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Monday, July 27, 2009


Actually, it's my Chicken Mushroom Casserole which I doctored very successfully, I might add. :-) The family and a friend loved this! You could serve it atop cauli-rice, if desired.

Here are the small changes:

I used two small roast chickens and cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Add 1 cup (250 mL) chopped, raw pineapple (6.1 g carbs) or chopped, medium-sized mango (7.8 g carbs). I then increased the heat for the curry: 2 tsp curry powder and 1 tsp crushed red pepper. I used one can of coconut milk and 1 tsp of cornstarch. Oh yes, and I omitted the mushrooms.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

A Happy Update

This is also a photo of a younger Happy

We've come through 2 weeks of worry and stress, but Happy bore the worst of it with a severe UTI infection and constant nausea and frequent vomiting. Many days he was unable to eat and was heavily sedated most of the time on either anti-histamines or phenobarbital. Even the antibiotic caused him to feel sick and he was put on a very high dose for a little dog. However, I'm writing tonight to let everyone know and to especially thank those who thought of us and prayed for Happy - that Happy has turned a corner! He had the best day so far today. He ate, he walked and he enjoyed life again! He will still be on medication for several days, but it looks like he is going to make it! We were not ready to say good-bye to Happy and apparently he was not ready to say good-bye either. He fought valiantly and suffered greatly, but he is one tough little guy and it looks like he is going to pull through.

Thanks again and thank you, God!


Thursday, July 16, 2009

Poor Happy Boy - our beloved dog!

(A younger Happy - always smiling)

(An older Happy - he figured the Chaise lounge chair was his - this was in Canada)

I have had a week from hell - feels that way! My dog, 14-year old Shiba Inu, has a very bad urinary tract infection that may have spread to the kidneys. He is nauseous the majority of the time and eats very little (fortunately, he has been on the chubby side most of his adult life and looks more like the Queen's Corgis than a Shiba Inu, the breed that is very popular in Japan - so his extra stores should help him now), but is drinking water. He is on a powerful antibiotic, and last night had his first peaceful, uninterrupted sleep in days. This morning he managed to keep his medicine down for 2 hours. Giving a tablespoon of brandy helps, but Happy flatly refused it after a few times of administering it with a syringe. He can be quite stubborn that way. Brandy relaxes the muscles of the stomach for at least 2 hours, before the retching begins again. An anti-histamine works wonders, if he can keep it down. Apparently, if they will drink rice water (milky water drained from straining raw rice with water), that is the best home remedy for nausea. It worked for a while, but then Happy started to refuse it. My son, Jonathan, has been a great help with Happy and getting the medicines into him. He was in great danger at times of having his fingers bitten, but we got better at it, and now use leather gloves.

Anyway, we're hoping for the best, but Happy is very old and the vet told me to expect anything. I was lying in bed last night recalling all Happy's antics through the years and ended up a crying mess, so will leave the reminiscing for now. It's so difficult when pets get old and sick. They are a part of the family and it hurts to see them suffer. Happy was the reason we drove down all the way from Canada to our present tropical destination (not for public knowledge for private reasons). The airlines would not fly him and the lady said, "Well, he is 11 years old - perhaps it is time to put him to sleep." Needless to say we were all horrified at her suggestion and made the decision to risk life and limb for our beloved Happy. The journey was harrowing but something none of us will ever forget as those memories will be with us for life - some good memories, some bad, some funny and some scary memories.

Anyway, just wanted to explain why my mind is not with my blogging of late. Hope all of you are having a better week than we are.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

About the Recipes on My Blog

Many of the recipes are new, but quite a few are from my 5 low-carb cookbooks. I'm providing photos whenever possible, so that you can see the photo and the recipe. I hope you will have fun finding some of the recipes from my books here and the photo to go with it. I have photos on the front and back of my cookbooks and some on my website at My recipe links are up to date and just a click away. Enjoy! :-)

I love low-carbing and hope you will catch on to my enthusiasm for this way of life.

Stay happy and healthy!


A Thank You to Readers of My Blog

Sometimes I think people should say thank you more often. Today I was totally surprised to see how the followers of my blog are growing and growing. Thanks so much for your interest. I really do appreciate the fun comments as well. It can get a little boring in here sometimes, but it is good to know that some of my ramblings are being read. Thanks guys! You're the best!

Happy Low-Carbing!


Fruit Pizza

My son, Jonathan, one year asked to have this on his birthday! Use your own fruit variations. This can look like a work of art and if you take it along to a function, I guarantee you won't be going home with any. :-) Very tasty!

