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Oatmeal Walnut Cocoa Nib Cookies

Posted by bibiddream on February 11, 2014 at 9:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Another year dawns bright any sunny…if not literally, then at least, hopefully, in our figurative perceptions of it.  I for one am chomping at the bit to launch myself head first, with arms wide open, into 2013.

 

Before hurtling down the unknown but promising adventure of this new year, let me take one last look at the year that was. 2012 definitely had its moments of bliss, along with its share of trials and tribulations.  In retrospect, both vital, in their own ways, to where I am now.  It has certainly, although perhaps not too apparent on this blog, been a year of reflection and soul searching. I am, like most of the human race, nowhere near “figuring it out” yet, despite my advancing years, but I am happy to know that I am closer than I was last year.  At least I hope so!

 

I thought to put together a list of goals for the year but I realize, looking back, that most of my goals remain the same.  Not because they weren't achieved in past years, but because these are, by and large, the recurring themes of my life (or at the very least the direction I want to take it): simplify, avoid waste (food and otherwise), write more, read more, cook more, laugh more, live more, focus on what is truly important and spend more time doing what truly makes me happy -- part of which, of course, is being right here, messing around in the kitchen, and talking with you all.

 

I've started a few new writing projects which I am beyond excited about.  You can already see one of here.  I'll be sharing the other very soon so stay tuned!  As for ongoing writing projects, my column, Family Kitchen, in Yummy Magazine is still chugging merrily along...the January/February issue is out now if you'd like to take a peek.

 

And what better way to start the new year than with something sweet and delicious :)  These cookies from Joy The Baker are perfect.  Oatmeal for virtue, cocoa nibs for something new, and chocolate to celebrate!

 

Oatmeal Walnut Cocoa Nib Cookies

(from Joy The Baker)

 

    1 cup unsalted butter, softened

    1 cup white granulated sugar

    1 cup brown sugar, packed

    2 large eggs

    2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

    2 cups all-purpose flour

    1 teaspoon baking powder

    1 teaspoon baking soda

    3/4 teaspoon salt

    2 1/2 cups old fashioned oats

    1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts

    1/2 cup cocoa nibs

    1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

 

- Beat the butter and both sugars in the bowl of an electric mixer fitter with a paddle attachment.  Beat on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.

- Scrape down the sides of the bowl and add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.  Beat in vanilla.

- In another bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.  Add this flour mixture all at once to the butter and egg mixture and beat on low speed until the mixture just comes together (there may still be some flour visible, and that’s ok).

- Remove the bowl from the mixer and add the oats, walnuts, cocoa nibs, and the chocolate chips.  Use a spatula or wooden spoon to finish mixing everything by hand.  Mix together just until no flour bits remain, and everything is well mixed together and evenly distributed.

- Scoop dough by the tablespoonful onto parchement-lines baking sheets. Bake in a pre-heated 350F oven for 10-13 minutes until edges are just a tad toasty (the middles will still be soft).  Remove from the oven and let the cookies cool for 5 minutes on the baking sheet before removing to a wire rack to cool completely.

 

You can make the dough ahead of time and chill (Joy says it it will stay good for a week in the fridge) until you are ready to bake it.  Indeed, since these cookies, I have been resting my dough for a day before baking.  If I don't need the whole batch, I also like to freeze half the dough, already shaped into logs, for future cookie needs.  I have said it a million times before, cookie dough in your freezer is one of life's great insurances.

 

These cookies got a resounding two thumbs up from my family, who liquidated almost 2 dozen over one Sunday lunch.  This includes my brother who will normally not touch anything with nuts.  I highly recommend them (and am unabashedly smug that I have 2 logs of its dough tucked away in the freezer)!

 

2013 will be quite an adventure for me and my little family, I can already tell...an adventure I hope to share with all of you.  Finger and toes crossed, a wing, a prayer, and full speed ahead!!!  Wishing you all the best this year!

 

***For those of you asking: I got my cocoa nibs from Risa Chocolates -- they are lovely artisans who are passionate about local chocolate.  They don't have any nibs currently but may have some by mid-year.  Meanwhile, check out their other tempting products here.


