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Monthly Horoscope: July 2019
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Rat

Your luck will fluctuate this year but a silver lining will eventually appear. The workplace might become a little complicated and your social relationships will send you into a spin. You’ll have to find the key and go with the flow.Lucky Stars will help you along the way so not to worry. Be careful whom you befriend and be cautious of traps set by new acquaintances. Your expenses will increase as time moves on now so settle the bills no matter how small they are.

Ox

Your Lucky Star is shining bright at the beginning of this July .  You may want to collaborate with others in business and in doing so, increase your competitive edge. This month’s emphasis will be on strengthening social ties. Don’t trouble yourself with trivial matters. Generosity and forgiveness will help you achieve greatness now.

Ox years : 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009

You may feel out of control in terms of relationships and you really don’t know how to improve on them. There will be an increase in expenses too so just you be careful.

Tiger

Your July 2019 seems to be filled with luck and you’ll be in just the mood to work non-stop. You’ll show a marked improvement at work and you’ll be on top of the world when your performance is finally acknowledged. There could be a brief surge in wealth now too.

Tiger years : 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010

Seize this opportunity but know when to quit. Steer clear of trivial conflicts though. Your social network is crucial this month so do your best to keep it alive.

Rabbit

This is not a good month for you will work hard and for seemingly no gains! It will be difficult to set your sights on goals and there will be messes to clean up. Wealth seems so difficult to attain but fortunately for you, your lucky star will appear by the middle of July and your luck will change.

Rabbit years : 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011

Depression may begin to affect your relationships and there will be misunderstandings. A calm, communicative approach will resolve this.

Dragon

Your luck is stable and positive but be cautious in your daily chores. There will be hiccups at work and life in general and expenses will increase too.

Dragon Years: 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012

Be patient with others and these issues should be resolved quickly. Business dragons should be more conservative and place more emphasis on winning with long-term plans.

Snake

It’s a buoyant month in terms of your luck which may leave you dizzy. There will be complications in your daily work so you should avoid making major changes. Young snakes shouldn’t switch jobs now, in the beginning of the month. Settle for what you have and appreciate it for all its worth. Watch your personal finances and set a limit on spending.

Snake Years : 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013

Your love life may not go as you’d like but with a little thought, you’ll end up enjoying each others company.

Horse

A new start for a new month. If you have already developed a work plan, it’s time to put it into action. If you haven’t, begin drawing it up now. You really don’t want to miss this opportunity.

Horse Years: 942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014

There’ll be increased income now but there could also be increased expenses. It is quite probable that you’ll suffer an accident. Pay special attention to road safety, keep an eye on the traffic and avoid strolling alone at night.

Goat

Be prepared for the bad news now. You will endeavour to give it your all at work but the returns will not be anything like that which you envisaged.

Goat Years : 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015)

There will be numerous distractions too. Be conservative in investments. you will have a hard time juggling between relationships and when you begin to lose patience there will be misunderstandings. This can only be a losing situation.

Monkey

This July 2019 will not be so good. You will encounter various obstacles and become stuck in a rut. Be as flexible as you can and know when to quit!

Monkey Years : 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016)

There will be gossip around you and some may even attack you deliberately which will lead to furious arguments. Beware of making new ‘friends’ and be cautious of your words.

Rooster

There’ll be subtle changes this month but cautiousness will save you from trouble. You will need to adjust to a new working environment. Just go with the flow.

Rooster Years : 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017)

Be progressive in investing and conduct your business legitimately. You will enjoy a stable love life and be able to tolerate minor hiccups. You could be blessed with good luck for the entire year if you make offerings to the Tai Sui on the 9th and 15th of the month.

Dog

A satisfactory month with great workflow so seize the opportunity to achieve your goals. This will be the Pinnacle of the year. Business dogs will increase their efficiency and revenue.

Dog Years : 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018

There’ll be tension in social relationships and will need rationality to solve them. Be careful in investments and don’t fuzz over minor losses. They could be perceived as a way to solve disasters.

Pig

This July will be splendid and you can accomplish anything. Show off your talents and receive all the rewards. You’ll manage your finances well and youngsters will learn a great lesson in managing their daily expenses too. Family life will be pleasant and warm. Charity work could help resolve various problems.


Recipes to Try at Home: Bali Curry
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Bali is a province of Indonesia and the westernmost of the Lesser Sunda Islands. 

