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  1. You all know that tim is a dear, dear friend. And you may have gathered that was me he was talking about in the blog. Well, i wanted to update you on some things. First off, about 3 weeks ago, i was told that i had to limit my coffee to just 2 cups (ok they are 20 ounce cups) and that i wasn’t to have a can of soda with lunch anymore. i am to drink at least one 32 ounce bottle of water a day, and look to increasing that. i have noticed some changes from just this little change. i’m not snacking in the afternoon, and not falling asleep on the couch as soon as my butt hits it. i may have noticed a difference in my skin, but too soon to tell on that. At this point i'm at about 1 and ½ bottles a day. What makes this so challenging for me is that i really dislike water. It’s sometimes got a funny taste, or it’s got no taste at all so why bother? There’s also this thing that i can’t drink cold beverages that aren’t like GLACIAL cold. As soon as the water in the bottle, cup or glass has no ice, i’m done. What’s helped greatly, besides tim’s encouragement, is that i’m adding limes, lemons, mint, and cucumber to my water. i’ve found a water bottle that has a little basket thing in it for just this reason. Lime and cucumber are so far the winner! So that’s one change i’ve made. After talking with tim last week, in a conversation that was the precursor to the blog post, i committed to trying “refrigerator oatmeal” every day for breakfast. i’m not a breakfast eater, not hungry in the morning. In fact, the thought of food in the morning turns my stomach. i chose this as it would be the easiest thing for me in the morning, as mornings with 17 year olds can be rather hectic. he and i talked about recipes, his is in the blog, and i looked up several different versions. i bought some nice plastic bowls with tight fitting lids, the old fashioned rolled oats, some good cinnamon, golden and regular raisins. i’m using ½ cup oats, and about a tablespoon of each type of raisin and a healthy sprinkle of cinnamon. i shake it up to mix it, then cover it with milk. i’m using 2% lowfat. i’ve found that putting it together takes no time at all, and i’m doing it right after dinner, while the kitchen is being cleaned up. So, i’m on day 3 as i write this and there are a few things i’ve begun to notice. Most impressive is that i've not forgotten my breakfast at home once. After getting past the whole “But oatmeal should be hot” thing, i'm able to eat it all. i’m also ready to eat lunch at lunchtime. Previously, i wasn’t always ready to eat at noon. Surprising me the most is that yesterday and today, i was actually hungry by the time i got to work. This, y'all this, is big. Just thought i'd let you know what’s happening, and maybe show you that what tim was talking about, eating real food, doesn’t have to be a big production. If you missed the original blog post, you can find it HERE my thanks always to tim, he's always been so encouraging and is so very dear to my heart
  2. Mikiesboy

    Diabetes ... again

    I'm back again to talk about diabetes. Some of you know that a friend of mine just died from sepsis, due to an uncontrolled infection which was a complication of having diabetes. She left a 21 year old son and 25 year old daughter. It's very very sad. While it sad, it's partly her fault. It hurts me to write that. I don't want to write it. But she would never try to change her eating habits relying on doses of insulin instead. She refused to stop eating white bread, processed foods or alcohol. She was never much of a person to have sweets however. It sucks having diabetes. My husband does. Frankly I'd love to be on the HoHo's, Wagon Wheel and McDonald's diet if they said it wouldn't kill me. I love junk food, but I no longer eat it. And nowadays I don't miss it. It's funny when you stop eating things like that and start cooking fresh decent meals, that you lose the cravings for crap. I beg people to eat right. Learn to cook. Think about the future. I recently read about an 89 year old man, who has had diabetes since he was 12 years old. People with juvenile diabetes back then rarely lived long. He did. But there was no testing at home then, no real belief that humans could control their sugar levels. He studied and became an engineer and married a doctor. Eventually a portable blood monitor became available to doctors only. He was tired of being at the mercy of this awful disease. So his wife ordered one. He started taking his levels up to 8 times a day carefully recording what he'd eaten. Eventually he understood. But no one would listen. So at age 45 he went back to school and became a doctor in hopes that someone would hear him. His approach is rather radical, but the proof is in the unsweetened pudding. As I read it, I felt afraid, seriously afraid of not being able to eat this or that. I wondered what Michael would think. But then I realized that lately food is just food to us. We don't crave things, we eat because we are hungry, and not because we are tempted. There are a lot of chapters of Dr. Bernstein's books online. I recommend you read them. His story is here: http://www.diabetes-book.com/ Diabetes is not just diabetes. Read the online chapters, learn to cook and eat well. You're worth so much more than your next sugary hi-carb snack. Be well ... tim
  3. Mikiesboy

