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Monday, 20 May 2013

Good Food - Simple Fish Chowder

This is adapted from a Weight Watchers recipe. The original called for skim milk and needed to be thickened with cornflour. Full cream milk will give your soup a nice creamy consistency.


30g butter
1 medium onion finely diced
1 clove of garlic crushed, or finely minced
200g good quality bacon cut into 1cm squares
2 sticks celery finely diced
2 medium potatoes, cut into 1 cm cubes (or smaller)
2 medium carrots, finely diced
3 cups milk
750g boneless fish fillets, cubed, see note
1 tablespoon fresh dill, chopped
salt and pepper to taste

 Heat the butter in a large saucepan over low to medium heat, add the onion and allow to soften while stirring occasionally, add the garlic and bacon and cook while stirring for a few minutes, then add the celery, carrots and potatoes and cook for 7-10 minutes, stirring frequently to avoid browning.

Add the milk and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the potato is tender (time will depend on how you like your vegetables cooked, and how small your pieces are, so keep an eye on them). Once the vegetables are cooked to your liking add the fish and simmer a further 5 minutes or until the fish is cooked to your liking. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve. Garnish with the chopped dill.

Note: I use whatever white fish fillet the fish man at the markets suggests, or salmon works well too.

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Friday, 17 May 2013

Links for the week ending 17 May 2013


Thanks to all the clever writers

Part one of two – podcast about chronic fatigue

That Paleo Show podcast about alcohol consumption

Where are the magical GMO seeds that were going to save the world?

Free online yoga videos

The difference between surviving into old age and LIVING

The 100 Not Out podcast tem have put together a selection of YouTube clips on various aspects of aging

The Wellness Guys talk to the fascinating Bruce Lipton

Craig Harper – tell yourself a new story

Chris Kresser – statins don’t save lives of people without heart disease

Short video – label it

Wake up like you mean it


Thursday, 16 May 2013

Book Review - The Chocolate Cookbook

The Chocolate Cookbook by Sarah Wilson

If you loved the I Quit Sugar books you will love this one too. It is in Sarah's chatty style, it is attractive, and it is user friendly in that there are many useful links and you can easily switch from metric to imperial and vice versa.

A Few Basics, Frostings
Four Pretty Healthy Brownies
Just Chocolate Cake
Sweet Mousses!
Fixes For One
Things That Come In Cups And Mugs
Afternoon Tea Delights
Truffles, Barks, 'n' Balls

Sarah seems determined that we get that good old chocolate fix, but that it not be something that will send our resolve to eat healthily spiraling out of control. The recipes are constructed from quality ingredients that you will be happy to eat and share. But Sarah writes "I do need to highlight that most of the recipes in this cookbook are treats, to be consumed as just that." Just don't go thinking you can eat chocolate all day long...

The recipes include a mixture of new ideas, re-worked old favourites (lamingtons, oreas, milo, and nutella to name a few), Easter ideas, baking and desserts. I have already bookmarked a few for the lunchboxes, like the Beetroot Red Velvet Cupcakes, I can't wait to see what the boys think of these. Then there are things like cheesecakes and a Decadent Coconut Ganache Tart which are definitely going on our Friday dessert rotation.

What else can I say? It's chocolate, it's somewhat 'healthified', it's beautiful... and look you can even buy it now and be cooking in 10 minutes. Mmm, OK yes, that does sound dangerous. This is a lovely book.

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Oh, one more thing. You know those e-books that you sometimes see that are kinda cheap and plain and a bit, well... amateurish? The Chocolate Cookbook is not that kind of e-book. Just in case you were wondering.

This is a little sneak peak from my iPad.

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