Curry paste

  • shallots 2 large (or 3 small)

  • garlic 2 cloves

  • ginger 3 cm piece, peeled

  • long red chillies 2, deseeded (or leave seeds in if you want a spicy curry)

  • roasted cashew nuts ½ cup, plus extra to garnish

  • fresh turmeric 5 cm piece, peeled (or 1 tsp ground turmeric)

  • tamarind purée 1 tablespoon (if you can’t find this, use 1 Tbsp lemon juice mixed with 1 tsp brown sugar)

  • lemongrass 1 stalk, tough outer layer removed

  • soy sauce 1 tablespoon (gluten-free if required)

  • coconut sugar 1 tablespoon (or brown sugar)

Chicken curry

  • oil for frying

  • onion 1, thinly sliced

  • skinless and boneless chicken thighs 600 grams, cut into 3cm dice

  • coconut milk 400 milliliter can

  • soy sauce 1 tablespoon (gluten-free if required)

  • kaffir lime leaves 2, tough inner stalk removed, very finely sliced

  • lime 1, juice

To serve

  • red chilli 1, very finely sliced lengthwise

  • kaffir lime leaf 1, very finely sliced lengthwise

  • steamed rice

  • beansprouts 1 cup

  • cucumber 1, cut into 1cm dice

  • lime 1, cut into wedges

METHOD

  1. Place all the curry paste ingredients in a food processor and blend into a smooth paste.

  2. Heat a drizzle of oil in a large frying pan on a medium heat. Add ¾ cup of the curry paste (freeze the remaining paste if you like, for another curry) and fry for about 4 minutes until very fragrant, stirring continuously to prevent sticking.

  3. Add another drizzle of oil, the onion and a pinch of salt and cook until onion is very soft (about 5 minutes). Add 1 Tbsp water if mixture begins to stick to pan.

  4. Add chicken and fry for 8-10 minutes or until lightly golden. Add coconut milk, soy sauce and kaffir lime leaves and simmer for about 8 minutes until chicken is cooked through and sauce has intensified in colour and thickened slightly. Season to taste with lime juice.

  5. Garnish with extra roasted cashews and thinly sliced red chilli and kaffir lime leaf. Serve with rice, with a handful of beansprouts, diced cucumber and a lime wedge on the side.

Note

  • If you’d like to make your curry hotter you can add more curry paste, but make sure you fry it off in a separate small pan for a few minutes (until fragrant). Then add a small amount at a time to the curry until you reach your desired heat level. That way you won’t get the rawness of any spices or shallots in your curry.


History of Food: Egg Drop Soup
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What are some of your favorite soups at Windchimes Chinese restaurant? Did you know we have more than just Hot and Sour soup?

Egg drop soup or Danhuatang (traditional: 花湯; pinyin: dànhuātāng; literally "egg flower soup") is a Chinese soup of wispy beaten eggs in boiled chicken broth. Condiments such as black pepper or white pepper, and finely chopped scallions and tofu are optional, but commonly added to the soup. The soup is finished by adding a thin stream of beaten eggs to the boiling broth in the final moments of cooking, creating thin, silken strands or flakes of cooked egg that float in the soup. Egg drop soup using different recipes is known to be a simple-to-prepare soup in different East Asian and Western countries.

In the United States, egg drop soup is often one of the main soups offered in American Chinese cuisine, and is also called egg flower soup, a literal translation of its Chinese name, on the menus of some restaurants. Cornstarch may be used to thicken it.

Recipes to Try at Home: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water

  • 2 cups uncooked white rice

  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 bunch green onions, thinly sliced

  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic

  • 1 (14 ounce) package firm tofu, drained and cubed

  • 2 carrots, shredded

  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil

  • 1/4 teaspoon hot chile paste

  • 1 head iceberg lettuce leaves, separated

  • Add all ingredients to list

Directions

  • Prep - 15 m

  • Cook - 32 m

  • Ready In - 47 m

  1. In a saucepan combine the water and rice. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce heat to a simmer. Simmer for 20 minutes, until water is absorbed. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Heat oil in a wok over medium-high heat. Cook the pork, green onions, and garlic for 5 to 7 minutes, or until lightly brown. Add the tofu, carrot, Hoisin, and soy sauce, stirring frequently until heated through. Remove from heat, and stir in the sesame oil and chile paste.

