How to Prepared Planked Salmon

Step 1

Soak cedar plank in a large dish. Weigh down with a heavy can to completely immerse. Soak 1 hour or overnight.

Step 2

Preheat grill to high. Remove plank from water. Place salmon on it, skin side down. Leaving space between pieces. Evenly brush salmon with sauce.

Step 3

Place plank on one side of grill. Turn that side to medium. Keep the other side turned to high. Cook with lid closed until the fish is done. Keep a squirt bottle of water nearby in case of plank flare-ups.

When fish is cooked, turn off grill. Remove plank to a rack set on a heat-proof surface or leave plank on grill until cooled. To remove fish, slip a spatula between fillet and skin and lift fish to plates, leaving skin on the board.

Source: Chatelaine


Dolphin Fish Nigiri Sushi

The Sushi

The Fish- Siira

Better Monitoring of Food Quantity Makes Self-Control Easier

New research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management suggests learning how to stop enjoying unhealthy food sooner may play a pivotal role in combating America’s obesity problem. The research, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, explores how satiation, defined as the drop in liking during repeated consumption, can be a positive mechanism when it lowers the desire for unhealthy foods.

“When people talk about self-control, they really imply that self-control is willpower and that some people have it and others don’t when facing a tempting treat,” says Joseph Redden, an assistant professor of marketing at the Carlson School and lead author of the ‘Healthy Satiation: The Role of Decreasing Desire in Effective Self-Control.’ “In reality, nearly everyone likes these treats. Some people just stop enjoying them faster and for them it’s easier to say no.”

Through a series of experiments, Redden and Texas A&M University assistant professor of marketing Kelly Haws discovered that when people with high self-control eat unhealthy foods they become satisfied with the experience faster than when they are eating healthy foods and thus eat less. In one study, the researchers asked participants to monitor themselves as they ate by counting how many times they swallowed. With this subtle clue to the amount eaten, those with low self-control became satisfied at a faster rate. Redden said they were surprised at how easy it was to recreate self-control – just using a baseball pitch counter made low self-control people act like they had high self-control.

“People can essentially use attention for how much they are consuming instead of relying on self-control,” Redden says. “Really paying a lot more attention to the quantity will lead people to feel satiated faster and eat less.”

Source: University of Minnesota

Mashed Potato and Stir-fried Ground Beef


160 g ground beef
2 chicken livers
1 small onion, diced
1 tbsp minced shallot
1 tsp minced garlic
1 tsp cooking wine
400 g potato
2 tbsp butter
1/4 cup milk
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp pepper

Beef marinade

1 tsp light soy sauce
1 tsp dark soy sauce
1/4 tsp sugar
dash pepper
1 tsp cooking wine
1/2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 tbsp oil


1/2 cup chicken broth
2 tsp oyster sauce
1 tsp cornstarch


  1. Add 2 tbsp of water to ground beef. After the water is absorbed, add marinade. Set aside for 30 minutes.
  2. Cut chicken liver into thick slices. Blanch in hot water for 30 seconds. Remove and rinse with cold water. Drain and cut into small dices.
  3. Clean potato and put in a large pot of water. Bring to a boil. Turn down heat to medium. Cover and simmer for 25 to 30 minutes until tender. Remove and drain.
  4. Remove skin of potatoes and mash. Mix in butter and milk gradually. Season with salt, sugar and pepper.
  5. Put mashed potato into a serving plate. Form into the shape of a cake with a hole in the middle. Keep warm and set aside.
  6. Mix sauce ingredients in a small bowl.
  7. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a wok. Sauté onion until translucent. Mix in shallot and garlic. Stir-fry briefly. Add beef and stir-fry for 2 minutes. Mix in chicken liver. Sprinkle cooking wine and toss briefly. Stir in sauce ingredients. Toss until the beef is fully cooked and most of the sauce is reduced. Remove beef mixture to the hole in the mashed potato. Serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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How to Cook Fish En Papillote

Source: The Globe and Mail