Different Ways to Prepare Chicken Eggs

Chicken eggs are usually not the main ingredient of most dishes, unless you’re preparing fried, scrambled or hard-boiled eggs. However, there are other delicious ways to prepare them if your family is getting tired of the same recipes.

Baked Eggs

Using carved multigrain buns, place raw eggs in the center then bake to create an exciting but healthy breakfast.

Eggnog

This delightful cocktail is made from one egg white, milk or cream, and sugar. You can also add white cloves, light rum, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and vanilla extract for a more exciting flavor.

Quiche

Are you on a diet but you’re tired of your tasteless menu? Make a corn and pepper quiche using onion, red bell pepper, chile, corn kernels, eggs, soy milk, salt, pepper, and unsalted butter for a healthy but tasty alternative.

Omelette

Instead of just adding salt and pepper to your usual scrambled eggs, try adding vegetables, mushrooms, non-fat milk or cheese for a healthier meal. Whisk the eggs then add salt and pepper before cooking the eggs. Placed the vegetables and other ingredients on the uncooked side, then fold over in half to wrap the vegetables.

Egg Soup

Eggs can make a lot of difference in your plain, hot soup. Just drop a raw egg in a boiling soup to make the broth thicker.

Deviled Eggs

Hard-boiled eggs don’t have to be plain anymore, when you mix them with cheese, sour cream, green onions, and mayonnaise.

Burrito

Who says eggs are only for breakfast? If you’re tired of your usual snacks, prepare a healthy whole wheat burrito with scrambled eggs, tomatoes, lean sausage, and guacamole. You’ll never look at chicken eggs the same way again.

Egg Salad

Some people love to dip hard-boiled eggs in mayonnaise, but you should take it up a notch by preparing an egg salad layered in slices of bread. Prepare the eggs, celery, parsley, and Dijon mustard beforehand, then serve it on slices of bread.

Poached Eggs

A satisfying and no-guilt meal like this is easy to prepare because all you need is to cook it in boiling water until the egg whites are solid and the yolk semi-solid.

Tea Eggs

Why rely on salt alone for flavoring when you can make your hard-boiled eggs an exciting snack by soaking them in tea and soy sauce.

Frittata

All you need for this recipe are four eggs, ¼ cup of milk, cheese, broth or tomato juice. You can add vegetables, meat, seafood for a healthier snack.

The Best Manga-Inspired Live-Action TV Series

Not only is manga (or Japanese comics) an excellent source material for anime (Japanese animation) series and films, but it has also been exploited by live-action television series producers in Asia.

These are some of the best titles you need to watch if you’re a fan of manga.

Mars

The 15-volume manga by Soryo Fuyumi (1996) and its prequel series Mars: A Single Horse with No Name (1999) chronicles the story of professional racer Kashino Rei and artist Aso Kira. Rei first met the Kira when the former asked for directions to a hospital and the latter drew him a map without saying a single word. The manga was adapted into two television series called Zhanshen MARS (2004) in Taiwan and Mars: Tada Kimi wo Aishiteru (2016) in Japan. The former featured Barbie Shu and Vic Zhou, while the latter featured Iitoyo Marie and Fujigaya Taisuke.

Asunaro Hakusho

Also called Asunaro White Paper, the three-volume manga series (1992) by Saimon Fumi is a coming-of-age story of five college friends. Two of them, however, fell in love with the same girl and decided to distance themselves from her to protect their friendship. This decision led to disasters that they would later regret. Two live action television series were inspired by the manga. The Japanese series starred Takuya Kimura, Tsutsui Michitaka, and Ishida Hikari; while the Taiwanese series Tomorrow featured Rainie Yang, Eddie Peng, Shawn Yue, and Christine Fang.

Itazura na Kiss

The 23-volume manga by Tada Kaoru (1990) was not completed when Tada passed away due to an accident. However, it was so popular that six live-action television series were made besides the anime and live-action film. It details Aihara Kotoko’s life with Irie Naoki when the former had to move into the Irie household after an earthquake destroyed their home. The six TV series were aired in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, and Thailand.

Hana Yori Dango

This popular 55-volume series by Kamio Yoko (1992) has spawned eight live-action television series and two live action films in Japan, Taiwan, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and India. It tells the story of a girl from a working-class family who caught the attention of four rich boys called the F4 in an exclusive private school. The series is also the best-selling shoujo manga of all time.

Great Teacher Onizuka or GTO

The 25-volume manga by Fujisawa Tohru (1997) tells the story of a former biker and gang member who became a teacher after seeing his lover jump into the arms of a teacher. The live-action television series starred Sorimachi Takashi as Onizuka Eikichi.

