No more sugar

Hello everyone.

I have shared with very few people about my one per year Cadbury egg. Now,  I broke up with Cadbury.

It was time to take my sugar restrictions seriously. Previously,  I would be sugar free for 3 months,  then indulge for three months.   I was warned about doing this year’s ago, and I am finally taking it seriously.

Goodbye to you my trusted friend.




What I ate for breakfast

When I was younger, I went to an overnight camp, where they had us write home 3 times a week. Since I started at that camp at age 9, sometimes content would be hard to come by.

My Mom figured she would solve that for us; she told us to tell her what we had for breakfast.

Dear Mom,

Today I had a buckwheat crepe, with 1/4 C part skim ricotta cheese and a cup of blueberries.  A teaspoon of maple syrup sweetened the meal.



My Mom would have loved this detail.  Unfortunately, my Mom is gone, and my ability to include details has been greatly enhanced through the years.

Now, I will share with you that I heat up the crepe.  A small frypan does the honors, no oil necessary.  I smash the ricotta down with the bottom of the 1/4 measuring cup I use to measure the ricotta.  I rinse off a cup of blueberries, then I put them in the pan too.


I add a teaspoon of maple syrup once the meal is on. A plate.  Don’t bother trying more maple syrup, it wil see through the crepe and line the dish underneath.



This is the recipe I found, which delighted me in its simplicity:

This is the buckwheat flour I bought:

Does that look yummy to you?


New Pizza crust

Hello to all!

I wandered around Costco’s bakery one day to see what I could find that I could eat.  Since I can eat wheat now, I wanted to see what they had that would help me stay low carb.

This is what I found!

So I defrosted one of the flatbreads,  put a bit of sauce down on it,  ground some Italian herbs over it,  and maybe a pinch of Basil,  and topped it with handfuls of shredded Mozzarella,  and some Parmesan  cheese.   I added my final topping,  some small tomatoes,  eaxmxh one cut in half.   I baked it in our toaster/oven/convection machine.


So,  I may have over heated it a minute or two, but no complaints.   Having grown up with pita pizzas,  this seemed like a lot of food,  for 12 g carb as a base.

My two left feet

In January, I learned that I had a stress fracture in my right foot.  I was given/bought an orthopedic shoe to wear.

Five days after being told I didn’t have to wear that shoe anymore, I slammed my left ankle getting out of bed in the morning.  SpecialK took me to the ER, as the pain wouldn’t abate.

Nothing broken, rest, relaxation, Advil for the pain.  Ten days later, pain was still bumming a ride with me, I went back to the Orthopedist.  I now wear a corset like contraption on my left foot (aka ‘a brace’).

There is hope for the future.  I am no longer allowed to walk more than 5 miles a day, there is hope I will have both feet working again soon.

Valentines Day 2019

True to form, this Valentines Day I made SpecialK a new dish.

This year, it was salmon.  He is on a revised eating plan, so it can get tough to match my low carb with his need to reduce fats.

I made a maple syrup and soy sauce combination, wit a bit of water.  SpecialK said it was good, next tine leave out the water.  Once I find the recipe again, I will post it here.

I cooked the Brussels sprouts in the same pan. 1ADF01E4-C1AE-4D2B-BB6B-B8468AEB072E

For dessert, I made buckwheat crepes.  I took some Trader Joe’s frozen strawberries, sweetened them with a tsp of the magic sweetener, placed them on top of the crepes, and handed Special K a can of fat free whipped cream.  Picture will be added soon.


Big news

Make sure you are sitting down for this.

I had a funny thought last year:  wouldn’t it be great if I remained gluten free, and don’t have to be sugar free anymore.

Well, as the world turns, I am no longer gluten free.  No bloating, no internal infections, nothing.

I had been gluten free since 2009.  It has been quite the journey, and I learned a lot.  I have also learned a lot about whole grains.

I made the decision not to buy any wheat flour, and my favorite pasta is Trader Joe’s brown rice and quinoa pasta.  I will continue baking with almond flour.

Jack Sprat

‘Jack Sprat could eat no fat, his wife could eat no lean.’

So said the nursery rhyme.  SpecialK’s nutritionist limited his intake of saturated fats and cholesterol.  My nutritionist limited my saturated fats and sugar intake.

I get the privilege of eating the remaining dairy, as I was told not to eat dairy free.

What are we eating?  I made chicken and white bean soup, and after SpecialK’s appointment, I made a mushroom bean soup.  The best part, they were tasty.  The worst part?  The puns.

One day at a time, just like every other part of life.

Which foods are part of your winter eats?

Chicken White Bean Soup, in the Instapot

I love to read other people’s recipes.  Then I make said recipe, using what I have and like.

I was alone here for the first weekend of January.  I decided to try this soup, and I am so glad I did!

I sliced up an onion (we only have sweet onions here).  I minced a garlic clove.  I set the Instant Pot for Saute, and added some light olive oil. I ‘dumped’ the onions and garlic in the Instant Pot.  I cooked them until the onions were golden brown.  I put the whole chicken breast in, and turned it to make sure both sides were well cooked.  I added 4 cups of water and 2 Tablespoons plus one teaspoon of Better Than Bouillon Chicken base, and added some dried basil and dried parsley.  A whole bag of Trader Joe’s Mushroom Medley joined the party.  Placing the cover on, I set to cook for 5 minutes, high pressure.

While that was heating, I drained and rinsed a can of white canellini beans.  When the chicken was cooked, I took the chicken out and put the beans in the pot.

Other people’s recipes called for shredding the chicken.  SpecialK doesn’t like shredded chicken so I cut the chicken into cubes.

The chicken was barely pink in the middle, so I tossed the cubes back in the pot.  Mingling in the piping hot broth cured the chicken of any pink-ness.


I ladled up a bowl, and it was so good!  To confuse the issue, I added a spoonful of light sour cream.  Oh yeah, dinner was served.


What’s your favorite soup?

For Kosher, use kosher chicken stock and leave out sour cream.

For vegetarian, use the Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base, omit chicken and add another can of beans.

For all others, customize to your tastes!

Cranberry Beans, aka Shell Beans

I love cranberry beans!  I first found them at The Boys, in Delray Beach, FL.  Imagine my surprise finding them at Russo’s in Waltham, MA as shell beans!  I knew what I was looking at, and did some research to learn their alias’.

I am only sorry I bought less than a half pound!  At $.99/lb, I spent all of $.44.  This is just a small representation.


Easy to shell, it was quick work for my bounty.


I started by frying some shallots in olive oil, then added the beans and some stock.


You probably noticed that the stripes disappeared once cooked.

I added some brown rice, and had a fabulous meal.


All warmed together.


So yummy!  Now to find a farm stand near me….

Does anyone of a Western MA farm stand I could get to?



Another beginning

0B730F4C-1B6A-4C2D-BC45-925C4B40A392Today is the last day of 2018.  Tomorrow will be the first day of 2019.

What did you learn this year?  What do you hope to learn next year?

Whatever you decide, I am glad you are here.  More new ideas coming soon, once we return home, and I stay there for a whole month!