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World’s most expensive burger

Thursday, June 26th, 2008
World's most expensice burger

Fast-food giant Burger King has launched world’s most expensive burger – named simply ‘The Burger’.

Priced at 95 pounds, the fine ingredients of ‘The Burger’ include flame grilled Wagyu Beef, white truffles and an Iranian saffron and truffle bun.

The sandwich will make Guinness World Record history beating a similarly extravagant American Double Truffle Burger, which cost 65 pounds back in 1994.

The world’s most succulent Japanese beef is complemented with white truffles, onion tempura prepared in Cristal champagne and Italy’s finest Pata Negra prosciutto

Restaurant critics have fired the burger as just the latest stunt in a marketing craze.

“Burger bars are desperate to move up market as more people question why they are filling their bodies with fast food. But who will really spend 95 pounds in Burger King?” Jasper Gerard, a restaurant critic, said.

David Kisilevsky, vice president of marketing at the fast food chain, said: “The Burger is an extension of Burger King’s quality burger menu and is aimed at burger aficionados, looking for the ultimate burger taste experience.

“It reflects our ongoing commitment to producing the best quality burgers for a range of different pockets and reinforces our quality credentials.”

Wonderful remedy - Turmeric

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

TurmericTurmeric, a common Indian cooking spice may play a vital role in combating diabetes and obesity, according to a new study.

Researchers from Columbia University Medical Centre have found that cur cumin; the anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant ingredient in turmeric can significantly reduce insulin resistance and prevent Type 2 diabetes. The component also reduced inflammation in fat tissue.

In the study using a mouse model, lead researcher Drew Tortoriello, an endocrinologist and research scientist at the Naomi Berrie Diabetes Centre found that turmeric-treated mice were less susceptible to developing Type 2 diabetes.

In addition, the turmeric-fed obese mice exhibited reduced inflammation in fat tissue and liver compared to controls.

They speculate that cur cumin lessens insulin resistance and prevents Type 2 diabetes inCur Cumin these mouse models by dampening the inflammatory response aggravated by obesity.

Cur cumin administration was also associated with a small but significant decline in body weight and fat content, despite level or higher calorie consumption, suggesting that cur cumin beneficially influences body composition

“It’s too early to tell whether increasing dietary cur cumin [through turmeric] intake in obese people with diabetes will show a similar benefit,” Dr. Tortoriello said.

“Although the daily intake of cur cumin one might have to consume as a primary diabetes treatment is likely impractical, it is entirely possible that lower dosages of cur cumin could nicely complement our traditional therapies as a natural and safe treatment,” he added.

Dr. Tortoriello concludes that turmeric reverses many of the inflammatory and metabolic problems associated with obesity and improves blood-sugar control in mouse models of Type 2 diabetes.

Valentine’s Day Barbecue routine

Saturday, June 14th, 2008
by Sue

St Valentine is the patron saint of lovers so it’s time to show our love so I’ve jotted down a few ideas and reminders of some of the things you can do but remember I am the “Barbecue Smoker Recipe Man” so there’s a BBQ slant to that all important point about how to cook a meal for your loved one.First let’s cover the basics, and remember guys, this is entry level. In her eyes this isn’t nice to have, it’s MUST have!It’s always good to start with a card, in fact if you forget the card then you might as well forget the rest of the day. Flowers are the other essential and red roses are traditional but this year maybe it’s time for change. I’m going for lilies simply because the red rose is a bit predictable, there’s always the dilemma about how many to get but the main reason for me is that lilies provide such a great splash of color.The final essential is the meal. We’re having a great start to the year, whether it’s down to Global warming or not I don’t know my this year is turning out to be one of the mildest on record and so many of my friends are already turning to the barbecue. I know I will be, but if you do please remember that especially when it comes to a Valentine’s Day Barbecue you really must break the sexual stereotype! If you haven’t grasped it yet, check out the BBQ rules below and make sure you don’t end up in the same situation!BBQ RULES

It is important to jog your memory on the etiquette of this ever more important outdoor cooking activity.

When a man volunteers to do the BBQ the following chain of events are put into motion:

Routine…

(1) The woman buys the food.

(2) The woman makes the salad, prepares the vegetables, and makes dessert.