  3. To serve: spoon a small amount of rice into each lettuce leaf, top with the stir-fry mixture, and drizzle with additional soy sauce or hoisin, if desired. Wrap the lettuce leaf to enclose the filling.

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Footnotes

  • Optional additional stir fry ingredients

  • These may be used in place of or in addition to the tofu: chopped peanuts, peppers, shrimp, rice noodles, diced chicken, scrambled egg or bean sprouts.

Monthly Horoscope: June Metal Horse
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A horse month is often conducive to identifying key opportunities and tools that are essential for personal and professional growth.

Here’s more of a breakdown for all signs:

Rat Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 4/10 - Rat, you have litigation or debate that needs your attention if you do not want the situation to deteriorate to your disadvantage. Be vigilant and keep your valuables safe. If you are going through an episode of anxiety, get help before the situation seems out of control. Nevertheless, the Metal feeds and protects the Rat. This is good news, since it allows you to be stronger to face the annoyances of the month of the Horse. Take advantage of this time to meet friends you have not seen for a long time. Their advice can be very useful to you soon. You will be granted projection provided you do not isolate yourself.

Ox Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 4/10 - Ox, a remodeling of your emotional life can surprise you in the short term. This will be partly due to a situation you do not control. Whatever happens, do not make things harder than they are. Stay true to your principles. On the other hand, stubbornness and grudge can cause some regrettable financial losses. Preserve your serenity of mind by indulging in relaxing activities and laughing as much as possible. This is not the time to sink into depression because, as you feel deep inside, all this is fleeting.

Tiger Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 8/10 - Good luck, opportunity, action and fusional love are the ingredients of the energy mix that awaits the Tiger for this month of the Horse. This is an excellent time, during which each investment has the potential to be successful. Reunion with friends can restore strong links. Everything is fine. Be careful all the same to any possible excess of zeal. Always keep a minimum of control on your desires of the moment so as not to compromise a lunar month which is initially very beneficial to you.

Rabbit Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 -Rabbit, this is a particularly beneficial month financially and professionally. Successful business trips are possible, where interesting meetings can generate profitable future collaborations. A person or institution could finally honor or repay a debt to you. You are on a good dynamic, Continue to preserve on the projects that you lead at this moment. Beautiful prospects are waiting for you if you keep you pace. This is not the time to change your lifestyle.

Dragon Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Dragon, do not compromise what you have built hard because of systematic and counterproductive opposition. As a first step, prepare for a change that is difficult to accept in your social circle. Do not take out your pies right now, it may not be your turn to scroll. Assume your statements and affirmations of the past to keep a clear conscience. The balance is maintained on the financial level but freedom and comfort have their price to pay. Be reasonable.

Snake Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Snake, rely on your sense of strategy to get appreciated differently, because your charms do not always operate in the same way depending on the time or place. In love, secrets and enigmas are hard to bear for pretenders who want to approach you. Take time to rest when you feel that your strength is decreasing. Expand your listening skills. you may hear some very useful info for your near future.

Horse Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Horse, on a sentimental level it may be finally time to stop running behind people who do not give you the importance you serve. This is a good thing because you have a good chance of making the most of the time gained by new, much more interesting meetings. However, be sure of your actions, not to be forced to go back. If you do the housework, fo ti well. Otherwise, on a professional level, you can expect a much better dynamic than the previous month. Finally, your usefulness and effectiveness are recognized within the team. If you are self-emplyed, competitors may be tempted to imitate you, but fortunately without much success. You calm the jealousies for a moment. Recognition and promotion give you hope for the future.

Goat Horoscope:

Monthly ratings - 8/10 - Goat, the pace is similar to the previous month, except that solutions finally come to you. Know how to seize them. Avoid the mistake of bad organization to put the odds on your side. Family reunions and important friendships are to be expected, but remember not to express yourself more than reason. Let others assume the consequences of their remarks because on your side, you have other projects to manage. You will sooner or later end up reap the fruits of your previous meetings and your professional investment. Know how to share your leisure time and that of your work equitably. This is where your main difficulty lies in 2019. This will not happen on your own with out a sustained effort on your past. Preserve and build relentlessly, especially as you are a month the favored of this period of the Chinese calendar.

