Home-cooked Valentine’s Day Dinner Suggestion

The Menu (click title to see recipe)

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Lunch for Kid

Character Bento

The Menu

  • Ingredients of Character – ham, simmered konbu in seasoned soy sauce, fried egg with yellow and red taro powder, fish cake
  • Chicken and shimiji cooked in tomato sauce
  • Asparagus and crab stick roll wrapped with ham
  • Simmered tofu and carrot
  • Grilled eggplant
  • Stir-fried bean sprout and seaweed

Preference for Fatty Foods May Have Genetic Roots

A preference for fatty foods has a genetic basis, according to researchers, who discovered that people with certain forms of the CD36 gene may like high-fat foods more than those who have other forms of this gene.

“Our results may help explain why some people have more difficulty adhering to a low-fat diet than other people and why these same people often do better when they adopt high-fat, low-carbohydrate diets such as the Atkins diet,” said lead researcher. “We hope these results will one day help people select diets that are easier for them to follow. We also think the results could help food developers create better tasting low-fat foods that appeal to a broader range of the population.”

The findings were published in the journal Obesity.

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Dessert of Flan and Mousse

Ingredients

Sweet Dough (pastry)

250 g flour
125 g butter (room temperature)
1 egg
100 g sugar
1/2 tsp salt

Filling

1 cup Saskatoon berries
1½ cup whipping cream
2 whole eggs
70 g sugar
100 ml Saskatoon berry liqueur
pinch salt

Maple Syrup

2 tbsp sugar
5 egg yolks
1/2 cup maple syrup
1¼ cup milk
10 g gelatin sheet
1¼ cup whipping cream

Method

Pastry

  1. Put the flour on a clean work surface and make a well in it.
  2. Cut the butter into small pieces and place in the centre of the well with the egg, sugar, & salt. Mix together in the well.
  3. Slowly start to draw the flour into the centre of the well, continuing until all the ingredients are mixed together. Knead twice. Cover and let rest for several hours.
  4. Roll out pastry and line a 9-inch flan dish with it.

Filling

  1. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and sugar. Add cream, liqueur, & salt, then strain.
  2. Fill pastry-lined dish with saskatoon berries. Add filling mixture. Place in 350ºF oven for 20-25 minutes.

Mousse

  1. Mix egg white and sugar until white. Add milk and maple syrup.
  2. Soak gelatin in water until soft. Combine gelatin and egg-&-sugar mixtures in top of double-boiler (on medium heat), stirring constantly until mixture is creamy. Cool top of double boiler by lowering into ice water until cooled to room temperature.
  3. Whip whipping cream to 80% of normal thickness and add to mixture.
  4. Pour into cylindrical molds, set, and serve.

Source: ciao!