Japanese Chicken Sukiyaki Dinner

Chicken Sukiyaki in Cast Iron Pot Heated by a Charcoal-burning Braizer

Ingredients for Hot Pot

The ingredients include cuts of chicken breast and thigh, organs (heart and gizzard), ground chicken balls, tofu, negi leek, shirataki noodles and raw egg (for dipping).

Pickled Vegetables

Chicken and Egg Rice (親子丼)

Dessert – Melon


People in US Eating More Meals At Home

The graph below shows the secular trend since 2002.

American Heart Association Certifies Almonds With Signature “Heart-Check”

The American Heart Association (AHA) has certified almonds with its signature Heart-Check mark to signify that they are a heart-healthy food. This symbol is the most consumer-trusted nutrition icon appearing on packaged foods — in fact, one study found that more than half of shoppers use the mark as a deciding factor when choosing to purchase a new product. Consumers can now easily identify almonds as smart choice for their heart health.

“Nutrition research has long supported the heart health benefits of almonds,” says Jenny Heap, MS, RD, Health Professional Marketing Manager, Almond Board of California. “Now consumers will be able to more easily identify almonds in the supermarket as a heart-smart food, helping take the guess work out of shopping.”

Two decades of almond research to date has been recognized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) showing that the crunchy nut’s nutrient profile supports healthy heart functions, with more studies being undertaken to support these findings every year. According to the FDA, “Scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as almonds, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.”

Almond lovers have been savvy for some time to the nut’s heart-healthy status, particularly when compared to other nuts. According to a 2011 consumer survey, almonds are the nut selected most often — at more than 40 percent of respondents — as “the nut that is a good snack and helps my heart,” a significant 29 percent ahead of other nuts. That same survey showed that men are particularly interested in almonds’ heart-healthy attributes, such as being completely cholesterol-free.

In each one-ounce serving, or about a handful, almonds provide 6 grams of protein, 13 grams of good unsaturated fat, only 1 gram of saturated fat, are naturally cholesterol-free, and contain fiber (3.5g), calcium (75mg), vitamin E (7.4mg), riboflavin (0.3mg) and niacin (1mg), all of which contribute to a healthy heart.

Source: PR Newswire

Read more about Heart -Check Mark ….

Many Young People Don’t Know What Constitutes Sensible Alcohol Consumption

A new study published in the journal Drug and Alcohol Review reveals that young people do not possess the knowledge or skills required to adhere to government guidelines for responsible alcohol consumption. This article is part of the March special themed issue of the journal on low risk drinking guidelines.

Led by Richard de Visser, PhD, of the University of Sussex, researchers examined young people’s knowledge of, and use of, government guidelines for safe alcohol consumption.

A total of 309 secondary school students and 125 university students in England completed a survey regarding knowledge and beliefs. The university students also reported their alcohol consumption and completed tasks in which they poured their “usual” drinks and what the government guidelines for maximum “unit” consumption on a daily and weekly basis.

Most respondents lacked the knowledge and skills required to drink in accordance with government guidelines. Participants’ “usual” drinks were substantially larger than one unit, and participants tended to underestimate the unit content of drinks.

For 5 of the 7 items examining knowledge and guidelines, fewer than half of the respondents gave correct responses.

Although university students gave a significantly greater number of accurate estimates than did school students, only ¼ of their estimates were within plus or minus 10% of actual content. The majority of estimates were underestimates: 52% among school students; 65% among university students.

“Our results mean that people’s reports of drinking patterns in research may lead to inaccurate estimates of the health effects of different levels of alcohol use,” de Visser notes. “There may be a need for more and/or different alcohol education in schools and the media.”

Source: EurekAlert!

International Senisible Drinking Guideline (pdf) ….

Braised Mixed Vegetables


14 oz daikon
5 oz Chinese leek
5 pieces tofu puff
1 cup chicken broth
to taste light soy sauce


  1. Peel daikon and cut into bite-sized chunks.
  2. Cut leek into sections.
  3. Cut tofu puff in halves.
  4. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Sauté leek, daikon and tofu puff.
  5. Add broth and bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer until daikon and leek are tender. Season with soy sauce to taste before serving.

Source: Hong Kong magazine