Monday, October 27, 2014

Sunday, October 19, 2014


The Low Carb chef has been working overtime, devising new makeovers of our favourite high carb meals.  I do believe I have successfully created a low carb Japanese platter.

 First we have low carb vegetable tempura 低炭水化物野菜の天ぷら
 Next is rice less sushi 全くライス寿司ません
 And lastly, low carb chicken karaage 低炭水化物鶏の唐揚げ
 Now, would you even detect that this is a low carb meal if I had not told you? It's all about using your imagination and substituting ingredients. The benefits of this meal are: no blood glucose spike, small dose of insulin, no bloating or heartburn after eating and plenty of flavour.

Please do not ever tell me that low carb cooking is difficult, or bland or limiting, or lacking in nutrients or too hard to maintain in the long term. There is absolutely no way I would ever go back to our previous high carb/high glyacating/ high inflammatory diet.  Why would I ever do that to my family, now I know the truth about real nutrition.

Recipe for the chicken karaage is here

500gm chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces
1 table spoon grated ginger
1 tablespoon grated garlic
2 tablespoons gluten free soy sauce
1 tablespoon sherry (I didn't have any sake, but that it the usual alcohol for this dish)
1 teaspoon xylitol/stevia/erythritol
coconut flour
olive oil for frying (you could use coconut or macadamia nut oil)
Mix all ingredients (except coconut flour and oil) in large bowl and coat chicken pieces. Marinate for 1 hour.
Roll each piece of chicken in coconut flour lightly, then shallow fry in oil until golden.

Recipe for the sushi and tempura will be posted soon.  Apologies if I have not translated this correctly into Japanese!

Monday, September 29, 2014


My awesome football team won the grand final last weekend. This is their second grand final win in a row. Everyone seemed to be predicting the opposition to win. But, as you can see by the final scores, we thrashed Sydney by an humiliating 63 points.
To celebrate, we had a small Grand Final get together. of course, all the food was low carb and delicious.

Fat Head pizza

Low carb Hawks cupcakes!

Devilled eggs with bacon

Chicken wings and chicken satay

Cheese and kabana

Vegies with tuna and sour cream dip

My friend bought some Tylenol to the party (just in case we lost the game and my husband got a headache from cursing)

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Decorating my house in preparation for the AFL Grand Final. The Hawks won last year - can they win two in a row?


Saturday, September 20, 2014

Celebration Gateaux

This is a low carb cake I made for my daughter's birthday.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Weekend Get Away

 My dear friend and I took a spur of the moment trip to Melbourne, my home town, to see our favourite football team Hawthorn play at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.
 We stayed at the Travelodge, which is a nice business hotel in the city.

My friend had never been to Melbourne before. There are many beautiful old buildings.

This is Flinders Street train station, a popular place to meet friends under the clocks out front.

From here, we walked to the MCG along the Yarra River. On my last day of high school, my friends and I (and half of all the year 12 students in Melbourne) went to the banks of the Yarra to "celebrate". You can imagine what happened there. Also had several barbeques with uni friends there.

St Paul's Cathedral.


This is the MCG - the main sports stadium in Melbourne.

A statue of Leigh Matthews, who was a legendary player for my team Hawthorn.

 My team in action. We won by 50 points!

Photo: Another solid performance by the boys today.

Great team effort as we remain in top spot on the ladder.
We had so much fun, yelling abuse at the umpires and screaming when we scored a goal. Very unlady like I know, but it's difficult to control your emotions when at the football. We dressed head to toe in our team's colours. I made us great big ponchos from fleece, which even though made us look like fools, kept us really warm - it's was very cold all weekend. We also had a day off from low carbing, eating jam doughnuts, meat pies, sandwiches and chips.

I then took my friend to an old uni haunt of mine, a pizza place in Lygon St, Carlton. Yep, more carbs and wine! We also ate large amounts of chocolate, as we happened to find a chocolate shop near the hotel.

Then, I showed my friend my old uni, which is now a very run down empty building. It was once Lincoln Institute of Health Sciences, but it has since merged with another uni with a real campus. Lincoln was basically a hotch potch of various old buildings converted into classrooms just outside the centre of the city.  Our place to relax was the adjacent park which we shared with homeless people.

Still in operation, is this brothel which was situated next door to the department where my husband studied. There was also a brothel upstairs above my college department. As crappy as it was, it was the most highly sort after college. Don't know how I got accepted then!

Lunch was more carbs in the form of yum cha in Chinatown.  I wanted to eat at Killeney Kopitiam, which is supposed to be the same as the original one in Killeney Road, Singapore. But it was closed.  What sort of restaurant in Chinatown closes on a Sunday when all the Asians like to go out for lunch? I was quite looking forward to kaya toast and roti prata. After stuffing ourselves with dim sum, we went power shopping at H & M, Zara and Uniqlo as we do not have these stores where we live. Had to really stuff all my purchases into my tiny suitcase.
And just because we hadn't already eaten enough sugar, we topped off the day with cupcakes! Oh wow, did our digestive system pay for it the next day.