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Handy Alternative Uses for Your Chopsticks

The humble chopstick has been used for over 3000 years across East Asia, and later, the world. While they’re most commonly used to pick up food (albeit with some difficulty with some particularly slippery foods), there are hundreds of alternative ways you can reuse disposable wooden chopsticks – here are some of the handiest:

大家再熟悉不过的筷子,其实在其他方面也大有用处!

Food skewers食物串儿

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On the odd occasion you’re not eating out and decide to cook for yourself, try using chopsticks to poke through veggies, meats or even marshmallows for some easy grilled skewers at home.

在家想烤点自制烧烤没有签儿?筷子是很好的选择!串点儿蔬菜、肉类或者软糖,啊,我馋了。

Pit cherries 去樱桃核

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Rather than awkwardly try and eat around a cherry without swallowing the stone, simply pierce a chopstick through to pop the pit out the other side.

想要体面地吃樱桃而不误吞果核,一筷子的事!

Prop up plants 支撑植物

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If you’ve neglected your house plant parental duties and your plants are wilting, pop a chopstick in the soil to provide some much-needed stalk support.

植物若长得东倒西歪,可以插一根筷子来扶正。

Clean hard-to-reach places 清洁

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This might not be the most glamorous end to your chopstick’s life, but its pointed tip can be helpful for scraping dirt out of hard-to-reach spots in the bathroom, or in grooves between your trainers. Just remember not to eat with this one afterwards.

对筷子来说这可能不太光彩…可以用来清洗浴室、鞋底或其他地方,记得用完后可别用来吃饭了…

Make portions in freezer bags 分离

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Before you freeze food for later in a freezer bag, flatten the food and press the bag with a chopstick. This grid shape will make for easily breakable portions, and avoid trying to smash a block of frozen food on the table.

在将食物放在冰箱冷冻之前,将食物弄平用筷子划分,以后就不用往桌上砸冷冻物了。

Level off ingredients 精准控制

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If you like following recipes to a tee, use a chopstick to level off ingredients – or the foam off your beer – from the top of a measuring cup.

想要控制食材的使用量或者抹平啤酒沫,筷子也能帮上忙。

Make coasters 完美杯垫

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If you’ve amassed a small collection of chopsticks, chop them in half, tie them up with string, and you’ll have a trendy coaster to rest your coffee cup on.

将筷子成排绑起就成了时髦杯垫!谁不想拥有呢。

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3 Ways to Celebrate the Lantern Festival

Lantern Festival (un)officially brings an end to the Spring Festival and is celebrated on the 15th day of the 1st calendar month, which this year falls on February 26.

元宵佳节即将到来,也意味着春节达到尾声。

The Lantern Festival can be traced back to 2,000 years ago. In the beginning of the Eastern Han Dynasty (25–220), Emperor Hanmingdi was an advocate of Buddhism. He heard that some monks lit lanterns in the temples to show respect to Buddha on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month.

元宵节可追溯到2000前年汉明帝时期,在正月初十五一些和尚会在寺庙点灯笼来表示对佛陀的敬意。

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Therefore, he ordered that all the temples, households, and royal palaces should light lanterns on that evening. This Buddhist custom gradually became a grand festival among the people.

因此汉明帝命令所有地方在元宵都点灯笼,这逐渐成为了一种习俗。

For obvious fire safety reasons, setting off fire flying lanterns is banned in many major cities across china, and as fun as it is, there are other ways to celebrate the Lantern Festival.

不过考虑到安全因素,现在明火灯笼已经不允许啦,不过仍然有很多元宵乐趣!

1. Lantern riddles 猜灯谜

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Although these are traditionally written onto the lanterns, there’s no reason you can’t share some popular riddles amongst friends and colleagues. Here’s a few for you to guess and share (answers at the bottom):

尽管传统灯谜是写在灯笼上,但也不妨碍我们和朋友享受猜灯谜的乐趣。(答案在文末哦!)

Riddle one:

What’s full of holes but still holds water?

什么东西浑身是洞却能装水?

Riddle two:

What building has the most stories?

哪栋建筑拥有最多的故事?

Riddle three:

Which is faster, hot or cold?

冷和热,谁更快呢?

