Sunday, 29 May 2011

lemon pepper fennel with raw broccoli salad

hey everyone! hope your day is going brilliantly so far :)

today i want to tell you the wonders of fennel! i actually have never really been a big fan of liqorice flavour, but fennel somehow is wonderful, especially when roasted...

and fennel is just so beautiful, isn't it?

quarter the fennel lengthways and roast in a foil wrap with some lemon rind, pepper, salt and olive oil - enjoy!

serve with a raw broccoli salad (marinated in olive oil, with tomato, spinach and gherkin) - i also love the texture of the cooked fennel, it's kind of soft yet with a little bite.

do you like fennel? how do you like to cook or serve it?

currently loving: city life eats lunchboxes - i actually cannot get enough of them!!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

raspberry granola parfait and roasted herb pollack

i've recently learnt something very important - that sometimes it's ok to let someone else do the cooking! i'm a little bit of a control freak in the kitchen, and the best way of dealing with that is to get other people to make a meal...

my mum makes an awesome yogurt, granola and raspberry breakfast - my favorite sort of food...

my brother is a secret chef actually - he has the cunning ability to take any fish i give him and make it taste wonderful - though i'm not sure what his secret is, because he won't ever tell me...

it was served with rocket, roasted cauliflower and red pepper and summer squash (which oddly enough, didn't end up in this photograph, but is in the one above? - it was really yummy anyway!)

the other thing about letting other people cook, is that i can take some time to relax, chill out and catch up on reading or crafting or tea drinking. it's lovely to be served something that you haven't made, and to be fed delicious food by family and friends. i am so grateful to everyone that cooks for me, it shows so much love and respect :)

currently loving: these beds (especially the second one!) from moon to moon

Monday, 23 May 2011

barbecued fish and strawberry gateau

recently, my friend lizzie had her birthday, and she came round to our house with a load of people from church to celebrate! it was such a pleasure to cook for her special day, and lots of fun making her birthday cake.

we had perfect barbecue weather, and my brother tended the barbecue like a real champion. on it, we had a sardines and herbed aubergine, and then of course, sausages, burgers and chicken (the usual) - all served up with a massive, very colorful salad, and coleslaw. everyone seemed to enjoy themselves, and lizzie was a very happy birthday girl :)

the birthday girl with her strawberry gateau!

barbecued herb aubergine and sardines with salad - an epic summer meal.

the boys by the barbecue - of course...

the sardines a-cooking.

i hope you are all well and having the best day!

currently loving: america's next top model finale!

Friday, 20 May 2011

courgette bacon wraps and roasted rhubarb

as you read this i'm probably sat in a car driving down the west coast of france! yippee for scheduled posting :) 

i'll be tweeting and twitpic-ing this week when i'm on holiday, to test out the usefulness of the iphone wifi whilst abroad in preparation for australia, and obviously to give you guys a sneak peek of what i'm eating (i can't wait to go to the supermarche!!) and doing (we're going to puy du fou - i'm so excited!), before i get back and share it with you all...

so, before i show you all my latest tasty treats, i wanted to give you the recipe for coconut porridge, that i posted about on wednesday. it passed the yummy test to get into my new cookbook, but as wonderful blog readers, you get to see it before it's in print! here goes...

coconut porridge - serves 2

2/3 cup milk
1/4 cup dessicated coconut
1 tsp vanilla
2 Tbsp ground almonds
1 Tbsp ground golden flaxseeds
pinch salt
  1. heat the milk in a small saucepan until warm.
  2. stir in the coconut, vanilla, almonds and flaxseeds.
  3. heat until creamy and thick.
  4. serve warm with a sprinkle of dried cranberries, almonds and a spoonful of pear puree

i hope you like it - let me know what you think!

now onto my latest eats:

♥ homegrown purple sprouting broccoli with celery and tomato salad and courgette bacon wraps - simple and satisfying. especially wonderful eaten out in the summerhouse on a nice sunny day!

♥ blueberries and cream. yummy, yummy, yummy.

