Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Herring risotto, bread pudding, eat figs and live longer

Herring risotto with pickled beets
Today's Food Diary
Breakfast: Sourdough polenta bread with jam
Lunch: Herring risotto with pickled beets
Dinner: Spaghetti with cauliflower in tomato sauce
Baking/sweets: Various polenta cookie dough combinations

The herring risotto was tasty and nutritious, though not as creamy as it should have been. The pickled beets worked well with herring. Herring has a stronger flavor so beetroot complemented it rather than act as a bully! I love beetroot salad with herring, the risotto had a similar but milder flavor combination.

Its pasta time, I am hosting the presto pasta night. Please send me your pasta dishes. If delivery will be inconvenient for you, then alternatively send a photo, recipe and a story about you and your dish. Deadline for entries is Thursday night April 21. You can read more about this great initiative here: http://www.prestopastanights.com/

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Camemberu
Bread Pudding with vanilla and chocolate sauce 


Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: real age
Want to live longer – eat figs. Figs are loaded with potassium. According to real age, a recent study of people over age 55 who had a potassium-rich diet had a lower risk of dying over the next 5 years.

Potassium regulates your blood pressure and can reduce risk of stroke and heart disease. However consuming too much potassium can be toxic, it can reduce life expectancy instead of increasing it even more. When it comes to potassium and  other nutrients, more is not necessarily merrier. 

There are so many studies concluding that eating certain foods increases life expectancy. The advice needs to be taken with a pinch of salt. In any case it is always good to know that figs are rich in potassium and potassium regulates blood pressure. There are other sources of potassium but figs are tasty. 
Want inspiration for a fig dish, try sticky fig pudding with butterscotch sauce. Click here for the recipe.


  1. Fascinating once again! Spaghetti with cauliflower-who would of thought!

  2. That bread pudding looks so good! I love the chocolate sauce.

  3. That Bread Pudding looks sooo delicious and pretty!


  4. Wish I can taste the bread pudding, look so yummy!

  5. This herring risotto seem novel and I'm surprised the beet did not taint the rice a psychedelic red!

  6. I love figs. I think the herring risotto would be delicious and the bread pudding looks fabulous! Blessings, Catherine xo

  7. Maris: spaghetti and cauli worked well, thankfully!
    yummychunklet and Tammy: thank you
    Sonia: I had the same reaction
    chopinandmysaucepan: I didn't cook the beets with rice, it served as a garnish
    Catherine: thank you for the kind compliments

  8. I am not sure how the presto pasta nights work but here is a recipe that I can share, I love this pasta so much.

  9. Looks like we have quite a similar background ^_^ I'm from the southern but am half Japanese and live in the north. Thanks for your comment.