    Food Bytes - Diabetes

    First, i am no expert on diabetes, but i am learning. During the summer Michael (my Husband) learned he has type2 Diabetes. I'd rather suspected it, and asked a few times that he go to the doctor. He would say, yes later. The symptoms increased (thirst, frequent urination, painful nerve pain in his feet and hands) and i was worried and afraid. i do not raise my voice to Michael, but on this day i did. i was upset and He wasn't hearing me, so i did. He agreed to go and we went together. Tests showed his blood sugar was 18, where it should be 4 to 7 on waking, and 5 to10, two hours after meals. ***Kitt's comment reminded me these numbers are for Canada. Please check your own country's Diabetes Association or talk to your doctor.*** We walked out of the doctor's office and He said. "We need to make changes." We did immediately. For us they were not huge changes but we stopped adding sugar to drinks, stopped eating desserts other than fruit or some no-sugar added desserts that we found. We cut down on carbs, stopped eating products made with white flour and other highly processed foods. We greatly increased the vegetables we eat - luckily we both like a huge variety of them - added unsalted nuts, and fruit as snacks. Michael measures condiments He chooses to add. We read labels a lot and often find the carb levels are just not worth it. Our need for sweetness quickly disappeared. Though Michael does like dessert, but He is content with no-sugar jello and some fresh or canned fruit packed in water. For Thanksgiving, i made a baked pumpkin custard (pie with no crust basically) and He loved it. One product we have found and indulge in from time to time is something Michael got for Christmas. Russell Stover's no-sugar candy. Hard fruit flavoured boiled candy, pecan caramel chocolates and mint patties. These are made with stevia and are very nice, not super sweet either, but they taste good. You can live with diabetes. You can eat well and have treats. There is still a world of food out there just waiting for you to try it, but you need to change how you think about food, and be open to changing yourself. Stay healthy and thanks for reading.
  4. Hey Guys, With today being the U.S. Thanksgiving, and Canada’s last month... Holiday season is upon us. With so many traditions, the food is my favorite. Some are seasonal, some are traditions, some are ridiculously decadent. What are some of your favorite foods? I have three absolute favorites. The first is stuffing... Yes, this boy is a carbaholic. I could easily do a meal of just stuffing, or dressing to some. The second is my nana’s homemade fudge. While I love chocolate, this fudge is just *orgasmic*. The last would be the assortment of homemade Italian cookies my nana made. Made with love. These cookies were time-consuming. Yet my nana made them religiously for over 60 children and grandchildren. Yes, 60 is correct. We’re italian, say no more! Tell GA your favorite foods and traditions... This blog is meant for the season, name Thanksgiving and Christmas faves.
  5. Mikiesboy

