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California Raisins | A Healthy and Tasty Evening with World Class Chefs, Chef Emmanuel Stroobant !


Mouse mommy has a nice dining experience with the goodness of California Raisins. As we know, California Raisins are all naturally sweet without added sugar, a good source of fibre, potassium, cholesterol-free and low in sodium
Great as healthy snacks and as well as sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The Raisin Administrative Committee (RAC) ushered in the auspicious new year with a sweet repertoire of specially-crafted delicious recipes using California Raisins at the Samplings On the Fourteen Restaurant at Berjaya University College.


All of the KOLs were pleasantly thrilled as we “eat close and personal with the chefs” - watching them demonstrate on the versatile California Raisins in a four-course dinner. 


The culinary gourmet recipes as prepared by the respective chefs:

Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (3 recipes)
1.    California Raisins, Crab & Cauliflower
2.    California Raisin Pasta With Fennel & Prawns
3.    California Raisins With Beef Short Ribs & Winter Fruits


Chef Erich Anton Roos (Dessert)
4.    Symphony of California Raisins consisting of :
·      California Raisin muffin with cream
·      California Raisin cinnamon ice cream
·      Apple puff


Mouse mommy was enjoying the dining moments with California Raisins. Creative recipes with nice combination of food served.


The California Raisins, Crab and Cauliflower is delicious and suits my tastebuds. Each bite of it was feeling satisfied. Well-blend and rich in food ingredients.


Chef Emmanuel Stroobant needs no introduction as the Belgian’s 2-star Michelin celebrity chef had his first brush with culinary business when he started working as a kitchen help as young as 16 years and worked his way in the culinary world within a span of a decade, notably hosting the AFC channel for many years and opening his first restaurant in Singapore called Saint Pierre.

Chef Erich Anton Roos, a Swiss national with 40 years of culinary and international  working experience which covers many Western and Asian countries. Currently based in Bangkok, his role are focused in consultancy and strategic planning for kitchen training needs in international hotel chains.


RAC’s Trade Promotions Director for Malaysia, Mr Richard Lieu says for most consumers, especially children, California Raisins are a healthy snack compared with other snack foods, as they are naturally sweet and do not contain any added sugar. California Raisins are also a very versatile ingredient and can inspire a wide repertoire of dishes—from appetisers and main dishes to desserts and beverages—especially as consumers are becoming more health conscious and more adventurous in their culinary endeavours. “We are very honoured and delighted to work with Chef Emmanuel and Chef Erich to create scrumptious recipes and amazing tastes using California Raisins this time to celebrate the start of 2020 with Malaysian influencers,” enthused Richard. 


More than just an appetising delight, raisins are a great source of nutrition which is  suitable to incorporate into meals amidst rising health issues due to unhealthy diets.


Richard adds that raisins are ideal for any occasion, as they are ready-to-eat, tasty and healthy. A package of California Raisins fits perfectly in a purse or briefcase They also conveniently fit in lunch boxes, gym bags, and in your desk drawer. California Raisins are also economical, do not bruise and are easy to use straight out of the box— no washing, peeling or chopping required—so one can create a simple meal.


Ms Tan Yen Sing, a certified clinical dietitian also was present to share on the goodness and benefits of California Raisins.


Ms Tan said studies have shown that increased consumption of fruits & vegetables more than 5 servings a day is related to a 17% reduction in coronary heart disease.
“Good nutrition is the best approach for preventing diseases and being healthy. Raisins, high level of polyphenol antioxidants containing about 3,037 ORAC units (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity – a method in measuring antioxidants in food) in about 2/3 cup. This essential substance are vital for protection against oxidative stress which is related to aging and disease,” said Tan.  


Raisins, though small, must not be underestimated for their health benefits. Tan explained raisins containing 35% fructose and 35% glucose are natural fruit sugar which is a good source of energy and has no fat & no cholesterol.  It is a healthy snack and is also a sugar replacement for many recipes in cooking and baking.


