Two Asian desserts that taste good and have health benefits for Chinese New Year meal. These desserts are served cold and are refreshing after a heavy festive meal.
年年有鱼桂花糕 Osmanthus Jelly is good for soothing sore throats especially for some of us who tend to over indulge in this once a year binge of bak kwa, cookies and tarts. Some other health benefits of the Osmanthus flowers are moisturize skin, remove phlegm, improve digestion and improve lung health.
1 packet of pre-sweetened jelly powder
1250 ml water
2 tablespoon dried osmanthus flowers
2 teaspoon wolfberries, soakd in water till puffy (about 20 minutes)
- In a pot, add water and bring to a boil. When water is boiling, lower heat and then add osmanthus flowers. Simmer for a about 2 minutes.
- Add konnyaku powder . Stir until the powder is fully dissolved. Off the fire.
- Add 2-4 wolfberries to each mould, then pour in the jelly. Let the jelly cool down.
- Chill in fridge till the jelly is set.
I love the smell of lemongrass. When the lemongrass, pandan leaf and ginger were simmering in the kitchen, a lovely calming fresh citrus scent permeated the entire house. Lemongrass is a good relaxant and has many healing properties. It can treat and relieve flu, fever, headaches, constipation and insomnia.
Lemongrass Ginger Jelly
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1300ml of water
5 stalks of lemongrass, lightly bruised
5 cm ginger, lightly bruised
5 kaffir lime leaves
1 pandan leaf, knotted
45g instant jelly powder
Kasturi Lime cordial
500ml hot boiling water
5 tablespoon sugar
8 kasturi limes, squeezed juice
Kasturi Lime Cordial
Dissolve sugar in hot boiling water. Add in kasturi lime juice and mix well. Refrigerate before use.
Lemongrass Ginger Jelly
- Bring ingredients to boil. Lower the heat and allow it to simmer about 45 minutes.
- Strain the liquid and return to heat. Add in jelly powder and sugar. Stir until dissolved.
- Pour the mixture into a bowl and allow it to set, Refrigerate jelly.
- Serve cold by scooping the chilled jelly to the serving bowl and drizzle with kasturi lime cordial.
I am submitting this post to Chinese New Year Delights 2013 hosted by Sonia aka Nasi Lemak Lover
The Spirit Of The Sovereign Lord
A recent FB comment on Mr Y who lost his two sons in a cycling accident. " True children of God. In a situation like this, it's not easy to forgive but they did it. God bless them." Despite Mr Y's loss and pain, he has said, "Losing my sons, my heart is broken. Even if I hit, punch or scold him, my children can't come back,"
Mr Y also hopes that the driver will "continue to live a happy life and know that I have forgiven him".
Mr Y displays God's magnificent love and compassion for mankind. Through him God is glorified. God's purpose is revealed! There will be no Chinese New Year celebrations for the parents, for they are still grieving, but their heart is at peace. Our God of Peace is with them, The Savior will lead, comfort, strengthen, and bless them manyfold.
"The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor." Isaiah 61:1-3