An Apple a Day: Apple Cinnamon Cake with Dark Caramel Ganache

Never knew apples help against Parkinson Disease, know someone who has it

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Since my last post where I shared my recipe for Roasted Carrot and Coriander Soup, I am still feeling that fall fever. Last time I talked a lot about the wonders of New York apples and apple cider, so I gave it a go at creating a version of apple cider in cake form since I can’t get Western New York Apple Cider in Bahrain.

The base of this cake is the same one I used in my “Birthdays” post. This time I just added some chunks of apple coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon instead of the melted chocolate. You will truly see how versatile this cake base is and how it works well with a variety of ingredients. I use it all the time and experiment with all kinds of variations to suit my mood and imagination. You should too!

I’m sure you’ve heard the old adage…

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Best Mystery Novel Ever! The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammett

This has been one of my all time best books I have read. I must look for the book, feeling to read it again!

Dysfunctional Literacy

Nick Charles with Asta instead of his wife Nora Nick Charles doesn’t yet know the trouble he’s going to be in when his wife Nora finds out that he posed for this cover with Asta the dog instead of with her.

Determining the “best mystery ever” can be difficult because so many mysteries are so similar.  Despite various sub-genres (the whodunit, the hardboiled, the “think like a killer to catch a serial killer”), once you’ve read a couple within each category, you’ve read them all.  

But a BEST MYSTERY EVER should be a unique book.  It should combine all elements (except for the “think like a killer to catch a killer” because those suck).  It should be both a hardboiled detective story and a whodunit.  It should be so good that it can’t be copied (though it might have been tried).  And that book is The Thin Man by Dashiell Hammet. 

NICK AND NORA 

The Thin Man is known…

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BlackBerry’s Picture Password Automatically Protects You from New Hacking Tactic

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To live in a world where hackers already have a million different ways to steal information off my phone is bad enough. (Let’s see, there’s malware, a thief guessing my lame password, or it could even be someone looking over my shoulder.) Now, according to researchers at Syracuse University, using a smartphone in public at all might be a bad idea because of something called spatio-temporal dynamics.

Spatio-temporal dynamics is a type of artificial intelligence that involves calculating the distance and relationship of objects. In an experiment conducted last year, the Syracuse researchers discovered thieves could use spatio-temporal dynamics to figure out smartphone passwords. Here’s how it’s done: the hacker videotapes someone using a phone, even if all he’s able to get is the back of the device and the movements of the user’s hands as they type. The hacker then applies an algorithm to the video footage that…

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The Food Ingredient That Could Be Messing With Your Gut

TIME

Scan the fine print on almost any processed food in the grocery store and you’re likely to find emulsifiers: Ingredients such as polysorbate 80, lecithin, carrageenan, polyglycerols, and xanthan and other “gums,” all of which keep ingredients—often oils and fats—from separating. They are also used to improve the texture and shelf-life of many foods found on supermarket shelves, from ice cream and baked goods, to salad dressings, veggie burgers, non-dairy milks, and hamburger patties.

Now, a new study released today in the journal Nature suggests these ingredients may also be contributing to the rising incidence of obesity, metabolic syndrome, and inflammatory bowel disease by interfering with microbes in the gastrointestinal tract.

This news may surprise consumers, given the fact that emulsifiers are approved for use by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and appear in many foods otherwise considered “healthy,” including some in which their presence helps to…

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