Turmeric Lentil & Lemon Soup Lens culinaris – Lentil

The humble lentil, it always reminds me of Neil out of the The Young Ones which will only make sense to a certain age group. I hope that we have progressed from Mike, Vyvyan, Neil and Rick’s kitchen onto incorporating more lentils into our diet. As a head and neck cancer patient I was (asContinue reading “Turmeric Lentil & Lemon Soup Lens culinaris – Lentil”

Are you thick? My morning smoothies and using a spoon.

My morning smoothie has become a ritual, and I have gone from disliking smoothies to actually missing them if I can’t access a blender or ingredients. I have got this one down to exactly how I like it with just the right amount of sweetness and protein. It sits around the IDDSI level 2 orContinue reading “Are you thick? My morning smoothies and using a spoon.”

You say Sformato I say …

The beautiful thing about dysphagia is that it makes you experiment with food and sustenance. Dysphagia (difficulty or discomfort in swallowing – to put it mildly) means you have to get creative about how you nourish your body and you are limited by what you can swallow without choking, coughing or aspirating. Enter Sformato aContinue reading “You say Sformato I say …”

Japanese Dashi Stock/Broth

When living in Saigon, I was fortunate enough to reside in the Japanese quarter in a residence called Bon Bon. Wandering the streets provided all number of Japanese eateries and the food was delicious, highly nutritious and affordable. My lovely friend Mandy Hall provided some fermenting inspiration this week and so I made a tripContinue reading “Japanese Dashi Stock/Broth”

Soup saved my life.

My mum taught me how to make great soup, she had the ability to make soup out of anything and it always tasted like a ‘hug’. Mum’s soup healed everything, it was always rustic, always highly nutritious and always just the right thickness. Even as a mid thirty something woman I would call her fromContinue reading “Soup saved my life.”

Banana Icecream (1 ingredient)

I have been asked about an “icecream” for dysphagia. I found (via trial and error) that I could not tolerate cheaper icecream. It made me cough and aspirate quite badly. The dearer the icecream the better it went down … funny that, bit like Champagne (sparkling wine for you Australian’s) and perfume.  Ingredients 2 largeContinue reading “Banana Icecream (1 ingredient)”

Eating Rites.

At a time when I should have been eating I wasn’t. I had dropped to my lowest weight just above 50kgs. It was following head and neck cancer surgery, removal of a tumour, both tonsils, 1/3rd of my tongue, 30 lymph nodes, 30 rounds of radiotherapy and 6 weeks of chemotherapy. Eating was the lastContinue reading “Eating Rites.”

Avgolemono – Greek Chicken Soup with Rice – Soup Hug.

There is something womb like about hot ladled chicken broth and when you add free range eggs, lemon juice and rice it wraps you in its arms with the gentlest of hugs. Here’s how to get your soup to hug you.

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