Monday, October 17, 2011
Saturday, October 8, 2011
500g minced lean meat
[I've used beef, pork, veal, turkey, chicken; or a combo of them]
3/4 cup bread crumbs or corn crumbs
1 teaspoon ground Cardamom
1 teaspoon ground Cumin
1 large egg
1/3 cup Sunflower oil
Chopped chives or the green part of a spring onion, to taste
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and mix well with a fork or spoon. Wet your hands and mix really thoroughly, then shape into bite size balls. Brown in batches and set aside.
Place 500mls Campbell's Chicken Stock in a large saucepan. Add the meatballs and 150g noodles of choice.
(Vermicelli, Singapore, Hokkein, etc)
Add some grated carrot and allow to simmer gently for approx. 30 minutes, stirring gently occasionally.
Turn heat off & add some Bok Choy, just allowing it to steam/wilt before serving.
1 and 3/4 cups unbleached organic self raising flour
1/2 cup caster sugar (or substitute with stevia, etc)
1 cup plain yoghurt (I use my own lactose free low-fat homemade yoghurt)
1 large egg (mine are homegrown free-range ... lucky me!)
2/3 cup oil (I use Crisco 100% Sunflower oil. No additives at all)
2 large bananas, mashed with chunks
1 teaspoon mixed spice
Preheat oven to 180C. Lightly grease a 12-hole muffin pan. Sift flour, sugar and mixed spice into a bowl. Combine yoghurt, egg, oil and banana in a second, larger bowl. Gradually add dry ingredients, stirring until JUST combined. [If you overmix, the muffins will be tough and won't rise]. Spoon mixture into muffin holes. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Stand muffins in pan for 5 minutes, turn out onto wire rack to cool. They are very moist and stay that way for 2-3 days. If any are left on day #4, nuke them for 15 seconds & spread with butter.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Not long after I first got Jethro, I started working with Juvenile Offenders. One of them thought I'd written a negative report about him to the sentencing Magistrate and he threatened to blow up our house [they all knew where I lived, of course!]. We took this threat seriously as that young man had burned down two schools in the area; and he was violent. So, I trained Jethro to the max of his awesome guarding ability. Most people who met him, hated him ... because they were afraid of him. There were only four people on this earth whom he would allow to touch him. Everyone else was seen as a threat and Jethro really was a force to be reckoned with. I always felt safe. Our property and belongings were safe.
Jethro was the seventh Rottweiler I have had in my life and he will be the last. He & I were fiercely devoted to each other. He was gentle with us; loving, funny and playful. He was 100% obedient for me. He did not disobey me ~ not even once.
My heart is aching. I keep thinking I hear him in the house. Why isn't his head there, pressed against my leg? His soft, velvety ears? I miss him dreadfully. My protector, my companion, my loving friend ...
You can read about Digest Spectrum and buy it from here:
Amazon sells DS but they won't ship to Australia, unfortunately. There are also sellers on American eBay who seem reliable. It's not available in Australia and there is nothing exactly the same here. I now have my own drug store supply!! Here's hoping it continues to work as well.
Wednesday, August 10, 2011
I have decided to try again with the Vit D supplement but am only taking one every second day. Let's see what happens! I also have some Digest Spectrum, which I believe I will try during the coming weekend. I have regressed in the past 2 weeks, which is very disappointing.
Thankfully I have had some success in changing the appointment I made 5 weeks ago to see an allergist. I will now be seeing him on September 6th. My original appt was not until 14 November!! Today I had a light bulb moment - I thought I could eat a limited range of dry biscuits, but realised that one type has a sprinkle of sesame seeds on top ... maybe I am a head case after all. Any hoo, I've just eaten 2 ... I wonder what reaction I might have, if any?
I'd been away from home for almost a week & my veggie garden has grown significantly in that time due to the very unseasonal warm weather we had, followed by lovely heavy rain. Some of the Bok Choy is almost ready and the Swiss Chard is growing fast. The potatoes had also pushed their leaves up through the second layer of compost, so they have now been covered with a final layer. The worms are about six times bigger - they are fat and very healthy looking. What a great feeling of satisfaction. At least some things are successful .......
Saturday, July 30, 2011
395g tin condensed milk
1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
Whip cream until soft peaks form. Add vanilla bean paste, then condensed milk. Mix until it looks like custard. Pour into ice cream maker & churn for 25-30 mins.
It will be like soft serve ice cream at the end of that time.
You'll need to put it in the freezer to harden up & ripen in flavour. It's delicious.
