Almond and Coconut bites



4 egg whites

1/3 cup white sugar

1 tsp vanilla essence

1/4 tsp salt

2 cups shredded coconut

1 cup flaked almonds


1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees Celsius and
Beat egg whites with an electric mixer until soft peaks form.
2. Add sugar, vanilla essence and salt then beat again until stiff.
3. Add coconut and almonds and fold in, making sure to combine the mixture     thoroughly with a light hand.
4. Using a large teaspoon, create 24 small circular mounds on the baking tray.
5. Bake for 16 – 20 minutes until lightly brown.
6. Remove trays from oven and leave biscuits to cool on the trays.
7. Store in an air-tight container.


One Pan Creamy Ham Gnocchi


1   Onion, diced.

1 tbls  Olive oil

2 cups  Ham, cut into 2cm cubes

1 cup  Frozen green peas

1 cup  Hot water

1/2 cup  Heavy cream

Ground black pepper to taste

1 cup  mozzarella cheese, grated

1/2 cup  Parmesan cheese, grated

2 tbsp  finely chopped parsley



Step 1. On low heat add oil and soften onion.

Step 2. On medium heat add ham and cook till golden brown add peas, hot water and cream. Season to taste.

Step 3. Cook on medium low until gnocchi is tender and sauce has thickened, remove from heat. Top with mozzarella, Parmesan and parsley. Place under grill till golden brown, serve with a mixed salad .



Obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically inherited from parents

It’s all genetics


You Are What Your Parents Ate!

csm_Fotolia_Crevis_75956095_M_b782bcd524 “The results showed that both oocytes and sperm passed on epigenetic information, which particularly in the female offspring led to severe obesity,” said Prof. Johannes Beckers. (Photo: Fotolia/ cervis)

Diet-induced obesity and diabetes can be epigenetically* inherited by the offspring via both oocytes and sperm. Scientists from Technical University of Munich in collaboration with researchers at Helmholtz Zentrum München and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD) have shown that. The results were published in the journal Nature Genetics.

[*Epigenetics: In contrast to genetics, the term epigenetics refers to the inheritance of traits that are not determined in the primary sequence of the DNA (the genes). So far, RNA transcripts and chemical modifications of the chromatin (e.g. on the DNA or the histones) have been considered as carriers of this epigenetic information.]

For its studies, the team of the Institute of Experimental Genetics…

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Just Me

Okay, I’m sitting in my local coffee shop again. I had to order a luke warm doubleshot latte, hmm not my favorite (I usually have a long black with a bit of cold milk on the side). But due to me getting my tounge pierced 5 days ago, I have been advised to 1. Steer clear of hot drinks, as it will burn inside the the wound (and do I miss the lovely hot blacks i usually drink. 2. Soft bland food as chewing will aggravate the wound, well I’m finding this a problem. I mostly eat healthy foods with crunch and fibre, that means no nuts no grains and no crispy crunchy veg I am literally starving.

The piercing did not hurt at all, the working up the courage to go hurt my head more (as I have Anxiety and Depression, due to a verbal and physical attack a while ago now, at a previous job by a customer). I walked in on Monday to get it done, I was told the piercer would not be it till Wednesday well that was a bit unsettling. So I made the appointment for Wednesday. I went in for my appointment all ready to go, filled in the consent form askes if I have Diabetes (what difference will Diabetes make to a piercing?) I have had my ears x 3, maddona, nose, eyebrow (I can’t wear these as I work with food) and a nipple done. Not one of the previous piercers ever asked about Diabetes. What the hell is my Diabetes going to do when I get pierced? (the problems are usually due to aftercare) I understand the questions, have you eaten today, are you allergic to metals or antiseptic (but none of the allergy questions were asked).

So I then find out that she might not be able to pierce my tounge,as it is very short (my luck) I have a very tight frenulum (the webbing under the tounge). I am not happy hearing this, she then says “I won’t pierce like others do, even though I could use the money in my till. Well Okay. So I sit down the bed (after using a mouth rinse) and she gets all the gear out, then marks my tounge.  She then puts the clap on, then releasing and re clamping (as i previously stated, I have a very short tounge) then pushes the needle thru my tounge. No pain at all (this makes me so happy).

But the annoying problems after have got me angry with myself, did I google the after problems? NO. I did not realise that I would be sucking on ice, to bring down the swelling of my tounge (my tounge is approximately 2 to 3 times it’s normal size) I’m living on Ibrufen, ice cream and anything mush related. Nothing healthy at all. I am having problems drinking from a cup (as your tounge does more things than I thought). Speaking is also a problem (I also have a enormous gag reflex, so  I gag badly in the morning) I worked on the week end, and I am sure my customers though I  had speach impediment.

So this is a “Uniquley Dee” thing,  Just Dee.



Honey Almond Slice



65g butter melted or olive oil

1/2 cup brown sugar, firmly packed

2/3 cup plain flour

1/2 cup almond meal

Almond Topping

80g butter

2 tbs honey

1 cup flaked almonds


  1. Preheat oven to 170 C, grease and line a 25cm slice pan
  2. in a large bowl, combine all base ingredients. Press into slice pan and bake for 12 minutes until light brown. Set aside to cool.
  3. Prepare the almond topping by conbining the butter and honey in a small saucepan and gently simmer for 3 minutes. Stir in flaked almonds and spread the warm topping evenly over the base.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool, slice into squares.


A Uniquley Dee day

I have had times with this diabetes thing, that has picked me out of all the people I know. Some days it’s no problem (not many), other day it just annoys the me to the extreme. Today I go out to pay a few bills (simple task for many), well I didn’t take a bsl this morning and the machine is at home as well. So I don’t know if I’m on the highish or the lowish side, am I tired because I went to bed late or is it because I am low in iron or is it because because because?

Then I think do I get something to eat, well I check my bag for a pen to inject (I have recently given my pump and me a break)  hmm no pen in my bag. Cursing myself and am I good at that, more questions do I eat as it is 1 pm and I have not eaten today and wait till I get home to inject? Do I go without and feel even more tired? This Diabetes is killing my head, after 43 years you think I would have it in control ( as people tell me I have every thing in control) well I don’t.

I need a bigger handbag, I have forgotten I am not able to leave the house without my blood testing machine and insulin, as well as my phone my glasses (seeing and sun) also my purse (at a minimum).My head is hurting now I really need a break from “diabdee” today.

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.