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Chai – Indian Spiced Tea

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Chai – Indian Spiced Tea

What is in Chai?
“Chai” simply means tea. The full name is “masala chai” (spice tea). There are many different variations on the recipe. Of course, Grandma or Mom’s way is the best. The basic ingredients are black tea, milk, spices, and sugar.

The main spices in chai are cinnamon, cardamom, ginger, and cloves. Other spices may be included as well, such as star anise, allspice, coriander, fennel, nutmeg, tamarind, or black pepper. Western culture has added non-traditional flavors of its own, like unsweetened cocoa powder or vanilla beans.

Bracing for the Foie Gras Ban

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Bracing for the Foie Gras Ban
by Clarissa Cruz

With a ban on producing or serving fois gras lurking on the horizon, how are California’s top chefs reacting to dropping the delicacy from their menus?

When I think back on some of the most memorable dishes I’ve ever had, there seems to be bit of a recurring theme: The perfectly grilled steak topped with crumbles of foie gras from a little stall in Barcelona’s Boqueria market. A luscious, fat slab of foie gras terrine served with charred bread and thick jam at Derriere in Paris. And just last week, a single plump langoustine, seared and garnished with yes, a tiny slice of foie gras at Le Bernardin in New York City.

If I lived in California, I’d have to forgo these experiences—locally anyway. Because starting in July 2012 a long-anticipated ban on the production and sale of foie gras will go into effect there. Luckily—and for many other reasons that have nothing to do with duck livers—I live in New York instead. It’s hard for me to imagine the likes of New York City chefs David Chang and Jean Georges Vongerichten going the way of Los Angeles’s Wolfgang Puck and dropping foie gras from their menus without a fight.

But it got me wondering what other chefs in California think about not being able to use the luxe, controversial delicacy in the near future. (If you need a primer on what all the ruffled feathers are about, foie gras is traditionally made from the fattened livers of farm-raised, force-fed ducks; there is debate about whether the practice is a form of animal cruelty.)

“I’m not an advocate for the mistreatment of animals, but people enjoy eating foie gras, and it’s something that has been part of finer cuisine for ages. I hate to lose something that has so much tradition,” says Jason Maitland, executive chef of San Diego’s popular Flavor Del Mar. The restaurant serves dishes featuring the ingredient—but doesn’t have the words “foie gras” printed on the menus, to avoid protests by animal rights activists. Instead Maitland keeps it on hand to prepare as specials or when regular customers request dishes containing it.

He says he began the practice when he was chef at Arterra Restaurant in the Marriott Del Mar and the chain wanted to avoid negative publicity. “They said ‘Take it off your written menu, but you’re welcome to serve it,'” says Maitland.

So he continues the policy at his current post, but will comply with the ban once it goes into effect. “I met with the Animal Rescue and Protection League, who wanted us to stop serving foie gras,” he says. “I told them the product will be illegal soon enough. It’s not like they’re going to stop production and these birds I’m getting right now will be released and fly south for the winter. They’re already being farmed and harvested so this either goes to waste or I use it. And while I have the chance, we’re going to serve it.”

As for diners, time will tell how much the ban will affect their restaurant habits. “I do love foie gras and have seen compelling arguments on both sides as to the humane nature of its farming—at best it’s a relatively painless procedure and at worst, it’s a lot better than some other widely adopted farming techniques,” says Linden Goh, who is based in Los Angeles and writes the food blog Gastronomnom “Will I miss it? Sure, from time to time and I’ll still happily eat it when I travel.”

What do you think? How do you think the ban will affect California chefs and diners?

Clarissa Cruz is the Fashion Features Editor of O, The Oprah Magazine. She is the former Style Editor of People magazine and has written for Entertainment Weekly, InStyle, Food & Wine, and Budget Travel. She has also appeared as an entertainment expert on television, including the Today show, the CBS Early Show, Access Hollywood, MTV, VH1 and E!. She lives in New York City.

Raw hazelnut milk recipe

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Raw hazelnut milk recipe

Millet Rice

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Millet Rice (Korra Buvva, Korra Annam)

What is Millet?