    Saturday Morning, This One Anyway

    Some of you may know of my recent passion. Well Michael, writing, poetry- those are given, but this is about food and my latest and possibly most favourite gadget. Not sure if that is a fair name for this machine because it's amazed me from day one. Frankly it's a pressure cooker, a good one, and very safe one, invented or maybe reinvented by a Canadian. I like that, so i put it in here. I am talking about the Instant Pot. No I'm not a food blogger (okay, i am today) and I bought and paid for my Instant Pot with my own credit card. But I love the darned thing. It has helped me in the kitchen more than most other things i've tried. Rice is a miracle in there. Seriously. Unbelievable. Pasta al dente in 3 to 4 minutes. Lemon chicken thighs with potatoes in 15 minutes. I'd swoon if it wasn't so unmanly. Right now i am cooking beans, simple red kidney beans. I love them and I know dry beans are less expensive and healthier than canned. I have prepped them the usual way on other occasions. That means, soaking and then cooking on the stove, but I've never gotten them to be how i like them. My preference is buttery soft beans. Crunchy and under done is not my cup of tea. Other bean issues are the bloating and gas they can cause. But they are so good for you. You can de-gas them. Why not do that when they are cheap, healthy, fill your belly, help with cholesterol and are full of good things? Why am i writing this? Well, i wanted to make chili. The recipe i found said you can just throw the beans in dry. When I related this information to a fellow food loving friend, he said, "Hmmm. Well let me know how that works for you." I could tell he was chuckling. Beans don't really affect me in that way, but my sleeping partner, well that's another story. I said to my friend, "Well, if I'm sleeping on the sofa, you'll know why." He replied, "Yes. Yes I will." He has his own husband, and they enjoy beans, too. This chat led me to do some research. There are lots of opinions out there, such as, yes, it's fine to put them in dry. Others said, soak and then pressure cook first. Other said, when you cook beans from dry don't cook them in acidic things - um, tomatoes are kinda acidic (sarcasm isn't attractive, i know). I thought, I have to rethink this. I don't want Mike taking chili for lunch and killing the rest of the squad an hour later. So I soaked the beans overnight. This morning, I put them in my Instant Pot with a clove of garlic and some bay leaves, covered them with water and cooked them for the recommended time, on high pressure, for 25 minutes. They are done now and I am letting the Pot cool and release pressure naturally. There is a quick release option which vents the steam. It looks like something out of a video game!! But the slower method is still part of the cooking process and in this case slower is good. I'm going to pause writing here. And wait until the beans have cooled, so i can tell you what they are like!! Can't wait. See you soon!! Back .. well the beans are buttery soft and delicious. I think I may reduce the cooking time by 5 minutes next time but I am very happy. Time to go and put the chili together and then let The Pot do its thing. I never really thought about pressure cooking but it is terrific. Now, the Instant Pot isn't a one trick pony. It has multiple settings including Soup, Meat/Stew, Rice, Beans/Chili, Yogurt (on my list to try), Mulitgrain, Porridge, Poultry and it is a Slow Cooker and Steamer, too. So, some bang for your buck. We bought one for our nephew when he moved and he tried it here before he moved .. he likes it but I fell in love. Thanks for reading and happy Potting!! AFTER CHILI UPDATE: Okay, i like this. I've eaten two bowls .. well one must try it right? This is not the chili from the chili mix package. It is not super thick and gloopy. It is fresh tasting, mildly spicy and not full of that chili mix/spice flavour i'm not so fond of. But it is moreish and I really have to NOT go back to the kitchen to get more of it. However some will be coming with me tomorrow when I start work.
  6. Thorn Wilde

    Thorn's Quick & Easy Guacamole

    A simple recipe today. Guacamole is my favourite dip, and it's so easy to make. No taco night is complete without it. You can do it in a food processor if you like, but if the avocado is ripe enough and you don't mind it a bit chunky, you can literally just mash it with a fork. Ingredients: 2 ripe avocados 1 tomato lemon juice paprika powder chilli powder OR hot chilli sauce (sriracha or the like) 1. Slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Use a spoon to dig the avocado out of its skin and into a bowl. 2. Chop the tomato as finely as you can be bothered. Add to bowl. 3. Use a fork to make a mush out of the avocado and the tomato. 4. Add the juice of half a lemon, or a tablespoon or two of lemon juice from a bottle. 5. Add a couple of tablespoons of paprika powder and half a teaspoon of chilli powder or a splash of chilli sauce. If you like spicy food, add more to taste. If you don’t, use less. You can also substitute for minced chilli or sambal oelek. Any of these will do. 6. Stir it all together and serve with tacos, burritos or other tex mex, or use as dip.
  7. Thorn Wilde