Monkey Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Monkey, it is a month favorable to potential financial transactions, embellished with some tripes which will have the particularly of combining work and leisure. In addition, an unexpected change in the organization of your work may finally give you the opportunity to fully express some of your qualities still unknown to your professional partners In this case you have the opportunity to express your innovative ideas to attentive minds, presupposed to collaborate with you. At home, conflicts arising from difference of opinion on domestic issues gradually fade away. It is a period of compromise, but also alliance with your relatives.

Rooster Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 5/10 - Rooster, faced with a desire for sudden more pronounced than accustomed, you should keep under control your desires to go elsewhere. This is not an ideal time to make long term decisions. The month is hectic emotionally. Give more importance to domestic events that may seem trivial. At work, the result may not be up to your expectations. It is better to capitalize on time and perseverance to achieve your goals. Know how to listen to the advice of the wiser, it might be very useful these days.

Dog Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 7/10 - Dog, do not be unduly irritated by the superficial behavior that you observe, because to alarm you at the slightest annoyance exhausts you more than anything else. It’s a good month for financial matters, but avoid making any major transactions without the supervision of a competent knowledgeable and trusted person. Force yourself to look at the events positively. The few trips made during the month are enriching on a human level. Emotional stability possible you control any jealous feeling.

Pig Horoscope:

Monthly rating - 6/10 - Pig, if you are in a period of flutter at the professional level, do not panic, with a little motivation you should have some interesting career opportunties, just as your perseverance will eventually pay off. On an emotional level, you learn how to get rid of your complexes one by one and even to transform them into strength. you are finally ready for a new beginning, on many aspects of your life. If material satisfaction is in sight, it remains best postpone major investments to a later date.

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Recipes to Try at Home: Kung Pao Chicken
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Ingredients

1 h 30 m4 servings437 cals

  • 1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves - cut into chunks

  • 2 tablespoons white wine

    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay

    Smooth with bright apple and citrus notes

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  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch, dissolved in 2 tablespoons water

  • 1 ounce hot chile paste

  • 1 teaspoon distilled white vinegar

  • 2 teaspoons brown sugar

  • 4 green onions, chopped

  • 1 tablespoon chopped garlic

  • 1 (8 ounce) can water chestnuts

  • 4 ounces chopped peanuts

    Planters Lightly Salted Dry Roasted Peanuts 16 Oz

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  • Add all ingredients to list

Directions

Prep 30 m

Cook 30 m

Ready In 1 h 30 m

  1. To Make Marinade: Combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil and 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture and mix together. Place chicken pieces in a glass dish or bowl and add marinade. Toss to coat. Cover dish and place in refrigerator for about 30 minutes.

  2. To Make Sauce: In a small bowl combine 1 tablespoon wine, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon oil, 1 tablespoon cornstarch/water mixture, chili paste, vinegar and sugar. Mix together and add green onion, garlic, water chestnuts and peanuts. In a medium skillet, heat sauce slowly until aromatic.

  3. Meanwhile, remove chicken from marinade and saute in a large skillet until meat is white and juices run clear. When sauce is aromatic, add sauteed chicken to it and let simmer together until sauce thickens.

Monthly Horoscope: May Earth Snake
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The zodiacal sign this month is the Earth Snake. In order to cross this monthly period as peacefully as possible it’s stated that the signs of Rat, Rabbit, and Rooster to align more with the qualities of the governing sign of the year, the Pig concentrating most of their leisure activity relating at home. It’s stated that you should be nice during this month especially the signs of Tiger, Dog, and Horse. Regarding the Goat, Dragon, and Monkey strongly recommends to nurture any concrete action and follow your dreams. The Ox will avoid falling into pessimism, trying to maintain a dynamic and logical spirit by organizing of their life to be as serene as possible.

Here’s the breakdown for each sign:

Rat - is better to postpone an important trip to later. If you can not do otherwise, plan all your upstream expenses to avoid being surprised by an unexpected cash outflow. Do not let invading friends distract you from your priorities. Give priority to quality over quantity. Take care of yourself. This is not the time to lose strength.

Ox - Things seem to be stabilizing little by little. An unexpected income is possible. Be careful what you say under stress. Some in your entourage will not hesitate to distort your comments. Be clear and determined in your affective and sentimental relationships. Stay dynamic.