Canterbury in NPC final with Wellington

Posted by bibiddream on October 25, 2013 at 2:45 AM Comments comments (0)


A slick Canterbury side have proved too strong for Auckland, running away with their NPC rugby semi-final 56-26 in Christchurch.

 

The result set up a final involving the season's two leading teams, with top-ranked Wellington having already booked their berth by downing Counties Manukau 41-10.

 

Auckland had won the round-robin meeting at Eden Park 39-19, but it was a different story at AMI Stadium, where Canterbury haven't lost in the two seasons they have been there preamp.

 

Halfback Andy Ellis, just a week after dislocating his shoulder, played an influential role for Canterbury, who are chasing a sixth ITM Cup title in a row.

 

Ellis scored one of the home side's seven tries, set up another and was generally busy during his 50 minutes on the field.

 

Canterbury first five-eighth Tyler Bleyendaal finished with 26 points from a try and nine successful kicks from 10 shots at goal.

 

Opposite number Simon Hickey wasn't far behind with 21 points after also getting a try and landing all six of his attempts from the tee.

 

Down just 25-19 at half-time despite facing the wind, Canterbury pulled ahead just a minute after the restart when a well-worked set-piece led to skipper George Whitelock scoring custom clothing labels.

 

Auckland hit back through winger Vince Aso, but Canterbury made sure of victory with three further tries.

 

Substitute loose forward Jordan Taufua got the first after a break-out, second five Ryan Crotty the second from a slick scrum move, and replacement hooker Seb Siataga the last after a charge down.

 

In the first half, after conceding two early penalty goals, Canterbury hit the front when sustained pressure opened a gap for Bleyendaal to slip through for a try he converted.

 

Auckland replied soon after when, having had their scrum destroyed, they were able to disrupt Canterbury's subsequent put-in Ergonomic furniture.

 

Flanker Luke Braid snapped up the loose ball and Hickey finished off the attack.

 

Canterbury swung the pendulum back their way with two tries in three minutes late in the first half, both featuring Ellis, who got the first after some neat interpassing.

 

Ellis then produced a snipe from a scrum that led to No.8 Nasi Manu dotting down.

Son for NZ Olympic silver medallist

Posted by bibiddream on July 12, 2013 at 4:20 AM Comments comments (0)


Olympic silver medallist Nick Willis will approach next month's world athletics championships with a spring in his step after wife Sierra gave birth to the couple's first child.

 

Lachlan Prior Willis was born early on Friday morning (NZT) hk china vpn, five weeks before the four-yearly track and field championships begin in Moscow.

 

Willis room organization, who grew up in Wellington, is based in the Michigan town of Ann Arbour.

 

He is working his way back to fitness after an end-of-race tumble in the 1500m at the Diamond League meeting Shanghai in late May.

 

It has taken more time than expected to shake off a calf strain What is Accounting, but Willis said on Twitter last week that he was running with more freedom.

Chch's mayor 'let down by officials'

Posted by bibiddream on July 3, 2013 at 3:40 AM Comments comments (0)


Christchurch City Council chief executive Tony Marryatt looks set to quit over the consents debacle and the minister in charge of the quake rebuild says Mayor Bob Parker has been let down by his officials.

 

The council on Wednesday agreed to the appointment of a crown manager to fix the problems around the issuing of building consents, defusing the crisis ahead of a planned meeting between ministers and councillors.

 

Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee and Local Government Minister Chris Tremain were going to confront the council over the decision by International Accreditation New Zealand (IANZ) to strip the council of its right to issue consents.

 

IANZ found evidence consents were being issued that didn't meet the requirements of the Building Code or the legislation covering it.

 

"It's pretty clear Bob Parker has been let down by his officials," Mr Brownlee told reporters after the council's announcement that Mr Marryatt was on leave "pending further discussions".

 

"I think he's acting decisively and getting the council to move that motion tomorrow is a pretty good move on his part."

 

The council will on Thursday formally agree to the appointment of a crown manager, who will then be appointed by Mr Tremain.

 

The manager will have wide powers to direct the council, which will have to co-operate.

