Beef Madras


1-2 dried red chilies
2 tsp ground coriander
2 tsp ground turmeric
1 tsp black mustard seeds
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp ground pepper
5 oz creamed coconut, grated and dissolved in 1-1/4 cups boiling water
4 tbsp ghee or vegetable or peanut oil
2 onions, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1 lb 9 oz lean chuck steak, trimmed and cut into 2-inch cubes
generous 1 cup beef stock
1 tbsp lemon juice salt
fresh cilantro sprigs, to garnish


  1. Depending on how hot you want this dish to be, chop the chilies with or without any seeds. (The more seeds you include, the hotter the dish will be.) Put the chopped chili and any seeds in a small bowl with the coriander, turmeric, mustard seeds, ginger, and pepper and stir in a little of the coconut mixture to make a thin paste.
  2. Melt the ghee in a flameproof casserole or large skillet with a tight-fitting lid over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and cook for 5-8 minutes, stirring frequently, until the onions are golden brown.
  3. Add the spice paste and stir-fry for 2 minutes, or until you can smell the aromas.
  4. Add the beef and stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to its lowest level, cover, and simmer for 90 minutes, or until the beef is tender. Check occasionally that the meat isn’t catching on the bottom of the pan and stir in a little extra water or stock, if necessary.
  5. Uncover the pan and stir in the remaining coconut mixture with the lemon juice and salt to taste. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat and simmer, still uncovered, until the sauce reduces slightly. Garnish with cilantro sprigs and serve.

Makes 4 to 6 servings.

Source: Curries

Gadget: BonBowl – a Personal Induction Cooking System

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The BonBowl is a new personal induction cooking system that promises to help people whip up fresh-cooked meals without a lot of complications.

The BonBowl has two parts, the induction cooktop base and a specially designed bowl that fits on top of it that cooks and is also the serving dish. BonBowl is compact enough to stay on a kitchen counter, and the bowl is big enough to serve a generous-sized meal for one. Because it uses induction, there isn’t a hot surface to be wary of, and it plugs into a standard outlet. The bowl is also dishwasher safe, making cleanup easy.

Because consumers in the U.S. might not be familiar with induction cooking, the BonBowl website (there isn’t a mobile app yet) also features a number of recipes for guidance. All of the recipes feature five ingredients or less that you can find at most stores and take less than 15 minutes to cook.

BonBowl’s launch is coming at a time when the global pandemic has re-shaped our eating habits and more people have been forced to eat at home. While restaurants are re-opening, people are still wary about dining there. Restaurant delivery is an option, but it has ethical complications (it’s also expensive!). Having a personal cooker like a BonBowl could come in handy, especially if there’s a second wave of coronavirus on its way.

There has been some renewed interest in innovative at-home cooking appliances. Earlier this week, Tovala announced that it raised $20 million for its connected oven and meal service. The oven itself has a scan-to-cook feature that allows for easy meal preparation.

BonBowl is bootstrapped and was founded by Mike Kobida, a veteran product designer whose previous company, Spectrom3D was acquired by MakerBot in 2015. Kobida currently has three patents pending on the BonBowl.

Single people, or anyone interested in compact cooking appliances, can pre-order the BonBowl right now for $129, and it will ship throughout the U.S. on July 21.

Source: The Spoon

What Happens to Your Kidneys as You Age?

Kidney function declines naturally with age, even if a person is in good health, a new European study says.

Researchers assessed nearly 3,000 people in Norway, Germany and Iceland, age 50 and older, in order to learn more about how kidney function changes with age.

“What happens in our kidneys when we age is representative of all the other things that happen in our bodies. The kidney function deteriorates, not because we get ill, but as part of aging,” said lead author Bjørn Odvar Eriksen, leader of the Metabolic and Renal Research Group at the University of Tromsø (UiT)–The Arctic University of Norway.

Because loss of kidney function happens to everyone, Eriksen said it is an ideal way to determine aging in general.

“There is still variation as to how quickly this happens, and we still do not have good answers as to why this variation occurs. We have examined many factors that can play a part as to why some of us experience larger loss of kidney function than others,” Eriksen said in a university news release.

More than 1,600 kidney-study participants are part of the Tromsø Study — Norway’s most comprehensive population study. They were examined between 2007 and 2009, again between 2013 and 2015, and finally, between 2018 and 2020.

The researchers measured function by injecting a substance that only separates in the kidneys into participants’ bloodstream, waiting a few hours, and then testing how much of the substance remained in the blood.

Eriksen noted that more people may experience loss of kidney function as survival rates improve for illnesses like cancer and heart disease.

“For those who experience loss of kidney function at a high age, this is a considerable burden. That is why this is an area that needs further research to find more answers. We are still looking for the fountain of youth,” Eriksen said.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology.

Source: HealthDay

Regular Physical Activity Can Maintain or Improve Frailty

Frailty is the medical term for becoming weaker or experiencing lower levels of activity or energy. Becoming frail as we age increases our risk for poor health, falls, disability, and other serious concerns.

Aging increases the risks for becoming frail. As more of us live longer, it’s likely that frailty will pose a larger public health problem in the near future. Experts in geriatrics (the field of health care focused on care for older adults) suggest that maintaining a healthy lifestyle may reduce your chances of becoming frail.

One aspect of a healthy lifestyle is getting regular physical activity. However, studies on the association between physical activity and frailty among older adults show different results. Some studies suggest that regular physical activity could delay frailty and reduce its severity, but other studies do not. And most of the studies have examined people aged 50 to 70, so the information we have for people over age 70 is limited.

To address this gap, researchers conducted a new study as part of a European project that promotes healthy aging in older adults. They examined the benefits of assistance that helps older adults follow their prescribed medications and prevent falls, frailty, and loneliness. The participants received care at study sites in five European countries (Spain, Greece, Croatia, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom). The study results were published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Among other questions, the participants were asked, “How often do you engage in activities that require a low or moderate level of energy such as gardening, cleaning the car, or taking a walk?”

Researchers considered that “regular frequency” was engaging in such activities more than once a week; “low frequency” involved engaging in these activities once a week or less.

Of the participants, 1,215 adults over the age of 70 were included in the group that received assistance. 1,110 received no intervention but were followed for comparison. Participants in the first group received a risk assessment, shared decision-making, and care aimed at reducing their fall risk, inappropriate medication use, loneliness, and frailty.

Compared with participants who were moderately active at the start of the study, participants who were moderately active once a week or less were significantly more physically, psychologically, and socially frail at the study’s follow-up period.

The participants who were regularly, moderately active were the least frail, and participants who were moderately active less than once a week were the most frail.

The researchers learned that people over 70 who were physically active on a regular basis, as well as people who increased their level of activity to a regular basis, were able to improve or maintain their level of frailty—not only physically, but also psychologically and socially.

This summary is from “Longitudinal association between physical activity and frailty among community-dwelling older adults.” It appears online ahead of print in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Source: Health in Aging

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