♥ prawns, homegrown asparagus, macaroni bake and celery tomato salad (and lots of mayonnaise - i'm addicted!)

♥ roasted homegrown rhubarb with a little honey and homemade yogurt

that's a lot of homegrown and homemade, huh? one year ago i never would have dreamed that our new allotment would feed us so well, or that i'd love gardening and growing as much as i do :) or that i'd ever be persuaded to make my own yogurt after some serious easiyo disasters.

currently watching: catch up tv - glee and being erica in particular - love those shows.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

coconut porridge and european food love

hi everyone! i hope you are well and happy :)

i am still as busy as ever - cooking non-stop in preparation for my first cookbook (woop woop!) and just generally preparing for france shortly and australia next month. isn't it funny how life is such a roller coaster, with long quiet periods and very busy ones in between? i'm thankful for the combination, because if life were like quiet or busy all the time i think i'd go a little crazy.

anyway, cooking is a refuge, and i'm grateful that i can find peace and joy in the kitchen. so in between writing about creating a perfect clafoutis, calling insurance companies and taking ebay parcels to the post office, i'm happy to indulge in a little quiet time mixing new ingredients and flavours into something yummy and satisfying...

so onto my latest eats:

coconut porridge -a happy new favorite. very low in carbs, yet high in fibre and good fats! topped with a few cranberries and some honey, this was scrumptious.

lunch out with my friend Sammy in Waitrose, where i tucked into a goat's cheese and edamame bean salad with watercress. it was pretty yummy actually, and the little dressing was very good. more than anything, it was nice to be out and catching up with a lovely friend :)

then off to another friend's for lunch the following day, where she kindly prepared me a tasty tuna avocado salad - it's such a pleasure when other people are happy to cook for me. emily was delighted to come up with a recipe that she wouldn't normally eat, but that tasted really delicious... and she tucked into a salad bowl just as full!

new holland publishers kindly sent me a copy of the food lover's guide to europe by cara frost-sharratt to review...

it's a really neat little idea of a book actually - with tips on local foods, restaurants, lifestyle, markets, food related tours and museums, and of course, recipes! next time i'm taking a city break i'll probably be picking it up to see what the foodie suggestions are.

the pictures are gorgeous, and it would be a great book for anyone thinking of coming to europe, as it does give a really good sense of what europe is like, and how important the food is to each culture.

i've not cooked any of the recipes yet, but they are really more of an addition to the book, rather than it's main focus, which is a shame. but from reading through i've learnt all about the artichoke festival in iria, the pork specialities in the restaurant majore in sicily and falmouth oyster festival - where else would i find out about those?

it's also handily got the time zone, currency, telephone code, capital and spoken languages listed with each country. and some countries have their regions separated also, so you can find slightly more detailed info.

overall, the book was not quite what i expected, but it is very useful nonetheless, especially when planning future foodie trips around europe! i might even be inspired to go somewhere new - salzburg and bucharest are currently climbing the charts...

because this book was sent for me to review, the wonderful company are offering a discount code * to my readers (how nice!) - so if you want to take advantage, all you have to do is enter the discount code Apples at the checkout on the New Holland website, and you'll get 25% off the regular book price, plus free P&P!

* this discount code is eligible until 30th September 2011, to all UK residents, and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.

currently listening to: 's wonderful by joao gilberto

Sunday, 15 May 2011

things i've learnt

taking part in this year's DBlogWeek has been a great opportunity to find new bloggers, as well as to hear other people's overwhelmingly positive remarks on how diabetes has impacted their lives.

i think that the best lesson i've learnt is that this community is really about inspiring other's who are connected with diabetes. it offers a fantastic means of support, and is THE most helpful resource for me personally.

where else can you learn that you are in fact a normal diabetic!! or figure out that everyone else is going through the same things you are. it's comforting and encouraging. and i am so so grateful for it.

thanks so much for all of your support and advice over the years - long may it continue!

and thanks karen for organising DBlogWeek 2011! i look forward to catching up on all the posts and blogs later into this week ♥

