Gadget: Radish Shaper

Ravanello – Create mushroom shapes from radishes

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Cat Character Chinese Bun

The fillings inside are pork, shiitake mushroom, mushroom and oyster sauce.

Braised Lamb Shoulder Casserole


1 shoulder of lamb, about 4-1/2 1b, boned
2-3 tbsp olive oil
sea salt and black pepper
1 onion, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 celery stalks, trimmed and cut into 1/2-inch dice
2 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch dice
1 leek, trimmed and chopped
1 garlic bulb, halved horizontally
pinch of rock salt
1 bay leaf
few thyme sprigs
few rosemary sprigs
1 tbsp tomato paste
1 bottle of white wine
1/4 tsp white peppercorns
2-1/2 cups chicken stock
2-1/2 cups veal stock


2-3 large waxy potatoes
2 tbsp clarified butter


  1. Trim the lamb of excess fat, then cut into chunks.
  2. Heat the olive oil in large ovenproof casserole. Season the lamb with salt and pepper and pan-fry in several batches for about 2 minutes on each side until evenly browned. Remove to a plate with a slotted spoon.
  3. Add a little more oil to the casserole and saute the vegetables with the garlic, salt, and herbs over high heat for 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Cook for 2 minutes until the vegetables are golden brown, then pour in the wine, stirring to deglaze. Bring to a boil and let bubble until reduced to a sticky glaze.
  4. Add the peppercorns and pour in the stocks. Return the lamb to the casserole and stir. Partially cover and simmer very gently for 2 to 2-1/2 hours until the lamb is very tender. Let cool in the braising liquor.
  5. Cook the potatoes in salted water for 15 to 20 minutes until just tender when pierced with a skewer. Drain and while still hot, peel off the skins. Cut the potatoes into thin slices and spread out on a baking sheet lined with paper towels to cool and dry out a little.
  6. Drain the lamb and vegetables in a colander set over a clean pan to save the liquor. If using the full quantity of liquor, then reduce by half. Season.
  7. Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).
  8. Put the lamb and vegetables into a casserole or divide among individual ovenproof dishes. Pour over enough reduced liquor to come just below the lamb and vegetables. Arrange the potato slices overlapping on top and brush generously with clarified butter. Sprinkle with salt and place the dishes on a large baking sheet. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the potatoes are golden brown around the edges.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Gordon Ramsay’s Maze

What’s for Lunch?

5-course Lunch at BAK Restaurant in Amsterdam

The Menu

Blue cheese crème served with roasted pear, fresh pear, sweet pickled pumpkin, pumpkin seed pesto, pumpkin puree, and toasted pumpkin seeds.

Parsley root cooked in buttermilk whey served with parsnip puree, raw cauliflower coated with roasted cauliflower oil, and creamy buttermilk whey sauce.

Roe deer stew and bone marrow “terrine”, with charred kale, walnut mayonnaise, pickled onion petals, radish, and toasted buckwheat.

Beef topped with crunchy beef greaves, and Hollandaise made with beef fat.

Dessert – Parsnip ice cream, chocolate crumbs, chocolate crèmeux, sea buckthorn puree, and a parsnip crisp.

The Restaurant

Anxiety May Lead to Unneeded Prostate Cancer Treatments

Anxiety may prompt prostate cancer patients to opt for potentially unnecessary treatments, a new study suggests.

The research included more than 1,500 men newly diagnosed with localized prostate cancer. They were more likely to choose surgery and radiation therapy than active surveillance. Active surveillance — also known as “watchful waiting” — is when the patient is monitored closely, but not treated.

“Men’s level of emotional distress shortly after diagnosis predicted greater likelihood of choosing surgery over active surveillance,” said the researchers from the University at Buffalo and Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, N.Y.

“Importantly, this was true among men with low-risk disease, for whom active surveillance may be a clinically viable option and side effects of surgery might be avoided,” they noted.

Though the study found an association between anxiety and more aggressive treatment, it didn’t prove cause and effect.

“Emotional distress may motivate men with low-risk prostate cancer to choose more aggressive treatment,” said study author Heather Orom, an associate professor of community health and health behavior at the University at Buffalo.

“If distress early on is influencing treatment choice, then maybe we help men by providing clearer information about prognosis and strategies for dealing with anxiety. We hope this will help improve the treatment decision-making process and ultimately, the patient’s quality of life,” Orom said in a university news release.

Overtreatment is a concern because surgery and radiation therapy can cause side effects such as erectile dysfunction and incontinence. These problems can be avoided in men with low-risk prostate cancer by choosing active surveillance, the researchers said.

Study co-author Dr. Willie Underwood III is an associate professor in Roswell Park’s department of urology. “The goal of most physicians treating men with prostate cancer is to help their patients and family members through a difficult process and help their patients receive appropriate treatment,” he said.

“To do so, it is helpful for physicians to better understand what is motivating men’s decisions and to address negative motivators such as emotional distress to prevent men from receiving a treatment that they don’t need or will later regret,” Underwood added.

The findings were published in the Journal of Urology.

Source: University at Buffalo

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