3 White Wine Recipes You Need to Try

You might have seen some professional chefs on television prepare food using white wine, but you don’t need to be a Michelin-star chef to pull off these three easy mouth-watering recipes.

Roasted Pacific Cod

Ingredients: 2 pounds Pacific cod (or halibut), ¾ cup dry white wine, lemon zest, ½ cup mixed olives, 1 tablespoon olive oil, ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, ¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, and kosher salt and pepper

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. In a pan, place the fish then add the wine, olives, and lemon zest. Drizzle with oil, peppers, and seasoning. Roast in oven for about 20 minutes. Sprinkle with parsley before serving.

Chicken, Ham, and Leek Pie

Ingredients: 350 grams flour and 200 grams butter for pastry, 450 mL chicken stock, 3 skinned chicken breasts, 75 grams butter, 2 trimmed leeks, 2 crushed garlic cloves, 50 grams flour, 200 mL milk, 2 tablespoons white wine, 150 mL double cream, 150 grams carved ham, and sea salt flakes and black pepper

Preparation: Heat chicken pan then later add the chicken breast and simmer. Cover for 10 minutes then remove the meat and place the liquor in a separate container. Next, melt the butter then add leeks and garlic before stirring in the flour. Cook for 30 seconds before slowly pouring milk, stock, and white wine. Simmer for 3 minutes before seasoning. Remove from heat then stir in cream, cover the bowl and set aside to cool.

Preheat oven to 180°C and place baking tray. To create the pastry, place the flour and butter in a food processor. Pour in beaten egg and water to form a ball. Roll pastry on flour surface then place one half on the pie dish, then place the chicken breasts in the sauce along with the leeks and ham before pouring this mixture on the pie dish. Roll the other half on top before baking for 35 to 40 minutes.

Cream of Fennel Soup

Ingredients: 2 star anise, 1 teaspoon coriander seeds, ¼ cup canola oil, 1 clove, 4 bulbs trimmed and chopped fennel, 1 chopped leek, 2 cardamom pods, 1 cup dry white wine, 6 cups chicken or vegetable stock, ½ cup heavy cream, ¼ cup Pernod, kosher salt and white pepper

Preparation: In a saucepan, heat cardamom, star anise, coriander, and cloves for 3 minutes. Then place the spices in a cheesecloth. In a pan, add fennel, onion, and leek and cook for about 25 minutes before adding wine. Wait until half the wine has evaporated before adding the stock and spice package.

Boil the mixture before stirring in the vegetables. Cook for another 10 minutes before discarding the spices and pureeing the soup in a blender. In a saucepan, pour the soup, cream, Pernod, salt and white pepper to simmer for about 5 minutes.

Ways to Manage and Control Anger

All of us have something to get mad about and getting angry is clearly a natural emotion. But problems may arise if we don’t learn to control our anger. Losing to your feelings of anger can affect your relationship with others. Here, then, are ways to control your temper:

Know your triggers

Recognizing what things make you angry can help you learn to avoid them or confront them calmly. Try to think about the things that make you lose your temper. Once you’re able to do this, you can now try to avoid getting into these situations. Of course, you can’t really eliminate your anger completely. But you can make changes to your routine so that you won’t have to face the things that make you mad anymore.

Take a break

If you notice that you’re starting to lose your temper easily, it might be the result of too much pressure and stress. That is why it is important to take a break every once in a while. Any nature park in Singapore can be a good place to start, believe it or not. This is simply because they are, by nature, calm and serene places. You are allowed to breathe deeply and relax without worrying too much. This can also be helpful in instances where you’re beginning to lose your temper again. Instead of lashing out, try to imagine yourself in the nature park once again. Breathe deeply and relax.

Think happy thoughts

Because of negative thoughts, our problems can snowball into bigger ones that can also make us angrier. It is important to change the way you think about yourself or the people around you if the only things that come through your mind are negative thoughts.  For example, if you did something wrong for a big project, don’t say “It’s all over. This is your fault!” Instead say to yourself, “I made a mistake but surely there are ways to get over this.”

Engage in physical exercise

Doing physical exercise can help reduce stress and promote relaxation. Exercise can help reduce blood pressure and can also help with breathing and cardiovascular health. All of these ties into reducing anger because you have a way to release pent-up stress. Boxing can be a great form of physical exercise when trying to manage anger because you have a channel for release (punching). Even a brisk walk for a few minutes can help you release some stress and tension.

Learn ways to cool down

Once you find yourself in the brink of lashing out, try your best to take a step back and calm yourself down. One good way to stop yourself is to count from one to ten really slowly. This is to allow your mind to catch up with your emotions. Another way is to take longer and deeper breaths. This is because when you get angry, you’re breathing tends to get faster. So slowing down your breathing can counteract the tension.

Improving Yourself by Improving the Company You Keep

Getting with the wrong kinds of friends is a tough situation for everybody. No matter how much we may enjoy and care about those people, they still have a negative influence on us. The thing is, everybody influences everyone they are around. We can’t help it. That’s just what we do. Influence is something we cannot stop once it is right there, the best way to stop influence is to stray away from it.