(3) The woman prepares the meat for cooking, places it on a tray along with the necessary cooking utensils and sauces and takes it to the man who is lounging beside the grill with a beer in his hand.

Here comes the important part:

(4) THE MAN PLACES THE MEAT ON THE GRILL.

More routine…

(5) The woman heads inside to organize the plates and cutlery.

(6) The woman rushes outside to tell the man that the meat is burning. He thanks her and asks if she will bring another beer while he deals with the situation.

Important again:

(7) THE MAN TAKES THE MEAT OFF THE GRILL AND HANDS IT TO THE WOMAN.

More routine…

(8) The woman prepares the plates, salad, bread, utensils, napkins, sauces, and brings them to the table.

(9) After eating, the woman clears the table and does the dishes.

And most important of all:

(10) Everyone PRAISES the MAN and THANKS HIM for his cooking efforts.

(11) The man asks the woman how she enjoyed “her night off.” And, upon seeing her annoyed reaction, concludes that there’s just no pleasing some women…

Yummy… Father’s Day recipes…

Friday, June 13th, 2008

Happy Father’s Day CakeHappy Father's DayStart by lining a 9-by-12-inch cardboard shirt box with tissue paper. Bake a cake in a 9-by-12-inch cake pan, remove from the pan, cool and place on waxed paper. Cover with a larger piece of waxed paper and flip the cake over and into the box (the cake bottom should face up).

Frost with a pastel-colored icing. Cut a collar and two cuffs out of white paper. The collar is a strip, rolled into a ring and taped, with a small “v” cut out of the center. The cuffs are rectangles with candy cuff links. Add a colorful frosting tie below the point where the collar will be placed. Just before serving, trim away the waxed paper and add the collar and cuffs.

Hero Sandwich

What do you call a sandwich stuffed with cold cuts and cheese? If you live in New England,Happy Father's Day it’s a grinder; on the West Coast, a submarine. Order one in Philadelphia, and it’s a hoagie; in New Orleans, a muffuletta. But serve one to Dad on Father’s Day, and there’s only one name for it: a hero sandwich.

Cut a loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Layer on slices of ham, salami, and Provolone, Swiss or American cheese. Top with lettuce and sliced tomatoes. Add onions, pickles, olives and hot peppers, if desired. Spread on mayonnaise or mustard, or drizzle with Italian salad dressing. Serve with corn chips or pretzels and an ice-cold glass of lemonade.

World's Best DAD

Is garlic harmful to your health?

Friday, June 6th, 2008

Garlic has been around as long as the pyramids, maybe longer. For millenniums, it’s been a staple remedy in folk medicine. It’s also a key ingredient in Mediterranean cooking (Eating a Mediterranean Diet Reduces Mortality). Now we’re starting to find out, once again, that grandma knew her stuff. Garlic is packed full of vitamins and other nutrients that are not only good for you, but vital to health and wellness!

During World War I, soldiers were given garlic to avoid dysentery. In WWII, it was used against gangrene. Even before that, some say that Louis Pasteur (the scientist famous for making germ theory broadly accepted) accepted its benefit as an antibacterial agent.

Garlic gets its strong flavor from its sulphur content. The stronger the flavor, the more sulphur it contains. Now sulphur is used in the production of amino acids — those little things that protein is built from. Protein is what cells are made of. Without protein, cells weaken, without amino acids, the body can’t construct its protein, and without sulphur, certain proteins don’t get made. Because of it’s sulphur content, science is beginning to think it may be helpful for preventing cancer.

Another element of garlic is allicin — a compound antibiotic and antifungal properties. It’s what gives fresh garlic a hot, burning taste. Allicin doesn’t become active in garlic until it is chopped up or crushed. Unfortunately, allicin loses a lot of its potency when you cook it, so for use as an antibacterial or antifungal, you’re better off going with a garlic oil supplement. But this compound is excellent for dissolving fats within the body, and so helps against arteriosclerosis by keeping plaque build-up down.

Raw garlic is also high in the minerals calcium, iron, potassium, selenium and zinc, and in vitamin compounds that include beta-carotene (a vegetable source of vitamin A), rutin (a strong antioxidant sometimes used in managing hemophilia) and quercetin, a flavonoid very effective against pollen allergies, such as hay fever. And this list is just scratching the surface of the garlic clove!




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