I've done a couple of variations:
Instead of vanilla bean, add 1/4 tin of drinking chocolate to the cream & fold it in carefully before mixing or the choc powder will fly all over your kitchen!
Instead of the condensed milk, use a 385g tin of Coffee & Milk and add 1 tablespoon of good quality instant coffee granules - I used Moccona 'Indulgence'.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
75g (1/3 cup) medium grain white rice
750 mls (3 cups) Lactose Free milk
70g (1/3 cup) caster sugar
(I used my own chookies' eggs, but you can buy free range at most s/markets)
1 tsp pure vanilla extract (don't use the synthetic chemical crap!)
pinch of ground nutmeg (don't use if super sensitive)
Pre-heat oven to 180 C. Cook the rice until tender, drain & set aside. Use a fork to whisk together the milk, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Stir in the rice and sultanas.
Line the base of a roasting pan with a tea towel folded to fit and place a 1.5L (6-cup) capacity ovenproof dish in the pan. Pour the custard mixture into the dish. Sprinkle evenly with nutmeg. Pour enough boiling water into the pan to reach halfway up the side of the dish. Bake in oven for 40-45 mins, until the tip of a knife comes out cleanly. Remove dish & set aside to cool for an hour.
Make sure you use a baking dish of the size specified. If the dish is too large the custard may cook too quickly, becoming dry & rubbery.
For a smooth result, use a fork to whisk the egg mixture. A balloon whisk causes bubbles to form in the custard as it bakes, creating an unpleasant mouth feel.
Be very careful not to overcook the baked custard or it will separate. If you see tiny bubbles throughout the custard, it's overcooked.
I've been so sick since about an hour after this incident ... five days ago :(
I have absolutely no appetite and am finding it really difficult to eat anything due to severe, on-going nausea. Because I am not eating very much I have no energy; and doing anything is becoming quite a challenge. I feel a bit 'spaced out'. I made some chicken soup last night, with the very best intentions ... but the smell of it was even more nauseating. I ended up eating about half a cup plain, boiled, white rice - AGAIN! The only other thing I've been able to force down has been homemade LF egg custard in tiny amounts. Thank goodness some of my little chookies are laying organic eggs for me again. I can eat them the same day they are laid.
I've been in this headspace before and I so understand how people develop eating disorders. It would be so easy to just stop eating. I've had food phobia before. The really weird thing is that I hardly lose any weight when this happens ... 'famine mode' taking over, I guess.
I also bit the bullet and purchased a couple of medications which many other people in my position are having excellent success with. One of them is "Fructosin". This one comes from Austria and is pretty exxy - works out at around $1.65 per capsule. I have had a bottle of these for about 2 weeks now, but some of the ingredients (esp. the fillers) make me really twitchy. I'm not sure that I have the courage to try them.
The other one is "Digest Spectrum" from the U.S. which costs about the same amount. This one is a capsule which contains the digestive enzymes that people with my condition lack. I know that a number of people who use these two alternative medications are getting really good results. I'll continue to think about whether or not I risk it while I wait for the DS to get here. I've tried several different pre-biotics and pro-biotics in the past, but they only made things worse for me. I vowed I would not put anything with numbers attached to it in my mouth, but other peoples' results have me thinking hard ....
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
You can read about the itinerary and buy tickets here:
I already have my ticket and am heading to Shepparton on the 17th August.
There's also a new Fedup website, which has just been launched here:
Sue & Howard have been VERY busy. The new site is much more user-friendly & heaps easier to find specific things you might be looking for. Well done guys ... thank you!
You might also be interested in reading this blog:
There are many very interesting entries and links from Emily Deans M.D.
In the meantime, the Fructosin I ordered from Austria (yep, that's AUSTRIA!!) arrived today ~ unadulterated by our Customs, for once. Now I just have to decide whether or not I will actually try it ........
Sunday, July 3, 2011
It's got a hot 350 ci motor that's had lots of work done to it to make it go harder.
I fell in love with these cars when I saw my first one ever in 1968. Of course, I would prefer a 68-69 model, but this one fits the bill too ... it's major attraction is that it's converted to right-hand drive. It should have chrome bumpers, but the body kit alters the shape and they had to come off. Everyone knows red cars go faster!!! LOL
Saturday, July 2, 2011
The front has two zips and a roll up section for easy access. The four shelves are made from light, square wire which will need to be treated with care as they will easily go out of shape & don't look as if they'd support heavy weights. They also need to be more securely connected to the primary frame IMO. The whole thing is heavy enough to withstand bad weather. I think it will be perfect for keeping small seedlings warm & healthy before they are transplanted into the bedding containers.
