New Food Offering in Japan: Fried Pizza

Bacon, mashed potato, cut potato and corn are stuffed in a pocket of pizza dough and then deep-fried.

What’s for Dinner?

Home-cooked Japanese Dinner

The Menu

Rice with Bamboo Shoot

Salt-grilled Sweet Fishes

Kamaboko (Japanese Fsh Cake)

Donut and Japanese Tea

Spanish-style Rice Dish with Seafood


4 tbsp olive oil
8 oz monkfish or cod, skinned and cut into chunks
3 prepared baby squid, body cut into rings and tentacles chopped
1 red mullet, filleted, skinned and cut into chunks (optional)
1 onion, chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 red pepper, seeded and sliced
4 tomatoes, peeled and chopped
1-1/4 cups Valencia rice
scant 2 cups fish stock
2/3 cup white wine
3/4 cup frozen peas
4-5 saffron strands soaked in 2 tbsp hot water
4 oz cooked peeled prawns
8 fresh mussels in shells, debearded and scrubbed
salt and freshly ground black pepper
l tbsp chopped fresh parsley, to garnish
lemon wedges, to serve


  1. Heat 2 tbsp of the olive oil in a large frying pan and add the monkfish or cod, squid and red mullet, if using. Stir-fry for 2 minutes, then transfer the fish with all the juices to a bowl and reserve.
  2. Heat the remaining 2 tbsp of oil in a saute pan and add the onion, garlic and pepper. Fry, stirring frequently, for 6-7 minutes, until the onion and pepper have softened.
  3. Stir in the tomatoes and fry for 2 minutes, then add the rice, stirring to coat the grains with oil, and cook for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Pour on the fish stock and wine and add the peas, saffron and water. Season well and mix.
  5. Gently stir in the reserved cooked fish with all the juices, followed by the prawns, and then push the mussels into the rice.
  6. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, over a low heat for about 30 minutes, or until the stock has been absorbed but the mixture is still moist.
  7. Remove from the heat, keep covered and leave to stand for 5 minutes. Discard any mussels that remain closed.
  8. Garnish the paella with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Best of Spain

It’s Yoga to the Rescue for Prostate Cancer Patients

Hold that pose: New research suggests yoga may help men deal with the side effects of prostate cancer therapy.

Novice yoga practitioners had renewed energy and fewer of the sexual and urinary symptoms tied to radiation treatment, compared with men who didn’t use the technique, the study found.

“Levels of patient-reported fatigue are expected to increase by around the fourth or fifth week of a typical treatment course, but that did not happen in the yoga group,” said lead researcher Dr. Neha Vapiwala. She’s an associate professor of radiation oncology at the University of Pennsylvania.

According to the researchers, up to 85 percent of men who undergo radiation therapy for prostate cancer experience erectile dysfunction, often because they are also taking testosterone-depleting treatments. Many men also report great fatigue after radiation therapy.

Would the age-old practice of yoga help ease that burden?

Patients in the study underwent six to nine weeks of external beam radiation therapy. Those who already did yoga, those with advanced cancer, and those who’d previously undergone radiation therapy were not included in the study.

Twenty-two of the patients attended a structured yoga class two times a week while undergoing radiation therapy, while 28 others did not do yoga and served as a comparison group.

Each yoga session lasted 75 minutes and included sitting, standing and reclining positions that were modified to suit each patient’s needs and restrictions.

Vapiwala’s group reported that men who attended yoga classes had less fatigue and better sexual and urinary function than those in the other group, based on self-reported questionnaires.

Overall, fatigue levels for men taking yoga fell as the classes went on, while they rose for men not in the classes, the research showed.

And while sexual functioning scores dropped for men in the non-yoga group, there was no change noted for those taking the yoga classes.

“Yoga is known to strengthen pelvic floor muscles, which is one of several postulated theories that may explain why this group did not demonstrate declining scores, as seen in the control group,” Vapiwala reasoned in a university news release. “That may also explain the yoga patients’ improved urinary function scores, another finding of this trial,” she said.

As for feeling tired, “both the severity of the fatigue as well as the patients’ ability to go about their normal lives appeared to be positively impacted in the yoga group,” Vapiwala said.

Source: HealthDay

“Bad” Air may Impact “Good” Cholesterol Increasing Heart Disease Risk

Traffic-related air pollution may increase cardiovascular disease risk by lowering levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), commonly known as “good” cholesterol, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology.

Scientists have long known that air pollution increases the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis and heart failure, but are uncertain how the two are connected. The connection may be explained by a reduction in the number of small, cholesterol-depleted HDL particles, leaving the average amount of cholesterol in HDL particles higher on a per-particle basis. Recent evidence suggests that the number and functionality of HDL particles may be a better gauge of HDL’s heart-healthy effects than their cholesterol content, said lead author Griffith Bell, Ph.D., M.P.H., from the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle.

In a study of 6,654 middle-aged and older U.S. adults from diverse ethnic backgrounds, participants living in areas with high levels of traffic-related air pollution tended to have lower HDL levels.

Researchers found:

  • Higher exposure to black carbon (a marker of traffic-related pollution) averaged over a one year period was significantly associated with a lower “good” cholesterol level.
  • Higher particulate matter exposure over three months was associated with a lower HDL particle number.
  • Men and women responded to air pollutants differently: HDL was lower at higher pollution exposure for both sexes, but the magnitude was greater in women.

The lower levels of HDL observed with high levels of air pollution “may put individuals at a higher risk for cardiovascular disease down the line,” Bell said.

Changes in HDL levels may already appear after brief and medium-length exposures to air pollution, the authors noted.

The findings are part of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, an ongoing U.S. study examining the lifestyle factors that predict development of cardiovascular disease. This study follows a large, diverse population and unlike many previous studies on the health effects of air pollution that assumed individuals living in the same city have the same level of air pollution exposure, this study used cohort-focused monitoring campaigns looking at time and place to estimate air pollution exposure for each study participant, Bell said. It is also the first large cohort study to examine associations between air pollution and HDL particle number, he added.

However, HDL particle numbers were measured only once in this analysis, so “we were unable to examine whether they changed over time,” Bell noted. Continuing to track how HDL levels change with extent of exposure to traffic air pollution and investigating how air pollution interferes with HDL’s activity in the body will help confirm and understand the role of HDL, Bell added. Nonetheless, “our study helps strengthen the biological plausibility of the link between traffic-related air pollution and cardiovascular disease,” he said. “We’re slowly beginning to understand some of the biology of how that link works.”

Source: American Heart Association

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