Delicious Chinese New Year’s Dumplings

Did you know that dumplings symbolize wealth in China?

Delicious Chinese New Year’s Dumplings

Gong hei fat choy! Happy Chinese New Year, because the main highlight is food. Each item has special symbolismfor example, mandarins symbolize abundant happiness, deep-fried sesame balls mean good luck for the whole family, and dumplings are number one, because they symbolize wealth. Why? Because they look like ancient Chinese money.

We wish you a very happy and wealthy 2020, Year of the Rat! 


  • ½ pound of ground pork
  • ½ pound of small shrimp, minced
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • ¼ cup of water chestnuts, minced
  • 2 scallions, minced
  • Ginger root, about 2 cm grated
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh coriander leaves, minced
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 tablespoons of tamari sauce (or soy sauce)
  • 1 pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 40 dumpling wrappers (you can find them in the frozen section of any grocery store)

1. Mix all of the ingredients (except the dumpling wrappers) into a paste.

2. Moisten the sides of a wonton wrapper with water and put a teaspoon of filling in the centre.

3. Wrap by bringing the corners together in the centrelike a little parcel.

4. Steam the dumplings in a bamboo steamer lined with a lettuce leaves (to avoid sticking), for about 12 minutes.

(Makes 40 dumplings)

Serve with sesame soy sauce.

Sesame Soy Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons of tamari (or soy sauce), mixed with 1 teaspoon of grilled sesame oil. You can add some grated ginger, if you like, and top with sesame seeds, if you have any.   

How To Feel Satisfied With Your Meal

Experiment With Flavours

How To Feel Satisfied With Your Meal

In Ayurveda, which is India's traditional medicine, they say that to feel completely satisfied with a meal, you need to experiment the full spectrum of flavours​sweet, salty, sour, pungent (spicy), bitter, and astringent.

Everyone knows very well what sweet, sour, and salty taste like, but what about these other flavours that you can add to make each meal a fulfilling one?

Pungent taste includes ginger, peppers, onions, mint, peppermint, cinnamon, and all spicy food.

Astringent taste is found in beans, peas, lentils, berries, figs and green tea. Also in coffee.

Bitter includes all green and yellow vegetables.

Complete your meals with a salad, including bitter leavessuch as watercress, escarole, radicchio, and endives. Add some chicory to stimulate digestion and a few leaves of dandelion (liver’s best friend).

Also, remember that dairy products, grains, and bread are sweet; citrus fruits, some berries, and tomatoes are sour; and there is salt in almost everything, so if you have to add it, choose a good saltunrefined with mineral tracessuch as Maldon salt, sea salt, or even Fleur de Sel.

I know this sounds a bit strange, but try it!

I tried to consciously build my meals around these six tastes, and it did work! And really, it is not complicated at all.


Detox 101 in 3 Easy Steps


Detox 101 in 3 Easy Steps

Step 1: Drink a lot of water to eliminate toxins.

Step 2: Activate your metabolism and get back into your exercise routine.

Step 3: Favor healthy and alive products, avoid food that metabolizes acidity in your body such as refined sugar, dairy products, red meat, any type of junk food, too much caffeine and alcohol. And if it's the case, DO quit smoking!!!

Helpful Tips:

The first important thing to do before starting a detox is to make sure your intestines are clear. I suggest the herbal tea Deep Cleanse, from Bija— which is a blend of many great allies of the digestive system and the liver such as dandelion root, cinnamon, ginger, burdock, licorice, fennel and stinging nettle, which is also a great source of iron. You can add honey, lemon, thyme and a some fresh ginger to taste.  

Notice: if you are taking medication, please make sure there are no contraindications.

Artichokes are one of my favorite vegetables. On top of activating the gall bladder, it helps to lower cholesterol. Buy them fresh and boil them in a big pot of hot water with ¼ cup of lemon juice or wine vinegar for about 20 to 45 minutes, depending on the size and freshness. They are ready when you can remove the leaves easily. I like to serve them with a sauce made with olive oil, lemon juice and Dijon mustard.

When you feel like a drink: try sparkling water with fresh ginger and lemon juice or my healthy version of the Bloody Mary. Tomato juice (liver cleanser) with 1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of the following: curcuma (prevents cancer), ginger (anti-oxydant and ease digestion), cayenne (helps to remove toxins from blood), and apple cider vinegar, which rebalances blood PH and contributes to lower cholesterol.

One a day keeps the doctor away…