 

It will also have to "comply with any reasonable request to provide relevant information" about the way it has been issuing consents.

 

Mr Brownlee says IANZ is working on identifying any buildings which have potential problems because of lax consent procedures.

 

"We're not talking large numbers," he said.

 

"The advice I've had suggests there's a specific number and it's best left for IANZ to speak for itself."

 

The council's general manager of city environment, Jane Parfitt, will be acting chief executive while Mr Marryatt is on leave.

Keep a sincere heart

Posted by bibiddream on January 4, 2013 at 12:10 AM Comments comments (0)

有神論說,神創造了萬物,神創造了人類,而人類的命運也由神來決定……

 

對於任何一個無神論者,都可以找出各種理論,各種名言來反駁它……

 

 

人們常說命中註定,也有人會說我命由我不由天,在我看來,人生可以理解為縱橫交錯的路,人一出生,老天會決定你的起點,社會決定你周圍的路況,社會的平等程度決定你的周圍有多少路,而你自己的能力性格決定你能夠看見的路有多少,選擇的又是那一條,而當你走到下一個路口的時候,你又將面對選擇,路漫漫而修遠兮。

 

人世間有??太多的不公平,也有太多的不可預知,更不用說天災於人禍。世間有沒有神沒人能說的清,然而,有神論者口中神雖然無所不能,但卻掌握不了人心Managed Security;,而無神論口中的科學也無法解釋人的思想。

 

人為什麼有思想?也許只有虛無縹緲的老天才知道。

 

大道五十,天演四十九,唯獨缺一。所謂天無絕人之路,也許正因為命運的一線生機造就了人類了思想。

 

完美本身就是缺陷,因為完美意味著唯一和永恆,而世間又有什麼能夠唯一和永恆呢?沒有。

 

在前人的基礎上,我們知道,路在我們的腳下,一切皆有可能,即便走到絕路,你也可以做開路的先驅者。

 

然而,現實中,大多的人們都不得不走上絕路,並且一去不回頭。也許很多人都會感嘆上天的不公平,也許大多人看不出天地給他留的那一線生機。

 

上天是公平的,失去了多少,你就能得到多少。每個人所有擁有的也意味著失去,擁有生命,意味著得到了生命的快樂,承受了生命的痛苦,擁有金錢,意味著得到了消費的快感,承受了金錢的算計於心酸……任何事都是兩面的,得到意味著失去。

 

看到這,你也許會問我,那我也想承擔金錢的一切得到和失去,為什麼我無法左右自己的得到和失去呢,我想要的到的沒得到,我不缺的他給了我很多,雖然我忽略了它。

 

這兒就要談到的上天的不公平,老天給了每個人平等的待遇,卻沒有給人們選擇的權利。而後天人們的努力是有限的,畢竟人力有時盡,人活不過百年。這時候,很多人用自己擁有的去交換他所沒有的,比如用青春換金錢,用賣笑換脫貧。而我們站在了不同的起點上,不同的道路上,我們任何人都沒有資格評論別人的對與錯,只要他沒有影響到你。得失相對,對錯也是相Hong Kong Festival對的。

 

看到這兒,就領我自己都想問我下,既然如此,作者你是不是對於什麼都沒說?生活還是要進行,換句話說,生活就像強jian,不能反抗,就只能享受了。呵呵。

 

其實不然,每個人都能改變自己,然而人性的自私總會將一些人逼上絕路,走在絕路上的人們又能如何呢?

 

我想說的是,不要迷失了自我,在絕路中,上天是公平的,然而社會對你是不公平的,人的貪婪和自私把你逼向了絕路,你的命運掌握在可以掌握自己命運同時能掌握他人命運的人的手中,這時候,你應該清醒的認識到哪些人玩弄了你的命運。

 

下面如果我說我們要站起來,去抗爭,我這篇文章就可以變成反動派的了,呵呵。即便我這麼說了,你也不要相信我,因為,革命是需要犧牲的,沒有信仰,沒有信念的革命史注定失敗的。這就是所謂的不能反抗。

 