Tiger - the period looks favorable for an organized withdrawal. Sometimes it’s better to let things come to you. Leave nothing to chance and be very square in the classification and maintenance of your important documents. Look after your emotional relationships. Time and time, you will come our victorious.

Rabbit - this is a serene month for you, during which things improve, even if the pace of this evolution is not fast enough in your eyes. In reality, the time is favorable for the consolidation of your projects. Life smiles at you and even hobbies become possible. However, in the perspective of the better harvest, it’s better to continue patiently. Get rid of all the objects around your house and work that no longer have any functional or decorative virtue.

Dragon - some interesting trips are to be expected in the second half of the month of the snake. If despite this, you feel that things are starting to stagnate again at work, it’s because you may have chosen the wrong person with whom you are currently negotiating. Do not neglect your family or close friends. Without even knowing it or wanting to admit it, you need beneficial energies.

Snake - you are enjoying a little moment of break at the start of this exhausting Chinese year, during which the events finally take pleasant turn. You feel more seasoned and in better shape. In addition, you know perfectly well you control the situation, while it is not necessarily the case of the person by your side. Avoid being too proud. Strive to be kinder in stressful situations. you could gain lasting alliances.

Horse - The events keep the same dynamics as the previous month. But this time finally take the time to solve a problem that has been around for some time. You have the strength to overcome obstacles. Do not refuse the help you are being offered without taking the time to think about it first. No imprudence during night outings. Stay calm if you are provoked, it may be time to go home.

Goat - It’s a great month ahead for you. A boost of fate can occur and fortune can smile your way. Unexpected recognition, sentimental encounters, and popularity may occur during this month. Just avoid being too stressed or greedy. Just show that you are ready to face your destiny. On the other hand stick to your promises and avoid ruminating in public.

Monkey - if you have a Snake in your family or close friends it’s time to visit him or her. During new encounters or at your work, do not say anything that could hurt you. During this month show your diplomacy skills that will condition the coming months. In this case you have an unfailing support of your co-workers and trust future for fortune will not forsaken you.

Rooster - manage to preserve the harmony within your home because you know how to question yourself. The situation is stable which allows you to foresee the interesting opportunities on the horizon. It may be best to postpone an acquisition project to take more time to understand your commitments. Beware of the jealousy of others in case of material or amorous success. Do not be too forceful because it can be annoying.

Dog - it’s favorable this month in material acquisitions. Listen to advice you are given before any transactions. You will succeed in gaining the admiration of people who matter to you. Optimize your work time to be more profitable and do not be too impatient. You are appreciated for your loyalty. Things are improving, especially on the financial side.

Pig - even if you have recovered, keep you energy for useful things. If your prospects are good financially, still avoid the temptation of any spending frenzy. Do not be impatient when negotiating new trade agreements. Take the time to study all the possibilities of what is being offered to you. Take a break in the countryside if you feel like you’re becoming unable to control your impulses. Keep hardheaded whatever happens.

Food for Thought: Chinese and Japanese Cuisine
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Here’s a great expert from an article about Chinese and Japanese food culture in the United States:

Chinese food has been part of American food culture for as long as most of us can remember, thanks to the pioneering emigrants who opened early Chinese restaurants. The chop suey and chow mein our grandparents associated with Chinese food, however, were created to please the American customer. Real Chinese food ranges from the elegant simplicity of Cantonese cuisine to the fiery flavors of Sichuan fare, and there are no canned sprouts involved. The tofu of China is of the very firm, porous style, sturdy enough to stir-fry. Fermented black beans, which are actually black soy beans, supply a wonderfully funky flavor that goes well with a little sesame oil and chile. Toasted sesame  and hot sesame oils are both meant to be used as flavoring agents, not cooking oils. Seafood and vegetable dishes are often flavored with a drizzle of nutty sesame oil to give them a meaty quality, so try doing the same with your own seafood and vegetable creations. Sesame paste is used in sauces and dressings, and when I can't find the Chinese variety (made from toasted sesame seeds), I substitute tahini (made from untoasted sesame seeds), to make Chinese style noodle sauces and dressings. Try stirring some with soy sauce, sugar and vinegar and drizzling over salad or a stir fry just before serving. Dried vegetables, like dried mushrooms or cabbage, are important flavors in the Chinese kitchen, and I use dried mushrooms to add heartiness to vegetable stocks and stir fries.