I don't do things by halves, do I?!! LOL
Thursday, June 30, 2011
I've been busy as predicted! It's taken two full days of really hard work but stage 1 of my no-dig, raised veggie garden is completed. I slept very well last night & expect the same will happen tonight. I'm so tired I can barely walk .. and sore!! The big containers are filled with ... Layer 1: thick cardboard (re-cycled house moving cartons) with thick wadges of newspaper filling the spaces. Layer 2: 30 cms deep mix of horse & chook manure (you can see some of my little fertiliser machines in the first pic). Layer 3: I raked up all those bloody dead leaves that were lying about everywhere and threw them in with a handful of blood & bone; as well as some of the broken down ashes out of the wood heater. Layer 4: thick pads of straw. Layer 5: I found some old compost, left behind by the previous owners, and added that. Layer 6: thick pads of lucerne hay which I got cheap 'cos it's weather damaged ~ perfect. This was a lot of hard work by an old girl, all by herself! I hope it works & I am harvesting yummy veggies this coming season. Stage 2 will happen once all those layers start to break down and I'll add some worms. Then for Stage 3, I'll buy either good quality garden soil, compost or potting mix to top the containers up before planting seedlings. The final, top layer will be a mix of horse manure and straw used as mulch.
I'm going to ask DH to cut the old 44-gallon drum in two and use the 2 halves as well. Come to think of it, there are a few of those lying about which I can re-cycle. That way I can do some staggered planting of the veggies we like best; and that I can eat the most of.
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
At this stage I plan to grow some herbs, tomatoes, apple cucumber, zuchinni, green beans, potatoes, maybe some sweet corn, bush pumpkin, yellow squash and one Queensland Blue pumpkin. We have eleven fruit trees which are more than 20 years old. The fruit from them is so delicious. If I am careful, I am able to eat some of it each day. I think my next project will be to preserve some of that gorgeous fruit ... but summer is a long way off yet.
The appointment with my GP went far better than expected. When I explained why I was there, he was quite concerned & alarmed that it took me such a long time to realise what was happening with the reaction I had to the muesli bar (see below). He told me to get some Telfast or Zyrtec and to carry them at all times; and also warned me to be vigilant about nuts and seeds. He is convinced I had a 'classic' nut allergy reaction. I have a referral to a specialist ~ in Melbourne, of course! Today is 28th June. My appointment is on the 14th of November. I could be dead in the meantime ........... sigh!
Sunday, June 26, 2011
One thing Kim said was that, after the initial 8-week strict Low FODMAPs diet, it's very important to challenge and re-introduce the foods you were previously unable to eat...in small amounts! The theory is that, if you don't do this, you may well lose the level of tolerance to them you DO have.
It was a timely statement for me, as I have been working on our enemy Mr. Apple for about four weeks now. I also react to salicylates and amines, so need to be extra careful. I bought just one glorious Fuji apple. I took it home and put it on the kitchen bench, where it stayed for a few days. I stroked it every time I walked past it - a bit like sex with an apple, really! LOL Then I just thought, "Stuff it, I am going to do this!!!" So, I peeled it quite thickly and ate a small quarter of it. Then I sat back and waited ~ nothing, nada, zilch, zip!!! Prior to Low FODMAPs, that apple would have been out of me within 45 minutes, travelling at the speed of sound!!!!!! Since then I have eaten a WHOLE Fuji apple ~ thickly peeled & cored, of course. I keep waiting for the grenade to go off in my bum, but it hasn't. I made sure I re-introduced this food slowly, over a period of weeks. I also made sure that I keep my intake of other fodmaps on that day at a low level. I have a whole range of other "challenging" foods to re-introduce over the coming months. It gives me hope ........
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
I peel the vegs, cut them into chunks and give them a very quick whizz in the food processor. Keep back a few of each veg to cut into smaller chunks and add to improve the mouth feel so you actually have to chew. This is a thick & chunky soup, a meal all by itself. Add a crusty GF roll and you're set!
1 6-pack of skinless chicken 'lovely legs' (about 400g) or use whatever cut you prefer
2 medium carrots (peeled)
1 medium parsnip (peeled)
3 sticks of celery - the inner paler ones - and keep the leaves on
4 corn cobbettes - zapped for 2 mins in the microwave first
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 medium zucchini (peeled)
1/2 cup pre-cooked gluten free pasta
1 teaspoon iodised sea salt flakes
2 - 3 litres cold water
Place the chicken in a large saucepan and cover with 1/2 the water.