1 2/3 cups ground almonds (400 mL)
1/3 cup SPLENDA® Granular (75 mL)
2 tbsp soy, OR spelt flour (25 mL)
1 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (15 mL)
1 egg white
1/4 tsp almond extract (1 mL)
8 oz regular cream cheese, softened (250 g)
1/2 cup sour cream (125 mL)
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Granular (50 mL)
1 tsp vanilla extract (5 mL)
Topping: (Or your own variations)
1 cup fresh strawberries (250 mL)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries (50 mL)
1/4 cup fresh blueberries (50 mL)
1 kiwi
Pineapple Glaze:
1/2 cup SPLENDA® Granular (125 mL)
1/2 tsp Thickening Agent, page 109 (2 mL)
1/2 cup unsweetened pineapple juice (125 mL)
2 tbsp lemon juice (25 mL)

Crust: In medium bowl, combine almonds, SPLENDA® Granular and soy or spelt flour. Stir in butter. Beat egg white with fork until frothy; stir in almond extract. Stir egg white mixture into crust mixture. Place dough ball on 12-inch (30 cm) pizza pan. Use small rolling pin or small cylindrical object (such as baking powder container) to roll dough to fit inside edges of pan. Bake in 325°F (160°C) oven 20 to 25 minutes or until golden.

Filling: In food processor with sharp blade or in blender, process cream cheese until smooth. Add sour cream, SPLENDA® Granular and vanilla extract; process. Spread smoothly over crust.

Topping: Arrange strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and kiwi on cream cheese filling. Spread glaze over fruit, using pastry brush where necessary. Pineapple Glaze must cover entire fruit pizza.

Pineapple Glaze: In small saucepan, place SPLENDA® Granular and Thickening Agent, page 109. Gradually stir in pineapple juice and lemon juice. Bring to boil. Sieve. Thin glaze with some water, if too thick.

Nutritional Analysis: 16 servings, 1 serving:
156.4 calories; 4.7 g protein; 12.3 g fat; 6.3 g carbs


Pretty as a picture! This is an appetizer for a special occasion. When I have big parties, I like to make it a cocktail party and have all kinds of different appetizers from my cookbooks. It's a lot of fun and sometimes a bit easier to feed a crowd in an informal way.

8 cups grated Cheddar cheese (2 L)
1 cup mayonnaise (250 mL)
1 tsp creamed horseradish (5 mL)
1 tsp prepared mustard (5 mL)
1 tsp cayenne pepper (5 mL)
1 cup chopped pecans (250 mL)
1 cup strawberry fruit spread, (250 mL)

In large bowl, combine Cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, horseradish, mustard and cayenne pepper. Stir well. Place 3-inch custard cup in center of 9-inch (23 cm) springform pan. Sprinkle almost half the pecans in springform pan. Spread cheese mixture over top and smooth surface. Cover with plastic wrap.

Refrigerate until firm (about 2 hours). Place on pretty serving plate. Pat remaining pecans on top and around circumference of cheese ring. Surround with low-carb crackers and, if desired, spoon strawberry fruit spread in center.

Nutritional Analysis: 24 servings
1 serving: 192.4 calories; 10.3 g protein; 16.4 g fat; 1.2 g carbs

Compare Foods and See Where Sugar is Hiding!

Here is an amazing site called that pictures how much sugar is in various foods and beverages. An email that a good friend sent me got me searching on the internet for the images. What a great idea and how informative and shocking at the same time! This is an interesting link too, where each item is identified as similar to containing a number of carrots: carrot stacks.

Monday, July 6, 2009


A classic from when I was a child.  You can serve this salad any time of year and it will not be unappreciated.  It makes a nice, festive statement on any table.  It's a great addition for St. Paddy's Day, so keep that in mind too. 

1 cup grated English cucumber, OR (250 mL)
  finely diced
1/2 cup diced canned pineapple, (125 mL)
  optional (NOT fresh pineapple)
1 tbsp grated onion (15 mL)
3 envelopes unflavored gelatin (45 mL)
1/cup lemon juice (75 mL)
1 cup boiling water (250 mL)
1 cup cold water (250 mL)
Liquid sucralose to equal 1/2 cup SPLENDA® Granular (125 mL)
1/cup mayonnaise (75 mL)
1 tbsp vinegar (15 mL)
1/tsp salt (0.5 mL)
Green food coloring

Set aside the cucumber, pineapple, if using, and grated onion. In a large glass bowl, soften gelatin in lemon juice. Add boiling water and stir until gelatin dissolves. Stir in cold water, liquid sucralose, OR SPLENDA® Granular, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt and green food coloring. Whisk the mixture really well until the mayonnaise dissolves. Pour into a jello mold. Chill the mixture about 30 minutes or more until thickened slightly. Fold cucumber, pineapple (if using) and onion into gelatin and chill at least 6 hours.

Helpful Hints: My food processor grater assembly makes short work of grating the cucumber and onion. To remove cucumber jello salad, fill up a basin with hot water and lower the jello mold into the water for 5 to 10 seconds.  Place a pretty plate on top of the jello mold and invert.  The salad should slide out easily. 

The bromelaine enzyme in fresh pineapple will prevent the gelatin from setting.

