Hybrid Snack: Croissant Cakes

Chocolate Croissant Cake and Blue Berries Cream Cheese Croissant Cake

Each cake is selling for Yen 140 (about US$ 1.15) in Japan.

Thai-style Oyster in Curry Sauce


10 oysters
8 to 10 okras, ends cut off and sectioned
8 to 10 cherry tomatoes

Curry Sauce

75 g green curry paste
2 cloves shallots
2 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup chicken broth
2 to 3 stalks Thai basil
2 to 3 kaffir lime leaves (crushed)


2 tbsp fish sauce
2 tsp granulated sugar


  1. Heat wok and add 2 tbsp oil. Stir-fry okras and tomatoes briefly. Set aside.
  2. Rub 2 to 3 tbsp cornstarch on oysters to remove the dirt. Rinse well. Blanch in boiling water. Remove and drain.
  3. Heat wok and add 2 tbsp oil. Saute shallot and green curry paste. Add coconut milk, broth and kaffir lime leaves. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add oysters, okras and tomatoes. Bring to a boil again. Add seasoning and basil leaves. Mix well and serve hot.

Source: Xi Yan Cuisine

Denny offers Japanese Dishes in Japan

Cooking Class: How to Section Raw or Cooked Crab

Turn the crab onto its back and twist the abdominal flap to remove.

Place the point of a knife or your thumb where the flap was and pries off the top shell. Remove the guts and gills and rinse crab well under cold running water.

Cut the body section in half and then remove the legs and claws as close as possible to the shell by twisting them away from the body. For Smaller crab, cut the body into quarters and cook with the legs attached or unattached.

Sweat to Help Reduce the Risk for Prostate Cancer

Vigorous exercise, a healthy diet and not smoking may dramatically reduce a man’s risk for aggressive prostate cancer, new research suggests.

Nearly half of lethal prostate cancer cases in the United States would be prevented if men over 60 followed five or more healthy habits, lead author Stacey Kenfield, an assistant professor in the urology department at University of California, San Francisco Medical Center, said in a university news release.

Most cases of prostate cancer do not spread to other parts of the body and are not life-threatening. For some men, however, the disease is deadly, affecting their bones and other organs.

Kenfield’s team investigated whether healthy lifestyle habits could help protect men from aggressive forms of prostate cancer. They analyzed data from two large studies involving more than 62,000 men between 40 and 84. The men, who were cancer-free at the start, were followed for more than 20 years.

Each participant received one point for each healthy habit, such as vigorous exercise, a diet rich in fatty fish or tomatoes, minimal intake of red meat and low body mass index (BMI), a measure used to determine if someone is at a healthy weight for their height.

During the study, 913 cases of deadly prostate cancer were identified. The researchers noted, however, the men who earned five to six points by working up a sweat during exercise or following healthy lifestyle habits had a much lower risk for the disease — 38 percent less in one study and 68 percent lower in the other.

The findings were published recently in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

“It’s interesting that vigorous activity had the highest potential impact on prevention of lethal prostate cancer,” said Kenfield, who was with Harvard Medical School when the study began. “We calculated the population-attributable risk for American men over 60 and estimated that 34 percent of lethal prostate cancer would be reduced if all men exercised to the point of sweating for at least three hours a week.”

When researchers considered diet alone, they found men who had three healthy habit points were 30 percent to 46 percent less likely to develop lethal prostate cancer than the men with no points.

Meanwhile, eating at least seven servings of tomatoes each week would reduce the risk for deadly forms of prostate cancer by 15 percent, the study found.

The researchers also calculated that just one serving of fatty fish weekly would lower the risk for the disease by 17 percent, and avoiding processed meat would reduce the risk by 12 percent. Since many older American men have smoked for a long time, the researchers noted that quitting smoking lowered their risk for aggressive prostate cancer by 3 percent.

These are associations, however, and do not prove a direct cause-and-effect relationship.

In 2015, it’s estimated that 27,540 men will die from prostate cancer, according to the American Cancer Society.

Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

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