Creamy Broccoli Salad with Bacon


Servings: 6-8

For the Dressing
1 cup thick mayonnaise
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
3 tablespoons honey or sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
For the Salad
6 cups broccoli florets, cut into small, bite-sized pieces
1 cup lightly packed grated parmesan cheese, best quality
1/3 cup chopped red onion
6 slices bacon
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted

Make the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise, cider vinegar, honey, salt and pepper in a small bowl. Whisk until smooth and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine the broccoli, grated parmesan and red onions. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. (Can be made up to this point several hours ahead of time.

Before serving, cook the bacon according to the package instructions. Drain on paper towels, then crumble into small pieces over the salad.

Add the toasted almonds and toss well. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve cold or room temperature.


Asian Buffalo Sauce

Vegetarian, Low Fat, Low Cholesterol

Makes: 360 ml (1 1/2 cups)


60 ml (1/4 cup) soy sauce
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon hot sauce
30 ml (2 Tablespoons) honey
1 orange, peeled, halved
1 4 x 1.3 cm (1/2 x 1 1/2 inch) cube fresh ginger root
1 garlic clove, peeled
5-cm (2 inches) strip of orange peel


Place all ingredients into the Vitamix container in the order listed and secure lid.
Select Variable 1.
Turn machine on and slowly increase speed to Variable 10, then to High.
Blend for 45 seconds until smooth, using the tamper to press the ingredients into the blades.
For serving: Toss cooked wings in sauce. This is a low fat twist on traditional Buffalo wing sauce. You can also serve it with grilled ribs, chicken, or tofu.

Testing Sugar levels



I was sitting here thinking how testing for sugar in you body has changed over time. I can remember as a child in the 70’s, how I had to test urine with the old clinitest tablets using a test tube and an eye dropper. The clinitest tablet was corrosive. I had to urinate in a plastic bed pan on the bathroom floor, this made me feel angst every time I had to do it.  From my recollection I had to put 5 drops of water and 2 drops of water,  the drop the tablet in the test tube. I then had to wait for the fizzing to stop and shake the test tube,then compare the colour on a chart my parents has put on the inside of the medicine cabinet.



If the sugar reading was high, I then had to use keto diastix to check for ketones. Which I only have recently found, they are still used to check diabetic dogs urine for sugar levels. I can remember trying to hide readings, from my parents as I would be yelled at and blamed for a high reading. If they had only known that stress raises sugar level readings, also that urine testing could only test sugar levels hours 4 to 6 hours earlier.



Late in 1979, I got my first blood testing machine. It was the size of a lunch box, and had what reminded me of a windscreen wiper measurement screen. That was the start of stabbing my fingers 6 times a day, before and after meals even though my insulin dosage was not changed much that I can remember. Previously I had used the blood testing machine in Camperdown children’s Hospital, using a lancet to stab my fingers. The lancets then were as sharp as a scalpel, and left me with bruised finger tips as they went in deep (no adjustment of depth on the old lancet).

Now we have blood testing machines that don’t need calibration, they connect to mobile phones, measure ketones, wirelessly to pumps, also the cgm and now the freestyle libre that I’m looking into. (

Life is not a movie

Today I had to take my little blue car to have the back drivers side car window replaced, as my husband was mowing the lawn on his ride on mower threw gravel in our front yard and a stone flicked up and it smashed. Well it cost $500 to have the window replaced, he asked me why I was angry. My answer to him was, well the window was smashed 3 days after I had just got my poor car back after being repaired. As a ute had pulled out in front of me and I had nowhere to go but into the back of him, but the driver kept going so that was a excess of $700 to have her repaired.

So when I drove back home, I went food shopping. I returned home with the food and asked him if he could bring the bread and a bag of kitty litter out of the car as I had already brought 6 bags upstairs and was putting it away. He said he had only just sat down to have a coffee as he has dicided to work from home now, but  was on his IPad when I walked in. He stated that he would go and get it when he had a chance.

long story short, I had to bring all the groceries in and put them away as he was on the phone. Then measuring our verandah to replace a hand rail, then back on the computer and then the iPad again. So I then had to cook dinner as he sat on his iPad again. I am here now watching Dear John by myself thinking, my life could not be a movie and if it was it would be Groundhog Day.

No added sugar raspberry spread

This great on grain toast, scones, even a low fat cheese cake


2 cups frozen raspberries
1 tbs Lemon Juice
3 tbs powdered sweetener
1 tbs Corn flour

For the Raspberries:
Defrost frozen raspberries.
Put the thawed raspberries into a mesh strainer and press the mixture until most of the liquid has come out and seeds are left in the strainer.
It should look like a raspberry sauce.
For the Sauce:
In a small saucepan , whisk together all the ingredients and place over medium heat.
Whisk occasionally, and when mixture starts to thicken, whisk constantly for about 5 minutes. When mixture is thick, remove from heat and let cool.
Whisk every 5 minutes or so as it cools, and when it is cool enough to handle, pour into a jar and refrigerate to store.

Dark chocolate and peanut butter bites.

High in protein, good fats and chocolate is just too good with coffee


1 cup smooth natural peanut butter or home made ( I use a Vitamix)

3 tablespoons darkest cocoa powder

3 tablespoons equal spoon for spoon

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste

6 shortbread biscuits crushed in a ziplock bag


Put the peanut butter, dark cocoa powder and in a heat proof bowl.

Heat for approx 1 minute in microwave, or until smooth.

Take off the heat and stir in crushed biscuits, vanilla paste and equal, line a loaf pan with baking paper.

Spread and flatten mix in loaf pan, chill for approx 1 hour.

Cut into 32 pieces, store in fridge.