The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that adults consume 1½ to 2 cups of fruit per day. A portable, readily available fruit, such as California Raisins, is ideal to help fulfill this quota. In fact, it only takes ½ cup of raisins to equal a whole fruit serving vs 1 full cup of fresh fruit.


There are many benefits of California Raisins. Naturally sweet, do not contain added sugar and great source of fibre. 

It is also a source of potassium (an important electrolyte that aids in muscle, cardiovascular and nervous system function), cholesterol-free and naturally low in sodium. Suitable to eat as snacks or for cooking purpose.


California Raisins also known to contain phytonutrients that suppress the growth of oral bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Good for children and adults.




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Jacob’s Original Cream Crackers Rallies Malaysians To Get High Pole Lion Dance Recognised As A UNESCO Heritage This Chinese New Year 2020 !



In celebration of original Malaysian traditions, this Lunar New Year, The Original Cream Crackers (Jacob’s), a biscuit brand under Mondelēz International (Malaysia) is shining the spotlight on the High Pole Lion Dance, a Muar-born tradition. 


In a bid to get this original Malaysian tradition recognised by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) as an Intangible Cultural Heritage, Jacob’s is rallying Malaysians to sign a petition (http://bit.ly/36zyDDI).


Pioneered by the Kun Seng Keng (KSK) Lion and Dragon Dance Association, the High Pole Lion Dance was founded in Muar, Johor more than 20 years ago. Since then, this unique performance which symbolizes good luck and fortune has spread across the globe. To date, troupes from Malaysia have won over 100 World Lion Dance Championships while setting international benchmarks. 


“In 2017, KSK initiated a bid to get it listed as a UNESCO heritage. Despite the effort and support they received, this variation of the Lion Dance has yet to attain the recognition it deserves. Jacob’s is moved by the story and we have decided to join forces with KSK to revive the attempt to enlist High Pole Lion Dance as a UNESCO heritage. Having this local invention recognised by UNESCO ensures that we can preserve this unique tradition and pass it on to future generations. With that, we are now inviting each and every Malaysian to join us in making our High Pole Lion Dance known to the world,” said Eugenia Goh, Brand Manager, Biscuits (Fuel), at Mondelēz International (Malaysia). 


In addition to providing consumers with the right snack, for the right moment, made the right way, Mondelēz International through its biscuit brands has been showing its support for various initiatives. Last August, Jacob’s embarked on ‘The Originals’ campaign which saw the kick-off for its Original Malaysians initiative that highlighted inspiring Malaysian personalities who are legends in their own fields. Today, its celebration of Original Malaysian Traditions is significant in getting the High Pole Lion Dance internationally recognised.

To date, three original Malaysian traditions namely Mak Yong theatre, Silat and Dondang Sayang have been recognised by UNESCO as an ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage’. The recognition received are deemed meaningful as it safeguards Malaysia’s heritage while promoting its national identity.


Tang Puay Sen, KSK Troupe Leader & Coach said “The Muar-born High Pole Lion Dance was founded in 1988. We started off as a small lion dance troupe and in 1992, we awed audiences around the globe when we incorporated high poles into the dance, poles that increased in height over time. It is also humbling to know that the standards for international competitions these days were pioneered by our Malaysian troupes. To make our UNESCO dream a reality, we need Malaysians to join hands in hopes of obtaining as many signatures as possible for this petition. Having the support of the mass will certainly strengthen and support our application to UNESCO. It is time this awe-inspiring Malaysian tradition gets the international recognition it deserves.”


With the precise incorporation of music, choreography, and ancient wisdom among others, this exceptionally elegant and highly skilled craft often comprises of a multi-cultural dance troupe, a true reflection of what makes us proud to be Malaysians. 

Among the first few Malaysians who have signed this petition are employees of Mondelēz International (Malaysia) and its partners. 


In conjunction with this initiative, Jacob’s has produced two limited edition festive tins featuring the ‘High Pole Lion Dance’ and, the '24-Festive Drums’. Each tin retails at RM14.40.

Mouse mommy also support and signed this petition! Lets’ make our UNESCO dream happen and become reality – High Pole Lion Dance! ( http://bit.ly/36zyDDI )  



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