Dark Chocolate Dessert

The dessert is topped with 70% dark chocolate, caramelized green apple and raspberry. The first layer below is almond cake with lime flavour. The bottom layer is chocolate cake and in between the two layers of cakes are more apple and raspberry dices.

Sunday Beef Dinner

The Menu

Smashed Potatoes


2 pounds red-skin potatoes, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch pieces
3/4 cup warm milk
3 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In a large saucepan, cover the potatoes with cold water. Over high heat, bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the potatoes are cooked, about 10 minutes. Drain and return the potatoes to the pot.
  2. Add the milk and butter and mash with a potato masher or fork. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground pepper. Cover to keep warm until serving.

Makes 6 servings.

Dumbbell Cutlery Set Allows You to Exercise While Eating

Eat Fit Cutlery Set

The handmade hefty chrome knife and fork weigh one kilogram each – the equivalent of a bag of sugar.

The spoon measures in at an extraordinary two kilograms, which is heavier than a complete 32-piece set of stainless steel cutlery.

The maufacturer said the cutlery set is designed for fitness fans with a sense of humour.

The full set of a knife, a fork and a spoon is sold in UK for £69.99 (about US$110).

Exercise a Defense Against Dementia

Here’s another reason to get into shape: Physical activity may reduce the risk of dementia-related death, according to a new study.

Researchers assessed the health of more than 45,000 men and nearly 15,000 women, ages 20 to 88 years, in the United States and grouped them into one of three fitness categories — low, middle or high.

After an average follow-up of 17 years, about 4,050 participants died. Of those deaths, 164 were attributed to dementia (72 vascular dementia and 92 Alzheimer’s disease). Of those 164 deaths, 123 of the people were in the low-fitness group, 23 were in the middle-fitness group, and 18 were in the high-fitness group.

People in the high- and medium-fitness groups had less than half the risk of dying as those in the low-fitness group, the researchers concluded.

The study appears in the February issue of the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise.


Salad with Quail and Mashed Potato


6 quails
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp truffle oil
1/3 cup light olive oil
1 tbsp butter
8-12 baby potatoes, boiled and peeled
2 tbsp finely chopped shallots
3 tbsp finely chopped chives coarse salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
5 oz Mesclun greens (mixed greens)


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. In heavy bottom, oven-proof skillet, over medium-high heat, sear quails in olive oil until, golden brown. Transfer skillet to oven and bake about 15 minutes, or until cooked to your liking. Remove from oven and let stand 3 to 4 minutes before boning, if desired.
  3. Drain grease from pan, then deglaze with balsamic vinegar. Let cool. Transfer balsamic vinegar mixture to small bowl. Add truffle oil and olive oil, whisking until mixed well. Set aside vinaigrette to drizzle over quails.
  4. Meanwhile, in medium skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add potatoes, sauteing until heated through. Transfer to bowl and coarsely mash using a fork. Add shallots and chives, combining well. Season to taste.
  5. Divide mashed potatoes between plates and place quail over top. Place mixed greens over quail and drizzle with vinaigrette.

Makes 6 servings.

Source: Gusto