Goji Turmeric Chia Smoothie

gojiturmericchiaI know everyone says that, but how is it already December? I can smell the summer just around the corner. We are still in this weird half spring and half summer zone and here in Melbourne is pretty bad with pollen, which gives me a sore swollen throat and nasty sneezes when I’m out and about, which is really annoying me >.< This wonderful smoothie is immune boosting, hydrating, energizing, anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. Curcumin in turmeric is a magic ingredient fighting against inflammation and bacteria and helps to ease hay fever, asthma, bronchitis and other seasonal allergies. So if you are an allergy sufferer like me, try this drink every morning and stay healthy x


30g dried goji berries
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp honey or any sweetener of your choice
a pinch of sea salt
juice from 1/2 lemon
1 cup of coconut water

Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until all combined. Adjust sweetener depending on your taste. Serve chilled.

One Year of Blogging

rice cakeI woke up this morning thinking ‘I started this blog today last year’. Wow! one year of blogging. Thank you for visiting and reading my humble recipes and posts. Your visits, comments and feedback are so valuable and encouraging to me. I’m so grateful that this blog gave me an opportunity to cook healthy food, experiment new ingredients and recipes and share with you after all. My inner Koreaness kicked in when I was thinking of what to make for a special day, one year anniversary of blogging. You cannot go pass a cake on a special occasion, right? So to make the occasion, I decided to make Korean adzuki bean rice cake. As a child growing up in Korea, this festive cake was always on the table for big national holidays, birthdays and many family gatherings. I even remember I had to deliver plates of this cake to our new neighbors and say hello to them when my family moved into new house or apartment. That said, I’m not sure if they do that anymore since we live such a busy life these days. You don’t even know who lives next door and sadly don’t care much. Traditionally, it is a steamed cake with layers of glutenous white rice and adzuki bean filling. Naturally gluten-free and vegan. I’m making my own twist on the traditional recipe by adding coconut milk in the rice layer, cinnamon and cacao in the bean layer, but the spirit of the cake is still the same. Celebrating 🙂 To everyone who has followed me on this blogging journey, thank you xrice cake1