RFF#117 – Eating fruits and vegetables with high levels of pesticides is linked with poor semen quality

A study by Harvard researchers showed that men with the highest intakes of pesticide-laden fruits and vegetables (2.1 servings/day) had a 49% lower total sperm count and a 32% lower percentage of morphologically normal sperm, when compared to men with lower intakes (<0.5 servings/day).

I learned about this fact from: http://humrep.oxfordjournals.org/content/early/2015/03/27/humrep.dev064.full




RFF#102 – Tromp l’oeil aka culinary deception

Trompe l’oeil–which refers to something that misleads or deceives the senses–was originally an artistic concept…

…before surfacing in the culinary world.

I learned about trompe l’oeil many years ago from a documentary about “the art of culinary deception” which highlighted the work of Michele Richard. Richard is a chef who specializes in trompe l’oeil by creating meals such as steak tartar with tomatoes, or caviar with couscous and squid ink.

As a result of Richard’s culinary genius and passion, I never forgot about tromp l’oeil. And today (6 years after watching the documentary), I created my own tromp l’oeil

Fruit Cake-1

It’s a fruit cake, literally! The entire thing is made of fruit, but you might not realize it at first glance!

Fruit Cake-2