Japanese food has become synonymous with sushi and tempura, but those popular dishes are just the beginning. Slow simmered stews, grilled skewers of meats and vegetables, savory pancakes and endless noodles are just a few more. The Japanese gave us silken style tofu, the slippery soft kind that is usually floated in the miso soup I love. Miso is just one of the many fermented and pickled foods developed centuries ago as a way to preserve food that endures today and enhances the flavor of so many Japanese dishes. Tamari, shoyu, rice wine and rice vinegar are other fermented, deep aged flavors. Use tamari and shoyu for salt in darker colored dishes, and substitute rice vinegar—with its wonderful tang—for white or red vinegar in dressings.  Most of us might never have tried seaweed if not for sushi or miso soup, but sea vegetables are a way of life in Japan. I like to crumble nori over salads, add soaked arame to soups, or add a piece of kombu to simmering beans, which is said to make them more digestible, and certainly adds minerals.

Both China and Japan are known for their use of very fresh ingredients, whether it's dispatching freshly caught fish right into the pan, or frequent shopping trips to pick up the freshest produce. As a chef and eater, I appreciate this practice, as well as their convention of stretching a small piece of meat by stir-frying it with lots of vegetables and accompanying it with rice and noodles for a satisfying and filling meal.

Recipes to Try at Home: Fried Tofu
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This is a new dish that I didn’t know I needed in my life: Japanese Style Fried Tofu or otherwise known as Agedashi Tofu.

Windchimes Chinese has a version of this that only made me crave this style of tofu more so I found a recipe to try out!

AGEDASHI TOFU (DEEP-FRIED TOFU IN TSUYU BROTH)

Make this traditional Japanese tofu dish at home in just 25 minutes!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes

  • Cook Time: 10 minutes

  • Total Time: 25 minutes

  • Yield: 4 people 1x

  • Category: Side

  • Method: Deep fryig

  • Cuisine: Japanese

SCALE 1X2X3X

INGREDIENTS

  • Two 12-ounce box silken tofu (drained)

  • potato starch or cornstarch (for dusting)

  • oil (for frying)

  • 1 cup dashi stock

  • 2 tablespoons mirin

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

TOPPINGS:

  • ginger (peeled and grated)

  • green onion or chives (finely chopped)

  • shiso leaves (chopped) optional

  • myoga (chopped) optional

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Drain the tofu and then wrap it in paper towels and place in a strainer for 30 minutes to remove excess moisture. Cut the tofu into four pieces, dry again with paper towels, then coat with the potato starch.

  2. Heat the oil to a suitable temperature for deep-frying (around 340 degrees). Carefully put the tofu pieces in to fry and when they turn golden, remove and drain on paper towels to remove excess oil.

  3. In a small pan heat up the dashi stock, mirin, soy sauce, sugar and salt. Bring to the boil, ensuring that the sugar has dissolved.

  4. Divide the tofu among four bowls. Pour a little of the hot broth into each bowl and garnish with the grated daikon, a dab of grated ginger, shiso, myoga, and green onion to taste.

NOTES

This Agedashi Tofu recipe is meant to be enjoyed immediately. The broth can be saved for later, but once the tofu is fried it will not keep in the fridge.

Also if you are more a visual learner here’s a video breaking down how to make this delicious dish too!

If you are like me you get overwhelmed quickly by the cooking process and end up just ordering the dish from Windchimes!

Monthly Horoscope: April Earth Dragon
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The Month of the Earth Dragon of the Chinese calendar starts on April 6th, 2019 and ends on May 4th, 2019. On May 5th, the new moon announces the passage in the Chinese calendar from the Fire Rabbit Month to the Month of the Earth Dragon of the Year of the Earth Pig, third month of the Chinese Year.

It is a period favorable to material and social transitions, marked by realism, lucidity but also by creative ideas. Good fortune in games and lottery is also favorable, because in this Dragon Month during the Year of the Pig 2019, all hopes are allowed. It is a prosperous month in terms of organization, during which community service is encouraged and progresses at a brisk pace.

This is the perfect time to set the stage for optimizing the future profitability of projects in the making. It is finally time to embark on an entrepreneurial activity that combines leisure, creativity and profits. During this period of the Year of the Pig under the zodiac sign of the Dragon, many may be tempted to reveal projects long kept secret. For some, it will be the process of enrolling in a sports or theater club, for others start a home-made jams business or even start writing the first chapter of a novel.

