Brick Oven-baked Pancake with Fresh Cream and Honey

The souffle-like fluffy pancake is available at Sushiro stores in Japan for 300 yen plus tax.

Omelette du Baron de Barante

Ingredients

6-8 eggs
1 small freshly cooked lobster (poached)
6 oz firm white mushrooms
2-3 oz butter
salt and pepper
1/4 cup port
1/4 cup double cream
3-4 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Mornay Sauce

1/2 oz butter
1 tablespoon plain flour
1 cup milk
1-1/2 tablespoons cheese (grated)

Method

  1. Crack claws and remove shell from lobster. Cut the tail meat into scallops.
  2. Wipe the mushrooms, trim stalks level with the caps and slice evenly.
  3. Saute mushrooms in half the butter for 4-5 minutes, then season lightly.
  4. Add port, cover and boil the liquid hard to reduce to half quantity, draw aside and pour in the cream.
  5. Add the lobster meat, cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes, then draw aside.
  6. Prepare the mornay sauce. Melt the butter gently, take away from heat and stir in flour. Pour on one-third of the milk and blend well before adding the rest.
  7. Season lightly before returning to heat and keep stirring until the mixture boils. Continue boiling for 1-2 minutes, then gradually beat in cheese.
  8. Break the eggs into a bowl and beat to a light froth, add 2 tablespoons water and season.
  9. Make the omelet, using the rest of the butter. While it is still soft and creamy in the middle, spoon in the lobster mixture, then roll up and turn on to an ovenproof dish for serving.
  10. Coat at once with the sauce, sprinkle well with the freshly grated cheese and brown under the grill.
  11. Use the head shell and tail meat of lobster to garnish the dish — or use small lobsters, if available.

Makes 4 servings.

Source: Cooking with Eggs

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Leg Pain Could Spell Peripheral Artery Disease for Some

Leg pain while walking or doing other activities could be a sign of peripheral artery disease, an expert says.

Peripheral artery disease (PAD) develops silently, narrowing blood vessels until a shortfall in the supply of nutrients and oxygen causes cramps and leg pain, explained Dr. Faisal Aziz, chief of vascular surgery at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center.

“Pain with physical exertion is a classic, hallmark sign,” Aziz said in a Penn State Health news release. “When it gets really bad, it can form wounds on the legs that do not heal or cause blackening of the foot or toes.”

Risk factors for peripheral artery disease include age and gender. Men and all people 65 and older are most likely to develop the condition. Other risk factors include smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, uncontrolled diabetes and heart disease.

Anyone who has risk factors and pain in their legs should talk to their doctor, Aziz advised.

“If you aren’t exercising or walking enough, you won’t even know you have it until it has silently progressed,” he said. “Most physicians will also recommend that you walk more to help the condition because that encourages your body to form other vessels around the blockage.”

Medications that treat risk factors such as high blood pressure, cholesterol and insulin levels may be helpful, but peripheral artery disease can’t be reversed after it starts.

“Whatever blockages have occurred will not go away unless they are stented or bypassed,” Aziz said. “But risk-factor modification can slow the progression of the disease.”

In cases where walking doesn’t improve the condition, 70% to 80% of patients can be helped with minimally invasive procedures in which balloons or stents are placed in blood vessels to improve circulation.

More serious cases may require surgical bypass, where blood is rerouted from the damaged vessel to a good one nearby, Aziz said.

Source: HealthDay

Too Little Sleep after Menopause Linked to Weaker Bones

Vishwadha Chander wrote . . . . . . . . .

Bones may age faster in older women who get too little sleep, a U.S. study suggests.

Based on data from nearly 11,000 participants in a long-term study, researchers found that postmenopausal women who slept less than five hours a night were more likely to have low bone mass than those who averaged seven hours sleep. Short sleepers were also up to twice as likely to have osteoporosis of the hip and spine, according to the report in the Journal of Bone and Mineral Research.

The bone mass differences between the short sleepers and those who logged seven hours were small, but roughly equivalent to about one year of aging, the study team notes.

“We were building on our previous work, which showed women who slept too little had higher fracture risk,” said epidemiologist Dr. Heather Ochs-Balcom of the school of public health at the State University of New York, Buffalo, who led the study.

“Here, we examined a measure of bone mineral density, to see if that could explain the previous finding,” she told Reuters Health in an email.

Ochs-Balcom and her colleagues analyzed data from the Women’s Health Initiative Study, which originally enrolled 161,808 postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 at 40 clinical centers and followed them over time.

For the current study, the researchers focused on 11,084 women who had undergone full body scans to assess bone density and had answered sleep questionnaires. This group was 78% non-Hispanic white, with an average age of 63, and nearly one in 10 reported sleeping five hours or less per night. One in three also met criteria for insomnia.

Using seven hours of sleep as the reference point, researchers found that women who slept only five hours or less had lower bone mass in whole-body, hip, neck and spine measurements. They were also twice as likely to have osteoporosis in the whole-body measurement, 63% more likely to have it at the hip and 28% more likely to have osteoporosis in the spine.

Women sleeping six hours a night had slightly increased risk of spine and whole-body osteoporosis as well, the analysis found.

The researchers note that the sleep and bone-density assessments reflect a single point in time, so the study cannot determine whether short sleep causes changes in bone health. It is important, they write, to consider the possibility that lower bone mineral density could also be tied to factors that affect sleep.

A number of things contribute to skeletal health, said Dr. Alana Serota of the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, who wasn’t involved in the study. “I feel all our sins are written on our skeletons,” she said in a phone interview.

Serota noted that there is no clear answer on the ideal amount of sleep for postmenopausal women, but it is important to wake up feeling rested.

“We know poor sleep has an impact on cardiovascular health, leads to diabetes, poor sugar control and hypertension. It stands to reason these things can also impact the skeleton,” she added.

“The most important thing is to stay active,” Serota said. “Even if one hasn’t exercised before, it is a good time to start. The diagnosis of any chronic condition, or a transition in any point of life, is a good time for a health reset.”

Source: Reuters


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