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Chinese-style Steamed Eggplant with Preserved Cabbage


1 piece sweet preserved cabbage (甜梅菜), about 2 oz
1 eggplant, about 8 oz
1 slice ginger, shredded


2 teaspoons oil
1/2 teaspoon light soy sauce
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon cornstarch
dash of ground white pepper
1/8 tsp sesame oi


  1. Wash the eggplant and peel before cutting into strips.
  2. Wash the sweet preserved cabbage, drain and squeeze to dry. Dice.
  3. Mix the eggplant with all the seasonings and place them on a heat-proof plate. Put the preserved cabbage and ginger on the eggplant and steam for 10 minutes.

Source: Hong Kong magazine

Nine-seat Araki Sushi Restaurant Wins Three Michelin Stars

Nadia Khomami wrote . . . . . .

A sushi restaurant in London with just nine seats is the latest British eatery to gain three Michelin stars, increasing the number of top-rated restaurants in the UK to five.

The Araki, which opened off Regent Street in 2014, joined the top tier of restaurants in the latest Michelin Guide to Great Britain and Ireland, announced on Monday.

Its elevation means that Mitsuhiro Araki regains the three stars he won at his Edomae (Tokyo-style) sushi restaurant in Tokyo before bringing it to London three years ago.

Michael Ellis, the international director of the Michelin guides, said: “With its nine-seater counter, The Araki has gone from strength to strength. When Mitsuhiro Araki moved to London from Tokyo in 2014 he set himself the challenge of using largely European fish and his sushi is now simply sublime.”

The Araki’s website boasts that “every seat is at the chef’s table” at the upmarket venue in Mayfair. It has only one set menu, the omakase sushi menu, for £300 a person, and notes it is “unable to accommodate dietary requirements”.

Four other restaurants retained their three-star rating in the new list: Heston Blumenthal’s Fat Duck and Alain Roux’s Waterside Inn in Bray, Berkshire, Alain Ducasse at the Dorchester in Park Lane and Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in Chelsea, which retained its award under its new chef, Matt Abé.

Twenty restaurants now have two stars, including a new entry by Claude Bosi at French foodery Bibendum, also in Chelsea, which gains a second star.

A total of 150 restaurants have one Michelin star this year, including 17 new ones. They include Tom Kerridge’s pub, the Coach, in Marlow, Bucks, and Michael Caines’s Lympstone Manor in Devon. Michael Smith won a star for Loch Bay, his restaurant in a converted crofter’s house on the Isle of Skye in Scotland.

The Wild Honey Inn in Lisdoonvarna, County Clare, a 19th-century inn, became the latest Irish restaurant to be added to list. Owned and run by chef Aidan McGrath and his partner, Kate Sweeney, the Wild Honey Inn – a Michelin Bib Gourmand holder since 2010 – was the only newcomer to join an 11-strong list of Michelin star restaurants in the Irish Republic.

Northern Ireland has retained its two Michelin stars – for Eipic and Ox, both in Belfast.

Also awarded one Michelin star was Peter Sanchez-Iglesias at Paco Tapas in Bristol, Matt Worswick at the Latymer in Surrey and Coworth Park in Ascot, Mark Birchall at Moor Hall in Lancashire, and Niall Keating at Whatley Manor in Wiltshire.

In London, A Wong received a star for its contemporary Cantonese cooking, while Anne-Sophie Pic received one for her French cuisine at La Dame de Pic. Phil Howard has a star for Elystan Street and the traditional Nordic dishes at Aquavit were also rewarded with a star. Two Indian restaurants in London were on this year’s list of Michelin star winners: Jamavar and the reopened Vineet Bhatia.

Scottish hotel Boath House in Auldearn kept its star despite asking to be stripped of its rating, claiming the formality discouraged local customers.

Source: The Guardian

Problems with Senses — Hearing, Vision, Smell, Touch, and Taste — May Predict Older Adults’ Overall Health and Ability to Function

The five senses are hearing, vision, smell, touch, and taste. When these senses begin to dim or are lost as we age, we face challenges dealing with everyday life. Losing one’s senses can also cause serious health problems.