Saturday, 14 May 2011

swede fries and pear nutmeg compote

hey everyone! hope all is well with you 

i've had a busy few days, and what with blogger's little upset day yesterday, i'm only just getting round to posting. i've been eating breakfast for every meal for the last week - in preparation for the publication of my first cookbook... oooh, excitement!! and i'm headed off for a pre-oz holiday in france for 10 days next week. woop woop. 

plus, i've been posting every day this week over on my juvenile diabetes blog as part of diabetes blog week. it's been a really fun experience, and i've learnt loads from other bloggers, as well as being able to share some of what i've learnt about living with the big D.

anyway, now onto my latest eats...

swede fries are sort of an obsession of mine at the moment - they taste amazing, and they're texture is just like the best thing EVER. with a little swedish mustard, chopped salad and red onion courgettes i'm a happy girl :)

pear nutmeg compote with a little homemade granola, and bacon with mushroom scramble. and a cup of green tea with lemon. love love love.

currently watching: eurovision... it's sort of a tradition for our family to watch it together, and so we always have a laugh and enjoy writing on our scorecards (cheesy, but awesome fun!)

ps. i'm so jealous of laura's recent trip to nyc - i hope i get to go back there next year... new york city is such a seriously amazing place!

Friday, 13 May 2011

things diabetes has given me

it's weird, when i'm sat thinking about what diabetes has given me, my immediate thought is - well, how do i know? because i've been diabetic longer than i can remember. it's such a part of me, that i don't know what i would be like without it - but in a good way.

you see, i think my positive attitude, my desire to try new things and my love of healthy, natural living are all intertwined with being diabetic. who knows whether i would be the same person without D? 

but if i have to pick one particular thing, i would have to say that my passion for healthy eating is the greatest thing diabetes has given me. i've even got my own food blog, called not just apples. and am writing a cookbook at the moment too. 

without diabetes i might never have discovered the joys of swede fries, or coconut flour pancakes, or homemade no-sugar jam, or cauliflower pizza crust. i adore food, creating recipes and cooking in general. and all of this has come from a deeper understanding of the importance of good, nutritional eating to help manage my diabetes better.

i'm also totally grateful to have my puppy dog Bruno - who was purchased on the recommendation of my doctor, who was convinced it would help my exercise more and get better control - which was true! so, diabetes has given me a puppy...sort of. and he's such good company, especially as i work from home (oh, i shall miss him so much when i go to australia next month!)

oh, and thank you diabetes also for teaching me about patience, and self control

and of course, blogging - this was my first ever blog way back in 2006, and it has been such an amazing thing to be able to share on and be a part of the DOC

and last but not least, gardening and growing vegetables and fruit. i never would've realised how much i love weeding and nurturing plants and watching things grow. my passion for eating healthily and organically coupled with a low budget has meant that i've been forced to do something i actually REALLY love ♥

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

10 things i dislike about my diabetes

well, even though yesterday's post was more scary than funny, today's DBlogWeek entry is about to get serious and angry - a whole new range of emotions to this blog!

without further ado, here are 10 things i dislike about my diabetes:

  1. broken infusion sets
  2. unexplainable high levels
  3. unexplainably high levels that won't come down
  4. all the little dots on my fingertips from all my BG tests
  5. having to lug around so much extra stuff with me, like injectors, testors, snacks and set changes (for once i'd like to leave the house with nothing in my hands!)
  6. the fear of my retinopathy getting worse
  7. the 'wall' i hit with a high BG, that renders me completely useless for a few hours
  8. not being able to jump straight in a lake if i choose to because Patrick would drown
  9. not being able to wear short tight dresses because there's nowhere to put Patrick
  10. my pancreas - just like Michael said, i dislike my pancreas the most because it's broken, and it's brokenness causes me so much discomfort.
i could probably go on, but these are the first things that came to mind this morning... so they're probably the most important things to me.

i'd much rather talk about all the things diabetes has given me, or that being on an insulin pump has made possible. because generally i'm much more of a positive person - but sometimes it helps to get a little frustration down in writing... 

