Sunday, 30 May 2010

I always just buy full-cream milk. We like cream so we don't mind. But what do we really need to know when buying milk? The experts talk:
The recommended daily intake (RDI) for calcium for most adults is 1000mg, but for women over 50 and for men over 70 that increases to 1300mg.

That’s not easy to achieve without milk and dairy foods. A serving equals one 250ml glass of milk, a 150g pottle of yoghurt or two slices of cheese (40g). A cup of milk can provide from around 280mg up to 500mg of calcium.

Full-cream and standard milks contain around 2.4% saturated fat (that's 2.4g per 100ml).

That equates to 6g saturated fat in a glass. Because most of us are getting too much saturated fat, we’re advised to go for milks with less of it.

The lower-fat milks will taste a little different. If you’re not so keen at first, think of it in the same way as when you’re offering a new food to a child: we often just need to taste something a number of times to become accustomed to that new taste. Given you could be saving your arteries from clogging and it could help with weight control, it’s worth doing.

So yeah, don't worry if you have checked out lipo 6 hers, drink milk for goodness purposes.
I'm talking of the term that we usually see in food label. So the experts classify that products that are called "something juice" actually contains that "something" while those called "flavoured something juice" don't actually contain the actual "something". It's easy to get confused when buying products especially if the term flavoured is printed so fine or the packaging really attractive.

So yeah, always read the labels and fine print (also in life insurance quotes).
Coffee sometimes gets a bad rap. But drinking coffee increases alertness and coffee contains a good dose of antioxidants. Moderate consumption has been associated with reduced risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

However, too much coffee can give you the ‘jitters’ and could have negative long-term health effects. Most people can tolerate the equivalent of 2-3 espresso shots or 4-5 cups of instant coffee each day, but listen to your body and avoid overdoing it.

If you want roasted coffee, choose fresh local products. Well-known roasters now available in supermarkets include Allpress, Atlas, Gravity, Caffe L’Affare and Robert Harris.

As far as instant coffees go, freeze-dried coffee has the truest coffee flavour, followed by granulated and then powdered. These are all cheaper than ground or whole beans.

There are several decaffeinated instant coffees. These still contain a very small amount of caffeine. If you really want a caffeine-free drink there is a range of ‘coffee substitutes’ made from barley, rye and chicory. Brands include Caro, Ecco, Inka and Aromalt.

Black tea is still the one we drink most often. It’s worth trying some different brands and varieties for the distinct flavours they all offer. Bell Tea blends its teas in New Zealand; Dilmah is a popular brand from Sri Lanka; and Chai Tea is a younger New Zealand company.

Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea but instead of fermenting the leaves, they are steamed quickly to retain their colour.

Both green and black teas have good nutrition credentials. They contain potent antioxidants called flavonoids, which have been linked to a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke, and may even help reduce cancer risk. They also contain fluoride, which is important for bones and teeth. Leave the tea to brew for at least three minutes to enable the flavour to develop. You’ll also get more antioxidants in your tea by leaving it longer.

Remember that it’s best not to drink tea with meals as it inhibits the absorption of iron from the food you eat. Leave it an hour and then enjoy your cuppa.

Herbal teas and fruit infusions
Herbal teas bear no relationship to black tea. They’re made from other plant leaves, flowers, roots, spices and fruit flavours, so they don’t have the same properties. Some herbal teas do claim other benefits: they’re caffeine-free; and there’s bound to be a flavour you’ll love. Check the pack for any cautions on herbal teas, for example liquorice teas are generally not advised during pregnancy or if you have high blood pressure. Healtheries and Red Seal both have extensive ranges.

Drinking chocolate and coffee blends
The products with a high amount of cocoa in them – like Cadbury’s Drinking Chocolate – could claim some nutrition credentials thanks to the specific antioxidants in the cocoa, but the high sugar content tends to override any health benefits.

The Jarrah range of coffee blends contain milk and sweetener, so all you need to do is add hot water. These are low in kilojoules. There’s a flavour here for everyone. The Nescaf√© Caf√© Menu range is super convenient for the office with individual sachets.

