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Afternoon Tea

Lobster-inspired afternoon tea set

The Menu

  • Strawberry fruit tarts, caramel macaroons, English fruit cake and shortbread cookies.
  • Frou Frou cake (dark chocolate with a crispy biscuit), mango pistachio tart and raspberry marechaux.
  • Rye bread and mascarpone roll with lobster, and chunky lobster and avocado sandwich.
  • Scones served with clotted cream, strawberry jam and mango jam.
  • Baked barbecue buns filled with lobster and truffle.
  • Drink – Coffee, tea and/or Champagne.

Common Supplements Increase Prostate Cancer Risk

Men who take supplements containing vitamin E and a nutrient called selenium may be increasing their chance of prostate cancer, according to a large study from the US.

What do we know already?

Prostate cancer usually affects older men. The prostate makes the fluid that carries sperm out of a man’s penis when he has an orgasm. Prostate cancer can happen when cells in the prostate gland grow out of control and invade healthy cells.

Selenium is important in keeping the thyroid gland working properly. Previous research has shown that men with low levels of selenium are more likely to get prostate cancer. Scientists also think that the levels of vitamin E in the body might play a part in how selenium works. So it seemed logical to try to find out if giving supplements of these nutrients to men might reduce their chance of getting prostate cancer.

However, research hasn’t so far provided many clear answers. One large study suggested that vitamin E supplements might have actually slightly increased the chance of someone getting prostate cancer.

To get a clearer picture, researchers in the US carried out a study in more than 35,000 men who were aged at least 50 and did not have signs of prostate cancer. Some men took selenium, some took vitamin E, some took both supplements, and some took a dummy (placebo) for comparison. All men had their selenium levels measured, and researchers compared how many men in each group got prostate cancer.

What does the new study say?

The researchers planned to follow up the men for longer than they actually did. But the study was stopped early, after about six years, when it became clear that more men taking supplements were getting prostate cancer than men taking placebos.

The researchers had expected the men taking supplements to have a smaller chance of getting prostate cancer than the men taking a placebo. But this didn’t happen. The disease was more likely in the group of men taking the supplements that were supposed to reduce the chance of prostate cancer.

Overall, the study found:

About 5 in 100 men in the study got prostate cancer.

Men who had low levels of selenium at the start of the study got no benefit from selenium supplements. It didn’t reduce their chance of getting prostate cancer.

Men who had high levels of selenium at the start of the study who took selenium supplements increased their chance of prostate cancer by 91%.

Men with low selenium at the start of the study who took vitamin E increased their chance of prostate cancer by 63%.

How reliable is the research?

This was a large study with good methods but, as with most research, we can point to a few reasons to be cautious about its findings. However, when a study is stopped early, as this one was, because of real concerns that people are being harmed, that’s probably a good indication that we should take notice of what it says.

What does this mean for me?

All men want to avoid prostate cancer. But it looks like selenium and vitamin E supplements are not the way to do it. If you are worried about prostate cancer, talk to your doctor. The symptoms can include problems urinating, pain in the back and hip, and painful orgasms. But it’s important to remember that many men with prostate cancer don’t get any symptoms, and that symptoms like pain and problems urinating are common in older men, and they usually don’t mean that you have prostate cancer.

Source: Best Health

Roasted Lamb Stuffed with Plum and Apple

Ingredients

2¼ lb loin of lamb, boned
1½ tbsp soft margarine
1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
1½ tbsp chopped parsley
1½ cups whole wheat breadcrumbs
8 oz sweet plums, stoned and chopped
1 large cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped
1/2 tsp ground coriander
3 tbsp orange juice
2 plums and parsley sprigs to garnish

Sauce

1 tbsp flour
1¼ cups chicken stock
2 tbsp port
2 tbsp red currant jelly

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Melt margarine in a pan and fry onion over moderate heat for 3 minutes, stirring once or twice.
  3. Remove pan from heat and stir in parsley, breadcrumbs, plums and apple. Season with salt, ground black pepper and coriander. Mix in the orange juice.
  4. Spoon the filling into the cavity in the meat, roll it neatly and tie with string.
  5. Place meat in a roasting pan and cook in the oven for 1 to 1¼ hours, until it is cooked to your liking.
  6. Transfer meat to a heated serving dish, cover with foil and keep warm. Pour off all but 1 tbsp of the fat.
  7. Over a moderate heat, stir in the flour. Add stock and stir constantly. Mix in port and jelly. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Strain the sauce.
  8. Garnish the roast with plum and parsley sprig before serving with the sauce on the side.

Source: Cooking Naturally


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