plus i think it's important for all you D-Mom's and D-Dad's to know what's really the most annoying things about living with D, and the things we're most concerned about 

a nice rice dream

ok, well i didn't actually dream about rice. but i might from now on. why? because rice milk has entered into my life. and i'm sure that all my dreams about rice from now on will be absolutely wonderful...

now, less of the weird. the lovely people at rice dream contacted me to ask if i'd review their product - and the email literally came the afternoon after i'd read a post all about how to make your own brown rice milk at home. so i figured that i sort of had to...

and i must admit to a LARGE amount of skepticism on my part. milk from rice, seriously? i can kind of get almond milk, soy milk and even oat milk, but surely rice doesn't have enough milkiness in it to make something satisfying? 

turns out, of course, that i was wrong. whilst it's certainly not the creamiest 'milk', it does taste really good. and i would happily put it on my cereal or in my porridge or use it in my baking any time.

rice milk makes a beautiful milkshake mixed in equal parts with frozen berries and topped with fresh mint

the original + calcium is a great alternative to dairy milk - although i'm never so keen on having to add in vitamins and minerals, i'd rather get them from some other wholefood. though for you vegans and lactose or dairy free people out there, i think rice milk is a better option than soy... it tastes better, and is much more gentle on your systems.

rice porridge with rice milk and pineapple - actually turned out to be really good! i will be making this again, with a few adjustments, before i share the recipe with you. suffice to say, it won't be a chore to make this and eat it again and again til i get it just perfect!

one day soon i quite fancy making my own rice milk and comparing the two. i figure it's probably got to be one of the cheapest 'milks' to make at home, and certainly the instructions in the previously mentioned post make it sound really easy to do as well. so, watch this space.

do you like rice milk? or have you ever tried it? what are your favorite rice milk recipes?

currently listening to: grenade by bruno mars

ps. i'm loving being part of diabetes blog week over at my juvenile diabetes blog - go and check it out to find out more about the awesome online diabetic community!

diabetes bloopers...

so, after a very emotional day yesterday, today we have a lighthearted DBlogWeek post in which i will tell you 2 of my most memorable and funny moments with diabetes - karen is right, for all the trials and difficulties, sometimes diabetes can actually be hilarious!

funny D moment numero 1:  laughing at ducks
you know, when you're low, sometimes the world doesn't look the same. your perspective shifts, and suddenly things that would never be hilarious otherwise, become so with the funny goggles of a hypoglycaemic mind (lol). when i was about 16, i was walking along the riverside path into town with a few friends in order to catch the bus. it's a very pretty little amble in our very picturesque town, and there are always ducks and swans and chicks paddling down the water.

but on this particular occasion, as i was walking and admiring said beauty i couldn't help but stare at the ducks legs. i found myself giggling at the way they waddled on top of stones, and swam awkwardly in the river. soon enough, i'm full-on cracking up, almost hyperventilating with laughter at the way these ducks were swimming. they became THE funniest thing ever. and  i actually ended up sitting down on a park bench to watch them, all the while laughing loudly with tears starting to roll down my cheeks.

funnily enough, my friends figured out that although i'm generally a happy person and find things funny most of the time, i was finding this extraordinarily funny, i mean ducks, really? they politely asked if i was in fact low, which of course i was, and i continued to sit there giggling for another 5 minutes until i came back into the realms of normality. never will i ever find ducks so amusing ever again.

odd D moment numero 2: snorting sugar
about a year after my diagnosis, i was sat in history class listening to a teacher talking about world war 2 and the trenches, when i suddenly realise i'm going low. i'm getting a little clammy, and my hands can't seem to hold my pen properly.

i politely (though, not sensibly) wait a few extra minutes until group work and the teacher has stopped talking to rummage in my bag to find some dextro tablets to suck on and a snack bar.

now, it's important to note that in school, any opportunity for group work is an opportunity for a chat, gossip and giggle. so, of course, one of my friends makes a joke whilst we're sat talking (which we're not supposed to) and i find it so funny i go to laugh but have to hold it in so i don't make as much noise. so in that short moment whilst i'm sucking on a glucose tab, i inhale really deeply through my nose to try to stifle my laugh so the teacher doesn't here.