Cold months are here and sipping a hot cuppa while sitting on your modern furniture is always nice. I only have the ordinary brand of coffee but I promised myself that if I got time, I will try to give myself and Mcj real coffee. Lol.


Saturday, 29 May 2010

According the recent research, older people drinking more tea retain their mental functions more than those who drink less tea. The tea with most effective result are black and oolong.

I suppose because of this research, I have to start drinking tea now? I'm never a tea person. I just did drink when I was preggy because I can't have coffee. I just don't like the taste. I suppose it is worth trying. I might try cammomile tea sometimes for a start. As tea is also anti-oxidant, it could be the best acne treatment.

It's been an old myth going around that drinking during meal is bad for you. Well, some experts say that it is not. And I believe so. It's up to a person if she feels drinking. I myself avoid doing so because I have very small tummy and doing so will fill me up quickly and will not be able to finish my food. I do the same for my kiddo. If he asks for a drink in the middle of a meal, I don't give him any or sometimes, just water but a little bit just in case he is choking.

I do drink more water when I'm taking my natural joint pain relief vitamins because it is so huge, it clogged my throat. The reason why I don't like taking it.
for the sushi lovers.
Testing has shown four out of five sushi samples bought in certain areas are crawling with bacteria which can cause serious illness.

Melbourne's Glen Hall says he regrets the day he bought sashimi for lunch - it made him violently ill.

"I was vomiting continuously for 20 minutes, half an hour," Glen said. "I felt shocking, hit the wall, had to lie down and yeah, shortly after that started vomiting and yeah was pretty crook."

"In hindsight I shouldn't have gone near it," he said.

Anita Tibitsma found herself in a world of pain after eating a salmon sushi roll.

"It really knocked me around," Anita said. "I was just feeling nauseous and vomiting then had to stop car because I couldn't drive."

The westernised form of sushi has exploded and businesses are cashing in. Thousands of outlets sell sushi all over Australia.

And we eat a hep of it thinking it's the healthy alternative to takeaway. The truth is, it can be a health hazard.


I should not be worried because none in my family likes sushi but still this is very concerning. The food that you think to be healthy is the most thing that you would be scared about. It's not as simple as worrying about acne treatment, but more alarming as most shops that are tested in our city didn't meet the standards. It leaves us people to again be vigilant and just stay off sushi for sometime.
In the news recently...
It's all because foreign produce is making its way to factories in New Zealand where it is processed, re-packaged and exported carrying the 'Made in New Zealand' label.

The fruit, vegetables, meat and fish is then given a green light into Australia as part of the New Zealand-Australia free trade agreement.

Chinese products are the main offenders and they're awarded free passage into New Zealand courtesy of a free trade agreement between the two countries.

It's an agreement Australia doesn't adhere to - Chinese goods must pass rigorous checks by Australian customs.

Tests have revealed many Chinese products contain dangerous pesticides, banned cancer causing chemicals, lead and bacteria from Chinese farmers using human and animal faeces as fertilisers.

Recent random testing of foreign produce in New Zealand uncovered shocking results. New Zealand Greens MP Sue Kegdely says Australians should be worried.

"Vietnamese catfish contained a substance, gentian violet, which has been linked with cancer. I think they [the tests] raise questions about the safety of imported produce," Sue said.

After seeing this news, I realised that until I read the fine labels, I wouldn't know if I'm eating toxic or not. I suppose not because we're all still alive and healthy. But, this news is really an opener for everyone to be vigilant and aware of the food that they are buying especially the fresh produce. I think, the best thing to do is just don't buy if the fruit or veggies really look old and have seen better days. There's no gold coins assurance that we're buying product these days and it is always up to us consumers to be mindful.

With Masterchef that is. I had only a glimpsed of it when we were channel surfing. I can't get or give a good impression. I am not a telly person more so not a cooking show person unless the cooking are done by chefs themselves. I like to cook simple but tasty and filling food so it's most likely that I won't get much information on shows like this one. Entertaining? Maybe. I know some people who watched it. It could act like sleep aid for me as even those shows that I like, I can sleep through. Lol.

