Finger Foods with Herbs and Spices

Temari Sushi with Different Herbs in Toppings

Muffins with Different Herbs and Spices

Deep-fried Wonton with Curry and Cheese Flavoured Ground Pork Filling

Steam Roaster

The steam roaster is a cooking utensil developed by a Japanese company combining the cooking processes of steaming and roasting. By using the processes in combination, the cooked foods are more moist than cooked by roasting alone. Also it requires only one-third of the cooking time by grilling when using the steam roaster to cook chicken.

The roaster can be used on gas or electric stove. It can also be used on induction heating cooktop.

Chocolate Could Lower Your Heart Risk

People who eat chocolate regularly may not only be feeding their sweet tooth, but lowering their risk for heart disease, a new study suggests.

Chocolate has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease before, but in this analysis of recent studies involving more than 100,000 people, researchers find that those who eat the most chocolate on a regular basis reduce their relative risk for heart disease by one-third.

“We found a potential link between chocolate consumption and prevention of heart disease,” said lead researcher Dr. Oscar H. Franco, from the department of public heath and primary care at the University of Cambridge in the UK.

“At this point we are in the early stages of research,” he added. There have not been any clinical trials to see if this association is real, Franco noted.

Chocolate might be beneficial but people should not consume it with the hope that it will reduce their risk of heart disease, Franco said. And if they do eat it, “because of the fat and sugar content, it should be consumed in moderation.”

“If you are already eating chocolate, do it in moderation; if you are not eating chocolate, our advice is not to start eating chocolate,” Franco said.

The report was published in the Aug. 29 online edition of the BMJ, to coincide with the presentation of the findings at the European Society of Cardiology Congress in Paris. The study did not receive funding from chocolate manufacturers.

The researchers found that people who ate the most chocolate could reduce their risk of heart disease by as much as 37 percent, their risk of diabetes by 31 percent and their risk of stroke by 29 percent, compared with those who ate the least chocolate. Chocolate had no effect on heart failure risk, however.


A Dark Chocolate Cake Recipe From My Clippings


75 g all-purpose flour
10 eggs
375 g butter
375 g chocolate with 60% or more cocoa
10 g granulated sugar


  1. Preheat oven to 500ºF.
  2. Grease baking cups with butter and sprinkle with sugar.
  3. Melt chocolate and butter in a bain-marie.
  4. Beat eggs with sugar until stiff.
  5. Mix in the egg mixture to the chocolate and butter mixture. Fold in the flour slowly.
  6. Divide the batter into baking cups. Place cups on a baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.
  7. Remove the chocolate flan carefully and place on serving plates. Sprinkle icing sugar on top and serve with ice cream.

Source: Hong Kong magazine