Researchers have mainly focused on what happens after people lose one or two of their senses. However, we know that losing more than two senses occurs frequently for older adults. Until now, no studies have examined how losing multiple senses affects older adults. To learn more, a team of researchers from the University of Chicago designed a study to focus on just that. Their study was published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

The researchers conducted home interviews among 3,005 older adults between the ages of 57 and 85. They checked participants’ abilities to hear, see, smell, touch, and taste. They also assessed the participants’ mobility, health behaviors, chronic diseases, cognitive function (the ability to think and make decisions), and BMI (body-mass index, a measure for obesity that compares your height to your weight).. Five years later, the researchers reassessed the participants who were still living to measure:

  • Mobility (measured with a timed 10-foot long walk)
  • Degree of difficulty performing eight key daily activities, including bathing, feeding and shopping for themselves; doing light housekeeping; and managing their own finances
  • Physical activity, measured with a fitness tracking device used for research purposes
  • Mental health status
  • Overall health

The researchers reported that the more sensory losses older adults experienced, the worse they performed on the mobility test. Participants with greater sensory problems were more likely to have trouble performing two or more daily activities.

Women, older participants, smokers, and people with more chronic illnesses had higher levels of disability than other participants.

After five years, the participants who had more sensory disabilities at the beginning of the study walked more slowly than participants who had fewer sensory problems. Participants who were obese and had high blood pressure and more chronic illnesses walked much slower than other participants. Women, minorities, and people with less education also walked much slower than other participants.

People with more sensory losses at the beginning of the study also had:

  • Difficulty performing their daily activities
  • Difficulty staying physically active
  • Difficulty staying sharp mentally
  • Overall worse health
  • Unhealthy weight loss
  • Increased risk for dying

The researchers concluded that older adults with multiple sensory losses should be closely monitored because they are at higher risk for poor health. They also suggested that monitoring at-risk older adults sooner could help prevent problems such as cognitive impairment.

Source: The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging

High Blood Pressure in 40s a Dementia Risk for Women

Dennis Thompson wrote . . . . . . .

Women who develop high blood pressure in their 40s could be much more vulnerable to dementia later in life, a new study suggests.

That increased risk could run as high as 73 percent, the researchers reported, but the same did not hold true for men.

These new findings suggest that high blood pressure can start playing a role in brain health even earlier than previously thought, said lead researcher Paola Gilsanz, a postdoctoral fellow with the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Division of Research in Oakland.

Prior studies have linked high blood pressure with dementia, but “it wasn’t clear if hypertension before one’s 50s was a risk factor,” Gilsanz said.

A healthy circulatory system is key to a health brain, said Keith Fargo, director of scientific programs and outreach for the Alzheimer’s Association.

“The brain is a very metabolically active organ in the body. It requires an outsized amount of oxygen and other nutrients,” said Fargo, who wasn’t involved with the study. “Because of that, there’s a very, very rich blood delivery system in the brain. Anything that happens to compromise that is going to compromise the overall health and function of the brain.”

Because of that, it stands to reason that long-term exposure to high blood pressure could leave one more vulnerable to dementia as they enter old age, Gilsanz said.

Gilsanz and her colleagues reviewed the records of more than 5,600 patients of the Kaiser Permanente Northern California health care system, tracking them from 1996 onward for an average 15 years to see who developed dementia.

They found that people with high blood pressure in their 30s did not appear to have any increased risk of dementia.

But women who developed high blood pressure in their 40s did have an increased risk of dementia, even after the researchers adjusted for other factors like smoking, diabetes and excess weight.

However, the study did not prove that early high blood pressure caused dementia risk to rise in women, just that there was an association.

Men did not have a similar risk from high blood pressure in their 40s, but that could be because they were more likely to die before they grew old enough to suffer from dementia, Gilsanz noted.

Other factors such as genetic differences, lifestyle differences and sex-specific hormones also might separate men and women when it comes to dementia risk associated with high blood pressure, Fargo said.

“It’s really interesting to see there was an association among women but not men,” Gilsanz said. “Given that women have higher rates of dementia than men, understanding why this may be is a large area of interest for us. Future research should really look at sex-specific pathways that might be at play, to disentangle the risk factors for men and women.”

Fargo said it makes sense that people with long-term exposure to high blood pressure would be more likely to develop dementia.

“Your dementia risk is really a lifelong thing,” Fargo said. “People think about dementia in late life, because that’s when it’s common to see the clinical symptoms. But everything that is setting you up for cognitive decline is occurring throughout your life.”

But Fargo sees this as an opportunity, given that high blood pressure can be controlled with medication and lifestyle changes.

“These modifiable risk factors are the most powerful weapons we have in our arsenal to fight dementia,” he said. “It’s a target that is addressable.”

The study was published in the journal Neurology.

Source: HealthDay

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