Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Food for Thought

I finally decided to add my voice to the blogging community. Since this is my first blog I have no idea how it will look like. But I know I have to start with something, anything and go from there. So I will share with you some of my favorite recipes. Food can bring people together. It is an easy topic anybody can appreciate. Rest assure, if I don't eat it, you won't see it. I even take the pictures myself. They look pretty good to me.

Smoked Sausage Tomato Stew with Bell Pepper  
Recipe by Leslie, 2010
Makes 4 servings

2  pounds fresh vine ripe tomatoes, cut into bite size
1  pack (16 oz) smoked sausage, thinly sliced
1  large onion, chopped
3  cloves garlic, chopped
1  green bell pepper, sliced into bite size
2  tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2  tablespoons oyster sauce
1/2  tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4  cup brown sugar
1/2  cup water, stand by  
Olive oil, salt and black pepper 

Heat a skillet on medium high heat with 2 tablespoons olive oil; add sausage, cook until brown on both sides. Remove and put aside. Add another tablespoon oil in the same skillet, saute onion, garlic and bell pepper. Add tomato and ginger, season with salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and oyster sauce, cook 5 minutes. Add brown sugar, cook until sugar melted, stir gently. Return sausage and juice to the skillet. Cover the skillet, cook 15-20 minutes on medium low heat until juice thicken. Add water as needed. Check once and stir to cook evenly. Serve with steamed rice or cooked pasta.


True to the Skin
A tomato a day, keeps the wrinkles away. Tomatoes contain powerful lycopene, an antioxidant which fights the free radicals that can potentially lead to cancer, heart disease and premature aging. Tomatoes are also high in vitamin C and contain good amounts of potassium, iron, phosphorus, vitamins A and B. One medium tomato has fiber that equals to one slice of whole wheat bread with only 35 calories. So be good to yourself and reach for a tomato today.