12, 2008 Posted by | Science and Health | Leave a comment

Bringing a Vehicle into Canada from the U.S. of A. – A New Level of Terror!

Anyone who is thinking of following the increasing trend to save thousands of $$$ by buying a car from the Big Apple and bringing the car into the Great White North, you should definitely read my hellish experience before you jump in with both feet…

First, my glorious test drive experience:

For the most part, this 2008 CR-V is a lot better than I thought because:

1. Honda has improved significantly on the road noise and cabin vibration. The drive feels a lot quieter than my 1997’s first generation guinea pig from Honda (granted that Honda actually had another SUV before the V- the worth-a-good-spit Isuzu-built Passport that met its demise when report after report showed that the vehicle was not even unreliable, it was worse than sitting next to a 300 pounder in a Greyhound bus all the way throughout a cross-Canada journey!)
2. With 166 horsepower rather than 120 ponies as in my ’97 V, I am sure this gas miser with close to 30 mpg highway fuel efficiency won’t practically grind to a halt during the climb of the West Virginia mountains, like what my ’97 V did to me when I was en route from Toronto to Orlando, Florida last time, and the time before, and also the time before the time before, and….
3. The safety features in this beauty can probably save my ass when God finds my stingy existence too much to bear and wants to surprise me with a lightning bolt, a 2-ton rock rolling down from the rockies, or with a Marilyn Monroe-class knockout wearing the skimpiest dress from Milan and standing at the traffic lights where the corner of my right eye can see while I am making an illegal U-turn at Yonge and Dundas! To put into perspective what my $18,800 has bought me:

  • 2 front and 2 window-mount curtain air bags for the least important occupants in the front, 2 window-mount curtain air bags for the most important passengers in the rear
  • 3-point seat-belt for the rear-centre passenger who happens to survive even being squished in the middle of the rear seats, which isn’t there (or at least I haven’t noticed after driving for 10 long years) on my ’97 V.
  • 225-65R17″ tires to raise the vehicle even higher above the ground – well, at least when this beast rolls over, we’ll get a wilder spin than the the 360-degree roller coaster torture you’d willingly pay to experience at the Ex.
  • 5-star frontal impact collision rating, 5-star side-impact collision rating in the front, 5-star     side-impact collision rating in the rear, and, does it still surprise us, AND 5-star rear impact     rating. If you are too old and confused and just got dizzy by reading these 25 stars, take my advice, PLEASE, don’t sit behind the wheels – or at least not when I am out and about AND have just stepped out of my new 20-grand protective shield!
  • The shift column is now conveniently located at the centre console of the dashboard, NOT right next to my wiper control stick so there is no way any female driving my V would get confused when trying to shift from P to D by fiddling with the wiper control stick – and, that, could be the greatest safety feature ever ah!!!!

4. The Euro-style, top-centre mount antenna is not only stylish to look at, it’s practically bend-proof – unlike my first generation V that most people’s driver-side mount slender antenna has already been bent out of shape and practically flatten, more like the aftermath of taking one of those expired Viagara purchased from some junk mail sender out there
5. Turning radius is expectedly small. Which means I can do all the illegal U-turns without being stuck in the middle of the road, of course, that is whenever an OPP cruiser, Toronto Police cruiser or York Regional Police vehicle is out of my sight.
6. The rear seats flip and hide away in a much more civilized way than my ’97 V, that means I had to lose a few hairs trying to figure out how the mechanism works. After the rear seats are completed flattened, the trunk space can probably fit 2 Rosie O’Donnels + 5 Ellen DeGeneres, and 2 Sumo Wrestlers + 2 pieces of luggage. You may ask, “Why do you want to squeeze all these people and things (please mind the differences in them) into your humungous trunk space?” I’d say, “You have a nice day!”
7. There are: 1 scratch mark on the right rear door, one paint chip on the hood, and several paint chips around the edge of the gas lid and are all easily fixed by my $7 colour-code matched touch-up paint I just got from a dealer here. “WHY IS THE PAINT DAMAGED?” GT mom migh ask, but I can explain two of the three spots because I perfectly understand that driving on highways, you get pieces of stone flying at you that insurance companies love to use as an excuse to jack up your premium next year if you dare to file a claim to fix the damages caused by them. I also understand that the driver(s) of this vehicle probably went berzerk when he saw the price of gas while opening the gas lid and just vented his/her frustration on the gas lid, but I just don’t understand why the lower panel of the rear side door would have a 3-inch scratch like that? A lady in high heels tried to step into the vehicle before she remembered to open the door (like it hasn’t happened before?)? A punk kid with pointy hair attempted to tie his shoe strings and scratched my CR-V with his hair when bending down? That’s something I would definitely file as a mysterious case #90210 under the X-Files.

To be continued so stay tuned…

August 28, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Is Everybody Happy?

Source: http://ca.lifestyle.yahoo.com/family-relationships/blog/anndouglas/330/is-everybody-happy

Forget the stereotype about the crotchety old man or miserable old woman. New research from the University of Chicago indicates that people in their latter years are the happiest people around. More than 50 per cent of men and women over 85 involved in this particular study described themselves as “very happy.”

So this begs the question: who’s the least happy? This one’s easy. Think about who’s most likely to be swearing into a cell phone if there’s any sort of delay at the auto repair place (or the hospital emergency room). You guessed it! The most discontented generation of people also happens to be the most mammoth generation of people in recent memory: the famous (and infamous) Baby Boomers. (Just for the record, I am one of the infamous Baby Boomer malcontents myself, although I seem to be bursting with happiness these days. Maybe I’ve just succumbed to the notorious spring fever virus or something.)

Here’s the scoop on Baby Boomer happiness — or, rather, the lack thereof.

“Boomers have experienced less happiness on average than both earlier and more recent cohorts,” reports University of Chicago assistant professor of sociology Yang Yang, author of the study, which appears in this month’s issue of the American Sociological Review.

According to Yang, fierce competition for spots in the best colleges and universities and for job offers from the best firms in early adulthood may have led the Boomers (who now range in age from their mid-40s to their mid-60s) to expect that all their hard work would be rewarded by picture-perfect happy endings. They’d land that perfect job, buy that perfect house with that perfect someone, and raise that perfect family of 1.5 kids (or 1.5 dogs). All they had to do was play by the rules and wait for happiness to arrive on their doorstep.

But then happiness lost their address. (Or so the story goes so far.)

If mid-life hasn’t exactly lived up to the Boomers’ expectations, Boomers can at least take heart in one of Yang’s other key findings — that we tend to become happier as we grow older. “With age comes happiness. Overall levels of happiness increase with age, [regardless] of other factors.”

If we want members of the next generation to experience greater happiness as they pass through life, the takeaway message from Yang’s research is unmistakable. Resist the temptation to promise your kids that they’ll get everything they want out of life if they simply work hard(er). The recipe for happiness is both a lot simpler and a lot more complicated than that.

Instead, encourage them to diversify their happiness portfolio: to cultivate hobbies and interests outside of work; to invest in people and relationships; to champion causes they believe in; and to use their unique abilities and interests to change the world. Not only is this advice more likely to inspire a young person than the traditional “work hard” mantra; it’s advice that’s is less likely to leave a 40-something running on empty in the happiness department by the time he or she reaches age 45 — a decidedly unhappy state of affairs.

Now, over to you:  What’s your take on this happiness research? Who are the happiest people you know? What makes them happy?  If you’re a naturally happy person, what are your secrets?

August 20, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment