Archive for May, 2016

Ten kilometres! I walked 10 kilometres. and I wasn’t even trying to get deep into the woods to bury a body, i was walking for fun! 10 kilometres is a very long way
Charles and I did the ECR (local radio station) charity Big Walk on Sunday and we chose the 10km walk.
It was actually quite fun but it was hot and did I mention how far 10km is?
It took us 1 hour 46 minutes and my ankles hurt the same at the start as at the end – so that must be a good, right
There were over 30 000 people walking in the four options so a pile of money raised for charity
Photos are of us fresh before the walk and then at the finish. I went from pale skinned human to swollen strawberry face; Charles, on the other hand, looks exactly the same.
Let’s all collectively give him the side-eye for a second

It was fun and I am so glad I could do it, even on my no carb no sugar eating thing.
Monday will be a no walk day as I wait for my toenails to regrow

pre big walk

Fresh faced

post big walk

Fresh strawberry



I had an organic Karoo lamb shoulder to cook the other day and decided to make slow roast lamb – only the best way to cook lamb!

First I made a mint pesto by blitzing together mint, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.

I browned the lamb and then smeared it with the mint pesto. In the pan, around the lamb, I put onions and fresh tomatoes. I added a small amount of water, just in case anything wanted to stick, and covered it all in foil.

In the oven at 170C for about 3 1/2 hours and the lamb was moist but falling off the bone.

I took the meat from the pan to rest and blitzed the remains of the tomato and onion and lamb juices to make an amazingly delicious gravy

Yum yum

and #whole30 compliant


Sweet potato rosti

Some people have asked if I would share the recipes of some of the meals I have been making on my #whole30 journey

They are less recipes than simple instructions on how to make an item or a meal – I make it up as I go along mostly.

So – here is how to make the sweet potato rosti I had with left over fish for breakfast today.

You need:

sweet potato. It goes further than you think – one little one was more than enough for me

egg. I needed one only

seasoning – whatever floats your boat. If you are mid #whole30 then you may well find the sweet potato exactly that, sweet, so season more than you might have in the old days. Some chili would also help to cut the sweetness. I found them so sweet I am planning a sweet potato rosti dessert!

You do. (Prepare to be underwhelmed at how hard this is)

Grate the potato.

Season it

Stir in an egg and mix well

Heat a little oil in a flat based frying pan. When it is hot but not crazy hot, put a spoon of the rosti mix onto the oil. Use the back of the spoon to squish it down into a rosti and not a potato ball.

Allow to cook on one side and flip when it seemed to be stuck together. Do this gently and not too soon. I actually waited until I could see that the strands of sticky-out potato were browned. If you do it too soon, just flip back over and be patient.

I had mine with cold, flaked fish but they would be pretty awesome under a runny egg with some bacon too.





So, I don’t believe in diets that cut out a specific food type. Except if you are allergic, of course. i don’t expect the nut allergy types to soldier on through peanut butter sarmies.

I know , i know, you can thank me later

But for the rest of us i think everything in moderation is the answer. and the problem is that most of us think moderation is way more of anything we like than it actually is.

i also do not think carbs are the devil and i think banters and noakes all twats really.

and then i got half conned half coerced into doing this whole30 reset thingie.

cue rolly eyes

and i hate to admit after almost 6 days i feel friggen amazing! this thing better not actually be the answer because that will annoy the crap out of me.

i am bordering on bloody evangelical about how amazing it is, and how fast.

this will not do – i shall eat cake immediately

yeah, no, i won’t – cos i feel so fabulous eating my radishes and coconut aminos

who knew not eating a load of things could make this much difference – and i thought i used to eat pretty healthily. so much for that illusion

ps i haven’t really bought coconut aminos-  i must have some limits



Wow – what a book. This book is trending at the moment because of the recent movie so many people have read and reviewed it recently. But I wanted to add my wow to the noise about it.
It claims to be a book you’d read in one sitting, and were I able to sit for long enough, it certainly would have been. Instead I read until later at night and then woke up earlier than I needed to, to read more.

The story on its own could have been any number of books, some even good. But what makes Donoghue’s telling of the story so amazing is her narrator. I think the story is well known now – a woman and her son live in a single room, captures of a man who visits, abuses the woman and brings them their necessities. The son, Jack, is five, and was born in Room. Room is narrated by Jack.

Jack is completely believable as a 5 year old with wildly slewed development – he is incredibly mature in some ways and so completely immature in others, as might well happen if you lived in just a room with your mother.

That Ma and Jack actually do happen, that there are people who have lived this story as real life made Room so much more powerful. I could not help but think of Fritzl and the women he held captive while reading Room.

A wonderfully told, amazingly real story – I loved it
And I shan’t see the move for fear it may ruin everything.