Seasonal Ingredient: Figs

Ng Ping-leung (left) and Joey Ng are proud of their fig trees at Zen Organic Farm.Photos: Thomas Yau

It may be the earliest recorded mention of death from laughter - the Greek philosopher Chrysippus perished from the uncontrollable mirth induced after feeding his donkey wine and watching it try to eat some figs.

Thursday, 20 September, 2012, 10:49am

Health bites

Scientists are using levitation to improve the drug development process

Could it be magic? Scientists at the US Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory near Chicago are using levitation to improve the drug development process.

18 Sep 2012 - 11:56am

What the local media says

Sunday, Oriental Daily

Australia-born son of HK emigres tops international IQ standings

15 Sep 2012 - 2:02am

Health bites

Health bites

Vocal support

21 Aug 2012 - 10:36am

Urban farming a growing trend in China

Li Hongwen takes care of the vegetables he grows on the top balcony of his apartment in Beijing, harvesting everything from pumpkins to garlic to eggplants. Balcony mini-farms are a growing trend in mainland cities. Photo: Simon Song

When he was a boy growing up in rural Hunan , Li Hongwen was not allowed to work in the fields. Instead he was told to focus on his studies - generally the only way rural children can change their destiny and avoid becoming farmers.

19 Aug 2012 - 10:21am

Century-old banyan relocated from Jockey Club in 1990s cut down due to root rot

This Chater Garden tree was knocked over by Typhoon Vicente. It and a banyan on Wong Nai Chung Road had root rot and have been removed. Photo: May Tse

A stately banyan outside the Hong Kong Jockey Club that was saved in a costly transplant operation two decades ago is one of two heritage trees that were recently removed after it was infected with a plant disease that appears to be spreading across the city.

18 Aug 2012 - 5:17am

The way to lasting beauty

Beautiful bouquets have one bad habit: the petals of their flowers fade, wither and drop off.

But they could last longer if you know the special preservation technique called 'L'ecrin flower'.

Artist Shirley Tsoi Pui-yu shows how you can keep a bouquet of lilac-coloured roses for longer.

What you'll need:


24 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Blooming marvellous

The bridal bouquet is a key accessory to the wedding gown and, while trends bloom and wilt, the flowers are a chance for the bride to make a personal statement.

Round bouquets of roses and peonies are popular choices in Hong Kong as they complement almost any gown, but this style doesn't always reflect a bride's true character.

19 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Beware the source of seeds, farmers advise

People should dispose of papaya seeds properly if they are uncertain about the sources of the plant they are from, organic farmers advise.

They say proper disposal is vital to control the proliferation of genetically modified papaya trees and minimise the risk of contamination.

23 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Bitter-sweet story

Ah Bing, whose name lives on in the ubiquitous Bing cherry, was a Chinese foreman in the Lewelling family fruit orchards in Milwaukie, Oregon, in the 1870s.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Black Olives

Parthenon Pitted Naturally Ripened Kalamata Olives

These fairly large olives have textures ranging from slightly firm to downright mushy. If you can get over the excessive saltiness, there is a fruitiness, but no distinct olive flavour. Maybe we expect too much from the words 'tree-ripened' and 'hand-picked' on the label.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

Raw granola

When making raw granola, wholefood ingredients are sprouted and dehydrated at low temperatures, so nutrients stay intact.

Kaia Foods Buckwheat Granola Cocoa Bliss

HK$118 for 340g, Just Green

24 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

FLOWER power

No luxury home is complete without your favourite seasonal flowers. Spring is in the air and it's time to brighten your home with orchids.

With improvements in breeding techniques, the supply of Asia's famous flower has increased as they become more affordable than before.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Make room for mushrooms, the healthy meat alternative

With a strong woody aroma and flavourful meaty taste, tea tree mushrooms - also known as willow mushrooms - can help to silence those carnivorous cravings if you've just started out on a vegetarian diet.

This recipe by Light Vegetarian Restaurant in Jordan combines many different vegetables for a dish that offers a wide range of nutrients.

3 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Well-bred Peri Peri Saffron looks a treat

The Peter Ho Leung-trained Peri Peri Saffron produced an eye-catching effort in Sunday's opening event over 1,200m at Sha Tin.

Peri Peri Saffron was educated by Paul Jenkins in New Zealand and went nicely to win his only trial over 950m in April in which five of the runners have already gone on to win races.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am