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Chinese Dish Cooked By Sous Vide

Crispy Beef Brisket

The beef and marinade was cooked by Sous Vide (Vacuum Cooking) for 3 days at 60ºC. It was then dipped in a batter and deep-fried.

The result is the melt-in-the-mouth beef with a crispy skin. The brisket is served with a yellow curry sauce.

The Sous Vide Water Bath

Fruits and Vegetables May Help Protect the Kidneys

Adding fruits and vegetables to the diet may help protect the kidneys of patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) with too much acid build-up, according to a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (CJASN).

Western diets that are based in animal and grain products are highly acidic and can lead to metabolic acidosis, when too much acid builds up in the body. This is particularly common in patients with CKD because the kidneys are responsible for removing acid through the urine. Metabolic acidosis can cause rapid breathing, confusion, and lethargy. Severe cases can lead to shock or death.

Alkali supplementation therapy such as bicarbonate is used to treat CKD patients with severe metabolic acidosis, but simply adding more fruits and vegetables—which contain alkali—to the diet might also help.

Nimrit Goraya, MD, Donald Wesson, MD (Texas A&M College of Medicine) and their colleagues tested this by randomizing 71 patients with hypertensive stage 4 CKD to receive added fruits and vegetables or an oral alkaline medication for one year. The treatments were dosed to decrease dietary acid by half.

Among the major findings:

  • Kidney function was similar between the two groups after one year.
  • One-year plasma total carbon dioxide (PTCO2) increased in both groups, which is consistent with a lessening of metabolic acidosis. PTCO2 was higher in patients receiving bicarbonate than in those receiving added fruits and vegetables.
  • Urine measurements of kidney injury were lower after one year in both groups.
  • Although fruits and vegetables are rich in potassium and might raise blood potassium to dangerous levels, levels did not increase in either group.

“We showed that by addition of alkali such as bicarbonate or alkali-inducing fruits and vegetables, patients had a favorable response by reduction of urinary kidney injury markers,” said Dr. Wesson. “Our study suggests that these interventions will help maintain kidney health in those with kidney disease,” added Dr. Goraya.

In an accompanying editorial, Muhammad Yaqoob, MD (Bartshealth NHS Trust and William Harvey Research Institute, in London) noted that the study is likely to have a limited impact on clinical practice. “A small group of highly motivated patients wishing to reduce their pill burden through dietary modification may benefit from the results of this study. However, many patients find it difficult to follow a diet high in fruits and vegetables and might therefore be more adherent to a supplement,” he wrote. He added that a large multicenter randomized controlled trial examining the impact of supplemental bicarbonate, with and without dietary intervention, in patients with chronic kidney disease is urgently needed.

Source: American Society of Nephrology via newswise

Grilled Quail on Rice Noodle Cake


4 quails (about 5 oz each), chest bones removed and butterflied

Indochine Marinade

3 oz yogurt
2 oz milk
1 tbsp ground pistachios
2 tsp chopped cilantro
1/4 small onion, chopped
2 Thai chillies, chopped
1/4 tsp grated ginger
2 cloves garlic, chopped
2 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sesame oil
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp coriander seeds, toasted
1/2 tsp cardamom seeds, toasted
1/2 tsp fennel seeds, toasted

Rice Noodle Cakes

4 oz dried rice noodle
1 medium red bell pepper, roasted and coarsely chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
2 tsp sesame oil

Yogurt Dressing

5 oz plain yogurt
1/2 tsp chopped cilantro
2 Thai chillies, chopped
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine all ingredients of marinade. Pour over quail and refrigerate, covered, overnight.
  2. Prepare yogurt dressing by combining all ingredients in a small bowl, mixing thoroughly. Set aside. Makes 2/3 cup.
  3. Cook noodles in boiling water for 3 minutes, or according to package directions. Remove and rinse under cold water. Drain and set aside to cool.
  4. Combine noodle with bell pepper, salt and pepper.
  5. Heat 1/2 tsp sesame oil in a non-stick skillet. Add 1/4 of the noodle to cover bottom of skillet. Cook 3 minutes per side or until golden. Repeat with the remaining noodle and sesame oil.
  6. Preheat broiler.
  7. Remove quails from marinade and grill about 7 minutes per side. If quails begin to burn but is not cooked through. Bake in 375ºF oven until fully cooked.
  8. To serve, place quail on top of noodle cake and drizzle with yogurt dressing.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Gusto!

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