Monthly Archives: October 2012

Low Carb Muffins, free from dairy, wheat, gluten & Sugar

These Muffins are mouth wateringly good and you won’t believe you’re not eating something very fattening. You can add your own flavourings but be careful they’re not full of sugar.

This recipe is so simple, yet so delicious. You can just mix all the ingredients together in one go and you don’t  have to beat it for ages.

Marble Carob Fingers – Low Carb and Free from wheat, dairy, gluten

carob marble slicesThese are rather tasty but also low in carbohydrates. I made them in a small foil baking tray from Waitrose. But you can use any small baking tray you have to hand (Approx 6 x 5″)

You need half the mixture of the reduced carb sponge cake

Mix 2 tspns carob powder to a paste with warm water. Then stir it into the cake mixture to make it look marbled. Spoon it into the baking tray.

How to grow and prune Wisteria

wisteria-pathI found this really helpful and easy to understand on the whys and wherefores of growing Wisteria.

I’ve always been very confused watching how to prune them on programmes like Gardener’s World but there are easy to follow diagrams in the article below. Lots of lovely plants and seeds for sale on Thompson & Morgan’s website

I’ve bought a lot of plants from them over the years and have been very pleased with the quality.

Reduced Carb Sponge Cake ~ Also free from Dairy, Wheat, Corn and Dairy

reduced sugar cake

IMG_9805This whole cake has a total Carbohydrate value of 80 grams.

If you follow Aunty Lils Unit Counting Diet, a portion (1/8) will count as 2.5 units.

I find it’s best cooked in loose bottomed non stick sandwich tins approx 8″ diameter. But you can use any cake tin you like, just bake until it feels fairly firm on top. When you touch it gently with your finger, it should spring back.

This is a great cake for people who can’t have wheat flour because cakes made from things like rice flour have more of a powdery or dry texture. But the addition of almonds makes it more moist like a ‘proper’ sponge cake.

How to paint a Limed Oak Kitchen

limed oak kitchenWhen we built our house 16 years ago, I designed the kitchen and have always loved it. We actually bought it from Wickes, and I believe the quality was better back then than now. But that’s a subject for another time.

Over the years, as damp has got into the panelling, it started to discolour and no amount of cleaning would get it looking perfect again.

I didn’t want the hassle of having a new kitchen fitted – besides which, I couldn’t find one I liked as much.

So, I decided to try and paint it.

The Art & Science of Low Carbohydrate Living

The art and science of low carbohydrate living

Carbohydrate restricted diets are commonly practiced but seldom taught. As a result, doctors, dietitians, nutritionists, and nurses may have strong opinions about low carbohydrate dieting, but in many if not most cases, these views are not grounded in science. Now, whether you are a curious healthcare professional or just a connoisseur of diet information, two New York Times best selling authors provide you with the definitive resource for low carbohydrate living. Doctors Volek and Phinney share over 50 years of clinical experience using low carbohydrate diets, and together they have published more than 200 research papers and chapters on the topic. Particularly in the last decade, much has been learned about the risks associated with insulin resistance (including but not limited to metabolic syndrome, hypertension, and type-2 diabetes), and how this condition is far better controlled by carbohydrate restriction than with drugs. In this book, you will learn why: • Carbohydrate restriction is the proverbial ‘silver bullet’ for managing insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type-2 diabetes.

The Diet Delusion

Where mainstream nutritional science has demonised dietary fat for 50 years, hundreds of millions of dollars of research have failed to prove that eating a low-fat diet will help you live longer. Nutrition and obesity scientists have struggled to make sense of the paradox that obesity has become an epidemic, that diabetes rates have soared and the incidence of heart disease has not declined despite the fact that society is more diet and health aware today than generations ago.

The Great Cholesterol Con

Statins are the so-called wonder drugs widely prescribed to lower blood cholesterol levels and claim to offer unparalleled protection against heart disease. Believed to be completely safe and capable of preventing a whole series of other conditions, they are the most profitable drug in the history of medicine. In this groundbreaking book, GP Malcolm Kendrick exposes the truth behind the hype, revealing: high cholesterol levels don’t cause heart disease; a high-fat diet – saturated or otherwise – does not affect blood cholesterol levels; and, the protection provided by statins is so small as to be not worth bothering about for most men and all women.