    Kimchi salad

    From the album: Thorn's Oddables

    Korean kimchi salad. Spicy cabbage thing.
  8. From the album: Foods

    Cherry pie with flaky crust. We have Montmorency cherries in backyard and they're too sour for anything but pies. Pies are best made with tar cherries anyways, so it's perfect. :-) Slightly sweet and sour.

    © Ashi

  9. Thorn Wilde

    Foooooood

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

  10. thebrinkoftime

    My Three Friends No. 1 (友人壱)

    From the album: Blurred Lives

    One of my three friends, with whom I spend a lot of my days around. Guess what's in the cup?
  11. Thorn Wilde

    Bacon, bacon, bacon

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

  12. Thorn Wilde

    Ingredients

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

  13. Thorn Wilde

    Uncooked gyoza

    From the album: Thorn's Oddables

    36 gyoza, pre-frying
  14. Zombie

    Your perfect pig-out

    What would be a perfect pig-out for you? Something that's probably bad for you but makes you feel good? Something other people might sneer at but you couldn't care less as you stuff yourself full of crap? For me a pork pie, pickled onions Twiglets and wobbly blancmange would do the trick. As well as the food itself I love the words too - you just know you're gonna pay for it later :funny:
  15. Thorn Wilde

    Magpie's Pi-day Quiche!

    Today is Pi-day! 3.14, that is. So, since it's Pi-day, Magpie decided that we should have quiche for dinner. This quiche turned out to be a bona fide protein bomb and so, so tasty! You need: 300g chicken 300g smoked bacon about 4 medium sized mushrooms 1/4 of a large leek 4 eggs 1/4 litre of milk a handful of fresh thyme a handful of fresh chives salt and pepper pie crust (we cheated, because we're lazy people, and made it with pre-made buff pastry dough that we bought in the shop, but any pie crust will do) grated cheese 1. Switch the oven to 180*C. Depending on what type of pie crust you're using, you may want to dress your pie form in it and pre-bake it in the oven for about 10 minutes. 2. Chop up your chicken, bacon, mushrooms and leek. 3. Mix the eggs and milk in a bowl, adding salt, pepper, chopped thyme and chives. 4. Set a large frying pan to medium-high. Start with the mushrooms. If you're using a non-stick pan, you don't need any extra grease at all, and the mushrooms get really tasty. If you haven't got a non-stick pan, start with the bacon and you still won't need any extra grease, at least not if you haven't cut the fat away (and why would you?). When the bacon and mushrooms start to look half done, add the chicken. Add the leek last, after the chicken has started to cook, and let it all cook together until the chicken is done. 5. Put your filling in the pie crust, pour the egg and milk mix over and top with grated cheese. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Serve with a side salad. We used rocket leaf, cherry tomatoes and cucumber, and made a mustard vinaigrette from olive oil, balsamic vinegar and strong mustard, salt, pepper and some fresh thyme. Happy Pi-day!
  16. totallyy

    Chocolate espresso cupcakes!

    From the album: Snippets

  17. Thorn Wilde

    Salmon soup preparation

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

    Recipe can be found here.

    © Thorn Wilde

  18. totallyy

    King of Fruits

    From the album: Snippets

    If you don't know what this is, your life is not complete yet.

