Hot & Spicy Noodle IV

Below are the dishes that I’ll teach in the cooking class this evening.

Stir-fried Shanghai Noodle with Chicken and Vegetables in Red Curry Sauce

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 292, Fat 11.7 g, Carbohydrate 32 g, Fibre 3 g, Sugar 3 g, Cholesterol 24 mg, Sodium 768 mg, Protein 15 g.

Noodle Soup with Hot and Spicy Ground Beef Sauce

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 358, Fat 15.9 g, Carbohydrate 40 g, 24 g, 2 g, 15 mg, Sodium 966 mg, Protein 14 g.

Stir-fried Rice Stick with Pork, Chili and Vegetables

Nutrition value for 1/6 portion of recipe:

Calorie 303, Fat 11.7 g, Carbohydrate 37 g, Fibre 2 g, Sugar 2 g, Cholesterol 24 mg, Sodium 615 mg, Protein 12 g.

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Dirt Prevents Allergy

If infants encounter a wide range of bacteria they are less at risk of developing allergic disease later in life. This is the conclusion of research from the University of Copenhagen, which suggests completely new factors in many modern lifestyle diseases.

Oversensitivity diseases, or allergies, now affect 25 per cent of the population of Denmark. The figure has been on the increase in recent decades and now researchers at the Dansk BørneAstma Center [COPSAC, Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood], University of Copenhagen, are at last able to partly explain the reasons.

“In our study of over 400 children we observed a direct link between the number of different bacteria in their rectums and the risk of development of allergic disease later in life,” says Professor Hans Bisgaard at University of Copenhagen.

Reduced diversity of the intestinal microbiota during infancy was associated with increased risk of allergic disease at school age, he continues. But if there was considerable diversity, the risk was reduced, and the greater the variation, the lower the risk.

“So it makes a difference if the baby is born vaginally, encountering the first bacteria from its mother’s rectum, or by caesarean section, which exposes the new-born baby to a completely different, reduced variety of bacteria. This may be why far more children born by caesarean section develop allergies.”


Vitamin D Study Suggests No Mortality Benefit for Older Women

Doctors agree that vitamin D promotes bone health, but a belief that it can also prevent cancer, cardiovascular disease and other causes of death has been a major health controversy. Consistent with advice issued last fall by the Institute of Medicine, a new study finds that vitamin D did not confer benefits against mortality in postmenopausal women after controlling for key health factors such as abdominal obesity.

“There’s not enough evidence to do anything about vitamin D levels if it’s not in regard to bone health.”“What we have is clinical trial evidence that for the most part vitamin D doesn’t seem to be helpful for conditions where people thought it might,” said study lead author Charles Eaton, professor of family medicine and of epidemiology in Brown University. “The best we can tell is that there isn’t an association. Once we took into account these other factors, high levels didn’t provide a benefit and low levels didn’t put you at risk.”

The one exception was that women with thinner waistlines (less than 35 inches) and with the lowest vitamin D levels seemed to have a greater risk of “all-cause” mortality within the 10-year analysis period. That result, however, was right on the borderline of statistical significance.

“If you are thin, this data suggest that maybe low vitamin D levels are potentially harmful and you should talk to your doctor about what to do about them,” Eaton said.

The study was published online in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.


Hot and Spicy Macaroni and Cheese


450 g macaroni
70 g butter
5 tbsp plain flour
4 tbsp red curry paste
2 cups whole milk
1½ cup cream
225 g Monterey Jack cheese, grated
225 g cheddar cheese, grated
3 tbsp panko


  1. Bring 4.5 L of water to a boil in a large pot. Salt generously, and then add the pasta and cook for 6 to 7 minutes. Drain.
  2. In another large pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Whisk in the flour and continue whisking until it deepens in colour and releases a light toasted aroma, about 1 minute.
  3. Whisk in red curry paste, and when fully combined, pour in milk and cream. Bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Turn down heat and simmer until the mixture thickens, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat, whisk in cheeses and stir until melted. Add pasta and toss to combine.
  5. Turn on broiler.
  6. Toss panko with melted butter in a pan and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Pour macaroni and cheese mixture into an oven-safe casserole dish, sprinkle with the panko mixture. Broil in oven until browned, about 1 minute.

Source: Canadian magazine