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Deep-fried Snowball

Ingredients:

3 – Large eggwhite
1½ Tbsp – Cornstarch
1 tsp – Baking powder
1½ Tbsp – All-purpose flour
3 oz – Red bean paste
6 small pieces – Banana
Superfine sugar (or icing sugar) for coating

Method:

  1. Divide red bean paste into 6 equal size balls and flatten into six ¼” thick discs. Shape each into a ball enclosing a small piece of banana. Arrange on a freezer-proof plate and freeze until firm.
  2. Mix cornstarch, baking powder and all-purpose flour.
  3. In a clean bowl, beat eggwhite until stiff peaks formed. Fold in flour mixture. Coat each red bean paste ball evenly with eggwhite and flour mixture to form 6 snowballs.
  4. Deep-fry in 300ºF oil until slightly golden, turning snowballs frequently to achieve even colour. Remove and coat with sugar of your choice. Serve hot.

Makes 6 snowballs

Losing Weight May Help Fight Gum Disease

Losing weight appears to help fight gum disease, a new study indicates.

It included 31 obese people who underwent treatment for gum disease. Half of the patients (average body-mass index, or BMI, of 39) had gastric bypass weight loss surgery and also had fat cells removed from their abdomen. The other patients (average BMI of 35) did not have gastric bypass surgery or fat removed from their abdomen.

All the participants underwent nonsurgical periodontal (gum) treatments of scaling/root planing and received instructions for oral hygiene at home.

Both groups showed overall improvement in gum health but those in the surgery group showed greater improvement on measures for periodontal attachment, bleeding, probing depths and plaque levels, Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine researchers said in a university news release.

The study was published in the Journal of Periodontology.

The improved response to periodontal treatment may be due to reductions in insulin resistance and inflammation associated with weight loss, the researchers said.

Source: healthfinder.gov

A Side Dish of Kale Braised in Wine Sauce

Ingredients

1 pound kale (green, purple or white)
4 cloves garlic, finely minced
1¾ ounces shallots, finely minced
1¾ ounces pancetta or any other smoked bacon, diced
2 cups dry white wine
1 cup chicken stock
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1/4 teaspoon dry chili flakes (optional)
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Method

  1. Heat large frying pan or pot on medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.
  2. Place pancetta in pan and cook until crispy. Add shallots and garlic and cook for one minute. Add kale and stir constantly until kale starts shrinking in volume.
  3. Add white wine, chicken stock and vinegar. Season with salt, pepper and chili flakes. Cover and cook for approximately 12 to 15 minutes.

Source: The Globe and Mail