Episode 196: Burmese Curry, Diet and Cholesterol, and The Joy of Cooking

Now that Joy is a teetotaler, she is eagle eyed for stories about the health consequences of alcohol. Some new research suggests that moderate drinking  may not be healthy after all.

In our What’s for Dinner segment this week, we talk about the Burmese Curry with Okra and Egg recipe from Burma Superstar.

Joy recently got a physical and the cholesterol news is not good. We talk about the mysterious relationship between diet and heart health.

Marisa interviews John Becker and Meghan Scott, part of the team working on the newest edition of The Joy of Cooking.

At the market this week, we are snapping up the summer squash.

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2 thoughts on “Episode 196: Burmese Curry, Diet and Cholesterol, and The Joy of Cooking”

  1. Thanks for the review of the curry dish. It sounds fabulous. Have either of you cooked the very similar dish from Naomi Duguid in her Burma cookbook? I love that recipe, but she has you fry the hard boiled eggs in a tumeric oil first which is such a pain that I never make the dish. It seems like this recipe is a little more streamlined which might be good.

    If you’re interested in trying okra a new way, I highly recommend the okra dish in Liana Krissoff’s Veg. for a New Generation. It’s fantastic and we eat it all the time. It’s sort of a dry, mild Indian spiced dish that I serve next to saucy-er curries. She calls for lemon juice but I use mango powder (amchoor) and love that. No slime and very tasty and satisfying.

  2. I have had a cholesterol score of over 300 for over 20 years. I had tried diet and exercise for years to control cholesterol, but my genetic heritage was strong. Having no history of heart disease in a family with high cholesterol with the age and body type that did not portend heart disease, my physicians did not insist upon statins. When I was 55, my MD asked if I would have a cardiac ct scan, which I did. It showed no, zero, plaques. I have since had another with similar results. Cholesterol only matters if calcification occurs. In my case that was not happening and is still not happening. I’m sure I have simplified this but you may want to discuss with your doctor. My maternal grandfather had uncontrolled cholesterol, was very active, ate like Ewell Gibbons. He did ultimately have a stroke at 94. Normally I think this would be an irrelevant comment, but since you brought it up…

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