London Breaks Guinness World Record – Largest Eton Mess

Weighing in at 167kg (368lbs), it fed 2,000 commuters as part of Tesco’s Love Every Mouthful campaign.

Those stepping off overcrowded tube trains at Soho were treated to a portion of the dessert, placed in an oversized martini glass.

The sweet treat was made using 50 kg of fresh British strawberries, raspberries and blueberries, plus a generous serving of double British cream.

Source: Metro, UK


Eton mess is a traditional English dessert consisting of a mixture of strawberries, pieces of meringue and cream, which is traditionally served at Eton College’s annual cricket game against the pupils of Harrow School. The dish has been known by this name since the 19th century.

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For Seniors, Unhealthy Living May Lead to Disability

Study looked at exercise, smoking, nutrition and other habits.

Seniors who don’t exercise much, who smoke or who eat few fruits and vegetables are at increased risk for disability, according to a new study.

And the more unhealthy lifestyle habits they have, the more likely they are to develop problems that prevent them from being able to do the daily tasks required to live independently.

The study included nearly 4,000 people over age 65 in Dijon, France. They were interviewed about their lifestyle behaviors — such as smoking, diet, physical activity and alcohol consumption — and then followed for 12 years.

During the follow-up, 31 percent of the participants developed disabilities. They were older, more likely to be women and less educated, and had a worse health profile than those who did not develop disabilities.

People who had low or medium levels of physical activity had a 72 percent increased risk of disability, independent of other unhealthy habits. The increased risk was 26 percent for current smokers and those who recently quit, and 24 percent for those who ate fruits and vegetables less than once a day. People with all three unhealthy behaviors were twice as likely to develop disabilities.

There was no association between alcohol consumption and disability risk, according to the study, which was published online July 23 in the journal BMJ.

To determine levels of disability, researchers looked at how well participants could use a telephone, manage their money and medications, walk, climb stairs, do housework, shop, use private or public transportation, and perform personal care functions such as bathing and dressing.

About 30 percent of the association between unhealthy behaviors and disability was explained by factors such as higher body-mass index (a measure of body fat based on height and weight), mental decline, depression, chronic disease and cardiovascular disease, according to a journal news release.

Study author Alexis Elbaz, of France’s National Institute of Health and Medical Research, and colleagues said their findings show that “an unhealthy lifestyle — characterized by physical inactivity, unhealthy diet and smoking — is associated with a greater hazard of disability.” But, they said, people can change these behaviors.


A Blend of Herbs and Quinoa in the Traditional Beef Vegetable Soup


1 tbsp oil
1 cup diced stewing beef
1/2 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced carrot
1/2 cup diced celery
1/4 cup quinoa
4 cups beef broth
1 sprig fresh rosemary
1 sprig fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
3 sprigs fresh parsley
1/2 cup diced red pepper
1/4 cup green peas
salt and ground black pepper


  1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Fry beef for about 5 minutes. Add onion, carrot and celery. Cook until the onion is translucent, about 10 minutes. Mix in quinoa and beef broth.
  2. Make a bouquet garni by putting the herbs in a piece of cheesecloth and tying it with a cotton string. Immerse the herb in the soup.
  3. Simmer the soup for 10 minutes. Add the red pepper and peas. Continue to simmer for 7 to 10 minutes until quinoa is tender.
  4. Discard the bouquet garni and season the soup with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Source: Quinoa 365

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