    © totallyy 2013

  19. Thorn Wilde

    Ginger ice cream

    From the album: Thorn's Oddables

    Ginger ice cream with kumquat compote
  20. Mikiesboy

    Food Bytes

    Food We all need it. We all buy it or grow it. This blog is a few of my pet peeves. Michael my poor dessert-deprived husband needed some pie. So, rather than ask me to bake him one, he bought one. It cost him $2.50. It came in a box. The list of ingredients did include pumpkin, but it also included 20 other ingredients, several i can't spell or pronounce. This pie tasted disgusting and very chemically. One bite was enough for me. Mike on the other hand ate his piece and eventually the remaining pie. He paid for that, details not required, but it sure wasn’t worth the money he would have wasted if he didn’t eat it. I have trouble understanding the resources we waste on ‘food’ like this horrible processed pie and other things that are full of chemicals and additives. Do we do it because they are cheap to purchase? As a poor person I didn’t waste the little money I had on crap like that pie. Not that I ate well, because I really couldn’t afford to. The best meals I got then were from the missions. But had I had some place to cook, I’m sure I could have eaten better than I did. Another big problem with our food is looks. How food looks has cost us flavour and nutrition. Think: Big tasteless strawberries. Sure they are pretty, but have no flavour. So why bother eating them??? I asked the produce manager why we only get these and not local strawberries (in season, of course). He said we have to buy the USA’s strawberries in order to get their lettuce in the winter. Huh! Imperfect fruit and veg, is a thing now. You can buy it in many stores for a cheaper price than the perfect option. It’s silly not to sell it or buy it. That curved potato tastes no different than does the smooth round option. Often those go to animal food, or to rot. What a waste. Last fall Mike and I were in a No-Frills grocery. They had farm fresh cauliflower. They were beautiful, huge examples but they would have been rejected by most stores because of their size and colour. They were on the yellowish side, not pure white. But it was delicious, tasted no different that the white version. They also came with a lot of green. There was a staff member there to cut away the leaves, but I said no thank you. The green helps to keep the head fresh. Just like tomatoes on the vine. I shake my head when people pluck them off their vines because they don’t want to pay for whatever that vine may cost when weighed. Leave them on, pay the extra 1cent. The fruit will continue to ripen. Mine last for a week or two on their vines while sitting on the counter. I don’t have the answers for everything. But we can teach about food. How to buy it, store it and cook it. Sadly few schools do that anymore. Maybe it’s time to bring that back. But you don’t have to be a kid to learn. And there is nothing as satisfying as baking your own bread, or serving your family a healthy and tasty meal. It’s not hard, you just have to make an investment of time and some effort. Now… I have a dark sweet cherry coffee cake baking… smells done to me. Eat well!
  21. Sasha Distan

    Om nom nom nom

    Every body eats! What do you eat/cook that makes you proud/super happy/feel funny on the inside? I am currently making a giant batch of this cake: Luscious Lemon Drizzle Cake
  22. Thorn Wilde

    Tea and scones

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

    © Thorn Wilde

  23. Former Member

    Food bytes

    We discussed healthy food lately in a blog entry by Mikiesboy (Food bytes). Suddenly the idea sprung up, to open a thread for recipes which are healthy, with fresh ingredients, not expensive and during as stressful workday just easy and fast or with more sensual with more time . So here tim and I start. Feel free to join us. That is what I cook, if I don`t have time to cook at all. A fast Pesto: While cooking pasta a very easy and fast pesto to make: A bunch of Basil leafs. The more the better. A coffee spoon of pin nuts 1 clove of garlic and 50 g Parmesan cheese. Some olive oil First rose the pin nuts a little in a pan. If they become golden brown stop and take them out immediately. Ground the Parmesan and put everything together into a mixer or a bowl with a food processor. The original way would be to pestle it by hand, but for me a mixer is fine. The pesto is ready, after one minute, you can adjust the thickness with olive oil or cooking water (very little) from the pasta. Just test, if any salt or pepper is needed. The pesto can be covered with olive oil for later use, if some is left over. Buon appetito!
  24. Thorn Wilde

    Pie thing 2

    From the album: Thorn's Edibles

  25. Thorn Wilde

    Tom ka gai soup

    From the album: Thorn's Oddables

    Thai chicken soup with coconut milk.
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