Friday, August 7, 2009

Sugar facts

How much sugar do you consume a month? Have a thought in yourself..

Malaysians consume an average of 26 teaspoons of sugar per person daily, revealed a 2005 survey. And early this year, the country was ranked the world’s eighth highest sugar user.

In the 70s, Malaysians only consumed 17 teaspoons of sugar per person per day. The International Diabetes Institute recorded Malaysia as having the fourth highest number of diabetics in Asia with 800,000 cases in 2007, which was expected to increase to 1.3 million in 2010.

“Sugar is linked to over 60 ailments such as cancer, diabetes, obesity, heart problems, osteoporosis, kidney problems, asthma and allergies.

Malaysia has the most overweight and obese people in Asia with 54% of the adult population either being obese or overweight.

Isn't it a surprising facts. I just think will it better for the government to leave sugar price unsubsidised, RM 1.45 per kg. I personally love dessert (local and Westerner).

The fruit tart is a delicious morsel that is both colourful and tasty.
THERE is a certain elegance in fruit tarts that make them stand out even when served alongside other desserts in a buffet spread.

A delicious morsel that is both colourful and tasty, it is a tiny, sweet pastry crust filled with delicious pastry cream or thick custard and then topped with either one type of fruit, usually strawberries, or a mix of several types of fruits.

They are easy to make at home, but remember to brush the crust with melted chocolate or apricot jam to prevent it from becoming soggy after coming into contact with the cream and fruit.



Sweet treats: Rows of pretty fruit tarts.

The fruit should also be brushed with jam to give it a sheen and prevent it from drying out.
There are so many fillings for these bite-sized morsels: it could be a pastry cream or custard, Devonshire cream or even a delightful cream cheese.


Fruits are usually cut into cute little shapes and just before serving, the pastry cream or other creamy filling is spooned into the pastry shells and then the fruits are laid on.

Berries are the preferred choice as they will remain firm for several hours. Fruits such as kiwi, dragon fruit, and lychee tend to dry out after a while and the tarts will probably end up in the bin because they don’t look good anymore.

If you feel like making fruit tarts at home, you can buy the sweet crust shells at some of the supermarkets in town. You can fill the shells with instant pudding mix that has been made according to the instructions on the packaging, and then put on a layer of either raspberry or strawberry preserves, the pudding or custard mix and then the fruits.

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Today, (Friday) the 7th of August 2009, you lived through two unique moments of the Gregorian calendar.
Today afternoon at 12:34:56pm and at 12:34:56am the figures come up as 123456.

The figures 789 are for the date 7th, the month of August 8 and the year 2009.

Run in sequence it becomes 123456789.
You can live through it again if you live for a 1,000 years from now when it will be 3009, with the same time and date.