Monday, March 9, 2009
World's Tallest Building, Cholesterol.
Good Morning America are doing some travelling this week, their theme being BIG. Chris Cuomo was visiting Dubai's tallest building, the Burj Dubai, which is in the desert. I believe they are building yet more such structures according to an email with pictures I was sent recently. If you are interested there is an article and some video if you click here which gives you views of this incredible monument to engineering and architecture. It is, or will be when finished, the tallest building in the world, it is 1,000 ft. taller than the previous record being held by the Taipei 101 in Taiwan. I remember when the Empire State Building held that title. This building is twice as high. It is worth watching the video to see some of the views and comparisons. If you explore Good Morning America this morning there are several articles about Dubai. I gather even they are feeling the financial pinch. Maybe they can't buy new diamond studded cars this year!!! I wrote about it last year check here when I first heard about it. Bowling again today, so wish me luck. Didn't do too badly last week, but I am not very consistent lately. Told you winter wasn't over yet, we had a smattering of snow overnight. Not very much of it, but enough to turn everything more or less white. I am always on the lookout for foods which are reputed to lower cholesterol. According to RealAge a new study see here shows that chickpeas (garbanzo beans) tend to both lower cholesterol and to lower weight. All good stuff in my book. Most nuts are supposed to lower cholesterol along with anything containing Omega-3 Fatty Acids, like salmon. Fragrant Chickpea Stew Serves 4 When time is of the essence, this hearty stew makes a quick meal. It has a complex, almost beefy flavor that develops when the onion and garlic are cooked until dark brown. Accompany with steamed rice or whole-wheat flatbreads (chapatis). Ingredients * 1 tablespoon canola oil * 1 teaspoon cumin seeds * 1 medium red onion, chopped (1 cup) * 5 medium cloves garlic, minced * 1 tablespoon coriander seeds, ground (see Ingredient Note) * 1 cup water * 1 red potato, scrubbed and cut into 1-inch cubes * 1 19-ounce or 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed * 1/2 teaspoon salt * 1/2 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper * 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro, divided * 1 medium tomato, cut into 1-inch cubes Directions 1. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; cook cumin seeds for 10 seconds. Add onion and garlic; cook, stirring, until dark brown, 5 to 8 minutes. Add coriander; cook, stirring, for 20 seconds. Stir in water, potato, chickpeas, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon cilantro. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the potato is tender, 15 to 20 minutes. 2. Add tomato, increase heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro and serve. Have a great day.