Let us know any more you have in the comments section!

可以在评论区说出你心中的答案!

2. Eat Tangyuan 吃汤圆

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One of the more important customs of the Lantern Festival is eating the ball-shaped dumplings made of glutinous rice flour and are stuffed with different (often sweet) fillings, and are traditionally served in a fermented rice soup.

元宵节怎么能少得了汤圆呢?

Tangyuan is pronounced simarly to tuanyuan 团圆, which can be interpreted as the whole family being together. Combined with the roundness of the balls and bowl it symbolises  wholeness and togetherness.

汤圆发音似团圆,圆圆的外形也意味着团聚、完整。

3. Lion Dances 舞龙

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A dance that can be dated back to 220 A.D., the lion dance is arguably one the most mesmerising and outstanding traditional folk dances. The lion is a symbol of bravery and strength that drives away evil and protects the people and their livestock.

千年历史的舞狮令人振奋,狮子代表着勇气和力量,惩恶护民。

It’s performed at important events, especially at the Lantern Festival, to ward off evil and welcome good fortune and safety for the year ahead.

元宵舞狮意味着驱散恶魔,确保新年丰收。

Sherpa’s would like to wish you all a very happy lantern festival!

食派士预祝大家元宵快乐!

Riddle answers 谜底:

Riddle one: a sponge 海绵

Riddle two: a library 图书馆

Riddle three: Hot’s faster, you can catch a cold

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An Unlikely Friendship Through Food

If there’s something we can all relate to at Sherpa’s it’s the F word (Food). So when we heard this heart-warming story in the height of the UK winter we just had to share it with you all.

美食,是关系的连接。

February brought heavy snow and ice to parts of the UK, which caused major disruptions for people and animals alike. Although, most of us would’ve preferred to stay indoors and order a hot pizza, these hungry wild rabbits found themselves feasting with some unlikely companions in Aberdeenshire.

英国二月大雪,人们更愿待在家点一份热气腾腾的披萨,这促成了一些小动物间不可思议的友情。

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Wild rabbits tend to be timid creatures that hop, skip, and jump away at the sight of humans and other large animals. However, these particular rabbits befriended some pet horses that shared some sympathy and hay with their new little furry friends.

野兔是胆小的动物,在看到人类和其他大型动物时会被吓跑。但这些野兔和宠物小马成为了朋友共享干草。

Owner Pauline Young said “It’s so strange. It’s like the horses have a sense the rabbits are starving so are sharing.”

店主Pauline Young说:“非常奇妙,就像马能感觉到兔子在挨饿,所以愿意分享。”

The rabbits began stealing food from the outdoor tubs before eventually finding the courage to take warmth in the stables to enjoy their food.

兔子一开始只敢从门外偷吃,后来才鼓起勇气进入马圈取暖和享用食物。

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Photo by Pauline Young via BBC

Nature Scot said many wild mammals and birds have struggled to find food in the recent snow and freezing conditions.

Nature Scot说,许多野生哺乳动物和鸟类近期在恶劣条件下努力寻找食物。

Mammal adviser Rob Raynor said: “This unlikely friendship just illustrates how resourceful nature can be in such circumstances.”

哺乳动物专家Rob Raynor表示”这揭示了大自然的妙处”。

A lovely story of friendship through food that I’m sure many of us can relate to. Stay warm, stay save, and don’t forget: sharing is caring!

你一定也经历过这样的温暖。分享就是关怀!

Source: bbc.co.uk



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Turn Your Workweek Frown Upside Down with Back to Work Deals

We’re hoping to turn your workweek frown upside down with Back to Work Deals! Sherpa’s delivering delicious deals to you with only top-quality licensed restaurants. It‘s a better way to light up your day.

复工第一天,是不是觉得浑身没劲?食派士为你送上复工美食唤醒身心!

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Who’s hungry for some back to work bargains? If you’re still on your vacation, ignore the work aspect and focus on the bargains.

如果有什么能缓解复工的苦,那就是饱餐一顿。

Open up the Sherpa’s App and check them out!

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Just open up the Sherpa’s mobile app or mini-program to check out all the tasty Back to Work deals and place your order.

打开食派士app或小程序查看更多超值套餐哦!

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