What’s for Dinner?

Contemporary 7-course Western Dinner

The Menu


Tuna Trio

Foie Gras Wontons with Egg Knots

Slow-cooked Veal Cheeks

Onion Duck

Noodle with Crispy Scallop and Black Truffle

Dessert – Red Wine Poached Pear Crumble

Yet Another Hybrid Snack: The Piessant

The piessant comes from the Cake Hag pastry shop in Atlanta.

It actually combines the better parts of flaky croissant dough wrapped around gooey pie fillings.

Why People Losing Weight on A Diet Eventually Gain It Back

The way the stomach detects and tells our brains how full we are becomes damaged in obese people but does not return to normal once they lose weight, according to new research from the University of Adelaide.

Researchers believe this could be a key reason why most people who lose weight on a diet eventually put that weight back on.

In laboratory studies, University of Adelaide PhD student Stephen Kentish investigated the impact of a high-fat diet on the gut’s ability to signal fullness, and whether those changes revert back to normal by losing weight.

The results, published in the International Journal of Obesity, show that the nerves in the stomach that signal fullness to the brain appear to be desensitized after long-term consumption of a high-fat diet.

“The stomach’s nerve response does not return to normal upon return to a normal diet. This means you would need to eat more food before you felt the same degree of fullness as a healthy individual,” says Amanda Page, study leader and an associate professor from the University’s Nerve-Gut Research Laboratory.

“A hormone in the body, leptin, known to regulate food intake, can also change the sensitivity of the nerves in the stomach that signal fullness. In normal conditions, leptin acts to stop food intake. However, in the stomach in high-fat diet induced obesity, leptin further desensitizes the nerves that detect fullness,” she says. “These two mechanisms combined mean that obese people need to eat more to feel full, which in turn continues their cycle of obesity.”

Page says the results have “very strong implications for obese people, those trying to lose weight, and those who are trying to maintain their weight loss”.

“Unfortunately, our results show that the nerves in the stomach remain desensitized to fullness after weight loss has been achieved,” she says.

Page says they’re not yet sure whether this effect is permanent or just long-lasting. “We know that only about 5% of people on diets are able to maintain their weight loss, and that most people who’ve been on a diet put all of that weight back on within two years,” she says.

“More research is needed to determine how long the effect lasts, and whether there is any way—chemical or otherwise—to trick the stomach into resetting itself to normal.”

Source: University of Adelaide

A Decadently Rich But Not-too-sweet Dessert


12 1-oz squares semi-sweet chocolate
1½ cups sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
4½ cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp finely grated orange peel
1/3 cup silvered toasted almonds (optional)


  1. Finely chopped chocolate. Whisk sugar with cocoa and flour in a saucepan. Mix in slowly 1/2 cup milk to form a paste, and then whisk in the remaining milk.
  2. Bring the mixture over medium heat to a boil, stirring constantly. Remove from heat, and then stir in chocolate, vanilla and orange peel. Stir-frequently until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth, about 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. Pour into 12 small coffee or espresso cups or ramekins that will hold no more than 2/3 cup. Refrigerate at least 4 hours, preferably overnight.
  4. Just before serving, sprinkle each pudding with almond, if using, or add a curl of orange peel. Serve chilled.

Makes 12 servings.

Source: Chatelaine

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