Control Yourself by Controlling Your Surrounding

It is definitely impossible not to be influenced by your surroundings. Your surroundings shape what you think, how you feel, and who you are. Although it is your choice how you react to certain situations, let’s all remember that there wouldn’t be those kinds of situations if you didn’t put yourself in that kind of environment in the first place. Prevention is better than cure.

There have been a lot of debates as to which is better and most people have answered prevention. We won’t enforce this perspective onto you, instead, we’ll let you think for yourself. The thing is, when someone you know has already experienced something and you know is bad, why would you have to experience it for yourself too? Why not learn from their experience? You don’t always have to commit the same mistakes as others do.

Your Friends Influence the Kind of Person You Are

Now, it may be hard to pinpoint which of your friends aren’t good for your wellbeing, but also keep in mind that you should put aside the emotional attachment for a bit. Think deeply on who is an actual good friend and who are those friends you should stay away from or minimize contact with. There are a lot of people who you may think are good friends but are the total opposite. Determine which friends are essential to your growth and spend more time with them.

After all, there’s a saying that goes “tell me who your friends are, and I will tell you who you are”. Wait a minute! Does this mean we have to cut ties with those people who are still our friends but aren’t very good for us? Well, not necessarily. You’d just have to limit the influence they can have on you. If you are used to hanging around those people every single day, cut it down a bit and spend more time with healthy people.

Your Wellbeing is More Important Than Your Friends

No matter how much your friends may mean to you, at the end of the day, you also have to look after yourself. This may seem sad but think of the future with your family and kids. Life will revolve around your family and you have to make sure you are within the best circle of influence for them too.

4 Make-Ahead Meals for Busy Parents

No time to prepare fresh meals for dinner? Make your life easier with these make-ahead meals that can be stored in the fridge and will last for a few days.

Shakshuka

Ingredients: 6 eggs, 1 tablespoon oil, ½ cup onions, 1 cup red bell peppers, 3 cloves garlic, 5 chopped tomatoes, 1 teaspoon black pepper, ½ teaspoon sea salt; ½ teaspoon each of dried oregano, thyme, cumin, paprika, red pepper flakes; ¼ teaspoon each of cayenne pepper and onion powder, and 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. on a skillet, heat oil, onions, bell peppers, and garlic for 3 to 5 minutes. Then add tomatoes and the spices. Simmer then stir for 6 minutes until the mixture thickens. Create six holes and crack eggs in each. Place the skillet in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. Garnish with cilantro then serve or store.

Fresh Spring Rolls

Ingredients: 20 pieces shrimp, ¼ cup fish sauce, 5 lettuce leaves, 1 cup uncooked vermicelli, 10 pieces round rice papers, and 1 cup each of Thai basil leaves, mint leaves, julienned carrots, and seeded julienned cucumber

Preparation: Boil shrimp for 3 minutes, then run under the cold water and pat-dry before removing the shells and tails. Place the lettuce on a plate while boiling water in a pot. Remove water from heat, add noodles, and let sit for 10 minutes. Drain and place noodles in a separate bowl. Place all the other ingredients in separate plates or bowls.

Dip a rice sheet into water, place on a plate, then add basil leaves, mint leaves, carrots and cucumber, noodles, lettuce, and shrimp. Fold and roll up. Do this for the other rice sheets, then serve with fish sauce.

Chicken and Potatoes with Mustard

Ingredients: 1 pound potatoes, 4 cups skinless chicken from rotisserie, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 teaspoon honey, 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 1 clove garlic, 1 teaspoon black pepper, 1 ½ teaspoon kosher salt, ½ bunch stemmed watercress, 2 tablespoons drained capers, and 6 tablespoons olive oil

Preparation: Boil potatoes in a saucepan with water and salt. Simmer for 20 minutes, drain, then set aside. In a bowl, whisk vinegar, mustard, honey, garlic, salt, and pepper. Whisk away the oil until mixture becomes a vinaigrette. Cut the potatoes in half and combine with the chicken. Add vinaigrette and capes then toss before folding in the watercress.

Potato and Sausage Pockets

Ingredients: ½ pound sliced potatoes, ½ pound sliced mushrooms, 6 ounces cooked and sliced chicken sausages, 10 ounces chopped spinach, 4 ounces cheddar cheese, 1 pound whole-wheat pizza dough, 2 tablespoons olive oil, flour, black pepper and kosher salt

Preparation: Preheat oven to 400°F. Toss mushrooms, sausages, potatoes, oil, salt and pepper in a rimmed baking sheet. Roast for 20 to 25 minutes until potatoes are tender. Cool before transferring to a bowl and folding in the spinach and cheese. Divide the pizza dough into 6 pieces on a floured surface, then spoon the mixture in the dough. Fold to form a semicircle then seal. Place the dough in a baking sheet and bake for 20 to 25 minutes.

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.