Sunday, January 13, 2013

Salted Peanut and Raisin Cookies and Weight Loss Gadget

Salted Peanut and Raisin Cookies
I love eating salted peanuts and raisins together. The sweet and salty combination is a delight, just like peanut butter and jam sandwiches. On Wikipedia I came across the term Gorp, short for "good old raisins and peanuts", a trail mix made with peanuts, raisins and M&M's. I decided to make Gorp cookies, minus M&M’s.

These cookies are different from Fah Sang Pen, the traditional Chinese New Year cookies. Fah Sang Pen is made with ground peanuts, does not have raisins, but sounds absolutely delicious too. Perhaps a future project! For now I am sticking with M&M-less Gorps. Trying saying this quickly three times. However you won't have any difficulties in eating these.

A useless thought. Since peanut is not a nut but a legume does it mean you can eat peanuts if you allergic to nuts?

The recipe for M&M-less Gorps is available here.

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Chicken Katsu Don

Today’s Favourite Blog
Dean Kamen, creator of Segway, has come up with a weight loss gadget. The gadget is a pump that can suck food and drink straight out of the stomach. I am not sure if a stomach pump, literary, sounds as exciting as Segway.

The stomach pump will allow users to over eat and then drain their stomach by connecting the pump to a valve surgically installed in their abdominal wall. The makers hope to use it to treat the morbidly obese, and to provide an alternative to a gastric bypass. 

The gadget has faced some initial setbacks. The pump struggles to break up large foods. One patient reported "clogging" and had to avoid eating cauliflower, broccoli, Chinese food, stir fry, snow peas, pretzels, chips and steak. 

If this pump does become popular I wonder if buffet restaurants will ban it?


  1. That pump sounds a bit gruesome! I wonder if it will help people?

  2. I always feel at home when I see three cookies on your blog :-) The combination of raisins and salted peanuts sounds very intriguing. I'm glad I'm not allergic to any nuts or legumes (I had no idea it was a legume!).
    The weight loss "gadget" sounds scary...

    1. Thank you so much:)
      Salt and sweet combination is great, raisins and peanuts are awesome even on its own.
      That gadget is scary but I suppose some people may be attracted to it. There are all sorts of people in the world!

  3. I think i'd rather stay fat than have the food sucked out of me with that gadget!!
    Mary x

    1. Same here, put food in the mouth and few moments later suck it out - does not seem logical!

  4. I have never heard of the Gorp combo before lol but the cookies look great. I am revolted by the idea of that pump and it seems to me it will only people to think they can keep over eating.

    1. I think Gorp is a relatively unused unknown term, for now!

  5. That pump sounds like a huge encouragement for the over-eaters! Love the sound of those cookies - never thought of 'salted' raisins and peanuts but what a great idea!