Picky about Pikelets – Anzac Day Traditions

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Princess Would it be crass to say that I am the Queen of Pikelets?

Well, I’ve said it, so if I am crass, it is because these Pikelets have won awards for many years at the Royal National Show. Seriously!  If the reactions of others are anything to go by, they really are impressive, well, as much as a pikelet can be, I suppose.  I have always kept my recipe a closely guarded secret, but today being April 25, Anzac Day; a significant, almost sacred national day for Australians and New Zealanders, (that you can read more about here), I’ve decided to spread the love that only an Aussie pikelet can do, and share this recipe with you!!

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Pikelets are very definitely entrenched as a home bake favourite in the vernacular Australian and New Zealand cuisine and are much better than the much touted Anzac biscuits, [find that recipe here] -an oh so popular wartime ‘cookie’ that entered Australian and New Zealand folklore as one of our few traditions that are uniquely our own, but today – today it is all about Pikelets!

Meanwhile, some of you are probably thinking: ” Just, what ARE Pikelets?” Right? Continue reading “Picky about Pikelets – Anzac Day Traditions”

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Do you ‘Kiwi?’

Boost your ImmunityKiwi fruit

With the change of season, it is always prudent to increase your immunity levels with a Vitamin C boost. But before you reach for the vitamin bottle, there ARE ways to increase your Vitamin C intake naturally, and one way is to eat plenty of Kiwi fruit.

And why not? Not only are they considered to be the most nutrient dense of over 20 commonly enjoyed fruits, but they are so delicious, it is almost as if you are eating a sweet dessert, without the fat, and for only 100 Calories per serve. The perfect snack.

Once known as the Chinese gooseberry, its name was changed during the 1950’s presumably because it grew prolifically in the “shaky isles” and resembled the Kiwi, is prolific a small flightless bird that inhabits New Zealand’s shores. ( both are small brown and furry!)

 Nutritional Benefits

Two kiwi fruits have TWICE the Vitamin C content of an orange, as much POTASSIUM as a banana, (30 % of the recommended daily intake of potassium  which is essential for lower blood pressure and if you are taking prescribed diuretic medication) and, the FIBRE of a bowl of wholegrain breakfast cereal!

Availability

Harvesting kiwifruit in Australia begins in April and continues to the end of May. And that is the best time for eating, which generally coincides with a lot of coughs and colds doing the rounds of the community.

Shelf life will increase if Kiwi fruit are kept refrigerated.

 

Recipe – Kiwi Salsa

If you don’t have a sweet tooth: Kiwis can be used in savoury dishes like this one   from Allrecipes.com

 

Something to munch on today!

 

 

 

Low carb eating – the rules

This definitley works to clear up one’s skin and might also balance out hormones. Perhaps lessen the protein a little to loose more weight if that is what you are after? Great post from Teetotal for two

Teetotal for two

THESE ARE THE RULES OF MY HEALTHY, LOW CARB EATING PLAN

No meticulous measuring

No calorie counting

No beating myself up if I fall off the wagon

No ‘all or nothing’ thinking

All I am going to do is follow these rules:

1. No grains, wheat, etc

Bread

2. No sugar

Sugar
3. As much veg as possible

Fruit and Veg

4. Unlimited good fat

Avacados for Guac

5. Minimal saturated fat

Bacon

6. Unlimited protein

Cottage Cheese Salad w/Olives, Grape Tomatoes, & Fresh Tarragon

No carb weighing. No calorie counting. No portion control. I follow the rules above, eat when I’m hungry, and that’s it.

When I take this plan seriously, I find it beneficial in numerous ways:

  1. I have bags of energy. I’m not a scientist or a nutritionist, so I’m not really sure why this is. However, my lay-person’s guess would be that my blood sugar is level and my brain isn’t engaged in controlling insulin.
  2. I’m not hungry. Ever. Even…

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