and that's when it happened.

a painful shot goes up through my nose, and i realise i've inhaled my sugar tab up my nose, but backwards... how is that even possible?!

it was actually pretty distressing at the time, and sort of painful. i got really confused (even more so, because i was in a low daze), and started tearing up. the teacher had noticed by this point that something was wrong and sent me to the nurse's office with a friend. on the way, my wonderful friend Charlotte starts calling my diabetic nurse to ask if this is a normal thing, and what we should do. meawhile i'm getting more low, more jittery and feeling very dizzy from a backwards inhalation of sugar...

as we're walking across the school yard, we hear a loud angry 'GIRLS! What are you doing?' - the headteacher and deputy are standing on patrol. oh dear! how does one person explain whilst their being connected to the nurse's office at the hospital, and how could i explain anything to the scary headteacher (we were 12) whilst i was low? it wouldn't make any sense. and then we'd be in detention for being 'drunk' and on the phone during class...

thankfully, the deputy came to the rescue and told the head that i was diabetic (thanks to my lovely mum for making sure there were pictures of me all over the teacher's lounge) and we were allowed to continue on to the nurse's office. where i promptly drank lots of water and blew my nose (bad idea, because the sugar has basically burnt my nose, so i get another painful shot) and then chilled out by talking to my nurse and my mum.

we still laugh about both of these moments to this day... i'm happy to be a hilarious, 'drunk' low person ♥

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

to my mum

dear mum,

when i was asked to write a letter for today's blog week challenge, there was only one person i wanted to write to - you! my wonderful marmee.

there's no actual way i can ever express my gratitude for all you've done in helping me with my diabetes. it's so vast, and extremely immeasurable.

you've been the one person who understands most what i go through every single day, and you are always so gracious towards me when i'm feeling bad or in the hyper blues.

you battled hard to get me an insulin pump when no-one else had one, because you knew it would be the best answer towards getting better control. you've taken me to uncountable doctor's appointments in far away cities, and you've shouldered so much worry and concern about my health.

i feel so bad that it's taken me so long to realise how much you've done for me - because you've always been so modest about it. perhaps you've seen it as your parental responsibility...but not all parents out there would look after their diabetics in the way you have me. you've checked my level in the middle of the night about a thousand times, and been patient with me when i've been angry, you've eaten the same food as me, you go for walks with me to help me get more exercise. you even bought a dog so that i would have to go for walks more often ;)

you taught me how to look after myself, and how to stay positive. you sorted out supplies and teacher information on school trips, and left work to come sort out broken infusion sets. you make sure i've BG tested, bolused and injected, because you know how forgetful i can be. and you encourage me every day to keep trying. you are so utterly selfless, it amazes me.

do you remember that time i came back from tutoring and i was actually in tears with flowers in my hand? well, it's because it wasn't enough. there's no way i can say how appreciative i am of what you do for me.

ok, well, marmee, i may have cried my whole way through writing this letter to you, because i always get overwhelmed with how marvellous you are, and just HOW much you do for me! but i suppose like mother, like daughter, heh?

you know we've been talking about the proverbs 31 woman... well now is my time to rise up and call you blessed - 'many women do noble things, but you surpass them all' 

i couldn't have got through so far so well without you. and i am so, so thankful.

with love,
bidshine, your daughter xxx

Monday, 9 May 2011

homemade sauerkraut with dill and caraway

i officially love sauerkraut. my love for it has been growing over the past few weeks, since i started my first batch of homemade. and i am now addicted.

sauerkraut is simply just pickled cabbage. but there's a variety of ways you can make it, and a bunch of recipes that i went through in order to find 'the one' - so in a mo i'll let you all in on my sauerkraut making secrets...

