Friday, December 30, 2011

James Bond's Hangover Cure

Pasta with mushroom sauce

Food Diary (December 30, 2011)
Breakfast: Cornflakes
Lunch: Pasta with mushroom sauce
Dinner: Lentils and rice, rolled oats with banana and coconut
Baking/sweets: Chocolates

The lunch I had today reminded me of one of my favourite mushroom dishes - reindeer with mushroom sauce. Strips of reindeer is cooked with morels or chanterelles in a creamy sauce. If you get the opportunity to try this, don't hesitate. Its magic served on a plate, with a side of mashed potato.

Today's Favourite Photo
Source: Camemberu
Bak kwa nian gao - sweet glutinous rice cake with dried BBQ pork

Today’s Favourite Blog
Source: Forbes
I have previously summarized a few articles on hangovers cures. Perhaps this is a good time to refresh our memories. This article presents interesting information. If you are expecting a hangover anytime soon there is hope.

The National Institute of Health advises the following “drink slowly, on a full stomach, and have a glass of water between cocktails. Oh, and don’t drink so much.” We all know that but we don’t always follow it. Here are some other options:

The Prairie Oyster: After a heavy night of shaken-not-stirred martinis, James Bond revived himself with prairie oyster which is a mix of raw egg, worcestershire sauce and hot sauce

Hair of the Dog: The idea of having another glass of whatever you were drinking the night before to ease the symptoms of a hangover is an ancient one, dating back at least as far as Shakespeare, if not earlier. It works, or maybe delays the hangover for sometime.

Greasy Food: In the United States it’s a cheeseburger and fries on the way home from the bar, in ancient Rome it was deep-fried canaries. The Irish have a full cooked breakfast, consisting of fried eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding, grilled tomatoes, mushrooms, and buttered toast. There’s actually a little science behind this remedy. Researchers at Newcastle University in the UK found that the carbs in the bread and amino acids provided by the protein in the meal can actually ease hangover symptoms.

Soup: We all know the curative powers of chicken soup for relieving from cold and flu, and its magic extends to hangovers as well. In Mexico and other Latin American countries, the dish of choice is menudo, a stew of cow’s stomach, hominy, and chilies. In India, mulligatawny soup is prescribed, a spicy mix of split peas, curry, and coconut milk. These concoctions not only help you rehydrate after a night of heavy drinking, but they’re full of carbs and protein to help you speed up metabolism of the alcohol.

Hangover Pills and Potions: There are a number of them on the market but they probably aren’t very effective. A study by the British Medical Journal looked at eight placebo-controlled studies of available cures and found no compelling evidence that any of them worked.

Caffeine and Aspirin: this one might actually have some effect, especially if you have a really bad headache. Alcohol makes the blood vessels in your head swell, hence the pounding pain. Caffeine, on the other hand, is a vasodilator, which means it reduces the size of the blood vessels. As for aspirin, well it’s a pain killer. Skip the Tylenol, though. As your body metabolizes the alcohol in your system, it can increase the toxicity of tylenol, doing a number on your already taxed liver.

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  1. I vote caffeine and aspirin with a side of your pasta with mushrooms....mmmmmmm.

  2. Interesting!!

    Dropping by to wish you and your family a very Happy 2012 and May the New Year be full of abundance and joy! :)

  3. Creamy sauce + mushrooms = heaven! :D

  4. Here's to no hangovers, just happy tipsiness! Happy New Year!

  5. I would definitely love to try reinderr! I like kangaroo and venison, and I'm betting reindeer would be similar? Hangover cures aren't really a necessity for me, I'm too much of a lightweight to really let myself get drunk...

  6. Ew! The prairie oyster sounds yucky.

  7. hi three cookies , i am learning a lot on the cure for hangover..especially the james bond recipe..Wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year..may all your good wishes come true..happy holidays

  8. Poor Rudolph ... expiry date: after Christmas.
    I've never had reindeer meat. I've had zebra and impala. They both taste pretty gamey to me, not nice. I'm thinking reindeer is nothing like venison.
    Best hangover cure: bird's eye chilly. Bite into one and I guarantee it'll get you hopping (literally) in no time and definitely forget your hangover :D

  9. Lizzy: I hope caffeine and aspirin works for you, keeping my fingers crossed:)

    Smoky Wok: thank you, same to you

    Tiffany: exactly

    Lorraine: I suppose that’s one way to 'fix' hangovers!

    Hannah: reindeer is game meat also, has similarities to kangaroo and venison.

    Yummychunklet: same reaction. The name sounds interesting but the drinks sounds not yummy!

    Wan: thank you very much

    ping: hahaha, not all get expired, some still have to work till Jan 7 for the Orthodox Xmas. Reindeer tastes gamey but nice. Impala is tender and sort of tastes like lamb if I remember correctly, quite different from reindeer.
    OK, bird's eye chilly makes you forget the hangover. Bit like eating onions to get rid of the garlic breath:)

  10. I have never had reindeer, but the dish you talk about sounds delicious. (Your pasta looks luscious too!).
    Thank you for reminding the hangover cure ideas. Perfect timing! I must admit hair of the dog works. Especially if it's a light beer (apparently bubbles are good for hangover too, so it's two in one!). I have read somewhere that it's a way to slow down the "shock" reaction of the organism at the big alcohol intake. It doesn't delay the hangover (from my experience).
    I also practice "soups", greasy food (hamburgers, chips etc.) and aspirin. All of them work a bit, but I must admit as I get older and wiser my hangovers become very rare. Have fun tonight, hopefully without hangover, and Happy New Year!

  11. i would love to have a serving of the bak kwa nian gao please!

  12. I have never had reindeer! The photo of the mushroom dish looks wonderful. I hope you have a very happy New Year and I wish you all the best in 2012!

  13. Sissi: If you get the chance to try reindeer please do, its pretty nice.
    I hope the hangover cures come in handy. Don't hold back on drinking, NY only comes once a year. Even if you are wiser, drink, don't hold back, remember hangovers go away:)

    Sylvia: me too:) You probably had many servings already!

    Elaine: thank you so much, same to you.

  14. Yum that pasta looks delicious. I adore mushrooms mmm! - Cathy Pieroz at Ray White Alexandra Hills