In summary, during the Dragon Month during the Year of the Pig 2019, know how to share your joys, your desires as well as your fears. And in this context, the Month of the Dragon makes it possible to realize how much friendship is a precious wealth to preserve and maintain.

Here are the horoscopes for the rest of the signs:

Rat Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Rat Rating: 6 / 10

Rat, you decompress from the accumulated stress of the previous months. You are resuming your strength. This is a key period to reorganize your future. If you are considering a change of work or home, start looking now for your situation to stabilize after the summer break. Finances are stabilizing. Watch out for the words that hurt. Be indulgent.

Ox Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Ox Rating: 5 / 10

Ox (Buffalo), you have to accept some changes that you did not want to see happen. An extra effort is required at work. You will be rewarded with your organizational know-how. Delicate period with regard to affective relationships. Do not stay in your corner waiting for it to pass.

Tiger Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Tiger Rating: 6 / 10

Tiger, you feel a small drop in shape compared to last month. Be careful what you say or what you rest on. Do not always trust luck. Watch your wallet. In case of emotional breakdown do not let things last and try an immediate reconciliation.

Rabbit Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Rabbit Rating: 7 / 10

Rabbit (Cat), your projects evolve positively over time and you have something to celebrate. Some new activities may take longer than expected. Make your sense of strategy work. New associations or friendly links can strengthen your social position. On the financial level, buy useful. When it comes to love, it's your self-confidence that is your main charm. Imminent return to the big leagues.

Dragon Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Dragon Rating: 7 / 10

Dragon, beautiful monthly prospects are available to you in many areas. You will finally win your case on topics that are important to you. Finally you are being listened to you and appreciated for your merits. The joy and the will you are showing make you much more attractive. Above all, avoid having negative people around you. You do not need that, you already had your share last year.

Snake Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Snake Rating: 4 / 10

Snake, this is a difficult month financially, organizationally and in terms of relationships. You may not be able to pay your debts if you make a bad decision. Be precise and transparent in your actions. Do not try to put yourself in a mold at all costs. Do not do anything to encourage bad people or feed jealousies. It is time to get out of sight in order to keep your strength and preserve your achievements.

Horse Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Horse Rating: 5 / 10

Horse, some important questions that have not yet been resolved could fuel an underlying anxiety. Pressure on the professional level. Pay attention to the quality of your oral expression. Even if you could find yourself in difficult situations, you will still find the strength and support to resist valiantly. For this do not turn your back on people who want you good. Watch your health.

Goat Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Goat Rating: 6 / 10

Goat (Sheep), nothing obliges you to see people who give you a semblance of love and are devoid of respect for you. It is high time to move on. During this lunar month, take time for your side activities and creative work, because the Dragon has good reasons to make you a pleasant surprise. Organize yourself and stick to your agenda. Stop futile expenses that meet no other need than to satisfy the moment.

Monkey Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Monkey Rating: 6 / 10

Monkey, your morale is going up little by little. The situation continues to stabilize. Take care of the people who support you. Do not put too much distance with your allies and know how to hear good advice. Be determined but do not force things. Do not leave room for individualism. Period favorable to investments. You progress.

Rooster Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Rooster Rating: 7 / 10

Rooster, you did well to rest and avoid stress. With the arrival of the month of Dragon some good news can cheer you up. Make yourself forgiven if you have recently offended some people. Newcomers to your social circle appreciate you for your analytical sense. Realize your creative ideas. Good monthly period for love too. On the way to new adventures.

Dog Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Dog Rating: 4 / 10

Dog, this is not the time to spoil beautiful things with arguments over futile topics. Do not expose your weak points to everyone. Avoid acting under the domination of feelings. Your problems shall eventually fade over time. Be patient. Avoid aggressiveness because you might regret it later. If you feel abandoned, develop other areas of interest with new people. Courage. Stay alert.

Pig Horoscope from April 6th to May 4th, 2019
Monthly Pig Rating: 8 / 10

Pig (Boar), a joyful reunion helps you you recharge your energy. You will be supported in your future projects but for now it is more of a gestation period until a full liberation in the coming months. Some favorable solutions to recent problems will eventually make you smile again. You finally turn the page. Emotions as well as finances are stabilized. Harmony found. Luck is on your side.

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