Your Feet Say You're Flexible

You are pretty average in your expressiveness. You can express yourself well, but you don't always want to.

You are a very passionate person. You are highly charged and easily inspired.

You are an assertive and aggressive person. You are determined and not likely to ever give up.

You fall in love easily and develop strong bonds. You are attached to many people.

You are not afraid of anything. You are brave and courageous, even when most people would be terrified.

You are very practical and down to earth. You're more concerned with action than thoughts.

You are very spoiled. You don't work unless you have to, and you love to be waited on.

You are easily influenced by other people. You're quite impressionable, so you should only be around people who are a good influence.

Especially the spoiled part. Lol. I mean, Mcj reminds me most of the times to take my vitamins that he bought himself because I was complaining for some joint pain.

These are my first choc-chip cookies ever. Yeah, they are choc-chips but because the consistensy was too light, all the chips had gone down the bottom. It's a bit burnt too. We thought, they taste like macaroons. Lol. I seldom bake but I promise to do something new every month. I have a box of ready to mix mud-cake that I might bake tomorrow. But I'm not positive on that - will be very busy.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

This is the dish that I often and like to cook. Not because, everyone in my family likes it but because it is easy. I just need the mince, frozen mixed veggies and some seasoning and we'll have dinner. Sometimes, with rice but sometimes on toast.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Cooking Time
15 minutes
Ingredients (serves 4)
2 tsp olive oil
1 small brown onion, finely chopped
1L (4 cups) vegetable stock
500ml (2 cups) water
1 x 425g can creamed corn
1 x 310g can corn kernels, drained
1/2 tsp sesame oil
4 shallots, ends trimmed, thinly sliced
Fresh coriander sprigs, to serve

Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until soft.

Add the stock, water, creamed corn and corn kernels. Increase heat to high. Bring to the boil.

Reduce heat to medium. Stir in the sesame oil and three-quarters of the shallot. Simmer for 1 minute or until heated through.

Ladle chowder among serving mugs or bowls. Top with remaining shallot and coriander. Season with pepper to serve.


Cook's tip: If you'd like to add meat, stir in a handful of shredded Woolworths Country Style Roast Chicken in step 3.

Hot lunch idea: Cook double the amount of this recipe and freeze the leftover soup in portions, then thaw, reheat and transport in a thermos for a hot school or work lunch.


I made corn chowder last weekend. It didn't turned out well based on the recipe. The only difference is the brand of corn maybe but it was just too watery that we have to have to put corn flour to thicken it. Lesson learned, buy the ingredients more than what was indicated in the recipe (even if maybe the shops will overuse the barcode scanner). It might be needed all of a sudden.

Mcj, said it taste "okay" so it made me feel a bit good about it.
I've been researching on a new recipe to try on this weekend. You bet, I am not really looking for diet pills that work as binge eating is one of our serious activities on weekend.

Ingredients (serves 4)
250g fusilli pasta
185g can Safcol tuna in extra-virgin
olive oil, drained, flaked
1/2 cup frozen peas and corn
410g can cream of celery soup
1/2 cup grated tasty cheese
Preheat oven to 180°C. Grease an 8-cup capacity, 6cm-deep, 20cm (base) square baking dish. Cook pasta in a large saucepan of boiling, salted water, following packet directions, until tender. Drain.
Combine tuna, peas and corn, soup and pasta in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Stir to combine.
Spoon pasta mixture into prepared dish. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until set. Allow to cool completely. Cut into 4 pieces.
To freeze: Place each piece in a small airtight container. Freeze for up to 1 month. Remove from freezer the night before and refrigerate. Transfer to work bag or school bag in the morning.

I found this recipe from again. We're not really seafood people so I make it a point if I can to cook some seafood on weekend. Hopefully, this will pan out nicely.


