Spanish Tapas

The Food

The Restaurant – Azul Tapas Lounge, Shanghai

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What’s for Lunch?

Bento

The Menu

  • Rice Ball Wrapped with Thinly Sliced Pork
  • Stired-fried Beef with Burdock
  • Fried Egg Roll

Swiss Study Shows Genetically Modified Plants Pose Low Risk

Another study has shown that genetically modified (GM) plants pose a low risk to humans and the environment. The new research from Switzerland is the latest in several recent studies finding few risks with adopting and consuming GM crops. Earlier this summer, Chinese scientists released similar information.

The Swiss developed its recent study after its government voted for a five-year moratorium on GM crops in 2005. About 30 projects were launched between 2007 and 2011 to study GM crops’ impact.

All of the researchers reached the same conclusions. There were no identifiable negative effects on beneficial organisms, microorganisms or soil fertility.

“The national research program did not reveal any risk for human health or the environment,” said National Science Foundation delegate Thomas Bernauer.

Despite the findings, it is unlike for Swiss farmers to adopt GM crops after the moratorium expires. There is little financial incentive to plant these crops. However, increasing pest pressure could change farmers’ minds.

Scientists recommend continuing to conduct field trials because research showed that GM plants behaved differently in a greenhouse than in a field.

The moratorium could be extended until 2017 if a pending motion is accepted by both chambers of the Swiss parliament.

Source: AG Professional

A Colourful Beef Tenderloin Stir-fry

Ingredients

160 g beef tenderloin
50 g red Bell pepper
50 g yellow bell pepper
50 g orange bell pepper

Marinade

1 tsp light soy sauce
1/2 tsp minced garlic
1/3 tsp cornstarch
dash pepper

Seasoning

1 tsp cooking wine
1/8 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar

Method

  1. Remove seeds of bell peppers and cut into strips.
  2. Cut beef into strips. Add marinade and set aside for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a wok. Stir-fry beef until almost done.
  4. Add bell peppers. Toss to combine.
  5. Mix in seasoning ingredients. Toss briefly. Remove and serve.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

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