my first wonderful jar of homemade raw sauerkraut

but first, a little info about why on earth you would ever bother to make sauerkraut:
1. it's delicious. i've never really had sauerkraut, and so i wasn't sure if i'd like it. fermented cabbage sounds gross, but with some dill and caraway (the traditional blend) and a few weeks in the fridge, it is almost addictive. 
2. it's convenient. it's the perfect thing to keep in your pantry or fridge and use when you've run out of fresh veg. it's a great accompaniment to anything.
3. its cheap. seriously, i can buy one whole cabbage for 50-80p, and then all i need is salt. that's then enough for a whole jar of sauerkraut!
4. it's got anti-cancer isothiocyanate and sulphuraphane - these are preventative substances thought to prevent cancer growth. and they are just naturally living in this raw cultured cabbage amazingness.
5. it's loaded with vitamin c - sailors used to take it with them on long journeys to prevent scurvy.
6. it's good for your gut - the lactic acid in the sauerkraut helps create an awesome inner ecosystem and helps keep your digestion full of the right acids so it can do it's job properly. if you're having digestive issues, then this should clear things up.
7. it's fun to make - i thought the process would be quite monotonous, but it turned out to be just like a school science experiment, checking each day for progress of bubbles and water levels and colour change!
8. there are so many different varities. think kimchitsukemonosuan caiatchara...

i've mostly eaten it alongside salads, even though it's a traditional accompaniment to sausages.

so how do you do it?

 - start by finely slicing a cabbage (red or white), keeping one or two of the outside leaves for later
 - then for every cabbage you chop, add in 1 tbsp good sea salt (don't ruin it with bad salt!)
 - in a very large bowl start scrunching the cabbage together with your hands. feel free to add some dill and caraway seeds or other veggies at this point. taste it whilst raw to see if you like the flavouring... adjust to suit.
 - keep scrunching and pounding for 10 minutes until there is a good quantity of liquid at the bottom of the bowl
 - pack the wilted cabbage tightly into a glass jar, placing one or two of the saved leaves on top to protect it.
 - push the mix down until juice covers the top of it, then place a glass jar filled with water on top to weight it down (depending on the jar you use, you could put a plate on top, then a weight)
 - cover with a tea towel and elastic band to hold in place, and leave in a room of about 18-21c (not in full sun) for 4-5 days at the least. check every day to make sure that the liquid is above the cabbage. top up with distilled water if necessary. 
 - leave the cabbage to ferment as long as you prefer. the longer you leave it the tangier it will taste... i left mine 7 days and then placed it in the fridge. 3 weeks later, on my last mouthful, it tasted perfect!

check out this article for more ideas on the benefits of raw fermented sauerkraut! and ideas on what other things to add into your pickling jar. or see this video of how to make a simple raw sauerkraut...

i hope you join in on the sauerkraut fun! any questions, please ask...

currently reading: the primal blueprint by mark sisson - still very informative and interesting!

admiring our differences

so, it's the beginning of diabetes blog week! how exciting is that? ♥

today we kick off by sharing what things we admire about other bloggers, and how the DOC has helped us learn new things and gain a new perspective on diabetes...

well, where do i begin?

in the 5 years i've had this blog, i've learnt SO much about living with diabetes. through your kind comments i've discovered other bloggers, helpful books, ways of managing my diabetes, been encouraged to start a diabetes YouTube channel, and found so much encouragement and inspiration to keep trying hard.

it's tricky to pinpoint just a handful of other bloggers who inspire me, because the DOC is such a diverse place, and everyone handles life with D in their own way, so there's always a fresh perspective to find!

i've been particularly appreciative of the tudiabetes community (now up to almost 20,000 members!!!), who are willing to answer any random question i have, whether that's about high blood sugar symptoms or going to the beach with an insulin pump.

and, in the last few months i'm particularly thankful to have discovered andariego and three2treat. they both inspire me so much...and i'm very thankful for their no-nonsense guy's approach to living with type 1 diabetes.

andariego has done so much travelling, and is committed to staying well through exercise and eating right. the food posts are epic and so tasty! and nothing seems to phase him - several months in the Bolivian outback looking after big cats? no problem! he inspires me to dream big and not let diabetes get in the way of my life.

