First and Last Days are the Healthiest days of the Year

I think, December 31 and January 1 are the healthiest days of the year. Why? The answer is simple. It is because of the long running tradition. Preparing a bunch of round fruits on table plus the addition of some native kakanin. Buchi and palutang are among the popular new year kakanin. However, fewer and fewer are into making buchi because of its long tedious cooking procedure.

new year fruits

Speaking of round fruits. We are not talking of perfect sphere here. There is no such fruit. Well, tell me if it happen you know anything of this shape. Most fruit has round appearance so anything you found in the market, your own farm or perhaps neighbor’s farm could be place on dining table to welcome the coming year. Apples, watermelon, chico, pineapple, kiwi, grapes, orange, ponkan and banana. Do not argue with me with the last one.

The very reason for this is the “good luck” it is going to bring for the whole coming year. New year should be welcomed with bountiful foods on table. Start it big and everything follows. I am sure you’ll always have more than enough if you never stop working hard. On the other hand, doing nothing but looking up in the sky and waiting for the blessing to come down will bring nothing but hunger.

Come to think of it. It is only during the first and last day of the year when I get to eat lot of fruits. My habit is getting a piece or two whenever I pass beside dining table. I rarely eat rice, fish, meats and junk foods during these days. About 70% of my total food intake are fruits.

Hmmm… How can I develop the habit of always having fruits on dining table?

Fried and Ginatang Guyabano Recipe


Aling Zeny Panaligan developed this recipe to make use of falling young guyabano fruit, Jessica Soho reported.

1. Gather young guyabano fruit.
2. Peel using sharp knife.
3. Cut into small sized then remove the seeds.
4. Get eggs and beat thoroughly add some flour and salt.
5. Coat the guyabano with egg mixture then fry until golden brown.

She also cook immature guyabano fruit as ginataan, just like ginataang lanka.

Now, you can use those immature guyabano fruits. Give me some if you like the end product.

immature guyabano fruits

Making Candied and Glazed Fruits

Candied fruits are heavily impregnated with sugar, coated with confectioner’s sugar, and dried for transparent, smooth and glossy surface. Fruits to be candied should be firm and ripe. Too-soft fruits will not be hold its shape during the processing. A small amount of corn syrup will prevent hard sugar crystals from forming; too much will make the finished fruit sticky and less flavorful. A good candied fruit retains the characteristics fruit color: chewy or crisp, tender but firm, and pleasingly flavored.

General Directions

1) Prepare the fruit. Peel and leave whole or slice into halves or quarters, depending on size. Discard the seeds.
2) To prevent browning, drop cut pieces of not more than 1 kg into cold water with 1/2 tsp (2.5 ml) ascorbic acid or 1 tsp (5 g) salt per 3 cups (711 ml) of water.
3) Put fruit into boiling water sufficient to cover it. Boil rapidly for three minutes. Tough fruits may require 10-15 minutes boiling.

4) Drain the fruit in a colander, saving the water to make the starting syrup (1:1 sugar and liquid). If the liquid is not enough, add hot water to meet the required amount. Heat the syrup until sugar is dissolved, then add the drained fruit and boil the mixture for two to three minutes.
5) Place the fruit and syrup into a clean china or porcelain bowl. Keep the fruits submerged in syrup for 24 hours.
6) The next day, drain the syrup from the fruit and add 1/2 cup (113 g) of sugar and 1/2 cup (118 ml) of corn syrup. Heat the syrup until the sugar is dissolve, add the fruit, and bring the mixture to a boil. Boil for two to three minutes. Pour fruit and syrup into the bowl and let it stand again for 24 hours.

7) Every 24 hours for four days or until syrup is a thick as honey, drain the syrup from the fruit and add 1 cup (226 g) sugar. Heat the syrup until the sugar is dissolved, add the fruit, and boil for two to three minutes. Pour the syrup and the fruit into the bowl and let the mixture stand for 24 hours.
8′) Drain the syrup from the fruit. Boil the syrup to 10oC. Pour the hot, thick syrup over the fruit and let the mixture stand for seven days to let the fruit becomes as plump as possible. If fermentation or molding sets in any time during the week, boil fruit and syrup for two to three minutes.
9) Drain the fruit in a colander, saving the syrup. Dip colander and fruit into simmering water for three seconds to remove the surface syrup. Dry the pieces of fruit on cakes racks. To re-use the syrup for candying, dilute three parts syrup with one part water and begin again from step 6.

10) Dry fruit thoroughly either in the sun or oven. In the oven, dry at 38°C for 8-10 hours, leaving the door open.
11) Finish the candied fruit. For a crystallized fruit, roll each fruit in granulated sugar before complete drying. For a glazed finish, make a thick syrup by boiling 2 1/2 cups (565 g) sugar and 3/4 cup (178 ml) water for three minutes. Dip each piece of candied fruit in the syrup, then place it on racks to harden and dry under the sun or oven.
12) Wrap each candied fruit in wax paper or cellophane and store it in a cool, dry place. Use the candies within six to eight weeks after packing.

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Forbidden Acts After Eating

One of my friend posted this on Facebook. I just want to share it to you guys. I wonder if the content is really true.

In case you don’t want to watch, the video tells the seven forbidden acts after eating.

1. Don’t smoke- Experiment from experts proves that smoking a cigarette after meal is comparable to smoking 10 cigarettes (chances of cancer is higher).

2. Don’t eat fruits immediately – Immediately eating fruits after meals will cause stomach to be bloated with air. Therefore take fruit 1-2 hr after meal or 1hr before meal.

3.Don’t drink tea – Because tea leaves contain a high content of acid. This substance will cause the Protein content in the food we consume to be hardened thus difficult to digest.

4.Don’t loosen your belt – Loosening the belt after a meal will easily cause the intestine to be twisted & blocked.

5. Don’t bathe – Bathing after meal will cause the increase of blood flow to the hands, legs & body thus the amount of blood around the stomach will therefore decrease. This will weaken the digestive system in our stomach.

6.Don’t walk about – People always say that after a meal walk a hundred steps and you will live till 99. In actual fact this is not true. Walking will cause the digestive system to be unable to absorb the nutrition from the food we intake.

7.Don’t sleep immediately – The food we intake will not be able to digest properly. Thus will lead to gastric & infection in our intestine.