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Rick Stein DVD released
Celebrity chef Rick Stein’s Far Eastern Odyssey, a hit on BBC, is
now available on DVD in a two-disc set. Viewers can join Rick on his
culinary adventure through the food and culture of the Far East in
search of the authentic food of Southeast Asia.
The DVD covers the mix of Chinese and French influences that char-
acterise Vietnamese food; the distinctive and unusual Khmer cui-
sine of Cambodia; and the light and fragrant flavours of Bangladesh
that helped shape the menu of so many UK curry houses.

Along the way, Rick visits traditional family-run restaurants, street
vendors, night markets, fishing villages, and local farmers to learn
about the authentic food of the area, and to sample the delicious
spectrum of flavours. Rick’s journey also takes him to Sri Lanka,
Thailand, Malaysian and Bali.

The DVD shares Rick’s new-found knowledge by re-creating food
from his travels and captures on the plate the rich and varying
cultures of the Far East. It also includes the special Christmas
Odyssey episode, in which Rick Stein uses his new ideas from the
Far East to brighten up our festive dishes.
Saffron can help blindness say scientists
Saffron, the herb used in many curries, old age, claim Australian scientists. In regulate the fatty acid content of the
could help stop people going blind in a trial, volunteers given pills contain- cell membrane, making the vision
ing the spice, which gives curry cells “tougher and more resilient”.
its yellow colour, for three Researchers are now conducting a
months showed “significant further 12 month trial to discover
improvements” in their vision, more about how saffron works and
the study found. The experts what the ideal doses would be.
claim the aromatic herb “may According to Professor Jonathon Stone
hold the key to preventing the of The Vision Centre, an Australian
loss of sight in the elderly”. research organisation, “The outcome
of this experiment was remarkable
The chemistry of saffron is – significant improvement in vision
quite complex and is well after several weeks of taking saffron
known as an antioxidant but no in pill form, which reversed when the
one has explored its effects on patients were taken off it. This is very
eyesight before. The scientists encouraging for a non-invasive way to
backing the tests believes saf- treat certain important eye diseases.”
fron may affect genes which
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