It is amazing how so few ingredients produce something quite delicious, if done right. Aristotle was right when he said “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” However I have a slight suspicion that he did not have gnocchi in mind when he came up with the saying. But stranger things have happened. After all apparently an apple inspired Newton to formulate his theory of gravity.
Anyway, I’ve made gnocchi a number of times, sometimes not strictly following the recipe, but the result always turns out to be edible. So if you are afraid of trying it, don't. And the shape does not really matter. The recipe is available here
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Vincotto Marinated Strawberries with Housemade Truffle Ice Cream
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An interesting but inconclusive article on whether vegetarians live longer.
Some studies suggest people who follow a vegetarian lifestyle live longer, however the articles don’t conclude that vegetarians live longer. Two studies definitely show some sort of correlation between vegetarian or vegan lifestyles and length of life, but the groups studied were quite specific, so it is hard to draw general conclusions.
The first study focused on a one-time survey of more than 70,000 Seventh-day Adventists. They were chosen as the focus of the study because their lifestyle encourages healthful diets, as well as abstention from alcohol, caffeine and tobacco. Not everyone studied was a vegetarian or vegan, but the Seventh-day Adventists are taught that a meatless diet is the ideal. Researchers found that men who ate vegetarian diets were less likely to die from heart disease or other heart-related conditions. However, there was not a similar result in women who followed a vegetarian lifestyle.
In the second study, the focus was on overall fruit and vegetable consumption. More than 71,000 Swedes had their eating habits studied for 13 years. It was found that people who said they never ate fruits and vegetables died, on average, three years sooner than those who frequently ate foods like apples, carrots and tomatoes. While this study was not perfect, it did seem to indicate that consuming more fruits and vegetables, and more vegetables than fruits, may help people live a longer life.
So what does that mean for you? If you are not a Seventh-day Adventist or a fruit and vegetable eating Swede, then just hope that vegetables do make you like longer.