Millet is small, round in shape, and can be white, grey, yellow or red. The most common form in stores is the pearled, hulled kind. It is a tasty grain that has a mildly sweet, nut-like flavor which is intensified when the grain is toasted. The protein content is very close to that of wheat; both provide about 11% protein by weight. Millet is rich in B vitamins (especially niacin, B6 and folic acid), calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, and zinc. Millet contains no gluten, so it is appropriate for those with celiac disease or gluten/wheat intolerance.

Top 10 Foods Highest in Selenium

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Top 10 Foods Highest in Selenium

#1: Nuts (Brazil Nuts)
Nuts, especially Brazil nuts, are a great source of selenium. Brazil nuts, which are also rich in magnesium, provide the most selenium with 1917μg (2739% DV) per 100 gram serving, 2550μg (3642% DV) per cup, and 96μg (137% DV) in a single kernel or nut. Mixed nuts by contrast provide about half as much selenium with 422μg (77% DV) per 100 gram serving, 607μg (111% DV) per cup, and 118μg (169% DV) per ounce.

#2: Shellfish (Oysters, Mussels, Whelk)
In addition to selenium oysters and shellfish are also a great source of iron, zinc, copper, and vitamin B12. Pacific oysters provide the most selenium with 154μg (220% DV) per 100 gram serving, or 131μg (52% DV) per ounce, and 38.5μg (55% DV) per oyster. Other shellfish high in selenium include blue mussels and whelk which provide 90μg (128% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, 76μg (109% DV) per 3 ounce serving.

#3: Liver
The liver of most any animal is packed with nutrients like selenium. Often appearing on the culinary scene as pâté, liver can also be eaten in sausage (liverwurst), and prepared steamed or fried with onions and herbs. Lamb liver provides the most selenium with 116μg per 100g serving or 166% of the DV. That is 99μg (141% DV) of selenium in a 3 ounce serving.

#4: Fish
Fish is a heart healthy food, a good source of protein, and rich in vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, and B12. Orange roughy provides the most selenium with 88μg (126% DV) per 100 gram serving, 75μg (107% DV) per 3 ounce serving. It is followed by canned tuna, canned anchovies, swordfish, pickled herring, and lastly tilefish which provides 52μg (74% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, or 44μg (63% DV) per 3 ounce serving.
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#5: Sunflower Seeds
Sunflower seeds are great as a snack or as an addition to salads, they are also a great source of vitamin E, iron, vitamin B1 (thiamin), B6, protein, magnesium, potassium, and copper. Sunflower seeds provide 79μg (113% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, that is 102μg (145% DV) of selenium per cup hulled, and 22.2μg (32% DV) per ounce.
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#6: Bran (Wheat, Rice, and Oat)
Rice, Wheat, and Oat bran are great additions to breads and breakfast cereals like oats, rye, and buckwheat.
Wheat bran contains 78μg (111% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, which is 45μg (64% DV) per cup, and 3μg (4% DV) per tablespoon. Oat bran provides 45μg (65% DV) of selenium per 100 grams, and rice bran contains much less selenium with 17μg per 100 gram serving.

#7: Caviar
Caviar is not as expensive as people think and is a great source of iron, protein, and vitamin B12. 100 grams of caviar will provide 65.5μg (94% DV) of selenium, or 18μg (26% DV) per ounce, 10.5μg (15% DV) per tablespoon.

#8: Bacon and Pork Chops
Despite being a high cholesterol food bacon is a good source of selenium. 100 grams of bacon will provide 65μg (93% DV) of selenium, or 5μg (7% DV) per slice. Lean pork chops provide 43μg (61% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, 31μg (44% DV) per chop.

#9: Lobster and Crab
Lobster is most commonly served baked, steamed, or in bisque. A 100g serving of spiny lobster provides 59.2μg (85% DV) of selenium, that is 96.5μg (138%DV) in a whole lobster, 50.3μg (72% DV) in a 3 ounce serving. Dungeness crab provides 47.6μg (68% DV) per 100 gram serving, 60.5μg (86% DV) per crab, and 40.5μg (58% DV) per 3 ounce serving. Click to see complete nutrition facts.

#10: Shrimp (Prawns, Camarones)
Despite being a high cholesterol food shrimps are rich in iron as well as selenium. Shrimps provide 39.6μg (57% DV) of selenium per 100 gram serving, 34μg (48% DV) per 3 ounce serving, and 8.7μg (12% DV) of selenium in 4 large shrimps.