Hanazakari no Kimitachi e or Hana-Kimi

The 23-volume manga by Nakajo Hisaya inspired four live action TV series aired in Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea, although another Taiwanese series, Secretly Loving You, is also loosely based on the story. It’s a funny story of a fangirl who tried to get into an all-boys school to meet a famous high jumper.

10 Best Video Games with Silent Protagonists

Nowadays it’s unusual for most narrative-driven games to have a silent protagonist especially if dialogues with NPCs are essential to the story. However, a lot of the best games in the past two decades have silent protagonists. Here are some of them.

Dragon Age: Origins (2009)

Your playable character comes from one of the several possible combinations or gender, race, and class which is why it’s understandable that he/she does not have a voice when talking to others. Set in the kingdom of Ferelden, the protagonist is a newly-recruited Grey Warden who must survive an army of invading demons.

BioShock (2007)

The protagonist and playable character Jack is a survivor of a plane crash who found an underwater city called Rapture. Although there will be a lot of other characters who will be talking to Jack, he is silent throughout the game.

Dishonored (2012)

Set in the beautiful and mysterious city of Dunwall. The player will be controlling protagonist Corvo Attano, an ex-bodyguard to the empress who was framed after the latter was murdered. As an assassin, it’s quite understandable why Corvo doesn’t talk much.

Chrono Trigger (1995)

Considered one of the best JRPGs, the player is given the ability to travel through time to be able to stop a catastrophe in the near future. The lead character Chrono is one of the seven possible playable characters and uses only his facial expressions to interact with others.

Portal (2007)

If you’re familiar with this game, then it can be argued that there is no need for talking since this is a puzzle platformer. But remember that GLaDOS will be talking to the silent protagonist Chell throughout most of the game.

Doom (1993 and 2016)

The original game of course has a silent protagonist. After all, there is no need for a dialogue with an invading army of demons. The remake also features the same unnamed guy, whom the fans call Doomguy.

Super Metroid (1994)

The protagonist is one of the female icons in gaming, Samus Aran, whose main objective is to retrieve a stolen creature from pirates. If you are interested in the later games of the series, you will get to hear Samus’ voice in Metroid Prime.

Persona 5 (2016)

Another game where dialogues are very important to advance the story, perhaps it’s understandable that a player-created and named character doesn’t have a voice. This is also consistent with the trend in other Persona titles.

Half-Life (1998)

This time, the protagonist isn’t named and created by the player, but has a background and a face. Told from the point of view of the silent Dr. Gordon Freeman, it chronicles how an experiment destroyed a research facility and opened a portal to another dimension.

Shadow of the Colossus (2005)

The background and even the name of the protagonist Wander are unclear, as is the true purpose of the objectives. The player is dropped into a gorgeous and mysterious world populated by massive beings that must be defeated to bring back a person to life.

What is Prader-Willi Syndrome?

Some people joke about always feeling hungry when someone calls them out for gaining weight, but for children who go to great pains just to get a morsel of food because they never feel full, it’s no longer a joke.

Symptoms and Diagnosis

Prader-Willi syndrome is a genetic disease caused by an error in the chromosomes, specifically chromosome 15. There is no explanation why this happens, and the symptoms do not usually manifest in infants until they start feeding. Although there are no obvious physical defects, it affects the child’s behavior, learning capabilities, and emotional growth.

The most obvious symptom is the child’s insatiable hunger, caused by the body’s inability to send signals whether it’s full or not no matter how much the child eats. As a result, the child is constantly seeking food and may be in danger of obesity and its related problems. They are also prone to learning difficulties, restricted growth, and behavioral problems, and the only way to determine if the child has PWS is through genetic testing if the child shows some of these symptoms.

Treatment of Prader-Willi Syndrome

Unfortunately, there is no cure for PWS, which is why parents are advised to closely monitor the child’s eating habits and to manage the symptoms associated with weight problems. Most families affected by this disease need to impose a restricted but balanced and healthy diet for the child, a task that can be emotionally draining for parents.

The child will go to great lengths to obtain food, and there are even cases where the child would willingly eat animal excrement just to satisfy their hunger. Dealing with the child’s behavior problems brought about by constant hunger is the most challenging part of the treatment, not the diet itself. Some teenagers with PWS live in care facilities to help them eat a healthy diet and enjoy a safe environment, although a strict meal plan at home will give the same benefits.

Lifestyle and Diet

The symptoms of PWS are not life-threatening as long as the family of the child can control the eating habits and prevent problems associated with obesity. Infants with PWS are advised to have a high-calorie formula to prevent the decrease in muscle tone, while older children may be given human growth hormone treatment if there are problems in the child’s physical growth and development.

Others are also advised to get hormone replacement therapy to reduce the risk of developing osteoporosis and a to observe a reduced-calories diet to manage the child’s weight. Physical activities are also encouraged to maintain an ideal weight and to take off the child’s mind from food obsession. Other physical symptoms are treated separately if the child has diabetes, scoliosis, hypothyroidism or eye problems.