不能反抗,就只能享受了?呵呵!路在你的腳下,記得多走點路,即便你不能去開拓新大陸,你也可以看清以前沒發現的路。

 

人類是自私的,你有好的東西,難免有人會看上,不管是利誘還是威逼,你選擇臣服還是反抗,請保持自己的本心, 不要一直走在連你自己都認為是錯誤的道路上而不思進取。

 

人有太多的缺點,自私,貪婪,等等

 

然而,如此“失敗”的種族為什麼能夠長盛不衰呢,不同的人會有不同的說法,也許你會說,因為人類是智慧種族,是高等種族。

 

其實,人類並不比其他生物高級,眾生平等。

 

個人認為,人類之所以長盛不衰,是因為人類的情感,真摯的情感。

 

保持一顆真摯的心,願你的心靈永遠明鏡。

 

你有所愛的人,有人愛你,你就是不可缺少的,你就應該感到自豪,你就不比任何人差,你就應該抬起頭來,挺起胸膛,用你的笑容去面對生活。

 

人世間有??太多的無奈,太多的妥協,也有太多的自我犧牲,很多人都只能承受生活帶來的痛苦,而世人卻只看見了他們表面上的拜金、不自愛、仇視社會,其實他們的內心很脆弱,他們早已傷痕累累。放開心靈吧,用一顆美好的心去看待世界,別人的冷眼請不要在意,他們不過是被他們自己蒙蔽的主觀臆想者而已。放開你的心靈,你會收穫快樂。快樂不是別人給的,是自己給自己的。

 

獻給所有“低端職業”和不被社會認同的職業人士:

 

你不用靠內心對於帶著面具的上層人士的不屑去安慰自己來掩蓋自己內心的痛苦和脆弱,其實你自己比那些在各方面靠著剝削來掙著你們的錢, 最後又不屑的用那些錢把你們逼上唯一一條供他們滿足自己私慾的道路的自命高人一等的有錢人更可愛。朋友們,從此,我們應該告訴自己,我們是勞動者,勞動者最偉大。然而,你更不能跟前面那些提到的自私自大的人比較,那樣,連你自己都應該看不起自己,你應該要有一顆通明的心靈,用真誠的笑容去面對世間,同時這也可能是你自己內心的歸宿。

 

這樣的人,我覺得是最可愛的人。

Ink may

Posted by bibiddream on December 12, 2012 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If this month is the end of the world, I will be accompanied by relatives, don't provoke angry family members, good friends and relatives of the narrative story. If this month is the end of the world Men clothing styles, so I have a wish, which in the end, with you sitting watching the sunrise and sunset.

However, I believe, is not the end of this month. Because, you never came to my side. Compared with the legend of the end of the world, has been unable to find you, live each day with no meaning.

I thank I met many people, students, friends, strangers, or the person who deceived me, because meet you, can I grow up to today 's strong, mature. I also thank myself, not to the endless abyss, although had to struggle for a long time, but still believe the future good I, still strong walked to come over, see the sun, see the rainbow, and understand the meaning of, and the beginning of the end.

To this day, many people have changed, fat, thin, change of appearance, and the most important heart, also disappeared on a certain day at a certain hour. I have also changed Shopping in Hong Kong, perhaps everyone has two opposing surfaces, fight with each other, the half is pure white, and the other half of the evil. Fortunately, no matter which half to get the final victory, I never forget you once had.

Gain and loss of significance, so in the growing, becoming more and more clear. I also understand, some people, to thank, some people used to miss.

I love my family, this is a most precious family, no one can replace. However, in addition to the family, in the other corner, there must be a person, this person is also worth to treasure, to cherish.

These words, including me many many wish Veda Salon, these words, include me to the future very deep and shallow expectations.