Yield:  6 servings
with/without pineapple
113.5/107.0 calories
3.4/3.3 g protein
9.8/9.8 g fat
3.4/1.9 g net carbs


This pretty side dish is a recipe that was contributed to my cookbook by an acquaintance. Double the recipe as there won’t be any leftovers!

Liquid sweetener (sucralose or stevia) to equal 1/3 cup sugar (75 mL)
1/4 cup cider vinegar (50 mL)
2 tbsp water (25 mL)
6 whole cloves allspice
1/4 tsp cinnamon (1 mL)
Pinch of salt
14 oz can sliced beets, drained (398 mL)

In glass bowl, combine liquid sweetener, cider vinegar, water, cloves allspice, cinnamon and salt. Microwave 2 min. on 70% power. Cool a few minutes and add drained beets. Refrigerate overnight. Pick out allspice cloves with a teaspoon.

Nutritional Analysis: 6 servings, 1 serving:
26.1 caloreis; 0.6 g protein; 0.0 g fat; 4.0 g carbs

For other great Low-Carb, Gluten-Free recipes by the team & me:

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These are always a hit! I usually triple the recipe. It makes a nice supper with beet pickles, broccoli salad and cauli-rice or mashed faux potatoes with cauliflower. Take them along on a summer picnic too – very tasty!  Add some green parsley to the top!!

1 lb minced lamb, OR beef (0.454 kg)
1/4 cup oat bran (50 mL)
1 tsp salt (5 mL)
1/2 tsp black pepper (2 mL)
1 garlic clove
Indonesian Sauce:
1/3 cup water (75 mL)
1/4 cup SPLENDA® Granular (50 mL)
2 tbsp soy sauce (25 mL)
2 tbsp lemon juice (25 mL)
2 tbsp peanut butter (25 mL)
1 tbsp olive oil (15 mL)
1 tbsp grated ginger root (15 mL)
2 cloves garlic, crushed
4 drops Tabasco Sauce

In medium bowl, combine minced lamb or beef, oat bran, salt, black pepper and garlic clove. Form into 1-inch (2.5 cm) balls. In electric frying pan or large frying pan, fry meatballs on one side 5 minutes, flip and fry 3 to 5 minutes more, or until browned and cooked through. Brush with small amount of Indonesian Sauce, before serving on toothpicks or cocktail skewers alongside remaining Indonesian Sauce for dipping.

Indonesian Sauce: In medium saucepan, combine water, SPLENDA® Granular, soy sauce, lemon juice, peanut butter, olive oil, ginger root, garlic and Tabasco sauce. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Add extra water, if the sauce is too thick.

Variation: Hamburgers: Double recipe, adding one beaten egg, 1/3 cup (75 mL) oat bran and omitting Indonesian Sauce.
Yield: 18 hamburgers, 1 hamburger per serving. (1.2 g Carbs)

Helpful Hint: I often pour all the sauce over the meatballs and serve them that way. Easy!

Nutritional Analysis: 40 meatballs, 4 per serving:
141.2 calories; 9.8 g protein; 9.9 g fat; 3.3 g carbs

Sunday, July 5, 2009

If you have not subscribed to Jonny Bowden's Blog, you're missing out!

This is not review as such, but I want to alert folks to Dr. Jonny Bowden. I'm fairly certain most people who are low-carbers know about him. He has written several fantastic books on health and diet and even the low-carb diet. His impressive credentials are outlined here. He often has the most incredible articles and is very knowledgeable about fitness and health. He looks amazingly fit himself.

The exercise video is so interesting (It's real short and easy to follow). As long as one does not compensate for exercising by eating more, I think exercise can certainly help burn excess calories and help with weight loss. The late Dr. Atkins said that exercise for weight loss was non-negotiable; i.e. he felt it was essential. Some people cannot lose weight unless they add in exercise.

It was interesting as in the exercise video he mentions that he tries to create a success mind set in people wanting to lose weight. In other words, he won't let a former couch potato set himself up for failure by setting out to do an hour of exercise. He starts them out with one minute on the treadmill. Anyone can accomplish that - and he builds on that success mentality with each modest new achievement.

For instance, I think it is similar to someone who keeps starting a low-carb diet or any diet for that matter, loses 5 lbs, then something happens and they lose focus and put back the weight in a couple more weeks. If that happens once too often that person has developed a diet failure mentality and starts to lose faith in himself/herself. Then each time they try to "diet", they expect to fail and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophesy.

Another recent article is the new study that he highlighted where even modest carb reduction will create lower insulin levels (fat storing hormones) and more stable blood sugar. That is hopeful for people who cannot do very low-carb for whatever reason. So, cutting back on carbs (especially empty ones like white flour and sugar) and cutting back on calories and exercising regularly are all good things to do for one's overall health. Some people may have to do very low-carb for health reasons, but it is comforting for others, I'm sure, to hear that even modest carb reduction can bring about wonderful health benefits to many people.

In conclusion, if you have not yet subscribed to Dr. Jonny Bowden's blog, I would highly recommend subscribing, as one can learn a lot from this health guru.