4 Awesome Raspberry Desserts

Need something sweet for the weekend? Here are four delicious raspberry recipes to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Raspberry Cream Pie

  • Ingredients: 8 ounces softened cream cheese, 2 tablespoons orange liqueur, 2/3 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1 cup whipped heavy whipping cream, 1 cup sugar, 3 tablespoons water, 3 tablespoons cornstarch, 2 ½ cups raspberries, 1 ½ cups crushed vanilla wafers, ¼ cup melted butter, and 1/3 cup chopped pecans
  • Preparation: Combine butter, pecans and crushed wafer then press into a pie plate (9 inches). Next, beat cream cheese, orange liqueur, confectioner’s sugar, and vanilla extract in a bowl until fluffy then fold in whipped cream. Spread this on top of the wafer crust and chill for at least 2 hours. When ready, combine corn starch and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat. Stir in raspberries and water and bring to a boil. Stir for 2 minutes until the mixture thickens, then cool and refrigerate for at least an hour. Spread the raspberry mixture over the crust and filling. Garnish with fresh raspberries.

Raspberry and Chocolate Tart

  • Ingredients: 2 cups raspberries, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/3 cup Nutella, 5 ounces softened cream cheese, 1 ½ cups flour, and 6 tablespoons softened butter
  • Preparation: In a food processor, combine butter and cream cheese with flour to make dough. Shape dough into a disc then wrap in plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Preheat oven to 350° When ready, roll dough into a rectangle then place in a parchment-lined baking sheet. Spread Nutella on the dough. In a bowl, slightly mash raspberries then toss with cornstarch and sugar. Spread this on top on the Nutella spread then fold in the edges of the dough towards the center. Bake for 45 to 50 minutes until golden brown.

Raspberry Ice Cream

  • Ingredients: ½ cup raspberries, ¼ cup sugar, 1 cup half-and-half cream, 2 tablespoons evaporated milk, 4 cups crushed ice, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, and ¾ cup salt
  • Preparation: Place cream, raspberries, sugar, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract in a two-layer resealable plastic bag. Press out extra air and seal tightly, then place in another plastic bag with ice and salt. Press out extra air from the third bag. Shake and knead for at least 5 minutes until the mixture looks thick.

Berry Cobbler

  • Ingredients: 2 cups raspberries, 2 cups blueberries, 1 ¼ cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1 cup sugar (additional 2 tablespoons), 1 egg, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, ¼ cup milk, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 2 tablespoons canola oil, and frozen vanilla yogurt
  • Preparation: In a bowl, whisk 1 cup flour with baking powder, cinnamon, and 2 tablespoons sugar. In another bowl, whisk, egg, milk, and oil then gradually add into the dry ingredients. Spread batter into a cooking spray-coated slow cooker. In another bowl, combine sugar, blueberries, raspberries, and flour then spread on top of the batter. Cook on high for not more than 2 hours. Serve with yogurt toppings.

Experiencing Thailand in Singapore

I know what you may be thinking, how can you experience Thailand in Singapore? Well, you may have guessed that there would be a little China or a little India in Singapore but did you know that there is actually a little Thailand? Singapore has and always will be one of the most diversified cultures in Asia with influences from all around the world and although you may have not pictured it out, Thailand actually has a special spot in Singapore.

Little Thailand might fool you at first glance as you pass by because of the multiple travel agencies and money changers which do not look so appealing but do not let this facade fool you. Golden Mile Complex is as Thailand as Singapore can get and everything from the clothing stores, the restaurants, the alleys, and even the people give off a huge resemblance of Thailand. Fun fact. The Golden Mile Complex actually has the biggest variety of Basil around in Singapore.

As you know, Thai food is composed of a large variety of vegetables which is why it is not a surprise that in little Thailand, you will find a huge variety of these vegetables. Now for the part you’ve all been waiting for, Thai food. Starting from the supermarket, you will already find food stalls around and even a small noodle bar but look around a little more and you’d find a stand that sells bananas fried in flour and coconut oil.

Although the taste may be a bit hard to picture out, the experience is absolutely beautiful. Hidden around the mall, you’ll find one of the most authentic Thai restaurants around called the Beerthai House Restaurant. The reason why we can so confidently claim that this place is authentic is because the owner of Beerthai House is also the president of the International Thai Chef Association of Singapore. What else proof would you possibly need?

Although not verified but there has been a rumor going on that they let you order Thai dishes even if they are off the menu. Have a try and see for yourself. These are just a few of the hidden gems you can find in the Thailand of Singapore and although this may not seem like much, the authenticity will amaze you as how they were able to retain the ingenuity of Thailand in Singapore. Singapore is a place that will amaze you as there is always something new to discover.