Friday, January 14, 2011

Thursday January 13, 2011

Potato rissoto with lightly smoked sausage and chicken liver
Today's Food Diary
Breakfast: Rolled oats with banana and linseeds
Lunch: Potato risotto with lightly smoked sausage and chicken liver
Dinner: Pasta and broccoli soup
Baking/sweets: Small amount - combinations with rolled oats – quick sugar fixes!

Risotto had a good balance of flavours. A more moist risotto with a bit of crunch and greens would have taken it up another level. The potatoes, sausage and seasoning mellowed down the ‘irony’ taste that liver has. I don’t mind ‘irony’ taste but for those who don’t such a dish can help in getting used to eating liver. 

Random Rambling: Want a Daughter? Eat Vegetables!
Women trying to conceive can increase their chances of giving birth to a girl by eating more fruit and vegetables, according to a Dutch study. It was found that eating foods with high levels of calcium and magnesium such as green vegetables in the weeks before conception is likely to result in a daughter. On the other hand, eating foods rich in potassium and sodium such as bananas and potatoes will increase chances of getting boys. 

I read a summary of the article only, and it does not answer many questions I have. Bananas are perhaps more accessible and cheaper in tropical countries. Does this mean a gender imbalance in favour of males? Perhaps not much greens in the desserts or arctic conditions - more boys perhaps? What if the woman had a mixed diet comprising of greens, bananas and potatoes. Perhaps best left unanswered!

Today's Favourite Blog
Review of a restaurant in KL offering a full winter truffle menu for a limited time. Looking at the pictures, it looked like truffle dishes flavoured with fish or meat, instead of the other way around. And fairly good value plus the benefits of enjoying winter truffle menu in summer – a dual season dish!

Today's Favourite Photo
You can find traces of fish in this truffle dish!


  1. Huh, funny thing about the veggies/daughter combo. I ended up with two daughters (the second being entirely unplanned) and one son (my oldest). I've always eaten lots of veggies, though.
    You asked about the almond flour in the gingerbread muffins...almond flour is very neutral tasting and does not lend an almond flavour to things most of the time, although you can always enhance it with almond extract. So really, in the muffins, it was not discernable at all.

  2. Hi there, I actually stumbled over your blog reading someone else's and I just love your style. The recipes look amazing! :)

  3. Carolyn: I had a good laugh when I read that article. I was surprised that they actually conducted research where expecting mothers' diet was controlled and monitored. Thanks for the info on almond flour, I've never used it in baking but will try making something with it soon.

    Ang: thanks for visiting, and your kind compliments, much appreciated.