Cooking for others

Recently I’ve been thinking a lot about cooking for others and the meaning behind the action. I don’t mean carving roast beef and passing around popovers for dinner guests (although that also has its qualities), but hot, nourishing meals that are made with care and delivered to someone in need. There’s a lot to be said for the benefits of good, home cooked food when you are emotionally and physically low on reserves. A friend of mine has recently been told that her husband’s cancer has spread and he doesn’t have a lot of time left.  I’m sure the last thing she wants to be doing … [Read more...]

Chocolate bread and butter pudding

OK, I know this isn't exactly 'healthy' but I have been asked to share it, so here it is: Chocolate Bread and Butter Pudding by Delia Smith 9 slices good quality white bread, one day old, taken from a large loaf, crusts removed 150g dark chocolate (75% cocoa solids) 75g butter 425ml whipped cream 4tbsp dark rum - (I just used rum flavouring, or leave out if you don't fancy it) 110g sugar good pinch cinnamon 3 eggs Cream or ice-creame to serve You will need a shallow, ovenproof dish 18x23cm, approx 5cm deep, lightly buttered Method: Cut each slice of bread into four triangles Place … [Read more...]

Healthy Food

Michael Pollan Quote

In honour of The Big Swell's Healthy Food Month... So what is healthy food?  It is, unfortunately, a good question these days.  I say unfortunately because I find it a very sad state of affairs that we have been bombarded with so much misinformation from media, the food industry and even governments (who let’s face it, may have ulterior interests) that most people are completely misguided and befuddled in their honourable intentions to eat well and feed their families well. Regularly in clinical practice I have people come in, certain that they are eating healthy and seemingly doing … [Read more...]

Oatmeal Cookies

1/2 c Butter 1c Brown Sugar 1 egg 1 Tbsp Milk 2 tsp Cinnamon 1/2 tsp Nutmeg 1/2 tsp Salt 1/2 tsp Baking Soda 1c Flour 1c Quick Cooking Rolled Oats 1/2 c Raisins Preheat Oven to 180degrees, Cream together Butter and Brown Sugar, Mix in egg & milk, Then mix in the spices, salt, baking soda & flour, Stir in the oats & raisins, Drop rounded teaspoons of cookie dough onto greased cookie sheet Bake 8-10 minutes, until golden brown Prep time: 10 mins Cook time: 8 - 10 minutes Serves: 3 dozen cookies, depending on size … [Read more...]

the sleep deprivation diet

I wrote this post over on my blog today. Sharing it here for the benefit of all the sleep deprived parents out there... Amy. I have lived under the haze of chronic sleep deprivation for the last  six or seven years.  Having four young children very close in age is the primary cause. For four of those seven years I’ve been breastfeeding; all my boys have been keen night-time feeders ( one – three feeds a night until sometime around their first birthday).  I’ve chosen to do this (I don’t live under a rock, and am well aware that there are other approaches to parenting that might be … [Read more...]