Peel and chop vegs, except for the corn & peas, and whizz quickly in processor with the rest of the water. Pour into pan. Dice chunks held back and place in pan. Add peas.
Cut the corn off the cobs, using a sharp knife & add to other ingredients. Add salt flakes.
Simmer on gentle heat until the vegs are soft & the chicken is cooked. Take chicken out of pan & pull meat from bones. Return to pan, add the pre-cooked pasta and simmer for a further 10 minutes.
Thanks to 'Fructose Freak' for pointing out something important. I didn't explain that I peel the vegetables because I respond to amines & salicylates. There is absolutely no need to peel them if you are able to tolerate naturally occurring food chemicals, which are usually found directly under the skin.
Sunday, June 5, 2011
I ate three, as a main meal, without any symptoms.
approx. 300g ricotta cheese
2 cups cooked silver beet
2 short end bacon pieces, cut into small strips
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese, parmesan if you prefer
125g tin corn (omit if you can't safely eat it)
2 large eggs, whisked together
about 1/4 cup of 'safe' cooking oil (I used sunflower)
Smash the ricotta in a bowl & stir in the cold silver beet.
Place approx 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large, heavy based frying pan. Cook the bacon strips in the oil til crisp. Add the bacon and drained corn to the ricotta mix. Stir in the beaten eggs and mix well. Heat oil in pan ~ just enough to crisp the outside & prevent them from sticking. Drop large spoonsful into oil, flatten gently with an egg flip. Cook 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown, turning carefully as the mixture is soft and will break. Drain on absorbent paper. Sprinkle with iodised sea salt flakes & enjoy.
The mix makes about nine fritters.
Saturday, June 4, 2011
It's also available through book shops & other online resources.
The next Group Session relating to FODMAPS run by Shepherd Works ...
When? Wednesday June 22, 2011 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Where? 5 Arnold Street, Box Hill (Melbourne, Victoria)
Cost? $110 pp, but each registered participant may bring a guest at no extra cost, limited to 20 participants ... 40 maximum, counting guests. The session will be facilitated by Kim Menzies.
Dr Jaci Barrett is on Twitter, where she tweets about information from her research into Low FODMAPs. I find it very frustrating when an assumption is made that everyone who needs to desperately access the most up-to-date research, may not have the technological skills to do so. I am one of those people. For those of you more techno savvy, you can find her here: http://twitter.com/#!/FODMAPResearch
If this link doesn't work, click on the Twitter icon on the home page at dietsolutions: http://dietsolutions.net.au/
FYI, she has shared that garlic contains four times more fructans than onions do; and that tofu, which has been tested this year, is Low FODMAP.
Up-date: I contact Dr. Barrett about my concerns (above) and to her great credit she responded very quickly. She stated: "The majority of people following me on twitter are dietitians from around the world interested in my research and private practice setup. Again, I will direct them to my website for more details. I am really trying to use all avenues to share the information".
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Thank you for your recent enquiry. My apology for the delay, I just got back from an overseas trip.
We were made aware of similar concerns recently by a correspondence and since then we are trying to find out more about this issue through a variety of sources including CSRIO Australia, Australian Dietician Council and Sue Sheppard as well as continuous trial to find some literature regarding this issue.
We are gradually becoming aware of the changing knowledge and definitions regarding Fructose mal-absorption. When we initially claimed “fructose Friendly” on the packaging, at that stage onion was the main concern that we were aware of, for that reason non of the products that carry “Fructose Friendly” contains onion (including the Curried Pumpkin Bites).
Unfortunately we are finding that little is known yet about this issue and the knowledge is not broad base, I am sure with time more will be known but for the present time we were unable to find a clear body of knowledge that we can be guided by.
Having said that, out of concern for customers well being and despite the fact that we are claiming “fructose Friendly” and not “Fructose Free”, we decided to remove the claim “ Fructose Friendly” of these products, once there is enough knowledge we will be able to make a better judgment then to what is Fructose friendly and what is not.
As we asked every one we came in contact with regarding this issue, if you have any sources or literature eg, articles, research papers or reading material, it would be appreciated if you can direct us to.
Please feel free to contact me if you have further queries or comments.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Friday, April 22, 2011
Found this excellent weblog yesterday. While it is from 2008/2009, the info is still very relevant & written with an amazing sense of humour. There are 140 responses which I highly recommend you also read ... loads of helpful comments.