Archive for August 22, 2013

Egg Drop Soup.

Since it is raining in Moscow today, I decided to make egg drop soup. This soup is good for the cold winter or rainy days. You could drink this soup as an appetizer or you could add shredded cabbage, carrots, bok choy, baby corn and chicken to make a meal.

Ingredients:
4 cups of chicken broth (or 2 cubes of chicken bullion in 4 cups of water)
¼ tsp white pepper
¼ tsp ground ginger
¼ tsp garlic powder
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 small green onions chopped
1 ½ tbsp cornstarch
1 large egg
1/4 cup water
Salt to taste

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Directions:
1. Prepare all the ingredients.
2. In a small bowl, add 1/4 cup of water and the egg. Whisk the egg using a fork .
3. Also, prepare cornstarch mixture using 5 tablespoons of water and set it aside. DSC_5543-0014. In a large saucepan, boil chicken broth. Add soy sauce, pepper, ginger and garlic powder. DSC_5541-0023. Drizzle in the egg and water mixture little by little while the soup is boiling. Add the cornstarch mixture. Mix well and cook for 1 more minute. Garnish with green onion and enjoy!DSC_5554-001

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Indian Clay Mask

I love to try new skin care products especially if they are natural. This summer, I tried “Indian Clay Mask“. According to the reviews, it is suppose to be pretty good for closing pores and preventing acne formation. Consistent with the reviews, I found that this mask makes your skin much softer and smoother afterward. As the mask dries in your face, you will feel a pulling and tightening sensation. Once you rinse off this mask, your skin will be slightly red for a while, so do not try this mask in the morning. Also, make sure to moisturize your face immediately after rinsing. For this post, our model is Namrata Dangol. She just returned from a camping trip at Yellowstone National Park and her skin needed some attention, so we applied this mask.

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To make Indian clay face mask, mix all of the following ingredients in a small plastic bowl.

1 tablespoon water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoon Indian Clay
(Make sure to use non-metal bowl and utensil)

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Apply the mask:
1. Wash your face and pat dry.
2. Apply a thin layer to your and let it dry for 25 minutes.
3. Rinse off mask using warm water.
4. Apply your favorite moisturizer.

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Shakshuka

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It seems that I often forget to post recipes that I make on a regular basis. Here is a quick and easy Shakshuka recipe. It is a dish of eggs poached in a tomato sauce. I make Shakshuka for breakfast and lunch. Usually if I make it for lunch, I add more vegetables like eggplant, bell peppers or zucchini. In this recipe, I made it with zucchini.

Ingredients:
3 large tomatoes, finely chopped
6 eggs
1 large yellow onion, diced
2 large cloves of garlic, chopped
4 tbs. olive oil
1 tsp. ground cumin
2 tsp. paprika
1 tsp. basil
1 tsp. thyme
Cayenne pepper (optional)
Fresh Parsley or Cilantro to garnish (optional)
2 Zucchini, slices (optional)
Salt and Pepper

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Directions:

1. In a medium size frying pan, heat 4 tbs. olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and other spices: cumin,pepper, paprika, basil, thyme, salt and cayenne and cook for 1-2 minutes until onion softens.

2. Once the onions are soft, add tomatoes and zucchini.DSC_8594-001 3. Cover, and simmer for 10 minutes.DSC_8597-001
4. Once the vegetables are soft, crack the eggs over the tomato mixture so they are evenly spaced and sprinkle each egg with salt and pepper. Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes over medium heat until the eggs are cooked. Cook for a slightly shorter amount of time, if you like your yolks runny.  DSC_8599-0015. Garnish with fresh parsley or cilantro.DSC_8607-001 6. Enjoy with bread!DSC_8612-001

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