BEIJING: China renewed its criticism on Wednesday (Apr 28) of Japan's decision to release treated radioactive water from the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant into the Pacific Ocean. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian called the decision to release the water over the next two years a money-saving measure that is “extremely irresponsible". Zhao also rejected Japanese complaints over a tweet he earlier sent criticising Japan's decision with a picture of a famous Japanese print of a massive wave, saying it was hypocritical of Japan not to allow others to criticise when it had failed to consider the concerns of its neighbors. “Certain Japanese officials have been playing deaf and dumb. Then why are they so angry about this image?" Zhao said at a daily briefing. “The Japanese side should recognise its responsibility, fulfil its international obligations and revoke its wrong decision." READ: China will assess food safety threats posed by Fukushima water release: Ministry … [Read more...] about China criticises Japan over Fukushima treated water release
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What do bebinca from Goa, India, canelés from Bordeaux, France and Portuguese queijadas have in common? They were all invented or perfected in convents. How did nuns start making such heavenly desserts? Many people say it’s because they had the luxury of time and space to perfect their techniques. But the answer probably lies in the abundance of egg yolks they were saddled with - egg whites were used to clarify wine, apply gold leaf to church altars, and starch the head coverings and habits nuns wore. Not only that, but many convents needed funds for preserving and repairing their buildings, so when the nuns were not praying, they toiled in the kitchen creating cakes, pastries and preserves to sell. Rita João and Pedro Ferreira, writing in the Portuguese pastry encyclopaedia Fabrico Próprio: The Design of Portuguese Semi-Industrial Confectionery, say: “These places of faith and seclusion were often true laboratories of creation, where the religious dedicated themselves to … [Read more...] about Nuns were in the habit of creating heavenly desserts, but how did convents become ‘laboratories of creation’?
Not all breads are equal. And this is keenly felt not too long ago when sourdough began trending on social media during the circuit breaker period. The wave of interest in baking sourdough hit (ahem) fever pitch, because it’s a time-consuming process that can only be done indoors. But have you met your match in actor Jake Gyllenhaal? The dude professed his love for sourdough on a talk show! The hype about sourdough It’s a big deal if you love your bread but want it to have better health and nutritional benefits than commercial yeast bread. Making sourdough bread requires a long rising process, as bacteria present in the starter would feed on carbohydrates in the dough, leading to a production of acetic and lactic acids to build up the aroma and texture. The sourdough has a longer shelf life too. You’ll also feel full for a longer period as it takes longer to digest. So folks suffering from diabetes or other health problems might prefer sourdough … [Read more...] about Bakeries in Singapore: 9 places for sourdough bread and more
Hai Van Pass among ten most beautiful drives worldwide Hai Van Pass Hai Van Pass in Da Nang city has been listed among the 10 most beautiful drives in the world, according to a recent article published by Travel + Leisure magazine. Hai Van Pass has been dubbed "one of the best coast roads in the world" by Jeremy Clarkson, former host of British motoring show Top Gear. The website also recommends that those travelling along the route take the road slow as conditions can become a slightly foggy. Running for a total length of 20km, the pass has become one of the most popular destinations for visitors to snap photographs, with over 52,000 photos taken at the site uploaded to Instagram. The global list is based on analysis provided by Pentagon Motor Group (PMG), which searches more than seven million Instagram hashtags in order to uncover the world's most stunning routes. As part of PMG’s research, they discovered that the Great Ocean Road in Australia is the most … [Read more...] about VIETNAM NEWS HEADLINES APRIL 27
Built on a foundation of dreams and unimaginable wealth, the walls of these once-grand mansions hide a chilling history. Earlier this week, an abandoned manor known as the 'Welsh Palace of Versailles' went back on the market for £750,000. The Grade 1-listed Kinmel Hall, near Abergele, Conwy, was once one of the country's most prestigious estates, and was even visited by Queen Victoria. However, the 80,000 sq ft property has tragically fallen into a state of disrepair since its construction in 1850. While many of its grand marble columns and arches ceilings remain in tact, shocking photographs show crumbling brickwork and plaster falling from the walls of its vast 122 rooms. And the fading home is far from the only glorious landmark to have fallen upon hard times over the years - with properties around the world going to waste after gruesome hammer murders, playboy scandals and ghostly legends. 'Wretched' psychiatric hospital - Glasgow, Scotland In the rural … [Read more...] about World’s creepiest abandoned mansions left to rot after grisly murders and ‘ghostly visits’