Sunday, 9 May 2010

I like eating potato chips - only when I crave anyway which doesn't happen much but I haven't found the right chips. Some are too salty, some are just plain tasteless. Then, I found this veggie chips at the convenience store close to our office. I got curious so I bought two last Thursday. Wow, they taste great and I like the Sea Salt and Malt Vinegar. I'm now on my tasty cheese flavour. They will now be a constant item in my shopping list. It's free of any nasties plus it is gluten-free, nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free, etc... It could also be helpful with adult acne cure as there are no nasties creeping in your skin. I'm just glad, I found this alternative to potato chips.

I've just been learning how to cook for the past year that I haven't perfected making breakfast yet. Sometimes, it's a disaster other times, it is yummy. I'm just thankful that my customers aren't picky. They eat whatever is put on the table - other than the half-man - he really voice out what he thinks.

No stomach weight loss for us. We always have bacon and we love the fat part (I prefer it crispy). We cook our eggs in bacon fat as well. We also like cream in our pikelets. Oh, I love weekends. Eating breakfast in my jammies while listening to nice music or just enjoying the day.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Potent codeine-based pain relievers became harder to buy from this weekend, in a move to crack down on a "small population" using the drugs to get high.

Changes to the scheduling of codeine-containing analgesics took effect on May 1, and essentially it means those buying the drugs will have to convince a pharmacist or GP that they need them.

Commenting on the changes, Dr Geraldine Moses warned the move would require some adjustment among the majority of consumers who used the drugs safely in accordance with the directions.

"The vast majority of consumers are legitimate users," said Dr Moses, who is a senior drug information pharmacist at Brisbane's Mater Hospital.

"It's only with time it became recognised there was a small population who abused these drugs ... those naughty people who want to use these drugs to try to get high.

"And giving themselves dreadful side-effects from the ingredients that are carried along with the codeine."

Using codeine-containing drugs in excessive amounts can lead to addiction and problems, including stomach ulcers or liver damage.

Among Drugs included in the change are Nurofen Plus, Panadeine and Mersyndol along with those generic brands which also combine codeine with, typically, ibuprofen or paracetamol.

Pain relievers which contain less than 12 milligrams of codeine are now kept behind the pharmacist's counter while previously they were offered for general sale in the shopping aisle.

People seeking these medications must now ask the pharmacist who, ultimately, can decide not to provide them.

Drugs with more than 12 milligrams of codeine - previously kept behind the counter - are now only available with a prescription.

Further restrictions were also imposed to reduce the bulk purchase of codeine-containing pills.

Nurofen Plus, for example, is now available behind the counter in packs of up to 30 tablets but only a GP can prescribe packs of up to 72 tablets.

Dr Moses said people wanting to buy the pain relievers at a pharmacy should go outside of busy times and consider booking ahead, to ensure they could speak to the pharmacist.

"It certainly will have a big impact on a pharmacist's work schedule because they are very commonly used medicines," Dr Moses said.

"You can't buy any codeine-containing pain reliever from the shop assistant from May 1."

Dr Moses said the changes would cut down on abuse, but also ensure those people who used the drugs to manage chronic pain were in more regular contact with their GP.

The National Drugs and Poisons Schedule Committee formulated the changes during meetings in June and October last year.

I don't really have a voilent reaction to this as neither in my family uses it (that I know of). I actually like that they make a new rule on this. I've seen enough raid of the residences and private property manufacturing ice and any other addictive drug. I really think that if you are in a certain recurring pain illness, you should get proper help (that way, you don't get addicted to drugs that might not be fitting to your illness).

OT: So much for my research on Minka Aire, I stumbled on different topic and here I am sharing it here.


My father in law cooked this dish. He seldom cook but when he does, it always taste nice. I remember my own father being that way too. He just cooks on special occasion but they're really really nice. But I think, I just appreciate it more than my own mother's cooking is being I don't get to eat it often. Change is like a holiday as what MCJ always say. Hopefully, my son won't feel that way to my own cooking as I don't cook that much now that I have a job. But when I do, I always try something new.

This beef stew has lots of veggies, another reason why I like it apart from the taste.


Life in a home with gluten-free diet, preventing Diabetes 2 and trying to be lactose-free. And a little bit fussy child. It sounds difficult and complicated but not really. It's been roughly ten years on - we have a lot of practice.

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