 

Let the children to choose their own life

Posted by bibiddream on November 22, 2012 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

人的一生中會不斷遇到各種問題。解決問題的過程,在一定程度上,就是不斷選擇的過程。如何選擇才能達到較好的結果?有賴於知識和經驗的積累

有賴於判斷力,也有賴於獨立思考的能力;這是一個人各方面智慧的綜合。要培養選擇能力,就應特別注意培養思考的習慣和方式。這也有一個從小訓練、循序漸進的過程。

 

當孩子年紀還小時,父母會在很多事情上為他們做主:“看電視還是玩遊戲?”“喝牛奶還是喝飲料?”父母理所當然地認為,自己知道哪一種選擇對孩子是有好處的。等孩子年齡再大一點,父母也會讓他們在關鍵的事情上聽從自己的建議:“上普通高中?還是上藝術學校?”“學文科?還是學理科?”因為父母認為,憑自己多年人生閱曆得出的結論,肯定比孩子的想法更切合實際。

 

在父母密切的“關懷”下長大,孩子在學習、生活,乃至人生道路的選擇上,會變得不知所措,不相信自己能夠獨立做好什麼事,凡事都依賴父母的安排;再不然則會產生叛逆心理,自信心變得扭曲,完全以自我為中心,偏要和父母作對。

 

培養孩子自信心的目的之一,就是要讓孩子構建獨立自主的意識,最終形成健全的人格。真正獨立的人格是建築在獨立思考的基礎上的,而獨立思考的能力可以從培養自主選擇的能力開始。

 

不用擔心七八歲的孩子不懂得“選擇”是什麼意思。教育是一個循序漸進的過程,自幼時對細小事物的理解和選擇開始,父母要逐步培養、啟發和鼓勵孩子用正確的思考方式解決問題。如此一來,他們才將更有能力和信心去面對越來越複雜的社會。

 

當孩子具備一定的抽象思維能力時,選擇教育就可以開始了。要注意的是,對已經處於學齡期的孩子,父母在要求他們做出決定時,不應只是簡單地讓他們“選A還是選B”,或回答“是還是不是”。這種選擇題對於提高孩子的思維能力和獨立性並無幫助。


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Be most willing to accept and repeat use it

Posted by bibiddream on October 30, 2012 at 2:55 AM Comments comments (0)

一位研究性醫學的專家,在某次會議的間隙鄭重對我說,他在臨床上醫治女患者時,需要充滿美好情趣的性幻想文字輔助治療。而這類文章在中國幾乎完全空白,不知道文學家能否做這件針灸減肥

他說這話的時候,很嚴肅地註釋著我。我猜到了那目光後面的含意:您能幫這個忙嗎?

我趕緊裝作不曾覺察他的微言大義,把話題岔了開去,他也再不曾提起。但這個題目,卻像一枚竹刺扎進指甲,久久地梗在那裡,敏感且令人作痛。

我本來想說,讓那些女人看看《金瓶梅》吧。但又一想,它不符合美好情趣這一條,再加上也太古老陳舊了。那麼當代中國有多少符合美好情趣的性文學呢?

巡視四周,難以尋覓。

當我認真地思考這一問題的時候,突然發現自己陷入了啞區。也就是說,我們這個民族,在這個非常重要的領域,當代集體失語。

食色,性也。我們是食的大國,我們有非常發達的烹調術語。它從古至今,源遠流長地傳遞下來了,並有遠播世界的可能。在我們悠久的古文化里,也有關於性的文字,但夾雜著對女性的歧視和單純技術觀點,很有分析提煉的必要。可惜近代以來,玉石俱焚,基本中斷了。一般人無法得網上訂花

 

 


我們現在實用的性語言體系,大體由兩部分組成。一部分是民間的俗語,它們生猛下流,把對女性的欣賞求索和強烈的歧視,把對性的生殖本能崇拜和道德倫理層面的蔑視,奇異複雜地糾纏攪拌在一起,色厲內荏,泥沙俱下。那些市井流布近乎狎*和流氓的語言,實在令今日受過良好教育的知識階層,無法在二十世紀的夕陽和二十一世紀的曙光裡,心甘情願地接納和重複運用它跌打

