Gadget: Musical Water Kettle

Alessi 9091 Water Kettle

The true heart of this design is the brass whistle whose pipes sing two notes, mi and si, when the steam blows through them, giving a particularly brilliant melody. Sapper wanted to avoid giving the kettles whistle the usual screeching sound of other kettles on the market. This musical product came to be described as Alessis first multi-sensorial design.

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Seared Duck Breast with Peppercorn Sauce


1 tsp vegetable oil
2 duck breasts (about 8 oz each), skinned
4 tbsp chicken or duck stock
6 tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbsp green or pink peppercorns in vinegar, drained
fresh parsley, to garnish


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy frying pan. Add the duck breasts and cook over a medium-high heat for about 3 minutes on each side.
  2. Transfer the duck breasts to a plate and cover to keep warm. Pour off any fat from the pan and stir in the stock, cream, mustard and peppercorns. Boil for 2-3 minutes until the sauce thickens slightly, then season with salt.
  3. Pour any accumulated juices from the duck into the sauce, then slice the breasts diagonally.
  4. Arrange duck on two warmed serving plates, pour over a little of the sauce and garnish with parsley before serving.

Makes 2 servings.

Source: A Taste of French

In Pictures: Yo-kai Watch (妖怪ウォッチ) Character Food

Sunday Funnies

At a cocktail party, one woman said to another,

‘Aren’t you wearing your wedding ring on the wrong finger?’

‘Yes, I am. I married the wrong man.’

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When a woman steals your husband, there is no better revenge than to let her keep him.

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A little boy asked his father, ‘Daddy, how much does it cost to get married?’

Father replied, ‘I don’t know son, I’m still paying.’

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A young son asked,

‘Is it true Dad, that in some parts of Africa a man doesn’t know his wife until he marries her?’

Dad replied, ‘That happens in every country, son.’

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If you want your spouse to listen and pay strict attention to every word you say, talk in your sleep.

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Just think, if it weren’t for marriage, men would go through life thinking they had no faults at all.

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First guy says, ‘My wife’s an angel!’

Second guy remarks, ‘You’re lucky, mine’s still alive.’

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‘A Woman’s Prayer’

Dear Lord, I pray for wisdom, to understand a man , to love and to forgive him , and for patience, for his moods.

Because Lord, if I pray for strength ….

I’ll just beat him to death’.

Researchers Find Magnesium Intake May be Beneficial in Preventing Pancreatic Cancer

Indiana University researchers have found that magnesium intake may be beneficial in preventing pancreatic cancer.

Their study, “Magnesium intake and incidence of pancreatic cancer: The Vitamins and Lifestyle study,” recently appeared in the British Journal of Cancer.

Pancreatic cancer is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related death in both men and women in the United States. The overall occurrence of pancreatic cancer has not significantly changed since 2002, but the mortality rate has increased annually from 2002 to 2011, according to the National Cancer Institute.

“Pancreatic cancer is really unique and different from other cancers,” said study co-author Ka He, chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. “The five-year survival rate is really low, so that makes prevention and identifying risk factors or predictors associated with pancreatic cancer very important.”

Previous studies have found that magnesium is inversely associated with the risk of diabetes, which is a risk factor of pancreatic cancer. But few studies have explored the direct association of magnesium with pancreatic cancer; of those that did, their findings were inconclusive, said Daniel Dibaba, a Ph.D. student at the School of Public Health-Bloomington, who led the IU study.

Using information from the Vitamins and Lifestyle study, Dibaba and the other co-authors analyzed an enormous trove of data on over 66,000 men and women, ages 50 to 76, looking at the direct association between magnesium and pancreatic cancer and whether age, gender, body mass index, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs use and magnesium supplementation play a role.

Of those followed, 151 participants developed pancreatic cancer. The study found that every 100-milligrams-per-day decrease in magnesium intake was associated with a 24 percent increase in the occurrence of pancreatic cancer. The study also found that the effects of magnesium on pancreatic cancer did not appear to be modified by age, gender, body mass index or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug use, but was limited to those taking magnesium supplements either from a multivitamin or individual supplement.

“For those at a higher risk of pancreatic cancer, adding a magnesium supplement to their diet may prove beneficial in preventing this disease,” Dibaba said. “While more study is needed, the general population should strive to get the daily recommendations of magnesium through diet, such as dark, leafy greens or nuts, to prevent any risk of pancreatic cancer.”

Source: Indiana University