and three2treat amazes me with his attitude with dealing with his own and his childrens' diabetes. looking after 2 diabetics can't be easy... but he does it with such a positive attitude, and he is constant in his effort to do better. he also has a lot of scientific info that he shares - the importance of vitamin D, a look at lipohypertrophy, is caffeine good or bad?

i think more than anything, the thing i love most about these blogs, and other diabetic blogs written by men (generally speaking) is how frank they are. i have a tendency to get really caught up and frustrated with the little things - but to them it's just another bump in the road, and they attack it head on.

so, apart from guy blogger's who else can i put on the inspiration list... well, US diabetics. that sounds super general, because there's more diabetic bloggers across the pond than there are on my tiny little island. but seriously, i have learnt so much from you!!

in the UK our free healthcare system means that most UK diabetics i know don't take their health totally seriously. perhaps because they don't get specialist care, or just because they know that if something goes wrong or they develop a complication the NHS will be there to pick them up and give them treatment.

but in the US, you have to fight so hard to get proper care, and having an insulin pump can be a constant battle with insurance companies. you take diabetes seriously. and i've learnt to do that through you. for a long time i lived with diabetes in a haphazard way, trying so hard to stay 'normal' - but i didn't realise how much better i could feel if i actually started eating right and exercising and learning more about my diabetes, rather than relying on my doctor.

and last but not least D-Mom's and D-Dad's - you have my total respect! living with a diabetic isn't easy... and your confidence, support and diabetic advocacy is such an important thing. you fight for a cure and look for answers more than any other group, because you want the BEST for your little ones. and your love and encouragement is very uplifting and positive.

we are all different, and that's what makes the DOC such an amazing platform to learn from and be encouraged by!

so my thanks go out to every single one of you ♥

Thursday, 5 May 2011

keeping blood sugar logs & records

i've recently discovered something super duper helpful in my journey to improve my diabetes management, lower my hbA1c and generally just feel better... blood sugar journals!

well, yes, it may be a very time-consuming practice, and for many years i just 'couldn't be bothered' but, it really does make a difference! and there's so much you can work out from this tiny little book, which happens to be so wonderfully tiny and portable, and contain a row for everything you would want to write down like ketones, set change, basal rate, correction bolus, exercise, illness, food, etc...

find out more from my latest video on my youtube channel, notjustapples:

please comment below to let everyone know how you log your blood sugar levels throughout the day...

raw garlic mushrooms and elaborate lunches

so, life has become a bit hectic since i passed the '7 weeks til Australia' line - suddenly i realised there's a LOT to do before i jet off for warmer shores... oh well, at least i realise now rather than in the week before.

so, i'm applying for my international driver's licence, selling loads of clothes on ebay, shredding unwanted paperwork, organising medical supplies, deciding on which technology to take with me, getting unfinished craft projects completed, and filling out my tax return. 6 months is a long time to have unfinished business lying around - and i want to have everything prepared just in case.

so, lunches have been a welcome retreat from the business of all that's going on. thus, they have become quite elaborate...

dill egg mayonnaise, sliced avocado, garlic mushrooms, pickled herring and colourful chopped salad with radish, tomatoes and cucumber. very delicious, especially with all the extensive chopping and dicing that went into it!

raw garlic mushrooms are really delicious and easy to make - simply chop up some mushroom and mix with olive oil and finely chopped garlic. let it sit for a few hours until the mushrooms darken and look cooked... serve alongside your favorite salad or on top of some buttered toast. yum.

and we had little visitor yesterday too - my cute niece, Juliet. she was born back in february, and is now a very sweet tempered 3 month old with the prettiest smile and longest legs ever!

i am officially the proudest and most excited auntie ever! i get to buy her pretty dresses and tiny socks. and i can't wait for a few years time when she can come round to my house for waffles and sleepovers. and then a few years later when we can watch Friends and eat sophisticated salads and paint our toenails together. oh the joy of little babies :)

currently watching: episodes of america's next top model on youtube - it's nearly the series finale, and i can't wait to see who will win (i want it to be hannah)!