一部份是醫學術語。準確但是粗疏,拗口且不靈便,實用性很有幾分可疑。一位做心理諮詢的朋友說,半夜時分,常常有諮詢性問題的電話。對方的口氣十分為難,結結巴巴,倒不是不好意思,因為反正彼此不見面,說什麼都無所謂。主要是因為他找不到合適的詞,述說自己的苦痛。他會吭吭哧哧地嘟囔……我的那個地方,就是……男人的那個地方,叫……諮詢員一般會適時地解救他,以平穩的口氣說:您說的是陰莖嗎?那個人如遇大赦,趕快重複:是─陰─莖陰……口氣極生疏和晦澀,稱呼自己的器官,好像在會談一位外星來客。某作​​醫生的青年朋友,說她在作愛的前戲時分,不知如何表達,只得把一堆形容生殖系統的醫學術語拋出,她先生說自己有被推上手術台的感覺,興趣頓時索然。

順便說一句,我以為當初漢語言翻譯界,以醫學術語為人體生殖器官命名的時候,好像欠周詳且漫不經心。比如陰莖這個詞,就很有些莫名其妙。女性的那一整套系統,統以“陰”字打頭,這或許是受了中國傳統哲學的影響,以為世分陰陽,女子為“陰”,因此沿襲下來,也算言之有據。但夾了男子的這樣一個陽物在內,不倫不類的,造成了理解上的模糊。再比如,人對一朵花,尚且有花蕊、花瓣、花莖等等一系列的細緻區別,對人體的其它重要的器官,也不厭其煩地分段命名。例如牙齒,就有門齒、犬齒、臼齒等不同。一個空空如也囊似的胃,進口和出口,也分了賁門、幽門,好像命名一間書房。唯獨對繁瑣的生殖系統,卻一言以蔽之,馬馬虎虎地以“頭”、“體”、“尾”粗略剁開,就算交了差。好像那是一條無關緊要的小魚,值不得認真對網上花店

人們兩難。於是我們的文學書籍,當必不可少地需提及性的時候,巧妙地用“××”來代替,近年來又有了方框一法。但我不知在清掃了視覺污染的同時,考慮到了讀者閱讀的心理過程沒有?通常遇到“××”的時候,人們會在默誦中,將它用自己已知的各種民間俚語或是更為粗鄙的市井語言,一一複原。甚至反复順暢,默誦再三,以檢驗自己復原的妥貼性。於是那印刷者最初的潔淨苦心,就悲哀地付諸東海了。至於方框,更引起了撲朔迷離的爭執,以為那不過是描寫和印刷雜交的噱頭。

面對喑啞,人們於是因陋就簡地尋找用品,有時到了哭笑不得的地步。比如“睡覺”這個詞,和吃飯讀書一樣,原本的涵義是再清楚明白沒有了。但現在成了性的隱喻,一般人竟不敢隨便用了。其實誰都知道,那件事並不一定非得合上眼,安​​了眠才做得。人們正正常常睡覺的時候,一定比用這隱語的時辰要多,但現在鵲佔鳩巢,反倒失了本意,讓人用這詞的時候,常常三思而後行。

作家是以運用語言為愛好並為職業的。文字是作家的磚瓦,人人守土有責。現代漢語,如波濤滾滾的江河,不斷受納各行各業的專業術語,豐富發展並澄清積澱著自身。比如近年來電腦語言的大舉入侵,就很令人欣喜和警覺。但是我們的性語言體系,至今令人悲哀地僵化著,陳腐著,粗鄙著,不登大雅之堂地低級著。

人的每一組器官,都是神聖和精彩的。人體的生理活動,更是科學和文學重要的研究和組成部份。美好的性,是陽光下的火炬。 21世紀,是生物和心理學大發展的年代。在這個世紀的門坎上,中國的語言學家、性學家和文學家,應當攜起手來,創建漢語高雅美好的性語言體系。

 

 

The prediction and prevention of Alzheimer's

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在奧地利舉行的第22屆歐洲老年癡呆症大會上,有關醫學專家透露,老年癡呆症(阿爾茨海默氏症)有望得到預測和防治,其疫苗或抗體製劑已進入espresso cups set初期試驗階段。

 

目前醫學家已發現,大腦中β-澱粉樣蛋白變異等蛋白質異常,以及海馬區代謝能力下降、大腦體積萎縮等與老年癡呆發病機制有關。

 

