Spices Of Life

About this original series

Spices of Life is an innovative food/health/lifestyle website featuring video blogs, easy, delicious, and health-giving recipes, and cooking and wellness tips from nationally recognized authorities. Interviews on current health issues with Harvard University's School of Public Health, Walter Willet, nationally recognized Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto, public television’s Ming Tsai and organic food producer Nell Newman of Newman's Own are among the many videos found on Spices of Life. There are, also, travelogues of Nina’s adventures in Europe and Asia.

  • Category

    Food & Drink
  • # Episodes

    157 episodes
  • Rating

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Episodes of Spices Of Life

    • Winning Formula for Great Health

      Let’s face it: We all hope to live a long, healthy life and while there are no surefire guarantees, there are a few ways we can improve our chances. Accordingly, we consulted with one of the most quoted and highly- respected experts in the field: Dr. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the best-selling “Eat Drink and Be Healthy” . Walter not only gave us some great tips, he introduced us to the newly-released “ HSPH Healthy Eating Plate”, ...

      • Release date
        May 23, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:07
    • Best Ever Asian Fish Chowder with Basil

      Asians cooks have a wonderful way with “chowder” and seafood soups. While we New Englanders may envision a heavy, cream-based dish, Asian versions usually start with a light chicken or seafood broth. This not only makes the dish light, yet nurturing, but allows the fresh flavors of the seafood to come through. This delightful Asian Fish Chowder with Fresh Basil is no different. Inspired by my love of the classic Vietnamese “pho” soup, I borrowed certain elements that make the soup so enticing ...

      • Release date
        Apr 24, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:13
    • All You Need to Know About Asian Noodles (Part II)

      Welcome to the extensive world of Asian Noodles ( Part 2)! In Part 1, we explored the main varieties of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Thai noodles. Here I introduce the delightful and diverse brands of Japanese noodles-including soba, udon, somen, and ramen. As I discovered on my many trips to Japan when I was researching recipes for my different books , ( especially "Asian Noodles"), the noodle dishes there are delicious, satisfying, and a meal by themselves. I especially love the nutty flavor of ...

      • Release date
        Apr 3, 2012
      • Runtime
        04:03
    • All You Need to Know About Asian Noodles (Part I)

      For their pasta issue, the newly revived Gourmet, at Gourmet.com and on a GourmetLive App asked me to write about my favorite Asian noodles and I was thrilled! One of my favorite dishes from my student days living in Taiwan many years ago was Cinnamon Beef Noodles and it became my surefire remedy to chase away homesickness. (BTW, there is a newly updated and GREAT recipe for Cinnamon Beef Noodles in my new book, Simple Asian Meals). Later, when I wrote book Asian Noodles, I became an Asian noo...

      • Release date
        Mar 20, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:07
    • How to Make Tofu Taste Good (Part II)

      Although tofu is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, many do not like its flavor and texture. SOLUTION: Once you’ve pressed the tofu to remove the excess liquid, you can cut it into slices and pan-fry in a little oil until it’s crisp and golden brown. Then you can use it in a: Stir-fry Salad Braise In this video, we use pan-fried tofu in a Vegetarian Noodle Salad with a Spicy Tahini Dressing (The flavor is similar to my Spicy Peanut Dressing.). The dish is a delicious meal by itself. Th...

      • Release date
        Feb 28, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:15
    • How to Make Tofu Taste Good (Part I)

      We all know that tofu has MANY health-giving benefits. Did you know: · Regular consumption of tofu can help lower cholesterol. · Tofu is an excellent source of vegetable protein and iron. · Tofu is also a great source of calcium and is often enriched with more calcium so it can help counteract bone loss. · Tofu, a soy product, contains phytoestrogens which help alleviate menopausal symptoms. The big problem that many grapple with is how to make it taste good. The flavor is bland, and the textu...

      • Release date
        Feb 14, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:11
    • Delicious Ginger and It's Key Health-Giving Bene...

      Ginger is a spice that we’ve all come to know and love and fortunately, fresh ginger is now available in the produce section of all mainstream supermarkets. (NOT the case, when I first started writing about Chinese cooking about 40 years ago). It has been used by the Chinese and Indians for its hot, vibrant flavour and curative properties to warm the body dispelling chills, aiding digestion, and potent aphrodisiac for centuries. When looking for ginger: · Choose fat, smooth knobs that are not ...

      • Release date
        Jan 31, 2012
      • Runtime
        01:48
    • How to Celebrate Chinese New Year

      On the eve of January 22, Chinese the world over will gather to usher in the Year of the Dragon. New Year is unlike any other festival of the lunar calendar. Preparations begin weeks in advance: Houses are cleaned from top to bottom. All accounts with tradespeople are settled and the cooks in the family pause to plan the New Year’s feast. In Chinese astrology anyone born during the year of the dragon is special and it is considered to be a year filled with good fortune- a wish we all need in t...

      • Release date
        Jan 18, 2012
      • Runtime
        06:41
    • The Healthy Eating Plate

      With the beginning of every new year comes resolutions and inevitably, vows to “eat better” or lose weight so we thought we would go to the BEST POSSIBLE source for advice: Nutrition guru, Dr. Walter Willett, Chairman of Nutrition of the Harvard School of Public Health and author of the best-selling “Eat Drink and Be Merry” . Walter not only gave us some great tips, he introduced the newly-released “ HSPH Healthy Eating Plate”, a VAST improvement of the USDA Plate, which according to Walter, h...

      • Release date
        Jan 3, 2012
      • Runtime
        05:07
    • Dim Sum Christmas

      It may seem odd for me to be writing about dim sum and featuring the secrets of a “how to” do dim sum at Christmas, but the fact is that for the past 10 years, my close family’s preference has been to go to Boston Chinatown on Christmas and then walk next door to the Multi-plex cinema to catch one or two movies. And believe me, my husband and son are DETERMINED to keep this ritual. First of all, Don hates turkey so for years, following another old Simonds’ family tradition, I made a huge lobst...

      • Release date
        Dec 20, 2011
      • Runtime
        03:28