意大利醫學家弗里索尼明確提出:“先是大腦β-澱粉樣蛋白異常,然後是代謝障礙,接著便是腦萎縮。”他說,年幼Bordeaux時有輕微腦功能障礙如輕度認知功能障礙的人,以後患老年癡呆的可能性更大,75%的認知功能障礙患者日後都出現老年癡呆症狀。

 

基於這一研究結果,科學家們已研製出幾種針對老年癡呆的活性疫苗並開始人體試驗。美國醫學專家拉爾森認為,人類“能夠預防老年癡呆的曙光已經出現在地平線上,我們也已經看到了推遲患上這種疾病的可能”。

 

他說,研究結果顯示,高血壓、高膽固醇、吸煙、抑鬱、缺乏運動以及受教育程度低等,都是誘導老年癡呆發生的風險因素,約一半的老年癡呆患者與這些因素有關。如將這些風險因素降低25%,老年癡呆患者每年就可能減少300萬人。

 

第22屆歐洲老年癡呆症大會10月4日至6日在奧地利的弗森多夫舉行,來自42個國家和地區的500多名專家與會。本屆大會發布的統計顯示,目前僅high chair歐洲就有老年癡呆症患者730萬人,2050年患者可能達1120萬人。

Spinach Salad with Bosc Pears, Cranberries, Red Onion, and Toasted Hazelnuts

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Serves 8

This spinach salad speaks to all the wonderful autumnal flavors of the Pacific Northwest. The new crop of bronzed Bosc pears is piled high at the farmers' market; the hazelnuts have been harvested, shelled, and bagged for sale; and the cranberries arrive from the Long Beach, Washington, coastal bogs. I buy sweetened dried cranberries from a local producer, but they are readily available at the grocery store (Ocean Spray is a good-quality packager), found alongside raisins and other dried fruits. This salad is a snap to assemble if you buy the packaged prewashed and trimmed baby spinach.

Ingredients

Dressing

 

1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil

2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

2 teaspoons whole-grain mustard

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon kosher or sea salt

Freshly ground pepper

 

1 cup thinly sliced red onion

1/3 cup sweetened dried cranberries

8 cups lightly packed fresh baby spinach leaves, stemmed if needed

2 firm but ripe Bosc pears (do not peel), quartered lengthwise, cored, and cut into long, thin slices

2/3 cup hazelnuts, toasted (see Cook's Notes) and chopped

 

Preparation

 

To make the dressing, in a small jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the olive oil, vinegar, mustard, sugar, salt, and pepper to taste. Cover tightly and shake vigorously to blend. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Set aside.

 

Place the onions in a medium bowl and cover with cold water. Let stand for 30 minutes. This crisps the onion and takes away the raw onion taste. Drain well and pat dry on paper towels.

 

In a small bowl, toss the cranberries with 2 tablespoons of the dressing to soften them. Set aside for at least 20 minutes or until ready to serve the salad.

 

To assemble the salad, place the spinach, onions, and pears in a large bowl. Give the remaining dressing a last-minute shake and pour over the salad. Toss to coat evenly. Arrange the salad in a large serving bowl or divide it evenly among 8 salad plates. Scatter the cranberries and hazelnuts over the top(s). Serve immediately.

 

Cook's Notes

Try to buy shelled hazelnuts (also called filberts) with the brown, papery skins removed as well. To toast, spread the hazelnuts in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet and place in a preheated 375°F oven. Toast for about 12 minutes until lightly browned. If the nuts still have the skins on, transfer them while they’re hot to a clean kitchen towel. (Use a clean towel that is old or you don’t mind washing with bleach, because the skins tend to discolor the fabric.) Rub the nuts to remove most of the skins (they never come completely off).

 

You can substitute unsalted cashews for the hazelnuts. Toast cashews, as directed above for hazelnuts, for 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned.

 

Do Ahead The dressing can be made up to 1 day in advance, covered tightly, and refrigerated. Remove from the refrigerator 2 hours before serving. The nuts can be toasted up to 1 day in advance; store at room temperature in an airtight container. The onions and cranberries can be prepared up to up to 4 hours in advance. Set aside at room temperature.



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